Friday, February 12, 2016

It's National Embroidery Month!

by Marcy Singer from The Stitching Hour by Amanda Lee

Did you know that February is National Embroidery Month?! I have to confess that I had no idea until I saw it in one of the newsletters I receive.

Here are some links to blogs and online magazines that are celebrating with tutorials, patterns, and giveaways:

Threads Magazine

Sew For Home

The Sewing Loft

Blog Her

Erin Middlebrooks

Country Traditions Newsletter 

Bobby Pin Bandit

Naturally, Angus and I are celebrating at the Seven-Year Stitch too. Classes are twenty-five percent off for the month of February, and we're giving patrons ten-percent off their total purchase.

Our author friend Amanda Lee is also celebrating. She's offering two readers a chance to win a signed paperback copy of The Stitching Hour and a cross-stitch kit. If an international reader wins, he or she will be provided with an ebook copy of his/her choice of ebooks in this series.


To enter the giveaway, please comment on this post with your name and email address. Winners will be chosen using a random number generator and announced on this post on February 15, 2016. Good luck!






80 comments:

  1. What a pretty photo. I haven't done any embroidery in a long time. Thanks for the chance to win.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  2. The embroidery looks amazing! I have never done embroidery but I have enjoyed doing cross-stitch. Thank you for the giveaway.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. Oh very pretty! I'm not crafty with threads of any kind. Please don't enter me.

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    1. You might be craftier than you think! ;) (Happy Valentine's Day!)

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    2. Ever thought of embroidering with paint? Prefer Tri-Chem myself. My Mom taught me to embroider with needle and thread and paint by the time I was 10. Great way to personalize gifts. Della.

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  4. I used to love to embroider. Lately I have been just crocheting.
    Debby
    Debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. My daughter crochets and does beautiful work. I've tried and am not very good at it. Thanks for entering! (Happy Valentine's Day!)

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  5. I have some monogrammed handkerchiefs that belonged to my great-grandmother. The stitching on the monograms is so fine I can't believe anyone human did it. (You don't need to enter me.)

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    1. Sheila, I'm sure you treasure those handkerchiefs. Did she make them herself? (Happy Valentine's Day!)

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  6. I used to enjoy embroidery but it has been years and years since I have done any.

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  7. I did NOT know it's National Embroidery Month! :-)
    I have a lovely handkerchief that belonged to my grandmother with very similar embroidery as the one pictured above. It was my "something blue" for my wedding.
    Happy Friday!
    Nicole nicolev.girldetective@gmail.com

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    1. Oh, how sweet! And what a treasure! Thanks for entering! (Happy Valentine's Day!)

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  8. I used to do lots of cross-stitch, embroidery, crewel etc but it has been YEARS! Love this series.

    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  9. I have lots of framed cross stitch that I've done over the years. Great memories! Linda Kleback lkleback@hotmail.com

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    1. I remember doing a painstaking wedding sampler for my brother and his first wife. Yes, they got divorced, and I don't know who got custody of my work. Either way, it was probably tossed because I doubt it provided either of them with good memories. LOL! Thanks for entering! (Happy Valentine's Day!)

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  10. I used to embroider when I was very young and enjoyed the creative aspect which is special. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. Embroidery was a great interest of mine since my mother taught me to embroider. I still have the beautiful napkins and tablecloth and treasure this greatly. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  12. One of the first needle work projects I learned..when I was 9, was to embroider....I love it!! I do some every year...I have napkins, we use all the time..for different seasons, and table cloths..pillow cases...I have done work around yokes of dresses and blouses...needle work is relaxing...

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    1. I had a Precious Moments pattern book that I used a lot when I was in high school. I bet you have some gorgeous pieces SueAnn. Thanks for entering! (Happy Valentine's Day!)

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  13. thanks for the opportunity to discover a new series. mlarkin at rmrgroup dot com

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  14. I enjoy reading this series. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of this latest book.
    agavigan@cox.net

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  15. That embroidered "B" is stunning.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  16. barre1572@gmail.com , love this series!

