Friday, September 26, 2014

A Stitchity Post - and - Gift-a-Way

Gentle Friends, I though I would give you a break from my Travel-log for a something fun!!  A couple of moths ago I was approached by Stackpole Books representative, Heather  Gooch, if I would be interested in receiving and reviewing a new book coming out about Samplers and Embroidery. Not only was I flabbergasted and quite honored to be asked, I though how fun to read and talk about a new book featuring our Hobby!!

The new book is called...

... Simply Samplers, by Cheryl Fall.  Cheryl has authored 13 books and numerous articles about embroidery and crafts, and was host of the PBS show "The Creative Life.  She has been designing since 1986.

This newest book is soft covered and about 100 pages long and just full of fun projects and basic information about cross stitch and embroidery.  One of the nicer aspects of the book is a large section called Finishing techniques for each stitched project .  There are also pages with great illustrations of all the stitches used in the book......


 In the back are two pages with all the projects photographed for really quick reference....


I like that the book is a large format being 8 1/2 x 11 inches big so that when each project is shown....


the following pages have easy to read colour graphs.......


The book is not a Christmas book of projects I just picked the Christmas project since it is coming up in about 89 days, there are also Fall projects, and a great shamrock project for Spring.

Overall it's a great book of easy to read stitching pieces that can keep any stitcher busy year round.
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I really enjoyed reading the review copy I was sent and Heather from Stackpole is very generously allowing me to offer it as a Gift-a-way.  

Here's how it will work - Just leave a comment on this Post that you'd like to be entered in the Gift-a-way - that's all - easy peasy.  I'll have the Who Hounds and Hag Claw draw a winner next Thursday, October 2nd,  and I'll announce the winner on next Friday October 3rd.  Make sure I can contact you if you win, if I can't contact the winner I'll have the crew draw another name.  Anyone from anywhere may enter, so long as you can get snail mail, you are eligible.  I think any stitcher will enjoy the book and projects that Cheryl came up with.
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I thought I would throw in a little bit of my stitching 
- here's where I'm at with "Winter Wonderland"....

 ... not a far along as I had thought I'd be, but still quite a fun stitch!!

That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

32 comments:

Nancy said...

Your Winter Wonderland is looking beautiful Edgar!

Kevin said...

Your Winter Wonderland looks fantastic! The book you reviewed looks like a great, fun resource to have. I'd love to enter your giveaway. Thanks Edgar!

Brenda A said...

I'd like to enter! And your Winter Wonderland looks fantastic!

Kathy R. said...

Hi Edgar. I have really enjoyed your travel posts -travel isn't an option for me now, so I love seeing all your pictures. Please throw my name into the pot for the "Simply Samplers" Gift-a-Way. Thanks

Kristen said...

That book looks great, Edgar. Clear stitch illustrations are always helpful, no matter how much stitching experience one has.

Enjoy your weekend (stitch!).

Nancy Collins said...

The Simply Samplers book looks like a great stitching and finishing resource. I would love to be entered in the drawing to win a copy. Your stitching is beautiful as always!

wenhkc said...

Please enter me! Thanks for the generous giveaway.

needlenurse said...

Winter Wonderland is looking great! I'm always not as far along on any of my stitching as I thought I would be after I've stitched on it a few days/weeks. What about Rosy Morning and Summer Harvest? I'm not entering your drawing as I already have a few books on the techniques of different stitches. I'm sure whoever wins it will be well pleased.....sounds like a great book. You were right, it is a 'special something'. Have a great weekend. See ya Monday!

Paula

Ruth said...

This instruction book sounds great. Please enter my name in the give away pot. Your travel photos are so interesting. Thanks

Linda said...

Winter Wonderland looks great Edgar. I would love to be entered in your giveaway.

Linda

Margaret said...

Love your stitching progress -- so beautiful! I'd love to be entered in the giveaway. Looks like a fun book! Thanks for the review!

Lisa said...

I have been enjoying reading about your travels. I have been living viciously through several other stitchers and friends who have traveled across the big pond lately. One of these days I get over to England, Italy, Paris and so on...but right now, I get to read about it on blogs and facebook :) Simply Samplers look wonderful, please enter me in your drawing.
Take care.

Janet Baack said...

Please enter me in the Simply Sampler book. I enjoy following your blog. Thanks

Jan said...

Hello Edgar! Such wonderful pics! Glad you had such a marvellous holiday. Thank you kindly for entering my name in the give away draw.

CathieJ said...

I have been enjoying your travel tour. I would love to be entered in your gift-a-way. The sampler you are stitching looks wonderful!

Ellen S said...

Would love to have a chance of winning!! Thanks so much!! As always, your stitching is outstanding!
Ellen S

Barb said...

Winter Wonderland is looking great. I would love to win the book. Maybe then I wouldn't be such a coward about trying new stitches.

Joy said...

It looks great! Please enter me!

Abe said...

Great giveaway!

dq said...

Hi Edgar get the little who hound to pick me and make my day!
dq
bogfairy@yahoo.com

Lisa V said...

Love your Winter Wonderland progress. I would love to be entered in the draw for the book please Edgar, it looks like a great resource to have on the bookshelf.
Thanks

Jonette said...

Your stitching is beautiful. I am enjoying the pics from your trip. Would love to win the book.

Phyllis said...

Winter Wonderland is looking great!
I would like to win that book.
Thanks for the chance. Phyllis
gailxs@hotmail.com

xstitchlibrarian said...

Hi Edgar,
Please enter me in the give away!
Thanks
Kerrie

cucki said...

wow your stitching is looking so lovely..
please count me in the giveaway..
thank you x

Carolyn said...

Please enter me in the Gift-give-away! Thanks

Dede said...

Your stitching looks wonderful.
I had read the review of this book on Needle & Thread. I ordered it for my grand daughter's birthday which is soon to be 8 years old. She has been stitching with me for the past two years and loves it. She comes once a week after school during the school year. I really like the book. I will be borrowing hers as there are couple things I think I can use. Great little first book for a stitcher.

Melody said...

Your Winter Wonderland project is looking good! Also, the book looks intriguing. Please enter my name along with the rest for a chance.
Thanks!

Christine said...

Your Winter Wonderland is looking gorgeous, I love the muted colours.
The book looks interesting, please include my name in the draw

chiara thegreytail said...

I like that there's an entire section dedicated to finishing each project, you can never have too much of that! 😉 thanks for the gift-away, and your stitching is delightful as ever. happy xxx!
chiara

Angela CG said...

What a wonderful gift-away! Thank you for the chance. I have loved seeing your pictures from your trip.

Anne said...

Winter Wonderland looks lovely Edgar! I was trying to comment on some of your Paris blogs but can't for some reason. What an amazing trip! I felt like I was there with you looking at all the sights, eating the food, seeing Sajou!!!! So exciting! If you are still having a giveaway...you can throw my name in the hat!