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four november giveaways!

four november giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea

It’s impossible not to fall in love with Sue Spargo’s stitched quilt creations. Jennifer Keltner, publisher at Martingale, well knew this when she gave the go-ahead for Sue’s newest book: a coffee-table extravaganza of embellished folk-art quilts.

Sue Spargo book: Stitches To SavorThis month’s giveaway features Sue’s book: Stitches to Savor, A Celebration of Designs by Sue Spargo. The book presents twelve quilt projects with an overview photo and spread after spread of close-ups.

The folk art, inspired by Sue’s childhood in Africa and adult life in America, tells stories through pictures. Anyone who opens the book, quilter or not, gets a big wow from the energy of Sue’s masterful yet naive compositions.

Sue Spargo book: Stitches To Savor

Detailed photos give readers the opportunity to see the exuberance of Sue’s design ingeniousness—crafted with textures, shapes, colors, stitches and embellishments.Details from Sue Spargo’s book: Stitches To Savor

Each giveaway also includes a colorful set of Sue’s Eleganza threads. The six-spool collection of No. 8 perle cotton, with solid, variegated and glittery threads, sparks the imagination of hand stitchers, embroiderers and embellishers.Eleganza Threads by Sue Spargo

CalendarFrontThe Stitches to Savor: 2016 Wall-Art Calendar of Designs by Sue Spargo adds to the pile of giveaway goodies. Sue’s creativity spills across double-pages of hand-stitched wool quilts, with the months tucked into the bottom right corner.

A daily dose of Sue Spargo designs promises to make the new year cheery and inspired.

2016 Calendar by Sue Spargo: Stitches to Savor

CalendarBackTo participate in this month’s giveaway, just answer this question in the Comment box below: What do you like most about hand-stitching?

The drawing will be held at midnight PST on November 30, 2015. Four lucky winners will be chosen with a random number drawing. The prizes will then be shipped anywhere in the world. (International winners are responsible for customs.)

To visit Sue’s website +click here
To order Sue’s book from Amazon +click here
To order Sue’s calendar from Amazon +click here


This is an unsponsored giveaway. Thank you—Martingale for the books, and Sue Spargo for the threads and calendars.

All images from Stitches To Savor book and wall-art calendar are copyrighted (c) 2015 by Sue Spargo, and can not be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission.

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306 comments to “four november giveaways!”

  1. Linda says:

    I love the textural beauty and calming motion of hand stitching

  2. Debbi Cagney says:

    I love hand stitching because it can be done anywhere, home, plane, train, doctor’s office, etc. Also you can really personalize your items with your own stitch choices, colors, etc.

  3. Debbi Cagney says:

    I love hand stitching because it can be done anywhere, home, plane, train, doctor’s office, etc

  4. Tish Chung says:

    It is very satisfying and relaxing working on a handwork project while spending time with hubby watching television – a sure win-win situation for both of us!

  5. Susan Zakanycz says:

    I love the beauty, color and texture of hand stitching!

  6. Shelly Burge says:

    There are many things I like about hand stitching, the creativity, the quiet time to think, visiting with friends while we stitch, but my favorite thing about hand stitching is that it is portable. I can take it with me when I’m on the go.

  7. Vicki Seals says:

    I find hand stiching to be very soothing. Thanks for the great giveaway. vickise at gmail dot com

  8. Slow. Meditative. Tactile. Abundant. Joyful. Simple. Complex.

  9. betty says:

    Hand embroidery is something peaceful that my Mom taught me at a young age. I love the way it adds texture. You can make a project calm or exciting depending on the colour and weight of the yarns or threads used.

  10. Barbara Hancock says:

    The way it makes me feel. Hand stitching creates such a calmn, peaceful feeling while I’m working and such a sense of creative satisfaction when the work is done. You recognize that it is your brain and body creating something special to be treasured and enjoyed.

  11. Meriul says:

    I enjoy creating something of beauty while at the same time I’m relaxing! It’s a double win!!

  12. Amy says:

    I love everything about slow stitching: the time, effort, and beauty of it all. The book looks beautiful and very inspirational.

  13. Karen Cunagin says:

    So many reasons to love hand stitching — but I choose the meditative quality of this “slow” art. A simple needle and thread (perhaps zingy!), can make both random marks and detailed designs… all while your brain rests and your heart sings.

  14. babs ratner says:

    I am so happy that I learned hand stitching and embroidery when I was young. Some thing I use all the time in my quilting and fabric work. It is a timeless art.

  15. Lisa says:

    I feel connected to my work when I handstitch. I read a line in Felicia Mitchell’s book Words & Quilts…..”Owning a quilt is like owning the hours the quilter spent piecing and stitching.” I feel the handwork whether in a quilt or embroidered piece is my gift to the recipient. The handwork is a reflection of me and my thoughts.

  16. Carol says:

    There is everything to love about hand stitching – the portability, the affordability,
    the endless creative possibilities, and best of all, the complete serenity one achieves from slowly working the colours and textures of thread on cloth. This is truly work from the heart to the hand.

  17. Shari K. says:

    It is portable and very therapeutic!

  18. Allison CB says:

    Awesome looking book! Love Sue’s work! I love hand stitching – very calming and satisfying!

  19. Jerie Clark says:

    I like the hand made look where everyone’s work is totally unique. Being precise is not my forte so hand made suits me just fine.

