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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.

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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 ...

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Take care


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Friday, 29 April 2016
Has it really been over a month?




Has it really been over a month since I posted? I do not know where the time goes to - however did I find time to work full-time?

I went to Stitch-n-Bitch on Wednesday evening and my friend Caroline showed me that she had stitched and finished Sew An Easter Needleroll for her grandson Ned to remind him of spending Easter with his grandparents! This is stitched and finished beautifully - well done Caroline! 

My apologies for not posting the finishing tutorial for the needle roll. I forgot to take pictures when I finished my model and so had to stitch another design. I took step-by-step pictures and then messed up so I've have to stitch another. Luckily I was able to fudge my mess-up. I have nearly finished re-stitching yet another so hopefully it won't be too long for the tutorial to be ready. 

I've also been busy working on a few new designs and so models need to be stitched.

Thanks for visiting and I hope to post a little more frequently - maybe with a few sneak peaks?
Take care



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Thursday, 17 March 2016
Happy St Patricks Day and a winner!


Happy St Patricks Day - the winner of iStitch Designs Sew Irish is Beth of http://gardengrumblesandcrossstitchfumbles.blogspot.co.uk who said "Sew Irish is charming, my favourite design"! Congratulations Beth


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Sunday, 13 March 2016
iStitch Designs Giveaway!




iStitch Designs are having a giveaway for St Patricks Day. Leave a comment saying which is your favourite iStitch Design either here on on iStitch Designs Facebook page - link on sidebar - and I will draw a winner on March 17 of a Sew Irish pdf chart!

Thanks for visiting
Take care



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Sunday, 6 March 2016
Sew Rosie




Photos by Valie 


iStitch Designs: Sew Rosie released on March 6. The model is stitched on 55t white linen with Tudor silk threads in #240 Bellagio Red and #206 Olivine and finished as a tiny pin pillow. My French friend stitched her version in pinks and green on a lower count linen but also finished as a pin pillow.  The stitch count is 77 x 67. This design is now 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 your shop owner does not stock iStitch Designs please inform them they can be obtained from Stitching Pretty  

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Take care



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Thursday, 3 March 2016
Sew an Easter Needleroll





Sew an Easter Needleroll is stitched 1*2 on 36ct white linen with AVAS Soie D'alger silk threads in 1843, 3836, 4114, 2513, 2931 and 1434 and the little sampler in 1833, 3433, 4114, 4822 and 1712. DMC equivalents are given on the chart. The stitch count is 59 x 59. This design is now available *here*  or click on the CHARTS button on the sidebar. 

There will be a needle roll finishing tutorials on my Tutorials blog shortly -  click on the Tutorials button on the sidebar.

For the scissors enthusiast ;-) these are hand-made by M. Roulot of Nogent, France

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Take care

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Friday, 26 February 2016
Sew an Easter Needleroll





Sew an Easter Needleroll to be released at Nashville and on iStitch Designs site on March 4. This can be pre-ordered now - email me - my address is on my profile.

As I stitched this twice I finished one as a needle roll and the other with picot hem-stitched (mice teeth 😃) teeny sampler. I am working on needle roll finishing instructions which will hopefully be ready for my Tutorials blog shortly.

Sew Rosie (in both red and pink) will also be released shortly. My French friend is stitching the pink version and my red version is on its way to her for a photoshoot as her photography skills are much better than mine!

