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.
The sale of the company to the Belgian Verachtert group in 2011 has changed the Dutch identity of the brand which has become a combination of two countries.
Chocolate brown refers to the luxury of the Belgian chocolates. Orange has been for ages the colour of the Netherlands.
All new designs are packed in chocolate brown boxes. All kit contents are carefully packed in silk orange paper.
Their latest catalogue for 2015- 2016 contains many of the old favourites with new designs. All designs are sorted by theme: Romance, Home & Garden, Marjolein Bastin, Culture, Maria van Scharrenburg, Animals and Classic.
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