Thursday, October 31, 2013

If You are Afraid of Spiders, Don't Look

This was too cute not to mention but if you don't like spiders, skip clicking on this link. 
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2013/10/the-invasion.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
@ Copyright 2013 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

A Halloween Present for You

Belleza and Her Spider Earrings

It's Halloween so I have a treat for you today.  The photo above shows a closeup of my Belleza, the Halloween Beauty canvas I stitched last winter for Tapestry Fair from Manual Salas' art.  Here's what the bare naked canvas looks like.  See how she has a spider on her chin and a spiderweb on her right cheek?
http://www.stitchtherapyneedlepoint.com/feature.php?id=22619&title=Belleza%20De%20Halloween&itemtype=hand%20painted%20canvases

If you look at the photo of Belleza above, there is a second spider just above her left eye.  Look over on the left side and you'll see a package of Pier One Halloween earrings.  I wanted to put one of them on this canvas but since I was writing a stitch guide, I couldn't.   There's no way that everyone who buys my guide will be able to find these earrings since Pier One has discontinued them.   I decided to come up with a way to recreate the spider earring in beads and silk.  As my Halloween present to you, here is how I did it.

First, you will need black floss (I used Splendor silk but cotton floss works just as well), a sharp needle (I used a beading needle), a bead and a bicone.

"A what?" someone in the audience asked. (I heard you!)

Bicones are crystals from Swarovski that are faceted and slightly oval pointed.  As you can see, they come in various sizes.  I used a 4mm purple bicone for my spider.
http://www.artbeads.com/swarovski-5301.html



A Closeup of the Spider

It doesn't matter what size bicone you choose but it will need to look proportionate to your bead.  The bicone is the spider's body while the bead is the head.  I used a size 11/0 bead in about the same purple as the bicone but if your spider is larger or wants a different body color than its head, that's perfectly ok.    Use larger bicones and beads and any color you like.  It probably is best not to use a bicone any smaller than 4mm, however.  You have to take the needle through the bicone's hole multiple times to make the spider and tiny holes will fill up fast with multiple passes of thread.

Here is the spider diagrammed.  To finish the spider you need to add another stitch on each side, going through the bead each time, to give it eight legs, four on a side. Just add a 5-6 stitch on one side and a 7-8 stitch on the other.  ( I didn't diagram that because of space constraints.  I didn't want the diagram too confusing.)  Pull each leg thread pass snug but not too tight.  You want to preserve the thread curve to give the spider nice legs.  Once the body and legs are in place, simply add the bead head.



Happy Halloween!

P.S.  If you want something larger and more elaborate for your piece, consider this beaded spider tutorial from Shawkl Designs.
http://www.shawkl.com/2011/09/beaded-spider-tutorial.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
@ Copyright 2013 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Pumpkin Playtime

Barbara Elmore profiled a customer's change to her dimensional pumpkin design today and it is fabulous!  Barbara and her sister did the finishing for both the original design and Fancy Stitches' customer's variant.  The moral of the story is don't be afraid to change things to suit yourself.  A masterpiece may be in the making.
http://stitchpography.blogspot.com/2013/10/a-pumpkkin-for-all-reasons.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
@ Copyright 2013 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

The Halloween Train

Needle Orts Rides the Halloween Train
Last week Needle Orts sent me photos of their version of Raymond Crawford's Halloween train. They are fabulous!  This is the same set that Linda of Stitching Sisters is working on.
http://nystitchingsisters.blogspot.com/2013/10/latest-finish_27.html

What Linda doesn't tell you is that the darning stitch pumpkin background of the train engine shown above is worked in glow in the dark thread (Petite Silk Lame Braid).  It is guaranteed to glow spookily--the staff all crowded into the bathroom at Needle Orts and turned off the lights to test how it looked.  Fabulous!

The Dearly Departed Peeks Out a Window


Debbie told me the hearse car has two beads for the dearly departed and they also added the Undertaker and Family Member to the windows above.

The Spooky Caboose and Its Passengers


However, my personal favorite is the caboose canvas, with its pumpkins, candelabra and black cat riding along to the funeral.  What fun!

You can see the original unstitched canvases at Raymond Crawford's website.  Look for Halloween Part Three.  Needle Orts' website is the second link in case you want to buy a ticket for the stitch guides ride.
http://www.raymondcrawford.com/designs/halloween/

http://www.needleorts.com

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
@ Copyright 2013 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Lookee Here, Lookee Here!

A Package from Needle Orts
This came in the mail from Needle Orts last week.
http://www.needleorts.com




It is made by Accoutrement Designs and is an exclusive design available only through the Needle Orts shop.




It is a witch's cauldron and it SPARKLES!  Email Debbie and she'll fix you up with yours.

Happy Halloween!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
@ Copyright 2013 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

At This Point Embroidery

There's a new website in town--Michele King's At This Point Embroidery.  Her Houston studio designs, stitches custom work and teaches all sorts of needlework.  Don't miss the Gallery which has embroidery, blackwork, crewel and goldwork.  She also does applique and quilting and much, much more, even needlepoint.  Very talented lady.
http://www.atthispointstudio.com

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
@ Copyright 2013 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Victorian Ribbons and Monogram Cyberclass

Feeling a little old fashioned these days?   Are you a mix of French and Victorian?  Celebrate that state of mind by taking a Laura Perin cyberclass for her Ribbons and Monograms piece.
http://two-handedstitcher.blogspot.com/2013/10/love-those-ribbons.html

The class will start after the Christmas holidays but you can sign up now.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
@ Copyright 2013 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

How to Use Glow in the Dark Threads

Kreinik has written a short essay on how to use their glow in the dark threads (with lots of tips) for the Mr. X Stitch site. It's a fun read and might inspire you to create something wonderfully glowing for next Halloween (or any holiday, really).
http://www.mrxstitch.com/using-threads-special-effects/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
@ Copyright 2013 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Susan Portra at Work

Vicky jumped in the car and took a quick trip to Aristeia Needlepoint's retreat at the Ritz Carleton in Laguna Niguel.  She showed off some of the pieces Susan Portra was working on at the retreat, including the great Girls on the Dock piece by Patti Mann and a wonderful gingerbread house from Shelly Tribbey that is good enough to eat.  Susan is currently stitching a Brenda Stofft roll up Santa cone that is going to be spectacular when she finishes it.  (This will be a class she will teach next year.)
http://mostlyneedlepoint.com/a-coooool-day-in-the-neighborhood/

http://www.aristeianeedlepoint.com/#!retreat/c1l4j

Thanks for the eye candy, Vicky!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
@ Copyright 2013 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Knock Knock!

Knock knock! Who's there? It's Sheena with stitches for a Halloween door and door knocker. 
http://www.sheenasstitches.com/door-knocker/

She's not feeling great right now (Send Good Thoughts people, rheumatoid arthritis is a horrible disease that is not life threatening but it certainly is life STYLE threatening!) but she is keeping busy inventing wonderful stitches and making some very cool scissors keepers that are prefect for those who need to keep their scissors handy.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
@ Copyright 2013 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Coven Tree Lane Has a Squeaky Gate

Lots of online shops will be showing off their Halloween designs this season but none does a more spooky job than Needlepoint Land.   Follow the directions until you get to the catalogue, then use the white arrows to the left or right side to navigate through Erin's offerings, some of which I've never seen before.
http://needlepointland.com/2013/10/20/trick-or-treat/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
@ Copyright 2013 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Passementiers

No, passementeirs is not French pastry.  It's better! It's French TASSELS and TRIM! 
http://thistle-threads.blogspot.com/2013/10/declereq-passementiers-my-favorite.html

Tricia is right--this glossary of trim terms is a fabulous resource.  I enjoyed the article above a lot.  It's time travel right back to the 17th Century.
http://www.declercqpassementiers.fr/passementerie.php?niv=4&mot=Une+embrasse+c%E2bl%E9&lang=EN

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Belated Newsletter

The Quail Run e-newsletter has been available for several days. I'm just late mentioning it because I updated my computer, which takes about six hours to download (my ISP is NOT the faster on the planet) plus time trying to make the backup work again (it felt cranky) and attempts to master the new word processing program.  While I go mutter bad words at the word processor as I attempt to find the tools I use, now relabeled and hidden all over the place, you can have fun reading what Quail Run and its customers have been up to.
http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk//launch.aspx?eid=21a60a35-8cf2-4081-be9f-2494d3cf5a07

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
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RIding the Train to Needlepoint

Erin's blog Needlepoint Land is always different.  Unlike everyone else who posts about their stitching or their products, Erin takes us into flights of fancy. Today she takes us riding a Google search to see what we can find.   You can jump on the train at the Needlepoint Land stop at the link below.
http://needlepointland.com/2013/10/24/last-train-to-needlepointville/

By the way, thanks for the nice compliment about Blog, Erin.  I wonder if Beloved will get me a conductor's cap for Christmas?  LOL

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
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A Face in Split Stitch

Like me, Mary Corbet loves ecclesiastical embroidery.  Today's article is not only interesting (she's talking restoration) and the image of The Virgin on the vestment is lovely, but the face is worked in light coverage split stitches.  I've never seen light coverage split stitches before, so I was riveted.  I really really really am going to have to try a face in split stitches!
http://www.needlenthread.com/2013/10/repairing-recreating-hand-embroidered-vestments.html

Hope this is inspiring to those of you who are always looking for a great stitch for faces.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Peeking through Chaparral's Windows

Stephanie has been on a quick road trip and managed to visit Chaparral in Houston with her camera. Her snaps are better than the ones your friends are trying to show you of the Grand Canyon, trust me!
http://stephsstitching.blogspot.com/2013/10/road-trip-with-side-trip.html

http://stephsstitching.blogspot.com/2013/10/more-of-chaparral-in-houston.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
@ Copyright 2013 Jane M. Wood. All rights reserved.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Horse Country Chic Does Finishing Friday

Want to see some fun Halloween and Thanksgiving pieces?  Head over to Horse Country Chic's blog and start drooling! 
http://store.apneedlearts.com/frankenstein1.html

Eye Candy has a wonderful easel backed witch hat house (and some darling non-holiday pillows) to show off.
http://eyecandyneedleart.blogspot.com/2013/10/before-and-after.html

Linda is stitching a Christmas train and has some wonderful Kathy Schenkel Halloween ornaments finished to show off, plus a Kelly Clark pear.  I love the dimensional look.
http://nystitchingsisters.blogspot.com/2013/10/latest-project.html

I love this little kitten stocking.  Isn't it charming?
http://ridgewoodneedlepoint.blogspot.com/2013/10/it-is-such-fun-to-work-in-store.html

How about this baseball player ornament?  Perfect for the fan in your life and beautifully finished with a bead that looks a bit like a baseball at the base of the hanging loop.
http://store.apneedlearts.com/yankeesanta.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
Blogging at http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com
and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
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Row of Ladies Mystery with a Twist Finished (and Started!) UPDATED

Ruth Schmuff just finished her first Mystery with a Twist canvas, a series of six Asian ladies, all in fancy outfits.   Ruth decided that some folks enjoy relaxed mystery classes that are more than a few months long and which aren't really set to any deadline.  This is the result.
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2013/10/now-party-can-finally-begin.html

UPDATE:  Ruth has managed to talk Lee Designs into a companion piece.  Six more ladies in fancy outfits!  This will be an upcoming Mystery with a Twist piece for the shop.  Email Ruth if you want to stitch the second row or if you never got around to the first row.
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2013/12/what-more-girls-want-to-come-to-party.html

http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2014/04/the-party-continues.html

http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2014/09/haute-couture-girls.html

http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2015/05/can-i-have-favorite.html

http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2016/06/row-of-ladies-is-ready-for-their-next.html

http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2017/08/purple-brocade-hmmmm.html

The next Mystery with a Twist is Melissa Shirley's Holiday Village.  You can see it here about a third of the way down the page.
http://www.bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/needlepoint/Mystery-Classes--a-24.asp

UPDATE:  The Holiday Village is coming right along.
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2014/03/as-long-as-its-still-snowing.html

http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2015/02/the-house-with-pink-eaves.html

By the way, Ruth's regular mystery class (Hal Mayforth's Boo) is coming right along.  Who would have thought to have little waving ghost hands!
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2013/10/waving-from-bedecked-and-beadazzled.html

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Monthly Clubs and Stitch Guides

I've been busy behind the scenes updating the Monthly Clubs section of Blog and adding information to the CH Stitch Guides blog.   A lot of shops are adding monthly clubs right now so I decided as I added new clubs to the various sections (Christmas clubs, Halloween clubs, etc.) I would put the latest items on top in Hot Pink.  Can't miss them now!

