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New Dachshund Napkins

We have been enjoying some incredibly hot weather recently, which meant that none of us wanted to get anywhere near the iron to press and pack a nice big order for devotedtodachshunds.co.uk. After a bit of a reshuffle to find the coolest spot in the studio, we got cracking and they have been sent on their way.

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Wire haired dachshunds looking smart in their red ribbon and bow tie.

Boxed Napkins and Folding

Newly embroidered and ready to be folded with our super technical napkin folding board!

Following on from the success of the dachshund Christmas crackers, we have been asked to create some large napkins. Each set of two napkins is beautifully embroidered with a Mr. & Mrs. Dachshund. The boys are embroidered sporting a smart red bow tie and the girls an elegant ribbon tied in a bow. There are four designs available, including the black and tan, red and new wire haired and long haired dachshunds.

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All the napkins rolled and ready to go.

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All four new designs shown in ivory cotton and natural linen versions.

We are really pleased with the final outcome and we can’t wait to hear what the customers at devotedtodachshunds.co.uk think. In the meantime we are off to celebrate with an ice lolly!

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Our New Dachshund Reusable Crackers

Having teased you all for quite a while now, we are very excited to share our new Dachshund Reusable Christmas Crackers. Designed especially for the lovely Selina, founder of the Devoted to Dachshunds website (devotedtodachshunds.co.uk). The site is a heaven for all sausage dog lovers everywhere, and since embarking on this project we can safely say we all want our own four legged sausage friend!

Dachshund Reusable Christmas Cracker by Kate Sproston Design.

Our brand new reusable Christmas crackers featuring beautifully embroidered festive dachshunds.

The design process starts with some initial research and sketches of possible ideas. We then make some detailed drawings and recreate the chosen image on the computer, converting it to stitch.

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Research and original sketches for the dachshund motifs.

Once we had created the first samples on our own embroidery machines, we took them to the Benton & Johnson factory in Bedworth. They have a huge twelve head embroidery machines which meant twelve crackers could be embroidered at once. We were absolutely fascinated when the machines were in motion, but please excuse the rookie mistake of incorrect camera rotation!

Each cracker was then pressed, crimped and tied. We then added one of our brand new swing tags and boxed them up ready to be sent to their new home.

Reusable Dachshund Christmas Crackers by Kate Sproston Design.

Left: A big pile of the embroidered crackers ready to by rolled and tied. Right: The finished crackers complete with tags ready to be dispatched.

There are four designs to choose from (our favorite is the one in the Christmas jumper) and will be ready to purchase in the Autumn 2015.

Dachshund in Jumper Chrisrmas Cracker by Kate Sproston Design

Our favorite design, a little sausage dog proudly wearing a Christmas jumper.


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Our 5 Favourite Christmas Trends for 2014

Although we are finally enjoying a bit of sunshine, we have been doing some trend research over the last few weeks in anticipation of Christmas 2014. The research has sparked off a flurry of new ideas, as well as shaped some existing ones. Below are our favourite picks from the emerging trends that we wanted to share with you.

 1. Scandi/Nordic

Last year the Scandi or Nordic trend was very popular, incorporating the bold red and white colour scheme with Scandinavian motifs. It seems that the trend will continue throughout this Christmas too, and we were very excited to see the image of our Reusable Christmas Crackers, used as part of a Nordic trend board on the decorazill.com interior decoration blog.

Nordic Trend Board Featuring Kate Sproston Design Reusable Crackers and Nordic Christmas Stocking by Cherie Wheeler Designs.

Left: Our Scandi Reusable Christmas Crackers as part of the Nordic Trend Board, found on http://www.decorazilla.com interior design blog. Right: Nordic Christmas Stocking by Cherie Wheeler Designs on Etsy.

2. Woodland Creatures

You may have noticed that fox and owl imagery has been present in interior décor for quite some time now. Well this Christmas you can fill your home with a whole menagerie of woodland critters. Deer, hedgehogs, racoons, robins, hares and squirrels can all be incorporated in this theme, and add to a fantasy, mystical feel for the home.

Woodland Creature Bottle Brush Christmas Decorations and Woodland Animals Biscuits.

Left: Woodland Creature Bottle Brush Christmas Decorations. Image from unruly-things.com via Pinterest. Right: Woodland Animals Biscuits. Image from Pinterest.

3. Forest Foliage

Quirky and surprising additions to this trend are mushrooms. Not traditionally associated with Christmas, there has been an increase in the popularity of mushrooms to add a woodland statement to a festive room. Couple this with the familiar holly and ivy; branches of berries, nuts and wreaths mean the green foliage of the Christmas tree encompasses the whole room to create a magical forest scene.

Mushroom Christmas Decorations and Evergreen Garland with Pine Cones

Left: Mushroom Christmas Decorations from Fairy Folk on Etsy. Right: Evergreen Christmas Garland with Pine Cones. Image from pinsofmandy.posterous.com via Pinterest.

4. Natural materials

Decorations will be created in a range of natural materials including wood, burlap, linen, tree branches, brown paper and (faux) fur. As well as tying in nicely with the woodland and foliage themes, these natural colours are great as a base to add gold, silver and white accents to.

Lazer Cut Christmas Houses and White Shelves with White, Silver and Gold Christmas Decorations

Left: Lazer Cut Wooden Houses. Image from decorazilla.com via Pinterest. Right: Shelves Displaying a mix of Natural Christmas Ornaments with Touches of Gold and Silver. Image from centsationalgirl.com via Pinterest.

These materials may also be a nod to an increased awareness of natural and eco-friendly fabrics, and our carbon footprint, which brings us onto our final pick of the trends which is…

5. Handmade

As we hand make all our products, this trend is very close to our hearts. Especially at Christmas time when surrounded by friends and family who not only appreciate a handmade gift, but often give us handmade gifts too. Over the last few years this particular trend has become very popular, with individuals wanting to create personal pieces that make for a unique and cosy home. After all, with those long cold nights ahead of us, we may as well grab our knitting needles or sewing thread, and settle down in front of a lovely log fire to wile the hours away until Father Christmas arrives.

 Cookie Mix in a Jar Christmas Gift and Embroidered Heart Brooch Kit.

Left: Cookie Mix in a Jar Christmas Gift. Image from emma-courtney.com via Pinterest. Right: Embroidered Heart Brooch Kit. Image from blog.maggiemakes.com via Pinterest.

In the meantime we had better get busy creating some new products with all the fantastic inspiration we have collected. We look forward to sharing our new designs with you in time for the holidays!

For more inspiration check out our ‘Red Work Christmas’ http://www.pinterest.com/katesproston/red-work-christmas/ and ‘Linen Christmas’ http://www.pinterest.com/katesproston/linen-christmas/ Pinterest boards.