Jane's Jottings

Hopefully we will all be back to normal soon!

Just a quick note to say where I have been and why I have not been in touch.

For the last three weeks, I have had no internet access at home – apparently due to Tiscali falling out with 186K and/or the Phonecoop and to say that I have been distracted with worry is no exaggeration. I am hoping that this can all be resolved soon and I can get back to normal again.

We pick up our Baby Beardie, Biggles on Sunday and I will be adding pictures to our web site as soon as I can.

We posted our Sale Mailing today and so Members should have it by this weekend. Our January Sale pages have been amended and will be available until 14th February.

It is good to hear that our computer graphics wizard is back from the USA (a sudden family bereavement) and he will be completing our Archive Book and Issue 74 of Stitch That as soon as he can. As a result, members will be getting their magazine in February and then we will be back to normal again.

The March issue of Stitch That should be something special – we have discovered that I will have been in business 25years in March 2009! Can you believe it!

Happy Stitching and I will be in touch again shortly

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Date posted: Wednesday, January 28, 2009

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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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