Secondly, we'd like to thank our kind and generous sponsors:
Stephanie's quirky piece, which started with a very well-known stitch but ended with a whole new way to use it, captured the spirit of the contest perfectly. She used a huge pegboard and yarn to create her piece, inspired by a photo of a perler bead Rainbow Skull. Read more about the process on Stephanie's blog!
2. Jorie's piece is a page from her great-uncle Morrey's diary/notebook, a US army pilot who flew many missions during the Second World War. Its inspiration lies in her family history (and really, in a broader sense, in the history of many of us), which is a different kind of approach than we expected. Having said that, we were moved by Jorie's meaningful piece and it definitely deserves to be in our top three. Read more about this piece on Jorie's blog.
3. We are in awe of the neat stitching on Shannon's Wonder Woman piece and we applaud the use of lesser-known stitches and the creative use of familiar ones. It's a pity that her second entry was unfinished because that definitely caught our attention as well. It involved an old technique/stitch that was new to us, called the Queen stitch. Check out Shannon's posts about Wonder Woman and the Queen Stitch on her blog.
We are pleased that our contest sparked some stitchers in the &Stitches community to explore old techniques and try new things!
And last but not least we'd like to give Becca's Stitched Bicycle Basket an honourable mention. We only had 3 prizes to hand out but did find her entry fun and quirky!