Friday, May 25, 2012

A Stitcher's Giveaway

It's Time for a Giveaway!!!
I decided this time to concentrate on the sisterhood of stitchers.  When I came across this free pattern over on The Primitive Hare (click here), I knew that I had to stitch this design in celebration of what we all love.  I have met several stitchers since starting this blog that I consider my "sister" even though we've never met and maybe never will.  There are so many stitchers worldwide but it's a very close community and I love that part about it.  
So the first part of the giveaway is a sweet little pin pillow stitched on 30ct. Creek Bed Brown linen from WDW using Crescent Colors cotton floss.  The checked fabric at the bottom is a country blue homespun with a piece of cream aged cotton lace across the top.  I've sewn 3 olive green buttons on and added one of my bows in green/blue/cream.  The finished size is approx 5 x 6 inches.
 I was also up at my LNS this morning and saw this silver charm and I thought it would make a beautiful key chain.  The heart is about 1.5 inches across and has a nice weight to it.  I bought one for myself and one to include in this giveaway.
So this is what I need you to do.  Leave a comment on this post only and in one sentence, tell all of us what the stitching world has meant to you....if you want to.  You must be a follower of my blog and if you have a blog, post a comment on yours about this giveaway and then come back and leave another comment about it.  It will give you a second chance to win.
I will let this run for one week and next friday I will have the random generator pick a number for the winner.  This giveaway is open to all my followers worldwide because I believe that stitching makes this world a little bit smaller and friendlier.
My next project is a suggestion from my good buddy Sweet Sue.....
Blessings as always,
Barbara

61 comments:

Phyllis said...

Through stitching I've met so many nice stitchers with visits to shops, retreats and even on the internet!

Vickie said...

Well Barbara, I am so glad to have connected with so many stitchers because I have none right here in my life, I'm on my lonesome. You are right that this little community is friendly, I have made quite a few friends. :)

Linda said...

It means I don't sit home alone at night when my husband is working. I am a follower and thank you for the great giveaway.

Linda

Dawn said...

stitching has been my way of connecting through many military moves and lonely deployments when DH has been gone. It was my life savor when I was in a Italian hospital with my new infant in neo natal care and many hours that i needed to stay busy. It has connected me all over the world, to friends face to face and some by internet.

It is a wonderful giveaway, I'm new to blogging and not very good on the computer but will attempt to add it to my blog. :)

Jannie said...

Hi Barbara! I LOVE THAT WHOLE THING! That is beautiful! It was cool on Primitive Hare's Blog, but it is fabulous the way you finished it! I LOVE IT! My best gal pal is a stitcher. That commonality has made us the friends we are. She lives in another state, but we get together for retreats and such occasionally. And we try to see each other and stitch at least once a year. Her friendship has meant the world to me. The closeness we develop with other stitchers (I have a group in CO that I stitch with, too) - well, sometimes it just gets us through life. I am not artistic. I don't draw well, but I stitch decently. So stitching and finishing fulfills that need to be artistic. And it's therapy. It keeps me from eating too much and it makes me focus so that my troubles leave my brain for a while. Not a blogger - not good enough nor fast enough to blog. But I read your blog almost daily as you know. Thx for this lovely offering. I can't believe you'd give that away!

Denise said...

Beautiful stitching! Great idea for giveaway. What has the stitching world meant to me? I sense of belonging. There aren't many stitchers in my area and I felt alone - not anymore! Just jump on the computer and there all of you are!

Judy said...

Inspiration, entertainment, friendship!

Thanks, Judy heartland stitcher

Cathy Pavlovich said...

The friends I have made through stitching are priceless to me!
Thanks.
Cathy

valerie said...

How beautiful! I'd love a chance at your giveaway. I love the stitching community because everyone has been a source of support and comfort during hard patches and happy times. It's wonderful to feel that connection with people through a mutual love of stitching.

~*Sharee*~ said...

