Jane's Jottings

Bluebell wood and more

Thank you for  all your lovely comments about the Create and Craft programmes at the weekend – I must admit that I am hoping to make some small changes to later programmes. Bill and I took some time off over Easter and he had a day at the cricket and I gardened like mad for a couple of days.


Bumble just before he rolled!


What did I say!

Yesterday we took the dogs to Badbury Clump (protected woodland) and I thought you would like to see the results!


Biggles looking for mischief


A lovely time had by all!

Last week we finished the photography for your next issue of Stitch That – I am hoping you will see this whilst I am on tour on the German Germs stitching holiday

Will chat again befire then

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Date posted: Tuesday, April 26, 2011

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Sky 671, Freeview 36 and Freesat 813 this Saturday!

Sky 671, Freeview 36 and Freesat

4pm and 7pm Both live shows

I have had an idea for a competition. I have had some display boards made for the screens behind me during the live shows and they include pictures of projects from previous Stitch That magazines.How many projects can you name?Which issue of StitchThat features most of the pictures?

Prizes for the best answers as decided by Bill Greenoff.Entries must be with us by the end of May

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Date posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2011

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This wonderful weather!

Today I am taking things very easy indeed – I won’t go in to details but I have never been far from the loo! Yesterday I spent a couple of happy hours in the pond – yes I do mean in the pond- The only way to sort the weeds and  get close and personal with my fish! Do you think the two could be connected! I am not aware of drinking pond water…….

I will be posting all the Tour letters this week so that all our merry travellers will have all the details – We leave for Germany the day after the Royal Wedding…..I cannot wait….

Happy stitching

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Date posted: Monday, April 18, 2011

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Here I am again!

I am sorry I have been missing without leave over the past few weeks. It is so wonderfully busy that I have had to be very focused indeed. This weekend was my last planned linen class here at Pinks Barn and I am now surfacing from under all the paper and bits of thread and beads…… I actually found stranded thread (floss) in my bed this morning! I do not stitch in my sleep but I certainly dream about this absorbing so called hobby (should I say addiction)


Stitch & Craft, Olympia London

We were certainly caught napping at Stitch and Craft at Olympiait was absolutely heaving and I had thought we would have enough stock for Sewing for Pleasure in BirminghamHo Hum This lead to two days of frantic kit and product packing! Congratulations to Twisted Thread, the organisers of the event.

So all the news…..

I am completing Issue 85 of Stitch That and it will be with the printer shortly. This time, it is a bumper edition of charts and motif libraries with pages and pages of charted bits and pieces for you to stitch when not weeding your garden.  By popular demand, I have included another set of decorated intials for you to use for gift cards and other projects. The Butterfly Initials are charted in colour and black & white symbols and may be stitched on linen or aida fabric

Create and Craft Television Sky 671, Freeview 36 and Freesat 813

Since we last spoke, I have finalised the arrangements for my appearances on this dedicated craft channel. My first viewing will be at 4pm on Easter Saturday and I have just heard that the programme will be on Freeview as well as Sky. If you access to neither you can still watch this on your computer! The wonders of modern science…… Go to  Create and Craft TV and click on watch live and I will be there! The next is the series will be at 2pm on 19th May.


Malcolm and our marvellous coach

German Gems

Shortly we will be going on our annual stitching holiday – this year it is called German Gems  and we will be visiting linen and thread factories as well as wine tasting. It is hoped that in 2012 we will be going to   Norway again. Keep an eye on the Events page for that is where the info will go first.


Butterfly Needle Fold

As I mentioned, last weekend was my last planned class here at Pinks Barn although we have our Maggies Day later in the year. I am sorting more dates as we speak and will try to add them shortly.The project from last weekend turned in to the Butterfly Garden Needle Fold which is now available as a complete kit – Go to Special Linen

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Date posted: Thursday, April 14, 2011

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Screen Test and More!

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My Little Linen Book

This is something very special and a bit of a personal dream come true. I have not been able to persuade a publisher to help me create My Little Linen Book and had more or less given up.  You can see lots more detail about this little treasure by clicking on the link above.

I have so much to tell you this week. I will know even more tomorrow but it appears that I have landed a contract to do at least six cross stitch programmes on Create and Craft. This is a new strand to the Ideal World Shopping Channel. My screen test is tomorrow – the programmes are filmed live and this will take some concentration! I will let you know the dates and times when I have them confirmed. They will be on Freeview and Satellite so I hope you get a chance to see them.

My darling husband, Bill decided that I could not take this on and keep sane without changing my car for something larger and better equipped so that is what I have been doing this morning. I collect my VW Golf TDI Sport on Monday – my little Smart car sold overnight and I think he is going to a good home! Phew!

In the middle of all this, your mailing has left us and is winging its way to you as we speak. This is Issue 84 of Stitch That which includes the final part of our lovely part work – The Flower Book.

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The Flower Book

I  am busy working away on the next issue so that we can catch up a bit of lost time. I will not be adding another part work for the time being as I know many of you need to  complete your UFOs (Unfinished Objects). I will include more pictures from Issue 84 shortly

Happy Stitching…..

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Date posted: Wednesday, March 9, 2011

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