We’re heading into fall and today’s giveaway is filled with inspiration for the official arrival of holiday crafting season. I’m sharing my thoughts on a new fiber arts serial publication and several needlework kits that would make great gifts (as in, you could give them as gifts or use them to make gifts!).
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Plaid Bucilla kits
I learned to embroider from my grandmother and I love the look of embroidery and other needlework, but admit that I no longer have the eyesight (nor the patience) to do it often. For this reason, I was very excited to get my hands on these kits from Plaid Bucilla.
If you don’t do needlework on the regular but you like to pick it up from time to time, these kits are perfect because they include everything (or, everything but the hoop, in some cases) you need to complete a specific project.
The Handmade Charlotte Stitchables include laser cut wood shapes, embroidery floss in a variety of colors, a needle that will fit through the laser cut holes, and instructions with a color chart. Of course, you can make your own color choices, too. These wood shapes can be used as ornaments or for embellishing cards, gift wrap, or other craft projects. This giveaway includes the Handmade Charlotte Hedgehog Stitchable and the Peace Sign Stitchable. The Stitchables are great for people with no needlework experience because you can basically just insert the needle through the laser cut holes without having to make perfect stitches.
The Handmade Charlotte Stamped Embroidery kit includes stamped denim fabric, cotton embroidery floss, a needle, and instructions. It doesn’t include an embroidery hoop and the stitching is slightly more complex, so this kit is better suited to someone who has done embroidery before and has a hoop at home (or is willing to buy a hoop to go with the kit and has the patience to learn). This giveaway includes the Handmade Charlotte Stamped Embroidery Tribal Medallion kit.
The My 1st Stitch kits are presumably designed for children, but they work for grown folks, too. The Stop and Smell the Roses Counted Cross Stitch kit includes black Aida cloth, embroidery floss in a variety of colors, a needle, and instructions with a chart. The Believe Everything Happens for a Reason Counted Cross Stitch kit includes a plastic embroidery hoop, white Aida cloth, embroidery floss in several colors, buttons for embellishment, and instructions with a chart. If you’ve been wanting to try out counted cross stitch, both kits are included in this giveaway.
These Plaid Bucilla kits are fun because supplies are included (as well as the project ideas!), but they have enough flexibility that you can also adapt them by using your own preferred colors of embroidery floss, your own needles, etc.
By Hand Lookbook No. 2
By Hand is a new serial publication about “fiber and fabric making communities.” This giveaway is for Lookbook No. 2: Portland and mid-coast Maine. These publications aim to highlight communities where fiber and fabric crafts are popular in a variety of ways. By Hand is published three times a year and is printed as a paperback on matte paper. It’s like a cross between a hefty magazine and a crafter’s travel guide to a specific location. This issue includes six knitting patterns, one recipe, and two sewing projects along with profiles of fiber artists and makers, crafts businesses, and eateries in Portland and mid-coast Maine. You can enjoy By Hand as a travel guide (for example, by taking their suggestion about where to eat or to go for a day trip) or as a crafts magazine filled with project ideas and inspiring interviews centered around a specific location. The photography includes a combination of outdoor shots, stylized project pictures, and candid portraits of various makers and creative business owners. It’s written in a conversational tone and has so many pictures that you’ll feel like you’re spending a day around town with the author, Andrea Hungerford, and the photographer, Karen DeWitz, as you read or flip through it.
You can learn more about By Hand here and see what issues have already been published and which locations are planned for future issues so you can plan your travel accordingly!
So, are you ready to be inspired? This collection of goodies can be transformed into handmade gifts for someone else, or you can gift them to your favorite crafter, or you can make something for yourself!
This giveaway is open to readers with mailing addresses in the United States, except where prohibited by law. Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. One winner will be chosen at random from the entries submitted via the Rafflecopter widget. The winner will receive 5 kits from Plaid Bucilla (including Handmade Charlotte Stitchables and Stamped Embroidery and My 1st Stitch Counted Cross Stitch kits) and 1 copy of By Hand Lookbook No. 2, courtesy of Plaid Bucilla, By Hand, and Underground Crafter. Good luck!