Stitch with Love — CLOSED –

Have you seen a cushion or a bag or even a little kitchen towel that you almost felt in love with it as soon as you saw it? I remember seeing a needle case made by the great-grandmother of one of my friends and wanting it to be mine so bad that I almost cursed my great-grandmother for not making one or at least not keeping it for the future generations (i.e. me, I would be even angrier if I knew there it one in the family and it is not mine!). I find that these designs are incredibly simple, but is the tiny details that make them so pretty, like a little embroidered flower, or a hand-stitched ribbon, or sometimes is just the wear-and-tear that add that charm that no fabric or lace can provide.

But when David & Charles sent me Mandy Shaw’s latest book, Stitch with Love, I knew straight away that there was hope for me to own a needle case so cute that I will keep forever. Stitch with Love is full of easy projects, all with pretty embroidery designs and all in that classic style and colours that will look good today and in years to come.

The projects are quite diverse, so you will find bags, cushions, aprons, journal covers, a sew tidy, Christmas decorations, gifts for new born babies, even gift tags! I can picture myself receiving a present with this tag and ignoring the present but cherishing the tag for years (unless of course is that overlocker that I have wanted for years).

Another good thing about this book is that has instructions for both right and left handers. I’m left-hander and it takes me forever to learn some crafts because I have to mirrow the instructions. This time, I might have a good chance to learn without tears. I am going to give a try to that needle roll using one of the linens that we have in shop, and regardless of how it looks when finished, I will keep it and handed down to future generations.

To pass on the love, I am giving away a copy of Stitch with Love to a lucky person. To enter just leave a comment on this blog, and tell me if you have got something handmade by you or someone you love that you treasure and want to keep forever. The winner will be picked next Monday 16th May, 2011 and announced in this blog. The competition is open to all UK and European readers this time.

TStitch withLove is published by David & Charles (ISBN-13: 9780715338490)

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