Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Gentle Domesticity book study, free pattern, giveaway and Link Up Party!



It was 2008 and my friends Ruth and Pam had discovered a book which they felt certain I’d love as much as they did. That book was Jane Brocket’s “The Gentle Art of Domesticity”.

We three women were home-school mums and devoted homemakers at a time when books on being a homemaker were predominantly written as dry non-fiction tomes on why you should be one and how you should do it perfectly. Jane Brocket, however, wrote something cheerful, funny, thoughtful, bright, and full of wonderful photography to stir and broaden our own creative urges.

Crochet, baking, movies, quilting, embroidery, floristry, reading, painting toenails, gardening, colours, shoes…everything was approached with a bright and inspiring view, as if through the eyes of an awestruck novice, and I felt like that novice.




In my own mind I was already fairly accomplished in the routine and rhythm of my home duties but I discovered there was so much more to dabble in and I could even add an element of fun along the way!

It was Jane who taught me to bake my very first Battenberg Cake. She’d even knitted a matching Battenberg cosy for her tea pot, but I skipped on that addition and simply reveled that my cake was a triumph! However, the desire to make my own version of a Battenberg style tea cosy lingers to this day.





It was through her glorious pages of vibrant crochet that I first had an inkling I could add this to my ever growing crafty repertoire, and I loved that she had an obsession with painted toenails and Birkenstock sandals as much as I did. Jane has a way of describing what may seem rather ordinary to being anything but, and what I enjoyed most was that every double page brought forth a new topic, new photos, and more fresh and interesting thoughts to ponder. The nostalgic wanderings that filled my mind stirred home-making desires I’d not considered before.





As I continued to read through The Gentle Art of Domesticity it was clear that Jane has a strong family ethic, something which certainly resonated with me. 





Baking with the girls or quilting with her son – she included all in her day to day domestic doings.

This photo in the book speaks volumes…



Mrs Brocket has a natural gift for taking engaging photographs and as the book overflows with them I began to make notes on how to improve my own skills so when you leave comments here or on social media to say you love my photography I can truly tell you she was my inspiration.




Each double page is written as a conversation with the reader and as that’s my personal style of writing she had me hooked from the start.  There’s a lot of thought and respect given to each topic, served with a friendly atmosphere of sitting across the table from her, jam tart half eaten and more than a few pots of tea enjoyed throughout the afternoon – all served on faded vintage china with hand stitched napkins showing the evidence of a raspberry jam smudge. Relaxed, yes. 





 There are too many double page headings in this book to list them all, but let me share a few –

Peas, peace and laughter ~ One small stitch for Alice, one giant cast-on for me ~ Flower power ~ When the bread bug bites ~ Men at patchwork ~ When it’s hip to be square ~ Patterning domesticity ~ the art of the stitch ~ Terribly, terribly English ~ Colouring in the world ~ Green fingers and feet of clay ~ Winding wool ~ Birthdays ~ Fairy buns ~ Bag lady...and many more.

I can’t imagine any woman reading this book would not finding something of herself within the pages.

Jane refers to son Tom as her quilting apprentice, although admits he'd become so good at his job that she would see their roles switch one day… “He has developed great colour placement skills and can see patterns which are invisible to me…he knows what works, and what can ruin an effect…” (page 218)





It’s her ability to organically bring domestic arts into her home and family life that makes this my number one go-to book for inspiration when the monotony of my own domestic life has caused me to grumble and not be as appreciative as I could be, and as I only need spend 10 minutes reading a complete double page topic, it’s something I don’t have to put off till a free afternoon or an hour alone. I quite often drink my afternoon coffee, smile at her thoughts on ‘quinces’, let my shoulders drop softly as I ponder them, and am gently refreshed whilst transported to a sweeter, quieter place in my heart.




Jane has written a number of "the gentle art..."books since that first one, and I am never disappointed. Her relaxed style has helped me to ‘care less’ about perfection and to care more about enjoying the process.

In her 2010 book The Gentle Art of Quilt-making in which she takes us through the inspiration and making of 15 quilts, I was stopped in my tracks by these words –

“My fear of doing things ‘wrong’ or in the ‘incorrect way’ held me back for years until I had a perception altering conversation with my friend Lucy….I was telling her how much I loved quilts and how much I wanted to make one, but that I was convinced it was all rules and regulations and that I thought it would be too difficult. ‘Oh for goodness sake, Jane’ she said in exasperation, ‘all you have to do is cut up some fabric and sew it together!’
…I, with my imagined difficulties, was turning something that has been done in a matter-of-fact way by people over the years into something mysteriously complicated…as soon as I let go of the ideas of perfection and right and wrong ways of doing things, quilts were no longer a dream, but a real possibility.’ 
Page 7 The Gentle Art of Quilt-making.


You see, when I first discovered Jane and her books I was still in the very early years of teaching myself to stitch and sew and had struggled with quilt making because I’d known ‘real’ quilters who agonised over corners that didn’t sit perfectly, blocks that appeared miss-matched, squares that didn’t ‘square’. It made me very hesitant to design or even show a quilt I’d made. I simply felt out of my league, so I stuck with what I could do best – basic embroidery.
Reading Jane’s words took a weight off my doubts and I knew that just as I wanted to ‘enjoy’ all the domestic side of home life, I also wanted that freedom to enjoy quilting without 'bar setting' and self doubt.

Dear Jane has been my deliverer of sorts - from believing it’s all too hard or that I’m just not clever enough, to trying new things and appreciating none of them need be perfect. Just enjoyed. And that dear friends is at the very heart of our book study this year, The Gentle Art of Domesticity.

Next week  - we'll go through pages 8-13 (the introduction chapter) so feel free to read ahead, and if you don't have the book that's fine - you'll glean from the study chatter anyhow. However, if you're still after a copy and finding it difficult to source I suggest buying a Kindle copy as it's marvelous for being able to highlight passages!





Instead of a block of the month this year I am sharing one complete project with the first book study post of each month, beginning today with my "Faith, Hope, Love" table runner.





