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A Merry Give-Away – Coton a Broder in Every Color!


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I’ll share a secret with you. I love embroidery thread.

You already knew that, didn’t you?

But there’s embroidery thread, and there’s Embroidery Thread. When it comes to cotton Embroidery Thread, I have two Favorites: floche and coton a broder.

Coton a broder is often called “cutwork thread,” and in white, it comes in various sizes suitable for different types of whitework and cutwork.

But if you want many colors of coton a broder, size 25 is the size to look for. Coton a broder size 25 is a marvelous thread for monogramming. And it works beautifully in heirloom sewing applications (like smocking). It’s a nice thread for all kinds of surface embroidery applications. It comes in a total of 182 colors.

Coton a broder size 25

Unlike the more familiar stranded cotton floss by DMC that most of us know and love, coton a broder is a non-divisible thread, about as thick as two or three strands of DMC floss. It is softly twisted and mercerized, so it has a nice sheen.

Coton a broder size 25

I’ve mentioned coton a broder lately – I’m using it extensively in this Hungarian Redwork Runner project, for the finer chain stitched lines.

And I’ve also written quite a bit about coton a broder 25, especially when I finally invested in my own collection of all the colors, so that I could use them for designing some upcoming projects.

Coton a Broder Give-Away!

Thanks to Joady at Hedgehog Handworks – who has recently added the whole line of coton a broder 25 to her shop – today, I’m giving away the whole range of coton a broder 25. That’s one skein of every color! 182 colors!

Just think of all the stitchy fun this could lead to!

Just think of all the monograms you could embroider!

Coton a broder size 25

Just think of running your fingers through all those delectable colors!

Yep. When it comes to whole collections of embroidery thread, the Silas Marner in me comes out.

Give-Away Guidelines

This Give-Away is now closed. Thanks for your participation!

If you’d like to enter today’s give-away, please follow these guidelines:

1. Leave a comment below, on this article, on Needle ‘n Thread (the website). This link right here will take you straight to the place to leave your comment. Comments sent via e-mail or left on other articles on the website are not eligible. Sorry to be Scroogey about this point, but it’s the only way I can keep up with the comments.

2. In your comment, answer the following:

What’s your Embroidery Daydream? (Is it to have a dedicated workspace? Is it to have complete collections of your favorite threads? Is it to have endless supply of linen? Is it to go on a needlework vacation or tour? To have a specific period of time just to devote to stitching – while someone else does the housework and cooks for you? To attend a specific workshop or seminar? Is it to own a particular tool?…)

3. In your comment, please, please leave a recognizable name that makes your name at least somewhat unique. (Example: If your name is Mary, keep in mind there are lots of people with that name, so you might qualify your name with a location or a nick name. Like… Scary Mary, or Mary in Schenectady…)

4. Unless you want your inbox flooded with e-mail from Needle ‘n Thread, do not tick the little box below the comment form, asking for follow-up e-mail. (Trust me on this one!)

5. Leave your comment before 5:00 am CST (Kansas, USA) on Monday, December 31st. I’ll announce the winner that day. Be sure to check back – the last day of the year might just be your lucky day!

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The give-away is open to anyone, anywhere. So go forward, good people, and leave your comment today!

The End.


(1,260) Comments

  1. I would love to have a healthy shoulder, so I could embroider all the time with no pain. As it is, I have to hit the gym to keep my arm from hurting and then I can do some embroidery.

  2. What a great give away!

    My embroidery daydream, well, fantasy really, is to have a magical thread box that never runs out of the one color I need to finish a project! Seems like no matter how I try to keep stocked up, I’m always searching through my stash for the one perfect color to complete a design, and coming up empty.

  3. Hi Mary,

    Seasons Greetings. I’m mary varma from india. It’s a very lovely giveaway and thank you for it. The answer to your question is, My Embroidery Daydream is to teach the art and joy of embroidery to all who want to learn it, to subscribe to every single embroidery magazine in the world, to visit all the famous places in the world for embroidery and to quote from what you have said yes i like to own a full colour thread set in every shade there is and to attend every embroidery seminar and exhibition where ever it happens and the biggest daydream is to have the largest collection of embroidery patterns. Well, there is no limit to what i want when it comes to embroidery, but i think this says it all. Love to win this giveaway. Hoping for the best.

  4. Reading this post made me think about my maternal grandmother who introduced me to embroidery with coton a broder. It seemed I had a long heritage to carry on and I am the custodian of many heirloom pieces created by the women in my family from when they lived in England before emigrating to Australia in 1836.
    Sorry to be so long winded but my embroidery day dream would be to sit and stitch with my grandmother and the many women before her who embroidered, to talk, to watch, to learn from and to pay my respects and be thankful.
    In their absence, it is enough that I can sit near their works as I stitch, but I will continue to dream.

    1. My embroidery dream would be to make something for my daughter that shell love and appreciate when she’s older. And to instill in her the love of embroidery.

  5. Nice Giveaway!! My dream would be to go on a needlework vacation! I just want all the reinforcement I can get to keep me energized to finish all the projects at hand. Going away would also give relief from the cooking and cleaning whilst enjoying waited and loving my needlework time!
    Avis in VA

  6. Great question, Mary! Having one of every color of EVERY type of embroidery thread would be a wonderful thing. A yard of many different types of embroidery fabrics would be good, too! Along with a nice supply of hoops, needles, scissors……

  7. lovely giveaway mary . I learnt many new techniques from your site. All the thread are looking great , hope to win. thank you


  8. Oh, Mary what a wonderful give-a-way!! Thank you so much! I just love all the colors in that picture! Just about every thing you mentioned sounds like my embroidery dream, especially someone to cook and clean. I do wish I had more time to do needlework. Happy New Year, everyone!

  9. Oh my goodness, what a lovely giveaway. My embroidery daydream would be to have full lines of many different threads, but particularly Caron Wildflowers. But I’d also love to try the Coton a Broder because I think it would be wonderful in my crazy quilting.

  10. My embroidery daydream comes in the form of more stitching time. I spent a week in Montreat, NC, two summers ago and was able to sit in the backyard of the home we were staying in, in sight of a cool, mountain stream, and stitch to my heart’s content! I want another week like that!

  11. ahhhh! You’re really calling me!!!
    My embrodiery dream? To become at least half as good at it as my mom is :-))) But I should be praticing more… and what better than a brand new box of colours to play with????

  12. My embroidery dream is to have no UFOs. Twice in the last 5 years, I’ve made that my new year’s resolution. And like all good resolutions, I started off well, finishing one or two pieces. Then I hear about a good course that I “must” take, and there’s another UFO. I’m going to try again in 2013. Wish me luck.

  13. My embroidery would be to have more linen and a lot more time to embroidery. I love your work your a wonderful teacher! Thank you!

  14. I would love the opportunity to visit the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. I’m fascinated by medieval embroidery and their collection from all time periods is exquisite from what I’ve been told. Then I would love the time and inspiration to sit and recreate some of those items. I would be challenging myself to sharpen some of my skills as well as having a spiritual reconnection to the women of those times.

  15. I have an odd one – mine is to speak the languages here (Romanian and Russian) well enough to learn from the local ladies. They do some amazing stuff here, but it’s not in the capital, where most of the English speakers are. It’s out in the rural villages. It’s hard to connect with them because they’re insular, rural people. I’d love to be able to learn from them, though! So, I work on my Romanian and Russian daily and drive my teacher crazy with embroidery terms she doesn’t know and try to get better in order to make my daydream come true before we leave here in 2 1/2 years.

  16. Thank you once again, Mary, for your generosity. What a great give-away!!!
    I would love an endless supply of linen πŸ™‚ Also, it would be great to have time to do all the great projects I love. I get very enthusiastic about so many of your ideas and wonder how I could do them.
    You are such an inspiration!
    Oh, and the idea of stitching while someone else is doing the housework…. sounds too good to be true. Dream on…

  17. Hi Mary, I wanted all the things that you mentioned, but what I want the most of all in this world is to do a cetificate course at the Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court, London. It is my ultimate dream. Hope I can someday made this dream a reality.

  18. My embroidery daydream is to have and do everything you suggested from all colors in a thread line to an entire room for projects to a gathering of stitchers for special times. Well, at least it’s nice to dream

  19. A complete collection of Coton A Broder would be lovely. I’ve never won anything before. What a way to start a new year.

    Ideally would be to have someone else clean the house and cook our meals…then I could stitch and actually complete a project…maybe in one sitting.

    Of course, if I never got hungry, I could stitch and my waistline could be seen again.

    Dee in Havertown

  20. My embroidery dream is to take a three week “sabbatical” from my daily life, travel to a cabin in the mountains with an elaborate stitching project, and just stitch away with real focus…..

    1. Thank you for such a special treat! My dream would be to take an extended embroidery tour with plenty of stitch time. Ahhhhhhh

  21. My embroidery day dream is to have a room dedicated to embroidery with lots of light a view of the mountains here in Washington. An organized set up for all my threads with see through drawers so I can look at all the colors, several stands so I can switch between projects. A linen closet with all kinds of colors and sizes. A good comfortable chair. And uninterupted hours to just sit and stitch and create. With no meals to plan or a house to clean or a phone to answer.

  22. My daydream? To move beyond basic embroidery! I see what you accomplish here, and think that I could never do anything like that!

    Kelly in Canada

  23. I’m ready to give up being a beginner and start collecting a variety of thread to start a more challenging project. My dream is to have a workspace with everything labeled and easy to find. Also to get serious about my UFO’s. Happy Year Caroline W.

  24. My dream would be to start all over again and work with Conservators (is that the right word?) to repair historic needlework items. But my more realistic dream, is to have every color of cotton a broder at my fingertips for crazy quilt projects : )

    Thank you for this giveaway!

  25. My Embroidery Daydream
    I would love to have a room dedicated to my embroidery. There would have to be a large window so I can watch my garden to give my eyes a rest every once in a while.
    My mind would already have the knowledge of how stitches are to be made. For stitches I don’t know how to do a nice library of good reference books would be nice.
    I would like a cabinet with glass doors so I could see all the linens in the colours and sizes I love neatly waiting to be chosen next to work on.
    Labelled drawers with a large assortment of threads by manufacture.
    A large assortment of all the tools of the trade so I could just select them when I’m ready to work.
    A comfortable chair and bright lights with large magnifier for the small detailed work.
    Nice music.
    In my mind I’m already there.

    Eva McCormack

  26. Having a lots of instant noodles, and power embroider all day πŸ™‚ Well, being one of the first will not give very lucky, I think πŸ™
    But one can always dream πŸ™‚

  27. Goodmorning Mary! And a belated happy holidays! My embroidery dream is two part, I wish to join the EGA in my home state of Utah. I often go to their site and have even ordered the needle book that you had reviewed at one time. It is quite expensive but I would like this to be a 2013 goal. My other half of my embroidery dream is to visit the Royal School of Needlework. I love the history of our craft and want to visit where the masters have worked. I have shared my love of hand embroidery with others and some have made the comment, why spend the time on hand embroidery when a machine can do the same thing? I have to admit I was offended, but I told him there is nothing to replace hand work. There really isn’t. Hope you have a great week! Melissa Bird from Utah

  28. I’d love to have a complete collection of my favorite colors. Thank you for the generous giveaway. Happy Holidays!
    Joan from Ontario

  29. My dream would be to have the time and to be able to teach myself all of the stitches that are included in your video tutorials. Thank you for all of your clear, concise videos. They make learning the stitches easy.

  30. my dream would be to have time to go through all of the stitching tutorials. i have so much to learn and very little spare time!

    vicki in moses lake

  31. My embroidery daydream would be to have an organization system for all of my supplies! I would love to be able to begin a new project without a lengthy search for a certain thread or color! There does not seem to be a system that works for the many different kinds of thread, so my dream would be to have a way to organize all of them neatly.

  32. Dear Mary, If only I could have had some more hours in the day to spend on my embroidery and then not to worry whether I have the right colour thread, that would be the ultimate bliss! πŸ™‚ Thanks for all your beautiful news letters this passed year and now with Stitching Fingers on you plate too, my wish for you for 2013 is too have enough hours as well xxxx
    Elza Bester Cape Town.

  33. My embroidery dream is to own a floor stand that will enable me to sit comfortably in my recliner, hold my frame and magnifying light at the right height and angle and my pattern too. I’ve seen a few of these stands and it would solve so many of my physical challenges, so maybe one day. In the meantime, I’d LOVE a set of this wonderful thread.

  34. I would love to take embroidery classes from all the experts — starting with you! I love handwork of all kinds, and would love to have the entire color collection. Thank you for the opportunity.

  35. My daydream would be to have the supplies, and the time to do “Home Sweet Home” by Carolyn Pearce. Since you reviewed her book, I have yearned to do this project. The threads are nearly impossible to get here in the US, but it would be fun to do it with those that I already own.
    Thanks for the daily newsletter, and for keeping me inspired.

  36. I would love to win this collection of coton a broder threads. My dream would be to have access to these beautiful threads and some of the beautiful silk threads and the wonderful linens you use all the time. When you get to your 70’s the extra funds are just not there to sample the fine linens and threads you use. But I can still dream.

    Thank you so much for all the beautiful eye candy we see daily. I love all your tips and techniques.

  37. Oh, Mary, you are the kindest person in the world – such amazing giveaways! A whole line of threads, I can hardly imagine.

    Your question of an embroidery dream is a tough one for me. I am very lucky that I have a dedicated space for my needlework, bobbin lace, and assorted other passions. This past summer, I went on a dream of a lifetime trip with a group focused on embroidery and lace. There are always retreats, trips, tours, that I imagine going on, but know that it would be a few years before I would allow myself a big indulgence such as that.

    I guess, then, my biggest dream would simply be more time devoted to my stitching and, then, truly, more people in my life, face-to-face life, that is, that truly appreciate and understand my passions.

    Thank you for the moments spent in contemplation just now! Happy holidays!

    arlene in NJ

  38. I love to do needle work, but as I get older i”m having a harder time seeing my work. I would like to get myself one of those lights on a stand to help me see my work without the strain on my eyes.

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  39. Dear Mary,

    What is for me “the” embroidery daydream ? a needlework tour where I would meet a lot of people having the same interest as me (to share ideas, experience, material, …), have the opportunity to learn new techniques by attending specific courses I would be allowed to choose (the day would have to be very long…)and have a chance to buy all the material I don’t have and ABSOLUTELY need (it is a dream …).
    Threads are for me a kind of “drug” : how more I have, how more I would like to have and since I like to be creative, having a lot of threads makes almost everything possible. BUT, my collection is not complete (yet…)and I miss a lot the coton Γ  broder 25 which is not to find anymore/yet in Belgium. Receiving the whole range means that I don’t have to make choices (not always the one you expect as colours are not the same as real) as when buying via internet.

    Last but not least : I already have the cupboard to put the collection in (offered by my husband but … empty)!

    Anyway, thank you for everything you are doing Mary and good luck to all the participants.

    Cathy of Belgium

  40. My embroidery dream would be to have a room with plenty of storage space in which to keep my stash and tools, and the time to use it frequently.

  41. Fabulous giveaway. I’ve been slowly getting into more traditional embroidery having been an obsessive crazy quilter for about 5 years which I also teach. Someone introduced me to your how-to-videos and now the combination is making my work so much better. You asked for a goal. My goal is to personally (as in person) learn from as many of you “experts” out there as I can and my list is growing. One day I hope to have the opportunity to add you and if I had your favorite thread to work with I’d be in heaven.

  42. My ultimate embroidery daydream is to have my workspace organized so I can find anything I want and it never gets messy. It’s a tall order, but I’m trying. Now if only I could carve out large chunks of time to sew to my heart’s content I would really be in an embroiderer’s fantasy πŸ™‚

  43. Oh my, when I read about this giveaway, I just stopped breathing!!! lol (not for long). I absolutely adore coton a broder for stitching and I have a nice supply of white. But to own every single cover – well, now my knees are weak! lol

    Ok, to answer your question, my Embroidery Daydream is to have a fantastic collection of threads, all neatly organized by brand and color. And I’m talking about manufactured threads, such as these, to hand-dyed threads and gold threads, all just waiting for me to pick them for my project on any given day!!!! And to also own every single issue of Inspirations ever printed πŸ™‚ Well, you said it was a daydream!!! πŸ˜€

    What an awesome giveaway!!!!

    Karen Gass

  44. My wish list can’t be narrowed down to just one thing. I would love to go to classes to learn the stitches I can’t seem to grasp from books and meet other stitchers. And time. I would love to add 2 hours to the day just so I can stitch in peace. My two toddlers seem to eat the entire day and with Daddy in Afghanistan for another 9 months, I steal precious minutes when I can. I didn’t find time, classes or people under my tree yesterday so my wish list will have to keep to another year. Stephanie at Ft. Bragg

  45. My all time dream would be to have enough time room and all the colours of the rainbow in my embroidery thread stash to put with all the linen that would magically appear do that I could have it all at my finger tips to do any project my little heart desired

  46. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity! My embroidery daydream is to have lots of uninterrupted time at home during good daylight hours to relax and work on embroidery and other fiber arts projects.

  47. Seasons greetings Mary! I hope you had a lovely Christmas. My embroidery dream is to design my own piece AND finish it! I would like to design a useful and utilitarian piece, something along the lines of your tablerunner… A project that can be used, not framed.
    Thanks for your daily postings, a great way to start me day everyday!

  48. My fantasy would be to have a lovely workroom filled with an embroidery stand! So far, I haven’t made the plunge so only use hand-held hoops. I daydream after some more complicated projects but without a large stand to keep everything tight and clean … sigh.

  49. What’s your Embroidery Daydream?

    My dream is to have a cool, but light filled studio. In this space my books and stash would be unbelievably well organised, my chair would be comfortable allowing me to stitch all day. My desk would be well lit, allowing a wonderful space to get the designs in my head out, and charted/drawn up and share them with others.

    Of course, i would be “independently wealthy” and have no need to go to work to keep the wolf from the door, and the icing on my day dream would be a special person to shop, cook, clean, wash and attend errands for me!!!!!

    I can but wish…….

  50. Oh how I would love a complete set of the embroidery thread. All those beautiful colors would be like a box of eye candy to me.

    My daydream is to visit a museum of embroidery. Everything would have some type of embroidery on it. I would love to spend the time viewing all the lovely handiwork of the past as well as the present day.

  51. My favorite embroidery dream is to have time and energy to finish all they UFOs I have hanging around.

  52. I have been wanting to make an embroidery book. Not a hard-bound book but a book with samples, full embroidery projects, cross-stitch, etc… I have been practicing with stitches, designs and different ideas to go in so as soon as i feel I am good enough with the needle I will start. Sounds like a 2013 project.

  53. I have learned so much from you. I save the articles and refer to them often. Thank you for all the work you put into the lessons.

    I love threads of all kinds, especially ones with personality! Collections are my favorite.

  54. I teach children from ages 5 to 11. How to Embroider. I can always use more thread. What wonderful colors. Wish you and your family a Happy and Healthy New Year.

  55. My embroidery dream is to continue with living my “gift of time” to its fullest. I’ve recently retired and spend all day, every day creating. I’ve never been happier. I absolutely love your daily posts. They are full of inspiration and help with learning all the neat and wide range of stitches that are out there. Thank you!

  56. My embroidery daydream:
    I am swimming in a large pool, but every stroke feels different. Sometimes my fingers encounter soft and silky; sometimes scratchy, but my eyes, behind the goggles, see layers of colours- brights, soft, pale,sparkling and greyed colours floating around me as I swim. With each stroke or kick, those layers of colours swirl and dance within the pool. There is no water in the pool. There are only mountains of threads, and I dive into the layers……….
    okay, really, my embroidery daydream would be to have all the supplies I desire to stitch!
    This is a fantastic giveaway, Mary! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win.

  57. Hello-

    My dream would be to have a cabin in the mountains. In that cabin, I would love to have a comfy chair in front of a roaring fireplace. This would be my stitching haven. I would also include all kinds of threads..DMC cotton, metallic threads, etc. and endless projects to work on! And I would also have an endless supply of John James Needles!

    Jan B. in Florida

  58. Wow, embroidery cotton is part of my embroidery dream. The rest is to have my own little work room and not have to work so I could actually use up all the material I collect! πŸ™‚


    Rachel Lawrence

  59. My embroidery dream would be to have my own home, with a cozy window-seat where I could sit and embroider while the sun warmed me. Thanks for the chance and hope everyone’s dreams come true!

  60. My dream would be to have the eyes I had when I was in my twenties. But, alas, that being impossible, I’d like to have about 800 square feet of studio to have the room for a comfy chair, a good light and a dedicated place for needlework.

    Thanks for the chance to win this assortment. I’d love to own a complete set for needlework on embroideries and quilts.

    Happy New Year!
    Donna @ Brynwood Needleworks

  61. I would love to win the set of colours as my dream would be to complete a crazy quilt using every one of those colours.

  62. My dream is to do all the seam work on a silk crazy quilt that I am perpetually about to start. Happy New Year and thanks for all you share with us!

  63. What a marvelous give-away! My embroidery dream is to sit in front of the fire with my five year old grandaughter in Italy, working on our embroidery. She has just learned how to do it “all by herself”. It would be fun to send her some threads…….

  64. Awesome giveaway! My embroidery daydream–more floss, more linen and lots more time to embroider!

  65. What a lovely thing to ponder…my embroidery daydream. Unfortunately the answer comes to mind immediately; I’d like to be able to “see” the design that I am working on. To be able to visualize the lines, the colors, the stitches on paper or in my mind rather than having to stitch, ribbit,stitch,ribbit, and stitch it again. And still not have the result close to my orignal concept.

    All those lovely colors would probably not help me achieve my daydream – but the chase would be so much so much more fun!

    Keep inspiring us, Mary!

  66. A very very useful website, i enjoy doing embroidery with my free time. I wish I have someone to do household work and cook, so that I could dedicate more time to do embroidery.

