Monday, October 21, 2013

Sew & Stich Embroidery Blog Tour & Book Giveaway


Hello and Happy Monday, everyone! I'm checking in today to support my friend Alyssa Thomas and the release of her great new book, Sew & Stitch Embroidery. Yes, I think it will be my sewing friends and their continued successes that might ultimately draw me out of this somewhat unwanted but self-imposed leave of absence from blogging. I just can't help but share in the excitement of good news and good products from really good people. And Alyssa is most definitely one of those people.


I first "met" Alyssa online a few years back when I began experimenting with and teaching myself some embroidery skills. I was immediately drawn to the overall vibe of her artwork -- simple and accessible, chock full of character, and just SO DARN CUTE. I was also lucky enough to participate in a few embroidery swaps with her and visit her very first quilt market booth! Her embroidery designs are perfect for new & experienced stitchers alike -- relatively simple to complete but the end results are sure to impress. Since then, I've been delighted to follow Alyssa's journey in building up her embroidery-based business, Penguin & Fish -- great freebies over there, by the way -- as well as her forays into fabric design and book publishing.

Here's an original design that Alyssa first drew and stitched for me as part of a swap piece, the pattern for which she is now including in the book!


Isn't it gorgeous? And I have the original (soon to be pieced into a special quilt!)

Here's another great project from the book (Octopus twin quilt & pillow sham):



If you find yourself even remotely drawn to Alyssa's work, you'll absolutely love Sew & Stitch Embroidery. In this book, Alyssa infuses her embroidered characters into over 20 different sewing projects, from pillowcases and table runners to toys, scarves, and tablet sleeves. Along the way, Alyssa includes 30+ embroidery patterns that can be used in the book's projects and beyond. With 20 sewing patterns and 30 embroidery patterns, this book earns an A+ in value.


You can buy your very own copy of the book on the Penguin & Fish site here. When you buy directly from Alyssa she'll not only sign the book, but draw you a little doodle inside. Take it from me and my own experience: receiving a package from Alyssa is always a delight, since she tends to doodle on everything! With the holidays rapidly approaching, Sew & Stitch Embroidery gets the Quilt Dad seal of approval as a great gift idea for the crafters (and wannabe embroiderers) on your list. And as the father of 3 young children, I can vouch for the fact that Alyssa's designs are PERFECT for the creative kids in your life.

I'm also giving a copy of the book away to a lucky Quilt Dad reader! Simply leave a comment on this post and tell me a little more about your experience with hand embroidery. Are you a new stitcher? More experienced? What is the favorite project that you've made? I'll randomly select a winner from all of the comments later this week.

*** Giveaway is now closed. Thanks for participating! ***


 Be sure to keep in touch with Alyssa and everything Penguin & Fish via social media!


61 comments:

  1. I haven't done any embroidery since I left school!!!

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  2. i am a ' wont to try it ' stitcher, i have done cross stitch but like the looks of this

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  3. I love embroidery and cross-stitch, just wish I had more hours in the day to play. I blame Aneela at FQR2012 x

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  4. It is on my wish list! Maybe Santa will shop from my list this year! ;)

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  5. Thanks for the chance! I love embroidery in the summer because it's lightweight and easy to do outside in the sunshine!

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  6. Yo Dude! What's Shakin!!:)

    Hmmmmm...you know what I like...the classic modern furniture that was my theme at the last Hoop Up!
    I think you need to get another round going don't you?:)

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  7. Ooh! I've been embroidering as a serious hobby for about a year now. I got to do some on the neckline of my viking lady Halloween today too, first time I've done any on clothing, and I'm digging how it turned out.

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  8. I would say I am intermediate. I have done it a lot but I am far from an expert on a lot of stitches.

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  9. I embroidered quite a bit years back. Lately, I have been collecting different iron on transfers to do an embroidered blocks quilt. I just need to get started. I am so attracted to the cute characters that Alyssa does. She is so talented!

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  10. what a cool book and neat ideas to begin a new craft.

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  11. I'm new to embroidery. It is a cold weather craft for me. I think this book looks great!

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  12. I used to embroider and cross stitch quite a bit. I'm getting back into it and having quite a lot of fun!!

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  13. I taught myself to do embroidery when I was a teen and my favorite project was a purple pillow with a dragon on it. I wish I still had it. Thanks for the great book review!

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  14. Very limited embroidery experience. I stumbled across sublime stitching about 10 years ago and added some day of the dead embroidery to a felted knit bag at the time. I absolutely LOVE the owl design she did for you- cant wait to see your quilt progress with it

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  15. I am just beginning to get into embroidery, but enjoy all the little bits and pieces.
    I also love that you are a guy/dad who loves to sew and quilt. glad to have found your blog. :-)

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  16. I used to embroider and cross-stitch quite a bit. Then I found quilting.. :) But I ADORE that octopus quilt! Must make! Thanks for the chance.

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  17. I used to embroider when I was little (like... 10 years old) - the designs look really cute! I'd love to try them
    yeyioasis@yahoo.com.ar

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  18. I have just made a kookaburra stichery into a cushion that I love.
    Thanks for the chance to win a great book

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  19. I stitched a sampler as a girl to earn a Girl Scout badge--hated every minute of it. Started stitching again a few years ago, and now can't get enough.

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  20. New stitcher, but made my husband a linen napkin with an embroidered airstream trailer on it!

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  21. I am new to embroidery and sewing in general and love both, there is so much I want to do and accomplish, thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  22. I am a long time stitcher! I am loving the fox table runner in the book! My favorite stitchings I have done are samplers for my brothers weddings and for my parents 50th wedding anniversary! thank you!

