Sewing World - November 2017 ( Issue 261 ) With winter well and truly here and Jack Frost nipping at our toes, it’s time to snuggle down, get warm and cosy and sew! Of course, it’s also time to think about Christmas! The festive period is a time of celebration for many of us, as it brings the opportunity to share our love of sewing and make unique, handmade gifts for friends and family. It also provides an occasion to decorate our homes in a truly handmade fashion - indulge in festive fabrics with perhaps a sprinkling glitter or added sparkle. Our cover star is the Cowl Neck Top, both elegant and flattering it is also quick and simple to make! Create in a crisp cotton or linen for a structured look or use luxurious silk, satin or crêpe for a soft, draped silhouette. Whichever you choose - this will be your go to top over the festive season. Keep your hands protected from the chilly weather with the Sheepskin Mittens. These super simple mittens are upcycled from a faux sheepskin jacket and are super stylish too! The Winter Warmer Slippers will help keep your toes toasty warm and are the perfect project to pamper yourself or make a great gift. Using 100% wool felt and with subtle decoration and embroidery for a touch of elegance. For many of us, Christmas hasn’t arrived until the tree is up and decorated. So, why not make it extra magical this year by sewing your very own, handmade Christmas Tree Decorations. Featuring folk art inspired embroidery, these gorgeous ornaments will be treasured for years to come. The timeless Deck the Halls Embroidery hoops welcome in the festive season with their cheery message and the Festive Advent Calendar will help you count down the days to Christmas in style. We Meet Emillie Ferris and discover more about her embroidered pet and animal portraits and we also meet, Sewphia – star of the charming new animation from The Knitting & Stitching show. Elizabeth Healey continues her stitching journey with Creative Sewing Practice, this month delving into the art of Visible Mending, whilst Mr X Stitch takes a closer look at lace. Happy sewing!