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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

May Update:

We have missed you all so very much but due to illness we have not been able to blog the past month. Most of all we miss not commenting on your blogs which we love to do.   Visiting your blogs and seeing what you are up to makes us one stitching family.   And, we are really anxious to get back to doing that.

Hopefully, we will be back blogging in June.   We had some neat projects to show in April and May so it makes us sad we were not able to share them with you.   But, we will hold them for next year. 

We also want to thank every one who was part of the birthday celebration. You all sent the most gorgeous photos of some of your favorite stitches.   This made our day so much fun and we appreciate each and every one of you so much.   We put all of your names in a bowl and picked four names out to say thank you.  We each picked a winner that will win a package of stitching items and another that will win a pattern.

Mary drew:
Justine for the pattern
Catherine for the package

RJ drew:
Lili for the pattern
Robin for the package

If you will send us your mailing addresses we will get your gifts out to you.   You can reach Mary at stitching and you can reach me at  

Keep stitching,
RJ and Mary

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

April week one

One Year Birthday Party

Well we did it!   We made it to a full year of blogging and it has been fun!!!   We have learned so much about stitching, finishing and computers.   But the very best part is getting to know all of you that come by and visit with us.  We consider all of you our  "stitching friends".

Welcome!  Pull up a chair, make your favorite drink and enjoy a slice of our birthday cake!


Time to open gifts:
Below are the most beautiful birthday gifts we could have received...31 absolutely gorgeous stitches from the nicest group of ladies around. We've included everyone's blog link so you can visit all of them to find many, many more beautiful stitches, quilts and other crafts.  If a message was added with the photo, it has been included so you can read more about the stitch.  After every sixth or so stitch, we included a freebie for you...hope you like our choices. And there are some surprises at the very end of this post for some lucky participants!

Butterfly Wings

June has stitched Garden Pleasures by Little House Needleworks.   You can visit June here and see her lovely stitches, gifts she makes for friends and beautiful gardens.

June wrote :I was wondering what photo to send you , then I found this one that relates to me and my garden. Hugs, June.


Garden Grumbles and Cross Stitch Fumbles
Beth stitched Sweet Violets by Cedar Hill.  You can find Beth here and enjoy her garden strolls, wildlife and the best photos of many types of birds plus wonderful stitching.                       



Lesley has stitched Let's Read to Kids by Ursula Michael. You will find many fantastic stitches at her blog.   Hardanger and card making are among her loves.   She is a very talented knitter too.  Visit Lesley here


Mein - Allerei - Hobby
Martina stitched many patterns from the Hometown Holiday series by Little House Needleworks into a fabulous holiday quilt.  You can visit Martina here and find beautiful stitches and gorgeous quilting.   She also designs patterns that you will enjoy receiving.

Here is another lovely stitch that Martina sent to us It is called The Rose from Veronique Enginger


Manuelas Flowergarden
Manuela has stitched the gorgeous  Rose im Stanler.  Go see Manuela here and you will find beautiful stitches and amazing quilting projects.  She chooses great projects that will inspire.

Manuela also sent this detailed Elefant gerahmt .   What awesome detail.  


Aimetu's Stitches
Clare sent us a lovely stitch called March by Drawn Thread.   Visit Clare here and find very pretty stitching.  She bakes delicious treats too.  You will also enjoy her travel blog very much.


                                                                Freebie one  

Isn't this stitch perfect for all of us?   This is a great chart by My Big Toe and you can find the pattern here.   Big Toe offers many free charts to enjoy and stitch.


Live to Stitch
Meg has a great new blog.   Go see Meg  here and truly enjoy some lovely stitching and great framing.  Meg has begun to design some patterns too and they are fabulous.  Her gorgeous stitch below is called It's "Birth Announcement" by Teresa Wentzler. 

