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I am sure you can imagine that with Bill working through his radiotherapy at the moment, this is a subject very dear to my heart and I am very pleased to tell you all about it. On the 4th August 2010, Nigel and Ben, who work at the very complicated end of www.thecrossstitchguild.com are skydiving with the world famous Red Devils to raise money for Maggie’s Cotswolds Cancer Caring Centre and want to raise at least £1000.

I would have hoped that they would have had more sense but if you look at the picture above you can see there is simply no hope of them ever growing up!

About Maggies:

A Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre is a place to turn to for help with any of the problems, small or large, associated with cancer.

Maggie’s Cotswolds will open this Summer in Cheltenham and serve the 3 counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire where 35,000 people are living every day with cancer. Once open, there will be a whole host of free services on offer to anyone affected by cancer including carers, family and friends. Counselling – 1:1 and group, group courses, benefits advice, library and information. And all of this in a homely, comfortable and uplifting environment created specially for Maggie’s by the architect, Sir Richard MacCormac.

The Link:

Note about Just Giving website:

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – we will raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

The boys tell me they are happy to take dollars too!

I am hoping for some pictures of the big day which I will share with you!

Happy stitching

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Date posted: Friday, July 9, 2010

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Back to work again!

Bill and I are back from our long weekend in Spain much refreshed and ready to go! Bill starts a precautionary course of radiotherapy on Monday for 6 weeks or so and therefore we will be at home resting, stitching and designing and having early nights.

We will be posting Issue 81 of Stitch That, our Members magazine very soon  (not a Member? – go to Join us) and I have almost finished designing Issue 82 including the Christmas element! It is odd drawing Christmas presents and holly leaves in June but it has to be done. For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, we always feature the Christmas projects in September so that you have time to stitch them all if you want to! This year, I am doing a set of Christmas Initials as well as the usual motifs and gift card ideas.

Flower Book cover and two pages

The Flower Sampler Book

Issue 81 of Stitch That features the first part of our new Part Work The Flower Sampler Book which will be completed in your January mailing. As Members, you will be able to send for a Materials Pack which includes all the fabric pieces, charms, pre-sorted threads and the hand painted silk needed to complete the book.  If you do not know what I mean by a Sampler Book, please have a look at our original Sampler Book designed for us by Sue Hawkins which is still available as a complete kit in our on- line shop.

In addition to the Flower Sampler Book, this issue of Stitch That is packed full of stitching and I have featured my antique sampler book I aquired some years ago – you will be able to see where we get some of our ideas!

Alice Flowers Sampler Book

Alice Flower’s Sampler Book 1890

Marking sampler

Alice’s Marking Sampler

Almost every week, I am asked when and where I get my ideas and I have explained in some detail how the Merry Sparrow design came to pass. It started with a dog walk and ended up as you see below

Merry Sparrow pic

Merry Sparrow by William Blake

That is all for today folks. I am off  to visit Pots of Pithoi and try to keep my credit card in my wallet. I expect there will be photographs for you later this week

Happy stitching

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Date posted: Saturday, July 3, 2010

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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


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 – the 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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