True love: pairing patchwork and embroidery (+ giveaway!)

Want to know a little secret? We started an office sew-along from a book almost four months before it was published. What can we say? It’s a work perk—and we couldn’t resist! It’s just a little hand stitching among friends, every Wednesday at lunchtime, like clockwork. And we love every minute of it.

Patchwork Loves EmbroideryThe book we accosted—Patchwork Loves Embroidery—is a delightfully fresh way to enjoy a little handwork. Australian designer Gail Pan’s marriage of patchwork and embroidery is gentle and sweet, her projects are small in scale, and her motifs will tug at your heartstrings.

Now that the book is available to everyone, you can treasure some solitary stitching time or invite your stitching friends to join in the fun. But we’re talking from experience when we say that you’ve got to try these pretty embroidered quilts, bags, pincushions, and more. (Frankly, we’re obsessed.) So if you don’t mind, let’s get straight to show-and-tell. Check out what we’ve made from Gail’s fun book so far—then enter our big giveaway below!


Made by Cathy, author liaison
Cathy's projects from Patchwork Loves Embroidery
Cathy says:
“From the moment Gail’s book proposal arrived, I knew I would be making several projects. I love the look of embroidered treasures and the feeling of tranquility that comes over me as I relax with my stitching in my lap. I was thrilled when asked to lead the Martingale embroidery group. What a fun way to spend lunchtime, chatting and stitching with friends. Once I introduced Gail’s techniques, there wasn’t much ‘leading’ to be done. Everyone quickly grasped the concepts and were off and running with their projects.”

Made by Karen J., director of sales and marketing
Karen's projects from Patchwork Loves Embroidery
Karen says: 
“I hadn’t embroidered for awhile, so when Gail’s projects arrived for photography, I couldn’t keep my hands off them! Seems my coworkers felt the same. We quickly agreed we needed to have a lunchtime embroidery group, led by our own in-house embroidery expert, Cathy. I was pleased at how quickly I became adept at the simple stitching, and the projects went surprisingly fast. Gail’s designs are so sweet, I couldn’t stop at one!”

Made by Mary B., marketing coordinator
Mary's project from Patchwork Loves Embroidery
Mary says:
“It was so hard to decide which pattern to choose! I started with the ‘Redwork Tote’ pattern because it uses several different stitches and has a little of everything: flowers, hearts, and a cute little bird to top it off. But I have so many tote bags and I was short on time, so I made a small wall hanging instead of a tote. I decided to use some of the beautiful bright flosses that Aurifil sent us because Spring has finally sprung! I love that they come on spools so I don’t have a big twisted mess of floss in my kit bag. Make a gift for my mom for Mother’s Day? Done!”

Made by Durby, copywriter
Durby's project from Patchwork Loves Embroidery
Durby says:
“I’m thoroughly enjoying Gail’s designs—they’re fun to stitch and they can be adapted so well to other projects. I turned the ‘Pretty Bluebird Pincushion’ pattern into a sweet little candle mat by simply adding a green felt backing. Love it!”

Made by Tracy, customer service manager
Tracy's project from Patchwork Loves Embroidery
Tracy says:
“I have to admit I cheated a little and made a pincushion for a friend even before our little group got started. That was so much fun that I made a bag for my daughter. Then I made another bag (pictured here) for a friend. The projects are so much fun to make and to give. I’m working on my next one already!”

  See all the projects from Patchwork Loves Embroidery.


From Patchwork Loves EmbroideryReady to thread your needle and give Gail’s projects a whirl? Order Patchwork Loves Embroidery today for just $24.99 and download the eBook instantly for free; or download the eBook version by itself for just $16.99.

TRIPLE GIVEAWAY ALERT!
Have you embroidered—and if yes, for how long? Leave your answer in the comments and you could win a copy of Patchwork Loves Embroidery. To sweeten today’s giveaway, our friends at Red Rooster Fabrics have provided a bundle of Gail’s new “Baskets in Bloom” fabric line to give away to you—and our friends at Aurifil have provided a dozen spools of their “Sashiko Collection” embroidery thread to give away too! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

Red Rooster and Aurifil giveaway!

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Jane, who says:

“Looking at these gorgeous projects makes me itch to grab my box of embroidery threads and stitch away. My youngest daughter requested a pair of monogrammed boot socks for her birthday last year. Hadn’t embroidered in a while, but it was so much fun and she loved them. This book looks like a treasure!”

Jane, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!


875 Comments

  • I love adding embroidery to my pieced and appliqued quilts so this book is perfect for me. I’ve stitched Gail Pan designs and love them. I taught myself to embroider when I was first married in the 70’s and really picked it up again when I started quilting seven years ago.

    Laura P in NH on May 15, 2014
  • I embroidered some as a child. I would love to get back into this craft because I love red work designs.

    —DebrafromMD on May 15, 2014
  • Embroidery was the first needlework skill I learned at a very young age, probably first grade. My mother taught me the blanket stitch so that I could create bookmarks made from felt and hair pins. I have embroidered some of the free patterns Gail has shared on her blog and enjoyed the process. Gifts created from her beautiful designs are always well-received.

    —Colleen Gander on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered since I was a little girl, so it must be over 40 years!

    Gail’s style of stitching is just lovely! I attended a class with her and Helen Stubbings two years ago, and she is a fantastic teacher as well as a very talented designer.

    Anita on May 15, 2014
  • I am inspired! I haven’t embroidered for many years (probably 25 or more) when my time turned was needed for raising children, then went on to teach school. I really need to get back into it with all of these ideas! I love making unique pieces.

    —Kathy E. on May 15, 2014
  • I have only been embroidering for about a year, but I love it! I’ve done some really cute towels for our kitchen and they have held up really well to washing.

    —SusanL on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve been embroidering forever! (If you need a number, hmm, 50 years)

    —Judy Snook on May 15, 2014
  • I am 56 yrs old and have been embroidering for 50 years. My grandmother taught me when I was young and my first piece was a duck on a pond with cattails. I love it so much. Thanks for the opportunity

    —Cindy L on May 15, 2014
  • This is an awesome giveaway! I am a huge fan of embroidery and Gail Pan in particular. It was actually the Australian embroidery designers such as Gail Pan who caused my first love with embroidery. I was not really interested in it before. Then upon seeing their work I was hooked. I have been doing embroidery for about 5 years now and it is one of my absolute favorite sewing techniques. If you haven’t tried it Gail is a great place to begin.

    —Robyn Brown on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve embroidered for over 30 years but have not done much lately. Eager to get back to it since I’ve retired.

    —Nancy Beck on May 15, 2014
  • I have been doing embroidery since 1980…and I love adding embroidered embellishments to my quilting!

    —Robin Cruce on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered for almost 60 years. Was fortunate enough to learn from my French great-grandmother who learned from her great-grandmother

    —Barbara L on May 15, 2014
  • I learned embroidery by the side of my grandmother, Neva, when I was six and would stay overnight at her house after she gave me my piano lesson. She started me with the ever-so-useful backstitch on dishtowels with kittens and the days of the week. Monday’s kitten was doing the laundry, etc. After I had mastered separating the threads, tying dainty knots and all seven days of the week, she introduced me to cross-stitch and I went onto decorating many sets of pillowcases. Oh, how I have loved embroidery and all those memories. I still have two of the days of the week and 3 pillowcase sets — 55 years later!

    Bonnie B Quigley on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering since I was a little girl, about 7 or 8 and then learned to sew at age 10…..and have been going ever since. Thanks for the chance to win these wonderful prizes. They are wonderful!!

    —Patti LEVINE on May 15, 2014
  • This book looks adorable! My cousin taught me to embroider when I was 10…two tiny pictures with a bird and flowers, similar to these! I have been embroidering off and on ever since…so, for about 49 years!

    —Trudi on May 15, 2014
  • I started in the 1960’s with those cardboard pictures with holes in them that you could stitch through. I did them over and over again, until the holes ripped out!

    —Linda on May 15, 2014
  • I think I’ve been embroidering about 40 years.. we had a teacher in school who taught us some embroidery/sewing in Art class.. it was mostly girls 🙂 I’ve always loved any form of needlework..

    —Carol on May 15, 2014
  • I love hand embroidery and have been addicted for many, many years. I love pairing it with piecework in quilts. I have several quilts hanging in my home that I have made with embroidery and piecing. I would LOVE this prize package!

    —Debby on May 15, 2014
  • I have been hand embroidering for over 60 years, taught by some very good vintage embroiderers and am now finishing some cut work my mom started when she was pregnant with me probably just after she married. That was started during the second world war and I am hoping to pass the job to my daughter and her girls.

    —Sheila Heilman on May 15, 2014
  • I started embroidering when I was very young, probably around 10 or 11. Those projects were simple pieces that I could finish quickly. I love working with embroidery floss and have been fascinated with the colorful threads ever since.

    —Chriss on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve been embroidering since my 5 or 6 years. I used to spend my summer holidays at my grandmother and she has taught me many things of embroidery art. And this passion doesn’t leave me 😉

    —Asta on May 15, 2014
  • What wonderful pieces from the book.
    I have been embroidering since I was young, so I guess it has been over 40 years.
    I love making small pieces and doing quilts with embroidery and sayings.

    Debbie

    Debbie St. Germain on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidered since I was 10 years old. I like to incorporate embroidery into small quilt projects. Love your designs.

    —Sharon B on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering for about 60 years, I love love it. Crewel, x-stitch or embroidery. I have made christening dresses, bunting bags when babies are born, wall hangings and pictures for Christmas gifts for my children and grandchildren the list just keeps growing. Now I am quilting but still embroider the labels.
    This book is so wonderful and the fabric oh oh, I would love the opportunity to win your wonderful prize.

    Thanking you in advance

    Marilyn on May 15, 2014
  • I started embroidering as a child. I loved any kind of handwork. I haven’t done as much as an adult but have lots of projects on my wish list!

    —Cheryl Keil on May 15, 2014
  • This is a book I can’t wait to get my hands on! I’ve
    been embroidering since my great gramma and gramma taught me
    when I was about five so that would be 62 years maybe?
    I’ve returned to a love of redwork and the style of embroidering
    that you have shared with is. It’s a time of peace and quiet for
    me. Each stitch is meditation.

    —Merrilee on May 15, 2014
  • I have stitched two "major" pieces-a quilt with the 50 (yes, 50!) state birds and a Christmas quilt of Santa’s village. Both were great fun and I’m looking forward to doing more!!

    —Cathy Burns on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered in the past and before I was a teacher – not time. Now I’m retired and hope to embroider squares for baby quilts!

    —Suzanne on May 15, 2014
  • Yes, I have embroidered since I was eight years old, my paternal grandmother taught me. She also taught me to knit, crochet and quilt. She was a grand old lady who I loved very much.

    —Patricia D. Roberts on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve done a little embroidery and love the look of it, but my mother-in-law is an embroidery fanatic and I thought of her right away when I read this! Every visit, she has another project–usually embroidered quilt blocks, but sometimes wall hangings and other things. She would love this!

    —Debbie on May 15, 2014
  • I have never embroidered but I want to learn to along with embellishing to do more with my quilts and sewing.

    —Patricia Nance on May 15, 2014
  • I LOVE hand embroidery as well as machine embroidery. I have been hand embroidering since I was about 6 yrs old. I am now 74 yrs. My mother taught me. She was sort of a "pack rat" and saved a lot of my handy work and I have them displayed in my sewing room. My mother was one of the kindest persons I ever knew. I miss her kind heart every day!

    —venita on May 15, 2014
  • Love the embroidery patterns. I have embroidered a few patterns and have some more I can’t wait to get started on. Would love to have this book.

    —Lynda on May 15, 2014
  • Made me think and I can’t believe it really. I started doing embroidery fifty five years ago, my first year in high school. That was in the days when sewing was still a regular subject.

    —Sheila on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve been embroidering since age 5–i’m 60 now! I also quilt and love combining embroidery and patchwork. Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Robin McGuire on May 15, 2014
  • I think I have handwork in my blood. My mom was always working on something in her tote next to her "TV" chair, when I was growing up. I love our quilt guild Monday sit and sew group. Connecting with friends while stitching along is a day made in heaven! Thanks for letting us share our stories.

    —Linda Renderer on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve only been embroidering for just a few years maybe 3? I’ve learned the more I work on it the better my stitches get. I was very frustrated in the begining. I LOVE this book. The things to make are so cute. And the fabric is cute as well. Thank you for the opportunity.

    —STACEY LARSON on May 15, 2014
  • I started doing embroidery when I was ten. Now I am a grandmother and still love it. I use it in quilts, pillowcases and gifts for the grandchildren

    Carol on May 15, 2014
  • I have done needlework since I was 8 years old. My Grandmother taught me so that I wouldn’t have "idle hands". I’ve always enjoyed seeing how the stitching came our.

    —Deb Kelderman on May 15, 2014
  • I have always thought about learning to embroidery! These projects look inviting!

    —penny in al on May 15, 2014
  • I have done some very basic embroidery over the past 25+ years that I’ve been quilting, but nothing too fancy. I love the look of embroidered things and would love to learn some new techniques that I can incorporate into my quilting. I’d love to win this book and some goodies. Thank you for the opportunity.

    —Kelly Warrick on May 15, 2014
  • I haven’t embroidered for years, busy raising kids then grankids. I believe I am ready to sit down and have some quiet moments now to embroider. And this would be great and easy to take with me on trips. Thank you for the inspiration.

    —karen thompson on May 15, 2014
  • I love to do handwork – it is so relaxing and rewarding. My first project was in middle school ( I am now 60) – I drew my own design on an old pillowcase and embroidered it without any how to knowledge. After that I was hooked. The more intricate the design, the better I like it. I have combined embroidery with quilting on several projects. I am hoping to pass on my passion to one of my granddaughters some day.

    Mary Jo Fehr on May 15, 2014
  • I have been an embroiderer since I was a little girl – over 40 years – I started doing simple line animals and progressed to satin stitch and more complicated designs as I got older. When I was a teenager I even hand-monogramed a set of boxer shorts for a friend of my mothers. Growing up, everyone always had a craft project going and we would often sit watching TV together with our stitching projects in hand!

    —Lisa Partin on May 15, 2014
  • My father taught me to embroider when I was about 10 years old. I loved it and embroidered many, many projects through my teen years. In college, I spent alot of embroidering and slowly switched over to counted-cross-stitching, and loved that too. Once out of college, I put down my needles and started working and raising a family. In summary, I was once an avid embroiderer, but have not done any embroidery in over 30 years!

    About 3 years ago, I took a quilting class with my teen-aged daughter and have been quilting ever since. What a nice surprise to see Gail Pan’s fresh ideas about combining embroidery with patchwork and sewing projects. I’d love to do some of the projects in Gail’s book. It will be fun to pick up a hoop and freshen up my skills and impress my daughter! I’d forgotten my embroidering roots, but I know once I pick up at needle and thread, I’ll be back in the swing of things in no time.

    —joan desantis on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering along with needlepoint on and off for approximately 40 years. I now embroider every night while sitting with husband and the TV. Very excited about this giveaway as Sashiko is my next challenge. Thank you for your generousity. Judy C in NC

    Judy C in NC on May 15, 2014
  • I haven’t embroidered in years…but used to love it! This would give me a great opportunity to start again!

    —Paula on May 15, 2014
  • I learned to embroider as a child back many years ago. I embroidered pillowcases and dresser scarves that were all the rage then. I also did several pictures over the years. I have most recently done some embroidery accents on wool applique but love your projects preview from the book. Thanks for the chance to win these wonderful prizes and to jump back into embroidery!

    —Debbie Miller on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered for a long time! I like to do small pillows that have a special message. I’d love to win the book!!

    —Gwen on May 15, 2014
  • I haven’t embroidered in years. And this makes me want to start right away.

    —Deb Mills on May 15, 2014
  • I have not embroidered but both of my grandmothers did and I just love things that are, it just adds so much beauty & character. I have always wanted to learn how. I do love to sew & would love to add embroidery to my sewing projects. So I would absolutely love to be added to your giveaway.
    Good luck to all!
    Cheryl

    —Cheryl Hovey on May 15, 2014
  • I started embroidery in elementary school one summer at Vacation Bible School. I still have the "cup towel" that we made! It is so nice to see it in my kitchen and remember those days gone by over 40 years ago! I’ve been working on a Jacobean applique quilt for over a year now and decided last week that as soon as I am finished with it I want to go back to embroidery. This book is a fresh look at a great skill that should never be overlooked. I would love to have it!

    Cynthia Helton on May 15, 2014
  • I learned to embroider as a child, practicing on baby bibs. I also learned to sew on buttons on those same bibs.
    I remember sending thru the mail for iron on patterns for dishtowels and pillow cases. I haven’t done any for awhile putting it together with quilted projects is a great idea.

    —Debby Thompson on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering along with needlepoint on and off for approximately 40 years and have made several quilts with embroidered blocks. I now embroider every night while sitting with husband and the TV. Very excited about this giveaway as Sashiko is my next challenge. Thank you for your generousity. Judy C in NC

    Judy C in NC on May 15, 2014
  • YES! I love embroidery. I started when I was 12 for a geography project in school. 51 years ago. Embroidered my project to my dress 🙂

    —bobbie denson on May 15, 2014
  • My first love is quilting, but any quilting project cries out for a touch of embroidery; so I do a bit of that too. Sometimes it is machine embroidery and sometimes hand embroidery. I have always been involved in some sort of stitching – as a child my Mum and my Gran taught me to knit, crochet embroider and sew. I made a lot of clothing using these crafts. Once I was introduced to quilting, however, I was hooked. My perfect relax has to include thread, needles and fabric.

    —Lesley Lancaster on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering since I was about 10 years old..old enough to hold a needle and not stick myself (although I still manage to do that occasionally). so I guess that being said I have been doing it for 50 years. My mother has been embroidering since about the same age so I guess she has been embroidering for 82 years this year….I guess it is a family tradition. We have done pillowcases, quilts, baby blankets, wall hangings, table runners, pin cushions you name it we have probably done it 🙂

    —Linda on May 15, 2014
  • I have loved hand embroidery since I was a very little girl. My mother would start her daughters out on small squares of feedsack on which she would draw a simple design. We would then go to the Ben Franklin store and choose a stamped project to stitch. It was so exciting to look at all of the stamped linens at Ben Franklin’s store, choose your favorite and then get to pick out all of the embroidery floss with which to complete the project! The love has continued as I have aged, with my sisters and I recently finding or drawing embroidery projects for each other as gifts and having many "show and tell" sessions during the year. And the love has been passed to a new generation as I have taught my 10 year old granddaughter and the 10 year old daughter of a cousin the stitches and the love of the craft, just as I was taught by my own mother.

    —Celene on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering about 12 years.

    —Rosalind Gutierrez on May 15, 2014
  • I did embroidery when I was younger, but picked it up again when I learned to quilt in 2008. I do a little bit every morning. A great way to start the day.

    —Barbara on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering since I was little, about 1/2 a century. LOL I love all the designs!

    —Debra on May 15, 2014
  • I did embroidery work several years ago. This sharing of these wonderful projects makes me want to sit down and create with you! What great projects and messages. Thank you for sharing and offering such a neat opportunity to design with embroidery and patchwork!

    —Pam Blake on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered since age seven. My first project was a pair of pillowcases, which I still have but have never used! At that time it was still common for girls to make items for their "hope chest", which was a common graduation present.

    —Marlie on May 15, 2014
  • Embroidery is one of many craft hobbies I enjoy. I started to embroidery when I was in grade school and now I am in my sixties. All of the designs in this e-mail look quick and easy to finish.

    —Velma on May 15, 2014
  • Have embroidered since I was a child. I love using embroidery in quilts. What cute designs in this book! It’s fun to embroider while watching TV. My hands need to be busy.

    —Glenda Britten on May 15, 2014
  • newbie…just over a year in my spare time ..work full time so not much but I find it relaxing

    —Diane on May 15, 2014
  • I have done hand embroidery for over 40 years. I would be delighted if I were the winner of this package deal. I would be able to share it with my 12 year old grand daughter this summer, she is at our house nearly every day during the summer.
    Carol

    —Carol Dunn on May 15, 2014
  • No, but I would love to start!

    —Lisa Hill on May 15, 2014
  • My Grandmother got me started when I was about 6. At first, it seemed like I pricked my fingers all the time–like a fairy tale princess–but I was hooked! I have enjoyed embroidery projects of all different sizes and difficulty levels ever since, especially ones where the embroidery is paired with piecing and quilting.

    —Nancy on May 15, 2014
  • Gasp…I have stitched for almost 40 years. When i first got married money was tight and I could Not afford a sewing machine. I had sewed clothing in teens and college on mom’s featherweight.

    I had been captivated by cross stitch and I could afford some floss and Aida cloth. Which branched into other embroidery techniques. I found it challenging to do the tiny linen work prices and but found joy in fun embroideries like this new book shows.

    I envy your stitch in. Looks like very one had a great time and the range of projects is very nice. Apptiachable for many levels of interest and skills. Yup I would love to win the book or two other prizes that your associated companies have offered. Nice cheery b,go today….it is grey in Norther New Jersey and I am expecting a dinosaur head to pop out of my woods through the mist.

    Jane Modjeski

    —Mj Modjeski on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered since I was a young girl. I believe the first thing I ever did was an angel on the edge of a pillowcase. If anyone remembers The Workbasket magazine, my mom use to get it, and one of the first things I would do is page through it to see if they had the fold out sheet of embroidered transfers included in that issue. How exciting it was to find and start planning my next project. I often take a small project along now a days when my husband and I sail. It is usually a white cotton towel that I will do a sailing or lighthouse design. When I finish I just randomly give it away to other people that are docked in a port with us. So fun to see the look of surprize on peoples faces when getting a gift from a total stranger.

    —Jill Hogan on May 15, 2014
  • I haven’t embroidered for years, but your projects from this lovely book are so inspiring, I would love to try some of them. I love working on patchwork and can see how beautifully the author has combined the patchwork and embroidery. Thanks for the chance to win these wonderful prizes!

    —Kathy Biciocchi on May 15, 2014
  • Just starting to embroider

    Charmaine on May 15, 2014
  • I learned to embroider over 42 years ago. I recently decided to incorporate it into my quilting since I also love that vintage look. The book and floss are perfect.
    Kathy Michels

    —Kathy Michels on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered since I was a little girl I am now 63 so. My mom taught me and my brothers to embroider when we were all sick and stuck in the house. I have always loved the craft and still embroider whenever I can. I have made several quilts with embroidery blocks and I am currently working on some embroidery blocks which feature barns.

    —Joyce Wilson on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve been embroidering since teaching myself to qualify for a Girl Scout badge–too many years ago to calculate. Gail’s book looks adorable–love everyone’s sew along projects!

    —Karen Martin on May 15, 2014
  • I actually embroidered all time time 35 years ago.. but got away from it.. picked it back up this winter when I started to quilt to embellish a few projects the biggest of which was Scrappy Xmas Stockings that are to die for! I just finished 2 stuffed Scottie Dog pillows for 2 babies and applique’d the eyes on.. Its very relaxing and rewarding too!

    Debbie D. on May 15, 2014
  • Love,love,love embroidery. Been working on a sweet little bear whose busy doing all the things little boys love to do. This book looks like it will be a hit, it has so many cute projects.

    Carmen

    Carmen Montmarquet on May 15, 2014
  • I have never embroidered, but these adorable projects really make me want to start! Vacation and a long car ride are coming up this summer, and one of these (or two!) would be a perfect take along project.

    I would absolutely LOVE to win this!

    Thanks!

    Bari on May 15, 2014
  • Sweet was the word some of you used to describe these patterns – and I completely agree! I used to embroidery a lot but have drifted away. These designs make me want to pick up my hoop and embroidery needle again.

    —Julie Brown on May 15, 2014
  • It was years ago when I was a kid that I embroidered. But a few years back I found an unfinished rustic tablecloth in a pile of fabric at my mom’s. She didn’t know where it came from so I took it and finished it while camping. I had pinecones and berries and a zigzag center. I made me realize that I missed hand work – I used to do a lot of cross stitch until I took up quilting. cindy

    —Cindy Wienstroer on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering for most of my life. My mother loved to embroider and we would sit and stitch together.I do a lot of handwork and love to have something going all the time. It is so nice to have handwork while watching TV.

    —Ruth on May 15, 2014
  • My embroidery skills are limited. I was a counted cross stitch "junkie" for more than 20 years. When I delved into the quilting world, after retirement, I decided that I loved the look of embroidery with patchwork. I would love to win this book, so that I can begin a new journey.

    —Shelor Robin on May 15, 2014
  • I just love the embroidery that you have put into your book. I started embroidery when I was a child and still love the look of it. My grandma taught me many things that I still enjoy as an adult.

    Cheryl Unger on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered as long as I can remember. I’m sure i was taught the skill, as a child, to give me a quiet activity when I needed to sit still for awhile. I still enjoy the quiet , centering quality of any type of hand stitching.

    Judy on May 15, 2014
  • Mother taught me embroidery as a child, and I did a lot of cross-stitch. I have recently picked it back up and am working on a set of 12 panels of antique trucks in redwork. When they’re done, they will become a windowpane quilt for my son, the mechanic. What a great book and such fun projects! Thank you!!

    —Laura McFall on May 15, 2014
  • Embroidery has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I still have a small hand towel that has a white swan surrounded by daisy flowers that I did as a small child. It was the first stitching technique that I taught my daughter also. (She is fifty years old this month.)
    Today I lead a group of ladies at our church who make prayer quilts to be given to members of the congregation who are ill, or experiencing some kind of life crisis. These quilts are a combination of embroidered and pieces blocks. People who receive a quilt love them, and the ladies doing the stitching, love the time we spend together as much doing the needlework.

    —Karen Hendrickson on May 15, 2014
  • i have embroidered for 65 years.

    —Lyndall Bongiorno on May 15, 2014
  • I did once when I was a kid, Id like to start it up again ang teach my girls how to do it!

    —Sunnie on May 15, 2014
  • As a child I watched my grandmother embroider pillow cases. My mom loves to embroider tea towels, I as well as all my four children have multiple sets! Embroidery is in my blood and I think I was around thirteen or fourteen when I embellished a work shirt with LOTS of embroidery, mid 70’s :0). I loved that shirt.

    —Maggi on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered since I was a child in the 60’s. I like embroidered pillowcases with crochet lace. I have made several sets, some to keep and some to give away.

    —Susan on May 15, 2014
  • I learned how to embroider from my mother when I was in junior high school. It has been awhile since I’ve had the time to do it again but would love to win this book. Love the project ideas. Thanks.

    —Leah on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering for 50 years. Our local newspaper at that time used to offer a pattern which you could send for. My first big project was blocks depicting the crest and flower for each of the 10 provinces and territories in Canada.

    —Millie Lloyd on May 15, 2014
  • This has been a never ending dilemma for me. How do I divide my hobby time between embroidery and quilting. I love them both. I have been doing hand embroidery for over 40 years and quilting for about 12 years. Combining quilting and embroidery really appeals to me because I can do projects that highlight both of my passions. What a great idea!

    —Barbara Reifsnider on May 15, 2014
  • Yes, I have embroidered since college. I guess that is about 40 plus years. Hand stitching is stress relief, relaxing, able to see results. Nice satisfaction.

    —carol on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered since I was in high school (40 yrs), but it has been many years since I attempted a large project. Mostly I have used embroidery to add accents to appliqued projects.

    —Debbie on May 15, 2014
  • My mom started me embroidering in the summer months (age 10). Kitchen towels were the first things we learned on. After 46 years, still love to do it.

    —Cathy Smith on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve been embroidering on and off for about 20 years. It’s so relaxing!

    —TJ on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve loved all kinds of stitchery for probably 40+ years now from cross stitch to embroidery. Lately, my projects have blended patchwork with embroidery because my other love is quilting. It is such a nice combo with unlimited possibilities. I also love that stitchery is so portable. So a book on this theme is just the ticket. Congratulations on taking a beloved art to new heights.
    Shirley in Louisiana

    —Shirley Manis on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered since I was a kid. I learned on flour sacks and pillowcases.

    —caroline lincoln on May 15, 2014
  • I started doing embroidery work when I was just a teenager. You might think that sounds kind of odd, but when I was a teenager the big thing was too have embroidery all over your jeans. And I did! Everypair of jeans had something embroidery on them! Later a group of friends and I started an evening sewing group and I continued with the hobby. I still embroidery today, often including embroidery work in the quilts I make. Loved it as a teenager and I love it still!

    —Sharon Shuping on May 15, 2014
  • I was taught to embroider as a young girl by my mother and I have loved doing embroidery ever since! I have a number of projects on the go and am always interested in new ones!

    —D. Craig on May 15, 2014
  • Oh my! These are beautiful! I did a little embroidery many moons ago and I now quilt. I would love to get back to needlework and winning this would certainly make it happen!

