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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

Hooray, it's giveaway week from Sew Mama Sew! For those of you who stop by Lilac Lane often, welcome back! For those of you who are new here, welcome to Lilac Lane! You've reached the home of fabric and pattern designer Melissa Stramel. My first two patterns have just been released and are published by QuiltWoman.com. My fabric will be out soon (fallish?) with Andover fabrics! I'm am absolutely thrilled about that and can hardly believe it every time I think about it.

Anyway, on to the good stuff you all are here for.

Up for grabs today is, uh, you probably guessed it:

 1 copy of my Bountiful pattern, which includes instructions for a grocery bag, lunch bag and gift bag.

 1 copy of the Joy bag pattern, a purse in two sizes with lots of options.
1 box of 10 of my HoneySweet notecards, blank inside so you can write sweet greetings of your own.

AND your very own made up Joy bag, actually my prototype, so it's not exactly like the finished one in the pattern, but still -- the prototype!
Now how do you sign up to win this bounty of Joy? (aren't I clever) Well, it's a little different than my normal:

I really love embroidery. It's a life-long love for me. And I've designed several yet unreleased embroidery patterns. So I'd like to know do you like embroidery? If so, do you like the pdf patterns? Do you like the iron-on patterns? And if you have any knowledge of how those can be printed with wash-off-able ink, I will be forever indebted to you.

The contest is open from now until midnight CST on Wednesday, May 25. Good luck! To enter just leave ONE comment addressing my embroidery question. Multiple entries will be deleted.

Serve one another humbly in love. Galatians 5:13

Love,
xoxo

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Nancy said...

I love hand embroidery!! I prefer PDF patterns so I can get crackin on it immediately..

ange_moore said...

I'm not much of an embroiderer but I do appreciate other people's work. And I'm always a bit disappointed when I look at a finished piece and can still see the transfer or printed pattern underneath, no matter how neatly they've stithced their work. So, on that basis I think I probably prefer a pdf pattern that can be traced with a temporary fabric pen and removed once the hard work has been done!

Thanks for a great giveaway!

Smeeker082 said...

I haven't gotten into embroidery yet, actually my first quilt isn't even completed yet hehe. I do think it looks so neat and maybe someday I will have the courage to try.

CityHouseStudio said...

Hi Melissa,

I love embroidery - I'm fairly new at it, but love it.
Usually I just make up my own patterns, but have used a few PDFs, which I like, too!
Michelle

Red said...

I like patterns on paper. So as long as I have ink in my printer, I am great with PDF patterns. Love to be able to mark where I am when I stop.

Staci said...

Lovely prize! Thanks for offering it!
I do like embroidery, and love PDF patterns, the instant gratification is wonderful. I do like iron ons as well, but have no idea about your ink question. Hope you find an answer!
Thanks again!

Regina said...

I don't embroider much - though it is tempting. I think a PDF that would be traceable - or could be gone over with a tracing wheel or something would be the route I would go... complicated question... so much depends on what surface/color you want to embroider on, and I know for me it probably would not be your normal colors.

Lisa said...

My embroidery skills are limited to putting faces on dolls for my daughter!
LOOOOOOOVE the bag!! :)

Lisa

Mary Lou said...

I love your patterns! I haven't embroidered in years but I see so many cool embroideries on blogs I might have to add it to my project list!

Quilter in the Gap said...

I just recently starting doing embroidery. I don't mind PDF patterns but have never used any iron-on patterns. i have just traced my patterns onto the fabric. Seems to work ok. Sorry I am not of more assistance.

Jenn said...

I love embroidery. and I am always looking for new designs. I buy a lot of things on etsy because there are so many different styles. I love pdf patterns because they are easy to tranfer and then I always have them to print off whenever I want.

Andi said...

I love hand embroidery items.. My mom made each one of the grandkids pillowcases with special stuff embroidered on them before she passed away.. She always used the ones that you iron on. I wish I knew how to embroider. I would love the patterns!! I love all of your work!! Thank you!

Bolo heads said...

You know me, and you know I love my needle and thread. I usually just use the blue pen when tracing a pattern, but I think you should go ahead and invent iron on printer ink. That would be awesome.

Country Girl said...

Oh wow! What an extravagant giveaway! That would be so amazing to win this set!
I do like to embroider but don't get much time to. I like pdf versions but also if you found out how to print them with washable ink that would be even better! My husband's grandma embroiders baby quilts from Jack Dempsey(that is pretty much the only brand) for every great-grandchild. Since she doesn't really know how to use a computer I have ordered all her patterns for her. If you are coming out with some designs that could be made into a baby quilt that would be wonderful!

