Monday, July 04, 2011

Thread Giveaway!

The Giveaway is now closed! Winners have been notified. #1 a) Laivine (#15) b) Margie (#12); #2 Shannon(#11); #3 to Gail (#33).


Before I get into the details of this giveaway, I want to give you some background. A few months ago now, I got an email from a woman asking me if I was interested in her mother's tatting supplies. Her mother passed away last October and she herself did not tat but she wanted the goods to go to a good home. I agreed to take them and to find a good home for them. I pretty much have all the thread and books I want but I'm always happy to find ways to pass on what was loved and appreciated by the owner.

You might remember this has happened before. I've given away a lot of what I've received from Jane Smith's daughter and there was another woman who sent me several crochet magazines from her mother that I've only partly found homes for so far. So I want to tell you a little about this latest gifting because I think it's always more meaningful when you know something about the owner and the history of the materials.

Carol Louise Odendahl Moser was born on April 6, 1930 and passed on at the age of 80 on October 14, 2010. She lived in Texas and I suspect a few readers might have known her although I understand she didn't use the computer much and didn't participate in any online groups or exchanges that her daughter knew of. Her three children miss her very much. She was married for 60 years to James Moser. I believe he passed on before her.

She started and directed a handbell choir for approximately 20 years and loved music as the above picture testifies. She also researched geneology and put together several books related to the family history.

She was much appreciated in the family for tatting booties for every one of her 12 grandchildren. She tatted doilies and various other pieces including an unfinished tablecloth, pictured above, that she worked on for years. Her daughter has kept it.

I really appreciate this opportunity to find a new life for thread, shuttles, and books that belonged to a woman who loved tatting!

These giveaways will be for the thread only as that is all I've sorted out so far. These are the small balls of tatting cotton, probably size 70. This photo is of the full complete balls that are duplicates and I've divided them into two bags, the same thread in each bag, so there there will be TWO giveaways for this batch, 10 balls in each bag. This is giveaway #1.

I know this isn't the sharpest photo but these were all the full complete (or nearly so) balls that were the only ones in each color. This will be another giveaway, #2.

And then I have ONE more giveaway - which is all the leftover thread. Much of it is used on each ball and I don't know how old it is. I may have removed a few that were in this photo too but this is basically what is included. This will be #3.

I've been debating on how to do this giveaway because postage costs keep going up and I have more giveaways planned related to this group of goods. For this one, I'm still leaving it open to overseas tatters and I will stay pay the postage. I do ask that you be an active tatter however.

In the future, especially when it comes to books, I will ask for reimbursement on the postage, but I do want to leave it open to internationals and I want the recipients to be tatters.

So...leave a comment and indicate which giveaway you are most interested in. I will sort out those who want #1 or #2 and do a random drawing for those separately but I will include all comments for #3 unless you indicate you are not interested in #3. As I stated before, you must be an active tatter. You must also leave some way to contact you if your email is not accessible on your blog profile. I'm not wanting to be mean or unreasonable but I really don't have time to hunt anyone down.

The drawing will be next Sunday, July 10th, since I know a lot of people vacation during the 4th of July holiday for a week or two, so this gives everyone a good opportunity to get in on it. I will have to be out of town for my work a few days that following week and probably will not be able to mail the packages until the end of the week.

If you like fine threads or just want to try them out, this is the giveaway for you!

Happy 4th of July to all of us in the US. Let Freedom Ring!

53 comments:

  1. Wow great story!! It was nice that the daughter really wants her mothers tatting supplies to go to good homes!! Most families would have just thrown things out!

    I would be interested in Lot #2 please but not #3.

    Thanks for all your hard work with this giveaway!!

    Kelly

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  2. Thank you for the chance at this giveaway.

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  3. This is inspiring. I wish I will be able to continue tatting up to the ripe age as Carol Moser did.
    If I am lucky in this giveaway, I would like the thread in group #1 (I already have some of the threads in group #2).

    Happy 4th of July to you.

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  4. Oh my goodness, you are ever so generous! #2 and #3. What a lovely way to celebrate the holiday!

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  5. What a wonderful opportunity for tatters! Please do not enter me in this drawing, though, as I already have more thread than I can possibly use in my lifetime. It is a temptation!

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  6. Thank you Gina for such a lovely giveaway. I loved reading about Carol, and I think it is great that you are looking for good homes for her stash.

    I thank you a lot for keeping this giveaway open for me. I would love to have a chance, I am drawn to the colours in lot #2, but it is hard to decide, any would be very appreciated and enjoyed!

    I think my mail is on my profile, but in any case, it is yavamoni at gmail dot com

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  7. I am most intrestedin any of your giveaways. I have been tatting for 5years now and in my small community it is hard to find tatting thread. you can contact me at sewsweettartans@yahoo.ca

    Nancy

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  8. It's so wonderful to receive inheritances like this from another passionate tatter - lucky you! And generous of you to share - it is difficult to do with postage costs, as you say.

