Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Dyeing for Wool? How about a GIVE AWAY!!

My wool crazy friend Claire has taken my blog hostage…she says she has been sitting in the sidecar long enough and wants a day or two for her own little GIVE AWAY!!  WHO AM I TO ARGUE WHEN THERE’S A GIVE AWAY AT STAKE!!  So sound the trumpet…toot those HORNS…

PRESENTING…CLAIRE and HER Give Away!! 

Dyeing for Wool?  Well then, let’s have a Giveaway!

Paulette has been blogging for over 2 years now and has been kind enough to let me ride along in the sidecar!  I get to enjoy all the benefits of blogging without having to do any of the work!

So today we are celebrating with a wonderful GIVE AWAY!  

Do you love wool?   Have you wanted to try wool appliqué or rug hooking?  In my early days of searching for wool I turned to the rug hooking sites and I was lucky enough to stumble upon Melvina's online wool shop, Hollyhock Hill Designs.  Melvina is a wonderful lady who loves wool as much as we do…maybe even more!

If you live in our neck of the woods, beautiful hand dyed or bolt wool is hard to come by, but if you love wool, you find a way to get it!   Melvina has just the shop for us…she has a fantastic selection of "off the bolt" wools which are ones that we use for overdyeing.

At Hollyhock Hill Designs, Melvina has spot dyed wools which are lovely, mottled pieces and she has "trios" which are 3 pieces of wool-2 textures and 1 plain dyed together in the same pot. You have to see them to appreciate the richness of colour and you aren't going to believe her prices-very reasonable.

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Canadians will be happy to hear that Melvina ships to Canada and will actually go to the post office and find the cheapest option for you if you aren't in a rush for your order. (Some of the sites that use the online click-and-ship methods can be very pricey for Canadian customers).

Melvina also has the most adorable beginner rug hooking kits.  If you have been wanting to try it but didn't want to invest a lot of money in supplies then this may be for you! Anyway, check it out for yourself and join our giveaway.

Here's the GIVE AWAY scoop:
Go to Melvina’s shop, Hollyhock Hill Designs and check out the goods. Drool. Think of a little something you would dye for. Is it a yard of the lovely bolt wools? Is is one of the precious hand dyed trios or spot dyed wools? Maybe a beginning rug hooking kit? If it is, then you might be in luck. Come back and leave a comment on this post telling us which of these lovely wooly things you desire and we will randomly pick a winner on Wooly Wednesday, August 10th.  The lucky winner just might be YOU!

Claire (aka…The Sidecar Stitcher..)

**********As you can see, Claire is serious about giving away some wool…I know exactly what I would pick…did you check out those sweet little bundles of hand dyed trios…dyed from the same colour pot!!  Gorgeous!! Love them ALL…the hard part is to choose a colour.  Think I’ll go back for another look…. 

Thanks so much, Claire!!  Anytime you want to have a Give Away FEEL FREE to jump right in…right readers?!!  We will gladly take it off your hands!

Have a Wonderful Wooly Wednesday and Happy Quilting!~P

110 comments:

  1. I've been wanting to try working with wool for a long time. I love the mottled colors. I had no idea that you could get wool like this. And I'm Canadian. If I win and there is a shipping surcharge, I'll gladly pay. I visited the site and I'd definitely be interested in a kit. That way I know I have all the right things for my very first project.

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  2. I have never worked with wool before. Living in Florida, I rarely see wool sold here. I love the Hand Dyed Wool Trios in Deep Red. Such rich warm colors. Thanks for offering a taste of wool :-)

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  3. That is a loaded question, lol. She has so many gorgeous wools and I love the hand dyed shades. If I had to choose, I would go with the antique black bundle, love using black and a good shade is so hard to find.

    Debbie

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  4. A purple majesty trio would be just perfect!

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  5. I love it all, but would probably choose Strawberry Fields and Brassy Gold TRios. Beautiful!