DangAndBlast! said...

ooh all as one prize? fun! I have to say I normally don't use embroidery patterns - it's easier just to draw it myself or freehand (not that I do much). For crewel embroidery or something more involved than just an outline of a picture, though, I've been known to buy kits/patterns. Washable ink is all I've used.

Kathryn said...

Yes, I do love embroidery. I use it as my vacation sewing projects. I prefer pdf versions rather than iron ons. That way I can make changes to the design if I want to - not that I'd ever want to change one of your designs. Best wishes, Kathie L in Allentown

mennikelly said...

I've only tried PDF patterns but I've only embroidered 4 things.

Katie said...

Wow, what a great giveaway! I actually already have materials for the Bountiful bag--I am such a beginner though, I'm scared to try it. Anyway, I've never tried embroidery either, but I'd love to one of these days. One new skill at a time, haha. :)

mblittle5 said...

I like to do hand embroidery as well as embroidery on my machine. I usually use either the blue wash-off pens or Fons & Porter's washable graphite pencils.

leigh7911 said...

I'm too imprecise in my 'regular' embroidery (as opposed to cross-stitch, love the grid of aida cloth!) to feel comfortable with iron-on patterns that wouldn't wash away. I've bought some, mind, but am planning on tracing them like I would with a pdf.

Janet said...

Another chance to win your fabulous bag patterns. How wonderful! Yes I love embroidery. PDF patterns are great, as long as they are sized so they can be easily printed, and don't have to be enlarged. I've never used an iron on transfer. I have a great light box and a really handy blue pen that disappears with a spritz of water.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I do like to do embroidery. I used to embroider a lot years ago, but had gotten away from it. I prefer the iron on patterns. I've really not used the PDF patterns. Thanks for the great giveaway!

napergal50 said...

I have embroidered from the iron on patterns but not for a long time. Most of my embroidery now is done from my own free hand drawings and only on labels I make for my quilts. There are so many cute embroidery patterns out there now, I may take it up during the fall and winter.
Thanks for the giveaway, I have been drooling over that Joy bag since I first saw it!

Catskill Quilter said...

I love to embroider, but I prefer hard copies of patterns, simply because my computer has been having a glitch lately and will not let me open PDF files. Bummer!

Jen@thecraftingfiend said...

I love the look of embroidery and have only just started this past month, so my knowledge is limited. however I like a PDF for other patterns since I can reprint as many times as needed (my child loves to crinkle/chew and otherwise destroy paper)

robin said...

I haven't done embroidery in ages - it seems to be coming back in vogue. Might be fun to try again. :) If there would be some way to trace from a PDF, it would be great.

Martina said...

Such goodies. Love your bags! Thanks so much for this give away!I love embroidery and I do like PDF patterns. They are easy to store and find again. I normaly trace the patterns at my window with a special pen which washes out in the end!

Mama Lusco said...

I've never tried embroidery. My MIL does great work tracing in pencil from printable designs. Thanks for the wonderful prizes.mamalusco at ortelco dot net

Jennifer said...

I really like the look of hand embroidery and am trying right now to learn to do it... i have a hoop full of practice stiches on my coffee table! So i can't provide any info but i would love to see more of your work and your patterns :)

Kristi said...

I not into embroidery - but I've only every done cross stitch. I wasn't a big fan - I like quick projects - my attention span is too short. If it takes more than a day or two, I'm bored and it usually ends up in the "someday I'll finish" pile...

Lee said...

I love hand embroidery - how exciting that you have some patterns! I love pdf patterns and I have no idea how to print w/ the washable ink. I usually trace.
thanks

Peach Rainbow said...

I love embroidery but my hand sewing is not so neat therefore, I do not do them much. But I like PDF patterns :D
Thanks for the chance :D

Pia said...

I love embroidery both maschine-made and hand-made. Have an embroidery-sewing-maschine.

Sasha said...

I prefer the pdf versions, but I've only done a few, so I may not be a good point of reference!

Amanda said...

Adorable! I like embroidery, I just dont really have the time to commit to it. :(

Lotti said...

Great giveaway! I love embroidery but have never followed a pattern, I normally just do it free hand, if I was to follow a pattern though then I would trace it on with a washable pen I think

Ramirez said...

I like to embroider free-hand and my daughter has started doing it as well. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Sydney
316ramirez@gmail.com
Wichita, KS

Sarah said...

I love embroidery but have never tried it properly myself (apart from cross stitch and longstitch and other such simple things). I think a pdf would be better - easier to access!

gill said...

