Fa La La La Contributor Interview ~ Ellen

on July 29 | in Products | by | with 77 Comments

Ellen from The Long Thread rounds out our week of Christmas in July projects with her interview (and a link to her Simple Striped Sweater Stocking tutorial). Comment through the weekend on any Christmas in July post for your chance to win a copy of Fa la la la Felt: 45 Handmade Holiday Decorations!

Sew,Mama,Sew!: What project(s) do you have in the book?
Ellen: A Candy Cone to hang on the tree and fill with treats, stacked Holiday Trees made from felted sweaters and Snowflake Coasters made with a cut-out design in thick felt.

SMS: What do you like about working with felt? Do you work with felt a lot?
Ellen: I enjoy working with felt and these days prefer the thicker 2mm felt, which gives the project a sturdy quality.

SMS: Do you have any Christmas or holiday-related tutorials on your own site you’d like to share?
Ellen: I made a simple striped sweater stocking last year that I shared on my blog.

Ellen’s Simple Striped Sweater Stocking.

SMS: Do you have a favorite, go-to holiday decoration?
Ellen: My favorite thing is to fill the mantels with greenery, including cut magnolia leaves.

SMS: How about a must-do holiday project or gift that you return to, year after year?
Ellen: We always make some type of sweets — a gingerbread pound cake, iced cookies, or a gumdrop tree. Lately I’ve been interested in decorations and gifts that are vintage or edible to make a more eco-friendly holiday season.

SMS: Do you have a favorite family holiday tradition?
Ellen: My mother takes me and my daughters to see the Nutcracker ballet every year on Christmas Eve.

SMS: Would you like to share a favorite memory related to your holiday crafting or family traditions?
Ellen: Since both my children have December birthdays, I’m always up until all hours making party decorations or cleaning and decorating the house. December usually wears me out, but each year I promise to simplify.

Comment on any Christmas in July post this week for your chance to win a copy of Fa la la la Felt: 45 Handmade Holiday Decorations or a great big bundle of beautiful felt!

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77 Responses to Fa La La La Contributor Interview ~ Ellen

  1. Kim Budash says:

    Would love, love, love to win this book, looks like GREAT ideas, pick me, pick me…………………….

  2. Cindy C. says:

    Oh, how I love making “Christmas”, anything “Christmas” – making “Christmas” year-round !!

  3. Mary Ann Cauthen says:

    I really like the candy cone. I volunteer at my 5 year old grandson’s school, &this would make a cute container/favor at Christmas time for his class. All the projects are really cute. Mary Ann

  4. Lynne W says:

    I enjoy working with wool felt (and repurposing cashmere sweaters) – would love to win this sweet book!

  5. Alejandra says:

    lov the cover!!! so cute!!!!!
    I can’t wait for Xmas 🙂

  6. would love to win this! look s completely amazing.

  7. Heather F. says:

    Loved the examples from the book. Would love to get one of my own.

  8. Corky says:

    Love this book, ideas are so cute. I would love to win it. Thanks!

  9. Cheryl Thornton says:

    what a wonderful book. I would so love to have it in my sewing library!

  10. Kristi says:

    I love the project on the cover – makes me want Christmas to be here!

  11. Nancy N says:

    I loved this book since I saw it featured on a blog after Christmas– even set up an automatic email for October reminding me to get a copy … wouldn’t I get to be ahead of the game? Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. Kitty says:

    What cute ideas…I would love try out some felt projects!

  13. Kim says:

    I would love to make those snowflake coasters.

  14. Louise says:

    I really like the sound of the patterns in the book 🙂

  15. Mary W says:

    Looks like a great book I would love to win it!

  16. Jacqui says:

    Yum, candy cone! And the stacked trees sound neat too.

  17. Cindy says:

    This book is awesome. I would love to win it!

  18. Joy Mosley says:

    This is so cute, and it doesn’t look that complicated! We shall see….

  19. Nic says:

    Naaw how gorgeous, looks like an ace book!

  20. Holly says:

    I’d love to win this book!

  21. Maureen says:

    The book and stocking are terrific.

  22. Fran says:

    Beautiful stocking….I like that it’s not in those old traditional colors too !
    The book sounds great….I’d love to win it !

  23. Nina says:

    What a cute project. The book seems like a lot of fun!

  24. Barbara says:

    How wonderful to see the Nutcracker every Christmas Eve. Bx

  25. Helena says:

    nice iterview, cute stocking

  26. Jess says:

    Very cool projects and great blog! I’m now following The Long Thread and can’t wait to look through it more!!

  27. Sandy says:

    I love the idea of the stacked holiday trees.

  28. Kimberly says:

    Just stumbled upon this but I’m loving the use of felt for some fun holiday projects. I’ve been looking for a fun stocking pattern for some time, this may be it!

  29. Tanya F says:

    This stocking is so crisp and fresh looking! Reminds me of the colour of blue sky & snow! Will be checking out your blog, thaks!

  30. alisha says:

    So cute!

