Thursday 15 April 2021

April's Gifted Gorgeousness


The 15th of each month means it's Gifted Gorgeousness time, the time each month when we share our latest gifts. These can be gifts given or received, or any item made using fabric, threads, buttons, ribbon, chart, backing fabric that has been gifted.

This great idea is hosted each month by the lovely Jo at Serendipitous Stitching,  if you visit her blog you'll find the links to everyone's Gifted Gorgeousness posts. 

My GG this month is a very special gift ... 12 gifts in fact. 

Over the last year my friend Ann, who I used to work with at college, has been so supportive. She has sent so many lovely messages, especially on days when I had treatments or appointments, despite having health worries of her own. 

When we were at college we had staff training days, one of which was called 'Blue Sky Thinking' - I don't miss these days haha. I was asked to do a session on cross stitch - Ann still has the handout I did.... it's over 15 years ago! 

Ann asked for some advice as her sister is getting married in June and would like cross stitched gift tags. Ann was not sure about how to design them or what fabric was needed. These are the gift bags her sister and partner want to give to their guests with a personalised tag. 

I searched my stash and found the perfect thread - Anchor variegated 1375, some multi-coloured heart ribbon and some yellow foam felt for the backing .... of course fabric was never an issue, I have a box full. After finding a suitable alphabet I showed Ann a mock up of my idea which she showed to her sister, they loved it.

Knowing Ann has not done much cross stitching, although I know she has stitched them a beautiful card, and as I said is feeling a little unwell just now, I offer to stitch the name tags. 

Oh they were such fun to do, it felt strange stitching names of people I don't know but I imagined their surprise upon receiving their bag. I had just enough ribbon to complete the 10 guests and two brides. I made sure each border measured the same, they looked quite impressive on my cutting board waiting to be finished. I used double sided tape as glue would have seeped through and I think spoilt the stitching. 

They turned out lovely, I hung them on my new ornament tree to show Ann. She has shown her sister and they are both really pleased with them, it was a pleasure to make these, they really were fun to stitch.

That's all I have for this month's GG but what a special post - best wishes to Dawn and Mary, I hope they have a super day in June and a very happy future together. 


DJ said...

What a lovely and thoughtful idea! I'm sure the guests will love seeing their names and I wish the Brides a lovely day!

Mini said...

How thoughtful of you to make these for your friend's sister. I'm sure these will be appreciated.

RONI said...

O how lovely! I would have loved those as wedding mementos!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thanks for taking part in GG this month. These tags are awesome and the photo is a lovely way to show them all together too. I am sure the happy couple would like a copy to keep with their other mementos.
I can't get on the computer until tomorrow so my post is delayed a bit longer!

jocondine said...

Such a lovely idea, the thread is perfect. The tags look amazing and will fix forever the memory of the big day. Bravo ! Bisous. xxx

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

It's a lovely gift Clare. They look so good hanging on your display tree.

Carol said...

What a lovely thing to make for your friend, Clare! These tags are just perfect and coordinate so well with the bags--they will love them!

diamondc said...

Clare: I like the names tags.
What fun to do a class on cross stitch.


Tiffstitch said...

That's so kind of you! I'm so glad they love them and appreciate your work, and all the guests will too.