While there were not many completely new threads at TNNA, there lots of great news to make stitchers happy.
Lots of New Colors
Kreinik announced six new colors out next month in #4 through 16. Four of these are “golden” colors that add golden to some of the existing matte (5500 series) colors. There is also a screaming neon yellow and a sparkly medium-light blue.
brown paper packages added four new colors to Stardust, which is Silk & Ivory combined with metallic. Two of these are a light and medium coral that were delicious colors. There are now 239 colors of Silk & Ivory with the newest 3 being a group of ocean blues.
There are now over 130 colors of Colonial Needle’s Persian Wool. They also now have printed color cards of the line to date that your shop might have.
Rainbow Gallery added new colors to many of their lines. There are 9 new shades of Rainbow Linen, A single new color has been added to many threads, including Soft Sheen Fyre Werks, Very Velvet, Neon Rays, and Water n’Ice. Five colors have been added to Wisper including pink, green, and yellow. Lots of new colors have been added to the Silk Lamé line. There are 23 new colors in Petite, 10 new colors in 18, and 13 in 13.
New Threads & New to Needlepoint
Sundance had lots of interesting new threads. There are three new series in Sparkles: a non-metallic matte Sparkles, a thinner version, mini-Sparkles, and one that has the original solids flecked with silver.
Through them Barbara Elmore brought out two clever, very stretchy ribbons. Stitchy ribbons are wide and have a satin finish. Straight down the middle is a thinner channel which you can use to gather it. The finished edges also make a nice bit of definition. There are 13 colors.
Glitzy ribbons are thinner and completely solid sparkly metallic. They can be cut to shape. One sample I saw used this for a bird’s beak and it looked like solid metal, not granular as stitches and beads do. There are 14 colors.
Painter’s thread has some neat things, including a trim that looks like flowers and an embellished rick-rack. There is also dyed #4 metallic and some interesting silks. Samples are on their way to me to test.
The wonderful knitting yarn from Koigu is now available in mini-skeins of 11 yards. The whole line of solid colors is available, but shops might also carry an assortment of their multi-colored shades. One warning though if you use the multi-colored shades always buy enough for your project, those colors vary widely.
Planet Earth introduced a new thread, Furr, FUzz, & Funn. This is a hairy thread and the original 9 colors were all natural browns and grays. At the show they showed three new colors with several shades in each skein. Two, light & dark blonde, are perfect hair colors, while the third, pink, is just for fun.
Alchemy’s Silken Straw is available in only a few shops but they are looking to expand the shops carrying it and the colors available. A 100% silk ribbon, it has a papery texture and the subtle sheen that is like real straw.
New & Upcoming Books
Carole Lake & Michael Boren have a new book out to help you with your painted canvases. Called “Painted Canvas Embellishment,” it has chapters on canvases, threads, and stitches. It will be in the bookstore at Calloway, so some folks you know might get it there. It will be shipping this week to shops.
June McKnight’s newest book will be out in the spring. “Needlepoint Secrets” will take you through the process of a needlepoint project from start to finish. You’ll learn how to select a canvas, then how to pick threads & stitches for it.
The folks at Gone Stitchin’ are working on a stitch dictionary. I saw sample pages at the show and it looks amazing! It should also be out in the spring.
Julia Key Snyder’s new book is called “iBargello.” She’s taking an unconventional view to doing Bargello. I leafed through a copy at the show (my copy is on its way) and it’s packed with patterns. I also took a class with her that showed off some of the patterns. If you’re intrigued by Bargello but thought it “had” to be in shades of one color, you’ll like this approach.
Tomorrow through at least Saturday, I’ll have more TNNA news, mostly painted canvases.