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May Birthday Giveaway: Embroidery Companion

Embroidery Companion

What’s going on here? My site started ten years ago this month and to celebrate I’m giving away something each weekday. Because I like you.

Today I’m tickled to have a copy of Alicia Paulson’s second book Embroidery Companion: Classic Designs for Modern Living to give to one lucky winner. Alicia is one of those people I’ve known online for almost as long as I’ve had an internet connection, and whom I’m happy to say is just as awesome and warm in person, and I adore the love and care she puts into all her work. Her take on embroidery shows a fondness for the past but has a modern and cheerful way about it. She also has a delightful blog, Posie Gets Cozy where she talks about food, dogs, gardening and the joys of hammocks. And she produces patterns for sewing, crochet and embroidery as well as offering the occasional carefully compiled craft kits which sell out crazy fast, her latest was the Daisychain ABC Sampler, and I love her felt Christmas ornaments. You can find everything at her online shop Rosy Little Things.

If you’d like to win the copy of Embroidery Companion please leave a comment with this post and, if you’d like, answer this question: What is the first craft you remember doing? Though my mother has evidence of earlier creations the first thing I remember was using cut fruit as stamps to decorate t-shirts on a rainy afternoon during a vacation. Your turn, you’ve got until Friday, May 27th at 10 a.m. PST to enter, the fine print applies. Good luck! Closed, thank you so much for entering!

· comments [349] · 05-26-2011 · categories:books · craft ·

349 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Anna // May 26, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    The first one that came to mind was weaving those potholder things that many people have already mentioned. The first craft that I remember being passionate about was making bracelets woven out of that plastic lacing. I loved those!

  • 2 Julie // May 26, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    I learned to finger-weave at Girl Scout day camp the summer after kindergarten, and I don’t think I stopped doing it for the next five years!

    (At least, I thought that was my earliest remembered craft, but then I scrolled up and saw the words “potholder loom”… which I now remember I did with my grandma when I was 4. )

  • 3 Barbara // May 26, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    My mother taught me how to knit, so I made a little coat for my Barbie doll. I also remember making potholders on a metal loom.

  • 4 Nancy // May 26, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    I remember my aunt giving me all her fabric scraps. I used them to make barbie clothes and bedding for the wicker barbie bed. Also made an upholster chair with some velvet and cardboard.

    Other barbie furniture included, a set of dresser drawers made from q-tip boxes and contact paper and a shower with an round oatmeal container.

  • 5 Sue // May 26, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    A rug hooking kit…it was a panda bear on a blue background and it took me about 2 years to finish!

  • 6 Rachael K. // May 26, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    My sisters and I used to make paper dolls and design their paper clothes. Fun!

  • 7 Sandra // May 26, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    My earliest memory is of giant needlepoints with a plastic needle, but my best memory is of a little loom that I called the Moon Loom. I think I always thought the man who gave it to me actually made it (his last name was Moon). I’m not certain if it’s based on crochet or knitting, I just know I loved how repetitive it was. I don’t think I ever finished a single scarf, but I bet it’s still in a closet somewhere.

  • 8 Rachel // May 26, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Those little plastic beads that you place onto peg boards and then melt with irons…can’t remember what they are/were called…so many hours spent making things with those though…

  • 9 Crystal // May 26, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    I never had a craft per say, I drew all the time. I drew what ever animal caught my eye, my favorite as a child was my grandparents dog. My grandmother encouraged me so much to continue to draw she put my first drawing on her fridge like a prize! One of my favorite memories!

  • 10 Ryan // May 26, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    I’m not very crafty but my girlfriend is. She’d love this book! She’s embroidering stuff for her friend’s right now so I’m sure she’d love to add this book to her collection.

  • 11 Emily D. // May 26, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Although my mother is no longer with me to verify this, my first memories of crafting include decoupaging wooden boxes. I also recall drawing pictures and embroidering them onto dishtowels or pillowcases, while my mother would be working away at the sewing machine. Fun to think about…

  • 12 Sheri // May 26, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Cutting snowflakes and then decorating them with random stuff I found around my aunt’s studio.

