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I learned to embroider when I was a kid, when everyone was really into cross stitch (remember the '80s?). Eventually, I migrated to surface embroidery, teaching myself with whatever I could get my hands on...read more

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Year: 2011

Sixth Day of Christmas: Embroiderer’s Companion Stitch Dictionary!


A stitch dictionary is a Must on every embroiderer’s bookshelf – whether you’re a beginner or an experienced embroiderer. And Yvette Stanton’s stitch dictionaries – The Left-Handed Embroiderer’s Companion and The Right-Handed Embroiderer’s Companion – are excellent choices when it comes to selecting a comprehensive, instructive stitch dictionary.

Today’s give-away is one of these books – the winner’s choice, actually – courtesy of Yvette Stanton of Vetty Creations.

Right Handed Embroiderer's Companion
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Fifth Day of Christmas – Evertite Stretcher Bars!


One of my favorite tools over the past seven or so years of stitching is the Evertite Stretcher Bar frame. Evertite Stretcher Bars are the Rolls Royce of stretcher bar frames for hand embroidery, and today, thanks to Evan Burroughs, the creator and manufacturer of Evertite Stretcher Bar needlework frames, you have an opportunity to win a set!

Evertite Stretcher Bars
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Fourth Day of Christmas – Crewel Embroidery!


Welcome to the Fourth Day of Christmas Give-away! All you crewel embroidery enthusiasts out there will love this one – it is a combination give-away, from Wooly Thread and from Talliaferro Designs. It’s for the whimsical embroiderer and for the serious embroiderer, all rolled into one.

Today’s give-away is one gift, in two parts: a Wool & Hoop crewel kit from Wooly Thread and the latest (and not yet out) Talliaferro Design kit, Paradiso I.

Wool & Hoop Embroidery Kit
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Third Day of Christmas: Japanese Silk – Lots of It!


Today’s give-away came about in a funny way.

I had already decided to do this 12 Days of Christmas series of give-aways, and had drummed up quite a bit of generous and enthusiastic participation from designers, needlework retailers and manufacturers, tool-makers and so forth.

One day, while in the midst of working out the details, I received an e-mail from a reader who had a question about Japanese flat silk. Since the question was a scientific-practical combination one regarding silk, I recommended the reader to contact Michael Cook of Wormspit, who knows a lot about silk. The reader wrote to Michael, who then forwarded the question to me. While we were going in circles, Michael and I struck up a conversation, and he told me about a whole collection of Japanese silk that he had received from Julie Mar, a needlepoint designer.

It so happened that Michael had surplus silk and he was trying to come up with a clever way of getting the silk into the hands of people who would benefit from it, appreciate it, and use it to its full potential. I told him about the 12 Days of Christmas, and he jumped on board!

So, today, thanks to Michael Cook of Wormspit, and Julie Mar of Julie Mar Designs, we have two collections of Japanese flat embroidery silk to give away!

Japanese Embroidery Silk
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First Day of Christmas: Gorgeous Needlepainting Kits & a DVD!


Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas Needlework Give-Away series! I’m very excited about this series of give-aways, each of which is sponsored by the designers, manufacturers, retailers, or artists featured in each give-away post.

For this series of give-aways, entering is very easy. Just read each article completely and follow the instructions at the end of the article.

For the First Day of Christmas give-away, we have three beautiful needle painting embroidery kits from Trish Burr, along with a set of her needle painting instructional DVDs. The winner will receive all three kits and the DVD set.

Trish Burr Needle Painting Kits & DVD
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