Craft Focus - October/November 2022 (Issue 93)

EXACLAIR French brand Avenue Mandarine offers a range of fun kits which are a great way to introduce children from the age of around six years old to the joys of cross stitch and at the same time develop their hand to eye coordination. Designed to appeal to the younger generation with bright colours and simple cute designs youngsters will love creating their very own cross stitch pictures. Each kit contains an instruction sheet, one printed cross stitch square (13cm x 13cm), one needle, five coloured threads and a cardboard frame to display the finished picture. There are four pictures to choose from; a cheeky monkey in a space suit, a cute cat wearing a scarf, a bird singing his heart out and the ever-popular mystical unicorn. +44 (0)1553 696 600 BOTHY THREADS Bothy Threads is blissfully dreaming of the perfect Christmas on Sally Swannell’s Country Estate, just imagine... a fresh blanket of snow, fairy lights glistening in the trees, bubbling hot chocolate, and stitching your favourite Bothy Threads kit by the glowing fire. Christmas Cottage and Country Church are Sally’s latest designs in the Country Estate Collection, with an RRP £35.49. CURIOUS UNIVERSE Anyone can discover the fabulous, fun art of cross stitch with the Create Your Own Cross Stitch Gift Box from Curious Universe. Requiring you to concentrate on the pattern at hand, cross stitch can help to clear the mind of other worries and stresses and is a great way to keep the mind sharp. Featuring modern designs with bright, eye-catching colours and a fun, funky feel, crafters of all skill levels can create the eight divine projects in this kit, which includes succulents, beautiful florals, inspirational quotes and cool characters, featuring on-trend llamas and bees. Included in the pack is a 24-page instruction book, 5cm embroidery hoop, two needles, two squares of fabric, six skeins of thread and eight patterns to choose from. +44 (0)1225 614 310 48