Saturday, October 21, 2017

Stitching: New Project & Giveaway!! It's Feminist Cross Stitch!!

This is so fun to share with you all. A couple months ago I was approached about doing a review of a cross stitch pattern book! How could I say no to that!? 
So let's get the legal disclaimer out of the way: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, but that has in no way influenced my review of this book or my decision to make a big sampler out of the motifs. 

Before we get into how fun this book is; let me share first this idea for a new project I will be doing. How about one big stitched piece with some phrases, the women and a fun border... (because I can only do 'epic' pieces right, lol) 

Feminist Icon Cross Stitch by Anna Fleiss & Lauren Mancuso

Isn't Frida cute!? 
So here's the concept, 20 influential women in history were chosen, along with some fun feminist sayings and put into a book as cross stitch patterns. Each of the women is significant in history and has a little bio written about them. So you if you don't know who one of them is get ready to learn. 

The stitching patterns themselves are full in DMC colours. As you can see from the quick snippet to the left; there are no symbols on the colour patterns. While I personally prefer the colour with symbols patterns I have not had any trouble determining the colours or what to stitch in any of the patterns. And I admired them all at length. Partially because of what I plan to do with these awesome little motifs. 

Because I had such a difficult time deciding which ones to stitch I've decided to stitch 18 of the 20 (sorry Beyonce but you didn't make the cut, lol). In order to make it an 'epic' piece I've created a grid of 6 rows of 3 with a border and some of the sayings included. I'm still finalizing the border pattern but as soon as I know what I'm going to do I will share it here AND make the grid and border design available for free. Then all you need to do is get the book to have the motifs and we can stitch it together! No timelines or scheduled SAL because we all know I suck at those and fall behind. :) 

The Feminist Giveaway!!! 
The publisher Running Press kindly sent me some supplies to stitch up one or more of the patterns; along with a super cute tote bag (all you need to do is buy the book!). I'm giving the supplies away to one lucky reader! See picture below for what all is included. 

Giveaway is open worldwide (I will ship anywhere for free). You get entries by doing the one or more of the following: 

  1. Comment on this post and tell me which of the 20 women, listed in the contents page above, you'd like to stitch first! 
  2. Share about this giveaway on your blog and post a link to it in the  comments on this post. 
  3. Tweet about this giveaway and post a link to your tweet in the comments on this post. 
Entries will close on Sunday, Oct 29 at 5:00 pm (MST). 


Feminist Cross Stitch is available everywhere books are sold! Ask your local retailer (or you can go to that giant conglomerate that has everything and ships to your front door); but local is awesome for your area! See here for more details:


Tiffstitch said...

How cool! I will post about the giveaway on my blog and try and figure out how to tweet. :) I would stitch Marie Curie first being a science nerd at heart.

Leonore Winterer said...

That's so cool! I don't really have the time for an other epic sized project right now, but I will make sure to follow your progress and supply cheering and encouragement!

Linda said...

Great looking book Mel. I think I would start with Amelia Earhart as my Mom had met her.


Jim Paul-Turcotte said...

Awesome! I would 100% do Ruth Bader Ginsburg first - RBG 4 Ever!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

As they haven't got my local hero Boudicca, I would probably go for Marie Curie too.
When I stitched the Millenium Sampler, I changed a lot of the names on that to feature more women. Some men were on twice, in blocks and on the central border too!

Linda said...

Oh shooy. I thought I had commented. Great job on Frida. I would love to be entered in your giveaway. I would first stitch Amelia Earhart as my Mom met her once.


Sharon W. said...

Love it. I would do Rosie the Riveter because she is an iconic symbol of female independence.

jocondine said...

Great post, I love Marie Curie but this time I'll choose Simone de Beauvoir, very famous here too in feminist movement. xxx

jocondine said...

Great post, I love Marie Curie but this time I'll choose Simone de Beauvoir, very famous too here with the feminist movement. xxx

Suz said...

While I'm sorry to have missed the deadline for the give away, I'm just as happy to pay for this book and generate traffic and money for the people who did this.

What an awesome book. And how fun!