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Christmas Cheer Give-Away! a Needlework Book!

 

Since I can’t give you ALL a Christmas present this year, I figured I could at least offer the chance at winning a needlework book and maybe even receiving it on time to put it under your tree!

So today, I want to offer you a book for Christmas, and to make it a more specifically “for you” sort of gift, I’m going to let you pick the book! Are you ready?!

Needlework Book Give-away

If you’d like to be included in the Christmas Cheer give-away, all you have to do is take a look at the photo above and select the book you’d like to win (it has to be one of the books in the photo above).

Then, just read the rules below and leave a comment below, telling me which book you’d like to win, and why!

It’s just that easy!

You can find all the books above reviewed here on Needle ‘n Thread. Here’s the list, with links to my reviews, in case you need help deciding!

Beginner’s Guide to Crewel Embroidery
The Embroidery Stitch Bible
Redoute’s Finest Flowers in Embroidery
Long and Short Stitch Embroidery: A Collection of Flowers
Stitch Sampler
Stumwork and Goldwork Tiles
Beginner’s Guide to Goldwork
The Embroiderer’s Handbook
Stumpwork Medieval Flora
Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroider Stitches
18th Century Embroidery Techniques
Felt Wee Folk

Here are the rules for the give-away:

1. Leave your comment on this post only, on the website (do not send via e-mail or in reply to the daily newsletter).
2. Comments must be received by Monday, December 20th, at 5:00 am CST
3. Your comment must answer the question: Which book would you like to win, and why?
4. You must leave an identifiable name on your entry.
5. The winner must contact me by Tuesday morning with a shipping address, so that the book will be on its way, hopefully in time for Christmas.

The give-away is open to anyone, anywhere, but please understand that readers outside the US will probably not receive the book before Christmas!

Oh, rule #6: after you leave your comment, go out and spread some cheer!

 
 

(574) Comments

  1. Mary, I would love to win the Long and Short Stitch Embroidery book. It is something I would love to learn. The finished embroidery looks so graceful and beautiful. Have a Merry Christmas and thank you for being there for all of us. You brighten the day and give us a goal we hope to achieve.

    Pauline Eikel

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  2. I would so very dearly love to win “Beginners Guide to Gold Work”, our Guild will be running workshops in 2011 and I feel that this book could be a really good reference guide for me. So I hope my Christmas wish will come true. Thank You Mary

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  3. What a great giveaway. I would love the Beginners Guide to Goldwork if I won. I have a few embroidery and stumpwork books, but would really love learning more about goldwork. it is so elegant.

    I have been reading your blog for a couple years now, and find it informative and inspiring.

    Merry Christmas. Now I am off to spread some holiday cheer!

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  4. What a lovely giveaway, several of those books are on my wish list. I think I would have to choose Stumpwork Medieval Flora, as this is a technique I am yet to try
    Hope you have an enjoyable holiday

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  5. The embroiders stitch bible because I am new to doing advanced embroidery stitches and think it would be a great reference tool for me. However, I have read all your reviews of these books from that post and any would make a fantastic prize. Thank you for offering a giveaway. Happy Holidays.
    Kim Beldowski

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  6. I would LOVE to win The Embroidery Stitch Bible because I hunger to learn all the embroidery stitches I can – perfect them and then create a masterpiece that will be an heirloom in my family. Not a day goes by that my fingers don’t dance with a needle and thread. I yearn to know it all! Embroidery gives me that ‘special’ place to go to where nobody can intrude. It gives me a sense of self.

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  7. i would love to read crewel embroidery as i love to embroidery n i don’t know crewel embroidery. it would be somthing new to know n learn. i learn many things from ur news letter. that is very inspiring. happy christmas to u all n a very happy new year.

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  8. i would love to have the book beginners guide to crewel embroidery. your site has made me want to take my work to the next level. Truely, win or not, you are an inspiration! (i check for you every day!)

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  9. Oh, such a difficult decision!

    I’d like to win the Beginner’s guide to goldwork, because I bought a goldwork kit this summer which is very nice on the materials side, but a complete fail on the instructions side. I’ve always wanted to try goldwork, which is why I bought the kit, but I really want to make as good a job as possible, and I’m sure this book would be just the ticket!

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  10. Mary…what can I say but Wow!??

    I want The Embroiderer’s Handbook so badly I can taste it. Barnes & Noble has had to ask me to please wear a bib when I come in, or duct tape or *something* to keep my drooling under control.

    It’s clear, it’s got glorious photos that actually HELP me, and the instructions don’t send me into tears of frustration just reading them. (I thought this site was the only place to find that, Mary!)

    I seriously hope that for a change, the random number generator comes up with ME…(pondering threats of wirecutter use on the computer responsible for generation…hmmm….)

    Blessings, Mary, and may your holidays be utterly AWESOME!
    Pam in N. Calif.

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  11. Dear Mary,
    Although I think I will not receive the book because in all my life I’ve never had luck in anykind of lottery and similar plays, I would say thanks for you, for this kind idea, for all good things you share with us during the year. You are very special, God bless you!
    Anyway, if I would win a book I would chose the Embroiderer`s Handbook because I am a beginner and this book I could take with me to solve my doubts in the many occasions I am out of home ( during my job I have plenty of pause to embroider) and therefore I can not look at the Site Needle ‘n Thread for help. Sorry for my English, I progress faster with my embroidery skills as in my language ones. I wish you a peaceful and happy Christmas and a new year full of inspiration and joy. Rita

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  12. Wow, it’s difficult to pick one of many interesting books you have! But if I have to choose, then I would choose Beginner’s Guide to crewer embroidery simply because I’ve been wanting to learn this kind of technique for quite a while and need more inspirations to do so..
    Thanks for a chance to winning this great giveaway 🙂

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  13. Dear Mary,
    I know the book I want and need. THE EMBROIDERERS HANDBOOK. I am a beginner at age 81 and the world of stitching seems so vast
    I hardly know which way to turn. This book
    will (I hope) focus me on technique and give me inspiration. My hope is to stitch my way through it slowly and happily. It is so
    lovely to dream .Thank you for my embroidery school, Needlen Threads.
    Love, Marcia

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  14. Hi Mary,
    I would like the Beginners Guide to Goldwork, ever since I have started stitching and since finding your website, Goldwork is one area that fascinates me yet scares me to try. While looking for the right book or books, I will admit to not knowing enough on the subject to know where to start, so pretty please, in you I trust to guide me in the right direction. Laughing softly, in all honesty, I would really love this book and would devour all it has to offer, even stepping past my fear to do Goldwork.
    hugs and regards
    Kayles

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  15. How generous of you Mary, if I were to be drawn I would love to win the Beginners Guide to Goldwork.

    It is a technique that I would love to learn. I have a collection of silk threads and some goldwork threads and would love to be able to know how to use them properly.

    I used mine in crazy quilting embroidery. You have a great day, you give so much to others, I hope life gives back to you.

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  16. I would love to win the Stitch Sampler! I have been wanting it since you reviewed it. I love the huge photographs that don’t leave any doubt about how it’s done.

    Happy holidays!

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  17. ReDoutes’s Finest Flowers in Embroidery.
    The flowers on the cover are just beautiful. I would like to share some of the flower needlework with the seniors at our senior center. We work on lots of projects and the flowers would be useful in making many crafts and household items to share with our families and friends, especially with the less fortunate.

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  18. I would love Trish Burr’s Long and Short stitch Embroidery because this is what I would love to learn right now in embroidery. I really enjoyed your review of it and her other book as well, which I want too, but you said we can only pick one! LOL!! And thanks for the reminder of Rule 6! 🙂

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  19. I would love to win The Embroiderer’s Handbook. Ever since you showcased it on my newsletter it has been on my mind to try and find it. I’m just a cross stitcher and would love to learn more stitches since I want to make a crazy quilt one day.

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  20. I would love to win Redoute’s Finest Flowers in Embroidery to re-learn, enhance and refine the soft shading techniques I haven’t used in many, many years. Not to mention and nice addition to my stitching library.

    Happy Holidays.
    Pat Dettman

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  21. Happy Holidays Mary. I really love the thought of combining all kinds of work on a piece of art and think I would really be interested in the embellisments and such of
    Felt Wee Folk book. Making the wee folk would be a wonderful idea to add to a piece of art and soemthing I could share with my grandkids.

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  22. I’d love the Embroidery Stitch Bible. Here, it’s impossible to find books on any needlework besides knitting. Not to mention that they’re all in Spanish. Anyway, this would be a great addition to my library! Thank you for the offer.

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  23. Hi Mary Happy Holidays! i think I would choose the Long and Short stitch since it is such a hard one for me to actually get down really good. Thanks for all you do through the year and I wish you all good things.

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  24. I like Felt Wee Folk best because it reminds of the fsscinating work being done by women in South America. I’m a Nativity collector and would love to try a Nativity scene using the technique.

    Mostly I cross stitch, but I’ve found your site to be tempting me to try some other forms of embroidery. I did crewel in the 70’s before I became enamored with cross stitch. I have a set of the Three Kings to do and didn’t know where to start until I read about Rumanian stitch on this site.

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  25. Hi Mary,
    OMG, while all the books are fantastic and I don’t have a single one, I have to say that I have been coveting the Stumpwork Tile Book since you first introduced it a few months ago.
    I am a fanatic about COLOUR, and this book has a feast for the eyes when it comes to that.

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  26. Hello Santa Mary

    It was wonderful to open your morning message every day these past months– I feel lucky to have discovered you this year! I would very much like The Embroiderers Handbook. I would be inspired by the new uses of stitches. I was intrigued by your review of it. I also like the subtlety of the designs.

    Merry Christmas,

    Dale

    p.s. I bought Felt Wee Folk after reading about it on your blog and have had great fun making little people (my sister collected their “hats” for me) and used one of the ideas for a felt pin for a project with our youth group stitchers.

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  27. Dear Mary,
    My favourite form of embroidery at the moment is long and short stitch.I have not been long at it yet( about 18 months) and as with most of the things I try, I am self taught. It will be rather nice to have a proper book exclusively about long and short stitch to be able to learn some more. Thus my choice will be :
    Long and Short Stitch Embroidery: A Collection of Flowers.
    I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you a very blessed Christmas and lots of joy and happiness in the New Year. Thank you for all the hard work to keep your blog always so interesting and teaching us so many wonderful things. You are a born teacher. You also have that wonderful gift to talk and to write to your many fans like they are the only one you are addressing. Thank you for that personal touch.
    Lots of love, Elza, Cape Town. xxx

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  28. Happy Holidays, Mary. What a wonderful, tempting assortment! I think I had better stick with the basics: my choice is Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroider Stitches. The books on specific themes would be lovely and inspiring but I wouldn’t get very far without some basic guidelines and instructions! So it’s Mary Thomas for me! Thanks again as always for your generosity! Barbara

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  29. Happy Holidays Mary!

    What a lovely thought.

    There is one book that I would be highly interested in and it is the one called “FELT WEE FOLK” as it seems like such a fun thing to do and so darn cute too. I would be delighted to get this for Christmas.

    Thanks again!

    Pierrette Pattyn

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  30. I would love to receive the Embroiderer’s Handbook, because I’d love a ‘chairside refererce’ as I do Crazy Quilt and other improvistaional projests.
    By the way, yours is the only sane e-mail I receive during this crazy pre-holiday time. Thanks. M……….

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  31. Stmupwork medieval Flora would be my choice since I already own all but three of the books listed. I do a lot of dimensional stitching to some of my work and this book would be a great addition to my library.

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  32. I would love to win The Embroiderer’s handbook. I just recently started to do embroidery again. I learned some simple embroidery as a child from my mother and will always cherish those memories. I will be blessed with a granddaughter in March and would love to pass this great craft on to her someday. Thank you for your wonderful website, it is such an inspiration!

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  33. I would love to win the book “Long and Short Stitch Embroidery: A Collection of Flowers” by Trish Burr. As I mentioned in one other comment, I really would like to master the long and short stitch. I never can quite get it right.
    Sue Ames

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  34. Hi Mary,
    I am just new to all this, so I think I could best use The Embroiderer’s Handbook to help me thru the learning curve. I love the Country Bumpkin A=Z books, due to their simplicity so being as this is a Country Bumpkin publication, I have no doubt I’d be thrilled with it’s content. Thx Mary; Cheers!

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  35. Ooh, choices, choices.

    It’s so hard to make up my mind but I think I’m going to have to go with Miss Thomas’ dictionary – you’re right about it being one the standard references and it’s one of the few I’m missing from my library. It’d be a perfect companion for curling up with during the long, cold Canadian nights for a little needlework related reading. 🙂

    A very merry Christmas to you and yours, Mary. I hope you have a lovely holiday and a happy New Year.

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  36. I would like the 18th Century Embroidery Techniques. But honestly any book would be nice. I wake up every morning to read your blog – inspiring. Enjoy the Season!!!

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  37. Long and Short Stitch Embroidery: A Collection of Flowers
    This is something I have been dying to do forever. I seen the work you have done and its is so beautiful and if I had a book to show me what to do I would be forever gratful.
    Keep them stitches happening!

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  38. Hi Mary,
    It’s always really wonderful to have such informating emails from you that make me to learn creative and innovative work. I personally enjoy to create new things and so that’s why i’ll be glade to have “The Embroidery Stitch Bible”. And i’m sure it will help me out a lot!

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  39. Hi, Mary. How very generous of you! If I were to choose one, I’d love the Embroidery Stitch Bible. I’m just getting back into embroidery after years of trying my hand at other crafts and I’m finding that my technique needs some work. And it sure would be helpful with building my options as far as stitch types go.

    Happy Holidays to you!

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  40. Hi Mary!
    What a treat! Since I’m fairly new to your blog, it was delightful to find your reviews for each of the books listed in one place. I think I really need to visit your archives to see what else I’ve missed! As for my choice of book it’s the Embroider’s Handbook. I don’t have a good reference for the variety of stitches that there are, and this book sounds like a good one. Of course, it won’t compare with your video tutorials, but it’s something I can have in hand to refer to. Have a wonderful Christmas, and thanks so much for your generosity.

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  41. The Beginner’s Guide to Crewel Work has been on my wish list forever. I continue to be fascinated by the beautiful crewel motifs but have yet to try any of them. This would provide the impetus for me to get started.

    Thanks for this opportunity, as well as for all my stitching lessons. I look forward to your posts every day — my chance to learn something new and interesting.

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  42. While it was hard to choose, I’d love to win Wee Felt Folk. Have always enjoyed making dolls and recently saw similar figures “living” in a fairy house. Of course, now I HAVE to make a tiny fairy too.

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  43. Hi Mary!
    What a wonderful idea! You know, all these books are either on my ‘like-to-have’list, or I’ve already bought them! So, it’s all just right up my alley! I really like to win Redoute’s finest flowers. I want to have a go at silk embroidery, now I’m mostly into wool or DMC.
    So, thanks a lot for your wonderful site, I hope you will enjoy this wonderful season and may love and joy come your way next year!
    Gwen Kok, Dordrecht, the Netherlands.

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  44. Hi Mary,
    You have to admit to being spoiled for choice with these beautiful books. Thankfully I own a couple already and so have bee able to narrow my choice Definitely has to be Long and Short Stich Embroidery; A Collection of Flowers. I mean the descriptions and pictures provided give you pause to wonder if you stayed long enough, would you get a brief wiff of the flowers fragrance. They are so true and life like. Can’t help…Romantic at heart. It truely is a work of art in and of itself.
    You could loose youself in the book let alone in the working of the patterns.

    Have a Great Day. Take care all.

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  45. Hi,
    Oh all the books are fabulous but i want to have The Embroidery Stitch Bible as i’m one of the beginners so i think this would be the best for me.
    U are wonderful Mary

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  46. Oink, Oink, oh I do so want them all. 😀 However, yes since it is important to play by the rules, the one’s I’m looking at buying for myself are Wee Felt Folk and 18th Century Embroidery…. as those are the two that will expand my current styles of work. If your random selector come up with my number, I choose “Wee Felt Folk” — cause I sew not just by myself but also with a few Moms and daughters and me thinks some of the projects in Wee Felt Folk would make great projects for such a group. It seems that 5-7 year olds want so badly to make pretty doll clothes, perhaps Wee Felt Folk would help us do that.

    Now I am going offline to shower, walk the dog (this spreads cheer to him as he loves his early morning trot around the farm and fields) and then off to vend at Farmers Market and hope to spread holiday cheer there giving and getting smiles.

    Thanks again Mary, for a nice giveaway, and for the regular and interesting articles.

    Jane Carlstrom, Bemidji, MN

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  47. ooohhh! This is tough, I LOVE books of all kinds. I keep going back and forth between Redoutes Finest Flowers, and the Long and Short book… I guess if I HAD to choose just one, I would say the Long and Short book.

    I am a crazy quilter and am always looking for ideas for motifs. This book would help me to expand my ideas for filling in the motifs, rather than a simple outline stitch.

    Happy Holidays to you! May your days be filled with beautiful stitches!

    Colleen in Maine

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  48. Hi Mary, what an excellent Christmas present for the lucky winners! 😉 It was a hard choice, but my ‘most favoritist’ would be 18th Century Embroidery Techniques, because my husband loves 18th century stuff and also has a passion for waistcoats, so this could be a chance to make him a waistcoat he’d treasure for ever … or at very least a chance for us both to sit and enjoy an embroidery book together, which doesn’t happen that often!

    Now off to spread some cheer … or at very least some salt and sand on our path!

    Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

    Anne

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  49. Buon Natale, Maria!
    What a generous Christmas present giveaway — thank you for the chance to win. I adore your blog, and gobble it up every morning even though I can’t stitch at the moment.

    I’m awaiting carpal tunnel surgery in March, and I told the surgeon that, as painful as this condition makes my office work, the pain of not stitching is much more urgent! I’m looking forward to stitching again — and I would love to have “The Embroidery Stitch Bible” at hand when I’m finally able to refresh my needlework skills!

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  50. The Stitch Sampler would be my choice.. I have it on my wish list on Amazon, but I am still without a job so the small amount I have for gifts this season goes to my daughter, granddaughter and parents. After all.. it is better to give then to receive… but that book would be wonderful!

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  51. Mary, of the many fine books in your Christmas give-away, I pick Redoute’s Finest Flowers in Embroidery. It would be a gift to a friend who has a strong interest in this style of stitching. While primarily intended for floss, it looks as if it would apply to crewel as well. And the flowers are gorgeous.

    –JoanneP

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  52. FELT WEE FOLK…. definitely the one I would love to win. I have been learning Embroidery for 5 months now. I am also trying to develop a love for Sewing & Embroidery in my 5 y/o Grandtr. She is practicing a few stitches every week.
    (Mary, you teaching the class to the young girls has been inspiring, as I truly believe that learning a needle craft builds character in young people.)
    I think this book would really stir her interest and I too am excited to get to try some of the projects.
    Thanks for the chance,
    Sherry

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  53. Oh how fun !!! I lovve the site and am a crazy quilter. I’d love to win the Rodouts’ finest flowers in embroidery. The reason for that book is it would liven up my crazy quilts. Thanks for the chance. Eileene

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  54. Oh my – first of all, thank you for the lovely post yesterday, a consolation to me that even the most experienced have to stop and start over. And to let go of the more difficult projects in order to maintain joy in this season.

    I am eying the Encyclopedia of Stitches as I am just returning to needlework after a long stretch of running a company and then raising children. My daughter is now of the age to begin needlework, and I believe this is something we could really enjoy doing together. Thank you for the lovely, uplifting newsletter and for your willingness to be transparent. Merry Christmas!

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  55. I would love the book Felt Wee Folk. I bought alot of the other books you have given away since I’m not a lucky person as far as winning material things. I love the wee people and would love to make severl sets and give them to grandchildren and other children I run into. Sometimes I see children in stores giving their moms fits and what fun it would be to whip out a wee person from my purse and give a harried mom some relief. Have a very merry Christmas. Phyllis

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  56. I would love to win, “The Beginners Guide to Goldwork”. The reason I would love to own this book, is due to this excerpt from your review;

    “….hard to say what I like best about the book. I can really appreciate the instructions (including photos) on setting up a project, choosing threads, transferring the design, starting and ending threads – all those details that, when I first started stitching, I had no idea about, but which make a finished project so much more professional.”.
    It is indeed those small details that make all the difference in the world. Those details take a project from being, “That’s nice” to ” You made that? It is beautiful!”.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win and your doses of daily inspiration!
    Debbie

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  57. I was fairly compitent at embrodery in my 20’s but life got in the way when I became a single parent. Now that I’m pushing my 70’s I’d like to resume my craft so I can pass on my love of needlecraft to my grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
    If I win I would like The Embroidery Stitch Bible to be my prize so I have a review tool handy.

