Friday, April 15, 2011

Blog Tour: Sewn by Hand- review and giveaway!

 I've long admired the work of Susan Wasinger, and I know that if you aren't already (familiar with her), you will too. I'm honored that the good folks at Lark invited me to be part of the blog tour for her latest book. Susan already has several books under her belt- Eco-Craft, Fabricate, and The Feisty Stitcher... all highly recommended. This latest one, Sewn by Hand, combines her passions for fabric, creative re-use and sustainability. You can imagine how thrilled I am! By unplugging and relying on the basics- just needle and thread, Susan has rediscovered the ancient art of hand sewing... and encourages others to do the same with advice on stitches, needles and techniques to get you started plus two dozen clever projects that whip up easily. Wonderful stuff for both the novice and seasoned sewer alike!




Baby stuff, accessories, organizational helpers, home decor- there's a lot to choose from! So leave your machine and electricity behind while sewing:
  • on the road
  • listening to your child read
  • chatting with friends
  • in the bleachers
  • sitting under a tree
Hand sewing= portability
It has the added benefit of peace. Quiet.
"There is no buzz, or whir, or click, or rattle to sewing by hand. There is a certain happiness when sitting, engulfed in silence, thoroughly engaged in the making of something wonderful. Each of those little stitches sews us into a great patchwork of the makers and the do-ers of an earlier era. It’s just a good feeling to sew by hand."- Susan Wasinger

This book is a gem and the perfect companion to these warmer months, when we find ourselves out and about more often than not. So let's get to the giveaway part, shall we?  Lark and Susan aren't just offering brand new copy of Sewn by Hand... they're also sharing a sewing kit complete with vintage goodies! How awesome is that? I'm pretty giddy about all of this, can you tell!
 I'm packing up my hand sewing basket for piano lessons and spring picnics, where will you take your hand sewing? Please leave a comment in this post between now and Monday night 4/18 at 8pm EST. A random winner will be selected and announced Tuesday morning. Good luck, friends! Comments are now closed. Thanks. Pin It

247 comments:

  1. Very possibly to the park, drives, evenings in bed watching TV

    Nice book and gorgeous projects

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  2. To the park, and in the back yard while I watch my son learn how to walk this summer.

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  3. Wow! Love this one! I am always sewing things by hand...and I have even introduced it to my young daughters! What a great gift. Thanks for the introduction to this book!

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  4. i'll take for my lunch in the park..

    such an awesome book

    ayukuya88 [at] gmail [dot] com

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  5. I would hand-sew during my lunchtime, admist giggles from fellow students. I would hand-sew during insomniac moments late at night in bed. I would hand-sew as a guise to the fact that I'm watching reality television.
    Love the portability of handsewing.

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  6. I take my handwork most everywhere -- pickup, appointments, meetings, soccer games, bus and train rides though generally not in the car. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  7. I'm packing mine for soccer games and camping trips! This book looks fun!

    mary(dot)maul(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. I quite like taking my sewing to the pub of an evening, and sewing while I'm catching up with friends and having a couple of drinks.

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  9. What a great book! I'd use it on the long drives to see family or watching tv or just keeping an eye on the little one. Thanks!

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  10. I LOVE to hand sew! The machine and I don't get a long very well, so this is my preferred method! This book looks AMAZING! I like to sit with my Hubbums and watch tv while I stitch away!

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  11. I love the idea of taking my sewing with me for those odd spare moments.

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  12. I'd work on mine in the car, sitting outside watching my new pups, and during the quiet moments while running a local pottery shop. I've just been learning to sew this past year, and learning about handwork would be fantastic!

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  13. I've always wanted to develop my hand sewing skills. What a lovely book.

    ariannecope-at-gmail-dot-com

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  14. Long car rides, airplane rides, in the backyard on the swing...handwork is great!

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  15. It's nice to have on hand for the occasional 20 minutes that appears out of nowhere and is ripe for one of my own projects.

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  16. What a lovely giveaway! I will be taking portable projects to the beach to watch my kids play in the surf this year. I hope I'll be bringing this crafty book with me! My fingers are crossed!

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  17. I love sewing by hands though I haven't yet taken it "on the road." Maybe I'll do it this summer on my trip.

    Sophie

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  18. Loved Eco-Craft and this looks amazing too! As someone working a 40 hr a week job plus commute on public transportation, this would be a great resource for train-worthy projects. Right now it is pretty much just crochet for me:-) Would love to have this lovely giveaway.

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  19. This book looks awesome! Ideal to get inspired and sew during the Autumn days here!
    Hugs Maya!

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  20. Fantastic giveaway. I'd take the handsewing kit everywhere I go.
    Lots of greetings,
    Simone

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  21. Wonderful giveaway! I would love to win this, I love to do a little hand sewing, it makes me feel peaceful and appreciate each and every stitch.

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  22. On the couch, waiting for Spring to arrive to the North!

    melissa55.schmidt@gmail.com

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  23. Definitely to the park, to my sons' baseball games, to my favorite comfy chair in the living room...lots of places. The book looks really great!

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  24. To my deck! I can hardly wait - the book looks amazing! xo

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  25. Oh wow! I've been looking for something like this. How lovely!

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  26. You totally sold me on the portability! The examples look great and the book sounds awesome! Thanks for the chance!

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  27. I take handwork everywhere, my favorite being road trips... I have been eying this book and have it on my wishlist. It looks like a delight!

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  28. To the sofa so he can watch his documentary's and I can sew and be there too. I would love to win this, my mum would love it too and it would be great to share some projects together...It looks really good!

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  29. Daughter #1's softball practices and tournaments, daughter #2's basketball practices and tournaments, the front porch while daughter #3 is learning to ride her bike, sitting in the car at the bus stop... where WON'T I take my projects?!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    lynchmob4022@sbcglobal.net

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  30. I'd take the little kit out to the field as I wait for my hubby to finish disking or planting or spraying or any of the other things he does that I have to wait in the field for. Why can't he just call me when he needs a ride and I can sit and sew on my comfy couch!

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  31. I like taking projects to the park on days when I can't stand being inside anymore. :)

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  32. This looks like such a lovely selection of hand stitched projects. I've been wanting to start doing some handwork before going to bed at night, as it helps me to wind down and let go of the days stresses. This book looks perfect!

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  33. I should try sewing by hand! Thank for the inspiration.

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  34. I would love this for long trips. Everything is so lovely I don't know what I'd make first!

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  35. On the airplane! Nothing takes my mind off my fear of flying like a good project! I currently either knit or embroider. I take along nail clippers to stand in for scissors, they allow those in the airplane.

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  36. The couch. Or in nice weather, the backyard.

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  37. I will be packing mine up for road trips and for while waiting at ballet class for my girl. That book looks fantastic.

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  38. My hand sewing projects follow me to the park, in the car and to the beauxh! This book looks yummy!

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  39. Oh how I wish I was back to the days of swimming lessons. But, alas my "kids" are decidedly much too independent (15 and 13) to hang out with me by the pool or river. But I will have a basket of handwork with me, as always, when I find myself by a river, in the woods on a picnic. And, as ever I will have this basket with me as I enjoy our big, backyard with garden and chicks and friends, family and neighbors. Hopefully going to start and complete a crocheted bath mat out of very worn and loved sheets. I'm looking forward to summer!

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  40. ohhh, as a regular traveler the portability and creativity of this just make me so full of glee :). what a lovely giveaway -- i know i would use this here there and everywhere -- on the bus to work, in the park, on the plane and even just on a quiet evening at home.

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  41. In my front yard enjoying the sunshine! What a perfect giveaway for the machine inept seamstress.

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  42. Oh! This sounds perfect for me. The one and only quilt I've made was a small wall quilt for a gift. It was made of painted muslin, but the best part? The hand quilting! I've embroidered for years, but something about the stitching through layers to bind them together was so meditative. I would take my handsewing to a cozy corner, turn on music and just relax.

