A free pattern to celebrate my birthday

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.

Free Pincushion Pattern

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!

8 Responses to A free pattern to celebrate my birthday

  1. Brenda's Needlepoint Studio Blog August 27, 2015 at 2:36 am #

    Beautiful pattern and wonderful instructions. Thank you. Love how you finished it. Looking forward to stitching one soon.

    • Ann-Marie August 27, 2015 at 8:30 am #

      I’m so glad you liked it Brenda :)

  2. Janet G August 27, 2015 at 6:50 am #

    Happy Birthday
    I hope you had a day filled with fun, presents, hugs, laughter and….CAKE!!!

    =)

    • Ann-Marie August 27, 2015 at 8:29 am #

      Thankyou so much Janet. I had a lovely day! Cake was replaced with fudge made in my Thermomix this year – seriously delicious :)

  3. Nancy August 29, 2015 at 8:04 am #

    Hi, Ann-Marie!

    I am so stinkin’ excited for you on opening your new shop!! Yay! You did! Looking at your new shop is going to be my treat to myself for working hard all day! Congratulations, my friend!! Big love!

    xoxoxo
    Nancy

    • Ann-Marie August 29, 2015 at 9:27 am #

      Thankyou Nancy! It’s very had to put into words just how much that support means to me. Let’s call it a whole herd of sparkling unicorns worth AMxx

  4. Belinda Piper August 30, 2015 at 7:37 am #

    Thank you so much for the pattern. Your work is amazing! I love how detailed and succinct the instructions are. I can’t wait to get stitching :)

    • Ann-Marie August 30, 2015 at 8:03 am #

      Belinda, Thankyou so much for your lovely comment. It makes all the time and effort I put into the writing phase worthwhile :) Would you mind if I quoted you as a testimonial for my patterns? Could I label it as something like “Belinda, 33, Australia – Mum, maker, blogger” (I have been over reading your blog already. I absolutely love it – and we’re both in Perth!).

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