Jane's Jottings

Issue 100 is in the post!

Issue 100 of Itch to Stitch, our Members magazine is in the post – I can imagine some of you saying “at last!”  I am sorry – sometimes one just runs out of hours. Issue 101 will be along shortly – I even have photography booked so it will be a little like buses……

Bill and I have just returned from our stitching trip to Colonial Williamsburg and I will sort the pictures and the jet lag and then let you see some of them. It was a simply marvellous trip – thanks to all at arena for making this possible.

The Workbox open with contents on view

The Wildflower Workbox

I  know that many of you have been working on the Wildflower Workbox, originally featured in Issue 99. The final parts are included in this issue. If you missed Issue 99, this can still be purchased from CSG HQ as can the materials packs. I have included pictures of the  Scissor Case, Clover Cutter , Biscornu and Needle Roll to tempt you further. In this issue we have also included the new Sewing Set – see images further down the page……

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Scissor Case

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Clover Cutter Cover



Needle Roll open

Needle Roll

My Sewing Set

The Sewing Set

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Date posted: Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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Bill’s piano and the new barn

Hello again everyone,

Thought it was time to show you developments here at Pinks Barn. Bill is calling the new barn the lump sum lounge! By the end of this week, we should be waterproof which will be a relief! On Monday I was wading  as I walked to the studio and very ticked off indeed. The weather has not been very kind to us.

barn 1

The barn is coming on at last…..

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You can see how the trusses are put together

Barn 2

Now we just need to join it to the house and studio


Phil, our sparks, looks like a ghost!

Last week, Bill and I went to The Coach House  in Swansea to look at a second hand baby grand piano as his treat from his pension! I am spending the rest on this lovely building……. We have had his existing piano for over twenty years and it was old then. It was built before the war and has done remarkably well considering how we have abused it! It does not like temperature changes  (central heating) and is in a poor state now.

The concert grnd!

Here my old fella is playing a Steinway concert grand that we could not afford! Still he sounded marvellous.

How do you choose?

This is it! Just beautiful

This simply gorgeous piano will be delivered when it is safe to put it in the new barn- We need to be carpenter free and dry first.I expect if I had not changed the plans twice during the build we would have been finished by now!

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Date posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014

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The new barn so far……

  The new barn

We are coming on now – My next class at the end of the month should be in this room even though the inside may not be completed.. The minstrel’s gallery and the library will come later.

What fun! I cannot wait…..



The project for the class, on Saturday 29th March, is the first in a series of seasonal tiles – this one is called Summer Shades.  Even if you cannot join us for the day, you may order the kit for Summer Shades from the web site. Happy Stitching!

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Date posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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And so our building proceeds…..

For those of you coming to class in the next few months or, indeed, have been recently, I thought you might like to see what has happened to our classroom! I know that this will be a marvellous asset when finished   but the mess! I am soooo looking forward now to the finished project and the chance to play with it, but first things first. I am off to Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia on Wednesday of this week and need to start packing……


You can see the old stone wall at the back with the new oak posts


Those oak collars are so heavy – I could hardly watch…….


This is the view this morning. I took this picture from the Studio steps…

The team have given me a few days to sort the stock for the show and have disappeared till I leave on Wednesday  and then they will be back.  See you at the Show?

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Date posted: Sunday, March 9, 2014

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Jemma Gurden and her research project

I mentioned on Facebook that Jemma, a long time CSG Member is researching the benefits of needlework! We all know that is has enormous benefits but Jemma is looking to investigate this further and is looking for volunteers- Please get in touch with her directly at the email address below

Do you enjoy needlework?

Do you have one of the following chronic illnesses?

Fibromyalgia, Depression, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Cancer or Multiple Sclerosis?

Are you interested in contributing to the world of modern health care?My name is Jemma Gurden and I am an Occupational Therapy student wishing to research the meaning of creative needlework to those with chronic illness in order to encourage its use in modern therapeutic interventions.

If you are interested, or would like more information please email the address below:



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Date posted: Thursday, February 27, 2014

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