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 continues today. Friday there will be more posts about new canvases. Saturday will have a commentary about the show.
Holidays & Celebrations
Brenda Sofft has a wonderful new steampunk witch that will have fans of her figures going nuts. I’m very fond of her series of six Christmas houses. They have the look of glitter houses, but are somewhat simpler than the similar series from other designers. They are perfect for glittery threads and fun stitches. She also has new Halloween topiaries.
For those who want to make ornaments for little girls, The Princess & Me has two unicorns, one with a pink background. Their other new designs include four gnomes, an octopus decked in Christmas lights, and two realistic tennis players. Last fall Ewe & Eye brought out three some national Christmas trees. They have now expanded the series with trees from other countries, including Poland, Estonia, and Brazil. Each is a round with the name of the country below the tree. They would make unusual decorations.
The Point of It All has a lovely Advent calendar. Put on a simple tree outline, the ornaments sit in an open box underneath. They are a delightful mix of ornament designs and iconic Christmas items. Plus there is a big gold star for the top of the tree. They also have three small ornament-laden trees, each a different shape.
Stitch-its has two absolutely adorable birth samplers. Both are baptismal outfits, a romper for boys and a dress for girls. There’s plenty of space for the appropriate information. Whimsy & grace has added more designs to their egg trios, introduced this past fall. Now there are 15 designs in the series. Kate Dickerson has lovely woven ribbon stockings in four color choices, including pink, and a warm red-brown.
Danji has added lots of new canvases from CH Designs. I’ve loved Cheryl’s work for years and I’m so excited that’s she is so popular. New shapes include holly leaves, Christmas light bulbs, stars, and mice with many designs in each shape. Also from Danji is a series of small, about 2″, square designs that celebrate the months and seasons. With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day in the series, these aren’t the usual month celebrations.
New Canvases from Old Favorites
New from Brenda Sofft are five elaborate Art Nouveau tiles. At 10″ square on 13 mesh, they make for dramatic accents. She has also added a new artist, Amanda Clark to her line. These canvases have a lovely storybook look. Two Sisters, distributing Barbara Bergsten, has expanded her line of shifts to include customized gingham designs. You can pick any two colors and include a name. The examples had both first and school names. It’s a great idea for an ornament.
The Meredith Collection has increased the Charley Harper canvases they offer significantly. Many popular designs are now available on both 13 and 18 mesh. A new, and very colorful, larger canvas has a blue macaw and a toucan on it. If you love Harper, but don’t have space for larger pieces, many of his iconic beasties are available singly as ornaments. The two newest are a crab and a seahorse.
Raymond Crawford has added canvases to several of his lines. There are new space age canvases with a playful feel. He has new Easter canvases featuring some great bunnies. For sports lovers he has added several sports stars. There are also some new wreaths and Christmas trees. In the trees there is a wonderful stitcher’s tree that’s ripe for embellishing. He also has four canvases inspired by those vintage choirboy candles. But look closely, they aren’t as angelic as you might think, one even has a black eye!
There are new Laurel Burch canvases from Danji as well. I particularly like the line of cats, available in two colors: her signature brights, and neutral tan/brown. It is an iconic design. Mindy’s new canvases add to her Judaic line. I particularly like the star of David in rich light browns with Shalom in Hebrew in the center. Kelly Clark has a new series of small Faberge-style eggs.
More New Canvases
A new designer for Fleur de Paris is Abigail Cecile. She has a lovely delicate style with canvases that include squares, a belt, and a stocking in a modern version of Jacobean embroidery. Her other canvases also combine timeless themes with a modern sensibility.
Danji has licensed an artist from the Pacific Northwest with stunning designs. They feature animal outlines. What makes them special is that inside the outlines are small animals and detailed ornaments. They are difficult to describe but stunning to see.
Wellesley Needlepoint has an amazing 3-D canvas, the Americana Bear. Stitched as many separate canvases, with stitch guides available for it all, the bear celebrates the USA from coast-to-coast as well as so many aspects of American life. There are panels with backyard BBQs and drive-in movies. You’ll find the Golden Gate Bridge as well a a hamburger. The piece is amazing. And it’s put together in a way that is thoughtful of stitchers. The pieces are painted so they are portable and even can be cut apart so you can stitch each one on its own. Stitching this piece would be making a treasure!
Kate Dickerson has also expanded the canvases from her licensed artists. There are several new baby elephants in new color combinations. There are also new canvases in her elf series. The Point if It All has two new series of emoji and hashtag canvases; small enough to be ornaments. They have also added more bottles, some ornament-size.
Love You More has licensed a new artist with a lovely, detailed folk art style. The current set of four includes St. Francis and a lovely Mary with a rosary. There are more coming. Pepperberry has a lovely new “Love” canvas in red, white, and blue. The O is a lovely variation on the Stars & Stripes I’d love to see as a stand-alone canvas.
One of my favorite things in the show was Libby Sturdy’s set of eight canvases based on Christmas tree pins. She has a friend that collects them and some are based on the pins in that collection. I have long thought these pins would make great needlepoint and I’m so glad Libby has done it.