Friday, March 29, 2013

First Ever Embroidery Project {plus a giveaway}

Tomorrow an embroidered pillow I created using Aurifil threads and a free pattern from The Sometimes Crafter is being featured over at Lily’s Quilts!!!

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If you are a first time visitor or regular visitor, welcome to my blog! 

Today I am giving away a copy of Aimee Ray’s book, Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection.  I accidentally bought two copies when I was looking for an introductory book to embroidery (the danger of shopping both on Amazon and at the local Joann’s) and one lucky reader will be getting a copy due to my mistake.

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The book is amazing, and that is an understatement.  There is a library of stitches in the front section of the book with diagrams even I can understand.  It has a section of projects and then in the back there are over 400 patterns divided by theme such as “embellishments” and “under the sea.”  It comes with a CD so you can print your own copies.  I’ve printed quite a few and it makes it so easy for using an iron transfer pen or pencil.

To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post.  For an extra entry, let me know you are a follower, old or new!  International entries welcome.  I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, April 2nd. 

97 comments:

  1. That is adorable with the pom pom trim! Oooh, and that book looks so fun!

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  2. This would be GREAT! I just bought some towels to embroidery as Christmas gifts, however I have no idea what to embroider on them.. I have been searching for the perfect idea of what to put on them.

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  3. Your pillow is so sweet! And that book looks fun!

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  4. My friend just showed me this the other day, she got her book at the library, VERY cute book!! and a CD inside...

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  5. Love the pillow! I haven't stitched something since I was around 10 years old! Would love to win this book and get back into it! Thanks for the chance!
    mrs(dot)hbraun(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. Your pillow is really great. Especially in front of this chair. Happy Easter! teilzeitbäuerin from Austria

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  7. What a pretty pillow you made. I'd love to own the book and I thank you for the opportunity to win it.

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  8. I'm a long-time follower who would love to win your extra book. Thanks for the opportunitiy.

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  9. Very cute pillow. I haven't embroidered in years, this book would sure be a great incentive to get back to the craft. Thanks for the chance.

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  10. Love your pillow, looks like a spring day in the country.

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  11. What a fun book! I see how you bought it twice!

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  12. Your pillow is precious! I love the sunny yellow!! Your stitching reminds me of the book, "The Little House". Judging this book by the cover...looks like it is filled with delightful patterns! :)

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  13. I love your pillow. I would love the chance to try some embroidery like that!

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  14. I am a beginner at embroidery and this book would be perfect!!! I love how cheerful your pillow is with the pom pom trim! Totally fun! I am a GFC follower :)

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  15. I am a beginner at embroidery also. I was in the Stitch Me up Blog and had a great time with that. It would be nice to have a book like that. What a nice give away.

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  16. Thanks for the generous giveaway. I am really wanting to start some embroidery. Love your pillow!

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  17. Hi! Thanks for the giveaway. Love your pillow. I am currently working on my embroidery stitches, a learning process. Would love some help and this book looks like just what I need.

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  18. Hi again! I have been a follower for about 6 months.

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  19. HAPPY TO FOLLOW>BLOGLOVIN'!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  20. HELLO! VERY PRETTY PILLOW!
    THANKS FOR SHARING A NEAT BOOK!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  21. I love your pillow and now I want to make one! Thank you for the giveaway.

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  22. Good job for your first one. I love embroidery. Thanks for the chance to win a great book!

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  23. Great embroidery!!
    This looks a great book - I'd love to win a copy!

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  24. This looks like a great book. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  25. I love to hand stitch - I find it so relaxing. Thanks for sharing your extra copy.

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  26. I would love that book, such a lucky mistake!

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  27. Seguidora.Gostaria muito,obrigada.

    tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  28. Such a cute project! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  29. I follow you through Google Reader (for now!)

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  30. Pretty impressive for a first embroidery!

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  31. Adorable pillow, Jamie. Love how wonderfully playful your embroidery is, and those pom poms just add another dose of happiness.

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  32. Awesome pillow...great job too!!! Ya' sure you never did this before? giggle....teasin' ya' Lol IS a super job!!

    Book looks so fun!! :)

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  33. I've been a Follower for quite awhile now :)

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  34. I have double purchased on books so many times it's not funny. And now I'm starting to do it with fabric! (buying online and one place and then forgetting and buying it a second - or even a third - time. Ah well! These things happen!
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    1. Atleast with fabric you can never have too much! :)

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  35. Embroidery has always been a high item on my "todo" list .. unfortunately it always gets trumped by quilting and cross stitching because I KNOW how to do those so far .. well sort of lol. This book would be an awesome push to get into embroidery!