Hi Melissa I've done very little embroidery but I'd love to do more so if you're going to lead the way I'm right behind you!!

Tricia said...

Not big on embroidery...too many other crafts to fill my time. That being said, how do you find the time to do it all?

Joanne Lendaro said...

I've got one project started and it was PDF, and I really liked the ability to print.

Thanks for the fun giveaway!!

Lexi said...

I've never tried embroidery but I'd think that I'd prefer PDF patterns since I'm such a tech addict. ;)

lexib0t@verizon.net

Diane H said...

I love doing redwork and other embroidery. I use dressmaker carbon to trash my patterns, it washes out. PDF patterns work for me. Thank you.

Nancy said...

I'm a "wannabe" at many things but I have done some embroidery. Years ago, my mom and I embroidered some pillows of our own design. That was a long time ago before 4 children came along and when I look at my pillows I think I need to do that again. Now I've taught my 11 year old daughter to embroidery and we used the iron-on design. She had great fun but has now moved own to designing her own felt animals and selling them to her friends (she has done over 70 so far - I'm so proud of her).

I am not much help with the transfer of removable ink. That would be wonderful.

I love your bags and your giveaway. I have a desire to sew more and learn to quilt. With homeschooling 4 children, there is not much time leftover but in my spare time, I try to keep up with my creative side. Thanks for the opportunity.

Nancy at mom2jebj@gmail.com

Anna F said...

When I was young I did hand embroidered with iron transfer patterns. I haven't done any hand embroidery since then. Now I have a sewing machine that does embroidery as well and I love it.

Hannah said...
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Hannah said...

I love embroidery, although I haven't done very much. I prefer to use the iron on patterns.

andrea creates said...

i love embroidery patterns-i use the iron on.sorry not too knowledgeable about the inks

Kristy said...

I love embroidery, but a hand injury a couple of years ago makes hand stitching hard for me now. Nonetheless, if you can figure out how to do the iron on images that really do wash out, I'd be very interested in trying it out! :) Thanks for an amazing giveaway!!!

TheAccidentalCrafter said...

I haven't had much experience in embroidering but I did attend a free workshop at an expo once and was amazed with the iron on patterns which the lady said was good for a few more gos. Another thing to learn now - embroidery.

Jen said...

I just started doing embroidery and I'm not a big fan! Too much sitting still, I guess! I would love to win your bag, it sure would save me some time of making it!

Jessa said...

I love embroidery! I have only tried the iron-on type of embroidery but I'd be game for trying pdf :) Great giveaway! thanks!

Sara said...

I'd love to make one of those bags. I'm all about bags these days and yours are super cute! Embroidery is on my want-to-try-someday list, but I haven't gotten to it yet. Sorry can't contribute, but I'm glad I discovered your patterns. :)

Jodi-JoJoMia's Place said...

I like how embroidery looks, but I haven't done much of it. Just putting initials on friendship quilt blocks and stuff like that. I am doing some hand quilting with perle cotton though and can see myself getting into embroidery someday.

T-Bryd said...

i wish i knew more about embroidery. is it only done by machine? is it done by hand?

i really like hand stitching stuff. it is relaxing and i can do it at work

i love these reusable bags too!

Sewfast said...

I love embroidery, but pretty much just do machine embroidery these days. Thanks for a great giveaway

mac13 said...

I love embroidery and pdf patterns!!

Shaheen said...

I like hand embroidery. I prefer the iron-on designs.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Stephanie and Carlos said...

I just embroider by hand with chalk drawn free hand images... I am no help lol... But your patterns are wonderful and generous.

xo Steph

hollyctr said...

I've never tried embrodery, but I've always wanted to!

Amy said...

I haven't embroidered since I was a little girl and my grandma had me do it when she had to watch me. I remember following something she either drew on the fabric or was already printed.

Jingle said...

I would love to do more embroidery, actually. I like the iron on patterns, as they are super easy to use. Thank you for this awesome giveaway! jinglesells at gmail dot com

jane p said...

I do a lot of embroidery but I usually don't use patterns because I'm lazy and it's too much work. But if I were to go for patterns, I'm ok with pdf or iron-on. If the design is not too detailed, I could do with pdf. But for the ones with a lot of details, iron-on sounds better.

Micah said...

this is such a great giveaway. I like embroidery, but I don't know anything about patterns!

iris*hill said...

Mom taught me to hand embroider when I was eight or so and I've done lots. I've done iron-on patterns and traced my own. But now my passion now is my new embroidery machine!! Love it.

