Along with interesting new projects, I’ve come across lots of other needlepoint items of interest (the bits & bobs) that I’m including here.
Planet Earth has added round coin purses to its line of leather products. The purses are available in twelve colors. Rachel Barri has several great self-finishing items. These. include passport covers in four colors, puffy headbands, and square leather boxes with a 5″ insert in five colors. Jenny Henry also has some cool self-finishing items. There is a leather luggage tag with a grid of dots. My favorite is the “Stitch where You’ve Been” accessories. Pick from a wallet, passport case, or luggage tag. Each has a world map printed on it. There are holes drilled in the maps of the continents for you to add a knot in the places you’ve been. (I’ll be reviewing the Jenny Henry luggage tag soon.)
Voila has new Keep Calm canvases as well as an elegant lady pictured amongst tropical foliage. Another new lady is a chic city girl in big round sunglasses with red rims. Textured Treasures has a new counted canvas chart stitched in three types of thread in a yellow palette. Stitched on bright blue canvas, it recalls Ukraine. There are 30 square patches plus a stitched border. Wild Violet (a cross-stitch designer) has charming pendants with no stitching required. Stork Scissors or a strawberry are available.
Mary Legellet’s Whimsical Stitches vol III is finally shipping to shops. Krista of Stitch Palettes has released her latest collection of seasonal palettes in both PDF and printed forms. The printed book is small enough to carry in your purse to pick threads. Each of the 36 palettes has the inspiration picture, along with four palettes. Three are keyed to thread companies with pictures and color numbers of the threads (DMC & Anchor floss, and DMC Tapestry Wool). The final palette has Hex & RGB values so you can use them outside embroidery.
LNS Day in 2022 will be on October 22. To keep you posted on events planned in celebration check out my news blog, Needlepoint News. I put articles there on everything announced. They are also always categorized under local needlepoint shop day. You can subscribe to that blog by email from any page.
Accouterment Designs has a new needleminder that is a working color wheel. Needlework System 4 is now distributing Stella lamps. If your shop carries System 4, they can now order Stellas through them. Gentle Art has added two new colors of floss, Cobblestone and Distressed Denim, and a new color of wool, Misty Harbor. Treenway Stitches has new colors in its 65 Roses line. They are Crimson Glory (red), Sterling Silver (gray), Cherry O (pink), and Rose Lake (bright blue).
A lovely swan canvas from one of Painted Pony’s licensed artists will be Amy Bunger’s next homestudy, offered through The Needle Works in Austin. Another Painted Pony canvas, from art by Danielle Murry, is a lobster trap. Canvas & Thread has a new & delightfully graphic canvas for Hercule Poirot. j. chid has a new 4″ square canvas of a maraschino cherry in a martini glass. It looks as if it’s just waiting for the Manhatten to be poured. Carol Curtis has several new canvases that feature garden tools.
Finding blank canvas has been challenging these past few years. I heard this week that it is again available from distributors and should be making its way to your local shop. There is a new shop open in Denver, Downing Street Needlepoint. It’s located at 404 Downing Street. Their phone number is 720-583-6694. Mindy of Mindy’s Needlepoint Factory in Eugene, Oregon, has decided not to retire and will keep her charming shop open.
Kate Dickerson has passport cover canvases that coordinate with her luggage tags. Both fit Planet Earth items. She also has great woven ribbon canvases in a pretty Easter color scheme. POP needlearts has a delightful canvas of a vintage Corningware dish. Belmead Designs has a dramatic canvas of the Newport Pell Bridge.