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Take care



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Monday, 8 February 2016
iStitch Designs February offer


DON'T FORGET iStitch Designs SPECIAL OFFERS which are for the whole of February:

1 Buy any one design and get a second half price - the cheapest will be half price and

2 Three for two offer - by two charts and get a third one (cheapest) free.

This offer will expire on February 29

Go *here* to check out the charts

Please email me your order with your Paypal address so I can send you an invoice showing discount

Thanks for visiting
Take care



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Tuesday, 2 February 2016
Picot hem-stitching - Mice Teeth



Checking out Pinterest a few months back I came across a picture with a link to a picot hemstitching tutorial *here*. I haven't posted a picture as it's not mine to use but anyway I book-marked it and moved on. Later I saw that Soed Idee were doing a hem-stitching class *here* for 'Merklapje met muizentandjes' which translates to 'Sampler with mice teeth'! What a delightful expression. I worked out the cost of the class and travel but it was a little expensive but I knew I just had to learn how to do this 'mice teeth' hem. I emailed Simone who kindly gave me some help. By now it's Christmas and, of course, life got in the way. 


After stitching iStitch Designs Sew Forget-Me-Not (details in the post dated January 31) I was wondering how to 'finish' it and thought again about this hem-stitching. I have been hem-stitching samplers for a few years so was not worried about trying something new. As you may or may not know I have a hem-stitching tutorial on my Tutorials blog *here* so I hem-stitched Sew Forget-Me-Not as per my tutorial but added a row of back-stitching with Dentelles 80 around the second 'box' where threads have been removed - you will need to look at my tutorial to understand this. The resulting hem-stitching looked like this:







It's nice but not quite what I was looking for so let's try again. After checking my box of unfinished samplers I found Sew FS 1837 which I designed a few years back but didn't release it. It is stitched on 48ct Nacre linen with AVAS 2925. I repeated the steps as for Sew Forget-Me-Not but then added the extra stitches but ... something was not quite right as instead of 'mice teeth' it just looks like a four-sided stitch border:






With Simone's help I discovered where I was going wrong so it was back to the drawing board or actually back to the box of unfinished samplers where I found a teeny sampler (design area approximately 2" x 1½") stitched 1*1 with a beautiful blue AVAS Soie Surfine on 32ct linen. Unfortunately I have no idea what this sampler is called or who the designer is although for some reason Sajou jumps to mind. If anyone knows the designer please let me know so that I can give them credit. I did the 'normal' hem-stitching adding the back stitches with No 12 Perle cotton as it was a lower count linen. This time all went well and the elusive 'mice teeth' appeared around the edge!  






Thank you Simone for your help. I am sure I will be using this pretty finish again. 

Thanks for visiting - I hope you haven't been too bored ;-)
Take care



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Sunday, 31 January 2016
New iStitch Designs release and a special offer for February!





Released today January 31 is Sew Forget-Me-Not. A tiny sampler stitched 1*2 on 48ct antique white Gander linen with NPI silk threads 112, 402, 695 and 674 (DMC equivalents are given on the chart). There is a sweet alphabet surrounded by a box entwined with Forget-Me-Nots, there is a bouquet of these pretty little flowers together with a little grey kitty with amber eyes. You could change the colour here if you have a cat! 

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

And now for iStitch Designs SPECIAL OFFERS which are for the whole of February but starts today - January 31.

1  Buy any one design and get a second half price - the cheapest will be half price and 

2  Three for two offer - buy two charts and get a third one (cheapest) free. So maybe now is time to get all 3 Sew Advent charts at a special price? Buy Sew Advent 2015 and 2014 and get 2013 free!

This offer will expire on February 29


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Take care






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Saturday, 16 January 2016
Gifts and stitching


The postman delivered me some special gifts this past week:





Firstly this beautifully stitched and finished Halloweenies pillow and a summer scissor fob from my French friend. The Halloweenies pillow represents our dear little Hector and the scissor fob is to remind me of our wonderful summer breaks. Thank you dear friend - you know who you are!




For those of you who do not know this is Hector. He is, as you can see, disabled and is the sweetest little dog you can ever imagine! He belongs to our daughter so we are actually his 'grandparents' and we walk him often as possible. He has his own 'fan club' and we are always getting stopped by people asking after him. He is nine years old and has been on his 'wheelies' for five years now. Such a brave little soldier!




