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Crewel Twists – Book Give-Away!

 

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At the end of this past February, I reviewed Hazel Blomkamp’s new book, Crewel Twists. Hazel’s book is a technique and project book. She combines designs that you’d normally see worked in wool in crewel embroidery (many Jacobean in flavor) with various surface embroidery techniques, including embroidery with regular floss, bead embroidery and even goldwork. The projects in the book are wonderfully colorful and a heap of fun!

Crewel Twists

Well, today, I’m giving away a copy of Crewel Twists, courtesy of Hazel and even signed by her!

Crewel Twists

If you’ve already purchased the book, you can always enter for a chance to win the perfect gift for a stitching friend, right? And if the book is on your wish list, here’s your chance to see your wish fulfilled without working it into the budget!

If you’re not sure what the book is all about, do take a look at my in-depth review of Crewel Twists, replete with photos and a whole rundown on what’s in the book.

Crewel Twists

To join in on the give-away, please follow these simple instructions:

1. Leave a comment below (on this post, on the website – not via e-mail and not on any other post on the website). If you use this link, it will be easy to go directly to the comment form on the website.

2. In your comment, please answer the following question:

What appeals to you most about Crewel Twists? The designs, the color choices, the techniques – the beads, goldwork, etc? Or all of it together?

3. Please make sure you leave a recognizable name associated with your comment, either by signing your comment, or in the “name” line on the comment form.

4. Leave your comment before 5:00 am, Monday, April 16th. Check back on Monday to see if you’ve won, as the winner will need to contact me with a shipping address.

That’s it! Easy-peasy – and your name is in for a chance to win the book!

Crewel Twists

Today, I’ll be stitching like a mad woman on the Medallion project, until later this afternoon, when I have to hit the road for a quick trip to the city (that’s Kansas City – which, in my Limited Cornfield World, really is THE city – and it’s far enough away to feel like a major excursion!). So if your comment doesn’t show up right away, don’t worry! It will eventually! I moderate each comment individually before posting to the site, to guard against spam.

Tomorrow, I’m going to show you a storage solution for my threads, along with some threads situated in that storage solution. It’s a “long haul” solution. I figure if I’m going to be doing this needlework thing for a while (and I am!), I need my threads to be organized, accessible, and safe.

Best of luck on the give-away!! Now – go leave your comment!

See you tomorrow!

 
 

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  1. Good morning, Mary, and thanks to you and Hazel Blomkamp for this marvelous offer.

    I’m glad you offered a choice of “all of the above” in your little quiz. The designs, color choices, techniques and materials all excite me. On top of the book’s contents it’s an autographed first edition, and that always gets my attention.

    Phyllis

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  2. This books looks wonderful. It seems to cover the basics all the way to most advanced techniques. I did a crewel piece over 30 years ago…I would love to get back into it. I never even thought it would be done in white, with pearls, and gold…dah.. very exciting!

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  3. It’s hard to narrow down one favorite aspect of Crewel Twists–but if I’m forced to, then I would have to say the designs. They are inspirational!

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  4. I love it when you say easy peasy! And what I love about Crewel Twists is that it’s a technique
    of “hodgie podgie”…in other words when you do the embroidery you’re adding alot of different things…stitches, embellishments, threads and yarns. I like to do more freehand embroidery and this book would be great for ideas.
    thank you!

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  5. Thanks Mary for another great opportunity to get a great book. I would never know about all of the wonderful needle art books out there if I didn’t read your posts daily.
    What excites me about Crewel Twists is the opportunity to expand my techniques in crewel embroidery with some great new ideas. I always can use inspiration to try new things and this book seems like it would provide plenty of inspiration. Thanks
    Martha

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  6. Dear Mary,
    Just as I get complacent in my humdrum world you bring out something I NEED!! As a crewel lover I can see that this is a book I would love to own. The color and the “fragileness” to her flowers is something I want to learn. I too use floss instead of wool in my projects (just can’t work with wool) and I love the color choices available in that medium. Thanks again for a chance to win.
    Dottie J.

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  7. The combination of Jacobean designs with surface techniques and updated threads and beads! Fabulous! I love the old designs and love the new materials. This truly hits a fun (and practical) spot. Many thanks to Mary and Hazel for their generosity.

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    1. holy smokes … I must have still been asleep when I typed that … it was supposed to say:
      that is one technique that I have to tackle, yet … these look like great projects – love the white on blue

  8. I really like the different textures and the rich look. I have not really tried crewel embroidery yet, but would love to do a project or two from that book.
    Tania

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  9. I love Crewel Twists because it is worked in embroidery cottons rather than wool. Working with wools is too hard on my wrists but I can do my crazy quilting with cottons much more easily. And I love Jacobean designs too.

