Good morning, oh stitching world! And Happy Monday from a freezing cold Kansas!
Two Monumental Things happened in my life this past weekend: I actually did get the tree up (all three feet of it), and we had snow (all three inches of it)!
It doesn’t take much to make me happy!
Today, we continue with my Christmas 2017 give-away series, A Stitcher’s Christmas. This one is for all of you who want to try needle painting, but haven’t taken the plunge yet; for those of you who have tested the needle painting waters and want to improve your skills; or for those of you who love needle painting and just want a fun kit to work on!
I’ll also announce the winner for A Stitcher’s Christmas #6, the Inspirations Calendar shown here, and I’ll tell you about a challenge I’ve received (repeatedly).
Courtesy of Trish Burr, today’s give-away features this beautiful cardinal embroidery kit.
The technique is needle painting – using long & short stitch to create a realistic looking embroidered image that looks as if it’s been painted.
Few people do needle painting as beautifully as Trish Burr – her flowers and her birds are what she does best! Her needle painting projects are available as kits and, more recently, in an extensive collection of digital downloads, which make them a very affordable way to learn needle painting.
The Spring Cardinal needle painting kit will come to the winner of today’s give-away as a full kit – pre-printed fabric, instructions, and threads, all ready for stitching.
If you’d like to add this kit to your 2017 embroidery projects, just read and follow the guidelines below to enter the give-away!
Inspirations Calendar Winner!
Before we get to the nitty-gritty guidelines, though, who won the Inspirations Calendar from Wooly Thread?
Well, the randomly drawn winner is… Debbie Beck! Congratulations, Debbie – I will drop you an email today to get your mailing information, so that you can enjoy this beautiful calendar right away!
If you didn’t win the calendar and you want to keep track of 2017 in a stylish, eye-catching way, Wooly Thread has the Inspirations Calendar in stock and on sale right now. It would make a terrific gift, for a friend or for yourself!
Folks in the Antipodes can find the calendar available here through Stitchology.
Oh, I’ve Been Challenged!
Debbie’s answer to the give-away question (what do you do while you’re stitching?) reminds me – I’ve been challenged by quite a few of you to answer the questions that I pose for the give-aways.
One reader wrote this:
Mary, I don’t think you have any idea how hard your questions are! I really have to think about them! Have you tried answering all of them? I love reading everyone else’s answers, and I’d love to hear how you answer them yourself!
How do you come up with these questions for your Christmas give aways?…It’s fun reading everyone’s answers and writing my own! Have you asked yourself all these questions? Would love to hear your answers!
When are you going to tell us YOUR answers to all your give away questions, Mary? After all, a good teacher never asks her students to do something she herself wouldn’t do!
I ask questions about things that are on my mind, stitching-related or not, and that, to tell you the truth, I haven’t necessarily answered myself. They’re just the more trivial things that have been floating around in my brain off and on in dreamy moments. No profundity here! But if you all really want to hear them, I’ll drum up a list. I can’t help thinking it’ll just bore everyone silly, though!
I’ve really enjoyed reading your answers, that’s for sure! They’re entertaining – sometimes inspirational, sometimes instructional, sometimes through-provoking, sometimes heart-wrenching, sometimes just the thing for a smile!
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 do not fill in the “Website” line on the form unless you own your own website or blog. Just leave it blank if you don’t have one.
4. In your comment, please answer the following:
What three items do you think would be absolutely essential in a stitcher’s workbox? Whether you have a “workbox” or not (just imagine you do have one!), what three items do you think would be absolutely essential to you in your workbox?
5. Submit your comment by Friday, December 23, 5:00 am central standard time (that’s in Kansas, USA). The winner will be randomly drawn that morning and announced in that day’s give-away – which will be give-away #10, and quite a doozy! I’ll also notify the winner by email.
6. The winner 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.
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!