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Warlocks and witches in a dance

Warlocks and witches in a dance

«Warlocks and witches in a dance;
Nae cotillion brent-new frae France,
But hornpipes, jigs, strathspeys and reels,
Put life and mettle in their heels.

(from Tam o' Shanter by Robert Burns)

A reminder (in case you needed one) that Hallowe'en is upon us again.

Welcome to the November Newsletter!

In this issue ...
  • Swedish Weave - simple and effective
  • Blackbird Designs
  • Heritage Crafts new kits
  • Lanarte's New Collection
  • Eva Rosentand Relaunch
  • Marjolein Bastin, Anchor and maia
  • Price rises

Swedish Weave
Alphabet Afghan by Swedish Weave Designs
Swedish Weave (also called Huck embroidery) is a counted thread embroidery technique that is simple to do and looks great. It's typically used for table runners and afghans. The fabric is called Huck Fabric or Monk's Cloth and has a 4 thread by 4 thread basketweave pattern. Yarn is stitched behind the blocks of vertical threads to create a design. All of the stitching appears on top of the fabric and rarely shows through on the back. (See this article for more details).

We have stocked downloadable patterns by US supplier Swedish Weaving for a while now but we've now expanded our stock to include kits, fabrics and paper pattern booklets so you can get everything you need.

Blackbird Designs

The last of the twelve designs in the Garden Club series by Blackbird Designs All in a Row - is now available. At last you can complete the set!

Heritage Crafts, Lanarte and Thea Gouverneur

Heritage Crafts have a lovely new Christmas design by John Clayton - Christmas Inn - from his watercolour series. It's available in 27 count evenweave and 14 count Aida versions.

New to Heritage are designs by Maria Diaz of four Christmas cards featuring cute fairies and elves. For owl lovers there's a colourful and witty (or should that be too-witty?) design by Karen Carter called Hanging Around.

Lanarte have launched a new Collection - the fourth of this year. There are pretty flower posies by Marjolein Bastin, a pensive lady, a little flower girl, fairy silhouettes and flowers, ten kits in all. These are not yet available to purchase but you can see the range at We expect them to be available from the second week of November on. Do let us know if you would like any of these and we will order them as soon as they become available.

There are two new cute kits by Thea Gouverneur the combinations of cakes and kittens and puppies are sure to be loved by all.

Relaunches and Stragglers

Brass Jug by Eva Rosenstand is a lovely image of a Christmas floral arrangement and is this year's relaunch for Christmas.

And we have finally managed to get Fall by Marjolein Bastin from the previous Lanarte Collection to make up the set of four seasons!

maia and Anchor kits have been unavailable for a few months but are now in stock again after a change over to a new distributor. Both maia and Anchor kits are of excellent quality and we're glad they are still very much on the market.


Prices for Zweigart fabrics are set to rise for UK customers due to the collapse in the value of the pound versus the Euro. We will hold our prices until we re-stock.

Reluctantly, we will also be increasing the price of our stranded cottons but will hold the current price until 1st December.

And Finally ...

Robert Burns' epic poem paints a vivid and humerous picture of the consequences of over-embibing (Tam wasn't sober from November till October).
The Cotillion was a dance for the refined of 18th Century Europe - a complete contrast to the jigs and reels of the working people.

We hope your Saturday nights are less stressful than our hero's. For the full story (with modern English translation) visit
by Arts and Designs on Fri, 28 Oct 2016, 19:00
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