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Book Giveaway: “Secret Garden Embroidery” by Sophie Simpson

Jul 27, 2015
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What Delilah Did presents Secret Garden Embroidery: 15 Projects For Your Stitching Pleasure by Sophie Simpson (Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., 2015)

What Delilah Did creator Sophie Simpson’s Secret Garden Embroidery: 15 Projects For Your Stitching Pleasure (Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., 2015), is an enchanting stitchery guide with projects inspired by the flora and fauna that fill the author’s secret garden. Using a range of techniques, Simpson demonstrates how to stitch birds, bees, blooming flowers, and other colorful, nature-inspired items.

What Delilah Did is the work of designer, stitcher, and writer Sophie Simpson, who started the company in 2010. After her success at the Best of British Open Call, she now sells her work through her website and blog, and in Liberty, London.

What aspect of nature are you most inspired by? Be sure to answer this question in the comment section below if you are interested in this fabulous giveaway. Comment submissions must be completed before midnight EST on August 7, 2015. The winner will be randomly chosen, contacted via email, and announced online shortly thereafter. Good Luck!

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  1. Carly_Sue February 9th

    I love everything about to embroider flowers, animals, woods, trees, etc. I love the alphabet with flowers, vines, entangled around the fancy letters.
    I especially love birds..would love to embroider them on a fleece jacket. Wish you would display something like this on your internet sight.

  2. Carly_Sue February 9th

    I love everything about to embroider flowers, animals, woods, trees, etc. I love the alphabet with flowers, vines, entangled around the fancy letters.
    I especially love birds..would love to embroider them on a fleece jacket. Wish you would display something like this on your internet sight.

  3. User avater seanbell3 October 30th

    Well done..Keep it up..

  4. User avater Jenny_Wren October 8th

    Very beautiful! I really haven't done much embroidery since I was very young, but this could be used as a flourish for a collar or between buttons! I may have to give this a try sometime soon!

  5. User avater EmilyBint September 1st

    Oh, this is so cute! Such a lovely vintage design. Too bad that I missed the giveaway...

  6. RuthieQ August 13th

    Babbling brooks, wild flowers, birds, dragonflies, trees, and bees all inspire me.

  7. jcanyon August 7th

    I have wanted to do some embroidery lately and this book would be just the thing to jump start my interest. I love the exotic flora and fauna too.

  8. User avater eviej August 7th

    Mountain vistas & phenomenal cloud formations

  9. Ellida August 7th

    The layers of pattern fascinate and inspire me. Looking up through the green and brown of a tree to the blue of the sky above, and in wintertime all the intricate patterns made by bare twigs and branches. Colour combinations too, like the amazing red of berries on a red currant bush against the bright green of the leaves.

  10. User avater Sans6 August 6th

    I am inspired by flowers in particular, especially our Australian native plants.

  11. AliceEliza August 6th

    I am most inspired by the many colors in nature - sky, plants, birds, insects, water, and animals.

  12. User avater HeyGirl August 6th

    All the intricacies of nature fascinate me but the perfection of flowers tops the list. All of my senses are stimulated. It amazes me that the form and design of a flower is replicated over and over again as if expressly for our enjoyment.

  13. LnZ August 6th

    I have a "squirrel proof" bird feeder just outside my breakfast area. I also have two hummingbird feeders for those frenzied friends and love to watch the squirrel acrobatic antics as they try to get to the "squirrel proof" feeder!
    I enjoy my morning cuppa watching the yellow and purple finch, cardinals, downy woodpeckers and even nuthatch and wrens.

  14. JKsews August 6th

    I am transfixed by the beautiful, fluttering butterflies.

  15. User avater sewold August 6th

    I like the birds because of all the colors - also flowers and butterflies. I've done more applique recently but I do like embroidery (when the light is right!) This book might inspire me to get back to that.

  16. Marie68 August 6th

    Bees inspire me. They are the so hardworking and productive and without them we would lose so much of the beauty in a lives.