My second package contained (amongst other goodies for both the family and me) this lovely stitched Prairie Schooler Santa pillow. It came from Canton, Ohio - another dear friend - and although it arrived a little later for the holiday it is now displayed on my desk where it will remain until Christmas 2016! Who says we have to put our decorations away for the rest of the year? Thank you my sister from the US 😊 




Those of you who follow my iStitch Designs Facebook page *here* you may have seen the sneak preview of Sew Forget-Me-Not but for those of you who don't do Facebook here it is. I have actually finished stitching this but need to do a final finish and I am a little undecided on how to finish it.   

I am also working on the model for Sew Rosie. I originally planned on stitching this with pink roses but then thought red roses would be more apt for Valentines Day so now I will stitch this in both colour ways on different count linens. I have started Sew Rosie in red with Tudor Silks on 55t white linen and, once this is finished, there will be a pink rose version. 

May I ask those of you who stitch iStitch Designs to post pictures with the materials used information on the iStitch Designs Facebook page. 

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Take care



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Sunday, 27 December 2015
Ornaments for the children





I took a quick snap of these ornaments with my iPhone before I gave them to the children so sorry for the awful picture. I had the idea of using the wood spools months ago and set to designing the bands for them. They are stitched 1*1 on 1¼" line banding using threads from my stash. I was originally going to put charms on one side and the bells on the other but putting bells on both sides made the balance better. I backed the stitched banding with iron on interfacing and then joined the bands covering the join with a tiny length of trim.  The children were pleased to think that these are the only 6 in the world! 

There are two new iStitch Designs and I need to stitch the models so I guess that's what I shall be doing in the next few days.

I hope everyone had a good Christmas and wish you all a very Happy New Year. 

Thanks for visiting
Take care


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Thursday, 24 December 2015
Sew Advent 2015





Sew Advent 2015 SAL is now over and here is a picture of my finished piece. I had originally intended to stitch it on a natural banding but decided to use 32ct Blue Spruce Belfast linen and hemstitch it instead. I stitched it 1*1 so it's tiny - 2½" x 10" and I am very pleased with the result.  I have been asked about the Christmas charms displayed with it. They came from Atelier Steekjes & Kruisjes *here* 

This design is now available *here* or click on the CHARTS button on the sidebar. 

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

Thanks for visiting
Take care and see you in the New Year



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Sunday, 20 December 2015
Sew Advent 2015 - Day 20





We are now on Day 20 of the Sew Advent 2015 SAL. How quickly these past 20 days have gone! A Swedish Christmas (Julen) joined followed by an intense band of stitching and then Yuletide. Only four days left and our samplers will be finished.  This chart will be available once the SAL has finished and I have a pre-order list if you are interested. Please email me (my email address can be found on my profile) with your email address and Paypal address if different.  The cost is US$15.

A big thank you to all that joined in this years Sew Advent - I look forward to seeing pictures. 

Thanks for visiting
Take care


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Thursday, 17 December 2015
Sew Advent 2015 - Day 17





We are now on Day 17 of the iStitch Designs Sew Advent 2015 SAL - December is certainly moving quickly! As you can see since Day 12, when I last posted here, a Spanish Christmas (Navidad) has been added and then three blocks, two with tiny robins and the other with candles, holly and berries  plus two bands in white. I hope everyone is enjoying watching this design evolve as much as I have had in stitching it. I had thought of finishing it as a bell pull and ordered a 'very small' which with stars hardware but as you can see there was nothing 'very small' about it so I shall be re-thinking my finish.  




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Take care



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Saturday, 12 December 2015
Sew Advent 2015 - Day 12




The iStitch Designs Sew Advent 2015 SAL is now half way through - where have those 12 day gone to? As you can see from the above picture the word 'Christmas' appears in Italian, French, German and Dutch and two more languages will appear shortly. Days 14, 15, and 16 are a little different and will introduce the colours red, brown and a touch of black.

