Do you know people who are turbo stitchers? In other words they stitch so fast that finished projects fly off their laps. Whenever I see so many great canvases at a Market I find myself wishing I was a turbo stitcher and that I had won the lottery so I could buy all the wonderful canvases I see.
For now though I will be content looking at them and being amazed at the creativity of our needlepoint designers.
The Meredith Collection has a lovely set of 1920’s ladies, all dressed in red. Some are in typical flapper outfits with lots of beads. Others are wrapped in fur collared coats. I can see these as great opportunities to show off different threads. In addition to the shelf sitters mentioned yesterday, Sew Much Fun has new gift tags, mini socks, and animals. In the animals there is a wonderful floppy-eared bunny. One mini-sock has a bunch of owls sitting in a Scandinavian dowel tree, it’s very playful.
Kate Dickerson has three new canvases that are trios of shaped topiaries. She also has lots of new key fobs and sunglass straps in preppy and New England motifs including a couple of plaids. She has also added to her belt collection with several new additions, including a weed belt available in several colors.
Raymond Crawford has so many more great canvases I hardly know where to start. He has an autumn version of his Christmas train. There are new additions to his watermelon slice canvases with a pillow-sized square and a star, both with plenty of small slice motifs. There are eight ornaments in a new color scheme for him that is a bright pastel one with the main colors being flamingo pink and light yellow. They would be an interesting and non-traditional addition to your tree.
Raymond has also created six squares in various styles in a classic blue and white color scheme. My favorite of these has a large Chinese character in the center. There is also a great mid-Century folk art mermaid with a diamond-patterned tail as well as three New York City-themed stars. JP Needlepoint has two vintage VW buses full of her colorful animals. One has a hippie theme complete with those flower stickers around the headlights. The other bus has a patriotic theme.
In Painted Pony’s licensed designers I really liked the canvases from Diane Krater. There were several gift-wrapped bottles and a delightful beach Merry Christmas that had a herring gull in a Santa hat posing on top of the sign. Probably the best of hers is a riot. It has an alligator in a Hawaiian shirt, Santa hat and sunglasses sitting, drink in hand, under a decorated palm tree. You’ll smile the whole time you stitch it.
Funda Scully also had two great and different ideas for baby gifts: a mobile and a pacifier clip. The mobile has six rounds finished over styrofoam balls and hung from a ring. The pacifier clips use a ribbon and have a small stitched round hiding the clip. She also has charming hearts for the parents of twins. Abigail Cecile had three new rooftops canvases, one for New York that’s postcard size, San Francisco, and Italy. She also has a new crewel-style flower, modern log house nestled in the woods, and several new Christmas rounds.
Sandra Gilmore has four stunning floral panels, one for each season that make up a tuffet. There is also a lovely ornament that has two doves against a background of poinsettias. There is also a very pretty folk art heart full of simple flowers on black and a “Be Mine” heart. Machelle Somervile has a great new canvas of five chili peppers. She also has another canvas, My Hood, that comes in either pinks and purples or blues and browns. There are also new patterned vases in several configurations in her popular black and white color scheme.
Kristine Kinston has new hashtag canvases. Jude Designs has increased the number of her college stadium canvases to twelve. She also has a Louisiana labels brick cover and a NOLA streetcar belt. Love You More has a Halloween silhouette canvas that features a big tree and witches dancing. J. Malahy has new and colorful sock monkeys.
Kathy Schenkel has lots of new travel rounds as well as new college canvases. She even has a travel round for the Baseball Hall of Fame. There are also new house divided canvases which I think is a great way to celebrate your college’s sports. New to her mini-socks are college ones with stuffed animals of the school’s mascot. There are also travel mini-socks with animals and new entries in her regular mini-sock line. Finally she has added to the pennant line with Halloween and college pennants.
Julia’s Needleworks has lots of great new canvases from their designers. LAN Designs has a lovely canvas that is a close-up of several pansies. This designer also has a lovely Christmas tree and a stained glass partridge in a pear tree. From another of their designers there is a great word canvas of Merry Christmas in ornate letters. It has colors that remind me of Andy Warhol’s Pop Art colors, but not as bright. There are also several new hinged boxes and a sweet series of seven bunny fairies.
Lani has two wonderful new collages: a peacock and a rooster. The cool thing about these is that the surrounding blocks are mostly patterns. She also has a mermaid collage that is beautiful, and exotic. Danji has two great “Just Married ” canvases, one a cake and the other a car. This was Amanda Lawford’s last show before her retirement. She introduced a new large Santa, World Traveler Santa. If you love these canvases, snap it up, it won’t be around long! Kelly Clark has ornaments to go with her new North Pole village. Each of them has a decorative top that looks like one of the house’s onion domes.
Links to the Coverage
This is just one of the many posts I have on the show both before and after. Here’s the comprehensive list:
- Market Preview 1
- Market Preview 2
- Market Preview 3
- Coverage 1
- Coverage 2
- Coverage 3 (today)
- Market Trends (Friday)
- Coverage 4 (Saturday)
If needed there will be more coverage of new products on Saturday.