    I enjoy your newsletters.

    Thanks,

    Vivien

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  58. What a beautiful group of books, but for me there is no problem choosing. It’s the Stumpwork and Goldwork Tiles. Why? I can’t even say. It just spoke to me the moment I saw the endpapers. You didn’t even have to show what was inside, but once you did I was hopelessly in love. I have quite a collection of art tiles, all in clay. How wonderful it would be to augment my collection with some stitched ones.

    Merry Christmas!

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  59. I have always loved the DK publications for their clear, simple photography, so I would love to win the Stich Sampler book!

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  60. I would love a copy of the Stitch Sampler. This book looks to be a very good reference when starting a new project or trying to find a different stitch for a current project.

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  61. I would love to win a copy of ReDoutes’s Finest Flowers in Embroidery. I participated in a wildflower identification workshop at Yellowstone National Park last summer and fell in love with the wonder and beauty of flowers in nature. I would love to capture some of the variety and intricacy seen in flowers by using embroidery and this book seems tailor-made to that goal. Have a wonderful holiday and thank you for offering this giveaway! Judy

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  62. Yet another lovely giveaway, Mary! I would love to win the Beginners Guide to Crewel Embroidery. I did a bit of crewel work many years ago and have been toying with the idea of getting back into it but I keep telling myself I really do not need yet another hobby! Don’t you agree that winning such a lovely book would be more than enough to justify it? Merry Christmas, Mary!

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  63. STUMPWORK MEDIEVAL FLORA is my choice … those little bugs are absolutely beautiful, as is the book as a whole!

    Merry Christmas to all!

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  64. The Embroidery Stitch Bible looks like a great book to have. I have returned to stitching on my crazy quilt and having all those stitches readily available would be awesome. Merry Christmas to everyone!!!

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  65. Dear Mary,
    If I could win a book, I’d like it to be Felt Wee Folk. I think it would be a great way to spend time with my kids – even boys would like it! What a perfect Christmas present for my 13 year old!Puleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez!!!!

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  66. The Stitch Sampler is a book I’ve wanted to expand my stitch repertoire. I’m stuck in a very narrow rut.

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  67. Felt Wee Folk. I love felting and I have not seen this particular book – so I am always interested in something fresh.

    I am a quilter, turned crazy quilter, gone to Brazillian embroidery, now Shashiko and felting. I love mixing all the techniques up and creating “art”. Deborah

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  68. 18th Century Embroidery Techniques is my choice. I have the same experience in museums and this book sounds facinating.

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  69. I would love to win the Embroider’s Handbook because I’m new to embroidery this year (just retired and now have time) and have no one closeby to take classes from. This book would have clear photos and give clear instructions for a newbie. Thank-you for being there. You give me the confidence to stitch! Happy Holidays! Claudia

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  70. Stitch Sampler calls my name! The cover is delightful and I’m sure every page is filled with wonderful examples of beautiful stitching.

    Have a great new year – I always enjoy your projects – what’s the first one out of the box for 2011?

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  71. What a choice, but I would have to pick Stitch Sampler by Lucinda Ganderton. Ever since you reviewed it back in October I have wanted it! My local library does have it and I have checked it out so many times, but I would love my own copy. I have always used the stem stitch and I want to learn new stitches after finding your blog. Thanks so much for the chance to win!!

    Cathy

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  72. I am an active member of EGA and as part of that I am involved in educating the next generation of stitchers. We go to a club in a local school district to teach them the basics of embroidery.
    If I was the lucky winner of a stitching book I would choose Stitch Sampler. The illustrations look wonderful and would be a great resource for both my students and me.
    Happy Holidays and may all your stockings be filled with stitching supplies.

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  73. I have discovered the fascinating world of embroidery in the past two years. I have fallen in love with Redwork and have done a lot of it. I am ready to take another step and reach into another level, perhaps the Beginner’s Guide to Goldwork could be that next level. I do so enjoy your site, Mary.

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  74. Good morning Mary, I wanted to say I bought the Craftlite magnifier light you recommended and have been using it. It is perfect and I was so glad to see your review. I did not know which one to buy and did not want to buy the wrong one. Thanks for that.

    I saw your book give away for Christmas. I love The Embroidery Stitch Bible by Betty Barnden. I am a beginner so it looks perfect. Thanks for all the book reviews though. I enjoyed reading them and will be looking for them when I am out. By the way, I joined a local needlework guild and the eye candy is absolutely amazing!

    Merry Christmas
    Valerie in Virginia
    houseponies@yahoo.com

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  75. I would like to win Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroider Stitches because I have only just started embroidery and whenever I need to know how to do a new stitch because it is a preprinted pattern, I need to ask my mom because she did a lot of embroidery when she was a girl or I consult your website for the videos that you have. However, if our internet isn’t working (this happpens a lot) or my Mom isn’t home, I have to wait until she gets home to ask.
    I would really like this book so that I have a reference tool and so that I can try some new stitches that I didn’t know about.

    Merry Christmas!
    Sarah Macsek

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  76. I would love to win The Embroidery Stitch Bible. It looks like a book I could easy follow and I like the way it is bound. Happy Holidays to you and your family! Crystal

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  77. I would love to win the Felt Wee Folk by Sally Mavor! I have been wishing for that book since she published it. I love the way she makes a story come to life with her little people and the way she creates such beautiful pictures around them inspires me to create! What a great giveaway! Thank you and have a Merry Christmas!
    Maria McCabe

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  78. Hi Mary, thank you for your offer.
    I would love ‘long and short stitch embroidery’.
    I love this kind of embroidery and would like to learn it. It’s a beautiful book.
    Until this day I’m a quilter, however, I’m doing a course embroidering ‘merklappen’ (http://www.merklap.nl/) and want to increase my skills in embroidery.
    Happy holidays.
    Lies Bos-Varkevisser

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  79. Stitch Sampler would be my choice because while I know some of the stitchs there is a lot I would love to learn! Thank you for the contest!

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  80. The Embroidery Stitch Bible

    This book by far! This would be easier to use than sitting in front of the computer, Holding your hoop and etc, trying to try a stitch. The videos work but a book would be so much easier. Not to mention being spiral bound makes it even better. Thank you for offering it up! by the way Merry Xmas!

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  81. Stumpwork Medieval Flora.
    First off, Merry Christmas and thank you for your lovely blog. Secondly, I would love Stumpwork Medieval Flora because I love stumpwork and I love flowers and I love the look of the little stumpwork bugs on the flowers. (I also am a little embarassed to admit that I own most of the rest of the books.) Thanks again for all you do.

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  82. I would love to win the Beginners Guide to Goldwork. It is something I have never tried but would like to combine it with some ecclesiastical work. Thank you for your inspiring column.

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  83. i wish for crewel embroidery. i got some crewel thread at estate sale and willing to try with good instructions and pattern.

    joanie

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  84. I would love to win the book Redoute’s Finest Flowers in Embroidery. I have loved Redoute’s art ever since I first discovered it and have thought how wonderful it would be to create his lovely flowers in thread. One of my other interests is gardening and it just seems so appropriate to be able to bring the beauty of the gardens into my home with needle and thread.

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  85. I think the Felt Wee Folk would be a really neat book to have. I think a Christmas tree with wee folks on it would be a neat gift for anyone. Thanks for all the time you spend on your website. Moggi

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  86. What a wonderful selection! I would choose the Beginners Guide to Goldwork book. I have actually done some goldwork before, but have paged through a friend’s copy of this book and am very impressed with the clear presentation of basic technique along with beautiful projects.

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  87. Thank you for letting me enter your very generous giveaway. Since I’m just beginning to dabble in playing with felt and needle felting I would love to give Felt Wee Folk a new home. Felt Wee Folk has been on my wish list for a long time.

    Merry Christmas!

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  88. Well I would love to get Mary Thoma’s Dictionary Emboridery stitches.I have sewn crocheted for many years.Now i would love to go back to stitches.Make some keepsakes for my grandkids.Thankyou!!! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas.Tammie

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  89. There are three books on your list that I’m interested in (since I already own the other ones I would like): Redoute’s Finest Flowers in Embroidery, Long and Short Stitch Embroidery: a collection of flowers, and 18th century Embroidery Techniques.

    I’m really interested in Long and short stitch and how I can improve it, so I think both of the books by Trish Burr would be extremely interesting. A friend and I are also planning some costuming that requires knowledge of historical embroidery, which is why I find the third book interesting.

    I recently recommended your website to a friend and she loves it as much as I do already. Thanks for everything you provide for us 🙂

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  90. I would like to win Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroider Stitches. It would be nice to look up different stitches and then try them. Thank You and Merry Christmas.

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  91. Decisions! Decisions! Mary, you have made this really, really difficult.
    How to choose between those titles.
    I can eliminate some, as I have them already. But I would Like to have ALL the rest. I am practically drooling over them already!
    However, calming myself down, I think that the Jane Nicholas book Medieval Flora is the one I would choose. I am still trying to expand my limited skills in stumpwork, and have a particular interest in medieval and renaissance embroidery too. So- I plump for that one. Please, pretty please pick me…..

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  92. I took a class from Dorothy Lesher this fall about needle painting on congress cloth and it truely captured my interest; I plan to finish it this winter.
    Since then I have been contemplating which books l should add to my library, and the Trish Burr books are the top of my list right now. After reading both reviews aging my choice is; Long and Short Embroidery: A Collection of Flowers

    Merry Christmas to you and all your readers. May 2011 be a stichfull year and may we all expand our stitch knowledge.

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  93. Merry Christmas Mary! I love watching your goldwork projects; your designs and historical perspectives are amazing and inspiring. I have never tried goldwork and would love to win the Beginner’s guide to goldwork.

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  94. Hi Mary – What a wonderful generous gesture. Thanks for doing this. The hardest part is picking 1 book – they are all wonderful and I don’t have any of them! After much thought, my first choice is Medieval Flora. Any book described as droolingly beautiful is a must for me. Sorry I have to go back to work drafting the Madison Area EGA newsletter. Reading email is my procrastination technique.

    Thanks again for doing this. Have a wonderful holiday.
    Judy

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  95. I would love to win Long and Short Stitches Embroidery: A Collection of Flowers. I have tried long and short as well as shading embroidery and just haven’t mastered it as well as I would like. I believe to excel in any type embroidery, long and short stitching must be mastered as a solid foundation. I also love flowers in any form…embroidery, growing in gardens, sitting in vases, as motif on clothes, any way you can think of.
    Thanks, Mary, as usual for your wonderful newsletter full of valuable information for all needleworkers.
    Andrea

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  96. Hi Mary,
    I would love to have the Wee Felt Folks book. I belong to a “Wool Group” (call ourselves THE WOOLYS) where the main focus is on wool applique. I think this book would be great inspiration for us. And as I am the embroiderer in the group of quilters and rug hookers, this would give me the opportunity to incoporate embroidery into felt projects. Thanks Mary and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
    Janice Miller

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  97. The medieval stumpwork.
    I like that book very much and would like to make something uot of it.
    The projects are so realistick and so beautifful.

    I have never make stumpwork embroidery, but I am loking for it some time now, and this book, from Jane Nicolas is really beautifull.

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  98. Wow Mary you are very great.
    If i am happened to be selected, i want to own the book Embroidars Hand book.
    Since I am a learner i will be happy if I get it.
    O.K. Mary. Thanks for your invitation to comment here.
    Are you Busy preparing for Xmas.
    My hearty Xmas advance greetings.
    with love viji

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  99. Hi Mary,

    Thanks for this wonderful opportunity! The Beginner’s Guide to Crewel Embroidery is the book I would most like to win. I’ve been on a “mission” to embrace crewel embroidery through my membership in my local chapter of the EGA. I’ve joined the crewel group within that chapter and am thrilled to be among women who share my love of this particular type of embroidery. I know that owning this book will be a “shot in the arm” so to speak to my crewel knowledge.

    Thanks so much for this opportunity and my very best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful holiday season!

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  100. Dear Mary,
    I would like to win the book titled “Beginner’s Guide to Crewel Embroidery.” I have already purchased several of the A-Z books and have downloaded a fair number of the free books at Gutenburg and Internet Archive. I have been teaching myself for many years. I do quilting and silk ribbon embroidery (which I just learned with Sharon B.), I have done “studies” in period embroidery. I have done medieval stitching. I have done tons (it seems) of crazy quilting All of this is for fun. I am a special education teacher, and I work with a special group of teens. I love it, wouldn’t do anything else, but need a complete get away. Stitching and quilting give me that get away. I would love to add crewel work to my small tangle of get away devices.
    You are so kind to share your discoveries with others. Have a wonderful holiday with your family and friends. Vicki

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  101. I would love to have the book, “Stitch Sampler” It looks like it would have so much information. I am new to embroidery and don’t have any books on this subject. As a grandmother who has 5 grandchildren and not much income, it would bless me to receive it. Thank you for all you do to help us.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  102. Long and Short Stitch Embroidery: A Collection of Flowers would be my choice. I’m passed the simple beginning stage and ready to challenge myself.

    I love my copy of Embroidery Stitch Bible, since I only started stitching on August 2009.

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  103. Dear Mary,

    If I were chosen, I would really like the Gold Work for Beginners as I have an avid interest in goldwork, but I am very nervous about trying it. I have emailed you before on this and you very kindly gave me advice, but I feel I need a book to get me started. I don’t think this is for the faint of heart, so more nudging is required. Your work is such an inspiration and has been since I joined your newsletter site. I read every post you make and I have learned a lot! Thanks! You’re a great teacher.

    Sincerely,
    Kathleen

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  104. The Stitch Sampler would be my choice.I would love to win the Stitch Sampler! I like the photographs with beautiful colors and their many useful stitches.

    Happy holidays!,and tanks for your present
    Solangel Ossa, Cali Colombia
    Espero ganarlo y no me importaria esperar hasta el nuevo año para tenerlo. De nuevo gracias y que Dios te bendiga porque el que mas da es el que mas recibe!!!

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  105. I am lucky enough to own all but 2 of the titles above although my Mary Thomas edition is from 1965. Of the two I don’t own I’d really like the 18th C embroidery techniques. It looks fascinating, but I don’t think I would buy it for myself. Thanks for all your wonderful posts. You’ve been spreading cheer the whole year thro’.

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  106. Almost any of those books would be a fantastic addition to my stitching library. However, since I must chose only one …

    Beginners Guide to Crewel Embroidery

    since I am primarily a counted thread person, and would like to expand my horizons. I have attempted crewel in the past, but with no guidance, I found it unsatisfying and too many friends enjoy crewel for me to believe it is really not fun.

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  107. Oh! Mary what a wonderful giveaway. I would love the opportunity to win Stumpwork Medieval Flora because I want to master the art of stump work.
    Happy Holidays. Pam

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  108. I would like to win the Beginner’s guide to crewel work.been working on a frame-able cross stitch work called dutch delight. And I would like to take up a new challenge and crewel work looks exciting and new.

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  109. Dear Mary,

    I would just love to win “Stumpwork Medieval Flora”. I’d like to try stumpwork, but have never even seen a completed piece in person. From looking at your review, this book seems to be very detailed in the descriptions and how-to’s, which is what I need. My imagination is also sparked by the comparisons with the illuminated manuscripts, which I love.
    A Merry Christmas to you!

    Vivian

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  110. I have always loved embroidery…but just recently returned to the craft. I am rusty…would love to win this, improve my skills and learn new stitches.

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  111. Mary;

    What a way to spread Christmas cheer. I would love to win The Embroiderer’s Handbook. Love the spiral bound aspect of it. While I’ve done embroidery over the years and am fascinated by surface work, what I’ve done has not been complicated. I would love to expand my skills. Practicing stitches would give me the confidence to tackle something on a higher level. BTW – your videos do the same – so this book along with your videos would be ideal.

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  112. I would love to win the Embroidery Stitch Bible. I am just starting to learn and this would be an excellent first reference book. Thank you for this chance to win and have a very merry Christmas with family and friends.

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  113. Dear Mary,

    I have chosen the Embroiders’ Handbook. Just recently I stumbled onto your site – no, I wasn’t hurt – which turned out to be one of the most delightful accidents that I have even had.
    Your information is much more detailed and rich than anything else I have seen.
    I am in love.

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  114. I would love to have The Embroiderer’s Handbook. I love all the books on handwork and think this would be a good addition to my library. Enjoy your website so much, and look forward to it each day and refer to your comments quite often, when I need help. What a wonderful Christmas gift any of the books would be and you are so generous to give one away. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    Louise

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  115. Hi Mary,
    I would love to win The Beginner’s Guide to Crewel Embroidery….
    I have a drawer full of jewel-like embroidery silks and metallics that I would like to experiment with (apologies to the crewel experts!) as the designs look so beautiful.

    Kind Regards
    Denise
    (London UK)

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  116. I would be interested in the long and short book. I have leigh’s monkey pictures Fred & Ginger. In my stitch guide writer wanted long and short stitches on these canvases and I am not comfortable with this stitch. She did use another stitch but long and short is in the back of my mind. Thanks.

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  117. Thank you very much, it is a very generous giveaway. I’d like to win the Beginner’s Guide to Goldwork. Every year I’m following different classes, this year we’re learning all about Bargello, and for next year the Goldwork is on the program. It must be nice to have a book were I can read about goldwork.
    Greetings, Anita

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  118. Would love the 18th Century Embroidery Techniques. I read a lot of History and historical fiction – currently Patrick O’Brian’s Series about Captain Aubry and the early 19th Century. This book would be perfect as reference and guide
    I enjoy your blog emensely.

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  119. Happy Holidays to you!! would love to win the book on Stumpwork Medieval Flora. Have done one small piece of stumpwork and would love to learn more.
    Linda M in NM

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  120. I would love to win any of the books, but the Embroiderer’s Handbook really caught my eye. I share my passion for Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery by teaching basic stitches and it seems this book would enhance that sharing by giving me a different perspective on how to explain techniques. Merry Christmas to you Mary.

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  121. I really have a passion for reading about and looking at different stitches. Even if I never actually do the stitch itself, seeing how it is done gives me insights into how to do other stitches that I do use. I like to use these books as a gateway to increasing my abilities.
    And now, I’m going to spread some cheer here on this rainy day. Merry Christmas, Mary.

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  122. Hi
    I would like to have the embroidery stitch bible as it will help me right from the beginning till the end.

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  123. Oh Mary, how you get me in trouble every morning 🙂 I love checking out what new you have everyday.

    How can I decided which book? *sigh*

    I guess it would have to be the Long and Short Stitch Embroidery. I would love learn shading.

    Merry Christmas!
    Pam H.

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  124. My favorite book is the Felt Wee Folk. It’s a colorful creative book for all ages. The reason I find it so appealing is this. My youngest grandaughter is only two years old. I would love to be one of the few to help inspire her. Using her imagination to play is by far better then any computer game. To create a village, with her own little Wee Folk, that she could play pretend with, would be the best gift a grandmother could ever hope for.

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  125. Long and short embroidery is on my short list of techniques I’d like to learn to do well in 2011. Therefore, for a chance to win one of your lovely books, I am choosing “Long and Short Stitch Embroidery: A Collection of Flowers.” Thank you for the opportunity to win this book and for the wonderful information you give us all year. Merry Christmas!!!

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  126. I would love to have the Embroidery Stitch Bible. I haven’t embroidered anything since I was much younger. My mother taught me how to embroider, crochet and sew. I am trying to get back to it and I am surprised at how much I have forgotten. I would love to have a book that gives good directions. I know once I get started again I will want to learn more and more about the stitches and what I can do with them.

    I love your website. It has really inspired me.

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  127. Good Morning Mary…. I am a fairly new subscriber to your newsletter and have really enjoyed reading it over my morning coffee for the past two months. I would LOVE to win the STITCH SAMPLER as I need a really good reference book for reminding me how to do specialty stitches. Sometimes when I am trying to adapt a chart from just a boring cross stitch to something a bit more impressive and elegant I don’t have a handy reference book to use and more likely than not, I just do a basic cross stitch and call it a day. I think having this book would really help me to improve my stitching abilities and pretty up my work!
    Thanks for a great learning experience with your website. Happy Christmas, Sally

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  128. Happy Holidays!

