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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!

Garden Roses (tapestry kit) - A traditional floral design.

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"Many, many thanks for sending my order (Santa, Wine bottle aprons) so quickly. I ordered it on Wednesday afternoon and it was here [at my home] in Wales with the post the following morning. Amazing service!!!! Thank you once again." - SK, Flintshire, United Kingdom

"Thank you so much for your prompt delivery of my Lanarte kit Seduction. ... I have always loved this kit. When I saw you only had one kit left my daughter told me to go for it. I am thrilled with it. I will recommend your company to everyone. Thank you again." - HK, Kent, United Kingdom

Dance upon the mountains like a flame
Welcome to our May 2019 edition!

In this month's issue
  • Nimue's orchestra
  • Mirabilia
  • Heritage / John Clayton
  • More collections from Vervaco and Lanarte
  • Crochet Cotton
  • Riolis Review, May Bargains and Margaret Sherry
Patterns

Nimue Fee Main has completed the orchestra who accompany Robin`s Jig and they make an interesting - if motley - crew. Maybe the musician in your life would enjoy one or more of these quirky designs!

Winter Love is the latest Mirabilia lady. With dark blue wings she stands before a sparkling tree. And of course we can expect Spring, Summer and Autumn in due course.

While we're on the subject of Mirabilia, more embellishment packs have recently become available Winter White Santa, Circle of Friends, Mediterranean Mermaid, Shakespeare Fairies, Spring Topiary Garden, Merchant Mermaid, Golden Girl Apples and Silver Moon Tea.

The new packs for MD104 Day Nymph and MD105 Night Nymph have the Valdani floss included as well as all the beads and treasures.

We'll be adding all these to the website over the next week or two.


Kits

The latest Elegance lady by John Clayton and Heritage Crafts is Daisy a lovely bridesmaid to accompany the bride Laura. Interestingly, this is the first kit we've had which uses some of the new range of DMC stranded cottons.

Vervaco have released both their own second 2019 collection and Lanarte`s second 2019 collection. From Vervaco's collection we have chosen three sepia kits: one wedding record and two baby samplers.

From Lanarte we have chosen two pretty Marjolein Bastin kits and a Fantasy picture of a fairy.


Crochet Cotton

Anchor Aida crochet cotton has been discontinued for some time and Anchor Artiste Mercer Crochet cotton is now only available in the finer sizes 20, 40, 60, 80. It looks like Anchor are focussing on the Freccia range which comes in sizes 6, 8, 12,16, 20, 25 in many colours and multicolours. It is 3 ply mercerised 100% cotton and we'll be adding some to our stock very soon.


Riolis Review

Anne has stitched Lanterns by Riolis see her review of this interesting kit.


Bargains for May

There are hardanger books, table covers and fabric in the Bargain Basement for the month of May. All are by Rico Design and as usual are at half the previous price while stocks last.


Margaret Sherry - In Memoriam
Calender Cats, cross stitch design by Margaret Sherry
We were very sorry to hear of the death of Margaret Sherry, one of the great names of British cross stitch design. Her designs were manufactured by many of the top makers including Heritage Crafts, Bothy Threads and Anchor.

Her witty cartoon cats, mice and other animals were enormously popular and brought pleasure to lots of stitchers for many years.


And Finally

Our title is from The Land of Heart's Desire by the Irish poet William Butler Yeats (1865-1939):
...
«Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the dishevelled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame.
»
...

We hope that Margaret has found her eternal dance.

Have a peaceful and productive May!
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