Jane's Jottings

Back to work again!

Bill and I are back from our long weekend in Spain much refreshed and ready to go! Bill starts a precautionary course of radiotherapy on Monday for 6 weeks or so and therefore we will be at home resting, stitching and designing and having early nights.

We will be posting Issue 81 of Stitch That, our Members magazine very soon  (not a Member? – go to Join us) and I have almost finished designing Issue 82 including the Christmas element! It is odd drawing Christmas presents and holly leaves in June but it has to be done. For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, we always feature the Christmas projects in September so that you have time to stitch them all if you want to! This year, I am doing a set of Christmas Initials as well as the usual motifs and gift card ideas.

Flower Book cover and two pages

The Flower Sampler Book

Issue 81 of Stitch That features the first part of our new Part Work The Flower Sampler Book which will be completed in your January mailing. As Members, you will be able to send for a Materials Pack which includes all the fabric pieces, charms, pre-sorted threads and the hand painted silk needed to complete the book.  If you do not know what I mean by a Sampler Book, please have a look at our original Sampler Book designed for us by Sue Hawkins which is still available as a complete kit in our on- line shop.

In addition to the Flower Sampler Book, this issue of Stitch That is packed full of stitching and I have featured my antique sampler book I aquired some years ago – you will be able to see where we get some of our ideas!

Alice Flowers Sampler Book

Alice Flower’s Sampler Book 1890

Marking sampler

Alice’s Marking Sampler

Almost every week, I am asked when and where I get my ideas and I have explained in some detail how the Merry Sparrow design came to pass. It started with a dog walk and ended up as you see below

Merry Sparrow pic

Merry Sparrow by William Blake

That is all for today folks. I am off  to visit Pots of Pithoi and try to keep my credit card in my wallet. I expect there will be photographs for you later this week

Happy stitching

Date posted: Saturday, July 3, 2010


Comments (7)

May I respectfully request you include a bucketful of time with issue 82.

Comment by Brigitte Gant on Saturday, July 3, 2010

Hi Jane and Bill
Nice to hear that you enjoyed Spain, and Mum and I hope that Bill’s treatment goes well.
Best wishes
Hazel and Irene

Comment by Hazel Anderson on Sunday, July 4, 2010

Will I be able to keep my hands off the sampler book before I go on holiday, cos I want to do it on the plane. Good luck to Bill.

Comment by Barbara Stone on Sunday, July 4, 2010

Glad you enjoyed Seville , my greatgrandmother was born there. Bill, hope the treatment is successful.

Comment by Beryl Hampson on Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Looking forward to recieving the next issue. Hope that Bill’s treatment goes well. Ps – many thanks for my prize (May competition)

Comment by Cecilia Ockelford on Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Love the sampler book and merry sparrow!
I will be thinking of Bill,
Look after each other,
Love, Suzanne x

Comment by Suzanne on Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Thinking of you and Bill – hugs x

Comment by Fiona on Monday, July 12, 2010

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