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How is it that Sew Mama Sew‘s Giveaway Day sneaks up on me every year… even when I KNOW in advance that it’s coming on, oh, say, a particular day? Like today?
Oh, right. It’s Giveaway Day! If you have stumbled across my blog somehow without knowing what Giveaway Day is… well, it’s a day (week, really) when Sew Mama Sew does a link-up of blogs where something is being given away. There are several categories: Handmade Baby and Kid Items, Handmade Accessories, Handmade for the Home, Sewing and Craft Supplies, and Handmade Bags. What used to take a day, has grown so large that it encompasses the whole week to let people have a chance to enter as many giveaways as possible. I haven’t won yet, but hey, maybe this year will be my year.
Maybe it’ll be yours!
I’m offering up two giveaways. One prize will be given to a Canadian or International participant, so please let me know where you’re from! The second prize will be open to Canadians, Americans, and everyone else from where ever you might be at. (I always feel just a tiny bit burned when I see giveaways that are US-resident only, so I like to give something specifically to people from those places that are usually excluded.) I will do the drawn for the Canadian/Intl prize first, so please let me know which of the two prizes you prefer and that winner will get first choice. The second winner will get whatever wasn’t chosen.
Both my prizes are for stitchery supplies. I’ve been a little bit obsessed (obsessed? maybe? yeah…) with learning embroidery this year, so I’m going to share the stitching love. Both prizes are for easy entry points to embroidery, so if you’ve never done it before, I promise this will be simple enough for you!
Prize Pack One: Sashiko Kit with Thread and Thimble
I picked this kit up a year or so ago and just haven’t gotten around to making it. I’m not sure why I chose it to begin with because the autumn colours don’t suit my house at all!
The kit contains the pre-printed fabric with a swirling leaves pattern and much much more than enough thread to stitch it all. I’m also throwing in a specialized thimble, which I was never able to get used to using, and I’m also including a needle. It’s not a sashiko needle, but I’ve only got one of those and don’t want to share ;-D In practise I’ve found that any sturdy needle with an eye large enough to accommodate the sashiko thread works just as well.
Prize Pack Two: Sublime Stitching Craft Pad and Sublime Floss “Parlour” Palette
This craft pad, which contains transfer images of 75+ embroidery patterns from Jenny Hart’s Sublime Stitching, is very slightly used. I’ve cut out three of the patterns and made one transfer from each of them, but they’ll all still work, if you’d like to stitch an octopus, hand-holding-a-pen, or a fish. There are a lot of very fun patterns in this craft pad, but every now and then I have a crisis of OMG I HAVE TOO MUCH STUFF, WHAT AM I DOING, I NEED TO GET RID OF THINGS and this has been on the Don’t Use It Enough To Keep It So Give It Away pile for a while. The image on the right shows a few of the patterns that are found in this book.
You might notice that is only a photo of a book cover, but that’s because the floss hasn’t arrived yet. (In fact, it hasn’t been shipped. I decided a little too late what I wanted to include with the craft pad, and so it’s going to be a little while before I have it. Once it arrives (probably two weeks from today…) it’ll be in the mail.)
I haven’t tried these threads yet (mine are in the mail along with the ones that will soon be yours!), but I’ve been seeing entries popping up on various different stitching blogs from people who’ve been lucky enough to receive sample palettes in the mail, and I’m very intrigued to try these new-to-the-world threads. I usually choose colours wily-nily from the many many many cards of floss my sister and I inherited from our mother, but I really like the idea of ready made palettes, at least for those days when I’m feeling very indecisive about my ability to conquer colour theory. Sublime Threads has some very nice palettes, but Parlour is my very most favourite, and so it’s what you’re going to receive. I most injudiciously stole those photos from the Sublime Stitching website, so I’m going to drop in another link, this one directly to the new floss, just as a reminder of where they came from. (And as a teeny tiny apology. Yes, I’m a wanton photo-thief, but maybe I’ll direct a little traffic in their direction!)
So here’s the most important stuff:
1. Tell me where you’re from
2. Tell me which prize you’d prefer to win
3. Tell me if you’re interested in embroidery – have you done it before? do you do it a lot? what’s your favourite type? do you have a photo of the favourite thing you’ve ever made/received? linky link?
The winners’ names will be drawn on Saturday December 8, at two PM my time. (I live in Alberta, which is in Canada, on the edge of the Rocky Mountains. Sort of. That might be MST? Enter before then, anyway, because I won’t accept any names after that time.) I will be writing out everyone’s names by hand to put into my ceramic popcorn bucket to draw the names, so entering early (or late) won’t make you more or less likely to win. Like most people, I think Mr Random doesn’t choose #1 very often. (I have seen it happen though and I know it’s no more impossible to win as #1 as if #328, but it still FEELS that way, damn it.)