How sweet hun; this is beautiful..please enter me in your giveaway...Stitching means so much to me; it has let me express myself with my stitching gifts for my loved ones; that I know they will always cherish, when I'm gone there will be things that my loved ones will look at and know I was thinking of them when I stitched for them...

Hugs, Shar

Bronzemom said...

Stitching is the legacy I will pass down to my daughters -- a part of me they can keep and pass down to their own children.

Lovely giveaway, thank you for the chance to win!

Terri
bronzemom AT gmail DOT com

Parsley said...

I am a follower and would love to be entered. Stitching brings me peace and helps me clear my mind.

xstbee said...

Stitching has connected me to many wonderful Stitchers.

Natasha said...

Thank you for a wonderful giveaway. What a lovely finish :)

The stitching wprld means COMMUNITY.. When I my mother 8 years ago I turned to stitching to be my comfort, little did I know the stitching community consited of such caring and loving people. It made me forget my hurt.

Thank you for a lovely chance :)

butterfly said...

What a beautiful giveaway.
What has stitching done for me , well it's give me a new life ,some wonderful friendships , it's helped me get over some heart breaking moments in the last few years, and I can carry on with this wonderful hobby for a very long time.
Thank you for a chance to win your beautiful stitching.

lanybleu said...

I love all my friends I have made through stitching, mostly all from the internet as I didnt know anybody else that stitched until I started exploring the WWW.

Mouse said...

ohhhhhh Barbara it is gorgeous ..... and love the wee charm too ... mmmm how can you sum up in once sentence what the stitching world means to you eeekkkk ...
ok as my husband says, it is my life .... new friends, new stitching sisters and new stash and threads have all been found with this wonderful stitching world for which I am very grateful :))

thank you for the chance to win something stitched by you too :0
love mouse xxxxx

Valma said...

What a wonderful pillow perfect for a giveaway =D
And the key chain is gorgeous
I'd love to have a chance of winning it =D
I'm a baby blogger, only 1 year I'm coming around here, but in such a short time I 'met' so wonderful people !! Stitchers are the most lovely girls in the world !
We do not only share Xstitch that's what I love, we share culture, traditions, cooking, family, pictures, events...that's so great !
Sure a day I'll be able to meet 'in real' some of those so precious friends
big hugs from France
xxxx

Patty C. said...

What has the stitching world meant for me? - It has been an affirmation to me that there are many wonderful people out there - People who are caring, creative & kind - People who would be so lovely as to create a beautiful pillow for a fellow Stitcher & just give it away -No questions asked - Just to brighten someone's day -I can't stop - I think if I keep adding dashes it means that my sentence can go on forever - ROFLOL

Hugs to you !!!!!

Yana Hanim said...

Stitching stirs me away from boredom and feeling lonely because I am being away from family and friends, fills my time while I am looking after my two demanding and attached toddlers. Because of this hobby I found so many new stitching friends back in Indonesia (through facebook cross stitching groups) and I am hoping to find others from many parts of the world (I just made this blog yesterday and came across your blog last night). I went to The Primitive Hare and have downloaded this pattern as well but I dont think I would be able to make one as gorgeous as yours.
many thanks for the chance :)

lesli said...

The pin pillow is so beautiful!! :)

I'd love to be entered in your giveaway!

I joined the online stitching world about eight months ago....and in those eight months I've met so many incredible people. Stitchers have such open and giving hearts...they give support, advice, gifts, etc....so generous! I've also uncovered MORE and MORE pieces I would never have known about on my own (which has increased my stash tenfold!)

Patty C. said...

I blogged about your Giveaway ;)

http://pccrafty.blogspot.com/2012/05/giveaway.html

Deb said...

Oh, I'd love to be included in your giveaway. That pillow is wonderful. The stitching world has meant a lot to me - it's enabled me through all the wonderful things that I see and I've met some fantastic people. Stitching keeps me calm and that is a great bonus.

thegreytail said...

