Friday, November 23, 2012

2012 Holiday Gift Guide!

The holidays will be here before we know it--so we've been thinking on some things that would be perfect for all the crafty folks on your gift list. Is there someone who spoils you with handmade things? Thank them with a special gift and let them know you appreciate their crafty time!

Great Gifts Under $20
We have some amazing goodies under $20! Our very own 1) Heirloom Yarn ($18) is U.S. raised and milled Romney wool, dyed in small batches. These 2) Liberty buttons ($8) are made right here at Fancy Tiger with Liberty of London Tana Lawn, and are a great way for sewists and knitters to lux up a garment, cardigan or bag. This 3) Alphabets ($13) booklet has all a plethora of old-time lettering for fancy stitchers. These "alphabets classiques and modernes" are perfect to personalize everything from lingerie to linens. Local fiber artist Megan of Sleep Season Goods is a magician in wool and color--these magical 4) Wool Batts ($12) are exciting for felters and handspinners. What are 5) StiPins ($18) you say? Only the most adorable accoutrement for your smartphone. These crossstitchable cuties fit into the headphone jack and broadcast crafty cuteness to all eyes that behold them. 6) Sashiko Coaster Kits ($14) come with everything to make two Japanese embroidered coasters, a quick and easy project for beginners. Perfect for knitting, crochet, embroidery and English paper piecing--crafters can never have to many 7) Fancy Tiger project bags! Made by Rae's 8) Washi Dress sewing pattern ($16) is here by popular demand and only available for a limited time! This adorable dress pattern is sure to please lady sewists!

Great Gifts Under $50
For your dear crafty folks who have been extra nice this year we have great gifts under $50. 1) Oh Suzanna Fibers' Colorado handspuns ($24-$42) are each unique and made from locally raised wool, camel and alpaca grown on small family farms. The 2) Snowy Owls in the Moonlight ($22) crewelwork kit includes all the materials to stitch up a nifty wallhanging. Every sewist dreams of sewing with classic 3) Liberty Tana Lawn ($46) fabric! Adorable 4) Fancy Tiger sewing kits ($26) are chock full of handy notions for mending and sewing. From one of our favorite series of sewing books, 5) Drape Drape 2 ($24.95) teaches modern Japanese garment construction for the crafty fashionista. Blue Sky Alpaca uses the softest and finest "royal" grade alpaca fiber for their  6) Blue Sky Royal Petites Knit Kits ($40), which includes one of a variety of adorable patterns for this cashmere-soft yarn. One of our favorite luxury yarns, 7) Maidenhair by Hand Maiden ($42) has an epic 330 yards of silk and kid mohair, enough for a special someone to make something special!

Extra Great Holiday Gifts!
For your favorite crafty person in this whole wide world, we have a selection of our favorite gifts of the season. Spud and Chloƫ's 1) Leaf Blanket Kit ($80) includes the yarn and pattern to make this sweet leaf-shaped swaddling blanket and is a great gift for crafty expecting mommies or knitting nanas-to-be. Local loom makers Schacht recently released the 2) 15" Cricket loom ($169), a great beginner loom that will have a novice weaver perfecting their cloth-making skills in no time. 3) Designs and Patterns from Muhu Island is one of the most beautiful book we've ever seen. This epic tome of Estonian needlecrafts will bring tears of joy and wonder to any textile enthusiast's eyes. Every knitter needs a set of 4) blocking tools! Blocking Mats ($30), Blocking Wires ($24), and Blocking Pins ($3) will have hand knits--especially lace--looking fantastic! Trust us, knitters need these. Your favorite sewist will squeal with glee to receive a 5)Colette Sewing Patterns 3-pack! Sandy Black's hefty book 6) Knitting: Fashion, Industry, Craft ($60) is an in-depth look at knitting, from the domestic handwork of days gone by to haute couture designs from world famous fashion houses.

Check back next week for our staff picks! Each of the Fancy Tiger folks has picked their own personal favorite crafty goodies for great gift ideas! Hint hint, Santa...

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