Mary Corbet

writer and founder


I learned to embroider when I was a kid, when everyone was really into cross stitch (remember the '80s?). Eventually, I migrated to surface embroidery, teaching myself with whatever I could get my hands on...read more

Contact Mary

Connect with Mary



2024 (39) 2023 (125) 2022 (136) 2021 (130) 2020 (132) 2019 (147) 2018 (146) 2017 (169) 2016 (147) 2015 (246) 2014 (294) 2013 (294) 2012 (305) 2011 (306) 2010 (316) 2009 (367) 2008 (352) 2007 (225) 2006 (139)

Crewel Work Company Kit Winner!


Amazon Books

Who won Phillipa Turnbull’s new Mellerstain Parrots kit?! Well, to find out, you’ll just have to read on…

The Crewel Work Company Mellerstain Parrots Kit

Thanks to Phillipa, of course, for offering the kit as a give-away! The Mellerstain Parrot kit is marked down £10 (£69 instead of £79) through the month of September. I know for those of us in the US, shipping is often a shocker, so here’s a thought: if you have stitching friends who are interested in Crewel Work Company kits, you might see if you can pool your order and divide up the shipping. It helps!

And it just so happens that there are some shops in the US that carry a few of Phillipa’s kits. Nimble Needle, for example, has four of them – the Elizabethan Oak Apple Tree, the Royal Chelsea Crest, the Secret Squirrel, and the Tulip Tree.

What’s Your Favorite?

I know it was a hard question, asking you what your favorite crewel kit on Phillipa’s site is, but it’s such a nice give-away, that I thought you really should have to work a little bit for it! As I mused over all your comments and pondered over your likes (and dislikes – I laughed when someone mentioned a favorite because it didn’t have “pesky creatures” in it!), I concluded that I really had set a hard task. So I decided to put myself to the test to see if I could similarly narrow down a favorite and say why I like it.

I finally did it! There are several of the crewel kits I really like, but I finally narrowed them down to one like the eye doctor does, two at a time. And I ended up with the Levens Hall Pillowe, because I like the the variety in it. It would be Fun to Stitch. (And, ok, I like the red cord on the pillow model! I’m a sucker for red…)

But it wasn’t easy to narrow the answer down, so I admire your fortitude in doing so, and appreciate your taking the time to do it! Thanks to one and all for participating!

The Winner of the Mellerstain Parrots!

Yeah, yeah. I know! Get on with it!

The winner of the give-away is Kristel C, who said:

I think my favourite might be the Jacobean Sampler, though I keep wavering back and forth between it and a handful of others. I really love the Jacobean style, so it definitely appeals to me. (But then, there’s also the Levens Hall Pillowe, which looks like it would be a bit more of a challenge, but also a great learning experience. And oh, honestly, how could anyone decide?)

Congratulations, Kristel! Please drop me a line with your mailing address!

Thank you to all for participating, and stay tuned for future fun give-aways here on Needle ‘n Thread!


Leave A Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


(3) Comments

  1. G’day Mary, and Kristel, a big congratulations you lucky ducky! How you’ll love to get this kit in your hands. Well done to you Kristel, Mary and of course, Phillipa. It was a very special thing to do.
    Cheers, Kath

  2. Congratulations Kristel C! And many thanks to Phillipa Turnbull who was so kind and gracious, even phoning me to make certain my order from her company was done right when I ran into trouble on the website. What a wonderful giveaway and embroidery. I look forward to my Jacobean Long Pillowe.


More Comments