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  23. i like embroidery but i just can't seem to find the time to do much of it. penguin and fish patterns are so cute!

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  24. I am a new stitcher who is learning everyday. Thanks for the chance to win.
    Shawn

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  25. I have done a little embroidery but would love to try some more.

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  26. I'm very inexperienced. I love the look but am frustrated by the pace!

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  27. This looks like a great book! I'm brand new to embroidery and am working on my very first project, a Star Wars pillow for my son. Thanks!

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  28. I did a little bit of embroidery when I was young and have just started doing some again. I'd definitely consider myself a newbie

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  29. My grandma got me started on embroidery when I was just a wee thing and I've been in love with it ever since. Now my favorite projects are the ones I stitch for my son! This book looks like its right up my alley :)

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  30. I've done a little bit of embroidery, but I'd definitely like to do more. This book looks fabulous!!

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  31. I admire my grandmother's embroidery work, but I have yet to attempt it myself! Thanks for the chance!

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  32. I did the 2011 Aurifil BOM and am now in the process of hand quilting the blocks. I used to cross stitch, but now I am liking a bit of whimsy...

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  33. I actually do quite a lot of embroidery myself and design patterns too for others. :) I really like using embroidery to personalize all kinds of sewn projects. Thanks for the chance to win and for sharing this book.

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  34. hey brooklyn how are ya? i'm originally from mulberry st in manhattan transplanted to long island. its so nice to see a man quilting. my husband helps me with cutting because i make a mess. he is much more accurate than i am. loved the bird and the octapus quilt. since i am new to quilting and embroidery i dont know that i can do either of these two projects. but i can certainly dream. and with a little help, who knows. thank you for a chance to win the book. happy sewing!

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  35. Until last year I had not done embroidery for years...no, make that decades! I have returned to it and found it fun to make some off-beat things like molecules...were are a science nerdy family!
    sad - no reply blogger - tinkingalong@gmail.com

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  36. I haven't been embroidering for long but have got into it recently and just love it :-)

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  37. Hey John!!

    Good to "see" you again. I used to do alot of counted cross stitch years ago but then it fell out of my "favorites".

    Recently I have gotten into doing more redwork and simple embroidery for small gifts. . . . . but seeing the octopus quilt and pillow might make me "go big"!

    Thank you for the information about the book.

    Hope to "see" you more often in in the future.

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  38. I only just started embroidering this year, though I learned to cross stitch as a child. I embroidered my niece's name on her quilt. I loved the look so much that I got an embroidering "How-to" book for my birthday and am trying to use it to make some holiday fun! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

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  39. My fave is a holly hobbie design I did for my mother along time ago, thanks for the giveaway.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

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  40. It have enjoyed embroidery since I was young. I think I learned how to embroider in Girl Scouts. Can't remember. Thanks for a great giveaway

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  41. I've done embroidery off and on most of my life. I love pillowcases and small projects. Love the reference to the Holly Hobbie Pattern above, I remember making a pillow for my sister from that pattern.

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  42. I'm new but I did learn the french knot in middle school.

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  43. I used to embroider and cross stitch quite a bit. Now since 20 years I'm getting back into it. lia.vandenbrand@live.nl

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  44. I learned for a Girl Scouts badge. I need to get new glasses before the next project

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  45. Years ago I did some crewel embroidery pieces. I always remember seeing embroidery on my grandmother's pillowcases. I am inspired by the stitching blogs I am reading and would love a copy of this book! Thanks for giveaway opportunity.

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  46. I would be a brand spanking new stitcher, but there is so much inspiration out there, I just have to try it! Thank you!

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  47. I used to do a fair amount of cross stitch though all sewing has taken a back step recently. Would love to be counted in for this one.

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  48. I'm not a new stitcher, but I haven't done a whole lot of it. I tend to just dabble in it when I feel like it. Penguin and Fish is one of my favorite pattern companies. they have the cutest designs!

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  49. thanks for taking part in the blog hop - nice to hear from you again !! looks like a great book - I've done a bit of stitching - the polka dot girls would be one of my favourites - by fellow aussie Bronwyn of Red Brolly

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  50. What a beautiful book with lots of good ideas.
    Thanks for sharing

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  51. I like to embroider litt'le flourishes for other projects, like a word on a bag or quilt, or the edging of a pillow. I haven't really done any elaborate picture ones like what you've shown but I'd love to try. What I like about it is that it's a portable project that can be done anywhere.

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  52. I've been stitching since my 10th birthday when a friend gave me a cross stitch. though I now love embroidery and red work on quilts.

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  53. I started out doing some stitching when I was a young girl because my favorite aunt gave me a kit. It was an owl. I did not like crewel much so started on cross stitch and kept with that for a long time. Now I quilt and do a bit of redwork.
    (By the way, I took some quilt books over to Golden Antiques in Summerfield and met your MIL there. What a coincidence!)

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  54. I always have an embroidery project going, because then i can still sew but be with my family in the living room too.

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  55. The most embroidery I have done is embroidering labels on the quilts I've made. I think it gives a personal touch to my quilts. I'm hoping to expand my embroidery skills (maybe this book will help me).

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  56. This book sounds delightful. Of course, as someone who enjoys scuba diving and quilting that octopus really speaks to me.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  57. I am just stopped to visit your website and I say a great visit anda very good..

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  58. Love embroidery! Actually embroidered the center of a quilt that was at quilt market!

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