I’m a detail freak, I love embroidery, counted cross-stitch (usually done half normal size) felt work etc.
I get great pleasure from stitching, being creative and seeing needle, thread and fabric evolve into a finished project that I have had immense pleasure in producing.
A few days ago, as a new member of the Country Bumpkin stitching website (forum) I was one of two lucky winners of an amazing book called “Embroidered Flowers for Elizabeth” that the Country Bumpkin team were giving away and Wow! what a great surprise that was!!!
I’ve been SO delighted with my win (and the book hasn’t even arrived in the post yet ! LOL) that I decided to pass on a bit of the good feeling to my blog readers.
I can tell you that after years of seeing embroidery books that did little or nothing to advance the skills of a self taught stitcher like myself, it has been a refreshing delight to see outstanding craft books like the “A to Z” Books.
I work full time, so day-time classes are not fitting into my schedule, evening classes are difficult when you have dinner, kid activities and homework to organise, and weekends are full of family commitments.
Books offer a great alternative, and over the years I’d exhausted the library and second hand shop shelves filled with craft books that maybe inspired me with a finished article but gave me no clue of how to get there.
The one day I discovered the “A to Z” series. Brilliant books for stitcher’s, beginner to advanced, young and old, with little stitching background or none, these books are (for me at least) the path of least frustration way to learn to stitch. They also inspire me to pick up cloth, needle, thread and to start something new, make something special for someone I love and to spend time in a creative pursuit that lets me de-stress, relax and unwind after a busy day.
So. If you are maybe wanting to extend your knowledge of the stitching craft you are in, fancying branching out into something new, or interested in picking up something crafty for the very first time, then I’m offering you a chance to win one of these “A to Z” books for yourself. Nooo, I’m not affiliated with this company in any way, but I am a keen stitcher and want to give a good review when a company IS listening to what stitcher’s need and want.
All you have to do is to tell me ( via Comments to this post) which one of the A to Z books you would like to win and why.
On May 1st ( yep, you have a good several weeks to enter and I want to allow time for Easter Holiday’s /Spring breaks etc ) I will post two winning names in my May 1st Blog post and the two lucky winners may each choose one of the books from the list below to receive from moi, Kiwidutch. (I’ll order the book of the winner’s choice from the website, contact you privately via your email address in comments and and get it sent directly to your address)
Here’s a look at the website:
…and the books in the series (so far) are:
A-Z of Bead Embroidery,
A-Z of Bullions,
A-Z of Crewel Embroidery,
A-Z of Crochet,
A-Z of Embroidery Stitches,
A-Z of Embroidery Stitches #2,
A-Z of Embroidered Flowers.
A-Z of Goldwork with Silk Embroidery,
A-Z of Heirloom Sewing,
A-Z of Knitting,
A-Z of Needlepoint,
A-Z of Quilting,
A-Z of Ribbon Embroidery,
A-Z of Sewing,
A-Z of Sewing for Smockers,
A-Z of Smocking,
A-Z of Stumpwork,
A-Z of Threadpainting,
A-Z of Whitework,
A-Z of Wool Embroidery,
So… No matter your stitching pleasure, there is sure to be an A-Z book to delight and inspire you too.
If you want to be in with a chance to win one of these books, then please tell me in a “comment” to this post before May 1st, 2010 Which one of the books you would like most to win and Why!