Meg wrote: I worked on it while I was pregnant with my son, Thomas, and finished it a few months after he was born. (I blurred out his birthday in the main photo to protect his privacy.)
I adore Teresa Wentzler's designs because they are so challenging! She often combines thread colors to create blended looks, and her designs often call for beads and metallic threads and specialty stitches. I usually learn something new each time I tackle one of her designs. And, she has lots of free patterns for ornaments and bookmarks on her site (
Happy blogging birthday! :-)  Meg


Stitches and Blessings with Susan
Susan chooses great patterns and turns them into wonderful projects that you will love. This stitch is called Endless Hearts by Threadwork Primitives and it is stitched on 28 ct. Tea-Dyed Monaco.  Visit Susan  here  


Independent Stitcher
Robin has chosen Thought of friends by Misty Hill Studio.  Her stitches are absolutely beautiful and she is a prolific stitcher.  Robin does not have a blog but we hope we can get her to share some more of her work with us.   She stitches such lovely pieces ...too lovely not to be seen.


Serendipitous Stitching
Jo is a very active stitcher that shows many beautiful projects.  She also puts together awesome and fun activities for other stitchers like hops.  And her blogger of the week is very popular.   You can find Jo here

Jo wrote:
Obviously it is impossible to choose just one piece from just one of my favourite designers. 
I thought a bit laterally instead.  Your blog is called Stitching With Friends and this is a piece I stitched with friends.  From 2011 to 2014 I took part in a number of round robins via the Yuku Boards.
This piece was part of the Joan Elliott RR.  I chose six of her Flower Fairy designs and six friends stitched a fairy each according to my instructions.
I designed and stitched the central flowers, taking one bloom from each of the six designs.   This is one of my favourite RR pieces and I display it every Spring so it seems appropriate to share for a Spring Birthday party with Stitching with Friends!


Stitching Basket
Lili stitches such lovely patterns and does beautiful finishes.  Her choices of patterns are always great.  She chose Enchanted by Carriage House Samplings for our party.  Don't miss visiting her here 
Lili wrote:
It's really hard to pick my favourite piece/designer...
So, since you and Mary are stitching a deer, here is my choice!
The design is by Carriage House Samplings - Enchanted. That's really pretty! :)
Happy One Year Blog Anniversary!



Stitching Dreams
Carol has a very popular and enjoyable blog that you probably are all familiar with.   But if not, you can visit her here  You will find beautiful stitches, finishes and great ideas.   She is another great baker too.     She chose Painted Egg by the Cricket Collection's Eggs...etera.(No. 109)booklet.

Carol wrote:
This is  one of my favorite designs by The Cricket Collection.  I've stitched it at least three times, but given every one away! Next time I stitch this, it will be for me :) 


Freebie Two
Here is a lovely chart from our friend Sub Rosa.   You can stitch this for Easter next year or leave off the letters and have a perfect Spring stitch too.   How sweet is the baby lamb.   You can find the chart here  There are lots of lovely charts on her blog site.


A Bend in the Road
Jenny has a personal blog that is beautifully written, very touching and close to my heart. There is love in every word.   You can visit her blog here  She also stitches some lovely samplers as you can see below.   This one is called A Place We Call Home by Country Cottage Needleworks.  

Jenny wrote:
I have stitched quite a few samplers from different designers but this sampler is one of my favorites. I love the message and of course the little house and to be honest it just describes my husband and I and how we are.  I changed some of the colors and the frame came from one of my favorite places .... Solvang...a little Danish town on highway 1 right here in Southern Ca. The sampler sits on my Grandmother’s hope chest in our living room and this sampler is one of the first ones family and friends see when they enter our home   Jenny


Arlene is not only a great stitcher but she is the "world's best Nana"   Go by and see her beautiful stitches and her gorgeous grandchildren.   She also has an awesome farm that is a pleasure to see.   You can visit with Arlene here  She chose Christmas Village by Prairie Schooler. 

Arlene wrote:
I stitched this years ago and it continues to be a favorite piece.   Arlene


A Stitcher's Story
Vickie stitches beautifully and is known for her love of pink, poodles (Murphy and Henry) and great reviews of the books she is reading.  She has excellent taste in books.  And everyone loves her poodle stitches that she is designing. You can visit her  here   Vickie chose I AM a Daughter of the Risen King by Little House Needleworks.

Vickie wrote:
LHN is not my favorite designer, but I love this pattern, even if it is a freebie!