Christie S. said...

I used to love to embroidery, but my bifocals just aren't doing the trick. I can still sew on my machine though.

Jessica said...

Ohh I love the look of hand embroidery, I've never done it myself, but am looking to give it a try, so I'm interested in everyones responses!!

Anne said...

I love it! As for embroidery, I love it in theory but no chance to do it now.

nancy said...

I prefer PDF - this way I can start it right away.

nancy said...

I am also now following your blog :)
Thanks for this give away.

Karen said...

I don't know anything about embroidery, however I love this pattern and I would LOVE to win! Thank you for the giveaway!!
kweight@byu.net

{eleise} said...

i love embroidering! i have just started it though, only done like 2 projects so i'll still trying to get the hung of it! =)

Sangeetha said...

i do like embroidery and iron on patterns

Ladybug said...

I love to embroider and prefer the iron on patterns. They make it so much easier to get started quickly.

Minimanuals said...

Great giveaway. I prefer PDF patterns.

Meryl said...

I like the ironed on ones--so much easier to get them washed out at the end!

Em said...

I love embroidery, but I don't DO embroidery. So I love embroidery done by others.

Mari said...

Hi Melissa,
What a generous and gorgeous giveaway.
I love embroidery as well and think PDF is great.
As for ink...I make tags using fabric in my regular printer (adhered to cardstock using repositionable bond spray) as they are just removeable hang tags the ink doesn't need to be permanent. I've checked..and it washes right out...

mooncalf said...

I'd like to like embroidery but I'm put off by the PDF patterns and not knowing how to transfer them.

If I knew how I'd definitely feel more confident but I usually stick to cross stitch.

Fi said...

I love embroidery and have done iron on as well as drawn the patterns myself.

Chiska said...

I'm just learning, but I like both options. Wonderful give-away.

Sherry said...

I love the "look" of embroidery but I dont prefer to do it myself!

Kathy said...

I haven't really done any embroidering, although it does interest me. I think it is something I would like. I think I need to wait until I have a whole craft room, before I add another interest to my crafting hobbies, though.

Amber H. said...

I LOVE embroidery! In terms of which way I'd prefer to have my patterns.. it honestly depends on what it is. If it's intricate, then I think I'd like the iron on patterns.. I bought some embroidery patterns that are gorgeous, but because they were PDF format, it took me FOREVER to trace them, and I didn't have a lightbox.. yeah I had to get a bit creative with the tracing!

Let's just say it involved two cellphones with a flashlight app turned on, my small reading light and my biggest pyrex dish! I was tracing onto a flour sack towel that was too large to use my window as a lightbox with. It came out alright, but that was a major pain.

LethargicLass said...

I like the immediacy of the PDF patterns, but the ease of the printed ones... not much help am I? LOL :)

Stephanie Granite said...

I embroider a lot and I like the PDF's over the iron-ons. I usually like to re-size the PDF's to fit with what I'm making and I use either a red transfer pencil or light and a washable pencil to transfer my designs

Bree said...

I don't do a lot of it, but I do enjoy doing hand embroidery. So far I've only used patterns that I've traced (fabric held up to the computer screen!) or drawn myself. I think I would prefer patterns that can be ironed on instead of on regular paper, but like I said, I don't have much experience! Although, I do agree with ange_moore - I've got some pillow cases from hubby's grandmother where I can see the pattern underneath & it kind of takes away from the beautiful work. So maybe .pdf is the way to go.

MamaPPod said...

Oh my, oh my, oh my. Such a wonderful giveaway! I think I would prefer an iron on pattern, even though you can still see the pattern underneath. I have so little brain space I need the dummies version :-)

Just One More Thing said...

I love embroidery!! PDF patterns are great -- ready set go:) I absolutly love your entire giveaway. I really think it one of the most generous giveaways I've seen.

Candice said...

I just do embroidery out of my head :) No pttterns- I know ther are lots of awesome patterns on Etsy though :)

candy at fiber dot net

Lindsay(PACountryCrafts) said...

I have just taught myself to embroider and I really like it! I have only ever done my own patterns that I just trace, but I would like to try some PDF ones, too!

This is an awesome giveaway! I would love to win!!!

Ronny and Carla said...

I do love embroidery and would love to learn more. PDF patterns sound great! But even better is to see lots of inspiration and maybe some tutorials?

The Feisty Redhead said...

Hello! I like the iron-on patterns best. I seem to make the least amount of mistakes with them! The bit of embroidery I've done has been mainly using the Jenny Hart/Sublime Stitching book.

Steph said...

