Give-Away: Threads for Your Garden

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Folk Art Garden by Laura Wasilowski

This is what I like about pearl cotton threads. Unlike stranded floss, they lift off the surface and give your hand embroidery dimension. The size 5 threads used in the Folk Art Garden project from my new book, Joyful Stitching, are thick and really pump up the texture on fabric.

folkartgardendetailHere’s more good news. With those really thick threads, like the size 5 pearl cotton above, you can easily stitch through felt or wool. And see how it projects off the fabric? Heavier threads are needed on felt and wool so they don’t get lost or buried in the fabric.

giveaway4And now the the Give-Away part. Leave a comment on my blog today and you may be the lucky winner of all the Size 5 hand dyed threads needed for the Folk Art Garden project in Joyful Stitching. I’ll even throw in a thread ring! The winner will be announced next Thursday.

Read more about the projects in Joyful Stitching here.

Lazy Daisy and Give-Away Winner

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Love at First Stitch (detail) from Joyful Stitching by Laura Wasilowski

Did you know that the Lazy Daisy Stitch has a split personality? Yes, this sweet embroidery stitch may look loopy and easy going. And sure, the Lazy Daisy is useful for making charming little flowers like those in the Love at First Stitch project in Joyful Stitching.

But secretly, in the back alleys of the embroidery world, it is know as the Detached Chain Stitch.

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Bird on a Branch #6 by Laura Wasilowski

When parading around as the Detached Chain Stitch, the Lazy Daisy may be scattered to the wind. Carefree and optimistic, they are useful for texture building or to indicate leaves on a tree top. Here are directions for the Lazy Daisy Stitch or the Detached Chain Stitch. (It all depends on how you feel.)

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And speaking of carefree and optimistic, here is the lucky winner of a set of felt shapes to play with: Suzanne M.  Like the felt used in the Love at First Stitch project, may it feel like you are stitching through butter. Congratulations!

Read more about the projects in Joyful Stitching here.

 

Give Away: Felt for Embroidery

loveatfirststitchWhy embroider on a blend of wool and acrylic felt? Because it stitches like butter and, unlike cotton, it never frays. The Love at First Stitch project in Joyful Stitching is made with 3 simple felt shapes. Hand embroidery is the star here. It creates a bounty of flowers and decorates those simple felt shapes.giveaway3And now the the Give-Away part. You need a set of felt shapes to play with and to make your own composition. Leave a comment on my blog today and you may be the lucky winner of a bag of felt shapes (both positive and negative). I’ll announce the winner next Thursday.

Read more about the projects in Joyful Stitching here.

 

Needle Weaving and Give-Away Winner

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Tasty Bite of Apple (detail) from Joyful Stitching by Laura Wasilowski

Want to build texture and hide the background fabric with embroidery stitches at the same time? Try Needle Weaving. This stitch is a combination of embroidery and weaving (without the loom). Here you see heavy patches of Needle Weaving using a Size 8 Asters pearl cotton thread . The variegated Asters thread gives lots of festive color to the humble tabby weave. Isn’t it cute?

needleweaving4To complete your Needle Weaving you may need a long stretch of time. I suggest a good movie or engrossing book on tape. What ever you do, don’t needle weave in the car! (Ask me how I know.) Here are directions for Needle Weaving.

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And the lucky winners of our wool and thread give-away for the Tasty Bite of Apple project from my new book, Joyful Stitching are Judith M. and Denise W. I’ll contact you soon.Congratulations!

Give Away: Purple Wool and Thread

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Tasty Bite of Apple from Joyful Stitching by Laura Wasilowski

There is a poem that begins “When I am an old woman I shall wear purple”. Well, being a young filly, I’ve changed it to “When I am a young filly I shall stitch on purple”.

The wool fabric for the Tasty Bite of Apple project in Joyful Stitching, was picked for the stunning way it shows off the threads. Purple is a perfect backdrop for colorful threads. It really lets the hand embroidery stitches shine.

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And now the the Give-Away part. Leave a comment on my blog today and you may be the lucky winner of this gorgeous purple wool fabric. It comes with Asters Size 8 thread and a thread ring. I’ll announce the winner next Thursday.

Read more about the projects in Joyful Stitching here.

Satin and Cross and Give-Away Winner

joyfulstitchingembroiderydiThere are 21 embroidery stitches illustrated in my new book, Joyful Stitching. I’ve found these to be the most useful stitches for free-form embroidery projects. Most are simple, easy stitches but I’ve added a few zingers to liven things up. With detailed step-by-step written directions and images showing how to make the stitches, you can’t go wrong.

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Rare Songbird (detail) by Laura Wasilowski from Joyful Stitching

Lets say you are making a bird with very attractive legs. Then the Satin Stitch and the Cross-Stitch are a perfect combination. Put together, they make a lovely striped pattern that any bird would envy. Heck, I’d like to have striped legs like that! Here’s how to make the Satin Stitches and Cross-Stitches for your next bird leg adventure.

giveaway1And the lucky winners (I couldn’t resist giving away 2 sets of the blue wool and orange thread) for the Rare Songbird project are Janet of dragonflyquilts and Lesley G.   Congratulations! May your bird legs always be attractive.