Remember to be Gentle

Remember to be Gentle

A warm welcome to our sultry August newsletter ...

This month ...
  • The Russian connection
  • John Clayton's Chloe
  • Poison Pixies and Tropical Butterflies
  • Blackwork Birds
  • Fairies in the basement

Veiltail Goldfish, cross stitch kit by the Oven Company
This month we have some lovely new wildlife designs from the Oven Company of Russia. The designs range from realistic to quirky and all of the kits are very reasonably priced for their quality. The charts are in bright colour (not a match for the stranded cottons) and some have no written English but the graphic instructions are clear enough for most stitchers.

From another Russian company Panna there are three `white lace` designs of animals stitched in white outlines on dark fabric and some watercolour style designs.

We love these kits but the supplier for these companies is taking a summer break so we'll start placing orders again in Mid-August.

John Clayton's latest Elegance lady - Chloe - wears blue and carries a blue parasol. As usual the kit is available on either cotton evenweave or Aida.

Designs and Patterns

This month the ever-productive Nora Corbett has produced two new Poison Pixies and a new Holiday Village design called The Coffee House.

Our granddaughter's new bedroom has a jungle theme (and she is a wee monkey!) so Anne designed and stitched tropical butterflies and mounted them on flexi-hoops. These are available as downloadable charts or kits on 28 count evenweave.

Blackwork Birds

Robin is the most recent blackwork bird from the Garden Birds series by Anne. The design can be downloaded as a pattern (in PDF format) or mailed as a paper chart pack.

Robin is also available as a kit on 28 count cream Jobelan. Anne's garden is a haven for wild birds so there are plenty more to choose from - just by looking out of the window! Anne has already started on the next one.

Updates, Advice and Fairies

We must apologise to those of you who are still waiting for kits from Lanarte's Second 2018 Collection. These have been very slow to arrive at the UK distributor and then only come in dribs and drabs. We check daily for updates but we understand from customers that they are in short supply everywhere.

And now a tip if you have your own system for storing floss for a project. A lady who had bought a large Thea Gouverneur kit called us this week to check on the shade of one of the stranded cottons. She had taken all the threads off the original floss card and re-arranged them into her own system. Unfortunately, doing this lost some critical information about which colour goes with which symbol. It took several days and photos to reconstruct the key. If you feel the need to take the floss off the cards that come with the kit, you can save a lot of time and trouble if you take a photo first!

There are fairies in the Bargain Basement this month, all at half previous low price while stocks last.

And Finally ...

Our title this month is from a poem by Kent Nerburn ...

Remember to be gentle with yourself.
Be gentle with others.
We are all children of chance.
And, no one can say why some fields will blossom,
while others lay brown in the August sun.

Kent Nerburn (American writer b. 1946)

May your August blossom!
by Arts and Designs on Fri, 03 Aug 2018, 16:22
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