Treasure your legacy of skills
|Welcome to our November Newsletter!
We hope your Halloween festivities went well and you have plenty of time to prepare for Christmas as it is most definitely a-Comin'.
In this month's issue
- kits - from Just Nan and new a new elegant Lady from John Clayton
- Patterns - Satsuma Street, Permin and Cottage Garden Samplings
We have recently introduced some sweet intricate designs by Just Nan. They're half way between pure designs and kits as the patterns come with the special items needed beads and charms - and you provide your own fabric and floss.
John Clayton's latest Elegance lady has arrived. Paula in her red dress is sitting on a bar stool and sipping a cocktail.
Jody Rice of Satsuma Street has designed a colourful Christmas stocking with a smiling llama - Fa-La-La-Llama! An unusual take on Christmas tradition that's sure to make Santa stop and want to fill it up.
Hardanger enthusiasts will be delighted with the new Permin Hardanger design book which features six recent patterns with ideas for different colour combinations.
The twelfth and final design in the Songbirds Garden series by Cottage Garden Samplings is now available. A sampler with a traditional message and a contemporary feel.
Apparently, there's a story behind the Baker`s Wife - the new pattern by Nora Corbett of Mirabilia Designs. Perhaps the salacious details will be revealed in the second part of this two part series. We love a good bit of gossip.
Fat Cat Cross Stitch have told us they are no longer producing greetings cards and we have put together packs of five of their Christmas cards at a much reduced price to clear.
There are printed table covers for embroidery in the Bargain Basement this month and, as usual, at half the previous low price. Some are stitched in surface cross stitch and some in a variety of stitches. Why not give them a go and enjoy learning a new technique?
And Finally ...
Well, Brexit had a 3 month stay of execution - so that particular can has been kicked down the road until the end of January next year. We now have the joy of an election with all the nonsense that goes with it. Who will rid us of these troublesome priests?
We were at the recent Craft/Christmas Fair in Glasgow and some of our customers were kind enough to drop by our display. We really appreciated that some of you made lengthy journeys and it was a great pleasure to meet you. We hope you enjoyed the fair - although we heard the car park was exorbitantly expensive!
In deference to our European cultural heritage this month's title is taken from Child of Europe, a poem by Czeslaw Milosz (Polish-American, 1911 2004) :
Treasure your legacy of skills, child of Europe.
Inheritor of Gothic cathedrals, of baroque churches.
Of synagogues filled with the wailing of a wronged people.
Successor of Descartes, Spinoza, inheritor of the word 'honor',
Posthumous child of Leonidas
Treasure the skills acquired in the hour of terror.
On that rather dark note may we lighten up a little and wish you a happy and productive November!
|by Arts and Designs on Fri, 01 Nov 2019, 19:26|
Here's to October
|A warm welcome to our October Newsletter!
With the usual apologies to our antipodean cousins who are of course celebrating the arrival of Spring we have an Autumnal (Fall) flavour this month.
There are new patterns from the ever-prolific Nora Corbett (Mirabilia) and Plum Street Samplers, new kits from John Clayton and Peter Underhill (Heritage Crafts) and new ranges of floss from Rainbow Gallery.
And a reminder that we'll have a stand at the Creative Craft Show at the SEC in Glasgow (24-27 October). If you can come along we'll be delighted to see you!
There are two new designs from Nora Corbett this month. Red Cabbage Sprite is an Autumn Pixie in a red dress with blue and green wings. The Victorian House is another in the Holiday Village series and is decorated for Christmas. There are now four buildings in the series - and probably more on the drawing board.
Plum Street Samplers continue to pile up animals cows, sheep, goats, foxes, turkeys, hens, llamas, pigs and now ... sloths. We can't wait to see which animal they come up with next (we may have an office sweepstake).
We've had many requests for Lavender and Lace patterns but sadly we've been unable to obtain these recently. The designer Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum died in 2012 and prints of her designs have been dwindling since. We checked the Lavender and Lace Facebook page and found a posting in June saying that the following patterns need to be reprinted
- L&L11 Spirit of Christmas
- L&L12 Enchanted Alphabet
- L&L24 Oh Christmas Tree
- L&L25 Angel of LoveL
- L&L48 Firefly Fairies
- L&L54 Secret Santa
- L&L62 Dance of the Roses
- BR11 Rose Sampler
but there is no indication of when that will happen.
There is a complete listing of designs reachable from the L&L Facebook page.
With plenty of time left until Christmas Peter Underhill of Heritage Crafts has brought out a Santa kit in the Simply Heritage series. We love the slightly subversive undertones in this witty design.
John Clayton and Heritage Crafts have also added a new lady to their Elegance Collection. Paula in a red dress and sparkly shoes is sipping a cocktail. We expect to have her in stock next week.
We now have more Rainbow Gallery floss in stock including Petite Treasure braid in gold.
Permin have informed us that there are no longer manufacturing 32 count Milk Chocolate linen. This fabric is used in many Nora Corbett and Mirabilia kits.
We have several pieces still in stock in both fat quarter and 46 by 46 centimetre sizes and there are several close shades like Amber and the new Dark Chestnut.
Anne's October Review
Anne stitched and reviewed Winter Ruby Christmas Tree Decoration by MP Studios which is a Christmas bauble sewn on plastic canvas with an ingenious 3-D appearance.
We have cartoon kits in our Bargain Basement for the month of October as usual at half previous price. There's quite a varied range.
And Finally ...
This month's title is from an essay by A A Milne, creator of Winnie the Pooh. The essay is called A Word for Autumn and is from a 1920 publication titled Not That It Matters.
«Yes, I can face the winter with calm. I suppose I had forgotten what it was really like. I had been thinking of the winter as a horrid wet, dreary time fit only for professional football. Now I can see other things - crisp and sparkling days, long pleasant evenings, cheery fires. Good work shall be done this winter. Life shall be lived well. The end of the summer is not the end of the world. Here's to October - and, waiter, some more celery!»
We ourselves may not be able to face the winter with calm. The embarrassing fiasco that is 'Brexit' has left us all entirely uncertain as to its consequences on our business - and our society.
We hope your own Autumn is somewhat less fraught. Here's to October may it never end!
|by Arts and Designs on Fri, 27 Sep 2019, 18:46|
All in the golden afternoon
|Hello again and welcome to our September newsletter.
As you're a stitcher you will always be thinking ahead and now that the schools are back, it's time to start thinking about - shh... you know what again. New kit releases from Bothy Threads and Heritage Crafts give a hint of what's coming up over the next couple of months.
Patterns and Charts
We have dozens of brilliant new cross-stitch charts by Jody Rice of Satsuma Street. They are all fun to do and come in high quality full colour.
Also new in this month are charts by Soda Stitch with fairy tale themes. Create your own variation with the 'paper doll' Alice in Wonderland sampler from this range.
The latest Mirabilia Garden Prelude is stunning. It's a lady playing a violin in the Metropolitan Cloisters. Our first delivery sold out very quickly and we now have more charts in stock. The embellishment packs also sold out quickly and there are more coming in next week.
Heritage Crafts have introduced a new Thread Bears kit William at Christmas - with a little teddy gazing wistfully out of the window waiting for Santa.
Bothy Threads have released their Autumn Collection which has lots of designs with Christmas in mind including four cute Christmas cards from the artwork of the late Margaret Sherry.
We are trying out a new bellpull hanger from Permin. It's metal with black enamel and is available in sizes from 16 centimetres to 65 centimetres. We only have a few sizes at the moment and would be happy to order any of the others.
There are maps in the Bargain Basement for the month of September and as usual they're at half the previous discounted price. Don't miss out and lose your way!
We've been online for nearly 15 years now and so we've decided to go offline to see what the real world looks like! Which is just a roundabout way of saying that we'll have a stall at the Creative Craft Show in the SECC, Glasgow at the end of October (Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th). If you live near Glasgow why not come along - we'd love to see you there!
Our title comes from the poem by Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland:
«All in the golden afternoon
Full leisurely we glide;
For both our oars, with little skill,
By little arms are plied,
While little hands make vain pretence
Our wanderings to guide.»
We trust your afternoons are golden and we wish you a leisurely September.
|by Arts and Designs on Fri, 30 Aug 2019, 20:07|
In the blue and glowing days
|A sunny welcome to our August newsletter!
