Competitions and Giveaways
Posted in Competitions and Giveaways on Friday the 4th August 2017 by Vicki Ormerod
We’re happy to team up with PatternSass Cross Stitch to bring you a collection of unique cross stitch patterns, an interesting story and guest blog post from them, a fun contest so you can win a free bundle of 45+ cross stitch patterns, and a free bonus pattern for everyone, all for being a reader of the Minerva Crafts blog!
Now I will pass over to the team at PatternSass Cross Stitch to tell you more....
People often ask about our interest in needlework. I feel comfortable to say for all of us that our love for needlework is borne from the accessibility of the art and the culturally rich traditions. I mean, any person, of any age and skill level can easily reap the rewards of a tradition spanning literally hundreds of years.
Yet, we are amazed that modern digital artists have ignored the crafting art forms. They are creating world-class artwork for markets that I would consider crowded and so they are under-appreciated.
So we set out to show digital artists how numerous and passionate stitchers and crafters really are.
The Digital Artists
I wish we could tell you more about Irene Cvetnaya of Russia. She’s a very gifted illustrator but just had her first baby, so she hard to reach right now.
Her work is featured in many digital design markets and used in website design, t-shirts, and marketing materials throughout Russia. Irene has a wonderful series of pin up girls and another called birds in winter hats that we’ve converted to cross stitch patterns.
We'll share more about Christopher King of Bath, England. Chris owns and operates his digital design business, Wing's Art & Design, for 10+ years in the United Kingdom. His work is featured in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Computer Arts Magazine, and Advanced Photoshop Magazine and throughout the local UK market.
Chris is an avid reader and researcher of all things artistic...
“Should you ever visit my studio, one of the things you’ll notice are all of the books. Row after row, covering everything from art history to comics, film, fashion, music and popular culture. You can bet that if I’m reading about Art Nouveau artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec or Alphonse Mucha, they’ll be some sort of themed design pack not far behind.”
Chris believes the exposure to the work of others is key and he digs deep for inspiration...
“Google is great for a bit of quick reference, but should never be your only resource. Bear in mind that whatever information you find on the web is already heavily curated and second-hand, so you’ll need to dig a little deeper for that spark of originality.”
He’ll soak up anything and everything that captures his interest, and you can definitely see authenticity and a signature design style that is uniquely Chris...
“Once I have an idea in mind, I’ll immerse myself in everything I can find on that topic”.
If he’s designing a collection of works in an 80’s theme, then he’ll dig into vintage magazines, video games, music artwork and he’s a movie buff, so plenty of 80s movies...
“Over the course of a week or month, I’ll make piles of notes and sketches to distil all of this information into recurring themes and elements that act as a starting point for my own design work.”
It’s easy to see the care and professionalism Chris dedicates to his illustration skills. Here are some of Chris’s illustrations.
Another art style we’re exploring is Indonesian WPAP portraits. WPAP (Wedhas’ Pop Art Portrait) originates with a legendary artist from Indonesia, Wedha Abdul Rasyid. We love applying this modern technique to very iconic and historic portraits.
A Free Pattern
We are often asked what is included with a pattern. It’s just easier to give you a free pattern to review, so here is a free cross stitch pattern on us.
Our patterns contain a full-color chart indicating individual floss colors both visually and with an icon, image dimensions for different Aida fabrics so you can choose the correct size of stitching fabric, and a color photo for reference. All your supplies of Embroidery Threads and Aida Cross Stitch Fabric can be bought here at Minerva Crafts.
Please enjoy the pattern and do share you’re comments with us.
Enter To Win The Collection For Free
If you’ve downloaded the free pattern then you’re already entered. If not, you can download the free pattern and enter the contest here to win 45+ cross stitch patterns from us. We’ll end the giveaway contest in one week (the 11th of August 2017) and announce a randomly picked winner.
Here’s what you can win:
7 x "Pin Up Girl" Patterns from Irene Cvetnaya
10 x "Birds with Winter Hats" Patterns from Irene Cvetnaya
8 x "Peaceful Protestor & Peek a Boo" Patterns from Wing's Art & Design
9 x "Indonesian WPAP Portraits" including JFK, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Former President Obama, etc.
15 x "Japanese Calligraphy" Patterns
You can see more details here.
Thanks for reading,
Posted in Competitions and Giveaways on Tuesday the 1st March 2016 by Vicki Ormerod
Posted in Competitions and Giveaways on Wednesday the 2nd December 2015 by Vicki Ormerod
This Christmas we have teamed up with the Sewing Directory to let several of you win your wish list to celebrate the festive season.
With over 50,000 products to choose from you are sure to find plenty of sewing/quilting or craft supplies that you’ll want from the Minerva Crafts website.
How to Enter
To enter simply comment on this blog post letting us know what you would put on your wish list (up to the value of £100). You can choose anything you like from the Minerva Crafts website.
You will need to create an account if you don't have one already to be able to leave your comment. This will tell us your name and address, so we can send your prize out to you straight away should you be one of the winners!
3 people will be chosen at random to receive the goodies on their wish list! It’s as simple as that!
Terms & Conditions
3 winners will be chosen at random to win their wish list to the value of £100.
If your wish list is over £100 Minerva Crafts will chose which of the items on it to send to you.
If any of the products chosen by the winners are out of stock Minerva will contact you to choose a substitute. The prizes can only be shipped to address in the UK or Ireland.
All entries must be received by 6pm on Tuesday 22nd December.
Posted in Competitions and Giveaways on Friday the 31st July 2015 by Crafty Crafter
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Posted in Competitions and Giveaways on Friday the 6th February 2015 by Vicki Ormerod
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The prize includes all of this:
OLFA 12" x 18" (30cm x 40cm) Cutting Mat
OLFA 45mm Rotary Cutter
OLFA 6" Quilting Template Ruler
Annie's Attic Jelly Roll Quilts Book
Annie's Attic Learn to make a Foundation-Pieces Quilt Book
McCalls Home Decoration Patchwork Quilt pattern for a quilt and cushions
Sew Easy Tonal Estimator Tool - Colour and Tone Guide
Clover pack of Wonder Clips
Sew Easy Template Marking Pencil
Sew Easy Quilters Glass Head Pins
Hemline Quilting Needles Size 9
Clover Quilting Needles Size 10
Clover Finger Presser
Clover Mesh Layout Transfer Canvas Sheet
Elbesee 8" Wooden Quilting Hoop
Over 4 metres of Timeless Treasures Quilting Fabric in assorted designs and colours
Timeless Treasure Tonga Treats pack of 40 10" squares of fabric - in bright 'Lollipop Colours'
Timeless Treasure Tonga Treats pack of 40 10" squares of fabric - in soft muted 'Meringue Colours'
So to enter all you need to do is visit the Minerva Craft’s Blogger Network which is full of ideas and inspiration from top bloggers and have a look at the posts. Then head to the Sewing Directory website and fill in the competition entry form telling Fiona which of the posts is your favourite.