Freya & Fred (Book Giveaway)

First of all I have to say I’m totally devastated. I just spent half an hour writing a blog post about this giveaway and when I went to post it I lost it all. This is the third time blogger has done this recently :o(

I know I’ve teased you about this and I had hoped to post this yesterday but time just ran away with me.

Here it is
Freya & Fred
written by the lovely Janet Clare
One of the loveliest, cutest, sweetest most adorable sewing books I’ve ever seen. It’s like a childs story book but for an adult – if that makes sense? I feel like I could get away with reading it to one of my friends kids and pointing at the pictures and they would get as much enjoyment out of it as me.

The book  centres around Freya and Fred (above). 
The idea is you use them as templates for applique and embroidery projects on your quilts, or whatever you wish. 
Janet has drawn out lovely simple patterns throughout the book.  Not only that but she has provided simple step by step instructions, accompanied by photographs, on how to applique and how to embroider.  

What can I say that her sons Joe and Henry havent ….

This is a beautiful book. 

You know you want it.

And as luck would have it I have a copy to giveaway.

If you can’t wait and want your own copy now you can purchase it from Janet’s etsy shop here.  The book is only available there.

If you want to win a copy
Just leave a comment below this post
I don’t mind if you follow my blog or not (although it would be nice). 
Just share a link to this giveaway and support a fellow blogger. 

I will draw the winner on Monday 10th October.

In the meantime have a lovely weekend.  I have a few posts ready for next week.  I’ve been busy working on some commissions, one for a celebrity chef!  I’ve also been busy with my workshops and making plans for an open day at my cottage – all will be revealed.
2018-11-08T19:01:14+00:00October 1st, 2011|Categories: books, giveaway, Sewing|


  1. Kentish Keg-Meg 01/10/2011 at 11:49 am

    What a delightful book that looks.Love the idea that it is like a story book.

  2. mel 01/10/2011 at 12:38 pm

    Michelle that book looks like its filled wit loads of cute ideas, Id love to make that ballerina blanket for my niece:)

  3. Mummy Boo Bear 01/10/2011 at 1:29 pm

    That looks like such a lovely book. I would love to improve on my embroidery skills and I could see my girls loving this book too! A sure winner what a clever lady!

    MBB x

  4. pippablue 01/10/2011 at 3:29 pm

    What a gorgeous book! I'm going to check out her Etsy shop now…:)

  5. Helena 01/10/2011 at 4:41 pm

    I love your blog Michelle – the bicycle in your top banner is so cute! Great idea to give away a book on your blog too – and I'd love to be in the draw. Best of luck with the chickens and the crafts. :o)

  6. One day at a time 01/10/2011 at 5:51 pm

    Oh Michelle i have never commented on a give away, the book looks brillant, imagine a winters evening infront of woodburner with this book! Pure bliss x

  7. Elaine Moran 01/10/2011 at 7:23 pm

    What a beautiful book. I'm sure Janet will be overwhelmed with orders – it would make an ideal Christmas present! My girl and I would really enjoy making some of the projects together.

  8. Scented Sweetpeas 01/10/2011 at 8:07 pm

    I love Janet's blog and book (and yours too of course as I have been following for a while :-)) so please do pop me in to you great giveaway.

  9. Ann Raftery 02/10/2011 at 12:03 am

    Sounds like my kind of book Michelle, I would love putting the designs on quilts, throws and cushions for my little grand-daughter, Coya x

  10. Anonymous 02/10/2011 at 3:45 am

    Hi there, I seem to be having trouble leaving a comment, but will try again. I love your blog sight and it is cold and wet here and I enjoying reading your blog with a lovely cuppa. I love Janet's book too. Hope you have a great day. Carol xxxx

  11. Zoe 02/10/2011 at 7:41 am

    What a lovely book. Something very different for us crafters.

  12. rumplyconch 02/10/2011 at 9:42 am

    What a gorgeous book~ thanks a mill for the giveaway! It's coming up to my daughter, Arabella's first birthday. Would love to create something unique she could keep forever. This book looks full of inspiration,

    Gilly xXx

  13. Lorna 02/10/2011 at 10:07 am

    That looks lovely, my 7 year old is loving crafty things at the moment including trying to knit! She would love this,
    Totally empathise with you when something disappears when you've spent so long writing it up – so frustrating

  14. Sarah 02/10/2011 at 2:30 pm

    What a lovely little book. This reminds me of stories and ideas from my childhood, my mother made simple dolls and stuffed animals for me that we played with or invited to tea. With three sons, I'm waiting for granddaughters to play the same games. Hope the book is enjoyed by many! Thanks for sharing it.