As you might expect in the Summer holidays, there's very little that's new in needle-crafting this month.
Regular as clockwork, Mirabilia brought out two new Nora Corbett designs in the middle of July. Miss Honey Bee and Miss Queen Bee are the latest designs by Nora from the Intriguing Insects series.
Our image this month is by Lanarte and you can see her details here
Heritage Crafts have added a new design to their Simply Heritage collection The Misfit by Peter Underhill and they have re-released William in the Window by John Clayton.
Julie tried out the new Super Tight Plastic Embroidery hoops by Siesta Frames. The inner frame has a 'lip which fits snugly into the groove of the outer frame and they have a strong adjustment screw. She was delighted with the results since she didn't have to adjust the tension as she did with a wooden hoop. We have added more sizes and we hope you will also find them an improvement on wooden hoops.
Anne has been busy stitching this month. She stitched the very popular Chickadee kit by Valerie Pfeiffer from Heritage Crafts and you can see her review here.
She also stitched a small Needlecart World kit Nasturtium Fan and you can see here how it worked out.
Sew and So
Like so many in the needle-crafting world, we were saddened to hear of the demise of Sew and So. They gave us useful advice when we first started nearly 15 years ago and we were very grateful for it. It's a pity that a well-run and friendly online shop has fallen foul of a badly managed conglomerate and there are lessons to be learned for all UK small businesses. We wish their staff the very best for the future and we hope to live up to the standard of good service online that Sew and So pioneered.
We have Imaginating kits in our Bargain Basement this month at half previous low price.
Our title is from the poem Summer Sun by Robert Louis Stevenson (Scottish writer, 1850-1894)
«Great is the sun, and wide he goes
Through empty heaven with repose
And in the blue and glowing days
More thick than rain he showers his rays.»
We hope that the sun is showering his rays on you whichever hemisphere you happen to be in and that your summer is long, fruitful and relaxed!
|by Arts and Designs on Fri, 02 Aug 2019, 17:42|
Sing Oak, and Ash, and Thorn, good sirs
|A hot and sticky welcome to our July '19 newsletter!
- New kits from RTO, Luca-S, Bothy Threads and Lanarte
- New patterns from Karen Kluba and Nora Corbett
- Bargain cities
We have some interesting kits from RTO`s summer collection. Listening to the Silence is a lovely lady among flowers and Tree Nymph (Illustrated) is an ethereal figure with flowers also in woodland. The other designs are set in jungles Jaguar, Zebra and two designs of exotic blue flowers with palm leaves.
Also new this summer from Luca-S there are flowers, fruits and a pretty pillow of Paris complete with blue linen backing fabric and zipper.
The new Bothy Threads kits are now in stock. We've chosen three New England seaside designs, two Bayeaux tapestry excerpts, two new Wrendale designs, two tapestry cushions and a Tree of Plenty. You can see the full summer collection in our online catalogue and we'll be happy to order any of the kits we don't currently have.
The early release of kits from Lanarte`s third 2019 Collection has a lovely fantasy picture of a lady from the Romance series and for cute little animals from Marjolein Bastin mouse, bunny, hedgehog and squirrel. The designs use a lot of backstitch and long stitch to make the animals look furry and prickly.
The full collection will be available in just over two weeks and you can see a preview in our online catalogues. We've already had enquiries about the Winter Elf so do let us know if there is something you'd particularly like and we'll order as soon as we can.
Karen Kluba has revised and re-released Baltimore Rose Wedding Sampler as so many customers had asked. It was always a very popular design.
Mirabilia Designs' latest pattern is Cathedral Woods Goddess, a regal lady in greens and browns who lives in the deep, dark woods. We have sold out and have already re-ordered so we're sorry if you missed her first time around.
For the month of July there are cities in the Bargain Basement London, Paris, New York, Madrid and Moscow and in different styles.
Our title comes from the poem A Tree Song by Rudyard Kipling (in the book Puck of Pook's Hill)
«Of all the trees that grow so fair,
Old England to adorn,
Greater are none beneath the Sun,
Than Oak and Ash and Thorn.