I decided near the end of last year that the whole idea of using what we already have on hand can extend to many areas of life - and for me this also means patterns. You see, I've been designing now for ten years and believe me that kind of does my head in because it all seems to have happened fairly recently (aging really does alter my concept of time it seems) but the evidence of this past decade is all around me. 
Quilts, framed stitcheries, an assortment of different home based and sewing projects, more than 100 individual Australian magazines which have featured my designs, printed copies of my own Elefantz Home e-zine and four years of embroidery patterns offered through The Stitchery Club can be found inside my home. 
With such an abundance of original resources at my fingertips this year I'm re-purposing some of my older designs by sharing them with you each month in our year of embracing the gentle art of domesticity.

Occasionally I'll share an extra pattern just for fun, but you will always receive one complete project on the first Monday of every month.

"Faith, Hope, Love" was made almost seven years ago and is still used around our home. Right now it covers my bedside table, a reminder of three wonderful attitudes to nurture, but next month it might be spread across the coffee table. I think that's what I like most about table runners, they can bring us pleasure anywhere you have a flat surface which needs a touch of pretty.

Download this month's pattern HERE until February 4th, after which the next month's pattern will be become available and this one will be added to my shop. 


A GIVEAWAY!!

CLOSED - winner was  JEAN from Nancy J blog.






Now it's your turn to share what you've been doing to bring gentle domesticity into your home and life. Join the weekly link up party by clicking below and adding your own relevant 'living the gentle domestic life' blog post so we can all come visit.

Do NOT link up unless you have a current blog and are sharing a post about living the gentle domestic life. Thank you. 

This linky is not connected to the giveaway - for an entry to that you only need leave a comment.

Feel free to save my Link Up Party button (above) to your blog post or sidebar with a link back to my blog. Just alternate click on the photo, save to your computer, and insert on your blog wherever it makes you happy.
Use www.elefantz.com as the link.

Have a gently wonderful and inspiring day,
hugs





219 comments:

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Deborah said...

The table runner is beautiful. This sounds like a wonderful book.

Clare said...

Thank you for this lovely table runner. I was looking for one to do to place on our dining table,now that I have my quilting/sewing unit instead of setting sewing machine there. Happy Stitching.

Elizabeth said...

I have just ordered the book from my local library here in Auckland NZ, can’t wait for it to arrive

Unknown said...

Do I need to have a blog to be part of this? If yes, or recommended, what do you suggest would be the best/easiest provider to use. Many years ago I used to use Goggle Reader and there was a lovely community who shared their thoughts but it was all closed down and I have never found or started another one. Julie

cannewa said...

Love the table runner, thank you for sharing!

Jeanne Stout said...

This sounds like it’s going to be exciting!! The book sounds wonderful! Thank you for the lovely table runner pattern!! My email address is stout.jeanne@gmail.com

susan nieuwoudt said...

Thank you for sharing this lovely pattern with me!!!!

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Blogger is very simple to use. You need a blog to be part of the Link Up but not the giveaway or the book study.

Anonymous said...

Faye. facome@westnet.com.au
Thankyou for a blog post that feels like I am sitting talking to you. I neeeded the "have a go" prompt today. The perfectionist within me tends to hold me back. You have been an inspiration as you have been sharing. Thankyou. It has meant a lot

Jcmar10 said...

What lovely fabric! Thanks for the giveaway.

Aunt Carol said...

Beginnings! I purchased the book on Kindle. I made flannel squares for sore, runny noses (thank you, Jenny!) and I baked bread. Ever so slowly I am learning to let go of the perceived need for perfection and to just enjoy.

Anonymous said...

I stumbled across your blog after a recent Pinterest search and I wish I’d found you sooner. I love the peek into your life as you settle into your new home and your shared exploits in the garden, kitchen and sewing room. I will enjoy your delve into the pages of “The Gentle Art of Domesticity “ and will try to procure a copy of the book or at the very least a kindle copy. Thanks for sharing life’s adventures. #jocpoc60@gmail.com

africanaussie said...

I am so excited this has started, and am working on my blog post for the linky. What pretty fabric you have on your giveaway - I have a few ideas of how to put it to good use!

Georgina Gowland said...

Thank you Jenny. I'm so excited about the book study. I've just finished putting away all the Christmas decorations and the house looks quite dull now. So I left up the twig I hang perfumed fabric Christmas decorations on in the hall and made yellow felt flowers to represent the winter sweet shrub that is in flower at this time of year. It's really cheered up the entrance to me home.

Outback Crafter - Debra said...

A lovely read as usual Jenny.
Thanks for sharing so much of yourself.

Julie Crouch said...

Love the table runner. I have been following you for years Jenny. Such a generous person sharing patterns with us. My email address is juliepaul1959@gmail.com

buffy said...

Thank you Jenny, for the giveaway, it looks so pretty.
I ahave been following your journey for a number of years, and you inspire me.

Sherri Mac said...

Jenny your beautiful runner bought tears to my eyes. Today I went into the city and went into two bookstores that used to have a small section of shelving for Christian books but it seems that it is no longer politically correct for book retailers to stock Christian books. One of the shops I visited was a second hand book store that now has a couple of Bibles sitting prominently in the 'Philosophy' section. I was so disappointed.

Joan said...

Thank you Jenny for the beautiful pattern.

Kay said...

I know that these posts are probably going to become my favourite ones of each month. I too have a problem with wanting/needing things to be perfect and it does still overshadow my crafting sometimes. I did look for a copy of the book but it is selling at silly prices on Amazon and I don't have a kindle so I will be happily following by just reading your posts. Thank you for a lovely giveaway too. x

Sheryl said...

Hi Jenny thankyou so much for this gorgeous free pattern i am going to make this up for my kitchen bench its so sweet and you are so generous my friend,hope you have a lovely evening xx

Tracy Shephard said...

Thank you Jenny for helping me in my journey to become more at peace with my struggling heart and a better wife and homemaker

Julie said...

Beautiful as always Jenny. I am really looking forward to the gentle domesticity blog posts that have yet to come. Thank you for the gorgeous pattern Xxx

Fran said...

Thank you for this lovely pattern, Jenny. I will definitely be adding it to my to do list.

Chookasmum said...