I met Isabella from The Primitive Hare back at Abilmente last fall, and she was really kind and sweet.. I remember her surrounded by all her lovely creations.. just like us here, on our blogs.. showing each other what we love most.. and even if we cannot touch them, we can tell how much love and patience it takes to create things that warm our hearts, even from very long distances

thegreytail said...

I blogged about it, as it's really really an amazing gift.. thank you Barbara!!
btw, I'm having a gift-away that will end next Friday too.. in case you want to join.. :D
happy xxx,
chiara

Chris said...

Barbara, What a lovely giveaway!
Stitching has meant so much to me. I think the biggest thing are the friendships that I have mad through this shared hobby. I also like reproduction samplers and that adds another level to my stitching I feel more connected since I know more about the girls/women who created the samplers.
I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!

CalamityJr said...

Stitching means so much - how do I just give one answer? I don't! The online friends I have made are priceless, the introduction to new designs and designers keeps me busy, and just stitching brings a relaxing calm to my mind and life. Thank goodness for stitching!

Thoeria said...

Barbara, that is just so gorgeous! Not having any "real" stitchy friends -I'm afraid I only know 1 person here who stitches :) - the stitching world has been my contact to meeting so many wonderful folks and learning so many new and wonderful things!

Kathy H said...

I have met some very nice people through my stitching and I like to think that we add some bits of beauty to our lives.

Mindi said...

Great idea for a give-away Barbara! The stitching sisterhood means a lot to me as well, they're there for support, encouragement, comfort and pats on the back. Like you, I consider them friends, even though I've never met them.

Lynn said...

Please enter me in your giveaway.

My mom stitched and it makes me feel close to my mom who I miss so very much.
Lynn
pookeroo10@hotmail.com

PegC said...

I always feel connected when I pop in to see what my stitching sisters are up to--whether I comment or not -- I appreciate the connection and all I've learned.

Lesley said...
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Lesley said...

What a lovely and generous giveaway Barbara

The stitching world has widened the horizons of my craft beyond anything I ever dreamed of and at the same time brought me into contact with special and gifted people.

Simple Pleasure said...

Barbara
You've created a wonderful finish for the pinkeep...thank you for offering this giveaway.
Stitching is comforting...keeps me connected to both grandmothers, who shared their love of needle and thread, and blessed me with two cedar chests filled with their creations.
Busy Hands...Happy Heart
Patricia

sunny said...

What a beautiful blog - I just discovered it. THe stitching world is a great way to make new stitchy friends, and find a world of inspiration!

Wendy @ Ravenwood Whimzies said...

What a beautiful giveaway. I'm a new follower and have been been enjoying your blog. Please include me in the drawing.
Thanks so much.

quiltma said...

What does the stitching world mean to me. Friendship, tranquility, creative expression and sanity (just to name a few). I am also a new follower. Looks like I will enjoy your blog.

Joy said...

Stitching has saved my sanity and enriched my life with a wonderful group of women! What a lovely give away...I am now a follower.

blueladie said...

I love your giveaway. It's beautiful and thank you for the chance to win. The stitching community means understanding to me. When I post pics of my stitching, comments come back and I know stitchers understand what it means to me. Thanks, Cathryn (blueladie at hotmail dot com)

unikat said...

The embroidery relax me, the joy of creation means.
You're welcome to read your blog, and delight in the beauty that you are making.
Thank you for the opportunity to play!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Who would have ever thought there would be so many wonderful people out there with the same passion and love for cross stitch? And that you could become friends with them?

Charlene ♥ SC said...

I added a link to my sidebar. Thanks for the chance to win the darling giveaway!

Musicwoman said...

