Just a quick little note today to announce the winner of the Beam ‘n Read light give-away!
You can find more information on the Beam ‘n Thread light in this review, including where to purchase it if you’re looking for it.
You’ll find further information on the light on the original give-away article, where I shared some feedback on the light from readers who use it.
Thanks to all who participated in the give-away! And to the Beam ‘n Read folks for sponsoring it!
The winner of the light, drawn randomly as usual, is Pam W! Here’s her answer to the question Do you take your needlework with you wherever you go, or are you a stay-at-home embroiderer?
I create with my embroidery whenever and wherever….living room, kitchen, bedroom, even sometimes–in the bathroom…if I’m trying to get things done…sometimes I need all the time I have! and of course I take it with me whenever I don’t have to drive, or sitting and waiting, waiting, waiting…just like waiting for Santa Claus…it’s a must to keep my projects moving along! As I’m getting older a light would be wonderful to have! Thanks a bunch for all you give us through your newsletters and giving.
Congratulations, Pam! Please drop me a line with your mailing address so the light can wing its way to you soon!
Stitching in Public
I’m happily surprised how many folks pack needlework with them wherever they go! So many of you mention stitching while waiting places, commuting, traveling, and so forth.
I’m not really a hermit – I do get out and about, and I will often take needlework with me. But as it works out, I rarely end up actually doing any, unless I’m stuck for a long, long wait somewhere. I’ve stitched in the car a little bit, but I don’t really enjoy doing so. I always feel crowded and disorganized. Plus, I usually end up being The Driver, and that makes it pretty difficult, for obvious reasons!
But what am trying to get at here is this: in all my Days of Being Here or Being There, of coming and going, traveling, waiting in airports, driving, sitting in waiting rooms at the doctor or the dentist, staying in hotels, going to coffee shops, visiting people in hospitals, you name it… I’ve never once seen another person stitching (as in, embroidery or cross stitch with a needle and thread) in public. I’ve seen a few knitters and crocheters, but never a stitcher. It’s great to know that so many people actually do it!
There are some organizations – for example, chapters of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America and of the Embroiderers’ Association of Canada – who actually schedule a Stitch in Public Day each year. I don’t usually hear about it happening until after the fact, but if a Stitch in Public day comes up in 2014 and I know about it ahead of time, I’ll let you know! It’s a great way to make people aware of the needle arts.
Upcoming on Needle ‘n Thread
Next week, I have a little something special for you in the form of a Christmas give-away. I’ll be giving away two copies of The Art of Chinese Embroidery signed by the author, and along with each, a gorgeous full kit, with everything you need to complete one of the projects in the book. That will happen early in the week, before Christmas, and will be announced after Christmas. Think of it as a New Year’s gift!
I’ll be away from the computer more than around it in the next several days, so email response will be limited.
Hope you enjoy your weekend! Here in Kansas, we’re expecting some significant (well, for us, anyway!) snow and ice, which may very well stick around for Christmas.
You know what this means, don’t you?
I can finally stop singing that blasted song! My family will be So Happy!