Monday, January 4, 2016

Monday's Surprise

I don't actually have this book yet.  It is coming from Great Britain and is taking its time.  The publishers have promised to send me two copies, one for me to review for them and one for me to gift to a blog reader.  I have been super excited because I had pre-ordered this book in October from Amazon and it continues to be "temporarily" out of stock.  We are very fortunate to have this donation to offer you.  When I contacted the publishers they said they don't generally send publisher's copies out of Great Britain but when they checked out the Fire blog, they made an exception.  Yeah!

Leave a comment for your chance to win Slow Stitch.  
The drawing will be on Saturday, January 9.


From the Amazon description:
"Sometimes less is more—and quality is more important than quantity. That's true in textile art too, and this much-needed guide brings a meaningful, thoughtful, and sustainable approach to stitchery. See how to slow down and experience more joy in your craft by trying simple techniques based on traditional practice, reusing and reinventing materials, and limiting equipment. Richly illustrated throughout, this inspirational book will connect with those who seek a new way of working—whether it's starting a stitch journal or joining a community of like-minded artists."

Okay, so I can't review the book at this time because I haven't received it yet but I am really eager to read it.  I have a few other books in this series from Batsford and love them all.  In fact, don't tell my husband but when I was reviewing their books for this post I ordered two more.  Okay, so I am an addict of really, really good textile art books.  These are the ones I have so far and can recommend.







Leave a comment for your chance to win Slow Stitch.  The drawing will be on Saturday, January 9.

77 comments:

  1. oh I want this book. I have tried to order it from amazon but it is out of stock.
    I read your blog faithfully. love, love ,love
    Karen sirianni

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  2. Oh...Yes! It's on my 'wish list' at Chapters/Indigo (Canada)...couldn't get it with my Christmas gift cards...out of stock as a real book (I don't do downloads!) So...pick me! :-) P.S. I have 'Drawn to Stitch' and it's an inspiring read indeed; the kind of book you go back to and savour and use for sampling.

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  3. Ooh, ooh. This would be perfect to take to a three-day workshop with Rosalie Dace on stitching.

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  4. It would be wonderful to win this book, so fingers crossed!
    It would be a great distraction from work (I work from home - lots of temptations!)

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  5. Thanks for the chance to win! I also have the two Cas Holmes books and love them. And the Fire blog too, of course!

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  6. I love slow stitching. I would love a chance to win this book. Love this blog, too, by the way.

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  7. Slow Stitch is top of my wish list but it doesn't seem worth posting it back to the UK!!!

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  8. Thanks for this giveaway, Judith! How wonderful (but not surprising) that the publisher loves the fire blog, too! Still waiting for my copy of "Stitch Stories"...it's lost along the way somewhere...

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  9. Love to get my hands on this book also. Glad they decided you are special because you are. Thanks for all you provide!

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  10. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book -I would absolutely love to own this book.

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  11. ah books! Another addiction. ;^) But this would be a wonderful top of the pile one!

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  12. Looks like an interesting book.

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  13. Please enter me into the drawing. Much appreciated.

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  14. I would be thrilled to win this book. Several years ago I took a three month course in textile surface design and I have slowly drifted away from it. But one of my intentions this year is to sample some of the wonderful techniques I learned and ideas I see on this blog (and use some of those materials languishing in my secret stash). Thanks, Betty

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  15. this blog is great and information is priceless! I would love to have a copy of "Slow Stitch" - keep my fingers crossed

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  16. This book has been on my wish list too. I have both of Cas Holmes books and love them as well.

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  17. Ooh - you're right - Batsford is publishing wonderful books.
    Would love to add this one to my library!

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  18. I have only read SLOW STITCH. It is a delight to read, I do hope the winner of the book is totally surprised. I am sharing my copy with my friends. I wish everyone much luck with your great give-away. I would love to take a class with Cas Holmes, Gwen Hedley & Claire Wellesley-Smith and Alice Fox....what a wonderful visit to Europe that would be!

    Holly
    Virginia, USA

    PS Your blog with all its amazing contributing artists is incredible

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  19. I tried to order it, too! Yes, I'd LOVE to win it!

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  20. I've seen the Alice Fox book and it is a winner for sure. It's on my list for 2016.

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  21. This does look like a very interesting book with fun techniques. Would love to have it.
    Thanks,
    Terry

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  22. Would love to win the Slow Stitch book. I did a workshop with Dorothy Caldwell a year or so ago, and this would help me come back to her kind of work.

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  23. I really appreciate this blog. I have learned a lot and hope to learn more. Carol

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  24. I would love to win this book. Thanks for having this giveaway. I've been doing slow stitching since I was 11 years old working on dresser scarves and pillow cases taught to me by my mother.Now I love doing embroidery and other 'slow' stitching on my art quilts. This book would be a great inspiration.

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  25. My love of fibre art has always been based on the journey, not the destination. I would love this book as I think it may start another very different type of journey.
    Pat F in Winnipeg

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  26. I too have had my eye on this book! Love this blog and happy at the chance to win this book!!

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  27. How very nice of the publishers, I saw the book buth like you said Beth out of stock. I am very curious abouth your revieuw. The draw to stitch is also a very nice and good book. Oh and who dousnt love books :)One or two mores books what does it matter as long as you are happy with it.

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  28. I have been wanting to read this, and to move from a focus on the finished piece to the process of creating it. I want to find more joy in crafting. This book could help.