Sing Oak and Ash and Thorn, good Sirs
(All of a Midsummer morn)!
Surely we sing no little thing,
In Oak and Ash and Thorn!»
What a debt we owe our trees! They protect us from the worst of the sun and soak up some of our excess Carbon Dioxide. Let's plant more.
We hope you have been able to avoid the extreme midsummer (or midwinter) weather and we wish you well through the month of July.
|by Arts and Designs on Fri, 28 Jun 2019, 18:23|
We shall get there some day
|A warm welcome to our June newsletter which, like a Scottish Summer, is rather short.
We have just a few new goodies this month so let's wade straight in!
Nora Corbett Patterns
There are three new Nora Corbett designs this month. Pond Lily and Lily Pad Sprite are printed in a new format and are part of a new series called Pond Pixies. The two patterns use the same beads so that could be a saving if stitching both. Those are currently out of stock but they're on order and should be available again soon. The third new design from Nora is a new Poison Pixie called Queen Anne's Lace.
Kits From Andriana, Permin and Bothy Threads
Firstly, the big picture from Russian makers Andriana Well, in fact there are two big pictures: Night Town (illustrated) and Victorian Promenade.
Night Town is a striking image of high rise buildings along a waterfront illuminated in rainbow colours. It's a large piece - 95 cm (W) X 45 cm (H) (37 X 18 in) and it's on black fabric.
Victorian Promenade has made a comeback! We thought this popular kit had been discontinued but in fact it's still very much available. At 78 cm X 28 cm (31 X 11 in) it's a lot of stitching but the final result will be worth it.
Permin have released their Christmas 2019 Collection. It features new hardanger items including three pretty tea light holders. We'll have those and more in stock next week when they arrive from Denmark. Also lots of advent calenders, table runners and small pictures and mini Christmas tree stockings.
In contrast, Bothy Threads have a new Summer Collection which will released on the 7th June. There are some interesting new designs already previewed on their Facebook page. The three New England designs and the Tree of Plenty are very attractive and there are more Bebunni and Wrendale kits too. We expect these in the second week in June.
Long Stitch kit Review
Anne has stitched Tulips, a Silken Long Stitch kit by Rose Swalwell of Derwentwater Designs. She was delighted with the results!
You can find kits by Marjolein Bastin, the famous Dutch designer, in the Bargain Basement this month and they are - as usual - half our previous discount price.
With apologies to our antipodean friends, Summer is on its way (we earnestly hope) here in the North and this month's title is all about those lazy, endless summer days just the sort to relax in your deckchair and stitch the day away.
By the time it came to the edge of the Forest, the stream had grown up, so that it was almost a river, and, being grown up, it did not run and jump and sparkle along as it used to do when it was younger, but moved more slowly. For it knew now where it was going, and it said to itself, "there is no hurry. We shall get there some day".
- A. A. Milne (The House at Pooh Corner, Ch 6)
|by Arts and Designs on Fri, 31 May 2019, 16:10|
Dance upon the mountains like a flame
|Welcome to our May 2019 edition!
In this month's issue
- Nimue's orchestra
- Heritage / John Clayton
- More collections from Vervaco and Lanarte
- Crochet Cotton
- Riolis Review, May Bargains and Margaret Sherry
Nimue Fee Main has completed the orchestra who accompany Robin`s Jig and they make an interesting - if motley - crew. Maybe the musician in your life would enjoy one or more of these quirky designs!
Winter Love is the latest Mirabilia lady. With dark blue wings she stands before a sparkling tree. And of course we can expect Spring, Summer and Autumn in due course.
While we're on the subject of Mirabilia, more embellishment packs have recently become available Winter White Santa, Circle of Friends, Mediterranean Mermaid, Shakespeare Fairies, Spring Topiary Garden, Merchant Mermaid, Golden Girl Apples and Silver Moon Tea.
The new packs for MD104 Day Nymph and MD105 Night Nymph have the Valdani floss included as well as all the beads and treasures.
We'll be adding all these to the website over the next week or two.
The latest Elegance lady by John Clayton and Heritage Crafts is Daisy a lovely bridesmaid to accompany the bride Laura. Interestingly, this is the first kit we've had which uses some of the new range of DMC stranded cottons.
