I "met" this lady, or her merchandise at least. She is HUGE right now (her persona, not her body!) and very popular. You can buy just about anything in her little floral prints. Here's a link to her website Cath Kidston. I think some of her goodies may be coming in my travelling bag when I travel onwards.
I also "met" this lady, Kirstie Allsopp. She is what they would descibe as a "posh gel", that's a hard "g" as in "golf" not as in "jel". She has a TV programme where she tries her hand at craft, she's even met Emily Peacock and had a cross stitch lesson!
This is the closest I've got to the capital city so far, it's from a book called "Stitch London", aren't those corgis cute?
Here is a poster advertising the area where I am:
This is Ed Hardy. Cross Stitch from tattoos. Whatever next? Certainly Not Your Grandma's Stitching, which should please Anna no end! If anyone is interested in finding out more about this book, my hostess owns it and is happy to send a review.
This is a footballer. A footballer. Not a soccer player and not an American Footballer. But a real footballer who plays real football. Well, it's a cardboard cutout of a real footballer. Apparently he's written a book (or helped write a book or something) and came to the shop to sign copies. They raffled the cutout off to raise money for his favourite charity. What a nice footballer.