Today, on this second-to-the-last day of 2013, just a brief announcement of the winners of my Merry Christmas Give-Away!
The two winners will each receive a signed copy of Margaret Lee’s new book, The Art of Chinese Embroidery and an embroidery kit for one of the projects in the book.
The gorgeous images in this book will have you aching to try silk shading with Margaret Lee! I just love, love, love these morning glories. They’re definitely on my “bucket” list. The blues are so deeply sumptuous!
If you are looking for Margaret Lee’s book and kits, you can find them through Margaret Lee Embroidery, also in Australia.
In April of this year, The Art of Chinese Embroidery will be available through Amazon in the US, and is available for pre-ordering now.
You’ll also find The Art of Chinese Embroidery available worldwide through Book Depository by the middle of April, available for pre-ordering now as well.
On to the winners, drawn randomly:
Winner #1: Celia Holder. Here’s her answer to my question, What appeals to you most about Chinese embroidery?:
I am always looking for new and interesting embroidery techniques. Living on Maui there is a large Chinese effect on decorating. The beautiful pictures of the fish and flowers are so lovely. Koa ponds are popular here. I also love the shimmer of the silk threads and the elegance of the finished pictures. Merry Christmas to you!!!
Winner #2: Sharon P. Here’s her answer to the question:
The realism really appeals to me. The precision of each stitch and the blending of colors are exquisite. I have finally begun using silk threads for my projects and am beginning to work on needle painting. Having this book to guide me and either of these stunning projects would push me to do more, to learn some new techniques and bring my current ones to a new level.
Congratulations, Ladies! Please drop me a line with your mailing address, so I can get those packages on their way to you!
Coming Up on Needle ‘n Thread
Did I actually accomplish anything this year? Sometimes, I wonder! In any case, tomorrow we’ll look at the year in review – it’s a good way to help set realistic goals for next year and to let you know what is coming up in the first part of next year.
By the end of the week, I will (hopefully) be showing you a Very Big Finish! The holidays and “holiday mode” threw off my plans for an earlier finish on the Mission Rose, but it’s getting close! Tantalizingly close…
I got a new book for Christmas. I’ll show it to you. If you like the Arts & Crafts movement, you’ll find it enticing.
This week or next, we’ll chat a bit about organization. Whenever a new year starts, organization is high on my list of priorities. It’s nice to at least start the year off right!
Hope you’re still enjoying merry and bright days this holiday season – and that the last couple days of 2013 are happy ones!