I get a daily email from the folks at Craft Gossip. Their editors cover the waterfront when it comes to the crafting world. They showcase completed projects, tutorials, techniques, products, giveaways and opportunities. I have pursued some of the opportunities and have had some fun while doing it.
Last year they posted an opportunity to get your crafts placed in a craft vending machine at the Fluvog shoe company. My little badges didn't make the final cut, but I was pretty excited that they were interested and they did send me a gift certificate toward some shoes!
Earlier this year, there was a call for sewers (Gee I hate that word... looks and awful lot like sewers and stinky pipes we are not!) for a research project. I spent a delightful half an hour google chatting with the researcher. For my time, they sent a small check and a gift. The gift was this box of Coats and Clark thread. There are 25 assorted colors of all purpose thread inside, along with a color sheet and a funky zipper lanyard.
I was reminded to post about it today when I pulled out the box to find a thread that matches the pillow cover I am making. Sure enough, with 25 non-standard colors, I found one that, while it doesn't match perfectly, blends in well enough to avoid a trip to the store.
So thank you Craft Gossip!
The pillow cover is a commission piece. It is machine embroidered on what I believe to be silk and piece with a different raw silk. (OK, I can't remember exactly. I was buying fabric to make ren faire clothes at a going out of business sale. To the best of my knowledge, I only bought remnants that were labelled silk or linen. The labels are long gone from these pieces so I really don't know for sure. I do know they aren't linen. Whatever. It is from my stash and the prices were AMAZING.)