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Wednesday, 7 June 2017
iStitch Designs - Mini Band Sampler






New to iStitch Designs - a Mini Band Sampler. The stitching is complete but it needs a final finish. It is stitched 1 over 1 on 40ct white linen with Soie Surfine 109. This will be available shortly at iStitch Designs.


Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol



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Monday, 5 June 2017
Stitching fun!


I know its been ages - I know not where my times goes to! I have been busy - iStitch Designs Blue Band Sampler SAL started on April 21 and we are now 7 weeks into the SAL. There are some really pretty versions on the iStitch Designs Blue Band Sampler SAL page so please visit and have a look. It's a closed group but you are welcome to join.





After finishing my model for the Blue Band Sampler I decided to start the model for the Red Band Sampler SAL which will start early in 2018. I chose my banding and thread.
  




Two of my grand-daughters, Kirby and Megan, decided to join the Blue Band Sampler SAL and came round for a day's stitching. I am so proud of these girls! We had a most enjoyable day and decided to make it a regular thing. Megan has just finished her second year at University and Kirby works two part-time jobs. They have both been stitching since a very early age and are quite proficient stitchers. 




This was our progress. Kirby had a new start and finished Week 1; Megan had already stitched Week 1 before she arrived and finished Week 2 today. They have both gone home saying they will spend the evening stitching. I had a new piece of banding arrive this morning so I hem-stitched both ends and made a start - only a sneak peek as this is a very new design!

Thanks for visiting
Take care
*Carol*






 
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Thursday, 27 April 2017
Sew Rosie




My friend stitched up Sew Rosie and finished it as a box top. She showed it to me last night at our stitch group meeting so I quickly took a snap. Isn't is gorgeous? Thank you Sylvie for allowing me to share.

Sew Rosie chart is available *here*  and if you purchase Sew Rosie you get Sew FS 1837 for free!

The Blue Band SAL started last Friday and there are some lovely versions being shown the SAL Facebook page *here*   It is a closed group but you are more than welcome to join.

Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol 


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Monday, 24 April 2017
iStitch Designs - Blue Band Sampler SA




Week 1


iStitch Designs Blue Band Sampler SAL started last Friday and already there are pictures on the SAL Facebook page *here*        There are some lovely versions - in green variegated silks, a red one and quite a few in various shades of blue. There is even one stitched on blue banding in white! All are beautiful and I can't wait to see how these progress.

There are still a few spaces available in the SAL so if you want to join us either leave a message on Facebook with your email address and your Paypal address if different or email me - my address can be found on my profile. 

Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol




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Monday, 10 April 2017
Hector RIP





Our sweet grand-dog Hector (aka Pom or Pombear) went over the Rainbow Bridge yesterday. He would have been 11 years old in May and has been on his 'wheelies' for 6 of those 11 years! He died peacefully at home - took one long sigh and passed. He took us on many walks where we made lots of friends both canine and human! He was very well known in our town - the majority of people greeting him by name. He appeared in our local newspaper and also in a book called Dogs of Deal.  

We will miss him so much. Rest in peace my little man 😢 I love you xx

Carol


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Sunday, 9 April 2017
Sew Blue and Red ABC






iStitch Designs: Sew Blue and Red ABC released on April 9 - a sweet alphabet, a vase of flowers, a cute kitty holding up a red open heart, a couple of butterflies and two hearts and ABC in an antique font. The model is stitched 1*2 on 48ct antique white Gander linen with NPI silk threads in 749 and 502. DMC equivalents are given on the chart.  This new design is available *here* or by clicking on the CHARTS button on the sidebar.

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend
Take care
Carol






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Wednesday, 5 April 2017
Blue Band Sampler SAL






There's still time to join iStitch Designs Blue Band Sampler SAL.  Email me if you are interested  (my email address can be found on my profile).

Go on you know you want to!

Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol



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Friday, 31 March 2017
2017 Easter Freebie





iStitch Designs 2017 Easter freebie now available *here* 

If you re-post this on Pinterest or Instagram please pin before you enlarge the chart so it links back as too many 'free charts' are just linking to the charts. Designers have these free charts to encourage people to visit their site! Thank you.