I like to emboider. The only way I have used is the ink printed pattern, but I have only bought the pillowcase (or whatever I am embroidering) with the pattern already printed, so I couldn't tell you how to do it :0(

I LOVE your bag!!

Laura said...

Wow, great giveaway.

I've never done too much embroidery, so I can't say which method I like. I like to look at it though!

Sarah said...

I LOVE your giveaway.

I have recently taken up embroidery, and honestly feel like I'm stumbling around in the dark. I'm not sure how to get the patterns onto my fabric. But, I really want to learn!

Lisa said...

I like to embroider, but rarely find the time to do it. I would love to be able to have the pattern printed temporarily on the fabric if given the choice. Thanks for the chance to win!

Carol said...

Love the embroidery. I would use the pdf patterns and iron on too.

pianomama said...

I love redwork - and I've used PDF patterns - just make the lines really dark and it's easy to then trace them with the fadeable purple pen. Love the bag patterns!

Stephanie said...

I do love doing embroidery but don't do it as often as I like to. I haven't used pdf patterns, only the pre printed and iron on patterns.

A load of Craft said...

I love pdf embroidery patterns! I have only used the iron on ones that I have printed from my inkjet computer they worked perfect and the ink was hardly noticeable.

Emily said...

I love how embroidery looks but have never tried it.

Sean and Laura said...

I haven't much gotten into embroidery. The most I do is handsew "made by mama" on projects for my kids, but I think it's a skill I'd love to explore. Thanks for the giveaway!

Phoenix Peacock said...

I cant really help you with the emboridery question - I'm a cross stitchin kind of gal. Though I don't do it, I love embroidery.. it is so pretty.
What a great give away. I'd be honored to win!

Phoenixpeacock(at)gmail(dot)com

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

I have never done embroidery, but would love to start making little embroidered details on sewing projects! And pdf's are my FAV

Michelle said...

WOW what an amazing giveaway! I would prefer PDF :) I tried to submit this comment a moment ago and received an error message. Please do not delete me as I'm only trying to enter once.

Jocelyn said...

I like PDF patterns. I trace them right off my computer screen, it makes getting the size right a lot easier! Thanks for the giveaway!

Monica said...

I do a lot hand embroidery and can't get enough of it! I prefer pdf's over iron on patterns.

Thank you for the chance to win.

Kathryn said...

I love embroidery but I'm only just getting into it so I'm not too good yet.

ginnyaluna(at)gmail(dot)com

Melissa @ Love Affair With My Brother said...

I know nothing about embroidery mainly because I have rheumatoid arthritis but I do think it is beautiful! Thank you for the opportunity.

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

I can't believe you're giving away your protype - that bag is soooo gorgeous!!! I seriously want it. ;)
To answer the question - I LOVE embroidery. I can't wait to see your patterns!! I like the PDF versions - they're nice and easy!!
Thanks again for the great giveaway!

Jenny said...

i cant help entering melissa...your bag is so nice! and id like to give my two cents on embroidery. i like it. a lot. i wish i did it more. i think i would prefer iron on. ... but based on answers i see, i wouldnt want to see the lines...so i think you are on the right track looking for iron on that washes away! good luck!

Jessica said...

I've just started embroidery and don't have much experience. I've only traced my pattern to the fabric.

jessica (at) homfamily (dot) com

The Monkey's Mama said...

I have just started embroidering, and i love the PDF patterns, my kids have a little plastic desk with a light for tracing that makes transferring onto light fabrics really easy. the iron on things sound a bit like a pain in the butt...

mtrose59047 said...

I am becoming devoted to embroidery and incorporating it into quilts. I don't know much of iron on transfers. I usually use Chaco sheets which work perfectly along with a Sewline Trio ball point tip pen. Works awesome.

Deb said...

Congratulations on the new patterns and fabric line! I like embroidery, from paper patterns. I dislike pdf patterns, because I have to store them separate from all my 6x9 bagged patterns. It's kind of goofy, but right now I'm working on an embroidery project where I traced onto wash-away solvey, then basted it to the fabric.

Jennifer said...

I love embroidery. It was the first sewing thing I ever learned. I like the iron on kind, but the PDF is great for the instant gratification of having it in hand!

This is a great giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Katrina said...

I do a little hand embroidery but majority of it is machine embroidery. I love adding a little to every project :)

Mary said...

I have not delved into the realm of embroidery yet, but I am in awe of those who do.

Mary
http://www.quiltgenius.com

Laurel said...

i like pdf patterns because sometimes i'm into instant gratification!

Kelly Massman said...