  • 13 wendy // May 26, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    crochet. I got a kit for my 6th birthday… had to read/follow the directions all on my own because no one in the family knew how to crochet. I eventually figured it out, and made all kinds of random things til I learned to knit at age 20. Never picked up a hook again. Sad, but true.

  • 14 Linda // May 26, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Around age 8, I remember embroidering tea towels with my mother.

  • 15 dawn // May 26, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    I’ve embroidered and done beading all my life but I have very fond memories of many many crafts involving dry pasta and gold spary paint!

  • 16 Terri // May 26, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    The first craft I remember doing was a necklace, when I was about four. Specifically, gold-painted macaroni strung on yarn for a Mother’s Day necklace, in Sunday School. I think there was a hand-print clay ashtray that may have preceded that, but I don’t really remember the making of that one very clearly (not surprising, since obviously that was back when dinosaurs roamed the earth).

  • 17 Kris // May 26, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Macaroni mosaics. :D I LOVED gluing noodles to paper, and then painting or glitterfying them. So much fun.

  • 18 Corinne // May 27, 2011 at 12:22 am

    I remember doing spin art with paints in squeeze bottles at my sister’s school fair! So fun :)

  • 19 Henderica // May 27, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Mmh my first craft? probably painting, drawing or sticking things on each other, can’t really remember ;)
    But I know we did do a lot of crafting in school

  • 20 Amy // May 27, 2011 at 2:51 am

    The first would be either making pictures with the orange and brown wrappers of a PB cup or A Chip and Dale embroidery thing my Grandma had me work on when she watched us.

  • 21 Beth // May 27, 2011 at 3:45 am

    Making an angel out of a dish detergent bottle. With a foam ball head.
    The book looks wonderful!

  • 22 Rachel // May 27, 2011 at 4:16 am

    Probably not my first, but I remember making a paper-mache macaw parrot for my project on the rainforest in grade-school. It was a work of art!

  • 23 carrie // May 27, 2011 at 4:26 am

    I remember “finger knitting”- I don’t know what I ever did with the results, I think I just did it to pass the time.

  • 24 Jody // May 27, 2011 at 4:56 am

    The first craft I remember making was a salt dough show in my first grade art class. Why a shoe? Who knows. I know I was crafting long before this, but my mom loved this piece of artwork and and raved over it. I guess that is why it came to mind. That and she still has in on her bookshelf in the kitchen. I am 34 years old now.

  • 25 Katy // May 27, 2011 at 4:57 am

    When I’d visit her on vacations, my grandmother always had something creative and crafty for me to do. The first one I remember was sewing: sitting on her lap at the sewing machine, her hands holding mine as we fed the fabric under the foot, making clothes for my Barbie doll. <3

  • 26 darlene // May 27, 2011 at 5:01 am

    I love the Posie Gets Cozy blog. The first craft that I made was in kindergarten (sp?) – and that was Valentine cards. Years later, I still make cards that I sell.

    Thanks for offering this prize.

  • 27 Sylvia // May 27, 2011 at 6:16 am

    Oh, I remember having the measles and my mother taught me how to do the knitting Nancy to keep my mind off the scratching. I knit a long tube that seems in my memory to have covered my entire bed!

  • 28 MK // May 27, 2011 at 6:23 am

    The loopy potholders — do they count as a craft?

  • 29 Cynthia // May 27, 2011 at 6:34 am

    The book sounds wonderful..I learned to embroider in Girl Scouts in the 60’s and have done different types over the years. I’m always looking for something new to try. Can’t really say what my first craft might have been, but I do remember making a piggy bank out of a plastic jug when I was in nursery school (that’s what they called preschool back in dinosaur times).

  • 30 Karli // May 27, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Not sure if it counts as a craft, but I always was and still draw or paint in any medium.

