I just found out about lots of great new needlepoint products I wanted to share with you.
DeBee’s Design has more charts available in the Glitz & Glamour and Diamond Delights series. Harlequin Opal is done on black canvas and features a rainbow of brights. Diamond Delights 8 features the colors of the Southwest in large motifs in defined area against a colored and shadesd background.
Brenda E. Kocher has a delightful small project to learn Or Nue, a technique of shaded gold well-suited to canvas. The project features a tiny egg done in this technique on a decorative background.
Cleopatra’s Eyes is designed by Kurdy Biggs and is based on kaleidescope images. It combines several innovative stitches and thread. You can also enhance the design with beads and crystals. It’s a very complex piece.
CBK Needlepoint Collection has two new brick covers from Designs by Karen, a dragonfly and one with geckos and ferns. Painted Pony has a delightful Grand Canyon Angel. The canyon takes up most of the skirt and would be a lovely place to show off some great threads.
Melissa Prince Designs has a collection of elegant special occasion bags, with both the front and back as painted canvas. They also include the hardware and a chain strap in silver and antique silver. Carol Gantz of Associated Talents has collaborated with DMC on a series of Store Front Bakery canvases that feature Memory Thread. A free stitch guide that include instructions on using this thread is available.
Dream House has a great watermelon canvas that has big and little watermelon slices in bright colors. I think it has a very Charley Harper feel and would be a great summer project.
Kelly Clark has several new canvases including a new spring topiary (a pair in a decorative border), and Jack Skuleton, a small skeleton all dressed up for a night on the town. It’s just too cute! She also has a series of small bats that are only 6″ inches wide and very cute.
Voila has a clever new idea — key fob kits. Called, Fab Fobs, the kits are self-finishing. In the bag you’ll find a hand-ainted canvas, coordinating grosgrain ribbon for the back, key fob hardware and instructions. Everything is packed in an adorable organza bag so they make a perfect gift.
Cross Stitch designer Anna Lee Waite is now offering hand-painted needlepoint. I saw a charming patchwork heart that was delightful.
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Weeks Dye Works introduced four new colors of floss last month: River Rock (grayed-brown), Capri (lovely blue-green), Daylily (yellow-orange), and Charlotte’s Pink (wonderful but somewhat soft pink).
EdMar has introduced a new bright white to their line of rayon threads. It’s shades whiter than their previous white and, according to the company, virtually colorless compared to standard white.
Divine Threads, a maker of overdyed rayon threads has added four new colors to their line that include two pinks: sea shell and old rose, a blue, delphinium, and a green, pine.
Gloriana has also added new colors to their Florimell (Au Ver a Soie): a series of fantastic browns: Fawn, Hazelnut, Antique Black, and Havana Brown.
Crescent Colours has new colors in both floss and silk. The new floss colors are Blue Corn (a bright blue), Hazelnut (greenish-gold) and Chopped Chives (slightly blued green). The new silk colors are Berry Cobbler (think of blueberry juice from a cobbler), Biscotti (dark ecru), and Pecan Pie (brownish gold).
Gentle Art has four lovely soft colors available in both Simply Shaker Cotton Floss and Simply Wool. They are Baked Clay, Trade Wind, Faded Rose, and Honeydew. All four a pale and soft almost Shabby Chic colors that have a feminine vintage feel. They also have two new limited edition colors: crocus (blue) and Bermuda Grass (green).
Lee has come out with some great new bags, including a nylon laptop bag (available in olive and black) and a lightweight nylon tite with two zippered outer pockets. They also have leather biker bags in two sizes complete with chain straps and studs around the area for the needlepoint.
Finally our prayers go out to the folks at Kreinik and to the Kreinik family. Patriarch and company co-founder Jerry Kreinik died earlier this week. Although I never met him, our needlepoint world is far richer for the pioneering things he did.