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  43. This looks like a wonderful book with very cute projects! I might just have to buy myself a copy, unless I'm lucky enough to win, of course!

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  44. Count me in! I hand-sewed a skirt last summer (a la Alabama Studio Style) and really enjoyed it. I think more hand sewing is in my future now that I've got tendonitis from too much knitting :-(

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  45. My hand sewing goes with me to the park, out to my front porch glider, and on my summer trips to the mountains. I'm lost without a bit of work close to hand!

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  46. Oh, I love books like these for inspiration... especially love to see ideas for recycled denim, and I think I spot one in those pictures :)

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  47. I like to take my hand sewing projects onto our front porch swing (during baby's nap time!) It's breezy and calm...a great time to get crafty!

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  48. I love hand sewing and often make things sitting on a bench in the garden watching my daughter playing in the sandpit. I also always have something with me when I travel on the train.
    That is a really great giveaway. Thank you!

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  49. I'd take my hand sewing on long car trips with my husband, on the plane when we go to visit his family, and sitting on the couch catching up on Glee. :)

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  50. I'll take my sewing on long car rides! :)

    ~Kristin
    anticonformity_chick (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  51. Ooh, yes please! What a lovely book. It might help to bring back some stillness and quiet to my life. ;)

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  52. I love working with my hands and like you said...it is a bit more portable and sometimes easier to do when you have 4 little ones running around and you can't quite sit at a machine for very long.

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  53. I will take my sewing to the park with my girls!

    Suzanne

    suzyram@nyc.rr.com

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  54. Ooh, I love Eco-Craft. Sometimes it's just plain easier to sew by hand, especially for a smaller project--much easier than clearing off the art table so I can set up the machine, which keeps my middle child up (and I don't often get a chance to sew during the day)--but I can hand sew a bit here and there, and in the evening, no problems. ;) I can't say I'm up for taking the sewing out much, though. When I'm out, I'm doing with the kids, pretty much. But I might tuck a project into my bag in case I get a few minutes to sit down at the playground!

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  55. I am a huge fan and avid supporter of doing things by hand, without a machine! I am so excited to learn more about her book, looks amazing!!! who knows maybe I will even win and check it out in person... what a great offering!

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  56. On the couch with a cup of tea!

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  57. I was just thinking that if I had more things to sew by hand, I'd actually sew more. With the kiddies being so young, I very rarely have time to sit at the machine (which is why I usually have a knitting project with me instead). If I had a project that was as easily portable as a pair of knitted socks, I'd take that with me when we're out and about!

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  58. My favorite method of sewing is by hand. My sewing machine and I don't have a very loving relationship. :/

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  59. piano lessons - that is such a good idea;) Orf Schulwerk music lessons in our case. La playa of the Baltic sea in summertime, I dream of it already :)
    So thank You very much for inspiration!

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  60. I sew when I go camping... so peaceful in the early morning before any one else is awake!
    -Cyndie
    (clgranato at gmail.com)

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  61. With very active children - I always have a project in the car to take up if the wait turns out to be longer than anticipated. I've completed many projects during this time!!

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  62. What a lovely book, I adore hand sewing and the meditative properties it holds. Can't wait to look at some of these projects. I bring my hand sewing along for long days spent nestled in the woods of the Blue Ridge mountains, for camping, car rides, and mornings spent on the front porch listening the birds.

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  63. I would hand sew at the park, on a bench under a tree, watching the frisbee game.

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  64. I would love to win this to add to my craft collection!

    alisonDblanchard [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  65. I'm finding it much more convenient these days to sew and craft downstairs on my couch than upstairs in my craft room. So that's where you'll find me!!

    Enjoy!

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  66. great for quiet afternoons at my cottage or for the car ride there!

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  67. Looking forward to summer time so I can take my sewing to our balcony during the kids' nap, then to the backyard when they're up!

