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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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Saturday, 5 April 2014
iStitch Design Exchange plus Randje update








I eventually decided to leave out band 26 on my Randje per week and went ahead with bands 27 and 28. I also added my late mother's name, DOB and DOD on the sideways band - Millie Gulliver 1916-1976. This is all I actually stitched this past week as I have been watching 24 on Sky On Demand. I missed this when it was originally shown on tv! 

Week 14 chart of bands 29 and 30 were released late last night which I downloaded and printed with a view to stitching them over the weekend.


A number of people have signed up for the iStitch Design Exchange. The list closes on April 20 so there is still time to join in if you wish. Just email me with your name and mailing address and whether or not you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced stitcher. Further details on my last post. My email address can be found on my profile.


I had the stitches removed from my leg last Monday but it is heavily Steri-stripped which, hopefully, will be removed this coming Monday. 

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Thursday, 27 March 2014
Works in progress





Since having leg surgery I have spent a lot of time with my leg elevated and needle in hand! This is Carol's Band stitched 1*1 with HDF Magpie Tears 2349 on a white 30ct linen banding with a lacy edging. 


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This is band 25 from Randje per week SAL *here*. This is a free, Dutch, year long SAL and I think there are now over 2000 members! As I do not like band 26 I have decided to omit it although I may yet substitute it - who knows? It's nearly time to add my late mother's name on the downwards sidebar. 


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Léontine Chatelard 1898 by Meriem Chavet of Couleur Tourterel gifted me this lovely chart which I decided to stitch 1*1 on 40ct silk gauze with Soie Surfine. The scissors by M Roulot of Nogent which are showing through the gauze are 3½" so you can see how tiny this sampler is. 


I have been wondering whether or not to host an iStitch Design exchange. A few people have shown a little interest but, at the moment, not enough. You will need to stitch and finish any iStitch Design and send it to your partner. It does not have to be a purchased chart (but feel free to buy one ;-)) as there are some free charts available *here*.  Look for the freebies link on the sidebar. It will be up to the individual whether or no to send extras so please remember if you send extras you may not receive any back! Please leave a comment or email me (my email address is on my profile) if you are interested.



The weather is slowly improving here on the south east coast of the UK - a little sunshine but with a cool sea breeze - the downside of living near the sea. 

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Sunday, 16 March 2014
Randjes - Red and Blue




I stitched the two new Randjes yesterday. I am so pleased with how this is turning out.




Last Friday I worked on my own version of Randjes - Carol's Band. I am loving this one too!

Short post. I had surgery on my leg on Friday and I'm supposed to be resting with my leg elevated!

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Thursday, 13 March 2014
Sew Adorable




As promised yesterday here is Sew Adorable, the latest iStitch Design released today. Surrounded by a leafy border is an alphabet and numbers, a rabbit and a leaping hare, two birds and flower and heart motifs all of which are stitched on 48ct antique white Gander linen with HDF Baneberry but, of course, you can use any variegated thread for this design. The tiny bow in the top left hand corner was made using a fork following an online tutorial *here* and is so easy to do you will wonder why you didn't think of it yourself! The name Sew Adorable came via a Facebook competition for suggested names and Lyn won a copy of the chart - thank you Lyn for the name and congratulations! 

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

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Sew Adorable - a sneak peek!



I just love teasing? Here's a sneak peek of iStitch Designs latest chart called Sew Adorable which will be available shortly. It is stitched 1*2 on 48ct antique white Gander linen with HDF Baneberry and how cute is that little bow? I found a tutorial on Pinterest that shows how to make these tiny bows using a fork! It's so easy and I will share the link when I release the chart so you too can make these cute little bows. 



I found a piece of 40ct silk gauze in my stash and decided that I would like to stitch a miniature sample on it. I had thought to stitch one of my own designs on it but recently I was gifted a chart called Léontine Chatelard 1898 by Meriem Chauvet of Couleur Tourterelle and thought that this was the perfect pattern. When it's finished it will measure 7cm x 6cm - you can't get any more miniature than that can you?  It wasn't too difficult to stitch on the silk gauze as the holes are quite pronounced although finishing off a thread on the back isn't too easy. The thread is AVAS Soie Surfine and I am using a Bohin 28 needle but I might try another type of needle next time I work on it. 

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Tuesday, 11 March 2014
Randjes Week 10





Week 10 of the Randje per week SAL brought Bands 21 and 22. I downloaded the chart on Saturday morning but only managed to stitch only half of band 21 that afternoon before I fell asleep. What was strange about this band was that I had already added it to my own blue Carol's Band on the Friday morning - what a strange coincidence! 




