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My Little Linen Book

This is something very special and a bit of a personal dream come true. I have not been able to persuade a publisher to help me create My Little Linen Book and had more or less given up.  You can see lots more detail about this little treasure by clicking on the link above.

I have so much to tell you this week. I will know even more tomorrow but it appears that I have landed a contract to do at least six cross stitch programmes on Create and Craft. This is a new strand to the Ideal World Shopping Channel. My screen test is tomorrow – the programmes are filmed live and this will take some concentration! I will let you know the dates and times when I have them confirmed. They will be on Freeview and Satellite so I hope you get a chance to see them.

My darling husband, Bill decided that I could not take this on and keep sane without changing my car for something larger and better equipped so that is what I have been doing this morning. I collect my VW Golf TDI Sport on Monday – my little Smart car sold overnight and I think he is going to a good home! Phew!

In the middle of all this, your mailing has left us and is winging its way to you as we speak. This is Issue 84 of Stitch That which includes the final part of our lovely part work – The Flower Book.

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The Flower Book

I  am busy working away on the next issue so that we can catch up a bit of lost time. I will not be adding another part work for the time being as I know many of you need to  complete your UFOs (Unfinished Objects). I will include more pictures from Issue 84 shortly

Happy Stitching…..

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Date posted: Wednesday, March 9, 2011

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Lou has gone travelling!


Louise in her Bon Voyage outfit!

I must thank you all for your comments re my last posting – I really appreciate the support. What with one thing and another this has been a bit of a roller coaster time here at Pinks Barn. As you can see from the picture above – Louise has left the country – Bill and I took her to Heathrow today and she is gone for 12 weeks or so travelling in the Far East. She has been saving for a long time for this and I am thrilled for her, but it has been an emotional couple of days. Will talk again soon when I have cleared my desk.

Stitch That Issue 84 is with our Printer so will be with you very shortly. I will attend to all the mail order this evening and it will all go in the post tomorrow…..

Happy Stitching


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Date posted: Monday, February 28, 2011

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Stolen Moments Stolen?


Stolen Moments

I am sure you can all imagine how I felt when the worked model for the design pictured above went missing at the Trade Fair at Birmingham! I cannot imagine that a needlework retailer would take a worked model knowing how long these things take to do………but the fact remains that it was taken on Tuesday morning….

Grrrrr! Fortunately, it appears that Jane Herbert, one of our stalwart Members, is going to bail me out in time for the shows in March. I am so grateful to her!

I’ll talk again when I have calmed down a bit…

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Date posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011

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Being creative instead of on holiday in Florida!

Three Beaded Biscornu

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

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Indian Twists

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!

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Date posted: Thursday, February 10, 2011

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So no Florida after all!

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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!

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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.

Happy stitching

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Date posted: Sunday, February 6, 2011

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