First up was the entire back catalogue of Northern Expressions Needlework. How about that for an amazing prize? Nicole was celebrating 100 followers and her 40th Birthday last month. She's also had the most lovely tattoo inked by her son for the celebration. Now there's an idea, I could have a tattoo for each 100 followers LOL.
Here are the charts I won:
And close-ups of my two favourites:
I had a look at Sew and So's website as they have a wide range of threads. They stock the mouth-watering Gloriana Silk but at an eye-watering £6.50 a skein!! That's ten times the price of their DMC! They also don't have the Belle Soie threads. So does anyone know of a cheaper UK stockist or would it be better to get them from the USA and pay postage? There's no hurry as I can't get them until my Birthday later this year.
All of Nicole's designs are stitched in silks but come with a DMC conversion where she points out which ones are/aren't a good match. There are also lovely chatty notes about how to do the speciality stitches and great clear diagrams.
The second delivery was from Kaye of Kitten Stitching:
"Believe" is such an interesting word. It can apply to so many things; your faith in God/gods/spirits, your belief in the inherent kindness of humankind, or simply the hope that your luggage will arrive safely at your holiday destination with you and not a fortnight later! Given that this was a prize for my travelling tip this last one is most appropriate.
And the Crazy Rabbit? Well, the Needlecraft Haven have a great monthly challenge. Christine chooses a different freebie chart and we all try to stitch it before the end of the month to go into the Big Reveal. "Try" being the operative word there. May's was this freebie from Patrick's Woods. I've seen it all over the place and wanted to do something different. So I was brainstorming to myself - tiny rabbit, giant scissors, Alice in Wonderland, psychedelia, clocks, cogs, machinery, steampunk etc. So out came the fabric pens and I sketched some swirls on the fabric. I got the cutest little clock charm from Sew and So then made a trip to the Craft Shop for the mounting card and some embellishments. Strangely enough there was a man there also looking for clock embellishments. How co-incidental. Not your usual request!
And here's a close up so you can see the charm: