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ALWAYS HAVE, ALWAYS WILL...AND ADVENTURE AWAITS


Some of you who were around for our distributor days may remember seeng this pattern in a different format and with a different name. When we transitioned to .PDF files, I had retired it, thinking it had probably run its course. Late in 2020, I pulled the old model out to use as a guinea pig for a tutorial, and was a little surprised at the response! There were enough requests to bring it back that I decided to give it a slight refresh and put it in the shop. The refresh included a makeover for the model, but the pattern now includes instructions on how to add your own customization under that zig-zag line at the bottom. Stitch it as a birth sampler, stitch it just like the model for an older child, or add your name and add a date before gifting it to a loved one... I can think of a lot of ways to make it your own! Everything you need to customize it is now included in the file. This theme gives me nursery decor vibes, so while I was re-vamping the pattern I whipped up a companion design. Sometimes you just need an extra piece to tie a look together, right? The companion piece is called Adventure Awaits. To keep it simple, I'm also going to offer this one exclusively in the Etsy shop.

Although I added the a row of personalization at the bottom of Adventure Awaits, this design can also be stitched with or without the extra stuff under the zig-zag line. Either way, the pattern comes with extra characters and motifs to give you options! Lets talk details for each design. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Always Have, Always Will

The text of Always Have, Always Will reads, "Loved you yesterday Love you still Always have

Always will" It is stitched with shades of brown, green, yellow, pink and gray. It features a giraffe, an elephant, stars, clouds, hearts, and some graphic elements.

PATTERN DETAILS This pattern is stitched with whole stitches only. It calls for threads from DMC. The model was stitched on 28ct antique white jobelan. If you choose to stitch it without the optional row of customization at the bottom (so that it resembles the model photo), the stitch count will be 161w x 68h. If you choose to stitch it with a row of optional customization at the bottom using the characters provided in the pattern (not pictured), the stitch count will be 161w x 79h.


RECREATE THE LOOK

Fabric: The fabric for the model is French Chateau Gingham Yarrow Yardage (SKU# 9092-Y1) by Renee Nanneman for Andover Fabrics.

Cording: I spun the cording with my Kreinik custom corder (you can find a link to a corder on this page). To get the thickness, I used 6 lengths of the full 6-ply DMC floss. I used 3 lengths of DMC 3052 and 3 lengths of DMC 523 to get the vareigated look.

Bow: I used 3 types of ribbon for the bow.

The beige ribbon in the back is 1.5" wide, wire-edged, and it came from 5th Street Studio on Etsy.


The sage green and brown ribbons that made up the smaller bows on top are both Hobby Lobby finds. They are both 3/8" wide. The brown grosgrain ribbon's SKU is #171983, and the sage green satin ribbon's SKU is #1924596.

Button: I used a Dritz covered button (Size 30) for the bow centerpiece, and covered it with the same Andover fabric I used for the rest of the piece. A link to the covered button kits that I love can be found in my finishing supply list, here.


One more time, here is what everything looks like when it is assembled:

Next up, lets talk about details for...

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Adventure Awaits

Adventure Awaits is stitched with shades of brown, green, yellow, pink and gray. It features a giraffe, an elephant, stars, clouds, hearts, birds and some graphic elements. Just like Always Have, Always Will, this pattern includes everything you need to make it your own. There is a bonus page with an alphabet, numbers, punctuation options, and extra filler graphics you can mix-n-match on the provided blank graph space.

PATTERN DETAILS This pattern is stitched with whole stitches only on 28ct white monaco. This model was stitched with overdyed flosses from Classic Colorworks and Weeks Dye Works so that you can see the difference subtle variegation makes in the final result. DMC equivalents are provided. If you choose to stitch it with the optional row of customization at the bottom using the characters provided in the pattern (so that it resembles the model photo), the stitch count will be 120w x 61h. If you choose to stitch it without a row of optional customization at the bottom (not pictured), the stitch count will be 120w x 51h.


RECREATE THE LOOK

Fabric: The fabric for the model is French Chateau Gingham Yarrow Yardage (SKU# 9092-Y1) by Renee Nanneman for Andover Fabrics.

Cording: I spun the cording with my Kreinik custom corder. (You can find a link to a corder on this page). To get the thickness, I used 6 lengths of the full 6-ply DMC floss. I used 4 lengths of DMC 841 and 2 lengths of DMC 840 to get the vareigated look.


Bow: I used the same 3 types of ribbon for the bow.

The beige ribbon in the back is 1.5" wide, wire-edged, and it came from 5th Street Studio on Etsy.


The sage green and brown ribbons that made up the smaller bows on top are both Hobby Lobby finds. They are both 3/8" wide. The brown grosgrain ribbon's SKU is #171983, and the green satin ribbon's SKU is #1924596.

Button: I used a Dritz covered button (Size 30) for the bow centerpiece, and covered it with the same fabric I used for the rest of the piece. A link to those buttons can be found in my finishing supply list, here. One more time, here is what everything looks like all together:

Happy Stitching!