  20. Tamara says:

    Hand stitching is very relaxing and I can try some things that I can’t do with my sewing maching.

  21. Glenda says:

    It makes my adult ADD brain settle down and be peaceful

  22. Natalie says:

    Not only do I find it meditative, but there is something about completing a hand stitched piece, the patience, the pride, and the fantastic uniqueness . It can bring together tradition and modernism together… I have used her thread and they are one of my favourites!

  23. Barbara Campbell says:

    I find hand stitching to be very meditative and relaxing.

  24. Rachaeldaisy says:

    Oh my goodness, this is the best giveaway!! I love that hand stitching is such a simple thing and yet the possibilities of what you can acheive with a needle, thread and fabric are endless. Thank you for the chance to win such great prizes.

  25. Claudia says:

    I can do hand stitching everywhere… 😀

  26. Raine Phillips says:

    A little bit of stitching brings balance and pleasure each and everyday for me. I have a rule in my life which is do a bit of stitching every day and not retire at night till done.

  27. Sue says:

    I love the feeling of accomplishment when I see how much my stitching has improved. That positive reinforcement keeps me coming back to handwork.

  28. Teena Bowman says:


  29. Donna DeShazo says:

    I love the relaxation of hand-stitching…and tthat it’s just me and threads: no machine in the middle!

  30. Susan says:

    I like the time handstitching takes which takes my mind away to create and settle.

  31. ruth ann siegler says:

    Sue Spargo’s designs are so unique and beautiful! I love to do hand stitching!

  32. Mary-anne Rooney says:

    I am a school principal, with hundreds of children under my care.I worry about each and every one of them, and their parents,as well. Hand stitching us my escape, when I stitch I slow down, my heart rate settles and I breathe…..helps me think clearly and I find I often find solutions to my worries as I calmly select colors and threads.

  33. Agnes Gates says:

    What I love most about hand stitching, is it is very relaxing and peaceful. It is down time well spent.

  34. Barbara Long says:

    I like the slow pace where I can with deliberateness think about what I am doing. In today’s quilting world , for the most part, it is all about speed – make a 12 inch clock in 5 minutes – the need for speed. Hand stitching is also timeless – I am using the same stitches that my great grandmother taught me and that she learned from her grandmother in a French convent.

  35. Lois C Myers says:

    I love the texture of hand stitches and variety of threads and yarns to really personalize your project.

  36. JennF says:

    I love the necessary requirement of slowing down that hand stitching demands. For some, especially myself, slowing down is not an easy thing to do!

  37. Robin Crittenden says:

    Hand stitching puts my mind in a comfort zone and the busy world stops. Whoever wins this is very lucky. Sue Spargo rocks.

  38. Kim says:

    I love to handstitch as a sort of therapy. It is very relaxing and I love to watch a beautiful detail blossom into a work of art.

  39. Jill Wade says:

    Hand stitching feeds my soul!! If I go more than 1 day without it, I am admittedly cranky!!❤️

  40. Jodena Beard says:

    I like the fact that I can easily take it with me to work on when I am traveling! No machine required!! And the threads are so lovely.

  41. Michelle says:

    I love the peacefulness of hand sewing and the variety of textures and looks created by different stitches.

  42. Lee Anne says:

    The texture, the variety of threads, the additional effort hand work requires makes the piece more meaningful.

  43. Judi Doud says:

    What I like most abt. hand stitching is that I get to sit down! Also, I like the finished product of textured wool.

  44. Jenea Swainston says:

    Hand stitching slows down a hectic world and allows me to get in touch with my creative spark!

  45. Pamela Dugger says:

    What I like most about hand-stitching is the quiet and the time to consider what stitch I will use next, where and what thread.

  46. Sabrina van Ginkel says:

    I like the folk art look of hand stitching.

  47. Wendy says:

    I love hand stitching because it’s restful and it allows me to create something totally unique, as I combine threads, colours and textures. Thank you for the giveway.

  48. LaVonne Dodson says:

    I find hand stitching more relaxing than machine sewing.

  49. Dawn Cornell says:

    I love holding the fibers and the control of the design. Making the design your own by using a different stitch or color. You get more intament with your project doing everything by hand.

  50. Hand stitching is an extension of who I am!

  51. Beth J. Beal says:

    I like the way that you start with random pieces of fabric and through the process you create something completely different from using just your two hands. I also like the fact that you can use hand stitching to embellish just about anything.

  52. Sheila Bales says:

    I love hand stitching because its calming and relaxing. Love trying new stitches and seeing a piece come to life. Thank you for a fantastic giveaway.

  53. Carol says:

    Calming (especially while listening to music) and satisfying to see what you have accomplished.

  54. Valerie Gleeson says:

    I love hand stitching because it is fun, relaxing and so very creative! Embellishing clothing is what I love to do!

  55. Cathy Veverka says:

    A variety of fibers and stitches can be used in hand stitching to embellish your quilts and wallhangings, making them come alive and provide inspiration!

  56. Gail says:


  57. janet Scott says:

    Hand stitching with Sue is so much fun

  58. Teri Randall says:

    I love how relaxing and calming it is.

  59. Claudette says:

    Hand stitching is a form of therapy for me. It is very soothing.

  60. Christine says:

    I love the individuality that is expressed in each piece!

  61. Karen A says:

    I like hand stitching because it is portable and relaxing.

