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Sunday, 25 November 2018
iStitch Designs - Christmas Freebie 2018





Here is my Christmas 2018 freebie beautifully stitched and finished once again by the lovely Carol S
Thank you Carol for stitching such a lovely ornament and love that you have snow to produce such a great picture!






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Thursday, 27 September 2018
iStitch Designs - Christmas Needleroll



*NEW* from iStitch Designs - a Christmas Needleroll 2018. This is stitched 1*2 on 40ct Newcastle white linen with NPI silk threads in 448 and 404 and DMC silver thread and embellished with tiny red beads for the holly berries. There will be a finishing tutorial shortly on my Tutorials blog.

This design is available *here* or by clicking on the CHARTS button on the sidebar

Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol 
 
Friday, 7 September 2018
iStitch Designs - Mini Band Sampler







New release from iStitch Designs! This Mini Band was designed to fit inside a Tim Holtz Locket book. The blue model was stitched on 40ct white linen with AVAS Soie Surfine 2652 and the red model on 40 antique white linen with AVAS Soie Surfine 109. Both models are stitched one thread over one linen thread. The stitch count is 29 x 190. This new design is available *here* 
 or by clicking on the CHARTS button on the sidebar.


Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol 




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Wednesday, 29 August 2018
Blue and Red Band Samplers







Debra sent me a picture of her iStitch Designs Blue Band Sampler and Red Band Sampler. Whereas both of these were designed to be stitched on 100mm linen banding Debra decided to stitch her versions one over one and side by side on 25ct mushroom Lugana fabric using Silks4u S-003 (blue) and S-038 (red). What a lovely idea and how beautiful they look. I can't wait to see how she decides to frame this.

Both of these designs are available to purchase now as both SALs have finished. There are two parts to each one and if you buy both parts you get a bonus chart. Go *here* and check the sidebar. 

There is also an ongoing SAL for the Black Band Sampler and details of this can be found on the iStitch Designs Facebook page *here*  It is a closed group but easy enough to join or if you email me (you can find my email address on my profile) I can send you a full information email.

Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol



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Friday, 10 August 2018
Black Band Sampler SAL




iStitch Designs - Black Band Sampler SAL. This SAL started on July 20 so we are now on Week 4 but its not too late to start.  If you are interested in joining us please leave a comment or email me - you can find my email address on my profile. and I will send you an information email without any obligation to join. There is a Facebook page dedicated to this SAL *here* 
This is a closed group but easy enough to join.  You will be able to see other versions of this sampler as it does not have to be black and red as per the model and there are some gorgeous versions on display!

Blue Band Sampler and Red Band Sampler charts are available to purchase *here* each in two parts - purchase both parts and you will receive the bonus chart free of charge. 

Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol


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Saturday, 14 July 2018
Red Band Sampler finishes





Two finishes of iStitch Designs Red Band Sampler SAL:

The first one is by Rose who stitched her Red Band on the antique white hole-edged banding using Gloriana Schoolhouse Red silk thread and displayed on two wood spools.





Secondly is Stasi's lovely version again stitched on the antique white hole-edged banding but using
Gloriana silks in Crimson and Cranberry and mounted on a vintage wood bobbin. 

Both of these Red Band Samplers are absolutely gorgeous and I thank both Rose and Stasi for allowing me to show them here. 

The charts for Red Band Sampler are now available to purchase in two parts - 1 and 2 plus the free bonus chart *here*  or by clicking on iStitch Designs on the sidebar.


Black Band Sampler SAL starts on July 20 so if you are interested in joining this new SAL please email me - my email address can be found on my profile

Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol 


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Wednesday, 11 July 2018
iStitch Designs - Red Band Sampler




iStitch Designs Red Band Sampler - originally sold as a SAL and is now released for general sale. It is stitched 1 over 1 on a pretty hole-edged banding (28ct) with Gloriana Schoolhouse Red. This is sold in two parts - 1 and 2 - the stitch count for each part is 73 x 410 plus a bonus chart. It can, of course be stitched in any colour on any type of fabric.

If you are interested in this design please go *here* or click on 'iStitch Designs' on the sidebar.

There are some wonderful version of this on the SAL Facebook page 

Thanks for visiting 
Take care
Carol 




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Wednesday, 4 July 2018
iStitch Designs - Black Band Sampler SAL




iStitch Designs Black Band Sampler SAL starts on July 20 and runs for 28 weeks. If you are interested in joining us in stitching this beautiful design please email me with your email address and I will send you an information email which will give you all the details you need including where to get the linen banding. The cost of this SAL is US$27 and includes Part 1, Part 2 and the bonus chart. You can find my email address on my profile


It is stitched on 28ct natural hole-edged linen banding with NPI 993 (black) and NPI 502 (red) and the finished design measures approximately 35" 


We are now on Week 27 of the Red Band Sampler SAL and you can find pictures of participants beautiful Bands on Facebook *here* this is a closed group but it's easy enough to join. 

