Embroidery Basics book giveaway!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Hi everyone! I’m excited to announce that we have another giveaway today, thanks to one of our lovely DMC designers, Cheryl Fall!

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.

st4 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!


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  • Leigh Johnson
    February 2nd, 2013 8:58 am

    Color Variations 4110, 4120….ice cream!

    993, 967, 3078….together! Lovely

  • Stacy Corder
    February 2nd, 2013 11:22 am

    3371 is my favorite color and the one I buy the most. I use it for outlines most of the time over black (310). I do love the light effects threads for my special projects: E3843, E321, E135, E415, and E5200. I could go on and on and I think I already put too many colors down, but I do love my DMC threads.

  • Cindy Rader
    February 2nd, 2013 11:53 am

    3777/Mulberry with 935/Forest Glade and 435/Nutmeg

  • Marian
    February 2nd, 2013 12:19 pm

    Am I correct in assuming this is for USA followers only? ;(

  • Gwen Pahl
    February 2nd, 2013 3:08 pm

    I would Love to learn to embroider. Something my mother and grandmother did so well, but I never learned. Fave colors…163, 3849,3851,3807,3708,

  • Lila Cox
    February 2nd, 2013 4:55 pm

    I have been embroidering off and on for over thirty years. My favorite thing to do is get quilting squares or an iron on transfer, and then surf the internet to find a similar picture. I then download it, and blow it up to pixels, and use your threads to match the pixels when I am doing filled embroidery. You cannot imagine the beautiful things I have done doing this.
    I did a mare and foal and my church ladies’ group had it matted and framed, and used it as a successful fundraiser.

  • Birvell Strickland
    February 2nd, 2013 5:53 pm


  • lorraine mabbett
    February 2nd, 2013 6:19 pm

    155 995 3844 3845 3846

    thank you

  • katka1221
    February 3rd, 2013 7:14 am

    902, 3837, E321, E980 and 740 (choosed together with my son)

  • Jan
    February 3rd, 2013 10:22 am

    It’s got to be the new 2012 Color Variations…4260,4250,4095,4069,4265.. I love ’em all so it was tough to choose!!!

  • Donna
    February 3rd, 2013 11:14 am

    It’s really hard to pick because when I start a new project, I find a color I just can’t live without!
    However, I have go to shades that I love – some for Christmas, some for Easter, etc.
    #666, #606, (Christmas)… #3687 for a Victorian look, and a toss-up between #209 and #210 plus #727 for Easter.

  • Mandy N
    February 3rd, 2013 2:20 pm


    i love the blues!So vibrant and so many of my cross stitching patterns are blue due to skies and variations of ocean water….

  • Denise :)
    February 3rd, 2013 3:14 pm

    I am such a sucker for the metallics — and I love the DMC metallics! That being said, I’d pick E130, E135, E3837, E3849, and E316. YUM!! :)

  • Stephanie Jenkins
    February 3rd, 2013 6:47 pm

    I love the color variations, and my favorites are 4022, 4030, 4040, 4050, 4122.

  • Tonia
    February 3rd, 2013 9:41 pm

    Oh,so hard to pick b/c I love them all!!…but I adore the variegated ones #52, #90, #51, #48 and #94. I have my fingers crossed that I win a book!

  • Ana Knight
    February 4th, 2013 2:36 am

    Having only recently starting cross stitch and now trying to learn some basic embroidery, this sound like the perfect book. So far some of the colours I have used are 602, 4180, S712, 3689 & 3350

  • Katy
    February 4th, 2013 8:00 am

    I have recently discovered how much I love to embroider! Yay! My favorite colors are #604, #721, #917, #797, #3845

  • Mary Mag
    February 5th, 2013 11:01 am

    I love the oceany colors. 597,598,3810,3811,3849

  • Nicole Meade
    February 5th, 2013 11:48 am

    My 5 favorite colors are:

  • Brenda L.
    February 5th, 2013 3:30 pm

    I love all the colors but if I had to choose 5 they are: 321, 550, 820, 53 and 92.

  • Sonia
    February 5th, 2013 4:13 pm

    3846 666 995 550 906

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