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The winds of March were wild and drear ...

The winds of March were wild and drear ...

A warm (especially if you live in Britain) welcome to our March newsletter. Brrrr!

In this month's newsletter:
  • Glorafilia revived
  • Bothy's Spring Collection
  • Mackintosh Rose
  • Villager Jim
  • From the back of the Drawer
  • Easter Papercraft Bargains

March, cross stitch design by the Cross Eyed Cricket

As promised we now have more Glorafilia needlepoint kits back from retirement. As well as stylised birds and flowers, there are a pair of nursery designs and two excerpts from the Bayeaux tapestry.

Bothy Threads' Spring Collection has a new series of designs from the artwork of Sarah Reilly of Love Country, a young English artist whose work is inspired by the local countryside. Two to begin with but there are sure to be more to come.

Bothy have also added four new fairy silhouette designs to the Enchanted series and four new Wrendale designs a deer, a badger, a rabbit and a fox. With two new wedding samplers there's lots to choose from.

Rose Swalwell of Derwentwater Designs has four new kits: two feature Mackintosh roses and the other two are additions to the Silken Long Stitch series.

Bailey, a sad eyed dog from the photograpy of Villager Jim is new for Spring from Heritage Crafts. Available in 27 count evenweave and Aida.

There are also lots of cartoon designs from the ingenious Peter Underhill The Insomniac, The Intellectual to join the Antagonist, The Imposter and The Individual; a new cartoon cat design and ... dancing frogs.

Rescued from the Drawer

Anne found an interesting booklet at 'the back of the drawer': Award Winning Designs in Hardanger Embroidery by the Nordic Needle. The 48 page booklet has detailed instructions for nine patterns from a little biscornu to a doilly for a piano and sizes in between.

Easter Freebie

There's not much that's new for pattern seekers this month so Anne has worked a new Easter freebie pattern for you to download. It's a blackwork design of a golden Easter egg with beads which is free to download.


We have Easter papercrafts in our Bargain Basement this month all at half price just in time to get on with those Easter cards for April 1st.

And finally ...

Our title is from the poem In A London Square by English poet Arthur Hugh Clough (1819-1861).

December days were brief and chill,
The winds of March were wild and drear,
And, nearing and receding still,
Spring never would, we thought, be here.

Here in Dumfries we have missed the worst of the arctic storm that has hit Britain and we are working normally - but orders we despatch may have to travel through affected areas. A big thank you to all our customers for your forbearance.

They say if March comes in like a lion, she goes out like a lamb. We look forward to writing about lambs in our next newsletter.
by Arts and Designs on Fri, 02 Mar 2018, 19:55
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