  62. Debbie wood says:

    I have been stitching as long as I can rember! I love that is so portable, I can take it on holidays, while I wait for appointments etc or just stitch in the garden. I also love the way I can just lose myself in what I am stitching and totally relax and destress, and at the end feel such satisfaction and self achievement.

  63. Vicki says:

    I love hand stitching. Especially quilting and embroidery. It keeps me calm and stops me from worrying about every stresses that occur in life. What a wonderful giveaway.

  64. FionaC says:

    I love the meditative nature of hand stitching and that it’s portable.

  65. Barbara Hanaburgh says:

    I think I like the portability of handwork the most … also, there is something calming about it.

  66. Linda Ross says:

    I find hand sewing to be calming and relaxing. Love watching the stitches grow and the portability.

  67. Linda Dixon says:

    Hand stitching gives me the greatest flexibility and control of my work. It allows me to stitch wherever I please and it allows me to be creative with my designs.

  68. Linda Webster says:

    Hand-stitching is so relaxing. I’m just sitting and stitching quietly and creating something beautiful!

  69. Carolyn Vogel says:

    I find hand stitching relaxing, and creative, and appreciate how quickly you feel satisfaction from your work.

  70. Terri R says:

    After a long day at work, I can just lose myself in my sewing. All the stress and worry just melts away as I concentrate on fabric and thread and design.

  71. Ann Dotsey says:

    There is something so satisfying and relaxing to the art of hand sewing. The texture of the cloth and the treads and their colors are felt as well as seen. Definitely a sensory experience.

  72. Sue says:

    Beautiful work, can’t wait to get started! So relaxing and a reward at the end!

  73. Madeleine Trainor says:

    I love the way it is relaxing.

  74. Katie Hutchinson says:

    I love hand stitching for the peace and contentment and quiet that it brings. And the sense of creativity.

  75. Alyce says:

    I like that I can take it with me anywhere. It’s also meditative and helps me relax and forget about work

  76. Carole Anderson says:

    Hand work is sooo relaxing.

  77. Mary says:

    I love the texture and the endless possibilities of designs, stitches, threads!

  78. Debra Callaway says:

    What do I like most about hand-stitching? How can I pick just one?
    I like the deep sense of accomplishment, the feeling that “I did this myself with my own hands,” watching the picture unfold as I stitch, It is an art form that is portable, relaxing, and I feel connected to the past and the future when I do handwork

  79. Jeanette says:

    I love the peaceful feeling that hand-stitching gives me….it helps to bring calm into my life and I love picking the materials and threads to work with (this is such a joyful part of it). Thank you for the opportunity to enter this giveaway Sue and Martingale.

  80. Christine says:

    I just do, it’s my thing… It transports me to the place {space} I love to be in.

  81. Kathy Kelly says:

    I find hand stitching to be relaxing.

  82. FM says:

    I love hand stitching because it takes my mind off whatever worries I have and allows me to create something beautiful

  83. Theresa Wright says:

    It’s quiet. So much of our life is filled with noise and it’s wonderful just to sit, stitch, and be quiet!

  84. Val Scott says:

    Hand stitching is therapeutic! With every stitch you relax a little more. All your worries can be stitch into a work of art which can be admired and loved for evermore. How true are the words ‘Out of every negative comes a positive’ when you are working with threads and fabrics. Love it!

  85. Dfetech says:

    I love the relaxation of hand stitching. The textural beauty of the threads and fabrics delight the senses!

  86. jodi says:

    I love the rhythm of hand stitching…
    I love how portable it is and sue has opened my eyes to the endless possibilities we can all create.

  87. Robyn Spencer-Beck says:

    Being able to lose myself in the peace and quiet!

  88. Kay Holm says:

    Challenges me and relaxes me at the same time. I try to use a different technique all the time…

  89. Merril Catto says:

    I like the connection to generations of women before me who did this more out of necessity than for enjoyment and how they could still express their creativity through function.

  90. Suzanne Girard says:

    What I like the most is that is so relaxing you forget everything else and the present moment is only happinness.

  91. Dixie Wehmeyer says:

    To answer your question, working with all the colors and textures of threads…..they always put a smile on my face.

  92. Jane says:

    I love doing hand stitching as I can take it with me and the color and texture from this is very satisfying

  93. Cathy says:

    Hand stitching takes my mind off my worries and puts me in a state of total mental and physical relaxation.

  94. Nancy says:

    I love the peacefulness of working alone. No conversation requiring responses just the relaxation.

  95. Bonnie K says:

    I love that hand stitching is a portable art. You can do it almost everywhere without hauling a ton of stuff with you.

  96. cynthia says:

    I adore handwork–nothing gives off more loving, positive, energetic vibrations than something which has been handstitched over hours and hours.

  97. Kathy Eyre says:

    I love that no one will have one the same as mine…always unique

  98. Barb Glaeser says:

    the creative process evolving from a meditative state of mind

  99. Susan Stewart says:

    It’s so versatile, stitches thick, thin, long, short, pretty, strong, dramatic, any mood conveyed and can be done anywhere but always relaxing to do. Fabric scraps can be transformed by just a few simple stitches, the possibilities are endless. I love the versatility of taking a little bit of sewing with me wherever I go, and people always start up a conversation, a great ice breaker.

  100. Beverly Lawler says:

    I love handstitching. It is very relaxing and soothing! You can take a needle and thread and a blank piece of fabric and create a beautiful piece of art!