And here is as much as I have stitched on Carol's Band. I have a lot more charted so it's nice to work on this one in between the Randje per week SAL.

Still no finishes of other stitched pieces but I hope to get around to it soon. I am due to have surgery on my leg this Friday and it will be plenty of rest so I have plenty of stitching lined up and my Kindle is fully loaded! Wish me luck.




And for those of you who remember Tommy you will be pleased to know that he has once again awoken from his Winter hibernation. Look at his lovely little smilie face - I think he's happy to see me!

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Monday, 3 March 2014
Randjes per week 9 and other stuff!





Week 9 - Bands 19 & 20 of the Randje per week SAL *here*. Although I had looked at the new bands late on Friday evening, I downloaded and printed off the chart on Saturday morning  and planned to stitch it in the afternoon but 'the best laid plans ...' I got a call from my son to say he and his wife were coming over to collect his classic mini which has been wintering in our garage. It was nice to see them and they didn't stay too long so I was able to make a start on the new bands. I first put a few leaves in of band 19 but it didn't feel right stitching backward facing leaves so I skipped down to band 20 and stitched that first and then turned the whole thing upside down so the leaves were facing forward and so much easier to stitch! I am looking forward to adding my late mother's name on the sideways band once I am level with the end of my grand-mother's name. 







And, as I was enjoying stitching the Randje per week so much I decided to do my own thing - Carol's Band! I purchased some white lacy edged banding and chose one my favourite blues (HDF Magpie Tears 2349) and got to work putting together some bands, alphabets, numbers and motifs and managed to get a few stitches put into this too.


I have some other projects stitched, mainly Christmas ornaments, together with the latest iStitch Design, so I really need a marathon finishing session - maybe one day this week? I thought that when I retired I would have plenty of time but it appears not.


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One afternoon last week we took a walk along the cliffs at St Margaret's Bay and I remembered to take my camera and yes these are the famous 'white cliffs of Dover'.




We started at the Memorial where we parked the car and walked along the cliff top. I tried to get pictures of how high up we were but I didn't want to get too close to the edge! The building in the first picture is the old coastguard station which is now the Blue Bird Tea Rooms. The bottom right hand picture shows the view towards the Kingsdown, Deal, Sandwich and the Isle of Thanet.





This pictures shows St Margaret's Bay itself. The middle picture shows how close the houses in the other pictures are to the edge of the cliff! Not sure I would care to live there - how about you?





The main picture here is Mermaid Cottage the house where Noel Coward lived around 1945 *here*. It is also linked to Ian Flemming the author of the James Bond books. The larger building at the bottom is the old Granville Hotel which ceased trading in 1994 and is now exclusive apartments. Can you imagine the views from the apartments' windows? 

I hope you enjoyed seeing part of the beautiful area in which I live.

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Sunday, 23 February 2014
Randje per week - Week 8



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I seem to have missed posting a picture of Week 7 - bands 15 and 16 with a second colour (in my case blue to match my side lettering) being introduced in band 16. 

Week 8 of the Randje per week SAL from Soed Idee gave us bands 17 and 18. Band 18 is mainly back stitch or double running stitch. I was unsure how this would work with me stitching one over one as I though the silk floss might disappear under the linen threads but all was ok and I am pleased with the result. It's not too late to join this SAL. Go *here* and leave a comment on any post that you wish to join. All charts can be found by clicking on the Randje per week button in the top right hand corner. There is also a Facebook page where participants are posting their pictures *here* but it is a closed group so you may have to join to see the pictures. 




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I finished stitching Camille Jullien 1897 ages ago but forgot to post a picture. This sampler is very tiny being stitch 1*2 on 64ct white linen. Yes I said 64ct and not only was it such a high count linen it was also an uneven weave which made it extremely difficult to work on. This was stitched with Glorianna's Tudor Silk in Bellagio Red #240. I now need to find the perfect frame for this one.

I almost forgot - check out those gorgeous scissors which my dear friend Valie got for me from M Roulot of Nogent at the Aguilles en fête needlework fair in Paris together with some gorgeous vintage spools. Thank you Valie! 

At last there's a sign of Spring! We have daffodils, crocus and snowdrops flowering in the garden. It's been a very long wet Winter and I am glad to see the back of this awful weather.

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Friday, 14 February 2014
Happy Valentine's Day


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Sunday, 9 February 2014
Randje per week - Week 6



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Week 6 of the Randje per week SAL *here* brought bands 13 and 14. The charts are posted on the Randje per week blog at 11pm (midnight in Holland) each Friday evening and I go to check them out as soon as they are released. I stitched these two bands on Saturday afternoon which afternoon I now refer to as my 'Randje afternoon'! And now I have to wait until next Friday for the next two bands. In the meantime, and being impatient for new bands,  I have brought some lacy-edged banding and will be stitching another of these band samplers of my own compilation which will include not only borders/edges but alphabets too.  