  15. Penelope 03/10/2011 at 3:18 pm

    Hello Michelle
    I've just noticed you are a new follower to my blog, I always am curious to see where my followers are coming from and here I am enjoying reading your lovely blog. Beautiful book and very generous give-away. I love that Prima mag too, my sister in law is having a baby in april and I've been looking for a teddy to knit, might just have to give this one a go..any excuse to buy a new mag :0) xox Thanks for following me x

  16. Country Rabbit 03/10/2011 at 3:34 pm

    oh wowza what a lovely book, pleasey count me in ;0)xx

  17. FeltLikeStitchin 03/10/2011 at 6:14 pm

    Ooooh what a lovely book! Off to check out her etsy shop right now:)

  18. Pickle Lily 04/10/2011 at 6:00 pm

    What a lovely book – please add me to your giveaway list.
    Jo x

  19. MILLY 04/10/2011 at 6:00 pm

    I enjoy Janets blog. I met her last year at the NEC quilt festival and saw lots of her gorgeous quilts. Please include me in the giveaway for the book.

  20. Nattie 04/10/2011 at 9:08 pm

    Oooh I have just found you….Hello! What a lovely giveaway….count me in! Such a sweet looking book.
    Nattie x

  21. Homebird 05/10/2011 at 10:48 am

    This is such a great idea of a book, I love creativity such as this. It's one of those that you keep swooning over.x

  22. Margie 05/10/2011 at 11:29 am

    Great giveaway Michele, I know just the person for it, she and her mum would really enjoy it. Here hoping, fingers crossed. Hugs, Margie.

  23. Cindy 05/10/2011 at 11:49 am

    What a cute idea! Embroidery, sewing/quilting and a puppy! What could be better? Would you toss my name into your draw?

  24. millefeuilles 05/10/2011 at 12:16 pm

    I am so happy you popped by to visit me. Now I can follow your WONDERFUL blog regularly and yes, please! I would love to have a chance to win this beautiful book.

    Thank you so much.

    I'm going to go back and read your blog now.


  25. Ester Kiely 05/10/2011 at 1:32 pm

    Love your blog! Love the look of this book too! Thanks for visiting my blog.

  26. Autumn Leaves 05/10/2011 at 3:50 pm

    What enjoyable words. You have inspired me and I'm off to sew! Janet Clare's book reminds me of my childhood. The dog reminds me of my two terriers curled up in their wicker baskets downstairs having had their first real autumn walk of the season.

  27. Hi Michelle, Thanks for letting me know about the giveaway and for following our blog. The book looks fantastic, I know all at Creative Ardagh would love it. We've had lots of creative fabric projects going on in our first month, and lots more to come I hope!

  28. Anonymous 06/10/2011 at 6:54 am

    Hello Michelle

    Just recently found your blog, I have to find out how to follow it.
    But please include me for the book giveway.
    Such a nice book


  29. gill 06/10/2011 at 3:21 pm

    I found you via Janet Clare! I would love a copy of this book!
    Just signed up to follow you!

  30. Charlotte, Cottontails 07/10/2011 at 2:42 pm

    I'd love a copy. I have just downloaded her 'runner duck' pdf to try… (inspired by the feathered three in the garden!) I'm a sometimes-sewer, and a beginner. But I dream of being capable and consistent.

  31. Jenny 07/10/2011 at 9:00 pm

    Love the look of this book. Please count me in!

  32. onedaybox 08/10/2011 at 8:25 am

    Oooooh I am so glad that I saw this before the deadline on Monday:) I LOVE this book and it would make a lovely early xmas pressie:)

  33. Mary mc 08/10/2011 at 4:43 pm

    Fab book, Michelle, and great blog! Hope all's well with you. Mary mc x

  34. Karen L 08/10/2011 at 6:33 pm

    Hi Michelle, love ur blog and have tried some of ur ideas, thanks for encouraging me to try!

  35. Claraclogs 08/10/2011 at 7:00 pm

    Love your blog Michelle, I've been following it for a while and only wish I lived in Ireland so I could take part in your workshops. The Janet Clare book looks lovely too!xx

  36. Design by Lilasong 10/10/2011 at 10:34 am

    love your blog and fb page

  37. Niamh Sharkey 10/10/2011 at 10:48 am

    Hi Michelle! I'm obsessed by unusual sewing projects and by Illustration too. This looks like an amazing book to springboard new projects from!! Very best Niamh!

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