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01 Blinky Belle
When children are fast asleep on Christmas Eve, dreaming of a visit from Santa Claus,a certain festive koala descends from the fork of her comfy eucalyptus tree to join in the fun.With a sprig of holly in her fur and a bag of gum-leaves at the ready, Anthea Christian’s merry-making marsupial is ready to feast and party with friends.
Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a good sprinkling of twinkling stars, and Michelle Marvig has put on a splendid show to be enjoyed 24 hours a day, not just against a night sky.
03 ALL EARS!
‘Do you hear what I hear?’ Maybe top designer Amy Sinibaldi had this Christmas-themed song for peace in mind when she created her gentle white bunny. With his fine whiskers, twitchy little nose and proud ears, he offers comfort and joy in the shape of a cuddly, squishy cushion to delight children and adults alike.
04 WATT A TABLE RUNNER!
Light up your Christmas table setting with this sparkling idea from Cintia Gonzalez. It’s bright, it’s beautiful and it will set the tone for some electrifying yuletide entertaining.
05 ROCKIN’ ROBIN
It’s not only Santa who is resplendent in red at Christmastime. Prue Scott celebrates the season by stitching the bird that often features on the cards we send to loved ones – the feisty and festive robin.
06 MEOW AT THE MOON
Raquel Blasco wishes everyone a Meow-y Christmas! Her delightful silhouetted cats are basking in silvery moonlight on a beautiful bag in multicoloured felt.A purr-fect Christmas gift in the making…
07 FOUR DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
Colourful calling birds, fabulous French hens, touching turtle doves … and a patterned partridge in a pear tree. Linda Guy’s flight of feathered fancy has resulted in designs for yuletide which flock together to make the perfect wallhanging decoration.
08 TWINKLE TOES
Treat your tiny tot by adding these delightful baby shoes to her Christmas stocking. Filomena Santos has made them part practical, part prima ballerina, with soft ribbon ties, just like ballet slippers, and delicate felt roses.
09 OUT OF THE WOODS
This Christmas,Hansel and Gretel can stay right at home, rather than venturing into dark and threatening forests, thanks to Sedef Imer’s gingerbread house.Her design is not only a surface-protecting placemat and cutlery storer, it also comes without calories or witches!
All I want for Christmas is… a dollygram! Allison Dey Malacaria sends you the right yuletide message with hand stitched gingerbread embroideries (that come in fabric envelopes) and matching tree ornaments, all made from repurposed clothing and household linens.
11 COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS
Why should kids have all the fun with advent calendars? Rebecca Johnson’s found a way to make them a family affair, with an elegant wallhanging that cleaverly captures the spirit of the occasion. Each pocket can then be filled with treats for young and old during the run-up to Christmas.
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12 SYMPHONY OF LIFE
Just as separate musical instruments merge for stirring concert performances, Val Laird’s individual blocks create a crescendo of orchestrated style.This colourful piece would make a treasured Christmas gift, especially for musicians or music lovers.
14 HEARTS & FLOWERS…
Jemima Flendt is all heartwhen it comes to her latest quilt design. Imagine snuggling up with a loved one on a winter’s evening in front of a roaring fire under this delightful quilt, made from the prettiest-ever Liberty florals.
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15 PEGGY TURNIP
At Christmastime we pile our plates with seasonal vegetables – parsnips, Brussels sprouts – and sometimes even the traditional turnip makes a festive appearance. Simone Gooding’s piglet is of moderate means, so she’s turning to the turnip patch for sustenance. But just because you’re a more humble harvester doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be beautifully turned out!