Jenny as usual I love your blog post, and love your table runner. My email is ma_pabarney@hotmail.com
Love Lorraine

Miriam said...

Very nice pattern, I can’t sew, just embroider, but this could be my first realisation of sewing!
Thank you,
Miriam

Christine B. said...

Happy New Year to you Jenny! This is a wonderful post, I have so enjoyed your description of Jane's books that I want to read them for myself now! Thank you for the free pattern, it is beautiful and is going on my new 'To Make 2019' list! Beautiful giveaway too. Thank you! Christine xx

Michelle said...

I love this book - bought it years ago, but I haven’t looked at it in quite a while! So, I’m going to join your book study, and hopefully make time to make the table runner! Thanks and God bless!!

pcpriscila said...

I Love all your posts nas designs...I hope I win the giveaway, I would be delighted to have something só pretty... my email is pcpriscila@hotmail.com. thank you so much.

Veronica Best said...

Always love reading your blog. Tablerunner looks lovely.

Kaylee said...

I always enjoy reading your blog posts Jenny, this will be a great journey for all of us together....

Janice said...

I must keep an eye out for a copy. It sounds like the perfect book to dip in and out of. In the meantime I’ll just enjoy your discussions. The table runner is so sweet. Maybe I’m partial to those words, what with our name and all.

gracie said...

It is always such a pleasure to visit with you and interesting to learn more about you. Thank you for sharing your designs and thoughts to inspire me .

LyndaTreen said...

While I no longer have a family to care for, I still have my home my husband and I bought 30 years ago. I lost him nearly two years ago so I still care for our home as though he were still here. I still enjoy being domestic and doing all the things a home requires including cleaning, cooking, and decorating. This study in domesticity is for anyone who has a home and still loves it. I will enjoy all the things that make us women, wives, and mothers.

Tania said...

The gentle domesticity book sounds so good. Pity it is such a hard book to get hold of. I might try the library tomorrow to see if they can get a copy for me to look at.

Thank you for this study, I am going to enjoy it so.

Love, love that gorgeous table runner!

xTania

Anonymous said...

What a lovely runner! So far this year I am unpacking and organizing all the boxes that didn't get unpacked when we moved over a year ago. We downsized before the move but not enough. I want to have this finished in time for spring cleaning so that when the weather gets nice I can be working outdoors making new flower beds. Grandma Rita ritanicholsec@yahoo.com

Little Quiltsong said...

Lovely post Jenny! I too love to fill my home with little table toppers or table runners, and just simple decor to put my own stamp on things in my home. Thank you for this beautiful design, you again so generously have made available to us :)!

Dixie Logoyda said...

Beautiful table runner. You choose great fabrics that go together.

Quilting Babcia said...

I've just discovered your blog, and what a fascinating read! I've just detoured to order a copy of the Gentle Art of Quilt Making! Thanks for offering this sweet giveaway, I've decided to make a lot of smaller/mini quilts this year and your pattern is perfect for spring.

Joyce Frazier said...

What a wonderful giveaway! I would love to win this, love the Tilda fabrics you use and I love stitching with Cosmos floss! I was gifted one pink floss years ago and love how easy it is to stitch with! Thank you Jenny!
joycemarlane@aol.com

Sheila said...

Thank you for sharing your table runner pattern, it is beautiful. I enjoyed reading your post today. I can relate to your comments about quilting. I always thought I couldn't do it and have now learned. There's always something for us to learn.
Thank you
sheilarbales@gmail.com

Donna Pheneger said...

Thank you for doing this study - I never felt as if I were a gentle person - I am hoping to learn something new and inspiring!
And what a wonderful giveaway - thank you for your generosity!

edith csokmay said...

Love your table runner. I will have to see if it is in my collection of Jenny patterns. Thank you for hostessing this study.

Suzan said...

Jenny you are so generous and your new design is beautiful. Tomorrow I will have surgery on my dominant hand. I will take it easy until it heals and then I hope to increase my crafty output. Your designs are inspiring and unique.

knitster said...

I am currently painting my dining room and hope to do some table runners for my table and perhaps a stitched wall hanging or two. As soon as I got my book last week I read the introduction and said yes this is me. I can't wait to get started on this adventure.
crabbyabbyroadhouse@yahoo.com

Laura said...

Thank you for your generosity and for your encouraging blog posts! I have been wanting to make table runners, and this one is lovely! Looking forward to the new study!

april dawn said...

Thank you for doing this study. I fail greatly in being gentle and domestic but I've leaned a lot from you. Adlopez77(at)gmail(dot)com

Living the Linda Life said...

I’m looking forward to this year!

Unknown said...

My husband just bought a new dining table for our family and this table runner would look perfect on it. I love all your designs my email is cherylr1963@aol.com thank you for all you do

Sandy Trachsel said...

Jenny, your description of Jane’s book makes me even more anxious to get my copy; it is on its way! Thank you for the lovely tablerunner pattern. Have a great day!

Unknown said...

I'm feeling inspired already!

Jenny said...

I want to be sure to enter your give away! I can't say how excited I've been about this book study. Thank you so much for introducing me to Jan.

KayTX said...

I love your writings and your patterns, and your faith story woven through it all! Thank you for this wonderful treat!

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Susan Menzmer said...

Even though I d not have a copy of the book, I am excited about what Incan learn from this book study! Thank you for doing it, and I would love to enter the giveaway! smenzmer@gmail.com

Lydia said...

I think it's interesting that you have modeled your photography after Jane's photography. She's become a virtual mentor. What a nifty idea. I believe that's what you've become for me over the years. I'm really looking forward to this book study. Thank you for all you do.

Lin said...

Great introduction Jenny and I love the table runner. Must get the book.... xx

Sherry said...

Aaahhh...this is what 2019 needs. The Gentle Life is exactly what I am striving for this year. Thank you Jenny Dear for being our fearless hostess and cheerleader. Thank you for Faith, Hope, Love table runner patterns. And Thank You for this bundle of Creative Bliss to possibly find its way to my home. Blessings Dear...

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Kristy said...

