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Saturday, 13 November 2021

Roland-designs news - November 2021


Preserving our needlework heritage

Dear friends of Roland-designs
I can’t believe we are already so far into the autumn; Christmas is just a little over a month away and I feel like this year has just passed by so quickly.

As I mentioned on Instagram I am now busy with study and a full time work (Montessori teacher), and though I do have to dedicate a good portion of my time to my day job I will continue to do reproductions of samplers and antique needlework, but will not be taking custom orders for the foreseeable future.

Tradition true, I have a new Christmas ornament design for you, and as it often goes the yearly ornament is themed after a recent project, so naturally for 2021 it had to be a needle roll.

The pattern is available as a free download on the site, and there is a detailed tutorial with lots of photos on the blog. This is the 14th free Christmas ornament/pattern and I hope that you will enjoy stitching some of the other designs too, there is something for everyone as they cover a variety of techniques and difficulty levels.

Along with the Christmas ornament, I also have a new Norwegian sampler reproduction and a geometrical design (both available on the site, and ETSY)

I want to say a special ‘Thank you!’ to everyone who has been using the #rolanddesigns tag on social media, it is so much fun to see the different ways you have stitched the Roland-designs patterns. So much creativity, and of course, every time you stitch one of these old designs you are keeping our needlework tradition alive.
I want to finish this little newsletter by wishing you all a wonderful end of the year, Merry Christmas and a blessed, happy New Year!

With care,
Virginie Lykins

Christmas ornament 2021
Tutorial + download link here:

Inga Kristensen's sampler

148 x 142 stitches
Available on the website, and ETSY.

Wilk's tapestry

This elegant embroidery pattern is charted from an original print published by J. Wilks, dated May 8th, 1857.

Design Area: 63 stitches deep
Available on the website, and ETSY.

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