  17. CrystalPgh August 6th

    I love birds. I have a thistle seed feeder in my back yard that the goldfinches love.

  18. User avater mommer August 5th

    I am inspired by the subtle shades of colors found in nature.

  19. User avater heartycat August 5th

    I used to do a lot of embroidery and have lots of remaining floss. I haven't done it in ages, but I still keep the floss in hopes of starting again. This would be a great inspiration for me to get going!

  20. barthbears August 5th

    All the beautiful spring and summer flowers!

  21. AliCB August 5th

    Flowers and birds are my inspiration - along with beautiful sunsets!

  22. susanna August 5th

    One of my favorite aspects of nature is wintry scenes. The bluish tinge of color to snow at twilight, red berries clinging to an icy black branch, the deep dark green of pine trees.

  23. User avater island_girl August 5th

    Hmm, it's hard to pick just one. I love how all living things, plants and animals, can bring out ones creativeness. But if I had to pick, it's flowers for their beauty.

  24. user-4911958 August 5th

    I am most inspired by rain. I love the soothing sounds of gentle rain, and the excitement of thunderstorms. So much fun to cross stitch during those times.

  25. user-4217865 August 5th

    The purity of the embroidery takes my breath away. I am reminded of the woods I used to camp in in Virginia as a child. They were filled with nature and as the seasons flowed, they changed with them. The honey bee, a symbol of hard work creating beauty, is captured on a web of gold thread to bring delight to our eyes. What a wonderful book.

  26. Inawillis August 5th

    I love nature the way every year the garden starts a fresh, I like to look up close to flowers see inside a fox glove, an orchid, any flower is worth a closer look. I also love the different moss and lichens, I find it all inspiring, nature is amazing, how plants die and come back to life, bigger and better.
    The birds bees and all the insects where would we be without them.
    Interpreting it all into Embroidery is a wonderful hobby to have.
    What Delilah did in the secret garden looks inspiring too.

  27. CAS48 August 5th

    I definitely love flowers.

  28. tlz August 5th

    I am most inspired by the wheel of the year, the beauty of changing seasons in the garden: the bright air and emergence of blooms and creatures of spring; the exhilarating color and earthly abundance of summer; autumn’s crisp contrast with cozy warmth in anticipation of winter’s dreamy slumber.

  29. valkata August 5th

    When I o to a place in nature, I am rejuvenated and refreshed. I love the peace and restfulness that comes to me in nature.

  30. Philastein August 5th

    I am inspired by flowers. In embroidery, flowers last a lot longer than in real life. I do not have a green thumb, but my embroidered flowers look pretty good, do not wither or shrivel up and do not need a lot of upkeep.

  31. MelKeiHen August 5th

    For me, it's leaves mainly, and birds, too. I love to draw and stitch leaves.

  32. eclecktic1 August 5th

    I am inspired by the colors of the sky.

  33. user-895259 August 5th

    Nature in its purest form knows exactly which color scheme is complimentary, and adds the perfect combination of textures to create interest.

  34. User avater KraftyKatKid August 5th

    I take inspiration in flowers and butterflies. My favorite is when a beautiful yellow butterfly lands on my deep blue hydrangeas, the color combination is breathtaking.

  35. lorrainem August 5th

    I am most inspired by the colors of nature coupled withthe textures.

  36. User avater Insydd August 5th

    I am greatly inspired by the interplay between sky and water, whether it be ocean or lake, sunny or rainy skies, summer or winter.

  37. User avater gr82trvl August 5th

    The inspiration in nature is endless.

  38. User avater LisaBinSD August 5th

    Nature inspires color choices, stitched quilting patterns, or texture on fabric. A tangle of tree branches becomes shapes in thread. River rocks help shape applique. Nature is ever surprising the eye with its unexpected beauty.

  39. User avater TraceyR August 5th

    I love to work in my garden and use the colors to inspire me in my knitting and crocheting projects.

