EDIT: This giveaway is now closed. Winners will be drawn on Saturday May 11, and announced once I’ve heard back from the recipients.
It’s that time of year again, time for Sew Mama Sew‘s May Giveaway Day. Giveaway Day is, of course, a misnomer because it actually goes on all week! Right now I don’t have links to the relevant blog posts, but when I’m home from work, I’ll update this post with links to various posts for each of the different giveaway groups: Handmade for the Home, Handmade Bags, Handmade for Baby/Kids, Handmade Accessories, and Sewing/Craft Supplies. In the meantime, you can always pop by Sew Mama Sew’s blog and find them for yourselves!
As always, I’ll be doing two giveaways, one which will be drawn from Canadian and International entrants, and one which will be drawn from Canadian, International, and American entrants. The reason I do this is because a great many giveaways out there are open only to Americans, so I like to do my one tiny thing of running a giveaway just for everyone else. So here’s a bit of important information: when you enter my giveaway you MUST tell me where you’re from AND you must tell me which prize you’d prefer to win. The Canadian/Intl winner will get first choice of prize, and the second winner will receive whichever is leftover.
The giveaway will be open May 6 through 10, a winner will be drawn by May 12, and the packages will be in the mail as soon after that as I’m able. If I don’t hear back from the winners within 48hrs, then I’ll draw new names.
Prize Pack #1: 7 Fat Quarter Rainbow Fabric Bundle
I’d say that I curated this bundle of fabrics, but really I mostly just chose the FQ in the relevant colour that was closest to the top of the colour pile! They don’t look too bad together, though – there’s a lot of light blue and a bit of a nature theme, so it’s not a bad mix, I don’t think.
The fabrics, in colour order, are from the following lines and designers:
Red – Hideaway by Lauren & Jessi Jung
Orange – Freebird by MoMo
Yellow – Aviary by Alexander Henry
Green – Woodlands by Kristian A Howell
Blue – I thought maybe it was from Metro Living by Robert Kaufman, but it doesn’t actually appear to be, so I don’t know
Pinkish-Purple – Woodland Wonderland by Jay McCarroll
Purple – Simply Color by Vanessa Christensen
Prize Pack #2: Crewel Embroidery Kit(s)/Book
I wound up accidentally with two copies of Katherine Shaughnessy’s lovely book The New Crewel, so I’m going to give away my second copy, along with one complete kit to make a greeting card of the stitch on the cover of the book, and an incomplete kit of the “Honey Drops” stitch. The New Crewel is a very nice book. It opens with an introduction to crewel, a brief history of crewelwork, and then provides a lot of basic information: what materials and tools you use, techniques and then illustrated stitches. After that comes a gallery of thirty 3″ x 3″ patterns, with suggested stitches and colours (using Appleton crewel wool), and then a variety of projects where you can use those patterns.
If you’ve done any embroidery before, you’ll probably already know everything you really need to know about how – the stitches for crewel are no different than anything you’ve likely already done. If you’re new to embroidery, I find crewel is a very forgiving introduction – the fluffy wool disguises a multitude of sins.
Anyway, the complete kit includes everything you’ll need to make a notecard of the “Birthday Wish” stitch, which is featured on the cover of the book. The kit comes with the pre-printed linen fabric, two needles, more thread than you’ll need, a notecard and envelope, and a piece of fusible to attach the stitched piece to the card. If you don’t want to make a card with it, you can hoop it in a 3″ hoop to hang and display or stitch it into a little sachet or pin cushion. (You WILL need a hoop or q-snap frame to work the stitch – it doesn’t come with one and I can’t seem to find a spare in a 5-6″ diameter.)
The incomplete kit DOES NOT contain threads (I’m going to include what I had leftover from when I originally stitched the kit, but it will not be enough to complete the stitch), but does contain a pre-printed linen square, stitch instructions, and the notecard/envelope. I happened to have an iron-on transfer for the honey drops stitch and a spare notecard/envelope, so I decided to include it. If you don’t wish to buy crewel wool to stitch it, you could probably work it up in embroidery floss, but you’ll need to use a different sort of needle than is included in the kit.
In any case, I’d love to hear more from you than just your location and prize preference, so maybe you can share with me your favourite craft book, and what you like about it.
I am a big fan of Katherine Shaughnessy’s, in fact I own both her books even though I vowed to quit buying craft books. If you enjoy crewel embroidery or would like to try it out, I’d absolutely recommend both her books (The New Crewel and New Crewel: The Motifs Collection). Shaughnessy’s books, kits, and all the supplies you could need can be found at her website, Wool and Hoop, along with a free pattern to stitch her Motley Mums – you can see my rainbowified version here. (You can’t see my version of Honey Drops because I forgot to photograph it before I sent it away, but you can see my version of her Star Bursts kit here.)
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