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Sunday, 3 January 2010
Gifts and a little competition! EDITED!

These are two books which I received over the holiday period. The first one, a birthday gift from my fellow Stitch-n-Bitcher Caroline (no blog), is Isabelle Vautier's 'Les Samplers en Rouge et Blanc'. Caroline went on a trip to Paris a couple of months ago and she knows how much I admire Isabelle's work. Thank you Caroline.

The second book, a gift from my daughter Nicola, is also from France - 'Cross Stitch Letters Bible/Des Lettres au Point de Croix' by Valérie Lejeune. This fantastic book has 844 alphabets ranging from 1 point (stitch) to 55 points and also has numbers and letters on the bias. Just the book I need for iStitch Charts designing. Thank you Nicola.

This birthday card and three HDF mystery threads came from Valerie in San Francisco. Thank you Valerie - much appreciated.

I have more stitching gifts to share with you and will post them sporadically over a few days.

And now a little competition ...

Another new iStitch chart is printed and awaits needle and thread. This needs a 'Sew' name and, I must admit, I am finding it difficult to find 'the right one'. So here's the deal: I will tell you a little about this design and ask for suggested names. If I use the name you suggest, you will win a free chart of this design! If the name I use is suggested by more than one person, only the first person who suggested it will win. The name must have the word 'Sew' in it. The closing date is January 10 which day happens to be my son's birthday.

The chart comprises a border containing an alphabet, numbers, a squirrel, a rabbit, a fox, a bird, a butterfly, two cats and two dogs plus a few other motifs, including my signature 'open heart' and, of course, the year 2010. I originally thought to call it 'Sew Wild or Wildlife' but, as cats and dogs are not usually thought of as wild animals, I rejected this name. 'Sew Animals' does not have a 'ring' to it. So - I am open to suggestions. As always, please leave an email address with your comment if it is not shown on your profile.

Thanks for visiting
Take care

Edited: Sew Spring seems a quite popular suggestion but Sew Spring is already charted and will be released late February. I will say no more!

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  • On 3 January 2010 at 12:08, Blogger stitcheranon

    Sew Natural????
    Sew Nature.

    Hehe...I like these types of quiz...will probably be up at 2 in the morning thinking up new names lol

  • On 3 January 2010 at 12:20, Blogger Shari

    gosh, only the second person here & I thought the same as the above person.
    I was trying to come up with a clever way to spell it...
    sew nature-al (natural)

  • On 3 January 2010 at 12:22, Blogger Marilyn

    Sew Gifts From Above.

  • On 3 January 2010 at 12:28, Blogger erika

    Sew Fun (Farm)?

  • On 3 January 2010 at 12:59, Blogger Robin

    Before I even finished reading, I instantly knew Sew Natural was my idea. Only the 5 comment and 2 others have the same idea already. I think you may have your answer!

  • On 3 January 2010 at 13:03, Blogger MarchAnn58

    I was thinking sew forest, but the more I think about it the more that doesn't fix either. Cats and dogs are pets but than sew pets doesn't fix darn you gave us a hard one.
    But what ever you call it I am sure its going to be great.

  • On 3 January 2010 at 13:40, Blogger Margaret

    All I could think of was Sew Creatures or Sew Creation.

  • On 3 January 2010 at 13:41, Blogger Myra

    Can't wait to see it Carol. I love animal charts. :o) How about "Sew Fauna"?

  • On 3 January 2010 at 13:42, Blogger Catherine

    Sew Menagerie? But then again, I think a menagerie is supposed to be a collection of wild animals...perhaps your dog could be wild and your cat could be feral:)! Then you could still use Sew Wild as a choice!

  • On 3 January 2010 at 13:46, Blogger Marnie

    I immediately thought "Sew Menagerie". Loved the book, The Glass Menagerie.

  • On 3 January 2010 at 14:10, Blogger staci

    Wonderful gifts Carol, enjoy!

    Hmmm...I'm not very good at coming up with creative names. Sew Furry? Although birds and butterflies aren't. Sew Companion? I like Margaret's suggestion (sew creatures.)

  • On 3 January 2010 at 14:24, Blogger Nic

    Lovely gifts

    My first thought for the chart was "Sew Fauna" which I see someone else came up with ...

