Tuesday, December 13, 2011

One Year Anniversary

One year, hard for me to believe, but I began this blog a year ago this week. I had just finished stitching my first design, Northern Nights, and I had no idea that within a year I'd have more than ten more patterns designed and they'd be being sold in the US and Europe.

I began the blog for three reasons, to have a method to bring my designs to stitchers, to discover if anyone would even want to stitch them and mainly to show that if I can do this anyone can! LOL

I've discovered a lot during this year, but the best part has been meeting some wonderful people. So many kind individuals have contacted me, far more email than comment on the blog, and it has been a great pleasure to get to know so many of you. I appreciate your support and for taking the time to check in here from time to time.

One of my biggest pleasures has been the number of people who contacted me who had never cross stitched before but wanted to learn how to in order to stitch something I'd made. Now I consider that success.

I'm enjoying the designing more than ever. I began with the Greenoff Software and now am using the PC Stitch Pro and made the change mainly due to the difference in the type of images it exports and the charts that it produces.

In the actual process of design I've learned this, if something doesn't mean something to me personally I can't create anything. There are lots of 'formulas' people seem to use, but if something doesn't move me, inspire me, I can't make it work. Thankfully, so much does inspire me I don't see a time in the near future when I won't have designs crowding my brain!

I think I am also developing a style that hopefully people will look at a pattern and know that I made it, though with enough variety to still surprise you :)

So thank you for coming along on this journey with me, your company has been a joy and inspiration itself. Lord willing, I hope this new year I'll be able to bring more patterns you'll enjoy stitching. I am sorry I can no longer make them free, but they'll always be inexpensive and the amount of supplies they'll need won't break the bank either.

And check back tomorrow, when I plan on introducing the next design.
Thank you all again, Kathy


  1. Please let me be the first to send a big Congratulations and Hooray to you, with anniversary wishes for a great year past and with hopes for many more to come. Your designs are a delight, and a real addition to the stitching marketplace, but way more than that, to our homes :) I anticipate more fascinating designs this year, each one unique but with that special Gracewood stamp on it.

  2. Congrats on your 1st Anniversary! I also enjoy seeing your designs. I hope that when I stitch one of them, it will bring honor to your design skills. Hugs!

  3. Blushing with thankfulness here, thank you :)