Sunday, 13 July 2014

4 Years!!! A Giveaway!!!

*** Giveaway Now Closed ***

Four years ago I took the plunge and started blogging.  No-one was reading, but I persevered.  There was no Fresh Sewing Day or other newbie intro sites; I hadn't heard of Flickr, and there was no Pinterest or Instagram.  Oh ye olde days!

So enough reminiscing, as is customary, it's time for a giveaway!

I am not going to apologise for probably spending the next fortnight talking about Fat Quarterly Retreat, so I am going to share the love a little by giving away a Swear Bag, like the ones I have made for the sample swap!


Not only that, but the sample needle book I made for the FinishAlong tutorial week…


And well, seeing as I have so many, a pack of size 22 Chenille needles…


That is not all, oh no no no, the lucky winner will also get sent a copy of issue One of Quilt Now direct from the publisher.  If you had told me 4 years ago, actually even one year ago, that I would be appearing in print, oh how I would have laughed!

Interested in a chance to win??

All you have to do is leave one comment telling me what you would stitch with all those bloody needles!
Followers can have a second chance, leaving a separate comment, telling me how you follow.

Any more than 2 comments and I will delete them, please don't reply to other's comments, as it mucks up the numbering; beware too No Reply Bloggers, if you don't make it possible for me to contact you, then you will miss out, sorry!


Easy-peasy; international entrants obviously welcome.  I will close the giveaway at 9pm (British Summer Time) on Wednesday 16th July; and use Mr Random to do the business.

So that just leaves me to say a huge thank you to everyone who stops by, has a read, leaves a comment and to so many of you who have been with me through the good times and bad.  Your words of encouragement and support continue to mean so much.  Mwah.

Good luck folks xxx

138 comments:

  1. Happy Blogiversary! It's my 4th too. Haven't quite got my give away sorted yet!

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  2. Happy Blogiversary. I love chenile needles for stitching with perle cotton. I have some sashiko coasters I need to finish; they would be perfect for that.

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  3. I'm also a follower. intheclosetquilter(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. I have absolutely no idea what one might stitch with chenille needles. Sure they'd come in handy somehow.

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  5. And I follow via bloglovin. Congrats on all your blogging!!

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  6. I am a follower of your lovely blog. jennylarking at gmail dot com

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  7. Well I would probably use them for embroidery as they seem to be ideal for tapestry etc, jennylarking at gmail dot com

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  8. Happy 4th anniversary! I'm not really sure what chenille needles are for, but if they're suitable I'd use them for embroidery.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  9. I follow you on bloglovin'.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  10. Happy bloggiversary, missus! The needles look like they would be good for embroidery, nice big eyes (essential for me, my eyesight is bloody awful now!) Rxx

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  11. Following on bloglovin :-)

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  12. I'd use them for the infernal cross-stitch I thought was such a good idea a couple of months ago but haven't touched since....... Happy Bloggiversary!

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  13. Oh and I follow on Bloglovin

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  14. HAPPY TO FOLLOW ON BLOG LOVIN' !

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  15. CONGRATS ON "4" NEAT BLOGGING YEARS!
    ENJOYED YOUR POSTS!
    I'D USE THESE NEEDLES FOR WOOL EMBROIDERY!
    THANKS FOR A GREAT GIVEAWAY!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  16. Congrats on four years! I'd use the needles for the big stitch swap.

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  17. I'll be honest and say I have no idea what chenillIe 22 or indeed 24 are for! I'm new to patchwork and a recent returner to dressmaking. I think I need to check out Fresh Sewing Day and find out what newbie intro sites are. So much to learn! I remember when I started blogging I never thought I'd get comments inn the double figures like I do now. It's a good feeling, isn't it?

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  18. I have your blog in Feedly and I follow you on Instagram.

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  19. I'd magnetise them all and turn them into compasses so I could find my way East to #FQR14

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  20. Congratulation of your 4 year anniversary, I would use the needles to finish the embroidery cushion I started at least 2 years ago!

