February 10th, 2011
Three Beaded Biscornu Pincushions
I made a promise to myself that if we were going to be at home for 10 days instead of jetting off somewhere warm, I would treat myself to a few days designing and stitching. With Issue 84 of Stitch That off my desk and on Vivienne’s, I have a clear conscience. It is funny, you know- I still see stitching as a treat that has to be earned….
The three designs above will be four if I can get the shape of my daisy flowers without too many fractional stitches – not happy yet! These three are ready now and you can see more details by clicking on Beaded Biscornu
Having not be very pleased with my first attempts at this decorative shape, I cannot stop myself now! My little Indian Twists pictured above are tiny versions of this shape made as scissor keepers and inspired by my trip to India last year. If you go to the shop and click on the image you can see close ups of the individual items. These are stuffed with Chinese raw silk which is included in the pack.
Well, back to the drawing board and tonight I am starting work on Fleur Antique – I am not telling you anymore as yet!
February 6th, 2011
Our Exhibition Stand at Westpoint Exeter
More of the same!
Having shown you the piles and pils of boxes in my last Journal I thought I had better show you what happens to it all. I was pleased with the space and we have a very good showe but so cold! I wore my coat all day for the first time ever and I had lost contact with my feet by eleven o’clock! The organisers did make improvements for the remaining two days and in the end it all went well. Bill came down to Exeter by train on the Friday evening and I collected him in taxi and we went out for a meal. It was like having a proper date – what ever next!
Bill and I should have been off to Florida on Wednesday but we have decided that we must cancel this. Bill’s mother, who lives locally, is really very unwell and we would not have enjoyed our break leaving her in a bit of a pickle. I must admit to a certain amount of relief – I am so busy and things keep happening. I have had long discussions with the new Create and Craft Channel and well you never know what might be around the corner…. You will have to wait and see!
The Flower Sampler Book
I am going to spend the rest of today completing the next issue of Stitch That which will include the last part of our lovely Flower Sampler Book. You can see the completed book above but you will have a to wait a little while to see the rest.
January 24th, 2011
The muddle in the conservatory
It is the start of the show season again and I started the ghastly job of packing up the stock this weekend. I know that when you come to visit us at one of the needlework shows, all looks fairly organised and calm but I am not sure you would believe the muddle and the mess before we set off. I do have recurring dreams that I arrive at a venue and I have left behind all the worked pieces or all the baskets and wake up in a cold sweat.
On Wednesday, Bill and I are driving down to Westpoint, Exeter and setting up for Craft 4 Crafters which opens to the public on Thursday 27th January – fingers crossed for the weather!
Once the van doors are closed and we are on our way I feel better, probably because by then it is too late to add anything else….. There is always a temptation to get yet another project completed just in time for the show and then I am under pressure to get the stock made and so it goes on.
What would we do without squashy bags and baskets?
I did once count how many baskets I had in the loft space above the Studio and there were 127 in various sizes and shapes. The family know that if we pass a basket display anywhere I have to scout for more! Louise actually refers to the office as Wickers World!
Planning and packing for a show is always the same – I think I will get the stand or booth perfect this time and yet there is always room for improvement. Perhaps the last time I exhibit I will be satisfied!
January 19th, 2011
Hello again everyone,
I am sitting here in the Studio enjoying a day of bright sunshine and a crisp hard frost. The last week has been very difficult with dog walking more a dog sliding as the mud everywhere is just dismal. Biggles loves to roll is something smelly if he is not watched and has also taken an interest in having adventures! A week ago he was brought back from the next village where he popped in to the local pub! He had followed the river in the hope of meeting a certain lady dog and we were lucky that he was found and brought back safely.
A picture from Issue 211 of Zweigart’s Needlework Ideas
I have, at last, managed to add a small section on Children’s Cross Stitch to the web site shop – We are not planning to create kits as yet but so have a good range of fabrics and this super book from Zweigart.
January 9th, 2011
Bumble proving that Beardies are expert at cute!
I thought it was about time to spend a bit of time working in Pinks Barn – the Christmas stuff went away on the 1st of January whilst I watched the New Years Concert from Vienna but the rest of the house had become a muddle. To give you an idea of how far behind I am – I bought and planted bulbs yesterday! Yep! Much reduced and shooting green things everywhere, I managed to find a selection of bulbs and some very tired looking winter pansies. After I had finished in the courtyard garden (or perhaps could no longer see what I was doing) I decided to sort my wardrobe, knicker drawer and make up! Umm! Bill has suggested that I do not go shopping until October or perhaps I would like to open a shop of my own!
I am back in the Studio this evening and busy planning and stitching – sometimes I love my job!
I am busy with the next Stitch That magazine and also adding bits and pieces to the Sale Bin accessed by Members. This is the first time we have done this – Since we moved our business to the Studio at Pinks Barn, we have had to be very strict about what stays on the shelves and what does not earn the right to the space.
I have added some more stuff to the section called Jane’s Studio – I know many of our UK Members know the Cotswold area but I thought some of our fellow stitchers overseas would like to see more pictures -
Happy stitching Jane