Today I look at more great new products premiering at the TNNA Winter Needlework Markett his weekend in San Jose
Jean Smith has more super close-up flowers. One, Flower Focus 3, is of a single-petalled red rose. It might look just like one in your garden. JP Needlepoint has a wonderful Hanukkah version of their package dog. This time the packages are all wrapped in blue, white, and silver designs. Purple Palm has added a Woodstock canvas as a companion to their Abbey Road-inspired Needlemania.
dede has a charming new Christmas stocking that has teddy bears having a circus. Painted on a white background, the design has a light and airy feel. Love You More has a great anvas that is brimming with patterns both in the background and on the cat. In Red Thread’s Pooch Paint series a French Bulldog and a Schnauzer have been added.
Pippin has lots of new stuff. The seasonal samplers that were exclusive to The Needlepointer last year are now available. The cool thing about them is that they have stitch guides where each section of the sampler was done by a different teacher. They also will be introducing lots more minis, with designs taken from their larger canvases. Among these will be brown and polar bears. Also in their new canvases are some free-flowing designs that feature flowers, vines, or gardens.
Mile High Princess from The Astist’s Collection has new canvases designed to fit Chic-a bags. Some come with stitch guides. Burnett & Bradley has a series of wrapped Christmas packages. These are not the same as the 3-D packages of the past, but are flat designs with great ribbons you can stitch. Curtis Boehringer has a wonderful new spring bouquet that is bright with pretty daffodils.
Machelle Somerville has a lovely patchwork heart that has both solid pink and pink Jacobean print patches. JP Needlepoint has a great canvas, Hooters Anonymous, that features 11 brightly-colored owls. On 13-mesh canvas, this would make a great stash-busting project.
CBK has a lovely new series of ornaments in three shapes: round, mitten, or mini-sock. They feature snowmen, Santas, and a charming Black Lab. JulieMar has expanded their Judaic canvases with three new Tallis bags and two new Hamsas. They are all designed by Marcia Steinbock. Needledeeva has a wonderful new collection of dreidels. She also has some fun rose bouquets in different styles of vases. Their simple shapes would make them fun to stitch, but the different colors and vases styles make a set that isn’t too matchy-matchy.
Leigh’s new series, Illuminations, is superb! Painted on black canvas, they are elaborate Oriental lanterns. Many of them have traditional animals from the Chinese zodiac on them. Stitch guides are available for some of them. I am in love with the new Petei series from Painted Pony. It’s Pride & Prejudice with many of the most popular characters in the series. You may be able to start them as soon as next week because Lizzie & Darcy are available as kits with stitch guides at the show.
New Artists and Designers
&More has added a new designer, Bailey Jack. His designs are detailed but modern. Many of them have unusual dark backgrounds. fatell designs has a lovely collection of Christmas canvases combining typography in bold colors with both retro and traditional patterns. They are available on both 13 and 18 mesh.
Painted Pony has added a new artist, Mary Charles, whose designs reflect her life in Pennsylvania Dutch farm country. Purple Palm has added designs by Belina Wright to their line. These canvases are adapted from a series of paintings inspired by a trip to Haiti.
Mill Hill’s preforated paper kits for Spring have been released. Several of the kits depict items you’ll find in a walk along a beach. In the series that has both buttons and beads, the new designs include birds, flowers, gardens, and an old-fashioned shop.
Buttons aren’t often used in needlepoint, but if you are looking for them, there is a new company. Skacel, a yarn company, has a new branch that will be getting unusual buttons from around the world. If you are looking for an unusual embelishment, these could be perfect.
Edmunds has a set of two cordless LED desk lamps. They require batteries but would be great for extra task lighting. Both Lee and Hug Me have tool boxes out. Lee’s has a place to hold their popular 3″ round canvases. Hug Me’s has several zippered sections.
Yesterday I talked about shops having custom needleminders, in addition Kreinik has a customization service for shops. Premax scissors can have a shop name, logo, word, or short phrase engraved on them.
The makers of my favorite scissors Westcott, has added a 7″ long shear (sewing scissors) to their Titanium line. If you need scissors for cutting canvas, these might be a good choice. if you are looking for a drawing table or craft desk, you might like Adjust-a-Table from Sullivan’s. It’s modular and the pieces fit together. They all are adjustable in height with laminate tops.