Hey there! It’s a Spare Sunday, so we’re having the day off! But we don’t want to leave you high and dry so here’s a suggestion for somewhere else to hang out today!

As we start heading towards Autumn here in the UK, I start getting in the mood for foraging. There’s nothing I like more than meandering through the countryside picking assorted fruits and berries from the trees, and then dropping them in vinegars or alcohols to turn them into lovely pickled treats for the festive season.

Punk Domestics

One of my favourite resources for helping with these missions is the Punk Domestics blog which features all kinds of recipes for making the most out of natures bountiful harvest! Go and visit the site and if you find a recipe that’s irresistible,  leave a comment below and share it with me.

We’ll be back tomorrow with more stitchy goodness!

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Mr X Stitch - the world's best embroidery and needlecraft site. Est 2008

In the past six years, we’ve had over 3700 posts about embroidery here at Mr X Stitch. We’ve done our bit to enlighten you all to what is possible with a needle and thread, but as well as inspiration, we’re keen to teach you a thing or two as well.

Our Learning category has a fair few posts that will help you grasp the basics. Here’s six articles to get you going! :) Click on the images to visit the original posts.

Out For The Count - How To Cross Stitch

Out For The Count – How To Cross Stitch

Do You Know Nuido? with Madeline Scharpf

Do You Know Nuido? with Madeline Scharpf

Improving Your Stitch: 7 Ways To Kickass Cross Stitch

Improving Your Stitch: 7 Ways To Kickass Cross Stitch

Needles

Improving Your Stitch – Gearing Up

Gear Threads – RISD’s Digital Embroidery Classes

Gear Threads – RISD’s Digital Embroidery Classes

Trish Burr - Little Bee Eater

Improving Your Stitch: Filling Out

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Let’s face it, when a book comes out called The Liberty Book of Simple Sewing you know it’s going to be pretty good, and indeed this book does not disappoint.

The Liberty Book of Simple Sewing

Between them, Christine  Leech and Lucinda Ganderton have compiled a really nice set of projects for around the home that you’re bound to like. It doesn’t hurt that each design features really nice Liberty patterns.

The Liberty Book of Simple Sewing  - Cafe

There’s some simple instructions at the start of the book and each design comes with big photos and clear instructions. It couldn’t get much simpler. What I really like is that these designs are a bit different to the norm. From cloud cushions to graffiti table runners, there are some nice fresh ideas, executed with style.

The Liberty Book of Simple Sewing  - Cloud Cushions

All in all, this is a nice book, ideal for someone who’s done this stuff before, but is looking for something a bit different. The The Liberty Book of Simple Sewing is published by Quadrille – why not get your copy from our Amazon stores?

But wait! Do you want to win a copy of The Liberty Book of Simple Sewing? Of course you do!

This competition’s easy!

All you have to do is comment below and tell me a joke! Simple!

Closing date for entries is Wednesday 10th September (because I’m on holiday until then) and I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner. Good luck everyone!

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Handmade Fair Banner

The Handmade Fair is coming! This September at Hampton Court there will be three days of all manner of crafty goodness, with workshops, talks, loads of great craft sellers and so much more. The show is packed with big names like Kaffe Fassett, Cath Kidston and Kirstie Allsopp… and some wiseacre called Mr X Stitch!

Yes indeed, in case I’d not mentioned it before, I’m going to be doing cross stitch workshops on all three days, when you’ll get the chance to learn to stitch in the company of up to 100 people at a time. It is going to be a workshop like no other – for all I know it might be the world’s biggest cross stitch workshop!

Here’s some official words about the show to whet your appetite!

Kirstie Allsopp presents The Handmade Fair, Hampton Court Palace, 19th-21st September 2014

Here at The Handmade Fair, we want to Get Britain Crafting! Along with craft enthusiast Kirstie Allsopp, we have gathered the best experts to create a unique learning experience for those passionate about creating bespoke craft products. 

Book now for a fantastic day out full of crafting, learning, delicious food and unique shopping. You can try a hands on craft workshop, listen to the grand masters of handmade products in the demo theatre, dine in the Palace gardens and buy beautiful products from the handpicked sellers.

Tickets start from just £12.50 for adults. Buy tickets (http://handmadefair.seetickets.com/tour/the-handmade-fair)

Get Crafting!

Our skill workshops are your chance to learn a completely new skill or refine one you already know and love.  Classes include furniture upcycling, jewellery making, cupcake decoration, calligraphy, papercraft, lino printing, crochet and even pompoms!

More information (http://www.thehandmadefair.com/skill-workshops/)

Meet the Experts

Kirstie has chosen Britain’s best craft experts to accompany her in the Super Theatre. Guests include Cath Kidston, Annie Sloan, Kaffe Fassett, Etsy, Stuart Hillard, Mr X Stitch the V&A and the Crafts Council. Full Experience tickets cost just £29 and include a Super Theatre talk, Grand Make and Skill Workshop.

More information (http://www.thehandmadefair.com/kirsties-experts/)

Handmade fair Superstars

Are you excited yet?!

On top of that, on the Friday I’m going to be taking part in one of the Mollie Makes Mashups – an epic battle with Lauren “Deadly Knitshade” O’Farrell in which you will help us decide which is cooler – knitting or stitching!

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(Hint: It’s stitching, obvs).

It will probably be the best craft show the UK has seen for a while – I might be biased, but there really is a great lineup of craft stars and some fantastic craftsellers as well. And boy oh boy, do we have a great competition for you!

We’ve got eight pairs of shopping tickets to the show for you to win! And we’ve also got one pair of Full Experience Tickets up for grabs!

Handmade Fair Super Ticket

All you have to do to win is get on Twitter and tweet the following: I want to win tickets to the #handmadefair from @MrXStitch

Simple huh?

You have until September 10th to get your tweets in, at which point I’ll pick the lucky winners at random and be in touch! I hope you take part, I hope you come to the show one way or the other, and I look forward to meeting you all there.

It’s going to be brilliant!

The only issue with these tickets is that the show is in the UK, so all of you international MrXStitchaholics are welcome to take part, but you’ll have to cover the cost of getting the show. Just flagging that up. :)

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