Jillian’s not Spinning: Rebecca Ringquist Embroidery Book Giveaway

I learned to embroidery from Rebecca Ringquist’s Creativebug class and  I haven’t stopped stitching since. I’ve spent a year stitching her samplers and stitching on just about everything I can get a needle through. She is a creative hero of mine.

I am so excited that she has a new book out!

Creative inspiration!
Creative inspiration!

I reviewed the book in this issue of Knitty:

Rebecca Ringquist’s Embroidery Workshops
by Rebecaa Ringquist
STC /A Melanie Falick Book
$29.95, hardcover
Rebecca Rinquist’s mantra for teaching embroidery is “Don’t worry, just stitch”. This book is like no other how-to embroidery and for that I am very grateful.
I learned to embroider from Rebecca a few years ago through her Creativebug class and it was exactly the revelation I wanted. Embroidery doesn’t have to be a litany of do this, exactly this way and no knots ever; it can be as relaxed a creative pursuit as I wanted it to be.
This book is filled with exceptional teaching and beautiful examples of embroidery, and it opens with a photo of the back of a sampler stitched by Rebecca herself. Guess what it shows? Knots, and threads stretched from one working area to another, not the “back should be as clean as the front” school of embroidery.
Rebecca teaches the basics of embroidery stitches using a sampler (included in the book). In her teaching, she takes the rich tradition and history of embroidery in a new modern, relaxed direction.

This book is divided into four main sections: Stitch, Trace, Draw and Layer. Stitch breaks down the families of stitches how to create basic stitches and how to make many variations. Trace explains a variety of ways to transfer images to embroider, including the best methods for different fabrics. Draw teaches the basics of mark making, creating original images or lines as a supplement to an existing design or as a freehand design on fabric. Layer explores methods of embroidering over already embroidered fabrics.

Each section has several projects designed to instantly try out the lesson taught in the chapter. They range from ones that can be completed in an afternoon to ones that require thought and the possible scouring of flea markets. Highlights for me are the Single-Stitch Patches, Portrait Napkins, Angela’s Stitch Doodle Bracelets and the 3D Embroidered Buckle Brooches.

The main sections are bookended with a beginning chapter on Supplies, including supplies for machine embroidery and an ending chapter on Finishing: how to mount, frame, stretch and hang your work.
All of the how-to is overflowing with step-by-step illustrations and photography. It is abundantly clear what to do and what it should look like when you are finished.
The book is packed with beautiful pictures of embroidery, particular stitches, projects to make, Rebecca’s mixed media art and all the color and texture of embroidery supplies. It is impossible to look through this book and not want to play along.

I have one copy of Rebecca’s beautiful book to giveaway.  Leave a comment before Sunday April 19th 2015 to be entered for a chance to win!

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Jillian is the​ author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor​ of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts. She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing. Spy on her on her website jillianmoreno.com

148 thoughts on “Jillian’s not Spinning: Rebecca Ringquist Embroidery Book Giveaway

  1. Kathy

    I keep seeing all of the beautiful projects people are embroidering, and have been wanting to try it myself. I think this book would definitely be an inspiration!

  2. Katherine

    Oh, this sounds just perfect for someone (oh, like me) thinking about getting back to embroidery!

  3. Mandyz

    I’ve played with embroidery here and there in the past, but never could perfect any of the stitches I was trying to learn. A couple little handkerchiefs and I put it all aside.

  4. Meghan

    I love that the book seems to be more about getting your creativity going than strict, prescriptive rules.

  5. Diane F

    This would be exactly what I need for a new twist on embroidery, thanks for a chance to this giveaway.

  6. Josiane

    Oh, this is the book I need! And I need it for a specific reason; here’s the story:
    When my great-aunt emptied her house before moving into a much smaller place, she sent me any and everything she had that was related to textile arts. In the lot was a tablecloth that she had started embroidering all those years ago, before she got married, and never had the chance to finish, with all the supplies neatly contained in a small box. Since I’ve yet to try my hand at embroidery, I haven’t felt confident that I would be able to finish it in a way that would do justice to the beautiful work she had done so far on it. This book would be a fantastic way for me to learn what I need to learn, and get the practice I need, so that I could confidently tackle this family heirloom of a project!