  40. cupcake1028 August 4th

    Nothing inspires me more than watching my toddler chasing birds and squirrels to play with!

  41. tbsnyder August 4th

    I love for my needle crafts to reflect my love of nature. Thank you for this giveaway opportunity!

  42. callyria August 4th

    I'm inspired by the never ending variety of shapes and colors of flowers in my garden and the hummingbirds who flit about the blooms.

  43. user-2022666 August 4th

    I love embroidering insects, particularly dragon flies.

  44. User avater Andysmom August 4th

    I am always inspired by spring blooming bulbs like wild tulips intermixed with Glory of Snow, Grape Hyacinth and tiny daffodils. Then when lilacs and other spring blooming shrubs and trees kick in with more blooming bulbs, it is like the world is waking up. The colors, the fresh air and beautiful blue skies are all the inspiration I need to get me thinking.

  45. skiss August 4th

    bees and spiders and dragonflies! they all get a bad rap but are so vital to keeping the mosquito population down. I would like to embroider them on a friend's wedding quilt

  46. Grandmaria5 August 4th

    This would be a great book as I love birds and it will give me an opportunity to embroider some.

  47. Carol47 August 4th

    Birds, bees, summer flowers. They all inspire me! Would love the book!

  48. seemless August 4th

    Trees, birds, landscape, all of it.

  49. User avater Carmens August 4th

    Nature everytime, forests and flowers , shapes and colors.

  50. 3feathers August 4th

    The color book of nature inspires me. It's amazing how nothing in nature clashes! Flowers, birds, fur coats on animals all are clothed in eye pleasing coordinated colors and textures. How can it not inspire!

  51. Vikichek August 4th

    My own garden, the gift of a man I've never met. There was an old house near where I live. It had been the residence of one of the first families to settle in the area; they were nurserymen and surveyors. Most of the family had moved elsewhere, and the two elderly sisters who were left finally sold the place to an engineering firm, which had planned to use the building for their office. But it was too far gone. So the house stood empty, and the garden around it went wild. I saw it as I rode to work every morning. I tracked down the name of the owner, and called him to ask if I could have some of the perennials. He said, "Take what you want." Peonies, irises, daffodils, daylilies, other bulbs--a whole garden! I've always shared these plants when it was time to divide them--I owe that generosity to the world.

  52. User avater skywater August 4th

    The ever-changing seasonal colours of nature all year round are what inspires me - from the shores of the Great Lakes to the forests of the Rocky Mountains.

  53. User avater rosemaryschild August 4th

    I live in southern MS where wild flowers of all shapes & colors grow all year round. I collect pics of them as this is what inspires me.

  54. LJM55 August 4th

    I am most inspired by the colors found in nature. Who needs a color wheel when nature shows us everyday what colors go together? The brilliance of the colors surrounding us is simply awe inspiring.

  55. User avater RV_Heidi August 4th

    I love wild flowers and bugs, well, just about everything in nature..

  56. idosew2 August 4th

    The play of light on landscapes inspires me

  57. Sewolsen August 4th

    Nature is the beginning of all art. I do both machine and hand embroidery, this is a book that I know I will love.

  58. GottaStitch August 4th

    I am inspired by the waves in the ocean. Each one is different and has a character of its own just like the pieces we stitch. Each one is unique and special!

  59. user-2459797 August 4th

    It is too difficult to say what part of nature inspires me most. The Hudson River in the morning twinkling from early sunlight on the waves, or the bluest sky, greenest trees, whitest puffy clouds in summer. Maybe the fall color of leaves on Clausland Mountain, or the crocus popping up through the snow in late winter. Too much to say. Even if I don’t win, I am glad to think of all that I have to be grateful for.

  60. user-4790291 August 4th

    The colors of nature inspire me-the changing leaves, the sunset, the colors of water--all are so beautiful

  61. pkkreations August 4th

    I love all of nature as it shows the awesomeness of our Almighty Lord Jesus Christ Who created it all!

