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A brief history of St Valentine’s Day

border Valentine heartsHave you ever wondered why we celebrate St Valentine’s Day on February 14 and why it is associated with lovers?

The ancient Greeks and Romans held fertility festivals in mid-February…

The Dutch influence on embroidery on paper

I have been designing stitching cards for over ten years but the origins of the craft go back much further. The first mention that I can find about stitching cards is by Dutch designer Erica Fortgens. She started writing books with instructions and patterns for making stitching cards in the early 1990s.

In the forward to her book “Embroidery on Paper” Erica Fortgens tells how she got started…