Friday, March 8, 2013

Blog Giveaway- Sharing My Love Afffair with Silk

The wonderful Michele Foster is hosting another blog hop in hopes of chasing the winter blues away. I sure hope it works! I decided to share some of my silk from my travels.

The silk I am sharing today is from Kyrgyzstan, a small, poor country near China. I had the privilege of traveling to Kyrgyzstan to curate an exhibition of American art quilts and Kyrgyz patchwork.  The silk was produced during Soviet times. While silk use to be a major industry in Kyrgyzstan, that ended when the Soviet Union fell apart. There is a small effort being made to weave silk again in Osh, where I purchased the silk in an open air market. I've included a photograph I took of the women who were selling it (note the meter silk she is using to measure it). In addition, there is a photo transfer of postage stamps from Kyrgyzstan.

Each piece is approximately 9" x 28" and as you can see in the second photograph, you can use either side. I hope you enjoy owning a little bit of history.


Read Carefully:

1. I will ship internationally.
2. I won't be responsible if the package gets lost in the mail.
3. Winner will be announced on March 20 in honor of the spring equinox.  I will not track you down so make sure you either check back or leave an easy way for me to contact you so I can get your address. If I don't hear from you within 24 hours, a new winner will be selected.
4.  I love people who follow my blog and want them to know it so my followers will get their names put into the hat twice. My last blog giveaway a follower won!

Enjoy the hop!

103 comments:

  1. Wow what a fabulous giveaway Karen.
    Count me in please!

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  2. Lovely silks! I have been a follower since I participated in your 12-12-12 challenge!

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  3. absolutey wonderful.....I love the colors. I "think" I follow...I have your blog linked to mine, so I am always aware of your new postings!!!!

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  4. Oh, how exquisite! Silk is an extraordinary gift and the history makes it all the richer and more infinitely special. And postage stamps are always such a connection between the flow of one place and another..a lovely, lovely opportunity for some one to receive! Just wonderful!

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  5. Count me in also. Silk is fun to work with.

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    1. Silk sounds exciting to work with. It is beaustiful. Olney.gail@gmail.com

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  6. I would love to make a patchwork scarf or 2. I am a follower.

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  7. Beauteous silks! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  8. The silk is gorgeous! I would love to make something wonderful from it..thank you for a chance... I am already a follower :) textilerecycler@yahoo.com

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  9. Pretty! Thanks for the chance to win

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  10. I enjoy your blog...truly full of a varied ideas...very inspiring. Thanks a million for the wonderful giveaway. The silk is so unique...another hobby of mine is collecting postage stamps...so anything on postage stamps will add an extra smile onot my face. Wishing you a great weekend.

    Usha
    usharaneem@yahoo.com

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  11. What a fun giveaway. Thanks so much!

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  12. I've just started working with silk. Such a luscious giveaway! Thank you!

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  13. The is such a beautiful giveaway. Thanks for sharing.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  14. I am a new follower.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  15. The silks are wonderful; what fun! I'd love to be able to play with them.

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  16. Wow I love silks....thank you for the opportunity to play with this.

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  17. look beautiful. I would love a chance to win. I am already a follower here. :) dlprewitt@hotmail.com

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  18. This is fabulous silk! I've got several yards of silk stored, but I couldn't muster the courage to cut into it. I have never used any silk for sewing or quilting, and I'm afraid of destroying it.
    Thanks for the chance!

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  19. Beautiful silk. I appreciate the opportunity to win it!

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  20. That is a fabulous and beautiful giveaway.

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  21. What a lovely giveaway! The silk is so pretty!

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  22. Silk is gorgeous - I gave never sewn with it. I would probably stare and drool at it for a long time before I made anything with it -- SILK is very precious!!!

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  23. Wow! I would love to go to Kyrgyzstan. So amazing!

    muzmuffin(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  24. Beautiful fabrics and I would love to win them, thanks!

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  25. I am happy follower from Italy. Alessandra

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  26. Gorgeous fabrics - glad I found you.
    I'm a new GFC follower named gibberish

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  27. I really love silk so would be thrilled to win , I am now following by email. Thanks for the chance.

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  28. Very pretty. Thanks for having a give away.

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  29. Beautiful fabric! I've always liked silk.

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  30. So many replies I doubt I have a chance but I do love fabrics with a story. And I am a follower!

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  31. Wow...these silks are beautiful. When we travel I love being able to buy locally made goods. How precious these would be.
    gccmom(at)aol(dot)com

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  32. I use silks in my crazy quilting so I would so love to win. I am a new follower.

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  33. I am now following your blog. The fabric is amazeing.

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  34. I've joined your list of followers.

    I'm a friend of Marti's

    JJ

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  35. I'm a new follower of your blog by email. I look forward to receiving your posts soon.

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  36. those silks are gorgeous. heres hoping!

