Since I started blogging here on Needle ‘n Thread (almost three years ago!), I’ve come into contact with some great and generous online stitching friends! I’m pretty convinced that one of the special marks of the needleworker is generosity. From hundreds of needlework bloggers that generously share their tips online, to the needleworkers who swap magnificent hand-made treasures, to the needleworkers who share their interest by sending bits and pieces of stash hither and thither to friends – needleworkers tend to be generous.
This weekend, the Theory of Needleworker Generosity was once again made manifest in my life by a package I received in the post on Saturday.
You know what it’s like to receive a delightful and unexpected package in the mail that contains Just the Stuff you like? Well, that was me on Saturday – and it was such fun to open this package! In addition to the above items were two other yellow and white tea towels that match the yellow waffle-weave towel on the left – but they’re out in the studio awaiting ideas already!
There were three beautiful tea towels in sunny yellow and yellow and white, three very nice-sized pieces of linen, one of which is the dyed linen in the background of the photo above, and a good sized piece of Aida cloth… as well as coton a broder in size 20…
…a goodly selection of Kreinik’s silk mori, which I have never actually stitched with, but which I’ve wanted to try…
… some Gentle Art embroidery cotton, along with Anchor and DMC rayon…
… and a length of pearl purl!
Now, is that not all the stuff that I just love? Have you ever seen a package that hit the nail on the head so well?
There are a couple reasons I’m sharing this with you in such a public way, by the way! No… I’m not hinting for everyone reading to send me stuff! No… I’m not bragging… “Na na na – look what I got!” … First, to thank BJ for her kind package, and second, to tell you that one of the reasons she sent it was a kind of “pay it forward” notion, in relation to my stash give-aways. So… some of this will be coming to you, too! That way, we can all be recipients of BJ’s generosity!
I have to admit, though…. heh heh. I’ve been wanting to try out some hand embroidery on waffle-weave towels, so I have a feeling the sunny yellow towel will probably stay with me, at least for a bit. Once I stitch on it, I’ll pass it on as a gift. And the tiny yellow and white check towel is going to get used, too, I’m afraid – I’m going to test a drawn thread theory on it!
So keep your eyes out for upcoming stash give-aways that will feature some of the goodies from BJ!
I’m also going to add a couple fibers and a piece of linen to the May give-away, which I posted this past Saturday. If you haven’t signed up for it yet, please do by reading the original post and leaving a comment on the original post (answer the question posed in the give-away!).
A great big THANK YOU to BJ for the goodies and for the opportunity to pass them on to others!