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  6. I have always wanted to do rug hooking and if I was lucky enough to win I would love one of those beginner rug hooking kits. They are all so cute.
    Thanks Claire for the chance to win and thank you Paulette, for letting Claire use your blog.

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  7. Oh Claire...you might have become my new middle man dealer!!! for my wool addiction!!!
    Please, please, please...I need the beginning wool hooked rug with the little orange pumpkin!!! Like I need another hobby.....helllllp

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  8. Well, what a nice wool shop! I really liked the hand dyed wool. Any color would be a nice addition to my wool collection. What a lovely give away! Lizzie

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  9. Oh, it is all so yummy! I love the little trio bundles, but I've always wanted to try hooking. The little pumpkin is adorable. So hard to decide! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  10. It is always nice to hear a fellow Canadian's review of a US site. Shipping can be tricky. I love the beginning rug hooking kit with the Heart and Paw. Mary
    maryturub @ shaw . ca

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  11. What a lovely give-a-way! I have not worked with wool a lot but am taking a class at Road 2 Cailfornia next January so the little trio would be perfect! The colors are beautiful and would be the a great start on another "fabric addiction"

    Thanks for the opportunity and so very generous of you Claire! An additional thank you to Paulette for letting you take her blog "hostage" for a couple of days!

    Hugs

    Elaine at the Beach

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  12. SUCH A NEAT GIVEAWAY!
    I'D CHOOSE THE NIOBE RED-JUST BEAUTIFUL! THANKS FOR SHARING!

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  13. I have been longing to try rug hooking but just haven't allowed myself to try it. The small Baby Boo beginner kit looks as if I could manage it. I'd love to try! blessings, marlene

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  14. What a lovely giveaway! I have been wanting to try wool applique for quite some time, but don't have a good source anywhere near me. Those trios look so yummy! All of the colors are wonderful.

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  15. Honestly... it's hard to choose. :) I like them all. LOL

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful giveaway. I think it would be awesome to win. :)

    Have a great day!

    God bless and keep you,
    Sonia

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  16. Beautiful wool. The inspiration and visions what could be done with these lovely pieces of wool. Thanks for thinking of others. Karin E :0

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  17. Hi! What a great wool website. I love everything on there. I really like the trios and the rug hooking kits. Thank you fir the chance and thank you for showing us great place to but some wool.

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  18. Hello Claire - I'm glad you've stepped out of the sidecar to 'chat' with all of us! I'm always in awe of your talent with wool.

    That's a wonderful site - thank you for sharing. I'd love to try one of the beginner rug hooking kits. :-)

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  19. Claire, - Thanks for your great give away. A trio of red would be my first choice and greens the second with black coming in third. But, really I'd want them all--lol!

    Marie

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  20. What a great shop. I love her banner. I also love the old gold hand-dyed trio. Her small kits are very sweet too. Thanks Claire for a wonderful giveaway. Your wool applique is beautiful. And thanks Paulette for sharing.

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  21. I love the trios in pumpkin. I just made my first penny rug and now I want to start a wool stash. Thank you for the giveaway and a chance to win.

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  22. I gotta tell ya, I'm a wool lover through and through! I love to make penny rugs! As far as I'm concerned, you can't go wrong on any color when it comes to wool, but my favorites would be fallish colors! Thanks so much for having this wonderful giveaway!

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  23. Oh what a great giveaway!! I love the deep red trio! So gorgeous! Thanks Claire for the wonderful giveaway and thanks Paulette for lending your blog to Claire. So much fun!!!! Hugs Ariane

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  24. I recently started wool projects. I love the feel and texture of working with wool. Would love to have any color.

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  25. Oh, I am so excited, this is so much fun. I like the Garden Peas trio and the Antique Background. Thanks for the unique giveaway ladies.

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  26. love all the trios! would be happy with any but with Hallowe'en coming I choose the pumpkin. Thanks so much!

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  27. What a fabulous website, I've been looking for somewhere to buy wool from for a long time now so thank you for the link, the trios are wonderful - all of them!

