GIVEAWAY: Mastering Shadow Work Embroidery


Check out this lovely book that we have to give away! Mastering Shadow Work Embroidery with Wendy Poch Schoen provides an excellent education in shadow work and classic embroidery.

Her style is so timeless. Look at these detailed color illustrations.


Getting some sweet ideas for the “Use Your Words” contest?

Find out how to enter and see more from inside the book below.

When I first saw the book I thought, this technique would be perfect for baptismal gown, so imagine my delight when I went to Wendy’s site and saw all the baptismal gown patterns she has for sale! Has anyone else had trouble tacking one down? Well, here they are!

There’s also a full-size pattern for these super sweet dress and over-all short.


…featuring wonderful illustrated instructions.

And there is a companion machine embroidery collection (sold separately) or buy both together and save 20%.

So how do you enter? Leave a comment here between now and Tuesday May 31st. Tell us what you would adorn using this technique. A hankie? A sweet baby dress? Light airy curtains for the kitchen? Gain extra entries by sharing on stumble-upon, twitter and facebook & leave a separate comment for each. Come back each day to enter! Must have a US address to enter.

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96 Comments

Melissa @ Sew BitterSweet Designs

I would decorate the curtains in my toddler's new bedroom with the butterflies! We are doing a butterfly/giraffe themed room for her and this would be perfect. I want her room to be one that will grow up with her, mainly in an effort to not have to re-do it until she is at least 10 or 11 years old, and simple touches like this would be perfect for that! Thank you for the opportunity!

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Go Green Baby

Either curtains because we are renovating our kitchen right now or there is always room for another dress, especially a beautiful embroidered one!

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Beckie

We are expecting the arrival of our second granddaughter in July and I would love to try this on a dress for her. Thanks for this offer.

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vickibenyo

I would love to embroider little handkerchiefs for new baby girls as an "heirloom" to carry on their wedding day. I thought of it while watching the movie You've Got Mail and Meg Ryan's character shows a little girl the hanky her mother embroidered for her. Wouldn't that be fun?!

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Pattij

I have a new baby granddaughter that I would love to make a dress for. And love the hankie idea!
Evin5 at aol dot com

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Rachel

This is beautiful! It reminds me of my grandma and the beautiful way she embroidered everything, from curtains, to quilts, to baby blankets and tea towels. I would love to follow in her footsteps. We finally have a baby girl in the family and I could see dresses and delicate things for her!

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Kelly

My first girl arrives in October and I am looking to make up some quick onsies and cute outfits for her. Hankies for my twin boys too would be cute!

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twelve30

I have an off white material for a sundress that I would like to make for my girls & I think they would look so lovely embellished with some of these designs. Thanks for the giveaway.
twelve30{at}gmail{dot}com

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Elizabeth

I would love to have this for my pillowcase nightgowns – I plan on using embroidery to enhance them and this would be perfect!

xx,

Elizabeth

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Megan

I used to embroider when I was a kid, and now that my daughter is getting older its time to teach her how to do it too. We're moving to a new apartment, I think personalized curtains would be a wonderful way to make her new room seem more like home.

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Jean MN

My aunt, mom, and grandma all used to embroider. This would be great to teach myself some techniques to make embroidered pillowcases, dresses, and jackets.

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Sheila

I can't even think of all the ideas and things I would like to use this technique on! How pretty! I would love to learn how to do this! 🙂

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Crunchy Con Mommy

My next project is some tea towels for my mom, and this would be perfect for that! And I'd love to make my son those overalls-he could wear them for his birthday when he turns two this summer!

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Michelle

We're waiting on baby number 3 and I've been trying to find cute ways to dress a boy. Some of this stuff would work really well to make clothes adorable and functional!

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judi

This book has been on my wishlist since it came out!! It's so lovely! I have a goal of making shadow embroidered Jesse tree ornaments for Christmas and the instructions in this book would make my ornaments that much better. I'd probably use some of the motifs on a dress or short-alls made from the pattern. I have a child for each pattern. 🙂

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Becca

I have a pile of onesies just waiting to be embroidered. I've been self teaching, but would love to have some real instructions.

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Amanda

Being a mom to 4 under the age of 7 there is no telling. 3 of those are girls so the options are endless. Probably a dress for the girls or an outfit for the little guy.

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Susan

I would create first day of school outfits for a grand son and grand daughter. With Wendy's help it would be a breeze. They would be family heirlooms!

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Jeanne

I have always loved shadow embroidery but have never done it. I will probably buy this book if I don't win it!!! I will definitely make my little granddaughter an Easter dress for next year. But, of course, I can't wait that long to try it, so I think I'll practice with a simple little summer dress first!

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Miriam

I love shadow work. I love Wendy Schoen's patterns and designs. I have one of her other machine embroidery disks which I used on my granddaughter's dedication gown. Her work is incredible. My mind is exploding with ideas so it would be impossible to condense them all!

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craftmom

I would love to learn how to do embroidery and shadow embroidery, I have been looking at this book on amazon recently. I would love to make my son a romper with one of those square collars and put one of these embroideries on the center and then do a float type dress for my daughter with a large collar and put a matching one on her collar. Then I hope to make each of them quilts with a few squares of shadow embroidery on them.