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  10. Hello Mary,
    I am quite new to embroidery since I retired from work last year. As such I am very interested in investigating all sorts of different techniques. This books looks as if it would be a wonderful addition to extent my knowledge.

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  11. I love beadwork so that interested me in the book. I am an avid needlepointer but am starting to do more embroidery. Your daily message makes me want to do it even more. Having this book would be a great resource.

    Can’t wait for you storage ideas for all of my threads. They are everywhere!

    Thanks,

    Jenny

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  12. Oh boy, this is purrfect!
    The attention to detail..every little flourish, the bead at the end, the imaginative designs..a true work of art. Thanks, Hazel, for your generosity and Mary, for the opportunity to win this.

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  13. Its everything combined! The designs look so luxurios and elegant. Iwould be thrilled to learn from this book.

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  14. What’s not to like about the book. It has crewel, it has beads and it has goldwork! Put them all together and you get a spectacular result. I like the fact that you don’t get tired of doing a single technique, but can do a bit of everything all at the same time.

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  15. Hi Mary, you have answered the question for me – the designs, colour choices, techniques – all of it! What a wonderful book, and the chance to win a signed copy is even better. Thank you for the opportunity. Liane

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  16. I have loved Jacobean embroidery since I was very young. The colors and designs are gorgeous. Crewel work has always been my favorite needlework. Thanks for offering Crewel Twists. It’s so exciting!

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  17. I love this book! I saw your original review and thought it was lovely. i’ve only done one crewel work and I can’t wait to try more but I was waiting until I purchased some more reference material. This would do it!
    Thanks,
    Donna Altieri

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  18. This book looks like a comprehensive guide, I am particularly interested in learning as many new skills as possible to get the most from my embroidery journey. And with a new joint project for me & my husband with him building & me furnishing a dolls house for our soon to be grand baby any new techniques that can be used for furnishing will help us create a spectacular heirloom for the generations who follow us.

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  19. Wow, what a great book! The designs are elegant and really ‘speak to me’. The designs, color choices, techniques, beads, goldwork….yes. I love it all! Thanks for all your inspiration and have fun in KC!

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  20. I forgot to say which part of the book i like best. It’s hard to pick one – i think the designs would be my favorite.

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  21. Dear Mary,
    I love the tonal pieces – the grey and the ecru ones. I love that it is traditional designs and I love the use of beading. What a wonderful way to make tradional crewel embroidery modern and elegant.
    Ruth Ann in London, Ontario

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  22. I love the complexity of crewel embroidery designs. With so many different stitches available, one can layer texture on top of the pattern design and still have a cohesive whole. But unfortunately, I do not have a local source for crewel wools. So to have the designs scaled to use readily-available stranded cotton/floss is most appealing. The addition of beads adds a contemporary punch without detracting from the overall traditional feel of the designs. Gorgeous.

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  23. I love everything about the book. The designs are beautiful, and I would love to learn more about crewel.

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  24. I love the twist of unexpected threads and embellishments, like the beads. Wonderful. Mary, we all want to see the medallion every day!!

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  25. Hi Mary! Many thanks to you and Hazel for this amazing book give away. I have had this on my wish list since your review of it in February. What appeals to me most? The designs! I haven’t stitched crewel work much but love the way it looks. I am also drawn to the colors. All those jewel tones and gold. So, yes please, enter my name in the give away.

    Enjoy your trip to the City!
    Tania

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  26. Morning Mary!

    This book sounds very interesting. Especially the beading part. I love using beads and from the pictures that you’ve shown us, she uses lots of beads.

    Thanks for the opportunity and have a great day!

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  27. Hi Mary, thanks again for introducing another WONDERFUL book!! I am excited to see the twists she has done with an embroidery style that fascinates me, all of it looks so wonderful and I would LOVE to win the book and try some out!! thanks again Mary for the great offer and your wonderful daily newsletter…happy stitching everyone!!

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  28. I love all of the above. I have gotten into doing some beading in my crewel embroidery and really like it. Then an autographed copy of Hazel’s book, what a super giveaway!