I like to embroider, but there is no instant gratification in it like there is to scrapbooking so I don't do it very often!!! PDFs would be great...
What a great giveaway!
thanks also for a chance to win!
kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

barncat said...

Love the patterns, love the bag you made, and yes I love embroidery too! Iron ons, pdf, I've used them all, but the pdf's are great for instant fun. :)

Carli said...

I actually prefer PDF patterns, that way i can keep them on my computer just in case it happens to get ruined or lost, i can print a new one off. I also love to sit on my front/ back porch and embroider away!

Tamara said...

I don't really do any embroidery, but I love to see what other people do.

Mrs. Darling said...

this is an amazing giveaway! My little girl would love that purse.

I love embroidery and generally I use the pdf patterns since they provide immediate gratification. I just trace it with my blue disappearing ink pen and off I go. When I am done, I spritz some water on it and voila, it is as good as new!

Thank you for sharing your talents and for stopping by my 'A Crafty Fox' blog!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I have a long answer to this one, which I will try to simplify. There was a lady at market selling embroidery designs. And they were cute and I was interested. Turns out she does have them printed on light plain fabric but she charges $24.00 per block! And there were 12 blocks. And you HAVE to buy them all. Well, do the math. It was ridiculous. I do like to have the pattern preprinted on fabric but $24.00 a block is way too much. I backed out of the deal. She changed her price several times. Anyway I don't really do much embroidery but I'd like to because I'm lousy at it and need to get better. Your work is always so cute. I'm sure your embroidery is too.

lorijo2003 said...

I do love to do embroidery...but I'm a cheater...I have an embroidery machine. I've never done hand embroidery:)

lorijo2003(at)hotmail(dot)com

Malinda said...

pdf please!! I love embroidery!!

mrstolli said...

What a great giveaway! I've never done hand embroidery, but maybe I'll try it one day. :)

Ms Muffin said...

I LOVE hand embroidery!!! Unfortunately overhere in Germany machine embroidery seems to take over which I find rather sad ....
Will start following your blog to see what patterns you came up with.

I love using pdf patterns, too. I have never used iron on transfers to be honest so I am sorry but can not help you there ...
If I use light colored fabric - like white - I just put the design under the fabric and trace it with a special pen ...

Thanks for such a fun giveaway!
And you are very welcome to enter mine, too. You can win some custom-made buttons. :-)

Love

Ms Muffin
ulli-xox [at] web [dot] de

Cortney said...

I have never tried embroidery but I really want to because some of the vintage patterns I've found (mostly ones that are pre-1930) call for touches of embroidery on the skirts or sleeves. Clearly, it's something I should learn!

Sherry said...

I love your patterns. I also am an embroidery lover. I use PDF patterns all the time, I trace them on my fabric with wash out marker. I am working on several now. I would love to see your designs.

principeta said...

This is so generous of you,love it.

I only know few stitches of hand embroidery,actually learn it from the net.

quiltmom said...

I have not done much hand embroidery for years. My mother had a bunch of the Aunt Martha patterns and I have made a couple sets of pillow cases.
I think that the PDF patterns sound like a wonderful way for someone to get started right away and not have to wait for snail mail.
Thanks for the chance to win such a nice bag and pattern.
Regards from Western Canada,
Anna

Laura Beech said...

I love the way embroidery looks. I want try it but haven't yet. I think iron-on patterns would be awesome.

Val said...

I haven't tried embroidery yet! Thanks for the giveaway!

heleen said...

I love embroidery, but only recently discovered pdf patterns. It's best i think with small patterns

alittleteteatete said...

I'd love to try embroidery!! I think I would prefer iron on.

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Ana e os Vira Ventos said...

I like embroidery and have done some works, I always look for pdf patterns!
Ana
anaeosviraventos@gmail.com

Jessica said...

I have no idea, because I've only ever embroidered once. I'd guess pdf patterns cause I like everything else that way :) Thanks for the chance!

Christina, Steve, Clara and Elena said...

I love embroidery! Especially doodle-stitching.

Becky said...

I do like embroidery but I haven't done much of it! I haven't found much that is my style, but I confess I haven't done much searching! Quilting takes up most of my time.

stitchinpenny said...

I like embroidery done by someone else. I am unable to keep stitch length or width the right size. It is not my skill. Thank you for participating in the SMS Giveaway Day.

Rainbowartist said...

I really don't do much embroidery, but I think I would prefer iron-on patterns.

Jenn said...

I do love embroidery, but I have an attachment to my sewing machine and thats all I know :(

Cinnamon said...

