The ILY is a common hand sign in both Deaf and hearing culture meaning, “I Love You”. The sign originated among deaf schoolchildren using American Sign Language to create a sign from a combination of the signs for the letters I, L and Y.
This product is a PDF file for you to download and print the instructions for hand-stitching the design. For information about buying cards and thread see the tutorials section.
The design comes with a numbered diagram, a pricking pattern, and step-by-step instructions for hand-stitching your greetings cards.
The pattern size is 152 x 104 mm (6 x 4 inches).
Ease of use: 5
Guide to ease of use rating
The patterns are rated from 1 to 7 to guide beginners towards the best patterns to start with:
1 to 2: Easy – suitable for beginners.
3 to 4: Moderate – more of a challenge. Practice on one of our free patterns first.
5 to 6: Experienced – master the basics before going on to these.
7: Advanced – for those who enjoy a challenge.
Patterns with higher numbers will usually take longer to complete.
For comparison, our free butterfly pattern is rated as a 2.
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How Stitching Cards are made
There is a step-by-step guide to stitching the designs in our tutorials section.
The Download Period
The product price covers a 12-month download period, a licence to print the pattern instructions for the personal use of the purchaser, website overheads, and order processing. After 12 months the safekeeping of the pattern file becomes the responsibility of the purchaser. The purchaser can continue with the personal use of the pattern instructions for as long as they have a file to print from.
If you are not sure how to save a pattern for future use see our download help section.
Your patterns can be accessed on the Internet from any computer, tablet, iPad, or iPhone during the 12-month download period. Just use your email address or username plus your password to log in to your account.
The pattern files
The patterns are supplied as PDF files. Anyone, anywhere can open a PDF file. All you need is PDF reader software. This is available free from the Adobe website for MS Windows. Go to the Apple app store for the iPad and Play Store for Android devices. Many web browsers can also open PDF files for viewing and printing.
Not sure if you have a PDF reader? Try one of our free pattern files first.
Tips for long-term use.
Back up a copy of the PDF pattern file to a separate hard drive, USB memory stick, or cloud storage.
Keep a printed copy of the pattern on file. If your digital copy fails you can resort to a photocopy of the printed pricking pattern.
Getting Patterns Printed
We don’t supply patterns by post but if you don’t have a printer you can ask someone else to print your order for you as long as the patterns are only used by you.
Maybe a family member or friend can help you print your patterns. Your order can be accessed on the Internet from any computer. Just use your email address or username plus your password to log in to your account. Or copy the PDF files to a USB memory stick for transporting. Some stationary supply shops will print copies from a memory stick.
Stitching Card patterns are licensed, not sold. A pattern may only be used by the Stitching Cards customer who completes the transaction (purchaser).
Stitching Cards grants the purchaser a personal, non-exclusive license to produce cards for personal pleasure and personal giving.
The purchaser may print or copy the pattern solely for the purpose of making their own cards. The license does not allow them to re-sell the pattern, swap the pattern or share the pattern.
Any card made from a Stitching Cards pattern and offered for sale must include a copyright notice with the words “Design copyright www.stitchingcards.com”.
Copyright notice stickers can be downloaded free from copyright stickers.
Any card made from a Stitching Cards pattern and displayed on the Internet must have the credit ‘Design copyright stitchingcards.com’ near the picture.
These patterns are protected by copyright laws and international copyright treaties.
There is more information at Copyright Frequently Asked Questions.