    —Laurie T on May 15, 2014
  • I haven’t hand embroidered in many years. It was one of the first stitching things my mom showed me and one of my brothers how to do. I love the look of it, and these look like some quick projects. Thanks for the chance to win!!

    —Marilyn S on May 15, 2014
  • My grandmothers taught me to embroider at the tender age of about 7 or 8. She was a very talented stitcher & my first effort was a many knotted tray cloth which I turned into a doll blanket. She was really supportive of all my creative endeavours, always checking the back for neatness. Then came the doilies & supper cloths & I seemed to forever have a needle in hand, unless it was a stray one dad sat on. I went AWOL several times when I discovered new crafts, but eventually the itch to stitch came back & more tablecloths, baby blankets etc have been passed on to various family members & friends over the years.
    The pressures of adult life & work put constraints on the amount of stitching I could do until recently. Since enforced retirement a couple of years ago I have rediscovered the joys of embroidery & combined stitcheries & quilting has me more enthusiastic than ever & these fingers itch to stitch once again. Thank you Nanna.

    —Sue on May 15, 2014
  • It has been ages since I have embroidered! Seeing these projects give me the itch to start again. I can see where I can use this in my quilts and perhaps teach my grandchildren to embroider.

    —Susie Furgason on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve been doing embroidery for at least 50 years. My first large project was extensive floral embroidery around the neck of a caftan. I wasn’t a "flower child", but I liked the pattern and it was so comfortable to wear!

    —Elizabeth Monahan on May 15, 2014
  • Embroidery must have been the first sewing I did so that makes it a LOOOOnnngg time ago.

    —Karen Falvey on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering for more than 50 years (and I am only 60.). I still have two pillowcases I embroidered from an iron on pattern I bought with my own money at Woolworths. One is green and the other is red. I think they used to have mates. Some of the floss has decayed but you can see all the work I was so proud to do. Currently I am just finishing a set of twelve redwork covered bridges. They are part of a quilt designed by two fellow quilt guild ladies. The original quilt done in true red was raffled for charity. My bridges are stitched in dark green because Vermont is called the green mountain state. Hopefully by next spring that project will no linger be a work in progress.

    —Margaret Miller on May 15, 2014
  • I used to cross stitch many, many years ago when my daughter was young. Life got in the way and I had to take a break …..but now that I have time for crafts again I have discovered the joy of embroidery through a couple quilting projects that I am working on. I have the embroidery bug for sure now…..I LOVE IT!!

    —Connie Kudsk on May 15, 2014
  • I received this email today and it just made my day. How cute and clever to combine the two !!! I will definitely put this on my "bucket list" of Christmas gifts to start making. I would love to win the book. Does this instruct embroidery beginners on the stitches?

    thanks you
    Rita

    —rita eriksen on May 15, 2014
  • I did my first hand embroidery last year on a child’s quilt. It came out so cute! It’s addictive!!

    —Vicki Chang on May 15, 2014
  • I started doing embroidery when I was about 8 yrs old. I decorated dish towels, pillow cases, dresser scarves, baby dresses many other projects. I still have a dishtowel that my grandmother did, it is a treasure to me.

    Gladys Bacon-Rust on May 15, 2014
  • I love to hand embroidery. I have been doing it since I was a young child and I am 72 now. So enjoyable to set in my easy chair and work my needle.

    Barb Manders on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered since I was about 5yrs old that makes it 74 yrs I love hand work and watch my grandmother do it for many yrs In all the yrs I have done it I don’t think I will ever be as good as her. It is piecefull handwork and very portable like hand applique As a child I always had hand work of some kind the only thing I never learn was to crochet My 3 girls all do hand work You are never bored if you can sew by hand Thank you

    —Andrea Goodison on May 15, 2014
  • My grandmother taught me to embroider when I was a little girl…I am now retired, so have been embroidering for well over 50 years!!

    —Laura La Marche on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered for about 6 months. I cross stitched for about 8 years before that too. This book looks brilliant.

    —Jen B on May 15, 2014
  • Embroidery has been my "go-to" for relaxing handwork for 6 decades & I would love to receive the book/floss to perk up my interest again. What an intriguing book and the spooled floss would certainly spiff up my years of floss collection. Thank you for the opportuniy.

    Dorothy I. Dishman on May 15, 2014
  • I started to embroidery about a year ago when Red Brolly offered free blocks and lessons. I did nine blocks which I made into a wall hanging.
    Gail Pan’s designs look gorgeous in her new book and thank you for showing all the samples from the book.

    —Glynis on May 15, 2014
  • Yes, since I was 7 or 8 . Started with dish towels, pillowcases. Did allot on my children’s baby clothes. I apparently had allot of time back then…I am so glad to see the return of embroidery … It is soothing & just adds that personal touch. Love the bags…would love to win this book or threads or fabric…

    —Carolyn on May 15, 2014
  • I have been doing hand embroidery for over 60 years. Love it. a very wonderful way to relax.

    —phyllis on May 15, 2014
  • What a lovely book! I learned to embroider from my Grandmother when I was a very young girl (I’m now 74!). To me it is very relaxing. It’s therapy. My husband is going through some serious health issues. While he is receiving treatment, I always have my handwork with me. Passes the time, relaxes me and I have something wonderful to show. I see so many really nice projects in the book that I can see me making for gifts and of course myself.

    —Nancy Zeratsky on May 15, 2014
  • Both my mother and grandmother’s on both sides taught and encouraged me in embroidery. Actually all of the needle arts.

    —Mary England on May 15, 2014
  • Would love to win this book.

    —Elaine on May 15, 2014
  • I began to embroidery when I was about five years old. As I watched my mother do large projects, I did small ones. I turn 59 the end of this month. In answer to your question, I’ve been doing embroidery for over fifty (54) years. I still enjoy seeing the projects come to life as the colors go onto the fabric.

    —Denise Vuichard on May 15, 2014
  • I used to do some embroidery years ago. But I’m finding some really cute patterns in embroidery and am thinking of trying it again!

    —Brenda Hulsey on May 15, 2014
  • I remember embroidering a t-shirt for my Girl Scout badge (25 years ago). I tried a bunch of new stitches and I loved it! I especially enjoyed embroidering a hot fudge sundae- which of course I still love too. I’m going to go look at my badge right now.

    —Wendy M on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered for over 40 years. I am always looking for new projects to do and the projects that have been posted look like fun to do. So I am ready to win and give these projects a "whirl".

    —Debra R. on May 15, 2014
  • Hi! I have embroidered since I was a teenager, and have always loved the peacefulness of it. Now that I am a quilter, mainly working by machine, I still enjoy embroidery of little details on my quilts or as small separate projects.

    —Karen on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered since I was a t school although haven’t done any for a long while. But, seeing this gorgeous book as made me realise just how much I’ve missed it and would like to re-kindle my love for embroidery.

    Thank you x

    —carol stickels on May 15, 2014
  • I last embroidered a cat for a school needlework project, that was 45 years ago, and i can still remember every stitch,sticking my finger with the needle, the teachers comments about my cat being blue. It seems so long ago but I remember it like yesterday. I remember the pleasure and how proud i felt when I finished my masterpiece. Now I’m retired and am thinking of taking up a new hobby to fill my time with and I would like to add a personal touch to my quilts.

    —Susan Burlison on May 15, 2014
  • Hi there – what a fabulous give away. I have been embroidering for about 10 years – on and off. I would go gung ho and them stop. After not doing any embroidery for months or even a year I would try to get back into it and my stitches would look horrible in my eyes. But perserverance pays off. i do enjoy it and would love to have some new projects to work on !! Thanks for the chance to win. – Brenda

    —Brenda Travis on May 15, 2014
  • I have only been embroidering a few months, but I love it. It is so relaxing!!

    —Pam Phipps on May 15, 2014
  • 60+ years…. as kids we embroidered dish towels…. with cute designs…. a long time ago…….

    —shirley cree on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering since I was a teenager. I love the idea of this book and the patterns are inticing. Would love to win a copy!

    —Penny on May 15, 2014
  • I love all kinds of handwork. Embroidery, quilting, english paper piecing and hand applique. How long? Too many years!!! Looks like a great book!

    —Valley on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embrodering off and on for over 50 years- looks like a new way to add something special to the quilts I have just started making- been wanting to for so long- just a little on the scared side, plus who has the time with work, kids, and moving every couple of years-now I have take the time to learn to quilt- in my later years- love both of the ones I have just finished- so this would add to the ones for the grandkids and greatgrandkids- book looks like something I will see about when back at home and place to start working on that- thanks for the new ideas- have a Blessed Day- all of your projects look like fun to do- and might be something I can teach my grandaughters- thanks again

    —Martha Hood on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering since I was seven years old. My mother initially got me started, the sewing classes at school. I had my sister-in-law teach me sewing in second grade. My mother and sister Pat have taught and encouraged me over the years. Now I enjoy incorporating my stitcheries in my quilts. I just love the creativity and relaxation of embroidery. As an Australian I am proud to see a Aussie doing well overseas and would love to win this prize. Thanks for the opportunity.

    —Raylene Hartman on May 15, 2014
  • bordo desde que tenia como 18 años o sea por 28 años mas a menos me encanta especialmente hasta hace algunos años mucho el punto cruz hoy que esta Internet y las publicaciones que han salido uno se entusiasma para realizar otras técnicas con tanta maravilla y que mucho de ello no llega a la parte sur de Chile donde vivo no llega gracias por esta ilusión de poder ganarse algo tan mágico y hermoso

    —XIMENA on May 15, 2014
  • I have been doing hand embroidery for more years than I can remember! I started making cross stitch aprons on gingham with my Grandmother when I was about 6 years old and I am more than 10 times that age. I learned all the other embroidery stitches after that.

    —Chris Archer on May 15, 2014
  • I do not embroider because I was always afraid of livinging up to the great embroidery first done by my grandmother and now my sister.. You should see the amazing crazy quilt I just received from my sister!

    —Vicky on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered for about 15 years now. It is relaxing. Thanks for all of your freebies. Thank you for the very generous giveaway.

    —Janie on May 15, 2014
  • Embroidery was the first handcraft I learned. Both my Mom and Grandma were my teachers. I was 8 or 9, well over 50 years ago. I have tried about all forms of embroidery over the years.

    Vonda Johnson on May 15, 2014
  • I remember doing embroidery at a young age maybe six or seven. Worked on stamped pillowcases. To this day I still enjoy doing hand embroidery. For me it is very relaxing.

    Barb Machuga on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve been embroidering steadily for the last three years. I learned as a child but can’t remember the last time I picked up a hoop before I retired. Three years ago, I took a beginning embroidery class and all at once it came back to me. I find it very relaxing to end my day working on a project. When I finish one, I can’t wait to start the next.

    —Stella on May 15, 2014
  • I learned to embroider when I was just a young girl , my mom taught me but I had not done much until a few years ago and now I try to have a project on the go all the time. I love it ! Thanks for the chance at such a great giveaway .

    Sheila on May 15, 2014
  • Yes I have, for about 50 years on and off. The projects from the book look great, would love to have a go at some of them.

    —Vicki on May 15, 2014
  • I do love to embroider! I like to sit in front of the TV at night after work and create my own pictures with thread………that is….when I’m not quilting!

    —Karen on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve been embroidering and doing stuff with needle and thread since I was in junior high. I’m pretty much self taught as my mom was not a crafter and both of my grandmothers weren’t around and didn’t stitch either. I love embroidery to this day and can’t resist a beautiful pattern.

    —Pam in AZ on May 15, 2014
  • Hi I started to embroidery when I was about 13 years old. My Mother taught me so I could make gives for my Grandmother.
    Thank you for bringing bring back old memory’s.
    Susan

    —Susan Bell on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering since I was a young girl. Both of my grandmothers did too. As soon as I was home I would get out my tin and start sewing. I love all the different shades of thread there is to use also so many patterns. They would all looks so cute when you were done. People that I would give gifts to appreciated the time spent making them.

    Sue on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering for at least 40 yrs. I just LOVE the direction embroidery has undergone over the yrs. The bright colors,the whimsical flowers and cute sayings keep me embroidering!! Your book looks marvelous!!

    —Myra on May 15, 2014
  • I started my first craft embroidering about 50 years ago. At that time I would do tea towels and pillowcases and I loved doing it. Now I might embroider on a quilt.

    —Sandy D on May 15, 2014
  • I have been stitching since I was ten years old. My grandmother loved to stitch and hand quilt. She hand pieced all her quilts. In 4-H we started with tee towels and I continued to stitch as I got older. When my children got a hole in a pair of pants or shirt, I would try to stitch something creative over the spot and extend the usefulness of their clothes. I try to incorporate some embroidery into everything I quilt. I do a good bit of counted cross stitch and redware (although I use many solid color combinations now) embroidery as well. I love to collect old pillow case cross stitch kits and make them up. I collect theory and history books on embroidery and hand work as it helps give me a sense of the art of stitching.

    —Blanche Lozar on May 15, 2014
  • WOW>>This is a Great Giveaway>>
    I have Emborideried for 60 Plus Yrs.
    At one point when I was very young it became
    an obsession for along time. It is a great
    relaxion for stress. I always keep it handy.

    —Jo Herrera on May 15, 2014
  • Th is a wonderful giveaway…I have loved Gail’s work since the very first minute I laid eyes on it..The new book looks wonderful and Red Rooster fabrics are lovely and to top the whole thing off with Aurofil Sashiko thread….WOW..Please enter me….Thank you and have a lovely week……..Barbara

    —Barbara Thibeault on May 15, 2014
  • Hi I started to embroidery when I was about 13 years old. My Mother taught me so I could make gifts to gives for my Grandmother.
    Thank you for bringing bring back old memory’s.
    Susan

    —Susan Bell on May 15, 2014
  • All these projects look like fun!!! I haven’t embroidered in years and would like to try it again.

    —Sharon Betts on May 15, 2014
  • I really enjoy embroidery, especially when I use it as a feature on a special project. One of my all time favourites was a quilt that I embroidered for an elderly friend. She has since passed away, but when she did the quilt that I made for her was returned to me, so it is a sweet reminder of somebody who who influenced my life and will always be near and dear to my heart.

    —Babs on May 15, 2014
  • I love the blending of patchwork and embroidery! I have embroidered since a young girl–I grew remember embroidering flowers down the legs of my jeans–it was the 1970s after all and flowers were a big part of fashion. I still love to do an embroidery project–the joy of using a needle and thread and creating something beautiful on simple cloth is so satisfying.

    —CJ Hines on May 15, 2014
  • Embroidery was my first craft. My grandmother started me on tea towels when I was about 8 years old. I have just recently been doing more embroidery along with my quilting because it’s so relaxing!

    —Doris Lindley on May 15, 2014
  • Yes, I embroider. I am 66 years old and learned to embroider from my mother when I was young. I’ve done regular, counted cross-stitch, and crewel embroidery.

    —Carolyn on May 15, 2014
  • I started embroidering when I was about eight. My great-grandmother had just passed away and one of the things I was given as a keepsake was an embroidery sampler that she did in 1892. Mother had it framed ad I still have the piece hanging by the dresser. I went on to use Hungarian motifs in color on my wedding dress. I have not embroidered in years! What a great incentive to pick it up again…

    —tina Daily on May 15, 2014
  • I have hand embroidered for over 30 years. I usually do machine embroidery on quilts, but I really love the hand embroidered look on the patchwork. Great idea!

    —Barb Alston on May 15, 2014
  • I began embroidery with my grandmother, 51 years ago.

    —Suzzanne Nelson on May 15, 2014
  • I made one little embroidery piece several years ago. I think it was just backstiched. I also did baby samplers in counted cross stich for my children, but my youngest is 23 now. They did get completed and framed for their rooms. Woo-Hoo!
    I absolutey love this new book from Gail Pan! Not to mention her fabric! I can’t wait to see the fabric in person. I know what I’ll be making for Christmast gifts this year. (If I can bare to part with any of them)
    MaryB

    —Mary Barnhardt on May 15, 2014
  • My grandma taught me to embroider when I was quite young, so I believe I’ve been embroidering for at least 50 years. I always have a project going and love how relaxing embroidery is. This book looks amazing. I hope I win! 🙂

    —Donna on May 15, 2014
  • I haven’t been embroidering for very long…and it is on and off. Maybe 3-4 years. I love the look of this book! Would be wonderful to make gifts for my friends!

    —Christinabean on May 15, 2014
  • I used to do embroidery work as a child and am now just getting back in to it! I am really enjoying it.

    —Linda on May 15, 2014
  • What a beautiful book! I have done embroidery in my much younger days and have recently pulled out my rusty needles to re-learn those stitches. What beautiful projects you’ve highlighted and this looks like one of those books where I would want to make EVERYTHING instead of just one or two projects.

    P.S. Do y’all have any job openings? You must love to go to work each day!

    —Tanya on May 15, 2014
  • Grandma taught me to embroidery when I was 8 years old and I have been embroidering ever since (now I’m 60!) I am so happy to see it’s revival in the sewing/quilting world! It is my favorite hobby especially when combined with quilting – Wanda

    —Wanda Carlson on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering since I was about 6–started with pillowcases to give as gifts and have been loving it ever since–about 50 years total! Would love to have this book. The completed projects look amazing!

    —Barbara Martens on May 15, 2014
  • I haven’t done embroidery for a long time. But just discovered the hexie world. I love the thought of combining the two!! I love the patterns & ideas shown.

    —Linda B on May 15, 2014
  • I usually embroider with my wool appliqué, but these projects look so yummy, I may have to do some embroidery with my patchwork! The embroidery always adds the special something to your work. When you pair it with beads, it especially adds to the sparkle of a piece.

    —Cathy on May 15, 2014
  • All of your item are so tempting- want to get my hand on all of it and get started on any number of projects- just learning how to quilt- it had been a dream of mine for over 50 years- so now have new ideas for baby quilts- and also for the grown children, grand, and greatgrandchildren- thanks for such bright looking colors- today is rainy and gloomey outside- so now have this to look at inside- brightens up the days- thanks for this look into something new- have a great day

    —Martha Hood on May 15, 2014
  • I love embroidery and have been doing embroidery for years. I love the look when combined with quilting.

    —Judith Beach on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering for close to 60 years. I am currently stitching on " winter" by Meg Hawkey.

    —Lou Wotzke on May 15, 2014
  • Yes, I embroider and have since the age of 8. My great aunt taught me how when she came to visit us. I learned to do aprons with cross stitch and then all the fancy stitches of embroidery across the top. Love doing this, very relaxing. Thanks for a chance to win.

    —Sher Stiles on May 15, 2014
  • I love embroidery! I have been embroidering since I was a teen. Seeing this post has me itching to get at it again. I have been busy crocheting, sewing and quilting and have laid my embroidery aside. Time to get it back out and get busy!! Love the projects you all did from Patchwork Loves Embroidery. It’s a wonderful skill and I can’t wait to teach my granddaughters Embroidery. They are 4 and 2 so it might be a couple years till I can put a needle in their little hands, but you can bet your bottom dollar that it’s going to happen!
    Thanks so much for this awesome giveaway. I’m so hoping I win. I have never embroidered using Aurifil. It’s going to be an awesome win for someone!

    —Kathy Gates on May 15, 2014
  • I was five or six when I received a wonderful pink sewing basket for Christmas. I felt so grown up organizing my needles, thimble, floss, and sewing project in it. Mom started me out embroidering dish towels, but I soon graduated to pillow cases and then quilt blocks. When the leaders of our church youth group started teaching the girls how to do cross stitch, I had already completed many projects. The quilt blocks are still around on the quilt in my guest room.

    Kathy on May 15, 2014
  • I belong to a stitching group that meets every Monday at our church, it’s mostly quilting but one member has been doing some beautiful embroidery lately. Her work was so interesting that I asked her to teach me! I’ve only done a couple of wall hangings so far but I’m in love! This book looks like just the thing to help me continue to learn this art of embroidery! Hope I’m chosen……

    —Sandy Brown on May 15, 2014
  • I made my first sampler under my mother’s eye at age 10 (hangs on my sewing room wall) and have been an on and off embroiderer since…..even while on our car trip,out west,honeymoon over 30 years ago! But would love, love, love to try these projects in your book….enter me for sure!!

    —Betsy Zeigler on May 15, 2014
  • My great grandmother taught me how to embroider tea towels when I was about 10 years old. We would sit on her porch swing and gently swing back and forth as we stitched. It’s one of my favorite memories of "Mammo."

    —Ginny on May 15, 2014
  • ..I only know I was a little kid … whether I was doing it – I had stuff. While active duty Army working all night duty I would often do small projects in Counted X or small embroidery – to KEEP AWAKE. I worked with all men, and they were usually fascinated with seeing the NCO using girly stuff from a desk drawer. Now, retired .. I am still a stitcher – and enjoy embroidery, piecing, hand quilting.
    My older daughter also stitched – creatively – from patterns in her head.
    I’d love to have that book!

    —Sandra on May 15, 2014
  • My grandmother came for one of her many beloved visits when I was 5 years old. She taught me to embroidery and to my mom’s horror it was on a Sunday. For some reason her reaction is the most vivid. She said we were t allowed to sew on Sunday! My grandmother told her it was a way she "rested" 🙂

    —Donna Rowe on May 15, 2014
  • Hand embroidered designs always catch my attention. I have embroidered on and off for many years and have a couple of projects in the works. Unfortunately, I haven’t had the discipline and patience to sit and stitch to finish them. Someday!

    —mak on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve been embroidering since I was about 8 years old – That’s about 60 years, now! I think I still have some of my first projects – tea towels for each day of the week.

    —Nancy Adams on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered for over 30 years, starting out with counted cross-stitch as a newlywed. i don’t do counted work anymore, just surface embroidery. I just bought a Beam N Read hands free light and magnifier which I LOVE for embroidery work!

    —Beth on May 15, 2014
  • I started learning to embroider about 2 years ago. I love how patchwork and embroidery look together! I always have some embroidery ready to work on!

    —Denise Cabral on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering since I was old enough to hold a needle and always have a project in progress. My mother taught me many years ago, and I have fond memories of stitching with her. I believe she was taught by her mother, and I, in turn, have passed it on to my granddaughter. I have an embroidery machine which is nice, but it can’t replace the comfort of holding the needle and the rhythm of stitching by hand.

    —Linda B on May 15, 2014
  • I have actually just bought a couple of patterns to LEARN embroidery. Love how it can be incorporated in with other projects. Would really like to learn and use this in baby quilts. Use an embroidered square with a quilt square. So many possibilities!

    —Donna S on May 15, 2014
  • I used to embroider when I was a lot younger than I am now. I was impatient and the last stitches were always bigger than the first. I was just wanting to get it done! But a couple of years ago, I saw a pattern for an embroidered wall hanging that included patchwork which I’ve become interested in lately. Deciding to make it, I couldn’t put it down after starting it! I couldn’t believe how fun it was now and wondered why I ever thought it was tedious! I LOVE my wall hanging and every time I look at it, I wish it wasn’t finished so I could work on it again. Now I’m looking for patterns to do more embroidery!

    —Barb Hutton on May 15, 2014
  • What a wonderful book. I learned to embroider as a child and love adding it to my quilting projects. Your giveaway sounds like a delightful combination to create many beautiful things.

    —Vickie Morgan on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered, cross stitched, quilted, needlepointed, creweled … you NAME it and I have done it for many, many years. Back in my 20’s I tried them all … some I enjoyed more than others and since I’ve retired I’ve been able to "pick up my needle" more and more. Needless to say my happiness level has increased accordingly!

    —Linda H on May 15, 2014
  • Oh, my yes. I do love to embroidery. I try to make the gifts I give to friends. The recipients really appreciate handmade items, especially embroidery. I would really love this prize!

    —Ginger C on May 15, 2014
  • My first embroidery project happened when I was only 7 years old. Mother was embroidering and I wanted to do exactly what she was doing. She showed me a few stitches and I finished what I thought was beautiful–just like hers. Years later, I realized how badly I did, but that day started my love of embroidery and I’ve not put it down since. I am now 70 and still doing my embroidery, with both my hoops and with Mother’s hoops.

    —Sharon on May 15, 2014
  • Such cute projects! I do embroidery, as well as other needlework. I was taught as a teen, and hope to teach my Granddaughter when she gets a little older. It is such a relaxing hobby.

    —Janet T on May 15, 2014
  • Mom taught me to embroider when I was really small. She drew a bunny on a dishtowel. While I was busy concentrating on those stitches, she was able to read, so it kept me out of her hair for a while!

    —Sammi on May 15, 2014
  • Embroidery is the first needlework I learned — and it was, at least, sixty two years ago (yikes, that sounds like a lifetime ago!). I’ve used the skill over the years, but have been more involved with dressmaking and quilting. I’m pleased to see it being reintroduced into the quilting world.

    —Carol Sc on May 15, 2014
  • I embroidered when I was in my 20’s & 30’s but haven’t for many years now. Quilting has become my passion & although I love the look of embroidery, I seem to lack the patience needed to carefully stitch the designs. In a few months I will be getting a new knee & handwork such as embroidery would be an excellent way to keep me busy until I can resume quilting. Who knows, maybe embroidery will become my new passion?

    —Carol Gearey on May 15, 2014
  • I used to think I did not like embroidery. Then I discovered redwork…and found it was all the switching threads that annoyed me. It might have something to do with the outdated designs, and huge projects that were sold, like tablecloths with a border that was identical.
    After redwork came the discovery of pairing embroidery with appliqued paper piecing, with lovely carry along projects. I have been collecting sashiko…but not yet started.

    My favorites are the little bits of embroidery nestled in with patchwork, in a design for a notebook case, a pincushion, an apron, or a toy. these pair angular with flowing, and are charming. I don’t even mind changing thread colors, with small projects!

    —Leslie Haggstrom on May 15, 2014
  • We had a Sashiko program at our guild recently. Everyone got to try a small embroidery. Lots of us got hooked.

    —Judy Allen on May 15, 2014
  • Embroidery was the first real handcraft I learned, at about five or six, I think. As the oldest granddaughter of a dear Swedish grandmother who taught all her daughters to sew, quilt, knit, crochet, tat, spin and weave, I tried to thread the big-eyed needle and make a knot at the end, but I kept looking at that needle and was SO afraid of pricking my finger and needle and falling asleep forever under glass like Sleeping Beauty. So that was it for embroidery, until in the 60s my mother got samplers for herself, my sister and me to work in the car during our summer vacation to the Smokey Mountains. I still have that framed sampler and I love the peacefulness of embroidery. And as a teen I embroidered a blue jean jacket for my little cousin, who cried when she outgrew it.

    —Deborah on May 15, 2014
  • I started embroidering in the 6th grade when it was offered at my school as an elective. I loved it right away. It is very soothing and relaxing.

    —Lisa on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering for close to thirty years. I love how putting a needle and thread through fabric gives me a feeling of calm and relaxation.

    —Karen Fox on May 15, 2014
  • I first learned to embroider in high school, many, many years ago. Over the years I branched out to counted cross-stitch. I have a slew of snowmen done to in-cooperate into a quilt. I’m back to redwork and that is also planned for a quilt. Thank you for the opportunity to win such a fantastic prize. I hope this is the correct place to post this, I can’t believe that I’m the first one to do so…………

    —Shirley on May 15, 2014
  • I’m well into my senior years, 78 to be exact, and I learned to embroider when I was six. Made a sampler for my grandmother of "Now I Lay Me….." Right now I am finishing as large wall hanging which features alternating log cab blocks and embroidered blocks showing "icons" from the Adirondacks in NY. Started it at North Country Quilt Camp about 8 years ago and will finish it this year FOR SURE! Embroidery is done, top is pieced–just have to put together the back, sandwich it and get going.

    —Evelyn on May 15, 2014
  • My philosophy is that a quilt is never complete until it has its label on the back. I will take scraps of the quilt top fabrics and use my embroidery skills to make that label.

    —m. sharp on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering since I was 11. I was a beta-tester for a craft company then to determine if the directions were easy to follow. It introduced me to all sorts of handcrafts and I have been hooked ever since.

    —Veronica on May 15, 2014
  • One of the first things I made was a violet. Made it about 50 years ago and have always kept the sweet little thing close to my heart.

    Nancy on May 15, 2014
  • If you saw my home today, you could never guess that I made so many embroidered objects – I started around 7 yrs. old, and am still embroidering from time to time today. I’ve done English embroidery, silk flower embroidery, hardanger, Brazilian embroidery, cross stitch, Jacobean and needlepoint. My most recent project was a combination of piecing and green-work. I can’t resist checking the linen tables at church sales to see if I can find a table-cloth or mat with beautiful stitching, and I collect embroidered pillowcases…so what you might see in my home is embroidery made by other women, as my own work has gone "for export only" as my husband would have said. The patterns you show on-line are just lovely, and it is so nice to see women of today enthused by such delightful patterns.

