How to change the size of a pricking pattern

The question of how to reduce a pricking pattern to fit a smaller card size was put to us by Stitching Cards customer Carolyn. The ability to scale your print out with the Adobe PDF reader was discontinued in Adobe Reader 9. Fortunately the Foxit PDF reader has an option to scale the printout as … Read moreHow to change the size of a pricking pattern

Hamsa amulet pattern added at Stitching Cards

A pattern featuring a hamsa amulet has been added to the Stitching Cards collection. Hamsa is an Arabic word meaning “five”. The palm-shaped amulet is popular throughout North Africa as jewelry and wall hangings. The open hand has been used as a sign of protection in many societies throughout history and is believed to provide … Read moreHamsa amulet pattern added at Stitching Cards

Colourful stitched bookmarks

Stitching Cards customer Angela has sent us pictures of some colourful bookmarks. They are made with Stitching Cards bookmark patterns.

Angela said: “My 13 year-old daughter is our primary stitcher. Last spring she and I made bookmarks for all the teachers our children have had in the local elementary school. It was our last year there, so we had the teachers over for a luncheon to thank them for their work. They each chose a bookmark to take home and were just thrilled. Teachers do love books, and what a great keepsake.

Free Queen’s Diamond Jubilee pattern at Stitching cards

To mark 60 years of Her Majesty The Queen as Head of State in the United Kingdom Stitching Cards have released a free Diamond Jubilee pattern.

The Diamond Jubilee celebrations will centre around an extended weekend in 2012 on 2, 3, 4 and 5 June.

Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne on 6 February 1952 and her coronation took place on 2 June 1953. She celebrated her Silver Jubilee (25 years) in 1977 and her Golden Jubilee (50 years) in 2002.

Change pattern size tutorial at Pinbroidery

resize the pricking patternThere has been some discussion in previous posts about the size of the Pinbroidery patterns. Some customers said that they were too large. Other customers said that if they wanted to reduce the size of the patterns they know how to do it using an image editing program.

To help those who are not so technically advance in the field of image editing I have published a step-by-step illustrated tutorial on the Pinbroidery web site.

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If you live outside of the UK where do you buy your card blanks?

cartToday I have received enquiries from customers in Canada and France on where to buy greetings card blanks suitable for card embroidery. Unfortunately I do not have any experience of buying blank cards overseas so it is difficult for me to answer these kinds of queries.

Card blanks are best purchased locally since they would cost a lot to post overseas relative to their actual cost. If I try searching for blank cards the results are dominated by British suppliers since search engines tend to give local links first.

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Laminate your pricking pattern to extend its life

Here is a quick tip sent to me by Barry Radburn. If you laminate your stitching card pricking pattern you can use it many times without having to re-print it. If you don’t have a laminating machine a good alternative is to put your pattern in a standard 150 mm x 100 mm (6 inch … Read moreLaminate your pricking pattern to extend its life