Giveaway: Sewing for all Seasons

Sewing For All Seasons

It often makes people laugh when I say it, but I’m really not crafty. I know that I’m constantly canning and preserving, but I have always felt that my job is done when the preserve in sealed up into the jar. Though I like a pretty package as much as the next girl, I am missing the driving urge that others possess to embellish and enhance.

Sewing For All Seasons

That said, I deeply admire people who have the ability to sew, knit, paint, and otherwise make beautiful, useful things from raw materials. One such crafter on my admiration list is Susan Beal, who I met a few years back when she came to one of my canning classes in Portland.

Sewing For All Seasons

Susan is the author of a number of crafting and sewing books, including the newly released Sewing for All Seasons. Now I realize you all might be scratching your heads and wondering why I’m mentioning a sewing book on a website devoted to canning. Well, here’s the thing. Susan has a pattern in her book for Mason Jar & Wine Cozies.

Sewing For All Seasons

While I don’t really sew much beyond shorting pants (it’s the curse of being 5’2″) and repairing small tears, I know that there are a goodly number of people reading this site who would be very into that Jar Cozy pattern as well as the 23 other lovely patterns in this book. And so, when Susan got in touch and asked if I’d be interested in sharing her book with my readers and giving away a copy, of course I said yes!

Sewing For All Seasons

This is going to be a quick, little giveaway, so if you want to enter, you’ve got to act fast. Here’s how to toss your hat into the ring…

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me about something you like to make by hand.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Monday, December 9, 2013. Winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Tuesday.
  3. Giveaway is open to US residents (apologies to my more far-flung readers).
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post. I do not accept submissions via email.

Disclosure: Chronicle Books has provided both my review copy of Sewing for all Seasons and the giveaway copy at no cost to me. However, my opinions remain entirely my own.

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493 Responses to Giveaway: Sewing for all Seasons

  1. 451
    e says:

    I love quilting, but I’m not much good at other sewing crafts. But, I could try!

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    Nancy Farren says:

    There are so many things I enjoy making with my hands it would be hard to choose a favorite. Recently I have been on a fingerless mitt tear, knitting Anne Hanson’s Fallberry Fingerless Mitts several times over, each time in a completely different yarn. I love watching the leaf pattern emerge and take shape as I circle round my needles one stitch at a time. I love watching the colors slowly change as the fabric takes its shape. And I love the feel of the wool and silk passing through my fingers as yarn becoming a beautiful, dimensional object.

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    Erin says:

    I was lucky enough to grow up in a family full of women who sewed, knitted, crocheted, tatted, quilted, etc etc … so i learned young and have managed to fill my adult life knowing and loving all of those same things. Lucky me!

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    Tina says:

    I enjoy knitting and my favorite thing to make is baby hats in the shape of animals.

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    molly says:

    I adore knitting, but keep meaning to learn how to sew ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 457
    Rosie says:

    I like to make many things by hand, although don’t manage to get around to as much as I would like. Right now I’m working on knitting Totoro mittens and sewing a dress up costume for my older daughter and a pair of socks for me. I have some sweaters for me and my and my husband patiently waiting to be picked up again and an impossibly long list of knitting and sewing projects on my to-do list.

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    Kathleen says:

    I’m just getting back in to sewing after a 20 year hiatus (#$@% middle school) – made my son’s costume this year!

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    Marilyn says:

    I love to give hand knit socks and little jars of jams and jellies

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    Stephanie says:

    I’m always looking for more inspiration. I do all kinds of crafts: sewing, knitting, jewelry making.

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    Karen says:

    I’m currently making a christmas quilt for my son. I really love to make the quick projects though, like napkins, where I can finish in an afternoon!

  12. 462
    Jessica says:

    I love sewing, and this book looks great. I’m currently working on a quilt for my brother’s wedding gift. Thanks!

  13. 463
    Stasi says:

    i try and make everything i can by hand…

  14. 464
    Kaye says:

    Needlepoint, very portable and doesn’t take too much concentration for relaxed zen stitching

  15. 465
    Faith says:

    So much!!! I love to sew, knit, crochet, can, preserve, grow, build and any other craft I can get away with!

  16. 466
    Bernie says:

    Kniting, Needlepoint I love making thing for the people I love! I am always enjoy trying new crafts. Just got my spinng wheel and am making my own yarn.

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    I’d like to make pillows for the living room.

  18. 468
    Brooke says:

    I make as many gifts by hand as possible. Some of the gifts I’m making this year include a book clutch, a stationary chest, and an ipod hockey dock.

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    Cecile says:

    I do a lot of baking cookies, caramel and sweet breads this season. I also do cross stitch when I have the time.

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    Zoe says:

    That book looks awesome! I recently taught myself how to embroider and I also love needle felting. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. 471
    Tori says:

    I am currently working on a felt advent calendar that I started…last year. Needless to say, I’m hoping it gets finished to actually use it a little bit before Christmas this year, but if not it’ll be completely by next December. If all the stars align. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Sarah says:

    I love to quilt! Makes the greatest holiday gifts!

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    loree says:

    I like to make little (and big!) bags ๐Ÿ™‚ Those little jar cozies are SO cute!

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    Marita says:

    I love to quilt and make purses. Small projects are always nice to at least feel like I’ve finished something.

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    Alicia says:

    I love to make felt envelopes for personal gift cards for my friends. Then they are able to regift them to someone else.

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    karen in buffalo mn says:

    i quilt, knit, crochet, can, bake, cook and work a 40 hour week…….the book looks good….

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    Molly says:

    Organza flowers! After making a few hundred of them for my daughter’s wedding I was hooked. Your friend’s book looks lovely and those jar cozies would be great dress-ups for those really special people who are gifted with the most special canned creations. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book.

  28. 478
    Michelle T says:

    I like to try pretty much any craft, but favorites are spinning yarn and canning.

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    Sarah says:

    I like to dye yarn and knit useful things!

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    Beja says:

    I absolutely love baking breads and generally cooking, strictly from scratch. For long time I’m planning to adventure into sewing, your post definitely made me more excited about it!

  31. 481
    Liz says:

    I enjoy sewing/quilting and knitting, but lately I’ve been cooking and baking and canning more than doing hand crafts. Hoping to get back to quilting soon, though.

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    Lynn says:

    I like to knit socks for my sons.

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    Jessica says:

    I love to make holiday cards by hand. This year I glued photographed faces onto to foam snowmen pieces. My soon-to-be husband and I are cheerfully smiling on snowmen foam bodies with glittery hats. They are hilariously ridiculous! Thanks for such a great giveaway!

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    Jo says:

    I like to make wrapping papers, gift tags and such out of watercolor scrap paper. I would love to learn how to make the jar cozies.

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    Sakura says:

    I am making book marks, bracelets, blankets and hats for Christmas.

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    Connie says:

    My highest priority project is an afghan for a grand-niece due this month. Luckily she will live in Southern California as said blanket is now about four inches long. I keep hoping that I will knit faster, watch more movies, or that the blanket might knit itself. Otherwise, this blanket might take until Lucy is in kindergarten.

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    Robyn says:

    My holiday cards!

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    Kate says:

    I crochet afghans. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    amy says:

    This book looks wonderful! I’m always looking for a new sewing project–it’s so therapeutic. I make wee quilts that double as wall hangings for all my friends that are having babies. In less creative pursuits, my sewing machine also gets a workout with upholstery work and lots of apparel alterations (being 6’0″ is arguably harder than 5’2″!).

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