Learn How SIMPLE
Digital Patterns Really Are!

Sign Up to Receive
The Ultimate Guide to Digital Sewing Patterns eBook + a FREE Skirt Pattern!


Comment on the blog or on Twitter for your chance to win “The Left-Handed Embroiderer’s Companion” and “The Right-Handed Embroiderer’s Companion,” written by Yvette Stanton!

Book Description: In early 2010, “The Left-Handed Embroiderer’s Companion: a step-by-step stitch dictionary” was released to great acclaim and to the relief of the 10-15% of embroiderers who are left-handed.

With over 170 embroidery stitches demonstrated step-by-step with diagrams and text for each step, left-handed stitchers finally have the stitch dictionary they have been craving. However with its huge popularity, right-handers felt left out, and so “The Right-Handed Embroiderer’s Companion” was published to stop the jealousy!

Yvette Stanton is an Australian embroidery designer, teacher and author. She has written five step-by-step needlework books, and the Left-Handed and Right-Handed Embroiderer’s Companions are her latest two. Yvette is passionate about Whitework embroidery, and loves playing with embroidery stitches. For more information, visit her website, and check out her daily blog, White Threads!

Until Tuesday, February 22nd, you can one of these truly informative books. One right-handed person and one left-handed person will be selected! To enter, answer the following question: What type of embroidery design would you like to create? Also, please mention if you are left-handed or right-handed! For some great inspiration, check out these great embroidery projects from members tincorin, asiamc and fleurdeternite

When submitting an answer via Twitter, be sure to include the @BurdaStyle tag and the hashtag #comment2win

Good Luck!

- David

P.S. – Congratulations to McKenzie St George, who won our contest with Mark Cesarik and Free Spirit Fabrics


  • Rock_heart_large

    Mar 22, 2011, 08.25 PMby suezanna

    I am right-handed and I would love to learn some fantastic embellishments for a maxi dress that I made…and a jacket, and some little purses, and a summer top… I love the look of the 1920’s embroidered clothing and accessories and would love, love, LOVE to re-create some of those looks.

  • Missing

    Feb 23, 2011, 11.47 PMby somethingcute

    I am right handed and I love making appliqued skirts, so learning a few new stitches would be great!

  • Dscn1801-es_large

    Feb 22, 2011, 04.08 PMby libra-s

    I’m right handed, and I like geometric design for embroidery on a shirt.

  • Missing

    Feb 22, 2011, 10.58 AMby colesier

    This book would be a fabulous addition to my collection. Currently using embroidery as a sketchbook.

  • Dsc_6465_large

    Feb 22, 2011, 07.56 AMby dobrotalivia

    I love to embroider. I especially liked the embroidered flowers. Embroidered things seem so precious, so I feel the need to put them in frames. I’m right handed.

  • Sparkledonkey_large

    Feb 21, 2011, 09.43 PMby sparkledonkey

    I’d love to re-embroider flowers on the Chantilly lace dress I’m currently sewing. It’s an idea inspired by one of the Erdem dresses featured in an article I read here, “The Case for Lace” .

    I’m right-handed.

  • P1030010_large

    Feb 20, 2011, 10.33 PMby Gnipo

    Great giveaway. I am right-handed, like my grandmother who made the most amazing cross stitch embroidery. I grew up admiring her embroidery and did dabble a bit with cross stitch. I have long dreamt about adding embroidery details to garments and have a lot of ideas in my inspiration folder, but it is only now that my garment succes rate is becoming sufficiently high to make it a good idea to add time-consuming details.

  • 1_large

    Feb 20, 2011, 09.35 PMby galatina

    I’ve been inspired by the pillow month on Sew Mama Sew & want to get into embroidery – so beginners stuff would be great. I’m right handed.

  • 100_2121-1_large

    Feb 19, 2011, 02.46 PMby Alexis Mizrahi

    I am right-handed and i would love to do some embroidery on this plain tote i use to carry my school books!

  • Missing

    Feb 19, 2011, 12.41 PMby Rhonda Alston Laws

    I would love to learn how to add embellishments to my quilts. I am right handed

  • Missing

    Feb 18, 2011, 07.03 PMby ravenjasmine81

    Left handed—I’ve learned lots of basic stitches, but I’d love to try some more complicated, multi-colored stitch combos.

  • Missing

    Feb 18, 2011, 03.25 PMby icedivastar

    I’m right handed and just learning how to embroider. I like butterfly and floral motifs.

  • Img_4043_large

    Feb 18, 2011, 06.37 AMby psychorat

    So far I have just embroidered small things, but I want to do a combination of cut work and embroidery for a long skirt. I´m right-handed.