  62. j47cats August 4th

    I love to do hand embroidery and am always inspired by birds and butterflies which of course flutter around te many flowers in our gardens. Sure would love to win the book.

  63. user-981341 August 4th

    I find inspiration in leaves of all shapes & sizes from The time there brgin to unfurl in the spring until the fall to the ground in the autumn. Also love the delicate insect chewed skeleton leaves.

  64. fozie August 4th

    Always always always fascinated by the bees...I can watch them for hours. Thanks for this giveaway...the book looks amazing.

  65. User avater celkalee August 4th

    What a great gift this would be! I am in the process of coloring the Secret Garden coloring book. Love it!

  66. User avater duchick August 4th

    What I love most about nature is the changing seasons. I live in the Midwest and get a good dose of all 4! The trees change color, the weather warms and cools, birds come and go, storms are sometimes frightful, sunrise and sunset are glorious! It's all good.

  67. GolferJim August 4th

    Wild animals and exotic birds provide a vast array of shapes and colors.

  68. buttonlush August 4th

    Definitely flowers from the bud to full flower and the interesting form some have after the petals are gone.

  69. user-974852 August 4th

    I LOVE the combination of flowers and birds or butterflies! They always fit in well with any decor. It would be great to have your book too!

  70. Ruth63 August 4th

    I garden in New England and the MidAtlantic--often bringing plants from one place to the other. It is always amazing to me to see the variation in how the same things grow in the different places as well as from year to year. And what whilelife my garden attracts. So it's always a surprise and always interesting.

  71. User avater betsysmom August 4th

    Fall leaves near rushing streams, water falls, and the moon all are things I love. Can't resist mushrooms either.

  72. User avater fitch August 4th

    color is definitely what inspires me most from nature. When I have a hard time choosing a palette I look at what nature has put together.

  73. rhodeanie August 4th

    I am most interested in the birds. They have amazing colors! So much fun to embroider!

  74. lashtx August 4th

    I inspired by natures constant renewal. We see fire as a tragedy, nature sees it as an opportunity to renew and refresh. Even when we thought that the eruption of Mount Saint Helens was absolutely devasting to the environment we have had the opportunity to see nature in action, reclaiming the land. Nature is powerful, majestic, delicate, fragile and beautiful all rolled into one...what more could you ask for.

  75. User avater TaniaHansen August 4th

    I love the symbol of working bees. The repetitive pattern of bees wax and all the flowers it takes to make a hive successful. These past years with hives failing I'm more and more anxious to see bees return to my garden and more careful to tend it to make sure they come back.

  76. user-3100531 August 4th

    I'm inspired by the renewal of life in nature--it ebbs and flows: birth, life, death which nourishes more birth....

  77. sohaute August 4th

    I adore the surprising shades found on just one bloom of flowers. It always inspires me to sew that color combination.

  78. ckach August 4th

    This book not only has great technique but lots of ideas for using the designs. I would love to sneak a few of the squirrels and bugs onto my craft and clothing designs such a cute surprise for the wearer.

  79. Corrales August 4th

    Oh how I would love to win this book!! I belong to a hand stitch club and we're always looking for techniques for stiching. We are all avid gardeners and love to play in the dirt. Thanks for the opportunity.

  80. user-4906050 August 4th

    I am awed by the many different trees we are able to enjoy and use as inspiration for many crafts.

  81. kds54 August 4th

    I am amazed at the varied number and combinations of colors and textures in the natural world. I would enjoy the chance to use these different combinations in my work. I am hoping that the lessons and examples in this book will improve my work and give me a " jumping" off point.

  82. ReikiRee August 4th

    THis summer, I've really been inspired by the interaction of all the 'bugs' in my garden. The bees, hornets and wasps share the birdbath, yet are mortal enemies elsewhere in the garden. Hundreds of tiny wasps, bumble bees and other insects swarm around the fennel, yet they aren't bothered when I pinch a flower or two to add to our salad. Not one of these tiny creatures seems the bit perturbed by my presence or actions. I jsut find it all fascinating, probably because I have slowed down over the years and am now more of an Observer in my garden, rather than a Do-er.

