Here we are, at that moment in the month to unload some bits of needlework stash. The focus this month isn’t fibers, though there are some. It isn’t bits of embellishment, either (though there are some of those, too!)… nooooo… it’s better than all that!
For those of you new to concept, during 2008 I decided to reduce bits and pieces of my needlework stash and little odds and ends useful to the embroiderer, and to do this, I’ve established a kind of monthly “contest.” Oh, it’s not much of a contest – you don’t have to do tooooo much hard work to have a chance to win!
This month, there are a few threads in the give-away:
From left to right, there’s some yellow floche, followed by some blue floche and some blue Danish flower thread. I compared the floche and Danish flower thread a few days ago, if you aren’t familiar with either of them.
Then, on the right, screaming at you in Really Bright Pink, is a nice skein of Au Ver a Soie’s Soie d’Alger. This is absolutely my favorite stranded silk to stitch with – ok, maybe not in that color, but golly – I love this thread.
Then, for the fun of it, some embellishments – some Mill Hill frosted glass beads in a dark red (very pretty), and a little heart-shaped-lock-sort-of-charm thingy.
But here’s the icing, and the whole cake, too —–
Yes, your very own copy of A-Z of Embroidery Stitches 2, wherein you will find step-by-step photo instructions for about 145 stitches, in true Country-Bumpkin style. It’s an excellent book…
…packed with photos of stitches and tips and tricks for working them, as well as nice pictures of inspirational embroidery stuff. Oh yes. There is nothing you won’t love in this book.
The book features more of the “unusual” or uncommon stitches, and a lot of composite stitches (which are stitches comprised of two or more kinds of stitches). It’s a fun book, and would be a great resource for anyone into any kind of surface embroidery. To buy the book new here in the States, it’s anywhere from $25.00 – $33.00. This book is new – I pulled the sticker off when I got it, but haven’t used the book itself. It’s been sitting on a shelf.
So there’s the little heap.
Now, to win this, you have to do something…
(My brain is actually running dry on ideas right now!)
SO, this is what I want you to do:
Comment below, and suggest a needlework-related question that would be suitable to these stash contests. That way, you’re helping me a little bit by setting me up for the next contest!
Your comment must be made on the website, not replied to via e-mail or the newsletter. To leave a comment, click on the heading of this article. You’ll end up on the article’s page on Needle’nThread. Scroll to the very bottom of the article, and find the link that says “Click to Comment.” Click it. You may choose to comment “anonymously” (that way, you don’t have to have an account), but in your comment, please leave some sort of identifying name or initials or something, so that I can count you in!
Suggest a needlework-related question in your comment – if you need ideas of the types of questions I ask, check out the other stash contests I’ve had on needle’nthread. You’ll notice the questions aren’t all that original – maybe you can come up with something really clever and exciting! I like questions that elicit information or ideas for other needleworkers, the answers of which would provide helpful information, instruction, or inspiration.
The contest is open to all readers, regardless of your location. I will ship overseas via the least expensive airmail method. I’ve shipped to several countries – Hungary (I never heard if that one arrived?), Germany (never heard back from that one, either), Australia several times (always heard back from the Australians!), and around the States. I’m really open to shipping anywhere, so don’t be shy!
And the contest ends next Wednesday morning, August 27th, at 4:00 am Central Time (US), because I usually post by 6:00 am. I will pick the winner using a random number picker.
I’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, at which point, the winner has to contact me. If I don’t hear from the winner within two days, I’ll draw another name.
I’m actually very excited to give this book away because I like it so much. I have a duplicate copy that was given to me, so I’ll keep the given one and give away the bought one!