Kirk & Hamilton has a bunch of Christmas Puddings in two different sizes. If you aren’t familiar with them, they are traditional for English celebrations. Think of the “figgy pudding” in the carol or the “plum pudding” of Dickens. A delightful idea for ornaments. They also have a fun series of ornaments for Halloween or other occasions. The cartoony Halloween characters (monster, witch, and skull) have so much personality. With similar backgrounds, they have three different New York City ornaments. Add to this a bunch of Scandinavian sweater patterned stars in black and white and you have a lovely series.
The absolutely most wonderful idea I saw is from Patti Mann — caterpillars. It’s almost like a letter holder for needlepoint, there are slots for several round ornaments. On the front is a round delightful caterpillar face. Not only is this really fun, it’s a great way to keep your ornaments out all year long.
Along with the domed nativity from Tapestry Fair that they previewed on their blog last week, Tapestry Fair has a simply amazing 3-D Halloween owl. With bug eyes, lots of textured stitches, and a Halloween scene on his belly, he’s unique and wonderful.
Sew Much Fun has a number of 3-D canvases including Raggedy Ann and Andy, a great scarecrow, and a turkey. They sit delightfully on a shelf. They also have some adorable stocking cuffs with either critters or people.
Popular in the 1980′s, Joy Juarez is now being distributed by Fleur de Paris. Zecca has a line of new pet canvases with a saying and either a cat or a dog. They also have a flower fan canvas in cheery warm colors, and a lovely series of four seasonal designs. Spring is my favorite. It has a very Charley Harper feel.
& More has added new sayings to that popular line. In addition, they have added a new shape for them, a cross. Little Shoppe has a Trick or Treat cookie bowl and a series of triangular Halloween figures. These include candy corn, a mummy, and more. Also new from them are three-piece hanging Christmas trees. Each part is finished as a round and they are different in size. They are hung together with beads between each section to make a winging cone-shaped tree. They also have a carrot done the same way to hang in the other direction. As always, they come up with the most inventive finishing ideas.
Amanda Lawford has lots of new things (read about her finishing items on Wednesday), but the big news is that she has come out with the first truly limited edition needlepoint canvas. It’s a stunning floral with a lovely light teal background. It’s Oriental in feeling but not overly so. It’s 14″ square on 18-mesh. Only 50 will be made. Several shops, including The Needleworks and Quail Run, have blogged about it, so it won’t stay around long.
Lani has a new series of high heels in different styles. Her models were very glitzy and included things like huge tulle bows and other embellishments. These designs are a great base for fancier stitching; very stylish but simple in design. Rebecca Wood has added a new nursery rhyme series.
Alice Peterson has lots of new canvases. Some of these are a lovely set a vintage-style poppies. They are lovely in shades of pink, orange, and olive. They would fit seamlessly into a mod or 70′s inspired decor, but they are pretty enough to brighten up any home. They also have a charming asymmetrical paisley in blue, white, and light blue. The company also has a number of clever alphabet canvases in several styles. These will make great wall hangings.
Treglown has come out with new Charley Harpers, including a charming one of a goldfinch reflected in water. They also have new tropical canvases.
Kathy Schenkel has expanded her series of collegiate rounds and mini socks to include many colleges all over the US. The thing I like best about these is that they feature iconic buildings on each campus, so they aren’t the usual school color look. The mini socks are joined by collegiate squares with a more traditional look. Kathy has many schools in both series you don’t find from other designers, so take a good look.
Kathy also has a new series of Halloween crocs, new mini socks, and a great new series of Victorian Christmas figures. A great look for Halloween are the new treat bags that come with same charming stuffed animals you find on many of Kathy’s mini socks. These are joined by lots of new single word canvases, including a Halloween series, and some great new samplers and pillows.
There is so much more that I’m devoting the columns on Wednesday and Thursday to covering new products announced at TNNA. On Thursday, I’ll also have a list of all the many posts on the new products.