Aurifil to piece and quilt the wall hanging: I managed to use 4 different Aurifil thread weights in one tiny project! My choice of Osnaburg fabric for the background came back to haunt me because its open fibers made the stitches sink - when I doubled the thread the stitches looked chunky. Ai, ai, ai. Overall, I think it turned out fine, though.
Stitches from the Garden by Kathy Schmitz. When I started going through its pages I was amazed at how dainty, how creative, and how easy-to-make the designs were. You can make them just as Kathy did or, like me, use her designs as inspiration for your own projects.
Here are some of my favorite projects:
(All photographs by Brent Kane for Martingale. Published by permission.)
These are magnetic needle keepers! We won't forget where we put them anymore!
Kathy is a master at combining embroidery design and fabric. Pay attention to her choices and you can copy them while tailoring the elements (colors, textures) to your own taste. This book is a treasure trove of possibilities! If you are into embroidery, or would like to learn, this is a must-have.
Martingale is giving away a copy of the Stitches from the Garden book (print for US and Canada residents, eVersion - which is the one I have - for blog followers outside the US) to one lucky winner!
All you need to do is:
1. Leave a comment telling me what type of embroidery designs you like;
2. For an extra chance to win, leave another comment letting me know how you follow this blog;
3. Make sure I have a way to contact you (if you are a no-reply blogger, leave your emails as "soandso at myemail dot com" so you don't get spammed).
I will announce the winner on Monday, October 17.
I look forward to reading your comments. In the meantime, enjoy your day!