There are plenty of other great new products coming into your needlepoint shops right now.
BB Needlepoint has a charming design of a vase with orange flowers in a quirky style. Liz’ newest stocking features Santa holding a lantern walking through the woods. It’s a generous 20″ high. Pepperberry has a series of new rounds that feature some reindeer getting into all kinds of trouble. You’ll find them throwing snowballs, eating cookies, hiding out in the sleigh, and more.
Kangaroo Paw has sorority ornaments in a different shape — cowboy boots. They are available for 22 national sororities and are officially licensed. In addition they have a series of jumbo letter designs for all 44 national sororities and fraternities. On 13-mesh they are easy to stitch and make great pillows.
Pippin has an adorable new canvas of the three bears, all reading in bed! It’s on 18-mesh and would be a whimsical addition to a child’s room. Labors of Love has several lovely realistic flower canvases including poppies, iris, and orchids. A new Kirk & Bradley canvas proclaims “Life is better by the Sea.” It’s a great idea for a beach cottage.
Jean Smith has five beautiful bouquet designs in a less abstract style in softer colors, I love the blue-and-white vase filled with pink peonies. She also has two charming tulip designs that have an interesting block border that goes across the bottom and halfway up both sides. & more has added a lovely Bailey Jack canvas that has Frida Kahlo with some bright butterflies, all on a dark background.
Rittenhouse Needlepoint has announced their wholesale line with the acquisition of two popular lines: Barbara Russell and Changing Woman. They plan on producing classic designs from both lines and will produce new designs in the spirit of both artists. In addition to new canvases from their existing artists, Purple Palm will be debuting a new artist at TNNA next month. The design I saw was a wonderfully bright rooster with tons of patterns.
Voila is making their market tote in new colors. The colors include: raspberry, navy, green, saffron, cinnamon, and purple. They come in four sizes: small, medium, large, and extra large. They all are finished with a stitched band that goes over the top and closes the bag. The company also has new covers for their 6 oz. flasks.
Threads, Kits, Charts, and More
Erica Michaels has teamed up with The Gentle Art for a lovely kit featuring a hymn on 40-count silk gauze. Laura Perin has a lovely new design with a basket of red cyclamen surrounded by two elaborate borders.
Treenway Silks often comes out with thread collections made to match charts and canvases. Their newest is a silk ribbon kit that has all the ribbons used in Kelly Clark’s kitchen rooster sampler. (These are not the only threads you need for this project.) They also have a ribbon kit available for Frilly Fishes, one of Kelly’s six tropical trees.
Sanjou is now importing silk threads on spools. There are 30 colors in 20m packages. You can also buy two assortments, one with bright colors and one with darks. Kreinik has made their Moss Green color available in #4 (Very Fine) braid. This olive green color is slightly holographic. New colors for Simply Wool fromThe Gentle Art include French lilac, briar rose, and piney woods.
The Daylight Company has a new portable clip-on light that features an LED light on a flexible neck. It can run on batteries or can be used with a USB cable.
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