  67. Thank you very much for the giveaway!

    I have so many embroidery daydreams, it’s hard to pick just one. But I guess my number one dream would be to someday be talented enough to create an heirloom item worthy of that status.

  68. My embroidery dream is to make wonderful crazy quilts covered in embroidery based on vintage package designs, many of which feature elegantly sylted lettering. Of course, I would have every color of coton a broder with which to stitch the quilts! Thanks for offering this very generous give-away.

  69. I dream of having enough time to embroidery with all the colors that are available.


  70. My embroidery dream is to have something I embroidered in each room of my home. Every room in my home has a theme. My livingroom is “Eagles and Americana”, my diningroom is “Cats & Quilts” etc. and so far, of the eight rooms in my home, only three are displaying some of my creations! Thank you for the opportunity to win this collection of thread.

  71. my dream is to make me capable of deciding the best suitable stitch and the color combination at the sight of a pattern….

  72. I remember visiting Morocco years ago, and a merchant there had a store with nothing but silk spools, they lined the walls on all four sides. It was heaven. I can still remember it so vividly.

  73. My favorite embroidery dream is to have the bedroom designated as my stitching room organized in a way that I could walk in and pull everything in a few moments needed for a project instead of having to look here and there until all pieces are pulled together.

    Thanks for offering this great opportunity!

  74. What’s your Embroidery Daydream? (Is it to have a dedicated workspace? Yes, dedicated workspace / room. at moment most of stuff is in spare bedroom with sparebed that the grand children and daughter uses when they here and computer too. so there is not a lot of space and grandkids sometimes check out things. so i try to keep sharp things safe.

    Joanie Mendenhall in W. Tn

  75. My embroidery daydream is to have wall-to-wall shelving with nothing but thread. I could look at the colors for hours.

  76. Another great giveaway! Thank you Mary. It’s been a memorable year with all sorts of needlework tidbits covering lots of topics. My Embroidery Daydream is to be a spark & make a difference. Needlework was not part of my childhood or young(er) adult years. When I attended a class in 2000 at JoAnn ETC (believe it !!!), a door opened. A fellow student introduced me to EGA & it was off to the races. I’ve been taking classes, trying techniques, collecting threads & making new friends ever since. I will never be an expert in any needlework category but I can share my resources & enthusiasm! So many stitchers have helped & encouraged me along the way. It’s my turn to do the same.

  77. My embroidery dream is to travel to London and take several classes at the Royal School of Needlework–then travel through Britain and Europe exploring all forms of needlework.
    Thanks for the chance to win these gorgeous threads.

  78. My dream is time followed by a dedicated workspace. I have very little down time for embroidery — about 1 hour a week. That’s isn’t enough to make much progress on a single project much less the many, many projects I have going or would like to do.

  79. My daydream is a behind-the-scenes private tour of the embroidery collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, and other museums with specialized historical embroidery collections. Imagine seeing those pieces in person and up close! Meanwhile I travel the world and through history via books. Mary has pointed me to many wonderful resources (Thanks, Mary!) I love participating in a creative activity shared by so many people through the ages. The things that can be done with a needle and thread are astonishing.

  80. Mary, I have a regular job which will be ending soon. I have never used coton a broder but have wanted to give it a try. DMC has always been my favorite as I have gotten back into this particular craft, I think only because it was my mother’s choice.

    My dream? Ohhh! My dream would be to have my own little shop where I could be surrounded by shelves of pretty thread, serve coffee/tea, doughnuts and cookies, with a bit of cheese and crackers thrown in. I could sit around and embroider every day and have classes officiated by the more experienced embroiderers in my vicinity and teach others how to do this work, as well as learn new things each day. I’d also like to have a little road show where I could take the craft into some of the rehab facilities and nursing homes in the area for those who still had good eyesight and use of their fingers could pass the time with small projects.

    Of course, I would have someone come in and clean my house once a week and allow me all the time I needed to just weave the hours of my life away one small stitch at a time.

    I would love to win this gift…a rainbow of colorful thread! What could be more fun?

  81. I have a dream of peace and quite, endless hours of creativity and a professional artist like….oh…I don’t know….. perhaps Mary Corbet?…at my side helping me perfect my technique. A girl can dream….

  82. Thank you for having this wonderful giveaway, Mary! My dream would be to go to a magical embroidery thread shop that has every brand and every color of thread in the world in stock! And of course, an unlimited amount of cash in my purse for shopping! And if this shop had an array of embroidery patterns-especially vintage landscape patterns-I would be in heaven!

  83. I would love to have a large stitching room with lots of organized storage to keep all my supplies. I love to stitch (it’s my passion) and would love to have this lovely thread to try white work in something other than white!!!

  84. Thank you for a generous giveaway!
    Mine would be to attend aworkshop that teaches embroidery. I am a self taught embroidered person.

  85. My daydream is to have a dedicated workspace AND to have more time to realise all the ideas in my head. Maybe some time…

  86. I’m speechless, it’s a wonderful giveaway.
    I wish I could stich fast like a superhero to finish all my dream projects in no time.
    Actually I enjoy the process of making something but I’m impatient sometimes πŸ™‚

  87. Hello Mary
    and first of all, Happy Christmas holidays to you! Thanks for all the invaluable advice, the beautiful photographs and the nice give-aways you have bestowed on us over the year – although I didn’t get lucky until now. So maybe this is the time; wouldn’t that be great, as this give-away is a real treat! As for my Embroidery Daydream, I guess it would be all of the things you mentioned. But mostly I would like to have the occasion to embroider with silk thread, something I haven’t done until now, as it is anything but easy to come by the thread! The only way is ordering it on the internet, but I always like to see and feel a new thread before I buy it, so I did’t get round to tackling this ambition of mine (yet). Thanks again

  88. I would love to have a sewing room that doesn’t double as a guest room and overflow closet and storage area. How lovely it would be to have shelves for all my supplies (not boxes under the bed) and room for a comfy chair. I would love to have my own computer there, if for no other reason than I could listen to Pandora music while I stitch. The only problem would be I might never want to come out, and after a while DH might notice that and miss me.

  89. I would love to have a workspace where I can organize all my embroidery supplies and not have to hide them from my toddlers.
    Great giveaway!

  90. I love threads, I am a junky when it comes to thread. My daydream it looking at these threads and deciding about different projects that I can make. The second thing that comes into play is, what can I embroidery that has elements in it that I have never tried before? The next thing is to purchase cabinets that work well for storing my threads. I can’t use them all at once so I want them to have a nice home until it is their turn to become something beautiful.

  91. I’ve never tried Coton a Broder – my local shop doesn’t carry it. I’ve been watching your Hungarian Red Work, and like the areas where you are using it.

  92. What an awesome opportunity, thank you and Hedgehog Handiworks.com. my deam would be to have a maid that would do all the things that interrupt my stitching, LOL. You did ask what my stitching dreams were. I have a very large stash, but winning coton a broder would be delightful. I’ve never stitched with it but looking forward this year to trying some cutwork. Would love to win.

  93. My dream is to have the time to stitch all the things I want to do… I think I need more that a life to stitch them all!
    Thank you for the giveaway! Happy new year!
    Paoletta from Madrid

  94. Hi Mary,
    My stitching dream would be to have a “Framing Fairy” who would automatically take every finished piece of my needlework, block & stretch it, mount it, mat and frame it (after consulting with me) and pay for it!
    Thanks for this lovely give away. I don’t think I have ever even seen cotton a broder!

  95. My daydream will come true soon. We are relocating tomorrow and at the new house I will have a room all for me and my stitchy things. I’ll be able to sort out my stash, organize my fibers & fabrics. I’ll be able to spread out, leave things lay around if I don’t want to clean up after myself.
    Thank for offering this amazing give-away!
    Have a wonderful 2013 and I’m looking forward to many more of your great blog entries!

  96. My dream would be to have the time to create, work on and finish projects. Many projects. To embellish blouses; to learn new stitches. To be rich in embroidery!

  97. My embroidery daydreaqm involves a beautiful roomy studio. It would have large windows to allow the natural light in and have small stain glass lights hanging in each window for light in the evening. There would be lots of storage space where fabrics and threads would be organized according to type and maker. There would be a space near the windows with a comfy chair, a radio and a TV for times when I would like to stitch. Nearby would be a small kitchenette. A coffee maker, microwave would be there. The counter and sink would be set up made of materials for dying and making silk paper. You would of course need a space to allow drying of materials. Another space would be for the sewing machine and iron with ironing board. This would allow them to be out and ready at any time the inspiration and creativity hits. A computer and printer would also have a spot so designs could be recorded and saved.

  98. My dream would be enough time to stitch all my stash. I’m quite sure I have gonebeyond what I can complete and I have no younger family interested in learning to do anybsort of needlework when Im too old to see to finish it all

  99. My Embroidery Daydream…is actually coming together! It is my own Hobby Room with everything I need, want, and desire within one room. My husband has closed in our two and a half garage and is making it into my Hobby Room. Within these walls will be my cutting table, sewing maching, all the lighting I will need, a sitting area, a large enough work table to hold my 3 other stitching friends for our get togethers, embroidery frames, storage cabinets for all of my goodies… My life long dream! He is even having cable/internet run to the area so that when we have our needlework get togethers we can watch our instructional DVDs or our “girly” movies!

    If I was so lucky to win this complete collection of threads, they would have their own drawer in one of my new cabinets that is on order.

    Thank you so much for offering these – the range of colors is beautiful!


  100. I love to spend time stitching. My dream would be to attend ‘Christmas in Williamsburg’. That time of year is so magical and to spend it taking stitching classes would be fantastic.
    My other less affordable desire would be to attend one of the Royal Needlework courses in England. To be able to learn from the best and be able to have the time and funding would truly be a dream come true.


  101. My dream is to create a fully embroidered vestment set for our priests and deacon. It would include a chasuble, stole, dalmatic stole, chalice veil, burse, and tabernacle veil. There would be embroidery on each piece. I have the idea in my head, but I would need a fulltime housekeeper and cook in order to finish it all.

  102. Oh my goodness this is exciting. Thank you so much for the chance to have those gorgeous threads!! My stitching dream is to not work or do any housework or cooking (unless I want to) and have the luxury to stitch stitch stitch all day, every day. Wouldn’t that be wonderful!,

  103. Good morning! I am so enjoying your emails and look forward to them every morning.My embroidery dream is so calm my “inner self” enough to move my embroidery life from fantasy and pattern buying to reality. To let myself relax and begin the “process” and not let anyone or anything interrupt this time. One of my goals for this next year is to carve out a time space even if it is 5am for my handwork life making it a priority rather than “if I have time today”…Thanks again for your motivational emails, they’ve been a great source of joy and inspiration to me! Donna

  104. Hi Mary,
    First I must say that I LOVE embroidery thread too. In fact ever since I can remember going into the 5 and dime and seeing the Coats and Clark display and that was at least 60 years ago. You ask what dream we have for ourselves and our needlework aspirations? Well the one thing more than anything that I have dreamed the most about is taking a Needlework tour of famous houses (and castles) in the UK plus a lesson at the Royal School of Needlework. I would die a happy woman if I ever accomplish this. As ever thank you so much for being the inspiration you are to all of us needlewomen.

  105. What an amazing giveaway! I always love seeing your posts about coton a broder, but have never encountered it in real life.

    My embroidering daydream would be to have more space for supplies. And then more supplies tyo full up the space. πŸ™‚

  106. The answer is yes to all questions (#2 What’s your Embroidery Day-Dream). Yes I want it all!!!!! But realistically must be satisfied with what is. LOVE THREADS. Just sent off for Floche threads, which I first heard of on your site. It thrills me to use different threads to produce different looks to a piece. This is a great opportunity to again use something I’ve not used before.

    Cincinnati Carol

  107. My stitching daydream is to have an hour each day dedicated just to needlework. Ah, that would be Heaven! But with my heavy work schedule and other obligations, I’m lucky if I squeeze in an hour a week! But a girl can dream, right? Thanks for this opportunity, Mary, and Happy New Year!

  108. Oh my goodness, to imagine a full day of being able to do nothing but needlework. Someone to take care of those mundane things like cleaning, cooking, caring for the kids and husband. Being able to turn on some music and simply stitch. Having someone bring me tasty bits of food and delicious drink throughout the day. But why imagine this for only a day? Sign me up for a week or more. I can imagine using those beautiful threads in so many projects as I pull out my needle to begin. Ahhhhh life would be so good.

  109. Mary, I can almost feel my fingers running through those, yes, delectable colors. I have a number of sizes of coton a broder, all white, not one pretty color in them. I love working with it. I use it for my cutwork. I have monogramed some white on white handkerchiefs with it also. It is a dream to work with. I would love to add color to things. I have two dreams. The first is to have enough space to store all of my embroidery items. What this mostly consists of is patterns, transfers and books, so many books. You have to realize I’ve been collecting them for over 45 years. I have a number of them. i don’t have a lot of threads besides DMC floss but I have some and I would like to have it organized logically. My second wish would be a stitching friend near-by. It’s all well and good to have everyone here to hit ideas off each other, but I want someone I can sit with on an afternoon and talk to while we stitch. Maybe even doing one of your projects at the same time along with you. Someone I could say cretan stitch to and they would know what I meant. Thank you for the chance at the coton a broder at least.

  110. My embroidery daydream is to be able to embroider every type if stitch. With all the books and Internet that shouldn’t be a problem and I’m trying. These threads are lovely. I also enjoy your emails and save them in a folder for future references. Thank you.

  111. Hi Mary,
    Merry Christmas and a Blessed, stichy New Year.
    My dream is pretty much just simply to have ample time to stitch. Guilt free time to stich, experiment, stitch, create, stitch, reorganize my stash, and stitch. Why else would the good Lord have given me this talent if he
    didn’t want me to use it!!!! (that’s my argument anyway)
    Have a nice day, thanks for the give-away.

  112. What a wonderful giveaway!!! I would so love to win.
    My daydream is to attend embroidery seminars where I can learn new stitches. Although I have been embroidering for years there are new stitches out there that I am not familiar with.
    Have a Blessed Day,
    Crafy Diane

  113. Thanks to you and Joady for a fabulous giveaway!

    I think my embroidery dream would be the ability to only purchase the things I know I’m going to stitch in this lifetime. I’ve spent (wasted) a lot of money buying patterns/kits for pieces I’m sure I will never stitch, but something about them says “buy me now.” If I could be more discriminatory about what do buy, I would be able to purchase better materials and really savor the stitching experience.

    I love stitching with the coton a broder. I have several small cutwork pieces that they would be lovely for.

    Carol S.

  114. Mary,
    My embroidery dream would be an all expense paid trip to take some classes at the Royal School of Needlework. Next to that my dream would be to get a good lamp to work my needlework by when I loose the sun light in my living room.

  115. Dear Mary –
    This is an irresistible giveaway, and in fact, one of my embroidery dreams! A complete collection of floche a broder – Mamma mia! (and I’m not or Italian origin). I would display it on a wall on a collection of pegs – in my embroidery dream, you understand. Then, I would embroider perfectly-executed monograms for all of my family members on a variety of materials – fine cotton and linen, and even organza!

    My more prosaic, and achievable dream, would be to enroll at a crewel embroidery course given at the Royal School of Needlework that would allow me to improve my technique.

    -Sharon in France

  116. My embroidery daydream is to have a stitching area, with a big overstuffed chair, a window with view of my small garden, and a box full of beautiful floss/thread to work with. thank you so much for such a wonderful give-away.
    Donna, the Pommie Mommy

  117. I love to embroider on wool, so I use a lot of cotton,silk,or wool thread in lots of colors. It would be a dream come true to win an entire color assortment. Unless,of course, I got so carried away choosing colors that I got a brain freeze. None of us have that dilemma, right? And my second stitching dream that hasn’t come true yet is to visit an embroidery museum. For days and days….ah yes.

  118. My embrodiery daydream is just to have time to create beautiful projects like all the fun free hand “stitch Fun” you show us!

  119. My dream is to have the time and resources to research, learn and hopefully become competent in various techniques of needlework in the world and then find a way to share this knowledge…

  120. My embroidery day dream is to attend a class with Alison Cole. Her goldwork and stumpwork is truly amazing and I would love to be able to benefit from her expertise. I’m wondering how I can visit my brother in Australia and go to a class of hers at the same time – the logistics are surprisingly difficult. Well, may’be one day.

  121. My embroiderers dream would be to have a vast selection of colors to embroider with so that I would be left with no obstacles to what my imagination can conjure up in my needle art pieces. The majority of my needle work is given away to raise funds for charitable causes and missionary work. I am a member of LWML (Lutheran Womens Missionary League) and I am constantly getting involved in fund raising efforts for various children here and abroad. I am retired and live on a small pension so I can’t afford to buy a lot of supplies and many kind people have given sewing supplies to me to help in my efforts.

    Sewing has a kind of therapy for me since I was the victim of a vicious knife assault 6 years ago. My hands were severely cut up during the attack because they were the only “weapons” I had to offend off the knife. As a consequence I spent one year in physical therapy to regain the use of my hands. In the beginning I didn’t think I would ever be able to sew or knit again and gave away a lot of my sewing supplies. But with the help of a dedicated hand therapist I am once again creating my work with a sewing machine and then adorning each piece with hand sewn designs.

    Rose of Sharon
    Southern Oregon

  122. Mary, my embroidery daydream would be to attend a stitching retreat, with an excellent instructor, to stitch for several days uninterrupted! Thanks for this fabulous giveaway opportunity!!

  123. My needlework daydream is a vacation/retreat. I have wanted to go to the Christmas in Williamsburg since they started. Between money (lack of) and life I have been unable to. Now that I am older, I can actually see that it might be possible. I have just recently taken classes from Eileen Bennett and she was wonderful. I love all the teachers and their projects and would love to see the city in general. I am still hopeful one day I will get there.

  124. I would like to visit the Victoria and Albert Museum in London for inspiration, knowledge, and fun. This museum has historical collections of English embroideries, tapesteries, and fashion.

  125. I just want it all. Thread, time, linens, toys, tools, patterns, workspace, housekeeper, audio books,and a couple of young ones who want to learn “how to”. And a magic bag to put stitched projects into and after a few hours, pull them out framed/finished as I desire. All for free of course! We are talking dreams here!!!

  126. Hi Mary

    My embroidery dream would be to have all the colours of coton a broder. I did not realize it came in other colours. I have been using the white exclusively in my classes with Karen Ruane and her wonderful whitework. I am hooked on it and if I do not win I must start ordering some colours.



  127. My needlework dream is really very simple–I’d love to have a needlework shop just around the corner from me that carries every design, thread, fabric and tool that I would ever need to continue my favorite hobby!

  128. My embroidery daydream is to have time to stitch all the projects on my wish list and to be able to take classes for specialty techniques. I have a small dedicated space now and a growing stash of materials to start on. By summer I hope to have that precious stitching time everyday. Until then it’s snatched moments and daydreams.

  129. My Embroidery Daydream is to have a dedicated time (Perhaps 3 times a week) to stitch and design. Though I am retired I seem to fill my days with many varied things that I also like to do. Perhaps a bit more organization of my time would be the key here.

  130. I love colors, I dream of colors. My dream for embroidery would be to have the perfect chair (comfy and soft) next to window which is always full of sunlight. The arm of the chair would be covered with the many colors of thread needed for my current project. A fire in the fire place and one of my dogs snuggled up next to me. Music would be playing softly in the background and I would have time to stitch, or design projects for hours and hours. Carolyn D.

  131. My daydream is to have an uninterupted space of time (without phone calls, texts, or regular household duties) for at LEAST two whole days! (Any more and I would feel guilty of abandoning my family). But I sure would relish those two days.

  132. What a lovely give-away Mary! I have never used coton a broder threads, but there are many you use and talk about that I have never used. Apparently my experience and exposure has been some what limited. I have learned so much from you!
    My embroidery dream would be to have at least an hour a day to devote learning a new stitch or technique, so that I can move beyond the basics of embroidery. My Mom and Grandmother got me started with embroidery. I would love to pass my passion on to my granddaughter as well.Of course having an array of new threads would be delightful!
    Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

  133. This may be your best give-a-way ever. My daydream is about time. I have a project planned that will last all of 2013. And my daydream involves being so organized and so disciplined that this time next year I am entering my finished project (an embroidered book) into competition. Best daydream ever.

    Anyway. Happy New Year good switchers!

  134. my daydream is having beautiful materials on hand for whatever project I want to do and the luxury of time to sit down and stitch.

  135. I do a LOT of embroidery right now, putting my other craft interests on hold while I finish a quilt adorned with 14 embroidered angels, 2 embroidered bouquets & several cherubs. My stitches aren’t as varied as yours, but it looks good when done.

    My embroidery dream is to be able to do a tapestry wall hanging – to have the supplies, time, and transfers to do it well enough to pass on to my grandchildren.

    Here’s hoping!!!

  136. Great giveaway! My embroidery dream is to travel for some good classes, either to RSN or down to the next BATB in Adelaide. Book-learning is great, but I know from taking a few quilting classes that being self-taught left gaps. I’m sure there are also gaps in my embroidery knowledge, but of course, I have no idea what they may be! I do know, though, that my life would probably be easier if they were filled. πŸ™‚

  137. Mary,
    This is an unbelievable give away! Guess I’ll have to start doing some monogramming like the JOY you just did for us. I think my dream is to have the right linen to work on when I want to work so I wouldn’t always have to go out to buy it which somehow takes the fun out of doing a new project. And, to be able to attend classes far away like Australia and England.
    Sheila from CA

  138. What a lovely give away. I love threads also I have never seen cotton a broder but it sounds like a thread that woould be lovely in my collection of silk and other cotton threads. My dream is to go to a retreat for needleworkers.And to be able to just stitch and have great conversation and learn more about Embroidery.
    Grat give away Mary. Good luck everyone. This sounds like a wonderful treat.