  83. midwifecg August 4th

    Growing plants: flowers, shrubs and trees never cease to amaze me. My grades are my therapy and refuge. Like the old adage, God is truly in my garden.

  84. User avater TracyF August 4th

    I am inspired by the colors in nature!

  85. MamaChamp August 4th

    Birds! I love birds and have started to incorporate them in my bead embroidery.

  86. ItzMeSandraD August 4th

    I am inspired by just how everything fits together perfectly in nature. Everything has a time and place in nature. The chripping of birds soothe me as well as a gentle breeze on a crisp Autumn morning.

  87. user-4308218 August 4th

    I am most inspired by the interactions between colors and textures. I always notice how something feels not just that it looks a certain color. I am a very tactile learner. I want to touch everything. I love hand embroidery because it blends my need to work with my hands, create textures and combine beautiful colors.

  88. Katie August 4th

    Birds inspire me the most but almost all aspects do also, wind, water, rocks, leaf shapes, invertebrates (even spiders), the colors, volcanoes, even natural disasters.

  89. corkpop August 4th

    My favorite thing about nature is variety....the variety of trees, if birds, of flowers...etc. You never get tired of observing.

  90. LizK August 4th

    I am most inspired by animals in nature, especially the deer that pass through my backyard and that some evenings rest in the grass.

  91. lyncharm August 4th

    I love vistas - skies, forests, fields, oceans - seeing the variations in colours and textures always get my creative juices running!

  92. User avater user-2338276 August 4th

    What I love and find inspiring about nature, is that it's ever changing, always surprising, can never be outdone, it lifts my spirit and sparks my imagination.

  93. User avater poufdone August 4th

    Inspired by the color combinations of animals and fauna in nature.

  94. user-1045905 August 4th

    The colours & patterns in the sky, especially at sunrise & sunset : remember to look up!

  95. btchywmyn August 4th

    All of nature inspires me, but particularly trees, wildflowers, and insects.

  96. User avater Patty88 August 4th

    My favorites are Dragonflies and Hummingbirds. The dragonflies eat the mosquitoes and the Hummingbirds are so amazing to watch!

  97. hojobj August 4th

    I love all of nature! From insects, plants (especially roses!) to all animals, they inspire me and make be feel at peace. Because I work swing shift, I come home at night and adore the moon in all its phases and the stars.

  98. slquaife August 4th

    The things in nature that impress me is the abundance of color and shapes! Geometric shapes are everywhere. The colors are new everyday!

  99. Amywear August 4th

    I'm inspired by the sky nearly every day, the industry of squirrels and dragonflies alighting on a rock.

  100. joanrob8 August 4th

    I love the variation of colors in nature. The ombre of my red cannas and all the birds that sit on my fence every morning. From the black crows to the bright blue jays.

  101. waflady August 4th

    I have always been fascinated by insects! Where would the world be without them?

  102. lcuria August 1st

    I love to watch the birds, butterflies, dragon flies, and fireflies in the summer. I also love the simple beauty of nature. Each season has its own beauty. I enjoy trying to capture that beauty in my work.

  103. user-5075109 August 1st

    Water in all forms, anywhere. Rain on the roof touches most senses.

  104. Lady_D July 31st

    I love all of nature. God had a purpose for creating every plant, every animal - and they fulfill their purpose beautifully if we let them. Flowers and birds are beautiful, some insects quite fascinating if you study their behavior without causing the critters to act out-of-character.

  105. machinemaven July 29th

    I have been exploring adding embellishments like this to many things I make. This book sounds like a great resource.

  106. joanrob8 July 29th

    I used to embroider everything. Then I had children, then grandchildren came along. Now I'm making time for myself and want to start embroider but I've forgotten so much and don't know where to start.
    I love embroidering the vines and roses and daisies. I'll need a pattern book like this to inspire me until I start to remember how to embroider again. I could really use this for my sewing library. Hope I win.

