Needlecraft Kits and Patterns

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We supply cross-stitch and other needlecraft kits, patterns, books, papercrafts and supplies/accessories at discount prices to stitchers and papercrafters all over the world.

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Royal Paris - Quality with a French Flavour
Royal Paris cross stitch kits offer a mix of styles and themes - including some hard to find Disney characters that you won't want to miss!

Black and White Waterlily Cushion Front (tapestry kit) - A striking modern design of stylised leaves and flowers.

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"bonjour

j'ai reçu ma grille ce jour

un très très grand merci à vous, elle est magnifique

cordialement" - PM, France

"OH.MY.GOSH!! I am beyond impressed with my recent cross-stitch purchase from your company! In every way, I can only register complete delight! The speedy delivery (barely a week from order to in my mailbox - here in the Canadian Rockies) to the design itself (totally adorable - Animal Alphabet - Bothy Threads - a gift I'm creating) to the detailed, easy-to-navigate instructions and pattern (two versions!) - all I can say is wow. Most impressive is the organization of the kit itself, especially the threads. Talk about a wonderful treat: to have everything quite literally at my fingertips so all I needed to do was add an embroidery hoop, find a comfortable chair and...sew. Thank you for your exceptional service and product. I'll definitely be a repeat customer. All the best," - CM, Alberta, Canada

"Thank you very much for posting kits-you are extremely fast" - HCN, W.Midlands, United Kingdom

A Fur Coat in Texas in August
Hello and welcome to our August newsletter!

This month ...
  • New DMC kits
  • Rapunzel
  • Blackbird Designs' Latest
  • New from Bothy
  • Lanarte
  • Winds of Change for Anchor/maia
  • This Month's Free Pattern

New Kits and Patterns
Summer Meadow - cross stitch kit by DMC Creative
Four sets of new DMC kits have just arrived ...
The latest design from Mirabilia is the fairy tale princess Rapunzel standing on her tower with her long, long hair coiled around her. Another stylish pattern from the great designer Nora Corbett.

Number nine and number ten in Blackbird Designs' Garden Club Series The Gardener and How does the Lily Grow have arrived. There are another two still to come to make up the large composite sampler.

Bothy Threads have a lovely new series of wildlife kits from the beautiful and witty watercolours of Hannah Dale of Wrendale Designs. Don't worry about all the background spots because they are pre-printed on the fabric and not stitched (phew!).

Also from Bothy are two more kits in the Fairy Tales Series :- Cinderella, complete with the Ugly Sisters, the pumpkin coach, glass slipper and Prince Charming, and Snow White with the Wicked Stepmother and poison apple, and of course the seven dwarfs.

Lanarte have released their third 2016 Collection featuring an elegant lady, lots of flowers and a very pretty nature design by Marjolein Bastin.


Anchor and maia

We are sad to say that we have been told by Coats Crafts that the UK company is winding down. The company was founded in the eighteenth century in Paisley, Scotland and grew and merged until it became a world leader. The parent company MEZ in Germany have made arrangements to distribute their products through a UK wholesaler and we understand that all existing products, stranded cottons, tapestry wools, Anchor and Maia kits will still be available. We hope to have a clearer picture by September.


This Month's Free Pattern

To celebrate the summer this month's free pattern is Coreopsis a bright yellow summer flower.

And our Bargain Basement is coming up roses all at half the previous low price!


And finally ...

With the Olympics just starting in Brazil, our sympathies go out to the athletes who have to compete in the tropical heat of Rio. We offer this quote to them: «The pleasure of jogging and running is rather like that of wearing a fur coat in Texas in August: the true joy comes in being able to take the damn thing off» Joseph Epstein (b 1937)

We wish you a relaxed and air-conditioned August.
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