  101. Linda Burton says:

    I love how hand stitching brings the design to life. It’s so relaxing to stitch and create beauty.

  102. Wendy F. says:

    I like that I can stich in bed or anywhere.

  103. Michelle says:

    I love your vibrant colours and the many different stitching each beautiful project contains.

  104. Barbara says:

    It’s very relaxing and let’s you use your imagination with colors.

  105. Linda petersensmith says:

    So relaxing that it lowers my blood pressure.

  106. Robin Shilman says:

    Hand stitching is just so relaxing. That is how I get ride of stress.

  107. Kim says:

    I like the methodology and repetition

  108. Sharon says:

    I like that I can take it where ever.

  109. Diane flowers says:

    It’s like meditation for me.

  110. Terri stegmiller says:

    So many of my friends have already been creating with Sue Spargo patterns and books. I think it is time I should give it a try. Thanks for the chance to win.

  111. Patricia McCber says:

    Hand stitching gives me the opportunity to paint outside the box, be random, crazy and creative!

  112. Jac Cowgill says:

    When you’re hand stitching you just relax and let your mind go.

  113. Jill Green says:

    I love handwork because I enjoy the process of creating something with my own hands. I also find it very relaxing.

  114. Wanda Burleson says:

    I love the definition and process of “hand stitching”—–the act of taking a needle threaded with beautiful thread, piercing a fiber sheet with the point of the needle, pulling the thread through with love, creating a beautiful fiber sheet of many stitches of love.

  115. Mary Dice says:

    I love hand stitching because I can do it anywhere and on any fabric. I would really like to try some of Sue’s wool applique embroidery with all the wild colours and ideas. I am a rug hooker so have tons of wool and can get into the dye pot for some of those gorgeous greens!

  116. Sari S. says:

    I find hand-stitching to be meditative and calming. There is great satisfaction in using one’s hands to create.

  117. Janette Richards says:

    I love Sue’s designs. I find the stitching relaxing, almost a form of meditation! Wish I had time to do more.

  118. Susan Hansen says:

    I love the feeling of the almost meditativeness that it evokes with the repetition and quiet. Not only is one creating something of beauty, but soothing the soul at the same time.

  119. Gloria says:

    I love the process and the resuts

  120. SOOZ says:

    I love that it is a personnal touch by the hand of the artist. Hers are so

  121. Laura M says:

    I love the way it feels to pull the thread through the cloth. I like the way it looks when the thread is placed on various fabrics eg silk. Love the zen of the repetitive in and out motion.

  122. Karen Stockdill says:

    I find hand stitching very relaxing. Oh and when we get together at weekly class at Annie’s country quilt store in nz!!

  123. Amy Bird says:

    I love the portability

  124. Kim Stryker says:

    Hand stitching and embroidery remind me of crafting with my grandmother as a young girl. The effects are exquisite and I can focus on creating something beautiful anywhere I go.

  125. CarolynR says:

    Hand stitching is very soothing and therapeutic to me.

  126. Pam Rose says:

    Embroidery is a first love. I learned stitching in 4th grade and still love it! When I stitch I feel connected to my grandma who helped me learn. It is very addicting! It really is always about color and texture!!

  127. Marsha Cochrane says:

    I love that hand stitching is meditative for me, and I do some form of hand work every day.

  128. Kae Eagling says:

    What I like most about hand-stitching is the zen of it. It always takes me to a calm, centered spot in my soul.

  129. Valerie Calvert says:

    It is so relaxing. You can get lost in your thoughts.

  130. Veroncia says:

    There is nothing between me and my needlework when I do it by hand. I can change anything at anytime- design, stitch or thread- without stopping. It’s relaxing and invigorating.

  131. Karen says:

    I have recently rediscovered the joy of hand stitching and appreciate the meditative quality of hand work.

  132. Karen M. says:

    I love hand stitching and embroidery because it’s relaxing and I can do it anywhere – by my daughter’s pool in Scottsdale, on a cruise ship or at home while watching television. Thanks for this great giveaway!

  133. Patty henry says:

    I love hand sewing! It takes me to a serene place in my mind and heart. The result is something I can always be proud of.

  134. Heather says:

    Hand stitching forces me to sit and relax for awhile. It enables me to clear my mind of all the chatter and concentrate on one specific task. Love it!

  135. Tesi Vaara says:

    Hand stitching is very spiritual to me and soothing to the soul.

  136. Sherry F says:

    Hand stitching is a chance to sit peacefully and be absorbed in what I am working on. Very tranquil and rewarding.

  137. Elizabeth Hamilton says:

    I love the way hand stitching adds colour and texture to fabric. It is such a relaxing way to pass the time. You can release your creativity and take a blank piece of fabric and with just a needle and thread completely transform it

  138. Jenny Smith says:

    Hand stitching is a relaxing way of sewing and can be taken anyway. Especially fun to do with a group of friends.

  139. Sheryl allen says:

    I love how relaxing it is to hand stitch. I love how the yarn/thread feels in my hands.

  140. Sheila I says:

    Hand stitching is relaxing, calming and satisfying. Always need to keep busy even when sitting down.

  141. Anna says:

    What I love most about hand stitching is the way it quiets my “monkey” brain. For me is as close to meditative as I’ll ever get!