Jenny- you always make me want to sit at your table and enjoy tea with you. I am looking forward to enjoying this journey of learning to be a better homemaker. I also homeschool and dabble in many different crafts but I easily lose sight of including my family in parts of my life. Thanks for sharing your heart with us. The fabrics look beautiful and your stitcheries are always inspiring. Thanks again- K- lkw2x6-apq@yahoo.com

Vicky Decaro said...

Querida Jenny! Estoy tan feliz que compartas conmnosotras el libro de Jane! No tengo acceso a este libro, en primer lugar porque no se inglés.Mi habilidad es el tejido, sobretodo el crochet, me apasiona,,y tejer mantas es mi satisfacción más grande. Cuando quise empezar a bordar,,sentía que nomiba apoder conntanta prolijad, hasta que tu blog y tus creaciones llegaron a mi vida! Y ahora el bordar se convirtió en mimcable a tierra! Gracias Jenny! Me va a encantar este libro! Cariños! Vicky

Diane said...

💗 Greetings from Diane in Alabama. I'm also so thankful for Jenny! I'm hoping to find more joy in homemaking and adding little touches of homemade things to my home. Wishes for a very blessed new year to you Lynda.

Kaye Walker said...

I love the table runner you made. I am trying hard to simplify my life by being more organized. Thank you, Jenny! Because of you and all you have written on your blog I'm more encouraged.
Kaye Walker kayew54@gmail.com

Diane said...

Thank you Jenny ! I am so excited to joining in on this book study!

Allie said...

"All you do is cut up some fabric and sew it together" - wow. So simple but then it's the simple things that tend to trip us up so much! I might have to post that quote on a bulletin board, lol. Love the table runner, I have a table in my foyer now that needs some dressing up! I don't have the book, but I'll see if I can find it at the library....

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for your generosity and all the inspiration. I look forward to a wonderful year of gentle domesticity and virtual friendship. Warmest regards from Mexico! - Sara (saraglez1@yahoo.com)

Melody said...

Looking forward to what you going in 2019!! catsmeow77777@yahoo.com

Preethi said...

I love your Fb page Jenny, blog and designs. I just enjoy the email and blog updates. I can totally relate to todays post as i think i just cannot get off the starting block too to start the quilt, for years now i have got all the materials and books but the fear of getting it wrong overwhelms and then i just end up enjoying thw posts and saving the patterns. 2019 is the year i do it and your post just gave me the perfect way to start from the book :)."cut up pieces and stitch them together". I love the runner and will surely get that going and share a picture. Thank you for sharing such a lovely blog post and looking forward to more from the book and your take on it. I will enjoy the book through your posts.have a splendid year ahead and i am glad to be able to enjoy your lovely posts and designs. Love and best wishes all the way from India. preethimpatnaik@gmail.com

Martha Ch said...

Looking forward to this new adventure!

Laura said...

Thank you for sharing this lovely pattern. I really enjoyed this blog post and all the delightful ideas.
manninglm54 at gmail dot com

Shebandowan said...

Thank you for the lovely runner pattern. Also thank you for the chance to win your giveaway. Hugs, Janet

Becki @ the beach said...

Love your patterns and style. I always feel inspired here.
Thank you,
Caltexgal@aol.com

Jan Snell said...

I am not sure how I found you and your blog but I am thrilled that I did. Gentleness seems to be a lost art in our society, somewhat like domestic arts. I love the combination and look forward to further ‘discussions’. Thanks. Janice.snell@gmail.com

kupton52 said...

The table runner pattern is so lovely. I have everything to start except white landkerchief linen for the embroidery so I'll probably use a bleached muslin. I found a used copy of the book on ebay and am anxiously awaiting its arrival. Thank you so much for taking this "project" on---you are very much appreciated, Jenny. Have a blessed day....

Paula Lemos said...

Thank you so much Jenny for the pattern and for doing this book study. I have Jane's book and it is lovely. I'm looking forward to re-reading it again with you. Thanks! Paula ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

wendy said...

Looking forward to more! Love the table runner, thank you for sharing it. sewgood414athotmaildotcom

hennies.pennies said...

Thank you so much for the beautiful table runner pattern. I'm feeling rather inspired. I just love your cozy style!! Have an especially blessed day!! hennies.pennies@yahoo.com

rosemaryschild said...

Thank you for the pretty table runner pattern! Have a wonderful 2019 - from Susan - spierssusan52@gmaildotcom

Michelle said...

What a wonderful year you have planned. Thank you for persevering. I think this book by Jane Brockett and the projects you have planned are going to be so much fun and encouraging. What a wonderful thought, not everything needs to be perfect (not even quilts). Thank you for the giveaway.

Karin Mcrae said...

Dear Jenny lovely post as always. I look forward to the book study. I ordered a book from overseas and don't expect it until next week. I might have to have a go at your table runner while I wait

Carm said...

Thank you for the give away! Love your post and your letting your faith show through

Jenny said...

What a wonderful inspiring book, I can see why you love it so much. Many thanks for the chance of winning your gift, much appreciated.

TerriSue said...

Dearest Jenny, Thank you for your post today. The table runner is the project that I believe is going to get me out of my dry spell! Looking at it I felt that I needed to make it up for Jim to be able to see. By the way things went much better today. I am going to go and get out my copy of The Gentile Art of Domesticity. I am looking forward to going through it with you this year. I always enjoy seeing you slant on things. What you bring to the table is so fresh and new to me. When are YOU writing a book? Thank you for the chance to win your Giveaway.

May said...

Dear Jenny, I managed to get a copy of this wonderful book on your recommendation last year I was so lucky, it was a used a copy so had been loved by someone out there before me... Your posts are always inspiring and full of love & faith.. This will push me to use my blog more as I have sadly neglected it for months... I taken your button and off to add it to my side bar.. Thank you so much for all your time you give to us followers and the gorgeous pattern of the table runner... Thank you for the giveaway

col cutche said...

I am going to get rhe eBook version of Gentle Arts. I usually have my phone or mini note wirh me, so will bw able to dip in when I can

Unknown said...

Was able to find my book on Amazon, so anxious to begin. Love your runner. Thank you so much for sharing the pattern with us

Debby in Kansas USA said...

