Thoughts on Embroidery Tools & A Giveaway from Hedgehog Handworks!

Oftentimes, I have said that one of the best things about embroidery is its relative frugalness. Compared to say, oil painting, the supplies that you need to get started in embroidery are rather inexpensive.  After raiding your collection of embroidery threads* from junior high 1980's era friendship bracelets (did you have one of those?) and rounding up whatever needles and scissors are nearby, you'll need a hoop and...well, that's it.  

However, just because embroidery doesn't HAVE to necessitate beautiful tools, it sure doesn't mean that you can't use them.  The right scissors can make all the difference.  A few years ago, when I was working on a submission for Bibliocraft, author and librarian (and friend!) Jessica Pigza told me about Hedgehog Handworks, a needlework supplier in California. After spending some time on their website, I included it in the recommended resources of my own book.  This small business stocks heirloom quality threads, embroidery tools, and more. They've graciously given me two of my favorite tools to give to one of you, dear readers.

Included in this giveaway are: a pair of French (Red!) Embroidery scissors.  These are sharp, beautiful, and will surely be the envy of your friends.  Don't let your kids cut paper with them!

Second, Hedgehog included a little beeswax hedgehog, perfect for waxing your thread ends when you're threading needles, or for conditioning your entire length of thread for a stiffer line quality.   This is no cheap wax, when you open the box that it comes in, the beautiful smell of honey wafts out.  It's tiny, but it's more than enough to last for years and years.

Lastly, I'm throwing in a copy of my book!  The reviews are coming in on Amazon (thank you!) and I'm so happy that you all like it.  I poured a lot of myself into this project, and it's so satisfying to see it pop up on Instagram and Facebook and Google....Thank you thank you, Thank You.


To enter to win this contest, leave a comment telling me your favorite embroidery tool, be it low end from the thrift store, or high end heirloom quality tool.  Be sure to include your e-mail address so I can get in touch with you if you win!  This contest is open only to Domestic Addresses. Enter by Friday, May 22nd.  I'll announce the winners the following week.  One comment per person please.   Good luck!




*Have you heard of the embroidery artist Ray Matterson, an ex-con who started embroidering in prison with unravelled socks? His works are incredible....


NYC Book Signing and BERNINA Demo!

Please join me next week, on May 5th from 6-7pm for a demo and book signing at City Quilter in Manhattan.

I'll be demonstrating one of my favorite drawing techniques, and translating a few of my drawings into stitched lines on the sewing machine.  Learn how to use your machine to add improvisational lines and drawings to your quilts and other fabric projects using the BERNINA stitch regulator.

For more information, click here.

Winners! Book Tour! Shop Sale!


Before I finish packing my bags for California and Oregon, I'm stopping in here to announce the winners of last week's contest.  Thank you so much to everyone who entered here, on instagram, and on pinterest.  It was a lot of fun to read all your embroidery recommendations.

By random selection, using, the winners are:

  • INSTAGRAM WINNER: @craftyplanner
  • BLOG COMMENT WINNER:  Sheryl Kessler

Winners: you have until April 28th, 2015 to contact me (rebeccaringquist AT gmail DOT com)  with your information. If I haven't heard from you by then, I'll pick a new winner at that time.  

Didn't win this time? There's a second chance! STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books (my publisher) is running a similar contest this week!  Click here to find out all the details. 


I hope you can join me at one of the following book tour stops:


I'm leaving town early tomorrow on a book tour, and the shop elves just don't cut it when it comes to mailing out orders.  Instead of closing up shop for two weeks, I'm having a sale to thank everyone for their patience while waiting.   From now until April 27th, save 15% with code BOOKTOUR.  All orders placed between now and April 27th will ship on April 28th.

Enter the code BOOKTOUR at checkout.  (I can not offer this discount retroactively) This offer is good on everything in the store including subscriptions!

Subscriptions are out EARLY this month...

Since there's a lot going on this week, what with my BOOK COMING OUT TOMORROW, and the BOOK TOUR THIS WEEKEND, I packed up subscriptions and got them out the door this weekend, a little early.  I didn't think you would mind, would you?

Two designs went out on Saturday.  For Colorburst subscribers, April Showers got tucked into your envelopes.  I stitched mine with lazy daisies, french knots, and back stitch. The border was stitched with a little made up stitch of parallel lines.  Maybe it's a deconstructed satin stitch? Who knows?  I like the way it turned out.  

Stitch of the month subscribers get Running Stitches this month.  That has got to be one of my all time favorite stitches, and the Pinterest board I've been working on for that stitch is one of my most crowded boards.  It's fun and easy.  

Are you a subscriber? Show us what you're working on with the hashtag #dropclothsamplers

In other news, THE BOOK LAUNCHES TOMORROW!  I can't believe the day is almost here.  Amazon has been surprising some of you with early deliveries of your pre-ordered books, and my friend in Oakland has spotted it at Pegasus books and Diesel books.  If you see it in the world (or in your mailbox!) please do tag it with #rebeccaringquistbook.  I love seeing where they are landing!  Thanks so much.

Lastly, today is the LAST DAY to enter the giveaway.  Please do comment on the last post to win.  You can also enter via instagram.  Find me there @dropcloth  Good Luck!