  • Missing

    Feb 18, 2011, 05.37 AMby Micah G

    oh please, i wanna have this book. I’m interested in creating embroidery patches and floral bag designs… I’m currently learning paisley designs so i believe this book will be a great help! By the way, I was born a right-handed person but i am also an ambidextrous. :)

  • Missing

    Feb 18, 2011, 03.05 AMby suz123

    I’m right handed. What I’d like to embroider is a paisley design, something intricate and delicate..

  • Missing

    Feb 18, 2011, 01.42 AMby Hannah Pelletier

    I would really like to embroider something with Batman on it for my husband :-) and I’m right handed

  • Cali_large

    Feb 17, 2011, 11.27 PMby threadsquare

    Such great timing! I just posted a few projects from the holidays, which were my first ever embroidery attempts. I’m addicted. I want to make a few more hankies, and also a nice set of pillowcases and shams. Ooohh..and a lampshade makeover would be great, too!

  • Photo_1_large

    Feb 17, 2011, 04.15 PMby lisamarie

    I want to embroider one of my youngest son’s bits of artwork from when he was in 2nd grade. He is getting ready to enlist in the Marine’s this summer and I just want to have something permanent to remember the sweet little boy that is about to become a man. I am right handed.

  • Alterknits-dress-form_large

    Feb 17, 2011, 11.01 AMby littlemisssew

    I do love embroidery. It’s unique when created by yourself. I’d like to match it with self cut holes and pops,as so if you were creating our own lace. At the endings of dresses they look marvelous in any pattern, size or form. Uuuh…Wonderfull things^^ Right handed :)

  • Img_0021_large

    Feb 17, 2011, 03.29 AMby jalcindor

    I’d love to embroider skirts and dresses. I’m right handed

  • P8150166_large

    Feb 17, 2011, 02.48 AMby fosteretalk

    I would like to make a baby naming gown out of silk with embroidered details. I am right handed.

  • Self_portrait_3_018_large

    Feb 16, 2011, 11.03 PMby aega

    I’d like to try a bicycle design.

    I’m right handed.

  • 1a782239bacc076eefb6a41bcd5565c80c67da21_large

    Feb 16, 2011, 08.59 PMby euma

    I’m right handed, and right now I’m trying to create a little embroidery of flowers to apply on a girl’s dress.

  • E270ddd2d87a715918dbb3916444f938d1bff3c5_large

    Feb 16, 2011, 08.47 PMby natclem

    I’d love to be able to make skirts that have beautiful hand embroidered flowers. I’m right handed.

  • Missing

    Feb 16, 2011, 08.23 PMby jocel

    I think I’m more inclined to flower motifs. For a few years I’ve been wanting to learn the art of embroidery and making a wall panel. I’m right handed, by the way..

  • Face_large

    Feb 16, 2011, 07.16 PMby Natasha Venzke

    I’d like to learn some embroidery that is simple and easy to do, but makes a big impact. I’m right handed

  • Missing

    Feb 16, 2011, 05.44 PMby selleck

    I’m right handed. I love wall hangings for any room: kitchen, laundry, bath, bedroom.

  • Gold_large

    Feb 16, 2011, 05.04 PMby hstorm799

    I have been hankering to learn to embroider clothing, to give it some interest, so I would LOVE this book. P.S.-I am right-handed.

  • Wonder-woman3_large

    Feb 16, 2011, 04.45 PMby simonewarrior

    My husband and I both enjoy cross-stitching together. I know weird huh? I would like to learn how to learn to do Lattice-Work Embroidery so that I can include in my shirts and dresses that I make for both my daughter and myself. It would be great to win Yvette Stanton’s books, the thing is that if I I did, I know my husband would want to use it to and I don’t mind sharing, except I’m right handed and he’s left handed! You guys should see the beautiful cross-stitch he did for me for our wedding anniversary!

    1 Reply
    • Yvette_books919_200x249px__large

      Feb 16, 2011, 08.44 PMby Yvette Stanton

      Hi Simonewarrior, In the left-handed book, for each stitch, there’s one diagram showing the right-handed way, to compare, and so righties teaching lefties can see the difference between what they normally do and what they need to teach. In the right-handed book, there’s one left-handed diagram for each stitch. So whichever one you get, you’ll both be able to use it. But of course, one each would be much better! ;-)

    • This is a question
  1. Sign in to add a post


  • Editors' Pick
  • Pattern Collections
  • BurdaStyle Academy
  • Burda Challenge
  • Backstage Report
  • Fashion & Trends
  • DIY to Try
  • Tips & Techniques
  • Member Highlights
  • Sewing Projects
  • Outta Town
  • Contests & Competitions
  • Archive
  • Guest Columns
  • Videos
  • Meg's Magazine Mash Up
  • As Seen In
  • Podcast
  • Holiday