Jane's Jottings

I cannot believe latest news on my new book!

Grumpy Greenoff here

I have just heard that the new book has not actually left the Far East where it was printed! This means it may be the end of July before it arrives. I am so sorry – I am very, very cross!

To those of you who have ordered in advance – we have not processed any cards or cashed any cheques so please bear with us. I will post out the day our copies arrive

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Date posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2010

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Bill and are I off to Spain for a few days

Bill and I are taking a few days break and travelling to a village near Seville where our friends have a lovely house in an olive grove. We have been many times before and I am sure the very air is photogenic and the olive trees are inspirational! I expect some some Spanish wine will have to be tested…..

big pot and bill

Here Bill is proving how tall he is!

When we get back, we will be posting your Issue 81 as soon as we can. Can you believe that today is the longest day and I have been designing Christmas initials for your Christmas Cracker! We will have the Christmas tree up for the next photoshoot and Issue 82 will be Christmassy! Ho Hum! Where does the year go?

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Date posted: Monday, June 21, 2010

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It was a beautiful day

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Ullswater, Cumbria

Last weekend, my sisters, brother and their partners joined Bill and me to lay my parents to rest. My father, Eric Fowler had been at sea all his working life and had spent many happy hours with my mother Patricia up in the Lake District. They spent long summers in this part of the country and had a sailing boat on this very lake. My parents ashes were combined and we took them on one of the lake steamers, lowered them in to the middle of the lake and then drank champagne Рthe sun shone and the scenery looked simply wonderful. After we landed, we  danced to their favourite music on the wooden jetty and then out to dinner for the evening. A lovely ending!

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Date posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2010

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Tansy Stitcher’s Trio

Tansy Stitcher's Trio

Tansy Stitcher’s Trio

This pretty new stitcher’s project is featured as a result of my last group of stitchers who came to Pinks Barn for a weekend class. This super group work the etui section of the trio, initially as a band sampler. You can see from the picture below, that as a band sampler it is very attractive – I was really pleased with the colour combinations and it is quite a challenging piece as it includes 25 different stitches or techniques.

Flat shot of Etui

A view of the unfolded etui

My weekend group of stitchers tested the chart and the colours and a great time was had by all! I have since lined the etui with vintage silk, added the button band, the pin keep and the scissor chateliane.

Inside the Etui

Inside the fold etui showing the buttoned needleband

Available now as a complete kit including pre-sorted threads, linen, scissor charm, vintage silk. buttons and needle band. Go to Kits and Charts/ Special Linen Collection and scroll down the page.

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Date posted: Wednesday, June 9, 2010

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