Friday, 26 January 2018


You're probably thinking that you've had enough excitement recently
what with the Kollection, Christmas, New Year, cold winter/
hot summer weather (depending where you happen to live on 
Planet Long Dog) and then the Sneek stitch along organised by Sew and So
but you are soooo wrong because .......

..... here's the first of many new Long Dog samplers for 2018.
Take no notice of the date in the picture, I designed this yonks ago.

It's called The Wishing Tree, measures 153 x 225 stitches,
is priced at £12.60 and is available as a pdf download
direct from the website by simply following this link:

Now what you all have to realise is that this is a very powerful
wishing sampler, weave your wants into it's very fibres as you
patiently stitch away and little by little your dreams will come true.
Wield it's intrinsic power with wisdom, frivolity is the waste of a wish.

I will even stick my neck out and go as far as to say that if your wish 
hasn't been fulfilled by early 2053 I will refund your money without quibble
but you'll have to find me first.

You have been warned..

Monday, 15 January 2018


It's with much pleasure that I bring you news of the Secret Stitch Along.

Simply go over to 
to discover more for yourself and maybe even sign up?

Welcome to our Long Dog Samplers Stitch Along

Join our exclusive Stitchalong and create this amazing cross stitch sampler designed by Julia Line from Long Dog Samplers. This incredible piece perfectly exemplifies Julia’s remarkable design style and its up to you to choose whether to stitch it all in black or another single colour, or go wild with your own colourful thread choices. This Stitchalong is not for the faint-hearted but this year-long project will make you immensely proud when completed and – if you join our Facebook group – you'll make some new stitching friends too. Julia has named the piece Sneek after a city in the Netherlands which makes it a perfect play on words with the mystery design reveal.

How does it work?

  • You can pre-order your Stitchalong kit now - (Note: Our official launch is on Friday 2nd February 2018 but you can sign up at any time)
  • Your kit containing materials and starter information will be posted out to you prior to the launch date on 2nd February 2018
  • This Stitchalong comprises of 12-digital charts - the first digital chart will be available in your account on Friday 2nd February and thereafter every 4-weeks, with the final digital chart landing in your account on Friday 7th December 2018
  • Join our dedicated Facebook group and share your experience, progress and any other thoughts with other like-minded stitchers

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Black thread on white Aida (16-count)


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White thread on black Aida (16-count)


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Blue thread on white Aida (16-count)

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White thread on blue Aida (16-count)


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Red thread on white Aida (16-count)


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White thread on red Aida (16-count)


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SewandSo Long Dog Samplers Stitchalong Chart


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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Vote of Thanks

I have a confession to make - MEA MAXIMA CULPA!

Whilst preparing all the files and pictures for the First Uncensored
Crosstitch Kollection 2017 somewhere along the line I omitted to
include the vital symbols for Vote of Thanks.

I have absolutely no excuse for this error and would ask you to
forgive me.  To rectify matters as speedily as possible I have
added a downloadable copy of the new symbols page for this
design which can be found on the website in the Kollection section.

Once again my sincere apologies.
A very contrite Jools

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible

Why is it that nothing, it seems, can be done to remove
all the bad guys from the internet - the preachers of hate,
the purveyors of pornography, the warmongers and the
con artists - but when a 70 years old cross stitch designer
uses her email account rather more than the customary
five or six times a day her account is instantly
locked down and her business immediately suffers.

It has taken me twenty years to build up a reputation for
promptness and efficiency and, I would hope, value for money
too and in one fell swoop Google decided to shut down my
ability to either receive or send emails because they had
detected heavier than usual usage.  Of course they bloody did
- I'd just launched the First Uncensored Crosstitch Kollection 2017.

But what really peeves me is that no one from Google thought to actually
attempt to contact me to ask why?  Neither can I get in touch
with them, try as I might, to explain matters.

So dear friends, stitchers and anyone who has strayed onto this
blog in search of titillation - there you have it.  I have orders to
process which have already been paid for, which worries me
enormously.  I have no idea when I will be allowed back into
my account again or for how long and I can do absolutely nothing
about any of it right now.  I have entered the hyper-stress
zone and it's not very nice.

