First of all - a huge THANK YOU to everyone who posted for the Big Birthday Blog Hop on the 17th. It was incredible to hop around all the blogs reading everyone's anecdotes and seeing what stitching they had chosen. Not surprisingly there were a lot of spooky Hallowe'en designs, some dragons and some samplers. People had obviously taken the time and trouble to look through my blog and see what I liked.
The first gift to arrive was from Margaret in New Zealand, she was worried about the international post so sent it early and it arrived very quickly!
Margaret does gorgeous hardanger work and this is just exquisite!
Mini also made me a card, aren't the strips of fabric beautiful? She also made a little stitched pouch which is so pretty.
Mouse sent some threads for my Chatelaine and a lovely piece of Polstitches fabric. I haven't started my Chatelaine yet, I need to order the fabric for it using my Birthday money. There's also a "friendship" needleminder hiding in the bag!
Julie sent me these lovely satin threads, they are perfect for adding a little bit of luxury when you're stitching fabrics.
Tiff also sent some threads for my Chatelaine and some Nora Corbett charts she scored in a thrift store for extremely cheap bargain prices!
The extremely creative Jocondine excelled herself this year. She sent me this beautiful vintage embroidery pamphlet, some dragon bookplates and a stitched gift-tag:
Preeti sent me an awesome hanging featuring the Superhero Unstoppable Jo! She also included a gorgeous silk zipper bag with some buttons and charms and some pretty fabric which I thought was just the small plain turquoise flowers until I opened it out for the photo. Isn't it lovely?