BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY || DOODLE STITCHING EMBROIDERY & BEYOND

Thursday, April 11, 2013

doodle stitching book review & giveaway on luvinthemommyhood.com
doodle stitching: embroidery & beyond by aimee ray
who's in the mood to get stitchin'?  i sure am! i was excited to get a chance to review the newest book by aimee ray - doodle stitching: embroidery & beyond: crewel, cross stitch, sashiko & more!  this cute book is filled with bright colors, adorable projects and helpful how to's! covering everything from cross stitch, redwork, crewel , sashiko, stumpwork & more - aimee's got you covered!

doodle stitching book review & giveaway on luvinthemommyhood.com
doodle stitching book review & giveaway on luvinthemommyhood.com
doodle stitching book review & giveaway on luvinthemommyhood.com
i really enjoy how aimee brings an element of hand drawn art to embroidery & it's techniques in her newest book. being someone who loves to draw i get very excited at the idea of recreating a sketch of mine using fabric and thread.  it's so exciting!  this book gave me a great starting point to learn how to execute those ideas and transfer them into the right stitch and technique to use it in.  the book also features pretty projects ranging from a baby quilt, project bag, to storybook panels & my fave - the cuckoo clock! there's something for everyone in this lovely book from lark crafts.  the layout is clean, bright and easy to follow and the book feels fresh and cheerful! a happy addition to my book collection.

doodle stitching book review & giveaway on luvinthemommyhood.com

would you like to win a copy? yay!  read how to enter below!

||  THE PRIZE  ||
- one lucky winner will win a copy of doodle stitching: embroidery & beyond as well as one of aimee's lovely cutwork felt bookmarks (see above)! gorgeous!!! thanks for the awesome prize lark crafts!

||  HOW TO ENTER  ||
- simply leave me a comment below letting me know what your favorite thing about embroidery is.

||  THE RULES  ||
- you must leave a valid email address in your comment or you will be disqualified. 
- giveaway is open until wednesday, april 17th, 2013, midnight PST.

doodle stitching book review & giveaway on luvinthemommyhood.com
doodle stitching book review & giveaway on luvinthemommyhood.com

happy stitching & good luck everyone!  and a big thank you to lark crafts for the giveaway! 

104 comments:

  1. I'd love to win! I love Aimee's work!! I have her first book. Thanks! courtneysews at gmail dot com

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  2. I have been wanting to try my hand at embroidery for a while. It's just so whimsical!

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  3. I love the timelessness and the creativity. You can add little details to make something special. My Grandmother passed it down to my mother, it's a sweet tradition :)

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  4. this is such a fantastic book!! i would LOVE to learn more techniques on embroidery and cross stitching. love! also, that bookmark is gorgeous! weee! gunderson.rj@gmail.com

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  5. I am not an experienced embroiderer, but I feel like this book would easily help with that!

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  6. Love the looks of the book. I love the homey feel of items with embroidery on them. It maskes me nostalgic for the days my mom enbroidered things for me as a child.

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  7. I love how you can add a unique touch with the embroidery. becker(dot)olga(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. Embroidery is so therapeutic - and portable!
    Thanks!
    gillwatson(at)mailbox(dot)co(dot)uk

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  9. I love how it can change an ordinary store bought outfit into something special. I am doing a doodle on my daughters jeans and I can't wait to see how it turns out! I would LOVE to win this, I think that it would give me some more inspiration.

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  10. Hand embroidery soothes my soul

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  11. I find doing embroidery a very peaceful way to spend time. Plus most patterns are so darn cute!
    joanne@ewespace.com

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  12. that would be such a treat to win! thank you. vrooms@comcast.net

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  13. I love embroidery that looks like painting with needle and thread.

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  14. I love that it's so much faster than knitting!

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  15. I find embroidery so soothing.

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  16. I love that you can apply embroidery to anything you sew or anything you bought and look so different.

