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A very warm welcome to February's newsletter!

Our title is from an 1879 magazine poem (more details later).

Now we've had a whole month to find out how hard it is to realise our New Year resolutions, we can settle down to normal life with a clear conscience.

In this month's newsletter ...
  • New kits from Riolis, Luca-S and Arts and Designs (that's us!)
  • New patterns from Nora Corbett
  • Glorafilia are back
  • From the Forgotten Cupboard and the Bargain Basement

New Kits

Eastern European designers seem to have been working overtime ...

Lanterns - cross stitch kit by Riolis
Chinese New Year - it's the year of the dog - is on the 16th of February. Among the new designs by Riolis, there's a very pretty kit of Almond Blossom after Vincent van Gogh, Bastille after K. Korovin and a sweet picture of giraffes and a another of swans with cygnets.

There are Assisi Chinese knot based on one used as a decoration. It's available as a downloadable design or as a complete kit on evenweave fabric or Aida.


Cross Stitch Patterns

The prodigious Nora Corbett has three egg cosies at the bottom of the cupboard. By Vervaco, there's a juggling bunny, a hen and a chick on an Easter egg. Plenty of time to stitch as an Easter present!

In the month of St Valentine's Day, it seems appropriate that we offer wedding samplers at half the previous price in our Bargain Basement. So if someone close to you pops the question, you should have plenty of time to finish a sampler before the big day.

Most companies release new collections at the Spring trade fairs - which is why they aren't here this month. We'll be at one of the world's largest in Birmingham, England later in February and we hope to have lots of news for you in next month's newsletter.


And Finally ...

Our title is from this poem (author unknown) published in 1879

Fair Maid of February! drop of snow
Enchanted to a flower, and there within
A dream of April green, who without sin
Conceived wast, but how no man may know ...


from "A Flower" Fraser's Magazine, Vol 19., No. 1813. March 15, 1879.

The snowdrops and crocuses are flowering here in the north and autumn approaches in the south. How much simpler things must be at the equator with only one season!

Every year, life on this beautiful blue planet goes through its familiar phases and we can only look on in awe at its power, its elegance and its mystery.

Have an awesome February!

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