  31. Octavia says:

    this is probably the best stocking i have ever seen…so simple.

  32. Laci says:

    I love felt and I would love this book!

  33. Katrina says:

    The stocking is so simple but makes a great statement!

  34. Melissa says:

    I am really hoping to win the book, but the felt would be great, too. I am having a baby in August who will need a stocking of her own. This would be great timing.

  35. Hannah says:

    Totally love the stocking! I might have to make the for christmas this year! 🙂

  36. SewLindaAnn says:

    I love the stocking, it looks so soft and cuddly. After all these posts I’m really getting this book in my head.

  37. Jennifer says:

    I’d like to see those stacked holiday trees. They sound adorable!

  38. Kimberly says:

    I love Ellen’s website. Thanks so much for all the ideas.

  39. Alyssa says:

    Thanks for the interview! Crossing my fingers for the giveaway

  40. Sara says:

    I am not really a stocking kind of person but I LOVE Ellen’s stocking. It is so beautiful!

  41. Fawn says:

    I love the sweater-striped stocking, how cute!!! Wouldn’t this be a nice gift for new parents??? December sounds exhausting for this poor woman; hope she gets some reprieve in January.

  42. Joanna says:

    I also love to take in a performance of The Nutcracker. The kids in the autdience put me in such a good mood because of their excitement.

  43. Sherry says:

    The book looks wonderful. I have loved working with felt for several years. The sweater stocking is sooo cute. I haven’t done much with felted sweaters yet, something I would like to try.

  44. I have yet to buy my first thrift store sweater and felt it, but I’m feeling inspired after I saw your simple and soft stocking.

  45. OK, I really need to start crafting with felt!

  46. That sweater stocking is so cute = and I have the sweaters to make it!

  47. JennE says:

    This stocking is adorable!! I love the pastel colors too!

  48. Jessica C says:

    Super Cute Stocking. I am bookmarking that tutorial!

  49. marie says:

    Wow! great giveaway.

  50. Samina says:

    Too cute! I’m finding myself succumbing to the pull of the projects in this book.

  51. Marcia W. says:

    The coasters as snowflakes sounds like a fun project.

  52. Tabitha says:

    I love the LongThread! I found her via your site last November and I just made the little house pouches this week. I also saved the instructions for that stocking above – so cute and easy! Thanks!

  53. Ramona says:

    Stacked christmas trees and snowflake coasters, two more adorable ideas. This book sounds better and better each day.

  54. Jenn says:

    So excited to see this book!

  55. Katie says:

    The nuckcracker ballet! What an awesome tradition!!

  56. Erin Gustafson says:

    I love the idea of using food as decorations so that more “stuff” doesn’t get thrown into landfills each year. The books looks wonderful!

  57. Christina says:

    I am in love with that stocking!

  58. Deb DeChurch says:

    The book sounds great; I love making felt projects!

  59. Sara says:

    I like this gal! She goes to the Nutcracker every year and decorates with magnolias:) Sounds fabulous!! The stocking looks so soft and cuddly.

  60. Lauren says:

    The snowflake coasters sound super cute!

  61. QSOgirl says:

    ohhhh, gingerbread pound cake!! YUM! I’m going to have to look for a recipe for that now 🙂

  62. Maya says:

    I like the stocking. I like the two different textures of fabric. The snowflake coasters sound interesting too.

  63. thanks so much for the cute stripe-y sock pattern! Can’t wait to take a peek at the book!

  64. Ellen Ban says:

    Love the Nutcracker tradition….Sounds like a fun and especially busy time at Ellen’s house!

  65. Penny Garrison says:

    The candy cone sounds intriguing. I have lots of felt sweaters I need to use. 🙂

  66. Southern Gal says:

    I loved reading this interview. The book would be fabulous!

  67. Anne Marie says:

    Love the stiped stocking.

  68. Brandi shores says:

    This is going to be my second year of making Christmas. Would love to win this!

  69. mona says:

    the book sounds so good…lots of inspiration…maybe I will win a copy.. 🙂

  70. Lori Mousseau says:

    Please put my name in the hat! 🙂

  71. Christine M says:

    I really do think I need to get this beautiful book!

  72. Dana St John says:

    I love the stocking its a great size and shape and the felt mixed with the ribbed fabric is a great contrast, Id love this book. Its Christmas crafting that got me into sewing in general, I enjoy making decorations every year and last year, i decided, why should I stop creating just because Christmas is over?!, and still continue to make things at least every week.

  73. sy says:

    thanks for the interview. birthdays, christmas, and newyear all in December, sounds very busy >.<

  74. Helen says:

    That’s so cute! I think I’ll try and make one for my daughter. I attempted to knit one last year but ran out of time (story of my life!).
    I’d love a copy of the book to make even more cool things 🙂

  75. PeachRainbow says:

    Would love to win this book!

  76. Amy says:

    Ah, the snowflake coasters sounds fabulous! Can’t wait to take a peek at the book and see for myself 🙂

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