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Give-Away! Portuguese Whitework Book


Today, courtesy of Yvette Stanton, I’m giving away another copy of Portuguese Whitework: Bullion Embroidery from Guimarães. If you’d like to know what this book is all about, and what it can teach you about hand embroidery, you’re welcome to read my review of this book that focuses on a beautiful whitework technique.

Portuguese Whitework

If you’d like a chance to win this book and add it to your embroidery library, just follow these simple requirements:

1. Leave a comment below, before 5:00 am (Central Time, USA) Saturday, June 16th. You can click this link to go directly to the comment form on this article. The give-away is now closed – thanks for participating!

2. Please make sure you leave a unique name either in the “name” line on the comment form or as a signature on your comment. If your name happens to be Sue, for example, to distinguish yourself from another Sue, you might put “Sue in Oregon” or something to that effect.

3. In the comment form, please answer the following question:

What’s your favorite type of needlework and why?

It’s that simple!

I’ll draw for a winner on Saturday morning, nice and early, and announce the winner some time that day. If you happen to be the lucky one, you’ll need to drop me a line with your mailing address.

See what I mean by simple?

Good luck!

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(454) Comments

  1. I love to do red work and that’s my favorite. Fascinated by the various lovely stitches used in White work and the beautiful outcome, I have been thinking of starting few white work projects. this book would be best suited for that .
    thanks for the awesome giveaway.


  2. Hi Mary, I appreciate you having another give away for this book. I read through your review the first time, in May & found it to be so beautiful. I enjoy the art of embroidery & find the Portuguese Whitework exquisite. I am happy to have the opportunity to enter to win again. Thanks, Patty Shipe

  3. I love embroidery, cross stitch, old fashioned Bargello- all associated with the happy memory of a disabled Aunt teaching me when I was 8 years old! –numerous years ago!

  4. I haven’t yet discovered what my favorite type of embroidery is. I’ve have tried drawn thread, black work, cross stitch and have loved them all. I started embroidering three years ago so am still in the process of discovery. I learn new techniques from books so would dearly love to have this one.

  5. I don’t think I have a favorite kind of needlework yet, though I’m really a beginner when it comes to anything other than cross-stitch. I haven’t yet had a chance to try much other than that and some very basic embroidery.


  6. Mary,

    You’re asking me to pick a favorite . . . that’s HARD! I guess I’d have to say stumpwork, because it uses so many different stitches and makes me think in three dimensions. I also have been having fun lately incorporating different pulled and drawn stitch techniques into my designs and would love to add some white work techniques to my reference library. I’ve heard lots of good things about this book (and author) so put me in the running on this drawing. Thanks so much for offering it, and everything else you do on your website and blog.


  7. Bom dia! Ainda não desisti 😉
    Adoro bordado crazy porque podemos aplicar todos os pontos e quantas cores queremos, é livre e é muito mais divertido!
    Obrigada por mais esta oportunidade!


  8. Fantastic book! Would love to have it and use it in my crafts. I am getting crazy about white embroidery.

  9. Hi Mary,
    My favorite needlework is any type of lace making, be it knitting, tatting, crochet or bobbin. Would love to try whitework. Thanks for another chance to win this gorgeous book.

  10. Needlework has always been a large part of my life but I have never done whitework. The old pieces of whitework embroidery are so fabulous. I would very much love to try to replicate some of the work they did. I don’t know how old some of the things are that I have but fairly old. The early stitcher’s did such lovely embroidery, this book would help me to try and do as well as they did.

  11. I’m not sure if crazy quilting is an actual needlework form but I love it because I can use all different kinds of embroidery techniques. I have learned so many different stitches since I started going crazy

  12. I am new to all things embroidery. Have admired it for years and would love to learn the techniques in this lovely book. Thank you for the give-away and the opportunity to be included in the draw.

  13. Having had the opportunity to purchase some now cherished whitework while visiting the UK, I would LOVE to have a book to cherish as well.
    Thank You for offering this!!!

  14. I love most forms of embroidery but to choose just one I would have to say whitework. I would love to try the Portuguese Whitework. The book looks excellent.

  15. This is one book that I really would love to have. I love white on white in any form and this one especially appeals to me. Also, it looks easy enough to accomplish!

  16. My favorite needlework is creating a tiny sweater or rug for a dollhouse completely in French knots! Yup, a rug can measure 2 1/2″ x 5″ all in french knots, this takes about 1800 french knots per square inch.

  17. I love bullions, but I’ve only done them on children’s clothes. Would love to win this book!

  18. Fancy-work – needlework using stranded or perle though love the feel of wool on wool for crewel embroidery. I love doing insects – dragonflies, butterflies (side on), crickets, grubs. Since I love variegated (Cottage Garden) threads the creature bullion is always a surprise. I love roses. The longest wrap so far was 156 for Noah’s Ark.
    I would love Yvette’s book but can I just discipline myself to white for once.
    Yes, because the work is beautiful & to be treasured,

    Thank you for the giveaway Mary.

  19. i love hand embroidery,have done some Indian types too-like katha kasauti and kutchi. now trying my hand at Hardanger,and cut-work.now a chance for whitework?
    ansu chennai

  20. My favorite type of embroidery has always been crewel. I have enjoyed your daily postings and have recently had the urge to own every embroidery thread I can get my hands on ( ! ) and to try some new techniques. I have a beautiful white work baby doll blanket that someone made for me when I was a child. After reading your posts and seeing such interesting pictures I have the white work bug now and would love a book to get me started.

  21. I have done all types of embroidery over the years but presently I am trying to acquire a certain dexterity in thread painting. Trish Burr is a great teacher for that. Portugese embroidery is my next goal and winning Yvette Stanton’s book would be wonderful since it is not available around here. Have a great day.