Just in time for Halloween, I mentioned a new Ladies of the Night stitch guide but there are other new items listed in the CH Stitch Guides blog.  You can click on the magic carpet icon in the right hand column to visit the site.  Clicking on the magic carpet icon there will bring you back here again.

Have fun browsing!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
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Cosmo Sparkling Thread

Mary Corbet is always ahead of the curve when it comes to new threads. In this article, she reviews Cosmo Sparkling Thread, which seems to be a Japanese import.
http://www.needlenthread.com/2013/10/thread-talk-cosmo-sparkling-thread.html

Here's the direct link to an American shop that carries Cosmo.  It happens to be on sale as I write this, too.
http://www.anitalittlestitches.com/cosmosparkling.html

Have you seen or stitched with Cosmo Sparkling Thread/ What did you think?  Threadaholics want to know....

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Change Is In The Air

I know it is autumn and the leaves are starting to change, but that's not the only change in the air.  The trade show schedule is evolving and changing in 2014 and 2015.  Things are going to be very different!
http://www.leighdesigns.com/News.html

In 2014, the January TNNA show will move to San Diego instead of Long Beach, the June Columbus show will be in Indianapolis in May, and the non-TNNA Destination Dallas show will be in September in Dallas instead of April.  There is no St. Charles show in September listed and in 2015 that venue will be dropped, as will the Nashville show for cross stitch (and counted thread).

I think all these changes are responsible for the explosion of news about new items this fall, things that ordinarily would wait until January to be talked about.  Remember to keep checking the TNNA Winter 2014 San Diego tab for new items.  I've added several things already this week.

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
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Art Deco Rugs UPDATED

Rugs aren't just coming back in style for your house--they are popular for doll houses, too. Janet Granger is moving with the times by designing rugs in the Art Deco style for those who want something period for their doll house. These are on 18 count mono canvas, but since they are worked from a chart, you could create a silk gauze version to frame for your powder room.... 
http://janetgranger.wordpress.com/2013/10/10/just-launched-today-art-deco-carpet-kits-for-dolls-houses/

Just a thought, but personally I love miniature rugs on silk gauze!

UPDATE:  Janet has just released more traditional rug designs, too.
http://janetgranger.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/more-new-dolls-house-needlepoint-carpet-kits-to-make/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Let's Recycle

Pop top spools sit in a little pile on my stash cabinets, waiting to be reused to corral a thread that needs to be kept secure. Most of mine originally held Kreinik's metallics but Mary Corbet reminds me that several brands use this type of spool and all come in handy after their original threads are gone.
http://www.needlenthread.com/2013/10/save-the-spools.html

Now I can't wait to see what Mary is going to do with this recycled spool of thread!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
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Shisha UPDATED AGAIN

I imagine most of us have seen embroidered purses or shirts or tunics with tiny mirrors trapped behind the stitching. This is called shisha embroidery and I think it originated in India. 
http://embroideryforducks.com/2011/11/14/shisha-mirror-embroidery/

Mary Corbet has been writing about shisha embroidery on her site.  She started out with an article on the technique and using acrylic mirrors instead of glass ones (glass is heavy, acrylic scratches easily)...
ww.needlenthread.com/2013/10/making-merry-with-mirrors-shisha-embroidery.html

...and then followed up by explaining how traditional shisha embroidery is done.  I hope this inspires you to try adding a little mirror to your stitching!
http://www.needlenthread.com/2013/10/stitch-fun-shisha-stitch-tutorial.html

Here are more about the glass mirrors available and where to find them.
http://www.needlenthread.com/2013/10/shisha-mirrors-types-resources.html

And here is a variation on the embroidery stitch most commonly used to hold shisha mirrors in place.
http://www.needlenthread.com/2013/10/stitch-fun-shisha-stitch-variation.html

UPDATE:  Mary figured out a variant attachment system that is quite pretty.
http://www.needlenthread.com/2013/10/stitch-fun-shisha-stitch-variation-2.html

IPDATE #2:  The easiest shish technique of all, courtesy of Mary again.
http://www.needlenthread.com/2013/11/stitch-fun-the-easiest-shisha-embroidery-technique-ever.html

UPDATE #3:  Mary talks about the various products you can use as mirrors for Shisha embroidery with links to places you can buy them.
http://www.needlenthread.com/2015/01/shisha-mirrors-for-embroidery.html

By the way, did you know the Chilly Hollow stitch will hold a small shisha mirror?  I think the March 2002 version on the ANG website will work better but this is up to you.
http://www.needlepoint.org/StitchOfTheMonth/2002/Mar.php

http://www.needlepoint.org/StitchOfTheMonth/2011/may.php

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Born to Stand Out

Ruth Schmuff just kept me from having only one post for today by announcing the next Mystery with a Twist class for her shop She is going to do this Zecca bird canvas, probably starting in the winter sometime.
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2013/10/why-fit-in.html

Ruth leads two types of mystery classes.  She does one every three-four months and one that takes a year or more to finish. Those longer classes are called Mystery with a Twist.  They take much longer so there is no pressure to keep up for either Ruth or her students.

The first Mystery with a Twist was this set of Oriental Ladies from Lee.
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2013/10/now-party-can-finally-begin.html

The current Mystery with a Twist is this holiday village from Melissa Shirley.
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2013/07/happy-4th-of-july.html

If you are interested in the regular mystery classes that take only 3-4 months to be revealed, check the Bedecked and Beaddazzled website.
http://www.bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/needlepoint/Mystery-Classes--a-24.asp

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
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A Gift from Trish Burr

With the holidays bearing down on us, Trish Burr has given her fans a little Christmas gift--a free needle painting design of a cluster of pansies. She calls it Porcelain Pansy.
http://trishburr.com/2013/10/01/free-christmas-project/

Here's the direct link to the PDF file for you to read.  This is the perfect way to learn to trace a design and then stitch it using the needle painting technique.  Study the photos carefully to see how to slant your stitches.
http://trishburr.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/porcelain-pansy-instructions.pdf

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Anyone Heard of the Petei Stitch?

While browsing eBay yesterday I stumbled across a mention of "Petei Stitch" in this listing for a Heartstrings Santa and his Fat Cat.   ???
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Heartstrings-Decorating-Santa-Painted-Canvas-Full-Kit-/121194651907?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c37c3a103

I've never heard of Petei Stitch. I assume it is named in honor of the designer Petei (perhaps by the stitch guide writer Martha Johnson at Fancy Stitches?) but I don't know which stitch we are talking about here.  Can anyone solve this mystery?

If all else fails I'll email Fancy Stitches....
http://www.fancystitches.com

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
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The Royal School to Visit Williamsburg

Several tudors from the Royal School of Needlework will be in Wiliamsburg in May 2014. More information (and how to get on the informational mailing list) here. 
http://loudounsamplerguild.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/britains-royal-school-of-needlework-coming-to-williamsburg/

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Laura Says Whoops!

Poor Laura Perin has discovered mistakes in her new Bargello and Butterfly chart.  Rats!  Fortunately, the mistakes are small ones.  There's a missing thread and two symbols on the chart are linked to the wrong colors.  Switch them and you are good to go!
http://two-handedstitcher.blogspot.com/2013/10/bargello-butterfly-stitchers.html

She's also found a typo in the Bargello and Carnations chart.
http://two-handedstitcher.blogspot.com/2014/07/bargello-and-carnations-correction.html

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and at http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com
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Tricky Treats Tricked

Poor DebBee's Designs has found a printing error in one of their charts, the one for the new Tricky Treats. 
http://debbeesdesigns.com/DDWrdPrs/2013/10/17/doh-when-i-goof-up/

Kudos to Debbie for finding and fixing the error promptly.  Here is the link to her errata page so you can print out the correct diagram.
http://debbeesdesigns.com/DDWrdPrs/oops/

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A Brief Profile of Susan Portra

If you have ever browsed the American Needlepoint Guild's gallery of award winning pieces, you will have seen Susan Portra's name.   She has taught many of the students whose work wins ribbons at each Seminar.
http://mostlyneedlepoint.com/bring-your-canvas-to-life/

Susan's website has some very interesting sections, like these two canvases, explained in detail by Susan herself.  Click on a date and prepare to be amazed at her ideas for various sections of the featured canvases.
http://www.susanportra.com/featured-canvas.html

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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Friday, October 18, 2013

Finishing Friday (More Halloween)

Fancy Stitches in Texas has a wonderful Halloween finishing section on their website. If you need any Halloween decorating ideas, this is the place for inspiration.   By the way, most of the Halloween stitching you'll see in the link below was done by Cynthia Pigg, retired science teacher who works at Fancy Stitches now putting us all to shame with her Halloween decorating.  Wanna come decorate my house, Cynthia?
http://www.fancystitches.com/page19.html

Do you love candy corn?  You'll enjoy Barbara Bergsten's versions.
http://createneedlepoint.typepad.com/create_needlepoint/2013/10/needlepoint-kisses.html 

Diane has some wonderful Halloween pieces on display.
http://www.dianestakingtimeouttoneedlepoint.com/2013/10/halloween-finishing.html

Love pumpkins?  Then this link is for you.  (But there is a great menorah set, a lovely spooky movie theatre, a cute mini Nativity set, and a lovely Christmas stocking to see as well.)
http://astheneedleturns.com/back-from-the-finishers-2/

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All About Thread Separators

Like Mary Corbet, I was puzzled by the thread separators from Puffin and Company, at least until I tried one. They are fun to use, and I think folks with disabilities might find them very useful indeed in untwisting threads.
http://www.needlenthread.com/2013/09/a-needlework-tool-that-baffled-me-until.html

Things that we take for granted can be huge problems if you have to work one-handed!

