24 September 2020

My latest Happy Stitches

The temptation to start my Happy Stitches Journal Volume 2 proved to great, but as I am sure you guessed, that was inevitable wasn't it!!   I am waiting with baited breath for my embroidery design samples to arrive, so that I can start stitching those pages too.. but in the meanwhile I've had plenty of happy stitches to keep me going.  As I mentioned last time, this years journal, in addition to the embroidery, EPP and applique elements used in Volume 1, I am also incorporating some felt work and wool applique.  Over the summer, we sourced some beautiful British Wool to add to our existing wool fabric stash and mum has been busy felting them, ready for me to use them in the applique.   I could happily stitch and work on my journal all day, but alas as always, the computer calls and for every new design, pattern writing must follow.

Mum and I have had lots emails regarding our clubs and our plans for the next few months, so I thought it would be useful to share a little more information and timings with you.  

First off, for those of you who purchased the 12 Days of Christmas and Christmas Eve boxes earlier this year, we are on track to post these to you early October as promised.   Gift wrapping begins in earnest next week, when mum and I will have thousands of individual little parcels to wrap... it's very exciting to see it what we have been planning for months finally coming together and I can not wait to share everything with you when they have been received.  We're already thinking about next years boxes...YES, we will be doing them again, but with pretty new designs obviously!!!

Secret Squirrel Stitch Society Autumn Boxes, are also on track to be posted Mid October as planned.  The Autumn Box is fully subscribed, but we will reopen subscriptions for the Winter Box mid October. There will be the option at this time to either receive the Winter box on its own or subscribe to receive the Winter, Spring and Summer boxes, which you'll be able pay for in lower monthly instalments.  The Winter box will be posted mid January.

The new Happy Stitches Journal Vol 2 will run for 12 months starting in January and sign ups will open October/November ish time..... basically as soon as I have completed all my pages.

We will, having had SO many requests, also be re-running the Happy Stitches Journal Vol 1 again in 2021!  Sign ups will also open October/November ish.

For those of you who prefer kits to clubs, we've been secretly working on some new festive designs, including a Christmas Bunting Kit and a choice of Christmas Stocking kits...  these have been in the pipeline for months and fingers crossed, if everything goes to plan, they should be available in the next month or so....think pretty embroideries, jingly bells, linen, ticking stripes..all my favourite things.

Our other exciting news is that I am currently working on four new seasonal sampler kits and a Christmas design too.  These have been inspired by the #sewalittlehappinesseveryday project grid design concept, but rather than being faced with a blank grid, which so many people found daunting, each kit will come with a grid and my little hand embroidery designs, pre-printed on to the beautiful linen mix fabric used in all my kits.  The kits will also feature EPP and applique elements, plus little pretty extras, such a buttons, lace, ribbon...all carefully chosen by me and as you would expect, threads, wadding, backing and binding fabrics, everything that you need material wise to complete the project.  These will be released throughout 2021, so something to look forward to.

As always, my sketch book is full of designs and my To Do list full of exciting plans, so I am sure some extra projects will be appearing too, to keep you and us busy!!

Finally, as you probably know, as a business, we have always appreciated how important it is to give back to the community and over the years, we have donated hundreds on metres of fabric to the hard working quilting charities: Project Linus and Siblings Together.  Plus, to encourage younger generations to sew, we have given fabric and felt to local Primary Schools and to the Textile Departments at several Senior Schools in the area.  In addition, we also sponsor a local girls football team!  This year more than ever, has been a difficult year for many due to COVID 19.  So, on each of the four Sundays throughout Advent, I will be sharing the instructions and templates here on the blog, to make 6 little felt advent ornaments, 24 ornaments in total.   They will be a free pattern, as a thank you to you for all your ongoing support, however, if at all possible, mum and I will also be asking you to make a small charitable donation as well, so that we may, in a very small way be able to help somebody else too....  I'll write in more detail about this and share the charity that we've chosen soon.

Thank you as always for reading.

Very best wishes and happy stitches,
Sarah xo  



  1. Really enjoy reading your post, Sarah. It’s very interesting to read about what’s cooking behind the scenes. Also getting excited with all the beautiful projects yet to come!! And your pretty pictures, too. Thank you for sharing with us :)))

  2. Sarah, I so enjoy your designs! Looking forward to the parcels coming my way, especially Secret Squirrel. Quite intrigued by that one! Best wishes to you and your mum.

    1. Thank you so much Karen. So excited that the time is nearly there to reveal the Autumn Secret Squirrel!!

  3. Hi Sarah, as someone who never joined in with vol1 of the happy stitches journal, I wondered if before signing up for either vol you know if you will be repeating vol 2?

    1. Thank you Jacqui...gosh, I haven't thought that far forward, but I'm sure there will be a strong possibility at some point!! xo

  4. Your blog post are always a pleasure to read, Sarah. I am eagerly awaiting the fall instalment of the Secret Squirrel Stitch Society, and I think a Happy Stitches Journal needs to happen in my life! Your work is beautiful, and I really enjoy seeing your Instagram posts of your creations 😊

    -Liona (@bluemerlinmakes)

    1. Thank you so much Liona...very excited for the Secret Squirrel parcels to be posted!! xo


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