Vervaco have released both their own second 2019 collection and Lanarte`s second 2019 collection. From Vervaco's collection we have chosen three sepia kits: one wedding record and two baby samplers.
From Lanarte we have chosen two pretty Marjolein Bastin kits and a Fantasy picture of a fairy.
Anchor Aida crochet cotton has been discontinued for some time and Anchor Artiste Mercer Crochet cotton is now only available in the finer sizes 20, 40, 60, 80. It looks like Anchor are focussing on the Freccia range which comes in sizes 6, 8, 12,16, 20, 25 in many colours and multicolours. It is 3 ply mercerised 100% cotton and we'll be adding some to our stock very soon.
Anne has stitched Lanterns by Riolis see her review of this interesting kit.
Bargains for May
There are hardanger books, table covers and fabric in the Bargain Basement for the month of May. All are by Rico Design and as usual are at half the previous price while stocks last.
Margaret Sherry - In Memoriam
We were very sorry to hear of the death of Margaret Sherry, one of the great names of British cross stitch design. Her designs were manufactured by many of the top makers including Heritage Crafts, Bothy Threads and Anchor.
Her witty cartoon cats, mice and other animals were enormously popular and brought pleasure to lots of stitchers for many years.
Our title is from The Land of Heart's Desire by the Irish poet William Butler Yeats (1865-1939):
«Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the dishevelled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame.»
We hope that Margaret has found her eternal dance.
Have a peaceful and productive May!
|by Arts and Designs on Fri, 03 May 2019, 18:53|
The First of April
|Hello and a warm welcome to our April 2019 newsletter.
At the time of writing it isn't quite April yet, but we always like to look forward as our rear-view mirror seems to be getting more misted up as time goes by.
In This month's Issue ...
- Patterns from Doodlecraft and Nora C.
- New kits from the near East
- Permin, Glorafilia and John Clayton (Heritage Crafts)
- Kit Reviews and the Bargain Basement
First off, new maker DoodleCraft has introduced a range of decorated games board designs. These heirloom quality designs are by Debbie Harding who has lots of good ideas combining blackwork and cross stitch. If you don't play Chess, there's Snakes & Ladders, Ludo - or Dragons and Beanstalks!
Nora Corbett has been busy as usual. This month there are three new designs - two new Intriguing Insects, Miss Beetle in blue black and Miss Ladybug in red and black, and another addition to the Holiday Village of a town house decorated for Christmas.
Cross stitch is big in Eastern Europe and we now have some lovely new kits from another Russian company called MP Studios. MP Studios use Zweigart fabric and DMC stranded cottons and produce good quality colour charts to go with their great designs.
Golden Hands (another Russian company!) produces stunning designs which we couldn't resist despite there being no English instructions. Don't worry, however, as English instructions are included with each kit - just in case your Russian is a little rusty.
And, like buses, Russian cross stitch companies always come in threes. Andriana has some fantastical, distinctive designs that will be a pleasure to sew and show.
We have some new tapestries (needlepoint) from Glorafilia. Some designs have made a welcome re-appearance and others are completely new but all of them are of top quality.
John Clayton's latest Elegance lady is a bride called Laura. She stands in a rose arbour in her long white gown on her big day. Spring wedding anyone?
Permin have a Collection 2 for 2019 and have re-released some older designs. The new Collection has pretty flower cards, new cushions and table covers and a new hardanger design. One new idea is some cross-stitched little birds with colourful overall patterns.
Permin's Classic Collection has lots of flower designs and an Adam and Eve sampler with animals in silhouette in the Garden of Eden.
Anne has stitched Magic by the (not very well-named) Oven Company see her review here.
There are nursery designs in the Bargain Basement this month, some birth samplers, some height charts and some pictures. As usual they are at half previous low price for the month of April or while stocks last.
And Finally ...
In case you never found out about San Serriffe and the Spaghetti Harvest (and who would want to?) you can read all about them in our Newsletter Archive. There's also the odd snippet of information on needlecrafts!