  22. Mary, I love silk ribbon embroidery and embroidery with beads. I am doing embroidery on a crazy quilted bear at this time. Whitework looks interesting as well as challenging and would be lots of fun to try on an all white bear.
    Gita from Cinnaminson

  23. I have 2 favourites that are very closely linked – needle painting and stumpwork. There is a huge degree of satisfaction for me in completing a piece stitched in either of these techniques. The more I stitch the more I am amazed at how lifelike embroidery can become.
    These are closely followed by whitework though, and I usually have at least one piece on the go. So winning this book would be just wonderful. Thank you for the opportunity.

  24. I love embroidery. Over the past year I’ve been experimenting with using embroidery on a few different types of quilts. Of course, I love beautiful crazy quilts, but I’ve made an heirloom baby quilt, not using any machine embroidery like many of the heirloom quilts are made. I hand embroidered it and I’ve made a heavily embroidered wool quilt (for the wall). Right now I am working on a quilt using parts of antique linens and… I want to do whitework embroidery on it. I would absolutely love to learn more about Portuguese Whitework so I can use it on this quilt! Thank you for offering these giveaways!

  25. I quilt, do embroidery, crewel work, latchhooking and sew. I can’t say which is my favorite, just whichever I am working on at the time. Seem to have one of each going all the time. All of these skills were taught to me by both grandmother and Mom. Working on them brings me closer to those 2 strong and wonderful women and gives me a feeling of generational continuity. I am teaching my granddaughter to do these things. I haven’t tried this particular type of needlework, but always want to try new methods.

  26. I love crewel work. I love the variety of colors, the ability to do some really neat blending and the linen twill.

  27. I love your blog and have learned so very much! This book looks fasinating and I want to learn this technique. I do crazy quilting so I love to incorporate lots of different stitches, silk ribbons, lace and other embellishments into my work.
    thanks for provide us with your comments and instructions!
    Libby from Arlington, Texas
    (We lived briefly in Kansas – I loved the area and it was painful to leave!)

  28. My favorite type of needlework is whatever I am working on … I have been smocking for many years but also enjoy hardanger, embroidery to embellish a piece of clothing, sewing my own blouses with many variations…. I just like to have a needle in my hand and an idea in my head. This book has already caught my eye … what exciting stitching I can do!

  29. my favorite is redwork embroidery. or blue or green. it’s simple easily transport. I just done a set of Now I lay me down to sleep blocks for grandson in blue thread #517. now just need to put together in baby / toddler quilt.

    Joanie in West TN

  30. Embroidery has always been my first love. My mother taught me when I was very young and provided me with the materials to explore it further. I have since explored many types of needlework and have enjoyed the experiences as well as the projects I’ve completed.

    I really love the long history embroidery has endured and the vast applications it has. Embroidery blends well with other needlework as well. A tunisian stitched afghan can be enhanced with embroidery, a quilt can have added charm when embroidery is added to the blocks and hand quilting is basically embroidery to begin with. And of course, embroidery can stand on its own as a type of needlework.

    I love all forms of needlework and am constantly teaching myself new techniques but my love of needlework all started with my introduction to embroidery.

  31. This question is like asking me to pick a favorite child! I cannot answer. The two things I like the best are counted canvas work and multi-stitch samplers. At least that’s my answer this morning.

    If I win this book, I’ll be donating it to my EGA Chapter library.

  32. My favourite is cross stitch, I love watching a picture come to life. Would love to expand my stitching skills and give myself a challenge, and this looks perfect

  33. I am currently stitching Luzine’s Happel’s Schwalm Whitework project, it has me curious to learn more about this type of stitching. Yvette does beautiful work and her bullion stitches….well is there a word for needlework like that…perfection, maybe? Thank you Mary, for introducing me to Whitework and for sharing the inspiration of truly excellent needleworkers. It is through their example, we strive to do our best work.

  34. Wow! Would really enjoy learning these stitches. I’ve never heard of Portuguese White Work. Black or Red never White


  35. I do several kinds of needlework, but I think hand embroidery can be so creative. Taking a blank piece of fabric and adding a variety of stitches…..I love learning new stitches.

  36. well…. 🙂 I’m beginner in embroidery, but I love all free types of needlework. surface stitching, knots and others things I can combine in my own method 🙂
    I’d be happy to get this book to learn more!
    thank you for opportunity! 🙂

  37. A difficult question to answer. I love ‘Bordado de Viana do Castelo and Drawnthread work, but I guess I do love drawn thread work more!! My grandmothers used to do it, and I loved using those sheets. I do smaller things though. Its like working out a puzzle, and if you were careless enaugh to pull extra threads, its fun redesigning, and a pleasure to watch as it takes form. And the the weaving is so soothing!! Just love it.

  38. Hi Mary- I love hand embroidery of all types. None of that machine stuff for me. This book has been on my wish list since I first read your review. Thank you for the chance to own it. Debra

  39. I have been experimenting with both Italian whitework stitches and Irish whitework (Mountmellick) projects over the last two years and have just seen my first piece of Portuguese whitework. WOW!! There is so much in common in this pieces but also so different. I would love to continue my “journey” in whitework with this book. Thanks for the opportunity to comment.

  40. My favorites in stitching are Hardanger and quilting. Enjoy your reading your email posts.

  41. Marty in Oklahoma.

    I love doing anything in embroidery. I love all of the different embroidery stitches. I have just started doing some redwork. I would love to win this book and try this also.

  42. I love blackwork! Although I really enjoy other types of work, there is something soothing about seeing a pattern emerge from simple monochrome and simple stitches. It can be used in so many different applications too! I’d really love to try my hand at this whitework too!