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  28. Hollyhock hill is a wonderful site! I love the wool trios and because good reds are always hard to find and I use a lot of them I'd choose the red ones.
    Thanks Clair and Paulette!!

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  29. Her hand dyed old gold package looks awesome - gold is one color I have a really hard time getting when I do my own dyeing, so I'd love to get some of this!

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  30. any kind of wool is wonderful. my mom & i share our wool so we always have double the fun.. would love to win.

    kim

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  31. Oh, my!! I want the medium blue trio. Everything is so beautiful it's difficult to choose, but I've made up my mind. That's what I would like to win.

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  32. What a nice selection she has8888 I just posted about my orvieto leaf sampler,all appliqued with wool. My choice should be the vintage blue or the grassgreen.

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  33. Lovely! I just love wool! Would love to make a penny rug! The vintageblue trio is my favourite! Thanks so much for the give away!

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  34. I loved the Glacier Blue yardage and the popular green trio..and then I saw in a comment that there was a vintage blue trio. don't know how I missed that.

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  35. The wool is just gorgeous. How to choose when there is such yummy colors. I love the vintage blues but the reds and greens, oh my. I'm just dreaming of projects that could be made.

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  36. Golds, greens, REDS! I love them all! What a gorgeous bunch of wool! I would choose a trio, but no idea today what color, I'd have to run and look thru my patterns. LOL Thanks for the fun!!

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  37. Those bundles are so yummy, but I'd love to have a piece of Rosie Cheeks off the bolt. So many possibilities even dyeing my own colors. Bookmarked this site!

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  38. Working with wool is such a pleasure. I love the Pumpkin Trio!

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  39. Oh those wools are YUMMY! I would choose a trio of EVERY combination you offer :o) But in reality, Cinnamon is my favorite! What pretty wool and really nice deals!

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  40. I love working with wool. All of the trios are gorgeous but I have a need for the mud brown trio.

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter your great giveaway!!

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  41. I love all the colors but am drawn
    to the primitive colors, maybe soldier boy or garden peas.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Ronnie in Washington

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  42. I would love one of everything but if I had to choose one thing, it would be the green wool trio called "Garden Peas". I love the antique-y look of this particular green and I would definitely use it in my latest design.

    Thanks Claire and Paulette. What fun!

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  43. I would love to have the Peony trios.....such beautiful colors....

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  44. Oh my, so many gorgeous wools to choose from! I'll take one of each please...lol. Ok, ok, I'd LOVE to have the Mustard Trio! Huge prim lover here!!!

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  45. Oooh, oh I drooled over every page---it's decided! I want some of ALL of it!!! :D But if I'm limited *sigh* I would love love love to have some of those trio bundles, oh yes indeedy, I surely would!! :) Please pretty please? Thank you! :D

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  46. I would love to try working with wool. I love the pumpkin trio. I love making fall projects, so the pumpkin color would be perfect. Thank you Paulette, Claire and Hollyhock Hill Designs for a great giveaway.

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  47. Beautiful selection of wools I love the dyed wool trios especially the blues!

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  48. oh my! I would buy the pumpkin trio and a few yards of the sage background...looks to be a perfect plaid base for a pattern I am working on and cannot find a background. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE WOOL!

    Michelle

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  49. Have been admiring your wool applique for some time now and would like to give it ago one day soon. The trios are lovely..mmm...probably reds or teal. Thank you Claire and Paulette

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  50. I would pick the trio of soldier blue

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  51. This is a GREAT give-away!! I would choose the Mullen trio. I have some wool pieces and have not seen this shade and it is beautiful.

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  52. The primitive black trio caught my eye. It would work so well with the wool I already have. So many beautiful ones to choose from. Thanks for the info.

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  53. I have wanted to try wool so much - this would be an awesome opportunity... thanks Claire!

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  54. I love working with wool thanks for the great site. I would love to try the Austin Blue spot dyed and the Old Gold. They would be great for some fall projects I have in mind.

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  55. I love working with wool, the soldier blue trio is just beautiful.

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  56. Trio bundles are beautiful. So many nice colors. Of course, I always want to do something new, so rug hooking kit would be fun!!