    I would like to be included in the Christmas Cheer Give-Away.

    I would love to have a copy of the book Stumpwork Medieval Flora because I feel it would be beneficial to my eventual goal. I am in an organization called the SCA (http://sca.org) and we receive painted awards (http://scribe.ansteorra.org/library/sthistle.htm). I would like to do one of the “artistian” awards in embroidery for someone who is getting the award for embroidery. I believe this book will help me achieve this goal and do it better because it will show me how to embroider in the period way.

    Thank you so much for your generosity, I appreciate your holiday spirit!

    Happy Holidays,
    Ren

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  129. I am in the design phase of creating a panorama, which will use a variety of needlework techniques. I have several successful techniques for creating landscape features, but am really struggling with how to create people and animals. When I saw your review of the Felt Wee Folk, I thought that this technique would be ideal for my work. I’d really like to learn how to work with felt and embroidery. Thanks so much for keeping your site so lively and interesting. Best wishes for the holidays.

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  130. Firstly thank-you for giving me the opportunity to win one of these beautiful books.
    Although I do several types of stitching, Gold work has always frightened me a little, therefore my choice would be Beginners Guide to Goldwork. I would love to win this book as it is a subject that has always eluded, but facinates me, Owning such a book would enable me to learn another technique with confidence.
    Merry Christmas to all

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  131. Oh my goodness the choices are so numerous but I had to choose The Embroidery Stitch Bible. I believe from what you reviewed that this will help me refresh my embroidery skills that I laid down years ago. I love the idea of the binding to be able to lay flat. Lord knows we fumble along with thread,needle,and material and what ever else can keep us from stitching,our beautiful works. Truly looks very detailed on the stitches, and will be used frequently as I renew my knowledge of embroidery. Oh by the way your emails are such a joy to read with a cup of java and a bagel. Thank you Mary

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  132. I would like the “Begginners Guide to Goldwork”. I have done a lot of stitching but never goldwork. I love the look of goldwork and i think it will be a challenge but I need a starting point. This book may help with that.

    Thank you for all your informatative posts. They do help stitchers like me. Keep up the good work in 2011.

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  133. I would love to win The Embroidery Stitch Bible. I have just collected together all my different shades of white fabrics including broderie anglais and I have embroidered initials, dates etc.. regarding my children also in white for my heirloom crazy quilt. I could do with a good book of stitches to help me complete the embroidering of my CQ squares.

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  134. I choose the Embroidery Stitch Bible. I like the pictorial index. I stitch only occassionaly so brushing up on stitches is important for my projects. I LOVE your blog and appreciate your generosiry in sharing with all of us. Merry Christmas!

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  135. Dear Mary, you are always so generous!
    I’m interested in 18th century Embroidery because I love all kind of old embroidery and related tecniques.
    Wish you a Happy Christmas time !!

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  136. Merry Christmas!
    I would love, love, love Medieval Flora because it is so absolutely gorgeous. When I looked at the covers of the books it was the first one that caught my eye. When I looked inside it, I fell in love.
    Remy in CT, USA

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  137. Ever since I read your review I’ve wanted Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches. It would be my first stitch dictionary, and when I think about it, my first embroidery book.

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  138. Mary, What a wonderful Christmas gift! I would love to win Redoute’s Finest Flowers in Embroidery. This looks to be a beautiful book and I love flowers as well as embroidery. What a wonderful way to put these loves together. Thank you for doing this give away. Merry Christmas. Sheila from CA

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  139. Wow Mary – this is difficult – choose one!?! I would choose the Stumpwork and Goldwork tiles book. This is such a beautiful book just by the cover! I put it on my wish list but I know my children did not get it and here you come with another opportunity! Wow! The colors, the beautiful goldwork – just looking at the book is exciting but being able to do the work inside and make it palpable – soooo exciting!

    Spreading cheer?! Done!

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

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  140. Thanks Mary for this great opportunity. I would love to have Redoute’s Finest Flowers in Embroidery by Trish Burr. I really love her work and am myself interested in thread painting. Some tips and lessons from the master itself will be very helpful.

    Have a great Christmas everyone 🙂

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  141. I would love to win the Beginner’s Guide to Goldwork as I have always been facinated with goldwork….. I managed to gather the materials required, and just need to ‘get going’!

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  142. Merry Christmas Mary! This is my favorite time of the year! Everyday is filled with baking, shopping, wrapping, decorating, and visiting. My needlework sits in its basket – nary a stitch is getting drawn. No worry – it will remain safe and warm until the quieter days return. I have selected Redoutes Finest Flowers. My world is covered in a blanket of snow at the moment. I would love to create a sampler of these flowers to serve as a calling card to summer to return to our region. Thank you Mary for being one of Santa’s helpers. Merry Christmas to you and your family! May your days be filled with warmth and love!
    KayseeB in Canada

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  143. Mary, I would love to have a copy of The Embroidery Stitch Bible because it looks like a great general reference book. Merry Christmas!
    Nita

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  144. I have always loved needle work and flowers therefore I would love to win the book Redoute’s Finest Flowers in Embroidery. Thank You, Nancy

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  145. Hello Mary, Thank you for your generous offer. Felt Wee Folk has been in my Amazon wish list ever since you reviewed it. It would be an absolute delight to transfer it from “wish” to reality and even more delightful to give tiny felted folk as gifts to friends and family.

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  146. I would like The Embroiderer’s Handbook. I like to embroider, but I am not very good at it. I love books that have lots of pictures and show step-by-step how to do things.

    Thank you for giving a book away. Merry Christmas to you.

    Susan

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  147. I am rapidly approaching retirement from teaching, not to go into hibernation. I love Japanese and Chinese silk painting and have been intimidated by the techniques. I also love goldwork and want to explore that skill. Can these needle art forms be combined with goldwork? I don’t know, but I would like to find out! So, for those reasons I would love to win the Beginners Goldwork book.
    A huge part of my retirement plan is to go into the schools, as a volunteer, to teach young people needlework skills.

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  148. Dear Santa 😉
    I would love to win the book Stumpwork Medieval Flora as it would be a Gem to add to a library collection of fine stitching. I have admired this book for a long time now . The projects in this book look to be very intriguing .
    Merry Christmas & Happy holidays~!!
    Tess R.

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  149. Thank you for the chance to win a great book!
    I would love to have ether of the Stumpwork books (“Stumpwork and Goldwork Tiles” or “Stumpwork Medieval Flora”). I have done some Stumpwork before and could use a refresher.
    Thank you, Dinah

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  150. hi Mary

    you are a bad one – It’s not easy to pick a book, but as I love to make Historic costumes I would love the “18th Century Embroidery Techniques”, if I’m the lucky one.

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  151. Stumwork and Goldwork Tiles is the book I would love to have. I am currently working on goldwork at the moment but since there is no teacher in my country… books, internet and a lot of patient is the way to go so far. Thanks for the chance.
    Mariel, en Funes

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  152. The Long and Short stitch embroidery, is the one for me. I feel I could use more info on techniques. Especially for shading and bringing out the shape of flowers which sometimes comes out flat.
    Thanks for your newsletter, I am learning a lot.Your are a real gem for sharing so much with us.
    Thanks,
    Josselyne

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  153. Wow, it sure feels like Christmas! I would love the Embroidery Stitch Bible. I feel like I need a tool to get me out of a rut of always using the same stitches in my crazy quilting. Thanks

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  154. I would like to win The Embroidery Stitch Bible; it looks like a beautifully illustrated guide to stitching. I use to do embroidery years ago and would really like to get baack into it, but on a higher level. Good instruction is so important and this book appears to have that. My stitching always lacked that elegant touch and this book appears to prepare one to stitch more elegantly. Thank you for considering me and may you have a Merry Christmas and continue your wonderful newsletter in the New Year!!

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  155. I would like to win the “Felt Wee Folks” book. I have looked for techniques to make simple small doll-like figures and this seems to be ideal, and I love the composition of the background designs. My brother has had three granddaughters in the past year or so, so these would be wonderful things to remember from a grand auntie!

    Merry Christmas to you and all the devoted readers of your blog!

    Marcia Reynolds
    14333 SE Elderberry Ln
    Portland, OR 97267

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  156. I would like the Embroider’s Handbook, I’m just getting back into embroidery and so much to learn and relearn. Thanks for the opportunity

    May you and yours have a Happy Holiday season

    Dolly

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  157. Well, since you asked 🙂 I am a huge fan of Redoute so I would have to pick that book. It’s been on my Amazon wish list for ages, but so far no one has purchased it for me 🙁 So my pick is “Redoute’s Finest Flowers in Embroidery”
    and besides, it’s by Trish Burr – what more does a girl want????

    Thank you for offering these great books! Karen

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  158. Hi Mary,
    I would love to win “Stumpwork Tiles”. I just love the combination of silk and goldwork and especially love the stylized tiles. Thanks so much for your generosity.

    Merry Christmas!!

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  159. Hi Mary! I love this blog!

    I would like to win Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroider Stitches. I am very new to embroidery and would love to have it for reference as I master new stitches.

    Thank you!
    Marie

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  160. Hi Mary,
    What a nice surprise for someone! If I won I would like “Mary Thomas Embroidery Stitches”. I live in a cabin in the mountains S. of Colorado Springs and I do a lot of embroidery in the winter. I don’t have a stitches book and mostly rely on the internet to find stitches. I would love to have a book right at hand. Thanks! Sherry

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  161. Hi

    I like LONG AND SHORT STITCH EMBROIDERY COLLECTION OF FLOWERS Book. I feel that long and short stitch give life to the art we made.as i am not perfect in long and short stitch ,i am more intrestig in winning this book

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  162. Mary,
    I would love to have Stumpwork and Goldwork Tiles. I have all of Jane Nicholas’ books except for that one. I love stumpwork. It is my passion right now. I have taken two classes with Jane Nicholas, and she is wonderful.
    Merry Christmas to all.

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  163. I would love to win The Embroiderer’s Handbook. I am now program chair of the Laurel Chapter of EGA and this book would be very helpful in planning programs and also to me personally.

    Merry Christmas! I look forward each morning to your Newsletter.

    Mary Ann Wyatt
    171 Fieldstone Drive\Fletcher, NC 28732

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  164. Iwould love to win LONG AND SHORT EMBROIDERY :A COLLECTION OF FLOWERS……THE REASON IS VERY STRONG I RESIDE IN SAUDI ARABIA AND THERE ARE VERY FEW BOOKS AVAILABLE HERE ON ANY KIND OF NEEDLE WORK WE DON’T HAVE ANY LIBRARY EITHER TO AVAIL THE BOOKS SO PLEASE COULD YOU BE KIND ENOUGH AS TO MAKE ME THE WINNER?????

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  165. I would like to win The Embroidery Stitch Bible. I found your site a few months ago because I am fascinated with stitchery and really want to learn more than a few basic stitches. I think this book would be a great help in learning to accomplish this. Thanks for sharing so much of your talent and knowledge in your daily emails. Merry Christmas

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  166. Happy Hoildays
    I would like to recieve the book named Stumpwork Medieval Flora. I am a needlepointer and have learned most all my stitches from books and surfing the web. I would luv to learn how to embellish my projects with elegant flowers. This book will be a great addition to my library as I do not have access to any classes in the area I live. Thanks for your info. in your blog I read it all the time. thanks Jackie G

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  167. I would love to have Mary Thomas’ Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches. I have books about specific techniques, but I don’t have a general stitch dictionary or guide. Your description of it sounds as though it is the type which would appeal to me as a visual learner.
    Have a Merry Christmas!
    Alessandra from CT

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  168. After many miscarriages my first grandchild is FELT so welcome.So is Felt Wee Folk to make him a very special welcome present as his precious life is like a fairy tale to us.

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  169. Dear Mary,
    Thank you for this opportunity. May you and your family enjoy a wonderful holiday season and a very healthy new year. I admire your work and I am not sure how you accomplish so much in what feels like so little time. Your website and emails are awesome! I also admire Jane Nicholas and I would love to have a copy of her book, Medieval Embroidery. There is always so much to learn about stumpwork- and she is so talented.
    Many thanks
    Peg in NJ

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  170. How thoughtful of you!!!!
    I would love to own Stitch Sampler. I actually have it on my Amazon wishlist. I’m very much a beginner and have only done cross-stitching so far. I love color pictures so I think I’ll like this book! Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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  171. Hey Mary! Love your site – I look forward to it daily!

    The 18th Century Embroidery Techniques really looks interesting, but the Long and Short Stitch Embroidery does, too. Either one would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks & MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    XoXoXo
    Joy

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  172. I would choose the Embroiderer’s Handbook since it is an overall stitch guide from another country that may have a different look at things.

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  173. 18th Century Embroidery Techniques would be the perfect gift as I am constructing an 18th century outfit for myself, and embroidery is a must!

    PS: Dover Adult Coloring Books from Amazon make great embroidery patterns, flowers, paintings and great illustrations with simple line drawings. my current favorites are the Art Nevou ones and the Language of Flowers.

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  174. I would love to have Mary Thomas’ Dictionary of Stitches in my library, particularly because she divides the book into stitch types. The idea of being able to look up specific stitches for a particular need (filling stitches, outline stitches, etc.) is very appealing, as well as time-saving.

    Thank you for this giveaway! And have a wonderful Christmas holiday.
    Sharon in France

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  175. I have never tried goldwork – I’d like to but it’s a bit itimidating. So, the book I hope to win is the Beginner’s Guide to Goldwork.

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  176. MERRY CHRISTMAS Mary!!!
    I would like to win The Embroiderer’s Handbook. I am a beginner and I feel I could understand the the techniques in this book. I have purchased books about embroidery and could not get the stitches right. I need help.

    I like to wish you all a safe and Merry Christmas.

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  177. There isn’t a book on that list that I wouldn’t want, and there are so many stitches out there that I haven’t tried yet that I know I could learn and find a use for.
    but … I would really like the Stumpwork Medieval Flora
    book. I love flowers.
    Ricky in Winnipeg

    ps sorry about the almost blank email just before this one. I hit the wrong key.

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  178. I am a fan of Medieval. I love his mystery, history, art, style, myth and his turmoil. I was born 4 centuries too late! It is why I would like to win Stunpwork Medieval Flora. Embroidery is my passion. It would be gorgeous to add Stmpwork in my knowledge.
    Thank you, Mary, you are the sun in my day. Joyeux Noël
    Louise from Québec

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  179. Mary:
    I would love to win the Embroidery Stitch Bible. I am such a visual learner that I think I would benefit from the picture/illustrations. That’s one of the things that drew me to your site in the first place – I “found” you on a Goggle search for stitch videos! Plus, I really like books with spiral bindings that lay flat and can stay open next to you for constant reference. Thanks for your generosity and have a Merry Christmas!
    Jan Schurr

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  180. It’s very hard to choose, but I think I’m most tempted by the gorgeous Stumpwork and Goldwork Tiles book. I have coveted those designs since they came out and I would love to embroider them!

    Jean in Chico

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  181. I would prefer The Embroidery Stitch Bible because it covers so many different stitches and also shows you how to sew them. I am planning on making crazy quilt x-mas stockings to give away next christmas and could really use such an informative book. I am a beginner at sewing and don’t really know much and could use all help there is!

    Wishing You A Merry Christmas. 🙂

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  182. I hope you have an easier time picking a winner than I am picking a hoped-for prize! I once tried to incorporate gold into a piece, and it was a complete flop, so I just gave up. I’m hoping the Beginner’s Guide to Goldwork would help me understand where I went wrong and inspire me to try again.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  183. Hi Mary

    I have been tossing up between ‘The Embroiderers Handbook’ & the ’18th Century Embroidery Techniques’. It’s so difficult salivating over two delicious books!

    I’ve just begun to discover how much I enjoy learning about the history of embroidery & have recently been spending quite a bit of time researching the history of needlework in various countries. I’ve even been driving some i’net friends from various countries, asking if they have any information about the traditional needlework of their country, or perhaps about some stitches or embroidery taught to them by their grandmothers, etc.

    I also love Country Bumpkin & have the full set of their Magazines incl their very first one that consisted of only a few pages & wasn’t anything like the ‘glossy’ editions they print now. I also have several of their books, incl the A-Z collection. I admire Margie Bauer’s work, so of course I’d love to add ‘The Embroiderer’s Handbook’ to my collection.

    After my explanation, I’m sure that you can understand my dilemma. However as difficult as it was, I’ve finally decided that as a special treat, I’ll buy the ’18th Century Embroidery Techniques’ & would be thrilled to win ‘The Embroiderer’s Handbook’ to add to my collection.

    I’d also like to thank you not only for all your emails sharing such useful & helpful embroidery information, all the interesting tit bits, & the terrific book reviews that make it very difficult not to rush out & buy the book … but to thank you for the generous opportunity to win one of these wonderful books. I hope that Santa brings you whatever it is you dream of … & a very joyful Christmas ….

    Cheers ….
    Wendy 🙂

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  184. Dear Mary,

    My mother taught me to embroider when I was in grammar school. I’ve embroidered a lot of things with the stem stitch, the satin stitch, and the lazy-daisy/chain stitch. Well, after 40-something years of embroidering, I think it’s time to move on and these flowers in the Redoute’s Finest Flowers in Embroidery are so incredible. The French Knot will have to be mastered, probably, and the bullion stitch, but probably nothing so hard that I couldn’t figure it out with the help of this book.

    Thank you for this opportunity AND may your Christmas Cheer be relaxing and indeed Merry!

    Victoria

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  185. Hi Mary,

    I’d like to win the Embroiderer’s Bible; it looks exactly like the sort of book I need as a beginner – stitch guide, inspiration and instructions all in one. It would help me plan and design a few ornamentations for my parents’ home which I want to do between studies next year.

    Thank you again for all the generous work you do on this site!

    Tessa Silberbauer
    South Africa

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  186. Merry Christmas!! I would love to win the Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches!! I would like to learn more stitches. I use the stem stitch for all my projects. Thanks for having such a great Christmas giveaway.

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  187. I would love to win Long and Short Stitch Embroidery. I am a left handed embroiderer who has taught herself everything from books since I was a little girl. Thank you for this great blog as it has really helped me.

    Thanks Jackie Carter in Canada

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  188. I would like to win the Embroiderer’s Handbook. It would be so usefull in my Brazilain Embroidery. I have been doing this for almost 10 years and have started to teach. I am sure that this would answer alot of question that I get from some of the girls. I have a small leaflet from DMC but it just isn’t enough.
    Thank you for the chance to win this.
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    Keep up all the good information.
    Joan

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  189. I have checked Mary Thomas Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches out of the library at least 5 times! This book has it all and I learn more every time I read through it. Merry Christmas to you!!!

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  190. I would love to win the Wee Felt Folk. I do all kinds of embroidery, and have decided that in the new year, I want to learn a new technique. I have never felted before, and the cover of the book is so inviting! Merry Christmas!

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  191. Jane Nichols book on Stumpwork Medieval Flora is so facinating. The flowers and insects and butterflies just come alive off the page. I’d love to try some of that stumpwork. It would be a delight to have the book as a guide as I stitch.

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  192. I would love to add the Stumpwork Medieval Flora book to my library. I have a project in mind for an illuminated letter in goldwork embellished with flowers. This book would be the perfect guide to completing the flowers.
    Merry Christmas!!

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  193. Felt Wee Folk! I am very interested in stumpwork and this book looks like fun. I know the grandchildren would love to see the creativity!
    Avis

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  194. I would love to have them all but with only one choice I would love to have the reference book, “The Embroidery Stitch Bible”. It would be wonderful to have a reference that I could go to even when I’m not online and being a beginner at surface embroidery it’s always best to start at the beginning.
    Merry Christmas to you,
    DebbyP

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  195. I would choose the book titled Stumpwork Medieval Flora because this is an area of embroidery that I have very recently found out about and I would love to learn how to do it. Up until now I have quilted and cross stitched and done some simple surface embroidery. However Stumpwork has really got me interested and I am excited to learn more about it.
    Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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  196. Merry Christmas Mary and thank you for your generous giveaway.

    To be asked to chose a book from some amazing titles is like walking in to a candy store and trying to make a choice.