  43. I love the look of all hand embroidery. Used to do a lot of Crewel and Counted Cross Stitch. Have recently gotten interested in adding all kinds of Stitchery to my quilting. Love the combination of arts. Through your emails I have become interested in these other – new to me – styles of Stitchery. Can’t wait to try new things!

  44. My favorite type of embroidery to do myself is
    cross stitch, but white work has my vote as to
    the type of embroidery I admire the most. Yvette Stanton is a master in this beautiful
    form of art work.

  45. Thanks for another opportunity to win this great book. My favorite type of needlework to do is Crewel embroidery. I love the bold colors and texture you can achieve with various stitches. My favorite needlework to look at is Ayshire embroidery as found on mid-nineteenth century Victorian christening gown as found in the UK. The skill of the stitcher, the variety of fillings and the designs are all amazing to me. How did these women, and children in many cases, do such fine work without artificial lights? It boggles my mind.

  46. I think this book would be a wonderful addition to my bookshelf. The whitework on the cover is just beautiful!

    1. I forgot to say that I don’t have a single favorite type of needlework I think they are all beautiful and fascinating in their own way!

  47. My favorite type of needlework – all of them! No, I really think that I lean towards anything counted. I have an affinity for symmetry, so anything on a grid, for me, is wondeful. Hardangar, blackwork, pulled, etc……..That is not to say that I don’t like other types of needlework. I have tried nearly all techniques and keep coming back to my counted grids!!!! This is one I haven’t tried as such, but I have used the stitches in other things. To learn to put them together in this way would be very interesting. Thank you for the opportunity of trying, Mary.

  48. My favorite type of needlework seems to be whatever I’m working on at the moment. Why? becasue i love diversity and also the challenge of something new. Right now my first pulled thread work, recently presented at our chapter of The Embroiders’ Guild. I’m doing the second small piece — originally desgned for a pincushion, I plan to use them as keepable greeting cards for family and friends.

    Take Joy, Marlene

  49. My favorite needlework to do is crewel embroidery because of the texturex you can acheive with the various patterns. My favorite embroidery to view is Ayshire white work as found on mid-nineteenth century Victorian christening gowns from the UK, The variety of patterns, the fillings, the skill of the needleworker I find amazing. Especially since these were usually women and children living in humble circumstances without artificial lighting. Amazing!

  50. My favorite stitch so far is the stem stitch but you see I am a novice stitcher and I come to your site so I can learn that there is so much more to learn and try. Thank you very much for teaching us and having this giveaway.

  51. Olá Mary,
    Sou Portuguesa!
    Adoro bordado de Guimarães, mas os meus bordados favoritos são os “lenços de namorados” de Viana do Castelo, Portugal, pela tradição, cor e alegria dos motivos, conhece?
    Aproveito a oportunidade para agrader todas as suas lições, Obrigada

  52. I find sewing by hand is very satisfying, although I do use a machine for large projects, so I would have to say that my favourite needlework style is whatever I’m currently working on! And I love books on any kind of sewing. Even if I never make the patterns I enjoy leafing through for inspiration. Having spent 18 months on a very colourful applique sampler, I’m now on small and monochrome!


  53. My favorite type of embroidery has to be freeform surface. I only know this and cross stitch. I read an awful lot about other types, but I’m still learning about the ones I have a little experience with. I feel a little lost. Like I don’t really know what I’m doing. I taught myself not really following a single source of instruction. I’d like to learn a different type in a more structured way. Start over sort of. And this Portuguese whitework is very different (an exciting challenge). I like that it incorporates drawn thread and whitework (2 new things!) but there are only a few stitches to use. From your review, I think I could handle it. And AND no one I know does it. So the uniqueness is appealing.

    Thanks for the additional giveaway! And thanks for asking that question. It incited a little introspect.

  54. My favorite type of needlework is what ever I am working on at the time. Right now I am doing a lot of smocking and embroidery embelishments to my granddaughters outfits. The one type I have never done but have always loved and wanted to learn is White Work. It would be so exciting to add this to my collection and use some of the techniques in a christning gown for our next grand child.

  55. The book is informative. In the caribbean I do some whitework but these are lovely, and the instructions are clear.

  56. What a wonderful book. Cutwork, hardanger,drawn thread I love it all. Nothing like the joy of creating with such delicate techniques. Thank you for the chance to win a book that will benefit any cutwork lover.

  57. I would love to see more of this work. The talents of yesterday have gone by and will be soon forgotten.

  58. My “favorite” changes depending on my mood and what has most recently caught my fancy. But regardless of the technique, my preferences almost always tend towards the traditional techniques. . .whitework, blackwork, stumpwork….the list goes on and on.

  59. You are so generous with your time, your expertise and your books! I love any lacy raised embroidery, and being able to use a variety of stitches and materials.
    White work always reminds me of my family’s village in France and the linens they used to have.

  60. Hi, I would love to do a project in all whitework. I have done some but
    never a whole project in all whitework. I love cross stitch, blackwork, crazy quilting. Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful book. Theresa

  61. I’d have to say it’s a toss up between hardanger and cross-stitch. I know cross-stitch isn’t the most challenging of stitches, but it’s very satisfying to me. I frequently toss in a few other stitches for fun, but I love the flexibility of cross stitch. As with threadpainting, the stitch is secondary to the move of colors – if it’s done well, the stitch itself simply disappears. And I love hardanger for it’s purity and because it’s part of my heritage. Picking up additional whitework skills makes sense, as I believe hardanger was deepened as women were brought back to cold Scandinavia by the Vikings (how’s that for bodice-ripping, romance-novel stuff?).

  62. I agree with the other readers, it is difficult to pick a favorite. However, I love Hardanger with it’s precise outline and as another form of whitework, has the same monotone simplicity and beauty.
    This book would be a welcome addition to my embroidery library.

  63. Amazing work, with so much history behind it. My grandmother had skills in white work, and I too have the desire to learn this beautiful art. Thanks for sharing.

