Your Future and a Give-Away

handoffortuneHow is your future looking to you? With the Hand of Fortune project from my new book, Joyful Stitching, you can design your own destiny. You take control and tell your own fortune with embroidery stitches. In the book, you are given a palm shaped pattern ready for stitch exploration and for telling your own story.

handoffortune3After all that intense stitchery of your future life, why not surround it with a great filler stitch, the Scattered Seed Stitch? It’s fast and an easy way to add texture to the background fabric. Directions for the Scattered Seed Stitch and 20 other embroidery stitches are included in the book. Give it a try!


And now the the Give-Away part.

Leave a comment on my blog today and you may be the lucky winner of this pre-printed palm shape used to make the Hand of Fortune project. I’ll announce the winner next Thursday.

Read more about the projects in Joyful Stitching here.


109 thoughts on “Your Future and a Give-Away

    • I’ve never embroidered on silk before.
      Would love to win this and try it????Thanks Linda Humphrey

    • This hand embroidery has always caught my attention. I love doing sampler style stitching. Would love to try this one.

  1. The “hand” makes the perfect sampler to exhibit your embroidery stitches. What fun! Love it!

  2. If I win this please know that I will be very grateful as I Joyfully stitch on the hand. Happy St. Paddy’s Day ya’ll!

  3. I hope the Hand of Fortune taps me on the shoulder to let me know I’ve won! Thanks Laura for this opportunity.

  4. I would love to win this silk. I have never used silk fabric for embroidery. What an adventure :)

  5. Love this sampler of stitches right in the palm of your hand. Thank you for this great giveaway! Have a super great stitching day!

  6. Love all of your work, but this hand really speaks to my heart. Would love to win this!

  7. Hi Laura you continually amaze me with this beautiful hand-stitched I appreciate all that you’ve done for me personally from a while ago you took me to a new creative outlet and I love it thanks again

  8. I like this image very much. It reminds me of the lovely and symbolic works of art created with henna for special occasions by my friends form India. Lovely.

  9. The hand was my favorite piece from your new Joyful Stitching book. So many possibilities for stitching!

  10. This project looks like a lot of fun. Plus trying out numerous stitches to make it look so beautiful.

  11. Thank you for offering this lovely stitching project. As a neophyte embroiderer, I am always looking for projects that offer a variety of stitches that can stretch my growing knowledge.

  12. I almost couldn’t figure out how to leave a comment – totally challenged when it comes to tech, however l love handwork and adore “hands”. They are so meaningful. Enchanting book!

  13. Have to “hand” it to you , Laura. You have us “fingered” out and this design is a beauty. “Digit” take you long to do? Ok, I’ll stop now. Your bottomless well of creativity never ceases to amaze me.

  14. Oh this is just too precious. A hand is a perfect shape for stitchery and my mind just went to the idea of using it as a quilt label shape. My hand as a quilt label…..

  15. Love the hand! This would make a cute personalized pillow by stitching a name at the bottom (or around the hand).

  16. While recuperating from recent knee replacement I have reawakened my love of handwork. I can’t wait to get your book and I’d love to try the silk!

  17. What a fun fun project!! Would love to win, but if not, I’ll check out the pattern in the book. Your books are “must haves” for my library.

  18. Talking to the hand. This looks like a fun shape to embroider. It’s amazing how you think of being creative with obvious shapes that most of us ignore.

  19. Oh! My inner puppy is wiggling with joy! This is so beautiful. Thank you for the chance to win!

  20. I love your stitching projects. Hope they you will be at the next quilt show in Grand Rapids MI of course, I would like to win this hand print jproject. Thank you for sharing your talents with us!

  21. Just want to take this opportunity to thank you for all the giveaways and that wonderful book.

  22. Another great embroidery project. Thank you for the opportunity to be a winner.

  23. I love the idea of using the hand as a palette for stitchery! Your projects are always inspiring and it would be fun to win it!

  24. Love the idea. It would be a fun way to memorialize the whole family’s hand prints too.

  25. I am fascinated by this piece! I really hope to be the lucky winner! Thank you!

  26. Such a great embroidery project. And, a fine opportunity to win . Thank you

  27. I love hands because for me it’s a tool I use daily to be creative. It also speaks of sharing and reaching out which we also use in our quilting lives. It’s a beautiful symbol.

  28. This would be a fun make! Think of tracing the hand of the littles in your life and doing the same. Don’t forget the name and date!

  29. I love your fabrics and the fun embroideries that you do to embellish them. thanks for the chance to win!!

  30. Beautiful project-looking forward to your class in New York next month! Thanks!

  31. I think that is my hand and my fortune says I am going to win. Woo Hoo Thanks.

  32. I’m in need of a handwork project and this would be perfect! It looks like more fun than cross-stitching! Thank you for the giveaway!

  33. Just got your latest book and can’t wait to stitch along with you! Is there is a palm pattern that indicates I will live to use ALL of my fabric? :-) I might have to make a larger hand 😉

  34. This freeform style of embroidery is very intriguing to me! It’s fun to see your work.

  35. Many years ago I traced the hands of my husband, children and my grandchildren . I then decorated them using designs with magic markers.This is a great idea, next Xmas they will each get a small framed quilt of their embroidered hands, a great keepsake, thank you Laura for the idea.

  36. How fun! Would love to win and give this a try. Love your stitching!

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  37. Just did the scattered seed stitch last night. Wish I had your variegated threads!

  38. I would love to try my hand at embroidering this hand on silk! Oh, the joy of stitching! Please pick me!

  39. I’m just learning how to hand stitch. You are inspiring. I love your technique. I hope I win.
    Thank you!

  40. Your embroidery is awesome!I love combing embroidery with different fibers like wool, cotton and silk. You hand speaks for itself. Beatiful…thanks for the inspiration, I love your cheery eclectic style.

  41. As a retired R.N. & long time sewer/art dabbler & intermittent embroiderer, your hand is absolutely fascinating. Hands are so important & so interesting. They do more than we can ever imagine. And they say so much about a person! I love the idea of hands in art!

  42. Love this project. I’ve been looking for a project to take on my trip to Ireland, and this would be fit the ticket.

  43. Thanks for the tutorial on how to place the rotary cutting blade. Much more information than the manufacturer gives out.

  44. Oh what fun! I could control my own destiny. I think I’d better leave that up to God. I’d botch it up for sure. What a fun idea to think about, though. I could be a princess – at least for a day!

  45. I love you dyed fabric! It would great to have even a small piece to use with your hand dyed thread I treasure :<}

  46. Love your work! The bright colors you use are fun and inspiring. Thanks for sharing your gifts with us.

  47. I have fallen in love with stitching. Your 20 or 30 hanks of perle cotton hang from a cafe rod off the table next to my work area, and when I’m not stitching, I’m just soaking up their gorgeous arrays of color and thinking how I can use them on my next project. Thank you for your inspiration.

  48. I really enjoyed your visit to the Midland Quilt guild. Your quilts are beautiful. I especially love the bright colors. My friend and I bought a kit and met last weekend to work on them together. The results- not to bad for two beginners! Have a good day and keep sharing your stories.

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