Jane's Jottings

Bumble helps out at a Linen Class

bumble-and-jane.jpgBumble is always much in evidence when I have Linen Classes here at Pinks Barn and this picture was taken by one of our regular visitors and CSG Member, Gill Grand, who insists of bringing him tasty treats to eat – perhaps the less about that the better! Understandably, Bumble thinks she is just the best stitcher of all!

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Date posted: Thursday, May 22, 2008

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Project Case and Tote Bag


At last!We have developed a Linen Tote Bag which measures 14 x 17 inches and the linen band handles will slip over your shoulder. The bags are made from Danish 20-count linen evenweave with 28-count linen band handles so that you can stitch all over them if you want to! You will find them in Tools and Accessories then Bits & Bobs in the Online Shop


The Stitcher’s Project Case is now available in the Stitchers Market, also under Bits and Bobs – I am sorry I have taken so long to catch up with your comments about this. The new version has a linen lining and is split inside to make stitching the outside of the bag easier to manage.


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Date posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2008

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Off To Bermuda!


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.

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Date posted: Monday, May 19, 2008

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We are back from Norway


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…….

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Date posted: Friday, May 9, 2008

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The Team at Iconnet.co.uk!


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!

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Date posted: Thursday, April 24, 2008

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