September 6th, 2013
The Strawberry Sampler Book
I know that it is a sign of age but really the years are flying by and I have so much to do! I know I am lucky and do not know the word “bored” but is there a happy medium? I was just thinking of another subject for the next stitched book and realised there is less than a month before I am due to hand in the new version of my Antique Sampler Book so I must not attempt to start that today. Members will receive issue 97 of Itch to Stitch next week (we are packing envelopes on Monday and Tuesday) and you will be able to complete your versions in time for the next issue ! Ho Hum…….
The Blackwork Back Cover
I am not showing you all the pages – must keep you in suspense a little longer. As you can see from the image above, I have added lengths of red satin ribbon when I added the lining – it means that it can be closed with a pretty bow. I have been thrilled with the feedback on this project – I know that loads of you are stitching it as I write and many are waiting for the next episode.
Real Ivory Keepsakes
Before I hear cries on anguish from you all, I need to tell you that these very special strawberry keepsakes are made from recycled piano keys and it was much too late for the elephant. Each one has been etched and drilled to create an exclusive embellishment for your Strawberry Sampler Book. It could be stitched on the book or added to hang on a tiny twisted cord.
August 29th, 2013
The opening screen of the new program
I will be showing the new iStitch2 Design Program on Create and Craft next Tuesday at 1pm so you will be able to see it in all its glory.
We have been busy here in the background and are about to launch the new program, the updated version of my Cross Stitch Design program. I just know that you are going to love it!
Before the thousands of you who already have my Istitch program -become annoyed please panic not! You can update your program on the internet completely free of charge as from 12noon on Monday 2nd September! How clever is that………
The new layout for the Instant Patterns
We have altered the way that the patterns open and made it easier for you to find motifs and templates. Ian has improved the auto-outline function and all the icons are easier to see and understand. As you can see from the image below the shade cards are worth having – more than £100.00 worth of shade cards alone.
Have fun with it – I am looking at it all day and much of the night! The only disadvantage as you then have to make time to stitch…..
August 20th, 2013
Hello again everyone,
I simply cannot believe it is nearly the end of August and we are thinking of the autumn and nights drawing in….. The only advantage of the winter is more time to stitch as the garden goes to sleep. Since my last post, we have been busy here at Pinks Barn (our home and CSG HQ) giving the place a really good clear up and sort out. We have even cleared out the shed…….
Martin Reynolds, my wonderful carpenter has been here for a week – you can imagine Bill’s face when I said I needed him for a week! He had altered my desk in the office, raised the big worktables and joined them together and made me a pretty little display table for the shows. I have treated myself to a little tropical fish tank in the corner of the desk and spend longer than I should do looking at them!
Our dear old dog, Bumble was 13 years old last weekend – You can see he has matured in to a very sensible and grown up creature! He is now very deaf and has poor vision but still seems very happy with his lot! As you can see he is not allowed on the furniture!
On the business front things get more exciting.
Cross stitch charts on my Mini Ipad and my phone
Within the next few days, we will be launching Stitch from your Stash and I think it may be the way forward. The idea is that you can buy and download charts direct to your computer, IPad or even your phone! Each design comes complete with all the instructions and diagrams where necessary and you can start stitching immediately!
I cannot explain how this feels to me this end – If you compare this to the old days when I would design and stitch a project, photograph it and Bill would take samples to needlework shops and hope that they would buy the kits. It could take months before a new project was out there! I have now experienced the incredible effect of the internet. One morning, I decided to design and stitch a little pin keep and by our evening meal it was completed. I photographed it and added it to the web site. By bedtime, I had sold four, two of which were going overseas! It was marvellous!
Having called the new product Stitch from your Stash, you will have another excuse to shop for your stash - as if you need one - Maybe this will be a way to increase sales in needlework shops again. We will launching Stitch from Your Stash with over 60 designs ready for you to download – some of which are from out of print sources or long lost projects. I am now designing specially for the site and will upload new things every week. I will let you know when we go live………..
June 21st, 2013
Last weekend, Bill and I (not forgetting my sidekick, Carole) took 40 stitchers for a day at Ackworth School in Yorkshire. This Quaker School was founded in 1779 and is the home of a remarkable and unique collection of scholars’ samplers. We were originally invited by Carol Rayner, one of the School Trustees who handed us over to Heather Jones, the School Administrator . To say that we had a marvellous time is simply an understatement! We viewed the samplers in two groups and then we we given a lovely lunch in the boys’ dining room. The samplers are breathtaking and I will show you more another time.
Examples of the unique samplers
Stitching in the School library