Well Stocked Pencil Box SAL: Part 4

It’s time to finish up our Well Stocked Pencil Box!

And Calculator Makes Complete!

And Calculator Makes Complete!

All Done!

All Done!

One last little (kind tiny and fidgety) thing left to do before it’s all finished! Lots of backstitching and a little chain stitching makes up the calculator, and then you’re done!

Well Stocked Pencil Box Indeed!

Well Stocked Pencil Box Indeed!

So Cute!

So Cute!

Part 4: Tuesday, Aug 19: Calculator

… and then your finished! So how’d you like stitching up Well Stocked Pencil Box? A little better than actually going back to school shopping? What was your favorite element of this design?

Happy stitching!

Remember that you’ll post your finished piece in our flickr group or in our RLDSts Facebook SAL group by Labor Day on September 1st, and you’ll be entered to win a 2014 All-Inclusive Subscription to Red Letter Day Stitches.

Instagram and tweet your progress using #RedLetterDaySTS. And remember to join our Red Letter Day Stitches Stitch Along group on Facebook!

Well Stocked Pencil Box SAL: Part 3

We’re moving right along through Well Stocked Pencil Box, and it’s actually starting to look like a well stocked pencil box!

Paperclips, Crayons, and Thumb Tacks

Paperclips, Crayons, and Thumb Tacks

The Crayons are My Favorite!

The Crayons are My Favorite!

THISCLOSE to Finishing!

THISCLOSE to Finishing!

Today we’re moving on to the paperclips, crayons, and thumb tacks. The crayons were my favorite! I kind of want to make a whole piece out of just a million different colored crayons – so fun!

Part 3: Friday, Aug 15: Paper Clips, Crayons, and Thumb Tacks
Part 4: Tuesday, Aug 19: Calculator

Happy stitching!

Remember that you’ll post your finished piece in our flickr group or in our RLDSts Facebook SAL group by Labor Day on September 1st, and you’ll be entered to win a 2014 All-Inclusive Subscription to Red Letter Day Stitches.

Instagram and tweet your progress using #RedLetterDaySTS. And remember to join our Red Letter Day Stitches Stitch Along group on Facebook!

Well Stocked Pencil Box SAL: Part 2

How’s your Well Stocked Pencil Box progress coming along?! Last week we tackled the rubber band and the ruler, and this week we’ve got a couple more things to stitch up!

Pencil, Glue, Eraser

Pencil, Glue, Eraser

A Couple Little Items to Stitch Up!

A Couple Little Items to Stitch Up!

Ohh Looking So Good!

Ohh Looking So Good!

It’s a lot of outlining for this step – we’re backstitching mostly, with a little straight stitch and stem stitch mixed in.

Part 2: Tuesday, Aug 12: Pencil, Glue, and Eraser
Part 3: Friday, Aug 15: Paper Clips, Crayons, and Thumb Tacks
Part 4: Tuesday, Aug 19: Calculator

Happy stitching!

Remember that you’ll post your finished piece in our flickr group or in our RLDSts Facebook SAL group by Labor Day on September 1st, and you’ll be entered to win a 2014 All-Inclusive Subscription to Red Letter Day Stitches.

Instagram and tweet your progress using #RedLetterDaySTS. And remember to join our Red Letter Day Stitches Stitch Along group on Facebook!

Well Stocked Pencil Box Stitch-Along: Part 1

Today we kick off the Well Stocked Pencil Box stitch along, and we’re starting with the rubber band and and the ruler!

Rubber Band and Ruler

Rubber Band and Ruler

So Far So Good!

So Far So Good!

With a LOT of Satin Stitch to start, once you finish that pesky rubber band the rest of it is a breeze! Work your way around the rubber band with that Satin Stitch, making sure to keep your stitches tight, then ruler will be finished up in no time.

Part 1: Friday, Aug 8: Rubber Band and Ruler
Part 2: Tuesday, Aug 12: Pencil, Glue, and Eraser
Part 3: Friday, Aug 15: Paper Clips, Crayons, and Thumb Tacks
Part 4: Tuesday, Aug 19: Calculator

Happy stitching!

Remember that you’ll post your finished piece in our flickr group or in our RLDSts Facebook SAL group by Labor Day on September 1st, and you’ll be entered to win a 2014 All-Inclusive Subscription to Red Letter Day Stitches.

Instagram and tweet your progress using #RedLetterDaySTS. And remember to join our Red Letter Day Stitches Stitch Along group on Facebook!

RLDSts Podcast #2: Well Stocked Pencil Box

We’re back! A couple weeks ago we tried out the video podcast and did a little intro, and this week we might be getting the hang of this thing!

This week Katie talks about her inspiration behind Well Stocked Pencil Box, her new Labor Day and back to school inspired design for Red Letter Day Stitches.

