My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Scandinavian Stitch Craft

I have another lovely book to review, this one not on the topic of knitting, but embroidery.


This is Scandinavian Stitch Craft: Unique Projects and Patterns for Inspired Embroidery by Karin Holmberg.

The book uses traditional Scandinavian embroidery techniques in a collection of projects (both clothing and housewares). There are thirty projects in all, and they all start with a plain item that you might already own, or could buy new. Using the techniques in the book, the author shows you how to embroider and embellish items to make them unique and beautiful.

Along with instructions for various techniques, the book contains templates for embroidery patterns.


It even includes sheets of tracing paper in a pocket inside the back cover.

The projects include kitchen items like towels, aprons, and tea cozies, and clothing from leggings to t-shirts to hoodies to babies’ onsies. Also included are cushions, wall hangings, and bags of various types.


The book provides a lot of wonderful inspiration. You could easily use the embroidery design from one project on something else, so there is a lot of room for your own creativity to grow.


Who’d like to receive my review copy?

To be entered in a drawing to receive my copy of this lovely book, please leave a comment on this post by 11:00am Eastern Time on Sunday, May 12, 2013. At that time I will use the Random Number Generator to select the lucky recipient.


Lucy sez “Whazzup?”


  1. justlori says:

    Hi Lucy! And I’d love to have this book. 🙂

  2. Camelama says:

    Ooooooooooooo what a gorgeous book! Want! 🙂 Isn’t it about time for more toe floof pictures of Lucy? C’mon, pawparazzi! 🙂

  3. Rachel says:

    This looks like a great book, thanks for sharing this

  4. Oooh, that looks like a wonderful book! I would love to have it!

  5. I learned to embroider a thousand years ago. I would love the book.
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  6. Cheryl says:

    I would love to receive this book. Thanks for sharing!!!!

  7. Looks like a very interesting book. Xoxo
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  8. Kristin/HLMauera says:

    I’ve been wanting to do some Scandinavian embroidery to honor my Norwegian heritage. We have the Scandinavian festival in my town every August and I’d love to have beautiful stitchery to add to my outfit.

  9. Bonney says:

    This looks interesting. With summer heat coming on it’s nice to have something else to keep hand busy with something other than knitting. Thanks!

  10. Henrycat says:

    Looks like a lovely book. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  11. Lynne S. says:

    Looks like a beautiful book. Enter me, please!

  12. Oh this book looks so wonderful. Being of Norwegian heritage, I would love to do some embroidery on something I have, as well as embroider new things! Thanks for sharing.
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  13. Cute book!

  14. Janice says:

    Come on, random number generator! Looks like a great book.

  15. Mary Beth says:

    Thank you for the chance!

  16. Suzie Picciano says:

    How fun this looks!

  17. So pretty!

  18. I’m a Svenske flicka – a Swedish girl – 3rd generation American. And I love to embroider when I can tear myself away from knitting. Thank for the opportunity to win your review copy. Hugs for Lucy and for Wendy!

  19. Rusty Aasheim says:

    Hiya! I am sure I would still buy it. Skål!

  20. Angela says:

    I would really like that book!

  21. Liz Ard says:

    This book looks awesome! I want to embroider some leggings!

  22. I took embroidery classes last winter and loved every minute of it. I want to learn more.

  23. I have recently renewed my adventures in embroidery! How timely
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  24. Oh that book looks lovely!!

  25. Hope I am the lucky one!!! Thanks for your generosity!

  26. I would love to win the book.

  27. kathleen in wisconsin says:

    When I was a newly wed in 1969, I designed and embroidered a slip cover for a padded headboard. I LOVE embroidery. Thank you for offering this book.

  28. Stephanie H. says:

    This book looks amazing! I could easily become an addict embroidering every thing in site with the pattern from this book. Fingers crossed I win.

  29. Jeanie says:

    What a great looking book! Loads of ideas! Thanks!

  30. mary mcmahon says:

    I have been dying to try Scandinavian embroidery. thanks, Mary in Cincinnati

  31. I love adding extra details to weaving projects. This book would be great. Thanks for the opportunity. I have a sheep named Lucy!

  32. I would love to win/read that book. It looks amazing. I have read your blog for some time and you amaze me with how much you can knit…You must be close to holding a record for speed knitting.

  33. I would love to receive this book – I have a friend who would be so thrilled with it and I would gift it to her. Looks fantastic

  34. I could use some inspiration in the Spring!
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  35. Neat looking book .

  36. catspaw says:

    Sweet book!

  37. Suzann says:

    It looks so interesting. Thanks for sharing.

  38. Cheryl says:

    It would make an excellent addition my embroidery library!

  39. That book looks amazing! Thanks for the chance to win it!

  40. LuisaM says:

    Count me in!

  41. Debbie S says:

    I love Lucy!! Hope I win

  42. Looks like a very cool book. Congrats on finishing your Viajante : )
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  43. Tracey says:

    I like the book — cute ideas.

  44. Cindyd says:

    Would love that book!

  45. Judith Smith says:

    Beautiful book

  46. I would love to work with this book.

  47. Oraxia says:

    The embellished leggings seem like a really cool idea 🙂 Must be a neat book!

  48. Luanne says:

    Great book!

  49. Gloria says:

    Oh, it would be wonderful to receive this book. Thanks for the chance! 🙂

  50. This looks like a fantastic book! I’ve got my fingers crossed!

  51. I have cushions made out of this kind of embroidery. It is lovely!

  52. Jeanne says:

    This is super cute! I’ve been looking for ways to embellish my daughter’s clothes – she’s 6′ tall at age 13… The tall, skinny girl clothes really lack femininity when you’re budget minded. This craftiness looks like something we could undertake together.

