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A new release!
11/8/2016 9:47:03 PM
It's been an embarrassingly long time since I logged in here (so long that I'd forgotten my password, ahem!) but the wait has been because I've been working on a new novel and a new cross stitch design.
A new release!
6/29/2016 11:58:25 AM
She's taken ages to come to fruition - I got the idea for the design back in 2014 - but today I've finally managed to release Moondust.
Update on next design
5/17/2016 12:31:40 PM
The trouble with attempting to write a regular blog is that you do tend to feel guilty when you don't get round to updating it as often as you should. I've got really good reasons for not having updated it, so shouldn't be feeling guilty but I guess that's modern life for you.
Two new releases!
2/26/2016 4:55:56 PM
I've been promising them for ages and now they're finally here: a new Lady Elinor and a new character, Lady Maude. And what would you know, as I uploaded Lady Maude I spotted an error in the chart. Grrr...
Finally at the framer's
12/10/2015 4:50:15 PM
It's taken ages because I really did think ALB Cross Stitch would be no more when the VAT changes hit - but TWO new designs are now at the framer's.
Update from ALB
11/5/2015 2:42:21 PM
One VATMESS, two books, another crafty venture and it's little wonder things have been very quiet on the ALB Cross Stitch front, although there are some new and different designs on their way.
Back soon!
9/25/2015 2:26:56 PM
Yes, really, after months of enforced absence - I'll be spending the weekend uploading all of my designs to a new shop that will take care of the VATmess for me..
Sales update
2/12/2015 4:03:15 PM
If you came here via the homepage you will see that at the moment my Etsy shop is closed. It has been since the beginning of 2015. But I'm hopeful it will be open again soon.
Why the VATMOSS mess affects all cross stitchers
11/29/2014 7:34:55 PM

Normally on a Saturday I post a link to another designer’s work because we’re a supportive bunch that way. Today I am going to support every designer out there, particularly those based in the EU.

Copyright again
10/21/2014 5:20:34 PM
OK so I've returned to the subject of copyright. It's one of my hobbyhorses because I live in hope that, eventually, people will see the harm they do. This time around it's not a designer who's complaining...
A visit from the frog
10/6/2014 12:04:41 PM
Even though I now only stitch my own designs I'm not immune from a visit from the frog - and it came hopping by this weekend.
How much is too much?
9/2/2014 3:29:57 PM
Working out how much to charge for charts and finished items is always a difficult business.
A bit like buses...
8/14/2014 3:53:50 PM
In England we have a saying 'you wait forever for a bus and then three come along at once' - it feels a bit like that with cross stitch designs.
Jingle bells
7/29/2014 10:08:35 AM
Yes, really, as England has a summer I am designing and stitching Christmas designs. It all feels so wrong...
Nearly finished another one!
7/16/2014 8:08:21 PM
I'm not quite sure what's happened as the day job has been really busy and, as I keep saying, I'm not the fastest stitcher in the world but I should finish another one tonight!
Finally! She's here
7/9/2014 3:35:42 PM
Thanks entirely to the day job taking over it's taken me a few days to release the latest Lady Elinor. This is partly because it took several goes to take a photo that was even vaguely in focus...
A story that explains why copyright is so important
7/3/2014 11:43:07 AM
You may think that the importance of copyright is to do with money but that's not always the case. Fellow designer Gale Ffrench has given me permission to share the post she wrote on Facebook today. She tells her story far more powerfully than I can, so over to her.
Third Lady Elinor finished!
6/23/2014 7:45:50 PM
Finally! I was beginning to think this would never happen but the latest Lady Elinor is finished and will be on her way to the framers as soon as they open.
The difference between a tailor and a seamstress
6/16/2014 7:25:28 PM
I've been doing a bit of genealogy (well quite a lot, really as every discovery throws up more questions) and it was with some delight I discovered a very distant ancestor was a seamstress.
Billiments and pieces
6/12/2014 12:23:23 PM
I usually try really hard to blog on specific days of the week - it's a vague attempt at organisation but yesterday I got engroseed as I attempted to make a final decision on the latest Lady Elinor design.
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