Well, I haven’t said a lot here on Needle ‘n Thread about National Embroidery Month.
Yes, February is National Embroidery Month! Yay!
The thing is, I don’t really get into the generic naming of months or days for the awareness of things. Like “World Nutella Day.” What does that mean? Are people supposed to eat more Nutella that day than any other day of the year? Or are they just supposed to be aware that Nutella exists? I already struggle with the fact that Nutella exists! I don’t need to be reminded!
Does it really matter that November 6th is National Basketball Day? Or that March 1st is National Pig Day? Or that May 4th is Star Wars Day? If more people knew that January 23rd is Handwriting Day, do you think they’d have better penmanship?
And, really. Do you want the world to celebrate National Naked Day?
If I tried really hard, I could probably elaborate many reasons why I don’t get into these kinds of things. Among them, I might mention their arbitrariness, their (often) superficiality, their lack (in most cases) of clear foundation or reason for existence (Count your Buttons Day? National Absurdity Day? Tell a Lie Day? My mind boggles!), and, when it comes to things, the little inkling that they smack of marketing ploys. I bet more Nutella is sold at the beginning of February than any other time of the year.
And while I can get behind the notion of a more intensely embroidery-focused day or month, the fact is, every month is National Embroidery Month in my mind. I’m always asking myself how we can make others more aware of the art of embroidery, how we can pass the art on, how we can preserve it, enhance it, spread it, explore it…
Still, all that said…. ok! I’ll bite! It’s National Embroidery Month, after all! And to celebrate it – as it draws to a close – let’s have a give-away!
And, more to the point, let’s make it a give-away that helps promote the learning of embroidery and the beauty of embroidery!
Thanks to Search Press, which offers a vast array of beautiful books devoted to embroidery, needle crafts and textiles, today I’m giving away three embroidery books to one winner. The books are A-Z of Embroidery Stitches, A-Z of Embroidery Stitches 2, and A-Z of Embroidered Flowers.
If you’re not familiar with the A-Z Series of embroidery books, check out this article that describes what the series is all about, and its advantages for beginning stitchers and beyond. It also lists what books are available in the series and where you can find them.
This give-away is now over. Thanks for participating!
To join in today’s give-away, please follow these guidelines:
1. Please leave one comment below. Multiple comments, comments received via email or left on other articles on the website, are not eligible. If you’re not sure where to leave the comment, you can follow this link directly to the comment form.
2. On the comment form, please make sure your email is entered correctly. It’s not seen by anyone else, and it is secure. Also, on the comment form, you can leave the “website” line blank. This is for those who write their own blogs or websites. If you don’t write your own blog or website, just leave that line blank.
3. In your comment, please answer the following question:
Did you manage any stitching in February? If so, what did you work on? If not, that’s ok, too! Just tell us what you’re hoping or planning to work on!
4. The give-away closes at 5:00 am central time (Kansas, USA) on Wednesday, March 1st. The winner will be randomly drawn that morning and I’ll announce the winner in that day’s article. I’ll also contact the winner by email.
Now, go forth and celebrate National Embroidery Month (or what remains of it!) by leaving your comment below! Can’t wait to hear what you’re working on!