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Saturday, 4 July 2020
Burgundy Band Sampler




The Burgundy Band Sampler chart is now available to purchase *here*  at US$30. It is stitched one over one on 28ct linen banding (100mm wide) but can also be stitched two over two on the wider (170mm) banding. The silk thread is AVAS soie d'alger 2926. The stitch count is 73 x 985

Thanks for visiting and be safe
Carol


 
Wednesday, 1 July 2020
Burgundy Band Sampler
Coming soon





The Burgundy Band Sampler SAL finishes this Friday and the chart will be available after the weekend. It is stitched one over one on 28ct 100mm wide linen banding with AVAS 2926. It is also possible to stitch this over two on the wider 170mm banding. The stitch count is 73 x 985. 

I am taking pre-orders now so please email me at istitch37@gmail.com   The price is US$30

Be safe 
Carol


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Sunday, 19 January 2020
My book of the year 2019




This is Book 1 of a series of 3 from the very talented Gordon Wallis - buy it - read it. In fact buy the boxed set - Books 1-3. The most gripping books I have read in a long time.

"Ex soldier Jason Green was depressed and had been drinking far too much. The endless London winter had been bitterly cold. The freelance insurance fraud work was mundane, but this changes early on a frozen February morning.

The wealthy client was desperate.

Just how was his high flying young son making so much money?

It sounded like a dream assignment. An escape from the city and a bit of travel.

And for a while it was.

But on an idyllic island utopia, someone is watching, and a dangerous criminal cartel operates quietly in the shadows.

As Green digs deeper he uncovers the truth, but a series of unfortunate events occur. Events far beyond his control. Events that result in unspeakable violence and horror. 

The cartel must be stopped, but who will be the next to die?

The action builds to a frenzy in this gripping 1st in series page turner and the profoundly shocking finale will stay in your mind for a long time. 

A very, very long time..."


 
Tuesday, 24 December 2019
iStitch Designs - Sew Advent 2019









From iStitch Designs - Sew Advent 2019. This was this year's SAL which has just finished. The stitch count is 146W x 50H; the model is stitched 1*2 on white 40ct linen with NPI silk threads in 991B(white)(DMC B5200), 973(brown)(DMC 3021), 406 (green)(DMC 895) and 504 (red)(DMC 895). The four-sided stitch edging is done with no 12 DMC white perle cotton. 

The chart is now available to purchase *here* at $17

The cube ornaments are made from this same chart stitching on 30ct Brussels linen and the pillow ornament using 40ct linen. I will be preparing a finishing tutorial for the cube later. 

I wish all my readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Carol


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Sunday, 6 October 2019
Burgundy Band Sampler 2020 SAL





Burgundy Band Sampler 2020 SAL - This is a 28 week SAL which starts on January 3. The charts will be sent out every Friday and the sections are quite do-able and leave time for your other stitching. Please note that this does not have to be stitched on banding and can be stitched in any colour thread of your choice. 

The cost of this SAL is US$27 and covers Parts 1 & 2 (and a bonus chart) and is payable by Paypal.

This 100mm wide banding can be obtained from Marijke *here* you will need to purchase 100cm to complete the sampler. If you have difficulty with the site being in Dutch just email Marijke at ateliersteekjesenkruisjes@gmail.com  explain you are joining iStitch Designs Burgundy Band Sampler 2020 SAL and giving her your address and PayPal address. She will then work out mailing costs and send you an invoice. She speaks/writes in excellent English. I understand it is available from Sassy Jacks too.

I used AVAS soie d’alger 2926 (6 skeins) but you can, of course, stitch this band is any colour/threads of your choice. 

The above picture only shows a section of Part 1.

There are two iStitch Designs Facebook pages - one just a general iStitch Designs *here* but there is also an iStitch Designs Burgundy Band Sampler SAL page *here*  this is currently called the Amethyste Band Sampler SAL but will change once the new SAL starts. You are welcome to join either one or both. They are closed groups but easy enough to join. 

If you have any questions - please do not hesitate to ask. Just email me - my email address can be found on my profile.


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Tuesday, 27 August 2019
Amethyste Band Sampler






iStitch Designs Amethyste Band Sampler - originally sold as a SAL and is now released for general sale. It is stitched 1 over 1 on a a narrow natural linen banding (28ct) with AVAS Soie d'alger 3324 and 3325. 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 versions of this Sampler on the iStitch Designs Facebook page.

Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol

 
Thursday, 15 August 2019
iStitch Designs Raffle
*EDITED* This raffle was drawn on September 7 and the winners were:

1st Prize - Linda Daelemans
2nd Prize - Hieke Biesheuvel




These are the prizes for the iStitch Designs Raffle being held in conjunction with the Burgundy Band Sampler SAL which start the first Friday in January 2020. 1st prize is a complete kit to stitch this project - weekly charts, banding, 6 skeins of the AVAS silk threads and a beautiful cherry wood spool custom made to fit the banding. 2nd prize is a French glass frog - just right to display your scissors!  If you want to join this SAL please email me (you can find my email address under my Profile). The Raffle will be drawn the first week in September. 

Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol

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Tuesday, 30 July 2019
SALs

Two new SALs from iStitch Designs:

1.  Sew Advent SAL 2019 which runs from Dec 1-24. It is stitched 1*2 on 40ct white Newcastle linen with NPI silk threads 504, 406, 973 and DMC white perle cotton 12 for the four-sided stitch surround. This is a very small daily stitch and, if you keep up, you will have a finished piece by Christmas Day. Price: US$15

2. Burgundy Band Sampler SAL 2020. This SAL starts on the first Friday in January 2020. It is stitched 1*1 on 28ct linen banding with AVAS 2915 silk thread. This has the same stitch count as Blue Band Sampler, Red Band Sampler, Black Band Sampler and the ongoing SAL Amethyste Band Sampler - 73 x 985. Price: US$27

Spools are available to order at US$22 plus tracked shipping of $18 (1 or 2) or $22 (3 or 4). They come in 3 sizes 80mm, 90mm and 100mm and in two colours light and dark. 

There is also a raffle to win a complete kit for the Burgundy Band Sampler  - the pattern, the banding, silk threads and a spool and to include postage. Price: $15 


If you are interested in any of the above please email me - my email address can be found on my Profile. Registration is now open with invoices and information email being sent out in August. 


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Tuesday, 23 July 2019
iStitch Designs - Christmas Needleroll 2019




New from iStitch Designs - Christmas Needleroll 2019 stitched 1*2 on 40ct white Newcastle linen with AVAS 2925 (DMC 815 and AVAS 1845 (DMC 319) and embellish with tiny silver beads. The stitch count is 61 x 47

Finishing instructions are available on my Tutorials Blog (see sidebar)

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

Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol





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Monday, 15 April 2019
Easter 2019


There is a small Easter freebie on iStitch Designs blog *here* 

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Sunday, 20 January 2019
iStitch Designs - Black Band Sampler




iStitch Designs Black 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 natural linen banding (28ct) with NPI silk threads in black and red. 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 Sampler on the iStitch Designs Facebook page.

Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol






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Friday, 18 January 2019
iStitch Designs - Mini Band Sampler II




New release from iStitch Designs - Mini Band Sampler II - the second in a series of samplers to fit inside a Tim Holtz locket. This was stitched one thread over one linen thread on 40ct linen dyed with walnut ink with AVAS Soie Surfine 109. The stitch count is 29 x 190. This new design is now available *here* or by clicking on iStitch Designs on the sidebar

Thanks for visiting
Take care
Carol



 
Saturday, 29 December 2018
Amethyste Band Sampler SAL 2019





Amethyste Band Sampler SAL - This is a 28 week SAL which starts in mid February. The charts will be sent out every Friday and the sections are quite do-able and leave time for your other stitching. Please note that this does not have to be stitched on banding and can be stitched in any colour thread of your choice. 

The cost of this SAL is US$27 and covers Parts 1 & 2 (and a bonus chart) and is payable by Paypal.

This 90mm wide banding can be obtained from Marijke at https://www.ateliersteekjesenkruisjes.nl/c-4651097/amethyste-band-sampler-sal/?fbclid=IwAR01-OQm095z27u-X1Ya7OsNQtQxcRGOI1BpF_TyQR9rDcupxNuih-JQL60  you will need to purchase 100cm to complete the sampler. If you have difficulty with the site being in Dutch just email Marijke at ateliersteekjesenkruisjes@gmail.com  explain you are joining iStitch Designs Amethyste Band Sampler SAL and giving her your address and PayPal address. She will then work out mailing costs and send you an invoice. She speaks/writes in excellent English. I understand it is available from Sassy Jacks too.

I used two shades of AVAS soie d’alger 3324 (5 skeins) and 3325 (1 skein) but you can, of course, stitch this band is any colour/threads of your choice. 

The above picture only shows a section of Part 1.

There are two iStitch Designs Facebook pages - one just a general iStitch Designs https://www.facebook.com/groups/1390006281256054/ but there is also an iStitch Designs Red Band Sampler SAL page https://www.facebook.com/groups/187296105090617/  You are welcome to join either one or both. They are closed groups but easy enough to join. 

If you have any questions - please do not hesitate to ask. Just email me - my email address can be found on my profile.


 

 
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


Now available as 'chart only'  *here*







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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