Our title is from a poem by American poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886):
«Summer has two Beginnings
Beginning once in June
Beginning in October
Affectingly again ...»
In this month's Issue ...
Kits from Nimue, Permin, John Clayton, Anne Peden and Luca-S
Patterns from Nora Corbett
Nimue Fee Main has a new Art Nouveau lady design inspired by Brittany and the traditional Breton costume. Available as a kit in linen and as a chart.
Permin have a new catalogue which includes this year's new releases. We have some Christmas designs including advent calendars and hardanger wine bottle aprons.
We now have in stock the first part of Permin's Secret Stitch Along advent calendar. This comes with all the materials fabric, threads and red plastic rings. The first chart of the design is included and the rest will be downloadable at two weekly intervals.
There are two new Elegance ladies from John Clayton and Heritage Crafts this month. Martina wears a powder pink evening dress. Holly in her burgundy evening dress stands by a white Christmas tree both sparking with gold metallic floss. These kits are available in 27 count evenweave and 14 count Aida.
Anne's latest design in her Blackwork Garden Birds series is a pair of goldcrests in a yew tree. This one comes as a downloadable or paper pattern or as a kit on 28 count cream Jobelan.
We have some lovely new designs from Luca-S. There are two realistic Santa pictures (if that makes any sense!) - that we love - and a cute robin picture for Christmas - and a set of three cartoon birth samplers for other happy events.
Bothy Threads have released a new set of kits of cute soft toy rabbits, from Bebunni. Some are especially dressed for Christmas.
With so many new designs, they have had a clear-out of some older ones, both by Bothy Threads and Derwentwater Designs, so don't delay if you are interested in one of their current kits.
This month in the Bargain Basement there are many ladies in different styles - elegant, wild, ethnic, victorian, feisty ... - and as usual at half the previous low price. Offers are only for this month and while stocks last.
And Finally ...
Those of you in the southern hemisphere (who we often overlook in this newsletter!) should actually be experiencing the beginning of Summer - although of course that's not what Emily Dickinson meant!
As for us here in Scotland we have had high winds and lots of trees down - which passes for summer here.
Well, at least we have seasons and each one has something new to offer. So we rejoice in the beauty and magic of each season and enjoy it while we can.
We wish you an enjoyable Autumn/Fall/Summer wherever you may be.
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Important - Please Read This! (Latest update 23rd May 2020)
We know how much your crafts matter to you and so we are continuing to work for as long as we can.
The delivery services have been inundated with online purchases and this has led to backlogs of international mail ("It's like two Christmasses at once!").
We are of course wholly dependent on the delivery services and the delays are highly variable - some international (non-UK) packages have taken 2 months to arrive and some have arrived in normal time.
So we ask for your continuing patience in waiting for your package to arrive.
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We hope you are safe and comfortable and able to enjoy your stitching in these difficult times.