Friday, 10 February 2012

A stitchy giveaway

I think that we are all in need in a bit of cheer on a cold weekend so here at last is my long-promised giveaway.

As I told you it is one of a stitchy nature, just the thing to keep your shivering fingers busy as you sit by the fire warming your pot of gruel.


Those lovely people at Search Press sent me these three very pretty books before Christmas, and in all the flurry and bustle of seasonal excitement (not to mention the depths of my misery at having to take a sewing break) I forgot all about them until I did my little sort-out and tidy-up the other day and found them in my embroidery drawer.


As you will see from my pet stork, I have had a bit of a penchant for cross-stitch. I stitched his ball and chain on one very foggy holiday on the isle of Lundy, all the while convinced that I was rapidly losing my sight. It wasn't until I returned home that I realized that a higher than usual stitch count, not to mention a gloomy fogbound cottage and poor lighting were the cause of all my difficulties.


The books I am giving away are all very tempting. The first is the Liberty Book of Cross Stitch, which is a feast for the eyes.


There are a series of pattern and instructions for all sorts of items from home decor to baby to accessories, with a mixture of sewing and embroidery.


Then there is Jan Eaton's 1000 Cross-Stitch Motifs:


This is a wonderful cornucopia of charted designs on every subject that you could possibly need, with a whole range of individual motifs, as well as borders and pictures.


And last but not least there is a book from one of the doyennes of the cross-stitch world, Jane Greenoff, entitled 100 Cross-Stitch Patterns to Mix and Match.


This has a clever split-page format so that you can swap about and have two different pattern pages open at the same time. I think the range of different alphabets is particularly useful.


So there you have it - to spread the blessings further, I will pick three winners, rather than sending all three books to one person.

If you already have one of the books, or are only interested in one, then say so in your comment, but those who have no preference obviously have more chance of winning.

Being a Follower gives you your first entry in the draw, and if you put me on your blog sidebar or engage in any other social media promotion then you can get further entries - please do a separate comment to tell me about each of these as it makes it easier for me when I do the draw.

[And No-Reply Bloggers - please note! If you don't have your email address listed on your Blogger Profile page (just look at my Profile here to see what I mean - my email is on the top left under Contact Me, and you can make sure yours is by using the orange Edit Profile button on the top right of your Profile page), then you can't win because I can't email you. (If I have never replied to one of your comments, chances are you are a No-Reply Blogger). If you are not on Blogger, then please make sure you put your email address in your comment.]

I'll leave the giveaway open until early next week - I am wondering whether I can persuade one of the robins and blackbirds lurking on the table outside my window to do the draw this time. They are very keen on picking bits of food out of bowls - perhaps I could rub the comment slips with bacon fat . . .


49 comments:

The Krafty Cupcake said...

I am already a follower and would love to take part in your giveaway. All of the books look lovely.

faith76 said...

Love the photo of the Robin. They always remind me of winter.
The cross stitch you have done is beautiful.

Would love the enter the giveaway - I am a follower x

The Krafty Cupcake said...

Apologies for the last comment (I never put my name on it!) I have also added you to my sidebar with a link back to you here. Sue x

Mary Ann said...

I would love any of those books...I realy love cross stitch and have started doing it again.

faith76 said...

I have also added you to my side bar to spread the word about your stitchy blog giveaway :)

Have a lovely weekend and keep warm!

Leah xxx

andrea creates said...

These look like great reads! I think I'd choose the 'Liberty' book.
Of course I'm a follower :)

millefeuilles said...

Pomona this is indeed a stunning giveaway to launch 2012 with. I am a cross stitch fanatic (the more complicated and big the better because I love a challenge) and I am a fan of Jane G and the Liberty one looks totally dreamy.

Goodness I feel like a spoilt brat here.

Anyway, I am a proud follower and I am off to publicize this great event on my blog.

See you later!

Twiggy said...

Ooo what a lovely giveaway could I join in please, I would be happy to win any of the books. I am a cross stitch addict !
Twiggy x

Angela said...

What a gorgeous giveaway! I love the look of the Liberty book. When we were penniless students and living in London, I used to go and wander through the haberdashery department just to feel better!
I actually spoke to Jane Greenoff on the phone once. I found her incredibly helpful - it is always lovely when you discover the author of a book you have enjoyed is a decent person in real life!

weekend blessings xx

Angela said...

What a gorgeous giveaway! I love the look of the Liberty book. When we were penniless students and living in London, I used to go and wander through the haberdashery department just to feel better!
I actually spoke to Jane Greenoff on the phone once. I found her incredibly helpful - it is always lovely when you discover the author of a book you have enjoyed is a decent person in real life!

weekend blessings xx

silverpebble said...

What beautiful books. I would love the chance to win (although if lulck is on my side I would probably be using them for jewellery-making rather than stitchy inspiration, if that's OK)

Michelle said...

They all look lovely books. Having a bird pick out the winner would b so clever :) x

Jooles said...

ooooh how exciting! I would ADORE the liberty book, it looks beautiful.
do you know i thought i was a follower but it turns out that i was not...how shocking. anyway i have put that right ;o)
nice to see percy pecker there, cheeky little fellow!
happy weekend
love jooles x

Mommy en France said...

Ooh, I would love a little bird to choose my name for one of these prizes! I am already a follower.

James-Linda said...