Thanks for visiting 
Take Care
Carol





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Monday, 4 June 2018
Merchandise




iStitch Designs merchandise now available! T-shirts, hoodies, jackets, baseball hats ... and much much more. All products can be personalised if you wish. Go take a look *here*


Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol


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Friday, 18 May 2018
iStitch Designs - Black Band Sampler SAL




iStitch Designs Black Band Sampler SAL starts on July 20 and runs for 28 weeks. If you are interested in joining us in stitching this beautiful design please email me with your email address and I will send you an information email which will give you all the details you need including where to get the linen banding. The cost of this SAL is US$27 and includes Part 1, Part 2 and the bonus chart. 

We are now on Week 20 of the Red Band Sampler SAL and you can find pictures of participants beautiful Bands on Facebook *here* this is a closed group but it's easy enough to join. 

Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol 

   

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Friday, 6 April 2018
iStitch Designs - Black Band Sampler SAL






*NEW* Black Band Sampler SAL starting in mid July. Blue Band Sampler and the ongoing Red Band Sampler SAL were a great success so I decided to do another one. It it stitched on natural banding available from Marijke online shop *here* and is stitched with NPI silk threads in black (993) and red (502). Obviously you can choose any banding/fabric and threads to stitch this. The picture shows on Part 1 of the sampler which come in two main parts plus a bonus part with all new alphabets and bands. If you are interested in joining you can visit the SAL Facebook page *here* (currently called iStitch Designs - Red Band Sampler SAL). It is a closed group but easy enough to join.  If you do not use Facebook please email me (you can find my email address on my profile). 


There are still spaces available in the Red Band Sampler SAL. We have just started Week 15 which is the beginning of Part 2.

Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol

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Saturday, 13 January 2018
iStitch Designs - Red Band Sampler SAL

iStitch Designs Red Band Sampler SAL started on January 5 so we are now into Week 2 of the SAL. I made a collage of those people who posted pictures of Week 1. 



The top left hand picture on collage 1 is by my grand-daughter Meg who has chosen to stitch in AVAS silk thread in a deep navy blue (1426) and gold (2243) for her accents. I am so proud that she and Kirby enjoy stitching and we often have a stitching day when time permits. Meg is busy studying at Uni and Kirby works in a doctor's surgery so it's not always convenient to get together but we try. Kirby is still working on her Blue Band Sampler but is planning on stitching them together. Picture below. 




A lot of participants are using various shades of red thread but a few are trying other colours. It's difficult to say which colour choice I prefer as they are all very beautiful.  Click on the pictures for a closer look.

There are still a few spaces available on this SAL so if you are interested in joining us please email me (you can find my email address on my profile). Let me know you email address and I will send you the information email showing the cost of the SAL and where you can purchase the beautiful linen banding.



Kirby's Blue Band Sampler stitched in Caron Lollipops with the accents stitched in HDF (Hand Dyed Fibers) Nisse.  

Blue Band Sampler Part 1 & 2 (plus bonus charts) is now available to purchase *here*


Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol 












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Friday, 29 December 2017
iStitch Designs - Red Band Sampler SAL 2018






iStitch Designs - Red Band Sampler SAL 2018 starts on January 5. There are still spaces available so if you are tempted to join us now is the time. Please email me (you can find my email address on my profile) and I will send you an information email with no obligation to join. 

I take this opportunity of wishing all my readers a very Happy New Year

Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol






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Sunday, 17 December 2017
Christmas freebie


A quick note to let you know that there is a Christmas freebie on the iStitch Designs page - there's a link of the sidebar. I didn't have time stitch a model so I am waiting for some lovely fast stitcher to get it done and allow me to post their finish.  Any one??


The iStitch Designs Red Band Sampler SAL 2018 starts on January 5. This is a 28 week SAL with the charts being sent out every Friday; the sections are quite do-able and leave time for your other stitching. Although it is stitched one over one on 28ct linen banding it can be stitched on any fabric in any colour. If you would like details please email me (email address can be found on my profile).

