Needlepoint is an art form, hobby, profession, and industry to millions of people world-wide. While it's difficult to know exactly when needlepoint began, we do know that during the Victorian era, Berlin work, a type of needlepoint, came into popularity. Berlin work is often characterized by brilliant colors and combinations of geometric and floral designs. Needlepoint became popular again in the late twenties, and continues to increase in popularity with a renewed interest in handicrafts. Elizabeth Bradley has reproduced many designs from this era. Founded in 1986, Elizabeth Bradley has been designing and manufacturing quality tapestry kits and continues to add new designs each year. With a desire to provide needle workers with quality heirloom designs combined with an inspiration of historical needlework, the kits are crafted to provide hours of stitching enjoyment and delight in your finished work. With tapestry work, you are making history by continuing a beautiful tradition.
I've loved Elizabeth Bradley's designs since I discovered her in the 80s. The kits themselves are works of art, and include a printed canvas, 100% wool spun and dyed in the UK, comprehensive instructions, and needles. If you are new to needlepoint, I have to warn you: needlepoint can turn into an obsession; a lovely, relaxing, productive obsession. Needlepoint projects are most often small enough to tuck into a purse for a quick on-the-go or travel project. For the last 40 years, I've almost never had a time when I wasn't working on some sort of needlepoint.
I'd like to thank Elizabeth Bradley for offering a giveaway to my readers. The cute mini-pansy kit shown below, valued at $84, is complete with detailed instructions, printed canvas, fine British wool, and a needle and will be given to one of my readers. Don't worry if you are new to needlepoint, this is a perfect project for all skill levels. To enter, go to Elizabeth Bradley's website, and after you browse around a bit, sign up for her newsletter here, then come back here and comment below. If you are new to commenting on blogs, go to the end of this post. You will comment at the end of the comments section. Make your comment, then at the dropdown menu that says "comment as...", select your profile. If you do not have a profile, just select "anonymous". It's very easy, but if you have a problem, you can always email me using the sidebar "contact" button, which is a little envelope button. Make sure that your comment contains your contact info, very important! Elizabeth Bradley sends out a few emails a month and will not share email addresses with a third party. This giveaway is open all, including my international readers. The winner will be selected on Saturday, August 22. Good luck!
While you're poking around the site promise me you'll check out my favorites: the adorable Alphabet Rug, the gorgeous collection of Victorian Animals, the floral Botanical Garden Collection, and the Christmas kit collection. xo Kristen