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  29. Wow! Mary What a book. It looks so interesting. I have always been interested in crewel, but this puts a different spin on it. The technique is what interests me and also the fact that she uses embroidery thread. I love all different stitches inside the flower. I’m not much on words, but I would sure love this book. Thanks Mary

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  30. I already bought this book. It’s wonderful! I love how complex the designs are, and there’s so much variety! It’s difficult to find “good” surface embroidery books, especially compared to the glut of cross stitch stuff, and this one’s well worth buying.

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  31. Thanks Mary & Hazel for this opportunity.

    The modern twist on old designs which bring them to life for this century and beyond. Not just copying but inventing colourways, movement, gold and bead bling bring to life the combination of stitches creating a new Elizabethan world.

    I love all of it and wish to continue the crewel work just begun by Hazel.

    LOL 🙂 Susan

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  32. I’d love to win this book because I’ve fallen in love with Jacobean embroidery, courtesy of you! Have been working on my first piece – which will be a bag – for the past few months now and am almost finished. Can’t wait to start a new project, and this book would be the perfect source!
    Thanks so much for this opportunity.

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  33. I love the grey scale and adding beading that you’ve showed so that’s my “love at first site” for this book. Also, I am really looking forward to seeing your thread organization because I just started the stitchbow things, they are ever so much easier than the little cardboard spools – those kink up my thread so bad at the end I can’t stand it! All the best to whoever wins the book and thanks for passing it on, Mary!

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  34. Ooh, what a lovely book – thank you for the give away even if I don’t win! 🙂

    What do I like best – well, kind of ‘all of the above’. What I really like though is that’s doing something different – putting a twist on it! 🙂 So the fact that she’s doing monochorme crewel, which I’ve not seen before, or incorporating slightly unusual materials, or making non-traditional patterns – anything that’s different to what you see in all the other books on crewel out there! I love crewel – I love the really traditional stuff, but it’s great to see someone going beyond that too.

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  35. Hello Mary,
    I just love the idea of taking a traditional form of embroidery and adding a contemporary twist to it either in manipulating the design or introducing modern threads and notions.

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  36. The innovation of design in the book appeals to me. I think crewel work is so beautiful and love to see the wools being used in an original and unique way.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  37. Dear Mary,
    I looove your website.
    Thanks again for another gift opportunity.
    I felt in love with Crewel embroidery attending a class at the Royal school of Needlework.
    Since then, I got hooked.
    I am looking so forward to study this new book and all the new techniques.

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  38. Good morning,
    it is really beautiful book, one of my friend have it, I look at it, an it is to died for. My answer is, all of them.
    Thank you it is a really beautiful gift,

    Nicole

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  39. What I love best is the black and white design. It’s so lovely and modern! I love Crewelwork stitches, but most patterns end up being so girly and traditional that I am to drawn to them as much. Although the pattern is traditional, the monochrome treatment is amazing!

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  40. I so love this book. I received it last Thursday, and in the evening started Midnight Medallion – an extract of the original pattern – using my own colour scheme (fawny browns) with chocolate coloured metallic thread and dark fawn beads and bugles. I was so pleased with the finished article when I finished it on Sunday (thankgoodness for the holiday weekend!). My fingers were like sieves afterwards but Hazel even has a solution for that – superglue! I have since ordered the beads and threads for the cream project and can’t wait for them to arrive! I am so pleased to have found a book that covers several techniques that you can use stranded cotton for and decorate as you please. Hazel, for me, you have acheived your mission . . . I am well and truly inspired. Thank you! – Take a look here . . .

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    1. Me again . . . I meant to say it was Midnight Meander . . . I adore your Medallion project too!

  41. Good morning! Another wonderful giveaway.

    I love the many varied techniques in this book. I’d love a chance to win this lovely book.

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  42. Thanks for another give-away, Mary. What appeals to me most about Crewel Twists is the way the variety of stitches, designs, threads and beads create pizazz!

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  43. I enjoyed your review of the New Crewel. I think I am interested in just about everything the book offers. I would feel like a winner if I won!!!
    Thank you,
    Mspat

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  44. I absolutely love the techniques! Since you reviewed this book I’ve been wanting to own a copy. The way the stitches and beads are combined are amazing and inspirational. It would be a treasure trove of ideas for crazy quilting. But in all honesty I have other reasons for needing this book. I’m pretty sure that if I owned this book, my wrinkles would be less visible to me and those extra pounds would matter less. I would have an excuse to buy more beads and more threads. Overall, life would just be that much better!

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  45. This is a wonderful book on crewel work. The Designs are really striking and that is want draws me in the most. I think I would learn a thing or two about more advanced techniques too.
    Mary Ann

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  46. Hi Mary!
    I would so love to win this book! I am addicted to embroidery and I am learning so much on your website! I just love the videos. They have helped me sew some beautiful things. Thank you for the website! Crossing my fingers that I win!

