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Welcome to day 12 of our Holiday Giveaway! Win the Ultimate Embroidery Kit from Sublime Stitching! Comment on this blog article by 9AM (EST) Monday, December 13th to be entered to win!

The Original Embroidery Kit! Everything you need to learn how to embroider (and keep embroidering) with high-quality supplies all brought together for you in one kit. Hundreds of possible projects, endless possibilities. Become an embroiderer like magic!

Comes Crammed With:
- 5" Plastic Embroidery Hoop
- 4 Embroidery Needles w/ Magnet
- PINK all-metal embroidery scissors
- Complete Embroidery How-To and Stitch Diagrams by Jenny Hart

Kit is packaged in super cute Floral Fantasy Tote!

Sublime Stitching was founded independently in Austin, Texas in 2001 by Jenny Hart, due to an overabundance of bunny-n-duckie patterns and outdated, overly-difficult instructions for embroidery. After first trying embroidery in the summer of 2000, Hart was unable to find any alternative patterns for stitching (“alternative” meaning: anything other than cutesy teddy bears, duckies, bunnies and scarecrows). Instead of waiting for the craft industry to do something new, she did it herself. Jenny decided to create the company she wished existed: introducing her own designs in non-traditional themes, with new education and new anything for embroidery.

Hart’s vision for updated embroidery has grown from her first line of four design sheets to over fifty themes, including the collaborative Artist Series, and a complete product line that includes quality tools and textiles for embroidery.

Sublime Stitching endeavors to maintain fair-trade relationships both locally and internationally and to collaborate with communities of other independent crafters, artists and locally-owned businesses whenever possible. All for embroidery and embroidery for all!

Comment to Win: What level sewer would you consider yourself?

Congratulations to corvus who won a DVD package from Threads!


This giveaway is sponsored by Sublime Stitching


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    Dec 16, 2010, 07.30 PMby Ginny Knapp

    I need a pattern that is easy to follow…..I must be adhd or something, I need very simple instructions and lots of pictures to go with directions :-)

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    Dec 15, 2010, 05.21 PMby gzevga

    Unfortunately….just a beginner yet!

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    Dec 15, 2010, 02.54 PMby ocooper09

    Intermediate with some advance skills. Depending on my amount of sleep as well….. Lack of sleep makes me a beginner

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    Dec 15, 2010, 10.47 AMby mumlava

    I’d say intermediate. We learned sewing and knitting in primary and middle school. I hated it back then because only the girls had to take it (for 4 hours a week in second grade! And the boys got to go home… Talk about gendered education). But now I am happy that they taught us some basic skills that I was able to build on.

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    Dec 15, 2010, 08.14 AMby littlemisssew

    beeegggiiinnner :P I create my own patterns rather then following one ‘cause I get lost, and I’ve been sewing on a crappy crappy craaappy cheap machine I borrowed form my boyfriends mom ‘cause I can’t afford a splendid one of my own.

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    Dec 15, 2010, 01.55 AMby CraftLadyOfSteel

    I think i’m an expert. That means I think I can do anything or at least try anything. I’ve always been able to just figure sewing out. That’s how my brain works. I love to just stare at fabric and try to make it work.

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    Dec 15, 2010, 01.52 AMby mich22

    I’m a beginner…but I can’t wait to learn more!!

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    Dec 15, 2010, 01.28 AMby littlemisssuez

    I would have to say more than an intermediate, I have not studied, but I can make my own patterns. Most of the time I just need a picture or a drawing of something. I can make it from there. I have my own way of doing things that baffel the professionals. Yet I still have not gotten the blue ribbon at the state fair. Second isn’t bad, but it’s not first. I am getting there though.

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    Dec 15, 2010, 12.02 AMby nicky

    I would say I’m between Intermediate & Advance. It depends on what I’m sewing. Sometimes I don’t have any trouble & turns out to be very well done – that’s when I feel like an advance sewer. Other times I feel like an intermediate.