    My second thought was "Sew Being" - and then I had third thoughts - "Sew Living"

    Whatever the name of the chart, I'm sure it will look lovely!

  • On 3 January 2010 at 14:27, Blogger Dianne

    My first instinct was sew menagerie...but I see that someone else has also suggested that name. I think that it could work...

  • On 3 January 2010 at 14:32, Blogger Yuko

    It's hard to think about the name in English for me, though...
    "Sew hearty animals"

    SMILe, I will keep in touch in a few days, so please wait for me to write to you!

    Bye for now,

    Yuko ((hugs))

  • On 3 January 2010 at 14:33, Blogger Pike

    Sew in Nature? Sew in Zoo, just because it somehow rhymes :)

  • On 3 January 2010 at 14:56, Blogger Barb

    sew animalistic

    Just appealed ,maybe you will like it too.

  • On 3 January 2010 at 15:34, Blogger Patti

    Lovely gifts you received. I thought of

    Sew Fine

    and that's all from him and that's all from me.
    Lots of Love
    Patti xxx

  • On 3 January 2010 at 15:49, Blogger Terri G

    I thought of "Sew Celebrate Spring" because it incorporates the celebration of your son's birthday on the day you are choosing the winner, along with spring when all the new animals are born.

    Terri G.

  • On 3 January 2010 at 15:53, Blogger Susan

    My first and second choice were already taken by the first person to comment. They're still my favorites.

  • On 3 January 2010 at 16:06, Blogger Josie

    Sew blessed.

  • On 3 January 2010 at 16:42, Blogger Deb

    My first thought was Sew Nature, but I see that someone else has that. How about Sew Spring - for some reason with all those animals I thought of them romping outside when the weather gets warm.

  • On 3 January 2010 at 18:24, Blogger Daffycat

    Animals and insects? How about Sew Alive?

  • On 3 January 2010 at 18:42, Blogger Melissa (TheDailyMel)

    I had the same thought as several others. LOL Sew Nature/Natural immediately came to my mind after reading your description.

  • On 3 January 2010 at 19:03, Blogger Vaida

    Great presents!

    Hm, I also thinked about Sew Spring - or maybe Sew Happy Spring, LOL. Cannot wait to see the picture

  • On 3 January 2010 at 19:57, Blogger Hazel

    Sew Life. Sew Living??

  • On 3 January 2010 at 19:59, Blogger Redwitch

    Gosh, this is a hard one! Most of my thoughts are already mentioned, so I will just wish everyone else good luck :)

  • On 3 January 2010 at 20:10, Blogger Lisa

    Sew Pretty instantly sprang to mind but then all your designs are pretty.

    Looking at the suggestions I would have to say that Sew Nature/Natural would be a lovely choice.

  • On 3 January 2010 at 20:37, Blogger Rowyn

    Hi Carol

    Happy new year.

    My suggestion is Sew Woodland, which to me would cover all the animals - cats and dogs included (my cats love to roam in the bush, and people walk their dogs in there too).

  • On 3 January 2010 at 22:10, Blogger stitchinfiend

    Great suggestions from everyone.

    "Sew Creation or Created" is my thought as trees animals etc are all created. Don't think I read this yet.

  • On 4 January 2010 at 00:06, Blogger Lisa

    I have come up with the following for you:

    Sew Critter
    Sew Being
    Sew Animate
    Sew Kindred

  • On 4 January 2010 at 00:25, Blogger Michele

    what great gifts! The book looks awesome :)

    hmmmm, I'm horrible at naming things .. chuckling to myself when this popped in my head .. Sew Many lol

    oh and I have Sew Noel finished and the picture is on my blog if you'd like to see it .. Karen really did a lovely job of finishing :) and I absolutely love the design .. even with my fobbles

  • On 4 January 2010 at 00:29, Blogger Berit

    How about "Sew Menagerie"? If animals is too pedestrian, "menagerie" has the whimsy it lacks. :D

  • On 4 January 2010 at 00:31, Blogger Berit

    I see that someone else has said, "Sew Woodland", I also like that, but then I do just like the word "Woodland". :D

  • On 4 January 2010 at 02:26, Blogger valerie

    Oh, what great books! I saw the Lejeune book at NiaH and that ones a monster! I refrained though since I have the original alphabet book.

