May 2nd, 2013
Hello again Everyone,
Bill and I are back from our Northern France Tapestry Tour and today we spent the day photographing projects for Issue 96 of Itch to Stitch and now getting ready for our Together We Stitch Weekend at the Hilton Hotel a 10 days time. Never a dull moment here!
Our trip to France was marvellous and I will sort through the 657 pictures on my camera and publish some of these shortly. We visited the Bayeux Tapestry and even though I have been before many times – it was still amazing….We went on to Claude Monet’s Garden – I will never tire of that enchanted place. I am grateful to Neil Cuthbert, a new member of the CSG team for letting me use some of his pictures here. At least this way you do get to see evidence of the trip!
A Riot Of Colour
I thought you would like to see the holiday project for this year – I was completely bowled over by my last visit to Monet’s Garden in Giverney so had no problem using inspirational material from my last trip to create a Claude Monet Trio pictured above.This is now available as a complete kit – just click the link for more information,
I used Hardanger embroidery for the lily pond and eyelets for the hollyhocks, neither of which were in evidence on this trip but that was hardly a problem. It is not just the variety of plants that make you smile – it is what is planted with what that makes you gasp…..I am working a another stitching project inspired by this special garden but more of that anon….
I have some news for you about a very exciting development coming to the CSG web site but I am not allowed to tell you anymore as yet – watch this space.
April 18th, 2013
The Stitch Book
I am sitting in a sunlit Studio feeling a little bit pleased with myself! We seem to be back on track again after the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show, delivering the book to the printers, posting Itch to Stitch on time and getting ready to go to France with our group this Saturday! Before we leave on Saturday, I intend to sign and post the pre-ordered copies of the Stitch Book which arrives with us tomorrow – all the envelopes are addressed and ready to go…….I do hope you find it useful.
The Conservatory Classroom
I thought you would like to see the Conservatory before my Saturday class started! Rather tidy and calm, don’t you think? Well I think the picture below tells a story! We started with a roaring log burner and then had to open the French doors.
Some of the usual suspects
This was the project for this class and I must admit to being amazed at how much was achieved in the day. The project included counting with seed beads, cross stitch, buttonhole bars, bullion knots and how to create a folded hem. The little weighted fob includes a magnet and the Watbo has tiny seed beads for the flowers.
Next time I am in touch, we will have been to France and I can let you see the Monet project!
April 3rd, 2013
After a weekend of envelope stuffing, we packed our mail sacks in to the mail van yesterday and your next magazine is winging its way. I hope you enjoy it. If you have not received your copy by the weekend send me an email and I will investigate…..We have finally given in and bought a franking machine and in the nick of time. The new postal rates are real stinkers and I am going to have to invent new products that are very thin – I have had to add some postal charges to a few items where I would actually lose money as things stand. Sometimes being in business is like climbing the greasy pole..but an old friend of ours used to say “Do not worry – I will succeed because I am pure in heart” I think of him often…….
March 25th, 2013
I have almost put everything away after our trip to Olympia. We did have a marvellous show and I love the new West Hall with the amazing glass wall and the part glass ceiling. I had forgotten just how dark it could be in the old Olympia 2. I am busy looking at the after the Show list and it seems to get longer every time I look at it. So this week, we will be starting to mail your next magazine which includes Tudor Treasure photographed below. I do hope you like it…….
Tudor Treasure closed
A detail of the Watbo inside
March 12th, 2013
Bugs and Beasts
Almost packed and ready for Olympia, London for the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show. These days because I am so long in the tooth we do have help with transporting all the stuff to shows. Rob, our man with a van will be here at the crack of dawn tomorrow – I cannot tell you how much I appreciate this help.
Just a few thoughts before I close for a few days – I have seen the proof of Issue 95 of Itch to Stitch which we should be able to post by the end of the month. I thought you would like to see another new kit completed in the dark watches of the night! As you know, I have always loved samplers and have collected for a number of years. All these little patterns have originated from antique samplers either ones I have collected or possibly hankered after! I am starting a series of Collector’s Samplers – each with a theme and this is Bugs and Beasts.
With luck, I will be up to date with all our mail order when I leave in the morning, but after that I am afraid it will be next week before I can get to the desk again…..
Happy stitching until then…..