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  29. What a beautiful book. Have been looking for a great book on hand work. Keeping my fingers & toes crossed......

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  30. Holy carpe diem!!! What a great book and it's a testimony to this great blog that they made an exception! :))) I really want to win this! :) Thanks so much, Christina

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  31. Drawn Stitch is a true favorite of mine.......so I'd love to explore the others you posted.......thank you for putting this list together.

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  32. Thank you for the chance to win $25 with Dharma! I have a cart waiting for my new biz & this would help me spring it! Really enjoy your blog - I've told many folks about it...

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  33. I'd love to check out this book. I would think the slow stitching would be meditative, comforting.

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  34. Thank you for offering this gift. This is not a book I have heard about, and the description sounds very interesting.

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  35. Every book you show is on my wish list. All textile artists I admire.

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  36. Slow Stitch looks like an interesting book, and it certainly seems to be in the same genre as the terrific books by Case Holmes and Gwen Hedley. Love their work!!!

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  37. I started my first slow stitch last weekend and I not only like my piece, I also love the process. It's so calming. I have drawn to stitch and it's one of my favorite books.

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  38. Win or lose, I may have to get a copy of this book--looks like something to help pass the winter!

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  39. This is a very inviting book; both the book and the process of slow stitching speak to those quiet, relaxing moments we all need.

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  40. You do a great job with this blog -- love it!

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  41. oooh, I'd love to win a copy of this book! The only thing better than reading about stitching is stitching. I love slow stitching.

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  42. I would love that book! I love hand stitiching

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  43. I love slow stitching (that's why I finish so few projects...)

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  44. Slow Food and now Slow Stitch!!! This comes at just the right time as my body doesn't seem to have quite the energy of my youth. Plus hand-stitching helps with my meditation practice, giving my brain something to focus on!

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  45. Love your blog! I was introduced to it late last year and I am loving the posts. I often order from Dharma and one thing you did not mention, were the silk yarns for dyeing. These dye very well and are a good addition to throw into the pot when dyeing silk fabric. Living in Canada, however, means the shipping charges are high, so I usually place an order before going to our place Phoenix, so I can bring it back myself.

    The book looks fabulous, as well.

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  46. Slow Stitch looks like my kind of sewing. Other than garment construction on machine, all my artsy needlework is done by hand. I can't say I'm contemplative necessarily, perhaps methodical more like.

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  47. would love this book...I already have quite a few of of the other books on your reading list!

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  48. Beautiful cover! I've fallen in love with handwork, so I can't wait to see the inspiration inside!

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  49. All new to me - I am learning so much from this blog! Slow Stitch looks wonderful, as does Drawn Stitch. Thank you for all the inspiration!

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  50. Looks like a book worth reading! Hope your copy comes soon. Thanks for sharing.

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  51. Looks like a fun book to add to my library.

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  52. I would love to own this book! I love to handstitch! Thanks!

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  53. Thank your for doing a give away. Love to hand stitch!

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  54. What a yummy looking book. Yes, please enter me to win a copy. I have been trying slow, hand stitching and, as expected, am having mixed results. What better to keep one motivated than new inspiration. Looking forward to devouring this book. sUe

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  55. I am a slow stitcher! This must be a book for me! Thank you!

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  56. Just waiting for mine to arrive which is due on Sunday. The only complaint I have about Batsford books is the covers that they are using, I really hate the feel of them.

    Incidentally I can personally recommend all the books mentioned except Alice's, but only because I haven't yet seen that one.

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  57. I'm a slow stitcher and would love to win a copy of the new book.

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  58. Would love to win this one - you are such an enabler! thank you!

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  59. I was looking at some books on Amazon and 3 of these books popped up! I am like you...always looking for textile art books!!

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  60. I would love to have a copy of Slow Stitch! Hand stitching is one of my favorite methods for embellishing quilts.

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  61. I have borrowed this book from the library but it will have to be returned .It would be so good to win this draw so I can have a copy to keep.

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  62. Hi, I want this book - have it on my whishlist at Amazon already! Thank you for the chance to win it here!
    Manuela

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  63. Thanks for this giveaway. I would love to win this book, I like to hand stitch...
    Carmina
    Bucharest, Romania

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  64. I so want to slow down and do some hand stitching. This book seems like a good inspiration.

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  65. Me! I have the last two you linked and of course the new Cas Holmes and my wish list, would love to add this to my growing collection :) I love this blog, by the way!

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  66. Thanks for the chance to win Slow Stitch-I really like the cover. I look forward to reading your review.

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  67. Would love a chance to win this book. Love the stitch process. Mary Ann

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  68. Looks like I got here a bit late, but would still like to win this wonderful book.

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  69. Yes, I keep checking in with Amazon, because I have been interested in this book. I do a LOT of hand stitching, and would love to have a copy of this book. I will check out the other books you have recommended.

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  70. A great looking read. And something very new for me.

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  71. Wow. Starting off with a great book. Exciting!

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  72. I have the last book, it is very interesting, well made book, with wonderful photography, I await your review of the Slow Stitch.

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  73. The book looks exciting. By the way I met Alice Fox at her last exhibition, her work is really inspiring.

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  74. Slow Stitch looks a must for my collection. Cas Holmes books are fabulous. If you get the chance to do a workshop with her drop everything and go - so inspirational.

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  75. This likes an interesting book. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  76. I've been doing a lot of slow stitching lately, so it would be wonderful to see what this book has to offer. Thanks for the chance to win!

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