The Puffin website has a nice selection of designs, too.  Don't you just love tools that are not only functional but pretty?!
http://store.puffinco.com/servlet/Categories?category=Puffin%20Thread%20|%20Floss%20Separators#srchlnd

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

New Website for Labors of Love

Labors of Love has a newly revamped website!  This is a fun browse so pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea and get to it.... 
http://www.laborsofloveneedlepoint.com

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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Puddle Colors the John Waddell Way

Sue is working away on a chicken design using an overdyed thread for the background, and was kind enough to explain how John Waddell taught her to space the colors in the thread.
http://sudukc.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/henny-penny/

http://sudukc.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/overdye-puddle-stitching/

Here's John's website, just in case Sue's link to there breaks.
http://johnwaddellneedlepoint.com/gallery.html

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Ann Hanson's House, a Pictorial Visit

Barbara's Needlepoint in Sioux Falls, South Dakota is a wonderful shop that uses several local artists to design canvases that are gorgeous. My favorite works in the shop come from the talented brush of Ann Hanson.  Ann creates a limited edition Santa for the shop each year that is always classic and lovely, plus her rabbits are fabulous.  I felt very lucky to find Carolyn Hedge Baird took photos of Ann's house when she taught at the shop.  If you have a Facebook account, here is the photo album full of Ann's needlepoint.  Enjoy!
https://www.facebook.com/carolyn.h.baird/media_set?set=a.10200845045032454.1073741827.1353909662&type=1

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When There Is No Background

Sometimes a background isn't meant to be there but you can always add one.  Anne Stadal shows just how beautiful that can be with her Joan Thomasson Peaceable Kingdom angel.
http://thecapestitcher.blogspot.com/2013/09/coming-home-to-mama.html 

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Diane and The Needlepointer

Diane is still on vacation, just north of Seattle. So she stopped in at The Needlepointer.  What fun she had!
http://www.dianestakingtimeouttoneedlepoint.com/2013/10/the-seattle-vacation-continues.html

That's it.  Next summer we are ALL going on vacation with Diane!

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Returning to SharonG's Bee

Folks have asked for more articles about my own stitching. Since I haven't figured out how to not sleep, and I am not a fast stitcher, occasionally I dip back into Blog's old articles and repost one about my own work.  This time we revisit the bee canvas from SharonG.
http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2009/06/bee-from-sharong.html

I hope newer Blog readers and folks who have been here since I started blogging regularly (in January 2006?) both enjoy a little trip down memory lane.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Jenny is Discouraged

Kindle Case Courtesy of Needle Bug in Montgomery*

Jenny Henry Designs is feeling a bit discouraged.  She designs do it yourself needlepoint kits, and thinking about doing some tablet and eReader kits when she was horrified to stumble across the pre-made ones from Lands End.  No way can she compete on price!
http://jennyhenrydesigns.wordpress.com/2013/10/09/needlepoint-by-lands-end/

I followed the link to the Lands End website and discovered Christmas stockings, pillows, ornaments, belts, a wallet, and iPad/Kindle cases, all under $50 and most much cheaper than that.  The designs are attractive and the tent stitches even.  No wonder folks are shocked when they discover how much we pay for our designs and materials!  Of course they have never seen one of these next to a hand stitched and embellished Tapestry Tent stocking.  If you put them next to each other, quality shows.   Show the first and then the second link to any non-needlepointer you know and have them tell you which stocking they would prefer hanging on their chimney.
http://www.landsend.com/shop/search?No=0&Nrpp=24&Ntt=needlepoint&cm_mmc=CJ-_-Lands_End_Home_Generic_DeepLink-_-2617611_3662453-_-Skimlinks&CJSID=skim725X1073142Xfb7b7c6df33f3a5b078cc47af91cefcd

http://www.needlepoint.org/WhatIs/2003/Harrisonstocking.php


Canvas by Viola, Leather Case by Lee/Colonial Needle, Beautifully Stitched by Robin B.

NOTHING beats the work of a skilled craftsman.  I hope you will send Jenny a little encouraging note.  At least those of us in the know understand that buying quality always pays in the end.  Those little Lands End Kindle cases will soon be dirtied and forgotten but a hand made Kindle case like the one Robin stitched above will be treasured forever.

Don't believe me?  Then read what Tricia Nguyen has to say about the hand made movement.
http://thistle-threads.blogspot.com/2013/10/niche-markets-sometimes-arent-so-niche.html

Needlepoint is under the radar, just like the drive to make anything by hand. I believe that companies like Lands End know folks admire hand made items and are trying to turn out imitations for the unknowing.  Thank goodness we know better!

Now it is our job to show our needlepoint everywhere, to educate non-stitching folks into understanding that a $30 Christmas stocking not only is cheap to buy, it has about as much to do with real needlepoint as a postcard of painting has to do with a real Rembrandt hanging on your wall.

*Sorry I moved the Needle Bug to Atlanta!  I know better!  Montgomery is a lovely small town, the exact opposite of Atlanta, and a wonderful place to visit. My only regret is that I haven't been there since the Needle Bug moved into town.  Forgive me?

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Organizing Threads the Ridgewood Way

In this very interesting article, Vanessa explains how she organizes threads for a project and for storage after the project is done. 
http://ridgewoodneedlepoint.blogspot.com/2013/09/organizing-your-threads.html

I use rings for storing some threads but they tend to not hold well over time and are bulky to put in a drawer.  Any ideas how to solve these problems?

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

More News Flashes

Since there are so many announcements pouring in this morning, I guess I'll put a few more here instead of waiting to space them out over the next few days.   Kelly Clark has blogged about her new line of non-needlepoint products but promises to get back to needlepoint designing soon.
http://kellyclarkneedlepointhandbook.blogspot.com/2013/10/what-in-world-has-kelly-been-doing.html

Needlepoint.com is moving to a new, larger location.  Heres the announcement with their new hours once they unpack and reopen October 22nd.
http://view.exacttarget.com/?j=fe5d1673776d0c747515&m=fef51c76766702&ls=fdf31774776c027d711d7774&l=fef71776746d01&s=fe241373726c067d731c72&jb=ffcf14&ju=fe4017707560057c761572&r=0

I wish everyone luck and happiness in their new ventures!

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DIY Design

If you've ever wanted to try your hand at designing your own needlepoint canvas, this is the series for you. Start here-- 
http://needlepointland.com/2013/08/10/diy-canvas-design-part-i-getting-stuff-ready/

http://needlepointland.com/2013/08/11/diy-canvas-design-part-ii-getting-your-design-in-needlepoint-shape/

http://needlepointland.com/2013/08/12/diy-canvas-design-part-iii-tracing-your-design-canvasprintout-setup/

http://needlepointland.com/2013/08/14/diy-needlepoint-design-iv-lets-go-to-the-video-tape/

http://needlepointland.com/2013/08/15/diy-canvas-design-crudites-image-redo/

http://needlepointland.com/2013/08/15/diy-needlepoint-vi-improving-your-design/

http://needlepointland.com/2013/08/15/diy-needlepoint-design-vii-dark-shadows/

http://needlepointland.com/2013/08/16/diy-needlepoint-design-viii-final-version/


Whether you read through the entire series or not, I bet that $800 price tag on something like this looks a lot more reasonable now!
http://www.ebay.com/itm/171103754470?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

FYI-Ghost Stitchers is No More UPDATED

For those who might be contemplating using their stitching services, a friend in the area where the business is located says she has learned they are effectively out of business. So don't send anything to them, ok?   My friend's sources are very reliable or I wouldn't be printing this rumor.  Their website is still there but apparently they are no longer operating.
http://ghoststitchers.com

UPDATE:  Cindy tells me that she has been told Ghost Stitchers was run by a husband and wife with stitchers to do the work.  He died suddenly and the wife hasn't the heart to carry on alone as he was the driving force of the business.  It is very sad.

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Need Paterna Information

This week I got a note from the Etsy seller KnitStitchPurl who has a large stock of Paterna two ply crewel wool for sale, asking about this wool. She wanted to know if it was the same wool as the three ply Paternayan we are all familiar with. I don't know, never having seen or used this myself. It seems to date from the 1980s and be 100 percent wool.  Here are the best photos of this stuff which she has in both small 16 yard skeins and 1/4 pound hanks.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/163870779/paterna-833-russet-brown-crewel-yarnlot

http://www.etsy.com/listing/165066926/paternayan-violet-purple-crewel-tapestry?ref=shop_home_active

It certainly was manufactured by the Paternayan Brothers and probably intended to be plied (or not) depending on the size of fabric it was stitched on.  Anyone know anything about Paterna?  Have you used it?  Is it really just like Paternayan except it is two plies instead of three?  What size needlepoint canvas would you use one or both plies on?  Any help is appreciated!

Here is KnitStitchPurl's Etsy store main page if you prefer to talk to her about this instead of commenting below (or emailing me directly at chillyhollow at hot maildotcom if Comments don't work for you).
http://www.etsy.com/shop/KnitStitchPurl?ref=l2-shopheader-name

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Alex Beattie's Creation Series

Ehrman has added a new video to their website: an interview with Alex Beattie, talking about his Creation series and a few other designs.  His discussion of the limitations of the format of needlepoint canvas is fascinating to me.
http://www.ehrmantapestry.com/videos/story/Alex-Beatties-Creation-Series.aspx

Here is a brief bio on the Erhman site.  Click on "View Products" at the bottom to see the designs he's done for the British firm's line of needlepoint kits.
http://www.ehrmantapestry.com/alexbeattie.aspx

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Finishing Friday (Halloween Edition)

With Halloween getting closer, I thought this week's Finishing Friday should be all about Halloween. Want to see all the wonderful finished pieces in Pocket Full of Stitches' shop and window displays?  (And there's a bit of Christmas included for those who aren't into spooks and candy and trick or treating.)
http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2013/09/halloween-window-and-tree-of-tags.html

More Christmas and Halloween finishing, this time courtesy of the Stitching Sisters.
http://nystitchingsisters.blogspot.com/2013/10/halloween-and-christmas-finishing.html

Do you love trains and Halloween?  This beautifully finished Raymond Crawford train is heading towards your station courtesy of The Needlepointer.
http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=2b1a4dafdf1ba6e29e773aa79&id=f7c9f883c6&e=73961ee0ea

Diane is decorating for Halloween.  The finishing is wonderful!
http://www.dianestakingtimeouttoneedlepoint.com/2013/09/halloween-time-is-here.html

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Needlepoint is All About Emotion

SharonG says that needlepoint design is all about expressing emotion. We put ourselves into our stitching.  Our color choices show our personality, our stitch choices show our design sense, and our choices of design show our hopes and dreams.  In that spirit I have two links for you to read this morning.  I also hope when you stitch over the weekend, you will be more aware of just how much of yourself you are adding to a design through your needle.
http://debbeesdesigns.com/DDWrdPrs/2013/09/24/passing-it-on/

http://www.dianestakingtimeouttoneedlepoint.com/2013/09/why-dont-i-feel-like-stitching.html

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A Stitching Sister Inspires More Stitching

If you haven't been stitching a long time or you aren't a Needlepoint Now subscriber you may not have seen Denise's wonderful interpretation of Sandra Gilmore's 9/11 design based on an iconic photograph from that day.
http://larchmont.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/larchmont-needlepointers-show-patriotic-pride?ncid=newsltuspatc00000001&evar4=picks-1-post&newsRef=true

If you own the September-October 2011 issue of NP Now, you can read more about the design there.  I don't know if Denise used Susan Portra's stitch guide for her version of the piece or not.
http://www.needlepointnow.com/back-issues/2011-issues/sep-oct-2011/

By the way, Denise is the co-owner of the Stitching Sisters' Blog.  Do visit!
http://nystitchingsisters.blogspot.com

