I hope you are all enjoying this lovely weather – I am sitting here in the Studio in a linen camisole with all the windows open and it is nearly October and I should be sorting and packing for the Knitting and Stitching Show, but keep making excuses to pop in to the garden and check the line of washing blowing in the warm breeze. We set up at Ali Pali next Wednesday and then the show is open to the public 6th-9th October – see you there? It is the best show of the year….
Now about washing lines…..
My friend of over twenty years, Barbara McNaught has combined forces with Janie Hextall and produced this gorgeous little book Washing Lines, inspired by washing lines and all things laundry. It includes sixty poems about washing, washing lines and more. It is also illustrated with sixteen exquisite black and white woodcuts that Barbara and Janie had collected over the past few years. The perfect gift!
I have always loved the old fashioned washing line and even have an old clothes prop made for me by Clem Peyman over twenty years ago. I am not grown up enough for a rotary dryer. When our old dog Charlie was still alive, he used to jump up at white sheets blowing and I would have to rewash them!
Cross Stitch Forever
I thought I should remind you about this funny little project – Cross Stitch Forever has been around for such a long time but is still so popular. Both the book and the kit are available in the shop. Just click on the links to go straight there.
Date posted: Thursday, September 29, 2011
Front Cover of Issue 88 Stitch That
Issue 87 of Stitch That will be posted out to members on Tuesday next week so you should all have your copies by the weekend. This is our bumper issue with 48 pages including a festive motif library as well as lots of stitching.
Flowery Mead Trio
The Flowery Mead Band Sampler was illustrated in a previous Journal entry and I had such positive feedback that I went straight back to my desk and produced these three themed stitchers’ accessories. These are included in Stitch That this time with the charts and detailed instructions. There will be a materials pack available to members…..I will let you know as soon as they are ready….
Issue 88 is well underway including the first part of a two part project designed for us by Jane Napier who must stitch in her sleep! Inspired by the Goodhart Collection it is a simply divine band sampler and you will love it!
I think I am surfacing after a hectic fortnight and then Bill and I had a few days in Berlin. It was just what we needed – a few days away from our offices and time to think. As you may well imagine, I lasted only two days without hunting out any Berlin woolwork but then it had to be done! We found a street of antique shops and one of them had a wall of Berlin woolwork and counted beading…..Bill just looked on patiently and checked that they took credit cards and waited to see what I was planning. You will have to wait until Issue 88 of Stitch That! I am not going to show you my purchases yet!
I am now back at my desk finishing off all the words for Hardanger for the Horrified which should be published next month. Advance order forms will be included in your mailings…… I thought you would like to see some sneak previews from this amazing enhanced ebook
Antique Flowers Project Pocket
This enhanced ebook is used on your computer and is just so clever. We have been able to include video footage of the way the stitches are worked and how to cut the fabric threads safely and create divine projects like the two in the photographs above. You can worked from the computer screen but you can print of the projects you are planning to stitch with all the relevant diagrams.
I will let you know that day my copies arrive from the publisher …….
Date posted: Saturday, September 24, 2011
I am sorry there has been such a long gap since my last entry to my Journal. Sometimes the only thing you can do is do it rather than write about doing it! Stitch That Issue 87 has gone to be printed so not long now. It is 48 pages this time so lots to look forward to…..I will publish some pictures from this issue shortly.
Have posted out the winners of the Prize Draw on the web site so if you are any of the following, keep an eye on the post.
Janet Thomas – Mid Glam
Gemma Hughes -Rotherham
Mary Boggan- Ireland
Barbara Stone – Bristol
Maria Violi – Italy
Sue Brown Co Durham
Date posted: Monday, September 12, 2011
The Flowery Mead
Yesterday, Paul from Viewpoint was here at Pinks Barn taking photographs for our next copy of Stitch That and we took a new photograph of The Flowery Mead. I had taken a happy snap of the worked piece but Paul sorted me out yesterday. What an improvement……
I will add some pictures from Stitch That that very shortly – I think it is a very pretty issue. Now I must get packed up for my TV day tomorrow – it is about a three hour drive and I need to have my wits about me that day…. Early night tonight
Date posted: Tuesday, August 23, 2011
I am back up to the Create and Craft TV studios in Peterborough on Wednesday for another couple of hours Cross Stitch with Jane Greenoff. With any luck, I am going to be on Freeview for both programmes which go out live. I am hoping to show how to cut Hardanger embroidery. See you then
Date posted: Sunday, August 21, 2011