    Thanks for the giveaway. This book sounds fantastic!

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  68. great! i'm always looking for projects to do on the road!

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  69. I really enjoy sewing by hand. I get a lot done while waiting for doctor appointments. This looks like a really cute book.

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  70. While my son us playing in the backyard so I can enjoy the fresh air and bird song.

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  71. I would love to learn to sew by hand. I would sew on the couch at night, while my husband reads to the kids :)

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  72. I'll take it to the park to watch my girls play, into my garden to stitch a bit between gardening, to my work to have something to look out to during lunch time, to my bed to do some final stitching before sleep overwhelms me......

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  73. I will take my kit to the doctor's office with me and also, when my husband has to go into one of the superstore hardware stores I will have it with me.

    jane1 at co-tel dot net

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  74. I bought "Fabricate" a while back based on your recommendation, and it is an excellent resource. I go back to it just for the eye candy inspiration. This one looks just lovely, too, and I'm all about the zen of hand sewing these days. The conversations (both internal and with others) that come out of the quiet activity are amazing.

    Thank you for your sidebar link to Crafts with Purpose--Because Love Heal's Operation Bunny Drop! 550 bunnies pledged so far for children in Japan, and counting!

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  75. Already started to teach my 5 year old to hand sew. This book looks like a great way to keep it up!

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  76. I do not have the best skills at hand sewing so I can imagine myself using this kit anytime I have a lull in activity. It would also be great to teach my daughter while she is on summer holiday.

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  77. Oh, this looks fantastic! I would take hand sewing to soccer camp, appointments, school board meetings. kaseymgm (at) gmail (dot) com

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  78. I would take it anywhere outside!

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  79. I'll be taking my sewing to the back patio and the metro park!

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  80. I'ld like to take ik to France, on our holidays this year. We go in a farm with cows, ckickens and a tractor for my son, and a swimming pool for my daughters. I'll sit under the nut tree, and some hand-knitting would be perfect

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  81. Love what you have done with the patterns from this book.. I hand sew more and more each day.. A disablity makes it hard for me to sit at the sewing machine... I really don't just want this book..I need this book.

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  82. I just recently discovered your blog from two different sources, Dana Made and this giveaway and I love it.
    ~a

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  83. What a nice new resource and ideas. It would work great a baseball games and dance practices!

    Thank you.

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  84. Oh my this book is such a treasure! I would love this in my collection! I will be taking sewing/knitting/crochet and the like to many an unknown place during this next season in my life. Places I am sure of are the park, beach and camping!

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  85. Cool - I really liked the feisty sewist and this one looks great too!

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  86. I end almost every day with some hand stitching or embroidery whilst watching the late night shows. Hand stitching calms me.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  87. What a wonderful idea, both the book topic itself, and your cute giveaway package! It's reminding me to make time in my life for more hand-sewing.

    Thank you, and count me in!

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  88. Hand sewing has taken me through some difficult times, recently. It is great therapy and calm. Would love this book to be able to have a new fresh project.

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  89. I am always grabbing something to take with to do whether it be books or knitting, crocheting or quilting. It would be nice to have some new projects to try.

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  90. I'm a crocheter, so I definitely love the portability of hand-sewing as well! So the answer is - everywhere!!

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  91. This is my first time reading your blog but I'm hooked immediately. Hand stitching is the best way to calm down and feel grounded for me. Love it. Thanks!

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  92. What a lovely book! My hand sewing basket would go outside in my backyard, on car rides when I don't have to drive, and even to my little ones bedrooms where I could sit and sew a bit while they drift off to dreamland.

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  93. This is exciting! I'm crafty, but not very good with textiles, and have never mastered the sewing machine. I would love some encouragement via this book to work on my hand-sewing skills and projects.

    Thanks!

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  94. Oooohhhhhh! What a lovely book. I am constantly trying to find a nice calming, crafty activity that I can work on after my girls go to bed. I'd love to win...thanks for a chance!

