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.
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.
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.
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.
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