    Gail G on May 15, 2014
  • I began embroidering with my mother at 5, and though she has been gone for many years, I still have some of the "primitive" work that she and I did together–as well as scarfs and pillow cases she did. They are true treasures from our time together.

    —GramsStitches on May 15, 2014
  • I learned to embroider when I was 5 years old. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

    —Celia on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve been embroidering since I was a small child when my grandmother taught me. It’s my way of relaxing and turning out something really beautiful….dish towels, pincushions, small quilts and large quilts. I’ve always got a project in hand.

    —Pat Harrison on May 15, 2014
  • I love embroidery and making them into sewing projects. I have done several quilt tops with embroidery and wool on a cotton top and so many small projects that they can’t be counted. Embroidery is so relaxing and enjoyable at the same time. I can prop my feet up, the cat on my lap and just stitch away for hours.

    —connie b on May 15, 2014
  • OMG! I just love the projects that are shown. I have been doing embroidery work for approximately 35-40 years now and never get tired of it. I am currently working on embroidering 2 quilts, one for my husband and one for my son. I am also a quilter but, find that my embroidery work is much easier to transport while camping, waiting in MD office, etc.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this fabulous prize.

    —Donna on May 15, 2014
  • I haven’t hand embroidered in years ,but it kept me sane when my children were small.

    —Carol on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve done embroidery since I was 7 or 8 yrs old. I remember my grandmother teaching me how to stitch on tea towels. She was a prolific needle artist. I still have several of the towels I made, with tomato and pepper "people" … and I’m lucky to have some of her beautiful handwork too. Thanks for the giveaway!

    —KrisTX on May 15, 2014
  • Oh these designs are lovely. I could see putting them in featured blocks in a quilt. I only have the supplies to embroider, but have done really none. Thank you for putting my name in the hat for the giveaway.

    June @ QuiltQuest on May 15, 2014
  • Grandma embroidered pillowcases, dresser scarves, etc. when I was a child. My cousins embroidered quilt blocks. My mother did crewelwork. So, I come by it naturally, though there was a long hiatus while I worked and did occasional counted cross stitch. Now I’m retired and have discovered redwork through guild friends. So the circle has closed and I’m loving the lovely new designs like Gail’s. I have a number of embroideries completed and waiting for assembly into quilts, etc. Small projects might be finished sooner.

    —Mona on May 15, 2014
  • I have been doing handwork since the young age of six when my grandmother put a needle in my hand. Patchwork Loves Embroidery looks like an AMAZING book and I would love to add it to my collection and get started on all the wonderful projects shown in this post! Thank you for the incredible giveaway opportunity.

    Belinda K-N on May 15, 2014
  • Just looking at the projects in the book make me want to take out my little embroidery supplies and start a project. My mother taught me to embroider some very simple stitches when I was in my teens. I am now 64. I have not embroidered for quite some time and the book and prizes just look like so much fun.

    —Olga Castillo on May 15, 2014
  • Ohh how exciting!!! I love Gail Pans’ work it is just beautiful.I have been doing embroidery for I can’t remember how long! Stitching in any form has been part of my life for sew long. I am currently working on some Gail Pan projects (yes more than one, because they are just sew much fun!) What a wonderful prize thanks for the chance to win it!

    Rachel on May 15, 2014
  • I started embroidering at such a young age I can’t remember, mom had brought a plastic frame with Pinocchio on the cloth, if I remember correctly it was a kit and had the skeins with it. If any of you can remember those, that is when I first started.
    My mom said the back was to look as good as the front, and that is they way she embroidered, and the way she taught me,
    Lois

    —Lois Hale on May 15, 2014
  • I love to embroider with my patchwork — I have several redwork quilts that I did with my son who is now 24 and I can look at these little flowers he did when he was just a little guy. It is so relaxing and I can take it to the beach with me too. I’ve been doing embroidery since I was around 5 years old and now I have to say I have about 49 years experience.

    —Jdy Ball on May 15, 2014
  • I enjoy Redwork. Combining Redwork, sashing and a great border makes a wonderful heirloom quilt. Embroidery is very relaxing and a good fill in when you are tired of sitting at a sewing machine. Thanks for opportunity to win one of your prizes.

    —marie on May 15, 2014
  • Boy, I have been embroidering since I was about 5 or 6 so it’s been around 58 years on and off.

    —Marjorie Nath on May 15, 2014
  • What sweet patterns! I’ve been stitching since I was probably 9 or 10. I remember stitching kitties and cross-stitches on pre-printed cloth.

    —Katherine on May 15, 2014
  • The first time I took needle to fabric was as a little girl learning to embroider from my mother and grandmother, about 45 years ago. I still find embroidery to be a blessing. Thank you for the chance to win. What a wonderful book.

    —Cindy on May 15, 2014
  • I don’t do much embroidery these days. I have purchased several quilt patterns that require embroidery, but they are still in my UFO pile. I learned how to embroider when I was a young girl and in the Camp Fire Girls. So, that’s been a long time ago. LOL. Made 6 wool Christmas ornaments this past season and thoroughly enjoyed all of the embroidery. The embroidery was the reason I bought the ornaments. Look forward to the opportunity to win this wonderful book, fabric and thread. Thanks.

    —Janelle Bucher on May 15, 2014
  • We were taught to embroider in 3rd grade. Of course it was horrible, but my mother was immensly proud of the cross stitch on gingham doiley I made for her.I found it many, many years later when I was sorting through some boxes in her basement. I’m 60 now, so I guess I’ve been embroidering, in one form or another, for around 50 years.

    —INA ANDERSON on May 15, 2014
  • I would love to take up embroidery again. Your projects and the book have inspired me.

    —Christa Mac Lean on May 15, 2014
  • I can remember as I child I did a lot of embroidery . Loved it then and have picked it back up and love it now. Gives me a break from quilting but keeps my hands busy with another beautiful art.

    —Tammy on May 15, 2014
  • So funny. It was actually Gail Pan which got me into stitchery! With her free BOM "christmas wish" and since then I can’t be without it! I think this is about 6 years now? Can’t rembember exactly. Those projects look awesome and it is itching in my fingers to stitch some of those to. Lol!

    Martina on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered since before I started to school. I am 76 yrs now.
    I love hand made things.

    —fredia on May 15, 2014
  • I love to embroider and Gail’s new projects really speak to me! I love everyone of them. It is very inspirational to see what your staff is doing with Gail’s ideas. What a wonderful giveaway.

    —Karen Heron on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering since I was a child. My mother taught me to embroider on pillowcases. We bought the patterns then stamped them on.
    Thank you for a chance in this wonderful giveaway. I am a huge fan of Gail Pan.

    Diane H on May 15, 2014
  • These are all so adorable! Have only done a little embroidery but definitely want to get this book and make them all! Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Kim on May 15, 2014
  • I used to embroider as a child, then stopped. I started again last year and want to continue. I’d love to win this book to keep me going!

    —Carol on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering for about 50 years off and on. I am very excited to see my two favorite crafts joined together. Red Rooster fabrics are some of my absolute favorites!!

    —LaVonne B. on May 15, 2014
  • I love adding embroidery to patchwork, it adds such a great touch to quilting. I have been embroidering for a long time and enjoy every stitch. I also love Gail’s designs.

    —Rose Ann Pierce on May 15, 2014
  • Started embroidering for the first time when I was a young girl. Last few years have discovered it again and find it very relaxing. Great "take along" projects too. Love Gail Pan’s patterns and am excited about this new book! Can’t wait to try out some of the projects, thinking the first would be that Batik purse 🙂

    —Cindy T on May 15, 2014
  • I have done Embroidery since 1942.Started with Mother and sisters and we were able to sell at Christmas.I still do some but more Quilting at this time.This book sounds interesting.

    —Delores Kidney on May 15, 2014
  • I first learned embroidery as a 6 year old. It was stamped cross stitch and I my Mom taught be to keep me busy while recovering from an asthma attack. Meds weren’t what they are today, so bed rest and no exerting activity was the prescribed treatment. I loved doing it! I finished my first project with a daisy chain stitch.

    I have both embroidered, needle pointed and smocked for too many years to count. The relaxing rhythm of hand stitching is just the tension reliever I near.

    —Judi on May 15, 2014
  • Looking at these gorgeous projects makes me itch to grab my box of embroidery threads and stitch away. My youngest daughter requested a pair of monogrammed boot socks for her birthday last year. Hadn’t embroidered in a while, bit it was so much fun and she loved them. This book looks like a treasure!
    http://www.handiworking.com/2013/09/one-stitch-at-time.html

    Jane @ Handiworking on May 15, 2014
  • I have been stitching and embroidering since I was 12 years old. I will do the math for you…that’s 50 years ago! Yikes! Thanks Mom for teaching me how to do something I have loved for so long.

    —Wendi M on May 15, 2014
  • Embroidery was the first needlework I was taught by my grandmother many, many decades ago. As a child I enjoyed it very much. As I grew older other forms of needlework and sewing became my oyster, however, embroidery always is a go to activity to embellish textile work. When I need a change of pace embroidery is what I undertake. The projects in this book are so cute. I can easily see why the group had so much fun. Thanks for offering a giveaway.

    —Audrey on May 15, 2014
  • I love to quilt, I love to embroidery and I love small projects that incorporate all three!

    —Lynda F on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering since some patience Brownie leader decided it was a good idea to teach a bunch of squirming little girls how to do something — that was about 60 years ago. I loved crewel in my 20’s while I was a nonworking mom then it all stopped as a single working mom of three girls. I’m retired now and can enjoy all the crafts I have loved all these years.

    —Susan Jones on May 15, 2014
  • My grandmother taught me to embroider when I was just a small child. It’s the first craft I remember doing and I still love, even 44 years later.

    —Kirsten on May 15, 2014
  • Absolultely. I have a quilt hanging in my sewing room that is called Truly Scrumptious. All the blocks are embroidered on silk with patchwork bordering them. I love the quilt and as a long time cross stitcher, I really loved doing the embroidery.

    —Heather on May 15, 2014
  • I began embroidering at age 9 (53 years ago) on a preprinted sampler that says "Love makes a house a home". I made it for my mom with help from my grandmother and sister. My mother passed away in 1972 and I was in college and never thought a thing about it. When my grandmother passed away in 1998 I found it still framed in the original frame in some of her things. It proudly has a place on my wall today! I still enjoy embroidering and just finished a bluebird table mat. Would love to win the goodies!

    —Susan Justice on May 15, 2014
  • I have done embroidery for years.. My Grandmother taught me when I was about 10. I find it relexing and enjoyable.

    —Dianna Willstaedt on May 15, 2014
  • Embroidery is another craft that I tried to teach to myself. I can remember as a little child watching my grandmother sit and embroider. Unfortunately, by the time I got old enough to want to do some of my own, my grandmother had passed away. She had made it look so simple, but I quickly found out it took skill and practice to make pretty, uniform stitches. I did manage some of the simpler stitches but it has been some time since I have done this type of needlework. I’m in the on-going process of teaching myself quilting. I think it would be wonderful to combine the two.

    Nancy Hall on May 15, 2014
  • I remember embroidering faces on bunny pajama bags I designed and assembled on my mom’s treadle sewing machine when I was 9. One of my grandmothers taught me to embroider and the other one taught me to use the treadle. I only was able to see my grandmothers once a year when each would visit for a week. So I was left to invent my own way to use my new skills. There was no time to teach me about patterns. This gave me the freedom to use my imagination freely . It wasn’t until junior high home economics class that I learned there were rules and patterns.

    Sharyn mellors on May 15, 2014
  • embroudery was the firts thung i learned other than sewing. I then progressed to crewel, needlepoint then cross stitch which is my first passion but i like all things to do with my hands since i have been 5 thsnks for the chance to win what a grear prize

    debra on May 15, 2014
  • I started hand embroidery when I was 12, I still love it.

    —CarolAnn H on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered since I was 4 or 5. All the family would gather at my grandmother’s for once a month Sunday dinner. After dinner the men would generally fall asleep in their chairs, and the women would gather round the table and do handwork and talk. Either my grandmother or a great-aunt would set up a small project for me and teach me a new stitch. It is one of my happiest memories.

    —Susan Hodges on May 15, 2014
  • I did a lot of embroidery early in my marriage but got so caught up in quilting that I haven’t done any in recent years. However, I’ve been thinking I need to take it up again since I’d like to have something more "portable" to do when we’re traveling.
    thanks!!

    —Linda E in AZ on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered off and on for about 50 years!

    —Geri Collins on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered and loved it but it’s been a few years.
    I have a set of dish towels embroidered by my mother. She
    has done at least one set for me and each of my 4 sisters.
    She does beautiful work!

    —Karen Sample on May 15, 2014
  • I learned to embroider as a bride, fifty-three years ago. I can’t say that I have improved with age but still enjoy it. I started quilting ten years ago (using many yards of Red Rooster fabric)and find my hand quilting reflects my many years of embroidery. I also started embroidering by machine and haven’t looked back!! I have incorporated my two loves but never thought to add hand
    embroidery to a project. Hmmmm…..
    I learned sashiko while in Japan. That is a whole new art, done the Japanese way. The American way is a lot simpler and I would love to try the new techniques using Aurifil thread.
    Lynne

    —Lynne Schrag on May 15, 2014
  • I have been loving embroidery for 45 years…making one of a kind gifts is my heart work…

    —Jane Lorentzen on May 15, 2014
  • I have only been embroidering for about a year but I am absolutely hooked!

    —Valerie C on May 15, 2014
  • I learned to embroider when I was 11. That was 51 years ago. My first project was a laundry bag with bonneted women on it. My mother kept it as a keepsake and gave it to me a few years ago. I did a pretty darn good job if I do say so myself.

    I love all the patterns in Gail Pan’s book. I still quilt for charity, my house is overflowing with quilts I made for myself over the last 14 years, but embroidery is my new passion.

    —Shirley MacNutt on May 15, 2014
  • I think for 30 or 40 years. I’ve lost track. Love these prizes.

    —LaNell Dobyns on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering for a very long time. I used to do counted cross stitch before I started quilting. Now I love to mix some embroidery in my quilted projects. This book looks wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Susan Griffith on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered since the age of 7 (many, many years ago!), when my Mom taught me. I still have my first sampler, which is framed and hangs in my kitchen! This book looks AWESOME!

    —Karin on May 15, 2014
  • I used to embroider quite a bit, then I discovered quilting. To combine the two crafts is stunning. I have items I’ve stitched and not framed that would be perfect as a center of a block or used in a quilted project. Thanks for the great ideas, keep them coming!

    —Wendy on May 15, 2014
  • I hand embroidered in my early teens in the sixties but I started machine embroidery in 1998 in a big way! Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Cindy Pilkington on May 15, 2014
  • I LOVE to hand embroider and Gail Pans designs are some of my favorites! I’m 60 in 3 weeks and learned to embroider when I was 6 or 7 sitting with my Mom and her Mom while they created beautiful stitches. So I’ve been enjoying embroidery for over 50 years!

    —Jana Pratt on May 15, 2014
  • A sweet aunt, reunited with my family in the late ’40s, taught me to embroider when she visited us in Ontario from Regina, Sask. I cherish this memory as my dear Mom was adopted @3 yrs old when their Mom died in Jan 1919 leaving 4 children including a newborn. Through the years I’ve used that skill and enjoy adding embroidery with my patchwork. I think the resurgence of interest in Redwork was the push we needed as well as the love of antique and vintage tea towels and hankies.

    —Barbara Kellard on May 15, 2014
  • Started embroidery in high school then did large projects–You know, the hippie era with loose fitting tops covered with large flowers! Even made my Mom one which she loved. Then I morphed into Cross stitch, then quilting but I have always loved embroidery. So am doing a quilt with embroidered designs in each block. I loved the hexie pillow!

    —Pamela Reim on May 15, 2014
  • I haven’t embroidered in a long time, but am fascinated by Sashiko and have a few kits to get going on.

    —regina on May 15, 2014
  • When I around 5 yrs. old I was hand stitching doll clothes. Somewhere between 5 and 15 I learned embroidery. Can’t remember exactly. At 15 yrs. old I decided to make a large table cloth for my mother which she still has and she is now 93 yrs. old. The fabric was yellow, and I chose to do a floral design that would be placed in a rectangular design to fit the center of the table and used all brown embroidery floss. My daughter of 49 yrs. now wants to inherit that table cloth, which she probably will. At the age of 65 or so I decided to incorporate my embroidery with quilting and have made several quilts using embroidery, using color crayons to fill in designs and outlining with embroidery, and also making pillows with ribbon embroidery.

    —Linda Dornan on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering for 80 years, beginning with the cards with holes to embellish with needle and yarn: my first "stitches" following the outlines on pictures. After I would finish one, I would remove the yarn so that I could do it over. Thus began my love affair with needle and thread. In the past year I finally learned to tat. The only skill I had never conquered.
    Embroidery for me is my form of meditation. Looking forward to time spent in this way is incentive for me to hurry through household tasks. I believe I hear my latest projects calling, so must end my comments.

    —Jo Corey on May 15, 2014
  • Yrs I’ve done it some over the years and love all the new stuff that’s coming out.

    —LaDawn on May 15, 2014
  • Love the projects in this book – they look so pretty and simple which means quick to finish!! I have been embroidering for as long as I can remember but it really started in school – year 7 or what we called First Form 40 years ago!! I have done all forms but find the simpler stitches like back stitch and chain stitch more relaxing. Thanks for the heads up on Gail’s book.

    —Kate Creighton on May 15, 2014
  • I have not done much embroidery yet. I am mainly a quilter, but this looks wonderful. I would love to try it.

    —Kathy Peterein on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve been embroidering off and on for 30 years! I’d love to win this!

    —jane d on May 15, 2014
  • I started my embroidery lessons from my mother when I was nine years old. I begged to learn when I was seven but she told me I had to wait until I was nine. I don’t know why nine was the magic number. I was hooked on embroidery when I was 3 or 4 years old because both my grandmother and mother did it and I was dressed in embroidered clothes. I loved to watch them with the threads, needles and scissors. I had a huge tantrum when the pillows cases my mother embroidered with lambs on them for a family reunion where given as one of the prizes. I realized they were not going home with us to be MINE. I was three years old and remember this clearly today.

    —Jami Price on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered since I was a little girl. My Mom taught me how, as well as how to sew. She has always been my inspiration. Now she is 85 and blind. So I sew and stitch for us both! Stitching and sewing are such therapy for me. I can think and pray while I stitch away! Thanks for the chance to share a little of my story and for a chance to win such a great prize!

    —Renee on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered off and on for the past 25 years. I love having a hand work project to take along to the countless baseball and volleyball practices that fill my life these days! I love the designs in Gail Pan’s new book!

    —Sandy on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered since a young child, so around fifty years. I wold love to win the giveaway.

    —Julie Schellenberg on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered since I was a kid. I still have a little piece I did when I was probably nine or ten using some my mom’s crochet yarn. It has our house, our blue car, some flowers and a big sun shining on it.
    Gail’s book has several pretties I would love to do!

    —Mary on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering since a young child, but just started quilting this past year (although it has been a life-long dream). I love the idea of incorporating the two into such beautiful pieces. It’s the handwork that I love most about quilting so putting the embroidery with it is a natural. Thanks for making these patterns and ideas available.

    —Karole Walla on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered intermittently since I was about 8 years old when I took my allowance to the neighborhood 5 and dime and bought a packet of iron on designs. My stitches of choice are the back stitch and the French knot. Everything else ends up looking like spider legs that have been shed across the fabric. But I persist!!!

    Aloha…

    —Jo on May 15, 2014
  • I don’t remember when I first learned how to embroider, but I do remember that learning was not easy for me since I am left-handed and the instructions were for right-handed people. Nowadays there are probably instructions for lefties as well. I have made Christmas tree ornaments that use different embroidery stitches and started a crazy quilt where I could also experiment with different stitches. Now that I am retired and recently joined the local quilt guild and a ‘techniques’ special interest group, it would be wonderful to win Patchwork Loves Embroidery and the other great prizes. I would certainly take them to the quilting retreat I’m going on next month.

    —Jane on May 15, 2014
  • what great ideas, all of the projects are really cute. Would love to make so many of them. thanks for the chance to win.

    —bobbi on May 15, 2014
  • I started embroidering in the late 1940s & have continued thru the years. Now I love to combine it with my patchwork/quilting projects.

    —Barbara Kellard on May 15, 2014
  • Mother started me with embroidering kitchen towels when very young. Those lessons have lasted a life time for me. Recently I embroidered a butterfly quilt made of old handerkerchiefs. Every stitch taken reminded me of Mother and those early sewing sessions.

    —Betty Jansen on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering for about 25 years. I love to give gifts from my heart made by my hands.This is an awesome give away! I would love to win, thanks for the chance.

    —Dot on May 15, 2014
  • Have you embroidered—and if yes, for how long: I started abut 5, my starting with dishtowels, then on to pillow cases – that was 55 years ago, my first entry into crafting.

    —Dee on May 15, 2014
  • Yes, I have embroidered in many years, maybe 40…
    And I love to do it. And no I can do my most loved handycraft together: Embroidery and patchwork. 🙂

    —Borgny Zachariassen on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering since I was about 16 years old, some forty plus years ago. I love embroidering and I love quilting so this book is perfect!

    —Denise Foster on May 15, 2014
  • I want this for my mother I quilt I need to keep her busy since my Father pasted away in sept 2013 I would like to do this some day myself

    thanks
    sherry

    —sherry wood on May 15, 2014
  • So pretty!

    —Diane on May 15, 2014
  • How long have I embroidered? My mom taught me when I was five, and that is more than 60 years now. Still need to decorate now and then. In fact, I just gifted a friend a set of embroidered towels (sunbonnet girls)as she knew what they were and what to do with them (no, not save them). I was just thinking as I read, "wait, wait — I’ll run get my floss." (I have a wool project waiting.)

    —Claudia on May 15, 2014
  • My first experience with embroidery was when I was just 5 – a long, long time ago! My mother kept old sox in a bin for dusting. We would confiscate a couple to make hand puppets. We would sew on buttons for the eyes and embroider a smile with chain stitch. But as I learned to sew apparel, I developed an avoidance of hand stitching. At least until my mother died, when I was a new mother.

    She had ordered Jane Snead embroidery kits to make birth samplers for each of her three soon to be born grandchildren. She finished my son’s sampler but only was able to do a few inches of stitching on my niece’s sampler and none on my nephew’s sampler because of the progress of her cancer. I took it in hand and finished both of them so that they would have these a a remembrance of the love their grandmother had for them.

    I discovered how much I enjoyed it! I continued to make embroidered pillows, a wall hanging for my husband, and other things before embarking on counted cross stitch and needlepoint. I haven’t done much of it in the past few years, but I have bequeathed a love of hand sewing to my oldest granddaughter and another is beginning to follow.

    —Leslie on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered on and off through the years since I was a teenager. And no, I’m not telling how long that’s been! But I can say I have re-discovered it and love blending it with patchwork.

    —Janis on May 15, 2014
  • I embroidered {not very well} as a child. I am now 70 years young and have been embroidering linen handkerchiefs that belonged to my grandmother and will give them to my daughter and I am loving it!!

    —carole smith on May 15, 2014
  • I don’t remember when I started to embroidery (that’s what old age does for you). It had to be more than 50 years ago. Thank you for allowing me to enter the giveaway.

    —Roberta Johnson on May 15, 2014
  • I have been quilting others’ embroidered quilts for several years. When I was young, I loved to cross-stitch. Now I’d loved to learn a newer skill to add to my own quilts.

    —Lisa Stroble on May 15, 2014
  • I used to do lots of embroidery when I was in my teens and twenties, but I haven’t done much for quite awhile. I would love to win this prize package!

    Julie in GA on May 15, 2014
  • My mother and my grandmother taught me to embroider when I was in the first grade, and my grandmother keep my very first project – a picture of a cat. A few years after my grandmother died, my mother and I found this little piece of very badly done embroidery in some things from my grandmothers hope chest. It was that cat!! I’ve improved alot since that cat. I embroidered most of my kids clothes when they were little and then won some regional competitions. My next project is to teach my granddaughter to sew and that includes hand embroidery.

    —Brigit Wood on May 15, 2014
  • It seems like I’ve been stitching forever. Just yesterday afternoon, I introduced my granddaughter to embroidery and she’s now totally hooked! It was so sweet when she called me first thing this morning and said "Why didn’t we do this earlier?!" Thank you very much for the chance to win this awesome giveaway! You know I’d share with my special little girl! 😀

    —Maree on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve embroidered off and on for probably the last 40 years. I enjoy hand sewing, and find it very relaxing. I’m amazed at how far the technique has progress over the years. No more tracing patterns at the window or untangling thread nests. Fun patterns and new and inviting threads/colors to keep me wanting more!

    —Judy Sigsworth on May 15, 2014
  • I learned my first embroidery stitches when I was 5 or 6 years old and I have
    enjoyed it ever since, recently I have been doing doll clothes and a few things for my great grand daughter. I love red rooster fabrics and I saw several patterns in the book I would love to do. I have also been quilting since I embroidered a quilt top and helped Mom quilt it when I was 15.

    —Sue on May 15, 2014
  • My mother and my grandmother taught me to embroider when I was in the first grade, and my grandmother keep my very first project – a picture of a cat. A few years after my grandmother died, my mother and I found this little piece of very badly done embroidery in some things from my grandmothers hope chest. It was that cat!! I’ve improved alot since that cat. I embroidered most of my kids clothes when they were little and then won some regional competitions. My next project is to teach my granddaughter to sew and that includes hand embroidery

    —Brigit Wood on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve embroidered for a very long time and was taught by my wonderful Mom. I haven’t done a lot of combining patchwork with stitchery, though, and really want to do more of it because they pair together so beautifully and are so appealing to the eye!

    Susan Mulvihill on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered for many years! I started when I was about 6 or so and I have seen some of my "old" work, it was age appropriate for sure! In my teens I entered pieces in the fair and came home with a ribbon or two, it meant alot. I love quilting though and yet time to time bring out the floss and take up some stitches…. currently I have two going that combine the two a baltimore album (this will be a lifetime achievement quilt!, and a redwork. I think they will be great "when" done. So embroidery is an always art at least in my book. Did I mention that makes the years of embroidering about 40 something!

    —Tonie Peterson on May 15, 2014
  • I began learning embroidery stitches about 50 years ago when I wanted to do what my Mom and Grandmother were doing. Nany passed away this year at 108 and my Mom, 85, now lives with me and we still spend our days stitching. If she follows her mother’s footsteps, we will still be at it twenty years from now!

    —Joan Sawyer on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidery nearly 60 years. First "nice" project was cuffs and bodice of dress I wore to my bridal shower. I just came across a photo of it. I must have been proud of it as it had long sleeves and I was wearing it in Kansas in August..

    —Paulette Bray on May 15, 2014
  • I embroidered some blocks 48 years ago when I was going to have my first baby. I made them into a quilt. I saved the quilt and it was given to my daughters first grandchild. I have picked up stitching once again. I love Anything by Gail Pan.

    Mayme on May 15, 2014
  • I had done machine embroidery for twenty years. My husband retired and we spend summers in an isolated area, so I have projects for three months. I tried hand embroidery when I was much younger and have kept the two tea towels as a reminder of why I don’t do hand work.

    —Deanna Sue Adams on May 15, 2014
  • Love this give away as I think embroidery and quilting compliment each other and remind me of my childhood. I have started embroidering a large formal table cloth and find it so relaxing and fun to do. Some evenings I tell myself I will stop at 10:30 to go to bed. Then it is I’ll just finish this one section… Sometimes it can be well past midnight and I only stop because my eyes are struggling against sleep and focus isn’t as sharp. I love all the projects in the book and have mentally added to my "want to do" list already! I’d love to try the new threads and the fabric give-a-way ideal for those projects newly put on my list!

    —Paula on May 15, 2014
  • I’m lucky as my dear Mom, who was quite a sewist, taught me how to embroider when I was about 8. She taught me how to sew when I was 6 so I was already familiar with needle and thread. I found it fun to create ‘pictures’ with pretty colors of ‘thread’. I remember sometimes my Dad would like to go for a little Sunday evening drive and later stop for a Dairy Queen ice cream cone. So after a time even though he drove over the same roads and places again, I wasn’t going to miss my ice cream! So I brought my embroidery with me and sewed until it got too dark to see!! Now I’m a grandmother and still embroider and enjoy it!

    —Marie Chat on May 15, 2014
  • I used to do more embroidery than I do currently. My focus has shifted to quilting of late, but linking embroidery with patchwork intrigues me! Thanks for the concept!