There are some very lovely and different versions of this design both on blogs - have a look at The Grey Tail blog *here* where Chiara has a lovely colour version. There are also some lovely versions on iStitch Designs Facebook page *here*  Have a look at those stitched by Caroline who is using a variegated thread, Melissa, Claudia stitching in a monochrome red, Fily, Janet, Kris, Judith, Janine, Christine and Emma to name a few. This FB page is a closed group but it's easy enough to join. If you have stitched any iStitch designs please feel free to post pictures and details on this page.   

For those who missed out on this SAL this chart will be available after the SAL.

Thanks for visiting
Take care


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Thursday, 3 December 2015
Sew Advent 2015 - Day 3





Sew Advent 2015 - Day 3. Reversed stitching of the pretty band from Day 1 completes Day 3 and puts a border around 'Christmas'. I apologise for the poor pictures; it's very dark and gloomy and difficult to get a good picture! Did you check out iStitch Designs Facebook page *here* for other pictures? Also check out The Grey Tail blog *here* Chiara has chosen a very pretty palette indeed! Tomorrow will bring a little colour...

For those of you asking where they can get Sew Advent 2013 and Sew Advent 2014. These are still available *here* or hit the Charts button on the sidebar. Once you arrive on iStitch Designs check out the sidebar for direct links to all charts.

Thanks for visiting
Take care

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Wednesday, 2 December 2015
Sew Advent 2015 - Day 2



Sew Advent 2015 - Day 2. Sorry it's not the greatest of pictures! Participants pictures are being posted on iStitch Designs Facebook page *here*  Pop over and have a look as there are some great colour combinations to be seen!

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Take care

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Tuesday, 1 December 2015
Sew Advent 2015 - Day 1





Day 1 of iStitch Designs Sew Advent 2015 was released this morning. Not much to show but just watch how this sampler evolves in the new few days. 

The fabric is 32ct Belfast linen in Spruce Blue and the thread is NPI 991BB (white). 

There are a few spaces left in the SAL so if you are interested please email me with your regular email address (to receive the daily charts) plus your Paypal email address if different. The price is US$15.

Thanks for visiting
Take care

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Saturday, 28 November 2015
iStitch Designs Christmas Freebie 2015





As promised, here is my Christmas 2015 freebie beautifully stitched and finished by the lovely Carol S. Thank you Carol for, once again, coming to my rescue at this busy time of the year! If you wish to download this chart please go *here* 





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Take care

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Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Sew Advent 2015
At last I have figured out how to sign into my blogs! It's been so long ...

Anyway there is a new Sew Advent 2015 SAL. It starts on December 1st and continues until December 24th. The cost to join this SAL is $15 and if you are interested in joining us please email me (you can find my email address on my profile). I will need to know your regular email address (to receive the charts) and your Paypal email address if different. I will then send you a Paypal invoice and once this is paid I will send you a materials list/further information sheet. As in 2013 and 2014 you will receive a part chart on a daily basis for you to stitch and, if you keep up, by Christmas you will have a wonderful band sampler. 

The chart will be available to purchase once the SAL finishes.

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Saturday, 28 February 2015
Sew Stitching Soothes the Soul





Now available - Sew Stitching Soothes the Soul!

The stitch count is 137 x 87 and it is stitched 1*2 on 48ct antique white Gander linen with NPI silk thread 747 (DMC 823). The wood tray is available *here*

Now that this pattern has been released at the Nashville show I can now release it for purchase *here*  or click on the CHARTS button on the sidebar.


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Kirby and I went to the Aiguilles en fête needlework fair in Paris earlier this month. Unfortunately I didn't take too many pictures at the show although here is one of M Roulot of the wonderful Nogent scissors! I  was a little disappointed with the show this year as it was more for fabrics and quilting than stitching but we had a fun time and I will post some sightseeing pictures later but in the meantime here is one showing that we left a lock on the famous Bridge of Locks near the Notre Dame!




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