  142. Shirley Whitcomb says:

    Sue Spargo is a creative genius with fabric and thread. Her designs are a touch of whimsy and heart. Her book is a treasure trove of inspiration that I would love to add to my collection.

  143. Frances vd Walt says:

    …the use of colour, the stitches, the motifs, the texture – everything – just love it!!!!

  144. Shirley Dryden says:

    The best thing I love about hand stitching is the added value it gives to my wool appliqué through the never ending colourful and creative ways of embellishment.

  145. Chris says:

    You can just sit peacefully, no noisy machine.

  146. C Lillard says:

    the silence!

  147. Kaye Koler says:

    Hand stitching is soothing and calms me…..right into my own little world! Thanks the giveaway !

  148. Cheri Searles says:

    I’ve been having health issues this year. No matter what, I have found I always have enough energy to do hand work!!!

  149. Laura Marston says:

    I love the beauty of hand stitching, however I have to limit my time doing hand work because of pain issues.

  150. It is calming and pleasurable .. And the results are outstandingly unique and beautiful !

  151. Nancy Tester says:

    Hand stitching is very calming for me. I love how the wool feels in my hands. Each thread adds another layer of color and texture. I really enjoy the creative process of handwork. It makes me slow down.

  152. Patty Swatzell says:

    It is very relaxing and can sew while traveling in car or RV.

  153. Mary Ann says:

    I enjoy the sense of fulfillment as I watch the creation grow.

  154. Mandy says:

    That it is portable and I can always have something to be working on, no matter where I am!

  155. Delora says:

    I love hand embroidery. It gives me a chance to explore, create and be artistic. If I have a busy schedule and don’t get to create something I feel lost.

  156. Kelley says:

    The thing I like most about hand stitching is the time it affords to slow down a bit.

  157. Susan says:

    New to hand stitchery and embellishing because of Sue Spargo’s quilts. Beautiful.

  158. Trudi Rammelkamp says:

    With hand stitching, you can create something while being social.

  159. Gloria. Ray says:

    Pure meditation in each beautiful stitch.

  160. Janet Bray says:

    I Love hand stitching because it offers time to ponder, each stitch is intentional and oh so therapeutic. Like breathing.

  161. Joanna Powell says:

    I like knowing that my stitches can be really close to perfect, and that I can always take a stitch out and re-do. I’m a perfectionist, and hand stitching really feeds my need for perfection while also feeding my need to create.

  162. I love the rythmn of the slow stitching. It is so meditative.

  163. Karen says:

    I enjoy the peacefulness that accompanies hand-stitching and watching the colors unfold in front of my eyes as I stitch.

  164. Linda Jones says:

    It’s very relaxing.

  165. Chris Galligan says:

    It’s quiet and relaxing after a busy day!

  166. Joan Gale says:

    I love hand stitching because I can do it anywhere, and also because it allows me to do more than one thing at a time — stitch and listen to a book, stitch and watch TV, stitch and talk with friends, etc.

  167. Lyn says:

    I like the meditational nature of stitching…it is relaxing, and even the boring stretches can be good, as they are an opportunity to practice ’empty mind’. At least, until you realize that you ran that last row of stitches a bit further than you should have… 🙂

  168. Chris says:

    Hand stitching is a state of being.

  169. Linda P says:

    Hand stitching is so relaxing to me. I have learned much from Sue Spargo in a class regarding texture and I love using all the different stitches to create texture in my creations..

  170. Patricia Smith says:

    It is cheaper than therapy.

  171. Judy says:

    It just relaxes the soul….

  172. Nadia says:

    I love the meditative state hand stitching brings and that the result is a beautiful work of art!

  173. Beverly says:

    The slow thoughtful stitch brings a smile to me.

  174. kulepiscean says:

    Love the relaxing pace of hand stitching

  175. Quilty says:

    I love hand stitching, mostly appliqué and crazy quilt

  176. Fred says:

    I love hand stitching because of using the various color of threads, great stitches with beautiful threads!

  177. Jennifer Nicholson says:

    I love that hand stitching gives the project personality!

  178. Barbara says:

    What do I like most about hand stitching? I like the look of it, and it is portable.

  179. Barbara says:

    I like the look of hand stitching, and the control of the needle and it is portable.

  180. Sally says:

    I love how hand-stitching can add a subtle or a strong design to cloth.

  181. Kathy E. says:

    What I love most about hand-stitching is the freedom to use my imagination to create and use color and design in any way I choose! My mood affects my stitching, but I always come away with a more positive slant! I love it!

  182. Francine says:

    I like the time it takes to do hand sewing and the concentration required. It allows me to enjoy a project and not rush through it.

  183. Lisa Wilson says:

    I love hand stitching because it makes a one-of-a-kind heirloom.

  184. Susan McGregor says:

    Wow – this book is awe-inspiring! It makes me want to get back to the basics of hand-stitching – although Sue’s designs are anything but basic. What I like most about hand-stitching is the freedom it provides to create without the limitations of machine stitching. Thanks for the giveaway.

  185. kimberlier says:

    hand stitching brought me comfort this summer. Broken my tibia plateau, needed surgery and couldn’t walk for three months…started a EPP quilt to pass the time and it was the only time I felt truly relaxed.

  186. Linda Dixon says:

    Hand stitching allows me the freedom to be my most creative.

  187. rachel f says:

    I learned hand stitching in Grade 6 and I love the way it is both practical and beautiful.

