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    Halloween: it’s not too early to think of it…

    … even more if with a Mystery SAL! Nothing too complicated, however: a truly nice treat to stitch fully relaxed, suitable even for those who have never joined this kind of shared initiative called “Mystery SAL“. The pattern is actually simple and definitely spooky, as the Halloween tradition needs, it’s 100% Made in Italy and to be stitched with very few colors, that’s why it’s so perfect for absolute beginners, too, or if we want to teach cross stitching to our little ones.   The pattern will be in 3 parts, all downloadable exclusively on our website, starting from September 15th, 2021. The second part will be released on October…

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    Mindful Making: DMC launches crafting to relax

    Calm, sobriety, quality and harmony: these are the keywords that have inspired the brand new range of creative kits from DMC. The first 18 have just been released (while the further 12 will be available from late August) and 3 are for macrame, 3 for crocheting, 3 for knitting, 4 for traditional embroidery, 3 for cross stitching and 3 for punch needle. Each of them, packaged in an elegant box embossed with a twist resembling the stranded cotton skein of the French brand renowned worldwide, includes all the materials needed to realize the relevant project and show the hours necessary to carry it out 🙂 The common thread in all…

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    Organic cotton: good for the environment and good for our skin

    100% bio, lovely, small flowers The Summer, of course, calls for natural, light and transpirant fibers for our underwear and clothes, even better if organic ones. Just like the latest selections in our cotton fabric range: made in France, very soft and 100% organic cottons. But what does “organic cotton” exactly mean? And why is it the best choice, not just for the warmest season and the hottest temperatures? Well, first of all, because organic cotton is grown following the strict rules of organic farming, just as it happens for biological food: this means not only sustainably for the environment – i.e. without using pesticides, synthetic fertilizers and herbicides in…

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    EURO Discounts

    The European Football Championship is now: let’s play at Casa Cenina, too! For the reasons we all know, we’ve been waiting for five years, rather than for the usual four… But now the starting whistle is getting closer and closer: the European Championship 2020 are the first, great and so longed for, post pandemic sport event, and we can’t wait to support our favorite team, finally surrounded by our friends, too! And we can’t wait to play, either, with some shopping at prices discounted especially for this occasion. From Friday, June 11th, to Sunday, 11th July, included, celebrate with us this special edition of the UEFA2020, with an amazing 21% off – in honor…

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    Mediterranean folk in cross stitches

    The echoes of the most famous sea in the patterns from Avlea In Greek it means “courtyard” and it’s pronounced “Av-lee-ah”: it’s the name that Krista West, founder and designer, has chosen for her brand of cross-stitch charts, all inspired by the rich and colorful patterns of the textile tradition of the Mediterranean countries. And we can actually see many unmistakable signs of Southern Italy, Spain, Greece and French Provence in all the models from Krista, inspired – as she revealed – from the years she spent working as a specialty taylor for the Greek Othodox church. They enabled her to get to know their local folklore and its embroidery,…

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    An easy and fun tutorial for your creative sewing

    Let’s sew practically and with order We’d like to share this video tutorial from Burda, giving you all the links of the materials and tools used in it that you can find on Casa Cenina, because we find this idea simple and nice. “The list of sewing necessities is quite long and can generate some sort of confusion. Rulers, chalks, markers, pins, cutters and much more. Let’s see together some necessary tools, with a simple video tutorial. We’re going  to discover some very useful instruments, which you won’t give up anymore! And you’re going to see how they can help you save time and avoid too much effort!” In the…

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    Gardenlife: the new from Tilda

    We all had been waiting for some weeks, since it was announced! And now it’s finally there, waiting for you at Casa Cenina. The brand new Tilda collection colors the month of May, though already letting us think of the Summer, both in its inspirations and in its color shades. Its name recalls the time to spend in our gardens and reveals its protagonists: several floral prints with the most traditional leaves and corollas, like those of petunias and peonies; as well with refined ones, like those of the nasturtium, and the wilder ones, like those of poppies; along with fresh and vivid colors, to match together in an as…

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    Puzzles get newer… getting back to their origins.

    Wooden puzzles are so trendy! More than a simple game, puzzles are definitely a hobby that everyone has tried at least once in their lives! However, perhaps not everyone knows that the puzzle was invented by an English cartographer in 1760: he glued a geographic map on a piece of wood and cut out the borders of the different countries, because he wanted to create an educational game to make teaching and learning geography easier. His idea soon became very famous among the most affluent social classes and, in 1800, in London, there were already about 20 cartographers and publishers who manufactured puzzles. During the 19th century, the production of…

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    A rainbow called batik

    Talking of batik fabrics A technique to print and dye fabrics, by covering the zones that don’t have to be dyed with waterproofing materials such as clay, resins, vegetal pulps and starch; this is, in short, what the word “batik” refers to. It comes from the Indonesian words “amba” (to write) and titik (dot, drop), meaning what you’re drawing. Even though we don’t know exactly when this technique was started, we know for sure that it was already used in the 7th century, in several Asian countries. So, we can definitely state the batik is a quite ancient fabric printing technique, though it became famous in Europe not earlier than…

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    Keen crafters on the Earth, let’s party!

    Creative flair and planet Earth: a winning combination! Here at Casa Cenina, we joined the celebration of the Earth Day last year. This event was created in 1970 and scheduled every year exactly one month and one day after the beginning of Spring (i.e. on April 22nd). This year we’ve just discovered that April 21st is also the World Creativity & Innovation Day and since creativity is our “natural habitat”, it was impossible not to join the two celbrations together . After all, these two special days are connected in terms of inspiration: as a matter of fact, the Earth Day is meant to highlight the necessity to preserve the planet’s natural resources,…