  139. My stitching fantasy is to own a needlework shop so that I could sit and stitch all day every day among the beautiful fibers and fabrics, sharing in the love of needlework with all who entered my shop

  140. Oh MY what a great give a way. I would love to travel around to different countries and admire others work, but I will be content to
    admire online. I have a friend that teaches also, so we have decided to plan a vacation and she will teach me Stump work. Can’t wait.
    Happy New Year Mary.
    Pam in Alabama

  141. Hello Mary,
    Now this is a lovely post where we can register for the give-away. I would very much like to take part in it.
    My dreams are really about threads – though I find them sometimes on garage sales in France – but the colours, oh,oh. And of course, workshops …it is the most wonderful occasion to meet like-minded women and learn new things.


  142. Oh, Merry Mary =)
    I read quite a lot about this thread… when I need a ‘review’ I search your site and read the feedback… πŸ™‚
    It’s a nice opportunity for me to finally try coton a broder! Except… I could never dream of having so many skeins! It is such indulgence! (a few basic colours would be nice, or just white, which I’ve wanted to buy for some time now, but…)
    To think that there can be 182 winners instead of 1! (Although I realize that mailing expenses will be tough on your wallet!) Oh I don’t know…

    Not to think too long about my embroidery dream… and not to be pretentious or mercenary or otherwise…
    I’ll suggest something completely impossible! =)
    I want… at least 30 hrs in a day!
    Linen, threads… that’s all nonsense. What we all really need is more time!!

    Thank you Mary, happy holidays πŸ™‚

  143. Dream after dream here I think, oh, yes, I would love that. I was especially touched by the gal who wished to sit with her grandmother and ancestors who had embroidered before her. That brought on thoughts of my mom who has alzheimers and is no longer “my mom” and I miss her. Thinking of her brought about my dream. She used to say “There needs to be 3 of you to do everything you want to do”. So I wish there were 3 of me, one to clean and cook, one to do my arty things like the embroidery (oh, I DO have such big dreams/ideas for that), and one to travel and go to embroidery, sewing, and art seminars and visit the Victoria and Albert museum and go and learn and get the certificate from Royal School of Needlework. Aren’t I clever – I managed to slip 3 dreams in! Hahaha!

  144. Hi, Mary. I would love to take a trip to England that would include classes at the Royal School of Needlework, plus visits to the V & A, and other museums that would have collections of textiles and clothing. I would also like to spend time out in the small towns exploring and hiking. It would truly be a dream come true to have this opportunity. Thanks for this giveaway. Sandi in Oregon, where it continues to rain.

  145. Well, this would certainly help fulfill one of my daydreams – one of every color!!! I would love to just have more TIME to devote to my stitching so I could get better!

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  146. I souls love to haves needlework vacation at home. Just 1p30 minutes or an hour so I can ditch a little each day. Maybe I can work in the new year to make that happen

    -Andi Scott inTX

  147. My dream of embroidering includes sitting in a comfortable chair with ALL of the accessories needed or not needed, with no demands on my time, and with plenty of supplies, needles, linens, thread—the whole mile. And, of course, be able to do perfect stitching to look just like Mary Corbet or Trish Burr. That’s my dream.

  148. My dream would be to have a collection of threads, needles, fibers, wool, and books so that when the spirit moves me or when I see something I have to try, I can simply go to my stash and begin. I have just a wee bit as I am mew to this craft and want to do it all!

    Lovely giveaway. Thanks and Happy New Year. Loveyour site and learning tools.

  149. My dream is being realized. I have been inviting lonely and depressed ladies to join a stitching group.They don’t realize they need stitching and friends. Several have come to me privately and said, you know you came at this the right time. we have a closeknit, I should say stitched group. We meet twice a month. And with e-mails and coffee dates in between. they are realizing a new found happiness, which makes my day. Sherry in onalaska

  150. My needlework daydream………unlimited threads, fabrics, and ribbons for my crazy quilt! I would love that!

  151. OOOOHHH!!!!! So excited about this giveaway!!!! My ideal stitchy fantasy is stitching the day away uninterupted by silly things like hunger, thirst, and other “distractions”. Thank you, Mary, and thank you, Joady, for this fantastic prize!

  152. My embroidery dream is to create a panel (possibly a triptych) showing a camel caravan moving across the Silk Road from China to Turkey. The figures and landscape elements will increase in size as the caravan approaches Turkey, with the final scene showing an encampment with goods being exchanged. I plan to encorporate a variety of stitching and media to portray my vision. VirginiaJ

  153. Hi Mary, I would most love to have more time to devote to stitching and it would be even more wonderful if the house were cleaned and a meal prepared while I am stitching! Would love to win the threads and add to my collection. Thanks, Jeanette

  154. Ooh, Christmas giveaway! Happy Holidays β™₯β™₯ I haven’t been following your blog for very long, but I check it almost everyday to perfect my stitches πŸ™‚

    My embroidery daydream is pretty small! I only got back into embroidery (for the first time in years) this month, and I’ve been throwing myself into it headfirst πŸ˜€ I have a pretty good space to work, but what I really need is a super way to organize all of my stuff. My threads are one place, fabrics somewhere else, tools are in their own bag…whenever I move spots in the house, I feel like I’m always missing a few things. The worst!

    Oh, and my name is Gwen (if there’s more than one for some reason, I live in Phoenix!)

  155. My dream:Time travel!! Specifically to the grand Elizabethian era of samplers, caskets,lace-making,etc etc etc. To see and learn from the grand masters of that era. To know what color goose turd green really is, to discover the inspiration or source for the various designs, were the girls really that young. Oh, then I could see Shakespeare “new” plays, too.

  156. I would love to have some time each day to devote to embroidery. During this daily time slot I also would love to have no aches and pains to interrupt my stitching. Just a daydream……………..Cheryl in San Diego

  157. Wow! Many thanks to Hedgehog Handworks for the opportunity to win such a great prize. I have several needlework daydreams. Probably at the top of the list is to own a needlework store. Sadly, there is no longer a local store in our county. A close 2nd would be to attend the Royal School of Needlework in the UK. Third would be to go on one of C.A. Wells overseas needlework trips. Any of these would take winning the lottery to come true!
    Happy Holidays!

  158. My dream/fantasy/life’s ambition is to study at the RSN and then become a certified teacher. Teaching is my passion and career, and I would love to introduce young students to the joys of needlwork.

  159. What a wonderful give away.

    My embroidery/sewing/craft fantasy is to have a room (with a lock to keep out nosy kids & my husband!) to let the creativity flow. Absolutely would need a no limit gift card to the local craft store for supplies. Someone to go to my job for me would be great too…

  160. I would like to own a bit of all embroidery threads, new and old. I can’t seem to get enough of them and would like to see, feel, and own at least a sampling of each one.

  161. My daydream would be always having the perfect fabric on hand. I feel like the fabric stores in my small-town-area have pretty limited selections, so it can be rather hit or miss. A magically restocking closet of fabrics would be amazing. ^_^

  162. My Embroidery day dream would be to have an experienced teacher in the local area give me feed back on my work and help me improve. And while I;m day dreaming I would also like an impeccable sense of colour coordination.


  163. All of the above! I not only need a special place to embroider, I need threads, threads, threads. I would absolutely love to have these threads. I have drawers full of linen that needs to be embroidered, but I don’t have the threads that I want or need and of course $$ is always in short supply.I would also love to have teacher such as you Mary to look over my shoulder and instruct my efforts. I love to embroider, but I’m certainly not a Mary Corbett in my finished projects!!!
    Thanks for the give away!

  164. My Embroidery Daydream is to build my nest with lighting that is perfect no matter what time of day, with my own personal reader to read aloud to me from my favorite books, with a vast library of resources to research and/or just enjoy, with someone else to take care of the little day to day humdrum necessities, and with an unending supply of materials from which to choose. The most important thing would be, though, to have enough seating and room to accommodate several friends to join me in my stitching nest.

  165. Winning the coton a boder give away would be a dream come true! My embroidery dreams cover two extremes. At one end an embroidery vaction to England, sightseeing and taking a workshop or two. At the other extreme, just a spot to contain my stash, set up the sewing machine and have a comfy sit to create.
    Love the blog and all the info you provide!

  166. My embroidery dream is to enjoy any project without having to tear apart my ‘stuff’ to find the necessary threads. I spend more time organizing than I do stitching. ;-{ However, having colors unlimited is also a dream. I smock, I embroidery, I cross-stitch, I needle tat, and have even tried some bobbin lace. [See how my ‘stuff’ is jumbled??] My dream is to win something …someday. Merry Thanks!!Karin Sewbusy

  167. Dearest Mary,
    Thanks so much for giving all of us thread hoarders a chance at this wonderful give-away. I have never worked with this particular thread before, but I would like to try it. I have just recently become enamoured with whitework. I have used floche and it is a dream to work with. My dream (fantasy really) would be to a craft room all my own, and my threads all organized by types and in numerical order, and being slightly on the greedy side, someone to cook , clean and do laundry( I didn’t know that my family owned so many clothes).

  168. My embroidery dream would be to perfect my stitches on hemstitching. My grandmother did this by hand. I have the old wire egg basket that she kept the embroidery project she was working on at the time. It never fails to make me smile when I see it. She also did beautiful cutwork. To an avid stitcher, having a stash of beautiful embroidery thread to sort through and touch would be the same as a trip to the candy store to a child.

  169. Merry Christmas!

    I often dream of having unlimited access to supplies, and more importantly, a place to store everything! With a new baby on the way, it looks like my craft room will have to be transformed into a nursery. Only for 18 years though, right?

  170. I would love to learn several types of embroidery techniques (needle painting, silk ribbon embroidery and cutwork embroidery are high on my list). To that end I wouldn’t mind an endless supply of thread and linen with which to work and a cozy nook to sit in while I embroider.

  171. This i a beautiful thread that makes stitching a joy. My dream embroidery project is to make a box with embroidery and stumpwork on all sides illustrating the variety of the landscape and the flora and fauna of Colorado.

  172. I think mine would be to do a beautiful crazy quilt with elaborate embroidery and beading work. I have a great book, but haven’t come anywhere near starting such a project.

  173. What an awesome giveaway! It goes perfectly with my longtime embroidery daydream, in which I’m blissfully attending the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court in England.

  174. I would like to have all the time I need to stitch as much as I can. Being in school means I cannot just sit all day stitching when I would like to πŸ˜‰ A dedicated place for my stitching would be helpful as well – but dorm rooms were not designed for hobbyists of any sort! *sigh* That is my embroidery daydream!

  175. If I could have all I wanted in my embroidery world, I would go to the Royal School of Needlework for a degree (note — I’m in my 50’s!).

    I would fit out a spare room as my fiber room (as I do other fiber work as well). Well, I would actually HAVE a spare room. I would take over 1 corner, and have a chair at the perfect height for me and my frames. I would have every possible thread of every possible description (wool, silk, cotton, linen, rayon… the list is endless) in every color, and fabric would be right at hand. I would have a light table and a drafting table, a large assortment of needles (including Japanese handmade needles), and a shelf for all of my books.

    I’m thinking it would have to be a REALLY big room!

    All would be perfectly organized for easy finding and access. I would have a large collection of threads for goldwork, and would have all the accessories I would need (including a sterling silver mellore!).

    In my embroidery world, I would also have household help so I didn’t have to clean house, and I would have enough money to live without having to work – thus enabling me to spend time with fiber work and maybe earn a modest living that way if possible.


    –Andy Jo–

  176. Wonderful give away Mary, thank you!

    My Embroidery Dream is to be able to stitch perfectly all the time. To be able to sit down and just stitch without worrying about having to remove stitches. I love the effort and time it takes to stitch, I just don’t want to see my glaring mistakes (“intentional” mistakes that make a pattern better is perfectly ok!)

  177. My embroidery dream would be to be able to attend the Beating around the Bush classes in Australia. I too, am a thread fanatic, picking up different threads wherever I find them including some lovely and different fibers in yarn stores. I all just stitches up lovely and different.

  178. Endless suplies of new tools and scissors. I love scissors of all sizes and they are so wonderful and with such variety for whatever job you need them for.

  179. Your site is inspirational. I trully enjoy each project with the notes that you provide. I would love to try this wonderful embroidery thread.
    Thank you for your dedication to writing your blog, it is must reading for me.

  180. My embroidery dream is to attend the Royal School of Needlework every year for a different course in embroidery. I would love to learn a new technique and then spend the year perfecting it and then return to Hampton Court to start over with another technique!

  181. My embroidery dream is to be able to go to my hand sewing cabinet and have exactly what I want waiting for me when I open the drawer and then a nice cozy place to sit and work on my treasure. That sounds like a pretty simple and obvious thing for someone to have, but if you consider the following, that simple sentence has so much more meaning.
    I have been ” camping” for about 5 years. It started out in an Airstream with A husband, 3 kids and a dog to last as long as it took to build our house. The help I was supposed to have finishing it has vanished and I have had to move into the unfinished house to keep people from stealing things. Everything is in Rubbermaid containers and when I want something I have to want it bad enough to go hunting through a few hundred boxes. It started out orderly and labeled, but with 3 years and 3 kids digging for their things, my life has turned into one big jumble. i do see the end coming in the distant future( finishing the house by myself with the occasional kid to help), but right now, my embroidery daydream is to be able to go to my hand sewing cabinet and have exactly what I want waiting for me when I open the drawer and then a nice cozy place to go sit and work on my treasure.

  182. I would like to have a live in embroidery expert who is there for me at my beck and call whenever I need help and guidance. Can’t figure out a stitch? Call the live in expert! Feeling discouraged? The live in expert will reassure me!

  183. SusannahBanana is a beginner so my dream is to have all colors of embrodery floss and linen. I’d also like the means to transfwer patterns to cloth and am itching to make my own designs. I have a Zombie design in mind and would make a pillow case for my son Joe, so he would dream of zombies. πŸ™‚

  184. My dream would be to win this give-away and have these beautiful threads to use to create the designs in a new embroidery book my husband bought me for Christmas. Would also like to have the eyesight I had when I was younger so I would not have to work under a magnifying glass wearing reading glasses!

  185. My daydream? Easy to have my ‘Craft Cave’ organized and neat so that I can go there and stitch or paint or bead to my hearts content. What’s stopping me, I’m overwhelmed by the task. I would love to win these beautiful threads so I could work magic on the fabrics in my stash.

    Thanks for listening.

  186. Hi Mary and Merry Christmas!

    My ideal would be to have an actual set up with stretcher bars and holder so that I could FINALLY start on Talliaferro’s beautiful Royal Persian Bolossom suite. I have never worked on such a large project and need a different way to do it………..on and time would be lovely. Our TV just died so this may be the opening I need :). thanks

  187. My embroidery daydream would be to have my own litle space to work on and not be bothered with all kinds of gadjets

  188. I must admit that I am blessed with a great sewing room – I call it my “nest”. BUT – I can NEVER have too much embroidery thread. I absolutely love the stuff and suppose I have an addiction. (which I do not want “cured”). This give-away is a great way to start 2013 for some really lucky person. Thank you for the opportunity!!!

  189. My Embroidery Daydream is to be able to attend a small, 4-8 students, class that would assist me in moving from being a beginner to an intermediate stitcher. It would be absolutely fantastic if I were able to travel to Europe to attend it. I want to see, in person, pieces that have been stitched in different fibers….and have someone with me that could explain what fibers have been employed. We could then use class time to learn a little more about how to stitch with some of the fibers!

    I didn’t even realize that cotton a broder came in more than 4 shades! I believe I must add seeing more pieces stitched with it to my daydream.

  190. Hello from MA!

    What a fabulous and generous Give-Away! My dream would be to travel the world going from country to country taking embroidery classes. I would love to sit and learn new techniques from other stitchers all over the world and as I go collect various types of threads.

    Best wishes for a beautiful 2013!
    Nicki Lee

  191. What’s your Embroidery Daydream?
    I would be so happy to have as my embroidery daydream a set of drawers that would hold all the colours in proper sequence. This would make me so very happy.

    Also, to continue getting the tips and instructions for all this lovely embroidery work for years to come. I watch for your emails every day.

  192. I am Jelena from Bosnia, and my daydream would be to have a collection of threads, because, I can barely find what I need, here. The other part of my daydream would be to have enough free time to spend it doing my fawourite hobby…

    ps. i owe you a lot since i ve learnt so much from your videos. Thank you! πŸ™‚

  193. My Embroidery Dream is time… time to let the muse return… to bury myself in creative pursuits in my sewing room until I emerge a fully functioning artist once again.

    Marty52… working on it!

  194. Hello Mary, fabulous give away! My Embroidery Dream would be to travel to Japan to learn all about Japanese Embroidery. I find the whole art of it absolutely fascinating and it just about broke my heart when I found out that it’s becoming a dying art almost. I’d love to go over there and become an apprentice and just dedicate myself to the art or Nuido as it’s called. It’s simply breath taking what they can create, but it’s a serious commitment over there. It’s something you spend the rest of your life working on and perfecting the technique, something I wish I could do but sadly I do not have the money for such a venture. I don’t even know the language either! But maybe in another life, lol.
    Thanks a bunch Mary and keep up the good work!

  195. My dream is to have one skein of every brand of floss. The second part of this dream is to have it organized so I can see the colors Ashly.

  196. My dream is to develop the skill to be able to make what I see in my head. My idea is so often so much better in my head than in reality. These threads are so beautiful- I do so love color and texture. Your blog is wonderful- thanks for all your inspiration. Jane in MO

  197. I can see myself sitting in a lovely pastelly room with a bank of windows streaming light into my very own sewing room, with a sitting area for comfy chairs and table . And on this table would be room for all my favorite embroidery tools and floss. And I would have a perfect floor stand hoop at my side. With my latest project; and to complete the picture, my little Bichon , Katie, would be laying on her pillow across from mr making sure I did not leave her side!

  198. Ok, I’ve been lieing to myself… My REAL embroidery daydream is to be sitting on a nice comfortable couch,( it is blisteringly cold and windy here) on a porch overlooking a white sandy beach, lapis water lazily lapping where water meets sand….working on my latest treasure while Gerard Butler is on the other end of the couch rubbing my feet, telling me how small my butt is.

  199. Oh wow, an Embroidery Daydream… That would be having the freedom to stitch anytime I want, for as long as I want! No office job to cramp my style, and no pain in my hands to cramp my technique. Obviously it’s a completely unattainable dream. πŸ˜‰

    That’s lovely thread! I’ve been reading your descriptions of floche and wishing I could try some… But the days I can make online thread orders are few and far between since my husband is unemployed. A girl can wish though! Someday…

    Meagan C in Ohio

  200. Hello Mary,
    My latest embroidery dream is to “Win your giveaway (especially if it involves threads and books) at least once”.. LOL.
    Wishing a very Happy New Year to you and yours..

  201. What a gorgeous prize! My dream would be a quiet corner with space for storage – somewhere I could leave my work ready to just pick up when I have a spare moment.

  202. My embroidery dream would be to finally get the ideas floating around in my head into the real world. To have the colors and fibers needed to accomplish that is part of the dream. I love Coton a Broder 25! That would be a start on the dream. Thanks for the giveaway!

  203. Hi Mary, My dream would be to have the money to purchase all the threads I could ever want..I too have a love for threads..and buy because of weight or color or just because I don’t have that particular thing..here in Alaska I am limited to DMC anything else has to be ordered..I would also like to be able to take all kinds of classes..I love hand work..would just like the time to do it all.

  204. I took up embroidery after my first son was born and so I’ve never had a time when I could just sit and embroider for more then say a 1/2 hour at a time. I daydream about having a whole day to work on a project!

  205. My daydream- to have a wide range of supplies available to suit my every stitching whim.
    Love your site, and enjoy following your projects-you inspire!

  206. I’ve read on other blogs of stitchers retiring to their “stitching nest”. That sounds so cozy and focused. Yes, I think a dedicated place to stitch would be my dream. Good lighting, all I need to hand-even a warming coaster for that mug of tea that gets cold too quickly. A place besides my lap for the cat who feels he MUST snoopervise all work. Oh, and a spot for the computer which brings me video tutorials of stitches I’m learning. These are all good things!

  207. My embroidery dream is to be able to capture some of the beauty in nature with thread & needle. From the white orchid that is blooming on my kitchen table to the blue jay at the peanut feeder on the deck or the incredible landscapes here in NM, I would love to be able to freeze that moment. It is so much fun learning new techniques & materials to use to work towards this goal.

    Mary in NM

  208. I would LOVE to win this package. I do embroidery at a senoir home twice a week. We do not have a lot of thread and this would really be a great gift for them. Crossing my fingers.
    Lynne from Napierville, Quebec

  209. I get “chills” just thinking about owning that much thread – the things that i could try! I am a novice at embroidery but would love to work with such a wonderful product – and in all the colors – WOW. Thanks for the opportunity to stitch royally in the New Year….Judy R from Buffalo

  210. My dream is to have little elves who can do the transferring of patterns to my linen, so I can immediately begin stitching!

  211. If I could have any stitchy fantasy it would be to learn goldwork and embroider a vestment suite for my church.

  212. To dream and play with threads all day.
    With not a single dime to pay.
    To stitch and sew with a gin and lime
    And never have to watch the time
    To sum it up in a just one word.
    I would have lot and lots of coton a broder

  213. Dear Mary,

    What a delightful giveaway! I have MANY embroidery daydreams – one is to have a room to myself where I store all my supplies along with a nice comfy chair and excellent lighting. My next dream is to attend an emboridery retreat – I often dream of Beating around the Bush in the down under. Another dream is to open a needleart shop (there is a dirth of such shops in NYC). This shop would also hold lots of embroidery classes and have a spot where customers can stitch with other stitching friends. It is fun to dream!!

    Thanks again and hope that you had a wonderful Christmas.
    Tania Kleckner, Brooklyn, NY

  214. I would love a dedicated space with a lamp and a suitable stitching chair and a proper stand where I can get lots of progress done. I dream of the perfect stitching setup where I can stitch comfortably and in peace.