    —GloryBee on May 15, 2014
  • My Mother taught me many years ago at the age of five. It is one of my fondest memories of her. I am now 83 years so you can see I have been doing it for a long time. I love to incorporate it into my quilts when I can. I am now doing Sashiko and loving it.
    Donna Myers

    —Donna Myers on May 15, 2014
  • For about 20 years. I really enjoy it.

    —Georgene Della Penna on May 15, 2014
  • I love this book. My Mother taught me to embroider when I was small and I have always enjoyed it so much.

    —Diana Kay on May 15, 2014
  • Gosh, I learned to embroider when I was probably 6-7. That’s a long time ago!

    —Suzanne on May 15, 2014
  • I have done a little bit of embroidery.
    A wall hanging waaaaaay back in the 70’s.
    More recently, I took a Sashiko class and look forward to using that on quilts.
    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! The designs look like SO much FUN!
    And fabric and thread, too? WOW! I’ll be sharing with my daughter-in-law for sure!

    —Jetta Neely on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve embroidered for about 60 years off and on…My mom taught me as a young girl…I’ve done samplers, pillowcases (too many to count) dresser scarves, patches on denim for jeans (back in the day, wall hangings combined with quilting, red work, blue work, green work and baby blankets. I hope to win the treasure trove of inspiration!

    —Victoria Jandreau on May 15, 2014
  • When I was just a tad over 4 years old, my grandmother Porter started me with a needle and thread. Little did she know she was providing me with a lifetime of joy, a means of giving to those in need as well as my loved ones, and a powerful tool for self-soothing in times of stress and anxiety. Our first project together was embroidering a pillowcase with a beautiful lady wearing a bonnet and formal dress with a hoop skirt. She patiently accepted my stitches as the best I could do, allowing me the encouragement to continue until my skills improved. Every time I pick up embroidery now, I am flooded with warm memories of a dear grandmother who knew how to make me feel special among the 24 grandchildren she do dearly loved.

    —Linda Yokelson on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered since I was a little girl and taught by my older sister. Combining embroidery and quilting, is a marriage made in heaven indeed. I love the projects pictured. Embroidery is so portable, so always have something with me.

    —Gloria Meyer on May 15, 2014
  • I have only attempted to embroider, but recently started looking into books and on-line resources to guide me in my quest. Perhaps this would be a beneficial learning tool to get me started?

    —Colette DeGroot on May 15, 2014
  • I found embroidery to be a satisfying pastime when I was about the age of 10 and that was 60+ years ago. I loved creating a thing of beauty and still do. My girlfriend and I put our embroidery supplies in our mothers’ old purses and climbed a tree, sat on a limb with an arm around another limb for safety and stitched away. No one bothered us up in the tree and we were having fun.

    —Wanda on May 15, 2014
  • I was in the era that in Junior High we had a "sewing" class which also included some embroidery instructions. I picked up "redwork" embroidery about 8 years ago and haven’t stopped. I will have to live to be 100 to use up all the embroidery books I have bought. I do love the books and patterns coming from Australian designers.

    —Peggy Voorhees on May 15, 2014
  • Yes I have, for more than 50 years. I love all the projects everyone is working on.

    Fleurette on May 15, 2014
  • Nana taught me how to cross stitch on checked gingham when I was four–so 57 years!

    —Barb Colvin on May 15, 2014
  • I learned how to embroider as a Brownie Scout. Our leader gave us a choice of doing a cross stitched hand towel or one done in stem stitch to be given to our mothers for Mother’s Day. That was 55 years ago and I’m still at it! It is so good to see the revival of hand embroidery that has taken place in the last few years.

    —Susan K. on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve been doing embroidery for about 40 years. I love to embroider, sew and quilt. The projects shown above are so delightful. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

    —Kathy Romans on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered on and off since i was 8-9 years old…. making for 60 years. I do not do it full time as it irritates my arthritis in my thumbs.

    —Elizabeth Starks on May 15, 2014
  • I love quilting, paper piecing, counted cross stitch and regular embroidery. I’d love to spend my whole day working (enjoying) on all three of them. Carolyn Champion

    —Carolyn Champion on May 15, 2014
  • I began embroidering in junior high as a home economics project. Each student got to choose a sewing or needle project and I had never tried embroidery. I was hooked! It’s been 30 years since I learned and last fall I began to learn quilting. I marine my surprise two see patchwork AND embroidery together! What a delightful book and fabric! Thanks for a chance to win. Christina

    —Christina McGowan on May 15, 2014
  • I just completed the blocks for a 2013 block of the month from Prairie Point quilt shop in Shawnee, KS. (Just a little behind!) And I loved it! Would love to win this contest!

    Doris
    Mission, Kansas

    —Doris Gosney on May 15, 2014
  • I have not hand embroidered for awhile since I got my embroidery machine. I love the samples from your book and see that this would be a great road trip project. My husband and I are now retired and spending more time in the car going to see kids and grandkids. Love, love, love the stitching. Would love to win!

    —Cheyl MacKenzie on May 15, 2014
  • I absolutely love the projects in this book! I have been embroidering for nearly 50 years and quilting for over 10 years. What a great idea to combine the two. I can see myself making every project in this book!

    —Lu Ann on May 15, 2014
  • I did a lot of embroidery as a child, but have just decided to get back to doing it. This book was one of the things that has inspired me and I would dearly love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Debby on May 15, 2014
  • I fell in LOVE with Red work but did not know how to embroider so had my mother do a calendar wall hanging for me. She had a major heart attack I quickly pieced the blocks together and drove 1000 miles home to the hospital. I showed her the pieced top —her first words were "where is October"that is my favorite block". I showed her the October block and said it is my favorite too.That was 15 years ago and I have done many many Red Work pieces since then, My guild members call Red Work My signature and take pictures at quilt shows to share . Jan Hogan

    —Jan Hogan on May 15, 2014
  • Beautiful book. Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Marsha on May 15, 2014
  • I have been counted X stitching for @30 years. I have incorporated many cross stitch works into quilt projects.

    —Cindy Weeks on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered for 50 years.

    —janet on May 15, 2014
  • If you consider cross stitch a form of embroidery, then I’ve been keeping the needle busy for about 30 years. If you don’t then, only about 5 years. I love hand stitching.

    —Susan in OK on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve been doing embroidery since I was a kid. I think my maternal grandmother taught me. I’m a huge fan of Gail Pan’s – I have some of her patterns and I’m working on a Christmas stitchery right now. This book is already on my list. I’d love the oppotunity to try some of Aurifil’s embroidery floss. Thank you for the chance to win one of these!

    —Suz Kuhns on May 15, 2014
  • I learned to embroider at 5 years old and embroider still today at 71 years old. I started quilting 13 years ago and like combining the two. I love this new book, can’t wait to get it!

    —Loretta Thomason on May 15, 2014
  • I love embroidery. I started as a young girl embroidering pillowcases. I think this is where my love of handwork came from. I find it very satisfying and calming. I think this is why I easily fell into hand quilting when I finally started piecing and quilting. I would love every thing of the offered gift. Thank you!

    —Sandra fisher on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve been embroidering for so long it’s hard to remember when I started. Probably around the age of 7 when my grandmother was teaching me to applique white doves on blue background for a quilt she was working on. There was some embroidery work that needed to be done on the doves before they were appliqued onto the quilt. That was 44 years ago. There have been many pillowcases and sheets embroidered during that time and learning embroidery sparked my love of cross-stitch.

    —Gail Davis on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered on and off my most of my life. My grandmother taught me when I was about 5. There are so many more things to embroider on now and better threads also. I just love it. I take it to work and embroidery on my lunch hour to pass the time.

    —Roxane Crawford on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering since I was in Junior High School. It is a soothing go to when my day gets stressful. I love these patterns!

    —Karen Crookston on May 15, 2014
  • I love working on small embroidered projects. This is the perfect book for all the different small projects in it. It is so relaxing to work on some little pattern in the evening and be able to let go of the stress of the day. A day without stitching is a lost day to me.

    —Linda in 100+ SoCA on May 15, 2014
  • Embroidery was the first needlework I learned as a small child – first project at age 5…and I turn 59 in a couple of months! Great giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    —Diane Dashevsky on May 15, 2014
  • I learned to embroidery when I was a child and continued to make some items until I had children and time was at a premium. Almost 40 years later I have nothing but time now to enjoy hand embroidery again.

    Rita

    —Rita VanAlstyne on May 15, 2014
  • I teach hand embroidery to kids 8 to 14 years old in summer camp. My biggest challenge is to find patterns that are simple enough for beginners but appeal to their modern tastes. This book like it would truly fit the bill.

    —Peg G on May 15, 2014
  • I learned to do this kind of embroidery as a child but switched to counted cross stitch in my early twenties. This book makes me want to do this type of stitching again!

    —Cheryl James on May 15, 2014
  • I’m almost 73 and I started embroidering as a small child. Sadly I have nothing to show for it…always made things for gifts. I have done x stitch now for almost 50 yrs and have some very fun pieces that I use at Christmas and Easter but again most was done for gifts. This book looks like a great inspirational piece to keep we stitcher’s up to date with new ideas and ways to meld both embroidery and quilting together as it should be. My wheels are turning for ways to use this for the little Great Granddaughters. FUN< FUN< FUN!!!!

    —Barbara Dolan on May 15, 2014
  • Since I was 10 or 11 (almost 50 years!): pillowcases, cross stitch on gingham, crewel was the first, remember the kits with the lousy plastic needle? I still do counted cross stitch, even though I require a magnifying glass at times, and my appliqued quilts are hand stitched with embroidered details. I look with envy at the lovely embroidery machines, but honestly, don’t think they would pay for themselves at my house, I love the relaxing aspect of hand stitchery too much! I found an old Aunt Martha’s transfer in my stash the other day, said 19 cents! bought in 1975 for a quilt I did for somebody….
    Sharon in Colorado

    —Sharon Schipper on May 15, 2014
  • I first learned to embroider at age 7. It is an art and craft I’ve enjoyed throughout my life. The designs and projects in Gail’s book are joyful and delightful!

    —Denise L. on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering since I was a little girl – 55 years ago. My neighbor, Mrs. Rankin, taught me and it was only many years later that I realized she must have been left handed. I am right handed but still embroider as a lefty. Great book; would be thrilled to win.

    —Four dogs and one quilter on May 15, 2014
  • I neglected to say when I started to embroider. It was about when I was about 6 or 7 years old. My dear Grandmother taught me a couple of stitches then and I have been stitching in one way or another for the last 60 years. Also the 100+ is degrees and boy has it been HOT here!

    —Linda in 100+ SoCA on May 15, 2014
  • I love to embroidery, been doing it since I was in jr high. I love to mix patchwork with embroidery and sometimes color it with crayons then heat set them. Such a pretty result. Thank you for the offer, I would love to win this book

    —Corky on May 15, 2014
  • I have never embroidered before, but I come from a long line of needle crafters in my family … some of my favorite heirlooms are the hand made pieces embroidered by my grand-mother, my mother, and my aunt which are displayed throughout my home. They are a gentle reminder of days gone by when I would sit with them while they quietly finished their ‘work’. Seeing your article on the pairing of patchwork (my passion) and embroidery brings back fond memories, and makes me want to pick up a needle and stitch my own ‘little legacies’.

    —Colleen LaBillois on May 15, 2014
  • Embroidery was the first craft I learned in our HS Home Ec. class – those were the days of poodles on circular skirts; I loved learning all the stitches and then coming up with designs of our own, and our teacher graded us based on originality and color works. For my grandmother I made a Spanish lace mantela (veil) the thread was so expensive it cost me a whole month’s allowance, but it was well worth it, my Grandma wore it to church every time until she passed away.

    —Aida on May 15, 2014
  • My mother taught me to embroider when I was in elementary school. I have enjoyed working on embroidery projects ever since. I am now nearly 66 years old. I would love to have some new projects to work on.

    —Betty on May 15, 2014
  • I learned embroidery from my mom before I started school, about 55 years ago! I’ve done many different projects over the years and have learned lots of different stitches. I’m currently designing a wall hanging with embroidered wildflower blocks. I’m always looking for ways to incorporate my love of quilting with my love of embroidery, so this book would be a wonderful source of inspiration for me. Thanks for the opportunity!

    Joyce

    —Joyce Bergen on May 15, 2014
  • I have done almost no embroidery, just the odd stitch for other projects, but have always wanted to. These projects look fun and not too difficult.

    —Sandra Scruton on May 15, 2014
  • I do embroider, but not very often. I learned simple stitches quite a few years ago. I like the look of patchwork and embroidery; it has a charm all its own.

    Joanna on May 15, 2014
  • Long ago and far away, my lovely Irish boy Kate (grandmother) would take me on the electric car ( like a bus on a wire) downtown to the Kresge’s store. We would descend the wide staircase to the basement . In a far corner we would find the most beautiful threads (DMC of course)and choose a pre-stamped pillowcase. Once we got home, after a nice tuna salad at the lunch counter, she would teach me the different stitches needed to finish the pillowcase. When I was all done, after many days of trial and error, Kate would make a pretty little lace edge to finish it off. I am so blessed to still have several of these works of heart some 60 years later!

    —Kathy G on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering on and off for about 40 years or so. This book is just lovely, as are the fabrics and thread. What beautiful projects everyone did and so colorful. I would love to receive this prize bundle. Thanks for sharing.

    —Margaret Andrews on May 15, 2014
  • I love to embroider. My sweet grandmother taught my twin sister and I when we were about 5 or 6. Sis isn’t into handwork now but is a great quilter. I quilt as well as do Hardanger, counted thread work, sew and even do some tatting. Having just turned 70, I find myself reflecting on the joy handwork has brought to my life since I sat by Gram’s side.

    —Carol Hydeman on May 15, 2014
  • My mother taught me to embroider when I was a very little girl. If I had a knot, she had me straighten it. I would take it to her after part of it was done and she would make sure my stitches were small enough. I loved doing it and she was a great teacher. I sure miss her. I embroidered some dish towels when I was 16 and put them away. They are being used in my kitchen right now and when I look at them, it reminds me of sitting under a tree in our back yard and stitching all day. Sweet memories are precious as that was 50 years ago. Counted cross stitch was my handwork for years. As my granddaughters are no longer babies, I want to do more embroidery for dish towels and pillow cases for them when they are married. I bought the towels and these designs are perfect for them.

    —Marsha Nelson on May 15, 2014
  • When I saw your email subject header True love: pairing patchwork and embroidery I jumped on it. I love the combination, but have not been working on any embroidery projects recently. So I am inspired to return and pick up where I left off and maybe adapt the patchwork quilt with 25 blocks that I started before my granddaughter was born (she will be five this summer)into a smaller wall hanging or pillow. Then I can begin work on some of these delightful new ideas. Thanks for the motivation.

    —Barbara Migdalen on May 15, 2014
  • Love the ideas..so simple and love the way others adapted them to other projects. I love to embroidery when traveling and love the idea of the floss on a spool rather than the ball or skein to get tangled.

    —Jerri Ann Maxwell on May 15, 2014
  • I have mixed embroidery and quilting and it adds such a unique spark to each item.

    —Janice on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering as long as I can remember. I grew up with it, and I’m 70 and still love it.

    —Bernadette Caropepe on May 15, 2014
  • I first embroidered dish towels as a child, then later crewel embroidery, sweatshirt decoration, and silk ribbon embroidery. These projects look great!

    —Ellen Phillips on May 15, 2014
  • I have begun embroidery a little bit again after a LONG hiatus, lol. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Linda Pawlak on May 15, 2014
  • I first started embroider work when I was 7 or 8. I remember my big cousin’s girlfriend teaching me. I made a design on a pot holder. Right now I’m embroidering some BOM designs.

    —Estelle on May 15, 2014
  • I love to quilt crazy and sane, but hand stitching was and is my first love. Started at a young age learning from my Grandmother. Thank for such great prizes.

    —Debbie Smith on May 15, 2014
  • I embroidered a wall hanging for my parents 25th anniversary. That was 33 years ago. In the meantime, I haven’t done too much. I have just started quilting and I think combining the two would be fun.

    —Laura Carter on May 15, 2014
  • My mom taught me to embroider when I was 10. That’s 57 years ago.I still have 5 binders of DMC thread and many embroidery pattern books but I also have a Viking Designer Ruby and a Babylock Sashiko machine which I absolutely love. So wow, thanks for the give away and I want it.

    —Dorothy S. on May 15, 2014
  • I learned to embroider in the second grade during a unit on pioneers. In the —ahem— decades that follow, I have turned to embroidery again and again. In the last few years, I’ve gotten back into it in earnest. Lo and behold, embroidery has become chic, funky, quirky, beautiful with depth and quality of designs. I love it.

    —Gail Wood on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered off & on for about 30 years. Haven’t done any for a few years but thinking about making a baby quilt with embroidery.

    —Sandra Pigg on May 15, 2014
  • 20 years

    —Gwen McGinnis on May 15, 2014
  • What absolutely delightful projects! I’m primarily a quilter, but I love adding embroidery to patchwork projects. I’ve been embroidering for about 40 years! Embroidery really adds beauty and an heirloom quality to the quilt or wallhanging. Thanks for the chance to win all this lovely goodness!

    —Pam S on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered for several years but was not serious about it until now. I have purchased several patterns and want to learn the variety of stitches and how to do them correctly!

    —Karen VB on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering and doing handwork off and on for many years. I love Gails
    designs and would so enjoy winning these items!!!!

    —Jackie on May 15, 2014
  • I learned to emboider when I was 7! It was my first "needle craft". I am now 65 so that is…let me get out the calculator…58 years!! I then learned needlepoint, knitting, crochet, sewing, applique, and hand piecing and quilting…WHEW! I should be exhausted, but actually find that all this handwork is like meditation. And it has always helped me to "keep busy" like my Mom told me to do!

    —Susan on May 15, 2014
  • Embroidery was the first needlework I learned nearly 60 years ago. I have done a lot
    Of different types and patterns but have never done any of Gail’s and would love the chance
    To do her designs with the Aurifil thread. New pretties for me and my friends and family.

    —Roberta Byers on May 15, 2014
  • My mother taught me to embroidery when I was a little girl. I fell in love with embroidery then and still love it today. It started a love for all things handwork….cross stitch, crochet, sewing and beading. My mother and I still get together and work on embroidery projects together. This book looks amazing…so many gorgeous projects! I love all the projects! I am new to Aurifil threads and didn’t realize they had floss….would love to try them.

    —Angelia L. on May 15, 2014
  • I have never done embroidery on any of my projects and as I see this, I wonder why not.
    The addition of these stitches is like icing on a cake.

    —Susan Stone on May 15, 2014
  • I have not embroidered in so long I’m not sure I would know how anymore! I love Gail Pan’s work it is so very different from what I usually do.

    —brenda on May 15, 2014
  • My mom taught me how to do embroidery at a young age. I haven’t really did a lot of it through the years so the last project I attempted looked a bit wonky. The projects in this book are really cute. It would be great way to work through my rustiness. 🙂

    —Traci Janke on May 15, 2014
  • I started to embroider when I was about 8 years old. I started again when I started making dresses for my granddaughters.

    —sonia afanador on May 15, 2014
  • 40+ years ago I was on my lunch break and decided to stroll into a nearby yarn and embroidery shop. Back then it was a shop of wooden floors, wonderful smells, glass counter tops,skeins of yarn in baskets and embroidery threads and stamped items of all kinds. I had already completed a cable knit sweater of Irish wool (grass strands included). My new project was an embroidered marsh scene of grasses and birds on brown fabric. It was detailed and fun but took a very long time to complete, but became a beautiful wall hanging. I’m excited about starting "patchwork loves embroidery" because the projects are sweet and delicate and perfect for small pieces to do while watching night time TV or waiting in a doctors office. I can’t wait to get started.

    —Donna Philip on May 15, 2014
  • 49 years ago, my 1st embroidery was a dresser "doily" made at the age of 10: lots of daisy loops, french knots & outline stitching. Instructions came from an encycopedia, the fabric was recyled from an old white pillow case and the threads were all weights and colors of spool thread from Grandmother’s thread box. Over the years, I’ve continued with traditional, counted cross stitch, crewel, & as of 3 years ago shashiko.

    —Melody Colecchi on May 15, 2014
  • My 1st embroidery project was a snowman when I was 5 yr old!! So I have been embroidering for over 55 years!!

    —Jeannine Stoddard on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering since I was 5 or 6 years old and I am now 70 and still enjoy it very much. I try to have several projects going at one time and love the way you are using the embroidery with patchwork, another love of mine.

    —Jean on May 15, 2014
  • I used to embroider before my children were born. I had twins and never seemed to have enough time. Now they are twenty-six and life is a little slower. Looking at all of the pretty projects makes me want to start back! I am adding her book to my Wishlist!

    —Susan on May 15, 2014
  • I love hand embroidery, can sit for hours doing it, also got my friends hooked on it.

    —Mona Rowland on May 15, 2014
  • The woman in my family always did needlework and were generous in sharing their skills. Some of my earliest memories are of sitting at their feet and being enthralled watching them sew, embroidery, knit or crochet.
    It was well over a half a century ago that my mother would take me to the five and dime store to purchase embroidery supplies. I remember pondering over which color threads I would choose. In grammar school friends and I began a club, ‘the Busy Bees’. We did our little projects while sharing our stories and laughter. Who would have guessed this would be the precursor of my guild? Life has come full circle.

    —Anna F. Topolski on May 15, 2014
  • I taught myself to embroidery when I was in high school to use it on the many craft projects I dreamed up.

    —Donna on May 15, 2014
  • I used to embroider as a teenager. I’ve just started to use it in my quilts. Love it!!

    —Sherill V on May 15, 2014
  • I learned to embroider with my Gramma and great aunts at the same time I learned to quilt. I often combine the two when working on Victorian crazy quilts. I just recently started a red work reindeer which may….some day make it into a Christmas quilt.

    —Sue Artuso on May 15, 2014
  • I have not embroidered in some years but earlier in my marriage I did some crewel work (hanging on my wall) and some embroidered pillows (have stored one with a chess game in process to save it from our puppy who has now grown into a more respectful dog!) Would love to have small to carry projects for when I travel and to give as gifts.

    —Claudette Burque on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve embroidered since I was little-almost 50 years! These designs are charming.

    —Cheryl L on May 15, 2014
  • I just took my very first embroidery class and liked it, I just finished my first rework piece. Would love to learn more stitches and areas to use then in.

    —Grams on May 15, 2014
  • Since I was four I have had a needle in my hands. My little stitches would get smaller and closer as I got older. After being away from hand embroidery for many years I am now seeing a new interest in these simple loving hand projects. I have begun to use embroidery with patchwork. I have had to relearn those old skills. There is so much more meaning in these "little stitches of love"!

    —Diana on May 15, 2014
  • might be a great idea for our adult learning group!

    —Claudette Burque on May 15, 2014
  • I’m 63, so I’ve been embroidering for 56 years. Why, I was almost born with a thimble in one hand and needle in the other. (That could account for Mom’s painful child birth). I learned to embroider with those kits that had blue x’s that were smudged sometimes! But Mom hung my framed embroideries as well as those of my two sisters and still has them hanging on the walls of her house! True heirlooms, I guess.

    —Melody DeGraziano on May 15, 2014
  • Good day! I’m a newbie never done it before but intend to start this weekend.

    Michael gray on May 15, 2014
  • I learned embroidery and sewing from my mother as a child. It is patchwork that I have taken up as an adult. I love sewing and all forms of embroidery.

    —Kathleen Goodrich on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve done embroidery since I was a teenager, so I’ve been embroidering for about 45 years.

    —Kay McCaffery on May 15, 2014
  • I am stitching for 20 years; since I was in school. Patchwork and embridery – it ‘s a great combination.

    —Mecki on May 15, 2014
  • My Granny taught me to embroider when I was in first grade. She and I always liked the bright colors. I am lucky to have several samples of her excellent work. Now I am teaching my 7yo grandson simple stitches.

    —Cathy Trumble on May 15, 2014
  • I am a newbie to hand embroidery and just love it. I look for as many embroidery ideas and patterns as quilting. This book would show me a lot of ideas to combine the both — the best of both worlds.

    Denise

    —Denise on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering since I was 6 or 7 years old. First my Great-grandmother taught me and my sister. We made pillow cases and samplers. i was taught cross stitch by a neighbor using checked fabric. I love to stitch, I’ve done counted and printed cross stitch, crewel, needlepoint & redwork.
    Stitching keeps me sane and my hands busy!

    —Kim P on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering for so long I forget when I started. My mom embroidered when I was a child until her arthritis made it too painful to hold a needle. Each of my children had a special blanket from grandma when they were babies and I continued the tradition with my own granddaughter.

    —Kathrynn on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered since I was 4,(which that makes it 52 years) my grandma showed me how. She was born in the Netherlands, were they learn hand work before they go to school. So it was great fun to learn all the needle crafts.

    —Elaine James on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered most all of my life and I still cling to the lovely hand worked designs. I remember my grandmother and her aunt (my great-great aunt) teaching me when I was about 5 years old–so I’ve been doing it for almost 50 years. I particularly like vintage style designs and am always on the lookout for new ones. I am currently working on hand embroidered blocks to go into a quilt. Love, love, LOVE the cute "Stitched Happily ever After" project bag!! MUST make that one!!

    —Nancy Green on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering since I was about 6 so about 52 years…..My grandma, Mom and Dad taught me.

    —Rebecca Wright on May 15, 2014
  • My grandmother was magic with a needle, knitting pair, crochet hook. Dreadful cook, so it was good that something kept her away from meal prep. She taught me to embroider when I was about eight. So, sixty-two years, and I still enjoy the hand sewing part of quilting. By the way, Gram could bake like a pro!

    —Lynette Miller on May 15, 2014
  • I started embroidering in college so about 40 years. I love Gail’s designs.

    —Kathy h on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve embroidered forever. Started on stamped pillowcases. My first love is crewel…you can hide your mistakes so easily. Now I hunt thrift shops for kits as they are no longer available at reasonable prices. I even have one that is the same as the one I did 42 years ago with a coupon from instant coffee. Thank goodness as the original pillow is almost worn out and a favorite.

    —Kate on May 15, 2014
  • I love doing embroidery projects. Perfect thing to work on during movie time or cold snowy days!!!

    —Rhonda King on May 15, 2014
  • My mother started me doing embroidery as a child…most often during the summer months when we were home from school! Of course, it was a more practical rather than a pretty task in those days!! Mostly t-towels or a runner for the dresser. Thank you for the opportunity!!

    —Donna on May 15, 2014
  • me encanta bordar I like so much!!!!

    Graciela Ferrari on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered in the past but have not done so in several years. I learned in 4H. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

    —Kalen on May 15, 2014
  • I have done a few vines and stems, but that’s as far as I’ve taken my embroidery skills thus far. I’d love to learn more.

    —Claire on May 15, 2014
  • OMG! I have been "stitching" for 58 years! I must be OLD! LOL! I remember my mother teaching me to embroider from patterns in a little booklet, that came by mail once a month. It cost 10 or 15 cents and was an extravagance at that time. Thanks for asking this question, as it has stirred up fond memories (even if it made me realize how long I’ve been "doing it! ) Very big grin!

    —Christine Tanabe on May 15, 2014
  • I learned my first embroidery stitches (outline, lazy daisy, chain) from my paternal grandmother beginning when I was 4 1/2 years old….so, been embroidering for 50+ years. I’ve done lots of different kinds of ’embroidery’ but surface stitching is still my most favorite.

    🙂 Linda

    —linda schiffer on May 15, 2014
  • A lot of us have been embroidering a very long time. Embroidery is such a relaxing craft that travels well. I started at about age 7 (am now 75), on a handkerchief cut from a flour sack and hemed on a treadle sewing machine for a 4-H project. Then embroidered a red apple with a green stem on the handkerchief. That project went to the Fair, Shawano County, Wisconsin. I have been embroidering all these years since. One of my recent projects was a large healing wizard on a body pillow. (Re- designed an old world Santa)

    Nancy

    Nancy Bertagnoli on May 15, 2014
  • I have been doing embroidery for 40yrs. I haven’t done much lately but the cute examples of the combo quilting and embroidery have my attention! I would love to win any of the nice give-aways. One of our guild members does a lot of crazy quilts and that is such a nice way to use both skills. Thank you!

    —Pam L on May 15, 2014
  • I learned to embroidery on tea towels. I was 4 and in a very small town (with my grandma). I was going to Bible school and there was no other 4 year olds so they put me with the older girls and they were learning embroidery. It has been a 62 year love affair with floss. I now love to put embroidery on my quilts. I love to win this book!

    —Marilyn Carlson on May 15, 2014
  • I embroidered one project as a child. Since then, nothing! I’d love to try it again!

    —Maria DiCaprio White on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered for over 65 years. I started doing pillowcases and tea towels and still do pillowcases today for our Church Auction. I now do more embroidery work with quilts. It is really beautiful when you do the embroidery with the pieced quilts.