I take this opportunity of wishing all my readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol





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Saturday, 28 October 2017
iStitch Designs - Blue Band Sampler - Part 2





iStitch Designs - Blue Band Sampler - Part 2 - this is the second part of the Blue Band Sampler SAL which has now finished and is released for general sale. It is stitched on a pretty lace-edged banding with a pretty shade of blue silk thread. If you are interested in purchasing this second part to complete your band please go *here* or click on iStitch Designs on the sidebar

Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol



 
Monday, 23 October 2017
iStitch Designs - Christmas Spool 2017






New from iStitch Designs for 2017 a Christmas Spool. This is sold in part kit form. You will receive a chart with colour photo; antique white 4cm wide linen banding (28ct) and a custom made wood spool to fit the banding. You will provide the DMC threads and finishing materials. There is a finishing tutorial on iStitch Designs Tutorial blog *here* 


If you are interested in purchasing this kit please go *here* or click on iStitch Designs on the side bar


Thank for visiting 
Take care
Carol

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Friday, 13 October 2017
iStitch Designs - Blue Band Sampler - Part 1





iStitch Designs - Blue Band Sampler Part 1 - this design was the first part of the Blue Band Sampler SAL and is now released for general sale. It is stitched on a pretty lace-edged banding with a lovely shade of blue silk thread. There is a Part 2 to this design to be released after the SAL finishes.  If you are interested in purchasing this design go *here* or click on iStitch Designs on the sidebar.

Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol


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Sunday, 1 October 2017
Red Band Sampler SAL




iStitch Designs Red Band Sampler SAL 2018


I have now opened registration for the Red Band Sampler SAL 2018. No payment is required as yet but if you sign up you will be sent a Paypal invoice sometime in October. The cost is the same as the Blue Band Sampler SAL - US$27. This will be a 28 week SAL. The banding is the hole-edged banding from Atelier Steekjes & Kruisjes *here* but, of course, you can use use the lace-edged banding or any fabric you already have. The model is stitched in Gloriana Schoolhouse Red but again you can choose your own thread and colour.

If you wish to register or ask for further information please email me (you can find my email address on my Profile)

Please note that the picture shows only Part 1. There is a Part 2 plus a bonus pattern so the design will cover 100cm of banding.





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Saturday, 1 July 2017
Blue Band Sampler SAL







iStitch Designs Blue Band Sampler SAL is now on Week 11 and everyone seems to be enjoying it! I managed to find someone to make some gorgeous wood spools to fit the beautiful lace edged banding.

If you are interested in joining this SAL please send me your email address and I will send you an information email - no obligation to join. My email address can be found on my profile.

I am now working on Red Band Sampler for a new SAL early in 2018. 

We spent last week in a cottage in Cornwall that had the most stunning view. I am going to make a post on this shortly.  Suffice it to say - we had a wonderful trip.

Sorry to keep this short and sweet but I have a busy weekend planned.

Thank you for visiting
Take care
Carol



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Wednesday, 7 June 2017
iStitch Designs - Mini Band Sampler






New to iStitch Designs - a Mini Band Sampler. The stitching is complete but it needs a final finish. It is stitched 1 over 1 on 40ct white linen with Soie Surfine 109. This will be available shortly at iStitch Designs.


Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol



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Monday, 5 June 2017
Stitching fun!


I know its been ages - I know not where my times goes to! I have been busy - iStitch Designs Blue Band Sampler SAL started on April 21 and we are now 7 weeks into the SAL. There are some really pretty versions on the iStitch Designs Blue Band Sampler SAL page so please visit and have a look. It's a closed group but you are welcome to join.





After finishing my model for the Blue Band Sampler I decided to start the model for the Red Band Sampler SAL which will start early in 2018. I chose my banding and thread.
  




Two of my grand-daughters, Kirby and Megan, decided to join the Blue Band Sampler SAL and came round for a day's stitching. I am so proud of these girls! We had a most enjoyable day and decided to make it a regular thing. Megan has just finished her second year at University and Kirby works two part-time jobs. They have both been stitching since a very early age and are quite proficient stitchers. 




This was our progress. Kirby had a new start and finished Week 1; Megan had already stitched Week 1 before she arrived and finished Week 2 today. They have both gone home saying they will spend the evening stitching. I had a new piece of banding arrive this morning so I hem-stitched both ends and made a start - only a sneak peek as this is a very new design!

Thanks for visiting
Take care
*Carol*






 
Thursday, 27 April 2017
Sew Rosie




My friend stitched up Sew Rosie and finished it as a box top. She showed it to me last night at our stitch group meeting so I quickly took a snap. Isn't is gorgeous? Thank you Sylvie for allowing me to share.

Sew Rosie chart is available *here*  and if you purchase Sew Rosie you get Sew FS 1837 for free!

The Blue Band SAL started last Friday and there are some lovely versions being shown the SAL Facebook page *here*   It is a closed group but you are more than welcome to join.

Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol 


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Monday, 24 April 2017
iStitch Designs - Blue Band Sampler SA




Week 1


iStitch Designs Blue Band Sampler SAL started last Friday and already there are pictures on the SAL Facebook page *here*        There are some lovely versions - in green variegated silks, a red one and quite a few in various shades of blue. There is even one stitched on blue banding in white! All are beautiful and I can't wait to see how these progress.

There are still a few spaces available in the SAL so if you want to join us either leave a message on Facebook with your email address and your Paypal address if different or email me - my address can be found on my profile. 

Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol




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Monday, 10 April 2017
Hector RIP





Our sweet grand-dog Hector (aka Pom or Pombear) went over the Rainbow Bridge yesterday. He would have been 11 years old in May and has been on his 'wheelies' for 6 of those 11 years! He died peacefully at home - took one long sigh and passed. He took us on many walks where we made lots of friends both canine and human! He was very well known in our town - the majority of people greeting him by name. He appeared in our local newspaper and also in a book called Dogs of Deal.  

We will miss him so much. Rest in peace my little man 😢 I love you xx

Carol


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Sunday, 9 April 2017
Sew Blue and Red ABC






iStitch Designs: Sew Blue and Red ABC released on April 9 - a sweet alphabet, a vase of flowers, a cute kitty holding up a red open heart, a couple of butterflies and two hearts and ABC in an antique font. The model is stitched 1*2 on 48ct antique white Gander linen with NPI silk threads in 749 and 502. DMC equivalents are given on the chart.  This new design is available *here* or by clicking on the CHARTS button on the sidebar.

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend
Take care
Carol






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Wednesday, 5 April 2017
Blue Band Sampler SAL






There's still time to join iStitch Designs Blue Band Sampler SAL.  Email me if you are interested  (my email address can be found on my profile).

Go on you know you want to!

Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol



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Friday, 31 March 2017
2017 Easter Freebie





iStitch Designs 2017 Easter freebie now available *here* 

If you re-post this on Pinterest or Instagram please pin before you enlarge the chart so it links back as too many 'free charts' are just linking to the charts. Designers have these free charts to encourage people to visit their site! Thank you.


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Wednesday, 29 March 2017
Blue Band Sampler Update





iStitch Designs Blue Band Sampler SAL is due to start on April 21. I am working on Part 2 of the SAL which is a continuation on this very pretty lace-edged banding. I was asked how I handled the long length (100cms) of banding while stitching. As you can see from the picture I used a 5" bound wood hoop which I remove when I am not working on it. The top length I leave hanging but the bottom length is rolled up on an antique wood spool and tied with a twisted cord. The part showing inside the hoop is a sneak preview of Part 2. 

There are a few spaces left on this SAL so if you are interested now is the time to apply by emailing me (my email address can be found on my profile) or messaging me via Facebook. The SAL has its own Facebook page *here*   it is a closed group but you only have to click to join! The cost is US$15 for Part 1 payable by Paypal and if you wish to continue with Part 2 it's an additional $12 which will be invoiced at a later date. 

I am enjoying this one so much that after Sew Advent 2017 I will be working on a Red Sampler Band. Of course, these projects do not have to be stitched in blue (or red) or on the lace-edge banding. One member is stitching them side by side on a piece of linen. Others side by side on a wider linen banding. Why don't you join us?

Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol



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Sunday, 19 March 2017
Blue Band Sampler SAL






iStitch Designs Blue Band Sampler SAL - does anyone want to join us? This is a 14 week SAL starting on April 21. The registration fee is US$15 payable by Paypal although I will accept payment in dollars, pounds sterling and Euros sent in the mail at your own risk. Please email me (you can find my email address on my profile) with your email address to receive the charts and your Paypal address if different. On payment of the invoice I will send you an information/materials list. This very pretty lace-edged banding is available from Marijke *here* You will need 50cm for this project (cost 4.25 Euros plus shipping) but there will be a Part 2 so if you want to follow on underneath you will need to purchase 100cm. Both parts can be stitched side by side if you prefer and, of course, you can use any threads of your choice! There will be a charge for Part 2 - US$12 for existing members - US$15 if you are not a member. 

Thanks for visiting 
Take care
Carol


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Tuesday, 14 March 2017
A Sign of Spring




I know that some of you keep a look out for Tommy when he awakens from his Winter hibernation so I am happy to report that he woke up a few days ago. He doesn't look too happy does he? He is now wandering around in the Spring sunshine although he's not eating as yet and he still goes back in his box overnight.  As we come into Summer he stays out 24-7. Our garden is completely walled in so there is no way he can escape. I have been asked how old he is and to be truthful we don't really know but can trace him back to around 70 years ago but he may be even older than that! 