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  17. I love the freedom of embroidery, you can use it on just about anything, and really let your imagination run free.
    Marymoury at gmail dot com

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  18. HELLO! HAVE BEEN EMBROIDERING FOR YEARS>LOVE IT!
    REMINDS ME OF NEEDLE PAINTING!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  19. I love being able to use embroidery to add that special touch to things I sew my girls. thecraftingfiend@gmail.com

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  20. I love how versatile embroidery is and how much my kids enjoy embroidering the designs in Aimee Ray's first book. Their enthusiasm has gotten their cousins into embroidery as well. We'd love to try some of the projects in the new book. Thanks! kristie_keely(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  21. I've only just started embroidery, but I love how just one simple, small piece can bring a project together. I'm looking forward to learning more stitches! blondie19012k(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  22. I love her books! I would love to win
    For me, my favourite thing about embroidery is how simple it can be and still be beautiful.
    Like knitting, I love that with this kind of hand embroidery I get a sense of creative accomplishment.
    And that just inspires me to be more creative. :)

    Good luck everyone ^.^

    jenn2marie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. I have never done proper embroidery, so I would love a chance to learn how to do it properly.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    lisejackson000 at gmail dot com

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  24. I haven't done a lot of embroidery, but I just love the way it looks...so sweet and personal!

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  25. I love embroidery these days - when I did it, it was all cross-stitch and it took FOREVER! Now, embroidery has come back with cool new designs - it's basically just outlining a picture, and that works up really fast. Fun times with a new giveaway! :)

    LRNBROWN at GMAIL dot COM

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  26. Yay! What a nice giveaway! I just love embroidery and often use my own drawings to add even more custom look to my handmade bags. That, and to add character to my kids clothing.
    Josée
    Bouclenoire(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  27. My favorite thing??? The limitless possibilities of how it can be incorporated into every crafting project!

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  28. My favorite thing about embroidery is that I am just learning how and loving it! This book looks like lots of fun.
    majesticjenkinsATgmailDOTcom

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  30. Pick out the colors! There are so many pretty shades of embroidery floss and it's always fun deciding on which colors to use for a project.

    sereinalovesvintage{at}gmail{dot}com

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  31. I'd love to learn more. I have all the floss and tools, just need a little guidance and inspiration.

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  32. I think my favorite thing about embroidery is how it can take something from so-so to WOW One of a Kind work. It's a simple thing that adds charm and personality to every project and I think makes the recipient even more grateful for the love poured into the creation.

    joshuasprincess@gmail.com

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  33. I've been wanting to try embroidery for a while. I used to love cross stitch as a kid and want to get back to needlework.

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  34. I love the whimsy and elegance of embroidery. It just adds a little extra love. littleellalu@gmail.com

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  35. I love how you can transform a plain piece of fabric into something so beautiful and interesting by embroidering it.

    sinnett6@marshall.edu

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  36. from Miss Cara

    This book looks very cute! My favouite thing about embroidery is that it can turn a drawing into something more and it can add a handmade touch to machine made projects. I also like that it is a form of sewing that you can easily do on the go unlike other forms of sewing that require a machine or lots of space.

    latolatola@hotmail.com

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  37. My favorite thing about embroidery is how you can and it to just bout anything, and give that object an instant personality upgrade. Plain old t-shirt + embroidery and BAM! Instant awesomeness! :D Sugar_tart (at) hotmail

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  38. I love being able to put my personal stamp on anything by embroidering.

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  39. I would love to have this book! I've been wanting to try embroidery on some handmade stuff my little guys. I think it will add a really cute and personalized touch! Thanks!
    LisaSC20@aol.com

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  40. I love embroidery because it's so hard to go wrong! You can just muddle along at your own pace and you don't have to stress about anything!

    PS: I just started following your blog, after you make the Laurel that noodlehead also made. You have some awesome stuff on here :)

    nicholson.jenni (at) gmail.com

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  41. I don't have much embroidery experience, but it seems so meditative and relaxing!

    Thanks Shannon for this giveaway! knitja@hotmail.com

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  42. I love the texture it creates!

    larissaesq at gmail dot com

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  43. I'd love to win! I've been wanting to learn embroidery b/c it adds so much to a project!
    Lesleyaraymond@gmail.com

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  44. I love embroidery, hand embroidery , machien embroidery and smocking. You can really change up a design by useing so many different types and colors of threads. I really love Jacobian designs.

