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Saturday, 24 January 2015
*NEW* Sew Stitching Soothes the Soul




*NEW* from iStitch Designs - Sew Stitching Soothes the Soul. This 6" x 4" tray is made by Doodlin' Around Designs of Wisconsin, USA *here* and has, etched on the base, the words 'Stitching Soothes the Soul' as can bet seen in the second picture. This inspired me to design the above which fits exactly into the base of the tray but is removable by pulling the small tassel on the left side. The trays are available from numerous US stores so check out Doodlin's website for the store locator.




This would also make a lovely Valentine gift stitched in red and you could hide a message for your loved one in the secret space under the stitching.

And how wonderful this would be framed to hang on your sewing room wall. Endless ideas for one design.

This chart will be released at the Nashville show at the end of February and can be ordered at your LNS (please ask your store owner to order via Stitching Pretty) or you can pre-order it directly from me by emailing me - my email address can be found on my profile.

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Thursday, 22 January 2015
Sew Advent 2014






Sew Advent 2014 was released for Advent 2014. There are twenty four sections, once of each day of Advent - holly, robins, a snowman, a gingerbread man and more. The model was stitched on 48ct natural Gander linen with NPI silk threads but you can stitch this on whatever fabric (count and colour) with threads of your choice. 

The chart is now available to purchase *here*  or by clicking on the CHARTS button on the sidebar. For those of you in the US it can be purchased at your local needlework store. If you shop owner does not stock iStitch Designs please inform them that they can be obtained from Stitching Pretty

If you have already purchased this chart either before, during or after the SAL, you are entitled to have a further copy of the chart showing the above picture on a frontsheet. Please email me to get your new copy. My email address can be found on my profile. 

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Wednesday, 24 December 2014
iStitch Designs- Sew Advent 2014





iStitch Designs Sew Advent 2014 SAL finished today and here is the finished result. I had intended to put a silver mistletoe charm where the snowflake charm is but unfortunately it was too big!  I hope that the participants enjoyed the SAL. There are pictures of iStitch Designs Facebook page *here*  so please go take a look.

This design will be available to purchase shortly. I need to 'finish' and take a better picture for the frontsheet although if you would like to stitch this over the Christmas period and would really like this pattern now, please email me (my email address can be found on my profile). I will need your regular email address to receive the chart and your Paypal address. The cost is US$12

I take this opportunity of wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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Saturday, 13 December 2014
Sew Advent 2014 - Day 13




Day 13 of the Sew Advent 2014 was sent out today and shows that Hearts are Merry! I am getting great feedback on this one. There are now very limited spaces so if you still are deciding whether or not to join now is the time to do so. Just email me (email address on my profile) and let me know your regular email address to receive the charts and your Paypal address if different. The cost is US$12.






Marijke of Atelier Steekjes & Kruisjes has posted this picture on her blog *here* scroll down. This is Sew The Sampler Guild which was a design I did especially for The Sampler Guild. This pattern is still available *here*. You can change the TSG at the bottom and insert your own initials or the initials of a friend or relative.  I love how Marijke has changed the colours to red and blue and finished in the tray. I think these trays are available from her online store.

Don't forget to visit iStitch Designs Facebook page *here* to see the wonderful versions of Sew Advent 2014

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Thursday, 11 December 2014
iStitch Designs - Sew Advent 2014 SAL




iStitch Designs Sew Advent 2014 SAL  is now at Day 11 and I apologise for omitting to post any pictures here on my blog. What with taking a late vacation, preparing the SAL and Christmas preparations I have no idea where the time has gone!

There are still a few spaces available so if you want to join us, please email me (email address on my profile) with your regular email address and your Paypal address if different. The registration fee is US$12. Check out iStitch Designs Facebook page *here* where you see other versions being stitched by participants.

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Tuesday, 4 November 2014
Sew Advent SAL 2014

Registration for Sew Advent SAL 2014 is now open. If you wish to participate please email me with your name, your regular email address (to send the charts to) and your Paypal email address if it's different. Cost is US$12.

