Dec 12, 2013

Gift List and a giveaway.....

One of the many aspirations I had for this month was to write a comprehensive gift guide for the embroiderer on your list, full of things like golden bird scissors and special french embroidery floss.  You can probably imagine it.  I am sure that Purl Soho has done this list.  Creativebug put out a cool one on their blog too.  I have been busy, and by that I mean that every second of my day has been spent working on the book for next week's photo shoot, so, maybe next year I'll make that guide.  But! I have been thinking about gift giving while I work, and I have a few simple ideas.

1)  If you've taken one of my workshops you've probably already heard me suggest this first one. Do you know someone who sews or embroiders?  A great gift for this person is a pin cushion full of threaded needles.  I say this because I know that a pin cushion full of threaded needles would put a smile on my face.  I dream of the day when the needle threading fairies visit my studio each night, but until then, I thread those suckers myself.  So, for the sewist (sewer, embroiderer, mender, grandma) on your list- get threading!  Use whatever needles and threads you have on hand.  Or, go nuts and use some beautiful french floss. Put it over the top by sticking all the needles in one of Cal's pin cushions.   This is a great gift because it is thoughtful, inexpensive, and requires you to sit and watch a Christmas movie while you make it.  I recommend the original Home Alone.


2)  If you are a Creativebug subscriber, make this Needle Holder to go with all those threaded needles!  This class just got released today.  It is a fast and easy project.  It requires felt, fabric, and a bit of ribbon.   This one's only available to subscribers, so......



3)  A Subscription to Creativebug makes a great gift.  If you know someone who likes to make things, I highly recommend an unlimited subscription.  There are all sorts of amazing workshops, and new ones get added every single week.  Last week Kelly's Holiday Preserves workshop went live.  I'm out of time to make her Bitters for everyone on my list this year, but I'm thinking no one will complain if I hand them out this spring.  Fig and orange bitters in bourbon cocktails?  Yes please.

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I am happy to announce that I have TWO Creativebug subscriptions to give away to you, dear reader.  Simply leave a  comment telling me which class(es) you'd like to take, and I'll send you one three month subscription for you, and one for your best friend (or sister, or dad, whoever...)*

So tell me, what would you take?  Good luck!   Contest ends Sunday night, December 15th......

Winner!  Jen Barlev- I just e-mail you the good news and sent your  e-mail on to Creativebug.  Congrats!


*for this contest (and only this contest), your e-mail will be shared with Creativebug.

18 comments:

  1. Wow! What a great giveaway! Thank you!! There are tons of classes I would like to take on Creativebug. The top three would be your Layered Floral Embroidery Class, the Coptic Binding Class and the Bust Adjustment Class.

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  2. Oh boy, I'd love to enter. There are many classes I'd love to take, here are some of them: Layered Floral Embroidery, Suminagashi Ink Marbling, Whole Cloth Quilting, and Magpie Cuff. Thanks!

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  3. this is great! thank you. I would like to take your Advanced Embroidery workshop and the Leather Wrap bracelet, Cal Patch's T-shirt sewing workshop, and on and on! it would be fun to share the subscription with my nine-year-old daughter! thank you. fingers crossed!

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  4. Ooh...ink marbling or holiday preserves, just to name 2.... thanks for the giveaway!

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  5. I want to take your Layered Embroidery class and Betz White's flight bag class! But before my current subscription runs out in a couple of weeks I think I'll make that needle book, it's super cute.

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  6. I would love to take any of your embroidery classes! The layered embroidery is especially intriguing. Crochet Flowers looks awesome too . . . I have never crocheted anything successfully in my life.

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  7. Ooo I'd like to take one on quilting since my skills are pretty basic and I've done a fair share of quilts! And i'd love to give a gift to my sister in law who wants to juice up her sewing skills! (she's a print designer for target!)

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  8. I loooooove the Needle holder, took the class yesterday. I've started your photo embroidery class a few times, but haven't had the time to finish it. That's definitely what I want to do next! As well as work on my poor knitting skills.
    Thanks!
    emmevon(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. Awesome! I've already started your original sampler class...so I'd love to take the layered floral embroidery class when I finish, and the rainbow jellyroll quilt class...because I would really love to learn some quilting basics!

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  10. I would love to take your embroidery class and I've also had my eye on the paste papers class!

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  11. I love Creativebug! I would definitely make your needle case and then some stamped jewelry. After that, photo transfer and a quilt. Not sure what I would make on the second day, but I know it would be so much fun!

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  12. Such a sweet giveaway! Thank you. I would take your Embroidery Sampler Workshop, Pattern Drafting: T-Shirt Workshop & your Embroidery Embellished Skirt. I'm very interested in learning the basics!

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  13. Thank you for the generous giveaway. I enjoyed learning more about Creativebug I would choose classes under the "yarn" category. The steeked pillow with Kristin Nicholas and the intro to double knitting with Jill Draper are my first choices.

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  14. I'd love to try so many of the classes. I'd start with your layered embroidery class and Cal Patch's clothing classes. Happy Holidays!
    stipton@fastmail.fm

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  15. Thank you Rebecca! I would love to take Layered Floral Embroidery and Embroidery Transfer Techniques. Thank you!

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  16. Layered Floral Embroidery! Would love to win...

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  17. Love your stitching ...I would love to take layered Floral Embroidery, whole cloth quilting, sweater knitting..i can go on:)
    Thankyou,
    Aish.S

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  18. I would love to take n embroidery class and the leggings class.
    Ruth

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