Every August, Ehrman puts out their annual catalog. Although I’ve gotten it for years, I generally don’t write about it. But this year I’m so excited by the kits that I had to tell you about it. Throughout the article the pictures are from some of my favorite kits.
They have over 50 new kits, all of which are summarized on a section of their website. There are new kits by several of their designers, such as Kaffe Fassett (many florals in various styles), Margaret Murton (a great vase with flowers), Raymond Honeyman (a paisley to die for), and Candace Bahouth (lots of new canvases in the Klimt series). There’s more from all these designers, including an amazing tapestry, Arcadia, from Bahouth.
There are also some lovely canvases from Beth Russell. There are several lovely Victorian canvas of roses with various bugs on her signature Morris blue and a pair of canvases called Georgian 1 and 2, that have more folk art-like flowers and brighter colors.
New artists are represented as well. My favorite is Alex Beattie whose Creation series, pictured at the beginning of this post, has one canvas for each day of the biblical creation story. This series full of color and pattern is simply amazing. Another one is Janet Haigh, who has a lovely series of canvases based on Mexican art, often with multi-color backgrounds.
Although I wish I had time and money to stitch them all, they have organized their catalog in a new way that makes serendipity a part of the process. This makes browsing through it a particular delight.
In the catalog two-page spreads are organized either by theme (such as Blooming Marvelous, which has for Fassett florals) or by color (such as Barnyard Reds, which has Brandon Mably’s two wonderful roosters).
A great thing about this type of organization is that it allows you to search for canvases by the color scheme in our home.This gives you a nice starting point for viewing the collections.
This catalog is a wonderful place to indulge in needlepoint daydreams and to stitch for stressless needlepoint.
I worry sometimes about the cost of high-quality needlepoint kits, so I did a little price comparison. A Bahouth Klimt kit, 14 x 14 is $90. A Claire Murray kit the same size is $130. A Bradley 12″ kit is $170. All kits include the canvas and threads with a color picture of the finished piece. The Bradley kits also include a chart and the Murray kits are done to order.
All in all the Ehrman kits are a good deal.