Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Needlecraft Book - Giveaway

The comments are now closed and I'll announce a winner shortly :o)

Last week a very large and heavy package arrived in the post.  It was a copy of the latest DK Publishing book The Needlecraft Book
At 400 pages, it contains a wealth of information covering a wide range of needlework techniques and is sure to be a book that one would return to time and time again for expert advice on knitting, crochet, embroidery, needlepoint and patchwork.  There are over 450 illustrated step-by-step guides to help you along the way.  A quality book, with colour photography throughout, I was very impressed with the clarity of the pictures and of the instructions.

My expertise tends to be in patchwork and that area covered by the book included clear pictures and instructions for both hand and machine work.  There were instructions that covered piecing, appliqué and the final quilting.  It also included a number of patchwork ideas that would achievable to even to the most novice of quilters.





The only danger of having a book this good on the shelf, is that I'm likely to take up a new hobby!  If I didn't have a clue about crochet and knitting before I now have all the help I could need in one book.  I must admit the pattern for crochet granny squares looks interesting and it also included variations like stitching a hexagon granny square...well you know what I mean! LOL
Of course, my DD1 who is the newest knitter in the family has already deemed the book should live on her shelf! 
Here is a sampling of pictures...but if you want to see more then visit the DK Publishing website.



The knitting section covers everything from demystifying knitting needles, to how to read a pattern and understand all the terminology.  It tells you what to do if you drop a stitch and how to rescue your project.



The areas of needlepoint and embroidery were the parts that intrigued me most.  With stitchery the new "embroidery" one is always looking for a good reference book to remind you how to stitch more interesting patterns past the back-stitch and the French knot.  This book has it all and more. 



It is definitely an excellent reference book, particularty if you are into all things related to needlework.



Now for the fun part...

Calling all United Kingdom residents:

DK Publishing are giving me the chance to give one of my UK readers their very own copy!
To win a copy of The Needlecraft Book, leave a comment on THIS post. 
To increase your odds and get another entry, post about this giveaway on your blog and come back and leave a comment telling me you've done so.

Anyone from the United Kingdom can enter as long as I have a way of contacting you.
So leave your email address in your comment if you don't have a blogger account.


(I'm afraid due to its size the giveaway is for the UK only)


A winner will be chosen at random on Friday, October 1st, 2010 in the afternoon at 4 p.m. (BST)


Good Luck!


Until next time...

26 comments:

Lynda said...

Ha, ha! I'm the first to comment! What a lovely book, and I have so few books (joke). Please count me in Jane.

Clare said...

Ooohhhh! Does an Expat with parents still in the UK who you can send the book to count!

Seriously. I'd love to own this, but count me out on this one.

Rafael's Mum said...

Looks like a great book! Please count me in.Thanks very much for the giveaway.

Anne said...

The book looks super. Please add me in.

I *think* I set my blog to show my e-mail address but in case I didn't do it properly, it's annelee55 at yahoo dot com.

Thanks for the chance to win it! :o)

Anne said...

I blogged about your giveaway here -
http://annelee55.blogspot.com/2010/09/giveaway-on-sew-create-it.html

annelee55 at yahoo dot com

Thanks again! :o)

LoloDesigns said...

I heart sewing books and this looks like it has great tutorials. Thank you so much for the chance to receive it. x

Shevvy said...

You can never have too many books, thats my excuse anyway for my groaning bookshelves! Thanks for the chance to win this.

Allabitrandom said...

Too many needlecraft manuals? I think that counts as an oxymoron? I will look it up! in the meantime, count me in! Thanks

gill said...

This looks such a great book! DK books are usually excellent
Gill

Annabelle said...

Hi there, what a lovely book. I should love to own such a thing. I am a new blogger and crafter and always looking for inspiration for my new past-time. My blog is www.http//:annabelleserendipity.blogspot.com and my email is annposybell@yahoo.co.uk ... and I will happily post this info on my blog.

tracy said...

That looks like an awesome book and great illustrations. Count me in :D .

Anonymous said...

Hi Jane. I have only just begun to follow your blog, but am enjoying getting to know you. The book from DK looks great - their books are always so clear and have lovely illustrations. Would love to give this one a home. Thank you. Caroline (carolinehemsley@btinternet.com)

trash said...

Ooo! Thanks for the chance Jane. I'll throw my name into the hat too please.

Stephanie Pettengell said...

That looks a super book with loads of information, I would love to win this. Thanks for doing a give away and good luck to everyone.

Pat said...

it looks like a marvellous book, beautifully presented and full of valuable material. Please count me in (and it's my birthday on friday, so i'll have everything crossed!)

Jinny said...

What a lovely book. You can never have too many good reference books.
JCJEROME at Sky dot com

Alison said...

I don't need to take up another hobby, but it certainly is tempting... it does look like a really lovely book and I would love to be in with a chance of winning it.
(orientalmoons@gmail.com)

Mad about Craft said...

Ohhhh! I would love to win this!

Thank you for the opportunity!

Annie said...

What a brilliant idea - a book giveaway, makes life worth living doesn't it. I'll keep my fingers crossed so count me in please

Anonymous said...

Came here after reading about your offer and reading on your blog about the book. It looks great. Please add me to the draw. Email melinda@jacana.org.uk
Best wishes, Melinda

half_pint said...

Oooo count me in, I'll blog about it tomorrow. Just started spinning a few weeks ago and very recently started weaving so learning even more should be fun. Soon I'll not have time to do any knitting.

Cranmere said...

That book looks great please put me on the list of hopefuls!

black bear cabin said...

ohhhh...i love DK books, too bad im in the states :) you might want to try and win the book for yourself, since i fear you will lose that one to your daughter ;) hehehhe

Virginia said...

This looks amazing, please count me in, thanks! Virginia
quiltyvee@yahoo.co.uk

half_pint said...

Ok I've blogged it.

Thanks

Cathi said...

What a fabulous book!! I'd love to win but count me out as I'm in Canada.
Would you send me the ISBN -- I think I'll ask our bookstore about getting it in!