This weekend will be Destination Dallas, the premier needlepoint market. Tons of great companies will be there with lots of great new products.
The market is a Cash & Carry Market so your local shop will be bringing home goodies. Some shops are having clearances currently to make room for new items. Other shops will be having events to show off what’s new at the Market.
Shops that are attending are happy to look for or order specific items for you. Call or email your local shop to find out if they can do this.
Today through Friday there will be three days of Dallas previews highlighting some of the new products coming out. Next week, except Tuesday, there will be more coverage of the show.
Classes have become an increasingly important part of the show. This year there are classes emphasizing techniques. There is also one from Jenny Huff, the teacher from Southern California who is energizing her students to needlepoint about needlepoint and young people.
I saw two things that got me very excited. First off, Planet Earth is coming out with a pocket wallet. Available at the show, it comes in two colors, medium brown and black. Retail should be somewhere around $35.
If you haven’t tried Straw Silk you’re in for a treat. They will be bringing out three new colors, including Buttermik, an almost white, at the show. In addition they will have a stock of their past limited edition colors, not a regular part of the line, available for purchase.
Hingham Square Needlepoint (HSN) has a new flag canvas with whales’ tails for the red stripes and a starry crab constellation in the blue field. They also have an adorable snowman peering at a brown rabbit canvas. Remember HSN is now distributing Clara Wells. If you love these bags and accessories this is where to find them. They can also recommend finishers for purses.
JP Needlepoint is premiering a wonderful new retro shape of bags. Called Moon Bags they have a large rounded front with space for an 11×12.5″ needlepoint. Like to Moon Bags of the 1980’s they have decorative handles. The canvases are on 13 mesh and the handles are real wood and match each design. Kangaroo Paws has added fraternity baseball caps to their lines. The fraternities are in 3″ rounds and finish quickly with piping to make a unique hat. There are kit options for these canvases. As 3″ rounds you can also finish these in many of the Lee leather goods.
Sara England is a new designer for The Point of It All Designs. She has fun designs for pet lovers. One of these is an adorable design of a boy on a beach playing Frisbee with a black Lab. Another new artist for them is Darlene Hardie. One of her designs, Fowl Ball, looks at first glance like a very realistic baseball catcher. But look again; the face behind the mask is a chicken!
Kelly Clark has added to her Under the Sea Designs which premiered earlier this summer with four blue-and-white designs. To this she has added Ginger Spice Mermaid, a rectangular canvas of a mermaid with strawberry blonde hair and a pretty pink tail. Love You More has a new saint canvas from Ivona Staszewski, Joan of Arc, and a charming Christmas owl trio from artist Geoffrey Allen.
I am just in love with the wonderful nativity star tree topper from Susan Roberts. It incorporates several of the figures in their larger nativity picture into this unique shape. Liz Goodrick-Dillon has a new stocking with two lovely deer, a buck and a doe, near a snowy stream. It’s distributed by Susan Roberts. The company also has an adorable chubby mermaid.
Pepperberry is taking an interesting approach to ornaments with two front and back designs that go with their 3-D gingerbread house. There are several in the line including one with two trees, a gingerbread one and a candy one, or two different gingerbread men. Voila has added a line of canvases for bags. These are black, white, and red and are dramatic pictures of women with hats, sunglasses, or both.
Leigh announced earlier this summer that there would be companion coasters to the Baja squares. The coasters are 4″ rounds with eight in the series, one to go with each of the larger designs. Stitch guides are also available. Laura Megroz, one of the designers for CBK, is known for her charming simple designs showing Labs. She has several new designs coming out, including a black Lab in a Santa hat, two skiing ornaments and a Jersey Shore sign.
Elizabeth Bradley has added a new parrot to their line of needlepoint kits. The red macaw is designed as a companion to the original parrot. There is also a new charming mini kit of a lavender basket It was designed after seeing Harrods Eccentrics Garden, a celebration of British machinery. This is Amanda Lawford’s last show but there are new designs. One is a skeleton about to toss a Jack o’Lantern who does not look at all happy at the prospect.
Alice Peterson has added a new dressing room canvas. This one has pale aqua walls and a lovely dark violet dress. Sandra Gilmore has a new line of six 5″ round ornaments. Done in an old-fashioned style, you’ll find ones for St. Valentine’s, Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, and Independence Day. Painter’s Threads will have the new pastel colors available in several more threads, including some of the trims and silk ribbons in 2mm, 4mm, 7 mm, and 13mm.
& more has added colors to their Z-Bar and Mini Z-Bar lamps. Hug Me Bags has come out with a bag for carrying them. They have also come out with the Julia Bag, designed in conjunction with & more’s Julia Snyder. They are also now distributing beading needles. Pippin has added some new designs of Lantern People to their line. These canvases were adapted from actual banners Jenn made and are for the four elements of earth, air, fire, and water. The last of her seasonal samplers, summer, is now available to all shops as well.
Annie Lane has two great new canvases, ChickFlix and Laundry Day. Both have her characteristic animals and her clever style. Accoutrement Designs has several limited edition magnets that will be available at the market, including Star Wars designs and emojis. I want the nerd emoji myself. Labors of Love has a series of birthstone Santas. Their robes are the color of that month’s stone and one hands hold the birth flower for that month. There’s plenty of space on the robe’s bottom or around the design to personalize them for a unique gift.
What You’ll Find in my Show Coverage
My articles are different from ones you might see elsewhere:
- They are more in-depth, providing descriptions of new items
- They do not include links or photos. Because many designers do not provide this, it isn’t fair to link to some and not to others, so there are no links or pictures.
- I draw information from many sources, including some not available to retail customers.
If you read something of interest to you, contact the designer after next Tuesday or call your local shop.