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  47. I like everything about it. The colors, the stitches, and the fact that you can use beads too. I am into beading, so this is just one more way of me using up my stash of beads. I like the fact that this type of embroidery gives so much demension to my handiwork, like it almost comes to life.

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  48. This looks like a wonderful book! I’m attracted by “all of the above” as I’m concentrating on my hand stitching this year, and want to learn as much as I can about different techniques. The pictures look fabulous, and I love the colour Hazel has used. Thanks for this opportunity to win.

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  49. This looks interesting and would be great fun to try. I love how the combinations of various types of techniques and designs come together.
    Beryl B

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  50. What’s not to love about crewel! This looks like a great book, and what a title. Perfect! I love the textures and the look of the designs. Would be a great book to have and use. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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  51. Dear Mary, This book is on my wishlist for sure, I just did not had the time to go and buy it yet. The whole concept of everything blended together is what appeals to me.Instead of having a book on every different subject, one has them all joined together in one neat publication! 🙂 Elza Bester Cape Town.

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  52. Hi Mary,
    Book looks great. I like the idea of the beads and gold incorporated into the regular crewel. Also, I like to win prizes. 🙂
    Chris

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  53. Hi Mary! This seems like such a neat book! I think what I love the most about it is the designs themselves and the use of all sorts of different techniques.

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  54. Really? You have to ask? OK – I think to be able to learn from such a beautiful book, and talented artist would be an honor and sooooo much fun. Every picture I look at is like watching fireworks – “Ooooooohhhhh, Ahhhhhh” and a whole lot of “I wanna make that, and that, and that”. Probably just like everyone – this book is catnip to an idle cat watching carefully!!! Thank you for yet another opportunity, you inspire me daily!

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  55. Hi Mary, and thank you for the give away offer.

    I have done one little crewel flower, and feel like a beginner. I am a big fan of black and silver, and when I saw the book cover I was amazed at the gorgeous project on it, and I would absolutely love to win, so that I would have both the inspiration and the patterns and instructions. I guess the answer to your question is simply “all of it”…color choices, design and techniques.
    Keep up your amazing work. I am grateful for your inspiring emails and images and book reviews.
    Hugs, Ylva in Inverness, Scotland

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  56. I was just thinking about ordering this book from the book depository! I love her patterns, color choices and that she uses different types of threads. I once read in a book that you should only use wool for crewel work (which I don’t care too much for) but Hazel uses all types of thread and her work looks so beautiful!
    Thank you for the give away!
    Ren

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  57. Hi Mary! I’m so excited for this give-away. I fell in love of this book the very moment I saw it for the first time.
    The thing that appeals me the most are the designs, really gorgeous pieces!!
    Thank you for the opportunity, regards
    Libertad

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  58. I am fascinated with the beautiful and graceful designs shown in this book and the lovely stitches. Makes me really anxious to try them out. Thank you for bringing this book to my attention.

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  59. Another temptation!
    I’ve already embroidered with a similar tecnique (Bandera embroidery), used in our italian ‘700 castles in a region called Piemonte. Motifs seems to be the same and also Bandera requires wool threads. But the effect is different, becouse of the pastel colors and the absense of gold or precious ornaments.
    It would be intersting to deepen the differences!
    So I race the game! Thank you,
    Elisabetta

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  60. Thank you, Mary, for your enjoyable daily posts and excellent book reviews!

    I love the designs of Jacobean embroidery. My grandmother did quite a lot of crewel embroidery in wool, creating pillows and framed pieces, and even going so far as to stitch the upholstery for two arm chairs! I have spent hours looking at those designs, and I have stitched a couple of pieces myself. What intrigues me about Hazel Blomkamp’s Crewel Twists is that she so graciously challenges the traditions of this style of embroidery by using new techniques, beads, and threads. Her book revitalizes old-fashioned embroidery designs in exciting new ways.

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  61. What I like best about the book, is the combining of techniques. I like that it isn’t just wool, but utilizes beads, goldwork, and other threads.

    Thanks to Hazel for this generous offer, and to you for hosting the giveaway.

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  62. While I like and appreciate crewel embroidery, I really love that she has updated the technique and brought it into the future. Love the colors, and the beads, and the gold, and on and on……

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  63. Oh Boy!! Another book I “must have”!! One thing I particularly like about this book is that it has a contemporary “twist” (no pun…..) on traditional stuff AND she has done it all while keeping the “scale” in tact — both with design and the variety of elements she incorporates. Good inspiration. Good use of materials. Good book! Fingers crossed…….