As this sampler will also include family names, dates of birth and death, to leave for future generations I decided to keep a small journal. This beautiful tiny French journal was given to me by my dear friend Angela and is perfect to add additional information and thoughts as I go along. Thank you Angela!

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This weekend is the Aguilles en fête needlework fair in Paris. I had decided not to go this year but as the time got nearer I changed my mind and quickly go online to try to book Eurostar tickets for both Kirby and I but alas although there were seats available on the early train the only ones available for the return journey were at 3.15pm which would only allowed a very short time at the fair. Next year I will make an earlier decision and hopefully take advantage of the offers and as when they are released. 



Photograph by Valie



However, my dear French friend Valie did get to go to the fair so she very kindly shopped for me. She managed to get me a pair of the latest scissors from M Roulot of Nogent. These are gorgeous and I rather like what looks like tiny spools on the handles towards the blades. I can't wait to get these in my hands!



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I also asked Valie to look for vintage spools for me and she managed to find these. I am hoping that one will fit my Randje banding but if not they will look great in my display cabinet as they are. Thank you Valie for getting the spools and scissors for me.  

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Sunday, 2 February 2014
Randje per week - week 5



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Late on Friday evening came Week 5 (Bands 11 and 12) of the Randje per week SAL. I stayed up so I could have a look at the new bands and then settled down on Saturday afternoon to stitch them. I also continued stitching my grandmother's name, DOB and DOD down the right hand side.  I am really enjoying this SAL and you could too as it's not too late to join in. See *here*  I think there are over a 1000 participants now!





Dora (no blog) sent me a picture of her finish of Sew Advent. It is stitched on 40 count linen using DMC B5200, 321, and 520. A lovely finish Dora - thank you for sharing!

If you have a Sew Advent or, indeed, any iStitch Design you wish to share please email me a picture together with details of fabrics and threads used and a link to your blog if you have one. My email address is on my profile. You can also share your iStitch Designs stitching on the Facebook page *here* 


I have also been stitching up the model of a new iStitch Design and I may show you a sneak peek in the next day or so. I am using HDF's Baneberry - such a pretty colour - but this can be stitched with your favourite variegated thread. 

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Tuesday, 28 January 2014
A Sew Frost finish




Fabienne of Un petit oiseau m a dit  (A Little Bird Told Me) sent me a picture of a gift she made for her friend using a part of iStitch Designs Sew Frost. It is stitched 1 over 1 on 32ct linen with DMC threads. A beautiful stitch and finish and a great photograph showing it nestled amongst the mistletoe! Thank you Fabienne for sharing your lovely stitching.

Sew Frost is still available *here* or by clicking on the CHARTS button on the sidebar.

If you have an iStitch Design you have stitched and finished and would like to share here and on the iStitch Designs Facebook page *here*, please send me a picture and details of fabrics and threads used together with your blog link if you have one. My email address can be found on my profile.

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Sunday, 26 January 2014
Randjes SAL Bands 9 and 10





Bands 9 and 10 for the Randje SAL were released at mid-night (Dutch time), 11pm UK time on Friday evening. I stayed up to see them but stitched them yesterday afternoon. It's nice to see some curves! I have stitched my grand-mother's name, DOB and DOD sideways on the band and next will be my mother's name. I am really enjoying this SAL and it's not too late to join. Go *here*  and leave a comment that you would like to join and Simone will add you. The charts are all there - just click on the Randj per week button in the top right hand corner. I warn you it is very addictive ...





Andrea of The Craft Room has agreed that I can show her stitch and finish of iStitch Design's Snow freebie. It is stitched on 32ct Kiwi Illusions Little Boy Blue Belfast linen with DMC White and Crescent Colours (now Classic Colorworks) in red. Such a pretty finish - thank you Andrea for allowing me to post it here. 

Snow freebie is still available *here* or by clicking on the CHARTS button on the sidebar and then the Freebie button on the sidebar of iStitch Designs blog.

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Thursday, 23 January 2014
Sew Stitcher




A new iStitch Design released today - Sew Stitcher. Here we have our little stitcher surrounded by her favourite stitching tools - scissors, spools, a needle, a thimble and a beautiful strawberry emery! It is stitched 1*2 on 48ct antique white Gander linen with Needlepoint Inc silk threads 993,404 and 448. 

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

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