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A warm welcome to our April 2017 issue ...

There's lots of news and new designs from lots of suppliers and lots more to come ...
  • Kits by Vervaco, Riolis, Deco-Line and Imaginating
  • Patterns by Blackbird Designs


Riolis Premium Collection Tender Gaze is a mother and child and Windflowers (illustrated) is from a 1903 painting by the Classical/Pre-Raphaelite painter J W Waterhouse. In their Premium Collection Riolis have produced a very high quality series of kits with attractive subjects and elegant packaging. They look spectacular when completed.

Vervaco have renewed their licence with Disney and there are many designs in the pipeline including those from the very popular 'Frozen' and 'Cars'. Those should be available from next week.

new kits by Imaginating including lots of the very popular 'Let's' series by Ursula Michael.


Blackbird Designs have released the first of 2017's Loose Feathers. This year it's all about birds. even more choices in plastic canvas. There's a larger sheet of 7 count clear which would be useful for larger projects. Also a new three inch circle with raised centre (or recessed if you turn it over!). Raised could be a flower centre and recessed makes an ideal wheel. And the other innovation is sheets of metallic style plastic canvas in a choice of gold, silver or copper. Add a measure of your own imagination and you can make something quite unique.

Special Offers

For the month of April we are offering some half price 'ladies in blue' in our Bargain Basement.


We saw lots of lovely new kits on our recent trip to the H & H trade show in Cologne. There were some exciting new designers from Denmark, France and Eastern Europe and we will have lots more to show you next month.

And Finally ...

Our title comes from Shakespeare's poem Spring - which is much less about Spring itself than what people get up to in Spring. If you like a cappella music then you will love John Rutter's arrangement of the poem as part of his Birthday Madrigals. There are lots of versions on YouTube.

Don't forget to make some time to relax and enjoy your Spring stitching!

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