Stitches Like Butter and Our Winner!

On Pins and Needles (detail)

In celebration of my new book, Playful Free-Form Embroidery, I’m giving away items for the book projects every week until the end of May. The recent giveaway? That yummy yellow thread used around the bird and whipstitched around the strawberry. This size 8 thread is called Butter. And it stitches just like butter too!

Winner of Giveaway #4

The winner of our skein of the Size 8 Butter thread this week is Jean G. Congratulations! May all your stitching go as smoothly as butter on a bun.

Stay tuned for our next giveaway next Tuesday.

Meanwhile, if you need a signed copy of my new book, Playful Free-Form Embroidery, I have them in stock. Check out the projects in the book here.

See that Rascally Bird? Giveaway #4

Does the phrase “on pins and needles” conjure up the image of a bird dancing on your pincushion? For me, it does. Imagine a little bird flying into your sewing room and absconding with the strawberry on the pincushion. That is one nervy bird who is quick on his feet!

On Pins and Needles is another project in my new book Playful Free-Form Embroidery. It is made with wool fabric (from Tracy Trevethan) and stitched with my hand-dyed size 8 and 12 pearl cotton threads. He is a delight to stitch!

What’s This Week’s Giveaway?


Every Tuesday until the end of May I’m giving away items for the projects in Playful Free-Form Embroidery.

This week the gift is a skein of size 8 pearl cotton called Butter. Butter is used around the bird, on the strawberry, and to make the squares for the tablecloth. It’s a sunny color for a rascally bird.

Leave a comment below, and you may be the lucky winner!

Please note that the giveaway closes on Thursday, and I announce the winner on Friday. Meanwhile, if you’d like to see all the projects in the book, click here.

Prinky and Our Thread Winner!

It was an ordeal coming up with a name for this colorway of thread, Prinky Phlox. But just when I thought I’d have to resort to a bland name like pink/purple, I noticed the phlox flowers in my garden. The color of the thread and the flower matched perfectly!

The term “prinky” is sort of a play on the word “pinkie”. Prinky means showy or bedecked. Thus the thread colorway called Prinky Phlox was born.

Winner of Giveaway #3

The lucky winner of this skein of Prinky Phlox is……Betty M. May your artwork always be prinky and bedecked.

In celebration of my new book, Playful Free-Form Embroidery, I’m giving away items for the book projects every week until the end of May.

Stay tuned for our next giveaway next Tuesday.