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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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Christmas Stitching Weekend

The Hilton Hotel, Bradford

We have booked the Hilton Hotel in Bradford for our Festive Event this year. You can only chase staff members at some hotels  for so long before you realise that you are wasting your time. The staff at the Hilton Bradford have been most helpful and I am very impressed so far! Go to Events and Classes for all the information you need to book a really enjoyable weekend.

Flower Book cover and two pages

The Flower Sampler Book

I am frantically getting ready for photography on Thursday this week, so that there is a chance that your next Issue of Stitch That will be out on time! I know that some of you have finished the cover and the first two pages of our new Flower Sampler Book and are waiting for the next instalment so I am doing my best. For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, we are creating a linen book including cross stitch, Hardanger, hemstitch, Assisi, blackwork and pattern darning. This project will be created with the charts and instructions over a number of issues of the CSG magazine Stitch That. No a Member yet? Go to Join Us for more details.

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Date posted: Tuesday, August 3, 2010

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Lovely products added today!


The bliss of stitching and chatting all day!

Since I last wrote to you, we have been very busy indeed. Our Together We Stitch Weekend at the Hilton Leicester was marvellous. I think the Hilton Hotel excelled themselves – the food was particulary good this time. A challenge for yours truly as I had to weigh in at Slimming World on Monday! I might add that this is my last attempt to lose weight- if this does not work you will have to put up with me as I am!

Yesterday, we had our Luxury Stitching Weekend here at Pinks Barn and we had sunny weather and  a lovely lunch with champagne and smoked salmon.


Hand Turned Acorn Needlecases

Our lady wood turner, Jo Freeman has created these attractive wooden needlecases exclusively for The Cross Stitch Guild. Each one is slightly different to the others and are made from two different hard woods to create the acorn cup and the egg form. Go to Wonderful Wood for more information.


William Morris Tote Bags

New this week, our William Morris Tote Bags are now available from our on line shop. Each bag is made from linen union with linen band handles and Zweigart Cork 20-count linen pocket. The fixed button keeps the pocket from gaping when full. Each bag includes a charted alphabet so that you can personlise your pocket if desired. Go to Ready Made Stitchers Treats for more infomation.

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Date posted: Sunday, August 1, 2010

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