  64. Must have made an error in my address? sorry.

    This to make a correction, if so. Peggy

  65. Favourite type?? That is too hard! It is just whatever I am doing at the moment – which right now, is a blackwork sampler! But after I am on to the next project, who knows!

  66. I love surface embroidery on children’s clothing from day gowns to smocked dresses. An anytime I can add a touch of handwork to a special garment I embellish !!!

  67. Hi Mary,

    Thanks for another opportunity. I love cross stitch and embroidery with beads and ribbon.

    Jan B. in Florida.

  68. My favorite type of needlework is English smocking. I love how it manipulates fabric, shaping it, gathering it, etc., and yet it still includes the beautiful embroidery that just adds to the art.
    I love all kinds of needlework, and I am always interested to learn something new, or improve on techniques I already know. I have long appreciated Portuguese whitework for it textural appeal. I would love to have thie book to learn more about it.

  69. Hello Mary,

    My favorite embrodery type is Crewel. I just love the different stitches and colors. I’m learning a lot from your daily emails and share them with my embrodery friends. For a long time now I wanted to learn Whitework and this book on Portuguese Whitework seems to be the perfect opportunity.
    Johanne Casella

  70. Héééél graag zou ik inaanmerking komen voor dit bijzondere boek. maar er is al zoveel belangstelling, zodat mijn kans wel erg klein is. Juist deze vorm spreekt mij nu bijzonder aan,na Wessex Stitchery, canvas,vr4ij borduren etc. Het boek is WELKOM!!!

  71. Currently my favorite type of needlework is silk ribbon embroidery because I just took a class, and it’s a lot of fun, but I could have a new favorite very soon if I win this book

  72. G’day Mary, and Yvette,
    Thank you both for this special opportunity.
    White and cream on same or each other have always greatly appealed to me. I probably would say though that freeform embroidery, which incorporates a good many types of embroidery including made as you go what-evers, and whitework techniques too, is my favourite. I just start with a smallish piece of fabric and stitch, tuck, stitch, gather, spread, stitch, stitch, stitch, sort of thing. I like those soft upholstery type fabrics that are a different colour or tone on front and reverse. With some folding over, both sides can be incorporated and it can become sky and land or sea etc. Two pieces of fabric can be basted together to get the same effect or better with one textured/patterned. Little beads add dimension and mystery, tucked into a ‘creviced’ tuck.
    Sorry, not ‘sposed to be a runaway how-to. Yeah, small freeform pieces.
    Cheers, Kath from Oz

  73. I used to love to watch my grandmother do whitework. I should have taken the time then to learn it from her but I was a kid and my thoughts were not what they are today. I do have to thank her and my mother for teaching me the basics of embroidery and the enjoyment I get from doing it today. Whenever I embroidery I think of both of them and it brings back a lot of good memories. Now when I look at whitework, tatting and some of the other skills that not everyone can teach you I think of my grandmother and the lost opportunity I missed out on as a child. I am trying to pass on what I have learned to my children and grandchildren and would to learn new skills to pass on to them. I love to read books especially those that give instructions on things so I can learn some of the beautiful stitches I used to watch my grandma and mother do. Why do children wait till it is too late to learn from the ones that have mastered the skills so well?

    1. I forgot to add my favorite to do is the basic embroidery because you need that fondation to learn all the other stitches.

  74. Counted cross stitch for me! Although I do love experimenting with different kinds of needlework.

  75. I have been studying Berlin Embroidery lately and do mainly canvas work, but I’ve been thinking that some whitework would make some great table linens.
    This would give me incentive to at least begin another UFO. Debbie

  76. I love “White embrodery” because it’s very difficult but so beautiful, and I learn every day with it.Thanks for your site.Véronique in france(yvelines)

  77. I enjoy almost all counted techniques, especially Hardanger. Any book by Stanton is a worthy addition to a needleworker’s library.

  78. That is a tough question but… I must say Castelo Branco is my favourite embroidery… I just love it! Thanks for this new chance at this book.

  79. I am in the process of gathering textiles for white work .Keepsakes to be given to my daughters. My way of passing along beauty and a bit of history .white work has my attention ,as I am trying to learn from books and your review was very encouraging.I appreciate this chance to receive this wonderful book.


  80. I have not done that much needlework in the past, mostly kits for LeeWards. Crewel work with the 3D effect always attracted me. I guess as I get older and busier, stretching my artistic side as a diversion is looking more attractive. I have enjoyed Machine embroidery, but you can not be a part of the family if the Machine is in the other room, crowded with other machines/mechanical stuff and computers….they are the colder/harder family members.

  81. I love doing Red work. I would love to see how this beautiful White work is done. I am a quilter and love to incorporate Red wok into my quilting

  82. Hi Mary. I’d love to add this book to my library as I’ve recently fallen in love with hand embroidery, and I’m interested in learning all about every style. I’m not sure I could choose one type of needlework as my favorite as I needle tat, knit a bit, and now have been doing embroidery for about a year and a half, but if I had to choose, I’d say needle tatting. I’ve completed one white CQ piece, and have another started. Portuguese Whitework would certainly give me more stitching variety! Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.

  83. It’s that simple? LOL. Right now I am finding choosing a favourite to be very difficult! While cross stitch is sort of my default stitch, when I need something easy, I think the most honest answer is that my favourite stitch is the latest one I have learned. So I am very eager to improve my bullions and branch out with whitework, and because I already have one of Yvette’s other books, I know I will be in good hands with her!