Hallo Barbara,

thanks for this giveaway!!!!!First of all:
Stiching helped and helps me further on in a very stressful time. Our daughter nearly rapped causes because of this a lot of trouble. This has been for more than 3 years now and we can't see the light at th tunnel still. I can chill when stitching.
Second:
I meet so many stichers all over the world and this also brighten my days .
Just reading the blogs and watching the work of other stichers. And through exchanges or challenges I get contact to another lots of stichers.
So you see STITCHING is my life at the moment.
Please add me to the list.
Have a nice weekend
Judith

Linda said...

Stitching has given me the opportunity to meet the best gals in the world, all over the world!!

And thanks for another gorgeous give away!!

Linda

Veronica said...

I love how in the stitching/blogging world, I can share my love of stitching with like-minded individuals. After all, who else can I gush about yummy fabric, floss and patterns to? Certainly not anyone in my immediate family. All my friends who love crafting, I've met online.

Hugs,
Veronica.

Veronica said...

I've posted about your giveaway on the sidebar of my blog. Thanks for having it.

Hugs,
Veronica.

Bekca said...

I love being part of the online stitching community because it advocates kindness, sharing and friendship - all very important things in life. I would love to be entered into your wonderful give away Barbara, what a gorgeous prize.
Best wishes.

BARBARA said...

Stitching is the calming force in my life and the many bloggers that I read daily give back to me a hundredfold......love all the "stitcher sisters".

Debbie said...

Hello! I just found your blog because someone else mentioned it on their blog! What a BEAUTIFUL finish on this great piece. Can't wait to see your future finishes.

Stitching....is part of who I am! I have so many friends, near and far, because I am a stitcher! Thanks for the neat giveaway...please enter me!

Debbie in Kansas

Lynn said...

This is an absolutely gorgeous finish Barabara and I would love to be included in the giveaway for this beauty.
My stitching keeps me grounded and has been a source of peace to me over the years. I can always work through a problem when I'm stitching. It has led me to this community and connecting with so many wonderful stitching friends. I'm so very grateful for this.

Jenny said...

What a beauty! You really did a fabulous finishing work - love the lace, the buttons, the bows - great job!

ChrisG said...

I spent the majority of the many years of stitching as a "solitary stitcher" as no one I knew even understood the appeal of stitching,, and then about one year ago or so, I joined a group on-line and have made several "connections" that have encouraged me to try different finishes and broadening my stitching repertoire...all due to the on-line community of stitching sisters and brothers, too! Please count me in the drawing for your lovely pillow. I enjoy your work very much and visit your blog often. I shall others know of the give-away on my blog, www.fugue-chrisg.blogspot.com.

Thank you for sharing!

Chris G (AKA Ragathnor)

Meari said...

When I joined the online stitching community, it opened up a whole new world to me -- lots of enabling, meetups, blogging, forums, and shops!

Meari said...

I'm also a follower and posted about your giveaway on my blog.

Catherine said...

What a beautiful giveaway piece!! I'd love to be included for a chance. For me, in more recent years, being the mom of the boys, my stitching has been my peace, my relief, my getaway, my saving grace (or should I say my family's saving grace). ;)

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Se bordar é uma cachaça...eu quero mais é ficar bêbada.Obrigada pela chance.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

Devon said...

Dont you just blogging and stitchers,,they go hand in hand,,and what a beautiful peace you are giving away,,please enter me into the drawing..
Devon
www.devonstitching.blogspot.com
hanna_563atmsndotcom

Carin said...

Stitching is everything to me for about 30 years now and I have met wonderful stitchers through blogland.
Now that I can't do much stitching for the next weeks because of my tennis elbow, I realize stitching is a way of living and boy ... what can you miss it if you can't do it :-)

PS I was already a follower.

Lisa said...

wonderful giveaway draw Barbara, I just love the sister stitcher pillow it's really gorgeous
initially for me stitching was a distraction to my fibro pain and found it very therapeutic, now I get so much happiness from having my online stitching friends as I don't have any other friends who are there for me like my stitching sisters
thank you you for the chance to enter x

Deb said...

Your finishes are beautiful and well thought out. Love your blog!