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Win a copy of stitched for fun!

stitched for fun

Happy summer stitching!

This week I have the pleasure of giving away 2 copies of Stitched for Fun – 35 Easy and Adorable Embroidery Projects by Fiona Goble to our lucky readers!

As I hold this book from Martingale Publishing in my hands and flip through the pages, I can’t help but smile at the adorable motifs used in the projects, as well as the fresh, bright colors used in the stitched models.

Apron

The motifs are so cheerful and fun, and are used on a wide variety of objects. You can stitch them on items you make, or ready-made items.

Nearly anything can be enhanced with this collection of simple, fun motifs, as you can see from the photos posted here. Using surface embroidery stitches, you can turn an everyday, ordinary item into a work of art!

embroidered Pillow

You can embellish clothing, household items, aprons and other things by tracing one of the pretty patterns and working the designs in simple, basic embroidery stitches using DMC Embroidery Floss as shown in the samples, or use other types of embroidery thread to add some sparkle or shine to your projects.

book stitches

All of the stitches used in the book are clearly illustrated, and the instructions are well-written and easy to follow, making this book perfect for beginning stitchers. Experienced stitchers will appreciate the variety of projects presented.

DMC threads

To win a copy of the book (US and Canadian readers only, please), leave a comment about anything embroidery-related, and sign your initials with your state or province (example: EB, Podunk, USA).

And be sure to check out Martingale’s Blog for news about their books and free projects, and stitching tips for a wide variety of fabrics and fiber crafts. They’ll also be hosting a giveaway featuring a selection of DMC threads and needlework accessories! I’ll be choosing two lucky winners next week.

~Emma

Emma Broidery’s Memory Thread Guide

Thread guide

Have you considered adding Memory Thread to a project but were unsure of just how to use it or attach it? Check out Emma Broidery’s new Memory Thread Guide!

Emma Broidery’s Memory Thread How-To Guide shows and explains how to shape and apply Memory Thread™ to fabric, canvas, felt, quilts and paper.  You’ll find 18 basic and creative shaping techniques presented in detail, with instructive photos, directions, diagrams and helpful tips.

needlepoint bracelet

Then you can try any of the ten easy and quick projects included in the book.

Projects include a beautiful needlepoint bracelet, a quilted pin cushion, a pretty stitched flower pin, a felt embroidery gingerbread house ornament, a fun Christmas tree ornament, an adorable bird greeting card, or make your own trendy jewelry projects using our easy-to-follow instructions!

memory threads

Memory Thread is a soft fiber wrapped copper wire that you can use to embellish all types of needlework and craft projects. It’s a colorfast, fade resistant, acid free, and is available in 28 bright beautiful colors. wrapped on a recyclable shuttle to keep the thread tidy and ready to use.

Memory Thread can be tacked in place using matching shades of DMC Embroidery Floss on the surface of your completed needlework project, or use the Memory Thread to make beautiful jewelry and accessories accented with beads, buttons or charms!

Spring Project Idea-Temari Balls

Temari balls are a terrific example of a colorful Japanese thread craft that anyone can learn. Temari are made of yarn wrapped around a soft core, and embellished with DMC pearl cotton. As your skills grow, so will the complexity of the Temari you create.

Temari balls

The name means hand ball in Japanese, and the balls were originally created for children. Today, they are a symbol of good luck, and are given as gifts on special occasions, or to decorate the home.

All of the balls shown here were created by designer Barbara Seuss, and were featured in her book, Japanese Temari, a Colorful Spin on an Ancient Craft, available on her website as well as online and local bookstores. You can also see dozens of inspiring samples in her Temari Gallery.

colorful balls

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