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Tiles, blue skies, warmth, fresh fruit, a good market, plenty of coffee, lots of pastéis de nata, great shop signs, a street full of haberdasheries, many rattling tram journeys, and Tom, Alice and Phoebe. All that's required for four good... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at jane brocket
Ray Stitch have a good offer on workshops which lasts until the end of this week: "Summer Madness at Ray Stitch!!! Book any of our July or August courses by the end of the week (July 11th) and receive a... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at jane brocket
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I'm changing the photo while I carry on away from the blog, and these are my favourites of the last week. I had lunch with a friend at Honey on Tuesday - highly recommended for generous, delicious Middle Eastern food... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at jane brocket
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UPDATE: "Summer Madness at Ray Stitch!!! Book any of our July or August courses by the end of the week (July 11th) and receive a 20% discount" Dropping in to let you know I'll be running a new workshop on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at jane brocket
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I'm finishing on a nice, bright, sunny high with (mostly) close-ups of some of my favourite things in yellow. This past week was inspired in a roundabout way by listening to one of Phoebe's favourite songs which she played a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at jane brocket
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Oxford museum I'm going for a full week of colour because you can never have too much. Today is blue with a bright blue sky outside and soft blue flowers in the garden. Books have been written on the subject... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2014 at jane brocket
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I don't have any photos of violets - so rare these days - but last year at Wisley I did see this bed of thousands of pansies (close relations of the viola/violet) set out in broad stripes of colour which... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at jane brocket
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Mint, Shoreditch What can I say? I need green. Deep, lush, bright, pale, fresh, lime, emerald, bottle, apple, grass, sea, spring green in leaves, trees, flowers, buildings, gardens, landscapes, streams, rivers, food, drink, ink, glass, fabric, art, yarn, tea, eyes,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at jane brocket
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Soho Well, pink with blue. Actually, bright pink with delphinium blue. Or cerise with ultramarine. Or fuchsia with azure. Or candy pink and sky blue. Or pastel pink with cornflower blue. Or china paink and duck egg blue. Oxford Southampton... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at jane brocket
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Orange is a top colour and a top flavour. Orange Smarties are the best on butterfly cakes, and we've just discovered the brilliant London Marmalade (great mix of sweet, bitter and sour) made by London-based England Preserves. (Their lovely designs... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at jane brocket
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Inspired by wonderful titles such as A Year of Living Dangerously and a Year of Reading Proust, I'm doing A Week of Living Colourfully. Using Instagram, has for some reason, made me see red (in a good way). Yesterday I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at jane brocket
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I always wake up on a Friday excited about the prospect of the weekend - even if I know I'll be working - and this morning was even better because I could fling open the windows and let in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2014 at jane brocket
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Where can you find work by some of the best wood-carvers, architects, gilders, plasterers, carpenters, roofers, stonemasons, letterers, tile-makers, blacksmiths, lettercutters, mosaic-makers, engravers, painters, sculptors all in one place and for free? I still can't quite believe we can walk... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at jane brocket
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by Peter Liversidge at YSP Is it? I read EM Forster's novels years ago and my reading definitley did not do them justice, but when I was having an unhappy time at university I did take the 'only connect' message... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at jane brocket
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Red Cross quilt in Quilt Me! Exams are tricky for those who aren't taking them - as well as for those who are. The older the exam-taker, the greater the stakes, the more the stress, the harder it is to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at jane brocket
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In between reading about swimming and pools, I've been knitting socks with a yarn (07205) that contains colours I associate with lidos: turquoise water, royal blue tiles, fresh green grass, white clouds and lead-grey/deep blue skies. Every time I've picked... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at jane brocket
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Blue Boar Quad at Christ Church I've always liked the title Hymns Ancient and Modern and the way it brings together a whole world and history of hymn-singing which was something we did a lot of at primary school (it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2014 at jane brocket
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I'd like to live on a road of many colours. In fact, I wouldn't mind owning a road of many colours, a little like Oriel College which owns these houses on Oriel Street in Oxford. Coming up with colour combinations... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at jane brocket
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jammy buns Just to say madeira cake thank you very much hazelnut meringue cake for your comments and emails, for having a look at my Facebook page and Instagram photos. Thank you. Have a good weekend, perhaps with cake and... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2014 at jane brocket
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Thought I'd give Instagram a whirl (there's a new link at the top the side-bar). I got a quick how-to lesson as we walked along the Southbank to the Globe Theatre last night. It's not difficult, but some people turn... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2014 at jane brocket
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A copy editor once corrected 'strippy' to 'stripey' in one of my books (not a quilt book), and I had to change it back again. I realise she probably wasn't a quilter, but it amused me that it looked to... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at jane brocket
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trying to cram all this... Never mind love, it's stress that is in the air. It's exam time. We have one who has already finished, one in the middle, and one who is yet to start. ...into this... Tom's final... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at jane brocket
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Now [my photo, May 2014] I imagine some people and publishers think they're naff, but I like the Then and Now books, the ones that show you how street scenes, landmarks, housing and townscapes once looked and how they look... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2014 at jane brocket
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Snow Flowers (1941) Henri Matisse The 7.50 train to London is quiet on a Saturday. I discovered this when I got up early to be at Tate Modern for the Members' hour at 9am. I'd ummed and aahed about whether... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2014 at jane brocket
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I made a 'half crazy' cushion for The Gentle Art of Stitching which took the idea of using lots of different fabrics (velvet, silk, cotton etc) and fancy hand-stitching but instead of piecing crazy shapes in the traditional way, I... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2014 at jane brocket