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
May 20th, 2014
Issue 100 of Itch to Stitch, our Members magazine is in the post – I can imagine some of you saying “at last!” I am sorry – sometimes one just runs out of hours. Issue 101 will be along shortly – I even have photography booked so it will be a little like buses……
Bill and I have just returned from our stitching trip to Colonial Williamsburg and I will sort the pictures and the jet lag and then let you see some of them. It was a simply marvellous trip – thanks to all at arena for making this possible.
The Wildflower Workbox
I know that many of you have been working on the Wildflower Workbox, originally featured in Issue 99. The final parts are included in this issue. If you missed Issue 99, this can still be purchased from CSG HQ as can the materials packs. I have included pictures of the Scissor Case, Clover Cutter , Biscornu and Needle Roll to tempt you further. In this issue we have also included the new Sewing Set – see images further down the page……
Clover Cutter Cover
The Sewing Set