    As far as the contest, Sew Furry comes to mind but birds are feathery and well, butterflies are kind of downy but not furry. But Sew Furry sounds cute! I'll think more...

    I owe you an email...so glad you got the threads safely. It took over 2 weeks...I think that's a record for slow US to UK time. :)

  • On 4 January 2010 at 02:40, Blogger Carol

    Sew Gentle?

  • On 4 January 2010 at 07:37, Blogger Brenda

    Oh so many wonderful suggestions thus far!!

    What about:

    Sew Sweet and Simple


  • On 4 January 2010 at 11:09, Blogger requilt

    How about
    Sew Small
    Rita E in AZ

  • On 4 January 2010 at 11:49, Blogger Rachel

    Sew Cute.

    That's what I thought of when I read what motifs were in the design ;)

    I think you will like the Vautier book! I have it too! It has some lovely designs in it!

    Don't you just love Amazon.fr!!

    Have a great 2010!!

  • On 4 January 2010 at 14:01, Blogger Kat

    My suggestion is:

    Sew many friends!

  • On 4 January 2010 at 15:48, Blogger Cole

    My first thought was "Sew in Nature". Although I really like the suggestions of Sew Creation too :)

    Good luck deciding!!

  • On 5 January 2010 at 13:03, Blogger Lisa

    Wow, good thing I read through them before posting. I guess smart stitching friends think alike. So in order to be original how about:
    Sew Four Footed Friends or Sew FFFs
    Thank you for the challenge and take care!

  • On 5 January 2010 at 13:30, Blogger Candace

    Another suggestion -

    Sew B's (Birds, Butterflies,& Beasties)

  • On 5 January 2010 at 14:24, Blogger Lindsay

    Because they are all things that come to mind when i think of the countryside my suggestion is Sew English

  • On 5 January 2010 at 16:42, Blogger Cath

    My two pwnce worth is "Sew Paws"

  • On 5 January 2010 at 17:06, Blogger Amy

    I still like "Sew Backyard" or "Sew Critters" lol

    LOVE the fabric you dyed Carol, looks great!

    Happy Stitching!

  • On 5 January 2010 at 17:54, Blogger Irene

    I like the Sew Nature, as they are all animals of nature.

  • On 6 January 2010 at 01:08, Blogger Suzanne

    Great gifts you received.

  • On 6 January 2010 at 02:45, Blogger Anne

    How about Sew Free?


  • On 6 January 2010 at 02:51, Blogger Crazee4books

    Hi Carol,

    How about "Sew Fur, Feather and

    Although I have to admit that if
    you want brevity and to stick to
    the same format as the names of
    your other designs then Sew Nature
    is probably the winner.


  • On 6 January 2010 at 18:05, Blogger Sue

    What wonderful suggestions! I think you have a new dilemma...which name, too many to choose from! Well, my suggestion is Sew Fable. Just because animals remind me of fables!

  • On 7 January 2010 at 03:53, Blogger DebbieSFL

    Sew Noah


  • On 7 January 2010 at 16:53, Blogger Angela

    Carol hi,
    What great books you received. There's hours of fun there.
    I can see you have got the imaginations of the stitching world motivated and what great ideas they have come up with. Most of my original ones have been used but I do like a couple of very original ones there.
    My suggestions are

    Sew Full of Wonder - or even shorter
    Sew Wonderful - simply because natural creation is so wonderful.

    Ooh, quick, just before I was about to click off I came up with another idea:

    Sew Bright and Beautiful

    from the hymn
    All things bright and beautiful
    All creatures great and small
    All things wise and wonderful
    The good Lord made them all :>)

    Good luck with choosing form all the lovely suggestions.
    Angela xx
    PS If I can only have one choice it's the Bright and Beautiful one :>)

  • On 8 January 2010 at 05:26, Blogger Jennifer

    Well the butterfly and bird throw off my idea of "Sew Furry (or Fuzzy)".

    How about Sew Friendly?

  • On 8 January 2010 at 13:49, Blogger blazensun

    Hi Carol, I was thinking you should name it Sew Furry Friends with the animals in it they must be friends to get along in it.
    Can not wait to see it.

    Hugs Sunny