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Jenny

Well I am new to heirloom sewing and working on my first project which is a dress for a three year old that our pastor is trying to adopt. I think this would be the finishing touch to such a special dress and beautiful child the Lord is placing in their family. Last night and this morning I had been searching on the internet for how-tos on shadow embroidery. I had seen this book in the fabric store but considered it for a later purchase. Then when I saw this opportunity today, wow! It could not have come at a more perfect time. I am almost finished with the dress but wanted to add some special touches to it. I would use this book for this and all the future heirloom projects that I want to complete including my goal project which will be a beautiful christening outfit for my first grandchild which I know will be a blessing when our Lord says it is time! Thanks and I hope I win!!!
Jenny

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Nikkee

I'd love to do this on a dress for my newest cousin! She was born in March and needs more cuteness! =)

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Melody ??

Shadow work is so beautiful! I have a few pieces that I inherited from my Great Grandma. I've never tried it by hand; so am very pleased they offer an embroidery machine version. I make quilts, burps, taggies & stuffies for the new moms at our church — I would so love to add those heirloom gowns & bonnets to my repertoire!
Thanks for the give-away!

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Tara Eastman

I have been dying to make myself some old fashioned pantaloons for summer pajamas and I think this would look great on them!

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Amber

I can imagine those butterflies all over a breezy white fabric for curtains in my girls room… it makes me smile just thinking about it!

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anything with a needle

outfits for my new twin grandbabies… a girl and a boy. Of course, I would also have to do outfits (collars) for their older sisters. Pillow cases would be a treat! And my mother would love a hankie!! The ideas just keep coming!!!!! Marsha

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sweetpea53

What would I adorn? What wouldn't I adorn. My daughter is pregnant with her first child after several years of trying so boy or girl I will be adorning everything. We are both in love with the idea of making things to last for generations so I can't go wrong with shadow embroidery. I fell in love with shadow work the first time I saw it and want to do an entire bedroom set with it. My granddaughter is 5 and goes though my Sew Beautiful magazine to pick out the dresses and things she wants me to make for her and her dolls and I can't wait to make matching outfits with shadow work. and last but not least, I want a table cloth and place mats and everything for a nice tea party. I have been planning a dress up tea party (hats required) for a while and this would make the pictures perfect and set the tone for the whole affair. Well a girl can dream. Here's hoping!

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Lindsay

What a wonderful give away. If I won I would most likely use to decorate small pillows for the beds of my daughter and her room mates to liven up their post college place !

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jaya pratheesh

lovely book, wonderful ideas from the comments.. I will mainly use it for making delicate clothes for newborns and babies … for gifts… for easter dresses for my 3 girls… for tablecloths, pretty tabletoppers, heorloom pillowcases,etc.

thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

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Shelley

My great grandmother use to hand embroider pillowcases, hankies, kitchen towels,… I have a few of her things I greatly cherish. She is the one who has inspired me to learn how to embroider. I want to use the shadow embroidery on all of those same things she did and on a dress for daughter as well as the flowers and butterflies decoration for her room.

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Carly

OH heavens. I have been saying for YEARS that I want to start collecting some embroidery instruction books. I love to embroider, but only know a few stitches.

My favorite things to stitch are dish towels… but I would LOVE to try this technique out on some sweet little Sunday dresses for my baby girl. My mom used to embroider on the collars and hems of heirloom dresses for my sisters and I when we were little (just like this!). I so want to dress my little lady with the same timeless class.

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randomcreativity

I would love to win this to make a dress for my niece. I don't think my son would go for the embroidered romper – too rough and tumble, lol.

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Rasu

I used to have shadow embroidery on my dresses when I was small.My aunt stitched it for me.She is old now and so I guess would love to do it for my daughter if I win… 🙂

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ecreech81

iI would use it to embroider the quilt for my daughter i am almost finished with. I've made it all from her receiving blankets. Embroidery would be a nice touch. Ohh and lots and lots of t shirts and tanks for their summer wardrobe. I love jazzing up store bought things to make them more unique.

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PittSewing

I have a wonderful daughter that turns 12 next week whose hand embroidery work is amazing. I would give this to her for her birthday.

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Jen@thecraftingfiend

adorable! I've been wanting to learn embroidery for a long time now and it's even on my to do list for summer! Such pretty patterns in this book too! I want to embroider the border edge of my daughters 1st birthday dress that I'm sewing

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Superj

I would do a project that involved my older daughter. She enjoys sewing, crafting, scrapbooking, and knitting as much as I do! It would be fun for both of us to get involved in hand embroidery!

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Lisa

Just found your blog by browsing on Pinterest. I'll be back to visit in the future!
I would love to have this book and I would make as many projects out of it as possible. I do love the little dog shadow embroidery. It was featured in the latest Sew Beautiful magazine.

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Lynn S

I am so excited about this book! I have my first grandchild–a little girl–and I would love to make a little dress with this technique. I've never done shadow embroidery–so the book would really be a wonderful resource!

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Laurie

Just beautiful! I would make a little bonnet – baby bonnets are my most favorite item to make for a baby gift! I LOVE shadow work!

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urlatestmistake

This would be wonderful!! I'm getting ready to make some curtains for my cousin's nursery, and I would love to embroider some super cute butterflies on them to match the theme! :o)

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