September 17th, 2015

Catalogue and Itch to Stitch 107 in the post next week!

Monty stealing photography props

Monty, our puppy stealing photography props!

Here I am at last! I swear that my road is paved with good intentions. I meant to be so much better organised this year and keep up with my  Journal entries. Next week, we will be posting Member’s Itch to Stitch magazine and our new 88 page colour catalogue.  This is my first catalogue since 2011 so it has taken some sorting out. We are still as busy as ever and have really not had time to collect ourselves I can tell you…….

I thought you would like to see some of the features in Issue 107 of your magazine – We have a new feature called Collector’s Corner where I get a chance to show you some of my stitchy treasures.

Collector's Corner

A pretty sampler for the 1920s and a First World War Hussif

Persian Pattern Band

Persian Pattern Band Sampler

Pretty in Pink Box

Pretty in Pink by Andrea Thompson

A counted pattern tile converted in to a jewel box.



June 16th, 2015

I just love Roses…..

Rose Bowl

I picked these yesterday to cheer up my very gloomy house

The weather here in the Cotswold has been really quite depressing this month – So much for Flaming June! I am still wearing a vest and we had the electric blanket on last night! I had been out dead-heading the roses and suddenly decided that I needed some roses in the house. The variety of colours was so lovely – I am sure no-one would believe you if you painted them accurately.

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One of my few hybrid tea roses – This was bought for me after I had been teaching at a needlework shop in Woburn – Sadly the shop is long gone…….

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I have been collecting David Austin Roses for a number of years and this year they have been lovely. I am so mean, I buy them out of season and cross my fingers that I can look after them properly. As we rarely go away in the heat of the summer, I can make sure I water in any new plants regularly. I am not good at the art of pruning but seem to get away with cutting everything back quite hard in the autumn and keeping my fingers crossed.

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Last year, I treated myself to three small standard roses for the front path to Pinks Barn. In spite of the blackspot and the greenfly, they seem to keep going. Last year they were still flowering in later October!


 This sweet little climbing rose was here when we moved to Pinks Barn over twenty years ago. It has survived builders and carpenters with and without scaffolding!Pink on house

I planted this climber when we built the front porch during our first year here. We always get a wonderful show in June and then it refuses to offer again.


Here is a little free chart of a tea rose which may be stitched on linen or Aida fabric. If working on 14-count Aida or 28-count linen, I would use two strands of stranded cotton (floss) for the cross stitch and one only for the backstitch.

If you would like to find more charts of roses and indeed,other flowers do go to my

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1 Comment

Your roses are beautiful!

Latest comment by: Karen on 21-6-2015 at 18:09:16

April 5th, 2015

Hellebore Heaven

I thought you would like to see some of our Hellebore plants this year.

Also known as Christmas Roses, they are a personal favourite and I have been collecting various versions of these lovely early spring flowers for some years.




You see the variety of coloured centres and the variations or colour palettes in the more common varieties.


This selection are in a raised bed which means you can actually see the details in the flowers

Hellebore chart

This single Hellebore chart is shown in Madeira threads.

Comments (3)

I've got these in my garden too. A lovely splash of colour AND the rabbits don't touch them!

Latest comment by: Alison Ormiston on 10-4-2015 at 15:30:37

April 3rd, 2015

The Wildflower Workbox

I thought you would like to see an example of the Workbox,  this time stitched by our Member, Mary Charman who now resides in France – Mary has made a wonderful job of working and adapting the design, adding another tool case and a Bit Box as well as the extra pockets in the linings. The Wildflower Work Box is now available as a complete kit from the web site


 The Completed Work Box


The box open showing the contents

The Wildflower Work Box is now available as a complete kit from the web site -

Comments (2)

Wow, thanks Jane. Didn't mean it to be that public! A superb design which was an absolute delight to stich ...

Latest comment by: Mary Charman on 3-4-2015 at 23:24:21

March 21st, 2015

A Day off Together…..

Lodge Park

Lodge Park

My husband Bill and I had a date today! I know it sound crazy but when you work together it is possible to be ships that pass…….We have had a very busy time since Christmas and planned today to be unplanned…...
A late start to the day, coffee and porridge and then off to Lodge Park, a National Trust property less than ten miles from our home. Restored in 1995, it was both a surprise and a joy. Built as a grandstand to watch Deer Coursing in the 17th century it is real Cotswold gem.

Great room

The Great Room

This beautiful room, now fully restored, opens on to a large balcony where Crump Dutton’s guests would gamble on events below. The magnificent fire place is a replica and was added only a few years ago. The views from the balcony are lovely and from the roof even better. We had lunch out and then went to visit our chums, David and Jan Cohen who have run Burford Needlecraft for ever and are retiring on Easter Saturday. We wish them a long and busy retirement! It is thought that Burford Needlecraft will continue but who knows…………fingers crossed!

Comments (2)

Looks lovely. Hope you had a restful day.

Latest comment by: Mary Charman on 3-4-2015 at 23:31:43

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