Jane's Jottings

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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Issue 99 of Itch to Stitch is in the post


Wildflower Workbox

The Wildflower Workbox

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This project is included in this issue of your magazine with the exception of a couple of the inside items which will be in the your next magazine. Before I receive any short notes from members I have a lovely pure cross stitch sampler also included in issue 100!  I am also working on the Ackworth Collection as I speak –  plenty of delicious cross stitch for all you addicts!

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Date posted: Saturday, February 22, 2014

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The Wildflower Workbox


The Workbox open with contents on view

The Wildflower Workbox

This gorgeous project is the main feature in your next CSG magazine- Itch to Stitch Issue 99 with a little more in Issue 100. Before any of you send me a short note, I have also planned lots of pure cross stitch in later issues of your magazine. This project was, of course, as a result of my trip to Norway with Arena travel in January and the fact that we visited the Hardanger area where this lovely technique is still so much part of everyday. I made my version of the box out of stiff card and covered it in silk fabric and then decorated the box with Hardanger embroidery and wild flower motifs which are worked in cross stitch. Each side panel of the box is different and I have to admit to being thrilled with the end result.

Wildflower Workbox

The Workbox closed

We have added a Materials pack to Member Treats on the web site -but you can, of course, use the charts and patterns to create your own version or just use the cross stitch flowers to make your own heirloom project.

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The Hussif mounted in the box lid

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Date posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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