I show off my FINISHED Satsuma Street‘s Pretty Little Paris and my Pretty Little Amsterdam work in progress. You can also check out finished pictures of my Pretty Little Paris here on my The Sweatshop of Love blog.

Thanks for watching, stitchers!

Announcing the Well Stocked Pencil Box Stitch Along!

It’s that time of year again! Time to head back to school, with a Well Stocked Pencil Box!

Well Stocked Pencil Box by Katie Canavan

Well Stocked Pencil Box by Katie Canavan

Katie’s school supplies inspired design will save you a trip to Staples (in theory) and get you dreaming of the best parts of going back to school – sharp #2s, new trapper keepers, and a box of unbroken crayons.

Gather your embroidery floss, fabric, and download the pattern so we can start on Friday! We’ll stitch it up in four parts:

Part 1: Friday, Aug 8: Rubber Band and Ruler
Part 2: Tuesday, Aug 12: Pencil, Glue, and Eraser
Part 3: Friday, Aug 15: Paper Clips, Crayons, and Thumb Tacks
Part 4: Tuesday, Aug 19: Calculator

Post your finished piece in our flickr group or in our RLDSts Facebook SAL group by Labor Day on Sept 1st, and you’ll be entered to win a 2014 All-Inclusive Subscription to Red Letter Day Stitches.

Instagram and tweet your progress using #RedLetterDaySTS. And remember to join our Red Letter Day Stitches Stitch Along group on Facebook!

New Pattern! Well Stocked Pencil Box

Well Stocked Pencil Box: Labor Day, established as a way to recognize the contributions of Labor Unions to the prosperity of their country, closes out the summer, and welcomes the autumn. When I was a kid, Labor Day meant back-to-school time, and my favorite part of getting ready for school was shopping for school supplies to put in my pencil box. The smell of new pencils, crayons, and glue meant a fresh start to the school year, and new challenges ahead!

Well Stocked Pencil Box by Katie Canavan

Well Stocked Pencil Box by Katie Canavan

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Finished Size: Intended for 6” embroidery hoop.

The Best Part of Back to School!

The Best Part of Back to School!

DMC Floss: #445, Light Lemon; #350, Medium Coral; #334, Medium Baby Blue; #761, Light Salmon; #414, Dark Steel Grey; #3854, Medium Autumn Gold.

Kick Off to Fall!

Kick Off to Fall!

Materials Required: 2 12” squares of muslin or other woven cotton fabric, fabric marking pen or pencil, safety pins or masking tape, 6” or smaller embroidery hoop to use while stitching, embroidery needle, scissors.

Labor Day is the official end of summer - grab your #2 pencils!

Labor Day is the official end of summer – grab your #2 pencils!

Notes: Use 2 strands of DMC Floss throughout, unless otherwise noted. Instructions are written to be worked in sections to minimize moving your hoop.

Lots of Stitches to Keep You On Your Toes!

Lots of Stitches to Keep You On Your Toes!

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Stitches Used: Back Stitch, Straight Stitch, Satin Stitch, French Knot, Chain Stitch, Stem Stitch.

Introducing the RLDSts Podcast!

Katie and I try to schedule a google hangout every week to catch up and talk stitching. I’m not sure why it took us so long to figure out that we should make at least a portion of it live, but alas. After about a year we got there!

In this video we talk about our upcoming Labor Day design that will be out in the next couple weeks, and share our WIPs, including patterns from:

Satsuma StreetPretty Little Paris and Pretty Little Amsterdam

Wee Little StitchesElf Collection

So what do you think?! Is this something you would watch every once in a while?

RLDSts 2014 Subscription Sale!

With only 5 embroidery patterns left to debut in 2014, we thought it would be fun to offer a subscription promotion!

Get our next 5 patterns for only $15!

Sign up for our All Inclusive Subscription – which normally gets you our 12 2014 patterns – for only $15! You won’t get the patterns we’ve already released this year, but you’ll get the rest of our 2014 patterns for Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Eve, when they are released directly to your inbox.

We’ve got lots of fun tricks up our sleeves for patterns this fall and would love to share them with you. This is a great way to invest a little in Red Letter Day Stitches, and we promise we won’t disappoint!

Get your All Inclusive Subscription for only $15 today! Offer ends this Sunday July 20th at midnight.

Happy Independence Day from Red Letter Day Stitches!

Let’s help celebrate American Independence Day by getting our Here’s to the Red White and Blue pattern for 50% off today only – that’s only $2!

Katie's Here's to the Red White and Blue Tote!

Katie’s Here’s to the Red White and Blue Tote!

Susan's Finished Sample!

Susan’s Finished Sample!

Looking SO Good!

Looking SO Good!

Grab the pattern now! Then get back outside and enjoy some hotdogs, apple pie, and fireworks!