Thursday, January 23, 2020

Sweet FREEBIE for Valentine's Day

Just in time for the "sweetest" holiday of the year, here's a little freebie. It's a quick and easy stitch with lots of pretty pink and rosy colors.

Be My Valentine Free Chart

If you'd like to see some finishes on this freebie, some "overachievers/speedy stitchers" have already posted finished pics on the I Love Stitching Lizzie*Kate Designs Facebook page. If you're not already part of this very special group, just click JOIN to be a part of our fun stitching community.

On another subject...
do you ever have trouble putting away your FAVORITE Christmas decorations?

This year I made these "tiny" gingerbread houses. They were a set of little bitty cookie cutters. Each house is less than 2" wide. I didn't do a great job - my royal icing was not the right consistency - but I did them anyway. Then I found the most adorable tiny trees on Amazon to complete the scene. Since I have them displayed on a red tray (with Epson salt snow) I decided to leave them out for Valentine's Day. This little village just makes me smile!

The story is the same with these gingerbread hearts. At Christmas they hung on a little tree in my kitchen. When I put the tree away, I moved the hearts to a kitchen wreath. These hearts look like Valentine's Day...right?! Again, they just make me happy, so why not enjoy them a little longer?

Enjoy your Valentine's Day freebie!!!

Friday, November 15, 2019

Needle Nick and Flossie Claus are BACK!!!

Just in time for holiday stitching, our favorite holiday duo are back!!!

We are so excited to bring Needle Nick and Flossie Claus back again, after an absence of more than a decade. Remarkably, this dynamic duo haven't aged a bit. And who else can say that?!

Needle Nick

Flossie Claus

Needle Nick and Flossie Claus...aka Santa and Mrs. Claus...are now available at We've given our pair a slight makeover with new fabric and an impressive stash of embellishments. They are each available as a pattern (not a kit, no fabric included) with all the fun embellishments included.

Needle Nick - pattern with embellishments

Check out the goodies included with Needle Nick: straw basket, greenery, tiny pinecone, candy cane, ribbon, beads, Kreinik gold ribbon, 2 gold bells and 6 star charms. All adorable!

Use the suggested fabric - 28 ct. Natural Linen, or choose your favorite neutral fabric. He's your own jolly old elf!

Flossie Claus - pattern with embellishments

And of course Santa's companion, Flossie Claus, comes with her own set of cute embellishments: straw basket, greenery, tiny pine cone, candy cane, ribbon, eyeglasses charm, stork scissor charm, green beads, red buttons, Kreinik gold ribbon, and Glissen Gloss Estaz. WOW!

Flossie Claus model was also stitched on 28 ct. Natural Light linen.

FUN FACT: When we first introduced Mrs. Claus many years ago, we had an online contest to choose her name. It was great fun, and a little controversial, as everyone submitted their names for Mrs. Claus. It turns out everyone didn't agree and some were quite adamant that the proper name was Holly or Merry. We chose the top 10 names submitted, had an online vote, and Flossie Claus was selected. We think she's the perfect companion for Needle Nick. Together after all these years... 

***We're thrilled to have Needle Nick and Flossie Claus available for stitchers once again! They were originally retired many years ago when the fabric was discontinued, and many of our original embellishments were no longer available. 

"Yes, Virginia...there is a Santa Claus"...and a Mrs. Claus...and they're a darling duo for holiday stitching!

Friday, September 27, 2019

BIG Lizzie*Kate Model Sale!!!

Guess who stitched every single L*K model? That would be ME!!!

I never did figure out how to use a model stitcher. The stitching process was part of my creative process. I made lots and lots of design and thread changes while stitching a model. Often the finished model was quite different than what I originally planned.

Guess who has hundreds of beautiful models that need a new home? That would also be ME!!!

My local needlework shop, Heart's Desire in Wichita, Kansas is having

When? NOW!!!

Debbie and I at Heart's Desire "model mania"

Big models (Flip-it series!!!), small models...

Debbie and the wonderful Heart's Desire staff have been working for weeks to get ready for this event. They've artfully displayed dozens of models, often grouped according to season or theme. There's also a very reasonable price tag attached to each one. The prices are unbeatable - there's no way you could complete the project yourself for these prices.

These are the legit models that I stitched to be photographed for the covers of countless L*K publications. Some of them have also spent time traveling in trunk shows and have seen needlework shops all over the country.

Christmas models...

Old models (that's not referring to Debbie and I), new models...

Want to give an L*K model a good home? Or perhaps purchase it for a gift?

Would you like a specific L*K model?

***Just contact Debbie and the HD gang and they can answer your questions. They're also happy to promptly ship your purchase.

Heart's Desire

If you want to make a field trip to scenic Wichita, here's the address:

Heart's Desire
3210 E. Douglas
Wichita, KS 67208

Heart's Desire is a super special needlework shop. It's located in an historic area in a beautiful old building with high ceilings and a giant skylight. But even better are the creative displays with antiques and all sorts of goodies spread throughout the large space...with beautiful finished models and cross stitch supplies everywhere! In addition, Debbie does gorgeous custom framing.

I'm delighted to offer these models for sale as a bit of L*K nostalgia...and to clear room in my office and basement. After 22 years designing...190 chartpaks, 170 Flip-its, 134 Snippets, 59 Boxer kits, 95 kits, magazine projects and more...that's a lot of models. Not to mention...many of these publications had multiple models. Yikes!!!

Here's a bit of L*K happiness from my needle to your house!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

FRIGHTFUL Mystery Sampler is now complete!

