Brenda Stofft has an intriguing new Halloween set. it starts with a simple pumpkin that has an opening in it. Inside the window is another canvas, with a choice of five different designs. The model was finished with hidden lights inside the pumpkin that light up the inside canvas. Cheryl Schaeffer has two new sets for her swing sets, introduced last fall. She also has wonderful new projects bags, available in green, yellow, or black. They have a pocket where you can insert a needlepoint insert. There are nine insert canvases available.
Kate Dickerson has hinged boxes in Hermes and Tiffany styles in several shapes and sizes. She also has a new “put your Lily on” canvas that has Lily in typical prints. There are also new Herend-style bunnies, including some in a smaller size. Speaking of designer-style canvases, several designers have new items in this style. Alice Peterson has added new shopping bags. Funda Scully has new hinged boxes in styles for Hermes, Gucci, Chanel and Louis Vuitton. Kimberly Ann has clutches in two versions of the Gucci pattern plus a multiple designers make-up bag.
Sandra Gilmore has new series of Santas and snowmen. She also has an adorable vintage-style Valentine’s girl sitting in front of a lacy red heart. Renaissance Designs has tons of new ornaments with a woodland theme. All the mini-socks, rounds and rectangles have trees or branches in the background, all with skies the same color. Various animals, Santa, birds, and snowmen are focal points on these. Two Sisters has added lots of inserts for the Lee and Planet Earth leather goods. Many of these have monograms, taking advantage of that growing trend. Besides their new holiday shifts, they also have some fantastic shifts with bold silhouettes on simple backgrounds.
CBK has two new 3-D lobster trap canvases, complete with lobsters in them. Rachel Donley has some large letters for Christmas. Some are patterned in traditional colors, others have a winter landscape. Oasis Needlepoint has added a new artist, Madeline Elizabeth, to their line. Her canvases include some delightful sayings as well as wonderful beach animals including a great flamingo and a wavy whale. Ann Wheat Pace has some stunning new rounds that are close-ups of single flowers. Among Kathy Schenkel’s mini-socks with stuffed inserts there are two new snowmen, a shark (I love this one), and a robot hanging a string of Christmas tree lights.
The Studio Midwest has added new toppers (shirts) including a beekeeper’s shirt, farmer’s overalls, and The Incredible Hulk t-shirt. I like that these give you some options for more unusual ornaments. CBK has added more Scott Church animals as well as other whimsical animal designs from other artists. Machelle Somerville has a new magnificent abstract hydrangea canvas with a really cool Bargello border. JP Needlepoint has new Op Art designs in black and white as well as new fleur de lis including one in patriotic colors.
Sew Much Fun has broken out individual drinks from several of their popular drink canvases as individual projects. Kelly Clark’s new eggs include some primrose eggs in different colors as well as two diorama style eggs. These have a detail window inside a solid egg that is just screaming out for fancy stitching and embellishment. Mile High Princess has new figures for Halloween, Christmas, and Easter. The Princess & Me’s new ornaments include seasonal bears, a wedding heart, and a dachshund dressed for winter weather. In a larger design, they have a patriotic sampler. Susan Roberts has a new line of Christmas figures that look like roly-polies with rounded bottoms. These include a snowman, nutcracker, Santa, and a gingerbread man.
A Stitch in Time has a lovely nativity tableau that’s a silhouette as well as a great patterned pumpkin that orange, cream, and black for an elegant look. Patti Mann’s newest canvases include a flower-wreathed llama and a canvas shaped like home plate that says “Play Ball.”
Kreinik debuted three new colors of metallic: Buttercup, Peony and Blue Bonnet, available in #8 Braid, #12 Braid and #16 Braid. They look to have a finish that is just a bit more metallic than the matte metallics, but not too shiny. The colors are wonderful Springtime pastels. Rainbow Gallery has four new colors of Capri that are bright and fluorescent. They are joined by ten new colors of Entice, four new Neon Rays+, and eight new colors of Silk Lame in Petite and 18 mesh.
New magnets from Accoutrements include a pair of bling cardinals, an Easter basket, and a Easter bunny. The Meredith Collection’s new Big Buddy magnet is milk & cookies for Santa.
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