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Daffodils and Tulips

Daffodils and Tulips are the symbols of Spring. Treat yourself to a lovely kit by the best European designers, Marjolein Bastin, Thea Gouverneur and Eva Rosenstand.

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Black and White Tulips - cross-stitch kit by Marjolein Bastin

Black and White Tulips

Tulips - cross-stitch kit by Permin of Copenhagen


Black Tulips - cross-stitch kit by Marjolein Bastin

Black Tulips

Pink Darwin Hybrid Tulip - cross-stitch kit by Thea Gouverneur

Pink Darwin Hybrid Tulip

Flamed Single Late Tulip - cross-stitch kit by Thea Gouverneur

Flamed Single Late Tulip

Daffodils Panel - cross-stitch kit by John Clayton

Daffodils Panel

Mini Daffodil - cross-stitch kit by John Clayton

Mini Daffodil

Rembrandt Tulips - cross-stitch kit by Thea Gouverneur

Rembrandt Tulips

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"... Thank you very much for your very prompt and efficient service. First Class!! I shall be passing on your details to my sewing friends. Thanks again." - SS, Cambridgeshire., United Kingdom

"Dear Sir/Madam, Having ordered my kit on Tuesday, and I was so pleased when I received it the next morning! Thank you very much for such a great service, and thank you for the free chart, it's beautiful! Kind Regards," - CG, Bucks., United Kingdom

"Hi - Just wanted to let you know that I received my new order yesterday. I had forgotten to thank you for the lovely free patterns you've sent for cross stitch and/or needlepoint - they are so lovely. I can't tell you how much your special touches mean to me as a customer. It has been a pleasure buying from you." - EJ, Vermont, United States

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San Serriffe and the Spaghetti Harvest

Welcome to our April newsletter ...

John Clayton and Heritage Crafts have produced another lovely lady in the Elegance series - Louisa - who is making an entrance in a green silk evening gown.

Tulips, long-stitch kit by Anchor
After a request from a customer for large long stitch kits we now have Tulips by Anchor which measures 65 by 40 cms, 26 by 16 inches.

Bothy Threads' seams are bursting with new ideas and new kits Foods of Britain is a larger project full of interest; there's a new Noah's Ark birth sampler; and three more wedding samplers with Love Blossoms a heart shaped tree trunk and a multitude of flowers.

Also new from Bothy, Santoro`s Mirabelle Collection is a portfolio of enchanting images, elegant and sophisticated. The wistful figures are exquisitely detailed, embellished with stylised floral motifs, vibrant butterflies, brilliant birds and other intriguing imagery to create romantic and fascinating artworks. As with Gorjuss you will see these images on all sorts of stylish stationery, bags and accessories and now you can have your own cross stitch pictures. The first four in the series are Butterfly, If Only, Adrift and Devotion.

They've also been working overtime at Imaginating and among other things have introduced two more of the popular «Let's» designs this time of visiting Grandpa`s or Grandma`s.

The latest stunning Mirabilia lady is Cassiopeia, the queen from Greek mythology punished by the gods for her vanity.

This month we're featuring Spring charts many of which are from sets of all four seasons.

We have been making changes to our website which we hope will go live in April. We hope you'll find it a neater, tidier layout and easier to use too!

And finally ... our title this month refers to two of the most famous April Fools' pranks: San Serriffe was a fictitious holiday island (led by General Pica!) reported in the Guardian in 1977; 20 years earlier the BBC had reported on the «Swiss Spaghetti Harvest», a bumper crop for that year due to the mild winter. Both these articles fooled many thousands of people who called in to ask for more details.

Art and Craft Events

So much choice ... You have hundreds of cross stitch designers and suppliers to choose from, so here is a little more detailed information on some of them, their products and our opinions ...


maia is an exclusive range of beautiful and artistic embroidery kits designed to inspire you down to the very last stitch.

Maia is the goddess of spring, growth, life, rebirth and love – all fitting qualities for you and your stitching.

Produced by Coats Crafts, maia kits include carefully sorted Anchor thread, quality fabric and easy to follow charts and instructions. The designs are all inspired by the artwork of various artists - Karl Bang, Thomas Kinkade, Keith Mallett, Erte, Nel and Kawase Hasui.

Quality cross stitch kits, inspirational design.


The Dutch company Lanarte have produced many and varied designs. They produce quality large scale charts in black and white with detailed instructions in several languages.

In 1934, Augustinus (Guus) Vergnes opened a shop in Leeuwarden selling yarn and knitting wool. The range was gradually extended to include other needlecrafts, such as simple cross-stitch kits. Over the years, Guus managed to open numerous shops throughout the country under the name Naaldkunst (Needlecraft). As the range of needlecraft kits was not very broad at that time, Guus felt the need to design his own.

Lanarte, now grown into a family business was set up in 1973 and new business premises were built on the newly developed Schenkenschans industrial area in Leeuwarden, Holland.

Lanarte's collections consist of :-

  • Art Nouveau - Stylish images from the golden age of art
  • Home and Garden - beautiful flower pictures, individually, in bouquets and vases or in garden setting;
  • Romance - delicate colours and subtle shades in pictures of beautiful women, children and flowers;
  • Marjolein Bastin - designs of flowers, birds and samplers from the well known Dutch illustrator;
  • Classic - from paintings, posters and Dutch tiles;
  • Animals - styled, realistic and cartoons;
  • Culture - Egyptian collages, oriental ladies, dark African beauties are all in this group;
  • Holiday - lighthouses and seaside views and the country with fields of flowers;
  • Just for Kids - cute teddies, toys and contemporary birth samplers;
  • Maria van Scharrenburg - beautiful fantasy figures, romantic baby pictures and a cute nursery range.

Rose Swalwell

Rose Swalwell is the founder of Derwentwater Designs, named after the lake in the beautiful English Lake District where she lives and where her business is situated.

The company has been designing and manufacturing embroidery kits since the mid 1980s and Rose still designs most of the kits although there is also a team of designers each specialising in a different range.

Green Apple

Green Apple Inc. has been a leader in the cross stitch industry for many years and has become known for having designs of sophistication and artistic quality - designs truly worthy of becoming heirlooms.

Among their most popular are the adorable Beatrix Potter and Cicely Mary Barker's Flower Fairies, as well as Southern Roots and French Country Designs. These come mainly in booklet form with a large number of pictures in each, clearly illustrated on black and white charts. Some booklets have colour illustrations of the finished works.

Many of the individual designs are small and would therefore be suitable for all abilities. Larger pieces would be for those with more experience.

Ever popular is their Beatrix Potter collection with converted illustrations of birds and animals from her books which are suitable for children and the nursery. With many different formats and uses these are excellent value.

Beatrix Potter was born in 1866 into an upper class Victorian family in London. While her brother was sent away to school she was educated at home in art and music. She became interested in nature and the environment in family holidays spent in Scotland and the Lake District and became a skilled artist at an early age. As well as the famous illustrations for her books, she painted landscapes, flowers and fossils.

Her first book The Tale of Peter Rabbit was published in 1902 and a large number of small books followed up until around 1920, featuring her much loved characters Jemima Puddle-duck, Mrs Tiggy Winkle, Tom Kitten and many more.

She retired to the Lake District where she bought a sheep farm and with the steady stream of income from her books she bought more land in the area which on her death was left to the National Trust to ensure that the beauty of the area would remain unspoiled. Her legacy is now part of the Lake District National Park.

Her most famous books have been published by Frederick Warne & Company since 1902.

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