  84. My favorite kind of needlework is the kind I feel really proud of when finished.

  85. I all honesty I can’t answer that question! I enjoy trying them all and think they all are special w/ their differences. I like whitework alot because the lack of color shows all the beautiful texture. It is simple and elegant!! There are some that I don’t like as well. Cross stitch doesn’t have enough texture and depth for me; and brazillian is TOUGH to work with those slippery threads. Needlework is art and I love it all 🙂

  86. The simple, colorful embroidery women have used to personalize their homes always pleases me, no matter the style or level of skill.

  87. Please please please! I love her books. Have now been following her blog and got her other book (Ukranian) and going to do it!

    Then I can skip countries and to Portugal!

    Love your blog and info Mary. You do a great service to the handwork community!

  88. My favorite type of needle work to stitch is shadow embroidery. I love the look of colored thread showing through the fabric. I have made several baptismal gowns with white on white. I love that look as well. Your web site is a treasure trove of information. I really appreciate all of your hard work.

  89. Whitework and silk/metal thread embroideries are my favorite — both for the way light reflects off the threads and thread directionality to create shading and other effects. I also really appreciate the challenge of working an all white piece, yet achieving so many varied visual effects. With silk/metal thread, it’s all about the tremendous colors available and the “glitz” of the gold (and other metals)!

  90. Thank you so much for these various opportunities to LEARN and PRACTICE. Bullion stitches are my nemesis and I keep trying. Practice makes perfect and what a way to maybe pick up some good tips. Thanks so much for broading my knowledge.

  91. Something I don’t know how to do and what a GREAT opportunity to learn how to do it. Would love to win and give it a try.

  92. I think my favorite is smocking, with the embroidery (mostly bullions) that goes with it. It’s so much fun to produce a cute little dress with flowers on the collar or something…

  93. I have always loved whitework. In fact, the first class I ever took was whitework. However, I am beginning to move into the crewel arena.
    Louise from B’port.

  94. Cool, give away! Thank you and Yvette Stanton for doing this.

    My current favorite needlework style is blackwork or rather monochrome work. I like how limiting color choice causes the embroiderer to concentrate on motif, stitch and texture. I’m even more entranced by how limiting color and stitches can emphasize the beauty of a design rather than obscuring it. It’s like distilling the essence of a flower and receiving a bouquet in return.


  95. I love all types of needlework but my passion is counted thread samplers. When designing I add other types of needlework to my samplers such as stitches commonly used in Needlepoint or Crazy Quilting. I have tried almost every type of needlework but always come back to samplers.

  96. My favorite type of needlework is knitting. I do others, as well, and I enjoy embroidery, but if I try to add up hours spent doing needle work, or if I count completed projects, I come up with more time spent knitting than anything else. I enjoy your embroidery “lessons” and updates. Aing from Wisconsin

  97. Mary, My favorite type of needlework is surface embroidery, and crewel embroidery. I also like to do punchneedle once in a while.
    Sharon K.

  98. This is so lovely, it would be a great addition to any collection. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  99. My favorite type of embroidery is Brazilian Dementional Embroidery but I don’t do it as much as regular embroidery. I love doing the bullion stitch.
    Between you and Yvette Stanton my embroidery has greatly improved. Just watching your tutorials and going back to Yvette’s left handed directions I’ve been able to accomplish a lot.
    I’d really love to win Yvette’s book on Portuguese Embroidery.

  100. Hi,

    The cover gives me goose bumps so I bet the insides are pure ecstacy.

    Thanks for the offer,

  101. Pleae exclude me from the draw!
    I already have the book and it is excellent!
    I could not wait to make a small beginner piece and I hurried to blog about it too:-)

    My favorite type of needlework is crewel – and I can’t wait til october when I will learn from no other than Philippa Turnbull – wow!!

  102. I love embroidery! My favorite is Redwork. I love collecting all the old patterns from 1800s through the 1940s. I would love to do
    some whitework. Thanks for the chance to win!

  103. I love embroidery with its myriad of stitches and techniques which I use for a multiple of creations, from the clothing for my tiny miniature bears to pincushions. I was fascinated to read your earlier review on Portuguese white work and immediately started ‘googling’ to find out more. Made a note of lots of different ideas to try out in the future, the book would be a wonderful addition to my library.

  104. Hi Mary – Thanks for another giveaway. I would love to win this book. Whitework/lacework fascinate me. I do Hardanger and have repaired lace too. I also do counted thread, canvas, cross stitch, beading, temari,etc. My favorite is Brazilian dimensional embroidery because it’s challenging and the colors are awesome. There are lace techniques, stumpwork techniques, traditional embroidery stitches, and stitches that have just been invented. I have begun to combine techniques. I don’t yet know about Portuguese whitework but I’d love to!

    Thanks again. Judy

  105. Oh boy, I enjoy Needle Painting the most right now. It is because of the freedom in stitching. When your done it’s your work and there are really only “guidlines” to follow. I love that!! Thread Painting gives me freedom with my stitching!!!

  106. I’ll have to say embroidery, as I get bored doing the same stitch over and over and over….even if color changes are done. Also Hardanger, loved doing the weaving bits, although snipping the fabric was a bit nerve-wracking.

  107. Cross stitch is my favorite because you can embroider such deailed pieces they look like photographs.

  108. My favorite type of embroidery is thread painting. I love the way the colors melt into each other and create realistic designs. I thinks it’s calming and beautiful.

  109. bravo vos ouvrages sont très utiles j’ai beaucoup appris avec vous toute sorte de points de broderie je vous remercie infiniment

    moi j’aime la couture pour enfants parce que j’ai mes 2 petites filles agées de 9ans et 6ans

    mon adresse : hammouda Rue 431 n°25 ERAC YAHCHECH AGADIR MAROC

  110. I would say Hardanger is my favorite right now, but I’ve never tried whitework. I like the delicate lacy look of hardanger pieces. Thanks for offering this giveaway!