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  21. Oh, what a lovely giveaway. Congrats on four years! I would probably use the needles for embroidery. I've been wanting to pick it up!

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  22. And I follow via feedly ��

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  23. I would use them for sewing up my knitting, the eye seems lovely and big!

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  24. I follow you on bloglovin
    doyleajackie at gmail dot com

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  25. Happy bloggiversary! I would do some cross stitch while jealously reading blog posts about the retreat! Lovely giveaway :)

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  26. I follow on bloglovin'
    Congratulations! and a jolly well done! How you find the time with 3 littlies is a complete mystery to me.

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  27. Those no 22s look good for a spot of embroidery to personalise some gifts in the festive season, though we aren't discussing that right now, ok?

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  28. I follow on google, IG and bloglovin. See how devoted I am? Stalkerish? Lovely giveaway items btw.

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  29. I'd be using them for hand sewing felt. Fingers crossed.

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  30. I suspect some tidying away of ends might happen with needles like that- especially with that no 12 thread! and then some embroidery if I was feeling inspired!

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  31. And yes, I follow- you are on the side bar in my blog. I find that works best for me.

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  32. Happy 4th blogaversay! I'd use them for some embroidery that has been languishing in my cupboard for a couple of years

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  33. I started following your blog on the recommendation of a friend who is a "modern" quilter. So much fun! :) I would use those chenille needles for doing wool applique embellishment (with stitchery, beads, etc). I like really bright colors so I don't do 'traditional' wool work.

    :) Linda

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  34. I have no idea what Chinelle needles are for but I'm sure I'd find a use for them!

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  35. I've been following you for about a quarter of your reign via bloglovin x

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  36. I have a wool applique quilt top that just needs the borders finished, so I'd use the needles to do a blanket stitch around the appliquéd flowers and vines.
    tstanulis@verizon.net

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  37. Congratulations on your 4th anniversary! I follow you via Bloglovin'.
    tstanulis@verizon.net

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  38. I havnt a clue what a chenille needle is for so I'd probably put them in a box and forget about them!
    But I do love your blog and I would use the bag ....and I could put the needles in the needle case!

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  39. Dont have a blog but you are 'bookmarked' and I stalk you daily!

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  40. I would use the needles for embroidery. Congratulations on 4 years

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  41. I would use the needles for all of the hand binding I need to do

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  42. Happy birthday! A great giveaway! I need to learn how to embroider so those needles would give methe kick in the pants that iI need to learn!

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  43. I'm in it for the chenille needles. Not sure what I could make but at least I will have size 22! in my stash.

    Congrats on four fine years of blogging!

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  44. I can't recall how I follow, maybe the old fashioned way. But I do follow yon Rocket.

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  45. I follow on bloglovin! I am drooling over that bag!!

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  46. I would use those bloody needles to start and hopefully finish my first ever hand work on a quilt I am making in honor of my friend Sarah. Woohoo!!

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  47. I've been following you for a while, using google -- plus you are the first of my quilty blogs bookmarks on my toolbar!

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  48. Congrats on the 4year mark! I'm happy to follow on bloglovin

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  49. Oh, and I'm sure the needles would come in handy as they would have a nice safe home in the needle wallet instead of getting lost like every other needle I buy..

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  50. I use them for perle thread. I'm in uk now,legoland tomorrow or Wednesday. Fqr sat so see u soon. :) congrats on mag BTW !!

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  51. Chenille needles are perfect for doll sewing- attaching arms, eyes and hair! Maybe its time I made another one.....

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  52. I'm not sure what they're meant to be used for, but they look as though they'd be easy to thread to use for wool applique?

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  53. I follow you through Bloglovin. Thanks for the chance to win that great bag.

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  54. Happy 4th. I remember Googling your blog name all those years ago to see what it meant!
    As I am in a tidy phase I would file those needles away safely for future use.