  7. Andrea

    i have been eyeing her work and thinking of giving embroidery a try again–haven’t done it since I was a kid, but always liked it. The book would sure help.

  8. Merna

    I’ve been thinking its time to revisit my long ago childhood of stitching, especially using my vintage supply of threads.

  9. Sallye Stutzman

    I used to embroider as a young girl. My mother taught me some of the stitches, and I learned a few others along the way. I have acquired some embroidered pieces from my grandmother, mother-in-law, and my husband’s grandmother, all of which I cherish as pieces of family history. As I look to the future, I hope to find time to take it up again, between knitting, and quilting. I find it both relaxing, and creative, while being quite enjoyable. I am looking forward to checking out the new book on embroidery.

  10. Libby

    It’s been years since I’ve done any real embroidery, and have been thinking about picking it up again. This book sounds like it’s exactly what I need!

  11. Cecilia

    For many years the only craft I could do was embroidery. My grandmother taught me when I was just a little girl. I could only ever do the most basic stitches. It would be nice to know more.

  12. Kara

    I’ve been interested in Rebecca Ringquist’s work ever since you first mentioned it, and I’m excited about checking out this book! I’m putting it on my birthday wish list, but I’d love to win a copy instead since my birthday isn’t for a while yet!

  13. Anna Marie

    Oh my! I made my own Rebecca Ringquist sampler after seeing yours and I just love it! I would be positively thrilled to win her book!

  14. Amanda

    Looks like a great book! I turn to embroidery in the summer when it gets too hot to knit around here and I could really use something to help me build my skills.

  15. Geraldine Scott

    Maybe this book is just what I need…let my guard down and enjoy instead striving for perfection!

  16. Tisha

    I’ve been dying to learn to embroider – so that I can embroider all teh knitting! Mostly baby things, since there appears to be a boom around here. One can only knit so many diaper covers, beanies and booties before embellishment is the only thing they can think of…

  17. Bonney

    I have been admiring Rebecca’s samplers for a long time but haven’t jumped in the pool. This book is just in time for summer. Embroidering is the perfect needlecraft for summer!

  18. Deb

    I used to love to embroider simple patterns and kits as a child. Would love to get back into it now; this book seems like a great way to start!

  19. emme

    I love my dropcloth sampler! It’s my great in-between project (been working on it for a while now!

  20. GretcheninWA

    The idea of the back of the work also needing to be perfect (but of course you don’t look at it while you’re stitching!) was what drove me away from embroidery when I was growing up. I’d love to give it another shot.

  21. Lulu

    What a great idea! The book looks really nice and I need a little bit of embroidery in my creative life.

  22. Stardancer

    Looking at my yarn stash, you might say that I need a new hobby like I need a hole in the head, but I enjoyed cross stitch as a child. Why not the time-honored art from which it came?

  23. Doreen MacL

    Very tempting, I might go down the embroidery rabbit hole if I had this beautiful book! Thanks for the chance.

  24. PaulaD

    What a beautiful book. I’d love to have this book for a reference as I explore the fine art of embroidery. Thanks for the giveaway.

  25. Jude

    Haven’t tried embroidery yet, but I always admire it, especially Rebecca’s – this book would help give me a kick in the pants to start! Thanks for offering 😉

  26. Savannagal

    I’ve only done a little bit of embroidery, and it’s been a long time. It’s funny that this came up though. I bought a new pair of pants over the weekend, and before I ever got a chance to wear then, I seared my iron right to the pant leg. So I have a nice big triangle with spots where the steam holes on the sole plate are located burned into my pants. I was thinking about embroidering something over the spot just for fun. I certainly can’t wear them as they are now.

  27. Lynne

    As anyone who follows me on Pinterest knows, I’ve been swooning over embroidery in general – and Rebecca’s work in particular – for a long time. One of these days the tipping point is going to happen and I’m actually going to begin stitching. 🙂

  28. Janice Mosley

    My daughter and I have taken up Rebecca’s instruction and we could share this book… maybe!

  29. Jerri

    I have not worked embroidery in a while but this book sounds like it could get me started again.

  30. Lisa

    I first learned embroidery, then cross stitch, them knitting. I would love to do back to the beginning and gain enough confidence to do freeform embroidery. I have visions of adding embellishments to bags and other things, but not the corsge to try. Enterme, please!

