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William Morris Calendar – Give-Away Winners!


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Did you sign up for the William Morris in Appliqué give-away? I’m excited to announce the two lucky winners this morning!

For the winners, and some information on upcoming stuff on Needle ‘n Thread, read on!

William Morris Applique Calendar 2013

Thanks again to Country Bumpkin for the calendars for the give-away. If you didn’t win, and you’re keen to have one of these beauties in your sewing room, you can pre-order the William Morris Appliqué Calendar for 2013 now, through Country Bumpkin. It would make an absolutely perfect Christmas present for the quilters in your life!

William Morris Applique Calendar 2013


There were two lucky winners for this give-away, and here they are:

Carolyn Grill, with this reply to the give-away question, What technique would you like to see featured in a 12-month calendar?

I was inspired by the pictures of the calendar. My mother made quilts all her life, but, sadly, I was not smart enough to learn from her. I do almost every other kind of needlework, though. If I could choose the kind of needlework to be featured on a calendar, it would be Hardanger, a Norwegian form of cut-work. Not only is it beautiful, but it is functional as well. In talking to the people at my local needlework store, (the only one in town, by the way!) I have learned that fewer and fewer people are taking classes to learn this beautiful skill. A calendar would raise awareness of Hardanger’s beauty and perhaps spark a resurgence in interest. Thank you for your newsletters and for this chance to win a stunning calendar!

The second winner is Elisabeth Prentis, who answered the question thusly:

I thought about this for a long time and I could never choose between all my favorite needlework techniques, so I broke the rules and instead settled on a subject matter: flowers. Then each month, the person could have a different needlework technique. I am imagining Jacobean flowers embroidered in wool for November and redwork roses (in honor of Valentine’s Day) for February. Perhaps there could be cross-stitch mistletoe or holly for December?

Congratulations, Carolyn & Elisabeth! Please contact me with a mailing address so I can get these out to you as soon as possible.

Coming Up on Needle ‘n Thread

I’ll try not to make any rash commitments here, in case it ends up being another wonky week! But I always figure accountability and commitment begin by saying it out loud, so … here goes!

This week, you’ll get a book review of an adorable book (quilters and lovers of redwork will be enchanted!).

There’s also another give-away coming up – involving needlework tools. (Aaaahhh… I love tools!)

You’ll also see some progress pictures on a current project involving embroidery in silk on linen, and the set-up of this Hungarian redwork project, which I’ll be showing in intervals as it progresses over the next couple months.

And I’m almost finished putting together the instructions for Lavender Honey, which includes three wee projects. I’m in the process of re-stitching one of these little things now, for photographing, and with any luck, that will be out by the end of the week. If not, next week, for sure! (How’s that for commitment?)

And I’d like to squeeze in a little stitch instruction, too. Just a little mucking about with thread, you know!

Stick with me for an absolutely titillating week!

Enjoy your day!


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  1. G’day Mary,
    Hearty congratulations to Carolyn and Elisabeth. Well done ladies. Enjoyed your answers too. I read a lot but didn’t get though all of them. Was a really interesting question.
    The mind boggles just to read what you set for yourself Mary. Lucky us! Looking forward to al,l and maybe the wee projects the most.
    Cheers, Kath

  2. Congratulations to Carolyn and Elisabeth I hope you both enjoy the calendars and thanks Mary for your give away so generous.

    Can’t for the to see your current stitch project and excited abouth the tool give away and for instructions on the Lavendar Honey. Love your site.

    Regards Anita Simmance

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