  • 31 Eowyn // May 27, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Fabric crayon decorated t-shirts! Also, potato stamps!

  • 32 Sarah M // May 27, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Oh my, I have been drooling over this book forever! The first craft I remember doing is the yarn-over-plastic-grid tissue box covers, keychains, frames, etc. And a little later I started counted cross stitch. So though I sew more now, needlework has been in my life a long time!

  • 33 Allison // May 27, 2011 at 6:54 am

    I made a motherload of scrunchies in the 3rd grade. It was the high point of the New Kids on the Block and slap bracelets, and one simply couldn’t have long hair without a scrunchie to accompany it.

  • 34 Meghan // May 27, 2011 at 7:00 am

    My mom taught me how to embroider (and finger crochet) at the age of five! I still can’t believe she let me near a needle. ha!

  • 35 Allison Sch. // May 27, 2011 at 7:34 am

    When I was in high school, I made my own purses. I used ties as the straps and did all the sewing by hand.

  • 36 Crystal // May 27, 2011 at 7:38 am

    I remember doing papier mache in elementary school, and my older cousin teaching me how to cross stitch, but I don’t remember which one came first.

  • 37 Rachel B. // May 27, 2011 at 7:41 am

    My very first craft was a knitted dishcloth. It was in bright red wool and ugly as all get out but my grandmother used it everyday until it fell apart.

  • 38 Kelly // May 27, 2011 at 7:46 am

    stitching plastic canvas together with acrylic yarn… blah!

  • 39 Alyssa // May 27, 2011 at 8:18 am

    My first craft was cross-stitch! My mom taught me how and I was SO excited to learn a big girl craft.
    I’m still partial to it, although I’m not a fan of the way it looks. (weird, I know.) However, there’s just something about all those lovely little x’s making something cute and wonderful that I really enjoy.

  • 40 willa // May 27, 2011 at 8:39 am

    oh my god, don’t know if i’m in under the wire on this one but i would LOVE to learn more embroidery. i’ve just started fiddling around myself, just improvising, and i love it! it’s like drawing but with thread.

  • 41 Sarah S. // May 27, 2011 at 8:39 am

    I remember making potholders on a plastic ‘loom’ frame out of those colored loops.

  • 42 Heather // May 27, 2011 at 8:40 am

    My first craft was also those loopy potholders. I was damn good at them too, so I am totally counting it as a real craft. In my grown-up life, it was cross-stitch which is why I’m glad I’m getting in just under the wire for my chance to win! (fingers crossed).

  • 43 Jennifer // May 27, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Lately I’ve had the desire to take up embroidery – it was something my great-grandfather did and I’m inspired by that.

  • 44 E // May 27, 2011 at 8:56 am

    The first craft that I really got into was making things out of polymer clay. I think I still have my Sculpey around someplace- I should pick it up again.

  • 45 Teresa // May 27, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Paper dolls! My mom would draw the doll itself for me, and my sisters and I would spend hours drawing and cutting up clothes. We then sent our paper dolls to our very own paper boarding schools, Enid Blyton style…

  • 46 marta // May 27, 2011 at 9:02 am

    i really enjoy paulson’s blog and i would love to win her book!!!

  • 47 Erin L // May 27, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Hmm, the first craft….maybe shaping things out of bread dough. Mom had a big stack of Pack o’ Fun magazines that she would get ideas from.

  • 48 steph // May 27, 2011 at 9:33 am

    My mom was an avid crochet-er so she taught me single and double-crochet. She’s a lefty and I’m a righty so I didn’t get much further than that. I still know how and I can still crochet the heck out of a dish cloth. Thanks!!!

  • 49 Malinda Lloyd // May 27, 2011 at 9:58 am

    oh this is a hard question – I’ve been crafting for as long as I remember. the first craft I remember doing that wasn’t cutting and pasting or painting was weaving. I got a kid’s size, simple plastic loom from my grandmother for Christmas.