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!

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 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.

  Chart

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

Download Store

http://downloads.crossstitchguild.com

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.

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

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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

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 The Completed Work Box

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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

March 19th, 2015

Some wonderful stitched samples from Sweden!

Stitching progress & Janes books & Flower Book kitted up

Anette Hammarsten from Sweden – Long time CSG Member

I am so grateful to Anette for sending me these images and for allowing us to show them. She, as you can see, is a very talented stitcher and makes lovely items from her finished pieces. I am going to let the stitching speak for itself!

Strawberry Book Progress

 The almost completed Strawberry Book

Pearl Floss Box side

Dear Little Pearl Box

The Needlebook and tape measure

As you can see, Anette is a wonderful stitcher -  In the picture above, she has adapted the violets from the needlebook to fit the tape measure. I must admit to feeling very pleased with myself as she has been a staunch fan for years – I do appreciate seeing finished stitching……..

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