Hello Beautiful Stitchers! I simply cannot believe that it is four months since my last blog post. I do not know where this year is going. My apologies for the blog hiatus. If you follow me in other spaces (namely Instagram and Facebook) you will know that Beautiful Stitches has been going through a step change in the last few months and I have been running very fast to keep up.
2015 has turned out to be a pretty exciting year: my social media following has grown substantially; my teaching bookings are significantly higher than they were this time last year; and all this interest has prompted me to focus on opening on an Etsy store to sell my patterns and kits. Something had to give, and I opted for it to be the blog in the short term. But, the good news is that I almost have a handle on things again and I look forward to sharing some longer posts with you again soon.
In the meantime, today is my birthday and I am in the mood for celebrating! The Beautiful Stitches Etsy store will be open by the end of this week (announcements and links will be posted here and on my social media accounts). But I know it can be daunting to spend good money on a pattern or kit if you are not sure of what you are getting. So, I am giving away this free pincushion/scissor keep design so that you can see how I write my patterns. If you do decide to purchase one of my patterns, I want you to feel confident in the quality and detail of my instructions.
At this point, some of you are saying to me, “Ann-Marie, this is great but I just don’t have time to stitch at the moment.” That’s OK – I have you covered too. Every one of my patterns comes with a bonus colouring-in page. You can use it to help plan the colours for your stitched design or for the sheer pleasure of colouring a beautiful, geometric pattern.
Whether you are stitching or colouring, please post a photo here or on your favourite social media account when you are finished. I love to see all your beautiful stitches and creativity!