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Learn little Maid, each useful Art

Learn little Maid, each useful Art

Hello and and a warm welcome to September's newsletter.

In this month's issue ...

  • Kits by Lanarte, Vervaco (Gorjuss), Bothy Threads and Arts and Designs (that's us!)
  • Patterns by By the Bay Needlearts, JBW Designs and Hands Across the Sea
  • New wooden display frames and storage
  • Madame Chantilly review

There has been a dearth of new kit releases recently and we all know why, but they are finally bouncing back and we've plenty to tell you about.
Flower Branch Guardians - cross stitch kit by Lanarte
Lanarte's Fourth Collection 2020 has finally arrived. There are birds and flowers, a Christmas design by Marjolein Bastin and pretty ballet shoes with a few re-issues.

Gorjuss is back! The new designs are now manufactured by Belgian maker Vervaco , the first two cross stitch pictures in pretty pastels.

Bothy Threads have released their Autumn Collection. We have selected a few designs but you can see the complete collection in our online catalogue. There are lovely new nursery pictures from the illustrations of Anita Jeram, more Wrendale Designs and some Christmas cards and pictures. There are also two new seashore Silken Long Stitch designs. The lovely new William Morris style cushions will be ready in mid-September.

We are planning a new range of in-house long stitch kits. The first designs of flowers by Anne is ready now with larger landscape designs by Julie in the pipeline.


There has been no shortage of new cross stitch patterns. New to us, By the Bay Needlearts has traditional American stylised landscapes.

We have two new JBW Designs booklets each with twenty little Christmas Tree ornaments.

A new Hands Across the Sea Sampler and many more.


We have some new and interesting hardware:-
Unfortunately, our deliveries of Nora Corbett patterns, Mill Hill beads, Kreinik metallic floss and Caron Waterlilies silks haven't improved. Delivery is now about five weeks from ordering. However, most of what we order does come so it looks like the manufacturers have largely recovered their stock. Sadly, our US supplier's stocks of Weeks Dye Works and Classic Colorworks cottons still haven't got back to normal.


Anne has stitched and reviewed one of the Iced Lemonade charts by Madame Chantilly. You can see her review here.

September Bargains

September`s Bargain Basement is themed around 'Homes' and 'Welcome' with all items as usual at half previous low price.

And Finally

This month's title is from a sampler pattern reproduced by Hands Across the Sea from the work of Mary Ann Diaper:

«Learn little Maid, each useful Art,
Which may adorn thy Youth;
Learn to improve thy tender Heart,
In Virtue, Grace and Truth;
Shun every vice with studious care,
Each Female folly flee,
That every grace which Crown the fair
May all attend on thee

And, yes, she was just eight years old when she stitched the original. This was of course in the age before TV, phones and iPads. Have we lost something?

Here's hoping you have a soothing and stress-free stitching September.
by Arts and Designs on Fri, 28 Aug 2020, 19:09
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