    —Velva on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering since I was seven. I remember embroidering pillowcases with my sisters. I remember it used to drive my mother up the wall, I wasted so much thread when I did satin stitch. It is such a portable craft. I have lived in several countries and still have threads that I bought in those countries in my collection.

    —Bridget on May 15, 2014
  • Have to admit my age. My mother and grandmother stated me sewing the cards with holes, like a connect-the-dots when I was two. My mother taught me embroidery when I was about 5, so 61 years ago. It was the one sewing thing she would do. I loved it. All the colors! So enjoying the resurgence.

    —Patricia Hersl on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve done very little embroidery but really admire it. Would like to give it a try with some of these cute ideas.
    And her fabric bundle looks like fun, in colours I love!
    Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Cher Merriman on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered since childhood & still enjoy it. Love some of the projects from this book. Always looking for new ideas & this book certainly has them. Thank you for the opportunity to possibly win this book.

    —Carol S on May 15, 2014
  • I learned to embroider simple stitches as a grade school kid. My grandmother was really talented with embroidery. I have not got to embroider for a long time. I am ready to retire and want to embroider again. I plan to make a crazy quilt. Fun with my friend.

    Karen Smith on May 15, 2014
  • This book looks precious. I can’t wait to download it. I hope this enters me in your give away contest. I have been embroidering since I was in a Brownie troop in 1965. I am mostly self-taught so I could use a few good tricks and pointers. Thank you!!

    —Cathy Longman on May 15, 2014
  • My grandmother was always embroidering and each grandchild received a set of kitchen towels. I love snowmen and have a quilt with embroidered snowmen and logcabin blocks. I have started doing extra projects that keep my hands busy during sports on tv.

    Liz O'Neill on May 15, 2014
  • I can’t remember when I didn’t embroidery.My aunt embroidered a wedding sampler for my mother when she married in 1930. Every couple in my family (for four generations) has received the same sampler when they married. I have done the last two generations. My granddaughter has been embroidering with me since she was was 8 years old.

    —Edye McMillen on May 15, 2014
  • I learned to embroider in the 1960’s when I was in junior high. I decorated denim shirts and jeans in the 70’s and then decorated my girls’ clothing when they were little. Now I love redword and other embroidery on quilts and wall hangings. I have done several Gail Pan designs and love her style.

    —Kim on May 15, 2014
  • My Aunt taught me embroidery when I was about 7 years old. That was about 62 years ago 🙂 I have loved needle work of all kinds. Pairing it with my passion for quilting is perfect!

    —Diana Cruz on May 15, 2014
  • I, like so many others learned to embroider as a child 50 some years ago. I used that skill to move to crewel work, needlepoint, counted cross stitch, sewing my own clothes. Now that I’m retired I mainly sew bags and quilts. I would enjoy adding embroidery to my sewn items. Thank you for the chance to win this interesting book, the fabric bundle would be a great bonus.

    —Kathy Hancock on May 15, 2014
  • I want to make a crazy quilt. My grandmother was a talented embroiderer. I am ready to retire and embroider with my friend. FUN!

    Karen Smith on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering for 50 plus years. It is one of my very favorite things to do. Relaxing, fast from start to finish and always colorful.

    —Linda in Maryville on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering since I was in the third or fourth grade so for 56 or 57 years. The new book looks great!!

    —Linda Hardy on May 15, 2014
  • I’m 52 and my aunt taught me to embroider when I was a little girl — maybe 10. I love to embroider. It’s the perfect portable project. Gail Pan’s new book looks fantastic!

    —Lisa E on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve been embroidering on and off for over 40 years. It is very relaxing.
    Thank you for the opportunity.

    —Mary on May 15, 2014
  • When I was a little girl, a chance to go to Grandmas’ house for the afternoon was a very much anticipated trip. If you went to Grandmas, then stitching was always waiting for you. I remember every stitch she taught me. We stitched all afternoon…stitching on everything from gingham to linen, handkerchiefs to dish towels. Grandma has long since passed, but I still pick up my (Grandmas) tin of threads and needles and embroider a towel or two. I will always cherish the memory of those afternoons.

    Cheryl Zehms on May 15, 2014
  • I have done embroidery off and on my whole life. My grandmother did whitework embroidery and I inherited quite a bit of it. I love to display the "works of art" in my home. Embroidery with quilting is such a pleasing combination.

    —Mary D - OKC on May 15, 2014
  • My mom taught me how to embroider when I was about 8 years old. I got to be pretty good. When I became an adult, I got too busy and put away my needles and threads. (Can you imagine that?? Where was my head at?)

    About nine years ago a friend took me to a learn how to quilt class and it was there that I saw the most beautiful quilt with embroidery all over it. There went my heart and I bought the pattern. After class, I ran out and bought new needles, threads, instruction book and a few patterns to get back in the groove again before I started working on the quilt.

    —Rhonda Casey on May 15, 2014
  • I have enjoyed embroidery since I was a little girl, I’m now 62. Gail Pan designs are my favorite. Thanks for the chance to win all the goodies!

    —Nancy Crockett on May 15, 2014
  • I started embroidering as a young girl. Making bell bottoms out of straight leg jeans,and embellishing with embroidery, for myself and other girls who would pay me. And so started my love to create unique items to sell.
    What a nice giveaway bundle!Thank you.

    —Connie Robinson on May 15, 2014
  • Thinking back many, many years -it must be at least 30 yrs or more that I have been embroidering and loving every minute of it. It is such a stress relief hobby while watching tv etc. I recently won third place in my quilting quild for a queen sized red and white alphabet embroidered quilt that was hand quilted too.

    —Mary Bruemmer on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering for 30 years. Just like all other crafts I do I taught myself in my twenties.

    —dana faber on May 15, 2014
  • I have been doing embroidery since I was about 6 years old and I am 74 now. I still have and occasionally use the little 6″ hoops that were my grandmother’s and that I learned with. I just finished doing 20 blocks for a quilt. I also do small projects on knitted items that I have done (fingerless mitts, hats, sweaters). They have all been gifts for others.

    —Jane K. in Ohio on May 15, 2014 on May 15, 2014
  • My early embroidery projects were pillowcases, and you weren’t done until they were BOTH finished. These projects are delightful in their size and detail. Just the accent or unexpected spice that makes one smile. Thanks.

    —Maxine Wilson-Young on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered before but it has been years and as I think back I did enjoy doing it. I got an Embroidery Machine and that is what I use now. I would love to be in your drawing. Thanks.

    —Jenelle Boxberger on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered for over 50 years. Both of my grandmothers did lots of hand sewing, including embroidery, and I often received stamped goods to be embroidered as birthday and Christmas presents from them. I also used embroidery to embellish my 4-H projects…tea towels, comfort protectors etc. I still enjoy it to this day and just finish embroidered quilt blocks for a quilt for one of my grand daughters.

    —freda hocking on May 15, 2014
  • I started out doing all hand embroidery but when I retired three years ago, the Credit Union I had worked for for 23 years gave me an embroidery machine! I have since upgraded and absolutely LOVE doing all kinds of embroidery. I also find that my newest machine prefers the aurifil thread! Your book offer is amazing and can’t wait to get it and start on a project!

    —Kathie Hoppe on May 15, 2014
  • I think I’ve been embroidering for perhaps 45 years? It was one of the first needlework/sewing skills I learned. I think I may have earned a Girl Scouts badge for it?? Love these ideas!

    —Deb J on May 15, 2014
  • I learned to embroider from an aunt; it was on a pillowcase that has worn the threads down to the pattern. It eventually peaked my interest into needlepoint and cross stitching. A few years ago, I saw some sashiko panels hanging in a store, went to a demo, and have started on this new venture. Always fun to learn something new!

    —Pam Iwamoto on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve been embroidering since I was a child of about 10, so that’s about 56 years.

    —Gwendolyn Clark on May 15, 2014
  • I would have to say I started when I was 10 years old. It’s funny how the allure of needlework comes in and out of style. Many projects to finish, soon they will be antiques!

    —Jennifer Nicklas on May 15, 2014
  • How long? I learned to embroider as a child. My Mother insisted that my sister and I learn how to embroider. I have stitched many designs and LOVE making them! From 7 "Daily" tea towels as a child to a recent quilt of fun Snowmen. I’m addicted and always need handwork projects. I’d love to have a copy of this book! Thanks.

    —Judy Parker on May 15, 2014
  • I have been doing embroidery since I was about 6 years old. I am now 74. I still have and occasionally use the little 6″ hoops that were my grandmother’s and that I learned with. I just finished doing 20 blocks for a quilt. I also do small projects on knitted items that I have made (fingerless mitts, hats, sweaters). They have all been gifts for others.

    —Jane K. in Ohio. on May 15, 2014
  • I started stitching when I was about nine years on pillowcases and now do some hand embroidery and on the machine. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    —Christie on May 15, 2014
  • I have always enjoyed hand embroidery. My dolls were the best dressed in our neighborhood. I have been embroidering since the 6th grade. Ummm I believe that is a little over 60 years. It is still my favorite trim for clothing and accessories.

    Naomi Shoemaker on May 15, 2014
  • There’s a time in everyone life for embroidery so with your book competition I will most defineity start.please?.

    —Made InCity on May 15, 2014
  • It was my mother who taught me to hand embroider as a child. She showed me how to do various stitches. My very first project was a kitten, which l still have today. She always inspired me to learn. I have done some other small projects and would love to get back to it as it will bring back the memories l had with my mom, who l miss very much.

    —Anne on May 15, 2014
  • Embroidery entered my life with my first pregnancy. Tired of puzzles, reading, tv and gardening out my Mom borrowed me a book about crewel work. It was 1978 and I was hooked. After many projects,gifts,and beautiful baby’s I shared with my Girl Scouts several projects and life changed for me. I have not actively been a stitcher for years but now have been bitten by the urge to restart my creative self as I’m finding all my old needles, threads and crafty treasures that waited in my trunk to be rediscovered!

    —Holly Frood on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered since I was 7. For my birthday that year, I received two pre-marked pillow cases, 4 skeins of variegated floss, an embroidery hoop and needles … there been some pauses, but I continue to embroider and do other stitchery!

    —Paula on May 15, 2014
  • I think I have embroidered for a little more than 10 years. I love handwork!Comforting and relaxing and "just plain fun!"

    Cindy Lanahan on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroirdering since the 1950’s. We learned early how to do all different needle work skills. Everything had embroidery on it in one form or another. Wow, thanks for such a for such a fantastic giveaway.

    —Cindy on May 15, 2014
  • I am 67 years old and started hand embroidery when I was in high school. When my son was four years old I was expecting our second child and had some problems with my pregnancy. We lived away for all of our close family but a cousin of mine lived nearby. She kept my son while I was hospitalized and bought him a Levi jacket. I found that embroidering kept my hands busy and was very relaxing which I needed. I embroidered all kinds of things on his jacket: airplane, sun, his name, etc. Then when our daughter was born I went on to hand embroider lots of clothing items for her. I now do machine embroidery but have been thinking about doing more hand embroidery. This book sounds like just what I need to get me kick started again. Am now into quilting so that works too. lol

    —Sarah Gunter on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve been doing embroidery since grammar school, many years ago. It’s a great way to relax after a stressful day at work. Thank you for the opportunity to win a great giveaway!

    —Jan on May 15, 2014
  • Yes, I do stitch. My paternal grandmother & mom taught my sister & I very early. Its been about 55 years & though I don’t embroider as often as I once did, I agree with Cathy. It is a peaceful thing to do.

    —Sharon G on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering since I was very young, probably about 55 years. The first piece I did was a two part Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep hanging. I recently came across it when cleaning out my mother’s sewing room and was pleasantly surprised to see how well I did for a very young girl! I have not tried any machine embroidery because I enjoy the handwork so much.

    —Candice on May 15, 2014
  • Forgot to mention that I have made some heirloom type dresses for my granddaughters, when they were little, and did shadow work embroidery on them as well as some bullion roses etc. I am getting excited thinking about doing hand embroidery again. Have to look for me a project. Just had a great, great niece born so there is an opportunity.

    —Sarah Gunter on May 15, 2014
  • My mother taught me to embroider when I was in grade school. I’ve done several dresser scarfs and pillowcases. Also a huge medallion quilt that I hand quilted when done with the embroidery. I have worked with my six year old granddaughter on how to do cross stitch embroidery – she seems to really like it. And that makes this Grammy proud and happy. 🙂 Thank you for the opportunity to win!

    —Sheila Fernkopf on May 15, 2014
  • I have not done a lot of embroidering, but I have done some–mostly extra stuff on cross stitching projects, but some quilt blocks. My mom and grandmother and some of my mom’s friends embroidered.

    —Susan on May 15, 2014
  • Embroidery is the first needle art I learned as a child. I still use the same hoop! Nothing else feels right. My Mother taught me to embroider when I was five, so I have 55 years experience!

    —Louise on May 15, 2014
  • I embroidered many years ago and recently just small things on projects for the grandchildren. I am in the process of getting ready to embroider a pillow. I just downloaded the pattern and am getting my colors picked out.
    Thanks for the great giveaway…..

    —Nancy on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve been embroidering since I was 6 years old. I love to add hand embroidery to my quilts!

    —Pat on May 15, 2014
  • I have done some embroidery since I was a child, even tried some crewel stitching and counted cross stitch .I enjoyed these hobbies. I am now
    also quilting and have combined some embroidery with it,which adds a lot
    of extra appeal.The projectsyou have shown are really niceand I would love the opportunity to make some(all) of them!!May 15

    —GerryCameron on May 15, 2014
  • I love to hand Ebroider. I can sit down in the evening and find it very relaxing to pick up. I have done several redwork quilts and a lot of other items. I have a new great grandaughter and I’m getting ready to start to embrodery quilt for her. It’s all baby faces and each square is 12 inches so it will make a nice size quilt for her or even a wall hanging for her own room some day. Also like to make gifts to give at holidays or anytime of the year.

    —judy on May 15, 2014
  • I learned to embroider as a child of 7 or 8. My mother would buy pillowcases or runners for me and taught me how. I’m 67 now and still embroider, but my passion now is embroidering crazy quilts.

    —Carolyn on May 15, 2014
  • I am in the process of learning to embroider & love the combination of patchwork and embroidery – especially in projects such as these that can be quickly and lovingly accomplished!

    —JoAnn on May 15, 2014
  • Yes, I love to embroider. I just finished a project and have my next one picked out. Great giveaway.

    Kris S in WI on May 15, 2014
  • I can hardly remember a time when I didn’t embroider. I do remember my mother teaching me the various stitches when I was young I am glad embroidering is back in stile I have been adding it to my art quilts quite a lot.

    —Barbara on May 15, 2014
  • My sister taught me when I was seven and she was seventeen. That was fifty years ago. I still have the pillowcase that I learned on and it is still not finished. I, however, have finished innumerable projects since. I love handwork and always have something in the works as a take with me project.

    —Monica on May 15, 2014
  • I have had a love of embroidering since I was a young girl. Creating is a such a treat for our soul, and so are these wonderful giveaways. I now include it in my patchwork as well which I started 10years ago. I am also passing the craft down to my granddaughters. Noelene Winter.

    —Noelene Winter on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve done a lot of embroidery but it’s been quite awhile since I’ve done any. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Cindy on May 15, 2014
  • I have been doing embroidery since I was six or seven years old. My mother taught me before the days when every household had a tv. I started counted cross stitch when it became popular. I would never have attempted it without having first done embroidery. I remember well those nights sitting by the radio and stitching. I love the simple embroidery designs of today which can be incorporated in numerous projects and I love simple patchwork. I think this book would be ideal for gift-giving projects. Thanks for the opportunity. Jean Howard

    jean howard on May 15, 2014
  • My mother was my inspiration for anything handwork. I started when I was 13 or 14 years old. I still have my first project in my memorabilia box.

    CarolB on May 15, 2014
  • My mom taught me to cross-stitch when i was about 10 years old. From there it wasn’t a big step to embroidery and I enjoyed it for a couple of years. But then I forgot about it for a time being and discovered it again a few years ago.

    —Hildy on May 15, 2014
  • I remember taking a summer school class in 3rd or 4th grade. We embroidered on burlap, with glued edges and used plastic needles. I still have that project. Was that my first, I’m not sure, but it’s the first one I remember. I also learned how to do Swedish embroidery on hucksack when I was in Girl Scouts. Perhaps I was 4th grade. I still have that piece too. I embroidered the mid-drift of my high school graduation dress. Plus many projects between those and up to the present. So, it’s been over forty years…

    Thank you for the opportunity to win!

    —Mama2eight on May 15, 2014
  • I embroidered in my teens and keep coming back to it!

    —Angie on May 15, 2014
  • I did some embroidery when I was first married 52 yrs. ago. Doilies.
    Years ago I did a picture of a greenhouse full of blooms. Still on bedroom wall. I am ready now to do some on some of my quilts. Love the new designs.

    —Nora Brofford on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered since a young girl. It’s so nice to be able to create things so special.

    —randie kelley on May 15, 2014
  • My Mom and grandmother taught me to do embroidery very early on- So long ago that I don’t remember how old I was. They started me on huck embroidery, then iron-on transfers on pillowcases, and went on from there. I still enjoy embroidering baby gowns and such by hand, although I do have an embroidery machine.

    —Roberta Kennedy on May 15, 2014
  • Probably 40 years, on and off. I have just in the last year got back into embroidering. Right now I am working on an embroidered quilt top.

    —Dianne Hill on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered since I was about seven or eight when I found some unfinished pieces in a box in a closet. My mom taught me the stitches and have I embroidered since then. I did some embroidery on my daughters dresses when they were young. The concept of combining embroidery with quilting is fairly new to me but the ideas in Gail’s book makes me want to get started right away.

    —Gloria Albright on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve followed Gail for a while now. I’ve made some of her quilts and a few of her embroidered projects. I emboider a bit every evening. I’t quite relaxing to sit down after dinner it’s a form of relaxation at the end of everyday

    —Robyn on May 15, 2014
  • I learned to do needlework when I was little (I’m 48 now), so I must have been 5 or 6 years old. My Gramma did crewel and needlepoint and my Mommy did embroidery and cross-stitch. I remember my first project because my Mommy still has it on her bedroom wall, it’s a redwork cross-stitched alphabet sampler. I had (have still) my own tin to keep all of my supplies and scissors in. Both Grandma and Mommy would spend time teaching me different stitches and just like with my quilting, I have pulled out my share of stitches while doing needlework too. We would sit and watch TV, or my favorite, they would talk about family members I didn’t know. So I learned a lot about the maternal side of my family. The time I spent with these two women is very precious to me because six months before I was to be married (I was 22) Gramma passed away at 80 years old.
    The morning of my wedding Mommy brought me a beautifully wrapped box and told me I should open it now. I did, and inside was a baby blue lace handkerchief with the most exquisite embroidery on it. The French knots were perfect, so were the chain and satin stitches. I had never made anything like it myself, and it teared up and hugged Mommy and thanked her for it and said how beautiful her work was. That’s when she said it wasn’t her work it was Gramma’s! I couldn’t believe it was Gramma’s work I told her, " I never saw her do embroidery ". That’s when Mommy said " who do you think taught me?" Grandma had made it, wrapped it and put it away in one of her drawers for me to have on my wedding day to represent the "something blue" that all brides must have. I was so happy to have that special gift with me on that day and I have treasured it and kept it safe so that I can share it with my daughter when she gets married.
    Over the years when money has been tight and we have needed a wedding gift, a baby or house warming gift, we have relied on my needle-work skills to provide something. Sometimes the idea was inspired from a pattern in a borrowed library book, but mostly the ideas came from my head. People have told me that they were some of the nicest gifts because they were actually thought out and from the heart.
    Now I have taught my daughter how to use a needle, so we’re onto a third generation. I think she was 6 or 7 when she learned to cross-stitch and I have her first project, a kitten in a boot, hanging in my kitchen. I design a lot of my own stuff now, but if I find something really cute or something I’ve GOT to have I will buy it. My daughter is 20 now and is making things for when she gets her own place. We spend into the late hours stitching and chatting, unless she’s out with friends. As far as I’m concerned, she can make this her "own place" for as long as she wants.

    —Lisa S on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve been embroiderig for 25 years. My mother got me started on my first project when I was 7, and I never stopped!

    —Mindy Valverde on May 15, 2014
  • I was taught by my grandmother when I was 9 years old. I love to embroider and do so all the time. I love to combine quilting with embroidery. I have been at it for 48 years!

    —Janet Slee on May 15, 2014
  • I started doing embroidery when I was 10 years old -67 now, so it’s been a long time! i love it – all kinds and still enjoy new projects.

    —Hazelmay Duncan on May 15, 2014
  • I have been doing needlework since I was quite young. I remember my frustration when my French knots would come undone-I think that was part of a Girl Scout badge. I really like pairing redwork and other colored embroidery in my quilting. I love the projects in this book. It would be hard to choose which one to make first!

    —Susan on May 15, 2014
  • When I was 5 years old, our neighbor across the street, printed out some cross stitch patterns on fabric scraps and began teaching her daughter and me how to embroidery. It is such a calming, peaceful craft, my children and grandchildren love the pieces I have made and have given as gifts. Thanks for the chance to win this inspiring book. Sherrie Holland

    —Sherrie on May 15, 2014
  • I don’t even remember when I first embroidered. I know it was with iron on designs and seems to me like I did the days of the week on dish towels. That had to be in the 50’s. Then I graduated to thread count in the late 60’s or early 70’s. I did "sew" much thread count and I still have patterns and thread somewhere!! Need to move all that into my craft room, one day or maybe some day. Lots of beautiful projects in this new book and I would love to get started back even though I have an embroidery machine. Sure would bring back a lot of memories!

    —Patsy Wilkerson on May 15, 2014
  • My grandma taught me when I was five because I wouldn’t quit pestering her when she was trying to stitch, so I have been embroidering and stitching anything I can get my hands on for over 58 years!

    —Kathy on May 15, 2014
  • My Mother taught me to embroider as a young girl and I have been doing it ever since. I love book from Martingale A Quilter’s Ark and most of the animal patterns involve embroidery.

    —Nancy on May 15, 2014
  • I have always loved most anything embroidered. My grand mother did the loveliest embroidery on clothing for my sisters and I when we were young. I have been embroidering for so long I’m not sure when I started. I just wish I had more time to do it.

    —Wendy P on May 15, 2014
  • I have done embroidery for more years that I want to remember! I have just bought an embroidery machine so now have the best of both worlds. Thanks for a lovely giveaway.

    —Sunnybec on May 15, 2014
  • When I was young I learned how to do some basic embroidery while I was in girl scouts. Through the years I have done some embroidery work on several projects. One of the biggest projects that I embroidered was a set of sleeves for a dress. The dress had very big full sleeves that I hand embroidered an all over rose pattern in a gold metallic thread on a black satiny material . It took a year and a half to finish, but when it was done it was breath taking. I had to keep telling myself "small stitches…small stitches". I named the dress "Insanity" as it just seemed to fit. I love the beautiful projects that you show above. It makes me think … maybe I am ready for a little more insanity in my life. Thank you for the wonderful ideas and I am adding this book to my wants list.

    —Tina on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve been embroiling for more than 40 years now. My grandma helped me embroider a flower before I was ten years old, and I’ve been embroidering ever since–crewel, cross stitch, crazy quilts, you name it.

    —Marca Fritzemeier on May 15, 2014
  • I LEARNED TO EMBROIDER WHEN I WAS YOUNG FROM MY MOM. I HAVE DONE LITTLE THIngs THRU THE YEARS. IT TAUGHT ME TO USE A NEEDLE AND THREAD AND I LOVE THE PATTERNS YOU HAVE. It makes me want to do a project.

    —Brenda on May 15, 2014
  • My mother taught me "Fancywork" when I was around 5 years old. Doilies and duchess sets (traced linen) were the projects. Now over 50 years later, I still enjoy embroidery and have explored many different styles – they all seem to find a place within my patchwork and quilting.it will be a sad day if age or disease rob me of this creative outlet.

    —Kerry Grose on May 15, 2014
  • What great items to give as gifts. I love a project that can be taken along to work on while sitting idly. Love the fabric too.

    —Judy Purcell on May 15, 2014
  • I have done embroidery for 50 years. The stamped projects when I was a kid and then into cross stitch and made some great gifts. I now do redwork and embroidery within quilt projects. I love to have a project ready to take in the car! I bought a embroidery stitch book so that I could do various stitches and my goal is to do a crazy quilt.

    —Terri Douglass on May 15, 2014
  • My mother taught me how to cross stitch when I was 5. Then she taught me how to embroider. I still do both today and that was 65 years ago.

    —Sarah B on May 15, 2014
  • My mother taught me how to cross stitch when I was five years old, next she taught me how to embroider. I have been do both for the past 65 years.

    —Sarah B on May 15, 2014
  • As a little girl my Mother taught me embroidery. Being left handed and my Mom right handed was a challenge for both of us. Unfortunately I did not keep up with my new found skills. Now in my ‘old age’, I have forgotten how to do this. My mother is 90 years young, has lost her vision in one eye, and is currently working on embroidery of Sunbonnet Sue quilt blocks for her great-granddaughter who joins the family in July 2014.

    Lucy on May 15, 2014
  • In the late 80s, I made a quilted sewing machine cover for my Mum, on which I embroidered a sweet little bird and flowers design. I haven’t embroidered since! Time to get back to it!

    —Margaret Lawrence on May 15, 2014
  • Embroidery was my introduction to sewing. At seven, my great-grandmother taught me to back stitch…and I’ve been hooked for more than 55 years. I do at least one redwork quilt a year and give each of my family a redwork ornament each Christmas. Hand stitching is both soothing and satisfying. It is one of several "sewing" treatments I use to stay sane!

    —Judy on May 15, 2014
  • When my son was born (that was 40 years ago!), I tried to learn embroidery with a kit from Avon — but I didn’t know I was supposed to separate the threads! So that became a UFO long before the term was invented. Many years later, I took a crazy quilt class and learned the basics of embroidery, and I do love the addition of embroidery to patchwork. I would LOVE to win the book!

    —Carol Barringer on May 15, 2014
  • I learned how to embroider when I was five. My ‘mother taught me the basics. The first thing I embroidered was a cartoon elephant on a kitchen towel. When I went through my mother’s things after she dies in 2006, I found it carefully folded in tissue paper! One of the biggest projects I did growing up was a cross-stitch map of the world for a church project. I have embroidered so many things over the years, from Christmas quilts, Halloween quilts, and pictures. I love the serenity it brings and the ease of embroidery as a take-along project. This is now my 60th year that I have done embroidery and I still love the feeling of magic I get when I see the picture emerge!

    —Ila Jane Harris on May 15, 2014
  • Already a tomboy by 8, my mother decided that I needed to learn a few "ladylike" pursuits. So I started embroidering on pre-stamped pillowcases, table linens and my Dad’s handerchiefs over the summers for my Grandmother and cousins. During the following years, I have continuing my love of needlework in many forms from crossstitch, crewel and needlepoint. I am currently improving my "Ladylike" talents including quilting, so that in my upcoming semi-retirement, I can devote time to explore my creativity along new paths.

    —Farley's Family on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve been embroidering since I was 5 years old! It has been so much fun to see a revival in the art over years.

    —Bev on May 15, 2014
  • I learned to embroidery from my Meme’ before I started kindergarten – and that would have to be more than 60 years ago! My mother was a "war bride" from France and her mother, Meme’, lived with us. Both Meme’ and mother were brought up to think all young ladies must learn the needle arts. I am so fortunate to have had this education. Surprisingly neither did patch work so my quilting education came later. But embroidery, needlepoint, smocking, knitting, and sewing were lessons learned and appreciated all my life.

    —Darlene Graham on May 15, 2014
  • Both my mother and my grandmother did a lot of embroidery, and when I was young I caught that bug. My brother was very close to both of them. For his 30th wedding anniversary I was making a queen size bed quilt in a $10 quilt club at our local quilt shop. The alternate blocks had patterns to applique. So instead of applique I found some wonderful patterns thanks to a special friend who is an amazing folk artist. It took the full year to complete, but my brother and sister-in-law’s reaction on receiving the gift was worth every stitch. It was a very special day.

    —Martha on May 15, 2014
  • I learned to embroider as a young girl from my mother. I have enjoyed embroidery ever since. I love the designs in this book. This would make a great addition to my library.

    —Bonnie on May 15, 2014
  • My first memory of embroidering is doing a running stitch design on tea towels. Because I was too little to make the knots, my mom would get me started and then I would stitch until my thread was too short and she would knot the thread and get me started again. I think that is why I continue to use a too long of a thread. I learned with a long thread (so that I would not interupt her work as often).