  215. Ooh and embroidery daydream! I would love to take some classes in embroidering icons. I would also love to have a large budget to be able to try all the wonderful threads you talk about! πŸ™‚
    -Heather S. in Chicago

  216. I would love to have a room for all my “stuff”. It would have plenty of natural light with great views of the woods and wildlife. And lots of storage. Why do houses not have enough storage? And a sewing place nearby that had all the embroidery threads, fabric, patterns, scissors, sewing kits…dream on. It never hurts to dream. I could even dream of winning this thread.
    Thanks, Mary.
    Louise from B’port

  217. My dream is to be able to afford wonderful linen to do my work on. I make do with other fabric, but linen is just the best.

    I also dream I’ll live long enough to make a lot of the wonderful patterns I’ve collected over the years.

    Happy Holidays

    Cindy in Kansas

  218. Aaah…embroidery dreaming! Dreaming is at the heart if my wish. To have the skills and experience to take my fantasies of design and color on to cloth with needle and thread and not lose any of the beauty of the dream in the process. To interpret the ideas floating in my head so well that others may share in them when the see the finished embroidery and then share those designs with others so that the dreams may spread and others can then enjoy making them.

  219. My embroidery dream is to have the time to make all of the beautiful, wonderful, gorgeous pieces that I think about, or read about or see around my world. If the time and energy were there, I would manage somehow to come up with the necessary threads, tools, etc. If one had 182 colors, then the possibilities would be endless….

    Shelia in Oklahoma

  220. my big dream is to go on an embroidery journey (and vacation), to learn from local embroideres, like for example to go to Uzbekistan and learn about the Suzani of go to china and learn how to embroider their beautiful designs with silk and on silk.I would also love to participate in a serious course of embroidery such as the courses of the British Royal School of Needlework.

  221. My true dream would be to have the time and materials at hand to do any project whenever I wanted and to be able to work on it until finished with no distractions. I know it is wishing for the moon but we humans did get there!
    I also know you need to be careful what you wish for–when you get it, it is not always what you truly wanted. Anyway I TRULY WOULD LOVE TO WIN this extraordinary thread.

  222. I dream of endless supplies, period. All the colors, all the fabrics, all the patterns, and as long as I’m dreaming, all the time to do them.

  223. Like the magpie I love bright colors. Surround me with color and thread and I’m a happy camper. I am in the process of finishing an alphabet wall hanging for my first grand nephew. A project I have truly enjoyed. However my thread needs are about to expand exponentially as I have another ten nieces and nephews who have or are about to reach the marriage/family beginning age. I plan on making something for all of them as long as the reproducing doesn’t happen to rapidly : ) I love the alphabet wall hanging as an embroidery vehicle as I get to use a huge variety of threads and stitches, and colors. I’ve only used coton a broder in white. I would love to try in color!

  224. My embroidery day dream would take two full years! I would love to enroll in the two year course for traditional embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework!

  225. Oh,Mary, these threads are beautiful! Thanks to you and Joady at Hedgehog Handworks for this wonderful opportunity. My daydream needlework situation would be to live next door to Hedgehog Handworks so I could run over whenever I wanted to buy something and have it immediately instead of waiting for it to arrive in the mail, or from another delivery option. (Can you tell I’m all about instant gratification?)

  226. Oh, what a wonderful way to start the New Year! I started embroidering as a child, and this year, my only granddaughter has expressed an interest in learning to stitch. I have come full circle! And how grand it is…

  227. My embroidery fantasy is bring my three favorite art forms together; embroidery, making books and making puppets. I am not sure at this point what this would look like, but I can feel them inside me. I would make the most exquisite creatures with no thought to how much time it would take to make them.

  228. Mary and Joady – Thank You for this wonderful give-away. My Embroidery Daydream is to have time to get started on the projects I have planned and are waiting for me. Perhaps over this holiday break I can do that. Always seems the “Starting” is just as hard as the “Finishing”. Justine

  229. I’m just learning to embroider . Thanks so much for the opportunity to enter this giveaway. Your site is amazing. I love your videos.

  230. Wow, so many things to daydream! It’s hard to choose. But I think I would pick one of those trips where you go for 3 days or a week and learn new things, preferably in a nice location and with unlimited resources. I’d learn goldwork and more heirloom embroidery. πŸ™‚

  231. Hi Mary,
    It has been some time since I have given myself the opportunity of daydreaming BUT I am ready for the” task”. Yes, threads, linen- proper needles all appreciated and necessary but most of all, I would LOVE a designated space- a warm well lit space – where i could set up a project, leave it when needed, and return to the same place to find everything just as I left it. Working in one room, storing in another room- here and there-and everywhere- takes some of the joy out of the process. SO- now that I have vented (thank you for listening), I feel better AND what a wonderful giveaway- that will be a true gift to one lucky embroiderer. HAPPY NEW YEAR and all the best with your new endeavors!! Peg in NJ

  232. Hi Mary, My embroidery dream involves my second love … books. I would have the funds to order every stitching book that catches my interest and build the ultimate stitching library. Sheer heaven! In second place would be winning this set of threads. I was gifted with one skein of coton a broder and to have all those colors would be unbelievable. Thank you for the chance to win.

  233. One of my dreams did come true this year! I became the Chairlady of the Helderberg Embroiderers’ Guild (HEG). Our aim is to keep embroidery alive in all aspects. Teaching techniques from beginners to advanced, whilst keeping them all enthusiastic, with a modern approach – and this Dear Mary I thank you for your wonderful approach of sharing your love, time and dedication to embroidery lovers. Hence me entering this fantastic competition – to be able to build up our ‘stash box’ for workshops. Embroidery Greetings from a very hot South Africa.

  234. It’s a dream I couldnot believe it when I read about the giveaway.My brain is running already thinking about all infinite number of flowers, bugs, letters , aet, etc that I would embroider. Exactly what I need to brighten up my days

  235. My daydream is to have time . . .time to set up my studio as I would like, time to spend there with projects I’m dying to stitch, time to actually stitch all those designs swirling in my head. I suppose I’ll have to wait until I retire to have that kind of time, but it’s lovely to dream about it!

  236. When I saw your generous gift offer of those lovely threads, I immediately thought of the smocked dresses I wore as a child. They were embroidered by my aunt, who taught me my first embroidery stitches – stem stitch, lazy daisies and French knots – when I was only four years old. I still have that tray cloth!
    Now I am a grandmother, and I delight in adding hand-embroidered touches to the clothes I make for my grandbabies. Smocking is a special treat, and I would love to be able to dip into that huge box of thread, to be able to choose from such a rainbow of gorgeous colours.

  237. My daydream is an endless supply of thread and linens in every type and color. If you are going to dream dream big. I have the chair, the light and the table. I have the time – I’m retired. I’ve a wealth of ideas. I need supplies. I would love to do a cut work tablecloth, runner and napkins.

  238. Oh My Goodness! What a dream to have the whole “set” of colors! I am working on that for DMC but have a ways to go. My dream would be to take at least one class at the Royal School of Needlework in London. Sigh. How heavenly would that be????

  239. AND VISIONS OF COTON-A-BRODER IN EVERY COLOR ARE DANCING THROUGH MY HEAD!!! My embroidery daydream is to have the collections of all the beautiful thread available so I can try them all. I’m afraid I also am addicted to them. Of course, the second half of that dream is to have a piece of every fine linen. WOW – WHAT A DREAM!!!

    Missy in Colorado

  240. my embroidery daydream is to go on a caribean island for a year and have nothing to do, so I can embroidery, quilt and so on…it is just a dream. hugs Alessandra from Italy

  241. I would like two things equally. One is to be able to stitch for a couple hours every day. Two I would like to have a needlework shop within 5 miles of the house so I could take classes and look at all the wonderful things available. Somehow looking at threads and patterns over the internet just isn’t the same.

  242. Hi,
    I would just love to have more time for stitching and the idea of having someone come in and do the housework would work for me. What did help me was to follow your example and try and fit in 15 to 30 minutes a day. By doing this I was able to finish off a couple of projects. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, keep well
    Joan T from Richmond BC

  243. My embroidery daydream is to have my eyesight magically corrected back to the way it was when I was young! I miss being able to see my needlework with 20/20 vision! -JulieinMidCoastMaine

  244. I have 4 small children, so my needlework daydreams are simple. I’d just like some time to work on projects and for my materials to stay where I left them. πŸ™‚

  245. Hello Mary! 182 colours – weeeeee! My daydream is to load up the car with all my stitching projects, and the beautiful dog, and head to the most western edge of Canada for a whole summer, to do nothing but stitch and walk in the wind.
    But if you were organizing a needlework vacation or tour. . . . . . . .

  246. Hello Mary:
    I think my Embroidery Daydream would be to find an embroidery group (club) nearby that I could attend regularly such as the quilters do. It would be nice to find embroidery friends, share experiences, and learn from other stitchers. I also have a second Embroidery Daydream and that is to have better access to supplies at the retail level. I like to see what I am getting before purchasing. I am not experienced enough yet to know which products on-line are the correct ones in some cases and do not want to get into the situation of having to return items. I am finding that the selection of threads available at craft stores is very limited and also that good fabric is very difficult to find. Your website has helped me learn that the quality of the materials being used in a project are one of the first things to consider when planning, in order to create a charished and lasting piece.

    Thank you for this chance to win the complete colour selection of embroidery thread, it would be a welcome addition to my supplies.

    Ann Garrad, Canada

  247. A tidy, organized artist’s studio about 6′ outside my house, so inviting, that I could finally refrain from the annual two month hiatus from Thanksgiving and Christmas teardown that occurs because I work out of my living room.

  248. I finally have a complete set of DMC embroidery floss, only now I’ve just “discovered” the cotton floss you all are giving away in this contest!! I bought three colors over the pre-Christmas season for some very small projects, and they turned out wonderfully!! So now I’m in love with this heavier thread……The main reason I made the effort to get all the embroidery colors on hand is because I live in a very rural county. It takes 45min-hour to get to a craft store – keeping stuff on hand means I can start a project when I get an idea, or see something I like. I have a piece of embroidery, sewing or crocheting in my hands any time I’m sitting (except at the computer!)so my hands do not put food in my mouth!!So my stitching is also dietetic!!

  249. Winning this giveaway would be my Embroidery Daydream! I have just started embroidery within the last year and I’m hooked. I love learning new techniques and seeing a creation come to life. I look forward to learning and improving in the year ahead.

  250. Hi Mary, I hope you and your family had a great Christmas. It is always a treat reading your blog, but todays give away is a mind blower! For you to ask what would my favorite “What’s your Embroidery Daydream?” is like asking me to choose which of my children is my favorite, or which arm I would like to keep. I love it all. Other than my family, I have no greater passion than embroidery. I love everything about it, the threads,oh the threads. I can’t get enough of them. I would love to own every color of every type of thread. Even if I didn’t use them all up, they are so nice to look at and touch. A needlework tour,owning all the linen in every count and color,having a workroom solely dedicated to my stash, of course, these are all a dream of mine. But alas, I live in the real world and know that all of my needlework dreams will never come true. At least I can keep stitching and hope that a fairy Godstitcher named Mary might hopefully fill some of my dreams and choose me as the recipient of these beautiful threads.

  251. Oh my, 182 colors of coton a broder? I have just bought a piece of Alba Maxima, having been inspired by your Redwork Runner, to make a runner for our table. I have the design, but have been going around and around trying to decide on threads, colors, stitches. This collection would be the right thing at the right time!
    Debbie S.

  252. If close my eyes to daydream… I wish… I wish for one skein, of every color, of every fiber, of every thread, manufactured by every company, who never discontinues any line and different dye lots are always a perfect match!

    Then when I plan new projects I would have the entire thread world at my fingertips to get just the look I want. Ahhh… daydreaming is fun!

    (Mary and Hedgehog this is a wonderful gift offer for your readers and customers!!!)

  253. I love the needlenthread website, especially the stitch videos which are an endless source of information and inspiration. Since I have newly resumed hand needlework, the instructions are much a blessing in relearning or learning stitches anew.

    As to my dreams, I have two.

    The first is to fulfill my wish to teach my six year old grand daughter some of the skills of hand stitching so she can enjoy the rewards of creating a thing of beauty by herself. The first thing she asks when she visits is “can I sew?”.

    The second dream would be to study at the Royal School of Needlework in England. Even to be able to take short course would be a delight since there is so much I do not know and will not have time to learn. I am already 71 years old but I am consuming needlework books and trying new kinds of hand needlework as I become inspired.

    Thank you for the opportunity to enter the contest to win the lovely set of coton a broder to add to my collection. I managed to acquire an almost complete set of the DMC floss which dazzled my grand daughter over her Christmas vacation. I would love to inspire her with your collection as well.

    Happy New Year.

  254. My Embroidery Dream would be to have both you Miss Mary and Jenny Hart have a teaching Seminar down here in Savannah, GA.

    I use your site and it is fantastic to learn how to stitch more beautiful stitches, I love Jenny Hart for her amazing designs that are young and fresh.

    Have the two of you LIVE AND IN PERSON to pick your brains and see up close some of the amazing works you’ve created would just be my DREAM COME TRUE!!!

    Plus I love love love pearl thread!! Thank you in advance for this AMAZING contest. Good luck to all and Happy New Year

  255. My goal right now is to acquire my favorite kits from around the world. I think kits are a great way to get a variety of threads, ribbons and instructions from the best embroiders in the world (I have added the little birds kit from Trish Burr to my list). As money permits I can eventually buy good lighting, magnifier, hoops etc. After working a few more kits I hope to have the confidence and skills needed to create my own designs. A whole product line of colors would come in handy. Thanks for the giveaway and your website.

  256. Mary what a totally awesome giveaway, I would truely love to win this.
    I would love to have more time to devote to my embroidery-especially for my crazy quilt that I really want to make-thought it would help me learn many stitches, and have fun exploring lots of threads.
    I would also love to have the monies to buy the equipment and tools for my embroidery, perhaps take a hands on class.
    Thank you so much for the opportunity to possibly win this. Happy New Year Kathy

  257. My dream embroidery area would be a well-lit, but not too bright, room that has a fireplace (wood burning) and book shelves. Then an antique desk/craft area to work at. Plushy deep chairs for those times I want to just sit and read about embroidery techniques. I don’t have any coton a broder so this would be a fun, new experience in stitching. Thanks for this opportunity and hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season!

  258. Oh, all of the above!
    I would love to have the space to have each branch of stitchery that I do in a dedicated space with well marked storage units for the threads, needles, materials, tools, fabric, machines, etc. right there ready to use.
    A dream!

  259. Oh my word! My dream would be a stitching vacation, surrounded by fabric and floss, with no other cares in the world. So a little of everything, I guess! Is that greedy?! πŸ™‚

    ~Rachel of Stop.Drop.Roll.

  260. Perfect Embroidery Daydream would to have the perfect room set up (like a shop of my own)- a place with out interuptions – all supplies at your fingertip without having to make a trip to pick up that one more skein or package of needles – the chair and lights made for sitting and stitching

  261. What an incredible give away! My embroidery dream is to have time to meet regularly with a group of ladies to share projects and stitch.

  262. I would love to have the means to travel the globe to view and take lessons for a variety of embroidery styles and techniques. Following your website is the next best thing!

  263. Dear Mary – my 2013 New Years wish is to re-connect with my embroidery roots this year. One of the very first things my mom taught me was to embroider. She taught her 3 daughters just as her mother had taught her and Mom’s 3 sisters. My grandmother did it all – tatting, cutwork, all manner of fancy stitchery that she learned as a girl in Austria. Your hungarian redwork so reminds me of Gramma’s work! Years ago I’ve done hankies, pillow cases, baby goods, tea towels, ornaments — all under Mom’s careful eye. My Mom has since passed into the great beyond and taking up my embroidery hoop again would be like having her here by my side. Thank you for your give-away — it brought to mind such charming memories.
    Chris in San Francisco

  264. My Embroidery Daydream has always been a magical old trunk with oodles of compartments that are loaded with all the types of thread that one could ever use for all types of embroidery. Hence, when my muse inspires me I can pull what I need and stitch away!

  265. I’ve recently taken up embroidering on wool applique, and I’m loving it! I just find I need more colors as well as sizes of threads. My dream would be to have every color and size I could ever use, so I can just enjoy being creative!

  266. My dream is to be able to sit down to embroider for a couple of hours every day, no mistakes whatsoever, no interruptions. To embroider with great care, great colour combinations, and to do it fast.

    Thank you, Mary, for this great opportunity of winning this beautiful floss.

    Wish you a very Happy New Year full of embroidery days.


  267. I LOVE to embroider! I’ve got a few gifts printed on fabric and ready to stitch for this next gift giving season!! Everyone will be getting some type of gift this next year that is handmade & hand embroidered!!!

    Stitch on!!

  268. I would love more time to stitch! Any amount of extra would do really, but it would be super fun to be able to stitch full time.

    leahthezombie at gmail dot com

  269. My Embroidery Day Dream is to simply have more time to stitch, create and experiment. I am recently home from a weeks holiday where I enjoyed the chance to stitch for several hours everyday without worrying about work and household chores. Bliss!

  270. Merry Christmas Day(after)!
    My dream is to have everything organized so that I can start and stop any project I want to work on. I am partially there, but I still have to do plenty of prep work before I can start on a project, even a WIP.
    Would love to own all of these beautiful flosses! Thanks for the opportunity!
    Diana in Sioux Falls

  271. Mary & Hedgehog Handworks–thank you so much for this generous give-away!
    My embroidery day dream is to be able to work all types of embroidery stitches, using the finest quality tools, while sitting in my dedicated (and totally organized) sewing room with my sewing buddies. Of course, I will need the full collection of every brand and/or type of embroidery thread, as well as an enormous variety of material and patterns (maybe even a few of my own design). Coton a broder will be perfect forΒ theΒ project a sewing buddy and I have planned: a 12″ square cotton batik crazy quilt block. Having the whole collection would give us a great variety of choices for seam treatments since we were planning to use cotton threads.

  272. What a wonderful idea! An embroidery daydream! Mine would be simple, I think. A comfortable chair, great lighting, a stool for my feet and TIME! You are so generous!

  273. Mary, you are so generous.

    My dream is to have enough time for stitching. I have many plans, my MUST_BE_STITCHED folder is full of beautiful designs in cross stitch, hardanger, and a few other techniques I would like to try.
    If I win, these beautiful thread wouldn’t give me more time, but perhaps give inspiration to make time for myself and do some serious stitching.

  274. Oh, my daydream is to have a wonderful spot to stitch. I’d be sitting in a comfortable padded chair without arms, working along at a very sturdy frame, with perfect light and magnification…with glorious threads, luscious linen, and endless time to stitch! Okay, perhaps I want too much…but, hey…it’s a dream!
    Thanks for the contest Mary…I’m sure not to win…but your efforts are appreciated anyway! Sending huge hugs too!

  275. Wow, that would be the best present I could get!! I love color and textures and to just be able to sit and look at the beautiful colors and dream a bit about the way I would like to use them would be fantastic. One of my desires would be a needlework workshop or “get-away” to stitch and create. I love to look at stitchery books and threads and think about how I could stitch some of these wonderful designs. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that 2013 will make that possible.

  276. Yes, absolutely, my dream is to have a dedicated work room for all my stitching, finishing and quilting. That would just be so WONDERFUL! And I’d love to have all those lovely threads to work with as I’m moving from cross stitch into more crewel and free embroidery work. Thanks so much for the chance.

  277. My needlework daydream is an odd one. I would like to be able to visit an embroidery workshop in the 16th or 17th century. See how the embroidery is done, by whom, feel and touch all the materials and talk with the people as well as try on some of their items, since I’m assuming that these workshops not only did the embroidery, but made the finished products for people. Sure I have other daydreams, all the thread I need and a wonderful place to store it, a great chair, and a fireplace for the winter. Sharon

  278. I would love to have the time without feeling guilty for not doing something for someone else. I also would love to have a space dedicated for embroidery!

  279. Hi, this is one of the best giveaways I have ever seen! I have none of this type of thread so to win would be heavenly. I love you articles Mary and appreciate all the work that goes into each one.

  280. My dream. To be able to learn and complete vintage monograms on actual vintage sheets, either in the French or Italian design. I have several pictures to share if possible.

    Kind regards. Chandra Leigh

  281. I would love to have a pair of those lighted beam lights to stitch by, several pairs of scissors, plenty of thread to just have on hand, and plenty of linen to stitch on. wendy from pell city

  282. Merry Christmas, Mary! What a lovely way to start the stitching new year. My stitching daydream is to have a bright well lit (natural and artificial)cosy studio appointed with lots of storage for fabrics and flosses and tools and work surfaces for fabric art and space for my needlework stand for stitching. A hexagon perhaps that overlooks my garden and seafront. Oh, what a yummy daydream.

  283. My daydream is to be able to stitch as long as I want without suffering shoulder pain! I’ve been using different ergonomic methods to help, but sometimes I forget and pay for it the next day. Thanks too, for the source for all the colors of the thread!

  284. My dream is to magically know how to do every stitch perfectly. Seems no matter how hard I try I mess up. I do not give up though! Practice hopefully makes perfect eventually. At least everything I do is definitely “unique”!

  285. I would love to have an organized space, so that everything is where I need to be when I look! Half the time when I start a project, I spend hours tracking down all my supplies. Once it’s started, I keep them all in one place, usually a project bag for easy travel. But man, do I need to organize between projects. πŸ™‚ Oh, and unlimited linen is also a boon.

  286. My daydream is to be able to work every day in my little studio, and to add this beautiful collection of this special thread to my personal stash!I have several crazy quilt works in progress, and this would add even more textures and colors to my work;)You can never have too many choices of threads! Thanks for the chance to win Mary, and thanks to your fabulous sponsor too! Lisette in Oregon

  287. My name is Laura from Lucerne. My embroidery dream would be to have the opportunity to take an embroidery certificate from the Royal School of Needlework. I took a gold work class at Hampton Court Palace last year and everything about it was perfect….the instructor, the weather, being in a real palace, getting lost in the back hallways of the palace with two classmates (one from Finland and another from Scotland).

