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This week I have the pleasure of giving away 2 copies of Stitched for Fun – 35 Easy and Adorable Embroidery Projects by Fiona Goble to our lucky readers!
As I hold this book from Martingale Publishing in my hands and flip through the pages, I can’t help but smile at the adorable motifs used in the projects, as well as the fresh, bright colors used in the stitched models.
Nearly anything can be enhanced with this collection of simple, fun motifs, as you can see from the photos posted here. Using surface embroidery stitches, you can turn an everyday, ordinary item into a work of art!
You can embellish clothing, household items, aprons and other things by tracing one of the pretty patterns and working the designs in simple, basic embroidery stitches using DMC Embroidery Floss as shown in the samples, or use other types of embroidery thread to add some sparkle or shine to your projects.
All of the stitches used in the book are clearly illustrated, and the instructions are well-written and easy to follow, making this book perfect for beginning stitchers. Experienced stitchers will appreciate the variety of projects presented.
And be sure to check out Martingale’s Blog for news about their books and free projects, and stitching tips for a wide variety of fabrics and fiber crafts. They’ll also be hosting a giveaway featuring a selection of DMC threads and needlework accessories!
I’ll be choosing two lucky winners next week.
DMC collected Memories from needlework enthusiasts dreaming of winning a week in Paris. The contest resulted in hundreds of entries being submitted. Each was read by a panel of judges and scored based on how inspiring, memorable, sentimental, nostalgic, and relevant they were to needlework and DMC. After scoring the entries the contest ended in a tie.
Rather than randomly selecting one winner, DMC will send both stitchers to France. “The two Memories entries that received a tie score were so moving we had no choice but to award the grand prize to both,” said Steve Mancuso, DMC’s Vice President of Marketing.
Tied for first place are Allison Aller of Washougal, Washington (shown to the right) and Louise Doney of Mt. Gretna, Pennsylvania and Jupiter, Florida (shown below, left).
Ms. Aller and Ms. Doney will each spend a week in France including several days in Paris and a trip through the French countryside to Mulhouse, France to tour the historic 268-year old DMC factory and archives. “This is a trip that only DMC, the world’s oldest and most prominent needlework thread company could offer,” added Mancuso.
In addition, the contest included a grand prize trip to France for the owner of the independent needlework shop named on the winning Memories contest entry. “Independent needlework shops are the lifeblood of this art. They pass on their passion for needlework to new stitchers ensuring the art survives for future generations to enjoy. We wanted to thank them for their continued support,” said Mancuso.
Threads Needlework of East Petersburg, Pennsylvania, a relatively new store, was Ms. Doney’s needlework shop. Its owner, Ms. Patty Chambers, and a co-worker who has been her best friend since 7th grade, will tour France and see how the threads used to create their stitching memories are made. Ms. Aller did not note a needlework shop on her Memories entry.
“Stitching has enriched and at times, saved my life,” said Ms. Aller. “Every word in my Memories entry was from the heart.” Ms. Aller’s Memories entry, written in a poetic style, described what “a balm for the soul stitching is.” Ms. Aller’s sister will be joining her on her trip to France.
“We talked about the contest at our EGA guilds and I read about it on blogs, then finally decided to write my Memories entry after encouragement from a close friend,” said Ms. Doney. “I have a lifetime of memories since I started stitching as a child, but the one that meant the most to me was about the quilt all the women in my family and I made for our parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. The quilt told the story of their life together.” She plans to take her husband as her guest.
We knew how rewarding needlework was to stitchers so it was gratifying to have them personalize their deep emotional connection to their stitching in the form of a cherished needlework memory,” said Joseph McCabe, President/CEO DMC North America/South America, Global Director DMC Sales & Marketing
We’ll be posting additional information and their winning entries here on the site very soon.
Congratulations to our lucky winners – I know you’ll have a fabulous trip!
A big, hearty THANK YOU to everyone who entered the contest to win a trip to Paris that we announced back in October of 2012.
All entries have all been reviewed by our judges. There were so many terrific entries that selection was difficult to say the least. Your stories are indeed inspiring!
The lucky winners have been selected based on their inspiring, memorable, sentimental, nostalgic, or relevant entry in 250 words or less, featuring their favorite memories of DMC Needlework Threads and products.
The winners and their stories will be announced soon, right here on this blog.
We’re so excited and can hardly wait for the trip, which includes a week in France, a train ride through the beautiful French countryside to DMC’s headquarters, and a tour of the factory.
Stay tuned for our exciting announcement!
We have 2 random winners in the drawing for Cheryl Fall’s latest book, Embroidery Basics!
I was tickled to see just how many responses we had, and how in love you are with specific DMC Embroidery Threads.
Hi! I have never done any embroidery, but I would absolutely love to learn how! I would love to win this book so I can learn how to start a new “thread endeavor!” My favorite DMC colors are 704, 600, 3846, 155, and 743…Such fun colors!
I like to cross-stitch and want to learn embroidery! My favorite colors are: 3813, 3816, 3746, 3712, 3839, and all purples.
To our lovely winners – we have your email addresses and will be contacting you shortly! To all who were wonderful enough to share your favorites here, thank you! And thanks, of course to Cheryl Fall, the DMC designer who graciously shared her book with our readers. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!!
Cheryl has just published a new book called Embroidery Basics – and as you may expect from the title, this book can serve as a great introduction to embroidery -inside you’ll find a nice assortment of projects to tempt an embroiderer of just about any skill level…
Her Supplies and Tools chapter features a mouthwatering assortment of DMC Embroidery Threads, and introduces newbies to important considerations like stitch gauge (yes, that’s not just for knitting!)
One of my favorite tips in this section is this one- how to cut perfectly sized lengths of thread using Pearl Cotton hanks:
Cheryl’s book also features a 30 page guide to Embroidery stitches – her clear illustrations will likely inspire you to try your hand at something new. And there are plenty of projects – 17 in all, a mixture of “surface thread” (or freehand embroidery) and “counted thread” projects. Each project indicates the skill level required, contains clear directions, materials list with color guides, and real-size patterns (so no running back and forth to the copier!)
The patterns are a fun assortment of different styles that can suit a variety of tastes. My faves are the Chain Stitch Blossom Pillow (above), Alphabet Sampler, Freestyle Embroidered Purse, Owl Pincushion, Owl Tablet Cover, and the rather gorgeous Italian Cross Stitch Sampler. I can see myself using the letters and borders for a nice monogram or a silly, snarky cross stitch project.
I was so excited about the Chain Stitch pillow project that I couldn’t resist giving it a try.
I loved how easily you could stitch this up with just 5 shades of DMC Embroidery Floss. I chose DMC 943, 913, 782, 891, and 353.
And now for the giveaway – Cheryl has offered us 2 copies to give away to our readers! To win, leave a comment on this post and tell us your 5 favorite DMC shades. Here’s a complete list of DMC shades, if you need help choosing!
Comments will be closed next Friday, February 8, 2013 at 6:00 PM EST – 2 random winners will be chosen and announced soon after!
Hi everyone! I just wanted to remind everyone that the submission deadline for winning a trip to France with DMC is quickly approaching, and the countdown has begun!
Only 9 days remain until the final deadline, but there’s still plenty of time for US residents aged 18 and over to share their favorite DMC Memories in 250 words or less. Tell us how DMC Needlework Threads have inspired you, or made a difference in your stitching.
You can see an example of a memory here.
The lucky winner and someone from a local needlework store will each win a week-long trip to Paris and a tour of the DMC Factory.
We’re looking forward to reading your DMC Memories!