    But if I must choose, I would opt for Stumpwork & Goldwork Embroidery Inspired by Turkish, Syrian & Persian Tiles by Jane Nicholas.

    I find goldwork challenging and have just started stumpwork. I would like to try the Iznik Carnation tile after acquiring proficiency in this form of embroidery.

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  197. I would choose The Embroiderer’s Handbook
    Because I’m a beginner and It looks like it would be a help. Thank you!

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  198. I would love to receive “18th Century Embroidery Techniques” as I am just starting a group to study this period of embroidered designs. We hope to develop period costumes.

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  199. You are so sweet to do this. We get so much from you thru the year. I would love r
    The Stumpwork book since it is about the only thing. I haven’t learned. Thank you and Happy Holidays!!

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  200. I can only hope my name is drawn for one of these fabulous books. My favorite is the Embroidery Stitch Bible second would be the Stitch Sampler. Pick Me! Pick Me!

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  201. I would love to own a copy of Redoute’s Finest Flowers in Embroidery. It looks like it would move me to the next level in my personal challenge to develop and improve my embroidery technique.

    I enjoy reading your blog about embroidery and it has inspired me to try stitches I never knew existed. I look forward to reading it every day.

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  202. Your news letter is the highlight of my day and I was going to try and order the Stitch Sampler, so this would be my choice. Your review and pictures of this book was lovely. I do imaginary flowers and am always looking for ideas on new ways to use the needle and thread. Thank you again and Happy Holidays as you say on that side of the pond.
    Karen in Kettering

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  203. Beginner’s Guide to Goldwork would be my choice. I’ve always wanted to learn some Goldwork, and this would be an opportunity to learn.
    PS: I read your column daily, and just LOVE it! Keep writing and inspiring us!

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  204. Thank you Mary for this chance. I would love to have The Embroidery Stitch Bible. Through this newsletter, I have learned so many stitches and would love to have this book to have a guide at hands reach when I’m traveling. Sometimes the website is a few hrs away and I need directions now..lol I love this newsletter and thank you so much for it. Its like the Bible, says forever learning. And that’s how I feel about this site, always something new to learn and from someone down to our level, a friend. Thank you again. Please keep the newsletter coming, It’s great!!!

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  205. Mary

    I was able to get a glance at the Embroidery Stitch Bible at a embroidery shop while doing some holiday shopping for family and it was great (clear pictures and directions);had to put it down to stay focus on my mission for that day. I’m still somewhat new to embroidery, but have found that the more I work with my stitches the better I get. The Embroidery Stitch Bible would keep me motivated and would be a great gift under our tree

    Fredi of Northern California

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  206. Hi Mary,
    Christmas is of course the time of the year to give away presents to family and friends. You are so generous to offer one of us, your fans, a book we have earmarked for a present to ourself.
    I will soon retire – probably around March next year – and I have a while ago put on my wish list at Amazon “Redoute’s Finest Flowers in Embroidery”. The flowers look so delicate and beautiful. I would really love to have a go at embroidering them when I have lots of time to dedicate to my hobby.
    Well, Mary, have a lovely Xmas and I wish you lots of good things in the New Year.

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  207. I would love to win The Embroidery Handbook. My reason for selecting the above book is that it is a reference book that I can go to when I don’t understand a stitch, a term, directions for all the different stitches. I am having to relearn all my embroidery stitches due to possibly having either a concussion or a light stroke in October. Thank you for giving us not only an opportunity to participate in this giveaway but also for letting us select which book we like best.

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  208. I have four teenage daughters who have been practicing embroidery. The Embroidery Stitch Bible would be a very helpful reference and source of inspiration to my young stitchers. Gratitude would be multiplied in our house!

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  209. I would like to have the embroidery stitch bible
    I am a beginner and would love to own this book it would be my first book in this subject and would be such a great new tool
    Thank you for giving us all a chance to win
    Happy holidays to all needle & thread fans

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  210. Would love to have the beginners guide to Goldwork. I admire any goldwork and would like to try it myself. I look forward to your daily blog and all that I am learning because of it. Thank you so much, you are truly a blessing to me.

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  211. My choice is Beginners Guide to Crewel Embroidery–I’m feeling the urge to branch out from cross stitch and counted needlework into more surface embroidery techniques.
    Thanks for the chance to win this.

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  212. Hello Mary
    I would love to win the Stumpwork and Goldwork Tiles book as I have always enjoyed these two types of needlework and would like to stitch a piece of work incorporating both of them.
    Have a very happy Christmas.
    Barbara

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  213. I would so love to receive the “long and short stitch embroidery” book because I’m planning to learn this technique after Christmas. I need the book but can’t afford to buy it now. This would be a wonderful gift to me!
    Thank you
    eb

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  214. Hi,
    The book that I would like to win is ‘The Embroidery Stitch Bible’. I am a beginner to embroidery and I have inherited a small book titled ’99 Embroidery Stitches’ from my mother. However the explanation for each stitch is not in detail and hence difficult to understand. After reading the review of this book and comparing it with other embroidery dictionaries I feel this is the right book for me. I am learning embroidery on my own and I do require a proper guide. Else I could get de-motivated! Which I hope not!!
    Regards,
    Rose Mary

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  215. The book that caught my eye (that I don’t have) is 18th Century Embroidery Techniques. I have always wanted to make clothes of different time periods for dolls and this book would be perfect. I love looking at period clothing and have wondered how they got their embroidery to look that way, especially when I have tried it and it didn’t look at all the way the picture showed it.

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  216. What a wonderful giveaway! They all look great, but having to choose, I choose Redoute’s Finest Flowers. Thank you for doing this!

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  217. I would like to win the Embroidery Stitch Bible. I love the illustrations and good explanations about all kind of stitches. I am trying to learn new stitches and I think this is the best one for it. Thanks and Merry Christmas.

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  218. I love Felt Wee Folk! I’m enchanted by tiny things in general, and these particular tiny things are so cute!

    Merry Christmas!

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  219. I would love to win the Long and Short Embroidery Flowers by Trish Burr; I am just beginning to love surface stitching and this book would be the greatest help. Merry Christmas to you and your famiily.
    Anne Tuley
    412 Victorian Dr.
    Waxahachie, Texas 75165

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  220. I would love to win the “Beginner’s Guide to Goldwork”, because I have a bunch of goldwork supplies and very little idea of what to do with them.

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  221. OMG Merry Christmas everyone! Redoute’s Finest Flowers in Embriodery by Trish Burr. Thank you Mary for the Giveaway
    Audrey

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  222. Merry Christmas to you and thank you so much for offering us all a chance to have a wish come true in winning one of these books.

    Long and Short Stitch Embroidery: A Collection of Flowers would be my favorite choice. I am not that proficient in long and short stitch embroidery and feel that this book would be an immense help in achieving my goal of beautiful stitching.

    Thank you so much,

    Helen in SW FL

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  223. Hello Mary,
    first of all thank you for the give-away. It’s quite cool when you can choose the prize :). If I were the lucky winner I’d choose The Embroidery Stitch Bible. I have a few books about different types of embroidery but I don’t have the one that would show all the variety of stitches. That comprehensive guide would be a valuable addition to my bookshelf for sure.

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  224. This is a bit like a candy store…I would like to win Wee Felt Folk. This book is lovely to look at plus I want to make some of the sweet Folk. I have checked it out of the library several times but really need my own copy to make any real progress! Thank you, Mary.

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  225. Hi Mary,

    What a wonderful give-away! I’ve been reading your site about a year now and my stitching has greatly improved.

    Some of the needlework I admire most is thread-painting, but it is the art I am least competent at. Were I to win a book, I would choose “Redoute’s Finest Flowers in Embroidery”. The combination of glorious stitchery, detailed direction and botanical prints is very inspiring and I’m sure would push me to improve my technique.

    Thank you for your informative writing and your generous spirit. Happy Christmas!

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  226. Ooof, there are 4 titles I’d like here, but I think the Redoute one is top of my list (after the 2 Jane Nicholas and the 18C one). Why? Love flowers, love embroidery and haven’t any money coming in just yet after resettling in the UK and can’t afford to treat myself! =)

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  227. I reviewed my list of books and decided that I would like the Embroidery Stitch Bible. There are stitches that can be used for all types of needlework. I love the fact that it has spiral bound makes it easy to keep open for reference while working

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  228. I would like Redoute’s Finest Flowers In Embroidery. I have taken bead embroidery lessons from a local Native American woman. The motifs are from nature, both plant and animal. We are currently working together to make purses. She does the beadwork and I do the quilting, embroidery and construction. I would love to be able to embroider some beautiful flowers to offset her beaded blooms.

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  229. You are very generous with such oferings. I would be thrilled to receive the Long and Short Stitch emnbroidery.
    May your Christmas be filled with joy and fill of love/ Thank you so much/

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  230. Hello Mary.
    Well,”The Embroidery Stitch Bible” is good . I think that is usefull for a beginner like me.Thanks for this gift .I wish you a happy christmas with your family.

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  231. Mary, I would love to win the Long and Short stitch embroidery book. I am beginning to do long and short stitch work and this book would be wonderful to have, I certainly need the stitching help. Have a Merry Xmas and a great new year.

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  232. Merry Christmas Mary, I would love to win the Wee Folk book. It looks so cute and I’ve been wanting to try some wool felt projects. I know some little girls who would enjoy helping me It would be a fun winter project.

    Thanks for your wonderful web site and for the generous offer.
    Happy New Year
    Maggie Parks

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  233. Hey Mary, I would most prefer to get 18th Century Embroidery–while I’m sure those other books might be more useful in terms of references or projects, my main interests lie in the history of handwork rather than the most modern how-to. Also, I am a student of textiles. 🙂

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  234. Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches. Did u c the story on an 88 yoa woman who knits scarfs for the soldiers? She has been doing this since WWII! I would like to step in line and help her with a little keepsake for them. I don’t want to stray from my stitching, so I’ve been thinking about what I could do with stitching. I’ve decided I could make small felt envelopes with a little person, dog or heart, on the front, maybe a verse. I need ideas and think this book might enlighten me with additional stitches. Merry Christmas to you.

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  235. I would like to win the Stictch Smapler. I am a beginneer, so it would be very helpful to me. The pictures and the instructions drive me crazy.
    Thank you very much.

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  236. Hello & Thank you very much Mary for this opportunity!!!

    I would love to win the Embroidery Bible because, based on your review, it is the book that approaches the type of points and technics that I would like to learn (I just do cross stitch). In addition, I can see that the instructions are easy to follow with those excellents illustrations!

    Merry Christmas & Good Luck to everyone!!! 😀

    Isa Pazo (México)

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  237. This is such a generous offer.I would love the Wee Folk book…it’s one of the few i don;t have and i love felt…have been trying to get up the nerve to make little pictures.thanks
    kaethejean

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  238. Ty Mary I would love to learn anything about long aLong and Short Stitch and the book that caught my eye is:
    Long and Short Stitch Embroidery: A Collection of Flowers
    this is one i will enjoy doing. I love to keep something in my hand to do; my grandmother always busy hands were gods blessing and I truly believe they are.
    thanks

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  239. I have been drooling over “Stumpwork and Goldwork Tiles” ever since you reviewed it. These are two embroidery techniques I have never tried and this book would entice me to give them a shot. Thanks, Mary, and Happy Holidays!

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  240. Mary, this is really,really difficult. I love books to just look through and I love books that have lots of information for when I need it. So, what a choice you have given. I would have to select “Stitch Sampler” as it seems to offer what would help me along at this point on my learning curve.
    You are great gal & I look forward to reading your post each & every day.

    Merry Christmas and wishes for the best of everything that comes your way in the New Year.

    Cheers,
    Linda Adam
    Ontario, Canada

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  241. Thanks, Mary for a wonderful blog and great opportunity to win Jane Nicholas STUMPWORK AND GOLDWORK TILES. Your daily encouragement has inspired me to expand my embroidery skills to include new tecniques and stitches. While I am proficient in long and short, thread painting and most crewel stitches, I want to use silk and gold threads and three dimensional effects. I enjoy Jane Nicholas and Di Van Niekirk books and DVD’s and would love to have Jane’s newest book. Thanks again for the daily inspiration.

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  242. Hi Mary,

    I would love to win the Long & Short Stitch
    Embroidery:A Collection of Flowers.
    I always admire someone elses work on flowers
    and would really like to learn how the right way.

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  243. Hi Mary, Stumpwork Medievil Flora is my choice. My EGA chapter president is a very experienced stumpwork embroiderer. She did a program for us and I actually finished the project. (Not normal behavior for me.) I fell in love with the technique in the process. This book would, no doubt, inspire me to do more projects.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win it.
    Jo

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  244. Stumpwork and Goldwork Tiles appeals to me on several levels. The designs are lovely, but don’t look as if they’d be too intimidating. Jane Nicholas always has clear instructions and good illustrations.

    Thanks for this holiday giveaway! Now – I’m off to spread some Christmas cheer, or at least prepare for doing so. Cookie-baking day!

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  245. Hello Mary

    Merry Christmas and have a joyfull new year.The book I would be most interested in is the Embroidery Stitch Bible. I use your video library all the time, but it would be nice just to have a book to look through. Then I woldn’t have to sit in front of the computer all the time.

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  246. Oh, what a dilemma. It is hard to choose just one book. They would all be a wonderful addition to my library. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win. The Embroiderer’s Handbook is just tantalizing. But the Felt Wee Folk look so cute! And there are other projects in the book besides Folk. But the embroiderer’s Handbook would be used so much……
    Well, cute wins the day: put me down as wishing for The Felt Wee Folk. I have to hit submit before I change my mind…..

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  247. I would love to win the book on goldwork – I have just started my first goldwork project and need all the help I can get.

    Merry Christmas

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  248. I will be retiring at the end of this school year and am looking forward to getting back into embroidery work. I think the Embroidery Stitch Bible would be a great reference guide for me.

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  249. I would love to win Mary Thomas dictionary of embroidery stitches. Been baking cookies all day and it would be nice to sit down with a cut of tea and flip through a nice book. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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  250. If I were to win this giveaway, I would want The Embroidery Stitch Bible because I read your review and it sounds like a wonderful reference book for anyone wanting to embroider.

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  251. I would love to win the book I chose Stitch Sampler. I love getting your newsletter and your website. You give us so much useful information.

    Have a Blessed Christmas and may 2011 bring you all good things.

    Lucille Ross – Leesburg, FL

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  252. What a lovely surprise to find today, a gift giveaway book. I would enjoy working with the book on Redoute’s flowers. I bought a picture book of these flowers with the idea of doing them in stitching at some point. I thought the completeness of this book would inspire my project. The detail of needlepainting is exciting to me and I would truly enjoy this book as more than an inspiration.Thank you for the opportunity. Marta

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  253. I would like a copy of the 18th Century Embroidery Techniques – I have a secret desire to do costuming and would love to do that on dolls. This book would enable me to replicate designs etc that were used in this time period.

    Have a happy and safe christmas in the Northern Hemisphere. We are having a hot, wet one in the sub tropics.

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  254. I would LOVE to win “Stitch Sampler” because of my desperate need!! LOL I’ve never ventured out of the basics and I’ve decided I need to do some of these beautiful stitches I see in online projects. I’m home on permanent disability, so I certainly have the time to learn. Thank you so much for the chance to win this book!

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  255. I’d love the book Medieval Floral Stumpwork. I’ve done a number of pieces – the EGA GCCs – and several classes with Jane Nicholas – and find the techniques intriguing. I’ve also been asked to teach at my local EGA chapters. I need all the help I can get!

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  256. Wow, what an incredibly generous thing to do. I would be interested in winning “Felt Wee Folk” because I teach a group of children different types of embroidery once a month at our local library. In February I will be presenting a program at the library to develop Artist Trading Cards (open to all ages) – I think this book would provide lots of inspiration for my Feb program as well as planning the 2011 programs for my “kids’ classes”. I am always looking for inspiration to teach this wonderful group of new and upcoming stitchers. I hope to provide similar programs throughout the Albuquerque area. Thanks again for being so generous.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  257. This is a wonderful contest!
    If I was lucky enough to win, my choice would be The Embroidery Stitch Bible. I have done embroidery and crewel work in the past. But after many years being away from it, I am getting back into it. My two daughters are showing an interest in it also! I want to show them how enjoyable and rewarding this art is. Having this book would be a great reference tool!!
    I enjoy your newsletters and website very much. We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year!!

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  258. Hi Mary Merriest Xmas to you!
    Would like to give YOU a gift for xmas for all your invaluable advice and insight through the year, I couldnt have done half the stitching I have done without you.

    I will put my hat in the ring for the Stitch Sampler. I am keen to get my hands on any information on canvaswork as I am designing/stitching a large Satyr (life size) in a traditional style with a modern twist.

    Thanks again Mary have a great xmas and new year.
    Love
    Victoria
    Sydney, Australia

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  259. OMG! What a giveaway, Mary!
    Thank you so much.
    I would like to have the “Felt Wee Folks”. I’m curious about this book since I heard about it!

    Hope you have a Great Merry Christmas with your Family.
    Merry Christmas to your long list of readers all over the world as well 🙂

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  260. i would love to own the Embroidery Stitch Bible. So far I have done basic embroidery and I am obsessed with crazy quilting. The most beautiful examples I have seen combine layers of embroidery stitches done with beautiful threads and embellishments. I am working on enlarging my familiarity with various stitches and techniques. That is why I follow your blog. It helps me see how much more there is to learn. I have another Bible book on a different subject and find that I go to often as a reference. I know I would use this book a frequently to improve my skill in this needle art.

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  261. I would like to win Beginner’s Guide to Crewel Embroidery and here’s why:
    I started my needlework journey 28 years ago with a crewel embroidery baby shower gift. I had no clue why this friend gave this to me because at that time I did not do any needlework.
    However I fell absolutely in love with crewel. I stopped reading. I was an avid reader who went from book to book, literally. My needlework journey to me to stamped cross stitch and on to counted cross stitch and hand embroidery. The past 10 years introduced me to quilting and it took over my life.
    Now I have done an about face and have returned to my original love: crewel embroidery and find I am a little rusty. I know this book will sharpen my skills again.
    Thank you for this generous offer.
    If I win the book, my address is: 3837 Killdeer Drive, Antioch, CA 94509. My email address is mdpatte@pacbell.net.
    Bless you and Merry Christmas.

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  262. I would like to win The Embroidery Stitch Bible. My mother taught me some basic embroidery as a child, but it has been years since I did any. I would like to pick it back up, especially as embellishment for my quilting and the little gifts I make for nieces and nephews. I always found it relaxing, and picking colors of floss could occupy me for hours. I’m a self-taught seamstress and quilter, and this book looks like it could help me become a self-taught embroiderer as well. Hope your Christmas is merry and your New Year prosperous!

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  263. Hello, Mary!
    Thanks for the great offer…I would like to have Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches because I have not a stitch dictionary and of this you have written a beatiful recension!

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  264. I would like to win the Felt Wee Folk book. I have four children. The older ones are interested in learning to sew and the younger ones love hand made toys.

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  265. I’d be so thrilled to win The Embroidery Stitch Bible. I’m fairly new to embroidery and would love to add more stitches to my repertoire! Thanks for the chance to win & Happy Holidays!!

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  266. I went back and forth on 2 books: Trish Burr, because learning how to needlepaint would be awesome! and Stitch Sampler, so I can see which stitch would be best for the project.

    Decisions! Well, should I win, my final choice is Redoute by Trish. It’s a book I’ll look at over and over and over, if for no other reason than the needlepainting fills an itch.

