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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!

Thanks for visiting

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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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Take care


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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...

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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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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?

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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? 


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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!

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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!

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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! 

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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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Take care



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