I love to embroider. I think the PDF patterns are the easiest to do, and the most fun for me. I like tracing the pattern on, it's like practice before you stitch and you can leave out anything you don't like. Thanks for the giveaway.
scarletteandcinnamon(at)gmail(dot)com

Sandi P said...

I used to embroidery years ago. Lately I have been seeing lots of quilts with embroidery center panels or blocks, and am thinking I'd like to do this again.

Sarah Rae said...

I'm afraid I don't embroider at all. I'm a crafting newbie. But I love that bag!

Homemaker Honey said...

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Kathy H said...

I love embroidery. I like the PDF patterns. I haven't found any washable printable ink yet to use in a printer. I often use pigma pen to trace my designs when embroidering with one color only. I have heard that the transfer eze is good to use as it washes away and you can put it in the printer.

Bellgirl said...

I do like adding embroidery to my quilts- I like to put the name of the person and a message from me on the back. I've never embroidered from a pattern, so I don't know about printing, but I do like the screen-printed embroidery panels by Prints Charming- do you know of them? The background is visible, but it's a feature: http://www.printscharming.com.au/

MaddyMaze Studio said...

I prefer the iron-on ones. I will go out of my way sometimes to get that as opposed to the PDF, if its available. If not, I will still get the PDF...just sort of inconvenient for me.

Suzanne said...

Hello! I do like embroidery but have not yet ventured into doing it myself! Sorry I cant be of any help. I have read some of your comments. Hope some of them are helpful to you! Thanks for the chance to win!

Loralynn said...

I love to do hand embroidery! I prefer the pdf patterns to iron on...I just don't care for the iron on colors. I trace using a very fine pencil and it completely disappears when I have stitched on it.

Debb said...

Oh, my goodness what beautiful prizes... I have not embroidered in a long time; but, I would probably like stamped... thanks so much

Calikisses said...

Wow! this is such a great giveaway and I love your blog. As far as embroidery goes I've never tried it but have been wanting to! I think PDF patterns would be the best way to try them. Thank you.

Homemade from the Heart said...

Unfortunately i don't embroider, but enjoy it when i see or get it. Great giveaway, thanks for a chance to win!

nicmowat said...

embroidery is too tiny and precise for me!

LOVE the bag...thanks!!!

Valerie said...

Embroidery is one craft I haven't really tried yet. My grandmother has always done the printed stitching embroidery, and I have several beautiful pieces she's made over the years.

alioop said...

I am not so gifted at hand embroidery...but would like to be! So....whatever method makes it easiest for absolute beginners! I am clueless!

Stacy said...

What a generous giveaway!! I love embroidered things and I don't have an embroidery machine, I love things that are. Hand embroidery just makes things so special! Thanks again!

Irina said...

I've never tried embroidery but I wold like to try. I find PDF patterns easy, as I can print them and also store them in my laptop.

~Carla~ said...

I love, love your giveaway!! :) Crossing my fingers!

I'm just getting into embroidery and think I'd prefer PDF files personally.

Rebecca said...

I absolutely love this giveaway. I also love embroidery. Either iron on or pdf embroidery patterns are great. It doesn't matter to me either way. Thank you for the opportunity to win this awesome giveaway.

gchaney said...

Thanks for the giveaway. Pdfs are the way to go- easy for you and easy for the recipient. Plus, they can be adapted easily to a certain size when you print them out and I like that.

Carol said...

I love embroidery - I just bought a bunch of patterns while on vacation. I have never bought pdf patterns, but I would prefer those to having to wait for a pattern and pay for shipping. I trace my patterns with a water-soluble pen, because I could never cover up the lines.

Quilt Girl said...

L like to hand embroidery when I ahve the time, especially whenI can mix bits and pieces into a quilt. I prefer pdf patterns--easiy to make quick changes to fit my needs.

Thank you!!

Melissa said...

I actually have an embroidery machine so I don't have any clue about hand embroidery. I love it but don't have the patience to hand stitch. Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway!!!

Dawn said...

I have yet to try embroidery. I think I would like PDF's better, though. You could trace it and re-use it for another project.

Quiltin' Sandy said...

I love embroidery patterns, but have not used any iron on ones. I prefer PDF patterns which I trace using a light box,and a fine pencil. I have read recently about a gel pen which can be used to mark your fabric then disappears when it is ironed.
Lovely giveaway! Your bag is beautiful. Sandy. :0

The Sewing Dork said...

Yes, that's quite a bounty! I've just begun to get into embroidery, and the iron on types are all I've tried. What are my other options? Looking forward to whatever you've created.