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  267. “STITCH SAMPLER”. I am fairly new to surface embroidery. Looks like an informative book. Have enjoyed all your posts and videos this past year. Thank you for all the assistance they have given me. You do inspire. Merry Christmas, Linda

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  268. Hi Mary!
    You have fabulous taste in books! They are eye candy, as well as a wonderful education for us. But for me the choice is easy. I love sewing garments and my choice will be the 18th century Embroidery Techniques. Your write-up sounds like just what I love to read (and sew) and hopefully it is illustrated as beautifully as the cover.
    Thank you also for your morning bit-of-cheer newsletter! I have sent your link to many like-minded friends, and we all enjoy you now.
    God bless and happy joyous holidays!
    Helen

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  269. I would soooo love to have the “Felt Wee Folks” book. I have bought Wee Folk and their fold up doll house and made furniture from a kit they once had at Hearthsong. It is a great creative store for non electronic toys that kids have to either use their imaginations or bodies to play with. At one time I believe I had about 20 of the dolls which I often costomized. I wish this book was out then!
    I sponser a little girl through World Vision who lives in Ghana. I have been trying to think of a way to send her (and her little sister) dolls to play with. I could even make them to look and dress like her local people which can’t be ordered out of the catalog. The rules for sending things to a sponsored child are that the envelope has to be 6″x9″ or smaller so one must be creative when sending things through the mail. This would be a great way to make a whole family (including goats)to send them to play with. All the books look wonderful but if I had to pick one this would be it. Maybe I could even make a background of a mud house with a thatched roof and a garden
    :-))
    Thanks for all you do! You keep me inspired. You give me a reason to ignore the pain and get out of bed and work on another project. That is more than any of the medication the doctors can come up with can do. God Bless You! Have a wonderful holiday season.
    Sarah Stuart

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  270. I would like to win the stumpwork medieval flora. I am in my late 40’s and just learning how to embroider. No one in my family does this type of work, so I am on my own to learn it. I just love the goldwork and stumpwork. I especially like patterns with flowers and insects. I think this book would be a wonderful addition to my growing libary.

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  271. I would love to win Jane Nicholas’s Stumpwork Medieval Flora.
    I have another of her stumpwork books and have stitched several items (not whole projects) from it and another stumpwork book. I have been looking at buying Medieval Flora for some time because it has some botanical projects and since I have collected several old herbals and love botanical photos and all flowers in both the garden and in stitching I thought Medieval Flora would be a great book to own.

    And, another reason for said decision…I own a few of the other books already.

    Thank you for a chance to win and also for your blog and the wealth of info you share.

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  272. I would love a good stitch dictionary like The Embroiderer’s Handbook. I’ve done a lot of counted cross stitch and tapestry work as well as trying Hardanger, but I’ve never done much surface embroidery. It is something that I would love to get into, and I do quite well learning handwork techniques from books.
    Thank you for such an interesting and informative blog, and Merry Christmas
    Kathy from Missouri

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  273. I would like to win “Stumpwork and Goldwork Tiles” because I just love this style of embroidery, with the use of silk threads, gold threads, and the three-dimensional aspects of stumpwork.

    Thank you so much for your blog, your offers, and all you do to help us learn the wonderful art of embroidery. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and to all your readers.

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  274. Hi Mary,I am very much interested in hand embroidery.today i like the book “Beginners Guide to Crewel Embroidery” because,we have all different types of stiches in a project, &once the project is complete,what ever may be the pattern it really looks natural & lively.I feel for myself i have put life to the project

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  275. I am so excited about the possibility of owning one of these fascinating and information-packed books! My favorite choice (althought really each is a favorite) would be Trish Burr’s Long and Short Stitch Embroidery: A Collection of Flowers. I am new to embroidery work, but have become intrigued with the beautiful opportunities offered by this stitch technique. Having just discovered her website, her book would be a great addition to my library.

    Thank you for your book review, as well as the great information offered in your daily blog and tutorials. I cannot tell you how often I have sat in front of my computer monitor practicing stitches and techniques while your tutorials play on the screen.

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  276. Redoute’s Finest Flowers in Embroidery! I struggle with silk shading but love the results.

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  277. Hi Mary – Merry Christmas. I would love to win
    Redoute’s Finest Flowers in Embroidery by Trish Burr. I have looked at this book many times on the internet, but haven’t been able to find it available near me.
    I love Redoute’s flower paintings and have a book containing them. I often go through it looking for inspiration. I have even been to Malmasion, just outside Paris many years ago where he created a beautiful garden for Josephine. I even have 2 roses called Sovenior de la Malmasion.

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  278. I’m fairly new to embroidery but it has always fascinated me. I don’t actually own a single embroidery book, and I would love to have the Embroidery Stitch Bible. It sounds really practical and I especially like that it seems well-organized by categories which would be really helpful for me–I’m generally mystified trying to figure out what kinds of stitches would be good for different aspects of patterns. If I can only have one book for a long while, this sounds like the right one to have on my shelf as a good, overall reference.

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  279. I have always been intimidated by long and short embroidery. I have taken a guild program, but I would like to find a book that gives me the basics and techniques of this beautiful form of embroidery. So, if I should win, I would like to have the Long and Short Stitch Embroidery.
    Thank you for sharing your talent with all of us.

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  280. I would like Felt Wee Folk. I’m a huge Salley Mavor fan. I had the book, but I gave it, and supplies, to a little girl recently, and I’d love to have my own copy again.

    Thanks.

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  281. Stumwork Medival Flora, this book makes we want to stop and stitch@ No really stop the world for a while so I can get some serious creativity going. My local EGA chapter did a small take home project in stumpwork and it has started my desire to learn and do more.

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  282. Hello! Another Give-Away!
    Well, for me, it is quite simple to choose the book: “Long and Short Stitch Embroidery: A Collection of Flowers”, because:
    I love embroidery
    I love flowers
    My blog has on it’s name the word “Flores”,it means “Flowers” in portuguese
    I must improve my english
    I would like, so much, so very much, to have a Trish Burr’s embroidery book!!!
    And now, back to my blog to tell my friends about this give way. It’s Christmas time and I’m not selfish!!!
    Kisses, kisses!!!

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  283. I would like to win the Stitch Sampler book because it looks like a good reference for getting back into stitching. I used to stitch when I was young but I have forgotten most of what my grandmother taught me, and would like to relearn. Thanks for a chance to win a really neat book. =)

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  284. The Redouté’s Flowers is my favorite book- I’m dreaming of making a Robe à la Française, all over embroidered with such flowers…
    Dear Mary, thank you very much for your allways inspiring and interesting newsletter.
    I wish you merry Christmas and a happy New Year with much time for all your projects!

    Martina

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  285. Hi Mary and thanks for this opportunity.

    I would love to have Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroider Stitches because I have used her knitting books in the past and they were very helpful. She has all kinds of techniques and many are not included in other books. I love to embroider so I think this book of stitches would be a great addition to my book collection.

    Thanks,
    Jan B.

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  286. What a wonderful Christmassy idea! I would love to win Felt Wee Folk. I have looked at this book online and just fell in love with these small dolls and wonderful projects! I would have such a great time making all the items in this book!
    Thanks you for sharing so much with us this past year! I thoroughly enjoy reading your newsletter and blog posts!
    Karen

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  287. Hi, Mary,
    If it were not for your video, I would not have been able to finish a large piece by Jane Rainbow, which had a stitch in it that, in 40 years of doing crewel, I had never seen! As I am now doing difficult pieces, I have been looking for a really good stitch bible, which, I believe the DK Stitch Sampler to be. The clear photos would really help me to learn new stitches, and just reading it would be such fun! So, I would so love to win the DK Stitch Sampler. What a great contest!

    Sincerely,
    Mary T. Graffeo
    18 Osborne Lane
    Greenvale, NY 11548

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  288. Hi Mary i thank you very much for giudence given by you through news letters.I wish you a Merry Christmas &A Very happy new Year

    Thanks
    Ramalaxmi
    11297,Worthington Way
    OH 44133

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  289. What a wonderful giveaway to end the year with. Thank you, Mary.

    I would love to win The Embroider’s Handbook. I’d like to win it because one of my resolutions for 2011 is to improve my embroidery skills, and this book looks like it would be very helpful.

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  290. Now this is hard! But I think – Stumpwork and Gold Tiles.

    I’m sorry I didn’t send you a hand embroidered Christmas Card. I wanted to – but I’ve run out of oompf, and have a big backlog of ‘thankyou’ presents to do. I should have started earlier!
    I really enjoyed doing those little projects.
    I’ve been apologising to other people I value as well, that I didn’t send cards to. Next year!

    Merry Christmas, and may the next year be a great one for you! You are much loved, my dear.

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  291. The book I would love is Long and Short Embroidery as I enjoy the delicate shading that can be achieved by blending the shades of thread. I am a keen gardener and study the colour blends on flowers in my garden.

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  292. I would love to win Stumpwork Medieval Flora because I really want to learn to do stumpwork. I have done counted cross stitch for many, many years but have always admired stumpwork and seen so many beautiful projects on your blog that I would love to give it a try. Fingers crossed. Merry Christmas!

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  293. Dear Santa,
    I would love to see the Embroidery Stitch Bible peeking out of my stocking this year. It would come in handy making the stockings for next year.

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  294. I would love to win Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches. It looks like it would be a wonderful reference book on the various stitches, and the illustrations seem very clear and extremely well done. Have a wonderful holiday.
    Karen

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  295. Hi Mary! I would love to win this one please:
    Long and Short Stitch Embroidery: A Collection of Flowers. I really want and need to work on my long and short stitch and this would be a great way to get started on that. Thanks!
    Hugs,
    Kerry

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  296. Cara senhora, que generosidade!!!
    Adoraria ganhar o livro The Embroidery Stitch Bible. Ver como se borda cada um dos pontos deve um grane abraço, com votos de Feliz Natal.

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  297. Dear Mary,
    I would love to win “18th Century Embroidery Techniques” because I would love to know how they made the sumptuous clothes they wore at that time. It would be a great resource for me and I would like to be able to share its contents with other members of my guild. For me embroidery is so much about sharing with others and I could use this book to research items to present to my friends. We all learn so much from each other and none of us is likely to be in a position purchase this book but would enjoy it’s contents so much

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  298. You are so generous Mary! I already have ‘The Embroiderers Handbook’ on my wish list, but I’d remove it in a hurry if I were lucky enough to win a copy!! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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  299. Mary Thomas’ Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches appeals to me since I only know about five stitches. If my granddaughters get very enthusiastic about embroidery they will soon go past what I know.

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  300. Dear Marymentor:
    May I please win Beginners Guide to Crewel Embroidery ? This book would be a GODSEND to me since I see something beautiful on your website and immediately Dive Right In and try to duplicate it. But mine always comes out “Lumpy” or “Irregular”. Clearly I need to master the BASICS in order to create something beautiful. Thanks so Much.
    Have a wonderful holiday and as my Polish ancestry would say! Wesolych Swiat ! 🙂

    Judy Cain
    3029 Brereton St. #5
    Pittsburgh, PA 15219

    Judy in Pittsburgh

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  301. Dear mary,

    The medieval stumpwork!!!
    I really like that book, and want to learn from it.
    I have never make something from stumpwork, but that book gives my inspiration.

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  302. The book that I would choose is the only one I do not own, “Stumpwork Midieval Flora.” I like Stumpwork and like to build a needlework Library as well as stitch.

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  303. Thanks for the opportunity to be part of this giveaway. I live in Queensland and the highlight of my day is receiving your news letters. I just love your embroidery and have a special folder to keep all the gorgeous designs and ideas you share with us. Thank you for taking the time to do this. Merry Christmas, stay safe, from Jean in Aust.

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  304. Mary

    What a generous idea. And so hard to choose!! I have the first 2 Jane Nicholas books already and I loved your review on the Stumpwork Medieval Flora, in fact all your reviews are so helpful Those small red flowers are SO gorgeous.

    So I’d love to win the
    Stumpwork Medieval Flora book.

    Also, I love supporting our Aussie designers!

    hugs
    Julie in Australia

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  305. Whoops dopey me forgot to say which book I would like. I love them all and own a few of them. However I would cherish ” Long and short stitch embroidery: A collection of flowers
    Many thanks.

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  306. I would like to win The Embroiderer’s Handbook because you gave it a high rating. When I need to watch a tutorial for a stitch, your site is one my favorite’s list!
    Hope you are having a wonderful holiday season!
    Diana K
    sdsunshine@sio.midco.net

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  307. I would love to win Long and Short Stitch Embroidery: A Collection of Flowers. I have really been wanting to try some of Trish Burr’s patterns.

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  308. I would love to win “Felt wee folk”. I love salley’s work and follow her blog. She is so inspirational and I have desired this book for a while. Thank you, Melissa

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  309. Stumpwork Medieval Flora is the one I’d really like. I was given a choice earlier this year if I wanted that one or the Stumpwork and Gold Tiles, I choose the tiles at that stage, and so waiting for this one had to be longer.

    Thanks for the Chance Mary, and have a lovely Holiday season.

    Arlene
    (Australia)

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  310. Hi Mary, I would love to own the book “Long and Short Stitch” a collection of flowers. I really like Trish’s style and technique and I’m sure to find her book invaluable to improving my embroidery to make my flowers more life like. I absolutely love the flowers in my garden and would like to embroidery them onto fabric successfully. Thankyou you Mary for your generous offer and have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Linda

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  311. I would dearly love the Wee Folks Book. I hav grandchildren & a great granddaughter. I think this is so cute and life like. It amazes me when I seen the book. I think any child would love a gift made from this. Thank you

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  312. If chosen I would like The Embroiderer’s Handbook. My Grandmother taught me to crochet and embroider when I was little and now I am teaching my daughter. And The book would help us to learn new things

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  313. Hi Mary,
    Thanks for the wonderful chance to win a lovely book. I would love to have Jane Nicholas’ “Stumpwork Medieval Flora” why you ask just love the technique and in particular really love Jane’s work and instructions. I know that I would be able to really improve my stumpwork skills.
    Many thanks
    Joan from Richmond BC

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  314. I would like to win The Embroidery Stitch Bible because it opens up the possibility to trying so many different stitches. Like a good recipe book, one may never try all the recipes or stitches, but it’s nice having the instructions to do so!

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  315. Hi Mary! I think the one I have had my eye on the longest but haven’t purchased would be Redouté’s Finest Flowers in Embroidery by Trish Burr. Why, you ask. Well, it has been my dream to take her flowers (I have Long & SHort, and Crewel & Surface Embroidery books) and reproduce them into a quilt. I have the silk dupioni yardage, the (vague) idea, and 2 of the books. The third book and a little designing would at least get me started. Very ambitious, I know. Good thing I like projects which take forever.

    Merry Christmas, Mary! And thanks for a chance at adding another book to my design library.

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  316. Hi Mary,
    Thank you for spreading such good cheer! I’d love to win ” The Stitch Dictionary” to help me become a better embroiderer. I do some basic stitches, but since I’ve fallen under the CQ spell, I would like to broaden my stitch knowledge. Thank you for the opportunity, and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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  317. Hello, Mary, I’d love to win the “Beginner’s Guide to Crewel Embroidery.” I read your posts avidly but have been too ‘chicken’ to try anything. I come from the counted thread world. After re-reading your review, I wondered why I never bought the book then!

    – Wendy W in Anderson SC

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  318. I would like to win Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches. I did my first piece of embroidery when I was about 7 years old — a bluebird. I’ve done a lot of counted cross stitch since then which sometimes includes embroidery stitches. But it’s been a looong time since I’ve picked up a needle and floss
    Today I got the urge to stitch again. I googled for stitch instructions and found your site. I quickly realized that I need a review of the basics which I think Mary Thomas’s book will provide.

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  319. I would love to win “The Embroidery Stitch Bible” book, it looks fantastic! I have recently retired and now have time to really delve into my passion: Embroidery. While I know the basics, there is so much that can be expressed with just the twist of a thread here, a knot in a stitch there, or the outstanding effect achieved of combining stitches into a pleasing texture or picture. I would really put this book to good use.

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  320. Ooops! I meant “The Stitch Sampler”. I was thinking it must be like a dictionary of stitches, and I goofed. Thanks.

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  321. Merry Christmas! I spied my dream book just on the right – Stumpwork Medieval Embroidery. I have done some stumpwork and all from Jane Nichols books. Happy Holidays!!

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  322. The Embroiderers’ Handbook is the one for me. As I become more experienced with stitches and techniques I always need to refer to the basics. There are many stitches and techniques that I need to work on. It certainly builds my stitching confidence to know that I have a reference handy to give me help any time I need it.

    Merry Christmas to all stitchers.

    Susan

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  323. Season’s Greetings, Mary!

    I would love, love, love “Felt Wee Folk”. I have been wanting this book for a long time. It looks like it is a real feast for the eyes! I would also like to learn more about using wool felt. Such an awesome give away!
    Thanks,
    Sena 🙂

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  324. I would love to win the Embroiders Handbook. I am beginning to embroider again some 40 some years since I learned as a pre-teen/teenager. It seems I have forgotten everything so it is like starting over again. The Embroiders Handbook seems like a good resource to have availiable to turn to.
    Thanks,
    Charlene Herrington

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  325. Hi Mary,
    I would like to win Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of
    Embroider Stitches. As a schoolgirl I learnt to embroider from my elder sister. But with higher studies, job, marriage and finally kids I could not pursue my hobby. Now that the kids are grown up andI have lots of time on hand I have started to embroider again. This book will help me restart and a great boost for me to continue my hobby, now my passion.

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  326. What a generous offer, Mary! I would love to win the Beginner’s Guide to Goldwork, because I don’t really understand it and would therefore like to learn more about it. Just studying the photographs and reading about techniques would help me to appreciate goldwork with a more discerning eye.

    ~Belle Sprague

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  327. Dear Mary,

    Thank you for your kind give away, its almost like a late Saint Nicholas gift. I would love to get The Embroiderer’s Handbook for the times when I am not able to follow your online tutorials.

    Have a very Blessed Christmas,
    Camille

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  328. Hi, I would love to win Redout’s Finest Flowers as I intend to embroider my way into the sunset after recent retirement and these photographs are so beautiful. It would be wonderful to use them on linen, clothing, or anything I can get hold of.
    Cheers and Safe, Healthy and Harmonious Christmas and New Year
    from Pat Davies, Sydney Australia.

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  329. I would love to win “Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches”. Since I have had carotid artery surgery on both sides I can’t always remember things, like embroidery stitches, etc., so this book would be a wonderful addition to my craft books and a memory jogger. Thanks for the fun of a friendly competition for Christmas. Merry Christmas!

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  330. Hi Mary and thank you for your generosity.
    I live on a tiny island south of the mainland of Australia. There are less than 600 people living here and only 1 other person is interested in embroidery!! We don’t have any book shops, and no contact with any embroidery supplies. So I have to teach myself from books that I order online, or from instructional videos like yours. I so appreciate your daily emails and have ordered a number of books that you have recommended. All of them have been really helpful.
    Does this sound like a sob story!! Sorry – not meant to – I absolutely love living this remote life, and don’t miss the lack of shops at all. As long as I can order things online, I am very content!!
    Having said that – I really struggle with long and short stitch – I don’t like doing it because I don’t seem to have mastered the technique correctly, however, much of the work that I do, requires it!! I especially want to be able to do thread painting.

    Therefore, my request would be for “Long and Short Stitch Embroidery” by Trish Burr.

    Many thanks again for this opportunity and I wish you and all your readers many blessings and joy for Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

    If anyone would like to correspond with an isolated embroidery fanatic, I would really appreciate it!!

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  331. Oh, how lovely to peruse your reviews and just drool! My choice would be Stumpwork Medieval Flora. Why? Well, after a very cold and snowy couple of months up here in Calgary, my eyes were immediately drawn to the lovely summer flowers and wee beaties. That stumpwork dragonfly is “to die for” and would surely help me shake away these winter blues. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  332. Dear Mary, what generosity and what a choice!
    I would love to embroider my way into the sunset after recent retirement using the gorgeous flowers in Redout’s Finest Flowers. I see them on linen, clothes, bags and anything else I can get my hands on.
    Wishing you and your staff a Safe, Healthy and Harmonious Christmas and New Year.
    from Pat Davies – Sydney, Australia.

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  333. I would like The Embroiderer’s Handbook so that I can make beautiful seat covers for my grandmas new house which will be constructed in February 2011.She taught me to embroider and I’d like to appreciate her in that manner.Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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  334. “The Embroiderer’s Handbook”

    I am fairly new to stiching and could use some guidance from a good book, especially with new stitches. Having pictures and instruction can really come in handy. I wish you a very Merry Christmas and want to say I appreciate all of the work you do in offereing your e-mails to us.

