It my be cold, or gloomy, or both where you are but your spirits will brighten immediately when you read about all the wonderful new needlepoint products coming out in the next month or two.
Many shops attend the TNNA Market at the beginning of February so now is a perfect time to order items of interest from them so that you can be among the first to get them.
Susan Roberts has a new 30″ tall nutcracker. This one, Herr Dresselmeyer, is perfect for ballet or nutcracker lovers. He’s on 13-mesh canvas. She also has a lovely sunface design I could easily see on a porch swing.
Kelly Clark has added a Halloween series to her line of pears. She also has new stockings & stocking toppers. My favorite of these is a topper with ornaments in girly colors. Finally she has a new full-color catalog, with many pictures of finished items. Ask your shop to see it (and don’t say I didn’t warn you).
Speaking of catalogs, the Elizabeth Turner Collection has completed their belt catalog. Look for it at your local shop. In their painted canvas line, they have a series called Peppermint Party with candy striped designs, large and small. In addition they have a new series of six Christmas scenes.
Needledeeva has some great new stuff (more about this later in the week). Among the new canvases are a cat in the garden and flowers in a vase, both with stitch guides by Tony Minieri. Melissa Smith has a lovely new southwestern design with a roadrunner as well as a wonderful pagoda birdhouse in traditional Japanese colors with cherry blossoms and a shoji screen.
Jean Smith has some great new designs featuring gardens in bright colors. These are more complex than her popular flowers-only designs, but still easy enough for beginners with plenty of space for decorative stitches. She also has a series of 8 new florals and a new website, http://www.jeansmithdesigns.com.
Voila has a great new coaster series, Poppy Dot, with a bright flower on a black & white dot background. Alice Peterson has a long narrow holiday street scene that has lots of opportunities for great stitches and embellishments. Ruth Schmuff has added a new designer, Sandra Vargas.
In addition to the Wild Women, Leigh has two other new series.The Wild Floral series are montages of wild animal prints with florals and paisleys. It’s a very different look that would harmonize well with more traditional decor. The Fripperies collection has eight new designs based on porcelain and china from famous times and parts of the world. Each of the canvases in this series is 12×16 on 18-mesh canvas.
Dream House Ventures has a lovely new canvas from Elements. Fusion in B Minor has just squares and rectangles in various sizes and colors. This 9″ square is a dramatic piece. JulieMar & Friends also has a new Geometric Collection in various sizes. They also have a 12 Days of Christmas ornament series.
Charted Canvas & Threads
DebBee’s Designs has a wonderful new sampler called Twinkle. Besides being stitch samples each square of this project uses a different color of a new rayon/metallic blend thread called Twinkles.
Also from DebBee’s Designs is Tapestry Treasures with areas that have different techniques and stitches. It would be great as a class or group project,
Brenda F. Kocher’s Tootsiebubbles series has a new chart, Pinwheels & Whirligigs. It has Bargello and textured threads in the design. It is available in a couple of colorways, including a dramatic one on black canvas.
The wonderful Painter’s Threads by Tentakulum have a new distributor, Threadnuts. Sulky has introduced Cotton Petites. This thread is for hand embroidery with one strand equal to two strands of floss. There are 16 colors and 14 blendables (multi-colors).
Finishing & More
Puffin & Company is celebrating their Fifth Anniversary with stitchy goodies. These include new magnets and counting pins. Having a counting pin with its decorative head makes it so much easier to count canvas threads.
The Magnetic Bead Buddie is a clever idea from the Elizabeth Turner Collection. These small trays are lined with a bead mat and have an extra-strong magnet on them. You can put just a few beads in the tray and have them at hand for easy stitching.
Images has a charming new small box with an opening that is 2″ square. Sudberry has reintroduced their key rack in their popular mahogany finish.
Are you as baffled by Memory Thread as I am? DMC has published a guide, telling you about how to use this thread. I can’t wait to get my copy. Since I have a piece where I want to use this thread sitting in my stash, I’ll be testing out these tips soon.