The last word to Mark Twain (US, 1835-1910):
«The first of April ... is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.»
|by Arts and Designs on Fri, 29 Mar 2019, 20:19|
Many are our Joys in Youth
|Greetings and welcome to our March 2019 Newsletter ...
In this month's issue
We visited the largest UK trade stitching fair in Birmingham two weeks ago. Many new collections were launched there and the kits are now trickling in to stock. So here we go ...
- Lots of new kits from Lanarte, Bothy, Heritage, Alisa, Textile Heritage and Riolis
- New patterns from Blackbird, Nora (of course!) and Cottage Garden Samplings
- Cartoon animals in the Bargain Basement
Lanarte`s first collection of 2019 has Bewitching Youth (illustrated), two pretty bird and flower designs by Marjolein Bastin and a re-release of the popular Water Pump with Birds.
Bothy Threads` Spring Collection has more of the popular Hannah Dale designs, some as tapestry cushions, more Bebunnies, two new fairies and London and Paris posters. We have most of them in stock and you can see the complete collection in our online catalogue.
Heritage Crafts have added two series, one from Nigel Artingstall and the other featuring Lavender Lister. Nigel Artingstall is a British wildlife artist and the new kits include a kingfisher, hare, grebe and wood mouse. These realistic images are lively and detailed and the stitching completely covers the design area. There are new cartoon designs of Lavender Lister, four in all and two of them on new patterned Aida by Zweigart. There are also new kits by Heritage's popular designers Karen Carter and Peter Underhill.
And talking of wildlife we have two new kits from the Russian company Alisa featuring little song birds. These come with linen Aida in natural which makes a more ... natural background.
We now have some pretty kits from Textile Heritage, a long established Scottish manufacturer but new to our range. We have started with stitchers' items needlecases, pincushions and scissors keeps in lots of different styles. They also produce a large range of bookmarks, greetings cards, lavender sachets, coasters, keyrings and small pictures. Lots of kits to make small gifts or gifts in themselves for stitchers.
Prize for the most unusual new kit this month goes to Riolis and the kit is called Underwater Kingdom (but perhaps Octopus's Garden would have been a better title!). With rising sea levels maybe this will be the view from your living room in a few years.
The new ranges of kits from Anchor and Maia are yet to come but we'll let you know all about them as soon as we can.
Some customers have been waiting for number nine, the last of the For the Birds Series by Blackbird Designs and it has finally arrived. It has already sold out but will be back soon.
December Blue Topaz is the most recent fairy by Mirabilia. The design has sold out already and we have re-ordered. Please accept our apologies if you missed it first time round.
This is a very busy month in the stitching world! We now have the eighth of the Songbird`s Garden series by Cottage Garden Samplings and Festive Little Fobs Coffee Edition from Heartstring Samplery - the last of the 2018 series. Plum Street Samplers have continued to pile up animals this time in a Lump of Llamas.
There are cartoon animals in the Bargain Basement this month cats, dogs, birds, mice, cows and sheep all at half the previous low price while stocks last.
And Finally ...
The year is yet young and we hope it will bring knowledge, delight, peace, harmony and friendship. Of course we expect to be confounded but we leave the last word to William Wordsworth (1770-1850):
«Many are our joys
In youth, but oh! what happiness to live
When every hour brings palpable access
Of knowledge, when all knowledge is delight,
And sorrow is not there!»
|by Arts and Designs on Fri, 01 Mar 2019, 19:23|
Winter is the Better Season
|Welcome to freezing February - or feverish February - depending on where you live.
January has been a really quiet month for new needlecraft releases. The main trade shows are coming up in February and March and most companies are saving their new releases for those. So next month's newsletter should have a lot more er... news.
Kits and Charts
Eastern Europe is a rising star in needlework circles and we have been extending our stock of Russian kits with more from Panna, Magic Needle, Merejka and Alisa.
Nora Corbett has produced two more Autumn Pixie designs. Miss Ginko and Glittering Leaves are in reds and gold shades and have added beads.
Chinese New Year is almost upon us (although I have to admit it's not something we celebrate ourselves) and Anne has produced some Chinese knot designs - in red, of course. These are available as kits - and as downloadable charts.
February's theme is Landscapes - hot, cold and everything in between.
