Jane's Jottings

A Happy New Year to you all


Hand Painted Originals

I have been back at work since the day after Boxing Day but left you to recover for a few days before getting in touch. It feels strange today – it has snowed here and even Bumble is feeling delicate and wishing he had not eaten the last of the Banoffi Pie yesterday! Bill and I have been charting some very pretty antique hand painted Berlin charts and they are now available in the shop – You can even mount and frame the coloured versions as they are so lovely and clear – look just like the originals. See Charted Originals and scroll down the page

On the subject of our Archive Book and the mailing in January (Stitch That Issue 74), we are going to be a bit delayed as Ethan, our wonderful wizard of charts and graphics has had to fly home to the USA on urgent family business so we all wish him well and will keep the pots boiling here in the UK until he is back at his desk! I will be sending out a mailing this month with just our January Sale but then we will mail again in February and March so that no one will miss anything! Do not worry when your Membership ends as we will send out anyway. Stay in the warm and get on with all those projects and we will be in touch again soon

I have added some more items to the January Sale today so keep and eye on these pages for the month of January – you never know what might pop up!

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Date posted: Monday, January 5, 2009

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Merry Christmas from us all here at Pinks Barn

I am sitting in my newly tidied studio, packing the last few items for the post and wondering if I will be able to get everything done in time for the big day. I am sorry that we have not managed to send out the new and now very exciting Archive CD Rom Book but it has like Topsy, grown and grown. I am sure you will love it when you see it- it is simply pages and pages of gorgeous photographs, charts and instructions. The technology is simply staggering and I am thinking……….what if……

Our puppy, Biggles, the baby Beardie, should arrive at the end of January so we are battening down the hatches and hiding all my shoes. Bill and I hope you have a happy, healthy Christmas and look forward to hearing from you in 2009.

Remember, Together We Count

Jane G

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Date posted: Monday, December 22, 2008

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CSG Gift Vouchers available on line


Our Super Smart Gift VouchersI do not know why I have not thought of this before! Our Gift Vouchers can be redeemed against Stitching Days, shopping on line and against Membership of the CSG. They, sadly, cannot be used to pay for Together We Stitch Weekends at the Hilton. If you want to order on line using a voucher, just send me an email with the serial number of the voucher when you place your order and we will do the rest. I am always grateful for the return of the voucher when you have the time. The Gift Vouchers can be found in our Christmas Shop – just scroll down the page – they are near the bottom

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Date posted: Wednesday, December 10, 2008

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CSG Design and Pattern Book ready soon


It is on the way!It all started with the amazing response to our Stitch That Bundles mentioned in a Cross Stitch Guild magazine. (If not already a Member go to Join us) We thought we would produce one of these really clever books including lots of our archive material because it  is no longer possible to keep back issues for eternity, but  we still have requests for some of our older projects.

Vivienne Wells, our Editorial Director and one of the Directors of Rainbow Disks is beavering away working on this CD Rom Book and we intend to post this to you before Christmas!  The idea is that the “book” goes in your computer and you can either stitch from the screen or print out the project you need with all the instructions and diagrams. You can, of course, print out the whole book if you want but why not just print the bits you need?

I am just learning about this technology and I am simply amazed by the flexibility of the medium. You can click to information pages, click to suppliers web sites and all without turning a page. It is marvellous for the CSG and for yours truly because we can now  produce wonderful specialised books without the problems of large print runs and very high overheads. I feel a Hardanger book coming on and one that will include film of the dreaded cutting procedure! If you would like a copy of  the new CD Rom, just click here and it will take you to our online shop. They will be posted 1st class the day we receive the stock and by Airmail the same day.

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Date posted: Tuesday, December 9, 2008

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A new look at Bumble!


Helping at a CSG Meeting

We are sitting here awaiting news of Biggles, our new puppy. We have been on a waiting list for sometime now and Millie, the mother Beardie, has been threatening to give birth for two days now. Our poor breeder, Gill has not slept for days and there is still no news…….

My daughter produced this photograph earlier today and I thought you would love it.  I think he has just heard about the puppy!

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Date posted: Tuesday, December 2, 2008

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