Well of course we had to have a title written by the bard of Stratford-upon-Avon whose 400th anniversary was in April. If you love crafts, then every month is May.
In this month's issue ...
New Coloris pattern books and patterns by Imaginating and Cross-Eyed Cricket
Kits from Thea Gouverneur, John Clayton (Heritage Crafts) Bothy Threads, Eva Rosenstand and Permin
May's free pattern
Charts and Patterns
The new Coloris floss by DMC has been very well received. Each shade of Coloris combines four different colours to produce interesting shading effects. We now have three pattern books of samplers specially designed by DMC for Coloris thread Christmas, Sweet Home and Flowers.
There are another three Let's designs by ImaginatingLet's live by the Sea, Let's shop 'til we drop and Let's tractor. We are placing bets on how many more Ursula Michael can come up with.
Thea Gouverneur has a new set of kits based on costumes in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Each kit has two flowery patterns and are available in linen only.
The latest Elegance lady by John Clayton and Heritage Crafts has a much more modern costume an evening dress in deep red. Susannah seems well aware that the whole room has noticed her.
The Enchanted Series, new from Bothy Threads is similar to the Fairy Tales series and is worked in silhouette with added gold and silver floss and beads on hand dyed fabric.
Eva Rosenstand has relaunched the classic Four Seasons kits. In the most brilliant way the artist has succeeded in showing the year cycle of both flora and fauna using the same scene for all four seasons. The colours, the details and the story told ensures that you will never grow tired of looking at the pictures whether displayed individually or as a set.
Permin also has a new Spring collection. We have chosen two cushions and a table runner so far and you can see all the new kits in our online catalogues.
It's been some time since Coats Crafts stopped producing needlepoint kits by Glorafilia but we still have a few left. These are top quality classics and at a bargain price. Don't miss out!
This month's free pattern
Since it's a significant anniversary for Shakespeare, we used a quote from one of his poems to name a design. The Darling Buds of May is free to download during May.
And in the Bargain Basement this month there are sets of kits, three or more designs which go together well. They are all half the discounted price of buying the set one at a time so if you're looking for a large project at a small cost, do check it out.
And Finally ...
Our title this month comes from William Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost (Act IV Scene III). Our copy of his Complete Works runs to 1000+ pages of rather small print. One day we'll get round to reading it.
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