Ok, I’ve decided to dole out some of my needlework stash – and I’m going to test different ways of doing it. This is my first attempt – let’s see how it goes over! I’m going to collect combination of threads, trims, and nick-nacky things (like embellishments or beads) in no particular theme (see the photo). To get “rid” of them, I thought I’d propose a simple contest…
This is the deal: I’d like to hear your favorite needlework tips and tricks. What do you do when you stitch (or before or after you stitch), that helps you get the job done with better results?
I’ll take the legitimate tippers (threading your needle, for example, is not what I’d call a legit tip), put the names in hat, and draw a name. I’ll let you know who won, and you can contact me with a name and address for mailing.
If this goes over well, I’ll revisit the idea every now and then this year – I’m thinking once a month. For the kickoff, I’ve put together the following little lump of stuff, all neatly stuffed into a ziplock bag and ready to mail:
There are lots of goodies in there…
Some little pieces of trim, including about 3.5 inches or so of Mokuba ribbon. You can read about how I bought the ribbon, and learn from my mistakes, if you want!
I’ve thrown some great threads in, since this is the “kickoff” and I wanted it to be something above average. There’s a spool of coral Japanese silk from the JEC, a hank of Caron Collection watercolors, a spool of Piper’s silk (same thing as the True Embroideries silk that Helen Stevens recommends), two skeins of DMC color variations, a skein of Rajmahal art silk (combination silk and viscose), a skein of Eterna silk, and two skeins of Appleton crewel. If you’ve wanted to try some different threads and haven’t had a chance to get your hands on any – here’s your opportunity!
And everyone likes embellishments – so there’s a little pack if tiny Mill Hill beads in a beautiful deep coral-ish red, some little sparkly heart buttons (Valentine’s Day is around the corner!) and some wire things that can be used as either stames in flowers or buds in a spray.
So, go on – don’t be shy – leave your tips in the comment section below!
I should set a deadline – how about next Tuesday, January 22, at midnight my time (CST)?
Let the tipping begin!
(Yes, I’ll ship overseas – the least expensive air-mail possible…. note: not responsible for mail delivery difficulties, customs, or any misadventures…)