Jane's Jottings

Playing with Felix and designing new projects!

What a start to the year! Bill and I are of to Australia and New Zealand for a month so have been very busy at Pinks Barn working on new things for you and playing with our lovely Felix William (Bill does not really preen himself every time he says his name!) The lower picture is the one we both have as our screen saver – besotted or what? We leave for the holiday next week but I have completed all my stuff this end and Jenny and Andrea are poised to take care of you all. My chum Cilla is moving in to Pinks Barn so that Monty is even more indulged and I am having some decorating done whilst I am away. I can hear you saying its alright for some…….I thought after Andrea had taken over all the hard work parts of the CSG I would have so much time but who was I kidding?


Bill and I have been working on a dozen projects here at Pinks and I will be taking stitching with me on the trip – We will let you have peeks at the new things in the spring but we may yet surprise you……


Bill working on the important part of our twin globes map

When I am not forcing the poor ole thing to the drawing board he is baking in the kitchen – he makes the best bagels and white bread and is my waistline a witness to this? This is his apple and seed bread. OMG!

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Date posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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Retirement? Where did 2017 go?

Hi Everyone,

This is just to prove that I am still here and now back to work properly. I know I have been rubbish about keeping in touch but I think at last, I may have caught up on the last 3o years of obsession……….As a result, I am definitely going to be in touch through My Jottings and Facebook!

To catch up…..

Andrea Thompson took over the CSG at the end of December last year and has worked miracles running the company from her new offices in Stockton Heath – I don’t think many of you saw the difference except that your new look magazine goes out on time and many tasks were done properly! I cannot pretend that for me, the first few months were easy or that I took to having more time like a duck to water…….. I found it all very difficult to begin with……

It is difficult to let go after such a long time and share something that was so special and so personal after more than 30 years – Did you know that my cross stitch business was started with £50.00 in 1984?

We were very disciplined and within three weeks of the big move, our cars were in the garage and I was beavering away at my new desk.

My lovely work space

I gradually got used to my new tiny office space (must keep it tidy so that I can open the door!) and with Jenny Dixon’s help and much support from Andrea, I am well ensconced in my new role as CSG Designer. I think Andrea has come to realise that when I said “I work when I am awake” was no exaggeration so she has given me free reign over creating the designs and charts for you for the foreseeable future. Perfect!

In the spring, Bill and I went of to Sicily and I thought you would like to see some pictures from that trip. In case you have not guessed, this is where the idea for the Paradise Garden was born – the very air was photogenic and very inspirational. We travelled with Voyage Jules Verne on the Taste of Sicily Tour and it was marvellous in spite of Mount Etna’s attempt to scuttle it!




I enjoyed this trip much more than I expected and really enjoyed sketching and taking pictures with time to plan the stitching when I arrived back in the UK.

As I write, I am sorting out pictures of my delicious grandson and will be back with some images of his first few months and more of our travels very shortly but for now here is just one picture which I know will make you smile……


All the Greenoffs hope you had a lovely Christmas and are free from coughs, colds, Flu and all the other rubbish that is about and that you have a happy and healthy New Year…………and i will be back soon

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Date posted: Saturday, December 30, 2017

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Together, We Stitch at The Hilton Hotel- Swindon

Class members concentrating hard!

As the Cross Stitch Guild, we hold various stitching events around the UK. Fifty people joined us at the Hilton Hotel and either stitched a project of their own or took on my challenging Hearts and Flowers Needle Roll. The design could be worked as a little band sampler or lined in felt and made in to a little needle roll.

Hearts and Flowers shown here as a sampler with a folded hem

The Needle Roll version

At present, this project is only a class piece but I expect that Andrea will introduce this as a kit later in the year, possibly in time for The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace in October.

The weekend was a resounding success and I hope that if you are not already part of this event you will consider joining us at either Leeds or Leicester later in the year. Have a look at Classes and Events on the CSG web site

Happy stitching for now!

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Date posted: Monday, March 20, 2017

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A reminder about My Little Linen Book

I am sure that many of you are already familiar with the gorgeous Little Linen Book made for me by Kate Bowles but I found these images this morning and just had to share them with you. Joy Moran, a long time Cross Stitch Guild member has stitched and decorated many of these and I thought you would like to see some pictures. Kate’s books are hand made and you can see the decorative binding from the picture below. Do have a look at her Blogspot when you get a minute!

Our Little Linen Book with a stitched vignette

All of the examples below are from one of Joy’s versions……

The Little Linen Books are still available from www.thecrossstitchguild.com – We would love to see what you do with your copy!

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Date posted: Friday, March 10, 2017

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A Great Stitching and Knitting Show

My portrait by Harriet Riddell drawn on her sewing machine freehand!

Back from the show and in the office at home with some stitching on my lap. We have our first Together We Stitch Weekend in 10 days and I am designing and stitching the project which is certainly not quite ready. I have to complete it by tomorrow as Andrea needs time to make up the material packs – Some late night oil will need to be burnt tonight!

I had such a lovely time at Olympia working for Andrea Thompson on the Cross Stitch Guild stand at the Knitting and Stitching Show – one of the best bits was watching Harriet Riddell drawing portraits of people who popped on to her stand. She drew this picture of me from life in about 40 minutes freehand on her sewing machine! I just love it…….Harriet Riddell is so talented and so nice about it! Do have a look at her web site and see what she has been doing. On tour in India, she stitched pictures of the Taj Mahal sitting in the grounds with her sewing machine! If you look at the picture, I was holding our Elizabethan Sweete Bag and she captured it perfectly and in seconds!

The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show

The Cross Stitch Guild stand was heaving for most of the show and kept us all very busy either teaching or serving customers. This was the first time that I had attended this show without being the boss and it did feel strange at first. I soon got the hang of it…… Nothing to worry about and time to shop for myself! Dress patterns, a cardigan and, of course, my portrait!

Classes at Olympia with one of our teachers, Janet Simpson


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Date posted: Monday, March 6, 2017

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