  188. Helen Lou says:

    at the end of the day I sit down and pick up my handstitching, which takes me to a relaxed state to close out my day in a positive way.

  189. Catherine Redford says:

    I love being able to take my handwork with me wherever I go. It’s a great conversation starter!

  190. Laura says:

    I like that hand stitching is portable. I like the feeling of pulling thread through cloth and the zen of repetitive stitching. It’s also fun to experiment with textures and color on cloth.

  191. Stephanie Eriksen says:

    i, like many fell in love with Sue’s beautiful Art the moment I first viewed it. I love the vibrant colors of her hand dyed wools and the texture and dimension her creative stitching brings to each and every project. Personally I feel a spiritual connection to my grandmother whom I never met as she passed when my mother was a child, however I share her love of hand stitching and strange as it sounds, I feel her presence as I stitch away!

  192. jmj says:

    WOW amazing work, great texture and wonderful color

  193. Sue Smith says:

    hand sewing seems to sooth my nerves after a busy day.

  194. Cindy Gilbrough says:

    I love Sue’s work! Thanks for posting about her, and for the gorgeous pictures! I am truly enjoying your blog, Patricia–keep sending more.

  195. Karen M. says:

    I always feel like I’m rushing through my day, trying to get a million things done, so it’s nice to take the time to sit and work on a hand stitching project.

  196. Wanda Burleson says:

    Knowing that each stitch is a stitch made with love.

  197. jodi says:

    well, I’m married to a south african and having spent a lot of time there, I have to say that she’s work is so inspiring!!! what I love (and brilliantly demonstrated by sue’s work), is that with the tiniest of embellishments, you can create a masterpiece and hold it in your hand as you do.

  198. Linda LoBianco says:

    Hand stitching is a creative skill. Patience is taught as you succeed in the skill of applique, embroidery, surface embellishments and painting. when working with a project your skill,design ability, and your inspiration all contribute to the wonders of hand work. besides the portability of it. the best thing is too accomplish your imagery in fiber and know that it’s yours. I continually lose myself in my work forgetting the world around me. I love the tactile feel of such designs and am continually fascinated at others skills. there is so much in this area of art you only need to test the waters. remember patience is the key and always enjoy the journey.

  199. Carole Tullis says:

    The best things about hand stitching are the intimacy of the work and the direct control of the thread.

  200. Michelle says:

    i absolutely loveyour vibrant colours and variety of stitches. Striking.

  201. Michele says:

    I most enjoy how the wool and threads feel in my hands as the dimensional stitches add depth and life to what would otherwise be a flat piece of wool or cotton shape

  202. Shelley Ritchey says:

    I love the feeling of textiles and thread in my hands; handwork allows me to get my mojo on!

  203. Amy Bird says:

    I like that I can accomplish a lot on a small project in a short amount of time.

  204. I love the outcome of hand stitching and the extra effort to make something more special. It’s a way to make a unique creation, relax, and find satisfaction.

  205. Penny Dominici says:

    I love the way a few stitches in just the right color or texture can turn your piece from ordinary to extraordinary!

  206. Gerri Bobnar says:

    What I like best about hand stitching is the embroidery stitches that add a completeness and a decorative flair to the quilt

  207. Tesi Vaara says:

    Hand stitching is so soothing. My favorite was crewel work which is hard to find these days. I love that hand stitching with a variety of threads is coming back and being placed on quilt tops. Sue Spargo’s stuff is way cool.

  208. Brenda says:

    I love the slowness of handstitching. It gives me time to think, to meditate, to ponder life’s big (and not so big) questions, and to really enjoy the “moment” of each stitch I place. No matter if an entire quilt is machine sewn, the final step for me is always hand stitching the binding down. It’s a ritual that goes along with sleeping under every quilt as soon as I get it finished and before it is given away. Sue’s work has fascinated me for years; I have a couple of her earlier books, and the eye candy is to treasure. I’m crossing my fingers for this one!! Thanks, again, as usual.

    • Theresa Duval says:

      Brenda, how beautiful. Than you for sharing. I had never thought of sleep under the quilt before giving it away. I slept on top of two small quilts for my puppy dogs. I am truly enjoying reading all of these posts. What a wonderful gift, not only the giveaway prizes, but the amazing connection these posts bring to the heart and soul. Thank you!

  209. Pam Watkins says:

    At the end of a busy day it’s great to switch off and pick up some beautiful threads and fabric to create.

  210. nancy lupetin says:

    I love hand stitching because I can use so many different stitches and threads. It makes me feel good.

  211. VeronikaMcKeown McKeown says:

    I love the way you can put everything aside and be fully engrossed in your stitching and leave all your cares away.. Then the feeling when you’ve finished a sense of achievement and joy.

  212. Carola S. De Pasuale says:

    Hand stitching for me connects me to the past where I can imagine countless of women working at night to bring some calm and beauty to their lives. It also connects me to the future because we still are creating beauty and rewarding our spirit. And as we are doing it our daughters and sons are witnessing our creation and smiling at us.

  213. Nancy says:


  214. Pam says:

    I love the relaxation of hand stitching and observing the gradual progress on creating something beautiful.

  215. Sonja May says:

    You can easily take it with you where ever you go. It takes up little space.

  216. Robin Myers says:

    Hand-stitching is very relaxing and a wonderful way to be creative! I love the colors of the fabric and the thread, and that each peice is unique.