  288. Ah Mary, All of your lovely options are in my “stitching dreams”. How delicious it would be to have all of the colors in any of the thread collections. How wonderful to have all the fabrics one could manage. A dedicated stitching room for all my treasures! Time – I need more time! Money, or at least a finishing fairy. Speedier needles, now that’s something I could really get into. Someone to do the cooking & cleaning, WOW, how would I choose just one? Being the selfish stitcher that I am, I WANT IT ALL!!!

    Thanks Mary for opening that “can of worms” & for giving us a chance to win these lovely threads. Blessings for the New Year.
    Barb aka omashee

  289. I would love to feel confident (and patient) enough with my embroidery to finally graduate myself from handkerchiefs and dishtowels to something more complex and of heirloom quality.

  290. I would love to have a dedicated work station that I could leave all my threads out on and have it handy! I enjoy your site so much! Made some monogrammed items for Christmas!

  291. You said it! House faeries to clean, wash, and dust while I sit in a window – flooded with sunshine – looking out on a beauiful scene quietly stitching. Oh ane while we are a it, he garden scene includes forest faeries, weeding and mowing!

    Oh, and one ore thing, I’d like my index finger o stop being numb.

  292. Wow–I would like to have a studio space set aside, not just for my embroidery but any studio space of my own at all–right now I am in college, so I have shared studios for things like weaving, sewing, dyeing but not even enough space to store my stash of supplies at home.

  293. My dream is a sort of double-dip: I would love to have the time to sit and embroider, and I would love to have some of the materials you write about so often. I’ve never used anything except DMC floss and cotton fabric. Oh, how I would love to have linen fabric and silk floss, or gold work threads!
    Thank you for this wonderful give-away, and for all the fun and inspirational articles all year long. SOMEDAY, my dream will be a reality, and I will have you to thank for it!

  294. My dream would to be in a mountain cabin with large porch to sit on and stitch and listen to the birds singing.

  295. LOVELY giveaway!! An entire collection? Egads. Wonderful! My embroidery daydream would be to have the time and energy to embroidery something for everyone I know for Christmas next year–starting NOW. πŸ™‚ I finished twelve wool ornaments with embroidery, bead embroidery, and hangers w/cotton perle (from Marilyn Gash’s “Rustic Winter”) but then ran out of time (a girl’s gotta work!). So fun to mix up mediums and styles of embroidery! The first thing I did with the giftcard I got from my sister for Christmas this year was to order a new embroidery book (Bead Embroidery Stitch Samples by Yasuko Endo). So I only have a few words to say in ending (to that capricious process that picks the winner): PICK ME, PICK ME, PICK ME, PLEASE PICK ME! πŸ™‚

  296. Ohlala!!!! What a wonderful generous giveaway!!!!!! Ohlala!!!!!! My stitching daydream would be to have a good “day spectrum” stitching lamp. Your post a few days ago about proper lightning was so informative and to the point! My other daydream would be to have some time to learn bird needle painting. I absolutely LOVE animal and botanical painting, particularly birds, and the possibilities of needle painting are so incredible. I dream to be able to go to a seminar or retreat for a few days/weeks to learn the technique. That’s a REAL daydream!

    Thank you again for the giveaway and for the JOY monogram.

  297. Mary, My current embroidery daydream is the cabinet of curiosities class and thinking of the design I want on it and how I would like to stitch it. So many possibilities, it is so exciting I can hardly think of anything else at the moment.

  298. What a generous giveaway! HH is really pulling out the stops: as if I wasn’t such a fan of them already!

    My embroidery daydream is to finish a large blackwork sampler tapestry and hang it on my wall. πŸ˜€

  299. My embroidery daydream is a place to view my threads in plain sight, so I can stare at them and be inspired.

  300. I’ve given up hope on having a dedicated crafting space but I would love to have an unlimited supply of linen! Due to costs I’ve always been limited in the amount of fine embroidery I can do. I did get something from my day dream list for Christmas this year though- a floor stand for my scroll frames!

  301. I dream of taking ecclesiatical embroidery classes and then someday forming an atelier to rejuvenate fine handcrafted church embroidery. Wouldn’t it be delightful to stitch goldwork and silk on velvet all the time?

  302. what is my embroidery daydream??? to have a very creative mind, very artistic, to be able to create beautiful and unique art…that is the most important for me. I don’t have that mind, but I tried to create my own design. I like to draw too, use watercolors and pastel, so I like to put all together. and of course to have treads and all the supplies that I need..I don’t have a website to show what I have done, but I have been looking at your website along with others for many years to learn new stitches and create my own, and I have learned, so thank you Mary.

  303. What an amazing give away! Thank you and thanks to Hedgehog Handworks too.
    My dream would be to have a vast array of linens, a complete collection of any thread I may want to work with and the time to do it!!

  304. Mary, Mary, thank you for this wonderful offer, but what a question! What is my embroidery dream? I have so many, but first and foremost, my dream is to finish all of my partially done projects. I just can’t seem to stop signing up for project classes. My second place dream would be to have a spot where I could leave my work and supplies out and not have to be putting them up on a regular basis. I find that once I put everything up, it becomes harder to get it all back out. My list of dreams is a lot longer, but I’ll leave you with these two.

  305. My embroidery daydream is to be able to stitch to my heart’s content without pain. I have carpel tunnel, not severe enough for surgery, but I do need to be very careful how long and how intensely I stitch. Even things like using the computer or driving will irritate my hands. I can envision a comfortable, well-lit studio and my hands busily stitching away, accomplishing great feats of beauty!

    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway. πŸ™‚

  306. Hi Mary,

    What a FANTASTIC give-away!!! I’ve worked with cotton a broder and absolutely love it. My dream would be a needlework vacation, preferably in England, so that I could spend time at the RSN … sigh …

    Happy New Year!

  307. Dear Mary, My daydream is to do one of those English embroidery tours. Just to travel the country and have no cooking or washing or cleaning and stitch all day with friends would be terrific .

  308. My embroidery daydream? Time. Nothing but time. I work full-time (more, really) and I know how lucky I am to have a good job, but–time for the fun stuff is in very short supply.

  309. My embroidery daydream would take me to an idyllic setting in the country by a lake. In a large old country house I would be surrounded by embroidery friends and we would have access to some of the most exciting embroidery tutors from around the world. Having already designed my piece of work I would have loads of coloured threads available, all the correct needles and other accessories as well as plenty of light. I would have hours and hours to embroider – no interruptions for cooking, cleaning, etc. – all the boring distractions from the main event! With such wonderful company and surroundings I would produce that amazing piece of creative embroidery I have always dreamed of.

  310. Wow! What a cool gift. Sounds like these threads would be perfect for several of my favorite kinds of stitching. Thanks for the opportunity to greatly improve my stash! Now, if I could only “stash” some more time for stitching.

  311. I would absolutely love a dedicated retreat to sit back and sew with a few of my most wonderful sewing friends. And someone to fix us all our meals (and maybe throw in a massage).

  312. My embroidery dream would be to have a room completely set up for embroidery and a specific time everyday to be in that room.

  313. I think my daydream is to have the time and funds to travel to study historic embroideries, and then use those as inspiration for more work of my own hands.

  314. I would love to have a whole line of colors! My daughters are learning embroidery and they need more colors.

  315. Good morning Mary ~
    Thank you and Hedgehog for such a lovely gift – it will keep the winner, hopefully me in stitches for many hours. My birthday is Friday, wouldn’t this be a great birthday gift, should I be so lucky !!
    what would be dream stitching be ~ that is easy to retire so I can have all the time I want to stitch – and use this gift –
    I am going to practice that today – spending hours of stitching while watching a movie and listening to an audio book – the perfect day !
    Thank you again – Happy New Years to all

  316. Thank you and Joady for the great giveaway. You are wonderful elves to make everyone merry and bright. My embroidery daydream would be to have the time to spend stitching. That might include a live in housekeeper, who would be perfectly pleasant and be able to cater to our every need, with a minimum of guidance. Or it might include a 32 hour day, with 24 hours of daylight and 8 of darkness, so I could get everything done. I would be happy with either option. Do you think you and Joady could make it happen?

  317. Oh. My. Gosh! Would love this give away!
    My stitching dream is to have room totally dedicated to my stitching. A nice comfortable chair with a couple more for when stitching friends stop by. Great bright lighting. A nice big window for natural light and occasional nature watching while taking a break. How about a small fridge to have a few cold beverages handy. Organized and labeled drawers for my fibers and linen. A sewing machine center for finishing. File cabinet for patterns. Of course a nice computer with large screen moniter and NICE printer. Hope to win the lottery some day! LOL

  318. My dream is to have a computer program that can see the ideas, pictures and thoughts in my head. Then it would turn them into a beautiful design and print them out onto fabric ready for me to embroider!

    Thank you for the opportunity to enter such a fabulous giveaway.

    Val Laird in Queensland

  319. My embroidery daydream is to travel to Norway and Sweden to study the traditional nalbinding mittens embroidered with lovely flower designs.

  320. I have a hobby embroidery business that gives me a creative outlet and raises a small amount of money for the Cancer Council. I would absolutely love to be able to cut down my day job to about 3days/week and dedicate the rest of my time to my hobby business – embroidering myself silly!

  321. Leticia,
    I cannot imagine how wonderful it would be to have every colour,shade,and hue of Coton a Broder, BUT I would love to have such a problem. I know that I would share these beautiful threads with my Smocking Guild and because of your generosity everyone would have a great cache of threads.

  322. Hi Mary,
    Do I have a needlework dream? Are you kidding I have far too many to list every single one! I would love to have a stash of embroidery threads big enough to sink my fingers in to and cherish the feel of silky skeins and to feast my eyes on all the beautiful colours, enough to be able to create all the wonderful ideas spinning around in my head! I would love the time to devote to my favourite pasttime. I would love to go on the Beating around the bush with Country Bumpkin Classic Inspirations in Australia, there magazines are so beautiful and inspiring. Of course I would love a whole armoire filled to the gills with every different kind of linen. Only trouble, if all my dreams came true I would swoon and get nothing done! LOL

  323. Would love a chance to own an entire set of embroidery thread…what a great give-away! My “daydream” for stitching is to be able to stitch every day, for at least an hoour…….to feed my soul, and try to get caught up on my to-stitch list!


  324. Hi Mary, Wow – what a great give-away! My embroidery day-dream (or pipe dream!) is to give up the day-job and become a professional textile artist, teaching interested adults and selling my art! It ain’t gonna happen but it’s a nice day dream! πŸ˜‰

  325. My embroidery daydream is to just have enough time to stitch and then stitch, and (of course) stitch more. Time. Please thank Hedgehog Handworks for their generous sharing.

  326. My embroidery daydream is simple: TIME. I love stitching, its so meditative and peaceful. But my life schedule doesn’t allow for much quiet stitching time. Monograms are my favorite thing to do, but are hard to do in the car! So they must wait until I can grab a few minutes here and there.

    I can never decide if my favorite thread is floche it coton a broder. They are do lovely to work with. A full range of colors would make my limited stitching time all the sweeter.

    Such a wonderful give away, and a very special Christmas gift to the lucky winner. Thank you Mary for all you share. My embroidery skills have improved because of you.

  327. Merry Christmas, Mary! There is a definite prioritized list of needlework daydreams. Number one is to go on a needlework vacationin tour in England. No cooking, cleaning, bills to pay, errands to run, interruptions, etc… Just beautiful inspiration, instruction and time to stitch!

  328. I would love a stitching room with lots of storage for organizing the “stash”. I use a second bedroom now, works OK, but the closet is crammed. Time to do all of the projects that I’d like would be nice, too. I also wish that my aunt who started my stitching with crewel kits back in the 70’s and my two grandmothers would be able to see all of the things I have done since then. Thank you for the give away!!

  329. Hi, Mary! My dream would be to have one whole room dedicated to needlework. I made a decision which kind of points me in that direction. I’m using my dining room as my craft room. One day I hope to get all the storage I need. Right now I’m using two small bookcases and an old coffee table someone gave me. Some of these beautiful pictures of work stations which people have posted online, just send me over the moon! Anyway, thank you so much for the chance to win those gorgeous threads!

  330. My embroidery daydream involves a big window with an excellent view, a workbox full of silk and metal threads and all sorts of beautiful tools — I am also addicted to tools! — and a pot of tea. It’s the little things…

  331. Merry Christmas Maary,
    My needle work daydream is to stitch with a teacher that could help me with the nuances of color when embroidering faces. On your site and in pictures of embroideries from over 50 years ago they used so many unexpected colors when doing faces. Seen from afar, the colors look just right. That is amazing to me.

  332. Hi! My mind is actually often filled with embroidery dreams, and having an organized thread stash with a million colors is a frequent inclusion!! The colors are what I love, and the design, but my biggest wish is that with increasing practice what I end up with might actually look as good as it does in my head! It’s getting closer with every project… but I’m looking forward to taking the rest of my life getting closer still….

  333. My dream right now is to have my own work space, where I can escape to and shut the door to all outside distractions! To have things organized, where I can find what I need in a matter of minutes! And I would love to have lots linen to stitch on. And while I’m daydreaming I wouldn’t mind a huge collection of the vintage fabric that I love!

  334. My embroidey dream is to do a course at the Royal School of Needlework.

    I would also just like to touch all the colours and play with them, and hold them and feel them.

  335. My embroidery dream – So many visions flashing though my head like the famed sugerplums. Better lighting, unlimited funds, but after a minute of thought, my dream is to have the time to be able to make a jewelry box top and finish it for each of my wonderful nieces. I’m the mother of all teenage boys (and love them to death) but I so enjoy the fleeting moments I get with my nieces, all of whom live on the other side of the Rockies. As they are starting to graduate from college, I would love to have that special handmade gift to give them as a graduation or wedding present.

  336. My embroidery daydream would be to spend 1 more hour with my Mother embroidering. She past away 3 years ago and I did embroider with her and enjoyed it so much…stitching and chatting….just 1 more hour…to share stitches and dreams.

  337. I’d love to have a dedicated studio for all my crafting and embroidery. A studio with high quality lighting, ample counter space, cabinets, tables, comfy chairs and big windows that allow a bright and beautiful view.

  338. I love to do handwork! I have a collection of books with instructions on how to do many different stitches. My dream would be to go to a embroidery stitch seminar and try all the different threads, fabrics and methods that other stitchers are using.

  339. My embroidery daydream would be to be able to stitch as much as I wish. I have arthritis in my hands & neck so I can only do an hour or so at a time. Also, going on a Shopping day to my LNS would be fun too, with a bunch of my stitching buddies of course.

  340. I love this site and appreciate all the great info excpecially for someone like me who is just learning this exciting craft!!

  341. I’d like to have space and the organizational tools to keep everything in order and easily accessible.

  342. Hi Mary, My dream is to stitch in the evenings with my children sitting around my feet and my Grandma in her rocking chair with us too.

  343. Hi Mary,
    What a great giveaway! My dream would be to take embroidery classes with all my favorite embroidery designers! There are a few that I love their designs πŸ˜€
    I too love embroidery thread! But I haven’t had the
    opportunity to use coton border thread. Keeping my
    fingers crossed ;-D

  344. I have spent quite a bit of time studying lettering, years actually, and have taken workshops with a number of well known calligraphers. My dream has been to transfer my lettering to other formats, embroidery and appliquΓ© specifically. I was excited to read that you recommend cotton au broder for monogramming. Thanks for that!

  345. I have read about the coton a broder, but have not been able to find it in my area. When I read your articles I am always interested in the thread you use. My dream project would be to learn the whitework. P.S. I love and save all of your articles. Please keep writing

  346. Hi Mary,

    I’m not sure that my first comment went through. If it did, I apologize for the repeat.

    What a wonderful giveaway! My embroidery daydream is to have a dedicated space to work with a view of a garden, mountains in the distance and lots of birds. And with lots of lovely threads, nicely organized nearby.

  347. Would love a large desk on which to only do my stitching. I share a small table with my computer at times and then clear it off and do my stitching. All in my bedroom. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you. Kate R

  348. Hi Mary, great giveaway, thanks! I wish that someone would magically come in and clean up my embroidery room. And then keep it tidy… That would be heavenly!

    My husband recently went to an exhibition of Francis Bacon works with a friend. They both agreed that the photo of his studio looked only slightly worse than the mess in my embroidery room. πŸ™‚

  349. Wow, I would sure love to win this. I have not done hand embroidery very much but I am sure I would give it my best effort with these beautiful colors.

  350. I would just love to have my own work room with all my supplies organized. Right now I only have a small corner of one room. I also want enough linen to embroider everything I want to with every color thread to choose from. Dream on…….

  351. Mary, thanks for a chance to win the coton a broder floss! My embroidery dream is to be able to take some classes from you, especially for ecclesiastical embroidery…do you teach? ;. Carla

  352. Dear Ms. Corbet:
    Love. hmmm…so many things. I could talk about health issues – osteoarthritis, cataracts, not enough faith in my own work or designs, but those are private, personal things. They are not the things that I dream about; they are facts of life, which may or may not be taken care of in time.
    Dreams now. Dreams are the realm of wishes and fantasy and, well, dreams. Things that I wish for, but are never likely to happen.
    And I could say that I wish for world peace, and the end of hunger, but while these are neither private nor personal; they are the wishes of most of the planet. And hopefully, that dream is not a fantasy.
    So dreams, wishes, and fantasy for myself. My private wish list. hmmm There is thread and fabric and good scissors and…But mostly, these are just things. No. My wish, my dreams, my fantasy is to have enough time.
    Enough time to stitch all the patterns in my stash, without my eyes constantly giving out. Time to stitch all the shop samples, that I need to stitch, and still have time to stitch for myself. Time enough to stitch for gifts for my friends. Enough time to stitch all the dye cut cards, that my needlework guild would like, for their sales table. Enough time to teach all the classes that people ask for, to develop all the patterns, that dance around in my head.
    Time. That is my ultimate dream, wish, and fantasy.

  353. Hi Mary
    There are so many things that are just fantasy like having someone to do all the chores while you embroider but something I would really like to do is go on a holiday or even a long weekend course away from home where you could dedicate all your time to learning something altogether new or even to perfect an embroidery technique you find interesting – this to me would be bliss having no other distractions. Having interesting threads would also be useful!
    Thanks and again I hope you had a very happy Christmas and everything of the best for 2013!
    Isle of Man

  354. My dream would be to have a room all to my self with every type and color of thread there is plus every type and color of linen. To be able to close the door and stitch the entire day/night away with music playing in the back ground and the fireplace popping and hissing softly. A perfectly cozy chair with lots of hot tea to drink. Heaven…….
    Amy from Oklahoma

  355. I would love, love, love to have a workspace large enough to hang every thread I have on all the walls and surround myself in those glorious views to stitch away every day. Since I am approaching those golden years, trying to remember where I have stashed them is problematic. The wall art would be lovely. These threads happen to be none of what I have and I would dearly love to fondle and stitch with them. Good luck to everyone! Thanks for the great giveaway, Mary!
    Chris in cold, snowy, blowing Michigan .

  356. Dear Mary
    My embroidery daydream is to have the imagination and artistic skill to make my own embroidery designs. I have tried on many an occasion, but they never end up quite how I envisaged them. They are nearly there, but never quite good enough. Perhaps I just need more practice.
    I wish you a very happy new year.
    Barbara (in the UK)

  357. My embroidery dream is to spend about two months at the Royal School of Needlework in London studying the Certificate in Technical Hand Embroidery. Spending time at the beautiful Hampton Court Palace honing my skills in Jacobean Crewel Work, Long and Short Shading, Goldwork and Canvas Stitches would be my idea of heaven. I live a long way from London in Australia but one day I hope to save enough to make my dream come true!

  358. Oh the colors!! I would love to have a complete stash of colors to accent my embroidery on wool! My banners would absolutely sing!

    Kruzey from Tennessee

  359. My Embroidery DayDream is simply to learn all the stitches & use them to create works of art. I am enjoying this newly found ‘art’ and already love it so much, my Ellageo Embroidery Machine, that I paid thousands of dollars for …sits idle. I am following my ‘daydream’ hand embroidering.

  360. This. Is. EPIC! My embroidery dream is to have a whole HUGE stash of embroidery thread and linen… lots of linen… I usually can’t afford the good stuff so I embroider on any scrap I can πŸ™‚ Of course 182 new colors of thread would be a good start…. πŸ™‚

  361. My Embroidery Daydream is to have a dedicated workspace. I have a cupboard & book shelf in one room. A small table next to my chair in the loungeroom. My sewing machine gets set up on the dining table. I wonder when one of my kids will grow up and move out. My daughter goes to university in a year. I can have her room – maybe she will not come home – ever.

  362. What a wonderful give-away Mary!! Thank you so much! My Embroidery Daydream is to have at least an hour every single day to sit in peace with my embroidery and sew away. I have so many projects I would love to work on, and so very little time to do so, that the gift of time is the best of all!!

  363. I feel I am living the embroidery dream. I am in good health, retired have a sewing room. Does one ever have enough “stuff” Of course not. I do not own any of this thread and would sure love to have this full line of thread WOW

  364. I dream of having a housekeeper so I could have time each day for stitching… Ooohhhh if only!

  365. So many daydreams!

    I’m absolutely blessed to have an office large enough it can double as a sewing room, but I confess I would dearly love a comfy, cozy nook with a beautiful view to sit in when I want to do needlework. (Not to mention the financial independence for the office to be more play and less work!)

    I always thought, if I owned my own home, it would be fun to whitewash the sewing room walls and draw embroidery designs onto them for tracing. Lovely way to decorate a room, and a handy place to store designs!

