Caron Collection has come out with a set of four mini-socks, each with two options, I’m crazy about. Called “Off the Cuff” the mini-socks feature elaborate borders and take advantage of the many lovely Caron Collection threads. Handblessings has some lovely small square samplers using textured stitches and hand-dyed threads. They showcase 4-5 stitches and are under 4″. I saw one stitched recently and it was lovely.
Laura J. Perin Designs’ newest sample has a masculine slant with a mallard in flight as the centerpiece. Brenda Kocher has Noah’s Ark, a ship easy enough for beginners which features charms of animals. DebBee’s Designs has a small counted canvas design, Peridot, which features August’s birthstone. She also has new designs in her Diamond Delight series.
CBK has licensed another delightful artist for their painted canvas line, Starke Art Designs. Among other things there is a set of four round mermaid ornaments. Susan Roberts has come out with a series of nutcrackers for the 12 Days of Christmas. They each have a unique costume and are on 18 mesh. Kirk & Hamilton, an English line of painted canvases, is now available in the US through Camus Intl. Their style is traditional, but goes beyond the usual florals to some lovely shell patterns, glasses and needle cases, and more.
The Point of It All has added a new designer, British watercolor artist Emma Ball. Her charming landscapes are now available in painted canvas. They also have a set of four daffodil coasters that look like spring on a canvas. Kathy Schenkel’s new line of jungle designs includes a safari Santa. A Dragon’s Tale has come out with a line of roll-up Santas that are highly detailed. JP Needlepoint has a new line of Treasure boxes with stitched tops and sides. MAP Designs has some delightful new scenes from the Mediterranean, France, and England.
Elizabeth Bradley has a new kit out, Poinsettia. It’s glorious when stitched with a black background. Glorafilia has two kits featuring designs from Anglo-Saxon Britian. The one I saw looks as if it came from the Bayeaux Tapestry. The kits are on 12 mesh and include Anchor Tapestry Wool.
Presencia (Finca) is coming out with 36 new solid colors in floss and 9 new metallic floss colors. Bella Lusso is a new wool thread that comes in 46 colors. I’m hoping to get a sample soon so I can try it out and report on it for you.
Cross-Stitch & Needlework magazine is having a charity auction of their Fruit & Floral Needlepoint Rug that was on the July 2008 cover. The rug is 36″ square and stitched in tapestry wool.
The auction benefits the American Cancer Society and will be held on eBay from December 10-19. 2006. All proceeds benefit the Society. Zweigart and DMC have pledged to match the selling price.