December 4, 2012

I have a super-sized holiday treat this month as our featured book and giveaway! Landauer Publishing sent me a copy of Janice Vaine’s The Art of Elegant Hand Embroidery, Embellishment, and Appliqué.

It’s truly something special. It’s a great big, hard-cover, spiral-bound book, and with it Landauer also sent me the companion pack of 124 Block Patterns.

If you like hand embroidery and embellishment, you are sure to drool over this fantastic award-winning publication. Go on over to the Landauer website and watch the short video about the book. Click on “Look Inside the Book.”

Here’s an inside sneak peak:

The book and the companion patterns will both go to one lucky reader. If you’d like to win them, please leave a comment here on this post before 7:00 p.m. California time on Sunday, December 9.

The fine print: Open to U.S. and Canada mailing addresses only. Comments left on a different post are not eligible. Replies to an email feed are not eligible.

Many thanks to Landauer for providing us this wonderful resource for appliqué, embroidery, and embellishment enthusiasts. Good luck and happy holidays to all!!



80 Responses to “Elegant hand embroidery, embellishment, and appliqué”

  1. Kim on December 4th, 2012 5:55 am

    I adore applique! Thanks for the opportunity!

  2. Lauretta6 on December 4th, 2012 6:04 am

    What a terrific book. Looks Fantastic.
    Any applique person would love to have it.
    Count me in

  3. Connie on December 4th, 2012 6:13 am

    Embroidery and applique. What more could you want?

  4. Celine on December 4th, 2012 7:00 am

    Well I think u meant December 9!! At least I hope so because the book looks absolutely amazing! Thanks so much:) Love the blog too!!

  5. Robin Gold on December 4th, 2012 7:07 am

    Oooo! Looks like a great book! Thanks for the opportunity to win it, Kay!
    PS: Dana’s Goofy Santa is great! A good reminder to tap into our inner kids!

  6. Patti on December 4th, 2012 7:26 am

    This looks to be such a special book. I’d love to win this as I love applique and embellishment. Thanks!

  7. Karen on December 4th, 2012 7:29 am

    I would love to get this book! Thanks for the chance.

  8. Lori Ginsberg on December 4th, 2012 7:30 am

    OH MY!!!! What a gorgeous book. I wasn’t able to do much applique this year, but what a way to be re-inspired!

  9. Alice Bertaina on December 4th, 2012 7:48 am


    I would love to ow these books!

  10. Deb G. in VA on December 4th, 2012 7:58 am

    This books looks fantastic! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book and patterns!

  11. ritainalaska on December 4th, 2012 9:33 am

    would love this elegant book and its companion piece! thanx for the chance towin them.

  12. Nancy Hanson on December 4th, 2012 9:41 am

    Wow! What a beautiful book. This would be fabulous to win. Many thanks for giving us the opportunity to win.

  13. gab on December 4th, 2012 10:00 am

    Beautiful designs! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  14. Barbara Kelly on December 4th, 2012 10:01 am

    This book looks so awesome! I would love to be the lucky one.

  15. Ellen on December 4th, 2012 10:11 am

    I opened the email on my phone, just had to rush to the computer to see the photos, and the link – just gorgeous !!!!

  16. Victoria Miner on December 4th, 2012 10:24 am

    What a fantastic giveaway! I would love to win these books!!! Thanks so much for the chance.

  17. Nancy on December 4th, 2012 10:42 am

    WOW!! What a jackpot winning this would be!!

  18. Karen Beigh on December 4th, 2012 10:48 am

    What a treat it would be to have this book in my quilting library.

  19. Susan B on December 4th, 2012 10:55 am

    What a beautiful book!! I would love to have it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  20. Sue on December 4th, 2012 10:56 am

    Looks like a great book, thanks for the opportunity to win!

  21. Sharon Meyer on December 4th, 2012 10:58 am

    This book is just spectacular. I love the designs. This would truly be a welcome Christmas present. Thank you for the chance to win it. Merry Christmas to one and all.

  22. Kevin Britton on December 4th, 2012 11:06 am

    This is a great looking book! Would love to add it to my “idea” shelf. Hopefully, I’m not too late.

  23. Joan Rodriguez on December 4th, 2012 11:11 am

    Wow! I luv that its spiral-bound very handy. Hope I win…:)

  24. Sandra Visser on December 4th, 2012 11:25 am

    Would love to own this book. Sounds wonderful. Thank you very much for the chance to win.

