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News from Country Bumpkin link to Country Bumpkin on Facebook    Country Bumpkin webletter no. 8 - 13th January 2011

Dear  <<First Name>>,

I would normally start by saying ‘Happy New Year’, but at the moment in some parts of Australia we are experiencing the worst floods in nearly 4 decades and it has been devastating and heart breaking for many of our family and friends. Our thoughts are with everyone going through this terrible time.

Premiers Flood Relief AppealHere at Country Bumpkin we are far too south to be affected, but appreciate your emails of concern. Many of you have also written to ask how you can help. Click the image to the right for a direct link to the official donation page for the Queensland Government Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal.

There have also been many enquiries from our generous stitching community wanting to donate stitching items to those affected. I am sure it will be a little while before this sort of thing can be distributed, but we would love to be a collection point for these items. If you have new, unused items that you would like to donate, we will contact the Guilds in the affected areas and they can distribute items.

If you have been directly affected by the floods, or know someone who has, please contact us when you can or feel ready and we will help in any way we can.

William Morris news

More William Morris AppliqueHere at Country Bumpkin we
have had a very
busy start to the
New Year.
We arrived back
to find Michele
Hill’s new book
More William Morris Appliqué had arrived so the first few days were spent with the whole team packing orders! It was a great way for everyone to catch up and share their holiday stories. The gorgeous William Morris patterns also arrived and the response to these has been amazing!

link to the William Morris patterns link to the William Morris patternslink to the William Morris patternslink to the William Morris patterns

Magazine Update

The last of the USA subscriptions of Inspirations issue 68 finally left the US mailing house on January 6th after being held up in customs.
We thank you for your patience and understanding with the late delivery of this magazine.

We have more good news! We have just received the advance copies of Inspirations isseue 69! Subscription copies will leave Singapore by the end of January.

Australian Smocking and Embroidery issue 93 is also on its way. Australian subscribers should be receiving theirs in the letter box very soon. Our overseas subscribers won’t be far behind!

Australian Smocking and Embroidery issue 93To read Susan O’Connor’s
editorial from Australian Smocking and Embroidery issue 93 please click here.

To read Margie Bauer’s
editorial from Inspirations
issue 69
please click here.


Inspirations issue 69Inspirations issue 69

Upcoming Stories

Inspirations issue 70 will feature the inspirational story of Robyn Hanstock who has recently graduated with her Doctor of Philosophy Degree.

Her thesis is called Learning Journeys in Women's Organisations: Adult education outside conventional settings.

It includes stories of women who have had life-changing learning experiences through their membership of organisations like the Embroiderers' Guild, the Quilters' Guild in New South Wales and several others.

Robyn was surprised to find that many women she interviewed about their needlework spoke of finding whole new directions in their lives through the learning they achieved from belonging to a women's organisation.
We would love to hear from readers who have completed a doctorate or a postgraduate research degree that relates to needlework. Please contact Margie at

Magazine and Book Sale

Up to 75% off magazines and books!
Your last chance for inspiration.

We are starting the New Year with an amazing sale. Moving is said to be the third most stressful thing that can happen in your life. Finding that you don’t have enough space to fit everything must be the fourth.
Consequently, following our move we are having a huge sale of selected magazines and books, so this is the perfect opportunity to grab those issues or titles that you may be missing.
Sale ends March 1st, 2011.

Country Bumpkins big sale

Stitch and Travel

We would like to introduce to you one of our new advertisers Victoria C. Frank who is co-ordinating wonderful stitching tours and retreats around the world.

Victoria C. Frank, Inc is a brand new company just established in the US offering an effortless opportunity to learn the unique needlework traditions of worldwide cultures and includes:
• Hands on learning from local masters and celebrated teachers
• Visits to museums and collections accompanied by experts
• Where possible, behind the scenes access to museum and private collections
• Luxurious accommodations and fine cuisine selected to celebrate the destination
• Chartered vehicles
• Personalized service designed to accommodate each traveller’s unique needs

The first journeys are to Arizona, USA to learn about Native American textile design (with a focus on needlepoint) and to Portugal to learn about Arraiolos, a needlepoint tradition left by the Moors. Customized tours are also possible. Visit the website for more information: or can read a recent interview with Victoria where she chats about her new business.

Masterclasses in Paris
and London

Susan O’Connor leaves in a couple of weeks to visit Paris and London.

link to Paris class informationWhilst there she will be teaching some amazing classes. There are only a few places left, so if you would like to attend please book quickly.
For more information and or to book, contact Chelsea.

Whilst in Paris we will have a stand at l'Aiguille en Fête (10th to 13th February), the most prestigious needlework event in Europe.

Our stand number is B13 and we would love you to come by and say hello.

BATB 2012

It’s on again... revamped, fabulous and fun!

Beating Around the Bush 2012

For all enquiries regarding Beating Around the Bush please contact Sally.

Until next week, take care, especially if you are in the flood affected areas.
Happy stitching,

The Country Bumpkin Team

916 South Road
Edwardstown 5039
South Australia

Freecall (within Australia) 1800 033 371
Phone (08) 8293 8600
International +61 8 8293 8600
Fax (08) 8293 8733
International +61 8 8293 8733

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