Sewing After Seven
Sheryl has one of the prettiest blogs where you will find stitching, embroidery, quilting, tatting and many other simply beautiful crafts.   Her tags below are an example of her creative projects.   You can visit with her here


Pense'e et lavante
Marie Christine has a lovely blog that she shares with her daughter Celine.
They both are beautiful stitchers and quilters. She chose a pattern called Valentine Sampler from With Thy Needle and Thread.   You can find both of these lovely ladies here



Halland House Gifts
Judy chose Red House Sampler by Brenda Keyes.   She tackles difficult and beautiful patterns that have alot of stitches and does a wonderful job each and every time.   In fact she is one of the people that stitched And Heaven and Nature Sing and we knew we had to stitch it.  She is quite good at baking too.  Visit Judy here

Judy wrote:
It was not my first project on evenweave, but it was my first on linen.    My first evenweave was a reproduction by Brenda from one of her books.  I just couldn’t justify stitching a period piece on Aida.  A few years later I was finding myself feeling the same way but with linen, so off to Hobby Lobby I went.When I saw how see through the fabric was there was a little panic.  It was on this project that I learned how to be a very neat stitcher-no carried threads, none.  This project started my love affair with linen and I’ve never looked back.   Judy


                                                                  Freebie Three

What an awesome stitch by Hands on Design.  This was done for Cathy's anniversary.    You can find the free pattern here


Stoff und Nadel...Jutta's Blog
Jutta shared her lovely cross stitched holiday quilt with us.   Her patterns are called Santa's Village from Country Cottage Needleworks.   She does beautiful stitches and wonderful quilts that you will fall in love with. You can see many more crafts at her blog here


Bee - mused and Bee - stitching
Stasi sent us this gorgeous bee collection.   You can visit Stasi here and see many, many more difficult projects like this.  She is also an excellent seamstress and another awesome Grandma.
Stasi wrote:
This is probably the favorite piece I've ever stitched (though I have others that run a close second) and even won a blue ribbon for Blackwork at the Woodlawn Needlework show in 2013. It is called Regal Bee and the pattern is by Theresa Baird of Heart's Ease Examplar Workes. A friend kindly gifted me the chart(knowing how I loved bee motifs); it was quite a challenge because it didn't come with any finishing instructions. I drew on all the knowledge I had gleaned from finishing classes and "got 'er done". Looking forward to your birthday celebration.


Faithfully Stitching
Faith chose a beautiful stitch called Shades of Blue by Northern Expressions Needlework.      She has a fun blog with great stitches and awesome puzzles too.  We are both amazed at the complexity of the puzzles she completes.  She is a "master of the puzzle"!  You can visit Faith here

Faith wrote:
This is the photo of my most recent finish that I was excited  about.


The Copper Fox
Sara chose Christmas Gathering from the Just Cross Stitch magazine, December 2008.  She has a informative blog with beautiful stitches, great tips and awesome tutorials.  She also is a wonderful baker.   You will find this and much more here 

Sara wrote:
Thanks for the invite and happy blog birthday! 

Have a great day,


Orts, Splinters and Mulch
Deb sent us a wonderful stitching needle book with a very pretty stitch.   She does beautiful, difficult stitching that you will enjoy. She chose the pattern September Song to send.   You can find Deb here

Deb wrote:
The design is called September Song by Dancing Needle Designs and was a freebie in 2003 (though the link I had for it is no longer any good).  I stitched it as a Fall Freebie Exchange piece for Sarah in the UK and finished it as a needlebook with wool pages and a couple of pockets for scissors and small tools.  I changed some colors and added the swooshes and the lower line of acorns.  Stitched on 28ct Annabelle with DMC and WDW.


I Majored in Home Economics
Sandy has a lovely blog filled with great stitches, home life and the greatest dogs (Lemony and Gus) that you will fall in love with.   She chose Silent Night, Holy night by Stoney Creek Collection.  You can find Sandy here  

Sandy wrote:
Here is my most recent fave finish by Stoney Creek Collection.


