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Packing for FOQ and news of Flowery Mead


The packing has started!


It is at this point you wonder why you do it!

I am off to the NEC at Birmingham (England) on Wednesday morning to set up for the Festival of Quilts – probably one off the most beautiful of the consummer shows held inthe UK.  I am not a quilter (I dare not start another hobby!) but many of my customers are able to multitask and look for me at this event.


The  Flowery Mead

One of the new designs ready to display is  The Flowery Mead – finished at last! This started life only half the finished length and for a day class here at Pinks Barn – and like Topsy it just grew. Those of you who started this project with me earlier in the year should receive your updated charts etc over the next few days. If you don’t just email me and I will post when I get back from the NEC.

1 A detail from the sampler

The Flowery Mead is now available as a complete kit including the charms, buttons and hand dyed threads. The design when completed is 21 inches long excluding the optional hem

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Date posted: Monday, August 8, 2011

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Norway 2012

A village at Utne Narway

Heavenly Hardanger

Hardanger Fjord

Norway 14th -21st April 2012

We have put together a truly lovely trip to Hardanger including three nights stay at the 5star+Ullensvang Hotel (my favourite hotel in the world). Many of you joined us for the last trip and know that this hotel was a revelation! We have three nights at this lovely site with views across the Hardanger fjord and the chance to sample the sumptuous Hardanger buffet three nights running….The trip is a bit more complicated this time as we can no longer use the ferry to Bergen but we have all sorts of plans for you……

Saturday 14th April
Pick ups in Fairford, London and Harwich prior to travelling to joining the ship for the journey to Esbjerg, Denmark. Cabins will be included in the cost of the trip. Hardanger classes will be planned for that evening.

Sunday 15th April

Travel through Denmark to the port of Hirstall to join our ferry for the short journey to Norway and an overnight stay.

Monday 16th April

Travel to the Ullensvang hotel arriving in time for dinner and classes

Tuesday 17th April

Classes all day in the conservatory – Snack lunch as desired. Possible afternoon outing Evening classes

Wednesday 18th April

Travel to the Hardanger Folk Museum – back in time for dinner & classes

Thursday 19th April

Leave the hotel after breakfast and travel to Kristiansand for an overnight stay

Friday 20th April

Ferry to Denmark and travel on to visit the Danish Handcraft Guild for tea, shopping and on to our overnight ferry. Classes continued

Saturday 21st April

Arrive in the UK and travel back to Fairford

Costs include: coach, all ferries, cabins, bed and breakfast out and back, half board at the Ullensvang Hotel, entrance fees to museums, classes, tuition and all materials.

Not included are en route lunches and travel insurance.

Per person sharing a twin room £1025.00

Per person in a single room £1350.00

We are still talking to the hotels re: the single supplement – No promises but if we get a reduction so will you! We will pair up as many of you as we can, so remember to tick if you are prepared to share with another traveller.

To book, email for a booking form or call free on 0800 328 9750

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Date posted: Thursday, July 28, 2011

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Stitch that 86 and more

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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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