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[UPDATE 12/27/2012] – Congratulations to BurdaStyle member nouvellegamine for winning this giveaway!

Comment on our blog for a chance to win a copy of Doodle Stitching: Fresh & Fun Embroidery for Beginners.

Asian-inspired lampshades embellished with flying fish. Canvas sneakers decorated with pink and white swirls. A pretty pillow adorned with a sleeping bunny, sweetly curled up. All it takes to create these appealing projects—or add charming embroidered touches in no time at all—are a few simple stitches, some easy techniques, and the nearly 30 projects in this book. Begin by learning several styles for outlining, filling, decorating, and appliqué. Find out about floss, fancy threads, fabrics, and needles. Get the scoop on hoops, and the lowdown on transferring your very own designs onto every type of fabric. The fresh ideas, witty patterns, and clever color illustrations take stitchers from novice to accomplished in a blink of the eye!

Click here for purchasing info on Doodle Stitching: Fresh & Fun Embroidery for Beginners.

For a chance to win this fun and creative book, please answer the following question in the comments section below: Do you have hand sewn motif that is special to you?

The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 21, 2012 at 11:59 PM (EST). One lucky winner will be chosen.

Good luck!
The BurdaStyle Team


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    Dec 22, 2012, 10.54 AMby couthyquine

    A starfish. It reminds me of the story of the little boy on the beach covered in starfish, throwing them back into the sea. When his father pointed out it was pointless throwing them back, as there were tens of thousands, and what difference could one small boy hope to make? The little boy put another one back in the water, and said “it made a difference to that one!”

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    Dec 22, 2012, 05.26 AMby Patti Barrett

    I’ve only done flowers and swirls so far, but like the look of trees and birds

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    Dec 22, 2012, 04.16 AMby limer

    Yes, they are table coverings hand-sewn by my great aunts. They did a lot of embroidery and tatting. They always embroidered flowers.

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    Dec 22, 2012, 01.41 AMby Karen Clark

    i love anything with spirals!

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    Dec 22, 2012, 01.30 AMby Justine of Sew Country Chick

    I have a baby chicken motif for my blog Sew Country Chick

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    Dec 21, 2012, 10.18 PMby Jamie DSC

    I don’t have a motif, but I’d like to start embroidering little things like this on my handmade clothing.

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    Dec 21, 2012, 09.32 PMby vanessa

    My freshman year in college, I spent a painstaking few weeks embroidering “ceci n’est pas une chaussure” on one of my Converse sneakers. It taught me the value of a thimble!

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    Dec 21, 2012, 09.22 PMby Nianest Alers

    Oh I remember I did an angel with a trumpet when I was in 3rd grade, it was my first hand sewn motif

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    Dec 21, 2012, 08.50 PMby euma

    I’ve embroidered a lot of things in my life, since I learned cross stitch and other techniques when I was a child. However, the most recent one was a biscornú I made as a pincushion for myself. (Biscornús are so pretty!).

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    Dec 21, 2012, 08.38 PMby sprytehart

    We hand stitched the ornaments for our Jesse tree

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    Dec 21, 2012, 08.19 PMby joen

    I cross sticked a wreath with a poem about My Mother in it for my mom when I was getting married.

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    Dec 21, 2012, 08.05 PMby Terri Rogers

    I’ve done a fair amount of hand embroidery, but I can’t say that I have a special motif.

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    Dec 21, 2012, 06.51 PMby nouvellegamine

    my bunny jumping in the pocket of my skirt :D It just makes me laugh every time I see it.

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    Dec 21, 2012, 06.02 PMby tanetane

    I’ve only stitched my son’s name onto his clothing. Not really embroidery. I wish we had a special motif.

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    Dec 21, 2012, 05.37 PMby victors

    A bumble bee!

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    Dec 21, 2012, 05.24 PMby saxysarah

    My mom used to do tons of cross stitching so anything cross stitched is a special motif for me.

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    Dec 21, 2012, 04.55 PMby taysha1128

    I don’t have one :-( but I want one…

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    Dec 21, 2012, 04.55 PMby taysha1128

    I don’t have one :-( but I want one…

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    Dec 21, 2012, 04.46 PMby flashabou

    Vintage crewel work!

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    Dec 21, 2012, 03.14 PMby alissaslagle

    No, I don’t believe I have a special motif.

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    Dec 21, 2012, 02.27 PMby Lholy-chan

    The motfs shown on the cover are lovely! I’d love to get this book as I really like that kind of embroidery. There is a style of motif that I like which has become sort of my signature style: curls and swirls made of dashed lines. And I’m quite happy and proud of the embroidery I did on the front of my wedding corset.

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    Dec 21, 2012, 01.38 PMby Meldbombs


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    Dec 21, 2012, 01.20 PMby Christine Prevost

    I like flowers. My first project when I was very small was a pillowcase with violets.

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    Dec 21, 2012, 01.07 PMby Maureen Kubisz

    I am known for stitching violas…

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    Dec 21, 2012, 12.31 PMby lienepien

    When I was little I cross-stitched Bear Paddington.

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    Dec 21, 2012, 12.20 PMby natsunoyoru

    I have a set of london cat theme motif that I made when I first started sewing. Love them!

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    Dec 21, 2012, 10.56 AMby kallie

    My “special” motif is a little embroidered daisy.

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    Dec 21, 2012, 10.18 AMby Ularie

    I hand stitch my “special symbol” what actually is combination of my name and little figures, to clothes I sew.

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    Dec 21, 2012, 10.15 AMby Podbod18

    I’ve done quite a bit of cross stitch over the years, but I’ve only just started to learn “proper” embroidery, and I’m loving it. Can’t believe it’s taken me so long.

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    Dec 21, 2012, 08.29 AMby eckypucky

    I love embroidered owls and really enjoy stitching them. :o)

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