Today I want to share insights about “Just Be Claus”, by Robin Kingsley (Bird Brain Designs, a new book recently published by Martingale.

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Catch the holiday spirit with simple and practical hand-embroidery projects starring St. Nick himself. These 24 whimsical projects are guaranteed to keep you in stitches!

  • Enjoy easy-to-stitch projects that make delightful gifts and festive decorations
  • Stitch charming holiday decor, including tea towels, pillows, pincushions, wall hangings, and more
  • Create custom projects by mixing and matching simple, classic Christmas embroidery motifs


About the Author

Robin Kingsley enjoys living and working in her California home and third-floor studio. Her collection of vintage needlework tools and treasures is tucked on shelves and in cupboards, and you can see her love of these goodies reflected in her work. When she’s not playing in the studio or traveling to shows, Robin can be found in her garden, another source of design inspiration. Even when hectic, every day is fun as she plans new designs, stitches new models, and develops patterns and kits.


Robin Kinglsey of Bird Brain Designs is a very talented designer who is well known for her whimsical stitchery designs for redwork, machine embroidery, wool applique’ designs, and much, much more.  And, she is also a fabric designer for Maywood Studio.

Just Be Claus has an absolutely perfect name for Robin’s new book.  It  is packed with 24 fun holiday hand stitchery projects that are all absolutely perfect for decorating your home, as well as making for gifts.  Projects include:  bobbin ornaments, tea towels, mug rugs, hot mats, button hole loops, table runner, stuffed santa (folk art doll), mini pillow, pincushion, wall hangings and more.  And, these projects range in size from 3 1/2″  x 6 1/2″  to 23 1/2″  x 36 1/2″.

Included in this book is a great chapter on embroidery basics (stitchery includes:  backstitch, cross-stitch, french knot, lazy dazy, running stitch, satin stitch, straight stitch, herringbone stitch,feather stitch and tassle stitch.

I think this book is perfect for confident beginners that want to learn to create stunning stitchery projects, but also a “must have” book for those that enjoy stitchery projects and want to make beautiful handmade items for the holidays.  I also think this would be a fun book for Quilt Guilds, or even Quilt Shops to create challenges and/or workshops to make items in this book for swaps, Christmas gift exchanges, even holiday fundraiser bazaars.

I hope you get a chance to check out this new book at your favorite quilt or sewing store.  But if you don’t see it, as it is so new, be sure to let them know about this creative book and that you’d like to have them make it available.  It is such a new book they may not be aware of it.  Of course, don’t forget you can also check this book out at Martingale’s online store, as well as Amazon.


Martingale is hosting a fun giveaway where one lucky winner will receive a copy of this new book, as well as a bundle of Robin’s latest fabric line, Just Be Claus, by  Maywood Studio.  To enter, simply visit Martingale’s blog Stitch and follow instructions on their post that shares more insights about this creative new book.


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5 comments on “Just Be Claus, a book review (and a Giveaway)”

  1. This is cute! I entered on the Martingale blog. Thanks for sharing your diving video, too. Well done!

  2. Looks like a great book would love to make a Santa wall hanging. Thanks for the giveaway.

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