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  57. I really like the trios - either Garden Peas or Strawberry Fields. Would LOVE to win!

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  58. I am loving the "Night Shadows and Antique Background"....would be great for a Holloween applique bacground!
    christine

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  59. i do like the trios too,especially the greens and strawberry fields, i love to make woolquilts,susi

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  60. Just getting back into rughooking the the primitive light trio would work well for me. Love the site.

    Have a great day,

    Sheila

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  61. I love the gold trio...because of course you can never have too much gold....and I am Wool Crazy too!

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  62. Ooh, any of the above! The wool trio's are gorgeous and I can easily say ANY color would work. I've always wanted to rug hook, too. I seem to be getting wool crazier by the minute!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

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  63. I love the Cobblestone wool. I've never worked with wool before.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  64. I love those Austin Blue trios. What beautiful colors she has. kathie l in Allentown

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  65. Oh my gosh! I LOVE that Purple Majesty trio! But I LOVE a lot of them! That Olive Green trio is so me too!

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  66. I so enjoy wool. I like to make pin cushions.
    My first choice is the Sea Green trio pack. How lovely the colors are. Living close to the ocean, these colors remind me of how lucky we are.

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  67. I would love any of those trio packs! I am thinking of what I could make with the Old Gold and Plum Pudding. Or maybe the Deep Red. Or... well like I said, ANY of them!

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  68. Oh what beautiful wools. What a lovely friend you have there. The trio packs looks facinating. Oh my what fun!!

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  69. I would love to try the beginner rug hooking kit. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  70. What a very hard question to answer! LOL
    I think I would go w/the trios or the bolt. Such luscious colors to choose from!
    Thanks for entering me!

    Tanya

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  71. Oh, it's so hard to pick just one thing. I do love the hand dyed sea green trio! Georgeous!

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  72. I love, love the trios in any of the luscious colors....really couldn't pick just one. Thanks for the chance to win such lovelies!

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  73. Pumpkin, squash, cinnamon - you can never have too much yummy orange! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  74. Would love to win some wool. I have been wanting to try some wool appique in any colors of muted earth tones.
    Karin :)
    in NY

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  75. I would like to say that I could hook the Cross and Crown pattern, but I might need the rug hooking booklet first! My first attempt at rug hooking is still in the frame, patchwork keeps distracting me, until I saw all your beautiful wool. All too tempting, thank you for the generous give away, happy quilting, Sue SA.

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  76. I love working with wool and will be checking out this site as I am also Canadian so shipping costs are a factor. I's love the trio in any colors as I love all wool.Thanks so much for the chance to win.

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  77. Love the wool. Have been "itching" to do a wool project. Red being my favorite color (if there is such a thing) I choose Deep Red Trio.
    Thanks so much! Jan

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  78. I love wool and the way that it feels so soft and lucious. I enjoy wool applique and am wanting to try hooking. The red trio is beautiful but then so is the blue and the purple and the green. Oh, my, so many choices. Thank you for offering the giveaway.

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  79. Wow.I never work with wool before, hope to have a chance..I loves Cotton Candy and Meeting House..so pretty!?

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  80. What a great shop! I love the trio's and any color (greens,golds, blues, reds) would be awesome!!!

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  81. Today has been a day of good fortune. I have just been doing searches and have found some of the most wonderful blogs and I am following them all like a "stalker" (but I am not)! Wool, my dream to learn to work with wool. Since today has been so blessed with good will and friends, maybe I will be the winner of this delightful giveaway. Your new follower, Jeanne Thank you for this chance to win! Ciao

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  82. OMGosh I forgot to tell you what I loved over at the shop.....Everything thank you very much! Her shop is now on my "Stalking" list. Do you suppose my hubz would drop faint if I ordered one of everything? Hmmm, may have to put that to the test!

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  83. You want me to pick just *one* thing that I like from the shop? Oh dear.

    Well, having never worked with wool before, perhaps I should stick with one of the beginner's kits. I think maybe the little chick will be my pick!