  111. Looks like a beautiful book-thanks for the chance. I am still learning so I don’t have a favorite embroidery technique yet-but I do love working with wool threads

  112. Oh what a beautiful book and I would like to be the one that gets it. I love white work. It is so relaxing not to have to change colors all the time. Please, please I hope I get it.

  113. My favorite is drawn thread embroidery and I remember always wanting to do pieces like my grandmother had done

  114. This question is a tough one; I suppose, my preferences change a bit. I used to love doing Richelieu, than during a couple of years I did a lot of puncetto needle lace and now I am doing some portuguese embroidery, although not the Guimaråes embroidery from the book (but Castelo Branco). I think my next project will be a reticella piece. Hardanger too, is pretty, or blackwork or… there are just so many different styles, it is hard to choose. But of course I would love to learn more about the embroidery style described in the book, as it looks just beautiful!

  115. Hi!

    I love whitework embroidery. The simplicity, the organic look and the purity of the work, I love all of it. But the beauty of the work is also in the technic and in the choice of the material. An another book of whitework in my librairy, would be great and a good occasion for me to learn an another technic.

    Nathalie C.

  116. One? we must choose only one? …:::sighs:::… I’d have to choose Hardanger then for its pure texture without the distraction of color. You’ve missed my birthday by only one month (May 13th), but having this book would make an excellent apology.
    Excellent give-away ~ thank you!

  117. Hi Mary
    I would love to own this book – in fact it has been on my wish list at Amazon for a while now but it is an extra for the time being.
    However, our guild is studying all forms of whitework next season so it would be a great addition to my library or the guilds.
    I have been embroidering for years but I am relatively new to the guild and I am learning all sorts of great things.
    Thanks for being so generous
    Beth in Godfrey ON

  118. I enjoy whitework. I love learning new types. This would be a wonderful book. Thanks for the oppotunity.

  119. Favorite type of embroidery? You must be kidding!!! I don’t know any that I really DON’T like. And there is an embroidery for every type of mood — sometimes I like the challenge of small, intricate single-strand silk embroidery. Then there is the “quick-and-dirty” of bold Arts & Crafts style with perle cottons. The theraputic “no-brainer” of cutwork embroidery — how many thousands of button-hole stitches can I make in an hour? And the predictable thrill of following a counted cross-stitch chart. And there is ALWAYS the “discovery” of various ethnic embroideries — which is why I would love to have this book! Maybe I’ll be the lucky one THIS time!!

  120. Ooooh! I’d love to add this to my little library! I’m a relatively new stitcher, but I adore redwork, especially in quilting! Denise @ Count it *all* JOY!!! 🙂

  121. There are so many interesting types of needlework that I can’t narrow this down to a favorite. In a couple months I will be taking a white work class, my first. The book looks lovely, but I would really like it for my friend who will be teaching the white work class and loves white work.

  122. My current favorite form of embroidery is stump work. It is such fun to incorporate a variety of embroidery techniques and work in three dimensions. I love the historical pieces that told a story and modern ones that contain visual surprises like a tiny bug hidden in the leaves oF a flower. So much of life is serious. This wonderful form of embroidery is delightfully playful.

    Thanks for your wonderful emails. Your work is so inspiring and your how to’s are beautifully clear.

  123. I enjoy all types of embroidery which is why I crazy quilt. It lets me be free to do whatever type and style of embroidery possible and it all looks great together. This book would only serve to give me a basis for yet another type of hand work.

  124. I have never tried Portuguese Whitework but it looks very interesting. I would enjoy going through the book and picking a piece to try

  125. What an excellent book. Exquisite examples well photographed with some good projects. It really promotes whitework and hand embroidery. thank you for your review and bring it to our attention.

  126. My favorite type of needlework is stumpwork – I’ve just seen amazing pieces that can be so stunningly real. It lends itself to creativity as well since you can figure out how to portray just about anything in embroidery with the additional dimensions.

  127. Hi Mary,

    My favorite forms of embroidery are openwork and drawn thread work, with Hardanger being at the top of the list. A close second is silk ribbon work, and often my projects combine touches of both. I’ve not had the pleasure of trying this beautiful Portugese whitework, but would love to try, especially as we’re supposed to be taking a trip to Portugal in early spring 2013 if all goes well.

    Thanks for your generosity,

    Cathy in PA

  128. Hello,

    I love all kinds of needlework. I am always eager to learn some new techniques as well.
    And I do believe this is a great giveaway.
    So I would love to win this book.
    Kind regards,

  129. Right now my favorite is blackwork, since that is what my current project is. But I would love try to Portuguese whitework!

  130. I love any needlework that is extreme in detail…white work, gold work, dimensional stump work, knitting, etc…everything you do becomes heirlooms and pieces of art.

  131. Hi Mary,
    My favorite type of needlework is embroidery enhanced with color crayons. The shading of the crayons gives the embroidery a subtle hint of color without having to do applique. Thank you for the chance to win this lovely book!

  132. Hello

    I’m from Israel it is allready half a year since i became a member of your mail list.
    I enjoy every moment of reading .
    My most intersting is in white emberoidery from the world.
    Yvette Stanton is my favorite and I have a lots of her book.
    Hope to get it and learn to stich this interesting work.

  133. I do love Hardanger embroidery because it looks so crisp and clean in white – as does this portuguese whitework; beautiful.

  134. This portuguese embroidery is absolutely beautiful. I am starting to think this would become my favourite, if I could learn to master it! 🙂

  135. Hi Mary,

    My favourite needlework to do is crewel. But every time I see whitework I’m overcome with desire. And I think, if only I had some good instruction, I could make something like that! Portuguese whitework is particularly appealing to me because of all the bullions. I love the texture!

    As always, thanks for wonderful giveaway!

  136. Have been doing embroidery and counted cross stitch for so long but would love to learn all of these other beautiful stitches. It would be so exciting and rewarding.