  31. Bekky V

    It looks awesome! I just started learning embroidery and I’ve made a few things but would love some samplers to develop my stitches. I’ll have to check out her other resources!

  32. Karen @ Crafty Commons

    It had been ages since I have done embroidery. This would be a great book to get back into it! Thanks for the chance to win.

  33. Melissa M

    This sounds like a great ressource! I’m mainly a knitter and I’ve recently been dabbling in cross stitching, but I lack the confidence to start a more complicated embroidery project. Samplers sound like a great idea to start with

  34. Katherine

    I’d like to enter, please! I’ve always been mildly terrified of embroidery, but also very envious of people who have mastered it!

  35. Aimee

    I’ve done my share of cross stitch, but embroidery has always intimidated me. Maybe if I had some inspiration?

  36. Dari Trout

    I love embroidery! I’ve done countless silk ribbon embroidery items over the years. It is almost like instant gratification.

  37. Melissa

    I am so excited to have a chance to win this title. One of these days I’m going to take her class.

  38. Louise

    I’m just starting to do needlework again after quite a few years. This sounds like a wonderful book to add to my collection.

  39. Kelli

    Oh, I would love to win this book. I am interested, but intimidated, by embroidery. I need someone to help me along!

  40. Rebecca

    Boy, would I love a copy of Rebecca’s book! I’m so impressed by her work and it was a pleasure to meet her in a class she taught a couple years ago.
    More embroidery for everyone!

  41. Lee in KS

    This book would be a wonderful addition to my library. I learned the basics of embroidery from my grandmother when I was a child , and have learned other techniques since then, but new skills are always welcome.

  42. Kate

    This looks fabulous! I’d love some motivation to get back into embroidery. I used to do a bit, before knitting took over my life.

  43. Karen

    I ordered one of Rebecca’s samplers and have loved getting back into embroidery after many years away. This book looks like a winner! Thanks for the nice giveaway opportunity.

  44. Elisa P

    Great timing! I’m just getting back into embroidery and would love some inspiration and ideas. Thanks for the giveaway!

  45. Ann K.

    Oh, what a wonderful giveaway! I love Rebecca’s samplers—I would love to stitch one of them and maybe the book would give me the courage!

  46. Sylvie

    Embroidery is next on my list of new hobbies to pick up! a Helpful Book would hurry that along a bit.

  47. Ginny

    Just today our largely knitting group (some crochet and some do cross stitch) were talking about how to do french knots or how french knots are frustrating to make. I made some using what I had on hand (wool yarn and my corrugated ribbing for a sweater). They liked the affect of french knots marching down a rib! The knots are not going to stay but I rather do french knots on knitting then to do duplicated stitching. I hate duplicated stitches! I should try other embroidery stitches on knitting.

  48. Laura

    I never realized that all the fun embroidery samplers I saw online were actually from the same person! What fun and beautiful work!

  49. Megan

    This looks lovely, I would love to give it a go! It’s been a long time since I did any embroidery.

  50. Catherine

    IT would be amazing to win this book. I am just about to start an appliqué quilt which should be embellished with all kinds of stitching. The book would be such a help. I have shared the post on FB.

  51. Sue

    My friend has just given me some of her hand dyed cotton perle threads and I’m inspired to start stitching! This book would really get me going. Thank you

  52. Beth Rudo

    I’ve done cross-stitch and crewel embroidery in the past and would love to see a modern take on the art.

  53. Jo

    I bought one of her samplers awhile ago and the book sounds like perfect inspiration to finish it off.

  54. Jan

    Mmm, lovely! I liked embroidering samplers when I was a kid, and still occasionally do Härdanger. Thanks for the contest!

  55. Jaime P

    Love embroidery and have been wanting to learn for a long time. I am a big fan for non-traditional too!

  56. Donna H

    This book looks gorgeous! I’ve started embroidering again, using the skills I learned as a teen. I’m really enjoying it and would love this book. Thanks for another great giveaway!!

  57. Meredith MC

    I haven’t embroidered for years but I would love to get back to it. I once, in my hippie youth, bought a moth eaten cashmere sweater for nothing and covered all the holes with embroidered flowers and butterflies.i loved that sweater and I was really proud of how I’d taken trash and made this gorgeous garment out of it. I literally cried when my sweater fell into a campfire ( a drying accident). The smell of burning cashmere is tattooed on my psyche.
    I think I’m over it though, and I’d like to try again.

