embroidery sample

I ordered The Embroiderer’s Handbook a while back and have finally decided its time to start my sampler. I have intentions on making a pretty sampler once I get the hang of what im doing, but for now Im excited to learn new techniques and content with just sketching them out on a cloth. (Sharon B at In a Minute Ago, who catalogs tons and tons of stitching and her amazing thread art, suggested I use Evenweave Linen 26 but I only found 28 and its working out for me okay.)

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Likely, I will post pics as i go along. Flipping through the book has really been fun and I cant wait to get to some of the sections. Here is what I have so far – not much but I just started:

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How have you learned embroidery? Do you have a favorite stitch? Any tips to share? Im all ears!

Giveaway Winners! Woo!

I had Boy work his magic with the sql database to come up with the winners so i wouldnt have to count my way through the comments. Thanks for being so smart, Boy! :)

The printed results are ugly strings of characters so Ill shorten them for you:

mysql> select * from wp_comments where comment_post_ID = 1345 order by rand() limit 5;

| comment_author | comment_date_gmt  | comment_content

| Sara | 2010-05-19 21:56:07 | I love Harry Potter and The Good Earth.

| Beth | 2010-05-18 08:06:44 | Beautiful! My favorite book of all time is The Stand by Stephen King. Thank you for the giveaway!

| Caroline | 2010-05-17 19:29:05 | Oh they’re gorgeous! I would love the chance to offer you feedback ;-)My favourite author would have to be Roald Dahl. I re-read Matilda so many times as a kid.

| Nadescha| 2010-05-17 09:04:44 | my absolutely favourite author is diana gabaldon – i am currently on book 7 (an echo in the bone) of her epic historical love story between jamie and claire fraser. i wish they could live forever… :-)

| Sarah | 2010-05-17 10:23:26 | Love the butterfly cover. My favourite book for a long time was Bridge to Terabithia {long before it was a movie!} For my adult life I would say Coming Through Slaughter by Michael Ondaatje.{anything by Michael is worth reading more than once, in my humble opinion} Also Alice Munro! Thanks for the chance.

Congratulations you guys! Im so excited that my covers are being shipped all over the world – that amazes me. Yay!

And again, thank you ALL for participating. Considering it seems you really liked the idea of a bookcover, I am definitely going to experiment more with them. Ive had quite a few sketches drawn up for a while and its time i get to work!

Huzzah!

Giveaway End!

Well, gosh golly gees!

I had no idea how resounding the turn out would be; you all made me blush:) I want to thank Sew Mama Sew for this opportunity and a HUGE Thank You So Very Much to you all for leaving me so many comments!

I was given around 400 different favorites which will really help me choose new books! If you were wondering who the most popular choice is (yes, i have a spreadsheet going like any proper dork would), Jane Austen tops the charts, and Pride and Prejudice is her most favored.

I suggest to you guys my own favorite author: Guy Gavriel Kay. The Fionavar Tapestry is my all time favorite, but I also recommend Tigana, A Song for Arbonne, or The Lions of Al-Rassan. But hes not for everyone, and this I know (although i dont quite understand;).

I also added you guys to my RSS feed so i can check out your sites when I have the time – count me as a follower!

Good luck on all the contests you entered, and I will announce the five winners sometime today:)