  137. Hello Mary,

    I was annoyed at myself for not submitting a comment last time you gave this book away, thank you for another opportunity! I’m a newbie to the sewing/needlework world, I’ve been a knitter for 45years but have always wanted to add this exquisite craft to my repertoire. I stumbled upon your site a few months ago and immediately created a folder on my computer where I place all your mailings. Some of the books you have referenced have whetted my appetite and have encouraged me to begin a project. I also enjoy your style of writing, keep up the humor! BTW, LOVE your Medallion!

  138. Good morning, Mary!

    My favorite type of embroidery is silk shading. Thank you for this opprtunity. Have a beautiful day!

    Maria VF

  139. My favorite type of needleword is Brazilian embroidery. I love the wonderful colors of the rayon threads, their ability to create dimensional flowers and the actual feel of the threads as I work with it. Trying new types of needleword with that thread is something I really enjoy.

    Mary C. in Washington State

  140. I’ve been an embroiderer for many, many years, but only with the internet have I realized there are so many more stitches and types of embroidery than I ever knew about. Also, books of this quality are not available in my small town. This book would be a treasury for me. Thank you for offering it.

  141. Since a few weeks I’m started again with brodery.And it is so exciting to see that with needle and tread and some linnen we can make so many beautiful things.
    I thought that portugese brodery was with bleu tread only. I would like to have the book because it will give the opportunity to find out more about this beautiful brodery.
    Greetings from Belgium.

  142. My favorite type of embroidery changes with the project I am currently working on. There are so many styles of embroidery and one day I hope to be able to interpret a design and use all kinds of styles in one piece of work. i would have to say studying about all the techniques is my favorite part of embroidery too.

  143. My favorite type of needlework? Hard to say as I always love what I’m working on or I don’t do it. I’m not a big fan of counted work – too much counting and not enough creativity. I really do love embroidery where I can just stitch along and only refer to a chart for colors or placement of my stitches. So, this would include redwork, crazy quilting, ribbon emboirdery, even Brazilian – I love color. But I’m now coming to appreciate whitework and am starting to explore all forms of it. I guess my favorite type of embroidery is a piece that combines it all!

  144. My favorite would have to be redwork, since red is my favorite color! I’m fond of crewel, too, but need to do more. Would love to win this book – this looks so elegant!

  145. Mornin’ Mary!
    Thanks for the opportunity once again! My favorite embroidery technique is crewel. I love working not only with wool, but with many other threads, too. I like mixing stitches to make different textures. Glad it is becoming popular again! I do like using all kinds of techniques, too. One of the fun things about embroidery is that there is always something new to learn!

  146. My favorite needle work is Whitework although I’m a beginner and have just started trying this type…I would love to have this book so I would have a reference to learn this type of needlework correctly. I love reading you articles and currently only know regular embroidery & love silk ribbon embroidery at a novice level. I do use you tips & those of your readers to keep project books & have started memory types of embroidery so my family will have items to keep of many special times in our lives. Thank you so much for this give away I would just love to be the winner of such a great prize Donna from Colorado

  147. I design my own quilt patterns for my family and friends. Embroidery is a large part of that process. Sometimes I pick a design from the fabric to recreate but I have also used free form and patterns. White work is so beautiful and owning this book would be a fantastic addition. Thank you for the chance to win.

  148. I love embroidery and needlepoint. Working with threads, textures and colors is wonderful and fine. I would like very much to learn about whitework. Thank you Mary, your tutorials are the best.

    Shelia in Oklahoma

  149. Thank you for offering another book for a lucky winner. The photos are so beautiful that it makes you want to immediately start a project. Trying to expand my stitching experience and this is an interesting technique.

  150. My favorite type of embroidery would have to be Crewel, I like the richness and fullness of wool yarns on burlap, wish I could kind more kits. I am an artist and I draw on all types of fabrics, I began a Sea theme on a denim cover shirt when Free Willy came out, on a visit to Monterey CA, ladies begged me to sell it right off my back. The Art of Needlework is a love that is given to friends and family. Thanks for so many tips and lessons…my Mother taught me from her linens and table covers she did when I was a baby.

  151. Until recently, my favorite embroidery was counted crosstitch. Last year, however, I retired, and now I have time to learn other styles. I bought a whole suitcase of tapestry yarn off eBay, and a book from Amazon, and now I am teaching myself crewel. I hope, eventually, to work my way up to gold woork, as the project you did was awesome.

  152. I learned embroidery at my Mom’s knee when about 5-6 years old. Now I am 85 and loving the simple embroidery that I now do. You are the closest teacher I have and love learning from you. I am comtemplating something more than the simple addition that I am adding to my applique plus Trish Berg’s work. I can only hope that this book will be added to the few embroidery books that I have been able to acquire that are on my shelf. Thank you for your willingness to share and being my teacher every morning.

  153. Hello,

    I´m still just begining with needle work, but I love playing with different embroidery stitches!


  154. Heirloom embroidery and hemstitching is one of my favorite stitches. I would love to win this book, because I’ve got some cream colored cotton strips that need those bar stitches and florals! Of course, I’d be happy for anyone who wins it, though!

  155. I am currently in love with crazy quilting. It allows for so much creativity of design and types of stitching. I would love to win the book as I am also drawn to the white work. Thanks for the chance to win.

  156. I am an avid lover of 17-18th century crewel embroidery, Jacobean is my favorite. I’ve been stitching in this style for over 40 years and simply love it.

    Just had the opportunity to visit Boston and see an 18th c. American embroidery exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts. I was in 7th heaven!

    I would love to win the Portuguese Whitework book which highlights the Bullion stitch, one of my favorites and used in a completely different way.

