I know that I have only just got back from our Norway trip, but Bill and I leave for Bermuda on Tuesday 27th May for a week. I have been asked to go and teach for four days – I am absolutely thrilled to have this opportunity and will take lots of pictures so that I can prove to you that it is not just another holiday! The Bermuda Guild of Stitchery asked me about overseas teaching last year and I cannot believe it has come true. I am giving linen classes, one for the novice and one as a Masterclass. For those of you not able to join me in Bermuda, I thought you would like to see one of the projects I am using for the Masterclass. It is a Pocket Sampler or Heirloom Hussif and is worked on hand dyed linen in stranded cottons (floss) and hand painted silk.
Date posted: Monday, May 19, 2008
The Ullensvang Hotel at Lofthus, on the Hardanger Fjord
Stitching in the Garden Room
I am going to find it difficult to talk about our recent wonderful trip to the Hardanger area of Norway and our superb hotel without sounding as if I am showing off. Our original hotel had cancelled our booking so we were upgraded to the Ullensvang Hotel at Lofthus. Owned by the Utne family, this hotel simply hit all the targets. Beautiful bedrooms and superb views across the water. We had a free day near the end of the holiday and sat in the Garden room and stitched and stitched and stitched – simply Heaven!
I must thank all the people we met on our trip, who combined to make it an unforgettable experience. Our visits to Husfliden in Bergen, our day at the Folk Museum in Utne learning Hardanger embroidery and the scenery exceeded even my expectations. With the snow still melting, the waterfalls seen from our bus were breathtaking and when Malcolm (our long suffering coach driver) put Edvard Grieg on the bus CD player, I do not think there was a dry eye to be seen! Perfect…….
Date posted: Friday, May 9, 2008
Bill and I are so pleased with the new CSG website that we popped in to see the two computer wizards at Iconnet in Gloucester and took them some real champagne! I know that after quoting a scary figure for creating the new crossstitchguild.com, the boys spent hundreds of hours making the site something special and I know they underquoted!! Thank you Ben, Nigel and James You are being so patient with me as I learn how to do this -I hope you all enjoy the fizzy!
Date posted: Thursday, April 24, 2008
On Saturday 26th April, Sue Hawkins and I are off to Norway with our coach load of stitching ladies and a few long suffering husbands – The phone will be manned at HQ but it may a bit patchy this week. Apologies for that.Whilst away, Sue and I will be putting plans together for next year’s stitching holiday so keep on eye on these pages as you will see it here first.I thought you would like to see proof that we have a lovely time when we have a stitching day at Pink’s Barn- The sun shone and we worked a Hardanger project – I was getting in to practice for Saturday! A lovely day was had by all – I know some of the group stayed locally and continued to enjoy their weekend treat!
Date posted: Thursday, April 24, 2008
,br />* One of the projects in the next edition of Stitch That! – to be posted on Monday the 7th April. *The name for this project came from the wonderful floodlit woodland walks held at Westonbirt Arboretum during the winter months. I was always fascinated by the stories of Hansel and Gretel and the ideas of a gingerbread house with a wicked witch! This project may be worked on linen or Aida as there are few fractional stitches.Stitch That! with Jane Greenoff is the members only magazine with exclusive projects and charts/patterns (5 issues per year). Not a member of the CSG? Join now.
Date posted: Thursday, April 3, 2008