Local Heart, Global Soul

March 23, 2010

Interested in Crafts? I’m offering YOU a chance to WIN …

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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:

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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!


  1. The books would be wasted on this techno-geek, but I did want to congratulate you on your win! You are so creative.

    Comment by Invisible Mikey — March 23, 2010 @ 1:33 am | Reply

  2. Thanks Mikey, Do you have someone in your life that would appreciate one of these books? They could answer the questions and be in to win. The one thing about the creativity bug is that you are constantly wanting to Pass-it-on!!! LOL

    Comment by kiwidutch — March 23, 2010 @ 7:48 am | Reply

  3. Congratulations on your win! I would like to win either the A-Z of Smocking or the A-Z of Sewing for Smockers as we have just been blessed with two adorable grand-daughters. While ‘in-waiting’ I’ve enjoyed embroidering things for babies, now I can start making beautiful smocked dresses!

    Comment by Elizabeth — March 23, 2010 @ 1:50 pm | Reply

  4. I’m eying the A-Z smocking book! It’s something that I’ve wanted to learn to do for ages but haven’t gotten around to it!

    Comment by mub — March 23, 2010 @ 6:08 pm | Reply

  5. I think its nice that you want to pass along your good fortune.

    I would like A-Z of Ribbon Embroidery. I’m a ribbon fan and I love working creatively with it. I use it on cards, collage, etc. but never did Embroidery with it. I checked out a few sites on the subject and I really want to give it a go.

    Comment by Mac — March 23, 2010 @ 6:43 pm | Reply

  6. Congratulations! I’m not making an entry for the books, I just wanted to offer up a “WOOHOO” and tell you that I think this is a very generous idea, good on ya! Good luck to whoever posts!

    Comment by shesboxingclever — March 23, 2010 @ 7:46 pm | Reply

  7. There are too many too choose!! There are two actually that I have been eyeing off but haven’t been able to buy. A-Z Quilting wout be a fantastic reference. I don’t have any quilting books, so that would be a treasure to my learning… or A-Z of goldwork. Gosh I lave the colours and finish of goldwork with silk and again, I’ve worked a project, but I dont’ have a book about it. Either would be treasured.

    Comment by Metanoia — March 24, 2010 @ 10:25 am | Reply

  8. Congratulations on your win! Sounds like a “must have” book that I am certain you will enjoy.

    In the A-Z series I would love “A-Z of Embroidery 2”. Any help with my embroidery would be welcomed. Thank you so much for this oportunity. You are so generous!

    Cheers, Linda A

    Comment by Linda Adam — March 25, 2010 @ 3:00 am | Reply

  9. What a lovely gesture this is. I would be pleased to win the A-Z of Whitework. I’m very interested in this type of embroidery, AND I do have quite a few of the other titles. They are wonderful reference books and command a place on every embroiderer’s bookshelf. Thank you.

    Comment by Elspeth — March 25, 2010 @ 3:21 am | Reply

  10. Kiwidutch, what a lovely gesture! It certainly encapsulates the goodwill and generosity of the Country Bumpkin team. And I am certainly envious of you … I put my hopeful entry into Country Bumpkin for the Flowers for Elizabeth book as well!
    So many books, but only one to choose from … I think I would like the A-Z of Threadwork. I have already tried my hand at threadwork, making a woollen quilt for my first son, some three years ago. Alas, although I’m happy with the result, I think I could still do with some help when I finally get around to making another quilt for my second son, who is now one and still waiting for his quilt! He’s a poor sleeper so I don’t have a lot of time at nights to embroider like I once used to – perhaps, at least, I have time to read up on all the techniques so that when I finally get back to my sewing table, his quilt can be a real stunner!

    Comment by Lauren — March 28, 2010 @ 4:08 am | Reply

  11. I Love to see everyone’s entries, still lots of time for more people to join in too. GREAT to see what people’s stitching preferences and wishes are, VERY inspiring! Happy Stitching and good luck in the competition everyone 🙂

    Comment by kiwidutch — March 29, 2010 @ 5:35 am | Reply

  12. Kiwidutch, you were a deserving recipient of the Flowers for Elizabeth book and your generosity is so typical of many needlewomen around the globe. We surely are bound together by our love of embroidery.
    I think the A-Z of whitework would be lovely to join others in the series on my bookshelf.

