Tutorial & giveaway from Going Buggy!

We love Enfys Cashmore's card designs, and her craft blog Going Buggy is always full of gorgeous inspiration and crafty giveaways!

In honour of our Spooky Weekend party, Enfys has posted a great video tutorial, plus an exciting giveaway - wow!

Inspired by vintage travel: 6 DIY projects

All this gloomy weather here in the UK is making us daydream of trips away to sunnier climates! If you're not going away at the mo, or you fancy taking your crafting with you, here are a few of our favourite travel-inspired projects to make on the move!

Mostly making: Bayeux tapestry sampler

I love embroidery! It's so relaxing, and I enjoying seeing how the experience and personality of the stitcher comes out in the finished designs - I think the tentative, wobbly first stitches of the beginner look just as charming as the perfect, neat stitches of the lifelong expert.

When I found this Bayeux tapestry crewel picture on The Making Spot, I was so excited and just had to download the project. Read on to find out how I'm getting started with my own mini Bayeux scene...

Free tea party embroidery patterns!

Hello, I hope you're enjoying our virtual street party - Zoe and I are having so much fun, and I'm especially excited about our free Knit the Queen pattern! As my little party gift, I thought I'd share three of my embroidery designs with you. Read on to find your download link!

Star wars cross stitch

Here's a sneak peek at one of my favourite cross stitch projects of this year so far - Star Wars in stitches. I thought it was apt to post up now what with Star Wars fans' celebrating 'May the Fourth' next week!Star wars cross stitch

Mostly making: Embroidery practise!

It's years since I've done any embroidery, but I was really inspired by Jacinta Lodge's wonderful tips on satin stitch and Emily Peacock's sweet tweeted bird. My skills are pretty rusty, so I quickly traced this little bird on to a bit of cotton and started practising my backstitch! Read on to find out more, and find your link to this fun birdie template...

Stitch a little costume drama

Just discovered the oh-so-dashing Mr Darcy from Pride & Prejudice is now available to cross stitch over on Etsy! Cross stitching in front of period drama DVDs might just be one of life's greatest simple pleasures for me, so this is a very exciting new merging of my interests... read more to get the pattern!

Mr Darcy cross stitch pattern

How tuesday: vintage valentines frame

In case you haven't noticed, love is in the air today. And as you may have noticed, we're rather fond of making things rather than buying our greetings on the high street! If, like us, you prefer the excuse to make something with love, we've got a nifty tutorial for any cupid-inspired crafters out there today! How to upcyle an old frame by adding a few paper hearts!

Read on to find out how it's done, and thanks to Sizzix for sharing this project with us - this is one of their free project sheets so hop on over to their site to find more like it. 

Pssst - don't forget - if you're making valentines projects today, hop on over to our Valentines craftalong Flickr group and share a photo - you could win a free craft book as we'll be picking our five favourites to send a little freebie to later this week!

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Our stitch crush of the week award

Congratulations to Sewing Seed - aka lifelong-stitcher & Etsy-seller Tina from Jacksonville, Florida - you're the winner of our unofficial stitchtasticastical inspiration of the week award *queue much cheering and chinking of coffee cups in appreciation here at The Making Spot HQ*.

We've just stumbled upon Tina's downloadable cross stitch patterns and have developed a new craft crush. Especially as they're quick stitch - so have still got loads of time to stitch-up her simple but stylish designs like this Let it snow downloadable cross stitch pattern  - shown here stitched up in white thread on rustic-aida.

Quick-stitch Christmas greeting

It never ceases to amaze me the variation in effects you can achieve with simple cross stitch charts. This whole stitch greeting needs no backstitch (another reason it gets a place in my Xmas cross stitch wish list).

Whole stitch cross stitch deer pattern

Hello deer... as well as offering up some light-hearted festive patterns for stitchers, she's also got woodland creatures galore on offer. This deer cross stitch pattern is one of a range of animals you can stitch up using just whole stitches - no fiddly fractionals or pesky colour changes required!

Cross stitch a cute fox

And finally in this round up of my favourite designs in the Sewing Seeds range. This Cute fox cross stitch pattern was inspired by Japanese origami art. It's last but not least in my selection of favourite designs posted here as I'm dedicating it to Lyndsey (my fellow The Making Spot Community Ed) - as she has a penchant for foxy craft projects.

Art meets cross stitch

This made me smile today... artist Nils Viga Hausken makes art from cross stitch... love it! His cross stitched QR code does actually work when you scan it...

His blend of stitching and artwork also includes public embroidery exhibition (where visitors who came along each embroidered secrets in braille) and a self portrait in cross stitch on linen.

Cross stitch QR codes

Nils' artwork got me thinking about some of the art-inspired projects we've got on offer over on The Making Spot. With our downloadable charts you can cross stitch some of the world's most famous masterpieces...

Stitch your own sunflowers with this chart by Maria Diaz...