Christmas 2020: Out with the Old, in with the New

by Sammy Bishop
Christmas Embroidery Kits

Yes! This year's Christmas embroidery designs are ready! I don't know if I'll ever get used to the side of business that requires planning Christmas in the middle of summer - but anyhow, they're done!

Angled shot of christmas wreath embroidery kit shown completed on red fabric in wooden display hoop
Angled shot of christmas wreath embroidery kit shown completed on red fabric in wooden display hoop
Christmas wreath embroidery hoop shown completed on red fabric with jingle bells dangling
Christmas wreath embroidery kit showing the finished piece and embroidery kit contents
Angled shot of christmas wreath embroidery kit shown completed on red fabric in wooden display hoop
Christmas wreath embroidery hoop shown completed with the christmas dove and reindeer in background
Christmas wreath embroidery kit shown completed on red fabric with jingle bells in the center
Christmas wreath embroidery hoop shown completed alongside the christmas dove and reindeer

It's been a bit of a process getting these ready - in the earliest stages of planning, I dug out the three finished Christmas hoops from last year - and honestly? I thought two of them were just awful. One of them was...OK, I guess. It's funny how a year can change so much - but on closer reflection, it made a lot of sense.

Looking at those hoops, my mind flashed back to November last year, when I realised oh-so-late that I should have prepared more for the festive season (if you know me, you'll know that in the past I've had a somewhat...relaxed approach to deadlines. I'm working on it). I rushed together a few designs, using some Christmas imagery that was quite traditional, but not particularly inspired (for me, at least).

Thinking back on that time stirred up that weird sense of discomfort - the one that everyone has at some point, I think - that happens when you're just not proud of something you've made or done. They felt unfinished - and the more I looked, the less I liked them (I'm not even including a picture of them here - I just can't).

So, I scrapped them. And it felt really good! Despite the all the hours, and effort, and stress that had gone into stitching each one - plus everything else that comes with preparing a new design - all I felt was a huge sense of relief when I decided to chuck them. I kept one - the Christmas wreath, which was the only one that I was semi-pleased with - and took it back to the drawing board for some edits. Then, I just gave myself some space to think on it...and slowly, slowly, two new designs - the Dove and the Reindeer - emerged. Giving myself plenty of time to play around with them and test them out has led to me loving these new ones - which is how it should be!

Having a look at my past embroidery patterns - however cringe-inducing it felt for me - turned out to be a great way of reminding myself how far I've come in the past year. Plus, I feel like I've learned a couple of lessons in that process, too: first, that forcing and rushing out new designs - based on what I think I should be doing - is a bad idea, and will eventually be seen as a waste of time, a year down the line. Everyone works differently - but for me, an idea has to swirl around in my brain for a while before I'll put pen to paper (or needle to fabric!) and be happy with the results.

And second - not to feel guilty if you want to ditch a piece of work! If you're just not feeling it, then follow your gut - give yourself permission to scrap it and start again, without the guilt of leaving an old piece by the wayside.

Trust me, it feels really good!

Angled shot of christmas wreath embroidery kit shown completed on red fabric in wooden display hoop
Angled shot of christmas wreath embroidery kit shown completed on red fabric in wooden display hoop
Christmas wreath embroidery hoop shown completed on red fabric with jingle bells dangling
Christmas wreath embroidery kit showing the finished piece and embroidery kit contents
Angled shot of christmas wreath embroidery kit shown completed on red fabric in wooden display hoop
Christmas wreath embroidery hoop shown completed with the christmas dove and reindeer in background
Christmas wreath embroidery kit shown completed on red fabric with jingle bells in the center
Christmas wreath embroidery hoop shown completed alongside the christmas dove and reindeer

Christmas Wreath Embroidery Kit

£ 21.50
Set of 3 Christmas Embroidery kits shown hanging on a wall with dove, wreath and reindeer
Set of 3 Christmas Embroidery kits shown hanging on a wall with dove, wreath and reindeer
Christmas Embroidery kit shown completed - christmas wreath on red fabric and jingle bells in a hoop
Christmas embroidery kit set of 3 showing the contents of a kit with hoops, thread, fabric in a box
Christmas dove embroidery kit shown complete on green fabric with ornamental jingle bells in photo
Christmas embroidery kit set of 3 showing a dove, reindeer and wreath completed in hoops
Christmas wreath embroidery kit shown completed on red fabric in a wooden display hoop with bells
Christmas reindeer embroidery kit on green fabric shown completed in a wooden hoop with ornaments
Angled shot of christmas reindeer embroidery kit shown completed with ornaments surrounding it

Christmas Embroidery Set

£ 55.00
Paisley jumping reindeer christmas embroidery kit shown completed in wooden display hoop
Paisley jumping reindeer christmas embroidery kit shown completed in wooden display hoop
Jumping reindeer christmas embroidery kit shown completed on green fabric in wooden hoop
jumping reindeer christmas embroidery kit shown completed with kit contents behind
Angled shot of jumping reindeer christmas embroidery kit shown completed with ornaments nearby
Jumping reindeer christmas embroidery kit shown completed as part of christmas set of 3
Angled close up of completed jumping reindeer christmas embroidery kit with jingle bells nearby
Jumping reindeer christmas embroidery kit shown completed as part of the christmas set of 3
close up shot of jumping reindeer christmas embroidery kit shown completed on green fabric

Reindeer Embroidery Kit

£ 19.25
Christmas set of 3 embroidery patterns shown completed - Dove, Wreath and reindeer
Christmas set of 3 embroidery patterns shown completed - Dove, Wreath and reindeer
Christmas reindeer embroidery pattern shown completed on green fabric in wooden display hoop
Angled shot of Christmas Dove embroidery pattern shown completed with ornaments
Angled shot of Christmas reindeer embroidery pattern shown completed with ornaments
Angled shot of Christmas reindeer embroidery pattern shown completed with ornaments
Christmas wreath embroidery pattern shown completed on red fabric in wooden hoop with jingle bells
Christmas set of 3 embroidery patterns shown completed as a set

Christmas Set of 3 Embroidery Patterns

£ 9.99

Sammy Bishop

Founder & Owner of Paraffle

Sammy set up Paraffle as a side-venture in 2017 whilst she was doing her PHD at Edinburgh University. After finishing her PhD in Religious Studies (specifically Hinduisim and the New Age movement of Tantra), running Paraffle has become her full time hobby and job!

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