Jane's Jottings

Back at my desk

I have almost put everything away after our trip to Olympia. We did have a marvellous show and I love the new West Hall with the amazing glass wall and the part glass ceiling.  I had forgotten just how dark it could be in the old Olympia 2. I am busy looking at the after the Show list and it seems to get longer every time I look at it. So this week, we will be starting to mail your next magazine which includes Tudor Treasure photographed below.  I do hope you like it…….

Tudor Treasure closed

Tudor Journal

A detail of the Watbo inside

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Date posted: Monday, March 25, 2013

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Off to the show – will talk again next week


Bugs and Beasts

Almost packed and ready for Olympia, London for the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show. These days because I am so long in the tooth we do have help with transporting all the stuff to shows. Rob, our man with a van will be here at the crack of dawn tomorrow – I cannot tell you how much I appreciate this help.

Just a few thoughts before I close for a few days – I have seen the proof of Issue 95 of Itch to Stitch which we should be able to post by the end of the month. I thought you would like to see another new kit completed in the dark watches of the night! As you know, I have always loved samplers and have collected for a number of years. All these little patterns have originated from antique samplers either ones I have collected or possibly hankered after! I am starting a series of Collector’s Samplers – each with a theme and this is Bugs and Beasts.

With luck, I will be up to date with all our mail order when I leave in the morning, but after that I am afraid it will be next week before I can get to the desk again…..

Happy stitching until then…..

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Date posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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Packing for Spring Knitting and Stitching Show!

Well, here we go again!  I am surrounded by boxes and plastic bags getting ready to set up our space in the new West Hall at Olympia. I am sure once we are in the building and the van is unpacked, all will be well but at the moment the thought of the challenges on Wednesday are almost too much.

The whole exhibition centre has been rebuilt and the whole show is now one one floor but upstairs.  The old retail area is now the loading bay!  I am, however, thrilled that we will have all that natural light and I am sure that the event being in one place rather than on three floors will be marvellous.

As you can imagine, it is all systems go here at Pinks Barn. I am sorting out items that should have been made in to kits ages ago – I thought you would like to see this new Butterfly Chatelaine. I stitched this originally for a class and have been just waiting for a chance to put all the bits and pieces together. I hope you like it!

The main design is worked on our lovely Vaupel and Heilenbeck linen band and I have used Oliver Twist threads for the Hardanger embroidery.

Just a note : I will be adding many of Jean Oliver’s  (Oliver Twist) threads to this web site shortly – Watch this space……

Chatelaine pack

I am probably going to be out of touch now till next week as we leave here on Wednesday morning and am not back till Sunday night. I hope to see lots of you up in London this week and will be back at my desk on Monday. The gang will be around to answer phones etc….

Happy Stitching everyone…….

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Date posted: Monday, March 11, 2013

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Painted Patchwork Pincushion and more

It has been a lovely week here at the Studio at Pinks Barn. I had one day at the studios filming for Create and Craft TV  but apart from that I have working here and been designing and stitching for my next series of classes and the projects for the holiday to France next month.There is always a project waiting to be started or finished! Don’t worry – I know how lucky I am…….

Painted Patchwork Pincushion

This biscornu shaped pincushion started life last year as a class project but is now available as a complete kit. I have called it Painted Patchwork Pincushion because I have used space dyed threads and there is an option to work the design in a patchwork format

Painted Patchwork Cushion

This image shows the top section of the pincushion where I have used unbleached and ivory linen to good effect – You can see that the Hardanger sections are worked in Oliver Twist space dyed threads. In the original, I lined the pincushion with felt but I have used a lovely silk fabric for the kits.

Tudor Treasure

I thought you would like to see this project from your next magazine – Tudor Treasure has been in my work tray for almost a year whilst it cooked! I am sure you know what I mean when I say cooked! It has four different designs on the outside  and I am finally happy with the end result. The charts and instructions will be included in issue 95 of Itch to Stitch our CSG members magazine. Go to Join us

Tudor Treasure

Tudor Treasure

Tudor Treasure is stitched on 28-count Cashel linen and made up by hand. Inside there is a little treasure –  a little three-sided Watbo scissor keeper which you can see in the image below. I am sending out this magazine at the end of the month –

Tudor Journal

Now I must get back to the packing for the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia. I hope hoards of you come as see us on Stand F50 -we are running classes every day and I will be on the stand for the duration. The show is in the new West hall and I cannot wait to see it. The whole fair is on the first floor and it should be tremendous!

See you then…..

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Date posted: Saturday, March 9, 2013

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Prize Draw and more

Afternoon all,

Very tired and a bit grumpy this morning – Had a Bu**er your day letter this morning and in spite of it being rubbish it still stings a bit…… Why do some people make a complaint so spiteful – and so personal…. Still I am lucky – don’t have many of these. I cannot imagine what it must be like to be a Royal and not be able to fight back and believe me I did –

Pulled lots of names out the hat today and am sending out Prize Draw goodies to the lucky ten folk who entered the Draw on the web site. The names are Elaine Grace -Rochdale, Sherri Acres -Canada, Doreen Wray – Leeds, Alison Whelan – Southsea, Diana Campos – Alloa,  Sally Roberts – Mid Glamorgan, Thea Gurrero – London, Carol Bath – Glastonbury, Barbara Stone – Bristol Marjorie Cotton – York  – Little surprise on its way today….

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Date posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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