Cathy said...

I think embroidery is beautiful, but I don't do it, and I know nothing about the process. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

Jeannie said...

I love PDF patterns, only way to go these days.
I use a Micron 01 brown pen, even the one thread will cover beautiful.

Jo said...

I have never tried embroidery. It is on my list of things to learn when I have time though. I think that people make wonderful things using embroidery. I would say that for the most part I enjoy the PDF patterns that I recieve for things because you get them right away!

babygirlhoarder said...

Oh wow wow!!! Beautiful stuff! I don't know the first thing about embroidering so I'd have to say I would want the iron-on. I love PDF patterns in general so I can do it right away!
Tia
mtrand2 (at) gmail (dot) com

Rescued Goods said...

I really love other people's embroidery. The only thing I have done so far is hand embroidering one of my daughter's first drawings. Love that, but overall I am too impatient for that beautiful work. I love your patterns-so cute!
Vanessa

Selina Marie said...

I love embroidery, but I'm afraid to try it! I know that sounds silly... I am planning to figure it out eventually though. I love the look of little embroidered designs in their hoops and hung on the wall.
(Love your patterns by the way. Your bags are great.)

flowerofshona said...

I have just started to embroider again and im loving redwork.
I make my own patterns and use an iron on transfer pencil.
good luck all xxx

sewcarmendoes said...

Great giveaway! As to embroidery...I really like it and prefer pdf patterns as I have had bad experiences with the washable print ones...the print bled and it was a tragedy! I cried. So pdf is best! xx

Olivia said...

Unfortunately I can not leave a comment about your embroidery questions because I have yet to embroider... anything! It is definitely on my bucket list of things to learn someday!

Linda Crosby said...

I do embroidery work..small projects. love PDF patterns but like to make up some of my own. thank you for the chance to win these great giveaways..lindacrosby(at)hotmail(dot)com

Valerie said...

I love embroidery but unfortunately can't do it anymore (arthritis) but I was a fan of PDF patterns.

Patty said...

I like hand embroidery I'm sorry I don't have a clue how to print with washable ink but I like the idea of a PDF that can be traced.

Val said...

Wow - these are great bags! I love your work! I do like embroidery and the PDF patterns are great!

Lauri said...

I used to do some embroidery but I usually used pdf and just transferred the patterns.

What a wonderful giveaway

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Rachel said...

I love hand embroidery - it's my favourite thing to do. I prefer pdf patterns - only because they're easy to buy (no postage), and as I live outside the USA (in New Zealand) that is always the first thing I look for. I am always looking for new embroidery patterns so I hope you get yours published soon.
Thanks for the great giveaway.

Bethany said...

I do like the LOOK of embroidery but I must confess I've never actually DONE it. I'm no help, lol :)

Liz said...

I am new to hand embroidery, but what i've done so far I prefer to print and trace rather than iron on.

Laura@Corner House said...

My embroidery skills are a little limited. I have always just drawn my own and then embroidered it up.

Suzee said...

I love embroidery even tho I don't do alot it.but does cross stitch count? but i do love PDF patterns! iron on is ok too
thank u! follow u now!

deserae said...

I have never tried embroidery before. I am just learning quilting, and starting to become crafty! Maybe I should try that next!

Jennifer said...

I don't know how to embroider. I do think PDF patterns sound like a good way to start, though!

Amy said...

I prefer PDF patterns. Very cute blog! Thanks!

Abby said...

I love embroidery. I've been looking for patterns too because it's something I've been wanting to try out for the longest time but haven't had a chance to get around to.
What a lovely giveaway! I'd love to try out those patterns, I love eco-fun bags.

CMEH said...

when it comes to embroidery i like the patterns in lots of ways... I trace some, I iron some... I do a little of everything...depends on how quickly I need it and if I have had a chance to by it ahead of time

Barbara said...

I love embroidery, too. I prefer PDF patterns. Thanks for the wonderful give away. I love reading your blog.

adrienne said...

What an awesome giveaway!!

I have to admit it. The last time I used an embroidery pattern, rather than just making it up as I go, I used one of my mom's books from the 70s, with the purple ink? Bright harvest yellow cover....

So, I don't know. I like pdfs for other things (knitting patterns), so....

Jagels said...

I prefer pdf patterns. i love to embroidery too. great patterns. can't wait! thanks

NinjaEema said...

I do enjoy embroidery. I'm pretty sure that you can buy special iron on transfer paper, but I don't know if it washes out.

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Jen B said...

I've done some cross stritch but not embroidery. Good luck with your patterns!

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