There are landscape picture kits in various styles in the Bargain Basement for the month of February and as usual at half previous low price while stocks last.
And Finally ...
While North America has been freezing at -35C we hear that Australia has seen feverish heat at +45C. Here in Scotland we're pretty much in the middle but that doesn't stop us complaining.
Japanese poet Kamijima Onitsura (1660-1738) had this to say about it:
«While it's summer people say
Winter is the better season.
Such is human reason.»
We hope your weather is what you wish for.
|by Arts and Designs on Fri, 01 Feb 2019, 19:26|
Earlier Stitchcraft News ...
|As sleeps the patient rose ... Happy New Year and a Hearty Welcome to our January 2019 Newsletter!|
|Ring every day the chimes ... A very warm welcome to our December 2018 newsletter!|
|November comes And November goes ... Welcome to the November 2018 newsletter!|
|Summer has two Beginnings ... A Windy Welcome to the October 2018 Newsletter!|
|September days are here ... Welcome to our September newsletter ... |
|Remember to be Gentle ... A warm welcome to our sultry August newsletter ... |
|Answer July ... In this month's Issue ... |
|Knee-deep in June ... Welcome to June's Newsletter!|
|In the Cherry Blossom's shade ... ... In the Cherry Blossom's shade
|See the land, her Easter keeping ... ... Welcome to our Easter 2018 newsletter |
|The winds of March were wild and drear ... ... A warm (especially if you live in Britain) welcome to our March newsletter. |
|Fair Maid of February ... A very warm welcome to February's newsletter!|
|The New Years Come, The Old Years Go ... ... Welcome to our last newsletter of 2017 (and first of 2018). |
|I heard the bells on Christmas Day ... A warm, festive welcome to our December newsletter!|
|The Black Cat and The Philosopher ... Hello and welcome to our Halloween newsletter ... |
|O wad some Power ... ... A warm welcome to our Autumnal newsletter. |
|Faith is the Bird that feels the light ... Welcome to September's Newsletter!|
|If ever any beauty I did see ... ... ... |
|She sights a Bird ... Welcome to our July 2017 newsletter
|There are Moments ... ... "There are Moments, above all on spring evenings, when the lakes that hold our moons are sucked into the earth and nothing is left but wine and the touch of a hand." |
|Ne'er cast a cloot 'till May be oot ... A warm Spring welcome to the May 2017 newsletter!|
|Paint the Meadows with Delight ... A warm welcome to our April 2017 issue ... |
|Each minute sweeter than before ... A warm welcome to our March 2017 newsletter!|
|I wonder if the sap is stirring yet ... ... A warm welcome to our February 2017 newsletter!|
|One Little Person ... «One little person, giving all of her time to peace, makes news. |
|Warlocks and witches in a dance ... « Warlocks and witches in a dance;
|Let Love Take Root ... ... ... |
|No Man Needs a Vacation ... ... ... |
|A Fur Coat in Texas in August ... Hello and welcome to our August newsletter!|
|If there is a limit to all things ... Welcome to the July newsletter!|
|Lux Tua Via Mea: Your Light's My Way ... Greetings and a warm welcome to our June newsletter. |
|Love, whose month is ever May, ... ... Welcome to May's Newsletter
|Shamrocks, Walls and a Touch of the Blarney ... Welcome to your April 2016 newsletter!|
|Zen and the Art of Stitching ... A warm welcome to our March Newsletter. |
|Year of the Monkey ... We hope you enjoyed your Christmas and New Year celebrations. |
|It's Raining Cats and Dogs ... Happy New Year |
|The stockings were hung by the chimney with care ... ... ... |
|Treacle Scones ... Welcome to our November newsletter ...
|Drawing the Impossible ... A warm welcome to our October newsletter.
