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June 01, 2020
Welcome to the Caterpillar Cross Stitch 'Stitcher of the Month' competition for May 2020 where the winner will walk away with a £20 gift voucher! After a little break to launch Positivity Rules, we are back! 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 email@example.com with your full name, email address and include a photo of some recent stitching. Don't hold back! Let us hear about your personality, background and experience with stitching (at least 300 words please). Where you're from, 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 May 2020... Congratulations Anna!
Hi, I'm Anna, 24 years old and I'm a Data Analyst. I usually work in London, although at the moment I am working from home where I currently live in Chatham, Kent. I started stitching when I was very young - I'm one of 4 sisters and naturally we used to get quite competitive with creative things like cross stitch, puzzles, painting by numbers, who can read the next Harry Potter book the fastest etc!
During school and university, life got in the way a bit and I allowed less time for winding down with cross stitch or a good book, but more recently I have been working in busy London and have had a craving for doing something more creative and relaxing to wind down after a day of work. Cross stitch seemed like a no-brainer!
I have one large cross stitch project on the go which is this gorgeous kit that is 8 cats bundled together in a basket of wool, I can't wait to be finished with it and I hope to have it finished and framed ready to put in our new home!
However, I am definitely impatient and have managed to complete a few smaller pieces alongside the larger one just so I can see a finished project now and then. My first project when I got back into stitching last year was a set of 4 little designs that I turned into Christmas cards for my friends. I used sparkly ribbon and red and green card to finish the designs and they went down very well!
I was so pleased with these that I decided I would try to design a pattern myself to see if I could create an entire project from start to finish with just my own ideas. I have a friend who is an author and I adore her characters so I decided I would surprise her with a cross-stitched version of Nick and Charlie from her graphic novel Heartstopper. She loved it!! And I was so pleased with how the design came out. I had to make a few tweaks as it is quite difficult to get the colour of human skin right, but once I'd settled on the right colours it came out beautifully.
I have definitely got the bug for designing my own patterns, so my next project will be designing something pretty but practical. I love the idea of stitching something that doesn't just look beautiful but also has a use in the house. I would like to try some kind of food or drinks chart to display in the kitchen or perhaps a cute design I can stitch onto a cushion cover.
I am so happy that I have re-discovered my love for cross stitch and I particularly enjoy seeing how happy it makes my friends when they receive something homemade and personal, there really is nothing like it!
If you would like to join over 6,000 stitchers in the Facebook group, please click HERE. Well done Anna, 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 June 2020 Stitcher of the Month - I can't wait to see them!
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