    On a smaller note, I’d dearly love for Clover to extend their black gold range. I have the most ludicrously sensitive skin, and they’re the only needles I’ve found that don’t leave my poor fingers raw after sewing. Not that I haven’t just framed up my next tapestry ready for stitching. Why let common sense stand in the way of a rewarding hobby, eh?!

  366. My daydream/fantasy would be to have an exclusive get away to stitch with my closet needlework friends. And lots of time to stitch!

  367. WOW! What a give a way!!
    My ultimate daydream (or fantisy as I like to think of it) is a 2 parter.
    1) to have one of those great frames that you have tlaked about so much in the past.
    2) to have an embroidery buddy. someone who I can get together with to sit, stitch, and chat with.
    Thanks again for all the great instruction you give. Your Grrrrreat!

  368. One day I would love to work with a Museum to do restoration. I would also give a leg to work with the Royal School of Needlework, though I think both are rather far off dreams. As it is, I would probably settle for a job in a Theatre (The Globe in London does a lot of handwork) that does historical clothing.

  369. I would like to have large collection of thread and never have to shop other than to replace one skein! I would like to be so effecient that my threads would never tangle,knot or be too short! I also love to dream.

  370. Hi Mary
    It took me a while to think about this one as I was daydreaming about it for so long, I forgot I was to put my answer forward to you!! I dream of a large special room, with ‘do not enter’ on the door where I can do embroidery ‘all day’ with no interuptions. This room would have everything I needed at my fingertips, all in drawers suitably indexed for easy finding. I would have ‘stashes’ of everything as you can’t have enough of anything relating to embroidery can you!


    Chris (Bennett)

  371. Hi Mary

    I love threads!! I would like to have all the Caron threads but an endless supply of linens sounds wonderful as well. As soon as you use one piece it is automatically replaced. A bit like the Tim tam chocolate biscuit ad
    All those colours of cotton a broder would be perfect at the moment as I have 12 lovely little sun bonnets sues to embroider which I will make into a quilt for my granddaughter
    Happy new year to you mary and many thanks again for all the wonderful information you supply us with. It’s almost like having a never ending teacher, always with something wonderful to learn

  372. I love your blog, and your thoughts on everything embroidery. My embroidery daydream is to have time to accomplish all my embroidery dreams, along with an endless supply of materials that some in as I need them, so I don’t have to worry about storage.

  373. Mary, your give-a-ways are just wonderful and I covet them all! My embroidery dream is of beautiful linens and cloths, gorgeous threads and advancing my skills to stitch all the ideas that are floating around in my head. Thank you for sharing your knowledge – I’m learning so much!

  374. When you asked “What’s your Embroidery Daydream”? I thought I would have trouble till you made some suggestions and I began to look around at my work area. I have one bedroom totally full of boxes of paper, shipping containers, deli-trays for each kind of floss, and tubs of fabric, arranged by count. Then the actual room where I design and stitch which is my living room. Oh mercy, what an interesting disaster. It’s a large room fortunately, but filled with quite an array of tables, counters, storage cabinets, printers, book cases, and my stitching chair, also surrounded by stitching stand, side tables laden with scissors and other implements of this art, needle books, containers with a WIP in each and pages of various charts in process, clipped up here and there…it is evident that only one thing would solve all of this – so that I could finally have friends over and not immediately say I am sorry for the mess, but I am a designer, etc, etc. I need a huge room designed specifically for every aspect of stitching and designing. And that room would be off limits to any and all kitty cats who think they own this house. Is there hope of that, ever? Probably not but I can dream :-).

  375. My dream is a space of my own to create my masterpieces… A whole room to myself, with a good lock (to keep my stitching scissors safe) and plenty of storage space. Yum πŸ™‚


  376. My embroidery dream would be to have an endless supply of heavy linen (new and vintage) in all shades of off-white, ecru, etc. I love all the colors of the thread that you are giving away as many of them are shown online. My favorite embroidery project is to coordinate a monogram with the colors in a printed linen (usually old drapery fabric or new linen drapery fabric remnants)and to embroider a large letter for a pillow on the linen and to embroider around some of the design in the fabric for added interest. Love your website!

  377. Hi. My name is Victoria and I love embroidery thread too. The vast colors are candy for my eyes. My dream is to be able and sit without interruption and embroider. My mom taught me at an early age and it is still a love of mine. She is 84 and we often spend moments embroidering together. It is a blessing. I would love to share these threads with her. Thank you for your generosity.

  378. Ohhhhh! Coton a broder sounds exactly like what I’ve been searching for in terms of texture, etc. I dislike splittable thread such as DMC so this sounds wonderful.

    My embroidery dream is to get a City & Guilds qualification in embroidery and/or quilting. I doubt I’ll ever have the money to achieve it but a gal can dream πŸ™‚

  379. I would purchase lite blue linen from the Liberty Store, London and then take my fabric and husband on a boat to the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court for a week long course on embroidering. While I learned during the day, he could experience the life of Henry VIII.

  380. I love your blog, my dream is to have enough free time to try all of the things that you discuss on each blog entry.

  381. What luscious colors! My embroidery daydream would be a dedicated room with a comfy big chair, nice lighting and magnifier to work by. A wood and glass cabinet (like the antique ones that show up from time to time to bid on) that’s filled up with embroidery threads of all colors, weights, and types. A yard of different linens too and lots of wall space to frame and display my finished works. I always say if you dream, dream big-but in reality I would be tickled pink and smiling big & wide just to win this wonderful set! Thanks to you and Joady for giving all of us a chance at winning this. Happy New Year!

  382. My embroidery daydream is to have the perfect studio to work in. Someplace with extraordinary storage, comfortable seating, and fabulous lighting. A place to stitch all the wonderful projects from the all the seminars and classes that I would take. Creating needlework art with beautiful threads on luscious fabrics.

  383. Hi Mary. What a generous giveaway!! My daydream/wish would be to have you come teach an embroidery class at our local quilt shop. You would be such an inspiration to all. In addition to teaching, I would love to see your work in person. It’s beautiful when shown on the computer, but I can only imagine the beauty of it in person. Anyway, thanks for having such a wonderful website….

  384. I would love to go on a weekend retreat with like minded people and learn a new technique but also have time to work on a UFO. I always get motivated and get so much more done when I am with a group, they feed your soul.

    The give away is phenomenal. The thread beautiful, this would be a first try for me with this thread. It would be fun to be bathed in colors, 182 to be exact!

    Leslie in ND

  385. Wow what a lot of replies and what a lovely prize to win. My dream would be to be the winner and then use the thread making lovely projects for my grandchildren and also fo make something special for myself, I particularly want to embroider a Christmas Skating Scene in memory of this Christmas as it has been my first white Christmas with my Canadian family and I have lots of happy memories.

  386. My embroidery daydream is to be independently wealthy so that I can really indulge by having a good workspace, be able to afford all the stash I want and have the time to actually work on my projects.

  387. Dear Mary,

    I would love to have every embroidery thread, all fibers, every color. And to have lots and lots of linen and, at least 4 of every size stretcher bar.
    But best of all would be to have as much talent as you have. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

    Fran Johnson, Red Oak, TX

  388. Awh!!! To sit and embroider a Trish Burr design with no other care in the world:) Then for relaxtion you could run your fingers throught this deliousious coton thread. Colors and more beautiful colors to die for. A beautiful dream for sure.

  389. I want a person in my town to whom I could take a picture of what I want to make and she could show me what fabric and thread to use and teach me the technique. I see many items on the internet that I want to duplicate but I have no starting point.

  390. My embroidery dream is to go back to Australia for a BATB conference. I had such a wonderful time there and learned so much. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t think about it. Maybe nex time…..

  391. I try to set goals for my handwork every year…such as finish 2 projects that are sitting in a craft drawer or make a baby blanket for new grandchild. Dreams are so much more, well, dreamy than goals. So my DREAM is to take classes in all types of handwork while touring the great handwork collections of Europe which would included a visit to DMC where I get to name all the colors in a thread palette. That’s not a dream, that’s heaven!

  392. I’ve ever seen cotton a broder, so I’d love to get all those colors and a chance to let my imagination run wild. My best ideas come from looking at color combinations. My dream is to have my own studio with everything in its place so I could just walk in there and pick up where I left off. So many hours are spent gathering things together, putting things away, keeping them clean and out of the reach of dogs or away from a kitchen table. A dedicated room is definitely my dream.

  393. I would love to have a wonderful embroidery shop somewhere near where I live. A placethat offers supplies, classes, finishing services, but most of all advice and people who can just talk about embroidery. Sigh…..

  394. Hi Mary,
    My embroidery dream is a wishlist that I dream about all the time!
    At the top of my wishlist is more time to stitch. Followed closely by attending an embroidery class at the RSN – a long way from Australia , then I want to learn many more techniques…….. then I could start talking about thread and fabric and go on forever. And finally I would love to know enough to be able to teach, to pass on what I have learned from so many generous others. Thanks Mary.

  395. It is my dream to have a proper studio another dream is to take a seminar with judith baker montano at her colorado studio. It would be great to have every colour of a line of thread a real treat not to have to find you are missing just the right hue of a project.

  396. To have a specific period of time just to devote to stitching – while someone else does the housework and cooks for you?

  397. Love those threads Mary, they look like precious gems!My dream is to have a special place to work in and lots of time, so that I would get to be as good at embroidery as my mother and hers before that.

    And I want to do some Vienna do Castelo embroidery too and coton a broder seems to have so many colours to choose from. Would love to try them.

  398. My dream would be to have stitched and learned more from my aunt before she passed away. So often I think how much I would like to share my successes and failures with her, and to receive her critique. Her work was stunning and she was always trying different threads, linens and techniques and of course colours. I hope to be able to encourage my grand daughters and nieces in the same way in the future.

  399. Oh My.

    With small children to look after, I only really get to stitch at night after they’ve gone to bed, in artificial light and when I’m tired. So my embroidery daydream is literally a day-dream: I would love to to be able to stitch during the day. (Well okay, ALL day!)

  400. My daydream would be to wake up and have developed the ability to stitch well freehand. Alas, I cannot draw even a straight line and my free stitching ability is similarly limited. How I envy you surface embroiderers who can create lovely things without a drawn pattern!

  401. My dream would be to have MORE TIME to sit and work on the projects that have been sitting around for years.

  402. Oh my, what a wonderful giveaway. I hope I win it, but you want to know my dream. My dream is for embroidery and needlework to be appreciated as the art form it is by the general public and fellow fiber artists. One who I know – and has acheived national recognition for her work – actually said, “Why would anybody want to do that?” I’d like the world to be a place where everyone appreciated the fiber arts – in all their glorious diversity.

  403. My embroidery daydream is to have a little workspace dedicated to my crafts (embroidery, sewing and crocheting). Right now it is spread all across my living room, and would be so lovely to have it all in one place, so I don’t have to go searching for my stuff but have it nearby πŸ˜€ a proper light would also be part of my workspace and a veeeeery comfortable chair too!

  404. My dream? That would be to actually have some of the best threads, proper sized and brand needles, hoops, fabric…all the supplies needed to actually make something. I drool at the threads I see, the patterns and keep using what I have but never quite have all the “right” supplies. Someday…LOL…in the meantime, we all keep on and I thank you very much for all you teach us and the visual samples which help so much.

  405. I have many needlework daydreams: uninterrupted hours for stitching, all projects with complete supplies and other necessities lined up and ready to go, a needlework group that meets weekly, etc.

  406. My embroidery day dream is to have a regular chunk of time to stitch. I am fortunate that I do get lots of stolen stitching moments but dream of extended stitching.

  407. Oh boy, my embroidery dream would definitely be to learn how to do hardanger embroidery like a pro..to not be afraid to cut the holes out. Peggy (mindji@yahoo.com)

  408. My dream would be to have uninterrupted stitching time everyday without the guilt. Between raising a family, daily chores and such it is hard to find time to devote to stitching. Thank you for this chance to win such a lovely gift.

  409. My daydream of embroidery is mastering all the stitches in my books and become a designer of embroideries. The goal for 2013 is to do a drawing course and learn the fine art of drawing. Thank you Mary for this fabulous giveaway and also to Joady. If I don’t win it I will certainly purchase some coton a broder as I have never tried it!!

  410. My embroidery daydream would be not having to go to work every day, it cuts into my stitching time! πŸ™‚ That of course is a fantasy, but a fun one to dream about nonetheless!

  411. My Embroidery Daydream is to have the supplies and resources necessary to learn all of the various forms of needlework I would like to learn; Blackwork, Whitework, Hardanger, Goldwork, Stumpwork, Cutwork, oh so many I can’t even name them all!!!! I would love to win this collection of thread also πŸ™‚

  412. Hello Mary,
    My embroidery daydream is a workshop or seminar with YOU. Winning all the color of the coton Γ  broder 25 is a step closer to my dream.
    Hoping to meet you.
    Have the very best embroidery new year for 2013.

  413. I love thread, the color , the feel of it and how it makes magic happen. I never thought I had a day dream about it until you mentioned it.Now I imagine all the things I could do if I had all the colors and just play with them.

  414. I dream of of being able to complete an entire project while the idea is still fresh without trying to squeeze in a few minutes here and there after working all day – – – ahhhhhhhhhh!

  415. I am not normally a greedy person but since this is a daydream I might as well dream big. I want it all: full collections of threads, a never ending supply of linen, embroidery classes/seminars, embroidery tours & excursions, notions & tools galore, a dedicated space for all of it and the time to work without interruption.

  416. To have a never-ending supply of threads,fabric, needles, lace bobbins, a few extra hours each day all accompanied by inspirational fellow stitchers.


  417. I have a collection of fabulous projects that would stop a speeding school bus, that I would give darned near anything to be able to spend an entire year doing nothing but stitching. No work, no house cleaning, no paperwork, just sit and stitch until my fingers are worn down to the bone. That would be pure heaven for me.

  418. I so hope I win this give away. I love coton a broder.

    My embroidery dream is to get the stitches out of my hand and the swelling down enough to stitch again. I’ve been away from stitching for about six weeks, so I’m experiencing severe stitching withdrawal.

  419. This is the most exciting give a way I have ever read. I don’t ever reply to give aways as I have been very fortunate to have a very blessed life. Not rich but I manage to buy thread here and there.
    I do want to share my dream. Being a tiny bit older, I would love for my children and grandchildren to appreciate the skills of others, to find the pleasure in sewing as I have found pleasure, and be able to pass that pleasure onto another generation.
    Also I hope in heaven there are many different types of needles and an endless supply of material and thread.
    Kathleen in beautiful Nelson Bay

  420. What a fantastic give-away! I’ve been wanting to try Coton a Broder since I first heard of it in your blog. My “bucket list” of needlework dreams includes three really special items–a needlework cruise, the Nordic Needle retreat and the Christmas in Williamsburg retreat. …one of these days….

  421. My Embroidery DayDream would to be able to complete my wool crazy quilt that I have been dreaming about for years. I have started collecting and felting the wool …but I have yet to start piecing it together.
    Carol Samsel in Missouri

  422. I would love to win a complete set of Coton a broder. My embroidery dream is to travel around the world to see all the beautiful embroideries in museums everywhere.

  423. What a fantastic give away, just to win that would be a dream come true, but I am sure that dream is shared by everyone entering!

    A dream I have had for some time is to travel across America on Route 66 stopping and shopping at every needlework shop en route! Imagine all of those bricks and mortar shops, all of the goodies I could add to my stash, and the ladies I would meet who all share the same passion for beautiful threads and fabric. Maybe one day when I retire!

  424. I’ve never tried coton a broder, so this would be fun if I win.

    As for my dream, it would be a vacation where I could see beautiful old embroideries, and spend time embroidering and learning new techniques. Like a week or two at Hampton Court with the Royal embroiderers there.

    Thank you for your contests.

  425. My embroidery wishes are many.
    Dedicated room with all the needed fixings, to stitch here with my grandmother who is in heaven. A house keeper so I don’t feel guilty when I see the dust from my stitching spots! My stitching deadline come first.

  426. Oh my gosh…..it would be a dream to win the fine collection of floss. To answer the question, my dream would be to have a space dedicated to my needlework. I am using a large plastic Box under my bed to hold / hide my stash of needlework goodies. I have a small collection of fine threads , needles and linens of all types plus enough patterns and ideas to last me for the rest of my life. It is a wonderful box, I often pull it out and just visit it and look at the silks, cottons etc. It is my magic box that can make any day a k brighter one….and on a numerous side will hold the bed up if the rails should ever break….

  427. My daydream – to have nothing to do but create. No cooking, no cleaning, no shopping. Perhaps live in a little hut in a stitchers commune in a temperate climate. Get up in the morning stroll down to the stitching area where every supply ever needed is always there, perfect lighting, perfect seating. Stitch until I’m hungry stroll to the eating area, stroll off for a swim and then back to stitching and talking stitching etc. etc. etc.

  428. My current daydream is to make Biscourno in various styles. On the forum you now host was patterns for 15 piece Biscourno in pulled thread, then I found a 2 piece Canadian in red and white, then I found another in multi colors. Oh my, the possibilities. I think many stockings will have Biscourno in them next year. My feeling is it is never too early to start stitching for next Christmas!

  429. “Hello. My name is Linda and I have a serious thread fetish.” That’s what I would say if there was such an organization as ‘Fibers Anonymous’! Because I am constantly (every day) stitching on a project of some type, I have justified all the threads I have collected over the years. My dream would be to have someone(s) to do all the housework and cooking so I could stitch uninterrupted with an endless supply of materials surrounded by my closest friends (who would also be able to stitch as much as they wanted because they wouldn’t need to have jobs). Oh, and perfect health to be able to do so. Thank you for the generous give-away! I read your blog every day!

  430. Lovely Give-Away!

    Having all the colors of many different threads is definitely at the top of my list of embroidery dreaming. I always wonder what a lighter or darker shade of thread may look like, especially when I do not have it.

    Lots of linen to play with runs a close second.

    There is never enough books and magazines to read or beads, buttons and charms to play with.

    A supply of silk ribbons would be nice.

    Still looking for a better way to store what I already have.

    I could go on and on, dreaming is fun.

    Thanks for the opportunity of this give-away

  431. I am pregnant with my first child, due in April 2013. I am secretly (not so secretly now!) hoping for a little girl to pass on all embroidery and stitching techniques to. I gained my love of embroidery from my grandmother and have wonderful memories of my childhood in this respect. I also daydream of a fully stocked, Aladdin’s cave of embroidery and quilting supplies in my sewing room in our next home which we are planning on building in the next couple of years. This is a fantastic giveaway, looking forward to seeing (my) the winning response! Emily from Yanderra, NSW, Australia.

  432. My embroidery daydream huh? I’d love to have a room for my sewing, embroidery, crochet and craft proyects. Can you imagine? I’d have like a bookshelf dedicated to fabrics and buttons and laces and yarn and threads… <3

    and of course it'd have the perfect lights so I could see what I'm doing! XD

  433. My dream is happening & unfolding. For some time, as a quilter, I have wanted to learn stitches for crazy quilting but could not/did not find the time or place. This past summer a friend introduced me to embroidery & I fell in love with stitches & more stitches. Joining a small group of equally excited women and a teacher with so much enthusiasm, my bag & plastic boxes began to grow and my stitches are developing in ways I did not dream. To help me review stitches and learn new, I came across Needles ‘N Thread videos online and here I am. Now, I wish to continue learning with these friends while we grow in friendship and continue learning, sharing and bringing to each other new ideas and challenges. My space where I sit and hand sew at home is fine for now but I can see where my mind is choosing another corner and using bookshelves for my books and patterns and a longer table to spread out pattern or design and thread colors to choose. What a wonderful skill I am enjoying so very much and developing along with wonderful, helpful friends. One exciting journey is leading to the second exciting journey of new friendships.

  434. My embroidery daydream would be to be able to transport myself to Tokyo where I could embroider with my embroidery-BFF. Where is Scotty when we need him πŸ™‚

  435. What a generous giveaway! Ir would be such a
    joy to win all the colors of the coton a broder
    thread. I have only used DMC floss. That would
    be a dream come true for me. My embroidery day
    dream would be having a wonderfuly organized
    sewing nook with all the thread, linen, supplies, light, hoops, etc that is needed (and it would never be depleted).
    I know that’s not gonna happen, so I will just
    be happy with my little antique wooden sewing
    chest, and my living room couch. Thank you
    so much for the chance to win!


  436. Getting the full run of colors in an embroidery thread is a daydream in itself. Thank you for the chance!
    Other than that the biggest (impossible) dream in life and embroidery is to find the door. The door that leads into a wonderful room where you can go in and get whatever done. You can spend how long time inside the room that you want but you will not loose any time on the outside. I think this is the only way to come close to finishing all my ideas.

  437. I dream of finding some great whimsical embroidery designs and then actually having the time and fabulous threads to stitch them. Being able to learn some new stitches and use them would be great too. I have found your website a great learning tool. Thanks.

  438. I’d love an extension on my house. A new lounge, with plenty of windows for natural light. My present lounge is VERY dark and that, and failing eyesight, is making some stitching less than easy. I love using Coton a Broder, so would love to win this, Thanks for the chance.

  439. I would like a room entirely devoted to my stitching. With a very comfortable chair and ottoman for my feet. There would be one entire wall devoted to storage of my threads. One wall would have a large bay window overlooking a beautiful English type garden. There would be concierge (well, a girl can dream, can’t see) who would take care of any wishes or wants that I had during my stitching time. He also would be handy with a vacuum and love to cook. I would call my room Utopia.

  440. I am new to embroidery, so anything would be a treat to me! Your blog and site are an incredible resource, thank you! I guess what I would most wish for would be a trip to a national convention where I could all sorts of new techniques!

  441. My embroidery daydream would be to visit Italia Invita in Parma but as my husband is taking me there next year I would love to be able to stitch for hours on end instead of half an hour here and there due to arthiritis in my shoulder. But while I’m not doing it I can look can’t I. Thank you for an amazing giveaway Mary.