    Comment by dianne — March 29, 2010 @ 11:26 am | Reply

  13. thanks so much for offering this contest, as someone whose family has been hit by the economic hard times of the auto industry, I do not have the monetary resources to indulge in my passion of sewing as much as I would like. My daughter is to be married next year and I have offered to make her wedding dress in order to save money. I would love to have the A-Z of Sewing so I might pick up some tips and tricks that would help my in this enormous endeavor. Tracy

    Comment by Tracy — March 29, 2010 @ 12:24 pm | Reply

  14. Congratulations on your win! I hope you enjoy your new book! How very kind of you to host your own give-away! I would very much like to own the Whitework book, because this is a technique that I has interested me for a long time, and which I would like to learn. Thank you so much! What a generous spirit!
    P.S. Love you New Zealand travelogue! I wanna go there!

    Comment by Kathleen — April 5, 2010 @ 4:01 pm | Reply

  15. Congratulations on your win – hope the book gives you many happy hours of enjoyment –

    I think the A-Z of Whitework would be one book I would love – having only done one piece of whitework I think this book would help immensely – when I commenced my piece I thought I would never do another piece but by the end of it I had enjoyed it so much I was thinking about the second piece fo whitework – like all A-Z books they are very easy to understand and the stitches are photographed well that even the novice is happy to attempt stitching.

    Comment by Kerrie — April 11, 2010 @ 6:36 am | Reply

  16. Hi Kiwidutch!

    Congrats on the CB book win and thanks for your generosity in hosting this giveaway. I was tempted by the 3 for 2 offer as well, but the shipping costs lose me all I might have gained!!

    So, which book would I choose? I really don’t know! Any of Bullions, Whitework and Gold/Silkwork, any of which would increase my stitch and skill repertoire. Goldwork is something I love the look of, but find a bit trialsome to do, so the A-Z book would improve my skills. Surface whitework is a totally new field for me and Bullioins, well, it’s one I’m curious about, but would probably never buy for myself (possibly as I haven’t seen it properly…). If I’m lucky enough to win, you choose and surprise me from these 3!

    All the best and happy Elizabethan stitching.=)

    Comment by Elizabeth — April 12, 2010 @ 8:57 am | Reply

  17. Great Idea Kiwidutch, and a very kind gesture! Wouldn’t the world be a fabulous place if more people were as giving? I give old books and magazines to the local hospital (my embroidery ones go down a real treat for the elderly ladies in the waiting room) for people to flip through. I think its important to share things (especially when others could do with a smile, as so many at the hospital I visit are), and I always enjoy the comments as I leave my magazines (and when I am waiting myself, I know I’ll have something interesting to read!)

    If I were to pick out of the selection of books, I’d like either the embroidered flowers or ribbon embroidery books. I love stitching garden scenes, and am especially interested in combining traditional embroidery with ribbon embroidery. As I have a back problem (the reason I’m at the hospital so much!), I don’t get a lot of oppertunities to garden, but I have found that stitching has given me back some sanity, and I really feel calm watching a garden scene grow in the fabric with my needle!

    And if I were to pick 2 posts to send books to, I’d be picking number 3 (Elisabeth) and number 10 (Lauren)- I agree, sewing for children is one of the most rewarding experiences anyone could take part in. Its so nice to see children enjoying your hard work and (as Lauren said) benefiting from it (either in the form of being comforted or feeling more confident!). I’m currently sewing a little bear onto a long-sleeve newborn top for a friend who is giving birth in May – I can’t wait to see her face when I give it to her (its a suprise) and to see her little bubba dressed in it!

    Comment by zara_bear — April 13, 2010 @ 5:17 am | Reply

    • Zara_bear,
      Everyone has an equal opportunity to win this because I will be putting all the names on little pieces of paper, folding them into quarters and then let my son and daughter pick one each at random from a bowl. No playing “favourites” in any way, just pure chance. Whoever has posed a comment and wants to be in to win will have as big a chance as the rest. May 1st isn’t too far away …. In the Netherlands we don’t say “Good Luck” rather we wish people ” Success” … So Kiwidutch crosses her fingers for all of you and says to everyone who posts: “Success!”

      Comment by kiwidutch — April 24, 2010 @ 11:12 am | Reply

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