Congratulations to the Finished Stitches Embroidery Challenge Winners!

Finished Stitches Embroidery ChallengeI sent out all of my embroidery samples with a challenge. Make something out of them! Anything! As long as it’s a finished thing!


Seriously. You all made things I never would have thought of! It was so thrilling getting the photos of your finished work. If anyone is coming late to the party, you can see all the terrific finished projects here.

And now it’s time to hand out some great prizes!

The votes are in and counted. (Thanks so much to everyone who voted and all your nice comments!)

The guest judges have made their selections.

The winners have been chosen.

Drum roll please. . .

Mollie Johanson

The incredible designer behind all the cuteness at Wild Olive contributed a $30 gift certificate to her shop. You can buy a lot of cuteness for $30! I recommend the Autumn Stitching Club. 🙂

The winner of Mollie’s gift certificate is Susan Wahlman for the Sly Cat Insulated Lunch Bag!

Insulated Lunch Bag - Finished Stitches challenge project for Shiny Happy WorldCongratulations Susan! You did a fantastic job! And all the accessories that go inside the bag are terrific.

Carina Envoldsen-Harris

The designer behind all the pretty posy patterns at Polka & Bloom contributed a $10 gift certificate to her shop and a copy of her beautiful new book, Stitched Blooms.

The winners of Carina’s prize pack is Valerie Hatton for her Rainbow Raincloud Mobile.

Rainblow Raincloud MobileCongratulations Valerie! That cheerful mobile (love those smiling suns!) was also a very popular choice in the Fan Favorite voting. 🙂


You can’t have an embroidery challenge without mentioning DMC! They contributed a pack of their sixteen brand new embroidery floss colors! The winner of that pretty thread bundle is Rachel Kehler for her Toddler Dress with a Kitty Pocket.

kittypocketThis was another popular one in the Fan Favorite voting – not swayed at all by the cutie wearing the dress. 🙂 I especially love this one because it’s such a nice way to add just a touch of embroidery to make a dress really special – whether the dress is handmade or store bought.

My Choice

Yep – I get to pick a winner too. 🙂 A $35 gift certificate to my shop goes to Erin of Missy Mac Creations for her Duck Duck Robot Book Bag.

Duck Duck Robot Book BagCongratulations Erin! I loved this bag! Erin did a great job positioning the embroidery on the tote bag – something that can be tricky. And I loved the fabric she chose for the lining and top of the bag. But what really wowed me were the detail of the red band between the abc fabric and the robot piece – and the fussy cutting of the letters from the abc fabric to spell out BOOK BAG at the bottom.

Fan Favorite

This one’s the big prize – the one you voted for! Lark Books contributed a set of all three of Aimee Ray’s Doodle Stitching embroidery books – real favorites of mine. Those books will go to Noemi Lopez for her Chickens Pillow!

chickens pillow caseCongratulations Noemi! The yellow gingham and wide rickrack were the perfect match for the chickens embroidery – and your pillow was super cute!

Thanks so much to everyone who participated! All the winners – please email me at blockhead[at]wendigratz[dot]com with your mailing address so I can send you your prizes.

Let’s do this again when I build up another 40-50 embroidery samples! 🙂




  1. Susan SAYS...

    I’m so happy!!!!! Congrats to all the winners, and those who didn’t win prizes… there’s a lot of talent out there. All the projects are amazing!

  2. Cheryl Land SAYS...

    I loved every single project! Congrats to all the winners!! <3

  3. Val Hatton SAYS...

    I’m over the moon that my nursery mobile won a prize! The Stitched Blooms book looks great so I can’t wait to receive it and try out some of the designs. Thank you!!

    • Michelle SAYS...

      Val, I think your mobile is the cutest one I have seen in a very long time. Where did you find the wood pieces for the frame? Very cute!!

  4. WOW! How exciting. Thanks Wendi.

    Loved this challenge. Definitely enjoyed seeing all the fabulous things people made. Congrats to all the winners. 🙂

  5. Noemí SAYS...

    I am super excited because my chickens pillow won a price. I just received my books today and absolutely love them. I can not thank you enough for the great opportunity of the challenge. I started embroidery with one of your patterns ( the rainbow girls) and is still my favorite pattern. Thank you again for the opportunity to participate in the finished stitches challenge and for the amazing books. Your website rocks!