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September 25, 2013

Stitched Blooms Blog Tour + Giveaway!

Hello, hello, hello!
I'm very happy to be included in this Blog Tour to let you know about a really fantastic book titled Stitched Blooms, authored by the talented Carina Envoldsen-Harris. The book features 20 fresh and fun sewing projects, each with one of Carina's colorful embroidery designs. The book also contains more than 300 floral motifs that you can use to embroider designs onto practically anything ... a hankie, a napkin, a dress, a tote ... really anything that you want to embellish and elevate with a touch of embroidery.

For this blog tour, I am hosting a giveaway where one lucky winner will receive a copy of Stitched Blooms, along with ... drumroll please ...


This super cute sewing kit that Carina made for the book!
Sewing Kit

Sewing Kit 2

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment on this blog post by Sunday, September 29th, 5PM PST, with one of your favorite memories that involves stitching of some sort. A random number generator will select the winner and the winner will be announced by way of an edit on this blog post. Please check back to this post after the 29th to see if you are the winner so that we can coordinate shipping of the book and sewing kit.

Happy stitching. :)

Order your copy of Stitched Blooms here on Amazon.

Visit all others on this Stitched Blooms blog tour here:
 Sept. 16th – Amanda Carestio - www.larkcrafts.com  
Sept. 16th - Shannon Cook - www.luvinthemommyhood.com  
Sept. 17th - Lynne - lilysquilts.blogspot.com  
Sept. 17th - Sara Lawson - www.sewsweetness.com  
Sept. 18th - Alicia Rosello - www.elblogdedmc.com  
Sept. 19th - Jessica Crapo - www.running-w-scissors.com  
Sept. 19th - Diane Gilleland - www.craftypod.com  
Sept. 20th - Mollie Johanson - wildolive.blogspot.com  
Sept. 21st - Aina Crescimbeni - www.casandersen.blogspot.it  
Sept. 21st  - Beth Wilson - www.sewmamasew.com  
Sept. 22nd  - APL Creations - http://aplcreations.com  
Sept. 23rd  - Jo Stafferton & Floresita - www.feelingstitchy.com  
Sept. 23rd - Rachel Hobson - averagejanecrafter.blogspot.com/  
Sept. 24th - John Adams - www.quiltdad.com  
Sept. 24th - Aimee Ray - www.littledeartracks.blogspot.com  
Sept. 25th - Jenny Doh - www.crescendoh.com  
Sept. 26th - Hanna Andersson - www.ihanna.nu  
Sept. 26th - Abby Glassenberg - www.whileshenaps.typepad.com  
Sept. 27th – Susie Stubbs - www.flowerpress.blogspot.com

EDIT: The winner of this Giveaway is Commenter #23: "Gill"
Congratulations, Gill. Please email us at mailbox@crescendoh.com with your snail mail address so we can get the book and sewing kit sent to you! Thanks.



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Oh, these flowers and botanicals look much easier to stitch than my 4-H project of yore. I chose a giant iris with satin stitch forever. No one tried to talk me out of it. Why, I'll never know. I've only recently become interested in trying embroidery again, which shows how important the right first project is in creating lasting interest in the skill! Would love to have my second chance with these motifs. Thank you for the give-away!

I started doing embroidery before kindergarten. I made several pieces for my Grandma. When she passed away they were given back to me. I love them.

Colorful embroidery lightens my heart. I have two canvas shopping bags with embroidery. The clerks smile when they see the designs. Yeah! I can't wait to stitch some of these colorful flowers.

I'd love a chance to win the book and kit! My favorite sewing/embroidery memory is making stuffed animals with old socks ... oh the joy!

I love embroidery and have fond memories of my grandmother doing crewel work pillows which I still have. She taught me so many stitches and it would be fun to renew those skills with this wonderful book.

When I was in grade school in the 50's, the mother of one of my best friends taught the two of us to cross-stitch on gingham aprons she had made for us. She was so very kind and patient, and I was so thrilled to have a completed project that I could actually use, that this is one of the fondest memories of my childhood. I still have that apron and have let my daughter and my granddaughters use it when we made our first batches of Christmas cookies. More happy memories made because one lovely woman taught two little girls how to cross stitch.

I just received my wee mason jar stamp and seeing this book gives me the idea to embroider it. I have mediocre skills this could be a good learning tool.

My Grandma always was stitching on something, did towels, pillowcases anything. But when My husband was having heart surgery and I took some stitching to pass the time and take my mind off of the surgery. My mom taught me stitching!! I would love to win the book

This is an awesome giveaway! I hope I win! One of my favorite memories is stitching designs on an apron recently. I traced my children's hands on my apron and stitched them. They love it and I feel like I can touch their spirit when I place my hand on the stitching!

thanks for the giveaway. Looks like a wonderful book. My favorite memory: made embroidered pins for the members a band of andean music (I embroidered the "whipala" flag).

I have fond memories of my mother teaching me embroidery - some pieces I still have!

Oh how I love stitchery and this book looks like a gorgeous source of inspiration! One of my earliest and fondest stitching memory happened when I was around 8 or 9 years old. I went on a holiday to stay with my Aunty Ruth. She patiently taught me how to do tapestry and gave me a kit to create a pincushion. When I returned home I would sit and walk around stitching until I finished it, getting any help I needed from my Mum. Mum sewed it into the pincushion for me and I'm still using that same pincushion 35 years later! Tapestry was the stepping stone to many other stitching adventures and I'm so very grateful I had wonderful women in my life that encourage my pursuit of all things creative at such a young age!

This looks like a neat book - I am just starting to pick up embroidery so this looks fun.

I love embroidering items for little ones and my favorite memory is embroidering my daughter's name the first time.

Ordering the book, stat! Embroidery is one of my favorite pastimes...maybe (with the right needles) I can even embroider my boxing gloves and weight belt! Wouldn't that be sa-wheeet?!?!? ;)

I used to watch my grandma sew and hand stitch clothes for me when I was a kid. She taught me how when I grew up. I didn't have her patience and still don't have her skill, but they are some of my best childhood memories. Every time I sew I think of her.

I love book's cover.

My grandma taught me how to embroider when I was little. Great memories.

Mine is the first time I did stitch was when they still had home ec. classes in school and we all had to do a holly hobbie design. Thanks for the great giveaway!
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I remember in 1972 - we had a trip postponed by Hurricane Agnes, I was maybe 8 years old, we went to the yarn/weaving store and picked out a bunch of colorful DMC Floss. Then I stitched a beautiful Holly Hobby girl with a patchwork/stitch dress.

My grandmother taught me some embroidery stitches growing up, we made a cover for my Bible. I still have it!

My first project was in Girl Scouts (an apron). I love this book and the sewing kit. Thank you for a great giveaway.

My mum didn't sew much but my granny did and I have fond memories of sewing with her

My grandma gave me a HUGE (>3 ft sq) printed cross piece to work on when I was around 8 ... not sure how long it took me but it still hangs in my studio. Both the book and the sweet little sewing kit look lovely

floral botanicals - one of my favorites to doodle and draw! This book looks so yummy :)
Thanks for the opportunity!

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