  58. SuthernGirl

    I haven’t done any embroidery in 40 years but the desire is coming back to me. This would certainly help me brush up those skills!

  59. Debra

    This book looks amazing. I have been stitching forever but still feel like a beginner. French Knots befuddle me! Would love to have this treasure as a resource to help me overcome my French Knot phobia. Thank you for the giveaway.

    deblyn153 on RAV

  60. Janet

    That reminds me, I have one of her samplers. I should dig it out and get going on it. I need to look for this book too.

  61. Jean

    Like many others, I learned embroidery from my Gram when I was little. With a hand injury that hurts every time I knit, I’m hunting for other things to work on before I go crazy! This book sounds perfect, and I love the idea that the work doesn’t have to look perfect on the back. Hurray!

  62. DakotaAJ

    Oh My – count me in! I picked up needlework again last year after being inspired here, and love her work –

  63. Barb B

    This book looks like just the thing I need to learn to embroider. Pillowcases would be the first real project after some practice. Thanks for the chance.

  64. Rowena Philbeck

    Looks like a really great book. I embroidered when I was younger and now their are such great yarns and its really gotten more attention. I just love to get back into it again. This would be a great start.

  65. Laura from beautiful West Michigan

    I would love to learn more about embroidery. It seems to be making a comeback and I love anything to do with fiber and hands!

  66. Sara in Brooklyn

    What a wonderful giveaway! Embroidery was my first ‘needle skill’ – RR’s book looks like magical…

  67. Patricia Walters

    I have admired Rebecca’s approach to embroidery for some time now. I would love to take one of her in-person workshops but she doesn’t seem to come to Texas. Receiving a copy of her book would be wonderful.

  68. Angela W

    I’ve never tried embroidery. Rebecca’s approach totally seems like something I could try and not stress too much about!

  69. Fara McCune

    I love the cover! It’s been many years since I did any embroidery. I’d love the inspiration this book would provide. Thank you!

  70. Lucy

    I recently just picked up some embroidery as a break from knitting. What fun it is to practice a new skill again!

  71. Laura C

    What a beautiful book! I would love to win this. I have a number of embroidery projects that could use some inspiration. Thank you for the opportunity.

  72. Cheri Roosen-Runge

    Embroidery and Summer time–what a perfect combination to take advantage of the long days!

  73. Sans

    Nice article about embroidery. I am always drawn to the colors so I buy a lot of floss, but it’s just sitting in a tin of embroidery supplies I’ve kept from my grandmother. Maybe the book would inspire me to get back to embroidering?

  74. Claudia

    Embroidery, for me, is like painting on fabric. I love the cover of this book as it brings that home for me.

  75. Janet Martin

    I’m pleased to see that embroidery is getting some attention these days–it seems a neglected art. Don’t enter me in the drawing, but I did want to thank you for offering this book to someone else who might love the craft as much as I. I have recommended purchase to my local library, because it looks like a terrific book.

  76. Carol Haines

    I have been waiting for inspiration to rekindle my love of embroidery and this book is just the ticket .

  77. Gloria mendoza

    Rebecca makes me feel I can learn to do embroidery in a relaxed way that makes me feel happy. Thanks for the offer of the book hope I win.

  78. Luke Martinelli

    I’d love a copy of this book, i’m still a bit of a beginner stitcher and would love the help this book could offer.

  79. Marsha

    Maybe this book would inspire me to finish the over-the-bed wall hanging I started three years ago. It’s still on the floor stand hoop and crying to escape.

  80. Judy Donovan

    Wow. I have always thought that the backs of embroideries were works of art in themselves, especially when not tidied up as the rules dictated they must be. Nice to have our artistic chickens set free!

  81. Jess

    I’ve had one of Rebecca’s printed samplers in my crafting “queue” for about a year now…this book might actually get me to dive in!

  82. michelle

    I saw a lovely idea once where, instead of fretting about marks left on your tablecloth, you free form embroider around them instead. The marks become a celebration of all the meals you’ve had together instead of a laundry super challenge. Cool aye?

  83. Sarah Chimblo

    I love Rebecca’s creative bug class. I’m learning more stitches! Would love this book!

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