In addition to the mushrooms I blogged about yesterday, Renaissance Designs has delightful Polar Inhabitants canvases in three shapes for Christmas. Besides the usual penguin and polar bear, there’s an Eskimo girl, a walrus, and an Arctic wolf. Canvasworks has new nightlight shades in several of their popular patterns based on oriental rugs.
Get the Point is distributed by CBK Needlepoint Collections. Their easy-to-stitch style will be popular with stitchers at all levels. They have stocking toppers, mini-socks, sweaters, and round ornaments in primary colors. I also saw a lovely Oriental dragonfly pillow with a clean, modern look. They also have Christmas Light canvases in solid colors that are perfect for trying new stitches.
CBK also has a quartet of hobby bunnies, including one that’s needlepointing. They are a great size for small stand-ups or ornaments. Along with Scott Church’s skating elephant there are equally delightful polar bears and penguins in his line for CBK. The company also has a hilarious trick-or-treating duck in a mummy costume, that’s just too funny.
Alexa has several lovely new full-size Christmas stockings. My favorite probably is the large Christmas tree decorated with nutcrackers. Kate Dickerson has greatly expanded her line with new colors, new designs in some of her signature shapes, and lots of new larger designs. She has some delightful French-inspired signs for doors in bright sunny colors, My favorite canvas of hers is a new Keep Calm” canvas advising you to eat chocolate.
Maggie has new rugs in a folk art style, lovely canvases that have a Zentangle feel, and close-up canvases of pets. My favorite of these is called “Just a Taste” and has a cat licking his mouth. Ewe & Eye has more new country-style canvases but my favorite is the bouquet of bright daffodils in a dark copper watering can. It just looks like spring to me. Several of this designer’s new pieces have a patriotic theme.
For your cocktail lover, The Point of It All has a Jack Daniels bottle. They also have some trios of dogs partying it up at a Crab Feed and a cocktail party. Another pair of new canvases from them has Coco Chanel dressed in either her iconic Chanel jacket or in a striped fisherman’s sweater.
Sundance has introduced metal findings and embellishments in several finishes and shapes. They also have some new bead colors and assortment packs of sequins in coordinated colors. I’ve used the bead assortments and these are great when you need only a few beads.
Rebecca Wood has a new nativity that in the more antique colors you’ll find in popular Italian nativity sets such as Fontinini. She also has more canvases, large and small with reindeer doing silly things. I really liked her new series of ornament rounds that were in a very Scandinavian color scheme of light blue-green and bright red, with charming whimsical designs.
Cooper Oaks has new Susan Wallace Barnes canvases plus a lovely new line of canvases that are just pattern. These simple, elegant designs would be fantastic as pillows on solid-color couches. Birds of a Feather has added more canvases to their whimsical series of animal canvases. Also from them is a great triangular Christmas tree filled with pears, along with one partridge. I love the mid-century modern look of it.
Cheryl Schaeffer had delightful sets of a child in costume, pulling a cart with another item in it. I just loved the Southwestern/Thanksgiving one where a boy in his Indian costume is pulling a howling coyote. Besides the woodland collages mentioned in the preview, MAP Designs has these charming animals as single-ornament-sized canvases.
Kathy Scenkel has a new Santa’s Workshop series with a backdrop that looks like a storefront and six figures including Santa, Mrs. Santa, and elves. She also has new shopping bags for Christmas that come with stuffed animals. There are more popsicle and fudgesicle canvases with a series for sororities being added. Finally she has a new larger woodland Santa canvas.
Shelly Tribbey has a charming new Holy Family round. She also has lots of new mini-skates, including a 12 Days of Christmas set. In Pippin’s line of collection canvases, sweaters, crows, and chairs are new as well as the coffee cups. Princess & Me’s new ornaments include some new pure bred dogs, a Pug, a Golden, and a Yorkie.
Lani has some stunning portraits of women in fairy tale or Renaissance costume. These highly detailed canvases would be a challenge for any stitcher. Wellesley Needlepoint has some charming New England village scenes, one for summer and one for winter.
From Melissa Shirley you’ll find charming new hearts as well as a lovely larger canvas with many of her vintage kids for Valentine’s Day. There is also a canvas with five of these kids for Easter. She has greatly expanded the Vicki Sawyer canvas adaptations in her line to include chicks, animals, and chickens, all adorned with hats made out of things they have found. I’m particularly fond of the hats made from green onions.
A new series, desert spring, features tablescapes with blooming cacti and desert wildlife. There are some wonderful new shells both in a group and as individual pieces, as well as a beach house settled in a coastal landscape. She has new bunny and pumpkin outlines filled with autumnal patterns. There is a Christmas series that features bright colors and forest themes.
My favorite of her new designs are the lovely Hanukkah canvases. You’ll find patterned six-pointed stars, wraoped packages in blue and white with charming gift tags, a banner, and a menorah. Her new Christmas series features snowmen, Santas, packages, and ornaments in an aqua-and-white scheme. My favorite in this series is a lovely white Christmas tree decorated in aqua ornaments, pine cones, and pewter stars.
Labors of Love has a limited edition Madame de Pompadour which includes hand-scuplted head, arms, fans, and embellishments. They also have a new and large series of Halloween stand-ups, available on 13 and 18 mesh, new clip-on birds, and some new patchwork dog portraits to join the new cats series.
Pajamas and Chocolate has new visor canvases, new designs from thoroughbred racing as well as new patchwork animals and people.
Tomorrow will be a column on trends in the needlepoint industry. Don’t forget to check the coverage so far: