There is plenty of scope for retailers and practitioners to explore in the area of cross-stitching. The possibilities for this craft are practically limitless and there are a wealth of opportunities for your business to capitalize on this enduring practice.
Janlynn has worked with a number of designers to produce some sweet yet unique cross-stitch pieces that suit the homes market.
Linda Gillum of Kooler Design Studio has teamed up with the company to produce an enchanting multi-hued swirly butterfly motif. Measuring 25.5cm x 35.5cm, this colourful oval counted cross stitch piece is classic with a contemporary edge, meaning the design will suit a range of interior décors.
The kit contains: 100 per cent cotton 14-count white aida, two cards and one hank of 100 per cent cotton six-strand floss, needle, graph and instructions. Stitch Count: 140w x 196h. Holly DeFount, also from Kooler, created Janlynn's new Stitcher's Sampler counted cross stitch kit. Displaying all the things a stitcher holds dear, the piece features tools, fi nished products, and even leaves room for personalisation. The kit contains: 100 per cent cotton 14-count white aida, two cards of 100 per cent cotton six-strand floss, needle, graph and instructions. Stitch Count: 103w x 130h.
Enter the Dragon
2012 is the Chinese year of the Dragon, and what better way to celebrate than with two exotic new premium kits from RIOLIS. The R1229 “Red Dragon” is stitched on 14-count black aida, and uses 14 vibrant colours of RIOLIS wool/acrylic threads. Once finished, this luxurious piece measures an impressive 30cm x 40cm.
The R1230 “Golden Dragon” is stitched on 14-count black aida, and uses 15 colours of Anchor stranded cotton. The finished size of the design is an awe-inspiring 40cm x 60cm. RIOLIS wool/acrylic threads give exceptionally good coverage of the fabric adding a three-dimensional appearance to the finished stitched article.
The retail price of these kits reflect their premium status, Red Dragon's RRP is £31.99 and Golden Dragon's RRP is £54.99. The RIOLIS 2012 International catalogue features over 400 counted cross-stitch kits including 30 designs from the “Premium” collection. As well as the beautiful landscape and animal designs, for which RIOLIS are fast becoming recognised, there are also kits stitched with beads, cushions, chatelaines, pincushions, totes, and a very attractive range of Zodiac kits.
Small but perfectly formed
Mouseloft 's complete cross-stitch kits retail from £1.35 so these are great for little ones and learners. All the kits use only whole cross stitches and backstitch to produce stunning and effective designs that even the most timid beginner will want to attempt and provide a satisfying quick project for an experienced stitcher.
New in the popular Stitchlets range (RRP £2.24) is a contented looking pig, a frog on a lily pad, a beautiful red motorbike, a colourful caravan and a striking cockerel. In keeping with the Diamond Jubilee and The London 2012 Olympics, Mouseloft has also added new designs to its popular Images Of Britain range, also at £2.24. Both ranges are designed to feature something for everyone, young or old, experienced or beginner.
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