October 13, 2016

Embroidery Giveaway


I have been in the mood for embroidery lately. It is fun, soothing, and makes for awesome gifts. This is the little wall hanging I finished last weekend: it measures 12" x 13", with simple quilted lines, and a bit of fall colors to frame everything.

The green ric-rac adds whimsy and evokes the green of the flowers which I chose not to use on the embroidery. I wanted the center block to stand out and so I kept the borders (and quilting) simple.

I used DMC thread for the embroidery, and 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.

I got the design from the book 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!

I have already transferred this and another design to tea towels, which are my next embroidery project. They will make great gifts!

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!







103 comments:

Kathleen C said...

I like the way you combined the embroidery with your own quilt design. The patterns in the book look lovely. I to to simple designs with a bit of whimsy such as the pillow with the bird. The patterns in the book look perfect for me! Thanks very much

Kathleen C said...

I follow your blog in a reader (Old Reader)--that way I don't miss any posts :). Thanks very much.

Karen in Breezy Point said...

I love Kathy's designs and have made a couple of her quilt patterns. I like that she has lots of birds and flowers--this book looks wonderful!

Laura said...

I follow your blog by email.

Karen in Breezy Point said...

I follow your blog via email.

Laura said...

In the beginning I like to add french knots and other stitches to art quilts for visual texture. Now I am also enjoying stitching up some small motifs for all things gifty. Thanks fot the opportunity to win.

Quilter Kathy said...

I like all embroidery designs. My favourite seem to be a combination of words and simple nature designs. This book looks right up my alley!

Quilter Kathy said...

I follow your blog by email!

Debbie said...

I like cute simple designs. This book looks perfect! Thanks

Debbie said...

I follow you by email. Thanks!

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Chiska said...

I like simple designs the best with nature motifs. This looks like a perfect book!

java diva said...

I like cute embroidery with a fusion of vintage & contemporary.

Kathy E. said...

This looks like an awesome book, Denise! I enjoy embroidering flowers, phrases and dainty pieces. Then I can make them into small pillows or frame them for gifts.

java diva said...

I get your blog in my emails.

Jenny said...

I love whimsical embroidery and nature scenes. My favorite recent piece I did was a seasons tree.

Anonymous said...

This book will be on my Christmas list. Unless I win it , of course:).
My favorites are the flower designs.
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Jenny said...

I follow your blog through email.

Anonymous said...

I follow your blog from my e mail.
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MoeWest said...

I like redwork embroidery. The bird and nest on the cover of this book appeals to me. Your embroidery project looks great! Thanks for the giveaway.

MoeWest said...

I follow you with bloglovin

Joy said...

I have been taking an embroidery class this year. My main objective was to learn how to do ribbon embroidery, which is my favorite, but I have found I really like all aspects of it and I'm currently making a crazy quilt bed runner. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Joy said...

I follow you via email. I love to sit down with my coffee in the morning and see what everyone is working on today.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I don't embroider, but, if I was the lucky winner...I would give it to a friend. Thank you!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I follow you via gfc and Bloglovin

Nancy said...

I haven't done embroidery since I was a child but I would enjoy patterns with outlines like the ones above. Thanks for offering the book. It looks beautiful!
--Nancy. (ndmessier @ aol.com, joyforgrace.blogspot.com)

Nancy said...

I follow your blog on feedly and I also receive your emails. Thank you for letting us know about this beautiful book.
--Nancy. (ndmessier @ aol.com, joyforgrace.blogspot.com)

Needled Mom said...

I love floral designs. Your project turned out beautifully. I like the ric rac border too. Those designs are great. I love the magnets.

Needled Mom said...

I follow via blogger.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Flowers, birds, and anything cute....:)

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Email

usagypsy said...

I love Kathy Schmitz! I have done a couple of her designs. The use of thread and colored pencil and fabric is so beautiful! With a touch of primitive I adore!

usagypsy said...

I follow via email!

Catskill Quilter said...

I love floral and garden embroidery designs - and this new book looks fabulous!

Catskill Quilter said...

I follow your blog by email!

Sorcha girl said...

I follow your blog using Bloglovin'. clara-chandlerdotattdotnet

Sorcha girl said...

My current embroidery project is a Halloween motif stitched with No. 12 perle cotton on a tea towel. Love to have a hand stitching project available for cheering on my baseball team. clara-chandlerdotattdotnet. Thanks for a chance in the giveaway. Kathy has long been a designer I love.

Crickets Corner said...

I usually like whatever is in season. Right now I'm working on witches and Halloween but will be doing Christmas before the month is out. The more whimsical it is the better I like it.

Crickets Corner said...

I follow you via Bloglovin and email.

Kathy LeBlanc said...

I have just recently started embroidery and I am just loving it. I like the look of vintage embroidery made into a modern piece like your little wall hanging. This book looks perfect.
thank you for the opportunity. kleblanc@prn.bc.ca

Kathy LeBlanc said...

I receive your emails.

Patty D from NC said...

I like small embroidery with just a few colors. the books looks lovely.

Patty D from NC said...

i get your emails

Susan L. said...

I like all types of embroidery designs. I do love red work though.

Susan L. said...

I follow your blog via e-mail.

Sandy said...

I love redwork embroidery but have tried all kinds.

Sandy said...

I follow your blog by email.

Coser Tejer Crear said...