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  17. I am a fan of Amanda Lee and her books. I also used to embroider as a hobby. My sister still has the quilt that I embroidered references to many life events. Fun!
    kat8762@aol.com

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  18. Off and on have looked into the history of embroidery. Fascinating subject. Learned the Russian style in the 80's from a neighbor. Still have the patterns. She did lovely, intricate work. she was commissioned to do a panel, a 5 feet by 2 feet for a business. $2,000 for the job and they offered an extra $200 if it was done in a week. She told them to find someone else. You work that fast it will not be really neat and well done. They said $500 in two weeks. She did it. And her blouses? Wow! Della at deepotter@peoplepc.com

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  19. It's been a while since I've done any embroidery work. I loved it when I did. I may pick it up again some day. I do like to do and read about crafty things. jawdance@yahoo.com

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  20. Hi Gayle and Marcy! What a great give-a-way! I hand embroider every day & have since I was four years old. For me, embroidering is a wonderful way to relax.
    Sandy in So. Cali
    sxygrndma48{at}yahoo{dot}com

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    1. That's terrific, Sandy! I'd love to see some of your work. Thanks for entering. (Happy Valentine's Day!)

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  21. Beautiful embroidery photo, and looking forward to this great new read! I haven't embroidered a project in over 10 years but I still do a little bit in my paper crafting. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

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  22. I wish I could embroider as beautiful as the B in the picture. I am better at the cross stitch. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of your book!! Hope you have a wonderful weekemd darholley1@aol.com

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  23. The embroidery is amazing! I did embroidery years ago but nothing as beautiful as this! Thank you for the giveaway.
    peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)net

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  24. I'd love to start reading this series! It sounds good. It's been a long time since I've done any cross stitching. It might be fun to try it again. Thank you for the giveaway!
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

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  25. Beautiful embroidery. I use to do a lot of cross stitch, really like the look of needlework. Would really enjoy reading the book. Happy Valentine's Day.
    diannekc8@gmail.com

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  26. I have never embroidered much but used to do counted cross-stitch a lot! That embroidery picture you have there is beautiful!

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  27. Very pretty. All my family is very craft, I am still in the learning stage. Would love to try this. saracarver07@gmail.com

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  28. I so enjoy embroidery...Happy Valentine's Day!

    becky@craigmay.com

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  29. I wish someone would teach me crafty things like embroidery. Its so beautiful. I have many pieces in my collection of vintage items that my mom has given me. I look forward to reading this series. Thanks for the chance to win. utaker555@gmail.com

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  30. I found your series when I won a book. Not the first in the series but I had no trouble diving in. Fell in love with the characters, the town, Angus.... Since then, I've read a couple more and now I need to fill in the gaps between them. I'd be thrilled to win a signed copy to grace my shelf with the other books in this fun series! I had such fun reading about the embroidery classes that I got out my needlepoint again:)
    laurathomas61@att.net

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  31. I didn't know it was National Embroidery Month. Thanks for sharing that. Maybe knowing that will be the kick in the pants I need to actually approach someone who knows how to embroider and ask them to actually teach me. Maybe? Anyway, love this series, it's always great to return to Tallulah Falls and catch up with Marcy and the rest of the gang. Thanks for the chance to win. Happy Valentine's Day!

    robbfan141729@yahoo.com

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  32. Beautiful photo. I haven't done any embroidery for years, my grandmother was awesome at it. Thanks for the chance to win!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. I love embroidery. That B is gorgeous! Thanks for the opportunity. cheers@marjimmanor.com

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  34. I love the art of embroidery. Lexie at seascapelife at gmail dot com. Thank you.

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  35. Love the cover and a good mystery. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom.

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  36. Doing embroidery today is a rare talent. With the development of sewing machines that can do so much, you don't see embroidery done by hand that much anymore. Thanks for a lovely example. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  37. Awesome example of embroidery!!! I love to embroider but only very basic simple kits.
    Carol Smith
    penelope223(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  38. The embroidery is gorgeous! I have not tried it before; my mother did quite a bit when I was very young and was very good at it, as were my grandmothers. Thank you for the opportunity to win The Stitching Hour! Love the cover art! I am Jeanie Dannheim, email jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

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  39. Love to read books about stitchery - I do counted cross stitch and needlepoint.
    I would be thrilled to stitch up this project.
    I've thoroughly enjoyed this series and looking forward to more editions.
    Happy Valentine's Day
    txmlhl@yahoo.com

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  40. Congratulations to our winners--Mary Louise and Brittany Abbott! I'm sending you emails now. Thank you to everyone who commented! Stay tuned for our next giveaway. :)

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