Jane's Jottings

Weekends for 2009

Yesterday, I spent the morning with the team in charge of Special Events at Hilton Hotels and the news looks very good indeed. I should be able announce the venue for a Christmas event within the next couple of days and hopefully the dates and venues for four Together We Stitch Weekends next year!Please watch this space and keep an eye on Events and Classes

Since I wrote the above, we have some details about our Christmas Event. I know that this is the last thing you want to be considering in June but these weekends fill so quickly and so do your diaries! For details of our weekend in Newbury go to Events and Classes

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Date posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2008

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Issue 71 of Stitch That


Antique Flowers Pocket Sampler

Since my return from Bermuda, I have discovered  so much positive feedback about the Antique Flowers Pocket Sampler that we have decided to include it in this issue of Stitch That! I am very grateful to my Bermuda class members who pointed out the errors in the chart (in a positive good humoured way, I promise) so it should be a very straightforward project to stitch! There will be a materials pack for this project, but for CSG Members only.

As a result of this change of plan, I have today signed off the proofs of Stitch That Issue 71 so that we should noe be posting it on Thursday 12th June. I intend to take some photos of the envelope stuffing ceremony so that you can see what goes on!

As the much awaited trip to Bermuda is over, I have no further excuses to offer so must return to the real world and get back to work. Today, I am going to clear out the Studio and sort my threads and beads, prior to designing new ranges for the autumn, a bumper edition of Stitch That for September, and much more.

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Date posted: Thursday, June 5, 2008

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Visiting the Bermuda Guild of Stitchery

I thought it would be a good idea to show you that my trip to Bermuda was really work and not just a holiday! I had such a lovely week working with this very enthusiastic and talented group of stitchers – I shall never forget it! Bill and I returned yesterday and I cannot tell you how difficult it was to leave. The island, the trees, flowers and, of course, the people we met there were so lovely – I have, of course, taken hundreds of pictures, so watch out for Bermuda inspired projects over the next few months. 


My Students


 The view from the classroom window

I am sure that the Bermuda Guild of Stitchery do not usually have their stitching days in this venue so I was very lucky to have the chance to stay at the hotel and stitch and teach in such a beautiful place.



Left to right:  Gail (Guild President), Sue and Janet

Both Gail and Janet gave up their time to make us feel so welcome, and that includes taking us out to dinner and spoiling us something rotten! Janet gave me a lovely sampler depicting scenes from Bermuda and took me on a tour of the island on our last day and Gail made me a beautiful gift – a counted and beaded scissor keeper. Thank you so much. 


 Adaronke and Margo Jean

Two fellow stitchers who worked so hard over the four days – I know how pleased they were to learn the new stitches and techniques covered during the classes. Margo Jean teaches in a men’s prison and I can imagine how her lessons are going to change! Adaronke – please forgive me if I have not spelt your name correctly!


Patricia Bean

Patricia is the Programme Secretary of the Bermuda Guild of Stitchery and organised the Jane Greenoff event from the very beginning. I must thank her for thinking of me in the first place and working behind the scenes to ensure that the event went so well.  Bill, my husband (and in charge of all matters financial)  said that he wished that everyone he worked with was as efficient and as straightforward. It would make his life so much easier! Thank you Patricia – you are a star!






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Date posted: Wednesday, June 4, 2008

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Packing for Bermuda


The Yellow Rose Tote Bag


Two Little Samplers


I had hoped to get the next copy of Stitch That to the printers before I left for the trip but that is looking unlikely at the moment. I will therefore be posting out Issue 71 about the 2nd week of June, a few days later than hoped. I will endeavour to include some pictures here of the envelope stuffing ceremony and you can see the new member of our team – the wonderful Sarah! More of that when I come back from this working trip to Bermuda!Well, someone has to do it……

I thought you would like to have a sneak preview of some of the projects in the next copy of Stitch That– the two little samplers above are worked on different fabric using a variety of stitches and the teddy is called Tealeaf.

The Yellow Rose Tote Bag may be worked as a picture or made in to the bag as illustrated above- Members will be able to send for the ready-made bag if preferred.

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Date posted: Sunday, May 25, 2008

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