This week has continuing coverage of new products appearing at Destination Dallas. Remember this is a Cash & Carry show, so your shop may be bringing great new canvases. Many shops will have sales and special events following the Market, which closes today.
Brenda Sofft has lots of great new designs. You’ll find a wonderful stitcher bunny who has a canvas rolled up inside her partially open umbrella. For lovers of small canvases there are new Halloween rounds and Easter eggs. She has five new Day of the Dead dogs, each a different breed as well a a new 12 Days series that has Days 1 through 4 available. From her licensed artist Amanda Clark there are lots of new rabbit pictures and a striking angel that’s mostly shades of blue. Another licensed artist, Linda Dalzal, has my favorite of the new canvases, Cirque de Chein, with two costumed dog acrobats.
One thing I love about this show is that smaller designers who don’t go to the big TNNA show exhibit here. One of these is Little Bird Designs. She has 20 new designs as well as stitch guides (new for her) and kits. Renaissance Designs has a charming new canvas. Five Little Pears, on 13 mesh, is a great project to show off stitches or for beginners. The pears are different colors and have large spaces, great for showing off stitches. Other great canvases include “Catnip,” a new nine lives cat. There are thread kits and a stitch guide available for it.
In addition to the new bags, Hug Me Bags has several new fabrics. Atenti Bags has a bag with pockets and a shoulder strap, Cadette, that is available in 20 fabrics. They also have a new soft basket, Hope, that would be a good place to store tools and extra thread near your stitching spot. It has an inner zip pocket and short handles. Their pouches, caddies, and totes are also available in some new fabrics.
Ewe and Eye has several great new canvases from their folk art designers. These include some florals and a wonderful geometric patchwork. My favorite is a patriotic dowel tree that has flags instead of ornaments. On a pale gold background, it has a lovely old fashioned feel that in’t too one the top. Maggie has several lovely seasonal landscapes including a couple of autumn ones and a wintry scene whee snow does not predominate.
Shelly Tribbey has a couple of great Halloween houses, one with a witch hovering over it. I also loved the sampler style pumpkin that has a great black cat as well as some painted stitches. For Christmas I really loved her gingerbread house stocking. It has tiny visions of four of her houses, “landscaped” with lollipop and iced cookie trees. It’s great for a kid but will also work for adults. If I didn’t have a stocking, I’d buy it in a second.
JP Needlepoint has a bunch of peacock designs that are amazing. There is a close-up of a feather available in animal skins, different colors, or in white with touches of gold. I saw this one partially stitched and it’s a glorious base for techniques and decorative stitches. Besides these there is also a peacock ornament. The canvas is simple but it’s great for decorative stitches and lovely threads.
JP also has a delightful canvas of a carousel swan full of kitties taking a ride. They also have a hot dog car with two dachshunds in it and a kitty vision of the Princess and the Pea. I also loved their retro leaf and feather. Their structure reminded me of Sixties prints but the colors were more subdued eighties colors. It’s a nice fusion.
Penny Macleod has new ornaments and lots of new ladies. She also has a couple of tablescapes with vases and leaves on bare branches against her trademark patterned backgrounds. They are hard to explain but very cool with her characteristic colors and patterns but great if the ladies aren’t your style. Kirk & Bradley has two new travel rounds for Alaska and North Carolina. Pepperberry has new snowman face rounds as well as an adorable penguin face in a hat.
HSN (Hingham Square) has designed inserts for the new pouch wallet (I think) from Planet Earth. There are several styles including signal flags, landscapes, and geometric. Besides the whale flag I covered last week, they also have a lacrosse flag as well as a football flag, and one with scallop shells and starfish (for the stars).
Kimberly Ann is a new designer to me. She has clever canvases with sayings that are finished as cosmetics bags. The designs include monograms and sayings about shoes and lipstick. Finish them by folding them in half, sewing the sides together, and adding a zipper on top. Rachel Donley has a lovely quartet of two gingerbread men and two women. They all have geometric icing clothes and the girls have “pearl” necklaces that would look great in so many different techniques.
The frame maker Deux Bijoux Bijoux had a new Lazy Susan painted in red gingham. I saw it with a very realistic cheeseburger canvas in it. They also have a colorful geometric frame that would work with many canvases and a tray in Christmas colors that is also very adaptable. I like that these items are not as canvas-specific as many of their early pieces. This means you can use their lovely work no matter your taste in canvases.
Strictly Christmas has several new baby’s sleeping canvases. There are the usual boys and girls but my favorite is the one with leopard-print Mary Janes that says “Born to Be Wild.” They also have a couple of Easter egg canvases and new additions to their chicken dishes series of canvases. A Poor Girl Paints Needlepoint has new initials and sayings. There is a new Mr & Mrs canvas that’s heart-shaped. My favorite is the round “City Girl” canvas. The lone building on it could be a skyscraper, but it looks like Coit Tower in San Francisco to me. It’s at the top of my must get list.
Follow the Coverage
There will be more articles covering the show Wednesday and Thursday this week. You can also see the preview columns: Part One, Part Two, and Part Three.