  53. Hi Lucy from my ragdoll cat Jane Fairfax!!!
    I’d love to have this book…I’m an embroiderer too! Thanks for giving us a chance to win:)

  54. Mimi Lawrence says:

    I would love to have this book. I enjoy embroidery so much. Lucy is such a cutie pie.

  55. Lindsay says:

    I would love to learn how to do this. Thanks for the review!

  56. I would love this book!!

  57. Theresa says:

    Embroidery was my first needlework, my Granny taught me as a small child. I would love to have this book!

  58. I’m just getting back into embroidery, would love to win that.
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  59. What a great book! I would love one!

  60. I enjoy doing all kinds of embroidery. Looks like a very useful book. Thank you.

  61. Amelia says:

    What a lovely book! It looks worth putting my knitting needles for.

  62. Midnite Baker says:

    Neat Book. The technique reminds me of the crewel embroidery that I tried doing about 40 years ago. Give Lucy a snuggle for me. M

  63. Oh for the love of books!!

  64. Looks like a lovely book

  65. Being of Swedish heritage I am most interested as I do a lot of embroidery. Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful book. Love your blog and of course, Lucy.

  66. I’d love a copy of the book!
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  67. Christina says:

    This book looks wonderful! Thank you for offering it.

  68. helene says:

    lovely, lovely book, doesn’t look cutesie at all! best – helene

  69. Oh my gosh this is perfect timing….I have just begun my journey down the embroidery rabbit hole and this would be a great addition to my adventure into yet another hobby!

  70. Amanda says:

    The leggings might be my favorite design but on a knitted sock they would be heirloom quality. Beautiful.

  71. I love the look of those flower designs! I can see lots of clothes-embellishing opportunities.

  72. Shirley Gallagher says:

    I love embroidery, and this book looks wonderful. Please enter me in the drawing.

  73. Rachel Cutler says:

    My grandmother had a cardigan with similar embroidery around the yoke. It looks very interesting

  74. Michelle says:

    I am currently (poorly) trying to embroider onto a dress. I’d love to win the book! Although it probably wouldn’t help my embroidery much 🙂

  75. Laurie says:

    Wow I would love to win that book. Lucy looks so comfy in her chair and she even has a cute pillow.

  76. Amanda says:

    I’ve been wanting to get into embroidery more. This book would be a wonderful excuse to do just that! Hi Lucy!!!

  77. Good night, my embroidery stinks on ice! Maybe I need a book like this one? And I can just about hear Lucy’s “whazzup” down here — NOT! She looks too much the little lady to talk like that.
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  78. OMG! That book is amazing! I have just gotten back into embroidery after decades of no stitching. I would love a copy of that book.

  79. Mary Lee says:

    My mother used to do this–pillowcases, kitchen towels, samplers, handbags, tablecloths. I would LOVE to master this!

  80. Wow! I haven’t hear of templates and tracing paper for this craft in a while. My MOM bless her soul would do all of this when I was young. Then along came the other siblings and she never had time to show me how. I would love to have this book brings wonder memories . Lets have more photos of LUCY! Wish I lived close by so I could sit her.

  81. Oh, my, that would be the BEST possible gift for my older sister’s birthday. She is just taking up embroidery and would love such a unique book. Thanks for offering it up!

  82. Dear RNG, please pick me! Loved the Scandinavian embroidery when I lived there as a child. Even brought some home with me but would love to create my own.

  83. Oh great Random Number Generator please pick me! That book looks wonderful and I would love to do the projects in it.

  84. Mildred says:

    This type of embroidery reminds me of my Grandmother. It’s beautiful. The designs are pretty, you can do so many things.. tea towels, aprons, pillow cases. towels. Wedding gifts, baby gifts. Embroidery on canvas and frame it.

  85. Adrienne says:

    Ooh, that looks like a neat book! I just started embroidering a few months ago and have been collecting all kinds of inspiration.

  86. I learned to embroider at a very young age. My great aunts taught me on tea towels and pillowcases. Thirty years later I am still using the ones I embroidered as a preteen. The book looks lovely. Thank you for the giveaway.

  87. This book looks beautiful! I love the embroidered leggings.

  88. I haven’t embroidered in years but seeing this brings back wonderful memories of sitting with my embroidery hoop listening to the radio. No IPOD in those days. Ninaclock145

  89. Looks like great inspiration for my new sewing projects!

  90. That looks like a wonderful book!

    I’ve always had an interest in embroidery and cross stitch on top of knitting and crochet. It looks like a lovely book!
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  91. Is there an embrodered blankie on the needles for Lucy? It could be the start of a new feline fashion statement!

  92. Elaine Larsen says:

    Please enter me in the drawing for the book.

  93. What a beautiful book, I would love to have it! Thanks for the chance.

  94. Well I am a huge fan of all things Nordic/Scandinavian so I instantly hit the comments button.
    I have enjoyed watching all your colorful Kauni projects.

  95. What a wonderful looking book! Thank you for the chance to win it. 🙂

  96. Kirsten says:

    Would love to have this book (I have both Swedish and Norwegian roots) and btw I LOVE LUCY! ; )

  97. Super cool! I love the leggings – so cute. It’s wonderful that you give us the opportunity to win such neat books! 🙂

  98. Beautiful! My daughter would love those leggings!

  99. Please count me in. I have a little one on the way, and would love to decorate all the things in ethnically pleasing embroidery.
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  100. Carol77584 says:

    That book looks so interesting. Would love to have it.