Justine's Cross Stitch
Justine sent us the most perfect stitch for our party.  She chose Life is Better with Stitching Friends by Lizzie Kate. Is this not the truth?  She does beautiful stitches and is in the middle of an awesome stitching project right now.  You can see it and so much more at her blog here
Justine wrote:
I was hoping to find something fully finished but in the end I think this is more appropriate and fits perfectly how I feel about Stitching Friends blog 


Our newest friend and follower Mia is a multi crafter.   She loves many crafts like sewing, crochet and stitching.   She also paints, decoupages and makes jewelry, cosmetics and cards.  Enjoy all of her talents at Mia's blog here
We are so happy she is joining us for the party.    
Mia wrote:
Here is my photo for your birthday celebration. It is a stitched pendant (cross-stitch on wood). Hope you like it.  Kisses from Greece, Mia


                                                                 Freebie Four

Our fourth freebie is this sweet little chick perfect for Springtime.   You can find the free pattern here   There are many lovely free charts at Snowflower Diaries.


I Love to Stitch
Our friend Catherine does beautiful stitching and many difficult projects.   She is also a master with beads and makes gorgeous ornaments and jewelry.  The amazing project below is called a Victoria Sampler.  You can see much more at her blog here
Catherine wrote:
This is a Victoria Sampler Class I took a few years ago. I love this piece!


Kitten Stitching
Kaye from Kitten Stitching sent us this gorgeous stitch.   Can you imagine the hours that went into completing this beautiful piece.  It is called The Wind of Willows Sampler.  You can find many beautiful projects and fun activities when you visit Kaye here 
Kaye wrote:
This is a pic of my very favourite cross stitch that I have made and the one of which I am the most proud – The Wind in the Willows Sampler. It took me twelve years to complete and has the names and birth dates of all three of my children on it.  This is the best photo that I could take as it has very reflective glass on the front.


Busy Hands Crafts
Ele from Busy Hands Crafts sent us this fun stitch to celebrate our birthday.    Be sure and visit Ele at to see many wonderful stitches and other lovely crafts.  You will find her here


Birthday gifts for four lucky participants

To thank you all for being a part of our celebration we thought we would give four lucky participants a small thank you gift from us.  We will chose four names from a bowl.  Two will receive small boxes of stitching goodies and two others will receive a pattern in an envelope.  We will announce the four names in our next post.  Good luck!

Our annual big give away will be coming in June so make sure you sign up for that.  We are calling it "These are a few of our Favorite Things".   

Hope you all enjoyed our celebration.  We truly thank you for being a part of it.  It was a great year getting to know everyone that visits with us.  Here's to lots more stitching and many, many,  more good times.   We will be back with a new project in about ten days.  Hope to see you then.

                                    ⚜   The Girls from Stitching Friends Forever 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

March week two
Easter Hop with JO
Our French month

Styling with Stitches

Something New
What's Stitching
SAL Update

Welcome everyone!   We have two letters for you for the Easter Hop with Jo.  The first letter is A. Scroll down for the second letter and where to go next.  Stitching friends weekly  post is below that.   Have fun hopping to the next post listed below.  May everyone have a happy and blessed Easter.

The second letter is i.   Now please hop on over to     

Styling with Stitches

Something New
What's Stitching
SAL Update

Bon Jour!  Hope the weather is starting to warm up by you as Spring is here. Do you have bunnies and flowers ready to stitch?   We are in the midst of stitching them for the next several months.

When we were planning the blog for 2018', we decided to make March a French month.  And, it's now time for our pinafore and word play combo.  (One of us does a pinafore and the other does the monthly word play.   Then, another month during the year we switch).  So today we have a post filled with a French pinafore/ March word play combo, some French ornaments and an update on our SALs.  These were time consuming stitches but a lot of fun too so we hope you enjoy.


Styling with Stitches

RJ's pinafore

It's my turn to make a pinafore.  Of course I begged for the French month.

I've been wanting to do a Quaker stitch for quite awhile now and when I saw this Quaker Eiffel Tower pattern I knew it was for me.   I was surprised how many hours it took to stitch....alot!   I changed it up somewhat.   I took off some of the symbols and stitched a fleur d'lis, a bee and a crown instead.  And I moved a few other things to different places to make it all fit.  I used Kohl over dyed thread.  It changes from very dark black to a dark grey throughout the stitch.  When I got to the finish, nothing was really coming to mind (that happens a lot).  But, then I saw a pillow with these little triangles on the end and I thought they might look neat and French looking for my pinafore.  They were so easy to make.   The most time was spent finding out how to make them.  So that is how I went about it.  I added the polka dot triangles and a sweet fabric bow with an Eiffel Tower button.    It closes in the back with two more Eiffel Tower buttons.
It was my first attempt at making the triangles and they were surprisingly so easy

I decided to add my initials to this piece

Closeup of fabric bow and Eiffel Tower button

Closeup of stitch.   I added the crown, bee, and fleur d'lis instead of other symbols

Quaker Eiffel Tower
by Jardin Prive
40 ct. Vintage Pecan butter linen
Kohl over dyed thread
Eiffel tower button from Hobby Lobby


Mary's word play

It's my turn to stitch the monthly word play which worked out perfectly because of my Irish ancestry.

