September 01, 2020
Welcome to the Caterpillar Cross Stitch 'Stitcher of the Month' competition for August 2020 where the winner will walk away with a £20 gift voucher! I love this community we've built together and I want to showcase the personality and story of a special stitcher each month.
Every one of you is so valued and I want to recognise and celebrate your contributions through this monthly giveaway. On the first day of every month, I'll ask for your nominations. You can nominate yourself or someone else.
Simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, location and include:
1. 3 photos of some recent stitching (any design or brand)
2. A clear, high resolution photo of yourself or the nominee
3. Let us hear about your personality, background and experience with stitching including a tip for beginners (300 words minimum please)
4. Your favourite piece, how you started stitching and why you love it!
The winner will receive a £20 Caterpillar Cross Stitch gift voucher and have their work shared on social media, our website and in the next email! At the end of each month, the Caterpillar Cross Stitch team will pick one winner based on the set criteria: creativity, interesting story, enjoyment and passion for cross stitch and overall impression. The winner will be contacted by email and will be interviewed for our blog and social media channels.
And now on to our WINNER for August 2020... Congratulations Sharon!
Hello! My name is Sharon Grewcock, I’m 56 and have three grown up sons. I’m from a town called Hebburn which is just outside Newcastle, England. When my sons were younger I used to do a lot of cross stitch as the TV doesn't interest me! However, as they entered their teenage years, my time was spent being a taxi and chauffeuring my sons around to their various activities and social events - I didn’t have very much time to sit and stitch at all!
I haven’t stitched for at least 15 years then, when lockdown happened, I was looking for something to pass the time and I came across Caterpillar Cross Stitch! I immediately ordered Deck the Halls and while I waited for the kit to arrive, I stitched the butterfly pattern Fly Away, one of the free charts which was emailed to me for joining as a VIP Stitch Club member.
As soon as lockdown finished, I took Fly Away to be professionally framed and as you can see from the photo above it looks absolutely fabulous! I finished Deck the Halls at the weekend and I followed the YouTube tutorial on how to stretch your work ready for framing which I must say was very easy to follow and it is now all ready to be taken to the framers.
As you can see from the photo it is beautiful, I am absolutely delighted with it the colours are fabulous and I’m sure it will be a treasure that I will bring out each year at Christmas time to display.
One of my sons looked up the website and bought me the Adventure Awaits world map design for my birthday last week. I have just unpacked it and I’m eager to start it today! I’m looking forward to seeing all of the little landmarks grow into what I know will make a fabulous picture. I have also bought Seas the Day which looks amazing and is waiting in the wings ready to start.
I have completely got the bug again, the Caterpillar Cross Stitch designs are beautiful, modern and very easy to follow! I am so pleased that I found the website and I’m looking forward to seeing the new designs that are released later this year and into 2021.
I enjoy all crafts; I am a knitter and also love to bake. However baking does have a downside as you have to eat whatever you make! Since I have re-discovered cross stitch I have found it very relaxing and it’s helped me not to think too much about the situation with Coronavirus that was being reported daily on the news during lockdown.
Years ago when I used to stitch, Disney (particularly Winnie the Pooh) and Forever Friends were popular. Caterpillar Cross Stitch kits and charts are up to date, modern, very easy to follow and are suitable for all abilities. I like the fact that the charts are in colour. Charts used to be in black and white and were very difficult to follow and a complete strain on your eyes!
I had never previously stretched a finished project for display. I watched the tutorial on YouTube twice and thought I would give it a go. I sent for the foam board as suggested and had Fly Away stretched and ready for the framers within 30 minutes! If I can do it anyone can. If I was to give any tips to new stitchers, I think the most important thing to do is read the instructions first on each kit, have a good look at the chart, centre your chart and fabric and off you go, your project will grow very quickly. Finishing a project is a great sense of achievement, my problem now is having enough wall space to display my finished projects!
If you would like to join over 7,500 stitchers in the Facebook group, please click HERE. Well done Sharon, your £20 Caterpillar Cross Stitch gift voucher is on its way to you!
Thank you for all of your wonderful entries - it was tough to pick a winner as they were all so lovely to read with some amazing stitching shown! Nominations are now open for our September 2020 Stitcher of the Month - I can't wait to see them!
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