    —Bea K on May 15, 2014
  • Just start two years ago, taught myself while sitting in my daughter’s all day volleyball tournaments! Fell in love and it is now my favorite. Simple yet so soul satisfying.

    —Robin Raiter on May 15, 2014
  • I use to embroider a lot when my kids were young, but I haven’t done any in quite a while. Would love to try some of the projects in the book. Thanks.

    —Lorri on May 15, 2014
  • As a small girl I did do hand embroidery but then I quit and lately I have been having an urge to try again. I think it is a really neat way to give a little extra to a project. Thanks for helping me to really see how much.

    —Gayle L. on May 15, 2014
  • I am reasonably new to embroidery although I was an avid cross stitcher years ago. I find it so relaxing to come home after a long day at work and sit with my thread boxes and stitch away. Gail pan designs are a particular favourite and I have followed her excitement on instagram as the book was published. She mentions how fantastic Martingale have been during the process.

    Lib on May 15, 2014
  • About 12 years ago I made a red work Santa quilt, and then for our Guild block of the month I did "green" work for the flower blocks. I have also done some Sashiko. I love hand work! I always take a project with me on vacations.

    —Karen M on May 15, 2014
  • I love embroidery and have been doing it for about 12 years. It’s fun to see it in other fun projects.

    —Alysa on May 15, 2014
  • Embroidery is the first hand sewing that I can remember from my early years. My mother took all my embroidery thread, cut it into 18″ pieces and made it into a huge braid. I had that braid well into the first years of my marriage. I still have the set of dish towels that I embroidered when I was 8. I am now 64. Wow, how can that be, 56 years and I still love to embroidery? I am working on quilts now instead of dish towels.

    —Karon on May 15, 2014
  • Embroidery is a relaxing alternative to quilting for me. I am now embroidering my six-year-old niece’s drawings traced with erasable marker onto muslin dish towels. It’s a fun way to let her know her "illustrations" (the word she uses) are important.

    —Di on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve been embroidering since I was 5. My grandma had me embroider roosters on flour sack towels. I’ve been in love with it ever since.

    —Aldean on May 15, 2014
  • I tell my grandchildren I am 59 with four years experience (at that age–thus I am 63). Thus I have embroidered since I was 8. I love Gail’s designs. They are beautifully simple but elegant. I use embroidery when doing applique to add a touch of whimsy to my quilts. I even taught my sons to do counted cross-stitch. Alas, no girls graced our family until the grandchildren came along.

    —Janey on May 15, 2014
  • I have been doing hand embroidery since I was in elementary school. I really got interested in redwork about 5 yrs. ago and always have a project on hand when I need something easily portable for quilt bee workdays or trips out of town.

    —Sue White on May 15, 2014
  • I was first given needle, hoop and thread by a neighbor when I was 10 years old and it began a lifelong love of embroidery, quilting, knitting, weaving and fiberarts in general.

    —OHSue on May 15, 2014
  • Hi,
    I was taught by my Mother when I was seven and I have loved it ever since. I will be 74 soon and I can’t imagine not having some project, usually quite a few, going at the same time. Mom could sit down in the evening and start something and by the time I came home from school the next day, it was finished. I admit I take quite a bit longer but I love it.
    Best wishes,
    June

    —June Winnop-Steiger on May 15, 2014
  • My mother taught me embroidery as a child but then I became addicted to cross stitching for many years. It’s only in the last two or three years that I have started embroidering again, I had forgotten just how much I love it! This book looks perfect for me, full of cute useful projects to make, what could be better? Thank you for the chance to win a copy!
    Helen

    Helen Welsh on May 15, 2014
  • I have been doing embroidery for something like 50 years. I find it very relaxing to do in the evenings.I love quilting, and all sorts of crafts, putting them together is just a great benefit.

    —Martie Gorton on May 15, 2014
  • Embroidery goes well with patchwork. I’ve been sewing a name tag for quilts, and do need to improve my skills. I took up patchwork 6 months ago and embroidered a couple of labels but admit they were less than perfect. Your book could be the guide I need, with projects I can follow to build my skills.Thankyou for the chance to win.

    —Julie on May 15, 2014
  • I started doing embroidery in my 20s but stopped for many years. I just started again this year and found it very relaxing.

    —Joyce Jose on May 15, 2014
  • I started to embroider at about age 5. Right after I started Kindergarden! I have loved it ever since. It calms and sooths my soul, as well as awakening my imagination!

    —Alice on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering since I was 10. My first project was a tea towel my Grandma gave me to do. Love Gail’s new book!

    —Pam on May 15, 2014
  • I used to do a lot of cross stitching some years ago, but until recently, I haven’t done much real embroidery (except on my embroidery machine). About a year ago, I started getting interested in wool applique and of course hand embroidery goes hand in hand. I have found that I really enjoy hand stitching in the evening when relaxing from a long day at work.

    —John on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering since I was a young child. My Grandmother’s taught me when I was maybe 5, and I kept embroidering off and on for years. I love embroidery, even when I don’t do it, I miss it. It is a wonderful way to relax and create something beautiful and useful. I would absolutely love this book, and hope my name is drawn.

    —Cindy Dahlgren on May 15, 2014
  • I started when I was 12years old. But when I got married I have been embroidering for 30 years now. I really
    Enjoy making gifts for people and when my kids have been in sports, dance and other things I can just take it with me
    And work on it. It is a stress release for me.

    —Jan Dallin on May 15, 2014
  • Yes I have! For 25 years now!

    —Marianne on May 15, 2014
  • I have done embroidery for about 45 years. I don’t do as much since I started quilting about 18 years ago, but seeing these little projects makes me love the idea of combining the two techniques.

    —Cyndy on May 15, 2014
  • I embroidered as a young girl, taught by my mother. I only did it for a little while. Then after my third child I discovered counted cross stitch which I have been doing for the past 30 years. But I have really missed this type of embroidery, and realized that when my daughter began embroidering recently, just learning from blogs. Now I would love to get back into it to incorporate into my quilting, and just as something relaxing to do while sitting on the couch in the evenings. Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Lynne Tilley on May 15, 2014
  • No i have only machine embroideried on my sewing machine. But this looks like a wonderful project for a relaxing. The projects look not to hard for anyone to accomplish. Maybe. lol

    —Irene Farquharson on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering off on since I was about 10 years old.At present I am finishing a small table cloth started by my mother over 60 years ago. I would love to win a copy of the book. Sue
    .

    —Susanne on May 15, 2014
  • My mother taught me to embroider when I was old enough to thread a needle and encouraged me to do little projects when I was very young. I think she wanted to keep me busy while she visited with her mother so I wouldn’t get bored with adult talk and leave them alone. I’ve embroidered off and on ever since and have never lost my love for having a needle in hand. It’s a great way to relax and it is a lovely way to show someone you care.

    —Ellie on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve never done any embroidering. I’ve admired it for many years and always thought I would give it a try! Thanks for a great giveaway.

    —Patti on May 15, 2014
  • Yes I have been embroidering for a long time and have enjoyed every minute of it! It adds a personal touch to my quilt projects whether they are wall hangings, quilts, or pillows! It is also easy to take when traveling and helps my sanity! Thank you for this awesome giveaway! Have a blessed day!

    —Lana Stewart on May 15, 2014
  • I learned to embroider when I was 5 or 6 years old. I stitched on the tea towels and pillow cases that had the designs stamped on them in blue ink. They were presents for grandmas and aunts. I turned 72 two weeks ago and still love to embroider, although arthritis is beginning to make it difficult some days. So you all should stitch while you can.

    —Alma on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered since I was a child. My grandmother taught me.

    —Janice on May 15, 2014
  • I began embroidering around 12 years of age. After marriage and children arriving I found less time to do crafts except for sewing clothes and knitting. Then I taught girls of all ages in girl scouts. Once I put myself through college and began teaching I began encouraging my elementary students to make gifts. Simple yes, but it gave them a taste of it. From there I traveled to Alaska to teach Yupik Eskimo children in remote villages in a Wildlife Reservation. They too were encouraged to make gifts using a needle and thread. I am now so ready to get back into it full time and mix it up with my quilting. Thank you the opportunity to win such an awesome book!

    Marcia Archbold on May 15, 2014
  • I think I was born with a needle in my hand. I still have the needlecase I embroidered at age 8. The pinwheel has long since worn out and has been replaced by a number of pincushions. My grandmother taught me when I was very young, and you didn’t make a mistake! However, I thank her every day for the love of sewing (knitting and patchwork) that she has given me. It is now well over 50 years that I have enjoyed this marvellous gift.

    —Lyn on May 15, 2014
  • I learned to embroider when I was in Girl Scouts. Then later, I embroidered my jeans in the 60’s. And I embroidered pillow cases for my girls when they were little. I don’t do it much anymore, but I still have my stash of embroidery floss just in case.

    —Barb Johnson on May 15, 2014
  • I love Gail! Just met her at my LQS. She’s really awesome! Thanks for a chance to win.

    —Laurie on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered for most of my life. My grandmother taught me simple steps when I was probably 6 or7. She also taught me how to use her treadle machine for sewing and how to crochet. I have used those skills for years and years. I like to embroider and usually do dish towels and pillow cases. I remember in the 60’s when crewel was popular in clothing and house decor..I did a lot of that too. One of my favorite things to do when watching tv is to embroder.

    —Jackie Wisherd on May 15, 2014
  • Embroidery has been part of my life since I could hold a needle(probably 3years old). My grandmother had a canvas work project for each grandchild to do whenever they visited. I still have the potholder I made there in secret for my Mother who treasured it but never used it. Now I belong to the Embroiderers’ Guild here in South Australia and teach some techniques including Sashiko. I also have an embroidery module for my machine. Watching Sharon’s video I would love to try Sashiko by machine – another dimension to embroidery and patchwork .

    —Sue on May 15, 2014
  • My grandma taught me embroidery when I was 8 or 9. I haven’t done any lately, so off and on about 40+ years.

    —Vicki H on May 15, 2014
  • I learned to embroider from my grandma about 45 years ago making pillow cases and tea towels.

    —Sandy K on May 15, 2014
  • I learned to embroider as a child, but I hadn’t done much lately until I found some modern patterns and used them to embroider dishtowels for my daughter and daughter-in-law. I enjoy it very much.

    —Karen Watkins on May 15, 2014
  • My grandmother and mother taught me embroidery as a child, started on tea towels and pillowcases, now it’s mostly counted cross stitch. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Elaine on May 15, 2014
  • I love to embroider but haven’t done much of it lately. I have been stitching since I learned in girl scouts. (I’m not telling how long ago that was, though!) 🙂

    —Sandy A in St. Louis on May 15, 2014
  • What wonderful stitchery projects!!! Makes me want to curl up with a cup of tea & start one right now!!! The book, the awesome basket fabric, the thread – I’d be happy with any of them!!!

    —Judi on May 15, 2014
  • As, like most of us, I learnt from my paternal grandmother, when we visited her for the first time when I was 4 years old. With her encouragement I continued to improve and she entered some of my works in different competitions, some of which I won. So I continued doing lots of works and had a wonderful glory box with many beautiful cross-stitch, embroidery etc. I am now 80(soon) and love showing and giving my works to my granddaughters, who have also been shown the art of the needle. Over the years I have taught students and still love to do a little stitching to fill in time. Hopefully my name will be drawn as I love Gail Pan’s work, if not, I will definitely purchase it myself!

    —Pamela Dorman on May 15, 2014
  • I started all sorts of embroidery and hand work when my first child was born and I got to be a stay-at-home mom! I love all sorts of needlework, and I can’t just sit, I have to be stitching something.

    —Robin M on May 15, 2014
  • My late mother taught me emboirdery at a young age and now since I have started quilting 3 years ago I incorperate it into my quilts and apliques also. I love it when my quilts are finished and on the beds.

    —Maureen Frost on May 15, 2014
  • When I was a girl of 7, I remember my mother ironing a pattern onto a scrap of fabric she would have left over from making her beautiful dresses for her company. It was a pattern to embroider little girls of the week. I thought this couldn’t be more fun for me. I had my choice of threads galore and I felt as if I hit the rainbow jackpot. I was not a pro at stitching but it gave me a feeling of accomplishment when I was finished with one of those little girls. Today I stitch many gifts for friends and family. It is a stitched memory that will last forever. Anyone that has made handmade items knows what I am talking about:)

    —Esmeralda Carter on May 15, 2014
  • I have not embroidering in a long time, but started when i was a child, around maybe 8 or 9 years old. I am now 72 and just recently bought some embroidering books to start back up again. LOL

    —Gina LaRochelle on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve embroidered since I was a child. I started that right after the lacing cards, remember those? I have used some embroidery for faces and other details in quilts and agree that they go together well.

    —Polly Blank on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering since I was about 6 years old. It was something m

    mother and aunt were always doing. Especially enjoy doing children’s quilt

    blocks and then following through with putting them together. Would love

    to have the book for some new ideas.

    Geri Prokop on May 15, 2014

    —Geri Prokop on May 15, 2014
  • Both of my grandmothers taught me to embroider when I was around 8 years old (almost 60 years ago). I’ve never stopped. I always have an embroidery project underway. Ah, sweet therapy.

    —Judy on May 15, 2014
  • I started embroidering when I lived in Auckland, NZ between 1995-97. I had two small children and needed something to get me out of the house and lucked onto a class that was held in the evenings. Our teacher, Janet of JMD Designs, was so generous with her knowledge and had such a wonderful knack of teaching new embroidery styles. Before long I was hooked and went on to join the Embroiderer’s Guild in Papakura. Such wonderful, creative, encouraging women!! I miss them still.

    —Kayt Deans on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering since I was in elementary school, so that would be 40+ years. I mostly quilt now, but do some embroidery on my quilts.

    —Shelly S. on May 15, 2014
  • I first learned to hand embroider when I was about ten years old or younger earning a Girl Scout badge. The first project was a set of tea towel stamp with the days of the week and a mouse happily performing the chore of the day. Then there was the peacock apron with so many feathers I didn’t think I would ever get the embroidery finished. We all embroidery on our denim shirts and jeans. Now, many years later I admire handwork needlework but I find I can get more accomplished using the modern convenience of a sewing machine and embroidery unit. There just aren’t enought hours in a day!!

    —Missy Mulligan on May 15, 2014
  • I began quilting in 1999. September 2000 I had back surgery… ended with extreme nerve damage on my right side. I am not one to sit around doing nothing. So I taught myself to stitch and embroider laying back in my recliner. Now it is 2014 I can sit in normal chair to sew my stitchery into quilts. I am able now to sit longer at machine so have begun doing some patchwork quilts. Takes a day/weeks but at least I have made a start. I have downloaded the book but the threads, fabric pack and book would be a further incentive to soldering on. Regards Pam

    —Pam Spencer on May 15, 2014
  • I love embroidery books and threads. I taught myself 30 year ago and could not imagine life without a few projects on the go. It keeps me sane to be able to use thread and needle and express my personality in thread. I love Gails little projects, easy to fit into a busy lifestyle.

    —Sandy on May 15, 2014
  • My Mam-maw taught me how to embroidery – that was 50 years ago. She was so creative. I still love embroidery and these projects look so inviting.
    Sharon on May 15, 2014

    —sharon quirk on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering since I was a little girl, probably about 10 years old. I learned to sew when I was about 12. I’m not going to say how old I am now. I love all types of needlework. This book looks wonderful and I would love to win it. Thank you for the opportunity.

    —Eva on May 15, 2014
  • I learned some basic stitches as a child and would like to start again using it to embellish my quilts.

    —Joyce Nass on May 15, 2014
  • I started embroidering when I was 6 or 7 and have been off and on for 60 years. So much you can do with embroidery to make other media special like a label on a quilt or a throw.

    —Jacqueline Gould on May 15, 2014
  • My first experience with embroidery was in elementary school. My mother gave me liquid embroidery tubes and some pillowcases that were stamped with a design. It didn’t take long before I tried embroidery with a needle and floss, then crewel work. It always adds a nice touch to my projects, large or small!

    —Rose on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering since I could hold a needle with out drawing blood, and now 50 plus years later I still love needle and thread and doing wonderful projects. Hope I can add a few more projects to the tickle trunk for family and friends

    —Louise on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered since I was about 10 years old. I always have a project in progress. It is easy to tuck in and take along. Embroidery is always valued when given as a gift.

    —Donna on May 15, 2014
  • I learned to embroidery from my Mom. All of the projects in this book are things I would love to make. I love to quilt also and I like the combination of the embroidery and quilting together.

    —Cindy A on May 15, 2014
  • Oh how fun! I’ve embroidering on and off for over 25 years and just simple, sweet, beautiful designs. :o)

    —Cheryl on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve been embroidering since I was a little girl…back when the earth was cooling. Thanks for the give away.

    —Marilyn Sarchfield on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve been embroidering since I was 15! I learned it in 4-H and have embroidered off and on since then. I love this book, her fabrics and the thread! I hope I win this giveaway.

    —Jean Blythe on May 15, 2014
  • I have been embroidering for many years and enjoy seeing the colorful threads turn into a beautiful picture. The combination of embroidery and quilting is so creative. I would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!

    —Bonnie H on May 15, 2014
  • I did a lot of embroidery in my teens and 20’s and then discovered counted cross stitch. Thirty years later still love the relaxing pleasure of both. But a new passion for quilting has occupied more time in the past couple years. But now enjoy the idea of combining the arts.

    —Donna Baird on May 15, 2014
  • I used to embroidery in high school and me made dish towels and pillowcases.
    Would love to do some embroidery on my quilt projects with this cute book!
    Dona

    —Dona Thompson on May 15, 2014
  • I just completed a wall ahngingnwith pieced birdhouses and embroidered birds. It was the first time in a while that I did embroidery, but really enjoyd it.

    —vicki reno on May 15, 2014
  • I have been doing embroidery since Girl Scouts, many years ago. My favorite is red work. We lived near Charleston, SC, for 20 years, and I did a lot of cross stitch then. It’s harder on my eyes now. I’ve helped get my 3 granddaughters started with embroidery, encouraging them to design their own patterns.

    Mary Beth McKelvey on May 15, 2014
  • I was given a copy of the Perpetual Quilt Blocks Calender one year for my birthday….after studying the blocks for months…I then copied each 5 inch block onto a white square and using purple and blue (one strand of each) embroidery floss embroidered each square in blocks of 9…put a border of 2 inches around each 9 block to make a quilt square 15 inches….then quilted it…I gave it to my youngest daughter for her xmas present the following year….I love adding embroidery or cross stitch to a quilt block then adding it to my sampler quilts….they’re fun and quite educational for me…..

    —Darlene Krystal on May 15, 2014
  • This last winter I embroidered some little projects and gave them as gifts to friends. I find embroidery very gratifying as it forces me to sit down and rest and yet I can create a beautiful project and listen to TV at the same time. I love all the designs in this new book and would cherish a copy of it.

    —Kay Morlen on May 15, 2014
  • I taught myself embroidery, counted cross stitch and hand sewing when I was about seven. fifty eight short years ago. My Mom never had time to play with fabric and thread however my friend Eileen’s Mom made many quilts and pillow cases with beautiful embroidery with crochet edges. I believe she really inspired me to be creative with fabrics. I have some of her beautiful work that I cherish even today. Embroidery by hand is so relaxing and gives me the feeling of accomplishment when I am watching TV. These designs are so cute they make me want to get out some fabric and thread to get started now! This book looks awesome and so does the fabric and thread!!!

    —ruth on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve been embroidering since I was about 7 years old, so that’s ummm, 45 years. 🙂 I may not embroider every single day, but a week rarely goes by when I don’t pick up at least one project to work on.

    —Karen Seitz on May 15, 2014
  • I remember helping my mother embroider a set of flowers for each month and put them in a quilt. I was probably 8 or 9. I have sporadically embroidered since then. I have a new machine that will embroider and I was considering marrying my two loves–embroidering and quilting. Interesting on the timing though!

    —Cathy Romanczuk on May 15, 2014
  • I started when I was a little kid, making stars on my troll doll clothes, then on to embroidering my bell bottoms as a teen. And I still pick it up when the mood hits me – or I see a neat project. I would love to win this book, as I am seeing a lot of neat projects to do!

    —Susan on May 15, 2014
  • I started my sewing life with the art of embroidery over 50 years ago. My mother showed me the rudiments of each stitch…so very patient while I struggled with the French knots untwisting beneath my thumb and pulling through the fabric. Delighting in making little flowers with the chain stitch. Watching my first project come to life. It was a little lamb frolicking in the flowering meadow.
    Since then I’ve sewn clothing projects from clothes for myself to maternity clothes when my family was growing to wedding and christening gowns when my children started their own families. I’ve made leather coats, freehand machine monogrammed fur coat linings…after i relined the coat. Refurbished WWII bomber jackets that were being passed from father to son.
    But the most satisfying sewing I do now is making church vestments & altar linens and quietly hand embroidering the fine details.
    I guess you never go far from your beginnings and they root you into what you are to become.

    —Lynne Marsh on May 15, 2014
  • I love to embroider and quilt and this puts the best of both together.
    Will have to make some of these designs for my Christmas gifts. My first embroidery was for Christmas gifts my first year out of college.

    quilting came later after kids when to school.

    elr on May 15, 2014
  • My 81-year-old mother is embroidering blocks for four quilts that I will make for my children, and perhaps I’ll learn by the time she is done. (I love quilting, applique and have even cross-stitched, but I pulled the colored threads too tight in my initial embroidery attempts).

    —Marty on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve embroidered since I was small – maybe age 6 or 7 – and we won’t say how many years that has been (let’s just say lots). I love the look of embroidery and patchwork together and am always on the lookout for little projects that incorporate the two.

    —Betty on May 15, 2014
  • Yes, I have done embroidery for nearly 70 years. Just today I put a tablecloth on our table that my mother started before I was born and when I married I took it and finished the embroidery and it became mine.

    —Marilyn Koestler on May 15, 2014
  • I started doing embroidery work about 60 years ago, I had received iron on patterns from my Grandmother, and started with a tablecloth called lemons and oranges, baskets of tiny oranges and lemons done in satin stich. The table cloth disappeared a year later , I suspect it was stolen by a boarder living with my family. I was heart broken and it took a long time before I made another. For my trousseau I embroidered 7 tea towels with patterns of the day,also from my Grandmothers stamp collection, and later a large table cloth in shades of green with gold couched metallic thread, and a Christmas table runners 4 napkin. I am now doing a little work on some appliqued quilts, but my eyesight is not what it used o be.

    —Elizajane on May 15, 2014
  • I have mostly done redwork on tea towels. Recently I ventured out and did a vintage flooring book design that I plan on making into a tea towel.

    —donna harry on May 15, 2014
  • My grandma taught me how to embroider back in the 50’s. After doing counted cross stitch for years, in recent years have come back to embroidery. Very relaxing. Love spending time stitching. Familiar w Gail’s work. Very nice.

    —Elaine on May 15, 2014
  • Hi, I love the embroidery work, I think a picture can say so much. I’m in my 60’s and have been quilting for the last 12 years. When I was in my 20’s I did a bit of embroidery and I really don’t no why I stopped doing it. I guess 4 children had something to do with it.
    I have some arthritis in my fingers but would love to take up embroidery again. The patterns that I’ve seem with the hearts and birds always make me feel happy.
    It would be wonderful to combine quilting with hand embroidery because I think hand work makes for a more personable quilt.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win this book and hopefully improve my skills.

    —jo ann on May 15, 2014
  • Yes, I embroider as I was taught by my grandmother and mother. I have been making little fabric brooches and necklaces that include embroidery. I do have a more of a hodge-podge approach to designs and techniques. I would love to try the Aurifil embroidery thread as I have never encountered it before.
    Love that you have a lunchtime embroidery group and the projects look very well done.
    Thanks

    —ruby t on May 15, 2014
  • I love embroidery but haven’t tried it yet. I go a small crewel set to start me out but quilting has taken most of my time. Thanks so much for the giveaway, I love everything!

    —Tabitha Keener on May 15, 2014
  • I was taught to embroidery when I was 12 years old (now 65) and I still love it and still have my first project … a beautiful a cross stitch sampler.

    Loretta Swan on May 15, 2014
  • Yes – my mom taught me to do crewel work and embroidery when I was about 12, I’m so happy to have a craft that allows me to be creative

    —Jennifer Essad on May 15, 2014
  • I started embroidering as a teen, shortly after I learned how to cross-stitch, which I started when I realized how much less expensive cross-stitch was than needlepoint. Any type of hand sewing makes wonderful and unique gifts, although a lot of what I’ve made is currently decorating my home.

    —Karen Cohn on May 15, 2014
  • I started embroidering when I was 8 years old–over 50+ years ago. I went from simple embroidery on dishtowels to crewel wool embroidery to Brazilian stump work, counted cross-stitch, needlepoint, Hardanger and THEN into quilting! I’d love to incorporate embroidery into my love of quilting. This book would be a gem! I love the projects shown!

    —Janet in ND on May 15, 2014
  • I started embroidering when I was about 8. It was a favorite pastime in high school, I remember embroidering a jean jacket one summer on a long summer vacation car trip. I still like to embroider from time to time, some 50+ years later. It’s very relaxing and a great embellishment to my wool applique quilts. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win.

    —Kearstie Grenier on May 15, 2014
  • Embroidery was the first form of needlework I tried as a child, and I still return to it when I feel the need to do some hand work.

    —kathy on May 15, 2014
  • I have embroidered off and on for 60 years. It is one of the easiest crafts to carry along when you know you are going to have to wait somewhere. It also combines well with my other passion….quilting.

    —Joan H. on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve embroidered for the last 50 yrs.

    —Laura on May 15, 2014
  • I learned embroidery as a child. Skills went from large cross-stitches on gingham, to Swedish embroidery on huck toweling, to finer embroidery and smallest of cross-stitches. Train and car trips are especially productive as are sewing groups and classes. The fun is in the variety of stitches, materials and techniques. I like simple, small projects that can be completed quickly. These make one-of-a-kind gifts which are appreciated by friends and family.

    —Christine McLaren on May 15, 2014
  • I don’t remember being ‘taught’ to embroider but I assume Mother got me started. I was in elementary school which would have been over 60 years ago(I am 72). My first projects were purchased from the "dime store". They were dresser scarves, pillow cases or mottos that were printed on the fabric, no floss included so I got to pick the colors. There were instructions on different stitches included. I recently found an ‘almost finished’ dresser scarf that I intend to complete soon. Embroidering has been a part of my life off and on since that early age.

    —Mary Dorn on May 15, 2014
  • I began doing crewel embroidery kits when I was in my early 20s. Then I embroidered squares from old jeans, and those became one of my first quilts. For some (misguided) reason I decided I didn’t have time to do handwork, so I didn’t do a stitch for nearly 40 years. And now I have an embroidery habit that rivals my quilt habit. Stitching is relaxing and portable and one of the joys of my life now.

    —Lorna on May 15, 2014
  • i have been embroidering since a child- but lately alot more. i find it very relaxing and creative way to embellish projects. Whether it’s sitting on the beach,at my work lunch break or having a few minutes while watching TV-I always have a couple or three projects (or more-have a project basket in every room!) on the go.

    carol on May 15, 2014
  • The question for me would be; How long has it been since you’ve embroidered? I learned to embroider as a child in Girl Scouts and continued to embroider for many years. I started quilting about five years ago, so I haven’t done much embroidery. A book I have had for years with wool applique and embroidery in it, I brought down from my shelf last weekend, anxious to try something, so I purchased some wool and embroidery thread to pick up this wonderful craft again!

    —Tammy Kendall on May 15, 2014
  • I used to watch my gram-ma embroider when I was a little girl and loved to see how she took colorful threads and turn them into words or pictures. I called it painting with threads. Since then I have made every form of embroidery cross-stitch that is out there. I have just recently finished my first Quilt and really like the idea of combining the two into one. I would love to have this book to get new ideas. Feed my mind with new ideas it is always hungry and searching for new things to create. Thank You

    Debra on May 15, 2014
  • My mother and grandmother taught me to embroider more than a half-century ago, when I was about 8 years old. I barely remember a time when I didn’t know how!

    —Sandy on May 15, 2014
  • When my daughter was born I taught myself how to embroider. It gave me a way to embellish clothing I made for her with hearts, clowns, flowers and more. I still embroider but now it is for my grandkids and sometimes for myself or to make gifts. This has been a 43 year long journey with no end in sight!

    —Lynne Logue on May 15, 2014
  • I learned when I was a little girl. My grandmother taught me. When I had my son I embroidered everything of his with little boy pictures of trucks, little animals. I could not afford boys clothes then so I made them look like boys clothes. Now I could do that for my grandchildren if I win.

    —sandra on May 15, 2014
  • My mother taught my sisters & I embroidery when growing up. Each sister has her specialty: Mine is quilting, & have done embroidery in some of my quilting projects. This book by Gail would be great to win. Thank you for the chance.

