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...

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.