Thank you to everyone who commented on our blog about Blackbird Designs’ latest book, A Schoolgirl’s Work: Samplers from the Spencer Museum of Art. Using a random number generator, we have selected our two winners. They are martinmosaics and Jinny! Here is what each of them had to say:
“Cross stitch was the first needle art I learned (along with simple sewing) as a very young 5 year old, from my mother. I can not ever remember a time when my mom didn’t have a cross stitch project going. She taught me this simple art as I sat and watched her stitch while waiting for Dr. appointments, my father to come home from work, and many other everyday scenarios. My mother gave me 2 incredible gifts over the years; the ability to stitch (embroidery, cross-stitch, needlepoint, crewel, sewing, dress-making, reupholstery, and custom drapery/bedding). And second, the belief that I can do anything I put my mind to. I’m very thankful for these gifts! They have served me well over the years. I did not learn to quilt until I was about 30 years old. My most recent love is primitive rug hooking but I am always hopping around between the needle arts. I do love the style of this particular Cross-stitching book. It embodies heritage, gentleness, dedication, a heart for God, and hospitality which are such important elements in the life that I pass on to my three daughters.”
“I learned it by my Grandmother and she like to stitch Samplers. My works are not so difficult mostly hearts, biscornu´s, small projects, but I will try out more. My Granny loves Blackbird Designs and I look around, because I look for a design, what I can stitch as Gift for Christmas for my Granny and found your site. Very nice Idea with this giveaway and so nice patterns. My Favourite is Polly´s Sewing Box, think I can stitch it without help.”
Thank you for sharing your neat stories, and congrats on the win!