    Carol Wood

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  335. I would like to win “The Embroidery Stitch Bible”. I have always wanted an excellent reference that shows actual samples and techniques. The embroidery club I belong to at my local quilt shop led me to your web site and videos that have been very useful to me. Thank you for sharing your wealth of embroidery information. Merry Christmas to you! ❤☃❤

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  336. I would like to win The Long and Short Stitch Embroidery: A Collection of Flowers. I need the instruction to make these special stitches for floral patterns. I seem to have problems in making petals that look lifelike. Embroidered flowers should be more detailed in shape and size than mine.
    I might be able to adapt some of the instruction for short and long stitches in stitching of other embroidered designs, such as wildlife and animals,etc.
    I would love to add this book to my collection of needlework books. This would make be a great Christmas gift for me!
    I enjoy the patterns and information on your website.
    Merry Christmas to you.

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  337. Hmm, so many good books! Its a toss up between the Long and Short Stitch Embroidery or The Stitch Sampler, I love doing Long and Short Stitch but I think The Stitch Sampler is more practical – I borrowed it from the library and thought it was pretty comprehensive.

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  338. I would like to win Mary Thomas’s Dictionary
    of Embroidery Stitches because I think it would
    be invaluable when doing crazy quilting, which
    I really enjoy but have not had much experience
    with using a variety of stitches.

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  339. The Embroidery Stitch Bible would be it. Really, I like all stitch dictionary type books, but this one is great because of the spiral binding!

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  340. What a fabulous giveaway! I’d totally love to win the 18th Century Embroidery Techniques book. I love love love period needle skills. Love. lol. All these books look fabulous, whoever wins this giveaway is one lucky ducky. 🙂

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  341. I would love to have The Embroidery Stitch Bible. I don’t have a good stitch dictionary, and this one looks like a good one.

    Thanks for everything you share with us.

    Merry Christmas!

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  342. I would like to win Stumpwork Medieval Flora,becouse it is beautiful,and I love the way the autor did the flowers combine with bubs

    Thanks Mary

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  343. Mary, I am enjoying your morning missives so much. I would love to own Long and Short Embroidery. I have been photographing the birds in the meadow behind our house and would love to translate some of those photos into embroidery. Thank you for so generously sharing your talents and resources.

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  344. I would love the 18th Century Embroidery Techniques book! In fact, I’ve had it bookmarked for some time now. I have a love of history and the way things were done in the past.

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  345. Hi Mary,
    I would like the Beginner’s guide to goldwork . I’ve never tried goldwork before and Iam curious to know the fundamentals 🙂
    Merry Christmas to you and your family,
    Hugs,
    Deepa

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  346. mary, thank you for the wonderful chance at winning a book!
    i would have to choose long and short stitch embroidery. for some reason i’m scared of the stitch,if i won the book, i might get over the fear and be able to conquer it.

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  347. Wow, Mary that is a very generous giveaway!

    My choice would have to be Jane Nicholas’s book Stumpwork Medieval flora.
    Stumpwork is my favourite embroidery. It brings together my love of nature and gardening.
    I have two of Jane Nicholas’s books and use them regularly.

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  348. Mary,
    Thank you for your Christmas giveaway. OOOOOOooooo I would love to have the Stumpwork and Gold Tiles book. I really love the designs.

    Your blog is fantastic and you have been extremely generous this past year – thank you. I look forward to reading and learning more in 2011. God Bless you.

    Colleen Lim

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  349. Dear Mary,
    I just finished my first needle- painting project of a butterfly. Trish Burr’s work gives me great inspiration to achieve the level she has, and I know that her book of ‘Long and Short Stitch Embroidery’ would be so inspriational. Thank you and Happy Holidays!

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  350. i would like to win
    Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroider Stitches
    as i wanna have one good book on stitch dictionary which will increase my knowledge of stitches,and i can do lots and lots more needlework.thanks and regards nilima.

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  351. I would love to own ’18th century embroidery techniques’. I am enjoying delving into needlework history. With a ruptured Achilles tendon I have lots of time to read and embroider at the moment! May your Christmas be truly blessed.

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  352. “Guide, Bible, Handbook, we view!
    Publishers’ blurb–check more than a few.
    Websites galore!
    And Mary says, “More!”
    But how can we choose?
    Which book should we use?
    I’m at the beginning;
    its my crewel fate.
    I’ve just suggested my guild set a date–
    for a workshop on CREWEL EMBROIDERY.

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  353. I would love to win the book on eighteenth century techniques. I am a long time history of costume student and I love doing things the way they were originally done.
    Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  354. I would like to have The Embroidery Stitch Bible because I do not have any such book and I also like how it has stitch selector so I can look at the stitches and decide which one will be suitable. I should say that your review of it is very good and that is what made me choose it.

    Thanks a lot.

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  355. i would like a hand embroidery for beginners.because i tried before but not looks good. i want to learn a techniques. and i want my project looks good.

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  356. dear mary,

    omg, i can’t decide! but as a textile technology educator (don’t you just love the title) and as a mature aged beginning one as well, i would love to win The Embroidery Stitch Bible. i can see this would be very useful in the classroom situation. love the spiral binding. thank you for the opportunity

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  357. Hello, Mary.

    I would love to win Long and Short Stitch Embroidery: A Collection of Flowers because it is a wonderful book (had a peek at it once before)and I really need to learn how to do these stitches. Thank you so much for this opportunity. I love your site.

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  358. I would like to win the Embroidery Bible. I think its a good book for a beginner, or someone like me who need to refresh my techniques. I have done embroidery in the past and did needlepoint and crazy stitching for quilts. I would like to get back into it and my granddaughter would like to learn more stitches too. So I think it would be fun for us to share this book.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win!

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  359. So many books to choose from, hmmm… I love the painted look that is achieved by long and short stitch therefore I would go for :- Long and Short Stitch Embroidery: A Collection of Flowers by Trish Burr. I would really really like to learn how she makes such beautiful work.

    Thank you Mary for giving such lovely books 🙂

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  360. Definitely The Embroidery Stitch Bible. I love the diagrams! I want to get back into embroidery. Merry Christmas!!

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  361. I would love to have Long and Short Stitch Embroidery: A Collection of Flowers
    by Trish Burr. She is such a master and this is a technique I need to improve on.

    Thanks, Mary for a chance to win any of these books.

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  362. Hello Mary, the book I would love to win is Redoute’s Finest Flowers In Embroidery.
    I have his Worlds Most Beautiful Flowers book and love it, to stitch some of those flowers would be fantastic.
    Thankyou Mary for your generosity and have a safe and blessed Christmas 🙂

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  363. I would love the Beginner’s guide to goldwork as gold work has always fascinated me…though I have yet to try it out…..

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  364. Thanks for the chance of winning a new book , as every embroider knows we can never have enough . I have booked to do a course in Crewel next year so would really like to have Janes book “Beginners Guide to Crewel Embroidery ‘ to get me started . Look forward to your blog & have learnt lots . Happy Christmas . Regards Doreen .

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  365. I would enjoy owning the Beginner’s Guide to Crewel Embroidery. I admired crewel work even before I knew what it was called. At an estate sale, I purchased a completed wall hanging and pillow that someone with advanced skills stitched in crewel embroidery. I used these beautiful artworks to decorate my home. I also purchased some needlework kits, but I haven’t yet attempted crewel embroidery.

    I also greatly admire the work of talented artist Patricia Eaton, who often embellishes her projects with intricately stitched crewel motifs and flowers. I study her work and marvel at the varied effects and interesting textures various types of stitches create.

    Because I so admire crewel embroidery, I would like to learn how to create projects of my own. I do not know how to create the fly stitch, buttonhole stitch, or the spider’s web stitch. I have never stitched laid filling or bullion knots.

    Because this particular book is geared for beginners, I think it would be the perfect introduction, as well as a handy reference guide, for an embroiderer wishing to learn to crewel work!

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  366. Hi Mary,

    I would love The Embroidery Stitch Bible. As a “beginner stitcher” I would love to have a good reference book to refer to and inspire me.

    Merry Christmas

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  367. I would love to win the “18th C Embroidery Techniques” book. Ever since seeing Dangerous Liasons, as a teen, I can’t get enough of luxurious embroidery on historical pieces. (It’s why I became a costume designer!) This book has been on my wishlist for a very long time. Thank you for such an amazing website – i have learned so much!

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  368. Hi Mary,
    I have just recently started exploring felt and what I can do with it and a little embroidery. I’m a new grandmother (Clementine is 5 months old) and I am always thinking of things I can make that she will enjoy. The layered scenes and little folks in Felt Wee Folk grabbed my attention and I’d love to read and learn about it, then try it. You are right, the scenes would be lovely in a children’s book! Maybe I’ll do it someday!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win the book,
    Connie

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  369. Dear Mary,

    Thank you for the book giveaway. I’d love to have a copy of The Embroidery Stitch Bible as a source for learning more about the many choices of stitches that one can choose from. I am just starting to stitch after many years of raising a large household of now grown children. I have enjoyed learning more about the world of embroidery here at your website.

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  370. 18th Century Embroidery techniques… I would love to win this fabulous book to take me back to my roots….. I so love everything “OLD” and wish I had lived back then… also I don’t think I have ever won anyhting ! Cheers and Merry Christmas to you and yours .

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  371. Living in South Africa, books are hard to come by and a great expense. I have always loved the Middle Eastern architecture so the Stumpwork and Goldwork Tiles would be a wonderful surprise in my Christmas Stocking! If you’re under snow, have fun stitching while we frolic in the sun!

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  372. Hi, Mary, thanks for this giveaway.
    I would love to win “Felt Wee Folk” because I enjoy learning new craft skills and making projects for my children. And when they grow up, I wish we can craft together, and felt projects are fun and easy to make for kids.
    Merry Christmas to everyone!

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  373. That brought me out of the woodwork Mary!
    Only having a quick look at the posts lately, flagging them to absorb and enjoy later.
    In the bush again and currently experiencing a dust storm AND flooding! ‘…of droughts and flooding rains.’ Now what am I supposed to be doing? The books.

    Begginer’s Guide to Crewel Embroidery is my choice.
    Coming to embroidery from an artists background, I think the painterly effect of Crewel Embroidery is what draws (pun intended!) me to it.
    The day I visited the local Embroidery Guild, wondering about joining, they had all embroidered an article each as gifts to a member who was leaving. The finished items were on display. One was done in Crewel Embroidery. It fascinated me. I’d never seen the likes before. My embroidery knowledge and experience has since expanded greatly but anything on Crewel still jumps out at me.

    Thanks for this opportunity. A safe and happy Christmas to you and yours, Mary.
    Cheers, Kath from Oz.

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  374. Hi Mary,
    Thank you so much for being so generous and by this spreading the wonders of the embroidery world to so many near and far and for encouraging the art in all its forms. It makes me feel good to read all the comments and see that there are so many folk out there wanting to learn.I live in South Africa and am the librarian at our Embroiders Guild, so know the importance of books on all the areas of embroidery, to help and encourage stitchers, new and more experienced . I have been eyeing the new Jane Nicholas book on Stumpwork and Goldwork Tiles to add to my collection of her books. Stumpwork and goldwork are my passion and I just love patternwork and the patterns on those tiles would be right up my street.
    Many thanks for all the work you put into your website and for your sharing, this is how we encourage and spread the “embroidery love”
    Take care and have a very Blessed Christmas .

    Heather Basson
    Cape Town
    South Africa

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  375. Wow, what an incredibly generous person you are!
    The book I would most like to win is Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches.
    The reason I would like this book the most is because it breaks up the stitches into categories that are more suitable for certain areas. I am only new to embroidery and I find that I struggle when it comes to selecting the right stitches for outlining and filling.
    Thank you for reviewing the book and giving everyone an opportunity to win it.
    Thank you and Merry Christmas.

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  376. Hi Mary thank you for this generous give away.
    My choice would be Long and Short stitch Embroidery..cos that is one stitch i’m not at all comfortable doing; tho’ its required for a lot of patterns.
    Thanks once again. Wish you and yours a wonderful x’mas and a very happy new year!
    Love,
    Suman.

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  377. Mary, thank you so much for your generosity.
    I have had to retire due to a stroke. I can’t hand quilt any more, but I am able to embroider
    (It’s slow, but great physical therapy!) I am currently attempting some crazy quilt stitches.
    This book would help me to practice on the different stitches. God Bless you, and have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

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  378. Dear Mary, I am new to doing embroidery and discovered your blog a few months ago and have been reading avidly ever since. You make me laugh out loud sometimes and I have taken risks that I would never have taken without your view. I would love the ’18th Century Embroidery Techniques’. Embroidery enthrals me, I loose myself in texture and colour, and I also want to get inside the cabinets and work out how they did it.Who ever said history books were dry…!
    Thank you for your generosity and peaceful seasons greetings.

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  379. When I first found your website I was looking for stitches and patterns to help my granddaughter learn to embroider. I knew a few stitches but wanted to learn some new ones, and needed a refresher on the few that I knew. Although any of the the samplers or handbooks would probably be the practical choice, what I really want is the “Felt Wee Folk” book. You reviewed it on one of the first posts I saw after I signed up for your blog and I knew immediately it was perfect for Isabelle. She loves everything fantasy and creative. I go to her house every year for “Grandma Camp,” which started when she was seven and wanted to learn to sew. Since then, each year, we have explored something new, and when anything catches her imagination she makes it her own. We have explored knitting and crocheting and beading, and, last summer, she started cross stitch, but I wanted her to learn surface embroidery because she likes to create her own projects. When I saw the Felt Wee Folk book I couldn’t wait to introduce her to it. She has an amazing imagination and I know she would really take off with it. She’s twelve now and I would love to have it for our next Grandma Camp.

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  380. Hi Mary,
    I would love to win “The Beginners Guide to Crewel Embroidery” because I have a beautiful crewel kit that I have had hidden away for about 25 yrs that I would love to start on but would prefer some guidance first! Thank you so much for your website, I look forward to reading it everyday!
    Diane B.

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  381. Jane Nicholas’s Stumpwork and Goldwork Tiles Would be a perfectly wonderful gift for me.
    Stumpwork and Goldwork are my favourite forms of embroidery and I love Jane Nicholas’s books, but I have only seen this one when I read the review that you did when it was published.
    I just know that I would gain so much inspiration from it for my sewing in the New Year.
    Happy Christmas!

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  382. Hi Mary ,
    I borrowed Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches from the college library in !968 when I was doing my Home Ec teachers’ course. It was a very old book . I don’t think it was available in bookshops then . After 40 years of HEc teaching and raising a family , I finally have time to relax and lose myself in embroidery . I was very excited to see this book has been republlshed . I’d love to win a copy .
    Regards ,
    Rhondda

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  383. Oh, goodness, you’re doing it again…
    Well, for me it would be the Crewel Embroidery – I was instantly fascinated by the style when I stumbled over it in a small book of embroidery techniques and immediately started an embroidered garment. Making the inevitable beginners mistakes, of course. Getting frustrated, certainly. So now the vest is slumbering, half-finished, in a box and awaiting completion. Maybe in this book I would find new inspiration and troubleshooting solutions…?
    And I will now brave the snow outside to visit my mother (we’re not used to lots of snow around here, so busses tend not to go very regularly and the streets are no longer cleared of snow, because the city has run out of salt…).
    Merry Christmas to you all!

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  384. The Embroidery Stitch Bible is the book i’d love to own. I’m always interested in finding new stitches, and at 60 consider myself still a student. Thanks, Mary, and happy holidays!

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  385. Hi Mary!

    I am fairly new to your blog, and can hardly believe your generosity–not just in the giveaways, but in the sharing of ideas and techniques. Thank you so much! I’d love to win The Embroiderer’s Handbook because other than your tutorials which are excellent, I don’t have a really good embroidery reference book. Thank you again for the time and effort you spend on this blog. Have wonderful holidays!

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  386. I would love to win the “18th Century Embroidery Techniques”, as I have a strong interest in historical needlework. Thanks for the generous offer, and Happy Holidays!

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  387. Hello Mary
    What a difficult choice to make… I now own a few of your books and love them all but my next acquisition will be STUMPWORK MEDIEVAL FLORA by Jane Nicholas. I like the colors she uses and the beautiful stitches. Thank you for such a gift and I wish you a Fantastic Christmas.

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  388. I would like to win the stitch sampler as a christmas gift. Since I am a beginner I found this book very useful because the stitches are explained in a simple and clear way. Waiting to hear that I have won this book

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  389. Hi Mary, What a wonderful offer at Christmas time. I would dearly love to win the “Stumpwork Medievel Flowers” by Jane Nicholas. I have always wanted to get more involved with stumpwork and improve my skills but I have not had much opportunity. I love the the insects especially the dragonfly it makes you want to touch it to see if it moves, also the beautiful flowers. I have just turned 70yrs on the 10th December and to win a copy of this book would be the icing on the cake for me to be able to fulfil my dream of upgrading my skills in stumpwork. Thank you for your generosity and I wish you a very happy and holy Christmas and a healthy New Year in 2011.
    Regards,
    Berenice Holmes
    Australia

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  390. Thank you for the wonderful chance of winning a book! It was difficult to narrow it down to just one with so many good ones to choose from, but I finally did.
    I would love to win the Beginner’s Guide to Goldwork. It is a technique that intrigue me and where I have no experience at all.

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  391. Dear Mary,
    My choice would be The Embroidery Stitch Bible. I always fancied buying a copy, but there was always something that pushed it down on my list of priorities.
    This week i was declared free of my ovarian cancer, after fighting it this year, and I promised myself that with this new chance on life, my priority list need to change….
    Thanks for a lovely embroidery site. Together with Pintangle, White threads and Kelly Fletcher, you kept me motivated with all the beautiful embroideries and tutorials and interesting stitches.
    Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas.

    Marianne

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  392. 18th Century Needlework Techniques would be my choice! Have all the others except for Crewel Embroidery and 18th Century and have been tempted to buy this one. It would be great to finally win something this year!
    By the way, have you found a good source to buy Duchess Satin that would suit itself well for Jane Nicholas’ panels?
    Have a great Holiday, Mary… keep up the good work…

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  393. Hi Mary,

    I am really thrilled to see the book I am looking forward to own in the list you have posted. I would really love to have the “Beginner’s Guide to Crewel embroidery”. Crewel embroidery has always fascinated me in the way it looks in the finished pieces and it is one embroidery technique which I was looking forward to learn. It would be real asset to own this book and could help me kickstart on crewel.

    Your give aways are as wonderful as your blogs. :-). Merry Christmas!

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  394. I would love to win the embroidery bible!
    I am a beginner and this would be my first book in this subject and I think this would be such a great tool thank you for giving us all a chance to win
    Happy holidays to all

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  395. I enjoy your letters every day so much and have learnt so much from you. I would love to have the Stitch Sampler as I am still leanring embroidery stitches and often need a reference book when I find a new stitch to try out.
    Pammy L

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  396. Hi Mary,
    I would love to win “stumwork and gold work tiles ” because I have many beautiful clothes and fabrics that I have had hidden away for about many years so I would love to start on but would prefer some guidance first! to start with gold work this beautiful fabric will keep . Thank you so much for your website, I look forward to reading it everyday!happy new year.

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  397. Hi Mary –

    I am a new follower to your blog though I have visited several times previously (I watched you video tutorial on the french knot about a miiiillion times). I am also very new to the stitching community. A rank beginner, for sure. Which is why the book “Stitch Sampler” would really come in handy.

    Thanks for all the fantastic info you provide with your blog!

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  398. I read your blog first thing every morning. so very inspiring! My wish for you and your family is the very best Christmas…
    As for the give away — if I was to win the book “Mary Thomas Dictionary of Embroider Stitches” it would make my day. Thanks….

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  399. Merry Christmas Mary!

    I’m excited for the opportunity to win the Embroidery Stitch Bible. I am a self-taught beginner and my work is a mess, to say the least! My work, prior to finding your website,  is simply hideous. If you could see the back of the material you’d laugh hysterically. 

    My project is embroidering and painting onesies for my niece’s newborn due February. As I was searching for a bullion rose “How to” (actually didn’t know it’s official name until visiting your website), I found “Needle n Thread” and registered. Thus far I have viewed the majority of your lessons. Thank you for your excellent tutorials! 

    Not only have you introduced me to the art and beauty of embroidery, but through your site I’ve found an additional interest in whitework, stumpwork, and a link to ribbon embroidery. I’m excited to explore them all! 

    Thank you again for your wonderful website. Your work is simply beautiful and inspiring. I believe that between your site and the book , I’m sure to produce exquisite art work.

    Cheers!