  107. user-5133672 July 28th

    I love the way light causes such changes in the colors of flowers and leaves. Everything looks different at different times of day and different seasons. My favorite time is early morning on my patio with the sun dappling through the leaves.

  108. pyns July 28th

    i am most inspired by the song birds I hear and see from my deck. Love those cardinals!

  109. Katy_M July 28th

    I love leaves and all their varieties :)

  110. Meghano July 28th

    The endless variety and beauty.

  111. designs July 28th

    I love embroidery and the secret garden. Just two ideas that are perfect together!

  112. sewgramms July 28th

    I'm amazed at how my flowers manage to stay colorful through the heat and drought.

  113. LuvThreadsMagazine July 28th

    I am most enamored by how nature builds things.

    There is a simplicity/efficiency/beauty to everything (unlike women's separates at some national retailers - no names, no names).

  114. Lawana55 July 28th

    love the Secret Garden... love any nature setting but especially if its by the river or creek

  115. TwoOverTwo July 28th

    I love flowers, butterflies, bees, birds, squirrels, i.e., whatever shows up in the backyard. I love to embroider, too.

  116. Leesy July 28th

    The contrasts in color and texture is what grabs me. I'm not a "form" person, I'm a texture person.

  117. classicsinger July 28th

    I am inslpired by the multitude of shades, for instance green, which appears in so many shades in nature. Capturing those subtleties in painting is one thing, accomplishing the same thing in needlework is truly fun.

  118. toucan2k July 28th

    I have the coloring book and postcards. I love to embroider. The diversity of creatures and creations in nature inspire me to create beautiful replicas.

  119. dabogens July 28th

    I like the seasons. The browns and oranges of fall, the starkness of winter, followed by the profusion of color that is spring and summer.... The changing of the birds...

  120. Rebecca2 July 28th

    This book 'Secret Garden Embroidery' looks like an interesting book. I would like to create one of my own with tiny flowers, insects and birds!

  121. wolfkit July 28th

    I love the multitude of colours our [Australian] birds have and living in the 'bush capital' means I get to see many of them every day. I do miss the dragonflys I used to see though but have images of them around the house to remind me of their iridescent and inspirational wings.

  122. Massah July 27th

    I am most inspired by sunsets and sunrises.

  123. User avater Tiggersmom378 July 27th

    I love flowers, birds and trees.

  124. User avater chelosunny July 27th

    Being a swimmer, I am mesmerized by water in all its forms such as ice, rain, snow, and steam.

  125. User avater SheilaAnn July 27th

    I am inspired by all of nature. Every season has something special to it. Trying to recreate something from nature is always a challange but worth the effort.

  126. User avater sewing60 July 27th

    I love roses and many other types of flowers. I am especially found of butterflies and dragon flies.

  127. mgrant7209 July 27th

    I love to see how other people interpret what they see to how I see animals and plants.

  128. User avater shreya_l July 27th

    Book looks interesting, it'll be fun to create the flora and fauna of the garden around us.

  129. User avater shreya_l July 27th

    Book looks interesting, it'll be fun to create the flora and fauna of the garden around us.

  130. franden644 July 27th

    I live to flower, tree and shrub garden. I have a BBB garden. Birds, bees and butterfly garden. I am a millionaire while gardening and it is my main source of exercise.

  131. Tamaraw July 27th

    It's amazing to see all the "impossible" things that nature makes possible from birds to bees, plants to trees and so on. Possibilities are endless.

  132. User avater Janshomesewing July 27th

    Big open blue skies. Nature is beautiful subject in all its forms.

  133. User avater RushW July 27th

    I love the birds and squirrels which live in our backyard. We sit on the back deck and watch their antics almost every night.

  134. vermontsnuggery July 27th

    Vintage embroidery as well as gardens, flowers and birds.

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