Woo hoo! It's finally time for the Part 3 - the third and FINAL part of our Frightful Mystery Sampler!

FRIGHTFUL Mystery Sampler Part 3

Can you tell what's different about the Part 3 cover?  It's the giant PHOTO of the finished sampler, of course! 

Until now, there have been no accompanying photos with Part 1 and Part 2. That's the mysterious part!

Now the "mystery" is revealed/SOLVED!!! 

If you're one of those stitchers who can't get into the groove of stitching something "sight unseen", now is the time to join the club and begin your FRIGHTFUL Mystery Sampler journey...minus the suspense! You'll enjoy a beautiful autumn sampler you will love for years to come.

FRIGHTFUL Mystery Sampler Part 1

FRIGHTFUL Mystery Sampler Part 2

All 3 parts of FRIGHTFUL Mystery Sampler are now available for immediate shipment. Part 2 also includes the BONUS design for Just a Little Hocus Pocus. 

FRIGHTFUL Needle Nanny

And don't forget the FRIGHTFUL Needle Nanny to park your needle on your mystery style!

Happy FRIGHTFUL Fall, y'all!

Friday, August 30, 2019

Sweet Summer FREEBIE "Challenge" Update!

Remember the Sweet Summer FREEBIE we posted recently? Have you stitched it yet?

The Sweet Summer "challenge" was to select your own threads for our free graph. You can match threads to colors on graph or go "sweet summer crazy" and do your own colorful thing!

Click HERE for Sweet Summer FREE graph

I'd like to show you some of the darling pics we've seen on the Facebook group - I Love Stitching Lizzie Kate Designs. If I've missed your post, I apologize. I tried to scroll and scroll and find them far.

Denise Paprota Lapp gets "extra credit" for her cute background!

Rita Burris Ellis chose some cool colors!

Love the purple lettering that April Knap chose!

Gotta know what's in that gorgeous blue drink from Luella Zipsie?!

Robin Key Rexroad chose some lovely golden "sunflower" threads for lettering

Adorable summer wreath from Suzanne Patterson Harkinson

Vicki Lee Workman Haynes found the perfect "chair" for her challenge!

Summer is coming to an end, but this FREEBIE is here to stay! Stitch your own Sweet Summer and post a picture on Facebook page I Love Stitching Lizzie Kate Designs.

***If you're not already a member of this closed group, just click join and wait for confirmation. We'd love to welcome you!!

Happy Labor Day holiday everyone!

Friday, August 16, 2019

FRIGHTFUL Mystery Sampler Part 2 is ready!

FRIGHTFUL Mystery Sampler Part 2 is NOW AVAILABLE!!

Click here for FRIGHTFUL Part 2

Our summer of stitching suspense continues with the second part of the mystery sampler. This portion of the design will be stitched directly below the first part. The graph will show you how to join the's easy!

FRIGHTFUL Mystery Sampler Part 2

Also included with Part 2 is our Hocus Pocus BONUS. It uses the same threads as the sampler. Choose your favorite fabric....maybe something from your stash? Enjoy and do your own thing!

Hocus Pocus BONUS Freebie

We finished our Hocus Pocus with a darling orange frame, but the possibilities are endless. Maybe a super cute pillow with some fun trim? A flat finish with some gorgeous Halloween fabric? The choice is yours!

FRIGHTFUL Needle Nanny

And if that isn't enough, there's a new FRIGHTFUL Needle Nanny available! This darling magnetic dot doesn't "reveal" the mystery, but it's a portion of the final design. Which part could it be???

FRIGHTFUL Mystery Sampler Part 1

If you haven't started to stitch worries. Our "Halloween party" is just getting spooky. Part 1 is always available. 

The FRIGHTFUL Mystery Sampler will conclude with the release of Part 3 in September. That's leaves everyone plenty of time to finish before Halloween...or next Halloween. Happy spooky summer!

Monday, August 5, 2019


WHEW! It's hot and sunny here in Kansas. It sure feels like SUMMER!

Family lake photo

Our daughter Ali was recently home from Barcelona, so we imported Jeff and Sarah from Chicago so we could spend some family time together. Sorry, Barclay....we missed you...see you at Christmas!

One morning we had the crazy idea for everyone to go out on the water and take a picture. We emptied our dock of water craft (paddleboards, kayaks) and managed a selfie without any crashes or wet iphones. It seemed like we were practically on top of each other, but it sure doesn't look that way in the photo. Ali was the brave one holding the camera so she's big and we're tiny!

Time in the water is our fave thing to do when it gets hot...what's yours? 
***LEAVE A COMMENT with your favorite summertime "thing" below!

How about finding a cool place to stitch with your favorite drink and relax? And that's even better with a summer FREEBIE!

What's different about our Sweet Summer chart? No, it's not a mistake...the color key is missing. We're challenging you to create your own colorful summer masterpiece. Choose threads from your stash that match our color photo, or change it up completely. It's totally up to you. 

****When you're done stitching your personalized Sweet Summer, snap a quick picture and post it to the I Love Stitching Lizzie Kate Facebook page. If you're not already a member, just click JOIN and you'll be approved soon. You will love this busy, creative Facebook group.

About that Facebook page...we are thrilled to say that membership at I Love Stitching Lizzie Kate Designs just soared over 6000 enthusiastic stitchers. We are thrilled that this community is active and growing!

Stay tuned in the weeks ahead as creative stitchers post their personalized versions of Sweet Summer. Enjoy, everyone!