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  45. I love how portable it is. You can take it just about any where with you! And I love taking a blank canvas and making something magically appear. :)

    Sandy A

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  46. I have never really dabbled in embroidery,but I would love to learn! I like all the different looks that can be achieved.

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

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  47. I have done very little embroidery, but I love the look of the new, modern patterns that are popping up!

    brookeali(at)Hotmail.com

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  48. Embroidery is the first sewing I ever did, and I still do cross stitch and other embroidery on occasion. It's just a sweet soothing past-time.

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  49. Oooh!! I've just gotten into stitching and I love it! I'm on my first cross stitch, and just completed a couple of handsewn felt toys. So fun!

    eowyn1220 (at) comcast (dot) net

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  50. I love the relaxation I'm getting into when I'm making embroidery, Its my therapy :)
    Thanks so much for this great giveaway!

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  51. I do some ghetto embroidery. I taught myself to make my parents embroidered handkerchiefs to go with their gifts for our wedding. I don't know what it is about it but it's such a soothing craft. And i just love knowing imagining my great great grandparents doing the exact same task. There's something so special about traditional crafts.
    hello [@] squirrellyminds [.] come

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  52. My fav thing about embroidery is its versatility. And kids of all ages can do it. Thanks for hosting this beautiful giveaway!

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  53. My favorite thing about embroidery is the simplicity of needle and thread creating something sweet, elegant, beautiful... basically whatever you desire in your design.

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  54. Ooh, I like that it has a variety of embroidery styles, I'd like to try sashiko. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  55. I love the ability to create something totally unique and personal. Embroidered pillow cases also make inexpensive and personalized wedding gifts.
    becca.landon@sbcglobal.net

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  56. I love how portable embroidery projects can be and that you can fit it one stitch at a time, whilst waiting for tha dinner to cook or the children to finish class.

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  57. What I love about it is how RELAXING it is...After a hectic day with my little one, I can grab a glass of wine and sit down in front of the TV and make something pretty!!!! I am a long time admirer of Aimees work, so this book would be heavenly! dawkins.belinda@gmail.com

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  58. embroidery allows you to draw with thread. pretty cool!

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  59. My favorite thing about embroidery is how relaxing it it. I love to have handwork in the evening when my husband and I relax with a glass of wine and a bit of TV watching.

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  60. My favourite thing about embroidery is the total individuality of every piece. Even if two or 20 people follow the same tutorial or pattern it still has its own individual little quirks that make it completely unique! Plus the added bonus of that zen feeling you get when you make something by hand! Thanks :) snappycat@hotmail.com

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  61. I don't really have a favorite thing because I have never actually done any embroidery. I do think it looks so beautiful and really personalizes a project. Would love to learn with this book!
    Thanks.

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  62. I love being able to personalize something for that person.. be it by hand or an initial on my machine!

    susie
    legato1958@aol.com

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  63. The creative freedom and personalizing aspects of embroidery are my favorite things. I have Aimee Ray's first book and it is visual candy for the eyes. I didn't know she had a second book out until you had this post. I was interested in Sashiko and so excited that the new book includes this type of embroidery.

    Macro
    organic335@Hotmail.com

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  64. This looks like a really lovely book. I love french knots, you can be so creative with them. I'd love to win this book :)

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  65. I love embroidery - it is portable and I can stitch whenever and wherever I want. a(dot)haun(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  66. I love how a liitle makes such a big impact.
    m.t.commerfor at gmail.com

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  67. LOVE her books! I own her patchwork one! I like embroidery because it is an easy way to personalize anything. lisa.edmisson@gmail.com Hope to win!

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  68. My fav thing embroidery is all of the beautiful colors! Thx for an awesome giveaway!

    nicolego at hotmail

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  69. I love that it is portable!! Thanks for the giveaway! Amy @ gasudimack(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  70. I love that I can work on it anywhere! alibear167 at gmail

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  71. I love the unique little spin it can give on any project, and the endless customization!

