The Russians are coming!

The Russians are coming!

But before they get here, a couple of announcements:
  • Lanarte's range of pattern books - including those by Marjolein Bastin - are fast disappearing from print and we only have a few left.
  • Derwentwater Designs (Rose Swalwell) have replaced all their long stitch seasons kits - Mountain, Coastal, Cottages, Evening and Garden with 14 count canvas and Anchor wools and we now have all those in stock. They are now larger and a little more expensive. We still have a few of the older style left. Derwentwater are working on converting Jean Coates kits to the same fabrics and those should be available soon.

The Season - Summer, Cross Stitch Pattern, Mystic Stitch Inc.
The Russians are world class at many things: rocket science, chess, state corruption, and now ... embroidery. Riolis is the leading Russian maker and their ribbon embroidery kits are becoming very popular so we have added three more with birds and flowers on a black background (although they don't photograph well!). We saw some of these at a recent trade show and were really impressed. Also from Riolis we have a new kit of The Kiss after Gustav Klimt.

The latest in John Clayton's series of dancing couples is here: Foxtrot has the lady in a ballgown and an elegant interior to match Waltz. The Power and Grace series now has seven designs with the addition of Giraffes and Wild Horses.

Also new from Heritage Crafts and Peter Underhill are two similar wedding samplers Wedding Celebration and Scottish Wedding with the Scottish groom wearing the kilt.

If you are looking for challenging patterns why not look at the new set from Mystic Stitch in the Art Nouveau poster style: The Season - Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter.

World cotton prices have been rising and this will eventually feed through to almost all our products. For the moment though we have been able to reduce Zweigart 14 count Aida in the popular shades, white, Antique White and cream by more than 10% on previous prices, although unfortunately only while stocks last.

This month we are featuring kits for jacquard table covers with Aida areas by Rico Design. These are ideal for stitchers who prefer counted cross stitch over free embroidery but would still like to have hand embroidered table linen. Some kits are prepacked from Rico and some are packages that we have put together from Rico's design booklets, table linen and Anchor stranded cottons (and for some of the Christmas covers, gold floss).

May we wish you a bright and warm June.
 
by Arts and Designs on Fri, 27 May 2011, 19:05
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