Jane's Jottings

Winners in the Prize Draw

Just a quick note as we are posting the first batch of winners from our Prize Draw on the CSG  web site. If you have not entered,   go to the site and click on the Prize Draw button. We do the rest!

Current winners include

Diane Loehr, New York, USA

Bridget Ballantyne, Northampton UK

Virpi Rantakangas, Finland

Kim Hales, Texas, USA

Lesley Stafford, Victoria Australia

Maria Tsobanidou, Greece

Mary Scotting Hampshire UK

Jill Ormiston, Rotherham UK

Karen Decker, Arizona USA

Angela Howes, Ipswich UK

Marilyn Sackheim, Florida USA

Jane McKelvie, Hong Kong

Cath Gibbons. St Helens Lancs

Happy Stitching


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Date posted: Friday, May 14, 2010

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I am frantically packing for India

I have spent the day ironing all my linen clothes and making a new cami, trousers and sparkly top. The new camera is excellent and I intend to take hundreds of pictures whilst in India.

The office here will be staffed as usual but you are most likely to catch someone during the mornings before the post leaves at 13.50. Thanks for all the comments about Stitch That – I was pleased with it except for the goof with a colour on the peony……

Have a lovely fortnight and I will keep in touch via Twitter if I can work out how to do it!

Happy stitching


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Date posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2010

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Now! about India!

For those of you wondering what I am warbling about here are the details.

After Bill and I returned from our stitching trip to Paris and Bruges (see Our lovely trip to Paris) and we had seen off all our guests, my lovely husband produced a bottle of Bollinger champagne and two glasses. He then presented me with my passport which he had mysteriously carried for the entire trip!  I found the Visa for India and then he gave me the tickets!  Monday morning, we will be flying to Delhi and on to the Golden Temple at Amritsar and then by the little train to Shimla in the mountains.

What can I say! I have a new camera, lists of things to look for and a certain amount of chaos in the packing department!

If you are trying to get in touch, I will be back shortly and will be nailed to my desk again – The office will be manned (surely womanned) but some things may need to wait till I return.

Sorry, no need for any more bag carriers- Bill has taken the job

Love Jane

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Date posted: Thursday, April 29, 2010

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Issue 80 of Stitch That is on its way…..

As I am updating my Journal pages, I am having difficulty concentrating on the work in hand. As some of you will have seen from Twitter, Bill and I are leaving for India on Monday morning. He surprised me with this as part of my 60th Birthday celebration and I am so excited……. I have ironed all my linen clothes, sorted stitching for the plane and bought a new camera so I will have loads of pictures to show you when I get back.

We are away for 10 days but the office will be manned during my holiday and so feel free to call. I will get back to you as soon as I can.

I thought you would like a preview of some of the projects in Stitch That which is winging its way towards you as I write (Stitch That is our Members magazine posted five times a year – go to Join Us) As promised, there is a skein of Madeira stranded cotton in your parcel as well as your magazine and an advance order form for my new book which will be published in June.

Papal Basilica of St Francis of Assisi

Papal Basilica of St Fancis of Assisi

I have included an Assisi project inspired by the city of the same name where this type of counted embroidery is thought to originate.  Bill and I visited the walled, hill-top city whilst on holiday with our son and his wife where we saw Assisi embroidery in use in local homes as well as for sale to tourists.

Assisi 2

Assisi Tile

I thought it was time to indulge ourselves in a little pure cross stitch and so I have included two flower studies this time as well as a a pretty floral idea for our linen tote bags.

peoni 2

The Peony

Bag 1

Needles Prayse Tote Bag

The linen pocket tote bag materials pack will be available to Members in Members Treats very shortly

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Date posted: Tuesday, April 27, 2010

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The iStitch is here


Supplied in a DVD Case

We have been anticipating the arrival of my new cross stitch design program for a while – the trouble is that everytime you think it is finished, you think of something else to add to it…. Like Topsy it just grew and grew! We now have supplies and are starting to post. I am very pleased with the end result and hope you will be too.

Chart and Diagram with key

A screen dump from my computer

You can see from the above picture taken from my computer screen,  that you can design in colour with black and white symbols, but you can also design and print in just colour or just black and white.

Example of My Stitches

Our comprehensive Stitch Library

The most important thing to remember about this program is that you can do anything I can do on your computer – you just need to ask the Help Menu the right question! The other very useful addition to the programm this time, is that you can import diagrams from our extensive Stitch Library so that you can produce very professional looking charts and remind yourself how to work the stitch at the same time. Go to Books and Media for more information

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Date posted: Thursday, April 22, 2010

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