February 3rd, 2015
I am so excited about the new web site which you will either be just discovering or will do so in the next few days. I do hope you like the new shopping experience – it will even shrink to fit tablets and smart phones..(This is apparently called optimized- Umm!) Just in case we have not gone live when you read this – I thought you would like to see an example of the new pages…………….
I feel that I must now make it a Journal entry every month although time does seem to travel faster and faster and yet another month has gone. It is quite literally months since I wrote a post but what with Facebook and everything else, it has rather taken a back seat! I know that I have been more nervous about it writing these since a member took me to task about my grammar and spelling but Hey Ho – I think I will just throw caution to the winds.
We woke up this morning to a dusting of snow and it all looked so pretty – I have really got organised this year and have bird feeders around the garden and it has been a joy seeing who comes to visit. The half coconuts when emptied by the birds, I have refilled with some of my bashed up mince pies from the freezer combined with breadcrumbs and chopped nuts – there really have been feuds over these…..
Last weekend we went over to see the Rococo Gardens in Painswick near Stroud, Gloucestershire where we had a chance to view the snowdrops. This garden, privately owned, is simply a jewel in the Cotswolds and the cafe is simply brilliant! My sister had joined us for the weekend and it was a perfect sunny but very cold day. I did miss my dear old dog – Bumble would have loved the gardens and dogs are catered for in the cafe – water and some dog biscuits!
This 7 ft snowdrop by mosaic artist, Victoria Harrison is on show until the end of March.
I thought that you might like this little chart of a growing snowdrop which I discovered amongst my motifs. Feel free to stitch on any fabric of your choice although I think I would choose some unbleached linen – but then I would! Issue 104 of Itch to Stitch will be posted next week with more patterns to tempt you. Happy stitching for the moment…..
September 25th, 2014
Such a lot has happened since I last wrote – sadly we have lost our lovely dog Bumble – He dies peacefully on 19th August ( he was 14 years and two days old) This is the first time in over twenty years that I do not have the company of a dog and I must admit this big house does seem empty. I am not making a decision about another dog until the spring – after our holiday and the spring shows…. I cannot replace Bumble so I just do not know……….
Bumble in 2012
We have posted your next issue of Itch to Stitch- this time it is 52 pages of good stuff. I hope you like it. There will be one more magazine before the close of the year.
Home Sweet Home
I have had a bit of flack from a few to say that I have not been including enough pure cross stitch in your magazines so I have listened and included this traditional sampler this time. You can stitch this on aida fabric or on linen and we do have a materials pack for you if you difficulty find what you need
This very decorative project has been inspired by the Elizabethan examples seen at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and by early English versions held at the De Witt Wallace Museum in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. These highly decorated bags were commonly carried by both men and woman, sometimes holding petals and herbs to ward of insects and disease. Sometimes the purse would hold a matching book of prayer or similar. It is known that Queen Elizabeth 1st was given many such purses with gold coins or other gifts inside, always elaborately decorated with stitching, gold threads and beads. Antique examples of these beautiful bags are very collectable indeed and fetch considerable amounts at auction.
My version is stitched on a piece of linen band and then made up by hand. I have added a scissor keep/pincushion embellished by an antique pair pf scissors. The kit includes 28-count linen band, Cashel 28-count unbleached linen, gold plated needles, vintage glass beads, gold metallic thread, pre-sorted threads, chart and fully illustrated instructions.
July 23rd, 2014
I think I am back to work with more than one brain cell working – I have certainly been under the weather and not allowed to work as much as I like.I have been in to hospital and well cared for and think that I have actually turned a corner today. Much better. Last week Bill and I had a day out together and we shared driving over 500 miles in the day.! We actually did our week’s shop on the way back from Bradford in Tesco at midnight…… but then we able to sleep in the following morning.
Can you imagine – it was like being in Aladdin’s cave
Whilst in Bradford, I bought 204 metres of the most gorgeous silk fabrics so that I can uses them in future kits. This is a picture of one of the warehouses – about a tenth of what there was to see. I think Bill was relieved to get out with so little.
Sarah and Daphne stuffing envelopes this morning
Today we are packing your magazine which will be in the post tonight so all of you should have it by the weekend. If yours does not arrive, please drop me an email so I can investigate. The next issue will be in September and be your bumper issue with some festive stitching added to get you in the mood for Christmas!
Designed for us by Member, Sally Leonard this is a really unusual blackwork pattern and is included in this current magazine. She is so clever with her monochrome designs. The charts for all three designs are included. in your magazine. Not yet a Member – Go to Join Us so that you do not miss anything!
In this issue, we have a design from by Emma Pavier of Ann’s Orchard called Clementine the Hen – I met Emma at the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia and fell in love with her charming beaded projects.
Clementine the Hen
Must pop off to the bank and the post and try to think what we might have for supper tonight. Will be back again shortly to talk about our special weekend in June next year and our short holiday in Geramny before Christmas.
June 26th, 2014
My lovely new book photographed on my new desk……Just perfect
We have had a real turn around here at Pinks Barn with all the building and so on and in the process I have a lovely Georgian desk in the main lounge complete with daylight lamp and comfy chair. I think Bill agreed to the expense because it means that I do surface from the Studio in the evenings and stitch while he is around. It had got to the stage where we had to have a “date” to see each other. My Cardiac Consultant tells me there is nothing wrong with being a workaholic but I am not sure Bill agrees…….
About the book – my Publishers, latterly David & Charles, have let me have my own special version of this new book in hardback with the real printed dust jacket which includes an extra chart on the reverse. The soft back version of this title will be published in October without the extra chart but I have my own version now! We have taken my original sampler book, sadly now out of print and kept the best things but added more challenging projects. This is my sampler box stitched over last winter – I must admit to loving this…….
The Sampler Box
There are more new samplers included in the this book including another lovely band sampler and a Quaker project inspired by our visit to Ackworth School. I have kept some of my old favourites but the whole book has been redesigned and includes gorgeous pictures of most of my sampler collection. As I have said, this version is limited and when they are gone this will not be reprinted.
June 9th, 2014
Our new building is almost complete – we started the building on January 7th and we are not quite there yet…….. My electrician had the nerve to take an annual holiday… grrr. Having said that, all the the business end with the new library shelves and the piano is just lovely – the temperature of the room is much more constant and, of course, no leaks……
The dear old piano leaving- Bill was sad to see it go……..
The new piano arriving
Putting it all together
Now awaiting the new piano stool