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    Dec 14, 2010, 09.43 PMby claireofmontreal

    I am a little over intermediate I would say, since I first went to college studying theater costume design. But that was a loooong time ago, since I have been a fiction writer for more than twenty years. But I’m still sewing from time to time.

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    Dec 14, 2010, 09.13 PMby macgirlver

    sewer level: frankensewer.. theres a reason i got the knickname MacGirlver…. ha!

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    Dec 14, 2010, 09.06 PMby dreaz03

    Intermediate on most things, beginner on others, expert compared to most my friends;) Thank you for the giveaway!

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    Dec 14, 2010, 08.56 PMby stitchnsift

    Beginner-intermediate. Is that vague enough? I’m recently coming back to sewing and getting back into the swing of things. I have to say, I’ve used Sublime Patterns before for several projects and as inspiration. Love them!

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    Dec 14, 2010, 07.27 PMby splendida

    Well I have been sewing since I was about 17 and I am now almost 50. I would say that I am an intermediate seamstress!

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    Dec 14, 2010, 03.52 AMby urbandon

    Novice- although I have made mens shirts,pants, jackets…

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    Dec 14, 2010, 12.32 AMby clytemnestra

    I’m and intermediate sewer, but I’m working to be advanced!

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    Dec 13, 2010, 10.51 PMby hstorm799

    Intermediate, because there are so many things to learn still!

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    Dec 13, 2010, 10.21 PMby Cindy Trevithick

    I consider myself to be an intermediate sewer. But that would vary depending on the project. In some applications I might consider myself to be an advanced beginner. Others I might call myself an expert. It all depends on my knowledge base and skill level for any given application. I try and add a new technique often, and that may have an affect on how well I can master it. I judge all my outcomes by how commercial my garments appear. Stitch consistency is paramount to me. Plus I am always considering what a wash cyle or 50, will do, as well. I am a self-taught sewer, so it’s all about acquiring the knowledge from the experts. That is why “Threads” has been such a blessing to me. Now I am teaching myself patternmaking, and that is a huge challenge, but so much fun. It is never too late to learn!

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    Dec 13, 2010, 09.25 PMby ssk

    I am somewhere between beginner and intermediate if there is any level.

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    Dec 13, 2010, 06.23 PMby blulagoo

    A competent novice – I love sewing but don’t get much time to enjoy it. I made my first pair of trousers at age thirteen – and sew now for my 12 year ol!

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    Dec 13, 2010, 05.15 PMby janul

    I think I am still a beginner… and very lazy one :). Sometimes I try to make something more difficult, but the result is usually not so perfect…

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    Dec 13, 2010, 02.36 PMby tievoli

    beginner to intermediate- Some techniques or patterns go well so i think I have finally become a great seamstress, then I totally mess a few things up and i realise how much I still need to learn. I usually stick to beginner patterns so i can at least finish them and use/wear them afterword and NOT have a nervous breakdown.

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    Dec 13, 2010, 02.23 PMby ggsew

    Beginner-intermediate. I know the basics and I’ve made some stuff, but I could always learn more.

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    Dec 13, 2010, 02.13 PMby 314runner

    I am a beginner with a little experience, but a lot of creativity and penchant for altering patterns (probably when I shouldn’t). I have a lot of dreams, but few projects reach the level of completion of quality of work that I would like.

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    Dec 13, 2010, 01.59 PMby nehmah

    I would consider myself a professional-intermediate seamstress. I had better skills a few years ago. However, in a case of “Use it or lose it” I have lost some of the finer points. Nehmah

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    Dec 13, 2010, 01.55 PMby mirja74

    Intermediate I guess. I am always trying to improve!

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    Dec 13, 2010, 01.55 PMby sewbella

    I would say I am an expert, I can do a lot of different things. From design, patternmaking and sewing, from silk to leather. But there is always room to be inspired and to learn new techniques or other people’s slant on how to approach a project

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    Dec 13, 2010, 01.34 PMby Jodi Wade

    I think I am intermediate level.

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    Dec 13, 2010, 01.32 PMby alicolette

    intermediate. I will always say that bc I think is always something more you can learn.

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