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  64. I have just started to learn embroidery, I am now 51 years old why did it take me so long. I am amazed at all the beauty.

    Donna

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  65. Goodmorning!

    Eye candy first thing in the morning, who can beat that?
    I agree with the “all of the above” answer, the color and designs are lovely. I’d be thrilled to have this reference in my home.
    Thanks for all you do,
    Vickie

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  66. Mary,
    I have had this books on my wish list ever since I read your review. I am fascinated by the mixture of techniques and the use of various embellishments. I am also excited to see how the different techniques are blended into the whole. The bling of beads, the gleam of gold and the warmth of wool, who couldn’t love that all on one piece? Hazel Blomkamp should be highly commended on putting together such a wonderful book.

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  67. I love the idea that she produces a tradition deign using non traditional threads. I have done crewel work, but I have a hard time finding wool thread. This book appears to be different than any other.

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  68. I’ve been really excited about this book ever since reading your review. I really like Jacbean styles and beading, so the combination of the two is really attractive to me.

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  69. What a wonderful book. I love the way she uses regular embroidery threads along with beads and other embelishments. This is a book I would certainly love to own.
    Thank you for the opportunity.

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  70. Hi Mary, I am fascinated by the designs in this book and think it would be THE book to launch me into a crewel design project, which has been on my “to stitch list” for a long time. Thanks!

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  71. As the title suggests the book is full of fresh ideas for Jacobean embroidery. The designs are fresh, techniques extensive and the textural embellishments using floss and beads a delightful bonus.

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  72. I’m excited to see the combinations of techniques… I’ve never done crewel work with anything other than wool before!
    -Bonnie D. in Virginia

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  73. Good morning, Mary, and thank you for another wonderful giveaway.

    It’s hard to pick what’s most appealing about this book, but the color and the designs are both enormously attractive. The only crewel project I’ve done thus far was a pillow kit, and it was great fun to work. These designs are several levels up! Just beautiful.

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  74. What’s not to love about this book!!! Jacobean designs {my favorite}, the colors, and the use of threads other than wool (allergies) makes this the book of my dreams. It is currently at the top of my wish list. Winning this would mean more money for great fabric or threads.

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  75. Everything appeals to me but especially the colors and different shapes. You can take the designs apart and use them in so many other places. They are like little surprises tucked away.

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  76. I nees to break out if my counted comfy zone and try more surface stitches. This book is insperational for that, by being able to combine many techniques into a beautiful design.

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  77. I love to work in the garden and being a new embroiderer, I’m drawn to how beautiful the garden translates into the crewel and Jacobean designs. It’s exciting to learn new techniques and expand on ones just learned. It’s nice to have a resource for the different types of embroidery.

    Thank you so much for your website and daily blogs. When I can’t figure a stitch out, your videos are my go-to; well done.

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  78. First,i hope you ‘ll understand what i write because i’m french! I really love Jacobean embroidery and i’m looking for a book which shows techniques,color harmonies….It seems that this book is the right’s one. For me all the aspects of crewel are important. Thank’s for your post

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  79. I would just love to have this book in my colection. I’m an embroidery apprentice and it looks fantastic. thanks to you and Hazel for giving us this oportunity.
    Elsa

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  80. I like new techniques of older styles. Sometimes it is nice to have something to refer to to get the mental juices flowing. I
    am a big fan of Jacobean design.

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  81. I haven’t embroidered in years, but I love to dream of wonderful projects! I’ve requested that our library buy this book, but they’re waiting until it’s published in the US, so if I win I’ll be donating it so all the stitchers in the community can benefit. After I finish drooling over it, of course!

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  82. This book has been on my wishlist since the very first time I saw it. I absolutely love combining traditional with different. It is so elegant. Crewel Twists combines some of my very favorite things such as beading and of course crewel embroidery. The patterned areas are wonderful, I would never have thought of them. Things like this start the mind going in a million different directions — such stimulation. It’s great. Thank you also for making available all of the art that i would not have been privy to had I not found your website.

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  83. What a wonderful piece of work! I like the combination of all the techniques. It is a real challenge.
    Kind regards from Austria
    Irmi

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  84. I admit my heart beat a little faster when I first saw this book. I love the fact that Hazel has played around with crewel work to give it a different and modern look. One of the reasons I love embroidery is the colourful nature of it, but for some reason I am very attracted to the black, white, grey and silver designs in this book.