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Wednesday, 29 March 2017
Blue Band Sampler Update





iStitch Designs Blue Band Sampler SAL is due to start on April 21. I am working on Part 2 of the SAL which is a continuation on this very pretty lace-edged banding. I was asked how I handled the long length (100cms) of banding while stitching. As you can see from the picture I used a 5" bound wood hoop which I remove when I am not working on it. The top length I leave hanging but the bottom length is rolled up on an antique wood spool and tied with a twisted cord. The part showing inside the hoop is a sneak preview of Part 2. 

There are a few spaces left on this SAL so if you are interested now is the time to apply by emailing me (my email address can be found on my profile) or messaging me via Facebook. The SAL has its own Facebook page *here*   it is a closed group but you only have to click to join! The cost is US$15 for Part 1 payable by Paypal and if you wish to continue with Part 2 it's an additional $12 which will be invoiced at a later date. 

I am enjoying this one so much that after Sew Advent 2017 I will be working on a Red Sampler Band. Of course, these projects do not have to be stitched in blue (or red) or on the lace-edge banding. One member is stitching them side by side on a piece of linen. Others side by side on a wider linen banding. Why don't you join us?

Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol



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Sunday, 19 March 2017
Blue Band Sampler SAL






iStitch Designs Blue Band Sampler SAL - does anyone want to join us? This is a 14 week SAL starting on April 21. The registration fee is US$15 payable by Paypal although I will accept payment in dollars, pounds sterling and Euros sent in the mail at your own risk. Please email me (you can find my email address on my profile) with your email address to receive the charts and your Paypal address if different. On payment of the invoice I will send you an information/materials list. This very pretty lace-edged banding is available from Marijke *here* You will need 50cm for this project (cost 4.25 Euros plus shipping) but there will be a Part 2 so if you want to follow on underneath you will need to purchase 100cm. Both parts can be stitched side by side if you prefer and, of course, you can use any threads of your choice! There will be a charge for Part 2 - US$12 for existing members - US$15 if you are not a member. 

Thanks for visiting 
Take care
Carol


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Tuesday, 14 March 2017
A Sign of Spring




I know that some of you keep a look out for Tommy when he awakens from his Winter hibernation so I am happy to report that he woke up a few days ago. He doesn't look too happy does he? He is now wandering around in the Spring sunshine although he's not eating as yet and he still goes back in his box overnight.  As we come into Summer he stays out 24-7. Our garden is completely walled in so there is no way he can escape. I have been asked how old he is and to be truthful we don't really know but can trace him back to around 70 years ago but he may be even older than that! 

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There are still a few spaces left on iStitch Designs Blue Band SAL so if you are interested please get in touch. I posted a video (my first ever video) on iStitch Designs Facebook page. If I can work out how to do it I will post it here!


Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol



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Friday, 10 March 2017
iStitch Designs - Blue Band Sampler S





I finished stitching iStitch Designs Blue Band Sampler for the SAL so I decided to hem-stitch the top edge. This SAL starts on April 21 and there are still a few spaces left. If you are interested please email me (my email address can be found on my Profile). I will need your email address and your Paypal address if different. The cost is US$15. I've also been working on the design for Part 2 which will carry on at the bottom of this one on the lacy edge banding. Of course, you could stitch  both of these samplers separately or even side by side.

Thanks for visiting 
Take care
Carol



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Tuesday, 7 March 2017
A gift and SAL update





I received the above gift from the lovely Brenda of Time to XStitch

The fabric is the most gorgeous stitching pouch in which my Blue Band Sampler is residing at present. The sled is at the moment is displayed on my desk and I cannot wait until next Christmas to display it properly! I tried to get some on these little sleds on my last trip to the states but Michaels or Hobby Lobby didn't stock them and neither did the only needlework shop I visited. I am wondering how much the postage would be to get them sent to me?? Thank you Brenda for the most beautiful gifts.

iStitch Designs Blue Band Sampler SAL is well under way. The model is almost finished; the weekly charts are done but I need to print them out and check them. There are still a a few spaces left if anyone is interested. Just email with your email address and PayPal address if different. The cost is US$15. There is a new Facebook page for the SAL *here* 


Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol


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Monday, 27 February 2017
Blue Band Sampler





If you have signed up for iStitch Designs Blue Band Sampler SAL the very pretty lace edged banding is now available to purchase from Atelier Steekjes & Kruisjes. Marijke has set up a special page to make it easy to order *here*  If you are stitching just this sampler then you will need to order 50cm although I suggest you purchase 100cm as there will be a Part II in the future and you may wish to carry on on the same piece of banding. There are still spaces available on this SAL. The cost is US$15 payable through Paypal. To sign up just email me - my email address is on My Profile.

Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol


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Saturday, 25 February 2017
A SAL and a gift!







I posted a picture on Facebook of a blue band sampler that I started in 2014. Lots of people posted comments and emailed me to ask if I would do this for a Summer SAL. I need to finish stitching it - the charting is already done. The SAL will start on June 2 and will continue for 14 weeks. If you are interested in joining us please leave a comment with your email address (and Paypal address) although it you are not happy to do this please email me with this information. My email address can be found on My Profile. There are further details on iStitch Designs Facebook page. 





Today I received a wonderful gift from dear sweet Angela - a sheep thread holder by Kelmscott Designs. Isn't is lovely? Thank you Angela.


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Take care
Carol




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Sunday, 19 February 2017
Birth sampler and a visit





I finished stitching Primrose's birth sampler and framed it up a couple of weeks ago. The pattern is Beatrix Potter Birth Sampler 1 which I stitched 1 over 2 on 40ct white linen using the recommended DMC threads although I changed up the charted blue tendrils and the font to pink. I also changed the font.  Mummy loved it - Primrose just grinned at me! Thank you to Pamela who loaned me the chart.




She's a very happy child!


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Last weekend we went to Dover Castle which is about 9 miles from us. We met up with Meg - number 2 grand-daughter - seen here with her Grandad. It was a cold and dull day but we throughly enjoyed our visit. The wartime tunnels are amazing. We aim going again when the weather improves.




A view across the English Chanel from the roof top of the castle. 



Meg took a picture of the reigning King and Queen ;-)  Shame that the Queen's feet didn't reach the floor! How come the King had a footstool? And next time I shall wear my golden crown!


Thanks for visiting 
Take care
Carol 


 
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Sunday, 5 February 2017
February fun!







How about some February fun? Please visit *here* or click on the CHARTS button on the sidebar and look at all my designs. There is a quick link to each design on the sidebar. Now come back here and leave a comment telling me which is your favourite design and why? This is also running on iStitch Designs Facebook page.

If you decide to purchase any of the designs FS 1837 (see above) will also be sent to you for free! Sew Blue, Sew Red and Sew Autumn are no longer available.

Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol




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Wednesday, 1 February 2017
iStitch Designs - 2017 Valentine Freebie






iStitch Designs 2017 Valentine Freebie! There is still time to stitch this for your loved one. Go *here*  or click on the CHARTS button on the sidebar. If you stitch this and send me a picture I will post it on the sale blog

Thanks for visting
Take care
Carol

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Friday, 27 January 2017
Sew White Rabbit





iStitch Designs: Sew White Rabbit released on January 27 -  a classic alphabet and numbers with a pretty white rose border, some heart motifs and a white rose motif and, of course, the white rabbit! The model is stitched 1*1 on 30ct red Gander linen with NPI 991BB white silk thread.  This new design is available *here* or by clicking on the CHARTS button on the sidebar. For those of you in the US and who prefer to have a printed chart this can be purchased at your LNS. If you shop owner does not stock iStitch Designs please inform them they can be obtained from Stitching Pretty.

Thanks for visiting 
Take care
Carol



 
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Tuesday, 3 January 2017
Sew Advent 2016 - Picture Gallery


How wonderful to see the completed Sew Advents for 2016. I know that it didn't look much in the early days but I think the overall result was worth that daily stitch!

