I’ve been doing this monthly embroidery stash give-away for 12 months now, and it’s kind of fun – I’m thinking about making it a regular feature, rather than a yearly resolution! On top of the monthly stash give-aways, I’ve sent out many books this year to stitchers and crafters around the globe. Now, I’m giving away two of my favorite things. Perhaps to some of you, this will seem rather limited, in comparison to previous stash contests — I assure, it’s not! The pain of separation is already acute!
The month’s give-away is geared towards those who love embroidery, whether you’re at the beginner, intermediate, or advanced level. For the beginner, though, the prize requires you to take your embroidery to another level. That is, go beyond “craft.” Move towards art. If you have fallen in love with embroidery, then you probably want to take your needlework a bit beyond basic. To do this, materials make all the difference. And, in embroidery, the primary material used is thread.
So I’m giving you some thread in this give-away, but not just any thread.
Gilt Sylke Twist is a relatively “new” thread on the market, brought about by the folks at Plimoth Plantation who are recreating a 17th-century embroidered lady’s jacket. If you haven’t read about this project, you may wish to visit the Plimoth Plantation blog, The Embroiderers’ Story, to see what’s going on there. It’s fascinating.
Gilt Sylke Twist is a unique thread in today’s thread market. It’s made up of a core of flat silk wound with a real gold wire. It’s a very fine and tiny thread. And it’s beautiful! It is suitable for all kinds of embroidery applications. I’ve worked chain stitch, satin stitch, buttonhole stitch, and others with it, and it’s worked fine. So whether you are interested in historical embroidery, crazy quilting, or just regular decorative surface embroidery, you will find this thread versatile enough to suit your style of stitching.
In case you haven’t seen it in use, here’s my Gilt Sylke Twist Strawberry, which was my practice piece when the thread first came out:
(I blogged about this piece in detail – you can read about it, and the different uses of Gilt Sylke Twist in it – on the Completed Gilt Sylke Twist Embroidery Sample post.)
It’s also rather dear, ranging in price from just short of $20 / spool (35 meteres) to about $22 / spool, depending on who’s selling it. The cost of the thread may well prohibit some who would like to play with it from giving it a try. The cost certainly limits most stitchers from building a stash of this gorgeous thread.
So whether you’ve tried Gilt Sylke Twist and just want more, whether you’ve wanted to try it and simply haven’t had the opportunity to purchase any, or whether you have never heard of it, but are a serious budding embroiderer, this stash give-away is for you.
I’m giving away two spools in red and green. Both are the original “redde” and green that came out when the thread first went public. This is the forest green, not the Lincoln Greene available now. I don’t know if this green is available anymore. I had heard that it isn’t, but that’s “needlework gossip,” and it may not be accurate.
In addition to these two spools, which are the feature elements of the give-away, I’ll include a few other little things, typical of previous give-aways.
But I’m not going to show them to you!
Do you know why?
Because next to this thread, most other embroidery supplies look pretty mundane!
I’m gearing this give-away to stitchers who would actually use this thread seriously – who have a keen interest in embroidery as an art, and who have developed or are developing their skills beyond the basics. That’s not to say that beginners can’t participate! Sure you can! But if you’re really not interested in this type of thread, then do leave the drawing for those who really are, so they have a better chance of winning. Thanks!
This is what you have to do to enter:
Leave a comment on THIS post (on the website, not through the e-mail newsletter), answering the following questions:
Why do you want to win this giveaway? Do you have specific plans for the thread?
PS – (added Friday Evening!) Please be sure to leave your name if you post anonymously!! Thanks!
I’ll select the winner on Wednesday, December 10th, at 5:00 am CST, and announce the winner that morning here on Needle ‘n Thread. The winner must then contact me to give me a mailing address. If I don’t hear from the winner before Friday morning, I’ll draw a new winner on Friday.
Participants are welcome from all over the globe – I don’t mind international mail!
Thanks for participating!