I love it! Fun homework! My immediate reaction to that beautiful table runner was, "Uh oh. I can't do that." However, I'm going to try anyway. I have no idea how it'll turn out, but I know I'll learn something anyway. Thanks for sharing the pattern and leading us on this journey! I have no idea how to privately give you my email for the drawing so I'll sit out.

Tammy said...

Looking forward to the study on Jane's book. Love love love the runner and pattern you have gifted us for it. Thank you so very much. It is absolutely gorgeous.... So many exciting things happening on your blog these days. So happy I found you way back when. You inspire me to be a better person , a better stitcher and a better Christian and to bring more domesticity into my home. Thank you for all these gifts to me.

Dede said...

Jenny-I ordered the book and for my projects I am making a book cover and a notebook cover to include ideas from your blog. Thank you so much for all the inspiration and creativity!

Cathy B said...

Congrats on this new direction for 2019! I'm currently teaching a young woman to embroider - passing on skills to the next generation - and your designs are perfect for teaching. Thanks from Canada for all you share!

GrammaGrits said...

Love the table runner; just downloaded the pattern. I want to do more handwork this year - have some pillowcases to embroidery and cross-stitch. Bought them at a discount and want to actually stitch them and use them! Love your blog. Blessings.

Beverly Collins said...

Oh Jenny I am going to love this year. I don't have the book but I know this will enrich my life and my family's as well. Thanks for the pattern - can't wait to get started.

Joan said...

Thank you for the chance to win the wonderful gift and for the pattern. I love the table runner and I also love your new blog header!

Maureen Latta said...

Thank you Jenny for your wonderful generosity. I adore the freshness of your designs. Special hugs

Nancy J said...

The giveaway is delicate and so gentle,spring colours to cool down our hot summer down here.And then the runner, those words say what we all want to live by.Thanks so much for all this.

Marion Shaw said...

I enjoy your blog and your plan for The Gentle Art of Domesticity. I am definitely in!!
shawm@rogers.com

Susan said...

I am looking forward to the book study. I don't have the book and I don't own a Kindle, but I am pretty sure I will learn a lot anyway just from the discussions.

Natureluvr57 said...

What a lovely table runner. I'm stitching stuff from stash because I owe a large vet bill and for at least 6 months I can only buy necessities. I don't regret it because my precious dog was worth it. I have a large stash and it's time I pull more stuff from it. I did download the sample of the book on my Kindle though. I'll read what I can for now and enjoy the blog. Have a blessed day

Jennifer Williams said...

Thank you for the pattern! I can't wait to get started on it. :-) jennifer.sooners@gmail.com

Linda Clark said...

I love all your designs. Looking forward to this year and all you have planned for us. I would like to enter your giveaway. My email address is lindag0404@yahoo.com. Thanks and have a great day.

sandi s said...

I love your post today and your pattern is wonderful!! Thank you for the giveaway. It’s looks wonderful. Hugs,
szil949@yahoo.com

Magda said...

Hi Jennifer. Love the blog post and as I was already planning to go through Jane's book again this year this study is timely. I have every wednesday off work and that is designated to be a craft/home making day and I am starting off with finishing a few UFO's in my cross stitch pile. In case I don't win the giveaway, where do you buy the cotton/linen that you embroider your designs on? magda.kvn@gmail.com

Vickie said...

Thank you so much for the table runner pattern and also all of your posts. I recently am getting back to hand embroidery and love all of your fresh designs.

Kalli Inman said...

Good evening Jenny! Book study is going to be fun! Enjoy your day :) I finally looked it up and you are 15 hours ahead of the US Eastern Time! kalli@inmanave.com

Farm Quilter said...

I shall so enjoy reading these posts. I suppose I need to get a library card here in Nevada and find this book at the library!! I don't suppose shoveling snow would count towards gentle domesticity, would it?? Perhaps I need to turn on my sewing machine and sew the pile I cut this weekend together. Love your table runner...they are versatile, aren't they? I want to make one that would sit on the dash of my car to protect it from the sun.

Jackie said...

Wonderful post! Thank you for the pattern!

BJK said...

Hi Jenny! What a beauuuuutiful table runner - and the giveaway so lovely! Thank you so much! bkatz40721@msn.com

Lace Faerie said...

I am so glad you ventured out to share your talents with the rest of the world! Your sweet and thoughtful reflections on your life and your relationship with God is very encouraging. It is very difficult for young families to live on one income and the art of gentle domesticity is slipping by the wayside. In the rush, rush, rush to get ahead, the value of a full time homemaker is often devalued. Thank you for the encouragement I find in your posts! ~Karen aka Lace Faerie lace(dot)faerie(at)gmail(dot)com

earth visitor said...

thank you so much, you are so generous with the talents the Lord blessed yu with , may you always be blessed

Jeanie

Susan said...

Lots to ponder there, and I pondered so long, my computer hung up and lost my entire comments. LOL Thank you for thoughts that challenge me. The table runner is lovely, and it's good to revisit some of the older designs, because they don't age out of beauty or good. I don't think I still had this one, anyway, because changing computers, I lost a lot of things a few years back. I'm looking forward to this year for many reasons, and this is a big one.

wayne Miller said...

I have only made one table runner in my quilt life to date. I like this one however

wayne Miller said...

I have only made one table runner in my quilt life to date. I like this one however

Beth said...

Oh, Tilda! How I'd love to make two table runners, with a bit of Tilda for me and a bit for my dear friend. Thanks for your generosity, in this as is so much else.

Unknown said...

Acompanho você a muitos anos. Sou muito grata por seus conselhos e sempre torço por você e sua família .um grande abraço aqui do Brasil! rosebianchessi@hotmail.com

Unknown said...

Adorei o projeto do caminho de mesa, adoro teu blog, não tenho blog mas sigo o seu faz muitos anos. Adoro teus textos, sempre muito inspiradores. Moro no sul do Brasil, em Santa Catarina, meu email ana_cam@terra.com.br. O rogada pelos seus compartilhamentos. Bjs.

rcp said...

The table runner is beautiful! I think I have found another book to add to my 2019 reading list. Thank you!

Julie said...

