Today’s give-away came about in a funny way.
I had already decided to do this 12 Days of Christmas series of give-aways, and had drummed up quite a bit of generous and enthusiastic participation from designers, needlework retailers and manufacturers, tool-makers and so forth.
One day, while in the midst of working out the details, I received an e-mail from a reader who had a question about Japanese flat silk. Since the question was a scientific-practical combination one regarding silk, I recommended the reader to contact Michael Cook of Wormspit, who knows a lot about silk. The reader wrote to Michael, who then forwarded the question to me. While we were going in circles, Michael and I struck up a conversation, and he told me about a whole collection of Japanese silk that he had received from Julie Mar, a needlepoint designer.
It so happened that Michael had surplus silk and he was trying to come up with a clever way of getting the silk into the hands of people who would benefit from it, appreciate it, and use it to its full potential. I told him about the 12 Days of Christmas, and he jumped on board!
These are full spools of flat Japanese silk, still wrapped in plastic and never used. There are 18 spools in the first collection in the give-away, and 12 spools in the second collection. The photo above and immediately below belong to the first collection in the give-away.
Gorgeous, isn’t it?
While the first collection contains primarily purples, with some golds and greens, the second collection is a range of blues, pale turquoises, and plummy pinks and purples.
I love the blue-greens on the left – they remind me of a tropical ocean (a very nice thing to think about during cold Kansas winters!).
Both winners of today’s give-away will also receive a copy of the pamphlet, “How to Use Flat Silk.” If you’ve never stitched with flat silk before, this will come in handy. The pamphlet is geared towards using flat silk in Japanese embroidery, primarily.
For today’s give-away, the first name drawn will receive the 18 spool collection of flat silk, and the second name drawn will receive the 12 spool collection.
To enter today’s give-away for one of the two sets of Japanese embroidery silk shown above, please read and follow these simple instructions!
1. Leave a comment at the end of today’s article. If you click on that link, it will take you directly to the comment area, so that there are no mishaps! Comments delivered via e-mail or on other articles will not be included in the give-away.
2. In your comment, answer the following question:
What attracts you to the idea of working with flat silk? Is it the sheen and beauty of the thread? The challenge of working with it? The mere fact that it’s silk? Any of the above, all of the above, or other?
3. Make sure you leave a recognizable name either in the body of your comment, or on the “name” line above the comment box. For example, if your name happens to be Bella, you might include a last initial or a location to differentiate yourself from the other Bellas out there (example: Bella in Bellevue.).
4. Leave your comment before January 9th, 2012, at 5:00 am Central Standard Time (Kansas, USA!). All winners for this series will be selected on January 9th, and announced that day here on Needle ‘n Thread. You’ll have to check back on January 9th to see if you’ve won, because the winners will need to contact me within 3 days to claim their prizes. The Give-Away is Now Closed. Thanks for your interest!
Merry Third Day of Christmas!
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