Here are 10 things for quilters and sewists that I have loved using most this year. They'd make great gifts for any quilty friend or maybe a special treat for you...
1. & 11. This is probably my favourite thing on this list. My fabric swatches have been invaluable in choosing the perfect palette and they're just so pretty too. They bring me so much joy! Technically the AGF Pure Solids Swatch card won't fit in a stocking (unless it's a very big one - you lucky thing!) but the 2021 new colour supplement will!
2. A gift that keeps on giving! Curated Quilts is a quarterly journal with to die for pictures, a real coffee table magazine that you'll want to keep and come back to. Set up a subscription from $18 an issue. You can use this link to get 10% off!* Each edition is themed. The latest edition is Polygons and I have it in the shop if you want to try it out.
3. & 9. I'm a sucker for a beautifully boxed gift and these 2 curated Aurifil thread collections are divine.
4. Every sewist needs a small and precise pair of scissors so why not make them special. A dear friend gave me a pair last Christmas, just like the pair grandmother used to have! Gold plated Stork scissors - £12
5. Have you disovered Fork Pins yet? I'm not generally one for pins but these have been a game changer. No more mismatched seams! Clover fork pins - £8.50
6. A paper pattern makes a great gift - much better than a download - you have something to unwrap! And I'm old-school, i think it's much nicer than reading it on a device. Shop paper patterns from £12
7. Keep your needles secure in this cute little glass jar and I love that it's plastic free too. Betweens needles in a glass jar - £2.80
8. Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon - The book to put all aspiring quilt designers at ease! Kleon says 'What a good artist understands is that nothing comes from nowhere. All creative work builds on what came before. Nothing is completely original.'*
10. The thing you didn't know you needed! Stitch ripping can be groaningly frustrating. \but this handy gadget suctions to the table so that you have both hands free to control the tension on your fabric as you pick your stiches out. It's so much faster than a hand held! Fiskars table top stitch ripper - £14.99
And if you think your quilty friend or loved one would prefer to pick a present themselves then you can send them a Hackney Quilter gift voucher
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