    I am interested in the size 70 threads of your #1 giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity to win such a treasure!

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  9. Gina, how very generous and nice of you to do this. Please do NOT include me in the giveaway as I am already the recipient of much thread like this from my great aunt. I am an active tatter but I think I'll never get through all of it myself.
    I hope someday someone will be so kind with my own supplies.

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  10. She looks like a very interesting woman. good you told a bit about her in the beginning of the post!

    I am really grooving with the small stuff, so please put me down for #1! Thanks, Gina!
    Fox : )

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  11. Gina, Thank you for your wonderful post. It is so nice to see someone who cares about needle arts like this lady's children and did try to find a nice home for her threads instead of them ending up in the garbage. I have 5 children and hope to be able to leave lots of handmade items for my kids also like Carol. I would like to be entered into #2 and #3 even #1 if need more entries. I am still adding to my yarn collection. My tatting and crocheting keep my sane these days when my children are so young.

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  12. Can not always find tatting thread and would love 1 or 2. Am self tot and enjoy the tatting blogs and have learned a lot from just reading. Thank You

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  13. Gina,
    Your blog is one I always read; it is the gateway to all the other blogs I also read. Thank you for the knowledge you share and your generous spirit.
    How lovely of you to include a biography of Carol Louise Odendahl Moser. It is always important to learn about other Tatters, no matter how big or small their contribution or participation. This is what keeps this art alive.
    Wouldn’t it be nice if a site like InTatters (eTatters) or The Tatting Forum had a place to publish biographies of past Tatters? It would be a small way of keeping alive the legacy of the women (and men) who practice this lovely art form.
    Would you please include me for #3? There is something so appealing about the bits and butts of thread from previous projects. It feels as if each ball has a story to tell.
    And please note that if I am a winner, I would like to pay postage (PayPal okay?). I had some giveaways in the past and know how the cost of mailing multiple packages can add up quickly.
    Hegla

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  14. I would love 2. Thanks so much for the giveaway! Happy Independence Day.

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  15. I just started tatting last fall, but I am hooked. Unfortunately finding thread, especially fine ones is a challenge where I live (plus student budget....). Thanks for sharing the story and the thread with us and please enter me in for #1 (and #3). Have a great day, Laivine

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  16. This is exciting! I love fine threads, but I've never worked with vintage threads before. I think it's wonderful that the daughter wants her mother's materials to be used. It shows that she appreciates what her mother did, even if she didn't learn to do it herself.

    I would be interested in any of the drawings.

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  17. the colours in #1 look very interesting. but i would like to pay my own postage shd i win in the draw. thanks for sharing these, gina.

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  18. Hi my name is Marie Drew and I’m new to tatting and not very good with the computer. I wanted to leave a comment for the drawing, any one would be greatly treasured, but could not figure out how. Sorry for my ignorance. Learned to tat by watching u tube and looking and these blogs. Thank you sooo much for showing me your work.

    p.s. love your cat, I have 2 and a toy poodle.

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  19. Hello! Please, I'd like to take part in this giveaway -- #1 or #2 -- colours are so inspirating )
    foxfeylan@mail.ru

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  20. Hello! I love colours #1 and #2. Please, I'd like to try new and unfamiliar threads so much! Thank you for such an opportunity!

    http://russian-tatter.blogspot.com/
    juliavb@mail.ru

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  21. Hi Gina,
    please enter me for the No. 1 giveaway . Beautiful threads. I would pay the postage in case of winning:-)

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  22. i am interested in #2 and #3 because i see some peach...

    i have already arranged with my boyfriend, if i die then to try to teach my daughter, and if she is unwilling for just doesn't like tatting that i want him to give my tatting stuffs away to tatters... i think that its great that the daughter thought that...and you, to give her tatting stuffs to tatters who tat and can appreciate them...

    my email is shannon_in_love at yahoo.com

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  23. I love how you have honoured this lady by telling us her story, thank you. (don't put me in the give away...I wish I could tat!!! sadly I wouldn't know where to start)

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  25. Oh wow, I would love to be entered into #2. The colours are lovely. Its alanadurrant1@hotmail.com Thanks

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  26. Lovely story - we are never forgotten by those who love us.
    I would be interested in #1 or #2. Thanks for the chance.

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  27. Hi Gina! I am interested in giveaway #1 What lovely threads and it's wonderful that the thread will be appreciated no matter who wins! So that's awesome! You already know my email! ;)

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  28. Hi! This is a wonderful giveaway! I would love any of the tatting thread that you want to give away if you draw my name. This is so fun. Thanks!

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  29. How nice of you to do this. I love the History channel on t.v. and so enjoy reading about the past life of this woman. I hope that when my time comes my family passes my tatting supplies in a similar manner (unless I can get someone else to tat in the family and carry on). As far as the giveaway is concerned, I would like to join in. I'm not particular of which one, I'm sure I can find use for any of the above should I hold the 'golden ticket'. *giggles..have a wonderful 4th of July.