|On a bank of flowers, in a summer day ... Perhaps summers were better when Burns wrote the poem whose first line forms our title this month. |
|Imagination Rules the World ... We were inspired by the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo on the 18th June 1815 and so this month's title is a quotation attributed to |
|When pleasant sights salute the eyes ... «It is the month of June,
|Ne'er cast a cloot ... ... Ne'er cast a cloot ... |
|Happy Easter! ... In this month's newsletter ... |
|We are Stardust ... ... «We are stardust
|Kings may be blest ... As the birth of our national bard, |
|Ring in the New ... Welcome to 2015!|
|'Tis the season to be jolly! ... As the cold nights draw in, it seems a good idea to raise our spirits and Christmas is the ideal way to do it. |
|Peace, Prosperity and Pleasure ... To Keats it's the "Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness" and to Bryant [it's] "the year's last, loveliest smile". |
|No spring nor summer's beauty hath such grace ... ... Welcome to our October newsletter - it's a little longer than usual as there's lots to tell you. |
|Rest is not idleness ... «... |
|Worth Waiting For ... We hope your summer (or winter) has been as pleasant as ours. |
|This Sporting Summer ... This year it's certainly another summer of sport with the World Cup in Brazil as well as the usual round of tennis, golf and other tournaments. |
|People Take Pictures of Summer ... ... «People take pictures of summer, just in case someone thought they had missed it, and to prove that it really existed.» |
|A spirit of youth in everything ... The title is taken from Shakespeare's Sonnet XCVIII |
|San Serriffe and the Spaghetti Harvest ... Welcome to our April newsletter ...
|No one relaxes in March ... Indoors or out, no one relaxes
|A Hint of Spring ... Maybe we no longer think of |
|A Big Year ... Happy New Year!|
|Time to Reflect ... Less than 3 weeks to Christmas now so if you didn't manage to finish that cross-stitch Advent calendar in time ... |
|Now's the Time! ... The astrologers tell us that whoever is determined to achieve something can make significant progress during November. |
|No Time for Poetry ... There's no quote from a great poem this time!|
|Autumn is a second Spring ... ... «Autumn is a second Spring when every leaf is a flower». |
|That beautiful season the Summer! ... ...
|The Meadows' Queen ... «The empress of the year, the meadows' queen,
|Spring Cleaning ... It's «out with the old and in with the new» this month as many suppliers have been having a Spring clean.
|Hot Cross Stitches ... You may be enjoying your break for Easter which falls this weekend. |
|Moscow, March and Mary ... Commonwealth Day |
|If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant - Anne Bradstreet ... February was the month of purification for the Romans - who evidently did their spring cleaning earlier than most of us. |
|January, month of empty pockets! ... Welcome to our January 2013 newsletter, and may we start by wishing you |
|Childhood's Beginning ... As the Christmas season approaches, we, like everyone else, are preparing for the big day. |
|Clocks, Crafting and Ceremony ... Our clocks went 'back' last weekend and we've still to adjust to our new time zone after a week. |
|Anticipation ... «Well,» said Pooh, «what I like best,» and then he had to stop and think. |
|Departing summer hath assumed an aspect tenderly illumed ... Welcome to the September newsletter!|
|The important thing in life ... Here in Britain |
|Summer's lease hath all too short a date ... Vervaco's summer Collection |
|A Light In The Darkness ... As you may have heard |
|The Month that May be Named ... Did you remember to wash your face in the morning dew on 1st May?|
|Soft in Flowered Languor ... April is |
|March marches in and the year marches on ... Welcome to our March 2012 newsletter. |
|A Whole New Day ... A huge welcome to February - which of course has one extra day this year. |
|... and gie's a hand o' thine! ... A warm welcome to our December newsletter. |
|December 2011 - Beads, Tapestries and Hotheads ... December is upon us again. |
|Transylvania and Turnip Lanterns ... Welcome to the end ... |
|Lanarte Autumn releases, Taller de Canamazo and Disney Dreams ... Welcome to October - normally a time for misty mornings and central heating. |
|Autumns and Advents ... Autumn has already started in our wayward Scottish climate - oh, how I wish I was in Australia or New Zealand now!|
|August - Be Creative, Extrovert, Enthusiatic and Generous ... Welcome to August - the month of |
|Quilting, Blackwork and Summer Designs ... Patchwork and Quilting |
|The Russians are coming! ... But before they get here, a couple of announcements:
|Spring Into Life ... April has started with showers but we're hoping the sun will show up in time for the royal wedding (and for our daughter who's getting married a couple of days after).