I am pretty new to embroidery, so I hope to learn a lot from this book. All the designs I see are amazing!

Coser Tejer Crear said...

I receive you posts by email.

Susie'sfun2 said...

Love your garden stitches. I have been a fan of embroidery for over twenty years. I especially like to do red work. Stitching can be quite relaxing. This looks like a wonderful book to have in ones sewing room. Thank you for your emails and inspiration weekly! 😉
Smiles, Sue
Parkssueellen@gmail.com

Rhonda D. said...

I love embroidery! Thanks for the chance to win!
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Rhonda D. said...

I follow through email and Bloglovin.

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Pauline Perry said...

I have been sewing and embroidering since I was 4 years old and I have been doing both for 63 years because I love it. At the moment I am enjoying redwork designs by Gail Pan and those from Red Brolly especially the Christmas projects.
Pauline
perry94022 at hotmail dot com

Pauline Perry said...

I follow you by email newsletter and on Bloglovin'.
Pauline
perry94022 at hotmail dot com

Cheri The Crafty Nanny said...

I follow you via email.

Cheri The Crafty Nanny said...

I was taught embroidery when I was 8, Now 50 years later,,, I am picking it all back up! I am collecting things and will start teaching my grand daughters how to embroider this winter. I enjoy the "days of the weeks" things...like on towels or aprons. That is what I hope to find to teach my GD's.

Jodi - usairdoll said...

I do love embroidery! I have several projects that have both embroidery and piecing.I love doing both.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Jodi - usairdoll said...

I follow via BlogLovin.

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Suze said...

I like simple embroidery that looks more difficult than it is. I really like what might be classified as country or rustic. Thanks for the giveaway.

BTW - When I clicked the link in my email - I was taken to a giveaway from January. I didn't check the date and thought it was weird that it wasn't for embroidery. So, after I entered that long ago giveaway, I clicked on your home page and found the correct giveaway.

Suze said...

I follow via Bloglovin' and email.

Betsy said...

Denise, I follow you on bloglovin and email

Betsy said...

I like whimsical embroidery and fall themed ones

Mary said...

I like small designs. Like to make pincushions as gifts.
Mary

Mary said...

I am following you on email.
Mary

hueisei said...

I like the combination of embroidery and patchwork design. Thanks for the chance to win.

hueisei said...

I follow by email.

Lisa said...

I like floral embroidery!

Lisa said...

I follow you by email

Lee said...

I love flower designs the most! thank you!!

Lee said...

I follow w/ bloglovn!

Mgmj said...

Hi I just love your blog, New to this stuff, been doing embroidery for years. Love crewed, cross stitch many projects over the years. I read your blog on my kindle, got as a grit from my kids still learning the internet ways. Thanks for a chance mgmj1949@yahoo.com

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Lisa said...

I follow you by email

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

The red work on a tra towel is the perfect gift!! I love that!!!

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

I follow your blog by email. Fabulous giveaway :)

Deb said...

I love the type embroidery that's on the little towel with teacup and birdie.

Deb said...

i receive your email newsletter.

Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net said...

I love the embroidery on the pillow and on the tea towel. I actually have blocks embroidered for a red work quilt.

Wendy ArtsyChaos said...

Love the designs on the little magnets! Really I like any designs that make me happy and/or look vintage-y. :)
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Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net said...

I follow you by email.

Wendy ArtsyChaos said...

I added you on Google+, thanks!
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vicki said...

Anything that catches my eye, I guess, Kathy Schmitz, Red Brolly, modern, inspirational phrases, animals, sci-fi/geek stuff. Lol Urban Threads designs are great too!

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Emily C said...

I love bird, flower and animal embroidery.

GranChris said...

Lately I have just been doing snowmen but I love birds and flowers. Tea towels and pillow cases would be fun again.

GranChris said...

I follow by E-mail

scrappy101 said...

I like to use the embroidery with my quilting but also for table runners

I follow this sit with my Google dashboard.

Carol said...

I like the simpler floral designs best and usually smaller ones, such as the redwork you did or the needle keepers. That way I can finish more quickly.

Carol said...

I follow you via email. Thanks for the give-away!

Rilene said...

Your designs are beautiful! I love nature designs: leaves, trees, flowers.

Rilene said...

I follow you by email. Thanks!

Jenny said...

Very pretty book - thanks for the chance to win. I enjoy doing stitcheries with thicker threads, such as No 5, and also candlewick projects.

Ariane said...

This book looks amazing. I love embroidery designs that can be kept out all year long. Like with nature and inspirational words, and that can be used in different types of projects. Thanks for the giveaway!!

Ramona said...

I really like a variety of patterns from retro designs, holidays, nature, animals. It is all fun.
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Ramona said...

I follow you via email!
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Stephanie said...

I like all kinds of designs

Stephanie said...

I follow on bloglovin

Karrie S said...

I like doing vintage animal designs. ksmith8@emich.edu

Karrie S said...

I follow via email ksmith8@emich.edu

Shami Immanuel said...

I like floral designs and geometric designs. I am new to your blog. Would like to follow you.

JoanG said...

I like pretty much all kinds of embroidery. I especially enjoy patterns which include many different stitches.

Rose Santuci-Sofranko said...

I like floral embroidery the most! Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist (at) aol.com

Rose Santuci-Sofranko said...

I am following you on Pinterest as @Artists4God . Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist (at) aol.com

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