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Giveaway Day Needlecrafter’s Pampering Kit Winner!

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Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day - Needlecrafter's Pampering Kit Winner

Number 60 – Leo from Strandkorbtraum! Leo shared a particularly messy crafting fail: “We were mixing the Pulp for paper making in a stand mixer and someone forgot to make sure the lid was on tight .. yep parper Pulp spraying in every direction was the result.” Yikes! I will be emailing you in a few moments, Leo, and I sure hope this little pampering kit soothes some of the pain of that incident!

Thank you all so much for playing and for sharing your disaster stories – I apologize for laughing, but boy oh boy, did some of you guys have some terrible tales of woe to share! I’m slightly concerned by how many of us have sewn through our fingers (I myself have not, though I did badly smoosh my finger under the moving bits around the presser foot once, sewing too close and too fast, and that was bad enough.) and sewing pattern pieces upside-down or to the wrong place seems a common mishap, so don’t feel bad if it’s happened to you. My heart especially went out to those quilters who weren’t happy with the actual quilting on something they worked their fingers off on – unpicking quilting is the worst – and to those who hoarded precious fabric only to mess it up in the end, you poor things! You all made me groan in sympathy and belly laugh at the same time – I’m so glad you joined in and that we could all share in our funny miseries!

I hope some of you stuck around to hang out with me here at button button, and for the rest, I’ll see you all next Giveaway Day!

Giveaway Day!

This giveaway is now closed! Thanks so much to everyone for entering – we’ll announce a winner tomorrow!

Hooray, Hooray, it’s Sew Mama Sew’s Giveaway Day!

I love Giveaway Day so much – what a lovely way to celebrate the wonderful feeling of community in our little crafty world. Meet new people, share some pretties, maybe even win some pretties!

For any of you visiting for Giveaway Day that haven’t been here before, here’s Button Button in a nutshell: I’m Julie, an all-around needlecrafter who basically eats, sleeps and breathes thread of various types. I co-design embroidery patterns with my mother, Chris, as a team called Little Dorrit & Co. and I’m just over halfway through a year of making embroidered samplersembroidery is one of my greatest loves. I also love to sew by hand, especially English Paper Piecing, and knit (and have designed a handful of knitting patterns as well), and quilt – and make bobbin lace! Basically, I’ll try whatever needlework you throw at me. I’m a bit of a vintage-junkie, but I’m also a geek for things like Buffy, the Goonies and nail polish.

So, geeky, vintagey needlecraft then. If that sounds like something you can relate to, I sure hope you’ll stick around and see what I get up to!

Giveaway Day May 2014

For now though, let’s get on with the dang giveaway! This prize is from the Little Dorrit & Co. team: A Needlecrafter’s Pampering Kit!

We’ve got a beautiful vintage teacup and a box of Teapigs Super Fruit teabags, a wee bag of Leonidas milk chocolates, a tube of The Body Shop‘s Almond Hand & Nail Cream (my absolute favorite hand cream ever) to soothe those tired stitchy hands – and three precious skeins of Au Ver à Soie Soie d’Alger Silk Embroidery Thread. (This is the thread I used to stitch my Eels lyrics embroidery, it’s dreamy!) We’ll probably and toss some vintage buttons and lace in there for you as well – ’cause we’re just totally crazy like that!

How’s that for a treat to feel like a needlecrafting princess?!

Everyone is welcome to enter this giveaway, no matter where you are in the world, and we will pick a winner by random number generator from the comments on this post. As with all of the Sew Mama Sew giveaways, we will close the giveaway on May 16 at 5 p.m. PST (that’s about 1am here in the UK, so I’ll probably close it when I wake up the following morning). All you have to do to enter is:

Tell us about a crafting disaster that was so bad, you really needed some pampering to recover.

Everyone has a story, something that might be funny now, but really wasn’t at the time. Here’s my story: quite a few years ago now, I knit a pair of Cookie A’s wonderful Pomatomus socks – if you’ve made these socks, you’ll know how easy it is to lose stitches at the end of a round and end up missing an entire motif if you aren’t really, really careful. I obviously was not, and didn’t realize that my sock had gone horribly wrong until I was about three inches past the fateful mistake! I am not terribly proud of my reaction: I threw the whole thing across the room in a rage and burst into tears. Really – actual, proper sobbing. It stayed on the floor for hours before I could even stand to pick it up – and about another month to frog back and finish the sock. Worth it in the end, but not so much at that moment!