The chart parts will be sent out each day of Advent (Dec 1 to 24). Stitch each part on a daily basis and you will have a finished piece by Christmas.

There are limited spaces so don't miss out!

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Sunday, 7 September 2014
Randjes per week SAL




I am trying to keep up with the Randjes per week SAL and although I forgot to check the new bands late on Friday evening I did download and print them on Saturday afternoon and was then able to get them stitched up. For those of you who have expressed interest in this year long SAL go *here* where you can find all the charts. Another name makes an appearance on my sidebar, my darling grand-daughter Kirby Harris. 




A few days back I read in the local newspaper that part of the school I attended way back when (Folkestone Technical High School for Girls) is being renovated in 23 luxury apartments and that they were holding an open day yesterday. So off we went to check it out. It was rather surreal to go through the main doors after all these years and wander through the building. The dining room, which had the most wonderful galleried landing, is no longer there but the original staircases have been retained as has the Chapel. The show apartment to the bottom left of the picture was where Mademoiselle Fenn tried in vain to teach me French and the apartment next to it was my old form room. The house was then called 'Eversley' and has been renamed 'Eversley Park'. This was my favourite building of the three that comprised my school. 

This next picture shows how the school used to look. I think I prefer the old version!




And these are pictures of me (and my best friend Steph) taken outside of the building. These were our Summer uniforms which were green and white gingham dresses with brown cardigans. Our blazers were also green with a brown trim and we had straw boaters. Some of the girls in the background are wearing the Winter uniforms - brown skirts, cream shirts, brown and green striped tie, a brown mackintosh and brown felt hats. How old fashioned they look today! 




I hope you have enjoyed a trip back into my past!

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Saturday, 30 August 2014
Catch up!





I cannot believe it's been over a month since my last post! I haven't been stitching much although I did stitch and finish the above tiny pot for my friend Emma's birthday. The E is from a Sajou alphabet and I added a couple of hearts to 'round' it off. It's stitched on 48ct raw Gander linen with an HDF Perfect Red silk thread - 6211. Inside are teeny teeny MOP buttons. Unfortunately, the scissors were not part of her gift - sorry Emma!






I also managed to catch up on my Randjes per week SAL. There are two new bands released last night so you could say I am behind again but they are quite easy bands which I should be able to stitch up quite quickly. 

I also made a start on Soed Idee's Summer SAL *here* and I will post a picture of my progress shortly. I am using yet again the HDF Perfect Red - 6211 - but on 48ct antique white Gander linen. 


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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
iStitch Designs Stockists in the US

List of iStitch Designs stockists in the US:

* Stitchery Row 55 Washington Ave, Endicott, NY 13760
* Stitcher's Place 234 King St East, Cambridge Ontario N3H 3M6 Canada
* Attic Needlework 1837 West Guadalupe, Suite 109, Mesa, AZ
* The Crafty Frame 9204 Ulmerton Rd Largo Fl 33771
* Crafty Ewe 8035 Broadview Rd Broadview Heights OH 44147
* Stitcher's Place 234 King Street East, Cambridge, Ontario Canada N3H 3M6

* Golden Needle  1225 Tamiami Trail Unit A-3  Port Charlotte Florida 33953  USA

If your shop is not on here (and you would like it to be) please ask your shop owner to contact Michelle of Stitching Pretty

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Monday, 21 July 2014
*NEW* Sew Cherished





Sew Cherished is to be released at the St Charles Market next month. It is stitched on 48ct raw Gander linen with Au Ver a Soie 2925 and Blanc Optique and finished as a pin pillow.

Stitching Pretty  has exclusive rights to distribute this pattern in the US. I will deal with the UK/Europe myself. I will be adding a list of the US shops that stock my designs both on here and to the iStitch Designs Facebook page *here* shortly. If your LNS is not on the list please ask the shop owner to contact Michelle at Stitching Pretty.