Scroll through the following pictures to see some lovely finishes




Brenda chose to stitch 1*1 on 32ct raw Belfast linen with the recommended NPI silk threads




Claudia (ever the rebel 😉) chose to 1*1 on 28ct Lakeside Exemplar with HDF Redwork Red. She had to adjust the church steeple so it didn't blend in with the tree - well done Claudia




Cornelia stitched 1*1 on 32ct Belfast linen in Amsterdam Blue with NPI silk threads




Dede tells me her fabric is from Picture this Plus but is now not available. Apparently it was a test piece and they decide against reproducing it - such a shame - the background looks like falling snow! She used DMC white plus threads from Victorian Motto Sampler




Judy (another rebel maybe? 😉) also went with all red thread albeit a variegated (DMC 115). Her fabric is Zweigart 32ct dirty linen. Judy shortened the steeple to avoid it blending into the tree
  



Mariko stitched 1*1 on 32ct Belfast in Spruce Blue using DMC threads and finished as a very pretty ornament




Mary stitched 1*1 on Wichelt 28ct in Nordic Blue using DMC threads B5200, 898, 444, 702 and 321




Melissa chose 40ct silk weave in Sapphire Sky with Mo's silk thread in red and green plus DMC threads 




Melody stitched on 32ct Summer Breeze Hand Dyed Linen by Stephanie with silk threads





Last but certainly not least, Penny stitched not one but two versions! Her fabric was Smokey Pearl Cashel - her threads DMC. She hem-stitched both versions to finish.



What can I say? Each and every one of these Sew Advents are so beautiful that it would be very difficult to pick one out - so well done and thank you to the above ladies for allowing me to share their finishes on here. 

Thank you too to all that took part in the SAL. If you have stitched and finished Sew Advent 2016 and would like to share your work, please send me a picture and details of fabric and threads used and I will post in another gallery. 

Thanks for visiting - Happy New Year to you all
Take care
Carol











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Thursday, 29 December 2016
Ornaments





Two tiny ornaments I stitched this year. 

The robin was for my new great-grand-daughter (eeeekkk - am I that old?) Primrose. This pattern was an online freebie but sorry I cannot remember where I found it. *Edited* pattern can be found *here* Thank you Annie! I added Primrose's name at the bottom. It's stitched 1*2 with NPI silk threads on 48ct nacre Gander linen. 

The Merry Christmas was an adaptation of a Victoria Sampler freebie *here*   It is stitched on an unknown linen with NPI silk threads and Dentelles 80.

I am now stitching Beatrix Potter Birth Sampler 1 for Primrose but changing the blue thread to pink. I had planned on having this finished apart from the wording in time for her birth but she arrived 4 weeks early and then we were on vacation and then, before I looked around, it was time for Christmas stitching!



Primrose Anise Kent born on August 11, 2016  weighing 5lbs 12oz



I take this opportunity of wishing you all a Happy New Year!

Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol





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Saturday, 24 December 2016
Sew Advent 2016






The Sew Advent 2016 SAL is now finished and here is a picture of my finish. It is stitched 1*1 on 32ct Spruce Blue Belfast linen with NPI silk threads. The whole piece (including the hem-stitching) measures 4¼" x 4¼" but, of course if you stitch this over two linen threads it will be double the size. The Christmas charms are from Atelier Steekhes & Kruisjes *here* 

Sew Advent 2016 is now available *here* or click on the CHARTS button on the sidebar

I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year

I have some new and exciting new charts available shortly

Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol  
 
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Friday, 16 December 2016
Sew Advent 2016 - Day 16




iStitch Designs - Sew Advent 2016 - here we are at Day 16 where we find a snowy village being built! I have yet to add snow on the two trees and a teeny red bead for Rudolph's nose. I have decided on a hemstitch finish. Please visit iStitch Designs Facebook page (link on sidebar) where you will see other versions. Claudia and Judy have gone with red monochrome whilst others are following the colour threads as suggested although some are stitching on a raw linen rather than the blue. It's difficult to choose which one is my favourite - which do you like best?






As something a little different for the children this year I brought some wood tags, painted them with white acrylic paint edging them with a black Sharpie. Using rubbers stamps I printed mistletoe on those for the girls and stars for the boys. On the reverse I stamped Merry Christmas and wrote names and the year again with a fine tip permanent marker. I hand-twisted black No 12 perle cotton for the hangers and then added tiny black ribbon bows (one for each side). I was rather pleased with the result.  I have two stitched ones which have yet to be finished and will post these when they are done.

Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol 



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Monday, 12 December 2016
iStitch Designs - Sew Advent 2016




Day 12 of iStitch Designs Sew Advent 2016 SAL. We are now halfway through and now that there's a tree and the church in place it's starting to come alive. I have yet to add snow to my tree ...

If you wish that you have joined in there are still a few space savailable. Please email me with your regular email address and your Paypal address (if different) and I will send you an invoice (cost $US15). Once the invoice is paid I will send you the up to date chart and each day thereafter to December 24 you will receive the next chart. 

Apologies for the poor picture - taken with my iPhone under an Ottlite! 

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Take care
Carol




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Tuesday, 6 December 2016
iStitch Designs - Christmas 2016 Freebie






Here is iStitch Designs Christmas 2016 freebie beautifully stitched and finished once again by the lovely Carol S.  Thank you Carol for, once again, coming to my rescue at this busy time of the year!

Carol chose to go with a delicate, primitive pillow look using R&R Reproductions 40 ct Iced Cappuccino linen and Classic Colorworks Jolly Holly and Ribbon Red floss...

To find this freebie go *here* or click on the CHARTS button on the sidebar


If you repost this on Pinterest please pin before you enlarge the chart so it links back here. Too many 'free charts' are just linking to the charts - thank you! 



 
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Thursday, 1 December 2016
Sew Advent 2016 - Day 1





Day 1 of Sew Advent 2016. A tiny heart in the top left hand corner but what is that 'blob' underneath it? 

There are still a few available spaces for this SAL so if you are interested either email me via my profile or message me via the iStitch Designs Facebook page - there is a link to this on the left side bar. The cost is US$15 payable by Paypal. If you have any questions again contact me.

Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol


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Saturday, 26 November 2016
iStitch Designs - Sew Advent 2016


By request, I am holding a Sew Advent 2016 SAL. As in previous years you will receive a small piece of the design released to you on a daily basis from December 1-24. If you 'stitch along' you will have a finished piece by Christmas. So forget those chocolate Advents with the added calories and join us. The cost of this SAL is US$15 payable by Paypal although I will accept UK cheques or cash in £s, US$ and Euros sent discreetly in the mail at your own risk. For those of you paying by Paypal I will need your Paypal address if different from your regular email. If you are interested please email me or leave a message on Facebook.

Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol


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Friday, 22 July 2016
Sew Advent 2015






Robin recently sent me a picture of her finish of Sew Advent 2015 which won 1st place at the County Fair in the Counted Cloth - Christmas Category. The white frame that Robin chose is perfect to show off the white stitching. Thank you Robin for sharing your lovely finish. 

I am now starting to think about a Sew Advent 2016! Do you think another Band Sampler or maybe something more in the lines of Sew Advent 2014? Anyone interested?

Thanks for visiting
Take care

Carol

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Saturday, 14 May 2016
iStitch Designs




I received the above picture from my US distributor Michele at Stitching Pretty showing a compilation of four older iStitch Designs which she takes to trade shows. Isn't this pretty? All of these charts are still available *here* or click on the CHARTS button on the sidebar. Michele also tells me that Sew Rosie has made the Needlework Retailer magazine's new issue! I'm hoping she will scan the relevant page for me to see.

Thanks for visiting
Take care and have a good weekend


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Friday, 6 May 2016
A birthday gift




Today I received a belated birthday gift from the lovely Brenda of Time 2 Xstitch - a beautifully stitched and finished project bag with a Parisian theme. The design is Sew Parisian stitched in one of my favourite shares of blue. Brenda also added a tiny beaded zipper fob with an Eiffel Tower charm. Thank you Brenda - I love it!

This design is still available *here* or click on the CHARTS button on the sidebar - look down the left sidebar and you will find a quick link to this design.

The weather has changed for the better in our little corner of the UK so it's nice to be able to get out in the garden with my Kindle. I have however worked on a new design - a sneak peek here: 








I am a little undecided what fabric and floss to stitch the model with or, indeed, a name for it. Any suggestions welcome ...

Thanks for visiting
Take care


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