October 5th, 2009

The Perpetually Engaging Diary

Those of you who are current members of the CSG will have seen this already but for the rest of you here it is!

This is another lovely book from Needleprint (you will remember me raving about the Goodhart Samplers)Diary Back covr large

The back cover

This is one of those lovely diaries that works for every year so it is not date sensitive at all. What is more to the point is that it includes 13 counted projects and is ring bound so it will lie flat when you are working from the charts.

The diary has one page per week. Each month has 2 images (there are 13 months!) together with charted project  for 12 months. So to recap in total there are 27 images and 12 projects, 106 pages, it is concealed ring bound .A gorgeous gift for a stitching friend

You can find the Diary in the shop under Books and Media

September 30th, 2009

Issue 77 Stitch That is out!

Bill, my husband and I have just returned from a wonderful trip to Russia – you will see more of this in later issues of our magazine, Stitch That. I am designing and scribbling about the trip as I write. Issue 77  has been mailed and should be with you shortly – some of you have already been in touch so I know it is out there.

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Faux Ivory Magnetic Needle Token

We have been busy sourcing new things for this autumn and I think we have found yet another winner! Our Faux Ivory Magnetic Needle Tokens are ready at last! You have no idea how many types of magnets are available and how complicated it gets. Hand crafted for us here in Gloucestershire, these attractive and practical Tokens have a magnet embedded inside and can be worn as a brooch or attached to your frame or chart board and then you can pop your needle on the surface for safekeeping. We have six designs available now with at least three more in the pipeline.

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Token holding scissors in place

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Using the rear magnet to hold as a brooch

I thought those of you who have not as yet succumbed to Membership might like to see snippets of what is on offer this time. Every issue of Stitch That includes new designs with colour pictures and clear computer originated charts and it is sent to Members of the CSG five times a year.

Bird and strawberry chatelaine

Strawberry & Little Bird Chatelaine

This project includes a pinkeep, needlecase and scissor holder all tied together with a strip of linen band. Full stitching, making up and hemstitch instructions are  included


Christmas Welcome Door Hanger

Created from a complete set of initials included in this issue – large initials are always very popular with our Members who create amazing personal projects. This set of letters have been combined with holly and Christmas roses to create very festive effect

Borders Band

Beautiful Borders Band Sampler

This long band sampler is stitched on linen aida and has a few additional counted stitches to add interest and texture to the design. After months of the very challenging Silverwood Sampler, I felt it was time to tackle a band sampler with less taxing techniques.

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Hello Jane and Bill Wow! I've just been leafing through my new copy of "Stitch That!" and, as usual, there ...

Latest comment by: Hazel Anderson on 3-10-2009 at 18:16:24

September 8th, 2009

To Russia …..

I am so sorry I have been out of touch again! I have been so buried with urgent things that I sometimes forget the important ones!

I am trying to finish another book (say nothing – I know this is my own fault) and get Stitch That Issue 77 out there and so on. Now to compound the situation, Bill and I leave for Russia at 5am tomorrow morning!!I will be planning some Russian themed projects very soon.

Stitch That should be with you by the end of the month – a bumper edition with 48 pages.Another full colour version after all that positive feedback.

There will, of course, be people at the Studio every day but you may find it difficult to get in touch

Happy stitching

September 8th, 2009

Pinks Barn PinKeep

I mentioned on a previous Journal page that we had been overrun by Americans!  Please see last entry!I had made each member of the group a little kit for a pinkeep showing the new look Pinks Barn. For those of you completely in the dark, Pinks Barn is my home, CSG HQ and where my Studio and conservatory class space is situated. I had not intended to supply this as a kit but I have had requests from across the pond for duplicates and the guests at the last Together We Stitch Weekend insisted so here goes!

Pinks Barn Pinkeep

Pinks Barn Pinkeep

You can find the Pinkeep in Special Counted Projects along with some other interesting and challenging projects- Hppay stitching till we speak again


July 28th, 2009

Issue 76 is out there at last!

Welcome back to Jane’s Journal. I am catching up, really I am. We have finally posted all the remaining issues of the current Stitch That and had a very good response as always. For those of you not already members of the CSG I thought you would like to see some this month’s features. Go to Join us


Paradise Flowers

Designed and stitched by Jacqueline Holdsworth and inspired by the wonderful illustrations in The Goodhart Samplers, we have made up the stitched pieces in to a needlebook and pinkeep. In Issue 76 of Stitch That we have included staged photography explaining the hemming techniques so you can complete your own versions. We have a materials pack available from CSG HQ (Member only) (Join us)

Below, you can see one of our Send for Projects – Dragonfly Garden Hussif - road tested by my linen class here at Pinks Barn, it has turned out really well. With these projects, it is getting the folding right as much as the stitching. Two of my class and yours truly had some of the stitching upside down! Go to Special Counted Projects


Dragonfly Garden Hussif

I am not sure if you all realise that we are sometimes invaded by  stitchers!  What is the name for a crowd of stitchers anyway? Last month we were visited here at Pinks Barn by 37 avid stitchers all from the USA – We have tea and scones and laughed alot! Thanks to Sue Greening Davis and her helpmate Sally- We will have a design  from Susan later in the year


Stitching with Sue and Sally