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  95. sewing by hand is right up my alley! It would be a great addition to my book bag that I carry everywhere, in anticipation of a moment to read!

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  96. It's nice ot be able to multitask while waiting at dance, soccer, swimming, or just enjoying time at the park with the kids!

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  97. Those projects are beautiful. I like the look of handsewn things. :)

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  98. I love hand sewing. Sometimes at a friend's or the park.

    Great giveaway! Thanks for the opp!

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  99. Awesome giveaway! I love sewing by hand and what a treat this book would be.

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  100. What a great book. From the few pages I saw, I want to do everything. What a great gift !!

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  101. Oh what a lovely book! I'm hoping to sew out in the back garden this year while my incredibly energetic children run circles around me!!! The book would be lovely inspiration.

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  102. oh! what a dream of a book! I am in love!

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  103. This is so excited, as a complete novice just learning how to sew, I am currently trying my hand at some hand sewing detail on a pillow, its not easy.

    I will have to get this book if I don't win, I also see a project to make a cool traveling sewing kit in the future based on this;-)

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  104. We're heading for winter over here so I'll be heading for the couch with my little sewables...XXxx

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  105. What a nice giveaway. There is something about hand sewing...

    I would take mine to the park.

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  106. Super cute! I just adore that Apron!!!

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  107. Mostly novice hand-sewer here and would love to have a copy of this book to learn to do it better.
    _B

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  108. I take it to my grandsons little league game!

    Sue
    Brooks387 at A0L.com

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  109. Everyday at the end of the afternoon I have to wait for my husband to take us home (we have only one car and there is no public transportation to where we live) so some handsewing would be perfect while the kids and I wait for him at my parent's house.
    Thanks for the chance!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

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  110. I would take it to baseball games and track meets. : )
    espmax(at)gmail(dot)com

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  111. Well, in this rain we wouldn't get past the fire place!

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  112. I love hand sewing! Working on finishing a quilt for my new baby boy right now.

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  113. What an awesome giveaway! The book looks fantastic! And complete with red baker's twine...oh how I love baker's twine!!!
    Thanks so much Maya!
    ~ joey ~

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  114. My hands are still pretty busy keeping babies out of trouble, but I know some ten-year-old hands that love needle and thread. She stays up way too late sewing and reading.

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  115. Thank you for the opportunity to win such a fab prize! I hope I win, but just in case, I'm adding it to my wish list. Have a great weekend.

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  116. Oh, it would go everywhere I go - to the library, the park, the mall (play area). Anywhere I'd be likely to sit and wait, it would come along.

    kari(at)retroragswi(dot)com

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  117. looks like a lovely book, I am sure I could squeeze it on my every growing crafting bookshelf.

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  118. We're going camping for spring break! With some quilt pieces we cut out some time ago. Yeah for hand sewing. Let's hope the carpal tunnel and arthritis cooperate.

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  119. Lovely book! I'd be taking hand sewing to different rooms around the house and hopefully outside! (When it's warmer!)

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  120. The book and projects look lovely.

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  121. Would Love to win this book and the vintage sewing goodies! I think I shall start taking hand sewing projects to auctions! I usually work on cards and tags and hadn't considered taking my sewing projects with me. Thanks for the prompting! Anne, yourmainestamper

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  122. Sitting in the car waiting for the kids to get out of school.

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  123. What a great giveaway! I'd love to win this book. Can't wait to read it.

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  124. I love having some hand stitching to do in bed to wind down the day. I'm always looking for more ideas and this looks full of great gifts.
    kauffmanpak(at)aol(dot)com

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  125. What great inspiration! We love sewing at our house -- all my girls and me too!

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  126. I take my hand sewing just about everywhere with me. And I really like that bib; should try my own version out for tonight's FNSI.

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  127. I always keep a few hand sewing projects on the stand in my living room. I'd love to win the book, I have Feisty Stitcher and it's awesome.

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  128. I only recently started using a machine. Sewing by hand is fun.

