With all the great canvases at Destination Dallas it’s easy to get lost in a never-ending series of “I want that!” It’s well for us to take a minute to look at the trends in needlepoint, the health of the industry and where you can find all the coverage.
This market shows us pretty clearly that needlepoint is on a upswing. There were many new vendors at the show. In addition the established vendors had a large selection of products. When it’s relatively easy for us as consumers to see the canvases in pictures on social media and the Internet, having the support of shops is very important for the designers.
If all goes right the sneak peeks that come out before the show get us excited enough to call our shop to buy. They also get the shops excited enough to stop by the suite and see what else is there, And when folks start talking about what they see it’s even better for us all.
Everything went well at this show. Shop owners and vendors came. People bought. Classes were filled with people who will come back and teach these projects to you
Trends in Needlepoint
1. Halloween: Those who do market analysis of buying for holidays, say that decorating for Halloween is fast catching up to Christmas decorating in terms of dollars spent. While you may not have many kids coming to your door, your neighbors are pulling out the stops to decorate and Halloween parties abound.
You can see this reflected in the large number of new Halloween canvases. You also see lots of ornaments that can be used anytime, reflecting a more eclectic approach to Christmas decoration. There are still lots if new Christmas canvases, but they are additions to an already crowded market. Even though there are lots of Halloween canvases out there, designers are finding plenty to say.
2. Licensed Artists: Licensing work from a popular artist and adapting it to needlepoint canvas is nothing new, it’s been a part of the industry for decades. it seems, however, that more and more artists are being picked up this way. For us as stitchers it’s great because it gives us a wider variety of styles available. For the design companies it’s also good because they can have more designs without being artists themselves.
But there is an important downside to this — are the licensed works stitchable? Look carefully at the canvases of licensed works — are there areas and details that are too fine to be conveyed in needlepoint? Is the canvas you love too complex for your stitching level? This is by no means always the case, but do look carefully.
3. Desert: This trend is only just starting but you rarely saw desert-themed canvases outside of some of Southwestern canvases from Sundance. Now you are seeing cactuses and cactus blossoms. In addition there are many canvases, mostly from Western designers and artists that bring Southwestern themes such as Day of the Dead to the fore.
One of Purple Palm’s new artists, Chip, has several canvases that have lovely desert landscapes.
4.Folk art: Although we may associate this term with a naive country style of design, folk art properly refers to the untutored design style of any country. Most folk-art-based needlepoint up until now has been based on American folk art. It’s been a rich and continuing resource.
But I’m starting to see canvases that reflect other countries folk art traditions as well. You see the European sampler style in canvases from Ruth Schnuff and Whimsy & grace. You see Raymond Crawford’s roosters that are influenced by Polish paper cutting.
Like desert themes, this trend is just starting, but I think we’ll see lots more of it in the future.
5.Sophisticated Color and Patterns: As I was going over the columns, I saw how often I used the word “sophisticated” to describe color palettes that use more subdued hues and non-crayon colors that are not pastels. I also see that many canvases use complex patterns. These could be patterns used in stripes as a background, or they could be an elaborate Mandala or overall pattern.
Even something as simple as Whimsey & graces new egg trios gives us at least two patterns for each egg (front and gusset) and three eggs in each set. Put them together and you have something that is pattern rich but coordinated.
This trend grows out of many things. First we see a wider use of pattern on pattern in our clothes and in our decor. That gets our eyes used to more and more complex patterns. Needlepoint is following this trend a few steps behind. We also see that overall our preferences for color are moving away from brighter, more pure hues to more subtle colors. if we consider Pantone’s colors of the year in recent years, more often than not they have been from a subdued rich palette with colors like teal and burgundy.
Both these factors, color and pattern play into the hands of our creative needlepoint designers giving them new sources to recreate older designs.
For many of us, this pattern-on-pattern thing is hard, i know I struggle with it. But here in needlepoint we can take some steps to be adventurous.
Here’s the list of all the Dallas columns with links: Finally, if you want to see pictures of many of the canvases described in these articles, visit Pocket Full of Stitches’ blog. Usually they just show pictures of items they have brought back. This time, they have a post with links to the sites of many designers who have updated their sites. Check it out!
Here’s the list of all the Dallas columns with links:
Finally, if you want to see pictures of many of the canvases described in these articles, visit Pocket Full of Stitches’ blog. Usually they just show pictures of items they have brought back. This time, they have a post with links to the sites of many designers who have updated their sites. Check it out!