MJ left some comments on my Picasa photo albums (see right for link). I replied there but wanted to add some information about this sampler she liked.
It was designed by a reader called Sally Hesketh who was a big fan of Tudor and Elizabethan history. This was her first attempt at designing a C17th inspired piece. I have googled her and found a Band Sampler in the current issue of Just Cross Stitch by a designer of the same name.
Maybe MJ has seen her work before which is why it looked familiar. The article says she visits the Fitzwilliam Museum and Montacute House in Somerset for inspiration so maybe this piece was based on a more famous sampler?
Mouse asked about the LNS which is closing :-( It is the Work Box in Timber Hill, the ironical thing is - they just won an award in WOCS for best regional shop in East Anglia!
Gillie - glad to hear you know "my" city too. I worked there for 17 years and loved it, sometimes I wish I'd bought a house there instead of my hometown. But I'm close to my parents which is good for me and the boys.
Glad you all liked hearing about Strangers' Hall. It's great to revisit places from your childhood with your own children. It's one of the things I enjoy about being a Mum, sharing books and places with my son.
Final pic for today, the Cover Kit from Cross Stitcher 239:
Once again thanks for your comments and followings. I'm trying to return the following favours so if I'm not already doing it then please put a link to your blog and I'll track you down!