I hope you’ll enter to win this little kit and visit Sew Mama Sew to enter a million more giveaways this week!

Star-Hexies on Sew Mama Sew!

I’m so crazy, ridiculous, bonkers excited to tell you that my first tutorial for the always-awesome Sew, Mama, Sew is today’s post! EEEEP! How crazy is that?!

Star-Hexies with Sew, Mama, Sew!

I’ve contributed a little English Paper Piecing tutorial for these lovely Star-Hexies (a star-in-a-hexagon) – I’m absolutely smitten with them and could make a million, just for the hell of it. I hope you’ll go over there and check it out!

If you’ve popped over from Sew, Mama, Sew – hey! how you doin’? And if you love English Paper Piecing like I do, I hope you’ll stick around – there’s some exciting EPP news in the works as we speak! It’s all happening!

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day Winner!

So it turns out that we crafty types are a longarm-quilt-machine-dreaming bunch of people. To own a longarm machine was by far the most popular answer to my Giveaway Day question and I really don’t blame you all. That would be amazing!

Personally though, my heart was with those of you that thought weaving would be a good dream-craft; if I have the space, I’d long for a loom. There will never be enough space in this Button house, so I will have to keep it as a dream. But, oh, to wear woven handspun yarn – yum! And I’m also with the many people who didn’t need more stuff so much as more time. I would love to sew more by hand – everything by hand! – if I had enough time to do it in!

What I found most interesting about all of your answers was that so many of you said that you “do everything already”. This made my needlecrafting heart happy, because I often feel like I have to break down and choose to give something up, because I just can’t fit it all in and end up feeling like I have no real focus. But I don’t want to have to choose! I love all of my crafts so much and I was so happy to hear that you feel the same way.

Anyway, it’s time to announce the winner and get a package down to the post office, but just quickly: thank you so much to all of you that liked our prize enough to enter. I’ve never nearly had so many entries to a giveaway before! I hope some of you will stick around to see if you like what I get up to!

Ok, here we go! Mr. Randompants, who will be our winner today?!

Commenter #190: DeborahGun, who said: I would love love to try dressmaking. I have recently started a little bit of embroidery so this is a lovely giveaway – thankyou!

YAY! I’m so happy to send this little embroidery kit to a budding stitcher! I’ll be emailing you shortly, Deborah – and thanks again, everyone!

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

Hurrah! Giveaway Day! I love Sew Mama Sew’s Giveaway so much, it’s one of the best inventions ever. Things have been quite real-life-ish around the Button house lately, so this bit of cheerful fun is exactly what we need! Thank you, Sew Mama Sew, for hosting this lovely blogging tradition – we love you!

Ok, so you want to know what the loots is, right?! Yeah, I don’t blame you, that’s what it’s all about! This year, Little Dorrit & Co. decided to try and spread the stitchy love and maybe make a new embroiderer out of one of you – or just treat an existing stitcher to some shiny new toys. We’ve put together a whole embroidery kit for one lucky winner:

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day Prizes!

We’ve got: embroidery scissors from the Victoria & Albert Museum, a 5″ embroidery hoop, DMC embroidery floss, Clover embroidery needles and a little needle-book – stitched and sewn by my own self!

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day Prizes!

I’ve decorated it with a little clump of flowers from our logo, and it’s got four wee felt pages to store your needles away safely.

Also included in our Giveaway Day embroidery kit is a copy of our Shakespeare’s Flowers embroidery pattern – five smaller flower patterns that are perfect for any stitchy skill level. The thread above is a bundle of all the colors you’ll need to complete the entire set of Shakepeare’s Flowers – just add fabric and you’ll be stitching away in no time!

How to enter: This giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere! Entries will close on December 13 at 5 p.m. PST (which is the middle of the night here in the UK, late Friday night) and one winner will be chosen randomly by the end of Sunday, December 15th.

To enter, simply leave a comment on this very post and answer me this: if money / time / space were no object, what craft or project would you most like to try? I love getting to hear a little about you guys!

Update: Entries are now closed! I’ll announce a winner by the end of Sunday, so make sure you come back and find out if it was you – see you tomorrow!

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