  442. My dream is to have a little room where it’s sunny and bright all to myself to embroider and stitch. I would love to have victorian tools to display and in some cases use. I very much hope to win this thread! Thank you

  443. Mary, thank for such a generous opportunity. My embroidery fantasy is attending Country Bumpkin’s Beating Around the Bush International Embroidery Convention held annually in Adelaide, Australia. I have never been to Australia, but I believe the people to be warm and hospitable. I certainly get that feeling about Australian needleworkers through Country Bumpkin website and Facebook page! The class descriptions for past conventions have left me drooling! Yes, a dream come true to stitch and learn for a few days with needleworkers from Australia and around the world!

  444. My embroidery daydreams include lots and lots of colours. Sometimes when I am too tired to embroider I just take out my floss boxes and admire the colours and think of all the projects I would like to do. I like to arrange my colours and try different combinations. I think of systems to organise them again. With my floss boxes I feel like a kid in a candy store…

  445. are you teasing us? I mean…that is quite a giveaway! I do not have any of this yet, so talk about making my day..err YEAR! Please please Please toss my name in that virtual hat!today has been a day of daydreaming as we are getting snowed in for sure. As I redesign my crafting space, my want list keeps growing. But I have to tell you (now that you asked)I would like to go to an embroidery convention of sorts. I did this eons ago for cross stitching in North Carolina and seriously…have never enjoyed an event like it again. So while you teach me lots of new things here and I pump up my tool chest, I am dreaming of that trip. Not sure it is in my budget, but I am determined to do it again. Good luck to all. Hoping everyone has had a wonderful Christmas and will have a safe and healthy new year. And Thank you to you Mary, for continued inspiration year round!


  447. I love to embroider. I’ve actually had this dream for a long time. I would like to sew things and then custom hand embroider them and make a living while doing so. To be able to do something I love and make a living at the same time–it is my dream and I am sure lots of others dream also.

  448. My dream: England. I would enjoy spending some time at the Royal School of Needlework…Design is of particular interest. While there i would also enjoy visiting all the storage/backrooms of textile collections. Followed by a visit to and glance into the history of Charleston. See where the designers/artists/innovators of The Omega Workshop enjoyed their days and romps. What a inspirational adventure that would be…some time to oneself to follow their influences of modernism.

  449. My embroidery daydream – first and foremost is to own all of the threads in all of the colors just so I can daydream some more – one can never have too many threads. Having all those I then daydream about taking myself on one of those historic home/stitching tours in Europe to stitch and drool over antique textiles and historic homes. Maybe some day….

  450. My embroidery dream would be to go to England And/or Scotland and see some antique pieces. 10 years ago we were at the V&A but I didn’t know as much as I do now. Since I’m dreaming it would be nice to have an up close personal look. Right now I’m interested in 17th c. Raised embroidery. Another dream is to stich my own box. I’m in the Thistle Threads class so it’s juast a matter if doing it!
    Thanks for such wonderful give-away opportunities!
    Merry Christmas!
    Anita H in Iowa

  451. i love threads, and my wish would be a complete set of colors, so this would be great…thanks for the giveaway, Happy New Year…RebeccaKeith

  452. Thanks for this wonderful give away! My dream is to attend the Royal School of Needlework in London!! I have never worked with the coton a brodor threads before, but I have always wanted to!! The colors are so beautiful. I would use them in all of my mini art quilts and crazy quilts!!! Happy New Year

  453. What to wish for? what to wish for? I have so many wishes for my embroidery dreams…but my ultimate wish list/dream would be to enroll at the Royal School of Needlework for every one of their degree programs, starting at their lowest level since I probably would be considered a beginner embroiderer. I visited Hampton Court specifically for the RSN and was not disappointed at their faculty nor the skill levels that their students eventually acquired.

  454. Hello Mary, what a fantastic giveaway this is, I just couldn’t resist entering as I’ve never used Coton a broder and after listening to you talk about it’s qualities would love to have a go. I love monograms too. My embroidery dream would be to go away, far away to peace blissful peace and quiet, perhaps the countryside for an embroidery retreat. I would enjoy some classes and talks and some quiet time to just stitch by myself or with newly acquired friends. Oh how often I’ve dreamt of this I cannot say. But one day it may happen. Thank you again. Kind Regards Mandy Currie (mandycurrie@googlemail.com)

  455. So many dreams. I dream of a needlework tour. I dream of time to finish my projects. I dream of a special place for my needlework stuff and i dream of a magic wand to bring them to life. So many dreams.

  456. I would love to have a hoop stand, sometimes it is awkward for me to hold the hoop and work some of the stitiches. Thanks for this awesome giveaway! πŸ™‚

    Amanda B in Kansas City, MO USA

  457. Hi Mary.
    My embroidery daydream is getting an endless supply of high quality embroidery materials. I love my hobby, but it seems that the prices build up, and I find myself working with lesser quality materials. So that is my embroidery dream. Thank you for this give-away.

  458. My dream to embroideery is to attend a class in Williamsburg, VA. I have become a very traditional exbroiderer as well as doing white work and cross stitch. To be in a place that give good instruction as well as inspiration is my dream.

  459. Hi Mary,
    My embroidery day dream… guilt free time, a magnifing lamp, and a frame …but mostly more time to create and learn and perfect new embroidery skills. What an awesome give away. Thank you.
    Jean B.

  460. To dream the impossible dream……! How wonderful it would be to have limitless time in which to stitch. Alas, none of us can be that fortunate so we make the most of the time we can devote to our wonderful needle arts. The only dream better than time would be that beautiful assortment of threads. I would feel like a little girl that just received the giant size box of crayons with all those wonderful colors. Thank you for such a generous give-away. May you have a New Year of dreams fulfilled.

  461. I would love to learn to embroidery well enough to impress all my embroidery/quilting friends!
    all those colors looks soooooooo yummy : )
    Thanks for such a great giveaway and a chance to win

  462. My Embroidery Daydream is a few hours of guilt-free time in which to embroider. No deadlines, no dishes calling to be washed; just a quite chunk of time to stitch. Ah, bliss…

  463. I am a devoted DMC fan! I treasure the chance I had to buy DMC floss cabinets years ago from my LNS. They sit on the top of 2 side by side bureaus and give me a lift every time I walk past them! The little drawers are full and I am always amazed when I go to get out a number and don’t have it. I usually use floss and love to do big projects with DMC 5, 8 & 12. Your pictures of the Hungarian Redwork piece fascinate me and I’d love to try another DMC product. My needlework dream- to finish all of my UFOs and NBSes.

  464. First off…thank yous to Hedgehog, Joady and you for this beautiful give-a-way. Mercy those colors are to die for. My consistant daydream is to learn and perfect every stitch in Coats & Clark’s booklet “One Hundred Embroidery Stitches”. Trying to find the time to devote to this task is difficult to say the least, but I’m determined to start this week since I have nothing in the hoop right now. And giving it some thought…sure wouldn’t be a bad idea to have someone coming in to do the housework while I just stitch away (lol)!
    Happy New Year Mary & Congrats on you taking over Stitching Fingers (I just signed on today).

  465. My embroidery daydream is to have time to embroider a matching set of Christmas stockings for my family. I didn’t get a chance to do it for this holiday, and since my son was born we were running low on stockings so I put my husband’s stocking stuffers into an oven mitt! With another addition on the way, we’ll need more stockings, so I am hoping to get the project started for next year. Thanks for the giveaway!

  466. My dream is to have a clean and neat sewing room with enough space to put everything away. This may mean I need a maid to follow me around!

  467. What a generous and thoughtful give-away! It would certainly make for some marvelous monograms!!!
    My embroidery daydream is to be able to continue to take classes and learn (anywhere in the world) and have enough time, energy and eyesight to practice and truly become an accomplished stitcher, which includes finishing all of my ufo’s and the dozens of projects that are bouncing around in my head that have not been started.
    Happy New Year, Mary!

  468. A dream come true would be to have as much
    time to stitch as I desire. There just never
    is enough time available.

    Pat S.

  469. My embroidery dream – to have all the many kinds of threads in all the colors in my stash so I can pick and choose what I want to as I set up my newest project – besides the DMC threads this would include the Caron threads, appleton wool,Brazilian thread, metallic threads, silk, etc. There are so many types of threads and so many ways to combine them. And there is so much I want to do!! (We might throw some endless time into that with that dream!)

  470. My embroidery dream is to get a degree from the Royal School of Needlework. I would just love to study nothing but embroidery surrounded by history and historic pieces. Maybe someday I’ll swing 1 or 2 day class there, or even just visit. I’d love to see something embroidered by the Tudor Queens.

  471. Hi there
    My name is Lainey108 and I am from Fife in Scotland. I have only recently started following your blog but I am so glad I found it. The content and detail are amazing. I can tell you love what you do.
    My mum died a few years ago but I often daydream about sharing stitches and designs with her as we did when I was a little girl. She loved embroidering flowers and patterns onto linen and doing cross stitch on canvas. We always used stranded cotton but I am sure she would have loved the coton a broder. It would be great to be able to share the experience with her even if it would just be in my imagination.
    Thanks to yourself and your supplier for this wonderful opportunity.

  472. My embroidery daydream would be to take a class at lease once a month to improve my needlework skills and to have a personal organizer come in and take my sewing/craft room and make it into a well run and organized area where I could easily access all my different sewing/needlework crafting items. Thanks so much for the wonderful give aways you have!

  473. My dream come true would be a vacation someplace warm with the best stitchery shops within walking distance from our suite and a lovely patio with an ocean view on which to stitch for hours on. Then I would win some very rich lottery and be able to continue my vacation visiting museums and churches in search of antique needle work, to admire and learn from. Techiya

  474. My dream for future needlework is to take a class with Trish Burr. I would also like to make my own patterns that would bring delight to people, that would encourage the art of embroidery. My closer reality is something that I have been working towards which is incorporating hand embroidery with quilting. I am close to putting the top together. You have been such a source of encouragement and information. Thank you so much for all you do for us!

  475. Thanks for this great giveaway!

    I’m very new to embroidery, my daydream is really simple, which is a LOT of fine linen fabrics, a LOT of beautiful threads, and a LOT of time to spend with the needles.

  476. My embroidery daydream is to help foster a continuing interest in many combinations of sewing, quilting, machine embroidery and hand stitchery… Though I have tried cross stitch and crewel, my first love has always been needlepoint.

    I think this thicker floss will have lots of design applications that will complement other stitching. The sheen would lend itself to vibrant highlights among other stitches or involved in borders. Braided then couched…well, the possibilities are endless!

    I hope to win this prize to give to my sister who is very active in her ANG guild. She and I each independently found your newsletters and website, Mary, and couldn’t believe we each were fans!!!

    Melita has referenced you in her blog and would put these to excellent use as demonstrations and possibly as part of a donated project.

    I was quite taken with the 300 “Soldier Kissing Pillows” kits she had made up for guild members to stitch for families of soldiers leaving for service in the armed forces. She never makes money from any of her stitching efforts and by my winning I could give this to her to support her efforts…and I just KNOW she’d love this set!!!

    Her blog is MelitaStitches4Fun.wordpress.com if you have a chance to check it out.


  477. My daydream…to move to our new house (in process of purchasing) and dig out all my fabric, thread, patterns, etc etc and set up an amazing sewing DEN. And then STITCH!! πŸ™‚

  478. My needlework day dream is to have unlimited time to stitch, with perfect light and an unlimited supply of threads for which ever project is on my frame at the time. Oh, and a limitless supply of energy to go with my ambitions.

  479. I have always wanted to create and embroider a large “picture” of a neighborhood or a country scene. I want to use lots of different threads and learn all the different stitches I can find. I just need to take that first step and draw the scene!

  480. My Needlework Daydream… to be able to study for a minimum of a year at the Royal School of Needlework.

  481. My fingers were literally itching as I read your post and looked at the pictures! Then when you said a complete set… 182 colors…OH MY!
    As I’m currently getting snowed in (8-12 inches are predicted), having the set would be a dream come true because I wouldn’t have to worry about needing a particular color while toughing out the storm. The rest of the dream is to have organized storage for this treasure!

  482. Hi Mary, Very cool give-away! I daydream about the space-time continuum of embroidery – where I’d have the room for a couple dedicated embroidery spots – one for a stand and another comfy chair. Then I daydream about the time to work on a project – when I’d be so into it that time pretty much stands still. My goal is to make that happen a lot this next year! The coton a broder collection will be gorgeous to stitch with for some lucky winner. Thank you very much!

  483. My embroidery daydream is to travel to England and Ireland and learn new techniques and stitches. I have always wanted to go to stitching classes. In this daydream I would have enough money to travel and enough time to try what I learned.

  484. Learn to embroider at a haute couture workshop and have to live in Paris while doing so. Live in Bruges and learn from the masters there. Travel across the Channel and study midevil tapestries and embroidery in England. Motor up to Ireland and stock up on fine linens and end up in Scotland to see what adventures in embroidery await me there. Do I have to pick just one?

  485. My embroidery dream would be to have a needle work shop right next door that had every color of every thread so I could just run right over there and pick out the exact thing I needed, and also try out all kinds of things. I guess while I am dreaming I would have a really big gift card to spend there too.

  486. Ohh, look at all the pretty!

    My dream would be to have some kind of magical thread containment system that was easy to use an rearrange, keeps all the colors visable and contains all the crazy annoying thread end and keeps them from randomly raveling!

    Happy holidays all!

  487. My daydream would as organized I would know exactly where to locate any and everything in my sewing room. I would love to win.

  488. My embroidery dream is to have every color of embroidery thread I could possibly want and also have different types of thread to embroider with. Of course, that will necessitate finding the perfect way to store and categorize my wonderful thread. Then, I’ll need some extra hours to set up the thread instead of embroidering. Because if I have to decide on whether to get myself organized or to do thread work, you can bet which wins!!!!

  489. My Embroidery Daydream is to have pain free elbows and wrists to be able to embroider at the class I will be taking in June to learn the art of ecclesiastical embroidery. I hope to learn to embroider Orthodox icons and vestments for the church…which has been a life-long dream of mine.

    Thank you for the opportunity to submit my chance to win.

  490. Mary, I love all of your ideas for an embroidery daydream. However, right now I would wish that someone would come and clean my bathroom. Alas, that is not going to happen, I’d better get busy. Love all the beautiful colors in your picture of the coton.

  491. I love the act of creation, of touching the threads, of the movement of the needle through the fabric, and the magic of seeing the colors and patterns emerge. More time to stitch, and to actually finish projects, and to perhaps sell my work to help pay for my supplies! That’s my daydream!
    I’m enjoying your blog and website!

  492. My embroidery dream is to make a sampler with all the different embroidery stitches using different threads. Thanks for your generous giveaway!


  493. Hi Mary,
    Thank you so much for your wonderful articles. I have learned so much! My embroidery daydream would be to have whatever linen I need and all the colors of Coton at my fingertips to stitch all day and into the night! I love all the colors and the feel of the linen and thread……yummy! Would love to win this!

  494. G’day Mary,
    My daydream really is an incredible dream and just for fun: that I would be the only one to enter your competitions!
    Thank you and Hedgehog Handworks for this magnificent opportunity.
    Cheers, Kath from Oz.

  495. My needlework dream is to have all my stash organized so I can find the right shade when I am trying to work from my stash. I try to keep my threads by color because I do a little designing.

  496. Those colors are fantastic. I have never used coton a broder and would love to try it. My dream is to have time to embroider and have time left over for my other hobbies. I can’t sit in front of the TV without a project in my hands.

  497. I’d love to have a bay window so I could embroider with natural light on my work – and having all those beautiful colours in Coton a Broder 25 would help me choose all the delicious shades to work my project on linen, a modified William Morris briar rose, tulip and bird table cloth/table runner.

  498. My embroidery day dream would be to take a class on reproduction sampler stitches with Darlene O`Steen and stitch a sampler along with her…

  499. I would love to own all that luscious thread for my embroideries!So many colors. I am drooling. Atie

  500. Hi Mary…oops…almost wrote Hail Mary ….Thank you for your wonderful site and for the chance to own such a wonderful collection.
    My fantasy is to take a long holiday by the sea, but with an air conditioned unit so as to be comfortable doing my embroidery. I would have three suitcases full of threads. 1..for variegated thread..2. For shiny luscious threads.. and 3. For coton a broder, stranded and flower thread. The cupboards would come stocked with patterns and fabric and the lighting would be perfect.My unit would be serviced so no housework and meals would be a phonecall away.
    Okay…I’m dreaming……but just maybe……..perhaps……..????

  501. My embroidery dream would be to see better and to have my thumb not hurt when I embroider. I have a wrinkle in my right eye retina which demands extra attention on straight lines. My thumb has arthritis but I have to keep this thumb cranking or I won’t be able to use it. Anyway this is a super-duper, sweet giveaway and thank you so much for taking the time to do this.

  502. My embroidery dream is to have time to try out all the beautiful designs I keep collecting. I just love interpreting the disigns into stiches and colours. This is forever exciting, and new threads would just be great

  503. Daydreams, where the impossible becomes possible.
    My studio is large enough to have all my sewing requirements neatly stored and named and see at a glance, my colour wheels and samples on show. A place large enough to have at one end a wet area through to a drying area for dying my fabrics and threads, then to the design area and finally a dry dust free work area for the jobs at hand. I have a radio and TV.
    It is a large factory type space given to me free.I pay power and water. I can make my tea or coffee and friends can come and work with me or I can happily work on my own.

    OHHH! I have just woken up and I am in my small but not too neat storage space and realise it was just a daydream!

    Well we can all dream and still achieve so much without the lot ot STUFF we think we need.

    But with a sigh and a feeling of happiness I continue to stitch but the dream remains a lovely thought.

    Best dreams to all
    Martha May

  504. My dream is a little different. I would like to finish specific projects I have set aside, or have started,for family and friends. Too often it seems someone has passed on before I have been able to give them a design they have chosen or I have selected just for them.

  505. Hi,
    my embroidery daydream is that I wish I would embroider more,and not just hord all the threads!I buy my threads and sometimes I hate to use them,because they are SO SO pretty!:)

  506. I would love to have access to an endless supply of linen and silk threads. More than that though I would love to have a nice group of embroidery enthusiasts to meet with an embroider together. Alas living in NYC it’s a little tough to do. I do have the next best thing in Needlenthread!

  507. Thanks Mary for this give-away. It is one of my daydream to win this collection of coton Γ  broder.
    My other daydream is to have a room dedicated to embroidery and the first one is to learn embroidery at Mary Corbet`s home.

  508. As I began reading your description of Coton a Broder in 182 colors, I immediately thought of how crazy wonderful it would be to have all of them and then slapped myself back to reality, reminding myself I just don’t need 182 colors, I really only like green… and I shouldn’t whip out my credit card as it’s still steaming from holiday usage.

    But a giveaway…wow, that would be a dream come true. I could stitch away in 2013 on SharonB’s TAST challenge with every color! BTW, I love that the two of you are working together and you’re going to take over Stitchin Fingers. Great collaboration.

    Thanks for the opportunity and all you do to provide encouragement and information for stitchers to learn and improve their skills.

    Diane – yarngoddess

  509. Hmmm. My daydream… Wake up in the morning to the smell of bacon frying. The on-staff housekeeper/nanny has the kids up and dressed and ready for school sitting at the table ready to eat. I see them off on the schoolbus while the housekeeper puts in the laundry and takes out meat for supper. I walk in my spacious light-filled workroom with the most comfortable chair ever. Pop a book-on-tape into the player and have an enjoyable time planning out a new design. Go for a walk and come back to start the stitching while the housekeeper makes lunch … Goes on like that for the rest of the day!!! Every day! Lol. πŸ™‚

  510. I love your daily blog posts and while I don’t enter many of your fabulous giveaways thinking there are more deserving readers out there (and by this I mean more passionate about a given technique or more likely to make something wonderful right away), this time I am leaping at the chance to say “mine, mine, mine!” I will also happily take all of the above to your suggested embroidery daydreams, but mine would be to do a whitework retreat at one of those Italian convents or somesuch I’ve seen advertised. Thanks again for all the inspiration and helping to make our embroidery dreams that much closer to reality!

  511. Hi, My wish is to have my workroom organized so that I can find all the different types and colours of threads I need to do all the projects that are waiting for me. Cotton a Broder in different colours would be a wonderful addition to my stash of threads. Here’s hoping I’m lucky this time. All the best and Happy New Year.

  512. My needlework dream is to have my actual finished product end up looking exactly like the vision in my head! If I win this wonderful give away, I will have lots of threads to practice with.

  513. Years ago when the only Floche available was white or ecru, I couldn’t be bothered. Later I took a correspondence course of Ukrainian folk art embroidery, excited by use of coton a broder in the limited colors accessible for #12 & #16. This 2012 Christmas, I embroidered monograms & personalizations to repurposed vintage linens for most of my adult nieces & nephews. Some of those fabrics were dyed & the daydream you can make achievable are receipt of all these a broder colors that may lead me to further presents of my needlework to the younger generation. I cannot resist working with cotton fibers that can be so practical for clothing & decorative furnishings. CA in SF

  514. I love Coton a broder, too! My embroidery daydream is to have a group of embroidery buffs come to my house for embroidery lessons. I’m working on a project right now that is a book with my initials on the cover-done in Coton a broder. So how perfect is this give-away!

  515. For the New Year, I dream of learning a new stitch once a month to add visual beauty to my quilting!

  516. My embroidery daydream is to be as good at embroidery as you, Mary. That will never happen, but I’m enjoying learning from your site. Thank you for sharing!

  517. My dream is to win this prize, as where I live, it is impossible to “gather” these threads and after reading your blog, I find that I just “want them”!!!! I am a sucker for anything I can’t get!!!! I will go to any extreme!!

  518. I would love to have an unlimited supply of cute patterns to stitch on lovely linen. I’d also like my hand to be up to doing hours and hours of stitching! Thank you so much for all you share here and the chance to win the mother lode of thread!

