One of the things that excites me most about needlepoint is all the creative new ways designers are finding to use needlepoint. Looking at the new products in this column you will see some new 3-D products in both painted canvas and charted needlepoint, new canvases, kits and charts, as well as other exciting new products.
Needlepoint in Three Dimensions
I was blown away by two products I just learned about. The Needle’s Notion has a 3-D cake done as charted needlepoint. “Carrot Cake” is built around a papier mache box and is white with textured stitches, geometric motifs, carrots, and rabbits. Put it on a lovely cake stand to make a wonderful centerpiece.
CBK Needlepoint Collections has marvelous 3-D lighthouses designed by Sukey Designs. They come in two sizes. The large is 12″ and the small is 6″. All four pieces to build the lighthouse are painted on a single canvas.
Painted Canvases, Kits & Charts
Jean Smith has two new canvases featuring a field of tulips. On 13 mesh for easy stitching. They are available as 14′ and 8″ squares. She also has a stunning hydrangea rug on 10 mesh. IT has companion pillow on 13 mesh.
Dream House Ventures has added some new sayings in different styles and ha a lovely design based on a Chinese lattice. There is also a lovely new Pueblo pot designed by Paula Manning
If you have liked the birds in Threadworx Journal but want the ease of painted canvas. three of them (cardinal, hummingbird, and robin) are available as kits from Threadworx. Anna-Marie Winter has lovely round “Tree Jewels” ornaments available as kita from Kreinik. The kits are complete, including even the styrofoam ball and a reusable storage box. They are in holiday colors and there are three styles.
DebBee’s Designs has a great new beginner’s pattern out that is about 6.5″ square. It uses sweet spring colors in several threads. It’s a charming project any stitcher will love. There is also a new Diamond Delight pattern.
Brenda Kocher has several new designs. Tootsiebubbles is a different kind of baby sampler. Fancywork is inspired by a crazy quilt and features silk ribbon embroidery and includes a CD. Coral Reef features several Bargello motifs.
Sekas & Co. has a new monthly series of fobs featuring flamingos. They come with stitch guides and are available on 13, 16, and 18 mesh. There is also a charted flamingo heart.
Thread & Embellishment News
The Gentle Art has 7 new colors of their crewel-weight Simply Wool out, bringing the total to 36. There are also 6 new Simply Shaker colors.
Weeks Dye Works also has a crewel-weight wool available, as well as a new two-strand floss on spools and #12 perle. They have new colors in #5 perle, six-strand floss, and linen.
I’ll have a review of Threadworx new silks soon, but I wanted you to know that the overdyed Au Ver a Soie has 20 colors.
Just Another Button Company has alphabet buttons in two styles. One style has as white background and the other has a natural wood color background. An easy way to personalize.
Accessories & Finishing Ideas
Nordic Needle has 2″ antique gold pendants with finishing instructions. To go in them, they have 6 new designs, 2 canvas and 4 cross stitch. The canvas is designed by Laura J. Perin.
For lovers of Q Snaps. BritStitch has come out with a similar table/lap stand that comes in two styles and four sizes.
The Elizabeth Turner Collection has a unique piece for football fans. The leather-covered flask also includes a canvas.