Happy Monday! Hard to believe it’s less than two weeks until Christmas and we are over half-way through with this year’s Stitcher’s Christmas series.
There have been some fabulous gifts in this year’s series, don’t you think? And there are more to come! A huge thank you to all the small businesses who have participated! Remember: your support of small needlework businesses is crucial to keeping needlework alive. These businesses rely on you to stay open. So please support them when you need needlework goods!
For today’s give-away, we’re going to look at a tool that will help you with the color-selection process for embroidery. Then I’ll announce the winners of last Friday’s give-away and share some news with you – so read on to the end!
Today, we’re turning to a digital service called Stitch Palettes. It’s a clever and helpful online services related to needlework, especially with an aspect of needlework that many stitchers find daunting: color selection.
I love Stitch Palettes! I wrote about the website here, if you’re keen to know more about it. It’s a website that presents color schemes based on (beautiful) photos, with the DMC (and other) thread numbers, plus RGB and HEX codes, in case you’re color coordinating digital or print media. It’s a handy, handy tool and quite inspirational when you’re seeking color ideas.
I can’t tell you how many times I access Stitch Palettes – either online, or using the PDFs on my phone – when I’m out and about thread or fabric shopping. If you like to design your own projects, I think you’ll end up doing the same thing!
For today’s give-away, three winners will receive the Seasonal + Christmas booklet bundle from Stitch Palettes. Please note that these are PDFs that are downloaded to your computer – they are not printed booklets.
If you’d like to participate in today’s give-away, please follow these guidelines!
This give-away has ended. You’ll find the winners listed on the article for December 16.
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4. In your comment, please answer the following:
I forgot to update the comment when this post went out via email, so you can answer this question, which I asked last week, too: If you had to pick one (and only one) favorite embroidery stitch, what would it be, and why?
Or you can answer this: In my family, we have certain treats that we make only around the holidays, like almond roca, biscotti, Christmas cookies, eggnog, and the like. What’s your favorite holiday treat?
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And now, the winners of Friday’s give-away from The French Needle!
The French Needle generously offered a large selection of #8 Au Ver a Soie metallics. They’re now carrying the whole line, in individual spools, and you can find them here under Au Ver a Soie on their website. These are the same metallics I use on my Snowflakes designs and on my Mini Sampler Stockings, so if you’re in the US and you’re looking for them, look here!
For the second place drawing, they offered a spool of this beautiful gold thread from Maison Noel, and a couple of these lovely needle threaders.
The first randomly drawn name (for the metallics) is Cathy in PA, and the second (for the gold thread and needle threaders) is Deb P. I’ll email you both this morning!
In Other News
If you’ve been waiting for the Vinterfolk ready-to-stitch towel set, it’s in stock now! In fact, I restocked all the other Christmas-related towels this weekend, too, but they’ve already sold out. I’ll be preparing more from mid-week on, this week, and hope to have some for you by Friday, so they can get in the post as soon as possible. Since I ship Priority, there’s a decent chance you could still receive them by Christmas, barring post office delays.
I also put together a new set called “Let it Snow,” based on the “Let it Snow” design in the Christmas Cheer set. Since there are no specifically-Christmas design motifs in this set, you can enjoy it throughout the whole winter season! This set includes two towels with the 22″ long edge designs, and one with a modified 18″ design – featuring snowflakes, mittens, and a really cute snowman with a bit of a personality. I’ll have those back in stock by the end of the week – look for them, if you’re interested!
If you want any particular ready-to-stitch set that is not in stock right now, drop me a note and I’ll put you on the advanced notice list for the set you want. As soon as the sets are prepped and ready to ship, I’ll send you an email!
In the studio, I’ve been working on some new projects that will roll out in the new year. I can’t wait to share progress with you! I have so many plans for 2021 – I’m probably not the only one who wants it to be a stellar year.