While I have many needleeminders, my new one from Beau Verre Art is definitely the most special. These small works of art are created by combining one or more pieces of glass by fusing them together in a kiln. Unlike stained glass, the decorative front of these magnets is only glass.
These magnets are made by Kelly Boverman, a glass artist who is also a stitcher. Looking at the gallery of designs, you’ll find colorful ones, some similar to mine, pictured above, ones with metallic glass included, whimsical ones, as well as ones in many different colors. The magnets all use rare earth magnets so they hold the needles well.
I tested mine off on a current project. Unlike some of the minders I have used lately, Beau Verre minders are not underpowered. Both the decorative top and the second magnet are large enough to hold needles securely. I also found I could more the minder around on my canvas easily.
I also love that most of these magnets are geometric or abstract designs. If you like to match your magnet these will be nice because they will go with so many different canvases. The bright dots on my magnet mean it will coordinate with almost any project.
As needleminders have become more and more popular and as more makers are coming into the market, i’m finding many that are not well made. They might have magnets too small for the top. They can be overly large so they will not fit happily on the margins of your canvas. The glues may not hold the magnets securely. These outsranding magnets have none of these problems.
Because of the work involved in making the fused glass, these are more expensive than most other magnets. Because they are one of a kind, the selection available constantly changes. if you see one you like, grab it. The magnets are available trough shops. You can find a list on Beau Verre’s website.
if you are looking for a lovely gift for a Mother’s Day guft for yourself or your favorite stitcher pick up one of these. You won’t be sorry.