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  37. I am going to follow you thru emails. I love silk. Those are really pretty pieces that come from China. Thank you for being a part of this Blog Hop and giving all of your followers a chance to win.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net
    Sonora, CA - USA

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  38. I'm a follower ;) ksmith8@emich.edu

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  39. Extraordinary giveaway! I love working with silks!!! Thanks sew much for this chance to win your generous giveaway :-D
    back2loghome (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  40. Love the silk. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  41. I really love silk and could use a few more pieces :)

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  42. Karen you are offering a fantastic giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity to win! I would have a difficult time parting with it!

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  43. I am following. sewbeads at yahoo dot com
    But I will be back!

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  44. silk what a delicious fabric...

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  45. I have not worked with silk or other fibers besides cotton, flannel and minkee/ fleece for a long time. When I sewed clothes I worked with silk and wool but that is awhile ago. I did make one quilt with textured fibers for my MIL who had Alzheimers. I foundation pieced all the different fibers so that it would be more durable.
    Thanks for participating in the blog hop.
    Regards from Alberta,
    Anna

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  46. It Would Be Awesome To Try Some Free MotionqQuilting on

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  47. They are incredibly beautiful and such a fascinating back story.

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  48. I am a new follower by email. I want to make sure I get all your posts! I love your spirit doll and tyvek inchies. Thank you so much for sharing your art.

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  49. I'm following via GFC. I haven't been to Kyrgyzstan but I have been to Uzbekistan. I struggled to find fabric there.

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  50. such beautiful silk! I'm so jealous of you having visited Kyrgyzstan. I spent a few months about 10 years ago travelling through Siberia and central Asia fascinates me.

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  51. I would love to win for my group, World of Charity Stitching.
    Thanks,
    Peggy
    peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

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  52. Wow. I would love to own some of that silk. Wonderful giveaway. Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity on a great draw. bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  53. I haven't seen silk like that before. such vibrant colours.

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  54. new follower. will check out your zentangles as well

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  55. love the fabric giveaway thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  56. gfc follower

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  57. I really like your giveaway. Had not seen anything like it thus far. Thank you.

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  58. The silk is beautiful. Greetings from Central Illinois!

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  59. I'm a new follower and appreciate you having this giveaway!

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  60. That silk is so pretty.

    I am sthastie (at) gmail (d0t) com

    and I am a follower too.

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  61. Thank you for offering such a generous prize.

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  62. Hi, I have never worked with silk but I love learning new things. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  63. They are beautiful silks and I love the fact that they come with the history of their origin - that is half the beauty of hand made fabrics. I would be delighted to give them a home in Australia.

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  64. Omg would love to win some fabulous silk. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  65. What beautiful fabric, I might have a hard time cutting it up:-)

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  66. I am a new follower and love it when people share a little history, there is so much out there, thank you for sharing your beautiful find with us.

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  67. Amazing giveaway. Thanks for the chance.

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  68. The silk fabrics are divine!
    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!
    :o)
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  69. Wow...I'd love to have such beautiful fabric with such awesome history. Thank you for the opportunity to win such a gift.

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  70. Beautiful silks. I have never worked with silk before, thought it would be rather difficult.

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  71. What gorgeous colors. I know the perfect project for them. Thanks for offering them. You can find my email on my website. :)

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  72. What lovely silks! I've never worked with silk before but I think the shimmer and rich colors are so pretty.

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  73. What a great giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win. I'm a follower.

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  74. beautiful weave of colors, please consider my entry:) thanks

    email: extremelyanno at hotmail dot com

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  75. I have collected some interesting silks without really knowing what will be created. Yours are gorgeous - cant believe you are parting them em! I am following your site for further inspiration!

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  76. I am familiar with that area through the "Three Cups of Tea" books. Would love to win this silk.

    senstrings (at) yahoo dot com

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  77. Silk is so hard to find sometimes - looks like you've put together a great variety of it!

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  78. I have a collection of silks. The give away would be a great addition to my stash.

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  79. Ich bin noch eine Anfängerin im Nähen....Seide habe ich noch nie versucht

    Grüße aus Deutschland von
    Marion

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  80. I have been wanting to work with silks but have not yet. Thanks for the chance to win these beauties.

    Amy in VA

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  81. How lovely! Thanks for the chance!

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  82. Wow-- what a generous giveaway, to part with such gorgeous textile. I have some small pieces of vintage kimonos that I brought back from Japan that I also am ruminating over. I would love these to be sisters!

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  83. The fabric is gorgeous. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  84. How fun. I have some silk from Thailand that I mostly stroke. Beautiful, beautiful. Thanks.

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  85. I am GFC follower. The silk is so lovely. Thank you for the chance to win.

    ktreve (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  86. The silk is so lovely- and I am so intrigued about your travels. I hope you will write more about them... I love the photo and the postage stamp photo transfer too.

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  87. thanks for sharing...

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