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  129. Thats the cutest little bib that I've seen for ages! This is a lovely looking book -dee

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  130. love sewing by hands. what a great inspiration. machine makes me timid. would love to sew in the beach and park and on trips.

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  131. have to find this - hand sewing is lovely! in the car, on the couch, anywhere, everywhere!

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  132. i'm just wanting to get into hand sewing, so far the hand sewing hasn't gone anywhere but my head. i so look forward to checking this out.

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  134. I love this kit and the book looks incredible. I'd take my sewing along on snail-paced walks led by my toddler.
    thanks for the giveaway!

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  135. I take hand crafts to my daughter's soccer games. I'm a more polite spectator if I have something to occupy me in addition to the game.

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  136. My lunch hour is the best for hand sewing.

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  137. I take my hand sewing everywhere we go! Long road trips (while hubby drives), to the park while my little one plays and beside me when I blog surf or watch tv.

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  138. Sweet...Just in time for my annual transition from knitting/spinning to sewing. Thanks so much!

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  139. Oh wonderful ! One can not have too many craft book! I wuld love to be the one who wins it !!!
    Thank you for your lovely giveaways!

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  141. Looks like a great book! Especially love the sweet calendar bib!

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  142. How lovely- will be looking to buy a copy if I'm not fortunate enough to be the recipient here! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  143. Looks wonderful: hand crafting is so important and rewarding in our busy busy world. Thanks for mentioning author and book.

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  144. What a lovely looking book. I'd take my handsewing out into the autumn sunshine while watching the smalls play.

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  145. What inspiration!.. and looks like a lot of wonderful eye candy too... (giggle-giggle-giggle)

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  146. I love the projects! My daughter and I could both enjoy this book.

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  147. I would definately give this to my very close friend if I won. She would love it.

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  148. I think the best place to take my hand sewing is under a tree!
    The book looks so inspiring! Thanks!

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  149. Looks superb - am I allowed to admit that I find my sewing machine a little scarey and feel a lot more comfortable sewing by hand?!

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  150. That looks like one to add to the Amazon wishlist!

    I usually carry knitting with me, so I would do the same with handsewing - have a small project that fits in my bag I can take anywhere and get one with while sitting in a waiting room at the doctor's or while watching a film with friends/family.

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  151. To the playground, swimming lessons, on the plane... everywhere ! Thank you for this give-away.
    Cecile

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  152. this book looks so exciting! i'll take my sewing to the park for some after-picnic crafting.

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  153. I love the look of hand sewn items, and I love that bib! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  154. Thanks for a chance to win your yummy blog candy!
    sorry for my english spero di vincere un saluto dall'Italia bye bye rosa

    goccedioceano2000(at)libero(dot)it
    blog creativo: http://kreattiva.blogspot.com/

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  155. You know I love hand-sewing! Thanks for the opportunity to win this sweet book - I'm putting a request through to the library as we speak :)

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  156. that apron is amazing! That one thing alone makes me want to get the book/kit!

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  157. I'm really looking forward to getting this book -- I have all of her other ones!

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  158. So many places to take my sewing: the park, the backyard, the pool (while my 4 little frogs learn to swim), hikes, anywhere I can sit down for 2 minutes at a time!

    Thank you so much for doing this Maya!

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  159. This book looks lovely. I am really loving the simplicity of that apron. Hand sewing such a wonderful idea for our technological time. I'd love to win this.

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  160. I love Susan's books and am very excited that she has a new one....can't wait to get my hands on it! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  161. Lovely projects! I get my fix during nap time. Most happily when the sun is shining on my back! Thanks.

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  162. Oh Exquisite Work! And I believe in the hand sewn. It seems like as soon as go faster than my hands can go on their own, everything goes awry....

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  163. What a fun-looking book! I haven't done much sewing and have just started crocheting and knitting...but take it with me to do a few rows when I meet friends for coffee or have a few spare minutes in my office. I can't knit in the car though (I tried!) Makes me feel a little...swervy.