WHAT A SWEET GIVEAWAY! THANK YOU FOR SHARING! I HAVE 2 OF THE BOOKS; BUT NOT THE JANE GREENOFF ONE.
♥ HAPPY VALENTINES TO YOU ♥

Jooles said...

i have just added a little linky on my sidebar...thanks again
love jooles x

lady liquor vintage. said...

Ahh, such an amazing giveaway! One of my news years resolutions was to start cross-stitching again, I've not done it since I was about ten, so any of these would be perfect!

XO, Catherine.

mammafairy said...

Yes, you have followers, that includes me... Lovely books.

Cheryl said...

Oh my. What enticing books. Pick me, Pick me!

Cheryl said...

I'm a follower too. Love this giveaway.

steph said...

Oh, my--where have you been???? I just found your blog from Stephanie's! I cross-stitched for years and have sort of put my needles away, in favor of knitting needles; but that little scissor fob is too wonderful for words!!! Love it. Glad I found you!

soyknits@bellsouth.net

(I'm having issues with blogger--or blogger is having issues with me....not sure which!!!)
Have a wonderful weekend!

Jennifer Gail said...

I follow you.

Frances said...

Hmmm, Pomona, it's been a while since I've done any cross stitching (since knitting and crocheting have been taking the center stage) and yet, looking at this post of yours has reminded me of how much one can do with those X's.

I love the look of each of those books, although I've never seen any of them close up and solid.

Did you ever hear of Erika Wilson? She was a fine embroiderer and promoter of that skill via a television show over here in the 1960's (I think it was back then.) Anyhow, I have her classic book and was taken back in time when I read her obituary in the past week.

So perhaps, I really have been thinking about embroidery even before seeing this lovely post of yours. xo

jane said...

I am a follower through Bloglovin! And I love your blog! Good luck with the bacon fat and the birds! ;) Just thinking about cross stitch is making my fingers itchy to get going!

Thank you for hosting such lovely things!
jane

notjustasparrow@yahoo.com

Felicity said...

Please can I enter too for the liberty or the mix and match book if that's ok, thank you for doing such a lovely give away, fliss xxxxx

yorkie mom said...

I'm a follower! Would love to pass a book on to my daughter. She has just found the joy of cross stitch! Thanks for a chance.

Sue said...

What a lovely giveaway. I have never seen the Liberty cross stitch book before but how can anyone resist the lovely Liberty designs. I can feel my fingers itching to stitch already.

Alix said...

Ooh how exciting! I would love to enter your giveaway - I am already a follower. I will try and join the techno-rati and do the sidebar bit and will post another comment if I succeed! Have a lovely weekend!
x
PS I'm sure the birds will oblige!

Jewel said...

Ooh what a lovely giveaway! I am a follower and would love to join in! I would be thrilled to win any of the three books! xxx

Deana said...

Oh how lovely! Cross stitch was the first craft I took up when I was a teenager. I love getting in the stitchy headspace. I follow you by email.

Peet said...

What a lovely giveaway! I would not know which book to pick, they all look great. I am a follower of your blog and would like to add you to my sidebar (as soon as I find out how I am supposed to do that, just started blogging :-) ).
Love from the netherlands,
Petra

tiggertje29@hotmail.com

Kimberly R. said...

I am a follower and would love to enter for each of the lovely books!
Thank you :)
kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

Indigo Blue said...

OOhh my Mum would really like these so please count me in. Either one would be great. I am already a follower of your blog.
x

Callies Cottage said...

What lovely books and on a subject that I would love to learn more about.Thank you and good luck to everyone!
Warm Wishes,
Callie

carrad said...

Ooo, me too please. Can never have enough craft books! xxx

principeta said...

Wow,lovely giveaway,count me in,please.Now I follow =o)

hueisei said...

I'm a follower to your wonderful blog. Thanks for the chance to win!

Shocking Hocking said...

gorgeous - and thanks for the op - i defo have my eye on the liberty book - i'm a bit of a pushover for liberty!

i'm a follower already

Always smiling said...

Such lovely books, even if you didn't use them for the patterns just lovely to look at..
Would love to be a winner.
Chris

Poppy said...

Cute picture of the robin! I would love to enter please....

love Lou xxx

anna said...

ah, cross stitch, my first crafty love *sigh*
i would love to enter please (the liberty book would be my top choice but any of them would be a treat!)

anna said...

i also have you in my sidebar :)

anna said...

i don't know if i'm a 'follower', but i have you in my google reader.. does that count?! no worries if not - just ignore me!
have a lovely week!

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

What a delightful little birdie to have as a visitor.
All the books look wonderful and just full of goodies to make.
Hope you're enjoying the day.
Susan x

nimble fingers and steady eyebrows said...

What a lovely giveaway! I am a follower, and I rather think that the lovely Liberty book would be enough to persuade me to pick up my embroidery needle again! Laura x

nimble fingers and steady eyebrows said...

I have also just tweeted your giveaway. Laura x

millefeuilles said...

So embarrassing! I've just noticed that the link on the sidebar picture I added on my blog was ... for the picture itself! I have obviously rectified this foolish mistake.

I hope you are well.

Stephanie

Country Rose said...

Yes please, I'd love to be entered in this gorgeous giveaway!

I'm now a new follower. Feel free to come and enter the giveaway going on over at mine! :-)

Ashley xxx

Irene said...

Hello, I just landed on your blog, following a link. I look to rekindling my love of cross stitching and am looking to blogs for inspiration. I'd love to win any of your books. Please enter my name. wishing you inspiration and happiness always.

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