Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Stitchy News! With Great Giveaways!

The Rhode Island Stitchers, a community group that holds stitch-in nights at their local library, have a wonderful and generous Spring giveaway under way! The huge package includes DMC flosses (including some Light Effects!), a large group of fun Easter and Spring stitch charts, a lovely piece of opalescent Laguna, cute bunny thread holders, a fun and funky pair of stork scissors and a whole set of stitcher's tools in the cutest little birdie fabric! The deadline is April 15th, 2011, and winners will be announced the next day. Open internationally! To enter, comment here.

NOTE & DISCLAIMER: There are three ways to enter; post a comment on the site, post about it on your blog, or visit with the group. This post on my blog does count as a second entry to me. But don't worry - if, by some chance, I do win, I promise to share :) However, methinks there will be *tons* of entries on this one!

Moonsilk Stitches recently conducted her first designer interview with her friend Lin Vanderberg over at her self-titled blog. Although lengthly, it is well worth a read, as Lin covers a great deal of topics ranging from her teaching of embroidery to others to her studies in ancient textiles. A few days later, Moonsilk put up a giveaway for one of Lin's charts on Latvian folk motifs. There are 5 charts up for grabs, and to enter you simply must leave a comment on this post. The contest ends on April 4th, 2010, when Moonsilk gets back from her travels in London. Open internationally!

Moonsilk's latest post on her travels, with lots of interesting photographs of the antique textiles and clothing in the British Galleries of the famous Victoria & Albert museum is really nifty reading too! To enlarge the photos, just click on them (as you do here).

Blu, over at Therapy By Thread, posted another impressive finish recently, of a 15-sided Biscornu wrought in white on black. Happily, this work is based on a free design from the Stitch Creations blog. Although the posts on this site are not often written in English, there is a wealth of free designs to find in the archives. The 15 small patterns used for the Biscornu are very versatile and have been made into scissors fobs. You could work five or six blocks one atop the other for a bookmark, or work four in a square for a regular Biscornu. Because of the myraid possibilitiesfor these little motifs, I have linked to each:

Side 1 (geometric floral and stars), Side 2 (art deco-ish), Side 3 (geometric floral), Side 4 (plus signs/geometric crosses), Side 5 (squares), Side 6 (diamonds), Side 7 (celtic knotwork), Side 8 (flowers), Side 9 (geometric crosses and stars), Side 10 (thistles), Side 11 (pinwheels), Side 12 (art noveau-ish), Side 13 (geometric blocks and stars), Side 14 (geometric cross) and Side 15 (leaves). Also, see the Assembly (not currently in English, but with plenty of photographs) instructions and the examples of different Variations (stitcher-submitted photographs of finished works).

I am rather taken by her new blackwork Biscornu, and the matching Needle Roll (which could just as easily used for the cover of a Needle Book). Both are a part of Anita's current Stitch Along (SAL), and hopefully there will be more patterns with these designs to come!

Speaking of ongoing free design series, Lady Kell of Kincavel Krosses in well underway on a whole new bunch of cheerful and funky cross-stitch projects perfect for Spring. These designs started with her Birds and Blooms cross-stitch, starring a long-tailed purple Bird of Paradise surrounded by stylized floral blossoms in bright turquoise, magenta and tangerine. This was followed by the Birds and Blooms Bookmark, which gave way to the Birds and Blooms Alphabet Sampler. A coordinating line with only three brights (tangerine, grass green and magenta) soon followed: Floral Bookmark, Floral Bookmark 2, Floral Bookmark 3, Floral Biscornu, and, most recently, Floral Square 1. The title suggests that there will be more, so keep checking back if you like this series!

In more freebie news, Flossy over at Flossy Bobbin has recently posted up two designs: a funky little pink and turquoise Owlet and a very neat design based on the old Super Mario Bros. 3 videogame. If Mario leaves you feeling nostalgic, try heading here to play the game!

And finally, Mary Corbet of the always interesting NeedleNThread embroidery blog is giving away one of the new Silhouette cutting machines she recently reviewed in this post. To enter, visit the giveaway post and leave a comment. The contest closes Thursday, March 24th and the winner will be announced the next day. The rules for entry on this one are a bit more complicated than usual, so visit the giveaway announcement for more information. As far as I know, this giveaway is open internationally, although to be sure you may want to e-mail Mary.  Silhouette is also hosting a special promotion for readers of the blog, with significant savings off of materials for the cutting machine. The promotion runs from March 21st to the 27th, and information can be found on the giveaway post.

Happy Stitching!

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