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  72. My favorite thing about embroidery is its diversity. You can create so much variety with a needle and thread.
    Thx
    Ilvtoys(at)aol(dot)com

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  73. I love personalizing my kids stuff with embroidery. Simple designs don't take very long and make a big impact. I love the idea of turning hand-drawings into embroidery. That would be a fun project to immortalize some of my kids artwork.

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  74. My favorite part of embroidery is how easy it is to pick up! It doesn't cost much and you don't have to be a fantastic artist to make really cute stuff. I also love aimee's books!
    Mereditho.geek@gmail.com

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  75. My favorite part of embroidery is that I can be creative and make anything my own. One of my favorite embroidered things right now is my teapot cosy, which I threw together without a pattern, (luckily it fit!) and embroidered some of my favorite colors into rings so it looks like a loose flower on the front. :)

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  77. Hi, my grand mother taught me about embroidery when I was a little girl (6-7 years old!) and I was making dresses and more for my dolls. I don't why know but I didn't pursue and this cute and colorful book makes me want to restart.

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  78. I love that it is so versatile, I can use big stitches in a rough outline sort of way, and get a totally different effect from what I get with small, precise placement of stitches--and they can both be beautiful! joi [dot] cee1 [at] gmail [dot] com

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  79. I love how embroidery can brighten up any project and make it "happier"

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  80. I love the vintage feel of embroidery!

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  81. I just started embroidery this year. It reminds me of my childhood because my mom was always stitching something! I love that it is so portable and adds a special touch to any project. Thanks so much for the opportunity!

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  82. I haven't really attempted much embroidery other than cross-stitch and that is just like paint by numbers. I would love to give it a go, especially sashiko which looks fantastic. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  83. I love that embroidery is so portable, and also that it is such an old art, one that women have been doing for generations. Don't know if this giveaway is open to readers in Australia, but if so, I'd love a copy of the book! rhymeswithlisa {at} gmail.com

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  84. I love embroidery because of its soothing effect and also how it helps to clear your mind.

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  85. Embroidery was how I really learned to sew as a child, so I love that it brings back those happy memories. I also love how hand embroidery adds such a special touch to whatever it is applied to.

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  86. My favorite part of embroidery is how portable it is... you can really do it anywhere! Thanks for the give away, love Aimee Ray!

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  87. I was given a crewel embroidery kit as a teenager and always enjoy embellishing with embroidery (even preference over cross stitch)

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  88. I'm still pretty new at embroidery, but I like that it looks like drawing with a needle and a thread!
    sirene40[@]hotmail.com

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  89. I feel like embroidery is a little bit old-fashioned and I love it!

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  90. This is for my mom, who loves to make simple objects like pillow cases beautiful... and give them to her daughters!

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  91. I love to embroider! I think little stitches can make something simple into something really special. I hope I win!

    Chelsea

    chelsea.dowd@gmail.com

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  92. Embroidery forces me to slow down for a while, something I treasure these days.

    karenkatin[@]yahoo[dot]com

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  93. I love that embroidery is like drawing with floss. My daughter is starting to learn, which makes my heart happy.
    burleyaudio AT gmail Dot com

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  94. I love the creativity that embroidery can express, and the tiny bundles of floss.. Its also something that looks good brand new, or loved and vintage!
    thanks for the chance!

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  95. My favorite thing about embroidery is that you can make it personalized to the person you are creating for and it's one of a kind.

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  96. I love embroidery, I was taught by my mother, since she has passed embroidery is my connection to her!!

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  97. I love embroidery because I can personalize things I make,,, the possibilities are endless with embroidery!!! :) sew4you57(at) gmail(dot)com

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  98. It's such a peaceful craft...I love that it takes me to another place and I can express myself freely in color and design.

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  99. Oh, i love the potential to create some truly original work, and the portability of embroidery :-).*
    milkface (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) nz

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  100. I love being able to pick it up anytime and that it is SO relaxing!!!
    Evin5 at aol dot com

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  101. I love how versatile embroidery is. You can embroider pretty much anything.

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  102. I love how I can be truly individual with embroidery christie(at)homegrownmama(dot)com

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