Having looked at hundreds of canvases from dozens of designers over the last week, I think it’s safe to say that needlepoint is having a great resurgence.
No matter the holiday or occasion, no matter your style or favorite color, and no matter how experienced you are, there are so many wonderful things new and old out there. These canvases will let you turn even the most simple and small projects into little works of art. And they will do it far more easily than you might think.
Today we’ll finish up the look at new products and summarize the coverage so far. Tomorrow we’ll talk about trends. Finally today and tomorrow there will be a summary with links to all the coverage.
Way too Many Canvases
Robbyn’s Nest has some lovely rounds and small rectangles with sayings for the Fourth of July. They also have two new pumpkin canvases and an embellished “Gather” for Thanksgiving. Ruth Schmuff has a very pretty cardinal canvas with small motifs packed around it. There is also a Santa sampler in a similar style. She also has a great big peace sign with a pastel tie-dye background. Melissa Shirley has a new pears canvas with stitch guide that is similar in style to her other scientific style fruits.
I am crazy in love with a new Rebecca Wood beach canvas. The large rectangle is done in layers with undersea at the bottom, then the beach full of umbrellas and people, then a woody-packed road and finally the cottages across the road. It’s great! JulieMar has lots of her mittens with animals beyond the polar friends and the others discussed in earlier columns. In addition to Kirk & Bradley’s witches in the cone hats that came out this summer, they have a trio of Jack o’Lanterns in cone hats with spooky expressions.
Susan Roberts has several new canvases that can be used to make key fobs. The canvases have an overall pattern with an unpainted canvas area for a monogram. The patterned ones are done in two shades of grey so you can pick your own thread colors. In addition to these there are fobs without monograms but with two-sided designs. Curtis Boehringer has a new Santa in a rainbow robe. Robbyn’s Nest and JulieMar both have lovely new hamsa designs. One of Robbyn’s is in the Talavera style.
Hingham Square different flag canvases are very popular. They have added a customizable football flag to the series. Needlepoint for Fun has 8 new tile designs. Quail Run has a glorious new canvas that’s packed with traditional Southwestern Indian pottery. Patti Paints has several more blue-and-white shell canvases, including a wonderful heart. Alice Peterson has two canvases for kid’s rooms showing washlines at night. One has Disney princess dresses, the other has superhero costumes.
Melissa Shirley has another in her great series of holiday banner canvases. This one is for the Fourth of July and has the letters against patterned red, white, and blue apples. Este MacLeod is a new artist for the company with 8 canvases. There are also new Vicki Sawyer canvases, possibly my favorite is the black-faced sheep with the cotton plant hat. Finally she has a new Autumn basket and several arrangements of gourds and winter squashes. Strictly Christmas has a stunning new nativity tat is a triptych in frames that are gothic arches.
Decorations has a new series of four canvases designed to be the centerpieces of necklaces. Each is in a different color palette and pattern. Tapestry Fair has a new series of Fugly (fun & ugly maybe) rounds, there are a dozen in all. They also have several desert canvases, two with blooming cacti. There are three witty cats in vegetable costumes: Arti-cat, Poblano Puss, and Broc-kitty. Lani has a beautiful rose and a tulip added to their wonderful collage series.
Patt and Lee has added babies to their patchwork animals series, all in one of a few softer color schemes. My favorite is the zebra with a rainbow of stripes on black. They have a stitch canvas with a colorful patterned background in stripes. A new artist to Hingham Square Needlepoint is Cheryl Dunlap whose designs feature bees.
Threads & Everything Else
&More has added 108 new colors, mostly reds and blues, to their Fine Kid thread. This is a mohair, which has become difficult to find. The Meredith Collection’s new magnet include peeps bunnies in several colors, Hello Kitty, and several emojis.
Black Sheep makes needle keepers that organize your needles by size, Made of vegan leather they have two clear pockets, two magnetic needle minders, and 24 clear vials that can be labelled to hold your needles. New colors at the show are black, white, and red. They also can be monogrammed.
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!