Threads: Dinky Dyes has just released their first collection of silk ribbon. The ribbon comes in 4mm & 7mm widths in their 20 best-selling colors. Crescent Colours has added Garden Days colors to their line of floss, including ladybug, grasshopper, and Caterpillar. Dede’s Needleworks has introduced four new threads: FireFly a wired thread for couching (think 3-D), Glitzy, a super-shiny gold thread for 18 mesh or higher, Super-Twist,semi-twinkle in 67 colors, and Prisms, a clear opalescent. She will soon be distributing Treenway’s Fine Silk Cord in 100 colors.
Finishing: Have you ever thought about making a bellpull but hesitated because you didn’t like the hardware? Rosewood Manor has come out with lovely turned wool rods in 7 colors and two lengths (6 and 8 inches). They can also be ordered with cords. Designing Women has photo and scrapbook albums with oval or rectangle mounting boards.
Do you collect Longaberger baskets? Now you can create custom lids for them. They work with all types of needlework and come in 15 finishes as well as four crackle finishes. The package includes a template and a Magicpad for finishing which expends to s ½” pad when activated. Yarn Tree has a 16oz stainless steel travel mug with space for your stitching. Sudberry has added a letter box to their Nantucket basket line.
Canvases: Sekas & Co just keeps expanding their line of adorable painted canvas fobs. They are available on your choice of 1, 16 or 18 mesh. The new set of 6 has great summery designs, including a golf hole, a lighthouse, ice cream, and a sailboat. Finishing instructions are included. All about Stitching has a new set of critters, cartoony animals that hang by their tails. Each is dressed in a whimsical outfit. CBK Nedlepoint Collection has a line of license plates for “needleptr”s, for different states.
DeElda’s line of beginner kits now has 40 designs in it. Each is 4”x4”, on 10 mesh canvas and includes instructions, a needle, a threader, and Persian wool. Alice Vantrese has a great series of witty dog canvases, designed by Joy Schmetz for Designing Dogs. There are 9 dog designs and one cat in the series, all showing the animals stitching in various locations.
Elizabeth Bradley has a lovely new kit called Amaryllis. It is in the Botanical Series and has three a fiery orange-red blossoms. Voila has come out with a line of 4” x 7” cases on 14 mesh in their most popular designs. Blue Dogwood Designs has a collection of 12 ornaments in an ornament of the month series. Each comes with a stitch guide.