  25. Sherryl Zurek on December 4th, 2012 11:28 am

    I have seen this book and it is absolutely beautiful.

  26. Rhonda on December 4th, 2012 12:25 pm

    Wow! This would make a great christmas present! Thank you.

  27. Debbie on December 4th, 2012 12:37 pm

    Applique’ is fast becoming one of my favorite techniques. Would love to win this book to add to my books of techniques and patterns. Thanks for the opportunity to win

  28. Phyllis Mundell on December 4th, 2012 12:53 pm

    This looks like the most wonderful book to own. Love doing applique & other fancy articles. Want to do quilt blocks with baskets of flowers. Would love to win this book.

  29. Jan on December 4th, 2012 1:10 pm

    Anything that can help me enhance my applique is OK with me! Thanks for the contest!

  30. Ruth on December 4th, 2012 1:15 pm

    What a lovely book, it would be a great addition to any library, especially mine:)

  31. Mary on December 4th, 2012 1:22 pm

    The book looks gorgeous and I’m just trying out how to do ribbon embroidery. I made some pansies. I’d treasure a book like this.

  32. Ruth B on December 4th, 2012 1:49 pm

    I have seen this book in the bookstore and it is gorgeous!! As an applique addict I had to take a look at it and it was drool worthy. Seriously. Fingers crossed.

  33. Heather on December 4th, 2012 2:27 pm

    Ribbon embroidery and applique are my two favorite things! The book looks beautiful!

  34. Candace in WA on December 4th, 2012 2:45 pm

    What a beautiful book! Who wouldn’t want to be the lucky winner? BTW Loved Dana’s goofy Santa! :)

  35. betsy on December 4th, 2012 2:52 pm

    Thank you for the chance to win this beautiful book.

  36. Karen on December 4th, 2012 3:11 pm

    It looks like a gorgeous book, lovely opportunity, thank you. Always looking for ways to improve my appliqué skills.

  37. Linda Luggen on December 4th, 2012 3:30 pm

    I love applique! I have taught it to many over the past 30 plus years. So, any new exciting book will have to be in my library. Fingers crossed to win!

  38. Jennifer Padden on December 4th, 2012 3:51 pm

    As a recent convert to the “A” world, I would devour this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

  39. Joan Trautwein on December 4th, 2012 4:20 pm

    Thank you for the chance to win this terrific looking book. Love applique! May peace, love and joy surround you and yours this holiday season.

  40. Sharon Me on December 4th, 2012 4:29 pm

    What a great resource to own. I would love to win this and I hope the drawing is December 9th and not November 9th like you state. I hope I haven’t missed this give away.

  41. Patricia Faye on December 4th, 2012 4:31 pm

    I’ve just finished an Applique’ 101 class & this book would be great! Thank you for the chance to win!

  42. Kathy Pennell on December 4th, 2012 5:07 pm

    OH, Gosh! How gorgeous. Anyone would be glad to have this resource!

  43. Dot on December 4th, 2012 5:39 pm

    Thank you, Kay and Landauer, for the chance to win this. It looks like a book I might need to order for our guild library.

  44. Sandy A in St. Louis on December 4th, 2012 5:52 pm

    Gorgeous projects! Please count me in!

  45. Teresa on December 4th, 2012 6:11 pm

    I would be thrilled to win these books – please count me in.

  46. Patty on December 4th, 2012 6:13 pm

    Looks like a gorgeous book full of great ideas!

  47. Diane on December 4th, 2012 6:24 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity – I just finished an embroidery piece and will start an applique quilt in the new year. Happy Holidays from snowy Canada

  48. Laura on December 4th, 2012 7:16 pm

    I love embroidery and applique. This book looks fabulous.

  49. Paule-Marie on December 4th, 2012 7:24 pm

    Wow. The book is gorgeous. Sure would love to win the copy.

  50. Rhonda Desgranges on December 4th, 2012 7:28 pm

    What a wonderful book!! I love applique & embroidery!! Keeping my fingers crossed. Thanks for the chance to win.


  51. Wanda on December 4th, 2012 8:17 pm

    I love applique. I’ve only done machine applique so far, but have just started a huge hand applique project.

  52. Lisa Mikel on December 4th, 2012 8:21 pm

    I would love to win this book. It sounds great. Thanks for the chance to win.

  53. Polly Hada on December 4th, 2012 8:47 pm

    This book is a treasure! I would love to win it.