    —Sheila Ivany on May 15, 2014
  • I’ve not embroider in many years. I do have a nice stash of threads and yarns. 🙂

    —Valerie Clark on May 15, 2014
  • OMG —I love it! I started embroidering when i was about 7 years old. I still have my original cookie tin that I used for my now "wads" of thread. Some of the thread is probably from the beginning of my embroidery days. I am over 60!
    It is a great project to travel with as it can be held in a small bag.
    Fabric and embroidery are great together. I love to sew and quilt and craft, so there are many ways to use all the wonderful things in the shops today. My 7 year old granddaughter is now beginning to embroider. She loves this "stuff."

    —Diane Schwarz on May 15, 2014
  • I just love Gail’s designs. I can’t remember when I first started embroidering. I do have my first cross-stitch that I did at school when I was about 7 years old. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

    Christine M on May 15, 2014
  • Yes, I embroider and have been since I was about 5 years old.

    —Marie A on May 15, 2014
  • The only embroidery I have done is cross stitch. So I have to learn it! I am making a B.O.M with some embroidery. Thanks for the chance!

    —Hanke on May 16, 2014
  • Love to embroidery and have probably stitched for 40 years so it seems. There are so many talented designers sharing their beautiful patterns and Gail is definitely one of them. Looks like her book has something for everyone; thanks for sharing it with us. Really like the idea of stitching with a group and being creative with the patterns.

    —Janet on May 16, 2014
  • Yes, I love to do embroidery work and was taught by my grandmother when I was about six years old.

    Barbara Baxter on May 16, 2014
  • I have been embroidering since I was eight or nine Most of my life

    —Tamara Lawson on May 16, 2014
  • I have been embroidering since I was a teenager, these days there doesn’t seem to be enough time to do it as often as I would like and I miss it. These patterns are truly inspirational and make me long to sit down with needle and thread. I sure would love to be the winner!

    —Brenda on May 16, 2014
  • Oh gosh! Seeing those projects brought back such memories. My Grandmother taught me to embroider and then my Mother worked with me. I have not embroidered for many years but would love to do it again. The projects from the book are beautiful.

    —Paulette on May 16, 2014
  • I have embroidered since I was taught by my mother and grandmother. There have been times when my children were young I did less. I love to do old patterns from vintage images. A current favorite is Sunbonnet Sue. I have found I lean toward vintage and traditional patterns in my quilting and embroidery.

    Karen McCallum on May 16, 2014
  • I started embroidering 60 years ago. My mother was expecting her second child and embroidering baby clothes. I was so interested she showed me how to do lazy daisy, French knots and stem stitch and I made her a set of dressing table mats, using ALL her colours; they were such funny flowers, but at least all the stems were green!
    This doesn’t mean I’ve been embroidering all the time over the last 60 years, but I have never forgotten how. My only one regret is I never mastered satin stitch: that should be my next challenge.
    I would love a book that could offer me simple and quick projects: this seems like the ideal one.

    Marly on May 16, 2014
  • Oh wow, so many lovely projects! I’ve enjoyed embroidery on & off for 40 years and am now having fun combining embroidery with patchwork. I’d love to share this book with my daughter.

    —Annette on May 16, 2014
  • I’ve been embroidering since I learnt chain stitch and lazy daisy stitch when I was about 5. Mum still has some of my early attempts – and if I do say so myself, they’re not bad at all!

    —Alison Gibbs on May 16, 2014
  • I began embroidering when I was 8 years old. I was in the 4th grade and a Junior Girl Scout working on my merit badges. I earned the embroidery badge, as well as many others. My mom, our scout leader, encouraged us girls to earn all the badges we could. My love for hand stitching was discovered way back then, and is still strong today.

    —Jaci E. on May 16, 2014
  • Yes since gram taught me as a little girl

    —Debbie Pete on May 16, 2014
  • I have been embroidering since I was about 6 when my mother taught me. That is at least 60 years ago. It’s such a shame that hardly anyone embroiders now because it is such a beautiful technique. I have wanted to embroider on my quilts but have been a bit scared to try it. I would love to have this book to help give me the confidence to try.

    —Lynda Nunez on May 16, 2014
  • I learned cross stitch in college 🙂 in 1993 and since that time I never stopped, going through hand embroidery, decorative stitches and the machine embroidery. It is very pleasing and relaxing to be with your work at hand.

    —Giovanna Andrade on May 16, 2014
  • I’ve been embroidering for a number of years…totally self taught because I am a lefty and my mother did not know how to teach me. within the last year and a half I did a challenge quilt with every block embroidered. It’s my quiet time activity.

    —Deborah L on May 16, 2014
  • Love Gail’s patterns! Started embroidering about while in high school, a Christmas stocking for my "hope chest". Still use it 40 years later.

    —April on May 16, 2014
  • My mother taught me to embroidery when I was a young child. We used to go to the five and dime store to buy our thread and pre-printed projects such as bibs, pillow cases and dresser scarves to embroidery. Recently I made my Grand-daughter a butterfly quilt and I embroidered the body and antennae of the butterfly. I also used to do cross stitching as well as needlepoint. I would love to win this book and look forward to making some of the wonderful projects.

    —Barbara Barthle on May 16, 2014
  • I can’t quite remember when I started, but I have been doing cross stitch for many years. Once I started quilting, I went to a quit show and bought some redwork patterns. I fell in love with them and had so much fun finishing a quilt. I’ve continued to cross stitch and finished several quilts worth of quilt blocks. I enjoy adding stitchery to my quilts and my bucket list includes a crazy quilt too. These designs look like so much fun!

    —Jean HS on May 16, 2014
  • I have been embroidering since I was a little girl which was a very long time ago! I love the look of embroidery and patchwork together!

    —Diane on May 16, 2014
  • I have been embroidering for over 40 years. My neighbor taught me many stitches when I was 13 and I continued to embroider on and off since then. The last 4-5 years I have been embroidering quilts and pillows for wall hangings and gifts. It’s a life long skill.

    —Robin in New Jersey on May 16, 2014
  • I love the look of combining embroidery and patch work. I am an avid quilter and I haven’t done embroidery for some time. I am looking forward to adding some to my patch work.

    —Karen Schultz on May 16, 2014
  • I done counted cross stitch embroidering for about 10 years.

    —Teresa Knittingdancer on May 16, 2014
  • I have an upcoming surgery resulting in 6 weeks in a non weight bearing cast. This book would be a great source of something to do to help that 6 weeks fly by! Such cute projects. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Barbara Myrick on May 16, 2014
  • My mother taught me to embroider when I was about 10 years old and after that I started doing cross stitch for awhile. Lately I’ve been focusing mostly on quilting, but I love the idea of putting the two together. Thank you for the chance to win

    —Mary on May 16, 2014
  • I have been embroidering since a little girl, age 5 or so. I lived on a farm and in the winter my mom put my idle hands to use stitching tea towels. The stitches were simple for me, but my mom would do the more complicated ones to finish the tea towel. Today, it is my favorite way to relax in the winter months especially when snowing and cold outside in the evenings. I have my mom to thank for teaching me. Many of my friends, my age, never learned to embroidery from their mothers. I truly feel honored my mother thought it was something I needed to know how to do.

    —Connie on May 16, 2014
  • I learned embroidery when I was 10. I made a lamb and gave as a gift to my Grandmother. I’m 57 now. Still in love with it.

    —Karen on May 16, 2014
  • My grandmother taught me embroidery when I was about 5 or 6 years old. My first project was a yellow duck cross stitched on a pink checked dish towel. This started a lifelong love for needlework of all kinds!

    —Carol on May 16, 2014
  • I love adding embroidery to my work. I was taught by my grandma 0ver 50 years ago. I would love to own Gail Pan’s book

    —Gayner Evans on May 16, 2014
  • I have embroidered for about 70 years now. My mother
    taught me when I was young. I still have the first
    thing I made. I would love this book.

    —Marge on May 16, 2014
  • I’ve been embroidering for more than 45 yrs now. Love doing it, just don’t have enough time to do all I want to.

    Moira on May 16, 2014
  • I have embroidered for going on 45 yrs. now. One of the earliest sewing crafts my mom ever taught me. Would l.o.v.e. a chance to win the book, fabric and thread! Thanks much!!

    —Cindy on May 16, 2014
  • I started as a young woman, then got into patchwork for 30 years with a little embellishment of Sunbonnet Sue ,butterflies,etc. and now getting back into more embroidery.

    —Linda Perry on May 16, 2014
  • I have been embroidering for more than 50 years. My older sister Paulette taught me when I was 6 or 7. She also taught my 2 daughters how to sew. My granddaughter is now 7 and it is her turn to start stitching. The designs in Gail’s would be a great place to start!

    —Patti Anderson from MN on May 16, 2014
  • My mother taught me to do embroidery when I was a small child, I taught my daughter, and now my granddaughters. When I travel I take my embroidery along to do in my hotel room, I particularly like to do redwork or any other one color design because I don’t have to think about it, I can just sit and stitch and relax my mind.

    —Debbi Booth on May 16, 2014
  • Have loved to hand embroider ever since I was 4 years old and Granny put a needle and thread in my hands. My mom kept that first piece and now I have it. Granny loved to embroider and spent hours each day. I still remember sitting next to her and working on my projects and chatting like best friends. She passed away over 40 years ago and I still miss her. Working on embroidery projects keeps her close to me. I adore this book and the projects. They are so much like the ones I worked on with her.

    —Marlene Clausen on May 16, 2014
  • I have been doing embroidery since I was 17 and discovered it when I saw a co-worker doing a piece and she told me all about it and where I could buy a kit, it just looked like something I’d like to do. I began quilting about 30 years ago when I made my first log cabin quilt through a community ed class. Recently I’ve discovered putting the two together to make small table runners and larger quilts. It is a wonderful project to take with me on my travels. I get the quilt top pieced, then can travel with the embroidery part. It is very relaxing. I love it.

    —Joellyn P on May 16, 2014
  • I love to embroider since I was about 14 with my 2 Grandmothers ,one made hand sewed quilt,of which I’m lucky enough to have several and the other Grandmother did crochet and sewing so I guess that started me off for life.Of coarse their are many types of embroidery and I’m still taking classes for some.I’m sure this book has some patterns that I would love to do. Patricia Rand

    —Patricia Rand on May 16, 2014
  • I began embroidering in the 6th grade and did a hand me down light jacket with all Peanuts characters. My young adult son discovered it in an old Hope chest and began wearing it to music festivals and we still have it today! Love, to embroider and these designs are so cute and very doable!

    —Erin Owens on May 16, 2014
  • Yes, I have embroidered since I was a child and I’m approaching elderly status. =) I LOVE embroidery. I still do it, and I crazy quilt, too. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity. What wonderful prizes!

    Susan on May 16, 2014
  • Embroidery was definitely one of the crafts I did (or at least tried)as a teenager back in my early crafting days. Now as a quilter, I’ve seen so many projects with interesting added touches of embroidery that I’ve already planned to try to dip my toe back into it. In fact I have a quilt that I made when I first started quilting that I plan to update with an added embroidery element (it’s already traced out). So I’m vey interested in seeing the ideas presented in this book.

    Vivian on May 16, 2014
  • If it’s "handwork" I love it! My mother started me with needlepoint so many years ago – I must have been in my teens. Natural progression to embroidery at least ???? years ago – actually just worked it out on my own and have some wonderful, creative women I love to watch and learn from. They are so generous with sharing and guiding my hand as I work on a project. And I wholeheartedly agree with adding embroidery to ant quilt project – it can only add to the overall beauty.

    —Anne Manly on May 16, 2014
  • I have been doing embroidery since I was a child. Many years later, I still do, but I have also branched out to do crewel embroidery and counted cross stitch. Thanks!

    —Delaine on May 16, 2014
  • I have been doing embroidery since I was 5 years old – my grandmother taught me while my sister was in the hospital having her tonsils out.

    —Mary P on May 16, 2014
  • I have been an avid quilter for the last 18 years and have dabbled in cross stitch, punch needle and now some embroidery. This book has some of the cutest patterns I’ve seen and I’m so excited to see it paired with sewing. I look forward to trying out some of these projects.

    Kelly Disidoro on May 16, 2014
  • Well, I guess I don’t hand embroider, although I can smock – does that count?. I am new to embroidery, since I recently purchased a sewing machine that does embroidery. SO all of my work is through machine. I do love the looks of all these projects, so if I won, I would do some of the projects.

    —Sue Cleek on May 16, 2014
  • I’ve embroidered since I was a little girl, but recently I’ve got back into it again. I find the designs in this book so sweet. I actually got back into it after making a bag by Yoko Saito that combined patchwork, appliqué and embroidery and I love the way the embroidery complemented everything and added another layer of texture. We all need a little handwork in today’s age just to settle us down. 🙂

    —Linda Ross on May 16, 2014
  • I taught myself to hand embroider when I was a young girl from a kit my mother bought me. It showed me all the basic stitching instructions and I loved it! I can remember taking a pair of blue jean overalls and embroidering flowers and borders all over them. I was so proud of them. Now, I am making a quilt with redwork embroidery incorporated into it. I have a demanding job and sewing, quilting, embroidery, etc. is my "go to" happy place!!

    Kim on May 2, 2014 on May 16, 2014
  • I started to embroider when I was 10 or 11, for a Girl Scout Badge. I have used embroider to embellish quilts and clothing ever since. I would love this book – the possibilities are endless! Thanks for the give away!

    —Jacklynn Grimm on May 16, 2014
  • I learned some at Sew South. It’s addicting and fun.

    —Tamie on May 16, 2014
  • I’ve been emboidering for about 5 years – since I fell in love with crazy quilting. And am self- taught and grateful for the books that have come out lately. Love the projects in the book – just what I need right now.

    —Peggie on May 16, 2014
  • I’ve been embroidering for over 40 years. I embroidered my son’s baby/toddler clothing and now am doing the same for my granddaughter. Lately, I’ve discovered felt and it’s possibilities plus embroidering totes as gifts. Right now I’m working on Raggedy Ann blocks which will become a wall hanging for my granddaughter’s room. It’s creactive, colorful and so relaxing.

    —BarbaraP on May 16, 2014
  • I began embroidering and cross-stitching as a child. I cannot remember the exact age, but it was in elementary school. In the ensuing years (I’m now in my 50’s), I have gone through various stages of fabric crafts, and am now settling into quilting again. I love the idea of combining all the different methods and using skills from all the different craft adventures I’ve had to create blended art!

    —Teresa F on May 16, 2014
  • I can see why you fell in love with this book! I am making quilts for all of my immediate family members and I realized that each one I have chosen so far has patchwork and embroidery on it, simple embroidery, just like this book. They just go together!

    —Cheryl on May 16, 2014
  • I started teaching myself around age 10. I have loved it ever since. It really has been amazing to see all the beautiful designs out now. I want to do them all.

    —Dorothy Van Pelt on May 16, 2014
  • I used to embroider a lot but piecing handwork took over. Would love to do an embroidery project and those that your group did are super inspiring.

    Elaine on May 16, 2014
  • I have embroidered for about 40 years….love it….

    —Carolyn Whited on May 16, 2014
  • I starded with my grand mother when I was a little girl looong time ago …!!!and still do . I like a lot the mixing embrodery/patchwork It’s give caracter to my work . In fact it’s Gail who gave me the "virus!" with her free "christmas whishes " in 2008 I think , and I love it . Thanks you Gail for the idea . If I win your book , I will be over the moon .

    —Jacqueline on May 16, 2014
  • Yes I do embroidery l learned the basics when I was a child and just started again. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Liz schraeder on May 16, 2014
  • WOW. what a generous giveaway. Thanks for a chance. I started embroidering as a young girl doing pillow cases. Guess that was 50 some years ago. And I still love doing handwork

    —Jacqueline on May 16, 2014
  • I started embroidering when I was a child. I am now 68 years old and still love to personalize projects with hand embroidery.

    —Joan Chambers on May 16, 2014
  • I had not embroidered for many years, but I embroidered a name on a tag to attach to an afghan I knitted for a friend. I definitely need more practice and the small projects would be fun to work on with grandchildren learning also.

    —Blanche Snow on May 16, 2014
  • I learned to embroider as a child—tea towels, handkerchiefs, pillowcases, et. That later took me to needlepoint, cross stitch, and finally, patchwork. I have picked up the needle to do some small redwork pieces to quilt. Your book is inspiring and I love the change of activities every now and then.

    —Carolyn Kitterer on May 16, 2014
  • When my daughter was 2 (she is now 47) I signed up for a class at the YWCA and began my love of handwork. It began with crewel, an occasional cross stitch project and many years later I took up quilting. Now I love combining embroidery with patchwork. My first quilt project was a crazy quilt and I happily added many stitches to it.

    —Suzy on May 16, 2014
  • I have been embroidering since my Grandmother taught me at 16 (I’m 58 now). I don’t embroidery as much as I used to but have found some new stitches on Mary Corbet’s website, Needle and Thread at needlenthread.com. I am inspired to pick it up again and these giveaway items would spur me on even more. Thanks for the giveaway. Good luck everyone.

    —CindyM on May 16, 2014
  • Yep …60+ years n will as long as I can see to do it!

    —C Marie on May 16, 2014
  • I started as a child when my grandmother taught me. Then, many years later I took a class. Now, I love to embroider tea towels and other little projects. I love the look of it.

    —Sue on May 16, 2014
  • I had not embroidered for years and years, and recently made an embroidered pillowcase that has become a treasure to my daughter. With that kind of encouragement, I am eager to do more! These designs are wonderful – fresh and elegant at the same time.

    —Elizabeth McDonald on May 16, 2014
  • I believe embroidery was the first needlecraft my mom taught me, at about age five or six — many, many years ago. I’ve been doing it every since! I would love to win the book. Thanks!

    —Evie H on May 16, 2014
  • I haven’t but, my sister does. I love the little book "stitch a little love". So cute!

    —katie on May 16, 2014
  • I have embroidered on my quilts in the past. It often adds something to the quilt. Sometimes I embroider the labels!

    —Bro AJK on May 16, 2014
  • I have been big into penny rugs for the last yer but have discovered that this, quilting, patchwork, embroidery, all cross over each other and expand the possibiliteis of what one can create.

    —B Morse on May 16, 2014
  • I started embroidering and quilting in the 70’s (in my 20’s) and loved it! Life changed in the 80’s and it was a new century before I got back to embroidery and quilting. Over the last few years I have gotten more into embroidering once again and love combining it with quilting. Guess now that I’m in my 60’s I am slower, but think of all the patience I have gained!

    —Deborah Fields on May 16, 2014
  • I have been embroidering for at least 10 years. I saw these pictures and it made me want to do nothing but stitch. I have been adding embroidery to my smaller quilt projects. Such fun!!

    —Elizabeth Phinder on May 16, 2014
  • I have been doing hand embroidery for as long as I can remember. It is so relaxing and rewarding. Thanks for the chance to win these fantastic prizes.

    —Donna W on May 16, 2014
  • I first embroidered as a young girl. I hadn’t embroidered anything in many, many years as I took up other activities such as garment sewing, home decor, quilting, knitting, cross stitch, and needlepoint. However, recently I purchased Kristyne Czepuryk’s book, "S is for Stitch" and made the adorable little girl’s embroidered and pieced quilt. I had forgotten how much I love to embroider! I’m now working on the little boy’s version!

    —Lynda on May 16, 2014
  • I love doing small projects like this and having a little handwork to work on. I have been embroidering on and off since I was a little girl actually. I still have the sewing basket my mom bought for me when I was young!

    —Valerie on May 16, 2014
  • Absolutely love Gail’s patterns and designs. Her combining embroidery with patchwork is so creative and let’s us stitch lovers and patchworkers work on 2 passions at once!

    —Penny on May 16, 2014
  • I’ve embroidered since I was about 6 (I’m 66). I have used embroidery in my quilting. 10-12 yrs. ago, I made 4 block doll quilts for my grandaughters. one block was an embroidered flower of their birth month. I have Sunbonnet Sue blocks embroidered that I will use to make quilts for them now that they are older.

    —Sandy Curtis on May 16, 2014
  • I used to embroider when I was in college, which was over 35 years ago. I haven’t done any embroidery since retiring, but have been looking for the right stitchery to include with a patchwork project. I would love to win a copy of Patchwork Loves Embroidery. Thanks for a great giveaway!

    Tami Chaulk on May 16, 2014
  • I am not sure at what age I started to embroidery. I started teaching myself at a young age because it was so pretty, I am now 73 and still
    love doing it, I do it while watching TV or in waiting rooms, visiting people in the hospital, on airplanes, and so many more places. Embroidering is so relaxing, and rewarding, and there is no one that doesn’t love receiving a gift that’s been embroider.

    —Charlene Bayless on May 16, 2014
  • My mom taught me me how to embroider when I was just six years old. I’m in my sixties now and still have the very first project I finished. It’s a small piece of cloth with some running stitches going back and forth across the whole piece. I love embroidery and use it often on my quilting projects to add a personal touch.

    —Linda Webster on May 16, 2014
  • I’ve never embroidery before, but would really like to learn, everything looks so pretty in this book. Thanks

    —Connie Leydig on May 16, 2014
  • The first needlework I ever did was embroidery and I will forever be grateful to the woman who put needle and thread in my hands and showed me how to stitch!

    —Mary Lou Upton on May 16, 2014
  • Like many of your readers, I started young when my grandmother brought a pair of stamped pillow cases with "the colonial lady full skirt" on them for my sister and me. Sadly, I did not pay attention to directions then…I hope if I win Gail’s book will encourage me to sit still and do it. Thanks fo the chance!!

    —carol d. on May 16, 2014
  • I started embroidering when I was 8. I am now 71 — so a long time. My 1st project was a white shirt with the names of classmates on it. We were in Peoria, Illinois for the summer so that my father could attend summer school while working on his masters degree. To entertain me, my mother wrote the names of my classmates on one of my white shirts for me to embroider. Since then I have made a patchwork quilt for each of my 3 daughter’s using coloring books for the patterns. In the 70’s I emboidered several denim shirts for various family members. My latest are blocks for a redwork quilt. The embroidery is completed, but the project has been put on hold while I get some other quilts made for gifts.

    —Nancy Angerer on May 16, 2014
  • I started embroidering a little over a year ago. It is such a relaxing craft that’s easy to take with me wherever I go. Thanks for the chance to win Gail Pan’s book. I want to make all the projects!

    —vickey on May 16, 2014
  • Gail Pan’ Patchwork Loves Embroidery is wonderful. Love the simple, but pleasing designs. So far have done mostly Redwork, but with Gaill’s designs I am ready to expand to a variety of colors.

    —Judy Y on May 16, 2014
  • Along with everyone, I have loved needlework for many years. I have as many UFO needlework projects as I have quilt projects – oops!

    —Judy on May 16, 2014
  • I started embroidering when I was a child maybe 7 or 8. My sister got an embroidery kit from her teacher for Christmas one year. She is 3 years older then I am and that was back when the teacher gave the kids a gift so it was probably 60 plus years ago. My sister was the domestic one but she was not interested in sewing so I did the embroidery kit and then progressed to doing the family mending.

    Now I am making a red work quilt of snowmen that I had seen a friend make and thought it was so cute. So it all comes around again when you think you have gone on to other things….like quilting.

    —Kay Oehler on May 16, 2014
  • I love to embroidering for 38 years now and I love doing it. I am currently embroidering a quilt top using all beet red thread. I do hand work to relax.

    Linda on May 16th, 2014

    —linda on May 16, 2014
  • My grandmother taught me how to embroidery when I was a pre-teen. After graduating high school and starting to work I felt like I didn’t have time to embroider. Later on after my boys were out of the little boy stage I started doing counted cross stitch. Then my eyes got worse so I haven’t done much of either lately. Would love to start up again now that I’ve had corrective eye surgery. Gail’s book and the other goodies would be a great motivation for me.

    —Rhonda on May 16, 2014
  • I’ve embroidered since I was young and like using it as a carry around project.

    —teri c on May 16, 2014
  • My love affair with all things stitched, whether by hand or by machine, began with learning embroidery as a child. There’s been no stopping me since!

    Loretta deLamare on May 16, 2014
  • I have embroidered all my life. My mother taught me. I have even had people ask me what machine she/ Used. I turn the work over and show the stitches are hand done. No machine here… I would love to win this package and use the newest products on the market for a new project.

    Debbie Taylor on May 16, 2014
  • I started to embroider small things at the age of 10. Now, 35+ years later, I am back at it! this is a great giveaway!
    Thanks,
    Jacqueline in Pitt Meadows

    —Jacqueline VH on May 16, 2014
  • I learned a little bit about embroidery when I was in Girl Scouts. Haven’t done any since.

    —Evelyn on May 16, 2014
  • I’ve been embroidering for about 43 years (I’m 63). I absolutely love it!!!
    I started quilting long about 2004 and I’ve added embroidery to several of my bed size quilts! I entered my first quilt show this past October and won 3rd place with a quilt that had a lot of embroidery!

    —Debbie Boaz on May 16, 2014
  • I started doing embroidery as a child, so it’s been about 40 years.

    —melissa on May 16, 2014
  • I embroidered many years ago as a child when my Grandma taught me, so probably about 40 some years ago but I wasn’t very good or very patient and I didn’t stick with it. I recently was reintroduced to embroidery and applique by a friend and am now in love! I find it so relaxing and great to travel with a project in hand! Thanks for the opportunity!

    —Julie Zeigler on May 16, 2014
  • Mum tells me I used to do embroidery when I was young all though I have no recollection of it nor is there evidence HMMMMM???? I recently picked up some embroidery (4 years ago) and finished of a few projects. I enjoy combining it with a quilted projects Currently working on a larger project for Christmas. Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Heather P on May 16, 2014
  • I can’t remember. 🙂 I’d say it was about 50 years ago… It’s so relaxing and creative, My favorite little foray was making a sleeveless dress to wear to my first outing, a wedding, after my kidney transplant. It buttoned down the front and I embroidered little flowers on some of the dress material and then made them into covered buttons. I embroidered a little clutch to match. I felt so beautiful.

    —Ann Christman on May 16, 2014
  • Before I was school age, Grandmother would spend the winters with my folks.
    Grandmother taught me to embroidery. She would draw stick persons on fabric which I would color and embroidery. After mastering the outline stitch, she would draw other objects, i.e. ball, doll, cats, kittens, puppies to teach me more complicated stitches. I learned to chain as well as satin, and daisy stitches to name a few. Grandmother taught me to sew the blocks together into a quilt top and added quilting to my lessons.
    I recently completed a twelve block embroidered basket and flowers quilt. Two years works in progress, Grandmother’s patience and teaching embroidery and quilting to me has been a blessing. Perhaps she was looking down from heaven and thought, "I taught her well."

    —Deloris Baldwin on May 16, 2014
  • I used to embroidery all the time but as I’ve gotten older it has become more difficult to do hand work. I do still enjoy it but find that I can now only do it for a short time.

    —Susan Clarkson on May 16, 2014
  • I have embroidered since a young child; I am enjoying passing it on to the younger generations in the family now! What was old is new again…

    Cindy Minota on May 16, 2014
  • I have hand embroidered for MANY years (50?) and now do some machine embroidery when I have time to do it.

    —Linda Heckman on May 16, 2014
  • I have been doing embroidery since I was a child and taught by my grandmother. I love combining embroidery and quilting.

    —Regina Harris on May 16, 2014
  • I love to embroider and have stitched since I can remember…and that is quite a long time. I’ve taught students to embroider and now love to mix embroidered pieces with quilting. Love it! I’m in the "zone!’ Thanks for the opportunity.

    —Teresa Keane on May 16, 2014
  • I don’t embroider but want to learn.

    —MelodyJ on May 16, 2014
  • I started to embroider when I first got married 43 years ago. My first project was a pin cushion. I have made many items for gifts and for the house over the years. When I am stressed out it is so relaxing.

    —Charlotte on May 16, 2014
  • I learned to embroider as a child. . . probably about 55 years ago (give or take)and return to it intermittently to use it in different ways . . . a project of embroidery, embellishment on a a crazy quilt, features on a toy. My favorite use IS in combination with quilting.

    —Diana Stenner on May 16, 2014
  • I have embroidered for over 40 years. It is the only craft my mom did, so it is the only one I learned growing up.

    —Karen J on May 16, 2014
  • I combined embroidery with quilting for the first time 20 years ago when I made a wedding quilt for my brother and sister-in-law. I was first exposed to embroidery by one of my friends mother while still in high school. really enjoy the hand work and how creative you can be with it. Your staff really did a great job on their projects.

    —Karen on May 16, 2014
  • My mom taught me how to embroider and then we did it in home economics in school. It’s very relaxing…I love it!

    —barb on May 16, 2014
  • I have been embroidering for at least 40 years. I started when I got my first job in New York City when I was 20 years old. A woman in my department would embroider during our lunch hour. The first thing I made was a crewel pillow with a frog and flowers and colorful mushrooms. I still have it and I love looking at it with all its mistakes. But,I can still see the care and effort that I put into making it. It makes me smile.