  519. Mmm sharp eyes and no arthritis, failing that an embroidery cruise with some master stitchers would do!

  520. Dear Mary,
    Merry Christmas! Thank you for your generosity! You have sent us your blog (embroidery treat) everyday over Christmas. My dream is to have all the best quality materials at hand, threads of every colour, linens, and embroidery tools, to stitch anything I choose ….. and the time to do it!

  521. I am thread crazy too!
    My embroidery dream is to be able to finish a sewing project that I start in one sitting. This would enable me to give more hand-embroidered gifts to all my loved ones. The joy and excitement that my friends and family express when I hand them a gift is SOOOO worth every stitch. I dream I have better eyes, faster hands and a stronger back!

  522. My embroidery dream is for my technique to improve enough so that when I have an idea for a project it doesn’t take me forever to figure out how to get what I see in my mind into reality.

  523. What beautiful colors, Mary! I just love learning new things from you. My embroidery dream would be for hours of uninterrupted time to stitch. No laundry or dust bunnies allowed!

  524. I would love to have the time to embroider in a lovely room with plenty of natural light.

  525. What a wonderful giveaway! My embroidery dream would be to have instant access to all the fabrics and threads whenever I want to stitch. Sort of a stitcher’s magic wand! It seems like I always have to dig and wait for supplies before I start stitching projects. My excuse for not getting more done I think!

  526. Mary, This past October I attended my very first embroidery conference and it really hit home just how nice it is – nay, essential it is – to have really nice equipement – quality hoops, needles, threads, good lighting etc…many of the women who came had really good stuff and my dream is to have a nice collection of embroidery “things”. I asked for and received a very good full spectrum light for Christmas this year. I would also love to go on an embroidery “vacation” some day….
    Mary Ann

  527. Oh would love to win!

    I’d love to go on an embroidery sewing vacation weekend! Sounds like so much fun! Of course, I’d want a few of my sewing friends to come along to stitch sew and laugh!


  528. Another great giveaway, Mary!

    My embroidery daydream is having time and money to devote to this lovely art form…the bit about someone else to do the cooking and cleaning is also a part of that daydream, of course:)

  529. My dream would be to have a time every day that I could devote to embroidering. Between working and 2 small children, I don’t often have time to sit down but maybe once a week, so that time is quite precious. It’s my own little personal get-away, but I do wish I had more time to spend perfecting this wonderful craft!

  530. Oh how I love my threads, the look and the feel of them – I dream that I would have an endless supply – otherwise I am a mizer in not wanted to use them – I love to just look at them and add new ones just in case I might need them down the road.

  531. My embroidery daydream is to be able to go to an embroidery retreat & take classes, be fed, have a peaceful, stitchy 5-7 days while someone took care of everything at home for me. *happy sigh*

  532. I love reading books on the history of stitching (two of my favourites are Celtic, Viking & Anglo-Saxon Embroidery by Jan Messant and The Goodhart Samplers by Phelan, Hansson & Holdsworth). My embroidery dream would be to see these pieces in real instead of just looking at pictures of them. Having failed in that I love experimenting with different fibres and materials to try to recreate some similar items. Coton a broder 25 looks like it would be ideal to use in this experimentation.

  533. Oh, what a wonderful giveaway! My embroidery dream would be, honestly, to take classes directly from someone skilled, like you, Mary! I muddle along well enough, but it’s always nice to have direct instruction!

  534. My embroidery daydream is to live long enough to finish all the projects in my “stash”. So many wonderful designs to tempt a stitcher. So little time.

  535. Color! That’s what I love the most and am so thankful for. I love every variation and shade. I find pleasure from fingering through threads, magazines, photo’s, nature – looking at every flower in detail and comparison – just appreciating, evaluating and considering the colors. (now that is a run-on sentence!)

    Wether I am a good candidate for your gift – I do not know. But I do know I would love all 182 of them!

    Pam from Dairyville.

  536. My embroidery dream is to have time to do it and a person to help me get better. This website is a God-send. I just found it this month. I teach school and homeschool my own, that leaves very little time for relaxing, which is embroidery to me.

  537. I would love to use the threads to teach my 11 yr. old granddaughter how to embroider. She has recently said she would like to learn and I plan to use your tutorials on my laptop, pausing after each step, to teach her. These threads (great quality!) will make her first project special for her and for her grandmother who will be the teacher.

    Mill Creek Nana

  538. So I’m not the only one who goes into a trance in a shop with all the Appleton wools hanging on the wall, or looking at a drawer full of silk threads? My dream would be time, time, time – to do all the stitching that I’d like to do. Time to use all those threads.

  539. Hi Mary, My embroidery daydream is to pass my love of hand embroidery on to my granddaughters. We have worked on a few simple designs that the 6yo has sketched out on muslin and stitched up. We never seem to have the color on hand that she is looking for. I would love to be the recipient of Coton a Broder give away to share with my granddaughters.

  540. It is so nice to spread and share the knowledge the is out there. Your article on monograms makes me want to try it. I look forward to expanding my horizons with this coming year. Thanks for sharing

  541. What a dream come true – to have every color of Coton a Broder. I find working with this thread a delight! It would be wonderful to take my threads along as I float away on a “round the world embroidery tour” learning the techniques of each country I visit. Although I recognize the reality of not having the number of lifetimes necessary to accomplish this, it can be a worthy goal of my dreams.

  542. Oh my good gravy, this is a GIVEAWAY with all capital letters, indeed! It would certainly be a dream to win it.

    I would like two things, when it comes to embroidery: new glasses, and some good, inviolable chunks of time in which to embroider, so that I can practice more complex stitches and designs.

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Mary, thank you so much for hosting this giveaway.

  543. What is it about embroiderers which makes us so generous? What a fabulous giveaway!

    My embroidery dream is to go on an organised tour, staying in stately homes in the U.K., where embroideries are shown to tour members. Imagine the delight of seeing these treasures and of sharing that delight with other people passionate about needlework…The tour also includes time at the RSN. Bliss. Maybe one day.

  544. My embroidery dream would be to have as much time as I wanted to stitch. It is just inconvenient to go to work when I would rather be stitching. LOL My second place daydream would be to have a dedicated room for stitching, one that was completely stocked and organized. I would always have whatever supplies was needed. I could choose to work on any project I wanted. No, not really. Collecting supplies is part of the fun. I would like to win this give-away because I would love to experiment with threads other than regular DMC stranded. I love DMC, it’s just that it is readily available and other materials are no so much.

  545. My embroidery daydrwam is simple. I would love to have the time and funds to study at the Royal School of Needlework! Thanks for the generous giveaway and all your stitchy wisdom.

  546. WOW! What an amazing giveaway! So many of the dreams that others have written about here resonate strongly with me (travel! knowledge!! time!!!). But very simply, as a new embroiderer, my dream is to keep trying out new-to-me stitching techniques and materials. I have never worked with coton a broder, and would love chance to try it myself πŸ™‚

  547. As I stitch my latest design, I daydream about having all the colours of my favourite threads and all the sizes and colours of my favourite linens and evenweaves. How wonderful to get an idea and be able to select the threads and linen I need. Inspiration wouldn’t have to wait for the materials to arrive in the mail. I also wouldn’t have to buy 3 colours of each thread and linen to make sure I get the right one. How nice it would be to already have it.

  548. This is a great question for me as I have been defining my stitching/creativity goals for 2013. I’ve begun this by stating what my overall dream is, actually it’s a 3 part dream. I’m thinking they will be a first this then this accomplishment.


    I think it’s important to dream big!

  549. My daydream would be to have all the time I wanted to just sit and stitch. Since at 73 I am still working 2 days a week for my husband in his law office, I do not get as much time as I would like to stitch. One day a month I teach a class in hand embroidery at my local shop and I have ordered several of the colors to use as a demonstration for my group. I think my dream would be to have such a wonderful gift to share with my class!

  550. My embroidery daydream is to be able to quit work so I can concentrate more on embroidering. I love to embroider and would love to put the threads to good use. πŸ™‚

  551. How lovely it would be to be seated in front of a great big window with light flooding in on my slate framed crewel piece resting on heavy wooden trestles.
    Marian in Ellicott City.

  552. I love to have many colors of embroidery thread and silk ribbon. I display them in glass jars and they look so pretty. I ordered some silk embroidery thread on eBay- to my surprise when it came it was Art Silk for Chikan machines- who knew??? Anyhow they look pretty in glass jars BUT it think a collection of every color of Coton a Broder would be most wonderful and useful and colorful and WOW- I could embroider forever with this lovely thread.

  553. I’d love to have an endless supply of linen and different colors of thread to work with! I’ve just started a “One Project a Week” challenge for the new year and could definitely use some supplies to keep my creative juices flowing! πŸ™‚

  554. My embroidery daydream? To be incredibly proficient in every embroidery stitch there is … and to have the ability to create patterns that suit me without having to go through other people’s creations! Pretty much a pipe dream, but not completely impossible!! Of course, I wouldn’t mind having a skein of every color of coton a broder 25!! πŸ™‚

  555. My embroidery dream would be to have the wonderful moments back embroidering with my mother in law, sadly she is in South Africa and I in Perth, Western Australia. I miss those moments with her where we would both be busy with our embroidery projects together at her home. I love watching the beautiful colours of threads and ribbons bringing my embroidery projects to life.
    Virginia “Down Under”

  556. My embroidery dream is to attend the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court, England. I taught myself crewel work via my sister’s Erica Wilson book when I was 12. And all that thread in all those colors would be perfect supplies!

    Thanks Mary for the give-aways. Readying everyone’s comments makes it worthwhile even if you don’t win.

  557. I subscribe to many blogs, but when I see Needle ‘n Thread I feel my concentration intensifying. That’s how I know I love embroidery the best of all crafts.

    My dream would be to be in my recliner and surrounded by all supplies; all the thread colors, needles, needle threaders, hoops, you name it. To never be interrupted by phone or person; have food magically appear before me so that I could continue to merrily stitch on at a rapid pace with beautiful completion of the entire project in one day.

    Now, THAT’S a dream!!!

  558. Ooh! Right now my embroidery dream is to win this giveaway! Usually, my embroidery dream is to be able to do some of the beautiful things I’ve seen here on your blog and some others I follow. I am just a beginner. I also dream of having a frame I can set up around a comfy chair, and someday traveling to England and attending a class at the Royal School of Needlework. I have many dreams, but few funds. I have never seen anything but DMC stranded embroidery thread, I live in a rural area, far from any good suppliers, so I was excited to see this giveaway post. I love reading your descriptions of the beautiful threads you use and would be thrilled to see these threads in real life!

  559. Daydream – that my 3 daughters would love doing handwork as much as I do and we could all sit and stitch together! Maybe I’ll have granddaughters who will want to do it!

    Great giveaway! “Plane nut Carrie”

  560. My embroidery daydream? Win a Needle ‘n Thread give-away, of course!
    And also improve my skills in using color. 182 colors of coton a border could really help with that (hint, hint).
    Thanks, Mary, for these totally cool give-aways!

  561. My embroidery daydream is to have an entire trousseau of hand embroidered table, bed and bath linen. The kind you see in Francoise de Bonneville’s book – The Book of Fine Linen. I have been salivating over this book for 10 years now and I am still in awe every time I look at it. For now, the Cotton a Broder will go a long way, in helping me monogram a hand towels, pillowcases,… like those you see on the cover of the book.

    Hope I win πŸ™‚

    JoelleIngrid in GA

  562. I fantasize about my toddler being old enough to stitch along . . . or at least old enough that she knows not to grab Mommmy’s needle.

  563. Mine would be the specific time while someone else cooks, cleans, goes to office and fusses over the husband n daughter. Actually, just 30 mins each day to spend drawing thread thro linen would be perfect.
    Thanks for another opportunity to win such gorgeous thread, Mary. I’m praying fervently for a miracle to win this.
    Have a memorable 2013.

  564. I would love to have an entire room for embroidery. All the thread sorted by brand and size lined up along the walls just like embroidery shops. Amazing lighting would be absolutely necessary. Comfortable work station with good task lighting would be lovely and maybe a computer and printer as well. It sure would be nice, maybe if I win the lottery.

  565. To be able to be with my friend Cee and just stitch all day, I moved away and haven’t found a new stitching friend.

  566. I would love to have all the supplies needed to make anything I want….then to actually have a purpose for all the items I want to make in my lifetime.

  567. My embroidery daydream is to have a space with perfect lighting, comfortable seating, all the correct tools, and plenty of storage units with all my embroidery threads, fabrics, patterns and tools neatly organized. On top of all that, I dream to have the time and energy to embroider to my hearts content! Please don’t wake me!

  568. My embroidery daydream is to have confidence in my stitch skill and selection for embellishment embroidery and crazy quilt embroidery! I know this means practice in order to build up experience, but also moving beyond my giant collection of 6-strand DMC… this coton a broder collection would be wonderful! I love to have all the colors of anything (love my 132 color Prismacolor pencil set for designing!)

  569. I would to have the entire thread collection. I collect thread of all kinds. I have all the DMC 6 strand floss. I have collections of hand dyed threads and even belong to apathy thread club. I love to wool appliquΓ© and embellish with beautiful thread in different kind of stitches. I have been asked to do a stitch a month type class for embroidery and wool appliquΓ©. Everyone calls me the thread diva. My dream is to have enough thread collections so that I can create the colored embellishment anytime.

  570. Hi Mary, What a wonderful give away! My stitching daydream is to have as much enthusiasm about stitching as I used to. I am not sure where my mono has gone… but I would sure like it back. I do love collecting stash.
    Jane from Illinois

  571. I think a couple of hours every day in front of a beautiful sunny window and in the winter a crackling fire while a maid/cook takes care of the chores…yummy dream!!! Of course this wonder house of windows/ fireplaces would be a block away from a wonderful store of stitchery supplies!!!
    Okay, I’ll dream of a couple of hours in a sunny window πŸ™‚

  572. What a wonderful new year giveaway!!. I live on the south coast of NSW and have trouble getting specialised thread so would be ecstatic if I won this prize.

  573. My answer to all of your questions is a resounding YES! I want it all – the space, the thread and all supplies, the time, the classes, etc. Happy New Year and keep on blogging!

  574. My Embroidery daydream would be to attend a stitching retreat or convention. There is a Koala Convention in New Zealand next year I would love to go to but don’t think I’ll be able to afford. It’s the first one I know of in this country and has some really cool classes, including several with Tanja Berlin! One day …

  575. I’ve loved watching the Hungarian Redwork project – only need time to do my own.
    My daydream holiday would include a new floor lamp (days are short at this time of the year) and some guilt-free time devoted to crafting.

  576. My favorite embroidery daydream is to be sitting in a soft, comfortable chair in front of a window facing my backyard with my embroidery hoop and needle in my hand, a cup of tea on the table beside me.

  577. My embroidery daydream would consist of never ending patterns and an UNLIMITED supply of all types of floss, Perle cotton and threads. I taught myself to embroider and cross stitch and continue to fit it in my busy schedule at every opportunity possible!!!! I love to teach others their in craft ability and how fun and RELAXING it can be!!! Of course an needlework vacation with all the thread and linen and patterns for free would also be a daydream!!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win!!!! Happy New Year!!!!

  578. Dear Mary,
    My embroidery daydream would be to learn all the embroidery/needlework techniques, to take a class at Royal School of Needlework and to attend Yokohama quilt show.
    Thank you.

  579. This is an amazing giveaway!

    My embroidery daydream is to have the time and money to take coursework at the Royal School of Needlework. Somehow this would involve me getting leave from my job, having the financial means for my family to move to London for an extended period of time, etc…. so it’s definitely just a dream!

  580. Well if I were to have my favorite daydream it would definitely be to have a cleaning lady to clean while I stitch. I would also love to have good eyes again that don’t get tired and hands that didn’t have arthritis.

  581. My first embroidery dream would be to be able to travel to an embroidery workshop and take classes. Someday, I hope to go to the one in Williamsburg VA.

    My second embroidery daydream is to have time to sit and stitch each day. I haven’t stitched for months. Since I started teaching knitting and crochet, all I’ve had time for is doing those projects.

    This thread sounds like heaven to me. I loved using Flower Thread, but I don’t see it in any catalogs or in any kits. It was about two ply of DMC and was easier to use that using two strands together.

  582. My dream is to go take a class from a professional like Judith baker montanyo. Or from the royal school of needlework. But still waiting to win publishers clearing house lol!
    As always, thanks for your great blog and the giveaway!

  583. I would just love to have a beautiful and functional embroidery frame.
    I’m also sitting here in 40degree heat with everything brown and dying and thinking how wonderful it would be to have that wonderful array of colours to cheer us all up.
    Happy new year, Kim

  584. I have just returned from Hungary and seen the beautiful embroideries of that region and the lovely threads they use, They were not for sale at the market unfortunately. I love embroidery and would love to do Jacobean and your threads would be perfect for this project. My dream is to do a cruise with an embroidery teacher on board – I couldn’t think of anything better, sitting, leaarning and sewing the time away.

  585. Wow, Look at all the comments πŸ™‚
    I need more hours….Too many projects, not enough time.
    And just imagine having a full range of colours at your fingertips. Luxury!!!

  586. hello,
    I discovered recently cotton a broder. it is a fabulous thread to “draw” with needle. but in France we have it only in 5 colors, even on DMC website. 182 colors is a dream !
    My Embroidery Daydream is to can stitch without this boring little voice in my head who has even say things like “you have to cook” or “you have to verify the homework of your children” or … it has always something to say, and I can never stitch with a good conscience.

  587. I’d love for my preschooler to decide he wanted to play nicely by himself while I embroidered for hours! (in real life, I’m lucky to get more than 15 minutes in without him requesting I play action figures! But I know I’ll miss that when he’s in school and I actually do have free time alone!

  588. Wow! Your site has opened my eyes to so many new ideas and ways to do needlework I never dreamed was even possible! Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  589. I work as a PA in a school but my dream is to start an embroidery club and teach girls the art of embroidery. It seems to me that it is fast becoming a lost art with young people and I would hate to see that happen as I get so much enjoyment from stitching. I always take embroidery with me to work and if I feel stressed I find myself a quiet spot and sit and stitch for 15 minutes and find I have calmed and am ready to face the challenges again – would love to share that.

    1. Michele,

      Don’t forget the boys! I ran a hand embroidery club in a local junior high and was surprised that I had several boys join. They enjoyed their time as much as the girls. πŸ™‚

  590. My Embroidery Daydream is to have an endless supply of threads and a set up like they have in the store displays. So I could just look and get the colors I wanted! Ah, what a lovely thought! πŸ™‚

  591. I would love to have my soon to be craft room cleaned up and usable. And then have the time to devote to it.

  592. I cannot thank you enough for writing this blog Mary. I have pretty much learned everything from you and in a matter of months went from not knowing which end of the needle to hold to successfully stitching some of Trish Burr’s advanced projects. As far as my stitching fantasy, I do live in a small town that’s close to a major city, however, even in major cities the brick and mortar embroidery shop has faded into almost complete non-existence. I would love to have a resurgence of the local embroidery store, even if that means opening one in my home town. Of course an equally tantalizing dream is to also study at the RSN, but for now just accessing supplies would be lovely!

  593. It was always my dream to go on a needlework retreat, just to be able to spend time with other like minded people, and not worry about the mundane things of life. Now, I think to have a wonderful supply of good quality vintage lace and linens to use would be fantastic, what more could I ask for

  594. Hi Mary,
    What a fantastic give away. Like you, I just love threads – you can never have too many.I love the feel of them, I love the colors. So my embroidery daydream would be to have complete collections of various threads.

  595. My stitcher’s dream is for a dedicated studio, with space for several concurrent projects and all my supplies and workspaces. I also sew clothing, which is fairly space intensive, and I am really hoping that in the next few months I will get my wish!

  596. What a lovely lady you are. I love the “JOY & HOLLY” so have plans for that gifted pattern.Thanks so much.
    My embroidery dream, or one of them at least,is to have a wide selection of threads at hand. Then, when I have those times of inspiration I can take off uninhibited. I recently bought all the D.M.C. embroidery colours & had such fun creating 3 knot gardens using heaps of colours/shades. It won’t happen but an Embroidery tour would just be “The Ant’s Pants.” Your site is a real assett to the embroidery world. Bless you.

  597. My embroidery dream would be to earn enough money working three days as I do in five, so I could stay home and stitch all those projects I have in my work basket. Oh, and to arrange and rearrange thiose beautiful coton a broder colours in nice colour combinations!

  598. Hi Mary,

    i am a recent fan of your website which is so helpful and informative. Your work always inspires me to do more embroidery. My embroidery daydream is to do more projects, work with lots of colours and new stitches and hopefully finish reading and learning from your archives !! Happy new year to you.

  599. It would be nice to have a housekeeper for about six weeks who would cook and clean for me while I wallowed in my stitching room working on the various unfinished projects I have.

  600. In my younger days I crafted as a hobby, I was able to make a business from my experiences.
    Now I just can’t stop learning and my special dream now is to pass on my learning to keep all that I will learn and have learnt onto others alive for generations to come.
    To spend all my time designing, learning and teaching so yes a housekeeper and an admin person to do my accounts would be heaven to freeup my time to spend with others who love what I do. Thanks for this opportunity.

  601. I would love a dedicated stitching room with plenty of storage space, bookshelves, power outlets, table top space and roomy. Much as I love my cat, it would be a cat free zone.

  602. hello,

    my daydream is to make a custom embroidered handbag just for me. Colourfull and a bit kitschy!

    tnx for nice giveaway!


  603. Hi Mary, And a Merry Xmas to you and yours!
    This is just so bezarre! I am working on a whitework round table clothe at present and was just thinking (and playing with some ideas, heck would it not just be brilliant if I could just turn this whole clothe into something with splashes of colour in between. No doubt the whitework is stunning, but there is nothing like colour to enhance anything and I do not have that colour range to be able to do it justice!To win your pack would be a dream come true! Maybe there is a Mother Xmas out there!