Jane's Jottings

Here I am again!

New dragonfly

Our new dragonfly

I am sorry I have been “missing” since the Festival of Quilts, but there has just been no time to stop and chat! I hope this week will be better organised and I will have chance to stay in touch. I thought you would like to see the dragonfly who visited on Thursday. He spend most of the morning drying his wings and let me get really close with the camera

Weekend Hussif class

My Hussif Group

We have just completed a lovely weekend class where my group of students created a very pretty beaded hussif. A hussif was the name given to the useful folder or bag used by the matron of the house, often used to house embroidery. The term “housewife” originates from the “Hussif” It was common for sailors at sea and some servicemen to keep their  mending kit in a hussif.


Beaded Scissor Hussif

You can see from the picture above the hussif was created using unbleached linen, hand painted silk and tiny glass beads. At a later date, this project will be availble as a complete kit.


Biggles who is not allowed on the furniture!

During the weekend class, I caught both dogs enjoying their home comforts safe in the knowledge that as we had guests they might get away with it!

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Date posted: Monday, September 6, 2010

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Prize Draw Winners for August!

I have posted this months Draw Winners today.
The lucky ones are Doreen Wray, Leeds – Sandra Doolan, Maidenhead – Gemma Hughes, Rotherham – Roberta Mcnulty, Basingstoke – Jane Goddard, Australia – Desley Stafford, Australia and Charlotte Moga, USA
Well done all of you……

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Date posted: Wednesday, August 25, 2010

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iStitch Video

At last, I am back to talk to you again. It has been frantic here at Pinks barn as we are getting ready to attend the Festival Of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham which starts this Thursday so set up is tomorrow! If you are visiting FOQ in the next few days, do pop in to say hello.
In the meantime, I have managed to master a new program which allows me to capture the screen on my computer. This means that I can show you just how easy it is to use my iStitch Cross Stitch Program. This is just a little taste to show you how the program works as I am planning a more detailed class at a later date.

Talk to you again soon.

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Date posted: Tuesday, August 17, 2010

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Christmas Stitching Day Saturday 11th December

Surprise pressie

A surprise present!

We have finally sorted out the remaining dates for stitching events this year. I am already working on our Together we Stitch events for 2011 and you will know as soon as I do. As I am sure you know we are having a stitching weekend at the Hilton Hotel Bradford 5th-7th November which will be a bit Christmassy! Go to Events and Classes for full details.

Our Christmas Stitching Day at Pinks Barn is a little later this because of other events but I hope you will give yourself a day off to come for a festive day here at Pinks Barn in Gloucestershire. We start with mince pies and mulled wine, sit and stitch some Christmassy bits and pieces and have a lovely long lunch with wine or soft drinks. I expect we will have Carols with Bill on the piano and a lovely day will be had by all! There will be small gift for everyone!

Cost include all refreshments, class materials and any entertainment provided.

Members £65.00 Non Members £75.00

We can supply a list of B&B venues if you would like to make a weekend of it!

Call our Freephone 0800 328 9750 with your Membership number if you have one. Will take the class fee when you book.

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Date posted: Sunday, August 8, 2010

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Stolen Moments is ready


Stolen Moments

After much bullying by class members and others, I have finally completed the pre-production stuff and Stolen Moments is in our on-line shop. Go to Band Samplers and scroll to the bottom of the page. I think it is odd that sometimes a design works from the beginning and sometimes you have to fight it all the way. This was definitely the former!

The sampler was named by my husband, Bill  who commented that I have to steal moments to get any stitching done. I have added some close ups of the stitching – the kit does include fully illustrated instructions. The band sampler could be framed or be made up as a bell pull. I like samplers with a folded hem but that is very personal

Stolen Flat 1

The top third of the sampler

Stolen Flat 2

The middle section with some overlap

Stolen Flat 3

The final section

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Date posted: Saturday, August 7, 2010

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