    Nicole Marshack
    Aspen, CO

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  400. Hello:
    I would like to win the first book: Beginner’s Guide to Crewel Embroidery

    It will be good to have it because I could gave it to my mother and surprise her with this wonderfull book (witch is a book I know she would love to have). On the other hand, I could learn more things to put to put on my blog. Good luck everyone

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  401. Dear Mary
    How kind of you to give us the opportunity of getting another book to add to the collection – I have chosen the Beginners Guide to Goldwork as this is an art I have never tried but have often admired but not knowing where to start was my problem and this sounds like a great place to start – it would be a real treat. Again many thanks for all the info you send every day – it is just a great read.
    Hoping you have a wonderful Christmas.
    Eleanor Roome.

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  402. Thank you for offering such a wonderful contest before Christmas! I would love The Embroidery Stitch Bible. I have been trying to expand my stitching horizons, but I don’t have any reference books! I could have used it while trying to figure out how to make bullion knots! I almost tore my hair out that day! LOL! I read your blog everyday and love your sense of humor and candor! I love reading about your stitching adventures! Thanks again, and have a wonderful holiday!

    Melissa

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  403. Dear Mary, thanks for all of the encouragement that you continue to give us. You are a gem! I would really like to have the Beginners Guide to Goldwork. I have admired goldwork pieces but feel uneasy doing any myself because, I have no training in it. This would give me some confidence and a head start. Thank you. Merry Christmas and Contented stitching. Bernice

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  404. thank you so much for your inspiration and enrichment of this art of hand embroidery. I am a farily new beginner and have greatly enjoyed your demonstrations and have utilized many of the links that you have provided.

    I have chosen the “beginners guide to crewel embroidery” I have not ventured into this type of hand work and wouod love to have a good intro.

    Thank you

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  405. Redoute’s Finest flowers definitely! I have been wanting to try long and short stitch for a while now, and this one looks oh so tempting

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  406. Now this is really tough one: all the books look pretty awesome, but I think I would go with the Embroidery Stitch Bible; I could really do with a book depicting a wide range of different stitches, it could be a great source of inspiration when starting a new embroidery project!
    I would like to take the occasion to thank you for your fantastic website and to wish you a Merry Christmas. Looking forward to following your posts in the new year,
    Tina

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  407. What a lovely idea. I am torn between Mary thomas and the Embroidery stitch bible, but I’m going for the Embroidery stitch bible as your review on it really sold it to me! I don’t have a decent stitch dictionary, so it would fill a real gap in my book collection.

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  408. just getting back into embroidery, forgot how much I enjoy doing it!
    I’d love the Embroidery Stitch Bible to remind me of how to do the stitches I already know and to learn new ones! Simple as that!
    thanks for the giveaway and do enjoy your holidays!

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  409. Hi Mary!
    You have fabulous taste in books! They are eye candy, as well as a wonderful education for us. But for me the choice is easy. I love sewing garments and my choice will be the 18th century Embroidery Techniques. Your write-up sounds like just what I love to read (and sew) and hopefully it is illustrated as beautifully as the cover.
    Thank you also for your morning bit-of-cheer newsletter! I have sent your link to many like-minded friends, and we all enjoy you now.
    God bless and happy joyous holidays!
    Helen

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  410. Hi Mary,
    I would like to have Trish Burrs book, Long and Short Stitch Embroidery: A Collection of Flowers. I simply adore her work and I enjoy flowers! I am presently working on a project which is all long and short stitch. This book would be a great asset.
    Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

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  411. I would like to win the “Felt, Embroidery, Stumpwork and More” book because I have been embroidering for quite a few years now and feel happy and comfortable with my stitching skills, yet I think this book would provide me with the inspiration to branch out and try different kinds of embroidery with different “media” like felt and in more 3-d dimension and texture. The photograh’s in the book are amazing and I’d love to try this!!!

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  412. Hi Mary,

    I would like to win the “18th Century Embroidery” book as I love stitching and historical techniques. I also love getting your e-mail every day full of warmth and new thoughts for us who are stitchers. God bless, Missy Palmer

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  413. My mom tried to teach me to embroider when I was a kid. Blah, I would rather be fishing and playing outside. Now I’m sort of wishing I had paid attention and my girlfriend does lots of this stuff. The Beginners guide to Goldwork sounds like a nice place to begin.

    It’s nice of you to do this. Thanks.

    Bob

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  414. As a member of an historical recreatiionist group (the SCA) with an Elizabethan persona, I have always wanted to learn goldwork…it’s just glitzy enough (HA!) for my extravagant tastes…and such a mysterious (to me)stitching technique..would love to learn this, and a book just helps my learn-by-the-book methods!

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  415. Dear Mary; Have gained so much from your site. Information given so generously. I hope you continue to share and prosper Beginner’s Guide to Crewel Embroidery is my choice.
    Thank you
    Caroline Sisson

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  416. You are a gem Mary! If I were to win, the choice would be quite easy for me. I would love to have a copy of Jane Nicholas’ “Stumpwork & Goldwork Embroidery Inspired by Turkish, Syrian & Persian Tiles”. I’m a huge fan of Jane’s and have all her other books. With two kids in college though, there are too many textbooks to buy and my embroidery book wishlist is on hold. I’ve stitched many of Jane’s projects (some more than once because friends have asked me to finish projects for them). I would love to stitch the projects from her newest book because they look very challenging.

    Merry Christmas Mary and all the best to you in the new year!

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  417. Dear Mary,
    Thanks to you and your blog I have just purchased the Trish Burr DVD for a friend for Christmas. You have no idea how much I would love to win her Redoute’s Finest Flowers to go with it. Thank you for the chance. Have a lovely peaceful holdiday season everyone and please stay safe.
    Cheers from ‘down under’
    RobynK
    New Zealand

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  418. Dear Mary,
    what a wonderful opportunity. I’d love to own Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches – what could be better than the ability to peruse 400 different stitches to find just the right one, complete with clear instructions and photographs. It seems like a must for any embroiderer’s library.

    Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and thank you for all your wonderful posts through out 2010.

    Lori

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  419. Dear Mary,
    Thank you for the wonderful gift of a book for one of your readers. What fun to choose your onw book. My choice would be Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches. I borrow the copy that our local library has and it would be great to add this book to my personal library. I find both the instructions and the text very informative in this book and I like to use it for teaching purposes.
    Happy Holidays to you and all your readers too!
    Ruth Ann W

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  420. Dear Mary,

    I would love to win “Redoute’s Finest flowers in embroidery” by Trish Burr. I have always been fascinated by needle painting because the effects are no less amazing than painting itself!!

    Thanks for giving us all an opportunity to win these lovely books and a bigger thanks for sharing all your works with us…I have learnt a lot from you!

    Merry Christmas and a very happy new year.

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  421. Thank you so much for your website with all the info., pictures,& referrals. If I were to win I would love the book by Mary Thomas Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches. I am fairly new at embroidery and have purchased several books, but this one looks very complete and would help me to learn the stitches. I never thought I would enjoy doing hand work, however I joined a group and it is very exciting and rewarding. gaildavis@quiknet.com

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  422. Beginner’s Guide to Goldwork would be the one I would like. It is the next skill I would like to acquire.

    Joan

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  423. I would just love the Beginners Guide to Crewel Work. This is my preferred stitching method, I just love it and the Beginners Guide has such clear and easy to follow instructions. Thank you so much for all your wonderful advice, humour and lovely chatty newsletters. Merry Christmas, safe and happy holidays.
    Glenys Wild, New Zealand

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  424. I would really like to have the Embroiderer’s Handbook. Although I’m not a new stitcher, my experience is limited. I think it would be great to have a book full of stitches to use on the crazy quilt I’m making from my daughters’ old blue jeans.

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  425. Dear Mary,
    first I would like to wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year. Your website is my favourite Site.

    I would be happy to win the Stumpwork Medieval Flora book, because I have not one book about Stumpwork among my embroidery books, so this would be a good addition to my libary. 😉

    Cheers Martina
    from Germany

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  426. I would love to receive the Embroidery Stitch Bible. There’s a long heritage of hand stitching among the women in my family and I’d like to join in. I do cross-stitch and needlepoint and that’s it. Because of my mother,my Swedish grandmothers and aunts, I want to learn to hand-stitch (as opposed to machine stitch). Thanks for your generosity.

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  427. I would love the Begineer’s Guide to Goldwork. It would be the start of a new embroidery adventure for me. I just bought the Glittery Snail to spread some cheer and the book will help me with that too. Thanks for these giveaways. It is always fun to try. Merry Christmas everyone and happy stitching!

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  428. I would love to win The Embroidery Stitch Bible to learn more basic stitches to be able to teach the girls in my sewing club (or let the more talented ones advance on their own).

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  429. I would like to win The Embroidery Stitch Bible becuse I am just learning the differant stitch’s for crazy quilt. I am working on a vest now and it would be a great help.

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  430. Hi Mary! I wish you a very merry Christmas! I haven’t been a member of your newsletter for long, but I read and save every one of them. Your blog is one of my favorites.

    The book that I would most like to have is “Stumpwork Medieval Flora” because I’m a fairly new designer and have an idea for a Christmas Tree and I want all the decorations to be stumpwork. But, I don’t have any clue how to do it. This would help me tremendously with this design.

    Thank you for this opportunity!

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  431. I would love to win the Felt Wee Folk. I don’t own any stumpwork embroidery books in my vast library and this looks like the perfect place to start. All 4 of my granddaughters [5-10] love to embroider with me when they visit. This would make a perfect “on going” project for all of us and would allow the least experienced to participate as much as the most experienced. I think I love this book!

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  432. I would love to own the Embroidery Stitch Bible by Betty Barnden. Reasons: Great color pics of basic stitches plus variations; spirally bound; finishing tips is a big plus; the section on sequins and embellishments.

    This book would be the perfect companion for a crazy quilt project that I hanker to do. I inherited my mother’s ‘workroom’ full of silk velvets, silk brocades and damasks; precious laces,tatting, Irish crochet, buttons and beads and they all keep winking at me when I open the drawer….and I reply “Soon..soon!”

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  433. Thanks, Mary, for your inspirational blog and this lovely offer for Christmas. If selected, I would love Jane Nicolas Stumpwork and Goldwork Tiles. Having become proficient in crewelwork and thread painting techniques in mostly wools and cotton threads, I would love to expand my skills into silks and metallic threads. I have never used purled threads that look so intriguing. Thanks again for the many ideas you have shared. Have a wonderful New Year.

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  434. I would love to win the Embroidery Stitch Bible. Two of my daughters have recently become interested in this beautiful art. I have taken great pleasure in seeing their handiwork. This book would be a terrific resource for their creative needles. Thanks for the chance!

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  435. Thanks for the offer, such a lovely generous idea. I am sure that I would read all the books from cover to cover. However mostly I would love the book on felting the Wee Felt Folk book, as I have a five year old who will love it as much as I will. Always fun to craft together. Merry Christmas to you all!

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  436. I teach embroidery to Senior’s at the Commadners House in San Antonio, Texas, Book will be a great addition to our library. We will make beautiful gifts using the instructions from this book. Book, Stumpwork Medievl Flora by the famous author, Jane Nicholas. Please keep up your great work as I look forward to each and every newsletter, Thank you, Patricia Jay, San Antonio, Texas

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  437. Dear Mary,

    I would like Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroider Stitches. I am a beginner embroider. I find it very useful to have reference books when I have questions about technique.

    I also want to thank you for your wonderful blog. I look forward every day to reading it and already have learned alot of embroidery information and other websites which advertise on your blog.

    Belle Gallay
    Great Neck, NY

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  438. Hi Mary–Thanks for the fabulous giveaway!

    Of the books listed, I would like “Felt Wee Folk.” I’ve done a fair amount of stumpwork, needlepainting and crewel, and have several stitch dictionaries in my collection, but “Wee Folk” is an entirely new technique for me. I’ve loved Sally’s website for quite a while, and I think it would be fun to try to make some of her people.

    Have a Merry Christmas!

    Carol S.

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  439. Mary,

    thanks for the opportunity to win a book. I think I forgot to mention the book I would like…. it is: The Embroidery Stitch Bible.
    I am practicing crazy quilt stitches. I use embroidery for physical therapy after a stroke.
    It has helped me a great deal in strengthing my hand. God Bless, and Happy Holidays to you.

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  440. I would love to win “Long and short stitch Embroidery” I am getting back to doing some embriodery and now have forgotten so many things.
    Thank you for offering a book. I enjoy reading your website. Have A Merry Christmas.

    Dee LeSage

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  441. When you mentioned the books on an earlier post, I jotted down the ones I wanted, never thinking that there would be a book giveaway.
    The book I would love to have is
    Beginners Guide to Crewel Embroidery.I have alwys loved crewel. Unfortunately, I read better than I can stitch. Practice, practice, practice.
    Thanks for being so generous.
    Louise B.

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  442. Hi Mary: I would love to win the Beginners guide to Goldwork because I think this is one of the most beautiful books I have ever seen! I have just discovered embroidery and your site and am completely hooked! I have now started reading from your first posts so I don’t miss any information. Working my way up to Goldwork would be a dream!Thanks for the opportunity and Happy Holidays.

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  443. Hello! I am a young learner from Greece and I remember myself as a kid loving to play with needles (of course my grandmother was a little worried of my leaving my needles around the house)I would love to win the Mary Thomas’s dictionary of embroidery stitches or any book you believe would help me the most to learn! I hope I am lucky enough a book would be a great help!Have a Merry Stitchmas!

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  444. I would like to win the Embroider’s Handbook. I have been doing handwork for a while and would love to have a good reference to help me learn more about the specialty stitches and I tend to be very basic… Thank you for such a nice newsletter I enjoy if very much…

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  445. Oh, my – how to choose? I think I’d like the 18th Century Embroidery Techniques best. I do crazy patch, and work with a lot of velvet. Your description of the section in that book on working on velvet sounded very useful.

    I’m new to your site, but have spent the last hour nosing around your posts. Amazing site – wonderful information, and very well done!

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  446. I love to embroider anything! And I love to read any books on embroidery. It would be great to win this one!

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  447. Since I forgot to specify which book in my last post … I guess I’ll do it in this one … The Embroiderer’s Handbook. Thanks Mary for all your wonderful posts. You’ve inspired me!

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  448. Thanks for a great giveaway! I would love to own the Stitch Bible. It looks like such a great reference to have on hand.

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  449. This was tough to narrow down from these great choices, but I would love to win the book “18th Century Embroidery Techniques”. I began working at Colonial Williamsburg when I was just 9 years old as a needleworker. Even though I was introduced to most forms of “plain and fancy” 18th century needlework, I never had the opportunity to explore any sort of clothing embellishment, particularly goldwork. I was particularly interested to read that the book describes how to embroider on velvet and the use of silk gauze to prevent intricate stitching being lost in the pile of the fabric. That was always a bit of a conundrum to me. I have long wanted to sew an 18th century gown completely by hand and decorate it with embroidery. With this book, I could well be on my path to making that a reality!

    Thank you for your generosity and for such a well-written and inspiring blog!

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  450. I would like the book ‘Stumpwork and Goldwork Tiles”, This looks like such an interesting book. I love to do Stumpwork and just getting into Goldwork. I have her first 2 books and they are wonderful.
    Debra Puma

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  451. If I would be so lucky to recieve a book from you I would choose Redoute’s Finest Flowers in Embroidery. I have Trish Burr’s book on needle painting and plan to learn needle painting this coming year. Therefore this book would give me more flowers to learn from.

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  452. Dear Mary
    I would love to win the ‘Mary Thomas’d dictionary of embroider stitches. It would be a great book for me to learn all the stitches to do with embroidery as I am only new to the hobby.

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  453. Merry Christmas, Mary! I would so love to win The Embroidery Stitch Bible. Oftentimes I’m looking for alternative stitches to use in kits, or try to find just the right stitch for an original project and it would be lovely to look at the Stitch Bible to find just what I need. Charla

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  454. Hello,

    I don’t remember how I came across your website but it’s great for an absolute beginner such as myself. Therefore I’d like to win the Embroiderer’s Handbook so I can teach myself all the different beautiful stitches there are out there…

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  455. The book I would like to win is Redoute’s Finest Flowers in Embroidery.

    There are many other books in the pile I would love to won, but that is the book I have wanted for sometime.

    Mary, I would like to wish you and your family, and our on-line friends here, a very Merry Christmas and a Safe, Happy & Prosperous New Year.

    Marian <3 xoxoxox

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  456. What a generous idea! I would love to have Redoute’s flowers in Embroidery… I’ve been wanting to try out needlepainting for a while and since I saw your recent post with book recommendations, I went immediately onto Amazon to read more about it. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, too!

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  457. I would like the Beginners Guide to Goldwork. I have wanted to do goldwork for a long time. And I need to start at the beginning. I do other types of needlework but goldwork looks so elligant. I am also in a bee called Artists 2 Bee and it would be a good thing to bring to that group for us all to do. You do not have to send it for Christmas, just do a regular mailing!!!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win. Patricia

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  458. I would love to receive the book Stitch Sampler. It would complement my embroidery library perfectly and give me hours of fun trying out all the stitches listed.

    Thanks for such an enjoyable dayly embroidery fix! I really enjoy your comments

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  459. Dear Mary,

    I’ve enjoyed getting to “know” you this past year. Thank you for all the information (and inspiration!) you share through your posts. If I can’t read them daily, I always go back and catch up. Your postings about your high school needle arts class have been particularly interesting.

    Thank you for your generosity in another giveaway. Such choices! As a beginner with no hard copy resources on the bookshelf, I would choose The Embroiderer’s Handbook by Country Bumpkin publications. Thank you for the chance to win.

    May your Christmas be a holy one, and your holidays filled with love and happiness.

    Lauri

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  460. Mary que gran inseguridad tengo’son maravillosos”me encanta La Biblia
    ”’que locura,,nunca e tenido uno en mis manos”
    MI MEJOR ARGUMENTO en mi pais imposible encontrar”’para compartirlo con mis amigas bordadoras
    un gran abrazo
    lidia

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  461. Oh, I’m torn between the Long and Short Stitch Flowers and “Stumpwork and Goldwork Tiles.” All are techniques I’d like to try!

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  462. I would love 18th Century Embroidery Techniques because I’m so interested in the history of embroidery, as well as embroidering clothing!

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  463. Oh Mary, I have many of these books and I love them all, but I don’t have Jane Nicholas’ book on Goldwork and Stumpwork and every time I see it, I drool. I absolutely just drool!

    Please draw my name out of your generous hat, please.

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  464. Goldwork is on my “bucket list” for 2011. I would love the Beginning Guide to Goldwork to help me on my way. I have nothing on my shelves on gold work! Thanks for doing this little give a way.

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  465. I would like to have “The Embroidery Stitch Bible.” I like the fact that it has a spiral bound cover. I also love that it shows how to finish stitches as well as begin them.

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  466. Mary,
    If I won, I would chose “The Embroidery Stitch Bible.” I am new to embroidery stitching and can use all the help I can get! From your review, this seems like it would be a good reference book.

    I enjoy your posts. I appreciate the time you take to share your knowledge. Your videos are a great help.

    Merry Christmas to all.

    Kathryn

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  467. How generous! If I were lucky enough to win this giveaway I would choose the Stitch Sampler because it looks like such a wonderful reference to have on hand. That visual index is impressive and I believe that it might help me become a bit more adventurous in my stitching!

    Thank you for the opportunity and Merry Christmas!

    Mary in MN

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  468. I would like to have the Embroidery Stitch Bible.
    I have been embroidering since I was 8 yrs old.
    Oh, 41 years off and on. Now I’ve given my age away. OOPS. Well I think this book would be a great asset to my hobby. Exploring new stitches is what I would like to try. I am currently getting started on some Iron on transfers with the outdoor theme,( deer, moose bear) since I can’t find anything I like in kits. Something to put on my dream log cabin walls and tables.
    Thanks for sharing with your fellow embroiders.
    Merry Christmas. Now for spreading joy, pumpkin pie is done!

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  469. I like to win “The embroiderer’s handbook” because when you reviewed it itself, I tried to get in our local stores but couldnt get it. Hence i m interested in winning this one.

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  470. Happy Holidays!

    I would love to win a copy of the “Beginner’s Guide to Goldwork”. I’ve always loved this type of embroidery but have yet to try it. This book would give me the information necessary to give it a try.

    P.S. Love your blog!!

