Needlepoint shops and designers are getting ready for the popular Dallas Needlepoint Market this weekend. It’s a great event where shops can bring home plenty of new canvases, threads, and accessories. Many of these shops will showcase what’s new in Local Needlepoint Shop Day on Saturday, September 21 (you can keep up on what’s happening on that category on my Needlepoint News blog here).
My desk and reading lists are overflowing with information about new canvases. I’ll share market previews with you today and tomorrow. New product posts will come out on September 16, 19, 23, 26, and 30. At the end of each post, I’ll have a list of links up until that post. I do not supply pictures for the products in these articles. That’s because often the pictures are not available to te public. To see the canvases check the designer’s site, your shop, or social media.
Raymond Crawford has come out with a wonderful ornament-laden Christmas tree that’s 24″ tall. It’s available on 13 and 18 mesh. There is also a fall/Thanksgiving tree that has as the tree branches with fall leaves instead of the usual evergreen. He also has a wonderful series of finials one shorter and three tall in traditional Christmas colors. These would be so striking stitched as a group and finished as stand-ups.
Whimsy & grace has a lovely new series of 3-D pumpkins. There are several different styles and colors, including serval floral as well as many patchwork styles. You can further customize your pumpkin with a canvas that has three leaves and a stem that can be finished and attached to any of the designs. Zecca has added new animals to the Tall & Short series including a colorful lizard. Cheryl Schaeffer and Annie Lee have some wonderful cookie canvases. These include a “ginger” cat, a starfish, and a mummy candy corn among others. They are designed to be self-finishing.
Kimberly Ann has a new geometric series she calls “Small Flats” that are 6×9 and on 13 mesh. Several of her popular patterns are available in this series as well as new designs. They can be finished as a clutch, small tray or pillow. There are also coordinating canvases sized for card cases. She also has a series of two-sided designer onesies with seven canvases in all. They are on 18 mesh and are finished over a small hanger. Another addition to her line are larger glasses cases, perfect for sunglasses.
Kirk & Bradley showed only snippets of their newest designs, but I liked them so much I ordered two sight unseen. For travel rounds, you’ll find ones for Napa Valley and, I think, Iceland. There is a new Florentine bauble and a round version of their nativity. For Christmas canvases include a present-laden sleigh and Santa with a Christmas tree. Julia’s Needleworks has a lovely group of butterfly ladies that have to be seen to be believed. Amanda Lawford has a stunning new undersea canvas that features a lovely crab.
VNG has a new series of rounds with softly shaded birds. Tapestry Fair has a new three-piece Holy Family that is in a style that’s a cross between folk art and mid-century modern. They also have some fun new character pumpkins for Halloween and a lovely canvas of several color birds and whimsical birdhouses. Pewter & Pine has a wonderful leopard print canvas that could be finished as a pillow or a generous clutch. Melissa Prince has a new set of Downton Abbey coasters out just in time for the movie.
Barbi Sherman has lots of new canvases. This includes single initials on patterned backgrounds made to fit in the Planet Earth square jewelry cases and coasters. Alice Peterson has partnered with the artist Pomm to bring her artwork to needlepoint canvas. She has been exhibiting watercolor artist for 30 years and has a home studio in Pasadena. Her work is delicate, and often features streetscapes in a pretty feminine style. Alice Peterson also has new patterned fruit trios. You can choose from pineapples, pears, apples, or pumpkins. The fruit sits on a check of back and white and has a decorative border.
Need Delights is premiering three new charted designs this weekend. Tilemania has 25 colorful tile-inspired squares. It was a mystery project and has thread listings for four colorways. The other two project packs are in the Holiday Delights series and are for Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. The muslin tool make-up bags with sayings on the front have added new designs to their line. Expect to see these bags in many more shops.
Rainbow Gallery’s newest thread is Rainbow Eyelash. It is a very long furry thread and comes in eight natural colors. Brenda Stofft is now distributing Prisms. This very thin metallic is one of the few truly transparent threads out there. The generous spools have over 200 yards on them and are packaged in plastic bags with hang tags.