This month sees us in continued lockdown. We have been extremely busy and we must say a big 'thank you' to all our lovely customers who have been so patient in the face of postal delays.
Some companies have shut up shop for the time being which means that we cannot get new stocks of their kits or charts. Major UK makers Bothy Threads, Derwentwater Designs and Heritage Crafts remain closed and it's possible that the situation won't change for months. We have had a lot of enquiries especially for Bothy kits. Other companies are soldiering on and we salute them!
The latest Mirabilia DesignsPrincess Elliana has a sumptuous dress which uses all the new DMC shades from 01 to 35 as well as lots of beads challenging! The early copies of this sold out very quickly and new stock is on order we hope to have it in soon.
To keep you occupied(!), Julie has designed a free chart called Rainbow Birds (Illustrated). You can download it by clicking here.
Permin have introduced several new fabric colours Icelandic Blue, Icelandic Beige, Icelandic Grey and Amazing Grey (which, amazingly, is not that grey). We have fat quarters in 32 count linen and 14 count Aida and they're also available in 16 count Aida and 28 count linen.
Grafitec needlepoint canvases have been popular but it has become increasingly difficult to obtain replacements. Our supplier has therefore decided against stocking them. The canvases and kits in stock won't be replaced. We now have some more Royal Paris canvases and will increase our stock of those.
Lanarte postponed the launch of their latest range after releasing only a few kits. Hopefully the new collection will become available in another month.
Anne has stitched and reviewed Poppy Biscornu by The Tiny Modernist and you can see what she thought here.
Bargains in May
Romance is in the air in the Bargain Basement for May with kits as usual at half original price.
Fortunately for us we have had good weather here in Scotland for the last month which has helped to lift our spirits and has inspired this month's theme.
Our title is from the late Ian Dury and the Blockheads single which was a top 10 hit in the UK in 1979. It was written after a near fatal accident on a tour and is a shopping list of uplifting thoughts from the quirky Mr. Dury his own Raindrops on Roses moment:-
«Some of Buddy Holly, the working folly
Good Golly Miss Molly and boats
Hammersmith Palais, the Bolshoi Ballet
Jump back in the alley, add nanny goats»
Why not make your own shopping list of happy thoughts? There is so much in the world to be positive about so ignore those headlines (which are probably wrong anyway) and enjoy your stitching!
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Important - Please Read This! (Latest update 23rd May 2020)
We know how much your crafts matter to you and so we are continuing to work for as long as we can.
The delivery services have been inundated with online purchases and this has led to backlogs of international mail ("It's like two Christmasses at once!").
We are of course wholly dependent on the delivery services and the delays are highly variable - some international (non-UK) packages have taken 2 months to arrive and some have arrived in normal time.
So we ask for your continuing patience in waiting for your package to arrive.
Deliveries to almost all countries are continuing but please visit this page and check your country's status.
We hope you are safe and comfortable and able to enjoy your stitching in these difficult times.