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  85. Hi Mary,

    This book is on my must have list, after reading your review. I think the first thing that jumped out at me was the unusual use of color – particularly the black and white on the gray ground. I always like to see traditional needlework done with a more updated approach. It gives me hope that the needlework field will continue to grow and flourish!

    Janice

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  86. I would love to win this book. I’m so excited about all Jacobean embroidery so this would be a great addition to my growing collection of crewel books.
    I’m especially attracted to the designs and the fact that they are worked in cotton floss.
    Thank you for this opportunity to win a great book:-)

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  87. I think it’s the patterns and colors that caught my eye most. My first experience with crewel was in the 70’s, frogs and mushrooms were common design items then. Hazel’s patterns are so much more classy. I also love the added sparkle and texture of the beading in Hazel’s projects.

    I guess the only thing I don’t like about the book is that I don’t have it already.

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  88. I’ve never heard of this book before. But the pictures you’ve shown are outstanding. I guess I could say all of it appeals to be, but to be a bit more specific…..I’m especailly drawn to the techniques, the combining of beads and such that gives it an extra special texture.
    Thanks, Lori Shaw

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  89. What timing! Just yesterday, I commented on the post about Mac charting for the Ukranian egg designs, I mentioned starting to crewel again. Today you offers great book to help. I looked it up on Amazon. If I don’t win it, I will use the gift certificate I got this morning for my birthday to buy it.
    Marny

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  90. The book “Crewel Twists” is certainly not like any crewel book I have ever seen. With the combination of beads and floss in the design a unique look is revealed in the stitching.

    Since I love Jacobean embroidery using the combination of floss and beads only adds to the Jacobean design.

    Karen

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  91. Oh boy!!! I have so wanted to get a hold of Hazels book!!! Not only is her work amazing but she herself is a work of art. Her work is what brought my attention to Jacobean work. I once commented on a picture of her’s and she responded herself to my many questions and comments. I was so shocked when she said that her work was done with embroidery floss and easily washable. But I should have known when its so elegant and colorful.

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  92. I would LOVE to learn more about crewel work. I’ve never seen it with goldwork & beads which intrigues me…

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  93. I love that it shows off this lovely, lovely style of embroidery in a fresh new light – it makes it easy to imagine how these pieces would work in a modern home, while still being true to form!

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  94. Dear Mary,

    I’ve loved crewel work ever since I was a little girl and my grandmother taught me….I must admit that I’m not great at it, but it is one of the great pleasures of mi life. I am searching for a new project as my sister is to undergo surgery and I will have lots of bedside sitting to do. The book looks so interesting!

    Cordially yours,

    Irene

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  95. Wow! A chance to win Crewel Twists. I read your first review of this book last February. I loved the colourful pictures, interesting project ideas and gorgeous designs. I’ve not done goldwork before, but have added beads to my needlework. This book makes me interested in upping my repertoire and learn some new techniques. Hope I win! What a lovely start to spring this would be!!!

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  96. I would love to win this book. Ever since seeing your review, I have been thinking about it and looked up prices on-line. The only thing stopping me was that I have bought myself several stitching treats lately and I have a good crewel reference book. But the projects are so pretty and the beads are so sparkly and there are some lovely shiny threads, as well as nice forgiving wool, so I am sure I could love this book. It could inspire me to try new ways of combining stitches and threads. It would be wonderful to win a copy!

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  97. Hi Mary,
    Just want to say I’m so glad I stumbled into your site! I did crewel many years ago, and regular embroidery, also. Have always loved it, and your site is so inspirational. This book of Hazel’s looks amazing and full of fresh ideas using color and beads, a glorious combination!I would be thrilled to win this book, and I thank you for the opportunity. Happy Stitching!

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  98. What appeals to me about this book? Everything! I love Jacobean designs, I love trying new techniques and multi media. To have all this in one book is such a treat. Thanks to you and Hazel Blomkamp for making this available.

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  99. Hello Mary,
    I’m working on a wall quilt, and feel the need to use as many techniques as possible for realistic effect. So far,
    I’ve taught myself felting, machine threadpainting, dollmaking, sculpture, fabric painting, embroidery and so on. I want to expand the embroidery part and am excited about the way Hazel uses her materials. I love loads of color, of course, but have hesitated always about the bead usage and think this book would help me get over that. The use of goldwork of course would also be fun, given that my main period of interest is the Renaissance.