The “Best Needlepoint Market,” that’s what my friend Leigh (of Leigh Designs) calls it. She’s right. This small show is only a few years old, but it’s run by needlepointers for needlepointers. As a result many designers create new designs especially for the show and you’ll see many smaller designers who can’t afford to exhibit at the bigger shows.
This show is a show where designers are selling as well as taking orders. For us that means there will be great new canvases showing up in our shops right away. Today begins five days of coverage of new products. Most, but not all, were at the show.
Famous for her flowers, Jean Smith has added a new series of produce canvases to her line. Called “Farmer’s Market” these 14″ squares look as if you were looking down at a full produce bin. There are 21 designs in the series. Speaking of flowers, I just love Leigh’s new series of “Derangements” These flower arrangements are both spooky and beautiful. The designs are deceptively beautiful because the plants are carnivorous and you’ll find spooky vases in each. The canvases are 6×10.
Annie Lane has added to her collection of ornaments with several round designs including a heart-bedecked sheep, and a roosturkey (a rooster with a turkey tail). She also has a great canvas for a new baby with a flying cow replacing the more traditional stork. They are just too cute! BB Needlepoint has a series of seasonal birches.
Labors of Love has added several new Santa stockings in their 21″ size. These have the highly detailed style of Tapestry Tent but in brighter colors. & More has expanded their line of saying canvases with several wedding designs. One is done as a 6″ square and could be used as a ring bearer’s pillow.
JulieMar has added some new Sally Corey fabric canvases. They also have set of four mittens with a Texas theme, one of which has a penguin wearing a cowboy hat riding between the horns of a Longhorn. In her own line Sally has started a new series of canvases adapted from the popular Madeline books. JulieMar has also added three new Hamsa designs based on watercolors by Marcia Steinbock.
Kelly Clark has a new line of ornaments, similar to her heirloom designs, but in brighter colors. Several of these have Texas themes using popular state symbols.She has also done a new series of Christmas trees, these with beachy colors and themes. JP Needlepoint has a lovely Pink Fantasy Flower purse that’s bursting with great stitches. It’s designed to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. They also have a lovely and detailed new canvas of a bowl of flowers.
Purple Palm has added a new artist, Erin Nelson. She has some lovely fish canvases with lots of details, but still very stitchable. I just love the face on her parrotfish. Another new artist to them is Chip DuPont. His designs reflect his travels in Europe and the Americas.
Kangaroo Paw specializes in canvases with sorority themes. Their newest series is cuff bracelets, available for 20 national sororities. There are three designs in two finishing styles. They also have rounds inspired by the 1960’s sweet florals. Kirk & Bradley has a new snowglobe, this one with a penguin and polar bear holding up a North Pole sign. Burnett & Bradley has added some new Halloween squares to their line.
Love You More has a Christmas canvas with a snowman piloting an open airplane over a snowy village. They also have a perpetual calendar out that has canvases appropriate to each month and comes with pre-cut calendar cards and four color double mats, so you can finish it yourself.
The Point of It All has ornaments based on high-end designers purses. Find “Gucci,” “Chanel,” and others. Hang them from a metal chain for a great look. The company also has belts from a new designer, Bonnie Alexander. Susan Roberts has a great new design of a winged pig with the word “Believe” underneath it.
Decorations has two unusual Christmas canvases. An alligator and a shark are decorated with lots of holly. I had to look at these closely to realize what they were. When you do, you’ll just smile. They also have started a new series of needlepoint necklaces, all ready for embellishment.
Stitch & Zip has a new series of accessories in a design inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. The StitchPlay team’s second book of Twisty Stitches debuted at the show. it covers the stitches in the second half of the alphabet.
Voila has a cool new way to use wide strip or belt canvases. Their market tote is designed to have the stitched band running from top to bottom on one or both sides. The tote for them comes in several colors. A relatively new company, Point2Pointe has an extensive line of self-finishing designs including bottle stoppers, pendants and bracelets.
Sullivan’s has a new scissors out. Called Petites, they have large ergonomic teardrop handles, but are only 2.25″ long. They come in copper, silver, and gold. The Artists Collection has a new large clear project bag with a clear pocket to display your finished work. Love You More has beautiful exotic wood scissors and laying tool holders, while buttonsetc has new laying tools from exotic woods.
Michelle Ink makes magnetic needleminders from reclaimed silver. She has lots of new minders and fobs in spooky designs including skulls, spiders, and full moons.
Links and Buying
You may be wondering why there are no links. That’s for several reasons. First, not all designers have updated their sites. Rather than include only some links or invalid links, I let you learn about the canvases through the descriptions. Second, there is an increasing, and unhappy, tendency to post pictures on sites and in groups that are not public. If the only picture is in a place where you cannot see it, that isn’t fair to you.
Rest assured that at each show I check extensively to see if these things have changed. Until they do there will not be links. However if you want to see a particular design, search for the designer on Google and ask about it.
Many shops are having sales on items ordered and/or brought back from the show. Contact your local shop to see what you can find.
Come back tomorrow for the next part of the most comprehensive coverage of this great show.