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Bullion Knot Hair

Needle Nicely just stitched an angel on congress cloth for a customer who requested bullion knot hair. The shop used two plies of DMC cotton.   It looks terrific but apparently the DMC wasn't as easy to work with in bullions as Watercolours.  It's been my experience that the right thread for bullions makes them a lot easier to work.  I like wools especially well for this sort of thing.
http://needlenicely.blogspot.com/2013/10/stitching-for-customers-finish.html

Speaking of bullion knots reminds me I just discovered that Gay Ann Roger's booklet on creating bullions is still on sale on her website for $13 including shipping.  Since her big yearly sale is coming up, I'd advise you buy this now if you are interested.
http://www.gayannrogers.com/books.html

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Peeking Through the Window at Bedecked and Beaddazzled UPDATED

Sheena James has been to visit Bedecked and Baaddazzled again and took her camera. There are lots of wonderful things to see.   Some are classes, some are clubs and some are just fun designs from Ruth's stable of artists she represents.  Besides, Sheena has a marvelous flying pumpkin graphic to watch and a calendar counting down the days to Halloween.   It's always fun to visit with Sheena.
http://www.sheenasstitches.com/wow-what-a-surprise/#comment-262

UPDATE:  Ruth posted about this as well.  Wish we'd all been there to watch these two creative souls in action!
http://www.notyourgrandmothersneedlepoint.com/2013/10/in-city-with-friends.html

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Margaret Murton, the Queen of Autumn

I've always had a soft spot for the faded organic style of Margaret Murton.  I've even stitched one of her Ehrman pillows in faded teal and golden browns. It's a lovely thing that I should put out upstairs where the dogs won't mistake it for a soft chew toy.   If you are not familiar with her work, you should view the newest video interview Ehrman has posted on their website which showcases her work.
http://www.ehrmantapestry.com/videos/story/Margaret-Murton.aspx?page=1

Many of my favorites are no longer available as kits but a select group are on sale this autumn to celebrate Margaret and her fascination with the faded joys of autumn in the country.
http://www.ehrmantapestry.com/designer-products.aspx?id=6fa958c6-c51f-4c6a-a451-69132f1a5643

For more about her work, "Enter these enchanted woods, ye who dare...."
http://www.margaretmurton.co.uk/Site/Margaret_Murton.html

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Gay Ann Rogers Sale

It's that time of year again--October--which brings us Gay Ann Roger's sale of her charts. She only sells her work once a year (with occasional mini sales at Valentine's Day or other times of the year when she happens to have new designs ready) and no one knows exactly which samplers, geometric designs or new pieces will appear.   As Gay Ann explains on her blog, she will start a little story on her website on Thursday, October 10, that leads up to the official sale starting next Wednesday, October 16.
http://gayannrogers.blogspot.com/2013/10/my-needlework-sale-busiest-time-of-my.html

If you are into counted canvaswork, you'll want to keep an eye on the sales.  Gay Ann runs out of charts and when they are gone, they are GONE, particularly during the weekend mini sale, so if you are interested in some of her work, act now or you will have to wait and see if the chart of your dreams shows up for sale in October of 2014.
http://www.gayannrogers.com

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Cheeky Santa

Since I know many folks find faces hard, I thought everyone would be interested in how Anne Stradal of ABS Designs is stitching the rosy cheeks of her current Santa (by Amanda Lawford).
http://thecapestitcher.blogspot.com/2013/10/needle-blending-not-just-for-skies.html

Anne uses needle blending of colors very often for skies. Here is her last example--
http://thecapestitcher.blogspot.com/2013/07/two-skies-side-by-side.html

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Kanzashi Fabric Flowers Again

Remember when I was talking about Japanese Kanzashi fabric flowers and had a link about how to make them?
http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2013/09/how-to-make-japanese-kanzashi-fabric.html

Great minds think alike.  Peggi was already making them for her latest Day of the Dead sugar skull piece.
http://tapestryfair.blogspot.com/2013/10/a-holiday-finish.html

Here are the three designs in the series unstitched, just so you can see what adding the flowers adds to the design.  Nice job, Peggi!
http://www.tapestryfair.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=67&Itemid=1

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Today is Scissors Fob Day UPDATED

Well, this isn't an official holiday but I found new scissors fobs for sale everywhere this week, so I am announcing that today is the day to add fobs to your collection. If, like me, you don't like to use scissors fobs*, then pick up your favorite to use as a zipper pull on that fabulous project bag you just couldn't resist last year.   BeStitched has a nice selection of owl fobs from Barbara Elmore to celebrate fall and Halloween.
http://www.bestitchedneedlepointshop.com/store/fob-by-barbara-elmore/dp/17979

Needle Works is having a Fern Ridge Collection trunk show (fifteen percent off).  These are scissor fob kits and look to be very light weight.  Love the mermaid!
http://www.stitchinginthetexashillcountry.com/the_needle_works/2013/10/fern-ridge-scissor-fobs-trunk-show.html

Of course the ultimate in Halloween Bling fobs is from Ruth Schmuff, who has some amazing Boo! fobs for sale.  (Don't miss the Hello Kitty one, either.)
http://www.bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/needlepoint/--b-1.asp?category=53

*Personally I find scissor fobs heavy, always in the way when I'm cutting, and I never go anywhere so I don't need to know which pair of scissors is mine.  Here in CH, they ALL are!  LOL  That doesn't mean I don't want some of these fobs Just Because....

UPDATE:  More scissor fobs!
http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2013/10/fobs-canvases.html

http://weoftheneedle.blogspot.com/2013/10/many-new-products-now-in-shop-and.html

http://www.theneedlebug.com/blog2/2013/10/new-scissor-fobs/

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Monday, October 7, 2013

TNNA Winter 2013

The 2014 TNNA Winter trade show is on the horizon and folks are already posting about their new items.  So I have copied all the postings for the 2013 TNNA Winter show here.  I am copying them from the tab into a regular article so that folks who want to look things up later can use the search box and find these items, even though the TNNA Winter tab is now reset for 2014.

New things from many new designers, courtesy of PFOS.
http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2013/04/new-designs-from-6-different-designers.html

Vicky found more photos of new canvases. Check out the Kelly Clark, Danji/Laurel Burch and Sundance beads and sequins photos here. There are new Melissa Shirley/ Mary Lake Thompson and Sew Much Fun dimensional Raggdy Ann and Andy pieces, too.
http://mostlyneedlepoint.com/just-when-you-thought/

Randi is back from Market. Here's part one of her report, which talks about all those Keep Calm designs. The World in Stitches' website is under construction but you can reach her via the email address on her blog.
http://twisinc.blogspot.com/2013/02/attended-market-and-went-on-from-there.html

Randi's second posting is about Ewe and Eye, with some very interesting background info for fans of the primitive landscapes they do so well.
http://twisinc.blogspot.com/2013/03/sometimes-it-is-all-about-me.html

Facebook: Chaparral Needlepoint has added 13 photos to their Just Arrived from Market album on their FB page. There's a blue Russian angel, some of Jean Smith's lovely florals and a rabbit that may be from here, too, a Cooper Oaks (?) cow and chicken portrait plus their trout looking at a fisherman's fly, eight new Easter Victorian Kids to add to Melissa Shirley's extensive Victorian Kids series, several lovely large stockings (many from Melissa Shirley), several Melissa Shirley decorative cat silhouettes, a golfing canvas full of flags, balls and holes, a stunningly beautiful Joy Juarez floral fairy stocking, and the very cute Debbie Mumm/Melissa Shirley Halloween scarecrows and small ornaments.

Facebook: Park Avenue Needlepoint has added a photo album called "New canvases 2013" to their FB page. There are small Halloween pieces, a lovely violin ornament, Christmas ornaments, a baseball piece, tractor and dog bone belts, Christmas stockings (including dede Odgen's nutcrackers stocking which is a stunner), a nice selection of small stockings with stuffed animal inserts from Kathy Schenkel, some Cooper Oaks beach pieces, a lovely graphic hen ad which might be from Lani, and a lot of floral pieces, some from Jean Smith and some from Melissa Shirley. Plus an Indian stand up pair for Thanksgiving or fall.

Absolutely Needlepoint is showing off their new goodies: new books, needles, tool kits, and stitch rippers plus a new Maggie canvas (with stitch guide) of the lady admiring shoes in the shoe store.
http://absolutelyneedlepoint.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/oh-my-gosh-the-boxes-wont-stop/

Facebook: Pattandleedesigns Needlepointdesigner has added a new photo album to their FB page with all their patchwork cat dog canvases. Look for "Colorful Animal Series."

Facebook: The Top Drawer Needlepoint has a new photo album called New From Market with photos of Melissa Shirley hearts and cupcakes, Shelly Tribbey triangular Christmas pieces, and Jean Smith floral designs. There's a nice one piece Nativity design as well.

NImble Needle shows off lots of new floral canvases plus a few interesting Southwestern, Judaic, and patterned cat pieces.
http://thenimbleneedle.blogspot.com/2013/02/new-canvases-flowers-abstracts-judaic.html

Quail Run shows off new tools in their shop, including two light magnifiers, serrated blade scissors, a light laying tool and the new Bead Buddies box.
http://sonorandesertstitching.blogspot.com/2013/02/sunday-sampler-of-new-tools_24.html

Facebook: Louise's Needlework has a new photo album on their FB page. "February Canvases" shows off new Shelly Tribbey and Barbara Bergsten designs plus some darling little snowman ornaments from an unknown designer. You'll also see very cute Princess and Me photo frames, including a dog house for your favorite pooch photo.

Facebook: BeStitched Needlepoint is on a Melissa Shirley kick. They just posted closeups of Melissa's new Bands series plus the Mary Lake Thompson/Melissa Shirley Autumn Truck design. Think an old Ford parked by the side of the road to sell home grown produce.... They've also posted good photos of the cat silhouette series and of the new Mary Lake Thompson Christmas Tree bike.

Facebook: Park Avenue Needlepoint has added a new photo album called New Canvases 2013 with belts and bunnies and seashore views, plus Christmas ornaments and small Halloween characters and a very pretty Hen and Chicks plant.

Facebook: Old World Designs Needlepoint has posted photos of a new flamingo design plus two wild animal canvases from Birds of a Feather (Hide and Seek fox and rabbit plus the wild boars in a forest).

Pocket Full of Stitches has new (and some old favorites) from Kirk and Hamilton and also from Ann Wheat Pace on their blog. Enjoy the crosses and Halloween small ornaments!
http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2013/02/ann-wheat-pace-and-kirk-hamilton.html

Accoutrement Designs has new magnets coming out for the Nashville Needlework Market. This is a mostly XS show but still I know you want to see the tennis ball, the gingerbread house, the Nativity camel, the unicorn and of course the fleur de lis.
http://fobfriends.blogspot.com/2013/02/new-for-nashville.html

Kreinik's blog has information about their new Easter Braid. It's very similar to their 032 white except it seems to have purple highlights as well as pink and green ones and it picks up the color of threads around it a little better. Photos and sizes available are here.
http://kreinikthread.blogspot.com/2013/02/new-easter-braid.html

Laura Perin has posted photographs of her latest ribbon sampler, Victorian Bouquet.
http://two-handedstitcher.blogspot.com/2013/02/a-new-old-fashioned-valentine.html

Nimble Needle has posted photographs of new magnets from Elizabeth Turner Designs, Puffin and Company and Accoutrement Designs, while Needle Nicely is showing off a few new canvases from Laurel Burch/Danji, JP Designs and The Point of It All.
http://thenimbleneedle.blogspot.com/2013/02/magnets-useful-pretty.html

http://thenimbleneedle.blogspot.com/2013/02/more-magnets.html

http://needlenicely.blogspot.com/2013/02/and-even-more-new-canvases.html

Facebook: Old World Designs Needlepoint just posted a photo of the Piggy Queen on their FB page. They are also showing off several leather colors (with matching canvases) from the Lee Leather Goods e-Reader line.

