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June 2005 Newsletter
After a few months of neglect due to computer issues and the usual lack of spare time, the lmntl crafts website has finally been updated. The biggest change: I've added a new line of Hungarian cross stitch patterns from Folkology that I think many of you will be excited about. Folkology is a fairly new Budapest-based company that sells cross stitch patterns and kits based on traditional Hungarian regional designs. To start with, I am carrying 7 of the patterns, which include easy-to-read charts and list thread requirements for both DMC and Anchor embroidery floss. You can view these at http://www.lmntl.com/xstitch.html . You can also visit the Folkology website at http://www.folkology.com, and if you see a pattern or kit that you like and I don't carry it, I will be happy to include it in my next order. (Folkology does sell directly to the public, but the shipping costs to North America are higher since they are based in Hungary. I have priced the patterns so that with shipping, you'll pay the same or a bit less ordering from my site as you would ordering directly from Hungary.)
I've also added a couple of books that I am selling directly through the website: http://www.lmntl.com/books.html. I still have more books and links to add, so do check back periodically.
For the next addition to the website, I am asking for your contributions: I would like to start a "gallery" page to showcase the work of customers/visitors to the website. If you have completed a project based on one of our kits or patterns, or have done other Hungarian or Hungarian-inspired needlework or craft projects that you would like to show off, please email me a picture! (I would also consider other Eastern European styles.) The pictures should be either .jpg or .gif formats, and please include your name, city and state/province, optional title and brief description of the work. I think it will be fun to check out each other's work!
There's been a lot of interest lately in the wonderful "blue-dye" indigo resist-dyed fabric. Unfortunately, I am now completely sold out of it. I am going to try to make arrangements to get some more - in the past, I've bought it myself directly from the dyers on my trips to Hungary. I think that having it shipped might make it too expensive. I'll most likely be able to make arrangements, though, and will give those who have tried to order "first dibs" on the new stock.
Although I would love to go to Hungary this year, my next trip won't be until 2006 at the earliest. This summer I am returning to Oaxaca, Mexico to continue with the Zapotec language documentation project that I participated in last year. Then in September I'm back in school full-time again - this time starting a Ph.D. program in linguistics. In addition to working on Mezoamerican languages, I also plan on including Hungarian studies in my program, just to ensure that there will be trips to Hungary in my future!