Thanks for your continued support!






I managed to catch up with my stitching of the Randje per week SAL and have also added my daughter Nicola's name to the sideband. This SAL is now half way done and it measures 19½" so far. It is stitched 1*1 with AVAS 2926 and 161 - the banding is 30ct. Two new bands were released last weekend and I have part-stitched these.

Now the sun is out and I should be in the garden...

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Saturday, 14 June 2014
Infinity and beyond!




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Last Thursday was an amazing day. We walked Hector along the seafront and the sea was as still and as calm as it possibly could be. The water and sky merged into one - so beautiful! I had forgotten to take my camera so this was a quick snap on my iPhone.






Because of the beautiful weather we've been having my stitching got neglected and I only managed to stitch a tiny part of Band 47 of my Randje per week SAL. Now I have 3½ bands to catch up as two new bands have just been released. I did however catch up on some reading and I have just downloaded a few more books onto my Kindle. 


I am already fed up with the football and there are, I think, 3 more weeks to go.


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Saturday, 7 June 2014
Randje per week - Bands 45 & 46




I only finished stitching Bands 45 & 46 of the Randje per week SAL last night in time for two new bands (47 & 48) which were released very late last night. I printed off the chart and will be stitching them shortly. There are now 3149 members to this SAL - how amazing is that?

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Wednesday, 4 June 2014
iStitch Designs *News*


I have recently heard from my distributor in the US that several people, as they are looking at the models at the trade shows, say that they can buy one pdf chart from me and then print as many copies as they want to resell! I know that there are some stitchers out there that are not bothered about copyright and blatantly share charts with all and sundry but these are shop owners who we trust to have the integrity to respect copyright. I am not for one suggesting for one moment that all shop owners are doing this but it only takes one or two …

When I started designing I wanted to make my designs affordable for everyone and readily available world wide. By selling pdf charts a stitcher has almost instant gratification as the chart is delivered almost immediately (time differences permitting).  

I have now decided to give Stitching Pretty exclusive rights of sale in the US which means you will have to purchase my designs from your LNS (via Stitching Pretty - the distributor). UK and European customers will be able to purchase printed charts directly from me but this unfortunately means a price rise to cover printing costs and packaging plus postage costs to wherever you live and which will also bring the price in line with that of the US.  

I will leave my site open for six or so weeks to enable those of my customers to complete their 'collections' so if there is any chart you wish to have now is the time to buy - *here*!

I am sorry to do this but I see no alternative.

New designs will be shown on a new iStitch Designs blog *here* (which will open on the day the other closes), plus my personal blog and iStitch Designs Facebook page. Please bear with me during transition www.istitchdesigns.blogspot.co.uk 

Thank you
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Friday, 30 May 2014
Randje per week update







I am keeping up to date with my Randje per week SAL *here* this picture shows up to band 44 although, as I left out band 26 I suppose you could say up to 'band 43'.






 I have now added my name and date of birth to the sideband. I will of course have to leave my date of death to be stitched by someone else at, hopefully, a much later stage!!

There are now over 3,000 people stitching this Randje per week - how amazing is that? 


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Wednesday, 21 May 2014
Sew Darling





New release by iStitch Designs - Sew Darling released today. The ever present alphabet, with a few numbers and a lower case abc, together with flower motifs, a bird and a cute kitty stitched on 48ct antique white Gander linen with Gloriana Bellagio #135

This chart is available to purchase *here* or by clicking on the CHARTS button on the sidebar, or for those of you in the US at your local needlework store. If you shop owner does not stock iStitch Designs please inform them that they can be obtained from Stitching Pretty


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Take care

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Wednesday, 14 May 2014
Randje per week - Week 19



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I have now caught up on my Randje per week SAL after falling behind last week. Bands 37, 38, 39 and 40 are now stitched with two new bands being released this coming Friday night/Saturday morning. 