Thank you for the table runner project. I can see you in it. I have been so happy with the stitching monthly club. Your designs are happy and warming. A while back, I contacted you believing I had signed up and wasn't receiving the monthly post. You were so gracious and I realized I hadn't signed up. While I will miss the posts you sent, I am looking forward to your next adventure.

dogbone125 said...

Thank you so much for the lovely table runner pattern. Cant wait to get started. Your blog is beautiful, full of love and spirit, just like you. Thank you, also, for the give away of sweet Tilda fabric. bittick7@yahoo.com blessings!

OhioLori said...

What an Awesome table runner! Want to make one for our newly married Grangirlie...she has decorated in Farm House style..this runner would be perfect for them! Thank you for sharing the Pattern! & for chance to win your Give-a-way too! :)

judith said...

I love it! What inspiration. Now I really want to find the book to share with my granddaughter.

Unknown said...

My latest attempt is baking bread which does not turn out like a shingle or a hockey puck. I seem to have the yeast thing down pat but rising just isn’t working. Today’s attempt will make a lovely doorstop! Maybe tomorrow will be better.

Unknown said...

Sorry forgot my name judiwambles@yahoo.com

Ondrea said...

Thankyou for this joyful post. I am going to try to find this book as your description really makes me feel it would be a lovely book to own. Wish me luck! I have joined in the linky after much ado on my tablet and look forward to meeting more beautiful people. Gorgeous table runner.

Jennie in GA said...

Your blog posts never fail to inspire!!

Anonymous said...

From Teresa - I love the table runner. I think it will look beautiful in pastels for the spring. Thanks for the pattern and the giveaway

t.unsinn@yahoo.com

Colleen Speed said...

I’m excited about a year of domesticity. You may even get me to overcome my fear of appliqué. Cheers.
Colleen Speed.
cspeec55@yahoo.com

Chris said...

I am looking forward to doing the book study with all our friends around the world. It really is a small place. I bought the book a few months ago when you were dreaming about Battenburg cake.

Judy1522 said...

Thank you for the lovely table runner pattern! We have an amazing bookstore where I live that has new and used books and usually has any book that I am looking for. This one they do not have but I will keep looking to see if they ever get it in. I am happy that I don't need the book to actually follow along.

Erica said...

Hi Jenny, I have followed you for awhile now and you are truly an inspuration to me. Thank you for sharing so much if yourself with us.God bless. Peppa.jo.patterns@gmail.com

charis Anna's mum said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win this great prize.carolegodfrey46@gmail.com

Rosa said...

Beautiful table runner .Love your fabric combo.Thanks for the chance and the pattern.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jenny,
Good luck with the course that you have set yourself for 2019. I hope that I can keep up. Your pattern for the beautiful table runner is much appreciated so "Thank you". Jill
unicorn95@tpg.com.au

Anonymous said...

A thoroughly delightful post once again thank you. I will be following on kindle but will also seek out a hard copy of this book. And I too love the runner and appreciate your generosity. I would also love to enter the giveaway, it’s so pretty also, many thanks. My email is parnell.clan@me.com Blessings!

Made it myself said...

I can't wait to make the table runner - and hope to follow you monthly and create along with you
Thanks
Jan

Rita Lynn said...

This is great. I got the book last year from the library and made notes, I'm happy to be reviewing it with you. I have made pretty towels for my kitchen out of some of my favorite fabric. I use them everyday. They make me happy.

vetta said...

I am going to make the table runner thanks so much for all your patterns and your blog. I am learning so much from you.

Debbie said...

Jenny, I have been following your blog for about a year and appreciate your generosity in giving away free patterns. I look forward to your posts this year on the book. I have neglected my artistic/crafty side for about 30 years, but will embrace it now that I am retired.

Laura Lane said...

I just found your blog. It is very intriguing. I am going to save it in my read soon list. I have a feeling it's going to be wonderful.

Be blessed,
Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage
a fellow blogger and homeschool mum

JeanneMc said...

I'm so intrigued by that book, it looks really lovely. Thank you for the gorgeous table runner pattern, I love that you used a dark background.

blueskybags@gmail.com

Bobbie Calgaro said...

Hi Jenny,
Am so excited for this study. It will be so fun! The book is joyful, colorful, and amazing. My retired 65 yr. old self is enjoying the domesticity I savored when I was a young stay at home mom. I can’t wait to do the table runner for my summer table as I try to do seasonal ones and it will be perfect for the summer months. Right now I’m getting started on three of your prayer circle embroideries for myself, my cousin, and her brother’s wife as we are the prayer warriors for our family. Have a wonderful day and as always thanks for you creativity, encouragement and sharing your faith!

allthingzsewn said...

Morning Jenny,
Have been waiting anxiously for this to start. Going now to check library for a copy of the book. Hope to be linking up in the future.

Trina O'Quinn said...

Thank you so much for your new post and Ideas. I love your idea about using past creations. Since I only joined you late in 2018 most everything is new to me. I will be starting a blog in the second quarter of 2019. I am not sure if the like qualifies as it will not be only about domestic life. It will be about the late WWII babies (1945) and Baby Boomers (1946 to 1964). It will cover a wide range of subjects. It will cover domestic life as we all have one. I will send you the first blog and you decide if it qualifies.
Trina

Anonymous said...

Loved reading your blog today. What a great project this month, love using what you already have. Thank you Jenny.
Carol O

Quilter Beth said...

This book sounds like a good one. I definitely will be checking it out and checking out your projects each month.

judys said...

Have always loved making and doing things with the kids! I guess I'm still doing it as my granddaughter invited herself to my house last weekend to sew herself a new duvet cover.....

QuiltE said...

Fantastic Idea!! ... Instead of an EOM but a POM! (Project-of-the-Month), and each unrelated to the other. I think this will be a terrific spring runner for my home and am looking forward to the variety of techniques you have incorporated into it. Thank You for this new-to-me project and all that you share with us including an exciting giveaway! Bless You!

Life's a poem said...

Jenny,

I love all your inspiration, sewing, spiritual and domestic life. I have saved a lot of your patterns to prepare hand sewing as I go into hospital for a knee replacement next week and I can't have my hands idle! I look forward to the gentle study and loved the comment about just sewing as often patchwork with its preciseness has stopped me from trying. Happy New Year!


