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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

Thank you for visiting


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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...

Thanks for visiting - take care

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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.

Thanks for visiting
Take care

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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?

Thanks for visiting
Take care


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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
Take care


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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? 

Thanks for visiting
Take care


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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

Thanks for visiting
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!

Thanks for visiting
Take care

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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.

Thanks for visiting
Take care

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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!

Thanks for visiting
Take care

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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! 

Thanks for visiting
Take care

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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.

Thanks for visiting
Take care

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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. 

Thanks for visiting
Take care

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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. 

Thanks for visiting
Take care 

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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!

Thanks for visiting 
Take care

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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* 

Thanks for visiting
Take care

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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. 

Thanks for visiting
Take care

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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!

Thanks for visiting
Take care

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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.


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.

Thanks for visiting
Take care

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