Friday, August 19, 2011

Free Pattern - Rene's Frog

As a graphic designer many people have encouraged me to design my own cross stitch pattern. With the help of a friend who is an amazing artist and a great friend and stitcher to do up the model for me I've finally managed to put one together.

Rene's Frog as Stitched by Evalina
The free pattern you can download below is in memory of Rene LaFrog. Rene was a kindhearted friend and stitcher to the blog community but also one of the moderators on the ILCS Yahoo Group. Over my time with ILCS and blogging I had the pleasure of chatting witih Rene and getting to know her a bit more. While I never met her in person I truly felt as though we knew each other so well. As I know many of us feel about our blogging friends.

The last year of Rene's life was a tough one for her. Not knowing what was happening was scary for her as her body was shutting down and causing her pain and grief. At one point I had sent Rene a newly released Victoria Sampler pattern. She loved their designs and as it was brand-new so I figured she hadn't seen it yet. I was tickled with she received the friendship pattern and was so excited. Her email to me was so cute and thankful. She even said she'd do the project up for me! That's just the kind of lady Rene was. She'd always give back when given to. While I know that only a few stitches went into that project before she was sent for hospice care I will always treasure the memory of bringing her a little bit of happiness near the end of her days with us.

So I put my foot through the door of designing patterns and came up with this cute and happy frog in memory of Rene. Please feel free to download this pattern, copy it, send it to others and share it with anyone you feel would love it. The blog button in memory of Rene that I created in January was so well received by the community and still prominently featured on so many blogs that I thought (and hope) that there are stitchers out there who would want to do a small stitching project for Rene. I'm so proud to release this first design in memory of an amazing lady and friend.

I encourage everyone to use your own colours in this project. Dig into your stash and see what you have. Pick colours and fabric that remind you of Rene.
In addition if you wish just stitch the frog. He could brighten any area with his endearing smile.

A huge thank you to Amy Vickery, the artist that drew the frog for me before it was charted, and to Evalina Marie, a blogger and stitcher I know many of you know. She has been a very dear friend to me these past couple of years and she graciously stitched the model for me and confirmed that the pattern makes sense and is stitchable!

So please, enjoy this pattern. I'm so pleased to share it with everyone.
And finally to Rene, know that you are missed and not forgotten my friend.

Link to download pattern.
(clicking on this link will automatically download a PDF with the pattern enclosed).

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Dragons update - officially halfway

As promised last week I have an update on my dragons piece. Following with my schedule for the year (I'm a few weeks behind but not too bad) I got another page finish in the last 3 months. This officially brings me up to the halfway point!!
Though I must admit that I was sick of it for a bit. But with Lizzie Kates "Halloween Rules" as an easy stitch break it's been better. So here is the page finish:

And the whole piece to date:

I just adore how this looks from far away and am so pleased as it progresses.

coming soon: the pattern that is going to be available for free in memory of Rene. I cannot wait to share it with you all. But I have to finish the title page first. :)

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