  54. ELIZAJANE on December 4th, 2012 10:57 pm

    I would love to have this Embroidery book, I still have a maternity top with embroideried yolk and pockets I Made and refuse to give away(My baby is 36 yrs old0

  55. Beth Strand on December 4th, 2012 10:59 pm

    That looks stunning! My mom and I have worked together on a few pieces…I applique, she embroiders, we’d both be drooling!

  56. Beulah on December 5th, 2012 6:29 am

    Drool is right!
    This book from what we can see is awesome!
    A must have for everyones sewing library.

  57. Patsy A Barr on December 5th, 2012 6:56 am

    Applique is my passion! Nothing is better than watching football and appliquing a beautiful design. Would love to have the books and learn new techniques and designs. Patsy

  58. KarenW on December 5th, 2012 7:09 am

    I’ve just begun to applique and I love it. I’d love to win this book! Thanks for the opportunity.

  59. sandy on December 5th, 2012 8:19 am

    What a lovely Christmas present to win. I have just started to applique and am having a ball. Thanks for the opportunity.

  60. Emily on December 5th, 2012 10:12 am

    Elegant being the understatement of the year! <3 Can't wait to see it in person!

  61. Estie on December 5th, 2012 2:30 pm

    Wow! Looks like a beautiful book with lots of helpful instructions. I definitely want this book!

  62. SandiM on December 5th, 2012 5:52 pm

    Beautiful book and a very generous gift. I enjoy your blog very much … thank you.

  63. LeaB on December 6th, 2012 1:46 am

    Oh my! Thats a gotta have book! I’ve been working on my applique skills in the last couple of years, I suppose its time to kick it up an knotch and add embroidery!

  64. Heather on December 6th, 2012 5:07 am

    What a great book. I would love to learn more about embellishing applique and he patterns would be a super addition to my pattern library!

  65. Lynn S on December 6th, 2012 5:44 am

    Embroidery and embellishments just make an applique piece “pop”! WOW—would I love this book as a reference and to work on these special blocks. I love applique!

  66. Lea Rae Kuntner on December 6th, 2012 8:50 am

    This book is something every stitcher would love to have.

  67. Bridey on December 6th, 2012 9:18 am

    Whew, I ‘m just starting out with applique and embroidery and I would LOVE to have this book!

  68. Kathy Lancaster on December 6th, 2012 12:01 pm

    The book looks wonderful. I have done some ribbon embroidery in the past and would love to get back to it.

  69. Bev DeMaria on December 6th, 2012 5:36 pm

    I love the combination of appliqué and embroidery on quilts. This is a great giveaway! Thanks!

  70. Vicki on December 7th, 2012 5:43 am

    The book looks just great! I’d love to win because I’m just getting into appliqué, and the embroidery is a plus! Thanks so much for the great giveaway!

  71. Lizzie on December 7th, 2012 8:36 am

    Wow, that book looks great. I am always looking for embellishment ideas and good instructions for embroidery. thanks!

  72. Kathleen Connors on December 7th, 2012 2:05 pm

    I’m working to expand my embroidery skills for applique quilts–embellishments, applique and embroidery all go hand in hand. This book looks like a wonderful way to learn more about all these techniques. Thanks very much.

  73. brenda morton on December 7th, 2012 8:47 pm

    Wow this looks like quite the book on applique.
    I would love a chance to win it,thanks

  74. deb on December 8th, 2012 11:43 am

    Learning new stitches and creating an heirloom would be a lovely way to start 2013. thanks for the eye candy

  75. Nita on December 8th, 2012 1:31 pm

    Those are beautiful books…I can see many lazy Sunday mornings browsing for the lucky winner!

  76. Bonnie Larson on December 8th, 2012 2:00 pm

    Super looking book. I would love to drool over it. Thanks for the opportunity.

  77. Vivian on December 8th, 2012 3:58 pm

    ooohhh some of those quilts are gorgeous. Thanks. Vivian

  78. sandy on December 8th, 2012 9:20 pm

    Wow, looks like a wonderful book to browse through over the holidays. I would love to win it, thank you very much.

  79. Wanda on December 9th, 2012 7:11 am

    What a lovely Christmas present this will be for the lucky winner. Hope it’s me!

  80. Ellen on December 9th, 2012 4:16 pm

    I looked through this book at my LQS–it is beautiful! I’d love to win a copy.