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).


Debbie said...

What a beautiful and thoughtful thing to do! Your design is absolutely beautiful, and while I never had the pleasure of knowing Rene I will definitely stitch this up in memory of her.

Donna's Stitching said...

Thank you that was so awsome of you to do this.

Kittie said...

You did a fantastic job Mel and what a lovely tribute. Now you make me want to get back into stitching .. I haven't done any for years.

Pam in PA said...

Hi Mel, What a lovely tribute to Rene! Thank you for sharing your chart with all of us. Every time I
see a frog whether it is a chart, a plastic frog, a ceramic frog, or a glass frog I think of Rene. Even if
my granddaughter up picks a real frog I think of her. You were a good friend & this tribute is fantastic! RENE REST IN PEACE & GOD

Shelley said...

Reading your post put tears in my eyes. I miss Rene so much. It's hard to imagine someone touching so many people that she never even met in person. Rene was an amazing woman, wife, grandma and friend. I love what you've designed and I can't wait to pick out my fabric and threads. Thank you so much for helping us all heal along with you.

Wanda said...

I love your frog, Mel. You did a great job designing it and Evalina did a great job stitching it. I love the photo presentation, as well. Wanda in Edmonton

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

How adorable! Thank you Mel, Amy and Evalina for your wonderful work to make this frog freebie available.

Rene was a dear lady and is definitely missed by lots of people!
I know I miss her.

laurawilson25 said...

That's a lovely way to remember your friend.

Kathy in Orange County California said...

I was one of the lucky ones who got to meet Rene in person. Twice on trips to Vegas we got together - one time we hit the stitching store and then we went to McDonald's for a cup of coffee and visited for a LONG time. The second time she met me for lunch, and we even played slot machines for a little bit. She was an awesome lady, and is missed dearly!

Unknown said...

What a great sentiment, I bet Rene would be thirilled to know she has touched so many hearts

Anonymous said...

Thank you Mel and Evalena for the tribute to Rene. Her memory will live on in this pattern. Can't wait to start it. Thanks again.

Pumpkin said...

How adorable! Great job everyone and thank you Mel for passing this pattern around in memory of a wonderful friend :o)

socialsue said...

A lovely idea! Thank you for sharing this with us!

Debbie said...

Thank you Mel. Rene would be over the moon!

Nice to see you blogging again!

EvalinaMaria said...

Dear Mel, thank you for your kind words. I had great time stitching it and I was thinking about Rene with a smile. I know, she is watching over our shoulders...