Facebook: Chandial Needlework has added to their Market 2013 Arrivals photo album. There are two of Lani's ethereal girls and a few small cuff canvases, quite a few tropical fish canvases and a darling little girl from Labors of Love, plus their wonderful perfume flask series.

Facebook: Raymond Crawford Designs has posted a photo of his newest design, a collage of California icons. You will see the outline of the design and the areas he's painted in to date.

Facebook: Designers' Desk has posted photos of the newest Femme Fatales canvases from Leigh, including great closeups of the two stitched models.

Facebook: Chaparral Needlework has posted a new album on their FB page. "Just Arrived From Market" has a lovely Shelly Tribbey stocking hung with multiple ornaments on a lovely blue background, several of the Tapestry Tent stockings, quite a few of the Susan Roberts colorful and simpler stockings (many of these feature Santa or have horizontal stripes with various holiday motifs on them), two new Mindy Art Nouveau pieces with little golden bells to attach in finishing, a hilarious cat swirling with blues and reds and little fishes on its body, and some Christmas items, a double sided blue Santa, a nice Nativity scene, colorful mini socks including a pink one with a poodle under a white and pink tree, and Shelly Tribbey's stately Three Wise Men. There are bunnies and Danji's cute holiday mice series, and an elegant but small portrait of an egret. There are a few small colorful abstracts and a BIG nutcracker (Herr Drosselmeyer?) holding a toy nutcracker. There are fancy tulips, a dog hiding in a suitcase, a cat and other breeds of dogs peeking from purses, canvases showing raccoons, trout, key fobs, a 19th Century French chocolate advertising poster canvas, a parrot with grapes, a tulip and a butterfly, and some of Lani's photo frame and Halloween ornament canvases. They've added soem small Princess and Me ornaments to their collection, (love the white owl holding the string of candy canes!), and two Zecca tree, birds, flower pieces, which seem to be a measuring stick for children's growth. There's a blue crab, several simple and colorful rug patterns which would look great in Or Nue, quail marching across a subdued pattern, a Mindy clock with antiqued brass buttons that mark the hours, and Christmas gift tags and a colorful Christmas candy train from JP that I think will be very popular. There are tiny Christmas purses to hang on your tree that come with hardware and stitch guides. There are 88 photos and I know I didn't describe them all, just the main pieces, so do check it out if you have a Facebook account.

Nimble Needle is starting to get new books and canvases and scissors fobs and totes from the trade show. Their newsletter has lots of photos of the latest.
http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=45d1a2a693824b7bef0df6f6c&id=ffa55b54ce&e=dc439ad853

Facebook: Needlepointing in Your Nest has added more photos from the trade show to their photo album on Facebook. Needlepointing in Your Nest has some amazing Barbara Elmore and Sundance pieces (hearts and that Halloween cat of Barbara's with a cat darning pattern on its body) plus samples of how to use Sundance's new Sparkles tubular thread. There are also photos of some of Shelly Tribbey's pink and black pieces and a few Renaissance Designs Santas and their new orange Keep Calm and Carry Garlic charmer. Robbyn's Nest has some lovely custom Christmas ornaments with names of their owners added by Robbyn. Needlepoint.com has also added a few photos to their album. Check out the "snowglobe" version of the Christmas whale from Kirk and Hamilton!

Needle Delights has posted photos of four new counted canvaswork designs that will be released in March at the Nashville tradeshow.
http://www.needledelights.com/index.php/pages/New%20Releases%20March%202013.html

Facebook: Needlepointing in Your Nest has added to the TNNA Market Winter 2013 album on their FB page. You'll see a sweet tea cup canvas from Birds of a Feather next to a model of their scared cat and pumpkin pillow, and then see some of their sweet primitive styled Santa pieces. There is a wonderful cat peeking at mice playing on a flower stalk piece (designer is MS) and more photos of the Cheryl Schaeffer/Annie Lee chair designs of pets asleep. There are finished lampshades from Colors of Praise, Sandra Gilmore's Nutcracker canvas and the companion piece Clara, a lovely Madonna and Child, a cute rabbit in a coat and bow tie already stitched, plus Sandra's Seaside Santa. There are NP upholstery designs from Fleur de Paris covering a slipper chair and a tuffet, plus a large Advent tree on a yellow background that comes with glass charms you hang on each number. You'll love the nutcracker and Santa head ornaments from dede Odgen with their long beards, and you will be amazed at her stitched underwater ocean pieces. dede showed a large piece with nine varieties of owls in three rows as well as individual small owl canvases. dede's famous rabbit tuffet is on display, too. Jumping back a little in order, there's a little girl from Sandra Gilmore with red curls all stitched for Halloween. (Check out Boo in the open background and the adorable little kitty with its bell on the collar.) Carolyn took great photos of some larger Sandra Gilmore/Once in a Blue Moon canvases, including the detail of the dress of the little girl in a fur trimmed coat carrying a potted poinsettia. Jumping again, there's a dede witch pillow showing the witch carrying a pumpkin as she hunches over her broom, flying past a full moon and clouds, then a dede tall witch in her prim collar with her broom carried like a pitchfork. Finally, there are some Lani models which are very beautiful. You'll see a beautiful jeweled ornament, a Japanese character pillow, a geisha portrait framed, her Goddess pillow, a lovely floral and butterfly collage frame done with amazing stitches, three of Lani's new high heel shoe canvases that come with stitch guides framed and ready to amaze all, plus lots of the pastel small stockings Lani does so well. And of course there are some stitched models of Lani' Venetian mask ladies that'll knock your socks off. Finally, there is a Sweet Dreams pillow, as if your head wasn't full of Lani's stitching already!

Pocket Full of Stitches has posted photos of their newest painted canvases. Some of these are brand new, some aren't, but they are all fun to see. There are things from Barbara Bergsten, Lani, Needle Deeva and Waterweave. The silly animal canvases (penguins, sheep in winter scarves, hats and sunglasses) from Waterweave are new to me and perhaps to you, too.
http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2013/02/46-new-canvases.html

Facebook: Labors of Love, Inc. has posted photos of new designs to their FB page. There are new clip on birds, the Henry VIII and his wives small portraits, their pretty fan designs that com with gilded handles and two canvases that illustrate The Christmas Story (Ralphie and the leg lamp).

Barbara Bergsten's latest designs are up on her website now.
http://www.barbarabergstendesigns.com/2013%20New%20Designs%20from%20Barbara%20Bergsten%20Needlepoint%20Designs.pdf

Facebook: What's the Point? updated their Just in From the Market photo album with a few nice photos of Zecca's pumpkin and birds nest with eggs designs, plus a Clara Wells ocean sign and Asian pillow pattern. There's a good photo of Zecca's Buddhist patchwork, each square a different symbol that has meaning to Buddhists. There is also a Good Night Moon stocking.

Facebook: Chandail Needlework has updated their Market 2013 Arrivals photo album with a series of ocean-themed canvases (shells, lighthouses, alligator, dolphins, beach, fish, Victorian house) from Needle Crossings. There is also a series of Judaic canvases (there are some beautiful stitched models later in the album) and a few Paddington Bear and Piglet canvases for the young (or young at heart). The latter seem to be from Silver Needle.

Facebook: Family Arts Needlework has added a new photo album called Pippin Mini-Trunk. I don't know if these are new from Market or not but I am adding them here since Pippin is a new designer for me. The canvases are suitable for pillows and have a row of items (hearts, Christmas crackers, hot peppers, little black dresses) in the middle with text in the border above and below the row. These look like a fun stitch to me.

Facebook: Needlepointing in Your Nest has added even more canvas photos to their TNNA Market Winter 2013 photo album. This morning I spotted a Danji witch and a mermaid, some small realistic turtle canvases by Colors of Praise (there are several dragonfly canvases that may be theirs also), an assortment of Christmas and Halloween tree models from Associated Talents, new Mile High Princess canvases from the Artists Collection booth plus a set of lovely stand up models (angel, Santa, witch and snowman), and some very pretty floral/rabbit and floral/bird canvases from Katherine Parfet in the Needlework United booth. There were also two very pretty square decorative ornament models from Needlework United in the photo set. Want to see Painted Pony angel and decorative box models among others? This is the photo album!

BeStitched is starting to get their new Lani canvases. Here are just a few. They say to watcht their Facebook page to see more later this week.
http://bestitchedneedlepoint.com/new-needlepoint-canvases-by-lani/

Facebook: Needlepointing In Your Nest continues to update their TNNA Market Winter 2013 photo album with canvases by Waterweave, Kathy Schenkel and Kelly Clark. There are photographs of the designers, too!

Pocket Full of Stitches is posting photographs of their new orders from TNNA as they arrive. The latest batch is from CBK, CanvasWorks, The Point of It All and Zecca,
http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-latest-to-arrive.html

BeStitched is starting to receive new canvases from market. There are some brand new Zecca pieces I've not seen before on their blog, including the lady who heard the blackbird sing canvas, the Polonesian mask and new sugar skull designs.
http://bestitchedneedlepoint.com/new-arrivals-from-market-zecca-2013/

Facebook: Needlepointing in Your Nest has added still more photographs to their TNNA Market Winter 2013 photo album. These include tiny Sew Much Fun purses, Keep Calm canvases from KSH Designs/CBK, and the fancy bird cage canvases from Cheryl Scaeffer and Annie Lee that appear to come with a cage. There are several cat inside a bird cage designs, too! By the way Cheryl and Annie have designed several chair seat pieces that show a dog or cat curled up asleep and have done funny pumpkins with Steampunk touches (zippers and gears) appliquéd to the faces in finishing. There is a tiny green robot standup done the same way. If you prefer the classics, there is a nice fish from Creative Needle with an Imari pattern on its body. The photo album has a series of football/college-themed pieces from Elizabeth Turner Designs and several sampler style canvases from Ewe and Eye. There also is a nice photo of the matching frames that Maggie/Ewe and Eye offer and a lovely Ewe and Eye stitched model of yellow tulips and other flowers in pottery bowls.

Facebook: Rogue Needlepoint has posted photos of their Cupid and Psyche set of canvases on their page as well as their darling little Ruby Bridges girl, and promise more Downton Abbey- and Dr. Who-themed pieces next week. Chandail Needlepoint has also updated their Market 2013 Arrivals album with counting pins, cameo-style magnets and several Judaic canvases. Garden Gate Needlepoint has also updated their FB account with some gorgeous Asian pieces, some of which I think are from Joy Juarez. Some may also be from her sister Jane Aurich as they look like Jane's style, but no designers are identified. Don't miss the koi canvas! It's a stunner!