  157. I especially enjoy embroidery that has historical significance to me. My grandmother taught me many needlework techniques and I love to attempt to create items that I remember seeing her cherish in her home. I do remember her pressing her freshly washed linens on the mangle (an old ironing device) and the look and smell of crisp clean linen embroideries stays with me 50 years later. This book would serve as further inspiration to create many more cherished items to honor the talents of my grandmother and her willingness to teach another generation.

  158. I love all kinds of embroidery but my favourite stitch just has to be the humble but oh so versatile running stitch. In particular I love Kantha but running stitch offers up endless possibilities. I also love whitework especially Mountmellick and Carrickmacross lace. This book would be a valued and exciting addition to my textile and embroidery library. Thank you for offering it as a giveaway. Good luck to everyone entering!

  159. My current favorite needlework is crazy quilting. I am trying to learn new stitches and attempting to combine different stitches to create unique designs. It is a challenge! I do love the bullion stitch and need to add some to my cq.

  160. Hi Mary, I’d like to have this book because is not yet in Europe and I love any kind of geometric embroidery such as hardanger and ajour.
    Angela Cavalli from Italy

  161. Wow, just wow. This looks like a great book. I have done cutwork over the years both Schwalm and Hardanger, but have never incorporated bullions. I like the fact that Yevette has both instructional information as well as projects to this book. Looking forward to a more indepth look. Mary, as always I love your book reviews, many books in my personal library were purchased after reading one of your reviews. Thanks, again for allowing me this oportunity.
    Kimberly Robertson
    Niagara Falls, Canada

  162. Good Morning!!
    Thanks Mary for sharing with us not only your expertise and knowledge, but also this wonderful gifts that for some of us is very difficult to get. I love to work on placemats since they are very useful for everybody. These days people are hesitant to wash and iron a full tablecloth… Any type of embroidery that can help on any design for placemats is always wellcome. Besides, Portugese Whitework give it a formal look and elegance not always found in other styles. I wish myself luck!! (bad boy!!) and God bless you.

  163. Gosh! This book made my mouth fly open! Beautiful stitching – would just LOVE to win this book and make that sampler or any of the other gorgeous projects in there. Have long admired whitework – guess that’s why my favorite stitching is Redwork – just love the simplicity and clean lines.
    Thank you SO much for the chance to win this book!
    Barbara in TN

  164. I enjoy doing white work of any kind. The white on white linen so beautiful. I do Schwalm, pulled and drawn work, filet, casalguidi, cutwork and hadebo. I saw the ad for the book and thought this would so wonderful to use and expand my repertoire. I teach white work at our Guild in Guelph.. It would be awesome to use in my classes.

  165. My favorite type of needlework has to be hardanger. The next project I would like to try is a dresser scarf of Hardanger embroidery. My favorite pasttime, besides needlework, is to browse the beautiful work of others. There are some wonderful pieces of work made by some awsome artists. I only hope someday I can be in that league!
    Thank you for your consideration!
    Have a great weekend!
    Amanda in Yorba Linda, CA

  166. My favorite is embroidery. Thank you for the generous giveaway. I’d love to win this lovely book.

  167. I recently had a good look at this book. It is lovely! The pictures and instructions look first rate and very easy to follow. She makes Buillion knots look easy and I particularly liked the part where she explains what to do when they go wrong. White work of any kind is just so beautiful in its simplicity.

  168. My favorite form of needlework changes all the time. However, drawn thread work has been the most recent technique to fascinate me. I love the open areas and the delicate threads.

  169. I gravitate toward white work,; there’s just something that appeals to me about creating color out of texture.

  170. Hi Mary,
    My favorite type of embroidery is the one I am doing at that time, lol!
    At the moment it is Schwalm, thanks to you! (I was one of the winners in the Schwalm book giveaway)
    This Portugese whitework book is lovely, I saw it in the bookstore here a couple of weeks ago, they had only one copy, I immediately bought it!
    And I agree, it is a wonderful book.
    A project from this book is next on my list, after I finish the one I am doing.

    I already have the book, just wanted to tell you all it is lovely.
    Bye, Winnie

  171. I love doing kits South Africa the best, all those beautiful flowers, insects and birds. Whitework looks just like the drawn threadwork that I receive from my husband’s relatives in Slovakia and I’d appreciate receiving some instruction on the techniques. Bullion is such a great stitch!

    Thanks for the opportunity. Sue Savel

  172. Surface embroidery of any kind fascinates me.The dimensions and colors of Brazilian and Ribbon,the texture and designs of crewel,the simplicity of red work,the mathematics in black work…all of the them

  173. We lived in Portugal for three years with the Air Force and NATO. I have some of the beautiful linens they make. How fun it would be to learn t sew them!

  174. I wish I live in your town, I just love you and I really don’t know you, but I’ll bet it would be hard for either of us to get a word in edgewise. lol

  175. Hallo, my favorite type of needlework ist drawn thread, because I am found of its “sculptural” appearence. I would like to receive the book and try the combination of draw thread and the whitework relief, it looks so beautiful . Besides of this, I feel myself bound to the portuguese needlework tradition because I come from Brazil. Thank you for offering this opportunity.
    Rita de Cássia

  176. At the moment I go weak in the knees for blackwork. The simplicity of designs and how complex you can make them just absolutely delights me. Whitework always looks so elegant. I haven’t tried it yet but it’s on my list and of course my list is quite extensive! Isn’t everyone’s?! Thank you for this lovely giveaway.


  177. My favorite type of needlework is ecclesiastical embroidery. I do enjoy many types of needlework, but this is my favorite because of the challenge it presents and because I am blessed to see the products I produce being used in the church.

    I love your Website! You have helped me learn several new techniques and the Website is an inspiration to do new projects. So many needlework projects I’d like to do and never enough time!
    BlueBell Deb in Texas

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