Lorraine

Michelle said...

So excited to follow along, LoVe the table runner it's gorgeous!

Janelle said...

Beautiful fabric and floss! Thanks for the giveaway. Janelle

Lori said...

Thank you for the pattern, Jenny! It looks lovely!
So excited to start the book study. I bought it a few years ago but have yet to really read it through. I am making a special bookmark for it this week. It is a lovely distraction. My mom passed away last week, her funeral is coming up, along with feeling like I am stepping into the lion's den with relatives. Believing for the peace that passes all understanding!

Gigi said...

Thank you for the lovely words of inspiration and beautiful pattern. I was fascinated by the story of Jane Brocket, so much so that I bought her book and have been enjoying reading. What a wonderful find. Thank you for the recommmendation. I look forward to your future blogs and sewing ideas.
Georgie

Robin in New Jersey said...

Several years ago, I used the flowers from that table runner and made a pillow for a friend. I was able to find Jane's quilt book at the library and look forward to reading it.

Linda said...

Thank you for all the patterns you share. Your blog posts are like sitting down with you having a cup of tea... a break from all the business that makes up life. You really do inspire me.

Melissa Finley said...

The minute you mentioned that book, I logged onto my library account online and checked it out! I’ve read it through once, and when I pick it up again, it will be to copy some of those delicious sounding recipes. Yum! Then I plan on rereading the whole book along with your conversations about it. It’s such a lovely book, I wish my library had her other books, especially her quilting book. >^..^<
Melissa in California

Jan Gunter said...

Dear Jenny, I have been just reading all the blogs and Facebook postings all the time. I just haven't left a message since my beloved husband passed away a little over 2 years ago, and I have not done any sewing, crochet,or anything since his passing! I am going to join in on this venture with you all. I'm hoping that it will help me to get back to me!! As I bought the book when you first blogged about it! So here's to a new chapter in my life! Thank you so much for this opportunity, and God bless you.
Hugs, Jan

jangunter@live.com

Linda Kay said...

I've been wanting to get this book for awhile now and was just able to purchase it from HPB for $5 + s/h. I normally only buy kindle books but wanted a real book in my hands for this years adventure with you. I'm sorry that the stitching club closed but it was very understandable why. I was able to get a year plus of the great stitchery projects that you designed and picked up most of all of your free ones on Craftsy which again I loved having the ability to gleam your wonderful patterns and buy a few too when I could. I like Etsy and will shop there for the future designs.. Great beginning to a New Year!

abbeysmum said...

Hi Jenny thank you for the opportunity to win such a lovely fabric and floss gift, the colours are beautiful.
Reading along with the Gentle domesticity looks like a lot of fun to be had in the coming months.
I agree with the can do attitude.....just give something a go, everyone had to start somewhere and every mistake is a learning opportunity. The comfort and joy of a quilt has nothing to do with construction expertise.

Robin R. Klein said...

First thank you for being the moderator for this book, I can't think of anyone more qualified. Thank for the tablerunner. I learn this verse in Sunday School& as a Girl Scout visiting our National Cathedral in Washington DC.,I found a charm bracelet with this verse. It has always been a favorite. Now thanks to you I have it again in my home for all to see.

Caryn said...

I love your patterns, and also I love the heart and house pattern you shared. The thread and fabric in the giveaway are beautiful colors to cheer gray winter days! csmfile@gmail.com

Sharon Aurora said...

Thank you for your beautiful table runner pattern. I love your patterns, but what I love even more is reading your insightful posts on life. They prompt me to reflect on my own life, sometimes with a smile, sometimes with tears. Looking forward to all the chapter studies.

Miss Deb said...

This is my year to reclaim peace in my home and my garden. I think following the blogs about Gentle Domesticity and the book maybe just the ticket to add to my efforts. Looking forward to regaining what has been lost for a few years now. Thank you Jenny.

Lee said...

What a lovely overview of the book and relaxing post. I admire your table runner!! Thank you for sharing!

Dixie Logoyda said...

Love the fabrics in this giveaway.

Dixielogoyda@yahoo.com

Bevbee said...

Been wanting to get this book for ages and so have downloaded the kindle version tonight. Just as a matter of interest Jenny, I popped into a Quilting shop this week to have a look. Not done that for ages as I have been wanting to use up my stash. Walking through the shop I was immediately drawn to (and recognised) some Tilda fabrics. So used to seeing them in your posts that I recognised them straight away. Thanks for the posts, really appreciate and look forward to them coming. Blessings. Bev

Michelle Barnard said...

It's always a treasure to see your emails in my inbox. Your blog, patterns, and designs are all so beautiful. Now that I see photos of the book, it's not what I expected (in a good way). I look forward to checking out the Kindle version.

Jacqueline Celestine. Jfcelestine@gmail.com said...

I do enjoy your blog! You are so inspiring. I am so glad God put me in your path! Thank you!

Michele Vogel said...

Love this. Such an inspiration. Thank you for the time you spend on this.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

The table runner will be a perfect spring project.

Unknown said...

Thank you for your wonderful "conversations". I so enjoy your beautiful designs and projects. I am enjoying the book and will look forward to the book club each month.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your wonderful "conversations". I so enjoy your beautiful designs and projects. I am enjoying the book and will look forward to the book club each month. Vivian Johnson vcjohnson1957@gmail.com

Unknown said...

I so enjoy your posts. I have "gifted" 10 of your beautiful pincushions this year for Christmas and I recreated your Lord's Prayer quilt for my sister's 60th birthday. Keep on....

Unknown said...

My email is sewingmama003@gmail.com

MarLane Dows said...

Thank you for the give away. Hooray that 2019 will be full of "Jenny". marlanedows@gmail.com

Debby said...

Jenny, I am so excited about this year's journey. My book is due to arrive any day now. Thank you for your inspiration and verbosity.

Louise Haddon said...

Love your work!

bezaz said...

Thanks for giveaway! I love that table runner 💕

grammajudyb said...

The tabler unner pattern is soooo cute! 1 Corinthians 13 was read at my wedding almost 55 years ago. It is still a favorite. Thanks!

Pilarín said...