Threadsholics Alert! Pocket Full of Stitches has posted photos of a ton of new threads that have just arrived in their shop from Rainbow Gallery.
http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2013/02/rainbow-gallery-new-threads.html

Rebecca Wood has updated her website with her latest canvases. I am in love with the small fairy tale designs, but there are many new Christmas ornaments, stockings and cuffs, featuring her happy snowmen, Santa and of course the silly reindeer. (Thanks for the tip, Palma! See you in Bankruptcy Court!)
http://rebeccawooddesigns.com/new-designs/january-2013

Facebook: Needlepointing in Your Nest has added a new photo album called TNA Market Winter 2013 to their FB page. You will see Sew Much Fun's dimensional owls and their little purse ornaments, a good closeup of Sherry Bray's beaded flames on a Rebecca Wood Halloween piece (the witch's flowing locks are beads, too!) plus an overall view of this complex but fun piece, Tapestry Fair's turkey made from vegetables plus some of their great new Halloween pieces (including their dimensional owl), some of The Studio's great Baby Sleeping signs and their jack-in-the-box canvases, and a wonderful Barbara Russell sheep. More photos were added overnight so you can see T.S. Designs' work, now distributed by The Collection and a great many colorful Colors of Praise canvases, including photo frames and lampshades. There are also classics from DJ Designs, hearts, florals and the lovely big geisha Vicky DeAngelis loves.

Barbara Bergsten has posted photographs of her TNNA booth and the big candy bowl she feeds visitors from. Why am I hungry now? LOL
http://createneedlepoint.typepad.com/create_needlepoint/2013/02/tnna-winter-needlepoint-show.html

The Needle Works has posted some great photos of Brenda Stofft's new Easter egg canvases. Bunnies and chicks! I have mentioned this before but since those photos are on Brenda's FB account and not everyone "does" Facebook, some folks will want to use this link instead.
http://www.stitchinginthetexashillcountry.com/the_needle_works/2013/02/share-a-stitch-sunday-february-10.html

Facebook: Family Arts Needlework has posted an album of photos they took at the TNNA show on their account. Look for an album called "TNNA Market Photos."

Facebook: EyeCandy Needleart has updated their FB account with great photos of their Crazy Patch Boo-Nanza club, available to all shops.

The Enriched Stitch in Connecticut has added lots of TNNA information to their blog. Go to the link below and start with the article entitled Market Day One.
http://enrichedstitch.com/category/as-the-needle-turns/

Pocket Full of Stitches already has new items arriving from the TNNA show. They have new canvases from Lee, Sandra Gilmore, Silver Needle, Maggie and Ewe and Eye plus River Silks ribbons pictured on their blog.
http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2013/02/new-new-new.html

Facebook: Kreinik Manuacturing Co. has added 179 photos from the trade show to their FB page. There are lots of photos of their booth, photos of silk gauze pieces done with their threads, a stunning geometric sampler from Nancy Cucci, lots of close ups of Robin King's thistle piece taught at Market, lots of models from Melissa Shirley's booth (love the giant cracker and the little bunny ornament and those topiary trees are amazing stitched), and gorgeous ornament models from Ann Pace Wheat who does beautiful and elegant pieces. a nice Christmas trees piece from BB Designs, Whimsey and Grace's bit 3-D stars, a sign that spells out Jolly from Princess and Me as well as some of their stitched ornaments, lots of close ups of ThreadworX's overdyed Kreinik skeins, model fortune cookies, candles and cookies from Little Shoppe Canvas Company, Julie Mar's pirate portrait, Rebecca Wood's little Halloween stand ups that Cynthia Thomas has done guides for not to mention Rebecca's elegant small Nativity set, and Birds of a Feather canvases, a sneak peak at one of Libby Sturdy's four coordinating Christmas trees whe will be teaching in the future, Robin King holding her amazing small and delicate sugar skull designs from Needle Deeva, close ups of the famous Timothy Spider from Associated Talents to show how Kreinik's Easter Grass thread mimics candy wrappers on the spider's back, plus photos of the designers and teachers that you have come to know. Put a face to a name!

Facebook: Barbara's Needlepoint shows off a cute large chick pillow and matching cactus plant pillows finished with fabulous fringe. There are quite a few stunning pillows with great finishing in this album so it might be their own finisher's work. I am not sure but I am sure you'll enjoy browsing.

Facebook: Needle in a Haystack has posted photos of the amazing finished models they saw at Market on their FB page. There is what I think is Melissa Shirley's Valentine house, a lovely sunflowers pillow, Trees, and a hilarious pillow of a frowning lady in a leopard pillbox hat and matching coat. There are also photos of Kathy Schenkel's Halloween garland, several Mindy cupcake canvases that are sweet, and some knitting items.

Facebook: Louise's Needlework just added to their January album. You'll see Lee's new cross body purse and several travel themed round insert canvases that will fit there, and the Joy cupcake from Needle Deeva (stitch guide by Vicky DeAngelis).

Facebook: Brenda Stofft Designs added eight little egg canvases to their FB album called Easter.

Facebook: Chandail Needlework has posted a wonderful Ewe and Eye canvas of a window set in a matching frame, a 3-D teacup, a beach collage piece, a Halloween collage, a pretty birdhouse with floral vine piece, a cowboy "sampler" from Ewe and Eye, stitched dressmaker dummys from Painted Pony, and a candy corn piece that spells out BOO in candy.

Sheena's posted her favorites from the TNNA show. Since you may not have seen the canvases, let's head to her blog and gawk at what she turned up.
http://www.sheenasstitches.com/fun-from-tnna-feb-2013/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SheenasStitches+%28Sheena%27s+Stitches%29

Sandy Arthur (she of the Shapes of NP series) just taught her TNNA Old Crows class at Quail Run. This isn't technically from the show but since so many shop owners took her class, I thought I'd post this here so you can see what your shop got in to.
http://sandyarthur.blogspot.com/2013/02/quail-run-visit-wow.html

We of the Needle reports on the items they loved for their shop.
http://weoftheneedle.blogspot.com/2013/02/report-from-tnna-show-amazing-new.html

Cynthia Thomas has announced the publication of her first book, Noses, Roses and Other Fun Stuff. I'm awaiting details on the cost and where to order as Cynthia's first editions are still at the printer's but Cynthia says the book includes "lots of techniques, such as trapunto, various kinds of applique, needlelace, ribbon work, etc."

Nimble Needle has posted photographs of new canvases that include one of the seasonal Blossom girls from Labors of Love and two ocean-themed Claire Lloyd/Dreamhouse Ventures canvases. The Dreamhouse Ventures site doesn't show many of the designs from the artists they represent so this is a good way to see some beauties from their line that aren't usually available online. I love the purple starfish!
http://thenimbleneedle.blogspot.com/2013/02/new-things.html

If you are charmed by Winter Blossom, you can see the entire set on the Labors of Love website (bottom of this page).
http://www.laborsofloveneedlepoint.com/gallery.php?category=10

Crooked Tree Needlepoint posted photos of new Sandra Baker Hinton designs on their site. If you love butterflies or sea turtles, don't miss these colorful beauties.
http://ctneedlepoint.wordpress.com/2013/02/07/new-needlepoint-by-sandra-baker-hinton-2/

PFOS has updated their blog with more photos of new canvases. This time there are plenty of pastel A Collectio of Designs pieces, lots of Kelly Clark's new small things, and some things from Melissa Prince and Robbyn's Nest that I hadn't seen before. In other words, there are things we haven't seen elsewhere.
http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2013/02/another-market-update.html

Needle Delights shows off a new design and a framed pattern.
http://needledelightsoriginals.blogspot.com/2013/02/framingand-preview.html

Needlepoint Tool Time has added photos of some of their new tools and threads.
http://stitchplaywithneedlepointtooltime.blogspot.com/2013/02/more-from-tnna.html

Tapestry Fair has updated their website with new Day of the Dead pieces, a new dragon, several stylish Vogue/Art Deco pieces, a trilogy of traditional intricate bird and floral designs, a series of geisha "cloud" pieces, a lovely Asian owl and abstract horse, and more. The two Nativity sets I admired are on the Christmas page.
http://www.tapestryfair.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=67&Itemid=1

http://www.tapestryfair.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=94&Itemid=1

Facebook: These FB accounts have added more photographs to their Facebook pages--What's the Point?, The Nimble Needle-Atlanta, Needlepoint.com. What's the Point? has photos of Alexa Christmas designs (many of which come with charms to attach to the painted canvas), good closeups of Kelly Clark's small Nativity figures, as well as two gorgeous painted stocking toppers, a wonderful Winnie the Pooh stocking from Silver Needle, nice closeups of some of Joy Juarez/Fleur De Paris' very detailed Christmas ornaments, closeups of some of Melissa Shirley's small ornaments, wonderful Alice Peterson stockings, several nice Shelly Tribbey pieces including a candy covered Xmas tree, and the wonderful stitched versions from Labor of Love's Vintage Ornament series. Needlepoint.com has several traditional oriental rug type patterns that I think are from CanvasWorks, a range of the simple graphic designs from J. Child Designs, lots of Zecca designs (including their Egyptian scarab and Horus patterns), a magnificent Cooper Oaks turkey, more from Rebecca Wood's children's tale series (Treasure Island, Wizard of Oz and Peter Pan), and lots of closeups of the Associated Talents Beach Christmas ornament models.

Facebook: Melissa Shirley Designs has posted photographs of Melissa's trade show booth at her FB business page. There are lots of photographs of stitched models to enjoy.

Facebook: In Stitches has added more photos to their photo album called Bam and Jeanene Head to Long Beach (Market 2013). One is of Kelly Clark's stumpwork sampler model and the other appears to be a Kathy Schenkel Christmas collage. This photo album already has an Easter bunny (Brenda Stofft?), lovely beach scenes, and the Amanda Lawford dragon I admired earlier.

Facebook: Aristeia Needlepoint has posted two photos of inspirational banner canvases (Shelly Tribbey?) that are made up of small designs strung together. There's even one for Hanukkah.