I have also stitched a bit on Carol's Band and I will post a picture as soon as I take one. I finished stitching a new iStitch Design - Sew Darling and two pieces for the iStitch Design exchange. Yes two pieces - I had one person drop out after partners had been allocated! These 3 pieces need to be finished and, as I also have a couple of Christmas ornaments to be finished, it will be a marathon finishing session once I get started! 



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It was a lovely day today so we decided to take dear sweet Hector for a walk and for a change we collected him in the car and drove to Walmer Castle car park and then walked him along the coastal path to the Zetland Arms. He wasn't overly keen on the car ride - maybe a car ride mean a visit to the vet but he was extremely happy once he was out of the car and thoroughly enjoyed his walk!

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Friday, 2 May 2014
Two iStitch finishes + Randjes Week 17





Recently Michele of Just Another Stitching Blog posted pictures of two iStitch Designs finishes. Firstly Sew Rabbits. This was finished into a delightful little pillow by Hands On Design. 






Michele's second finish was Sew Irish finished into a cute pillow with a 'wish pocket' on the back by the talented Faye Riggsbee of Carolina Stitcher *here*.

I am sorry that I do not have links to either Hands on Design or Faye's blog (*now added above) but I will add links if someone lets me know them.

Both of these pieces are stitched and finished beautifully and a thank you to Michele for allowing me to post them here. 






I downloaded and printed Week 17 (bands 35 and 36) of the Randje per week SAL.  I stitched band 35 last Saturday afternoon but for some reason found it hard to get a 'flow' on band 36 so I abandoned it to stitch for the iStitch Exchange. I did get back to band 36 a couple of days ago and here it is to date. Band 26 is missing as I didn't like it! As you see (if you crane your neck sideways) the names of both my grandmother and mother are now stitched.  There are now 2713 members according to the Randje per week Facebook page and there are many variations of this year long project. It is still open to new members so if you fancy having a go at this go *here* to sign up and download the free charts.

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Sunday, 20 April 2014
Randjes Week 16 plus exchange news




Yesterday (Saturday) I downloaded this week's Randje per week bands and managed to get them stitched straight away. 

Now it's back to stitching the model for the latest iStitch Design - Sew Darling.

Signups for iStitch Designs Exchange have now closed and by now you should have received an email with your partner's information. If you haven't please let me know and I will re-send it. You have until July 31 to stitch and finish and mail to your partner. Please let me know when you have sent to your partner and when you receive. I have chosen what I am stitching but yet to choose fabric, threads and finish! 

It's a horrid day here - wet and quite cold so an afternoon curled up on the sofa with needle and thread!

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Sew Seasons and Randje update




I recently received this picture of Sew Seasons from Maureen of Canada. It is stitched on 'Winter Ice' fabric by Enchanted Lair in mystery colours of HDF by Vikki Clayton. Such a beautiful stitch and finish. Thank you Maureen for allowing me to post this here. 




And here is an update of my Randje per week SAL - bands 31 and 32.  I cannot believe we are on week 15 already - where is the year going? 

iStitch Designs Exchange signups close on April 20 so if you do want to join in, please email me asap (my address is on my profile). I need your name and address and whether or not you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced stitcher so I can pair you with a like partner. Items have to be stitched and mailed on or before July 31. 


My leg is healing well and I was able to take a long walk with Hector this morning. This afternoon I fell asleep on the sofa - I think the fresh air and exercise did me in! 

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Sunday, 6 April 2014
Randje per week SAL - Week 14




Yesterday I stitched Bands 29 & 30 of the Randje per week SAL. I am really enjoying this project and I love to see the different versions on the Randje per week Facebook page *here*. There are 2,181 members of this group and although not all post pictures it's great to see how the members are putting their own stamp on this project. 




I have now stitched my late mother's name, date of birth and date of death on the sideways section. The next name will be mine although I will have to leave the DOD blank for someone else to fill in!!

This week I will be stitching the model for a new iStitch Design to be released shortly.

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