  217. Amy Bird says:

    I love using lots of different color in small amounts

  218. Annette Moore says:

    There is something calming about hand stitching. When I stitch it makes all the days problem take a back seat

  219. Jo Ann Martin says:

    There are so many wonderful things that I love about hand stitching…too many to list. But what I most love is the calm, peaceful zen-like feeling that is created inside me when I pick up my hand work, sit down with a cup of tea and see where the next bit of time takes me!

  220. CarolW says:

    i love the bulky texture, I embroidered lots in the 70’s; and like this look — ; the designs; work with wool and the beautiful colors. I still love hand work and buy little kits or quilt blocks– all are ufo’s–but I still love handiwork. Cheers for beautiful craft and books.

  221. Sharon says:

    I love the intricate detail varying thickness, unique stitches and the easy change of colors associated with hand stitching. A machine just can not do what a person can.

  222. Gale Schwarb says:

    I enjoy many kinds of hand stitchery. It makes me feel connected to women throughout history.

  223. Kathie L says:

    I like that I’m not tied to my quilting studio when I do hand stitching. It goes everywhere.

  224. Marilyn says:

    I love hand stitching because of the concentration. Also, I usually do it somewhere quiet.

  225. Gill says:

    I find handstitching so therapeutic!

  226. Myra Ramos says:

    Threads and folk art, what could be better?

  227. Janet Hasselblad says:

    The detail that’s possible only with hand stitching is what I love.

  228. Barbara Sullivan says:

    I love the play with texture and color.

  229. Rhoda says:

    I like that hand stitching is mobile. And…a reason to buy all those luscious threads!

  230. The yummy tactile nature of the stitches. It has been a long time since I tried it but I think it is time to pick it up again. Beautiful book. Threads to spark any imagination.

  231. Maryln Nelson says:

    The precision at which you can direct your quilting.

  232. Betsy says:

    I like the tactile sense of hand stitching and feel the care and creativity of doing it gets infused in the piece and adds to the beauty.

  233. Kathy M says:

    It’s very relaxing, and very portable!

  234. Dianne Fitch says:

    It relaxes me and I love watching the project grow and blossom! I often feel like my grandma (who taught me handstitching) is somewhere close and loving me. I appreciate so much what she taught me!

  235. Patsy Carlson says:

    I love the meditative state that hand stitching puts me in. It feeds my soul.

  236. Garen says:

    It takes time – no short cuts!
    And is very soothing!

  237. Carol Dowsett says:

    Zen calmness of mind and body….

  238. NancyC says:

    I love the serenity of hand work.

  239. Heather says:

    It makes me slow down and then I enjoy what I am doing, where I am and who I am with.

  240. audrey says:

    It’s just so incredibly relaxing, not to mention rewarding! Love that ‘made by me’ feeling.:)

  241. Louise Fountain says:

    I love to loose myself in my work and feel the peace it brings to me.

  242. I find hand stitching rewarding and the results are unique.

  243. Elle says:

    What I like most: I can be creative where ever I am.

  244. Pam says:

    It’s all done on my terms: my colors, my designs, my speed, my materials, my mistakes! All fun. What a great giveaway!

  245. sue odonnell says:

    I’d love to try using thise wonderful threads and being inspired by her lovely book

  246. Kris Koponen says:

    Handstitching is my meditation!

  247. heidi says:

    Hand stitching keeps hands busy while the body relaxs, gives great texture, & for me personally, it provides a link ancestrally

  248. Lydia says:

    I love the calm it brings to the mind. If I’m focusing on stitching and making it just right, then I’m not worrying. And I am a worrier. Wanna be a stitch warrior instead.

  249. april zemke says:

    Love the stitching ideas!

  250. Candace says:

    I’m fairly new to the hand stitching group, but I’m loving it! I like that it’s so very portable, relaxing, and very fulfilling to see a completed project that I’ve done without the aid of a machine. Thanks to Sue Spargo for the inspiration!

  251. Dale W says:

    I love the colors and the stitches and all the texture that is created – a feast for the eyes.

  252. Susie Cooper says:

    Hand-stitching offers a way to achieve centering of the self. It is calming, soothing, and productive all at once!

  253. Carol DeGraaf says:

    I love the feeling that the process of stitching gives me.

  254. Barbara Hanaburgh says:

    The ability to transport it so easily.

  255. Janie says:

    I love the relaxation that hand quilting brings, and the to-go projects that you can take anywhere.

  256. James says:

    The mindfulness and tranquility. Until, inevitably, you stab yourself with the needle….

  257. Diane Tchakirides says:

    I love the tactile experience of needle and cloth in my hands. Needlework is modern and ancient at the same time.

  258. Martina says:

    I love hand stitching as I can enjoy it wherever I want to and it really helps me to slow down. I think it also adds such a special and warm touch to my patchworkpieces.

  259. I love the sound the needle makes puncturing the cloth, the soothing rhythm of working the needle, and the resulting textures unique to hand stitching. Thank you for this lovely give away.

  260. Linda Gallagher says:

    Great Blog!

  261. Michelle says:

    The immediate creativity of texture and color is a challenge that always results in a delightful surprise.

  262. Kathe D says:

    It’s calming and creative.

  263. Pam Hobart says:

    It is very satisfying and pleasurable to see hand stitching come alive with the many colors and textures of the fibers available for us to use.

