Would you like a trick, or a treat?
How about two treats? First, some gingham embroidery with a Halloween theme, followed by the winner’s of last week’s Bohin needlework tools give-away.
No tricks, I promise.
Yes, today is Halloween. At the risk of sounding rather Halloween-Scroogy, I don’t really get into Halloween. I’m a boo-humbug sort of gal, I suppose! Oh sure, I give out candy to the trick or treaters, and I like carving pumpkins. Errr. Rather. I like watching the kids carve pumpkins. But that about does it for me. I guarantee you’ll never see me dressed up like a ghoul on October 31st!
Though, come to think of it, the other 364 days a year might be a different story…
Still, I’m always impressed with clever seasonal embroidery projects, and this gingham embroidery (chicken scratch!) black cat stitched by reader Anya Gray is cleverly done! Cute, isn’t it? And the double rick-rack edging is a great idea, too. It’s two colors of rick-rack, interlocked, so that the finished effect looks like a striped rope. I like it!
Ooooooooooooo. And spooky green eyes, too!
If you’d like to learn a bit about gingham embroidery – also known as chicken scratch, among other things – you can check out the links in the gingham embroidery category here on Needle ‘n Thread.
Thanks, Anya, for sending the photo!
Bohin Needlework Tools Winners!
And now – two winners for last week’s Bohin needlework tools give-away!
The question was “What’s your dream tool for needlework and what’s so great about it?” There were heaps of fun answers to read – some 800-ish! Here are the two winners and their responses:
Winner #1: Jane from MA, who answered the question thusly:
My favorite side-kick dream tool is my pair of Machingers – Little knit gloves with grips on them – They are great for hand quilting, embroidering, machine quilting, machine free motion embroidering – They help grip that stubborn needle, that slippery fabric – and acts like a quasi thimble sometimes. If they are clean – they can keep the skin oil off fabric. Can you tell I think they are pretty special?
See. You learn something never every day! I’ve never heard of Machingers. I wonder how that’s pronounced. Is it Muh-SHEEN-gers? or MATCH-in-gers? or…? Anyone?
Winner #2: Kathleen Gordon. Her dream tool must certainly everyone’s dream tool!
My dream tool would be a magic wand. When I want to sew, I would wave my magic wand and all the mess in my sewing room would jump back into its proper place!
If anyone has a source for these, please let me know. I want one for each room in the house.
Congratulations, ladies – please contact me with your mailing addresses as soon as you can, so I can get the goodies out to you.
And thanks to each and every one of you for participating! If I could send you each a package overflowing with dream tools, I would – that’s my dream!
Wishing everyone a happy day, wherever you are, whatever you are doing. To all friends and family in the Northeast especially, I’m thinking of you!