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There are still a few spaces left on iStitch Designs Blue Band SAL so if you are interested please get in touch. I posted a video (my first ever video) on iStitch Designs Facebook page. If I can work out how to do it I will post it here!


Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol



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Friday, 10 March 2017
iStitch Designs - Blue Band Sampler S





I finished stitching iStitch Designs Blue Band Sampler for the SAL so I decided to hem-stitch the top edge. This SAL starts on April 21 and there are still a few spaces left. If you are interested please email me (my email address can be found on my Profile). I will need your email address and your Paypal address if different. The cost is US$15. I've also been working on the design for Part 2 which will carry on at the bottom of this one on the lacy edge banding. Of course, you could stitch  both of these samplers separately or even side by side.

Thanks for visiting 
Take care
Carol



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Tuesday, 7 March 2017
A gift and SAL update





I received the above gift from the lovely Brenda of Time to XStitch

The fabric is the most gorgeous stitching pouch in which my Blue Band Sampler is residing at present. The sled is at the moment is displayed on my desk and I cannot wait until next Christmas to display it properly! I tried to get some on these little sleds on my last trip to the states but Michaels or Hobby Lobby didn't stock them and neither did the only needlework shop I visited. I am wondering how much the postage would be to get them sent to me?? Thank you Brenda for the most beautiful gifts.

iStitch Designs Blue Band Sampler SAL is well under way. The model is almost finished; the weekly charts are done but I need to print them out and check them. There are still a a few spaces left if anyone is interested. Just email with your email address and PayPal address if different. The cost is US$15. There is a new Facebook page for the SAL *here* 


Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol


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Monday, 27 February 2017
Blue Band Sampler





If you have signed up for iStitch Designs Blue Band Sampler SAL the very pretty lace edged banding is now available to purchase from Atelier Steekjes & Kruisjes. Marijke has set up a special page to make it easy to order *here*  If you are stitching just this sampler then you will need to order 50cm although I suggest you purchase 100cm as there will be a Part II in the future and you may wish to carry on on the same piece of banding. There are still spaces available on this SAL. The cost is US$15 payable through Paypal. To sign up just email me - my email address is on My Profile.

Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol


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Saturday, 25 February 2017
A SAL and a gift!







I posted a picture on Facebook of a blue band sampler that I started in 2014. Lots of people posted comments and emailed me to ask if I would do this for a Summer SAL. I need to finish stitching it - the charting is already done. The SAL will start on June 2 and will continue for 14 weeks. If you are interested in joining us please leave a comment with your email address (and Paypal address) although it you are not happy to do this please email me with this information. My email address can be found on My Profile. There are further details on iStitch Designs Facebook page. 





Today I received a wonderful gift from dear sweet Angela - a sheep thread holder by Kelmscott Designs. Isn't is lovely? Thank you Angela.


Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol




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Sunday, 19 February 2017
Birth sampler and a visit





I finished stitching Primrose's birth sampler and framed it up a couple of weeks ago. The pattern is Beatrix Potter Birth Sampler 1 which I stitched 1 over 2 on 40ct white linen using the recommended DMC threads although I changed up the charted blue tendrils and the font to pink. I also changed the font.  Mummy loved it - Primrose just grinned at me! Thank you to Pamela who loaned me the chart.




She's a very happy child!


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Last weekend we went to Dover Castle which is about 9 miles from us. We met up with Meg - number 2 grand-daughter - seen here with her Grandad. It was a cold and dull day but we throughly enjoyed our visit. The wartime tunnels are amazing. We aim going again when the weather improves.




A view across the English Chanel from the roof top of the castle. 



Meg took a picture of the reigning King and Queen ;-)  Shame that the Queen's feet didn't reach the floor! How come the King had a footstool? And next time I shall wear my golden crown!


Thanks for visiting 
Take care
Carol 


 
Sunday, 5 February 2017
February fun!







How about some February fun? Please visit *here* or click on the CHARTS button on the sidebar and look at all my designs. There is a quick link to each design on the sidebar. Now come back here and leave a comment telling me which is your favourite design and why? This is also running on iStitch Designs Facebook page.

If you decide to purchase any of the designs FS 1837 (see above) will also be sent to you for free! Sew Blue, Sew Red and Sew Autumn are no longer available.

Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol




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Wednesday, 1 February 2017
iStitch Designs - 2017 Valentine Freebie






iStitch Designs 2017 Valentine Freebie! There is still time to stitch this for your loved one. Go *here*  or click on the CHARTS button on the sidebar. If you stitch this and send me a picture I will post it on the sale blog

Thanks for visting
Take care
Carol

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