  264. Cathy says:

    It reminds me of my Grandmother, who embroidered everything!

  265. Judy Brack says:

    Your Emails and website are so inspirational! Thank You for making my retirement so “Rich” with artistic adventures!

  266. JENNY says:

    I love the slowing down and calming process.

  267. Edna Warkentine says:

    Hand Stitching adds so much to the uniqueness of a quilt or other project. It tells a lot about the maker.

  268. Joanne says:

    I find that hand stitching is relaxing and gets me into the “zone”!

  269. Linda Storvik says:

    Sue’s designs are so colorful! I’d love to win!

  270. Elizabeth Dalton says:

    I’ve always loved handsewing of any kind– but in the past three years it has come to mean more. My husband died of complications of dementia last Spring and during the year he was in memory care, I always had a bag of hand work with me on visits. If he was asleep I could sit quietly and stitch. And when awake, I appliqued in bright colors. Even though he no longer knew who I was he would sit on this bedside and watch me. I’m sure this had a calming effect as much with him as with me. Often, other residents who peek their heads in the doorway and smile while I worked. I don’t know if any of my projects made their lives any brighter, but I do know it greatly helped me during the those long months.

  271. Emily C says:

    I love how each piece is always unique to the stitcher, even if it is similar to another person work.

  272. Donna says:

    I love the intimacy with the fabric and fibers–handstitching is such a sensual experience!

  273. Carol Y says:

    I like the pace of it and the creativity it allows. It’s so much fun to plan a project and then execute it.

  274. Vicki H says:

    I find hand stitching is relaxing and I can do it while watching tv with the family.

  275. Sarah J. says:

    My goal is to learn more hand stitching techniques- I love that it’s portable and the freedom of design!

  276. Karen says:

    I find hand stitching calming and relaxing, plus it adds so much texture to a piece.

  277. Sheelagh says:

    Hand stitching is relaxing and creative.
    So many beautiful projects can be made with the wonderful colors
    and textures of the threads.

  278. Chris says:

    I can take it with me, it fits in my lap usually. Totally in my control and I just like the looks of it.

  279. Claire Ross says:

    I find hand stitching relaxing especially after a busy day at work. I can switch off completely x

  280. Sue Chambers says:

    Hand stitching is portable, you can easily take it with you.

  281. Terri Karls says:

    I like hand stitching because it is portable.Take it almost anywhere.

  282. Rebecca says:

    I think you could look at that book for hours and still miss it all. Oh my, so wonderful

  283. carol n says:

    I love the look of hand sewing! I have trouble with it however, my thread get tangles, I have tried beeswax, and Thread Protector. I also really enjoy Sue Spargo’s beautiful work!

  284. Claudia says:

    Satisfaction. I love to sit with my feet up in a recliner and watch TV while I hand sew.

  285. Mara says:

    It relaxes me, and I can create whatever I want!

  286. Janet Larson says:

    Hand stitching fills my spirit with joy.

  287. Ellee says:

    One of the best things about handwork is that it is totally portable.

  288. Pam Cope says:

    I love hand stitching because it’s so portable. Makes the time fly by when I am traveling, or sitting on a meeting. I love to keep my hands busy. I also love Sue’s bright colors.

  289. Meg says:

    When I finish a quilt and do the hand basting binding I find pleasure in making the stitches even and close. doing this step by hand is rewarding and lovely to complete the quilt.

  290. Lorraine Emineth says:

    the total relaxation while hand stiching yet being productive creating a piece of beauty. Its so very relaxing, even when sticking in the company of others!

  291. Kat says:

    I like how slow it is, so I can really concentrate on each stitch and how much it feels like painting. Thanks for the chance to win!

  292. Paula Prominski says:

    The thing I like most about hand stitching is the portability. I can easily pack up my hand stitching projects and take them along where ever I go.

  293. Nancy Hilderbrand says:

    Such an exciting prize

  294. Brenda Piper says:

    I like the FEEL of the needle going through the soft wool. It’s hard to explain why, but I find it to be very relaxing and satisfying. 🙂

  295. Terri McRae Mitchell says:

    Love the engaging designs, the unlimited selection of stitches to use, the bright colors of fabric and threads; and the fact when I do hand stitching I am singularly focused on my stitching and it relaxes me.

  296. Arbor Buchanan says:

    I love how creativity can flow and change directions with hand stitching!

  297. Kathy Weyenberg says:

    I like the quiet time stitching and that most hand stitching projects are portable and easily taken when traveling.

  298. Theresa Duval says:

    Wow! I have been hand stitching since I was 7. It is hard to say what I like the most. The mediation of the stitching, and probably the most is the creating, and of course the finished product made by me!

  299. Nancy Hilderbrand says:

    Before I got arthritis hand sewing and embroidery always soothed my nerves and calmed me down after a hard day at work.

  300. Ema N says:

    I like that hand sewing is portable, allowing me to sew in parks, train stations etc, where others can see me and know that hand sewing is still done in the 21st century!

  301. Lee Taylor says:

    It’s a relaxing and portable activity. There is also so much to learn. Thanks for the giveaway !

  302. Liana says:

    I like work with variegated and glittery threads!!!

  303. Heidi says:

    Hand stitching is very calming, & the projects can be toted most anywhere !

  304. Betty Kisbey says:

    Hand stitching provides me with the opportunity to become immersed in my project and allows me to project my inner feelings without judgement or critical analysis.