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Issue 6, 8th April 2016

Hello <<First Name>>!

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Here we are again, all set for another weekend already!  I can't say I'm really looking forward to this one - I'm on the sort of motherly duties that could finish a person off: nagging Kim to do his college homework before they go back on Monday. He's only had two weeks after all, so of course he leaves it until the last two days - oh the stress!  I'm sure I'm not the only parent on the planet that's had to deal with teenage time management -I think I feel a surge of empathy coming my way right now! Some relaxing slow stitching is definitely on the cards.

Today's newsletter is shorter than usual (I'm coming down with a rotten cold and just can't think straight), but that doesn't mean I haven't got some great links to share with you! If you fancy a read check out the colour articles on the right, or if you just fancy a browse the quilters links below will be right up your street.

Have a lovely weekend.
Signature: 'Stephie'

A Medley of Quilters

These three quilters have caught my eye lately - what do you think? Minimal and graphic to the soft and intimate...

I'm Over Here Too!

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Amazing Colour Stories

These links will definitely give you a warm, colourful feeling - enjoy! 
A Taste of Bethan Laura Wood - Icon
Eccentric: tick. Colourful: tick. Inspiring: tick. This article on artist and designer Bethan Laura Wood is guaranteed to get your colour juices flowing this weekend!

Guadalupe daybed for Kvadrat, 2014. © Bethan Laura Wood. Photography © Catherine Hyland
Vermeer's Colours, a 17c Paintbox - The Shop Floor Project

If you're looking for a gift for Mother's Day or Father's Day, take a look at these fantastic limited edition prints of an early Dutch colour chart. In fact forget the parents...if you have a few spare pennines, I'd like one please! Failing that I think you should get yourself one: if you love Rothko then these really are the next best thing. I highly recommend a browse around the beautiful, award winning website, where they sell objects "...
worthy of keeping and passing down through generations".
"Carmine is as warm
and lively as wine."

Vincent Van Gogh

The Harvard Library That Protects The World's Rarest Pigments - Fast Co Design

This library reminds me of the Old Curiosity Shop or the Huntarian Museum in London. Taxonomy meets colour, chemistry meets art. Such a feast for the eyes and a really fascinating read:
Mummy Brown "People would harvest mummies from Egypt and then extract the brown resin material that was on the wrappings around the bodies and turn that into a pigment. It's a very bizarre kind of pigment, I've got to say, but it was very popular in the 18th and 19th centuries."

Narayan Khandekar, director of the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at the Harvard Art Museums and the collection's custodian.

From the Studio

DCS Blog 

In my last newsletter I mentioned the blog was getting a facelift and there would be some 'behind the scenes' work in going with the help of a friend. It's still very much a work in process, but I find I'm torn between getting it all sorted and up and running as quickly as possible, and writing and publishing posts. With the onset of this cold (sorry for the whining!), I've decided that for the next couple of weeks I'll just post my regular Slow Sunday Stitching post with Kathy's Quilts and try my best to get the structure of the blog sorted out in that time. I'm feeling a bit stressed because I'm trying to do too much, which is probably where the virus steps in! I hope you'll bear with me and remember to check in on Sundays for updates.

I've just spent several days (yes days!) going through all the categories and tags and trying to make them make sense. I culled the tags from something like 500+ to 64! How I let it get so out of control I don't know... At the moment the only way to search the categories is via the main blog page (click on the orange links above the title and you'll see a whole selection of posts from that category). A drop down box of the categories would be great in the sidebar (I always find it an easy way of navigating around other people's blogs - let me know what you think), but it makes sense to have all the posts categorised before I add that feature!  If you have any thoughts on the sort of blogs you like/don't like to navigate around (I don't mean what the blogger is writing about, just how easy it is to find things and the general design), I'd be so grateful if you let me know - sometimes it's really hard to see your own blog through someone else's eyes. You can email me at or leave a comment on the blog. Thank you!
Well, that felt like a bit of a ramble, so I'll cut to the chase!  There've been a couple of great posts on the blog over the last couple of weeks that have got you talking and chatting and I'd love you to join in, if you haven't already:

Homespun Charm

Be inspired by Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home in this post: Homespun Charm
Bedroom in the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Museum, Arkansas. Shows hand made quilts on an iron bed. This photo of Johnny Cash House is courtesy of TripAdvisor
This photo of Johnny Cash Boyhood Home is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Make The Most of Your Quilting Time With Audrey Easter

Don't miss out on the conversation this post with Audrey has sparked off, come on over and tell us how you make the most of your time too; what would you add to Audrey's tips?


That's me done, I hope you enjoy browsing the links and am most grateful if you've got this far and put up with my whinging! 

Until Sunday, happy stitching x

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