As soon as I feel the first chill of fall blow through the evening air, I know the holidays are just a hop, skip and a jump away, which means it's time to start thinking about what crafty endeavors I will take on for my holiday gift giving. Even though I start planning this at least three months early, it never fails that the last days before christmas are a mad dash to get everything done. Hey, at least I can pretend it will be different this time, right?
This year I seem to be drawn to a needle a thread, and any project that uses them. Sewing, embroidery, cross stitch — you name it. Here is a collection of patterns for various needlework projects that I think would make awesome gifts, no matter what the occasion, or even just a perfect weekend project. So pick out one (or five), pick up that needle and get crafty!