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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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Glorafilia
Art Nouveau cushion panels from the reborn Glorafilia!

Persian Flowers in Black and Green (tapestry kit) - Stylised and colourful flowers make a bold statement.

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Treasure your legacy of skills
Welcome to our November Newsletter!

We hope your Halloween festivities went well and you have plenty of time to prepare for Christmas as it is most definitely a-Comin'.

In this month's issue

  • kits - from Just Nan and new a new elegant Lady from John Clayton
  • Patterns - Satsuma Street, Permin and Cottage Garden Samplings
Kits

We have recently introduced some sweet intricate designs by Just Nan. They're half way between pure designs and kits as the patterns come with the special items needed beads and charms - and you provide your own fabric and floss.


John Clayton's latest Elegance lady has arrived. Paula in her red dress is sitting on a bar stool and sipping a cocktail.


Patterns
Fa-La-La-Llama! - cross stitch pattern by Satsuma Street
Jody Rice of Satsuma Street has designed a colourful Christmas stocking with a smiling llama - Fa-La-La-Llama! An unusual take on Christmas tradition that's sure to make Santa stop and want to fill it up.

Hardanger enthusiasts will be delighted with the new Permin Hardanger design book which features six recent patterns with ideas for different colour combinations.

The twelfth and final design in the Songbirds Garden series by Cottage Garden Samplings is now available. A sampler with a traditional message and a contemporary feel.

Apparently, there's a story behind the Baker`s Wife - the new pattern by Nora Corbett of Mirabilia Designs. Perhaps the salacious details will be revealed in the second part of this two part series. We love a good bit of gossip.

Fat Cat Cross Stitch have told us they are no longer producing greetings cards and we have put together packs of five of their Christmas cards at a much reduced price to clear.


Embroidery Bargains

There are printed table covers for embroidery in the Bargain Basement this month and, as usual, at half the previous low price. Some are stitched in surface cross stitch and some in a variety of stitches. Why not give them a go and enjoy learning a new technique?


And Finally ...

Well, Brexit had a 3 month stay of execution - so that particular can has been kicked down the road until the end of January next year. We now have the joy of an election with all the nonsense that goes with it. Who will rid us of these troublesome priests?

We were at the recent Craft/Christmas Fair in Glasgow and some of our customers were kind enough to drop by our display. We really appreciated that some of you made lengthy journeys and it was a great pleasure to meet you. We hope you enjoyed the fair - although we heard the car park was exorbitantly expensive!

In deference to our European cultural heritage this month's title is taken from Child of Europe, a poem by Czeslaw Milosz (Polish-American, 1911 2004) :

«...
Treasure your legacy of skills, child of Europe.
Inheritor of Gothic cathedrals, of baroque churches.
Of synagogues filled with the wailing of a wronged people.
Successor of Descartes, Spinoza, inheritor of the word 'honor',
Posthumous child of Leonidas
Treasure the skills acquired in the hour of terror.
...
»

On that rather dark note may we lighten up a little and wish you a happy and productive November!
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