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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


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    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!

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      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! ;-)

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    Feb 16, 2011, 02.24 PMby laha5822

    I want to embroider quilts for my nieces and nephew. I’m a righty! :)

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    Feb 16, 2011, 01.18 PMby farahajh

    I am just now learning embroidery so I would love one of these books! I am right handed. And the type of design I like to embroider is really anything at this point.

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    Feb 16, 2011, 11.19 AMby George Harris

    I would love to embroider peacock designs. The colours are just so stunning, and there’s a beautiful variation of textures and forms. I think there’s huge scope for both stylised designs and something more elaborate, both of which would be equally effective! I’m a right-hander…

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    Feb 16, 2011, 10.48 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    I am right handed and I would like to one day make a beautiful quilt. But I don’t imagine this quilt to be something traditional, more like a work of art and I would use embroidery to embellish it so.

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    Feb 16, 2011, 09.48 AMby Ruth Brown

    Embellish, embellish, embellish! But mostly it’d be so cool to be able to embroider my farm logo rather than paying someone else to do it.

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    Feb 16, 2011, 09.40 AMby Imenka Bezprezimenkovska

    I would like to learn embroidery as a jewelry enrichment …. right-handed … :)

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    Feb 16, 2011, 07.47 AMby queenvanilla

    My great grandmother (who became 93 years old and passed away some years ago) used to make really beutiful table cloths and other home stuff. Between 3 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren I think each of us have 30 table cloths. I would like to go in her footstep and embroider the same thing. It was mostly a floral pattern, but sometime with traditional swedish patterns.

    I’m right handed. Low odds for me :)

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    Feb 16, 2011, 05.27 AMby sertyan

    I like to embroider on my little girl’s dresses and learn smocking. I am right handed. Thank you!

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    Feb 16, 2011, 04.43 AMby knitist

    So far I’ve been encorporating embroidery into my quilts and some dishtowels, but I’d also like to make wall hangings. I’m a righty! I’m always looking for embroidery patterns, but I think I will have to start designing my own to get what I want.

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    Feb 16, 2011, 03.05 AMby rdejam

    I’d like to embroider my dogs on a tote I made. I’m right handed.

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    Feb 16, 2011, 02.52 AMby sewhappy-1

    Something reminiscent of the intricate latticework seen in Arabic architecture.

    I’m right handed, btw. :)

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    Feb 16, 2011, 01.51 AMby flutefish

    Any sort of science-themed embroidery designs would be awesome! (I’m right-handed.)

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    Feb 16, 2011, 12.12 AMby eicebleu

    I like to embellish wings onto the back of my daughter’s clothing… And flowers and blackwork onto mine. :D

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    Feb 16, 2011, 12.12 AMby eicebleu

    I like to embellish wings onto the back of my daughter’s clothing… And flowers and blackwork onto mine. :D

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    Feb 15, 2011, 11.53 PMby Crystal Henson

    I like to embroider owls onto pieces of clothes.

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    Feb 15, 2011, 11.49 PMby Katie Bellotti

    WOW … what a fabulous cover. If I were to win this book I’d be able to use it to help me create the ultimate handmade wedding cake topper. We have a vintage, handmade theme and I would love to make some little critter cake toppers that represented us and have them embellished with my newly acquired skill!

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    Feb 15, 2011, 11.44 PMby diane-s

    I would love to embroider a picture of my farm for a gift for my hubby-and I am left handed;I embroider with my left and cut with my right!!

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    Feb 15, 2011, 11.42 PMby christinasbookshelf

    I am wanting to embroider all of the state quilt blocks ever designed for my home state—Kansas! I just can’t find the fabric I bought for this project…that’s all that is holding me back. I am right-hand dominant, though more ambidextrous than average.

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    Feb 15, 2011, 11.27 PMby karasumegami

    I’d embroider some of my drawings onto shirts or skirts I’ll make for some ultra DIY garments! Oh, and I’m a righty-tighty.

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    Feb 15, 2011, 11.04 PMby Geeky Seamstress

    I’m right handed, and I created it! it’s here http://geekcrafts.com/star-wars-embroidery-and-free-pattern

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    Feb 15, 2011, 10.58 PMby Jo Karen MacAulay

    Would love to know how to embroidery veiling. Making 5 daughters unique wedding veils can be a challenge.

    I am a right hander living on the left coast :).

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    Feb 15, 2011, 10.46 PMby mynameisdavid

    Great ideas, guys! If you could, please also mention if you are left-handed or right-handed. That way, if you are the winner, we will know which book to send!

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    Feb 15, 2011, 10.19 PMby loyl8

    i would love to embroider a beautiful dress or jacket..a pillow to start would be nice

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    Feb 15, 2011, 10.18 PMby janetp

    Oh, How exciting. I have been just limping along on my own. I use to embroider alot when i was alot younger. I crosstitch and embroider as much as I can now, but my embroidery stitches aren’t as good as I would ike them to be and I only know the basics. I have sewn together some crazy quilts and have put them aside until I learn more stitches and I would also love to learn more to add as main blocks into my quilts to kick it up a notch, so this book would be perfect. Best of luck everyone. Thanks Burda and Ms. Stanton for this giveaway.

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    Feb 15, 2011, 08.35 PMby kanhoro

    probalby a bag design such as a koi fish leaping out of the water with some silvery thread for effect

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    Feb 15, 2011, 07.52 PMby suzyhendrix

    I want to add beading and embroidery to create a border on an evening gown.. one that fades into the rest of the dress

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    Feb 15, 2011, 07.47 PMby stacky

    I’d like to embellish the bottoms of my jeans.

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    Feb 15, 2011, 07.47 PMby stacky

    I’d like to embellish the bottoms of my jeans.

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    Feb 15, 2011, 07.17 PMby corvus

    I’m currently working on turning a button-up shirt into a wonder woman shirt. I hope to start an embroidery pattern company this year (as soon as I figure out how to get iron-on embroidery patterns printed), so I’d love to see what designs people are interested in!

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