September 13, 2011

Covered in Stitches a Feeling Stitchy Embroidery Contest!


Remember the awesome book covers Jillian Tamaki designed and stitched earlier this year for some of the Penguin Classics? Well these have inspired us to make 'book covers' the theme of a fabulous Feeling Stitchy contest called Covered in Stitches! The contest starts today and submissions are accepted until the 7th of November 2011. You can post photos of your piece in this Flickr group I especially created for this contest. If you don't have a Flickr account do not worry, basic Flickr accounts are free and you can sign up easily. You can also post your questions about the contest in the Covered in Stitches group.

Jillian's design for 'The Secret Garden'
Some rules...
  • Whether you design your own book cover or base your embroidery on an existing book cover design: it's all o.k. as long as it's clear that embroidery (and of course I also mean cross stitch, crewel, creative free hand machine embroidery etc) is the main 'ingredient' of your piece. 
  • You can make your embroidery any size you like and stitch on any material you want. 
  • You are not limited to design/or be inspired by a book cover of a novel, other book designs are welcome too! From Biology books to Cook Books and from Encyclopedias to History Books.
  • Be sure to present your piece in the best way you can and post at least 2 (but no more than 5) photos of your piece in the Covered in Stitches Flickr Group , one of the whole embroidery and one of a stunning detail. 
  • Tag your photos with 'CoveredinStitches' and write a little bit about your piece in the description (what book inspired you, materials you used etc.) Photos that are not clearly related to the contest will be removed.
  • It is *not* o.k. to use this 'opportunity' to sell your stuff. Photos with links to shops will also be removed. 
  • Digital alterations to your piece (like photo shopping a book title in) are not appreciated.
The contest is open to anyone, anywhere in the world!

Prizes!!

Naturally, Eternal Feeling Stitchy Glory is the main prize for the winner...but we have some awesome more 'earthly' prizes for you as well. Please check out the artists and shops that have kindly sponsored the prizes for this contest!


First Prize: (clockwise from top left) Party Fox Crewel Kit ($30) from Takofibers, One Penguin Classic book with a Jillian Tamaki cover (you can choose from: Black Beauty, The Secret Garden or Emma) A full set (Black Beauty, Emma and The Secret Garden) of the Penguin Classic Editions with the Jillian Tamaki cover designs offered by Penguin Books , A Matroushka Floss Organizer ($20) from Girl on the Rocks and a Voucher ($15) from Cate Anevski's shop.



First Runner up (clockwise from top left): One Penguin Classic book with a Jillian Tamaki cover  (you can choose from: Black Beauty, The Secret Garden or Emma), an Owl Floss Organizer ($8) from Girl on the Rocks, a Voucher ($10) from Cate Anevski's shop and a Voucher ($15) from Shiny Happy World.


Second Runner up (from left to right) One Penguin Classic book with a Jillian Tamaki cover  (you can choose from: Black Beauty, The Secret Garden or Emma), an Owl Floss Organizer ($8) from Girl on the Rocks and a Voucher ($15) from Shiny Happy World.


So remember: submissions are accepted until the 7th of November 2011. Posting your photos in the Covered in Stitches Group in time is sufficient, there is no need to send in the actual piece you made. A shortlist of candidates (as chosen by the Feeling Stitchy team) will be presented on this blog about a week after the closing date. After that Feeling Stitchy readers can vote for their favourite Embroidered Book Cover!

If you want to help spread the word about this contest (and show us that you love Feeling Stitchy!) please put the neat contest button you see below on your own website!

We CAN'T WAIT to see your entries!

If you're participating, grab the button for your blog!









30 comments:

  1. oh how cool is this I'll try my hand at this though I'm a total beginner! I've put the sign on my blog too

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  2. Can anybody participate?? I live in Spain :)

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  3. Not that I expect to be able to complete more than one thing, but are multiple submissions from the same person okay?

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  4. WhingingNinja - wonderful that you're getting stuck in. We love stitching on any level! :-)

    Sandra - yes, the contest is open to anyone! :-)

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  5. Rebecca - You're welcome to submit more than one stitchery. :-)

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  6. Just wanted to make sure machine embroidered book covers are acceptable. This sounds like so much fun!

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  7. Yes, "creative free hand machine embroidery" is acceptable. :-)

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  8. This is such an incredible idea...I'm so excited! :)

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  9. What an awesome contest idea and fabulous prizes. Time for me to brainstorm! Looking forward to seeing all of the entries.

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  10. How fantastic. I'm considering entering this contest.

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  11. I don't have a blog can I still compete?

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  12. Julie, you're absolutely welcome to participate without having a blog. But you will need a Flickr account to submit your entry. But it's free and easy to set up. :-)

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  13. This is so cool, and such perfect timing! I've been planning on embroidering the cover for my wedding guest book/photo album. So excited to see everyone's ideas for this!

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  14. In like Flynn!! Looking forward to what everyone comes up with :)

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  15. I was wondering if its ok/acceptable to patch together different colour fabrics and then do the embroidery on that?

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  16. hi EMBELLISHER! That is absolutely ok! You can embroider on any material you choose. :)

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  17. I'm in! Sounds like fun. I don't have a blog, but I'll be happy to let the gals in my hand embroidery group on QWU know about the contest. Sandy

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  18. Can we submit previous work or should it be something created just for this contest?

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  19. Hi Mara! Yes you can submit previous created embroideries, as long as it is within the rules.

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  20. What a brilliant idea for a contest - I'll have to get my thinking cap on!

    Much love,
    Kim

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  21. This is such an existing contest... I will be happy to join. Kind regards,

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  22. I have my book picked out and will be thinking about what fabric I want to stitch this on. This should be fun.

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  23. Definitely going to enter this! I have a few ideas ready to go once I can get the final supplies. School can wait. ;)

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  24. I just bought your Alphabet Girl pattern from etsy and besides the fact that I love it, I'm so glad I bought it so that it led me here. How fun! I'm a bit of a late entry, but I'm going to give this a shot and see what I can come up with. On my way to work right now, but will be posting the badge on my blog when I get home tonight! Idea's are starting to float around in my head....

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  25. Wonderful that you found Feeling Stitchy through me :) And luckily there is still plenty of time to enter a piece for the contest Paula!

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  26. What will you crafty people think of next- I love it here! Even though I don't always have time to participate! Always fun browsing :D

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  27. Just entered my submission! Thanks for hosting this awesome contest. It was totally inspiring and it really pushed me to try some new techniques that I'd been holding out on. :)

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  28. Wish I would have saw this early......I still may start it. I'll have to find the book from my son's room.......

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  29. I have entered my book cover on the flickr page.
    some really creative covers.

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