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  55. And i follow via Bloglovin and IG.x

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  56. What to to do with Sitcknadln mid spritze? (Or whatever they are called?) well since I can SEE the blinking hole in them I might actually be able to thread them and therefor try some hand quilting! The one I'm trying to use doesNOT want to play!!!!

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  57. Four years? Is that all? It seems a lifetime that I e been reading your inane twitterings! (And you must have been reading my vague rambles for about the same - do we not have anything better to do?????)

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  58. Happy 4th! I have enjoyed reading your blog from the start of my sewing adventures. Always an inspiration Missus. I would use those needles for using perle for hand sewing. Di x

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  59. I follow you on Bloglovin which makes my teeth stand on edge, and IG
    Di x

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  60. Congratulations on your anniversary! I always get your posts the next day, first thing in the morning which is always nice to read even if I am a bit behind the times! I would tie a quilt with these needles as I appear to be unable to machine quilt that successfully ;)

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  61. I follow your blog via email.

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  62. Happy 4th! I love your blog. I'd use those needles for embroidery. Love those big old eyes, easy to thread!

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  63. I follow you on Bloglovin!

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  64. Happy bloggy birthday, 4 yrs blogging is a lot of work! I've used chenille needles for hand quilting with thicker threads in the past.

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  65. I follow via Bloglovin'. Happy anniversary!!! Here's to many more fun years.

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  66. I made a french knot quilt with those needles when I first started out - I reckon I'm ready to do another one #fool

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  67. I would use the needles to stitch down all of my bindings that I need to finish before our county fair. I normally stitch bindings by machine, but for a show quality finish I need to do them by hand.

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  68. I've no idea about different sizes of hand needles so I'll probably repair some trouser hems and stitch some popped buttons back on!

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  69. I follow you on Bloglovin' Thanks again for the chance to win!

    Heather
    hlward500(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  70. I would use the needles to work on an embroidery BOM that I am horribly behind on. Can't wait to hear about your retreat! Happy Anniversary and thanks for the chance to win.

    Heather
    hlward500(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  71. Happy blogiversary! I'm coming up to my 4 year's anniversary too... I never realised I had so much rubbish to spout. What would I stitch with them? Loads of stuff, I love embroidery.

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  72. I'm a (fairly new) follower

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  73. I would use the needles to hand quilt some big stitches on bags and quilts. I'm very excited about your swear bag, been wanting one since you first posted it! Congrats on your 4th!

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  74. I follow you by email and I've enjoyed reading your posts.

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  75. Happy Blogiversary and thanks for a generous giveaway. I think I'd stitch some "sweary cross stitch" with those needles.

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  76. I am teaching my granddaughter to sew and the chenille needles are easier for her to manage. Looking forward to what your 5th year of blogging brings to my inbox,

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  77. I thought your post on all those chenille needles was pretty funny. I use them to do the hand sewing on binding for quilts ~ mostly because the eye is big and I can see to thread it!

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  78. I also follow your blog via email!

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  80. Wow! Happy blogversary!!! Awesome and thank you for all the wonderful inspiration.
    Oh and I would actually do some aplique!

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  81. Love your blog! And that is one sweet bag!

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  82. Congrats on your 4th year! I would use them for applique and of course for sewing on my daughters patches and such on her karate uniform! It is like an every week deal! I am a little bitter about it lol! good job for her though!

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  83. I follow on blog loving
    daniel(dot)stephanie1997(at)gmail(dot)com

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  84. Congratulations Hadley !!
    I'd use them for my slow stitching project !!

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  85. I think I can use them for sashiko or ribbon embroidery!

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  86. Happy blogaversary, I hope you had cake too. I am hopeless at knowing how big needles are so saying it is size 22 means nothing to me, I do like to hand stitch my binding and do a little outline quilting so I am sure they will come in useful for something. Thanks for a fun giveaway. x

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  87. I follow with Bloglovin. x

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  88. follow and love your blog, thanks fore the chance

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  89. I love reading your blog and I'm so glad I got to know you! Can't wait to meet again VERY soon now!! Happy Blog Anniversary, here's to the next 4 years!