Brenda Stofft has updated her website with three new Easter-theme pieces. All have eggs in some form but some have chickens and others have bunnies.
http://www.brendastofftdesign.com

PFOS has done one last update, this time showcasing a few lovely Shelly Tribbey pieces in her usual style (including a very cute Xmas birdhouse sock), a few Unique New Zealand Be Calm designs and some lovely ornament stars and rounds from Whimsey and Grace.
http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2013/02/more-market.html

Needle Works has posted photos from Labors of Love (check out that fan with turned wood handle!) , samples of Sundance's stitching using Sparkles and some of their new flower shaped beads and a knit/crochet coral reef that decorated their Sundance booth.
http://www.stitchinginthetexashillcountry.com/the_needle_works/2013/02/time-for-a-few-more.html

Quail Run has posted photos of booths on their blog.
http://sonorandesertstitching.blogspot.com/2013/02/winter-market-day-three_4.html

Pocket Full of Stitches has posted more photos, including the limited edition nutcracker magnet, some of J. Mahaly Designs' very cute red and green simple socks and Canvas Art by Barbi who has a series of light and airy mostly pastel heart pieces sure to please the sophisticate. Don't miss the apron canvases from Painted Pony or the new angels in their popular series.
http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2013/02/market-more-day-2.html

Fleur de Paris is now distributing Joy Juarez and have updated their website to show off her work.
http://www.fleurdeparis.com/joy-juarez.asp

Down in New Orleans they are picking favorites and including photos. You might not have seen some of these.
http://bootsandbeads.blogspot.com/2013/02/tnna-market-love.html

Leigh Designs has updated their website with their new series "Femme Fatales." Let me quote their home page -- "It was the era of 'Booze, Bands and Broads'. Tbe booze was the martini, the bands were big and the broads were Femme Fatales! Ring-a-ding-ding !!!" Here's the direct link to the Femmes.
http://www.leighdesigns.com/Grp504x.html

Needleworks has more photos up on their blog. This time you'll see several Fleur de Paris wine sayings canvases, a bearded pink nutcracker portrait surrounded by holly leaves and berries, a flock of cute dede Odgen owls, elegant flowing feathered singing birds from Michele Somerville, several realistic mermaids in vintage poses, an ice cream truck canvas selling dog bones to a willing crowd of barkers, a big sunflower and grapes floral and a cat collapsed on cushions.
http://www.stitchinginthetexashillcountry.com/the_needle_works/2013/02/last-posting.html

Pocket Full of Stitches has two postings of fun new designs. At the first link below you will see a selection of Melissa Shirley treats, several Crocs sandal ornaments from KS Designs plus a Halloween sign and two candy-themed mini socks with stuffed candy toys to put inside the stocking, a Kathy Schenkel (I think) gumdrop tree Santa, plus all of her treat bags with their stuffed animals, and small Christmas and Halloween ornaments from Lani plus her big Santa collage. The second link has selected pieces from The Artist Collection, a blue forest Santa from Alexa with a fox, polar bear and owl, and lots of items from many designers, including a new Libby Sturdy Santa that is lovely. The little sayings canvases caught my eye, especially Live Like Someone Left the Gate Open with a dog racing down the highway. Most of the second link canvases are Christmasy but not all. There is too much variety to describe well so you'll have to visit for yourself!
http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2013/02/market-day-2.html

http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2013/02/market-day-2-continued.html

Quail Run has also posted two blog articles with more photos. You will see (first link) a gorgeous fans canvas, new metal magnets and counting pins from Puffin, books--one old and one new--and of course the baseball flag I tried to describe earlier from Facebook.
http://sonorandesertstitching.blogspot.com/2013/02/winter-market-2013-day-two.html

Quail Run's second linke showcases the wine sayings (Fleur de Paris) canvases and dede Odgen owls that Needle Works liked, but also a beautiful orchid and bamboo collage from JP Designs, pompom fringe, and many new thread colors. You can also see Leigh's Femmes Fatale again and also Mindy's beautiful ecru Asian quilt design which I've mentioned previously.
http://sonorandesertstitching.blogspot.com/2013/02/winter-market-day-three.html

Tisha at Needlepoint Tool Time is finished with Market! Here's what she got for shop, which specializes in tools, gadgets and books for us stitchers. You'll see the iPhone cases that Chandail Needlework also posted a photograph of below, too.
http://stitchplaywithneedlepointtooltime.blogspot.com/2013/02/tnna-market.html

Facebook: Chandail Needlework has posted photos of iPhone cases on their FB page.

Facebook: Robin King has added photos of canvases she likes to her FB page. There's a Mariko King/Amanda Lawford Cats Playing in the Snow and two sheep canvases from the DJ Design's "iSits" series of bathroom designs.

Facebook: Chandail Needlework posted a photo of the thistle model from the Robin King class they took. You can see more of Robin's class at Nimble Needle-Atlanta's FB page.

Facebook: Vicky De Angelis has posted a photo of a large geisha canvas from DJ Designs she's thinking about stitching.

Facebook: Amy's Golden Strand has added 21 more photos to their Trade Show Floor 2 photo album. Note that dede Odgen has a new book out, "That's Not Needlepoint: Shadow Stitches Accelerated Series 2."

Labors of Love has updated their website with new items, including the portraits of Henry VIII and his wives, more new clip on birds and of course the alligator in profile I admired which is called "Ouch!" LOL
http://www.laborsofloveneedlepoint.com/gallery.php?category=67

Needleworks has updated their blog again with gorgeous things: Lani's botanical canvases, a lovely ecru Mindy piece called Asian Bamboo as well as new Mindy clock designs, a very cute patchwork dog from Patt and Lee, Zecca's bird and flower pieces, a lovely little rhinestone cardinal (Amanda Lawford), and two birds and a wonderful dog from Beth, a new teenaged artist.
http://www.stitchinginthetexashillcountry.com/the_needle_works/2013/02/more-pictures-from-market.html

Facebook: Park Avenue Needlepoint is wild about the Needle Deeva sugar skulls (stitch guides by Robin King).

Facebook: Nimble Needle-Atlanta posted photos of the Halloween goodie bags from Kathy Schenkel. Apparently they come with stuffed animals (ghosts and witches). They are showing other photos, too. I liked the tallis bag from Tapestry Fair with a tree of life motif.

Facebook: Louise's Needlework posted the model of the witch canvas from the class she took.

Bristly Thistle has posted about the Susan Portra/DJ Designs class she took. If you are a bird cage design fan, this is for you.
http://bristlythistle.blogspot.com/2013/02/susan-portras-vintage-bird-cage-class_3.html

Facebook: Maggie Thompson has posted a photo of a Maggie canvas of two birds standing on the hills in the foreground with small houses in the background stitched by SuZy Murphy. There's a SuZy stitch guide, too!

Facebook: Po's Point Needlepoint has posted a photo of Melissa Shirley's Valentine House model. Sweet!

Facebook: Amy's Golden Strand has added a second photo album of goodies to their FB page. Look for Trade Show Floor 2. Don't miss the Rebecca Wood canvas of the sleeping Big Bad Wolf. There seems to be a Rebecca Wood fairy tale series. I see a Peter Pan and a Jack and the Beanstalk and a Snow White canvas, too, all from Rebecca Wood apparently. (Her website isn't updated yet, just checked.) Looks like Barbara Bergsten has done more pink and green Halloween pumpkins, one with a skull and another with a spider. I also see what I think is a Laurel Birch canvas of a woman with a swan on her shoulder.

Pocket Full of Stitches has updated their blog with photographs, including new Mariko King canvases and Patti Mann and Rensaissance Designs.
http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2013/02/market-day-one.html

http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2013/02/market-day-one-continued.html

Facebook: What's the Point? has posted 117 photos from Market on their FB page. Look for the Market 2013 album. There's a great black and gray portrait of NYC from Kirk and Hamilton and PFOS above has smaller ornaments in the same style. They usually give the designer's name, too, which is great. There is nice Halloween trick or treat bag club canvas series from Kathy Schenkel. Don't miss The Zombies Are Coming from Maggie. LOL

Facebook: The Stitching Studio and Gift Boutique posted a gorgeous photo of the cupcake model from the Cynthia Thomas class they took at the trade show.

Facebook: The Top Drawer Needlepoint is posting some lovely florals (Jean Smith?), the Thanksgiving set from Needle Deeva, and new belt buckle canvases.

Facebook: Amy Bunger has added more photos to her 2013 Trade Show Floor 1 photo album at her FB page. Search for Amy's Golden Strand to find the photo album. I like the alligator in profile canvas (Labors of Love) and the Nativity set from an unknown designer. There is also a fierce dragon with paper lanterns in the background and a really cute little robot canvas, waving its various arms. Also don't miss the head shots of Henry VIII and his wives. Someone has designed a series of American flags, one with the stars made of baseballs and the other with stars from shells and lobsters. There also is an amazing 3-D Halloween owl in patchwork, which I think is from Tapestry Fair.

Facebook: The Nimble Needle-Atlanta has posted a photo of Shelly Tribbey's tribute of Paris canvas. It's the Eiffel Tower draped in bunting and with topiaries at its base surrounded by pink tassels and black and white striped ribbons. The canvas background appears to be sea green but the color may be off in the photograph.

Facebook: River Silks has posted a photograph of their booth at the trade show on their FB page.

Facebook: Timothy Lynch the spider from Associated Talents is making the rounds. He's posted photos of himself looking at the small Kelly Clark Nativity model and a photo of himself looking at the plum pudding models in the Kirk and Hamilton booth. These have been sent to the Needlepoint Group on Facebook and are not on his personal FB page.

Kelly Clark has updated her website with new items. I see new angels and pear designs (including a breast cancer and Halloween designs), several stocking cuffs, what I think are Top Hat shaped canvases, and two new Halloweenies characters--Ratt Z. Witch and Grimm (my favorite!). By the way, Kelly just posted that eight new patterned Christmas pear designs will be added to her site later today (Superbowl Sunday).
http://www.kellyclarkneedlepoint.com/whats-new

Lani has updated her website with two pages of the newest items, from her shoes to koi to little fairy dolls. There are also several geisha portraits and a series of African themed pieces, both figures and collages.
http://www.lanisneedlepoint.com/newdesignsdecember2012.aspx

Kathy Schenkel has updated her website's What's New pages. You'll find all the classics here, new mini socks with stuffed animals, a whole slew of new college themed rectangles, Santas, and a cute little mini Nativity set.
http://www.kathyschenkel.com/new/0.html

Needle Works posted a slew of photos of things that caught Colleen's eye at Market on their blog. You can see Lani's fabulous shoe canvases (these are amazing stitched) and a koi from her as well as a nice colorful African lady. All of Leigh's Femme Fatales are shown, plus two big Amanda Lawford abstract florals. Zecca has two pet canvases that are charming as well.
http://www.stitchinginthetexashillcountry.com/the_needle_works/2013/02/day-1-omg.html

Quail Run has posted on their blog about all the goodies that they admired. Sew Much Fun has a 3-D Raggedy Ann and Andy set as well as a big turkey, a new Ultrasuede tote bag that comes in multiple colors and is self-finishing, a peak at the inside of June McKnight's new book Colorful Backgrounds, close ups of the models for Melissa Shirley's cupcake club and Fabulous Topiary club, Lani's high heeled shoes models in her booth, more of the Femme Fatales from Leigh Designs, Raymond Crawford's Deviled Egg, and the Ins and Outs book from the Landscape Stitches folks.
http://sonorandesertstitching.blogspot.com/2013/02/winter-market-2013-day-one.html

Facebook: Maggie Thompson (owner of Maggie and Ewe and Eye) has posted a photo of their booth on her FB account. Garden Gate Needlepoint has posted a photo of a canvas painter at work (I think the booth is the Susan Roberts/Tapestry Tent one) on their FB page and also has a photo of Zecca's booth, including a great abstract purse canvas made up. Neeldepoint.com has added a photo album of goodies to their FB page from Kirk and Hamilton (there are Christmas stars, more poison bottles and some lovely large florals) with a few of Barbara Bergsten's Santas and a few CanvasWorks oriental rug designs. Quail Run Needlework Inc. has posted a photograph of their booth on their FB page. BeStitched Needlepoint has posted a photo of Cleo's Cat (Egyptian cat) from Tapestry Fair on their page as well as one of Leigh Design's Femme Fatales (I think this is Mae West/Lil). Janet Burnett has added a photo of some great stitched Halloween ornaments and a witch to her page. Note that these folks will probably add more to their pages and photos albums later tonight but i'm off to bed now!