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  471. First, what a nice idea! I am really captivatrd by the “Felt Wee folk ” book. I have always loved making doll clothes,scenes and little places to live for my mini animals, dolls. Using the felt seems like it would so much furn to use. I have been making and collecting vintage felt ornament kits and love how they turn out. The little wee felt peeps would be fun to make with the children at school too! I would love to have them be inspired with this book as well. Could be alot of fun!! Thanks for your time, Melissa Oh yes, MERRY MERRY!!

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  472. Hi Mary, love, love, love your musings, it puts joy into my life. You have to be in it to win it, so I would love to win Trish Burr’s book Redoute”s Finest Flowers in Embroidery. My Country Women’s Association fellow embroidery friends will be jealous as all hell. Ha, ha, ha, ha. Merry Christmas to you.

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  473. Hi Mary,

    I have been cross stitching for years, but have always been too scared to enter the world of free hand embroidery as the number of stitches seems so overwhelming. I have decided to take the plunge and try my imaginatiion. I would like to be able to decorate some bed linen and clothing for my little girl, who has just gone 20 weeks old, with some pretty flowers and butterflies. We are moving into a new larger home in a few weeks and it would be great to be able to brighten up the walls a bit with some lovely new homecrafts!

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  474. I would love to win the Stumpwork Medieval Flora book because I do calligraphy as well as embroidery. The connections between the two are interesting to me. The idea of adapting the motifs of illuminated manuscripts to embroidery is so creative. Also, I don’t know much about stumpwork. Thank you for the opportunity to win, Mary, and Happy Holidays to you and all the other embroiderers.

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  475. Hi,
    I want to thank you for your every effort you make to give us so much innovative ideas.
    They really work for me when i start my new projects. I would love to have “The embroiderer’s hand book”.

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  476. I think Felt Wee Folk looks very interesting. It is one of those types of books that I can pick up and let my imagination soar on trying my own twist of creating springing off ideas in print. I have also been collecting felt and haven’t taken the plunge to cut and stitch it yet! Thanks for your interesting and informative blogs. I love the patterns you include also.

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  477. Hello madam,

    Merry Christmas.I would like to win the book of long and short embroidry:Acollection of flowers.Because I like the needle painting of flowers.That will be a great help for me to do the nature work and to teach my friends different shade combinations.
    Sarah

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  478. Hi Mary,
    I think as a beginner in the art of stitching ‘Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery’ would suit me the best.Based on your review, I feel that this book is a systematic one and as it contains over 400 diagrammed stitches and the pictures of the stitches show clarity,…I feel this book would be the best for me.
    Thanks to you for making such a beautiful website.
    With warm regards,
    Debasmita.

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  479. Oups ! Seems to be too late ?
    Well never mind, just in case :
    Without any hesitation, I would choose “Stumpwork Medieval Flora”. Because it is just too beautiful !!

    Have a nice christmas holidays.
    Cheers

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  480. It would be a beautiful Christmas present 🙂 My choice would be Long and Short stitch Embroidery. I want to learn this technique, so the book would be helpful and a wonderful inspiration.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!
    Tünde from Slovakia

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  481. thank you so much for this great opportunity. I’m chosen for a Judge at one of our Ladies – I did embroidery al lot but like to know more and do not have a guide book at all. This will be the best gift ever. thank you
    Lenie Groenewald

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  482. It seems I am still suffering from baby brain as I forgot to mention which book I would like if I won! I am not very hard to please and would be delighted to have any of the following:
    The Embroidery Stitch Bible
    The Embroiderer’s Handbook
    Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches

    I also just realised that today is my wedding anniversary! Funny how everyday life takes a backseat when you have a baby!

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  483. I’m probably too late to enter, but if not, I’d love to go into the draw and my choice would be Jane Nicholas’ Stumpwork and Goldwork tiles. I absolutely adore the technical detail and the vibrant colours of this range of Jane’s – and it would be a welcome addition to my library 🙂

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  484. Christmas blessings to you Mary! And thank you for your continued generosity to your on-line friends. I would love to receive Stumpwork Medieval Flora – Stumpwork is my passion and this book would add to my collection and would be a wonderful Christmas present from you – I can just imagine those botanicals hanging framed above my sideboard in my diningroom…..

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  485. I would like to win 18th Century Embroidery Techniques because it looks fantastic, and it’s something I wouldn’t buy for myself.

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  486. I would love the win the Crewel Embroidery book as I’ve been struggling with a crewel embroidery kit I bought. I think I need some help!

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  487. Mary, Thanks again for the gift you are offering anyone of us to win. I would like the Stitch Sampler if I win. I had a lady friend suffer a stroke and she cannot sew anymore and I was given all of her “Crazy Quilting material. Having the Stitch Sampler would help even though your website has been my greatest source of help in my endeavor to do justice to Alice’s material and my ideas. Thanks again and Merry Christmas.

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  488. Hi, I love the content on your website and look forward to checking it out regularly. I have retired early due to arthritis and am looking into different hand craft to keep my hands limber. We are also heading off cruising the seven seas again. On our previous cruise I really enjoyed sharing cross stitch with people in the most unexpected places. Any book you think would be much appreciated – I plan to take as much as I can to give to people we meet who are not able to get these things for themselves. We are so fortunate …. Cheers Anja

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  489. Say it isn’t so! Another chance to win the Stitch Sampler Book! I would love to win the Stitch Sampler Book! I covet thy neighbors Stitch Sampler Book! Please Santa Mary. Please pick me! I need a great stitch sampler book in my embroidery library of pitiful and woefully light selection of books. But if I don’t get chosen, Merry Christmas Mary. May your holiday season be filled with joy and have a wonderful New Year! Brenda Day, Wilmington, Ohio

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  490. Merry Christmas Mary! I found your website a while ago and it has reenergized my love for hand embroidery- I am in awe of the ecclesiastical embroideries. I picked the Jane Nicolas book on Stumpwork featuring the Persian tiles. Many years ago I visited India and was mesmerized by the Taj Mahal…ever since then I have wanted to stitch the beautiful motifs. I think this book would definitely help me do that. And to work in gold..oh be still my heart. Have a wonderful holiday!

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  491. I would like to win Felt Wee Folk because I am getting involved in Storytelling and these little people would be great visual aids to a fine fairytale!

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  492. Hi Mary

    We’ve chatted before. I would love to have the Redoute’s Finest Flowers and Embroidery because I am a huge fan of Trish Burr and would love to try this type of embroidery. Also as I’ve said before I love your site for a multitude of reasons but mostly because it is so inspirational! Thank you for the opportunity!
    Lynn

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  493. Hi Mary!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I would love to win the Stumpwork Medieval Flora book. I’m a beginner to stumpwork after years of needlepoint and embroidery and love the dimension that stumpwork creates. Not everything is the same and the challenges are endless. What a work of art this style creates! I just finished my 1st piece, sunflowers! What fun!

    Love your blog. Keep up the good work and all your encouragement to many of us!!

    Nancy

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  494. oh, wow!!! thank you, please enter me also. I’d love the Felt Wee Folk. I’m obsessed lately with wool felt items. This would be a great addition to my “library”. Thanks!
    robin
    klpich@oal.com

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  495. Hello

    I would really like Long and Short Stitch Embroidery: A Collection of Flowers, because I really like to get better at this kind of stitch and would like to be able someday to stitch my own national costume of Iceland wich is decorated with long and short stitch.

    Merry chirstmas

    Esther Kjaransdóttir, Iceland

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  496. I would love to receive Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches. It would be a lovely ‘for me’ present. I’ve heard it referenced so often, I would love to have it on my shelves.
    I also want to thank you for your post on magnifier lights a few weeks back. I was compelled to order one and it just arrived yesterday (a Sunday postal delivery!!). It is fabulous, I just want to sit and stitch.
    Merry Christmas, Laura

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  497. Mary, You are such a sweet person to offer this to us! I enjoy your forums everday they are there for me to read! I learn so much from you! You take me to limits I wouldnt have gone had it dont been for you and your helpful insites and books! The book I would love to have in my libary would be “Stitch Sampler” I am getting ready to start a Crazy quilt and it will be most vaulable! Also its a great edition for future pieces for linen. I wish you a bright and safe Merry CHristmas! Hugs and Stitches
    Tammie Bivins.

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  498. I would love the Long and Short Stitch Embroidery book. I took a course in silk embroidery and my leaves were a problem. I haven’t gotten the hang of it yet. The book looks like an excellent resource for help in this area. I mostly learn by reading and studying books!

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  499. Mary you are most generous. I did not see my post on this contest so I will post again, forgive me. I would love to win the Goldwork book as it is a technique I would love to accomplish.

    Thank-you for your generosity.

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  500. HOLA MARIA:
    Sin duda es dificil decidir cual libro todos son maravollosos,como toca elegir solo uno:
    yo elegiria BORDADOS SAMPLER.Gracias y una
    FELIZ NAVIDAD PARA TODOS EN CADA RINCON DEL MUNDO

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  501. Oh Mary, how typical that I read pm instead of am – that is the way with my dyslexia. No matter – the lovely selection of books is tantalising – thank you and for your reviews which help to clarify what may or may not be useful for a comparative beginner. All I know is that I am not a cross stitcher and everything else is exploring at the moment. Had I been on time I would certainly have chosen the Beginners Guide to Crewel Embroidery or Stumpwork and Goldwork tiles. Your Needle ‘N Thread daily emails are such a delight. Thank you for the time it must take you to keep our interest up and for the incredible variety. Merry Christmas. Rowena in Kenya.

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  502. I would like to win the book titled-The Embroidery Stitch Bible. I do general and simple embroidery on my kurtas, sarees and cushion covers. Its not a great work but its a start. I would like to know more about embroidery and would love to enhance my skills. My sisters and friends learned a few simple techniques from me and i would love to teach them anything new i learnt.

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  503. Congratulations Lynn on your win. Thanks Mary for your kindness of not only teaching, sharing, but giving. You are one special lady

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  504. I have embroidered off and on since childhood and have recently started using more embroidery with my sewing/quilting. My daughter is now interested in learning to embroider so I would love to win the Mary Thomas Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches. Between having the book as a reference and me to help her, she could learn to love embroidery too.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  505. First I would like to wish you a most Merry Christmas. It’s so generous of you to offer such a wonderful gift. I would love to win the Long and Short Stitch Embroidery book. The way the embroidery almost looks like the real flowers is incredible.

    Thank you for sharing such a great gift with someone.

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  506. Long and Short Stitch Embroidery is such beautifully illustrated book with great diagrams to use to teach my Thai friends who have no money to buy books.

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  507. While several of the books look marvelous, my absolute first choice would be the Beginner’s Guide to Goldwork. I have long wanted to learn goldwork, and your review of this book makes it sound perfect for me. Merry Christmas and thank you! Janet Noble

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  508. linda Mary no se que me ocurrio yo deje un comentario y no lo encuentro”’me enantaria tener un libro de estos ”’son fasinantes
    perop la biblia creo seria el mas apropiado¡¡¡nunca e tenido uno en mis manos Aqui no hay o cuestan fortuna yo soy bordadora”’y siempre me gusta compartir
    estaria Feleiz
    Una Feliz Navidad para ti ”por tu gran labor con un gran sentido de promover y rescatar tan valiosa arte ”para las que estamos al otro lado del charco Feliz Navidad a todas

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  509. I would like to win the Redoute’s Finest Flowers In Embroidery. The reason is as a new embroidier I am very empressed with painting on fabric. I think this kind of embroidery is very beautiful and one I can learn to do. I think this book could help me to learn this method of embroidery. Even though I know it is not exactly a beginers book. The flowers in it are beautiful.

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  510. I would like to win the Long and Short Stich Embroidery A Collection Of Flowers,as i am crazy doing embroidery since my child hood .I like to work on flowers in different shades.I think the book will help me working more with different shades on different patterns.Going through your web also i have improved my skills a lot.my request is hope you start teaching stump work also step by step on line.

    ramalaxmi-sept 26,11.34pm

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  511. Hi Mary!
    When I was young my mother tried to teach me how to embroider, but I just wasn’t into it! However after I delivered my daughter, I had this strange transformation, I wanted to learn all I could about embroidery!!! And I must say that signing up for your newsletters is one of the best things I did. I would love to receive the Embroiderer’s Handbook as a physical guide for times when I cannot access the Internet!

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  512. I would love to have a copy “Beginner’s Guide to Goldwork”. I’ve always loved this type of embroidery but have yet to try it. This book would give me the information necessary to give .In my country we have stitches like this . I took a course in gold embroidery and have problems. The book looks like an excellent resource for help in this area. I mostly learn by reading and studying books!, please! Merry Christmas!

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  513. Claro que quero concorrer a ganhar um livro….
    O que eu escolho é o Crewel….
    um grande abraço de Maria Filomena
    de Portugal…….

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  514. HI, thanks for holding this giveaway!
    I’d love to win The Stitch Sampler. I’ve been doing quite a lot of embroidery lately and I really liked the variety of stitches presented in the book. Plus, I agree with you, the photos make it easier for us to visualize the stitch.
    Thanks!
    Dora

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  515. I would love to be able to win “Stumpwork Medieval Flora” I am trying to begin this lovely craft. I am a quilter, but ever since I saw your blog it has intrigued me! I even found a shop that has it, but it is 4 hours away from me. Maybe I will win! Got my fingers crossed!
    Merry Christmas to you!

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  516. The Embroidery Stitch Bible, though it doesn’t have step-by-step detail, has stitches for someone beyond beginner to browse and try. What a wonderful book any embroidery gal/guy to have on their coffee table!

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  517. Thank you Mary, what a great offer!
    The book Redoute’s finest flowers in embroidery by Trish Burr, would be my pick! I just love her books, and have taken them out of the library many times. It would be wonderful to own one! Something to drool over and maybe learn a thing or two!!!

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  518. What a nice giveaway, and Iwould love the book LONG AND SHORT STITCH; A COLLECTION OF FLOWERS, Iam learning some new techniques and this is one that I would love to spend more time on….I love your webpages, you are so helpful and I use your videos and how to’s often…thank you….REbeccaK.

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  519. First of all, I wanna thank you for such a generous idea and for letting the people outside the US participate! It’s kinda difficult to pick but I think I’d rather have the Embroidery Stitch Bible, since I’ve learned a lot, specially if i keep in mind that I tought myself, but in my opinion I’m still a begginer so I believe this book (that I know from its spanish edition) would be a major help 🙂

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  520. Olá Mary

    Gostaria muito de poder ganhar o livro “O Bordado Ponto Bíblia “, seria de grande ajuda para auxiliar em meus trabalhos, pois vejo que é um livro completo e bem explicado.
    Voltarei mais vezes ao seu Site, pois fiquei encantada por seus lindos trabalhos.
    Obrigada
    Rose

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  521. Hola, me gustaron mucho todos tus libros, gracias por tremenda oportunidad de ganarse uno de ésos. Tuve que revisarlos y finalmente escogí

    Needlework Book Review: Stitch Sampler

    Gracias!

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  522. Hello Mary,

    I would enjoy having The Beginner’s Guide to Crewel Embroidery.
    I have done embroidery off and on most my life, but this sort of work is always what I’ve love the most.
    🙂

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  523. Stumpwork Medieval Flora
    This is the one I wanted to win in your last give-a-way! lol that I didnt win! Hopefully this time is a winner for me! I want to learn this technique and this book looks very interesting! Thank you for the chance to win! Merry Christmas to you!

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  524. First, thank y ou very much for this opportunity! It is very kind to promote this give away… The reason I would love to win either “crewel embroidery” or “embroidery stitch bible” is to make a surprise to my mother who is, at least to me :), the most amazing artist I have met and she loves embroidery”! If I win I am sure she will be very very happy! Thank you once again for the opportunity! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  525. I would really love to try and win the book called “18th Century Embroidery Techniques”. I am a rather experienced stitcher, but I am always open to new (which are well forgotten old ones) techniques!
    Thank you very much for this opportunity!

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  526. I would like very much to have Trish’s book: “Long and Short Stitch Embroidery: A Collection of Flowers”. I am in the early stage of learning, but what I want to do, my goal, is to do needle painting for the Church- rather ambitious I know. That means icons, priest’s vestments, all kinds of things like that. I am blown away by the embroidery skill and art that I see on the internet, and your page on eyes just made my jaw drop! I am a painter and book illustrator and I love to embroider. I think I can transfer what I know about painting to fabric probably rather easily, but I need a lot of help in the embroidery department! I think Trish’s book would really really help. Learning to do long and short stitches is one thing, but learning how to use it is quite another!
    Thank you for your consideration,
    Brigid

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  527. I would like to win The Embroidery Stitch Bible.
    I’m just learning and want to teach my daughter. She has 5 brothers- she needs to learn some girly things 😉

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  528. The book I’d most like to win is “Stitch Sampler” by Lucinda Ganderton, and published by DK Publishing. Because I’m fairly new to embroidery and crazy quilting I believe this particular book will help me tremendously.

    Thank you!

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  529. The Stitch Sampler is the book I choose. The reason is how the contents seem very structured and I’m a person who needs structure. (my many years ago Academy training) Thank you for your thoughtful contests. Merry Christmas!

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  530. I would love to win the Beginners Guide To Crewel! I have not done much crewel – yet, and this looks like a great place to start.
    Thanks..my fingers are crossed!
    Merry Christmas!

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  531. The Embroiderer’s Handbook – Eu quero esse livro porque ele é tudo de bom. Será meu melhor presente de natal, pois ele é uma fonte de inspiração para novos projetos que ainda quero realizar. Desde já agradeço a oportunidade de poder participar e espero que eu seja a ganhadora deste livro que amo e há muito tempo estou querendo… Abraços a todos!!!

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  532. I would love to win any of the selected books. I love handwork althought I am not a expert. I love to learn new things and share with my American Sewing Guild group. I love the monograms and making gifts for my family and friends and any of these books I sure would provide me great inspritation. I have by first Granddaughter and love sewing learning to smock and make dresses for her.

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  533. MERRY CHRISTMAS!
    I would love to win the Long and Short stitch embroidery: A collection of flowers book. It is a beautiful book and I’m sure the book would help me to improve my long and short stitch techniques. I do crewel work and really love that type of stitching. My long and short stitches need to be improved upon and I would really like to have my pictures look like those in the book or at least close to those in the book!
    I love your web site and have come away with some great ideas for gifts and for myself. I just taught a student of mine the basics of stitching as she wanted to learn how to embroider and we used your site for ideas………..Thank You!

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  534. I would like to win The Long and Short Stitch Embroidery: A collection of flowers. I have been a crewel fan always … currently I am working on a fabric art doll who has a plain teal faux suede vest and she would love to have a beautiful flower centered on the back and a vine down both sides of the front .. my long/short stitches are my weakest and I don’t want to disappoint her. TIA and P.S. I read your blog every time it notifys me in my email .. always informative and funny too !

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  535. Hi, my name is mary varma. Thanks for such wonderful giveaways. I would like to win anyone of these two books, Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroider Stitches
    OR
    Long and Short Stitch Embroidery : A Collection of Flowers. The reason is i dont have a stitch dictionary and i learnt the proper way to do long and short stitch from you, through your site, and i saw the beauty of needle painting from trish burr’s embroidery site. Infact i have fallen in love with needle painting and would love to have trish burr’s book in my needlework books collection. Im hoping to win it. Thanks again for a lovely site, through which i learnt a lot about embroidery, and for a sweet giveaway. Merry Christmas.

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  536. Hi Mary,
    I would prefer to win “The Embroidery Stitch Bible”,as my embroidery is a dissastrous, dont know what type of stitch is best to use for this or that, ended up I un-picked more than I stitch, not to mention stress out the linen. Have not complete my 1st embroidery since I started 3 months ago. With this book it will be very handy to me, less unpick more stitching.A great joy to have.

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  537. Dear Mary,thank you for another lovely giveaway. My choice would be Long and Short Stitch Embroidery: A Collection of Flowers. My reason is that having seen the beautiful strawberry you have designed for the upcoming stitch-along I need to get my head around needlepainting. (Plus, I’ve already bought 3 embroidery books for my Christmas presents – so I get what I want, and this was no.4 on my wish list).

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  538. que bellos libros¡¡¡¡ a Argentina no llega nada.
    amo el punto cruz y adoraria tener alguno de esos libros en mis manos.
    feliz navidad y año nuevo

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