Muchas gracias por el camino de mesa que nos compartes. Es una preciosa labor!

Me llevo la información a mi blog ("El escaparate de Pilarín" (http://pilarpalamos.blogspot.com) y lo enlazo con el tuyo.

Muchas gracias por la oportunidad del sorteo que propones. Mucha suerte para todas!!!

Besos y abrazos desde España,
Pilarín

Susan Griffith said...

I love your January free project. I know it will also find a place in my home! Thanks for all your inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Hello Jenny from across the miles in England...
Thank you for your generous giveaway (wow) and for sharing your table runner pattern, it's fab!
Loving the book review...gently amusing and gently inspirational...it will be a 'go to' whilst taking breaks during my year of re-organisation, decluttering, re-prioritising, spending quality time with family and friends, and being good to myself!
This is going to be a wonderful year!

snowbaby katz said...

I haven't been doing anything since before Christmas. I finished two quilts that have been sitting in moving boxes since 2006. Finally got those finished

I made a Quilt of Honor for my new son in law in one month !! sewn, quilted and given in one month !!

And I made a Minnie Mouse toddler quilt for my niece. . .

I still have a cosmos stars planets quilt to make for my nephew,

but, you know, after years and years of being in the quilting community, I am just plain burned out and I am wondering what its all about anymore. Why am I doing this?

So Jenny, I love your embroidery style. I love your blog. And I love that you are a sister in the Lord Jesus.

I need some inspiration and some new hope. My hope has just plumb run out.


Love the table runner. I am ready to try something new.

Blessings and hugs for the new year.

Marco's Mummy said...

Hello Jenny from across the miles in England...
Thank you for your generous giveaway (wow) and for sharing your table runner pattern, it's fab!
Loving the book review...gently amusing and gently inspirational...it will be a 'go to' whilst taking breaks during my year of re-organisation, decluttering, re-prioritising, spending quality time with family and friends, and being good to myself!
This is going to be a wonderful year!

Rebecca Stipe said...

Hi Jenny thank you for the table runner pattern love everything you do

sam said...

Oh the table runner is so lovely. Thank you for offering the pattern.

Melissa Finley said...

to Vivian Johnson,
I simply have to reply to you...your name is the same as my grandmother’s! She was born July 11, 1903 Vivian Sue Johnson...she was the sweetest Gramommy in the whole wide world. My mom and I would get into mock arguments over who had the bestest mommy in the whole wide world, her, or me. =^_______^=
It was lovely seeing your name, and thinking about my sweet Gramommy. I loved her more than words can depict; she’s been gone for a quarter of a century, this year, but she’s ever in my heart. She taught me to crochet and embroider! >^..^<
Melissa

Gloria Nickolis said...

I have enjoyed you for years. It is so wonderful to meet another Christian. Your patterns are lovely, thought provoking and heartfelt.
It's so nice to have some old time values.
I like following your life and happenings.
I have 3 jobs and I have to thank you for always lighting up my day!
Gloria

Anne said...

Thank you Jenny for such a generous giveaway and for sharing your table runner pattern! :)

Robynne said...

Thank you Jenny for your wonderful inspiring blog and for introducing Janes book to us. I have downloaded a sample of it on my kindle app and now need to purchase it. I don’t machine sew and consequently don’t have a stash of materials. Maybe I should start as I really love your table runner and giveaway material. Robynne ( I imagine you have my email as I subscribe to your blog.??)

Remembrances said...

Thank you for this inspiring walk through Jane's book. I purchased it several months ago and have been going through it bit by bit, but going through it with you and the others will be so much more rewarding! And I love the table runner pattern - it will look lovely on our kitchen table, or maybe the sideboard......hmmm, many possibilities!

Jusmom1 said...

Thank you, Jenny, for the wonderful giveaway and for all you do! I can't wait to dip my toe into the wonderful domestic world of Jane's book!

mindi said...

Such a pretty table runner! Thank you for sharing it with us. And thank you for hosting the Gentle Domesticity book study. What a great idea! I am still waiting -almost patiently- for a book to arrive..... :)

Judi Smith said...

Today I took some time to work on sewing my Splendid Sampler 1 blocks. This project has been sitting for a while, but is now turning into a wonderful quilt. Thank you for creating the Blossoming block! It is my favorite and was one of my first projects!

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Thank you for the lovely pattern.. and your giveaway is scrumptious! I bought the book as an ebook via Kobo - I'm so looking forward to the study! xx

Carol C Thomas said...

Book looks so detailed, beautiful photographs.

Jerry said...

Jenny, My husband of 70 plus years was promoted to Glory just 3 months ago and life is still a struggle for me. Taking time to recover the past as I try to accept the future is a day to day event. "Taking the time" is the key to life now, keeping things simple, trying to handle only one at a time, giving my mind a chance to rest and accept what may lie ahead, and reading your posts help. Also as you give gifts for hand work, which I have always enjoyed, well, it just helps me. So let me say "Thank you" and give a big hug to a friend. Bless you, Jerry

Marie said...

Dear Jenny, thank you for another enjoyable blog read. The Art of Gentle Domesticity is going to provide us with some beautiful pictures and lovely reading, thank you for deciding to share this with us. You are showing your generosity once again with this beautiful giveaway, thanks for the opportunity, Warmest regards Marie

Karen said...

Jenny, what a lovely idea doing a giveaway. This is going to be a fun year!

Martha M Roberts said...

Dear Jenny--as a subscriber of your embroidery club from the very beginning, I will miss your beautiful designs. I know that it is time for you to direct your talents in a different path. I have owned a copy of the Gentle Domesticity for years and I am excited to be going through it with you. marna329(at)aol(dot)com

Terri in BC said...

Thank you for sharing. I'm struggling to define myself as a "homemaker" - I've been divorced for what seems like forever, my kids are adults and on their own now and I still work full-time. Retirement is in my near future though, and I hope to have plenty of time to make my way to domesticity by then.

Anonymous said...

Jenny, Thank you for sharing your lovely patterns. I have always enjoyed making up your different patterns. I have ordered my copy of Gentle Domesticity and am waiting for it to arrive. kim.godwin@godwin.net.au

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