March 10th, 2010

Spring Stitching at the Hilton Hotel



Working on a tulip project

This was a lovely relaxing stitching weekend with lots of finished projects to be viewed at lunch on Sunday. A great time had by all! The design was that of a single tulip flower with the option to stitch it in blackwork, pattern darning or cross stitch. As always, some guests worked all three!

March 1st, 2010

Issue 79 is in the post

We have had an awful patch here at Pinks Barn lately but things are looking a little better. Sadly, I have lost a brother in law and my mother in the last few weeks but on a more positive note, our lovely son was married last weekend to a lovely girl! Isn’t life strange? I am back at work again and we are gradually getting back to normal.

We have just published the latest issue of Stitch That with Jane Greenoff – this is the magazine that we send to all our Members. If you are interested in becoming  Member of the CSG go to Join us

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Victorian Anemone Alphabet

This is one of the designs included in this issue of Stitch That and is worked in cross stitch on evenweave. You could work this project on aida fabric if preferred. There is a Materials Pack available to Members – Look in the Members Studio and go to Members Treats

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Hearts and Flowers Sampler

This small sampler has been worked on unbleached linen – and is worked in cross stitch and backstitch.

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Hearts and Flowers Etui

This version of the Hearts and Flowers Sampler has been stitched decorated edge linen band and combines cross stitch and four sided stitch just perfectly.

Will be in touch again soon

Happy Stitching Jane

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Hi Jane. So sorry to hear of your bereavements. My condolences to both you and Bill. But congratulations on your ...

Latest comment by: Cecilia Ockelford on 5-3-2010 at 18:48:53

January 26th, 2010

Our Madeira six strand (floss) has arrived!

After making the decision to change our thread suppliers, I was then dreading the change over.

However, it went very smoothly with Bill doing most of the work and Madeira UK getting the order correct and supplying quickly.The cones are physically smaller than our previous brand but carry the same yardage (should that be metreage?) and are beautifully wound so look very pretty on the shelves.

The other great advantage for me is that the number order is also the colour order which means that the threads look gorgeous en masse and I am having design ideas in my sleep!


Bill opening all the parcels

You can see from the picture above who did all the work and I know I nearly drove him made picking up colours and then putting them down somewhere else. We had cleared our shelves of our old cones the day before which are now on their way to a charity who works with schools all over the Commonwealth.


Don’t they look good?

When all these greens came out of the box (pictured above) I was picturing a design inspired by trees and woodland- perhaps later in the year?


Just a few of the new colours…..

I am writing these words surrounded by boxes and squashy bags as Bill and I set off tomorrow morning for Craft4Crafters at Westpoint in Exeter. Hope some of you will come and see us at  the Cross Stitch Guild and come and try some new stitches. I will have to close now as I need to load the van – I do have such a glamourous life! Ho Hum!

Happy Stitching

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Good Morning Jane & Bill Just checking on the latest updates in your Journal - what a fantastic array of colours ...

Latest comment by: Anne Thomson on 3-3-2010 at 09:47:10

January 17th, 2010

New Products for January

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It has taken me sometime but finally we have taken delivery of our new Stitch That Binders. They were made for us in a lovely rich blue material with images from our Silverwood Sampler on the front and a section of the Borders Band on the spine. Each Binder is supplied with ten clear plastic sleeves so that you can file away your precious magazines straight away!   Each binders costs £4.99  and can be found by going to  Member Treats and scrolling down the page

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I have found a Magnetic Chart Board!

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A4 size with three magnetic strips

I have been looking for one of these for ages. My old version was very bent having gone under the wheels of the car and I have had difficulty find one. We are supplying the A4 Magnetic  Board with a  three magnetic  strips so that it will hold a chart in place and a chart of the chart of the CSG Logo so that you can add it to your stitching folders and totes. You will find it in Bits and Bobs.

January 13th, 2010

Happy New Year!

I am sorry that news has been somewhat lacking of late -  I am back again and I have  made a New Year’s Resolution that I will be posting to this site every week even if it to tell you that nothing has happened!

Over the Christmas break, I have been trying to re-organise my work/life balance  and learn to delegate some of my work so that I can do the important things like keep this site up to date!

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What a start to 2010! I expect you have been snowed in as we have here at Pinks Barn. We had another heavy fall last night and we had to dig out Bill’s car so that he could go to work. I, of course,  have a long walk through the conservatory to my Studio! I have used the fact that I have been house bound to spend hours and hours in the Studio and to design and stitch new things for 2010.

Bumble in the snow

I thought you would like to see pictures of Bumble and Biggles playing in the snowy garden. Biggles has had his puppy coat stripped and is growing so tall he is bigger than Bumble at a year old. I am going to spend this evening updating the Events pages and also give you a taste of the new projects that will be included in Issue 79 of Stitch That with Jane Greenoff

I will be adding the next set of class dates,  details of our Stitching Holiday and show dates so that you can book the ones that you fancy.

Happy Stitching

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And a happy new year to you all at Pinks Barn. I must say I am getting fed up with ...

Latest comment by: Brigitte Gant on 14-1-2010 at 20:51:42