    Thanks for the chance!! :D

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  84. Pick one thing - me? Well, if you insist it would be the hand dyed trios. Love those. Thanks you for this wonderful opportunity. Judy C in NC

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  85. I love the trio in Amethyst. Great shop Claire!

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  86. Ooh, I just love those Mottled Spot Dye wools - Red Hots, Parchment and ... and ... and...
    Just gorgeous and I'd love to win some!

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  87. I'd love the pumpkin rug kit. My chance to try rughooking. Love Hollyhocks. Thank yoy for this chance. It's time I won something!!! :-)

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  88. Wool of any kind is difficult to locate in my area of Florida. The the trio in Amethyst is a favorite, as are the mottled reds. It would be nice to gather enough wool colors to try my hand at a primitive wall hanging. Thanks for the chance.

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  89. The trio in sea green is wonderful. Many years ago I made a quilt out of some of my DH's old suits. It was ugly as sin, but I loved working with the wool. VermontPines@aol.com

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  90. I love the homespun looking wool sold on the bolt. I'd love to have a stash of wool to use in applique. Wool applique is an area I've wanted to expand into, but don't know where to start. Lovely giveaway! Thank you!

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  91. I'd love to have a trio of blues. I have almost no wool but I've seen a bluebird wall hanging I'd love to make! The blues would be perfect for that! Thanks for the great giveaway! :0)

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  92. I love the wools, hard to choose, but I think I would like the pumpkin trio.

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  93. The trios of wools are so lovely! Love the green and gold ones. I would like to try wool applique and was disappointed not to find some kits on that site. But the wool resource is great and I can probably find a pattern someplace else now that I have the source for wool!

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  94. I would choose a piece of the Mottled Hand Dyed wool in the Young Sprout color.

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  95. Would love a beginner rug wool hooking kit-the little paw print is adorable! thanks for a chance! gougeonathome@charter.net

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  96. Ooooh! I would love the medium blue trio! I had to edit it out of my cart to stick with the budget. I just started wool applique, and can't put it down (except to look at more wool, of course).

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  97. I love all of the hand dyed trios. Any color combo would be wonderful as I've just started my wool stash.

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  98. OMgosh, I would love any of the wool but if I have to pick a favorite it would be the plum trio.

    Thanks so much for a chance at your beautiful wool.

    jleibfried@aol.com

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  99. Whoa....beautiful wool! I would choose a yard of Tiger Lily. Yum!!!

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  100. Sylvia O in LangleyAugust 7, 2011 at 8:12 AM

    What a feast for the eyes. I enjoy wool applique and have hooked a few rugs so this site has now been bookmarked. The Sage background would be perfect to play with. Wow!

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  101. I've never tried rug hooking, so the Beginning Sheep kit would be wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  102. I've always loved the look of a hooked rug. I would love to try my hands at the orange pumpkin beginner rug kit.

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  103. Love the purple majesty, medium blue trios... Oh such wonderful colours

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  104. THe oak leaf beginner kit looks like fun! I haven't tried rug hooking but would love to learn.

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  105. Last month I decided I wanted to try working with wools, went to Goodwill to find a HUGE sweater and tried felting it. Disaster. I sure would love to win a trio like the Primitve Light.

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  106. Happy to say I have developed a wool addiction to compliment my 30+ years of quilting! Those trios in the green shades would look wonderful in my first project, it has lots of leaves. Thanks for the introduction to a new website.
    Chris

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  107. What wonderful colors of wool. Any color of wool is beautiful. What a nice thing to do... to share your passion with others. Jean N *

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  108. There is oh so much wool I love especially the blue colored wool. I am addicted to wool.

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  109. Oh MY GOODNESS..... this is a dream come true.. all those lovely trios of wool.....my oh my... cotton candy, peony, meadow,periwinkle strawberry , nanner, old green and ahh I can name a lot more!!! So so pretty ...
    Hope Im not to late be in the draw,.... just my kind of luck if not... :o)

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