So, here we are in the 2nd week of November. Happy Veteran’s Day to all you veterans out there!
Gayle has been busy promoting her “other” series–the cake decorating mystery series–which is fine because she has a new book out called Dead Pan and lots of opportunities for you to win a copy.
Gayle is participating in Jessica Brody’s Free Book Friday this week. Five autographed copies of Dead Pan will be given away on Friday, November 13. Also, Gayle is hosting a Twitter contest through “Black Friday,” November 27. Do you follow Gayle on Twitter? If not, click the link at the top of this page to do so. If you already follow Gayle, then you’re all set. Just watch the “tweets” to get information on an upcoming contest in which Gayle will be awarding the winner a Daphne Martin mystery prize pack including both cake decorating mystery books and a Murder Takes the Cake apron.
If you’re not already tired of hearing about Dead Pan by now, you can listen to a podcast wherein Gayle discusses the book and some other subjects (caution: giggle warning) with Penny Sansevieri of Fascinating Authors. Not that I’m jealous or anything, but I have to admit I’ll be happy when Gayle is out promoting my series The Seven-Year Stitch! 😉
Site Spotlight: Nordic Needle
Have you visited this site yet? I’ll give you fair warning, you can get lost for hours at this site. This site features fabric, needles, threads, accessories, books, patterns, kits and even finished needlework. In fact, the photo above is a suncatcher for sale in Nordic Needle’s finished needlework Hardanger section.
This site is terrific for specific, hard-to-find items. For example, when Gayle was working on her tree-topper angel (featured in Issue 1), she couldn’t find the fabric or some of the threads she needed at local shops. The site also has a newsletter you can sign up for to receive stitching articles, profiles and sales information.
Nordic Needle is currently hosting its Annual Hardanger Embroidery Design Contest wherein contestants send in photographs of their hardanger embroidery pieces. According to the Nordic Needle website (click above for contest details), finalists will be selected to send in their actual pieces. Entries will be accepted until April 8, 2010. Entries are judged on overall beauty and attractiveness, technique and workmanship, and originality of design. Each entrant may submit only one entry per year. The top six designs will be awarded top honors and will receive $125.00 per design. Two to five honorable mentions will be awarded $100.00 each. In addition, all prize-winning Hardanger embroidery pieces will be published in a book including the autobiographies and pictures of the designers.