    I am a follower of your blog :)

    I hate it when I double buy something by mistake :|

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  36. What a sweet pillow!! You did a great job. This is such a cute book, I would love to win it and learn to do embroidery.

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  37. such a cute pillow you made, would love to win the book and make a picture or two for my sewing room.

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  38. Great job! I have a baby coming so I want to make some embroidered onesies, pillows, and wall art.

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  39. Such a sweet pillow and I'm amazed that this is your first embroidery project!
    Love to embroider ~ thanks for the chance to win this great book!

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  40. I love the cushion you made - your embroidery is lovely!

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  41. Your pillow is amazing! Thanks for the opportunity to win the book! I love to embroider, but I've never made anything as wonderful as your creation!

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  42. I used to embroider pillow cases and think I should do some again.

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  43. What a fun pillow. I haven't embroidered much, but have several half finished projects that I've inherited from my Mom, Grandma and aunts. Thanks so much for the chance!

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  44. I found this gem on pinterest! http://tinywhitedaisies.tumblr.com/post/22254116628

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    This great alphabet sampler I've been dying to make!
    http://posie-rosy-little-things.myshopify.com/collections/embroidery-patterns-1/products/daisychain-abcs-crewelwork-sampler-pattern

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  45. HELLO! WHAT A NEAT DESIGN+SUCH BEAUTIFUL WORK!
    I'VE EMBROIDERED FOR YEARS AND LOVE DOING IT;LATELY I'VE BEEN TRYING REDWORK>SO FUN!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  46. Loved your post over on Lily's quilts, you did a great job with the embroidery, I would so love to give it a try, I got some thread recently and made my own little design for a turtle and now I want to create more.

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  47. Great job on the pillow. I've dabbled in embroidery. I love the many sampler patterns that are available.

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  48. Hoping to embroider some nautical motifs for our newly decorated bedroom.

    Great post on Lily's quilts!

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  49. such a gorgeous pillow, your embroidery is ace, I'm hoping to get started on this BOM, I love her stuff redwork/quilting mixed :)

    http://thepaintedquilt.blogspot.fr/2013/03/happy-scrappy-spring.html

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  50. Really enjoyed your guest post over at Lynne's - I would like to do a small embroidery and mount it in its hoop.

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  51. Your wee trees look amazing, and I love the sun - so cheery! Thanks for the hints, and of course, the chance for a fab win :D

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  52. Your embroidered piece is lovely. Adorable trim!
    :o)
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  53. I follow via GFC.

    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  54. Really cute pillow. I have never stitched with Aurifil thread. I have the other book of Aimee's so it would be nice to have this one too. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  55. Love your pillow. I recently re-started hand embroidery after abandoning it for machine embroidery.Nothing like the hand work to get you in the zone.

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  56. I love your cushion! I have cross stitched forever, but have never done other embroidery, so I'd love to win this book!

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  57. So cute :) I just did my first embroidery the last couple of nights and I love the sound of the transfer pen you used! So much easier than the way I did mine! Will have to find one of those. This book looks great too, I want to learn more now I've tried a few basic stitches!

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  58. For someone who has never embroidered, you did an amazing job on your pillow. Very impressive. Thanks for the chance to win this great book.

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  59. I would love to use these threads to create the labels for my quilts.

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  60. I just started too! I am no where near as good as you but I found fabric I like and have outlined and filled in with thread on it! I love the look of the book and think it might be very helpful!

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  61. I have been a follower for awhile!

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  62. i love your pillow! it turned out fantastic. :)

    (i came by to applaud your pillow...if, by some chance i win the book, please pick another commenter as i already own it!)

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  63. I'm just getting into embroidery on my quilts and it's so much fun. It adds a quirky element to them that I really like.

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  64. I made a quilt where the center of each block was embroidered and then patchwork around the outside. I'd love to make another one because it was so fun. I need to learn some new stitches.

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  65. I have looked at this book on Amazon and thought it sounded the one for me, glad to have another recommendation. If I don't win it I'll buy it.

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  66. Love the pillow. Well done! I have done some embroidery but would like to do more. Hope I win!

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  67. That looks like a fun way to practice your stitching :) Thanks for a fun chance to win!

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  68. Thanks for the giveaway - I love Aimee's books. I just found your blog and am now a follower.

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  69. Great pillow. I have been working on some monagram letters and Shaby Roses by Jenny of Elefantz. Want to make her Shabby Rose Angels too.

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  70. I love the pillow! Starting to pick up embroidery among other crafts, so if I don't win, I'd likely buy! Thanks for the chance!

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  71. I'm a follower of your blog :)

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  72. What a neat book, I am just starting to try embroidery ... it would be perfect!

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