Monday, May 12, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Fabric Blooms

Hello! And if you're visiting from Sew Mama Sew, welcome!

Some of you may know me from Stumbles & Stitches, the blog I co-wrote with my friend Angel for years. If you're new to this little blog, please take a look around. I create fiber art with recycled materials, as well as textile goods for the home with a mix of modern fabrics and linen. I do a lot of custom work and, when time allows, stock my Etsy shop with new designs. If you're curious, you can read more on my About Me page or visit me on Facebook.

Today, in honor of Giveaway Day, I'm excited to offer a fabulous book to a lucky winner. Fabric Blooms: 42 Flowers to Make, Wear & Adorn Your Life by Megan Hunt is a new release by Lark Crafts and it is FANTASTIC. Lark Crafts is generously sponsoring this giveaway with a copy of the book.




In Fabric Blooms, author Megan Hunt takes you step-by-step through the process of creating simple flowers, beautiful bouquets and accessories including headbands, hairpins, brooches, and more. The book also includes patterns for decorative items like a pillow, a wreath, and a fun garland. Materials range from wool felt, to silk, burlap, oil cloth, and even an upcycled t-shirt. Fabric Blooms is chock-full of exciting projects and eye candy.




If you know my work or poke around this blog, you will notice that I am fairly obsessed with botanical themes. I include a lot of trees, leaves and flowers in my fiber art. I also love clean lines and a modern aesthetic. I was in my happy place, browsing through this lovely book. The design and layout of Fabric Blooms is crisp and pared down in an original way: each project features one photo, set against a warm wood grain background, that deconstructs the materials, steps and details for that particular flower. Clever!



And of course, the interpretation of the flowers in various fabrics is tasteful and beautifully executed. Megan Hunt is a wedding designer and creator of custom flower bouquets featured in countless bridal magazines and other media. You know she's a master at this craft! I am so glad she decided to share her tricks and tips with the rest of us in this gorgeous book.




I can't wait to start making flowers! What a perfect summer project for those rainy days when the kids might be doing a craft or painting. Now I only need to remember to hit the craft store and pick up some floral wire...


GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a copy of Fabric Blooms: 42 Flowers to Make, Wear & Adorn Your Life by Megan Hunt, courtesy of Lark Crafts.




** How to enter the giveaway **

  • Please leave a comment on this blog post, and tell me: what is your favorite flower? (One entry per person, please.)
  • Make sure to include an email address if it's not included in your Blogger profile.
  • This giveaway is open until May 16 at 5PM PST, at which point I will choose a random winner and will contact them by email.
  • This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Apologies to my international friends.
  • $17.95 value. Void where prohibited

Good luck!


This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated. Our lucky winner is Jenny. Congratulations!



Thank you to Sew Mama Sew for organizing this wonderful online event once again. Go check it out, there are many handmade items offered by bloggers all over the world, as well as crafting and sewing supplies.


Note: Publishers regularly send me books for review, but the choice to review them and opinions are all my own.

83 comments:

  1. My favorite flower is (and always has been) carnations. Thanks for the sweet giveaway :)

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  2. I love ranunculus and irises.

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  3. Wow what fun, pretty flowers! How creative. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  4. That does look like an awesome book. My favorite flowers are peonies. But I also love ranunculus, dahlias, and poppies.

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  5. Lovely book. I really like tulips and poppies!

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  6. Roses Roses Roses love Poppies to. Thanks for the givaway.

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  7. My favorite flower is a dahlia!

    tinaotherworld (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  8. I love poppies of all sorts. :)

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  9. I love lilacs! They smell so yummy.

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  10. I love the gladiola ! It's so fancy by itself !

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  11. Oh, my favorite is daffodils and narcissus; cheery early spring greetings.

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  12. My favorite flower is the sunflower. I love the way it follows the sun.

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  13. Awesome book! I love daises and pansies.

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  14. I love peonies! They remind me of my grandmother and they're so elegant!

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  15. I love tulips! I also have this book on my wishlist! Thank you for such an awesome giveaway! :) coralbunnyandlo [at] gmail [dot] com

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  16. My favorite flower? I would have to say bearded iris. I love the array of colors they have, and their intricate blooms!
    email @ shellyrhds@yahoo.com

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  17. I would love, love, love to have this book! This would be my favorite!!!

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  18. You have linked this up to the "Willing to ship internationally" list...

