My husband, who rarely ventures into a needlepoint store, came with me to the Market in San Jose last weekend. The stormy weather mostly kept him from doing what he had planned so he came with me around the floor. He’s come to some events, so he knows people, but this was his first time walking the show. He was blown away by the endless creativity of the designers and the canvases they had. That’s the enthusiasm you find at a needlework market. I hope you can share in the excitement through these articles about new products.
Painted Pony has lots of new canvases beyond the Pride & Prejudice series from Petei. I loved her new crazy quilt angel. This is going to be a fantastic canvas for creative stitching and embellishing. One of the more unusual canvases in the whole line is new, an Aztec princess. She’s complete with a feather headdress and a complex pattern on the dress. There are also new designs from her licensed artists. I particularly like the cat and dog “Lead Us Not into Temptation” that are available in two sizes.
Associated Talents has added to their series of holiday word canvases with Matzel in shades of blue. They also have several three-piece crabs that would look adorable sitting on a table or shelf. JulieMar has a new sectional tree skirt, this one with Santas. Pepperberry has added more breeds to their dogs in Santa hats and more national flag hearts. They also have lots of new snowman ornaments. I’m not sure if they are new or not, but Funda Scully has a nativity where the figures are egg-shaped. The set has the 3 Wise Men, Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus. Stitch guides by Diana Bosworth are available for them.
Sandra Gilmore has a magnificent lion’s head on a black background. She also has a charming Christmas in Paris scene with a lit Christmas tree at the Arc de Triomphe. She also has a sweet old-fashioned Valentine canvas with a girl and her dog in front of a big quilted heart. Also from Fleur de Paris’ stable of artists there is a silhouette of two pilgrims and a brilliant cardinal among bright fall leaves.
Melissa Shirley can always be counted on to have a wide variety of great designs. Her newest Christmas series features designs in mint green. She also has a set of heart cookies decorated in a very Martha Stewart style. Easter is emphasized with canvases in many styles including vintage designs from Mary Lake Thompson and a new elongated carrot shape in several patterns. This carrot shape shows up in many other canvases as well. Vicki Sawyer’s new designs celebrate spring and include the most adorable piglet. The Fourth of July has lots of new canvases, including a set of patriotic apples. Finally there are new canvases from Este MacLeod, Emma Williams, Annie O’Brien Gonsalves, and Debbie Mumm.
Alice Peterson always has such great stuff in so many styles. They have added some new Stitch & Zip kits in larger mesh sizes, designed to be stitched by kids. In addition she has a wonderful large alphabet canvas for a baby’s room. A new artist for them has clever seasonal travel trailers with great retro shapes. I also loved the beach houses in different colors. Accompanying them is an ice cream stand.
Kathy Schenkel has a new line of pennants in the iconic triangular shape. She has individual letters in Christmas or Halloween colors and school color pennants that can be done for your choice of schools. You can also specify the words that are on them. She has also added several new house-divided canvases, including one for my personal favorite, Cal & Stanford. You’ll also find plenty of new travel rounds and dozens of new colleges in both rounds and mini-socks, some with animals.
Hingham Square Needlepoint, or HSN, was premiering their line at the show. In addition to the licensed alphabet designs of alphagraphics, they have an adorable set of skiing cardinals. BB Needlepoint has a wonderful take on the ornament wreath, done in red, green, and gold. They also have a new funky house canvas as well as a blue-and-white canvas with lots of patterns done in a primative style.
The Meredith Collection has a great pair of rabbit close-ups. Set against solid backgrounds they have a very modern look. In addition to the lovely collages mentioned yesterday, Lani has a gorgeous collection of Tallit bags in her signature rich colors. She also has a new series of outfit canvases. These have all the components of a fashionable outfit, including shoes, purses, and accessories. There’s one for every style from ripped jeans to ladies who lunch.
Cheryl Schaffer has great word canvases. Words like wine, elf, joy (and more) are in big block letters. Each letter is filled with illustrations that go with the word. Stitched and framed these would have a big impact. Sew Much Fun’s new 3-D canvas is a rocking horse. They also have new cat and dog mini-socks, and two new gift tags. If you have been hoping for their frogs in a smaller size, the wait is over: they have two canvases in a size perfect for frame weights.
Susan Roberts had lots of new canvases including ornaments, brick covers, and stockings. There are several new nutcrackers in two sizes. The smaller ones include a ballerina and a Santa. The larger one has a traditional nutcracker both front and back. She also has a new set of Halloween ornaments that are designed to be turned into folded diamond ornaments when stitched.
Silver Needle has a canvas with snowmen in scarves against a cobalt blue background. It would be a great showcase for stitches with the simple shapes. Labors of Love has a lovely new stocking with the Holy Family on it. They also have some lovely canvases of realistic flowers against pale backgrounds, including a stunning orchid. Kristine Kingston has lots of new hashtag canvases In bright colors against white backgrounds, including many with sports slogans such as “Go Tide.” She also has new painted versions of quilt blocks with painted stitches being the different fabrics.
JP Needlepoint has some lovely geometric patterns with open centers for monograms. They also have a delightful series of birdhouses where the houses are simple shapes covered with complex patterns. Many of these patterns can also be found, along with others, in a series of flirty Christmas tree rounds that would be colorful additions to your tree. Also new from JP is “Leaves a Plenty.” These three canvases have outlined leaf shapes, each with a different patern. It’s unlike anything else I’ve seen and just beautiful.
Studio 2, a new designer to me, has canvases adapted from Art Deco, including a New Yorker cover. Quail Run has many new Southwestern canvases including landscapes, a group of Indians, and cacti. Purple Palm has many new canvases in different styles from their licensed artists. My favorite was the southwestern mission canvas.
Needledeeva has some new sugar skulls. as does Zecca. Needledeeva also has a charming series of small pumpkins. They are patterned and set in front of a cobweb background. She also has new florals and a four canvas Halloween train set with Jack o’Lanterns on the wheels. For those looking for canvases on larger mesh, consider Lil Bird. Many of her designs, including a quartet of vivid flowers in Mexican colors, come on 11 and 13 mesh.
Summary of Continuing Coverage
This week is part of my extensive coverage of the Winter 2017 Needlework Market from TNNA. Last week, there were two preview posts (here and here) and a post about what happens at a trade show. Monday had information about threads and tools. Wednesday began the coverage of great new canvases that continued Thursday. Saturday will have a commentary about the show.