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    The Madeira tradition

    There’s a family run company, right at the heart of the fabulous Black Forest in Germany, that has been manufacturing threads since 1919 and it’s now led by the third generation of the above-mentioned family. Their name has been Madeira since 1975 and many of us know them mainly for their stranded-cotton skeins, rigorously made with Egyptian Giza cotton (world-renowned as the best cotton for weaving and threads), packaged in a handy 10-meter “spiral pack”, keeping the floss clean, new and tangle-free. Try them and let us know what you think! We have already tested them and found them very good: glossy, but not too glossy, and definitely resistant. Casa…

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    Bead embroidery: that’s how it works!

    We had already anticipated this, just before Christmas 2020… we had bet, you would love bead embroidery kits and you actually do! That’s why we have decided to carry many more models, widening our selection, that you can see here: Among the best sellers (yes, many of you have already bought up), there are the lovely brooches: kits including all the materials needed to craft unusual and elegant brooches, not only to pin on your coats and jackets, but also to make a beanie more colorful and charming. However, as it often happens when new products are to be discovered and tried, many of you might have doubts: “Can I do…

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    Open letter to all Casa Cenina friends

    Dear all, the whole Western world has been facing the most serious pandemy of the last two generations for almost one year now. In this long – when not too long – 12 months, here at Casa Cenina we’ve always been trying to work at full capacity, always in strict compliance with the anti-Covid regulations issued by our government, to go on enjoying with you the pleasure of crafting, finding in our favorite hobbies a way to divert our minds from unpleasant thoughts and to smile, even in times that have proved us both physically and mentally. If, from the one side, we do hope that these times are now…

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    The brand new Lanarte Secret Stitch Along is coming soon!

    The very first Lanarte SSA of the year 2021 is coming soon! The announcement is official: Lanarte introduce their first “Mystery” in 2021 and, with it, they’re launching once again the thrilling “challenge” of cross stitching something and discover exactly “what” at the end, piece after piece of the pattern. The start is scheduled on March 19th, 2021 and the mystery will last for 10 weeks, with the 10 parts of the pattern emailed directly, every week and every Friday, following the “magic formula” that Lanarte has got us used to! Would you like to join the Secret Stitch Along? it’s easy! • Reserve the necessary kit immediately on Casa…

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    Free pattern cross stitich for you!

    Thanks a lot, UB Design! Ulrike, the founder and designer of the UB Design brand, has conquered us all “cross-stitch addicted” in very few years, with her delicate and essential – though never banal – lines, always so sweet! This is why we’re delighted (and proud, we must admit!) to share a freebie that she designed expressly and exclusively for her fans and friends of Casa Cenina. Little roses talking of Spring already, in an extremely versatile pattern: you can stitch them together on a placemat for the first pic-nics in the open air, which we’ll soon enjoy again; or you can stitch them individually, on perfumed drawer sachets; or…

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    Tilda takes us to the woods.

    Woodland: here’s the new Tilda collection This time, Tone Finnanger celebrates the woods and their creatures, but always with her own touch. In the brand new collection from the Norwegian designer, nature’s echoes play the leading roll, printed on fabrics that are perfect for any home style, with their hand-drawn foliage, trees, squirrels and other animals, combined with florals in red, blue, lilac and greed shades. All Woodland fabrics can perfectly be combined also with a number of Tilda’s previous colections, such as Frances Teal, Harvest Rose lilac, Old Rose Lydia lavender, Plum Garden Confetti an many more 😉 Let’s breath the fresh air of Scandinavian woods with these brand…

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    A collector’s choice

    Marjolein Bastin: new, limited-edition kit She’s one of the most appreciated nature artists in the world and the brand is Lanarte, for a brand new, limited edition kit, that’s going to be the ultimate delight for the stitchers who love collecting special kits. Because this is the biggest kit manufactured by this epoch-making brand from a design of Marjolein Bastin: 62X88 cm (24.8″ x 35.2″) to cross stitch on a white, 10.5-thread evenweave and with DMC stranded cotton. The subject is an evergreen, ideal to decorate any kind of house – the 4 seasons – in the unmistakable style of the Dutch artist, leading us on a trip around the…

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    Jane Austen: a legendary woman now living again on fabrics

    She’s not simply one of the best-known English writers of all times: she’s an iconic, neo-classical author who, between 1700 and 1800, in her books anticipated the Romantic Movement and even some “feminist” themes that were going to characterize the middle and late 19th century. Her “Pride and Prejudice” has been translated into a whole lot of different languages, much loved by readers worldwide and still nowadays used as the subject of as many successful movies. Few of us know, however, that Jane Austn was also a skillful quilter and in the English house where she worked on her books – today a museum managed by a local authority with…

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    It’s raining beads

    If you’re among the (numberless) fans of designers like Nora Corbett, you must be already quite skillful with beads. However, in Nora’s models beads are used to embellish cross stitch. But in Eastern European countries, there’s a centuries-old and very rooted bead embroidery tradition, where beads completely replace threads: it’s not by chance, for example, that some of the greatest manufacturers of these tiny “hobby companions” are located in the former Czechoslovakia. Moreover, there are a whole lot of bead embroidered traditional Virgin Mary icons that are truly brath-taking.  Certainly smaller, though not less precious, are the kits we decided to import directly from Emma’s Company – the Ukranian reference…

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    Secret Stitch Along Permin 2021

    From Copenhagen to the world: the Secret Stitch Along 2021 is starting soon The famous Danish cross stitch brand has decided to surprise us! How? With a brand new Secret Stitch Along featuring a completely different subject from their Christmas kits. It’s a Summer theme – as you can guess from the only, mysterious picture Permin is sharing… and they’re right, for it’s a Mystery, after all! – in the soft and mirthful color shades heralding the warmest and most longed-for season of the year. A ray of sunshine you can enjoy from February 2021 and in 8 parts! The kit to join this SSA, so different from usual, includes all…