The winter TNNA Market is one of the biggest markets for needlepoint. Designers release new canvases for the show and shopowners attend to buy merchandise for their shops that will appear over the next several months. Unhappily for stitchers, this show is not open to the public. That means you’ll need to learn about what’s new from those who attend. Each year Nuts about Needlepoint provides you with descriptions of the many great new products out there.
This week is part of my extensive coverage of the Winter 2017 Needlework Market from TNNA. Last week, there were two preview posts (here and here) and a post about what happens at a trade show. Monday had information about threads and tools. Tomorrow and Friday there will be more posts about new canvases. Saturday will have a commentary about the show.
Robbyn’s Nest has a lovely new series of 5″ letters. They have a patchwork of mod patterns and are available in four color schemes: primary, cool colors, citrus tones, and pastel featuring pink and lavender. These are in addition to 20 different single letter styles that can be mixed and matched to make monograms and words. She also has new owls, peacocks, and hamsa hands.
Rebecca Wood has lots of new Christmas stockings. For those looking for smaller projects, many of them have coordinating cuffs. She also has a great new group of canvases with decorated gingerbread cookies. There are two cuffs (house and train), a full-size stocking of the house, and 8 round ornaments. All of them have snowy landscapes for backgrounds.
I wrote in the preview about DJ Designs lovely Chinoiserie canvases and they are even more beautiful in person! These canvases are strictly a limited edition. They will only be available through the end of 2017. There are 11 canvases in the group, including a lovely round rug. If you want one of these designs, order it as soon as possible before they go away.
Kirk & Bradley has added several canvases to the travel and sports round series. New travel rounds include Spain, Raleigh, Barcelona, Canada, Hawaii, and more. New sports rounds include Augusta and the Kentucky Derby. Burnett & Bradley’s new designs include several Baby Sleeping signs in different colors, and two new colors in their graduation cap. They also have a set of citrus coasters in a simpler and more modern style.
Lani has many beautiful new collage canvases. all on 13 mesh. The majority of these feature flowers, mostly roses. The roses are painted realistically with lots of detail. Some of them look like ones in your garden while others have a faded antique look. One is even in shades of light blue! All these collages have borders that look like pieces of fabric pieced together. She also has a lovely group of succulents, also on 13 mesh. There are four each, 14″ and 16″, all squares. These canvases have lots of detail and are in beautiful colors.
One big hit from the show is from Dream on Designs, a part of The Artist’s Collection. It’s an Advent Calendar in the shape of a 3-D house. The house is on 13 mesh and is a line-drawn canvas. There is a curtained window for each day before Christmas. The days canvases, on 18 mesh, get placed over the windows as the month progresses. The whole thing comes as a set with stitch guides. It’s a design that is so fun, but simple enough for a beginning stitcher to tackle. I’m told that many shops will be offering it as a class. Most of the other designers represented by this company have new canvases as well, including new Santas from Hewartstrings and charming new hearts from Hummingbird House.
Robbyn’s Nest has had a lovely line of canvases with painted wooden frames for several years, adding to the line at each show. Her new canvases this time do not disappoint. My favorite had several oriental lanterns on red. The frame continues the design, making the final piece 12″ square. There is also a wonderful autumn sunflower piece that has the flowers surrounded by colorful leaves sitting against a wooden wall.
The exciting thing about both these canvases is that you are not limited to the canvas + frame option. Both of them are also available as painted canvas in designs that incorporate both the canvas and the frame. All frame + canvas designs can now be ordered this way.
One of the most intriguing things I saw at the show is an idea so simple I can’t believe no one has thought of it before. A new designer to Colonial Needle, SOS, is making simple geometric patterns that come in sizes for each type of self-finishing item. There are eight designs in all, each available in seven sizes. Retail prices for these range from under $30 to under $90 for the largest size. Combine these with leather pieces to make a coordinated set.
Rebecca Wood has a lovely new series of monthly bird rounds. Some of these, for example the quail (August) and the cardinal (December) are realistic, while others, the June Hummingbird for one, are very fanciful. These canvases have the months on them. There is another series of rounds, 12 in all, with cottages on them. They are also a monthly series with little touches that indicate the month, but no words. Either would make a charming set to stitch.
Burnett & Bradley has a new series of Santas with different robes and accessories. They also have two new mini series one of hearts and one of owls. A great new series from Lani is “Credenzas.” These six canvases of interiors have a small chest with a painting above and lots of accessories. The chests themselves are decorated and each canvas is rich in color and pattern. They look like something from a very high-end decorating magazine. We should wish our entries looked like this!
A new designer from the Pacific Northwest is JL Canvas Company. Previously their canvases were only available in a few local shops. They had a new line of smaller canvases called Petite Sweets at the show. Divided into several collections they had some unusual pieces including a slider with small fries, kokeshi dolls, a biker jacket and a coast highway sign. Several of these canvases are 3-D.
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Diane Tozzi says
It’s unfortunate a preview of new canvases featured at TNNA is not shown to the public. We could then ask our local needlepoint shop to place an order. Unless there is a way to see these canvases, of which I am not aware, one must wait until they trickle down slowly to local stores. I am not alone in this thinking. Seems to me it would promote excitement and be good for sales.