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  164. Mine goes with me to karate 3 times a week, and to the park..and while school is still doing it goes to school to wait for my babies to come out. I love love love this giveaway!!

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  165. I want to take mine to my grad school commencement ceremony. There are going to be thousands of people there, and my knitting needles will be too clink-clink-clinky!

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  166. What a wonderful giveaway. I wish my hand sewing skills were as beautiful as I picture them in my head before I begin a project!

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  167. This would be a wonderful book to add to my small craft book collection as I am new to sewing!

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  168. I've always loved to sew by hand. I enjoy the slow and steady pace of a hand-sewn project.

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  169. Thanks much for the chance to win! I love hand stitching and usually take it everywhere I go.
    Desi

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  170. I love this book and really would love a copy of my own. I love your blog just found it !!

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  171. Thank you for the giveaway, Maya! You introduced me to Annekata and Kathrin's handsewing which is inspirational. I would love this book and a chance to sew without wrangling a machine. Hope you have a lovely weekend!

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  172. At homeschool co-op, the park, OB appointments, while listening to children play outside.

    Oh, I can think of hundreds of places to sew.

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  173. I made a lot of hand sewn felt food for my toddler last summer. It was great to take my bag of felt, floss and needles with me wherever we went, including the Adirondacks. We were without electricity for 5 days, and I got a lot of stitching done!

    Thanks for another great giveaway!

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  174. Love the beautiful work! Have not been crafting as much the last two months, and would love to have the inspiration!

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  175. what a lovely book with such great ideas. I love the bib! I'd love to tackle these projects with my girls!

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  176. Oh how wonderful. I would love to take in the car with me to work everyday. My husband and I carpool each day 30 minutes in to town. So much could be accomplished :)

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  177. What a great giveaway. I would love to take my projects to the backyard for picnic and playing fun!

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  178. Having just completed my first hand finished hem...I feel like I learned a LOT (but I also have a lot LEFT to learn!) and found a new love as well!
    It'd a lot nicer to travel with a cute little basket than it is to lug around a machine ;)

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  179. My children have both been doing hand sewing projects at their (public) school. Would love to continue this summer with them and do some myself! What a lovely giveaway.

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  180. Summer is coming! I need some projects for hours spent at the playground with my two sons, and perhaps a long roadtrip or two!

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  181. What great projects. thanks for the giveaway.
    butler83ataoldotcom

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  182. I love handsewing. I should think of a little summer project, something to stitch while we sit on a picnic blanket beside the lake...
    Thanks for the book offer!

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  183. This is such a neat book! I am always looking for portable crafting. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  184. Oooh, lovely! I won't usually go farther than my own back yard, although I do tend to bring a hand-work project with me wherever I go.

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  185. Handsewn looks so unique, great idea!

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  186. It goes with me for babysitting and on vacations. Thank you!

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  187. so very inspiring!

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  188. What a great looking book - and those scrumptious vintage items - totally cool! I prefer handsewing - it comes so much more naturally to me than the machine has.

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  189. Love to handsew just outside but will take it with me for long rides and to breakfast club on Wednesday with my sisters.( I need to keep sewing and stop eating!) Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this lovely book!!!

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  190. I take mine no farther than my backyard patio. Sunshine, sewing and ice tea make for a happy mama after nap time! pkmooring at gmail dot com

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  191. Oh what a lovely book!I love sew by hand it's more natural.
    Ciao
    Aina

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  192. Ooohhhh... I would love a copy of this book - have been thinking a lot lately about wanting to do more hand sewing.

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  193. It looks like a fabulous book, and those vintage goodies really sweeten the deal! I love working with my hands but but so many of my projects are not very portable. These project would be perfect!

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  194. such a perfect spring book...

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  195. Okay, now this is a give away I really want to get my hands on and my eyes into! Thanks for the chance, maya!!!

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  196. My recently retired mom and my 8 year old twin boys have all recently asked me to help them learn to sew, this looks like a great book to get project ideas from. Thanks for the chance!

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