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  30. Anonymous6:29 PM

    I will enter my name for #2. This is great fun even if I don't win.
    Elizabeth
    LeVert92@aol.com

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  31. hiya Gina, I am an active(some say rabid tatter) and would love to enter give-away 1

    thanks for your wonderful kindness

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  32. I have a few of the fine thread balls that I inherited from my mom. It would be fun to have more variety. fassler@bresnan.net

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  33. Anonymous9:51 PM

    Gina...Please include me in the wonderful give away. I know Carol is smiling that her thread is going to good homes. I am interested in #1 and #3.

    Happy Fourth to you and yours...
    Gail
    gtmayhew at yahoo.com

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  34. I would like to enter for #2. I am a "new" tatter,I've been doing it about 4 weeks. But an avid one nonetheless and my thread collection isn't the biggest. I love the Idea, your very kind for doing this!

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  35. This is so great! I love #1, but would be happy with any of them!
    Blessings,
    Diane
    lddwatson78@yahoo.com

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  36. Thank you Gina for such a lovely giveaway. I an interested in the threads of group #1 and 3.
    Josie
    meekcmc@hotmail.com

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  37. This is so nice of you. BTW, I don't want the thread. I use threads that small only VERY rarely. But it is cool you are sharing it with others!
    I would, however be interested in knowing what books/mags or whatever you have to get rid of, whenever you get them sorted. Have a great day!

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  38. As I also have more than enough thread, I do not need to be entered in the drawing. However, I must comment on that tablecloth. Again, that weak-in-the-knees feeling when I see something like this! I'm so glad the family treasures it!

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  39. I can't resist this. Please count me in for Set 1 or 3. I think I have most of the colors on Set 2. How kind of the family to pass on her supplies to other tatters

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  40. I love thread! You could feed my thread cravings with group #1 or #2, please.
    I loved reading about Mrs. Moser, and her tablecloth is just gorgeous. Thank you Gina for the opportunity to win some of her thread.

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  41. Since I’ve won recently, I’m not entering. Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the size 70 thread you sent with the hankie. I’m still working on it...decided on an edging called Baby lace. Very simple...Found I could have ZELLA machine embroidered at a local shop, in script. So it will be fun to tuck away for miss z for that age when little girls want a purse (like Mom’s) with a hankie. And usually a hat! LOL I have a child’s Mary Francis purse that will go with the hankie and a ‘lucky’ coin from UK from a friend there. It will be something for her to ‘discover’ later on...I’ve been collecting photos of the former tatters, and trying to find different biographies that have been written. It is really interesting....xxx bj

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  42. What a wonderful story! I also do not use a lot of size 70 thread so I do not need to be entered in the drawing. The colors are lovely and it gives me a good idea what to do with ALL my tatting supplies when I finally leave this earth! Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  43. Thanks for sharing the story and the threads. Pls include me in the drawings.

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  44. Please enter me for all 3 groups...I see color possibilities for tatting edgings to match some new to me vintage hankies I have purchased recently :-) I am having too much fun with that...but have a limited supply of colors so this would be very exciting to win...

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  45. A lovey person and she plays the handbells!! Would love to see more of her tatting. If I am the lucky person I would like number 1. Thanks for sharing Linda in NM

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  46. Ooo - put me in for # 1 for sure.

    How big is the tablecloth? It would be lovely to see a picture of at least part of it, so we could see the pattern in it.

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  47. This was a lovely story. I love hearing stories about the thread and lace people leave behind.

    Please don't enter me into this drawing -- I recently won an ebay auction that had multiples of these threads, which I am still sorting through! ^^ Thanks for sharing!

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  48. Anonymous1:33 AM

    what beautiful thread :) please enter me in your giveaway for Lot #1 as i am a new tatter and don't have the smaller size thread and would love to do some smaller things.
    jennifergoodman43@yaho.com

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  49. Anonymous3:46 PM

    I'm interested in lot 2 and think lot 3 is fun. What lovely colors. I'm a new self taught tatter and enjoy your blog. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Michelle S
    azgang_5@msn.com

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  50. Hello Gina :
    Thanks for sharing the story and the threads. Please include me in the drawings

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  51. I'm not a tatter but I love the fact that you are giving the gift to keep others alive in their craft. I hope these go to a good home.

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  52. I'd love to have those threads in #1. Blues and pinks are big hits at this house. I'm even interested in the leftover threads in #3!

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  53. I am Carol's daughter-- my brother recently shared this post on facebook, where he is very active in preserving the family photos and history on the new timelines. It is lovely to read through all the comments and appreciation here. I did want to make one correction to her story--my father is still alive!

    Thanks again, Gina, for what you are doing in keeping this art alive!

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