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A Stitcher’s Christmas, 2019 – Tied Up!


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Good morning, my friends, and welcome to the very Last installment of A Stitcher’s Christmas, 2019, where I’ll let you know the winners for the last two gifts.

Before going any further, I want to send out a Huge Thank You to all the small businesses who joined in this year’s series. If you are looking for needlework supplies or goods that come from reputable small businesses with excellent customer service, please frequent them!

In fact, if you’re ever looking for a specific resource, you can drop me a line and if I know who might have it, or can point you in a direction, I’m happy to do that. It’s so important to support small needlework businesses if we want to keep the industry thriving!

Besides announcing the winners of today’s give-away, I’ll give you some numbers for those of you who diligently counted items in my Christmas card photo that I posted on Wednesday. And then a little Public Service Announcement…

Tying up a Stitcher's Christmas, 2019

The winners first, right?

Red & Green Fabric & Threads Collections

First, we’ll start with the Christmas Red & Green collections from The French Needle.

This was last Friday’s give-away, featuring two collections of fabrics and threads. One collection is red and the other green, so I randomly drew winners in that order – red first, then green.

The red collection goes to Jane in Cotter, AR and the green collection goes to Janice Stills. I’ll drop you both a line.

That Whole Set of Floche

Next, the winner of that whole set of gorgeous floche from Phyllis Brown of Heirloom Beginnings.

I’ll be sending the floche off to Sharon in Idaho next week! Oh, you will love it!

Christmas 2019 tie-up - Eye-Spy Christmas puzzle


Here are the numbers of Things to Find in Wednesday’s little Christmas puzzle:

  • Snowflakes: 45
  • Sheep: 3
  • Scissors: 8
  • Pins: Green – 3; Red – 5; Gold – 4; White – 2
  • Trees: 3 that are Very Evident, and, if you know what you’re looking at (on the Grinch cup), you might say 6
  • Marys: 3
  • Rings for thread: 10
  • The snowman is doomed, ready to be pierced by the laying tool. In fact, I just ate him and saved him from this otherwise-fate
  • Threads: 21
  • Deer: 2
  • A Little Break

    I always need to take a very short break from the blog this time of year, so that I can concentrate on planning for the next year here on Needle ‘n Thread.

    I’ve already started planning – I’ve actually been planning for 2020 since last year – but during the next week, I’ll be honing down specific goals for the first few months of the year, getting all those proverbial ducks lined up so that the year at least begins on an organized note!

    So, I’ll be back on January 6th! See you then!

    PS – My shop is still open, if you’re looking for new projects to stitch in 2020.


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  1. I just found this site on Pintrest. I love everything I have seen and love all of the information that is available. Looking forward to more in the new year.

  2. G’day Mary,
    Yes, thank you to the wonderful give away suppliers and congratulations to the lucky winners.
    Thank you Mary for another great year of stitching companionship and valued skill sharing.
    Looking forward with great interest to a new year of Needle ‘n Thread.
    The bestest of wishes for 2020 to you and yours Mary. Keep safe and well.
    Cheers, Kath

  3. Congratulations to all the winners!
    Happy Newyear, Miss Corbet (and everyone who reads this), looking forward to meeting up again on the sixth 🙂

  4. Congratulations to all the winners. Thank you, Mary for all that you have done to support us amateur needleworkers and the suppliers that we need. I look forward to what you have in store for us in 2020. Happy New Year!!

  5. Thank you so much for all you do for us stitchers Mary! From your support of great small businesses I’d never otherwise find, to great book reviews and awesome tutorials, you and this site are a treasure. I always look forward to receiving your posts in my e-mail, and A Stitcher’s Christmas this year helped make the season Merry & Bright. Enjoy your well deserved break, and Best Wishes for a New Year filled with Health, Prosperity and Joy 🙂

  6. Dear Mary,
    Merry Christmas and a BIG thank you for all that you present on Needle ‘n Thread and the fun of another stellar A Stitchers Christmas Give-Away. It was almost as much fun to see what amazing prize you would offer next, as it was to enter the competition and to be in the running to win. Congratulations to all the lucky winners! Yes, thank you to the small businesses who gave so generously, we need you to be winners too.
    Mary thank you for all that you do. Needle ‘n Thread is every embroiderer’s best friend.
    I am eagerly looking forward to what you have in store for us in 2020.
    Best wishes for a wonderful break and a very Happy New Year!

  7. Thank you Mary and all the vendors for such amazing giveaways and such fun questions for us to answer. Congratulations to all the lucky winners too! And….happiest of 2020 wishes to you and your family.

  8. Not sure if people are aware that SearchPress is currently offering digital downloads of various classic books for free to celebrate their 50th birthday (including several titles for embroidery).

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