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    1. Hi Wendy, thanks for mentioning that. I just double-checked, and I see my post under US-shipping only. I wonder why it appeared differently to you. Bizarre! Hopefully if there was a glitch, it's fixed now. :)

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  19. I love peonies, lantana, and tulips

    glazefamily3 AT gmail.com

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  20. I love all wildflowers best. Great book! Thanks!!

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  21. I love the ranuncula trend I'm seeing!

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  22. My favorite garden cutting flower is the zinnia. Happy, many colors, last a while in a vase. Love.

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  23. Between gardenias and tuberose....I'm a Hawaii girl and they smell like home to me... :) Thanks for the entry!

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  24. My favorite flower is lilacs. sarah@forrussia.org

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  25. Oh geez...that's a hard one. I guess I like lavender because it's classic and it smells so lovely.

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  26. I love the Gerbera daisies in my yard right now. Thanks for the chance.

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  27. Oh I love irises and they are in bloom right now! The smell is wonderful!

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  28. Great giveaway! My favorite flower is hydrangea...I just love their big colorful blooms!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  29. I love sunflowers, they make me smile!

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  30. I love Iris in any color. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  31. Pink lilies are my favourite. This looks an interesting book and could be very useful as I am arranging the invitations/decorations/favours/flowers for my friend's wedding next year.

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  32. I love pansies--they always seem so cheerful! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  33. I have to say that roses are my first fav flower but pansies are also great. I have a pansy quilt over my desk!

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  34. I have always loved yellow roses. They just make me feel happy.

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  35. I would have to say my favorite flower is the lily. Always has been, i even have a tattoo of one. Great giveaway! I would love to make those flowers and put them on the dresses I make for my daughter.

    katiebabe1114@yahoo.com

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  36. Daffodils! Thanks for the chance. My daughter would love this book!

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  37. Snap dragon! IT's a flower AND a puppet! :) What a fun book!!!

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  38. My favorite flower is a tulip. So glad it is tulip season finally.

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  39. My favorites are violets. Love those sweet tiny purple blooms

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  40. I would so love to make some flowers! My favorite is fuschia...so gorgeous!

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  41. I LOVE lily of the valley. Unfortunately it doesn't grow in Texas. :(

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  42. I love all kinds of flowers and would love to be surrounded by them all the time. I would love this book.

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  43. Calla Lillies are my favorites.

    syvisser@gmail(dot)com

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  44. I love those large sunflowers. LOVE! Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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  45. I love dahlias, roses and tulips

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  46. I love ranunculas, peonies and tuberose! I would LOVE to be able to make some of these fabric flowers!

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  47. Such a cool book idea! I really like the purple flowers that grow on onions

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  48. My favorite perennial is the purple coneflower....there are tons of them around my yard! But my favorite annual is red geraniums...those are in abundance around here, too!

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  49. Thanks for the chance! I love the sunflower the most - they're so happy!

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  50. I love lilacs.
    aprilgilbertson(at)gmail(dot)com

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  51. sunflowers, red poppies, white daisies, marigolds, lily of the valley, pansies

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  52. Hi Jenny!

    My favorite flower is a passion flower after the petals fall off, there are these spiky centers that stick out and make a really unusual looking flower.

    Nini~
    mycreativeheart@comcast.net
    niniandthesea.blogspot.com

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  53. • • • I love roses. Thank you for sharing!

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  54. Favorite flower is currently bleeding hearts, because they are the only thing I've managed to grow recently without killing! (I killed some daffodils, and some anemones, and a cape primrose and my Christmas cactus is on the way out! Oh, and some primroses too)

    jhunsberger (at) gmail (dot) com

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  55. whoa Jenny, these are some fabulous fabric flowers!! id love to play around with this book. my favorite flower is Lily of the Valley...and they are in bloom in the backyard right now!!! have a great weekend.

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  56. I love these flowers! Great book to giveaway! My favorite flowers are tiger lillies, though I just love flowers! Orchids are up there too, with their delicateness

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  57. I'm dying for this book.
    I'm into all the tulips, and paper poppies!
    emmevon(at)gmail(dot)com

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  58. I love carnations! Thanks for this wonderful giveaway.

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  59. I like lilacs for the smell and hydrangeas for the looks :)

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  60. Dandelions are my favorite, but I have to say I have been following Megan for years (princesslasertron.com). Im essentially unemployed right now so I havent bought this book yet. I was so stoked to see it as a giveaway! Thanks:) hoopla((at))thecrafties((dot))com

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