At Quilt Market in Spring of this year I was wandering the aisles as you do - looking for things that jump out and things that catch your eye!
At the end of a row I came upon the most gorgeous and huge embroidered skunk that just stopped me in my tracks!
It was of course the Skunk Floor Pillow from Sew & Stitch, the first book from embroidery designer Alyssa Thomas of Penguin and Fish.
I was aware of Alyssa already through her Etsy store of the same name, where she has for some time been selling her lovely patterns, kits and plushies. I'd been toying with the idea of doing some of her embroideries for my little niece, when I realised she was putting out a book!
Which I promptly pre-ordered on Book Depository and forgot about, as you do.
Imagine my delight when the book arrived in my mailbox! Not many of you will know that before I was a quilter (way back in the dark ages), I was an OBSESSIVE embroiderer. Cross stitch, crewel, stumpwork, you name it. In fact, I had a nice little business selling embroidered baby clothes and wraps. So there you go, trivia. But I digress.
The book. It really is just lovely. Not only are the patterns available on an iron-on transer sheet for ease of instant embroidery, but there are very clear and well explained instructions for those non and beginner embroiderers out there.
The projects range from lovely things to make for yourself like the Feather Tablet Case:
to things you will be itching to stitch for the little people in your life - I know I can't wait for a spare few moments to make Hope a Racing Sack for when she is a little bigger. How cute is this!
And so if your taste runs to the whimsical as mine does, you will love this fun and approachable guide to big stitches and enjoyable stitching. Check it out!
PLUS! I have one copy of Sew & Stitch to give away to a lucky lucky reader... to enter you can leave your name and your favourite animal in a comment on this post, comments close Wednesday October 23, 5pm Australian EST at the end of the blog tour. Enjoy :)
The blog tour continues...
Tuesday, Oct. 8 - Mr. X Stitch http://www.mrxstitch.com/
Wednesday, Oct. 9 - Pellon http://blog.pellonprojects.com/
Thursday, Oct. 10 - While She Naps http://www.whileshenaps.typepad.com/
Friday, Oct. 11 - The Last Piece http://thelastpiece.typepad.com/
Saturday, Oct. 12 - Feeling Stitchy http://www.feelingstitchy.com/
Sunday, Oct. 13 - No stop today
Monday, Oct. 14 - Wild Olive http://wildolive.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, Oct. 15 - Bad Ass Quilters Society http://www.badassquilterssociety.com/
Wednesday, Oct. 16 - Spoonflower http://blog.spoonflower.com/
Thursday, Oct. 17 - Sew Mama Sew http://sewmamasew.com/
Friday, Oct. 18 - Skunkboy http://www.skunkboyblog.com/
Saturday, Oct. 19 - Meet Me at Mikes http://meetmeatmikes.com/
Sunday, Oct. 20 - No stop today
Monday, Oct. 21 - Quilt Dad http://www.quiltdad.com/
Tuesday, Oct. 22 - Follow the White Bunny http://blog.followthewhitebunny.com/