My word play was completed on Jan. 30, 2015 and I just finished it last week!!!  This was one of my early projects on 18 ct. aida and I was so proud of myself at that time for graduating from 14 to 18 count.  I finished this with a double herringbone stitch that I  learned from watching Mary Corbett's Double Herringbone tutorial on YouTube.  This was my first attempt at stitching the herringbone and it was easy to do!  Pretty scrap fabric a friend gave me and a shamrock charm dresses up my stitch.

My Irish Sister-in-law will be getting this as a St. Patrick's Day gift and I'll eventually remake the word play in linen for myself. 

I added a herringbone stitch and a sweet shamrock charm to the finish

March Word play
By With Thy Needle and Thread
18 ct country mocha aida 
called for threads



Something New
RJ's French Ornaments

It was love at first sight when I first spotted these bunnies by Prairie Schooler.   I really enjoy stitching bunnies and these were just so cute.   And to me they looked French so I added French titles under them.   Changing  all the threads to brigher and lighter colors made them look more Spring like.   The lady "Madame" was so sweet in her dress and pinafore and carrying her pretty basket of Spring flowers.  And, I love how the border is just like her flowers.   

It was the man "Monsieur" that truly stole my heart!  Look at his boutonniere, ascot and vest.  But it was the walking cane that sealed the deal.   He is such a dapper fellow!  Can you tell I love him?   His basket is filled with carrots and they are repeated in his border.   

They both have a simple finish with green polka dot fabric, lace and vintage buttons.  I really enjoyed stitching and finishing these two sweet bunnies. 

Love her basket of flowers and the border with the same flowers

Fabric tape used for hangers from Joann's has stitches through it
Just look at all those accessories on this dapper fellow!

Love his carrot border that matches the carrots in his basket

Rabbit Folk book 19
by Prairie Schooler
40 ct. country mocha linen
      changed threads to over dyed


What's Stitching

The date for the party has changed due to Good Friday and Easter.  We will be joining Jo for her annual blog hop on the 29th however.

On April 4th we will be celebrating our first birthday.   We will be holding a celebration here for all to enjoy.   So many people have sent beautiful stitches for us to share and we can't wait to show you.  There will be a few surprises too.   If you still have a photo to send, just mail it to 

We have met so many wonderful people through the blog.  One of the sweetest and kindest is our friend Robin.   She sent some adorable patterns this week along with the cutest Michelle Palmer note cards.   Thank you so much Robin for your thoughtfulness. 

Mary received a sweet chart and fabrics that she won on Ele's blog.  You can find it here   And, it came all the way from Italy.   Thank you Ele for such a great give away. 


SAL update
Our SALs have been so much fun to stitch.  If you haven't guessed it yet, it is called
And Heaven and Nature Sing by Kathy Barrick.  Things are going along great but I fear we are going to run out of the brown silk thread.  The deer is really using a lot.  So Mary has an order in for more brown thread in the same dye lot.  Fingers crossed it arrives soon.

This is where I was on February 28th

And this is after 14 hours of stitching.  The deer is taking it's time and the garland took recounting several times.   The ears and eyes are now filled in and the deer is growing each week. 

Mary's SAL
This is where I was on February 28th

I was only able to put five hours of stitching in this month but you can see how the deer is filling in and the garland around his neck is coming along.


It is always a pleasure to have you come by for a visit.  We truly appreciate the time you take to comment which always makes our day.  We love to come by your blogs too so if we don't know about you yet...let us know.   April 4th will be our one year birthday party and we are going to PARTY so don't miss the celebration.   

                                                                   Mary and RJ

                           Que les invitΓ©s qui entrent dans cette maison, repartent en amis.

                                     The guests who come to this house leave as friends.