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Stitch That Issue 86

Members next Stitch That magazine is at the printers and will be posted out on Monday next with luck and a following breeze. This means that Issue 87 in September will be our Festive magazine and I shall lighting fires and putting up the tree in August for Christmas photography!

Last weekend, Carole Weighill and I were trapped in the Hilton Hotel in Leicester for our Together we Stitch weekend and laughed for two days.  I was glad to be away from the news and the awful things going on in Norway- Our thoughts go to all our Norwegian Members at this ghastly time.


Twenty eight guests joined us for a really enjoyable weekend in this excellent hotel. As always, the staff could not have been more helpful and the food was very good indeed. We will be asking the hotel for dates for 2012.


Left to right: Beryl Hampson, Christine Berrett, Brenda Midgeley and Frances Green

I had worked a new band sampler called A Flowery Mead which was a great success and I am now working on some Stitching Accessories based on this design. I will let you know when these are available.

My son, James, was home recently before jetting off to meet his wife in Italy for three weeks holiday and he took some more lovely pictures of Bumble. I thought you would like to see this one

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Ummmm! On the sofa!

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Date posted: Tuesday, July 26, 2011

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Bill and I are off to Spain…..


The olive farm in Constantina

We are joining our wine tasting friends at a beautiful olive farm in the Sierra Norte about an hour from Seville and I know I am gloating! Boy ! Do we need a few days to collect ourselves and I will be taking stitching with me……


Perhaps Bill will play guitar


Hopefully this will not happen!

I shall be taking my camera with me again and you never know what may be created as a result of the visit – an olive sampler perhaps…….

Will be back in touch next week  Ola!

Happy stitching Jane

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Date posted: Tuesday, July 5, 2011

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Photography for Issue 86

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The front cover of Issue 86 Stitch That

I spent yesterday playing stylist and props person whilst Paul from Viewpoint took all the photos for your next issue of Stitch That. We had such a nice day but you would not have recognised Pinks Barn! What a muddle….. We make little sets in various parts of the house looking for a certain feel to the pictures. That means that things are borrowed from other rooms and furniture is moved about to make room for all the lights and power packs and other things that seem essential. Bill arrived home to complete chaos at 6pm and we had started photography at 8.30 in the morning. Anyway, this means you should have Issue 86 this month and we might even be on schedule for the September issue to be in September……Ho Hum…

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Date posted: Friday, July 1, 2011

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Great day at Create & Craft TV

I spent yesterday at the Studios at Create & Craft TV and had a lovely day. It is about a three hour drive from home and you have to be on site 2 hours before your programme is scheduled. I always do two hour long shows when I have travelled that far so it is quite a long day. Still I have my new car (not new but you know what I mean) and I had my Ipod so that I could sing along! I am not allowed to do that normally – even the dogs complain when I sing!

It is taking time to get the programmes right – they are live and the hour goes so quickly – obviously the presenters have to please two elements – the sales department and my desire to chat and stitch- I think we are getting there….. I am back in July – 18th and 27th July – times to be confirmed

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Date posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011

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News about our Sampler trip and more


Maggies class at Pinks Barn

As you can see many of the usual suspects are to be seen sitting around the table in the conservatory stitching and chatting – a lovely time was had by all.  This was an event to raise money for Maggies, our CSG charity and it was a lovely relaxing day. My next class (2nd July) is full  and the projec is a counted tile on linen . We do also have lunch with some wine and  a certain amount of fun!

Our Special Sampler Mini-Tour

If you have not caught up with this as yet, the details are on our Events page and will be included in your Stitch That Issue 86 due shortly. This trip has become more exciting  as we have been granted a special viewing of some of the 17th century samplers and other embroideries. This is something I have wanted to do for years so I am thrilled to bits. I am planning a fiendish piece of stitching for you to do during our evening classes so your time will be fully engaged!

I have recently had a meeting with Rainer Steinman, the Sales Director of Zweigart & Sawitski (the linen people)  and I have to admit to spending a small fortune with him yet again. I will be photographing the fabrics and adding them to the shop very shortly.

Happy Stitching till we speak again

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Date posted: Monday, June 20, 2011

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