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Marjolein Bastin - The Image of Summer

A picture of summer - traditional floral and bird images from the great Dutch cross-stitch designer

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Irises - cross-stitch kit by Marjolein Bastin

Irises

Bird House - cross-stitch kit by Marjolein Bastin

Bird House

Duckling & Bumble Bee - cross-stitch kit by Marjolein Bastin

Duckling & Bumble Bee

Pink Flowers and Wren - cross-stitch kit by Marjolein Bastin

Pink Flowers and Wren

Bouquet of Summer - cross-stitch kit by Marjolein Bastin

Bouquet of Summer

Black Tulips - cross-stitch kit by Marjolein Bastin

Black Tulips

Daffodils on a Table - cross-stitch kit by Marjolein Bastin

Daffodils on a Table

Wildflowers - cross-stitch kit by Marjolein Bastin

Wildflowers

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"Hi I would just like to say thank you for the very fast delivery of my cross stitch kit,and for keeping me informed about the delivery its much appreciated, and the kit is beautiful. I wish more companies were like you, its been a pleasure buying from you and I will be looking at more kits from your site in the near future kind regards" - CO, Cornwall, United Kingdom

"Just a short note to let you know I received my cross stitch kit order and I am very pleased with it. I will definitely order from you again ... thank you." - JR, Ontario, Canada

"Today I received the cross stitch kit. And now I have seen it for real I find it even more wonderfull than I thought it would be. ... Thanks very much for your reactions on my e-mail too." - RN, Gelderland, Netherlands

"Kia Ora from New Zealand! Thank you so much for your magnificent service. I just love the [blackwork kit] that I bought, will definitely carry on buying from you & recommend you to others. Can't wait for my new pattern to arrive." - MM, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

"Many thanks for a superbly effective and efficient service. The book is excellent and far exceeded my expectations. I will certainly be recommending you to others." - CB, Yorks., United Kingdom

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News

Worth Waiting For

We hope your summer (or winter) has been as pleasant as ours. Here in Scotland we have been enjoying hosting the Commonwealth Games - also known as the friendly games - which are being held in Glasgow. It looks like most of the athletes have enjoyed the warm reception which hopefully makes up for the not-so-warm temperatures!
Local Colour, cross stitch kit by Luca-S
At last! We finally have Lanarte's Second Summer Collection with an Eastern Princess, Spanish dancers and lovely flowers. Hopefully this collection was worth waiting for!

Lanarte have already announced a Third Summer Collection (!) with more pretty ladies and colourful flowers. The company is now on its summer break so these kits will not be immediately available but you will be able to see them here just as soon as we can get a hold of them.

Miribilia's latest design is of an elegant lady with butterflies, the legendary Queen Mariposa of Spain. The designer Nora Corbett is one of the most talented and prolific on the scene.

Thank you to everyone who waited patiently for Let's Purr - we hope it gives you lots of pleasure. We have more on order and also more of Let's Cross Stitch. The latest «Let's» is a pretty birth sampler with the words making a rattle shape and is called Let's Love Baby. Worked in only one shade, it could easily be in blue for a boy or pink for a girl.

And we have another lovely lady from John Clayton's Elegance Collection ... Abbi who is wearing a low cut white lace evening gown and - like Vanessa - is reclining on a chaise longue. Some customers have already spotted that they make an attractive pair.

Luca-S have two new Summer kits. Local Colour is a lady among flowers and Precious Moment is a mother and child at the seaside. Both are stitched on the special 18 count Aida with every tenth thread in a different colour to help with the complete stitch coverage of the designs.

For the month of August or while stocks last we have reduced Two Romantic Ladies by Lanarte to half the list price.

This month we are featuring John Clayton's Internationals and Panoramas series which have built up over the years. Some of these have been discontinued and there are only two Panoramas still on the catalogue so do check if you are collecting those as they won't be coming back.

And finally on the subject of waiting ... we have a quote from humourist Dave Barry: «The Internet is the most important single development in the history of human communication since the invention of call waiting.»

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 ...

Lanarte

Lanarte
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.

maia

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.

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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