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  90. Congrats my friend. Making a voodoo doll in the image of a postman came to mind! Jxo

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  91. I will follow you round the country and back! Jxo

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  92. Happy anniversary!!! Gosh, 4 years old in human terms has to be at least 60, right?! ;)

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  93. I follow you long time. And oops, sorry, needles... Well for starters I know nothing about hand needles, so in my ignorance I'd use them to replace all my old crusty ones and then theoretically use them to start one of the several cross stitches I have awaiting my attention.

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  94. Happy Blogoversary! I am always looking for big needles with big eyes for this and that. I have a very large Romanian cross stitch piece that I have been working on (forever it seems) and I jealousy care for the one needle I have that fits the wool. This little pack would afford me a few replacement needles. :)

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  95. I follow you a long time too...

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  96. Wow how far you have come I 4 years. That's incredible. I would love the needles to finish some hand stitching embellishments on my pillow.

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  97. Congratulations on reaching the 4-year mark - love your blog! I don't know what chenille needles are meant to be used for, but I'd probably try them for embroidery or hand quilting/embellishing with perle cotton, or I'd learn some new kind of sewing just to put them to good use. Thanks!

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  98. well congratulations, Mrs "I'm so famous they named not one but two fabric lines after me"! I would use those needles to sew my kids mouths shut when they complain about being hungry five seconds after the end of a meal. The summer holidays are going to be VERY long!

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  99. Oh, and I stalk you via several media (bloglovin for the blog)

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  100. I hope this isn't a second comment....the first seems to have disappeared into the ether. I'm not sure what I'd sew as I'm in a complete rut.....but hopefully the needles would inspire me to get going again. Wishing I was able to go to FQR this year. All the best for another 4 years. Juliex

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  101. And I follow you with bloglovin

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  102. Happy Reaching a Milestone Day! I use chenille needles for wool applique...it's what led me to sewing and quilting. Congrats and thanks, I enjoy following your blog!

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  103. Happy blogiversary! I might need to use those needles on my Big Stitch Swap project :-)

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  104. Hi Haden "it's me"
    I always enjoy your blog, keep it up.

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  105. Before Pinterest or Flickr ?? Yeesh amazing how technology creeps up so quickly!!! Well done :) I would use those needles to do some hand stitching - which is something I am quite enjoying these days but know I have a long way to make it look professional!!

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  106. I have a few unfinished wool projects that I want to use some thicker thread on. Happy Anniversary!

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  107. Congratulations, doesn't four years whizz by! I would use them for a bit of Sashiko embroidery which I'm on the lookout for some big eyed needles for:)

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  108. I thought it would be funny to say I follow you round Sainsburys on a skateboard, but the truth is on Blogger Dashboard :)

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  109. Well you were one of the bloggers that I wished to be. I am lucky enough to have a zippy pouch made by you. Congrats on being in print

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  110. Oh and enjoy the weekend. Been a follower for three years

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  111. I'm a Bloglovin follower :)

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  112. I am a bloglovin & IG follower

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  113. Like Sarah above I'd definately use the needles for some FME to personaliz

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  114. Happy blogiversary! I often use chenille needles for quilting with perle, for sashiko, or for threaded stitching...

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  115. I'd probably use the needles for hand quilting (big stitch, with something like coton a broder or perle 8). They're the size I used with the sewing club (Y4/5) when they were blanket stitching round the edge of their gadget cases and for sewing in class (Y2), when we made hand puppets - maybe you could give a pack to each of your bairns with some felt and thread and they could do a spot of holiday sewing?

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  116. Congratulations on four years of blogging - you've achieved so much in that time and long may it continue! I follow through Feedly and GFC, if that still exists!

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  117. Well done on 4 years of blogging. Those needles look perfect for hand quilting with perle so I would practice achieving perfectly spaced stitches.

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  118. I follow you on Bloglovin although I find it is starting to annoy me (Bloglovin not you!!) as it never works properly on an iPad

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