Please be patient, please bear with me and I'll get things
moving again just as soon as I am able.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017


Change is constant and all around.
It's a part of our every day lives and nothing stays the same for long.
Spring drifts into summer, people move home making
neighbourhoods evolve; children grow up while others grow old.  For the
past twenty years Long Dog has just gone with the flow - but not any longer.
Today the winds of change are blowing through our kennels
and it's our moment to embrace something new.

Today sees the launch of our wondrous new website lovingly built by
head kennel boy Alec on his day off -
Go and have a look, poke around a bit and maybe decide to adopt the
odd chart or three - they're always looking for good homes.
But please don't go trying to ride on the new shopping cart, we don't
want any crashes on the first day.

And that's not the only change taking place today.
Always at the forefront of cross stitch design Long Dog Samplers
are proud to announce their first ever "KOLLECTION".
So it's goodbye books - hello bundles.

(no abbreviations for this one please or we'll all be in trouble)
comprises nine hitherto unseen new samplers all in
one exciting pdf bundle for the unbeatable price of £26.50.
That's less than £3.00 per design and 88 pages long.

This unique concept can be stitched direct from your tablets
or printed out chart by paper chart - which ever you prefer.

Each design comes with details of the lengths of DMC or 
Gentle Art Sampler Threads and fabric required for both
16# Aida/32# linen or 18# Aida/36# linen together with an
alphabet and numerals to personalise each project.

The Kollection, by it's very nature, will never be available
in the shops so if you want to get a copy for yourself and become
one of the elite new band of Long Dog stitchers simply email:

or to place your order.

And now allow me to introduce you to the stars of the

285 stitches x 177 stitches

159 stitches x 199 stitches

199 stitches x 233 stitches

133 stitches x 168 stitches

187 stitches x 287 stitches

129 stitches x 279 stitches

229 stitches x 229 stitches

149 stitches x 294 stitches

293 stitches x 191 stitches

Don't forget simply email: 

or to order your copy,

only £26.50 for all nine charts

or buy directly on site
using the new automated shopping system.

See you soon - you know you want it.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017


Don't you just love it when something turns up unexpectedly
in the post and it's not even your birthday?

Just recently I received a small, soft package from the Netherlands
which to my delight contained samples of beautiful silk
threads for me to experiment with.

My unknown benefactress is a lady called Joke Trebbe who is the
power behind the throne of Borduurparadijs.  They dye all the threads
themselves and have a range of colours that would make a rainbow
seem lacking.

Koolmees 1858 (top)
Herfstgroen 1819 (bottom)

Let me tell you more - they ship worldwide, payment is via PayPal
and although they usually only make small skeins large hanks can be
ordered which is just perfect for a project such as Death by Cross Stitch.

Diepwater 1857

Joke's shop Borduurparadijs in Velp was founded in 2007 but she's been
in the business over 30 years so has a wealth of experience to call
upon should you be in need of some friendly advice.

Why not have a look at the website where you can see the whole range
of threads and products available and where the photos are far better
than my wobbly images here. 

Friday, 8 September 2017

The Black House

If you go down to the woods today then you really are in for a big surprise
because all you'll find is teddy bears and you're in entirely the wrong sampler.
That one's Do Bears and we're here to talk about The Black House!

If you want to see The Black House for real then you need to be out of doors,
and preferably in a field somewhere although if you're pushed the middle of
town will do but you're going to look awfully silly when you start
to follow the instructions ...... and no Alice you won't find it with your GPS.

The Black House is the home of the legendary Pecker Prince (he's not to be confused 
with the Woodpecker King) and before you all snigger I'm not making this up.
Now check your watch as timing is crucial.  When the big hand is on the twelve
and the little hand is on the nine and it's getting quite dark the moment has come
when the veil between the world of the mortals and the principality of the
Pecker Prince can be penetrated.  It's that fleeting moment betwixt day and
night - entre chien et loup!

Now turn round three times in a clockwise direction, stand on one leg,
screw up your eyes till they're almost shut and say the following words:

Jools, I love this new design which measures 111 stitches x 145 stitches
and costs the very modest sum of £6.50.  If I email you at and ask very nicely will you please send me
a pdf copy to download and print myself.

This example was stitched with GAST threads

There - did you see it?  Well it doesn't always work.
Try again tomorrow when the lines may be less busy.