The Lanarte release features some old favourites from Marjolein Bastin and some traditional romantic designs.
The Vervaco catalogue has a horticultural flavour with bright and cheerful garden images to cheer up dull days.
Julie Lynes has designed more bottle aprons not necessarily for wine bottles this time with an Alice in Wonderland theme. A talking point for your next tea party.
It's a busy month for new kits. We have three new designs from the Danish art company Haandarbejdets Fremme a flower cushion and a bunny cushion with a colourful Easter egg table runner. All are stitched with Danish Flower Thread on 100% linen fabric.
The new Bothy collection has arrived with five more Wrendale designs, two more Beryl Cook cartoons, new Margaret Sherry, flowers and sampler.
Betty and Norman are a sweet elderly couple produced by Heritage Crafts from the artwork of Peter Underhill. The kits are all in whole cross stitch with backstitch detail.
We now have some VDV bead embroidery kits in stock. They come with colour printed background and you just add the beads. One big attraction with bead embroidery is that you never have to change thread!
In early March, there is a Needlework show in Nashville, TN, USA. With four floors of exhibitors there will be lots of new designs on show and hopefully we'll have many of them next month.
We all have problems storing our threads. Anne keeps hers in plastic ice cream tubs, sorted by number (we eat far too much ice cream). It re-uses plastic containers but the thread still gets tangled and some numbers part company with the cottons. A customer asked us to get Floss-A-Way bags by DMC with grip and seal bags which can be labelled and used to store single colours.
We have also found a system for storing threads short term while stitching a project and we hope to have this in stock next month.
We hope you had a chance to enter our recent competition on Facebook. If not, then don't worry as we'll be running more in the future! The winner of the Mirabilia pattern lives in the West Midlands, England but there were entries from all over the world. So keep an eye on our Facebook page for the next compo.
This month's title is taken from Great Expectations (a coming-of-age tale in which good does eventually triumph) by Charles Dickens (English writer 1812-1870):
«It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. »
If, with the prospect of a pandemic, you do decide to go out a little less this March then it will be a great opportunity to catch up with all those unfinished projects,. Every cloud ...
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