Good morning, and welcome to A Stitcher’s Christmas #9!
A Stitcher’s Christmas, 2017 is a series of pre-Christmas give-aways here on Needle ‘n Thread, featuring delectable needlework prizes from a variety of excellent small needlework businesses known for their beautiful products and terrific service!
So far, we’ve had 8 give-aways in the series. From threads, to books, to kits, to tools, to classes – each give-away has featured lovely embroidery-related goods for the needlework enthusiast.
We still have two more to go in the series – and today is one of ’em!
Today’s give-away is for two kits – one to each of two winners – but they aren’t just any kits. You’ll want to pay a little attention to the details here, because you’ll want to know you’re getting into with these kits before you commit to them!
I’ll also announce the winner of the Rouge du Rhin Christmas wreath embroidery kit, so read on, read on…
Courtesy of Joy at Bobbie Schoonmaker’s Microstitchery, today’s episode of A Stitcher’s Christmas features two winners and two kits – one to each winner.
The kits are for the Sense of Hearing and the Sense of Taste miniature tapestries that you’ll find described here on Microstitchery.
Update, 2018: While MicroStitchery is still online, they are no longer honoring orders. I have heard from many folks who have placed orders with them, but have never received the orders and had to apply to PayPal for a refund. I’ve tried to contact Joy, the lady who took over the business, but with no luck. Just a word of caution, for those looking for miniature tapestries!
The two tapestries are worked on 40 count silk gauze, in tent stitch. They include the silk gauze, DMC threads, and the full charts for completing each miniature tapestry. While the finished size is “small” in comparison to most charted projects of this scope (they finish around 5″ x 5.5″), in reality, each project is fairly intense and time consuming.
But they’re also fun and absorbing – and quite challenging in a good way! If you’re not familiar with counted work and following a complex chart, they might not be for you. But if you’re up to a challenge, you can definitely do this!
15 Minute Philosophy
I worked through the Sense of Hearing miniature tapestry back in 2011. At the time, I was working full time as a college professor, blogging part time, and stitching in little blips and starts here and there on several different projects.
I loved working this project, because it was easy to pick up and work on for 15 or 20 minutes when I could grab some time. I used it as a needlework carrot – if I finished real work in a given amount of time, I’d give myself 15 or 20 minutes to stitch on this, because even if you don’t have a lot of time during the day to stitch, just 15 or 20 minutes a day will still get you to the finish line! This is what I call my “15 Minute Philosophy” – and it really works!
True, I’d often get absorbed, and 15 minutes would sometimes magically morph into an hour – but hey! Who’s counting?
48,645 stitches – and five months – later, it was finished!
Is This Project for You?
If you enjoy counted work, if you want a challenge, if you love the Cluny tapestries, if you have a penchant for little things – then this project is for you!
Magnification is helpful, but not necessary if you have good eyesight and good lighting. For those who have less-than-perfect eyesight, you’ll be ok if you have a magnifier.
If you’d like to join in today’s give-away, then, just read the guidelines below.
But first…the Rouge du Rhin Christmas wreath winner!
Christmas Wreath Embroidery Kit Winner
The winner for A Stitcher’s Christmas #7 – this Rouge du Rhin Christmas wreath embroidery kit from The French Needle – is AveryClaire! I’ll drop you an email today, and you should have your beautiful new kit before the end of the year!
This give-away is now ended. Thanks for participating!
1. Leave a comment below. You can follow this link to get to the comment box. Comments left on other articles on Needle ‘n Thread or sent in via email are not eligible.
2. Please leave a recognizable name either in the name line or in the comment box, so that there’s no confusion when the winner is announced.
3. Please don’t leave anything in the “website” line if you don’t actually own your own website or blog. Just leave it blank if you don’t have one.
4. In your comment, please answer the following question:
Often, we talk about the biggest project we ever worked. Well, today, I’d like to know about your smallest project. What’s the smallest embroidery project you’ve ever worked? You can think small in size, or small in scope. Sometimes, small in size is not always “small” in scope! You could also think in terms of “small” in amount of time involved. Tell us about it!
5. Submit your comment by Wednesday, December 28, 5:00 am central standard time (that’s in Kansas, USA). The winners will be randomly drawn that morning and announced here on Needle ‘n Thread. I’ll also notify the winners by email. The prizes will be awarded in this order: Sense of Hearing for the first drawing, Sense of Taste for the second.
6.The winners will need to respond with mailing information within 48 hours, or another winner will be randomly drawn.
The give-away is open to everyone. You can enter each give-away in A Stitcher’s Christmas when they are published here on Needle ‘n Thread, but you can only enter each give-away once. Please don’t leave multiple comments on any one give-away.
If you’re ready to work something challenging and absorbing in 2017, then go forth and comment, and hopefully one of these lovely kits will end up in your workbox in the New Year!
Don’t fret if your comment does not appear on the site immediately. Comments are queued for moderation, to avoid spammers. Sometimes, it takes a while for me to work through the list, but eventually, it will show up!