    —Virginia Bronner on May 16, 2014
  • I learned to embroidery when I was around 9 to 10 years old – which makes it (horrors)45 or 46 years ago. Mother bought me a pair of pillowcases and a top sheet that she stamped with a pattern of swans swimming on a lake with flowers. I was very proud when I finished, and put it in my "hope" chest. They were used for years with love. I enjoy all types of handwork and it is definitely soothing to just sit and make something pretty! Thanks for the opportunity to win something so beautiful.

    —Brewnda Sanders on May 16, 2014
  • These little projects look like so much fun. They are simply adorable! I hope to win the book, but if I don’t I will buy it!!!! Love it!

    —Kim on May 16, 2014
  • I have never embroidered. However, I want to try it. When younger, I needlepointed a lot and tried cross-stitching. Sashiko is fascinating to me. I am planning to try it.

    —Sharon Carbine on May 16, 2014
  • I learned to embroider when I was young and then tried Redwork just recently. The book looks great!

    —Annie on May 16, 2014
  • I would love to win these items. Hand embroidery is amazing! I haven’t done alt of hand embroidery in some time. Thank you for the opportunity

    —Victoria on May 16, 2014
  • Really want to learn, thanks

    barbara woods on May 16, 2014
  • I think I have done embroidery off and on for 50 yrs! But doing more these days as I love handwork!

    —QuiltinGram on May 16, 2014
  • My mother taught me to embroider when I was seven, so I have been embroidering for 60 years. I love redwork, regular embroidery and crayon embroidery. I have several projects which I am working on now and one is a Gail Pan design. I love her projects so it would be wonderful to win the giveaway. Thank you for the chance to win.

    —Joyce Frazier on May 16, 2014
  • I am 54 and have bee embroidering for for probably 48 of those years. I loved playing in my mothers sewing basket and separating her embroidery floss. I started following a pattern stamped on fabric, then graduated to counted cross stitch, then needlepoint, beading, hand appliqué, Redwork and now combining them all.

    —Linda on May 16, 2014
  • My grandmother taught me how to embroidery when I was about 8 years old. My cousin and I would stay with her for a full week in the summer and we would do lots of crafty things that always included embroidery. My first projects were the flour dishcloths that I would embroider the days of the week with cute pictures to go with. I still have some of them towels that are just about 50 years old. I love to embroider still. I finished a queen size redwork quilt and everyone who sees it loves it. I am working on a Betsy’s Closet quilt right now. It is sew cute. I would love to win this giveaway. Thanks for the chance!

    —Renea on May 16, 2014
  • I used to do crewel embroidery in the 1980s. Since then I have only done embroidery on my sewing machine. I have a quilt I want to tackle that has several embroderies on the blocks. Oh for more time!

    —Dorothy Lawson on May 16, 2014
  • I did embroidery as a child and have continued off and on over the years…I love the idea with adding to patchwork…which I also love. Thank you for having this sweepstakes…it all looks so luscious!

    eva andrew on May 16, 2014
  • I learned to hand embroider when I was about 9 years old and love to do handwork. I have been embroidering for 60 years! My first big project was embroidering a pillow case that I had sewn myself. I filled my hope chest with dresser and table scarves, embroidered dish towel sets, pot holders, etc. My husband was so very excited when I pulled those items out, as he had grown up with those kinds of items made by his mom. Many of my hope chest items long ago wore out, but I held back a few items for "good" and still have and use those.

    —Sue Johnson on May 16, 2014
  • I see that many of us older ladies learned embroidery skills at our mother’s, or grandmother’s, knee. I too learned at an early age how to add decorative stitches to plain textiles. Chain stitch, stem stitch, lazy daisy, and French knots were mastered and then blanket stitch and other simple stitches. Later I taught myself needlepoint and crewel work and more recently counted cross-stitch. I also crochet, knit and quilt. I just love working with my hands! Here’s hoping these domestic arts continue to be passed on to future generations!

    —Linda Towers on May 16, 2014
  • I haven’t done embroidery in years, but would like to look at the craft again. I also started as a child and have several items that I embroidered from about 50 years ago, too!

    —Karen Funk on May 16, 2014
  • I learned to embroider from my grandma about 50 years ago and find it very relaxing. I love the projects you have shown from this new book and am looking forward to really checking it out.

    —Peggy Savage on May 16, 2014
  • I started embroidering when I was about 6 yrs old. My mother was an avid embroider and I always watched her and asked to be taught. I would love to have one of the quilts or wall hangings that she made. I would love to win this book and make small objects so that I could hopefully instill into my granddaughters the love of needlework.

    —Doris Worthen on May 16, 2014
  • I started learning embroidery on a sampler when 10 years old. I enjoyed stitching dish towels, pillowcases and other projects through young adult age. Life happened, and when busy raising a family, some of my stitch interests got left behind. I now embroider some and want to share this art with my grandchildren, who are now the age I was when I started stitching. I have some lovely embroidery items from my grandmothers which are real treasures. This is a great book and wonderful opportunity for a give away, especially with supplies. Thank you.

    —Gayla on May 16, 2014
  • OH, yes yes!Embroidery is one of my favorite things to do. I can take it with me anywhere and do it anytime, I have a spare minute. I have been embroidering since I was 10, oh my that would be 57 years ago. Also I can sit and watch TV with my husband and still sew something. Then make pillows, wall hangings, pin cushions, book markers and quilts out of all the things I embroider.

    —Jeanne on May 16, 2014
  • My mother taught me to embroider when I was a young girl…so that must have been at least 55 years ago. I’ve maintained my love for the skill while the projects have changed over the years. I still have fond memories of embroidering designs on blue chambrey shirts and denim jackets!

    —Pearl on May 16, 2014
  • I dabbled with embroidery about 30 years ago and then got sidetracked by patchwork. In the last few years I have been renewing my interest in stitching and embroidery and just wish that there was more time in the day, after work, to enjoy making more projects

    —lyn on May 16, 2014
  • I haven’t embroidered in awhile, but patterns like this make me want to jump back in. I used to do a lot of stitchery as a kid, and one of my favorite Thanksgiving memories is sitting in a great big recliner with one of my little cousins, teaching her how to cross-stitch.

    —Beth T. on May 17, 2014
  • My mother bought my sister and I dresser scarves to embroider when I was about 8. They were stamped with roses and leaves. I remember picking out the floss at the Woolworth’s Five and Dime. I loved it, my sister did not. I finished mine and still have it and use it. I think my sister’s is around here somewhere, still unfinished. I have gone on to embroider many things over the past 50+ years. I came across Gail Pan several years ago on the web and have admired her designs.
    It is interesting to read all the comments and see that many of us learned "as a child". Are we teaching the next generation?

    —Irene on May 17, 2014
  • I have been doing embrodery since I was a little girl in the sixties. My grandmother taught me. I like the way, I can combine it with patchwork .

    Anne Henrisen on May 17, 2014
  • I have embroidered since I was a child–my mother taught me–so, let’s see, over 50 years. One Christmas I embroidered framed pictures for almost everyone in our family. Now I use it as embellishments on quilted items, much as the patterns in the book too. It looks like a great book. Thanks for the give-away! I would love to have some of them as a starting point for a new project!

    Carol Kussart on May 17, 2014
  • I taught myself to embroidery when I got married and have enjoyed it for lots of years. I always have at least one project going and have even made quilts with embroidery in them. Thanks for a chance to win.

    —Elaine H. on May 17, 2014
  • Oh my, this book looks irresistible! So many wonderful projects!
    I haven’t done too much embroidery lately, but I have been embroidering for almost 50 years, off and on.

    —Pam Trenholm on May 17, 2014
  • I embroidered when I was a young woman. At one time, I embroidered all the pillowcases in the house!

    —TerriK on May 17, 2014
  • I want this book! Fifty years ago, when I was 12, I taught myself to embroidery. It was a table runner with a little deer and flowers, so cute and my stitches were so big. In the 70’s I made some money by embroiderying jeans and jackets. Those hippy dippy days but I continued embroiderying on my daughter’s dresses and pillowcases. Could not count how many gifts I made over the years with embroidery. It seems sometimes that I must cover everything with stitches. Now retired and I even have taken classes, my sister says she does not know anyone who embroideries better and wonders why I want to take classes. But I just love to learn more, try more, what is new ideas, how else can I use my little stitches to delight myself in making and someone else in giving. I really would use and enjoy this book.

    —Marjorie on May 17, 2014
  • Up until recently I have only done machine embroidery. Now, years ago I made cross stitch projects, only a few, and I gave away my floss stash which I now regret. I am currently on my 2nd hand embroidery project and love it because I can take it anywhere. Thanks!

    —LisaT on May 17, 2014
  • I love embroidery. Been doing it since I can remember. My Mom taught us on a old rag. I have moved up to to table clothes, pillow cases, dishtowels, etc and clothes. Love it almost as much as patchwork and quilting. The book would be on my list of things to get in the near future. You girls in the office look like you had a great time.

    —robin on May 17, 2014
  • I use to embroider, but haven’t for years. Love the projects shown. I’m ready to start again. Thanks for the chance in the giveaway.

    —mildred plaskett on May 17, 2014
  • I love the book and the little projects, I would love to win it. I have not embroidered too much by hand but do lots of machine embroidery. Its another craft to try. Thanks for the opportunity.

    —Karen on May 17, 2014
  • I did my first cross stitch when I was 9 years old. Since then, a few decades have passed and I have completed a few embroidery projects. I am also a quilter and love the idea of patchwork and embroidery. Thanks for the give-away!

    —Kathy S on May 17, 2014
  • I don’t remember which came forst – sewing or embroidery but I didn’t start patchwork until 2003. I think the two techniques compliment each other so very well. This is truly inspirational!

    —Irma on May 17, 2014
  • Hello…I just love to make romantic embroidery,I’ve been doing it for about 5 years. At the moment I am working on a serie of my own design, where I use quotes of Dr.Seuss :)P.S. I’m from Denmark so please forgive my bad spelling 😉

    —Marianne Christensen on May 17, 2014
  • I made my first embrodery when I was in kindergarden. I must have been about 5 years old. It was just different colors of thread in straight lines. Later my grandmother taught me to cross stitch. From time to time I have embroidered,using many different stitch, but I found it difficult to find Projects that I could actually use when finished. Now I am 50 years old, and for the last 16 years I have loved to make patchwork. And now, with this wonderfull book, I can see how I can bring embroidering back in my life 🙂

    Marianne on May 17, 2014

    —Marianne Madsen on May 17, 2014
  • My Mum taught me plain sewing and embroidery from the age of seven and I never stopped! I try every style and technique that I come across and never get bored. There’s always something fresh to try.

    —Vivien on May 17, 2014
  • I learned to embroider before my little sister was born. Mom had had a miscarriage and was threatening to again so the Doctor had restricted her activities, she could not do anything strenuous. When the kitchen floor needed to be mopped she would sit on a kitchen chair and directed my brothers and I how to "mopped" the kitchen floor. In those days we had a Rag Drawer where we had the old rags were kept, the ones we used to mop the floor. I would NOT let my brothers use MY rags, the ones Mom had drawn simple pictures – flowers, cats, etc.- on and taught me to embroider. That was 57 years ago. OH the Memories this brings back. Love you Mom – Where ever you are. Thanks for all you taught me!

    —Sherie on May 17, 2014
  • I learned to embroider when I first married and did quite a few projects. Then, with time and obligations, I didn’t keep up with it. Now I’m newly retired, love the designs shown for this book, and would love to give it a try again. Love the little buttons on some of the projects too.

    —Carol Spears on May 17, 2014
  • i love the book i love to embroidery as well as quilt

    —donna on May 17, 2014
  • I’ve embroidered in the past but it must be at least 10 years since I did any. But I love this book! I’d love to make some of these projects.

    —K on May 17, 2014
  • I had not done any embroidery since I was a youngster, but have returned to it recently. I don’t know why I stopped – I love it!! Doing any type of handwork keeps my hands out of the cookie jar at night – a double bonus!!

    —Lena Truitt on May 17, 2014
  • Yes I embroidery! I was taught by my Grandmother and a Great-Aunt when I was 7 to 8 years old and I am now 60! Currently I embroidered monograms of great nieces and nephew onto a patchwork Christmas ornament.

    —Debbie Williams on May 17, 2014
  • I have been hand embroidering since the late 60’s and am still going strong! I’ve been quilting since 1986 and the last few years have incorporated embroidery into my quilts. I would love to win and your samples really give me lots of inspiration!

    Stephanie

    —Stephanie on May 17, 2014
  • I learnt to do embroidery at school back in the 60’s and just love small projects,and have made a few of Gails,and would love to win her new book,thanks for making it possible,see you all in August.

    —Leila O'Connor on May 17, 2014
  • My maternal grandmother taught me how to embroider, knit, crochet and quilt before I attended kindergarten. I cannot pick up a needle or touch a fabric without remembering her patience while teaching me.

    —Laurel Smith on May 17, 2014
  • I learned to embroider for a badge in girl scouts. It was a small doily and I remember how pretty it was when finished. I never did another thing again. Now I want to pick it up again but I’ve forgotten how to make a lot of the stitches. My mother had taught me a long time ago, but that time has passed. Small projects is what I need to get the creativity started.

    —Cindy Paquette on May 17, 2014
  • My great aunt taught me how to embroider, cross stitch and use the sewing machine when I was about 7 year old. Since then I’ve embroidered on and off different pieces. Currently embroidering snowy scenes for a quilt. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    —Limbania on May 17, 2014
  • Embroidery was my first love. I’ve done crewel, needlepoint, cross-stitch, sashiko and red work. I still love it and do it in amongst all the other sewing, quilting, knitting and crafting projects.

    —BusyButtons on May 17, 2014
  • I’ve been doing embroidery for a long time – over forty years. I love the idea of mixing patchwork with embroidery. They compliment each other quite nicely.

    —Dianne Huling on May 17, 2014
  • I have been embroidering since I was a child, got to be 40, whoops, 50 years. Where has all that time gone? Stitching of all kinds keeps me sane and has got me through some difficult times. Thanks for all your inspiration.

    —Vanessa on May 18, 2014
  • My mother loved to embroidery and taught me how at a very young age. I would draw outline pictures on white fabric, embroidery them, and hang my creations, like pictures.

    I started a "Briar Rose" cross-stitch queen size comforter in Tampa, FL and finished it, ten years later, while riding with my truck driving husband in Lincoln, NE on I-80. On that same day, in Lincoln, NE, I started a "Songbirds" cross stitch queen size comforter and finished it in Lutz, FL a few years later. Sadly, the former friend, who now resides in Rose Hill, Mississippi stole it while she had a key to my home. Both quilts required hand quilting and I had just purchased the fabric for the "Songbirds" to start hand quilting it.

    I still embroidery, but not as much as I use to.

    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on May 18, 2014
  • I think I was 10 years old when my Mom taught me to embroider. Gee I guess that means I have been embroidering for, gulp, 50 years. Love to win your beautiful book!

    —Betty Gracie on May 18, 2014
  • Yes, I started embroidery years ago when I was 20 and made several pictures and pillows. My mother taught me all of the stitches that she knew. It’s been years since I’ve done embroidery, but I still love the look of it.

    —Susan Stanton on May 18, 2014
  • Embroidery has been a way to de-stress and the way to create unique gifts for friends. It may not be perfect, but the feeling of accomplishment is great.

    —Becky on May 18, 2014
  • I was about 4 or 5 when I wanted to sew like my mom who did hand embroidery. My dad was an upholsterer and had large rolls of jute webbing. My mom gave me a tapestry needle with a variegated yarn in it taught me to stitch x s inbetween the red lines on the webbing. After x s I made astericks inbetween the red lines..then I used the red lines to practice running stitches. then Mom taught me lazy daisy stitches to make flowers on the webbing. Then she gave me a small needle and embroidery floss which I loved because it was so shiny. and I decorated pillow cases and all kinds of stuff. My mom then took all the webbing pieces that I practiced on and made herself a big bag to put all our beach stuff in when she took us to the beach…

    —ellen b on May 18, 2014
  • I have been embroidering for about 50 years. Started with hankies & pillowcases that my grandma would draw for me, in cross stitch. I miss her dearly and wish I could have learned more from her. So much knowledge and so little time. I would love to win, I would make something in memory of her. I love you grandma…until we meet again ♥

    —clara on May 18, 2014
  • On and off since the 70s, making the rounds of all the arts I love.

    —DebbieW on May 18, 2014
  • What a great combination. Cannot wait to get started!

    Lyn Seaver on May 18, 2014
  • I have embroidered since I was six years old. Both my Mom and Grandma taught be how to thread a needle and how to hold the fabric in my hands and how to transfer a pattern and then Mommie is the one who taught me the different stitches and gave me a little box with a lid that came with a fruitcake in it….a life time ago…..to keep my thread and package of needles safe. When I compare what we all have now to what our moms and grandmas had so many years ago there is no comparison….I was recently telling a new friend from a quilting class that my grandma ‘never’ purchased fabric for a quilt. We were from Appalachia and you used old work shirts, flour sacks, feed sacks, dresses that were to worn for wearing to church, etc. The back of the quilts and the backgrounds were always muslin….and a very lose weave at that.
    Thankyou for "asking the question" so that I could remember suh happy thoughts.

    —VikingMom on May 18, 2014
  • I have done hand embroidery but not lately. I was a crocheter before I took up machine sewing. Since I took up machine sewing I no longer do hand embroidery. Looking at the cute projects, I now want to try it again!

    —Bridget on May 18, 2014
  • I have been embroidering since I was a little girl. I still embroider today making tea towels for friends

    Jane Terrill on May 18, 2014
  • I embroidered for the first time a couple of months ago, and loved it! It is so relaxing and I absolutely love the look.

    —Ann L on May 18, 2014
  • My Mother taught me to embroider as a child, so maybe 50 years ago!

    —Mary Ann on May 18, 2014
  • My husband learned how to embroidery from his grandma when he was a kid…he’s 66 now and still picks up a needle and floss when the creative urge hits him. He’s much better at it than I am…he leaves the patchwork to me.

    —Pat D. on May 18, 2014
  • I have been embroidering for about 30 years. I love the portability and creativity!

    —CCantral on May 18, 2014
  • I began embroidery when I was only 5 or 6, and at 71 I am still enjoying it along with patchwork.
    I love hand embroidery and collect vintage embroidered lines which I plan to combine with patchwork quilt. I am so happy to see embroidery coming back on linens & patchwork.

    Cheers
    maggie
    maggiemine42@gmail.com

    —Margaret Parks on May 18, 2014
  • Have enjoyed embroidery and cross-stitch for over 25 years; even did some fine punch-needle embroidery for a shawl. My dad liked that so well, I got him started with that technique, too. The largest piece I’ve done was a twin quilt with redwork embroidery for my oldest granddaughter.

    —JEA on May 18, 2014
  • I did a class with Gail Pan on board a cruise ship. What heaven, embroidering with such a wonderful mentor while someone else cleans and cooks. No husbands with us and shopping in every port. A truly special time doing something I really love. Thanks Gail.

    —Roma Crowhurst on May 18, 2014
  • Embroidery has always been a way for me to pass away the long hours sitting in bleachers during a game or in a lawn chair during some tournament while my children participated sporting events. I also always had some project tucked in my bag as I carpooled to and from practices. It’s always amazing what you can accomplish with a few minutes here and there.

    —mary smith on May 18, 2014
  • Have embroidered since my teens, way before I approached patchwork and love the combination of the two.

    —Rivka Hamdani on May 18, 2014
  • No i have never done embroidery, but my friend Helen who started me quilting a few months ago does…. I am in awe of what she does but a bit scared to have a go! maybe this book & thread & fabric would help me take the plunge….

    —Suzanne Keal on May 19, 2014
  • 8 YEARS

    —Sue on May 19, 2014
  • I learned a few embroidery stitches when I was about 9 years old and stitched a few small projects. I lost interest over the years but after becoming involved in quilting about 4 years ago I have incorporated embroidery into some of my projects. I love Gail Pan’s designs and would love to win her book (plus the other goodies!). Thanks for the chance!

    —Janice on May 19, 2014
  • embroidery was my first foray into the world of stitching. I have always enjoyed embroidery and years ago ventured into crewel embroidery and needlepoint. I am currently working on a redwork Christmas project for one of my sisters. I would love to get the book. thanks for a great website.
    Ginnie

    ginnie adams on May 19, 2014
  • This embroidery is so cute and fresh, and I really like Red Rooster fabrics. I usually make handmade gifts and these would be instantly loved, I am sure!

    —Elaine on May 19, 2014
  • I learned to embroider from my great grandmother who lived with us. I was about 7 yrs old – oh dear that would be 48 years ago!! I love it, well not that it was 48 years ago but I do adore embroidery! Thank you!

    —Lee on May 19, 2014
  • In the 70’s, I taught myself embroidery techniques. Still embroidering today and enjoy it very much.

    —Cleo Mack on May 19, 2014
  • Yes I embroider and just love it! I find it so relaxing to sit and embroider while watching TV. I love doing some in all red or all blue and then again I love to add many colors to my embroidery. It’s something that I know I’m good at and enjoy doing.

    —Donna on May 19, 2014
  • I do all kinds of needlework, embroidery is one of the first I learned to do as a child. I’m now 62. It must be in my blood, because I learned that my grandmother and great-grandmother owned a needle work/sewing store in New York. I still have some of my grandmother’s unfinsihed work (that must also be in my blood)

    —Dawn on May 19, 2014
  • I’ve embroidered for over 30 years. I learned to do crewel and moved on to needlepoint. recently I tried Sashiko.

    —Judy Allen on May 19, 2014
  • I just noticed the cute embroidery in the new book by Gail Pan and it really does look like fun. I sit and do embroidery at night as atch TV and would love to do these they look like fun and quick to do! My Grandmother used to do embroidery, and there is where my love of needlework began and I’ve done it so long now I can’t believe the years have passed do quickly. Thanks for spotlighting the book and fabric.

    —Carol Cook on May 19, 2014
  • I started with cross stitching at a young age. I’ve not done that much embroidery but I love it. Currently I am working on a project that combines embroidery with patchwork and I love it! I’ve made Gail Pan’s Christmas ornament with a sweet little bird and I love her work!

    —Jacqueline on May 19, 2014
  • My mother started teaching me to do embroidery 60 years ago. I was five. I haven’t done much in the last few years but I want to start again.

    —Donna B on May 19, 2014
  • I would be so glad to win the book and all the goodies.
    I started embroidery in High School. when I was 19 I embroidered a
    baby blanket for my son. I am 71 now and still have the blanket.
    I love to add embroidery to my quilts and placemats.

    —Liz Brigham on May 19, 2014
  • I embroidered when I was younger, and loved it. Haven’t for a little while, but now I might start again.

    —anna on May 19, 2014
  • I have embroidered since I was 6 years old, when my teacher found that stitching kept me quiet. I always had a piece in my desk to do while I waited for the other children to finish their work. It certainly kept me in my place. Aunts encouraged me and by 9 I was entering local adult competitions!! I love a competition challenge and nearly 70 years later I still do.

    Margaret Pratt on May 20, 2014
  • I love embroidery! I learned it as a little girl from my mother and grandmother – they always had some embroideries in their hands in the long winter evenings. I still remember my first work: flowers on a tablecloth… Wonderful projects in this book, I love them!

    —Timtirim on May 20, 2014
  • I love to do hand embroidery. I learned to do it when I was very young and that was almost 50 years ago. It is very relaxing.

    —kathy stewart on May 20, 2014
  • I taught myself to embroider in my early twenties. I embroidered until my son was born 32 years ago. I recently picked up the embroidery again. I taught myself to quilt 3 years ago. Crazy quilts have caught my eye! I hope to start one soon. None of this would be possible today without the 10 years I spent in 4-H in my childhood. I never knew that sewing would be so important to me. Sewing is my therapy. It keeps me going.

    Jill Neeley on May 20, 2014
  • I have embroidered since the Nixon era when his daughter Julie wrote an article in a magazine about embroidery and offered a kit. That embroidery still hangs above my fireplace. I just completed my first piece of redwork and will be starting another one soon.

    —Susan Dickau on May 20, 2014
  • I have done some embroidery and would love to improve my skills. This book has some fantastic projects in it!

    —Terri Karasch on May 20, 2014
  • I did embroidery when I was younger. I haven’t done any hand embroidery lately. I’ve seen Gail’s work on Facebook, and it’s so sweet.

    —Maryellen on May 20, 2014
  • I started embroidery as a child. I loved looking at embroidered things. My mom did table cloths with napkins and dish towels. I was always interested in hand work. I would rotate from embroidery to needlepoint to crochet. There was always something special about embroidery. I’ve recently picked it up again. This book looks great. What a fun thing to win. I’m involved with quilting, but I love the embroidered projects I’ve recently seen by my quilt club. Just beautiful

    —Marguerite Namdar on May 20, 2014
  • I think it has been 25 yrs since I last embroidered. It was for a 50 year wedding anniversary!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Diane Loeb on May 20, 2014
  • More years than I want to admit.

    —sonia afanador on May 20, 2014
  • I have been embroidering since I was a child and still love it after 60 plus years. This book’s projects are so inspiring!

    —Kathleen on May 20, 2014
  • My mom taught me how to cross stitch and crewel embroidery when I was about 5 years old. That is over five decades ago! I love to embrioder while watching TV. Thank you for a chance to win such beautiful things.

    —Linda S on May 20, 2014
  • I have never embroidered before. I have done cross stitching but that’s as close as I’ve gotten, I’m afraid. I’ve really wanted to, though. I want to embroider thistles on a handkerchief for my husband like in Braveheart and have so many projects in mind. I have self taught myself to sew and knit from books, my next step is crochet and embroidery!

    —Kimmie on May 20, 2014
  • I am now a senior citizen and do machine embroidery but when I was younger I embroidered pillowcases, towels, anything I could get my hands on. I want to start again as sewing is my hobby. I want to do an embroidered (hand embroidered) quilt at some time. Your examples are stunning.

    —Elaine Robertson on May 20, 2014
  • I am now a senior citizen and do machine embroidery but when I was younger I embroidered on everything. I want to start again as sewing is my hobby. I want to do a hand embroidered quilt at some time. Your examples are stunning.

    —Elaine Robertson on May 20, 2014
  • I have been doing embroidery since I was a child. It is so much fun to work on something and have other people go crazy over it. I love crafting and needle arts. Would love to win the fabric and thread. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    —Janice Taylor on May 21, 2014
  • I learned embroidery as a child from both my grandmother and grandaunt. I always loved it but gave it up when I married and had children. I’ve discovered my love of it again and have begun making my own patterns to use on my quilting blocks. I use leaves from the tree in front of my building, the birds that perch there and sing to me, the plants in my living room that I love so much. I try to bring something of myself into my quilts, especially if they are gifts for the people I love.

    —irene on May 21, 2014
  • I started embroidering 62 years ago, sitting next to my mother who did beautiful embroidery. Luckily we still have some of her things, although most wore out because they were to be used not saved. I think my first project was a dish towel on which she drew a teddy bear. I don’t remember doing it, but in going through her things after she died i found this towel with the note ‘Penny’s towel, 1949’. This was to be saved not used.

    —penny tinker on May 21, 2014
  • I have embroidered off and on for many years. I often made embroidered pillows and pictures from kits. It brings a little peace to sit and hand emboider each day. When you have finished a project and a lovely little pictures appears it brings great joy!

    —Beverly on May 21, 2014
  • I’ve actually only been embroidering for about two years. For the previous decade, I was somehow blissfully unaware that the terms "Cross Stitch" and "Embroidery" were NOT interchangeable and the two actually very different styles of stitching! Oh well, I loved embroidery all along, I just didn’t realize it!

    —Christa Dunn on May 21, 2014
  • My elderly Danish grandmother introduced me to needlepoint at about the age of five. For my first attempts, she traced patterns from my favorite coloring book characters. My task was to embroider those pictures in an outline stitch. Of course she often threaded the needle for me; and my outlines were certainly not perfect. As I approach 80 years old, what fond memories of those early days sitting on her needle-pointed footstool doing handwork with her. And her patience led to years of pleasure embroidering, knitting, crocheting, needlepointing, sewing and ultimately quilting.

    —Audrey on May 21, 2014
  • I have done a little embroidery in the past but more counted cross stitch. Have some patterns here to do, as it is a great "take along" craft.

    —Nancy on May 21, 2014
  • My parents came from Hungary and my mother, who turned 100 in January, still does embroidery and loves quilting. I have followed in her footsteps. She taught me the love of making beautiful creations from fabric and thread. I am passing on my skills to my own daughter. How fortunate to inherit such a great gift!

    —suzie b. on May 22, 2014

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