Jane's Jottings

Off to France on Saturday and more!


The Stitch Book

I am sitting in a sunlit Studio feeling a little bit pleased with myself!  We seem to be back on track again after the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show, delivering the book to the printers, posting Itch to Stitch on time and getting ready to go to France with our group this Saturday! Before we leave on Saturday, I intend to sign and post the pre-ordered copies of the Stitch Book which arrives with us tomorrow – all the envelopes are addressed and ready to go…….I do hope you find it useful.

The conservatory

The Conservatory  Classroom

I thought you would like to see the Conservatory before my Saturday class started! Rather tidy and calm, don’t you think? Well I think the picture below tells a story! We started with a roaring log burner and then had to open the French doors.


Some of the usual suspects

Petite Fleur

Petite Fleur

This was the project for this class and I must admit to being amazed at how much was achieved in the day. The project included counting with seed beads, cross stitch, buttonhole bars, bullion knots and how to create a folded hem. The little weighted fob includes a magnet and the Watbo has tiny seed beads for the flowers.

Next time I am in touch, we will have been to France and I can let you see the Monet project!

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Date posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013

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Issue 95 of Itch to Stitch is on its way

After a weekend of envelope stuffing, we packed our mail sacks in to the mail van yesterday and your next magazine is winging its way. I hope you enjoy it. If you have not received your copy by the weekend send me an email and I will investigate…..We have finally given in and bought a franking machine and in the nick of time. The new postal rates are real stinkers and I am going to have to invent new products that are very thin – I have had to add some postal charges to a few items where I would actually lose money as things stand. Sometimes being in business is like climbing the greasy pole..but an old friend of ours used to say “Do not worry – I will succeed because I am pure in heart” I think of him often…….

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Date posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013

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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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