Designing my own patterns the 500th post!


I thought about designing my own patterns for years. I would go to the nearest shop and find things I liked, but very rarely that I LOVED. I joined the Stitching the Night Away ornament club in January, and I confess I fell in love with the idea of coming up with something new every month. I had these three patterns inside me for a very long time, and many others to come, but I just had to get these on paper. So to speak. Right now all three of them are just in pdf! Throughout my years of studying needlework, stitching and its origins, I came across an old belief “one should never stitch or create a pattern of an object born with a soul”. There were many samplers that only had letters, floral, homes, rivers, nature than sort of thing and I realized why there was this void about people and animals.  In keeping in that tradition, most of my first creations have been floral. Many thanks go out to Loretta for providing valuable feedback on the most user friendly tools to utilize while designing.

I have committed to stitching all three myself to find the ins and outs of my patterns. There are more brewing inside me yet  🙂

I have designed a set of three you can find on the StitchbyRachel Flickr page, my blog, Pinterest, craftgawker, craftsy, Instagram, tumblr, etsy, twitter, olioboard, and on Stitch by Rachel Facebook.

Blog Hops Will Return Over the Summer [and some random photos]

A few people have asked why the blog hops stopped. Honestly, just life getting in the way. We’ve been so busy with work, school, soccer, so on and etcetera….

Once soccer season and school are over the blog hopping will get back to normal. I expect our next hop to be June 15th. In the meantime enjoy these photos I managed to snap of the kids (getting them to hold still long enough for a photo is seriously hard!) …

Lucas received some cool new golf stuff for his 15th birthday over the weekend (new golf bag and a new hybrid #3 club)
Lucas is 15....
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Stitching Bloggers #17: Shoes, Shoes, Shoes

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Welcome back to the Stitching Bloggers blog hop! I’m running a day late with this one, because for some reason I thought Friday was the 14th and Saturday was the 15th. The calendar inside my mind is a messy, messy place sometimes. I think my internal clock is still out of whack from Daylight Savings Time last weekend.

Anyway, I’ve closed the widget on Blog Hop #16, but you can still visit the blogs and pick up the blog prompt if you didn’t have a chance to participate yet. You’re always welcome to use the blogging prompts at any time with or without the widget.
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Stitching Bloggers #16: How Many Needles Have You Lost?

Welcome back to the blog hop! I’ve closed the link widget for hop #15 (stitching when you don’t feel well), but you are always welcome to grab the questions from previous rounds and blog about them without using the widget.

I can’t believe we’re half way through February already! I feel like 2013 is happening in fast-forward. Let’s get to the blog prompt….

The blogging prompt for hop #16 is:

How many needles have you lost? Feel free to estimate. Tell us your best “lost needle” story 😉

Personally, minding my needles is something I pride myself on. I’ve only ever lost one needle – and I eventually found it two weeks later!

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Stitching Bloggers #15: Stitching When You Don’t Feel Well?

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Welcome back to the Stitching Bloggers Blog Hop! Thanks to flu and cold season we’re a little off schedule here, but we won’t let that get us down. In fact, we’re going to let that inspire this round of the hop. Blog Hop #14 has been closed, but you can still stop by and visit all the participants, reviewing the accomplishments of 2012 was a lot of fun and we’re ready for big stitching goals in 2013.

The blogging prompt for hop #15 is:

Eventually there comes a time when you’re not feeling well, whether it’s the flu or a cold or something else entirely. The question is, do you manage any stitching when you’re under the weather or does it just have to wait for better days?

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January Stitching Challenge

starWhen I looked back at my year in stitching review I realized that I did not make enough time for my stitching, which in turn means that I did not make enough for *myself* throughout the year – time to just sit, enjoy a cup of something steamy and relaxing and stitch the worry away from my day. No wonder I was so stressed out and cranky some days (right?)

My word for the new year is happiness. I intend to take more untraveled paths, spend more time just being *happy*, and surround myself with positive energetic people.
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Stitching Bloggers #14: Looking Back on 2012

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Welcome to the first blog hop of 2013! Blog Hop #13 has been closed, but if you missed the Stitchmas Wist posts you can always go back and refer to the hop post to visit everyone who participated in that round.

For our first blog hop of the new year let’s talk about stitching accomplishments and stash acquisitions last year….

The blogging prompt for hop #14 is:

What was your biggest stitching accomplishment in 2012?
What was your favorite stash acquisition in 2012 and will you be using it in 2013?

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Stitching Bloggers #13: What’s Your Stitchmas Wish?

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Welcome back to the Stitching Bloggers Blog Hop! Blog Hop #12 is now closed. If you haven’t had a chance to read over the Thankful Stitching Stories blog posts yet, I encourage you to do so. There are some beautiful and inspiring blog posts about why stitchers are thankful.

This round let’s have a little fun with holiday gift wishes….

The blogging prompt for hop #13 is:

The holidays are right around the corner and gift exchanges are happening everywhere you look. If an amazingly magical Stitchmas Santa were to fly overhead and bring you one stitching wish, what would it be?

I’m sure there’s something you’ve been hoping to add to your stash all year long. Tell us all about it (and I have a feeling a few people’s wishlists will be growing as a result of this blog hop -lol-)

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My Own Thankful Stitching for Blog Hop

I wanted to write my own response to the thankful stitching blog prompt, because my hobby is something that I am extremely thankful for. The question I asked for Blog Hop #12 was…

When it comes to the stitching part of your life, what are you most thankful for?

I gave this question so much thought when I posted it and I could honestly go on for days about the things that I am thankful for in regards to my stitching. I may not get to stitch every day like I used to, but the days that I do stitch are often the best days of each week. Stitching relieves my stress, melts away the worries of raising a family for a few hours, and just brings my mind to peace. [Read more…]

Stitching Bloggers Blog Hop #12: Thankful Stitching Stories

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Welcome back to the Stitching Blog Hop! Blog Hop #11 is closed now, but you can stop by any time to read over the responses – and there were some very interesting posts on the topic of stash acquisition in that round. I love hearing stash stories like that 🙂

With Thanksgiving coming up in the United States this week I thought it was an appropriate topic of discussion…

The blogging prompt for hop #12 is:

When it comes to the stitching part of your life, what are you most thankful for?

Perhaps your stitching has given you a means to relieve stress after a long day at work. Maybe your stitching helped you quit a bad habit. Did shopping for stash help you find a group of friends when you moved to a new town? Tell us your thankful stitching story.

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