First up a small correction. In Thursday’s post I said that the new angel and nativity figures from Tapestry Fair were “Talavera.” In fact they are licensed designs from Ann Speiss Mill. Thanks so much to Pat Correz for pointing this out. And thanks to the many owners of Ann’s unique creations for sharing them to be reproduced. They are treasures and we are so lucky to have them.
The Meredith Collection has added a Kentucky Derby square to their series of college and destination squares. There are also new large squares for destinations in a realistic style. These include Big Ben, the US Capital Building, and the Chicago Theater. They also have a trio of Jack o’Lanterns in crooked witch hats. They also have many new purse and tote canvases as well as new deco ladies.
Kate Dickerson has expanded her canvases for self-finishing items. Some of her newest include Lily-inspired prints for lacquer boxes. Speaking of canvases for self-finishing, Danji has adorable ones for destinations, including the Eiffel Tower and a London phone booth. Get these and you’ll have some presents done in no time! Purple Palm has licensed art from the iconic Woodstock Festival, including the poster design in several shapes.
There are many canvases from A Stitch in Time I’m crazy about. First there are the pyramid and wreath of ornaments. The wreath has plain balls in many colors and sizes. The pyramid’s ornaments are bigger, brightly colored and have painted geometric patterns. I also love their many patterned mini-socks in traditional Christmas colors. There are a dozen that would look so good as a group. They also have a charming heart sampler with 8 small hearts that’s a perfect place for interesting stitches.
Plus there are collages for different holidays as well as canvases with lines of brightly colored and patterned animals or birds. More unusual from A Stitch in Time are peaceful country landscapes with white barns. They also have a cute line of superhero figures that would make great ornaments. They also have plenty of new geometrics including a set of 5 or 10 triangular Christmas trees.
Shelly Tribbey has a lovely new Three Kings design in a mid-century modern style. She also has a graphic top for a key rack. Shelly has also added a new large nativity to her line. I forgot to mention that her cookie cutter canvases come beautifully packaged in gift boxes with the cookie cutter included. Burnett & Bradley has added Niagara Falls to their Great America series. The realistic painting would make this a real treasure. This designer has added Christmas squares and rectangles to their line with centers featuring presents, a sleigh, trees, or ornaments in the center.
Besides the lovely vintage canvases which are even better up close, JP has many great new designs. There is a beautiful grapevine wreath with clusters of ripe grapes. I love the unique look of the wavy landscape canvas that combines a geometric feel with folk art charm. &more has added three more authors to their author series, joining Edgar Alan Poe. The Point of It All has new sayings with bold white letters on a grass green background. I love this combination for the new golf saying.
Painted Pony has lovely canvases from their licensed designers. I particularly liked the New England village canvas which is large as well as the beach canvas which has beach huts in the foreground and an island with a lighthouse in the distance. They also have lovely ornate wine labels featuring the names of grapes. The two realistic animals, a fox and a reindeer, are great. The charming folk art works of African_American artist Clementine Hunter have long been popular with stitchers. The Quarter Stitch, their distributor, has added to the line.
HSN’s line of flags now includes ones for colleges, with many schools available. The ones I saw included VMI, Texas, Georgetown, and Clemson. Minneapolis shop 3 Kittens has come out with a wholesale line called 3K. Many of their pieces have a rustic North woods feel including a rectangle with small motifs, complete with a log cabin. Other designs are for the top of tea caddies and have simple modern coffee and tea themes. The line also has some ornaments including a Dala horse and a cardinal. They also have a line of Judaic canvases.
Kimberly Ann has expanded her line to include rolls for make-up brushes as well as larger bags. One of these is a patchwork of Chanel icons. Walker, best known for their belts, has a new canvas that is a stack of board games. It’s great to remember childhood favorites. I just wish my favorite, Risk, was there. Tango and Chocolate has new dog canvases in a cartoony style that is very different From the licensed art by Stephen Fowler.
A Poor Girl Paints has greatly expanded her line. She has new sayings, including a whole collegiate series (I’ll never see my college there) as well as ones for stitchers. She has new designs for weddings, Easter, and the 4th of July. You’ll also love her new zodiac rounds and her new square designs. Lani has new canvases inspired by vintage advertising posters as well as a eight ladies in hats. These are coasters and come in sets of four, one set in neutral colors and one in subdued brights.
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Janet Perry is the Internet's leading authority on needlepoint. She designs, teaches and writes, getting raves from her fans for her innovative techniques, extensive knowledge and generous teaching style. A leading writer of stitch guides, she blogs here and lives on an island in the northeast corner of the SF Bay with her family
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