Facebook: Amy's Golden Strand has posted two photo albums of painted canvases, threads and other items on their FB page. These are from a wide range of designers. I liked the Kathy Schenkel mini Nativity and the woman in black and white with the zebra border myself but I think the Maggie dog canvases will charm a great many folks. Amy promises to get these photos on her website ASAP. Here's the link.
http://www.amybunger.com/market.html

Melissa Shirley has updated her website with new designs.
http://www.melissashirleydesigns.com/gallery/?bsn=1

Facebook: Nashville Needleworks has added photos of Raymond Crawford's booth and closeups of some of Melissa Prince's new pieces to their FB account. The Needle Works has added photos of And More's new Keep Calm and Woof (or Meow) On designs to their FB account. Chandail Needlework posted photos of broad bracelet bands on their page as well as some miniature witch hats. Sorry, they don't say where they found these things. Garden Gate Needlepoint has photos of three large nutcracker canvases they've ordered for the shop on their FB page as well as a great photo of the birds and perfume bottles and Easter and chocolate bunnies done as standups from Labors of Love's booth. Timothy Lynch has posted photos of the 3-D school bus canvas from The Studio By Chapel Hill Needlepoint on his FB page. There's a green Christmas car and an Animal Cracker box and an ice cream truck as well. Timothy says that Kreinik has put out their Easter Grass thread in all their usual weights, too.

Quail Run got to take classes on goldwork from a Royal School of Needlework grad.
http://sonorandesertstitching.blogspot.com/2013/02/goldwork-class-at-winter-needlework.html

The Landscapes book authors have a new book according to Colleen. It's called "Ins and Outs" and is all about interior and exterior stitches.
http://www.stitchinginthetexashillcountry.com/the_needle_works/2013/02/ins-and-outs-.html

Maggie has added three pages of new designs to her website. There are plenty of cats and dogs, landscapes both modern and primitive and a set of star shaped ornaments with snowmen inside.
http://www.maggieco.com/html/drill.php?category=7&pg=1&q=

Tapestry Fair has posted a photo of their booth which is full of Day of the Dead and Southwestern themed pieces, folk art inspired designs, as well as two Egyptian cat canvases and a few pretty florals. They also have a life sized skeleton as a greeter. You can't miss her--she has long black hair, a leopard print skirt and red fuzzy flip-flops!
http://tapestryfair.blogspot.com/2013/02/show-time.html?spref=fb

Facebook: Park Avenue Needlepoint has added a photo of Shelly Tribbey's display of what appear to be fairy scissors and magnets to their FB page. They also added a photo of leather keychains from Elizabeth Turner along with a photo of the model from a class they took.

Facebook: Nashville Needleworks has added a photo of all the small items they bought to bring home from Friday night's Sample It! show. There are starfish ornaments, small cones to be made up into a Christmas tree, a Stitch and Zip kit, a crow standing on a pumpkin, a pink jeweled egg, and several small ornaments for Christmas. They also posted a photo of Kelly Clark's Christmas patchwork pillow and three stand ups of dogs and cats from Julie Mar and the model of a class they took from Susan Portra.

Facebook: Elizabeth Bozievich has added a photo of the Needlepoint Now booth (she's the magazine editor) to her Facebook page. So has Cassandra Prescott (she's the owner of Sundance) but it looks like she reposted a photo of the booth that Barbara Elmore took. Janet Burnett (she's the owner of A Collection of Designs) has also posted a photo of her booth. Check all the accounts to see if there is more.

Facebook: The Nimble Needle-Atlanta has added a photo of a 3-D skeleton (and a partial photo of a ghost) to their Facebook account. This must be from the Sample It! display but there is no caption or designer credit. However, the next photo is a 3-D turkey in a Pilgrim's hat from Sew Much Fun so perhaps all the items are from their line. I saw a mummy in the series as well.

A Collection of Designs has updated their website with their new designs. Expect a lot of lovely fleur de lis patterns, crosses, snowmen, colorful socks, Russian eggs and Christmas trees, plus larger Christmas designs of ornaments and sayings. There are also pastel hearts and Halloween items but I think these are older.
http://www.acollectionofdesigns.com/What's%20New.htm

Bristly Thistle has added photos of new TNNA canvases to their website (birds and sea turtles).
http://www.bristlythistle.com/new2013.html

Amy Bunger has updated her Market page with baby's first Christmas ornaments, new magnets, Raymond Crawford's Deviled Egg, key chain fobs, more Labors of Love clip on birds and Julia Snyder's latest book, "Great Layers for Needlepoint."
http://www.amybunger.com/market.html

Timothy Lynch has posted on his Facebook page of the same name. You'll see Timothy himself (a Halloween spider) with some starfish ornaments, all from Associated Talents. To see the unstitched starfish canvases, you have to go to the Associated Talents Facebook page.

Right now (Friday night), the Facebook pages of Amy's Golden Strand and Nashville Needleworks have the newest items showing. Barbara Bergsten posted a photo of her Sample It! table full of ornaments on her Barbara Bergsten Facebook account.

Also, Colleen of Needle Works in Austin, TX has two postings on her blog from Sample It!. The first is a complex tassel of stitched canvas. Don't know the designer, sorry.
http://www.stitchinginthetexashillcountry.com/the_needle_works/2013/02/sample-it.html

The second is one of Leigh Design's Femme Fatales, stitched I think by Leona Cole from Stitch Niche in Mississippi (which has just been sold and renamed The French Knot). There are seven more in the series....
http://www.stitchinginthetexashillcountry.com/the_needle_works/2013/02/more-sample-it.html

Amy Bunger's website has a dedicated Market page. She says she will post to the Amy's Golden Strand (the name of her shop) Facebook account first, so keep an eye on both sites.
http://www.amybunger.com/market.html?utm_source=February+2013+Newsletter&utm_campaign=February+Newsletter&utm_medium=email

Facebook: Needlepoint.com is posting photos from the trade show this weekend also. They promise fifteen percent off any item they post on their Facebook page if you message them or comment on it--this weekend only.
https://www.facebook.com/NeedlepointCom

Facebook: Nashville Needleworks has promised updates on their Facebook page plus ten percent off items ordered from the TNNA show.

Facebook: Chandail Needlework promises market updates on their FB page.

Facebook: Lani Burston Silver (Lani's Needlepoint) is already posting to the Needlepoint Nation group about her new shoe series and SJ Designs is showing off charted Berlin Woolwork pages from her new publication.

Facebook: Melissa Shirley Designs has posted flyers advertising some of their newest series.

Facebook: Nimble Needle-Atlanta promises to update from the show as they see things and take classes.

Associated Talents has updated their website with their newest designs. First you'll see the Beach micro Christmas stockings, tiny versions of last year's mini socks.
http://www.atneedlepoint.com/CanvasLookup.asp?Category=New+Arrivals

Needle Deeva's website is full of her newest designs now. There are birds and pumpkins, cupcakes and hearts, whirligigs and some large pieces of cats and people.
http://www.needledeeva.com/whats_new.html

Eye Candy has started posting photos of their newest items on their blog.
http://eyecandyneedleart.blogspot.com/2013/01/first-new-designs-of-2013.html

http://eyecandyneedleart.blogspot.com/2013/02/new-designs-part-two.html

PFOS has posted photos of Danji Designs' newest items. These range from their series of holiday mice and cats to butterflies, owls and small Kokeshi doll designs.
http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2013/01/new-from-danji-designs.html

Rogue Needlepoint is adding to their Dr. Who and Downton Abbey canvas series with an image of the Tenth Doctor (red tennis shoes included) and the Earl's Valet. You can see them here.
http://www.amybunger.com/rogue.html

Judy from "J. Malahy Designs" just posted a darling little Asian doll canvas on her Facebook page. Search on the name to find the Kokeshi doll.
Alice Peterson is adding the darling little Birds of Color design to their Stitch and Zip line. You can see more of their newest designs on their Facebook page. Search for "Cathy Rapoza (Alice Peterson)" to find it.

Tapestry Fair has posted a photo of a few of the canvases they will be introducing at Market next week. There's a turkey canvas, a really darling owl, a beaver-looking folk art figure from the Phillippines, what I think is another of their new modern Nativity set, and a Southwestern design of figures facing a pueblo building.
http://tapestryfair.blogspot.com/2013/01/sneak-peek.html

Sundance has posted photographs of their new floral beads, new sequins and new colors in Sparkles as well as new canvases from Barbara Elmore. There are also class models and a reminder that Just Libby and Barbara Elmore will be in their booth during the show. I am blown away by Barbara's Ghost Cat! Hard to believe Sundance is celebrating its 40th birthday in the business this year, isn't it? Everyone going to the trade show please congratulate them from me!
http://myemail.constantcontact.com/January-2013.html?soid=1101929246111&aid=VFB_gBtU8jI

Raymond Crawford's newest design is a tribute to New York City, particularly Manhattan. UPDATE: Colleen has this new canvas on sale. See the second link for details.
http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2013/01/new-york-new-york.html

http://www.stitchinginthetexashillcountry.com/the_needle_works/2013/01/new-york-new-york.html
Want to see four sugar skulls full of fun and personality? Robin King stitched these Needle Deeva designs for a TNNA class. A stitch guide will be available from The Deeva once class is over. Great job, Robin!
http://needlepointstudyhall.blogspot.com/2013/01/4-finished-sugar-skulls-ready-for.html

PROS has photos of new canvases from Birds of a Feather. They are colorful, and full of trees and birds and warming colors, perfect to help me get through another cold and overcast day. There's also a clever bunny hiding from a fox in a mushroom forest that I adore!
http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2013/01/new-from-birds-of-feather.html

Need a new tote bag? Consider these from Hug Me Bags.
http://needlepointstudyhall.blogspot.com/2013/01/hug-me-bags-and-tnna-2013.html

Vicky DeAngelis has posted photographs of the model for her Kirk and Hamilton Figgy Pudding design. She's teaching this at the TNNA show and a stitch guide will be available for shops to order.
http://chstitchguides.blogspot.com/2013/01/figgy-pudding.html

She's also posted photos of her Needle Deeva cupcake class (and snowmen for those of us freezing).
http://mostlyneedlepoint.com/baby-its-cold-out-there/

June McKnight is introducing her newest book, Colorful Backgrounds, at the TNNA show. Here's a bit about it from her website, including a large number of sample pages.
http://www.junemcknight.com/colorfulbackgrounds/ColorfulBackgrounds.html

Amy Bunger has a page on her website to post new items she sees at the TNNA market. Here's the link.
http://www.amybunger.com/market.html

If you are going to Long Beach, stop by the booth for Needlepoint Now magazine.
http://mostlyneedlepoint.com/market-watch/

Here are the Sample It packages of Fob Friends and Mag Friends that Accoutrement Designs will have at the Sample It part of the TNNA show on February 1st.
http://fobfriends.blogspot.com/2013/01/tnna-long-beach-sample-it-packages.html

http://fobfriends.blogspot.com/2013/01/tnna-long-beach-show-introductions.html

The company also has new limited edition magnets, available from Bedecked and Beadazzled.
http://www.sheenasstitches.com/new-mascot/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SheenasStitches+%28Sheena%27s+Stitches%29

PFOS is showcasing the newest Ruth Schmuff canvases. These are from a variety of artists Ruth represents, so there is something for everyone. The range has the cutest fairy tale canvases, a classic elephant and a canvas that spells out Bling in decorative--and decorated--letters, Day of the Dead sugar skulls, a whole range of new and fabulous shopping girls, hilarious Frank Zappa-like cartoon figures and more.
http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2013/01/new-ruth-schmuff.html

If you want to see more of Ruth's canvases, including those from EyeCandy and Diane Dirks, go to her Bedecked and Beadazzled website.
http://www.bedeckedandbeadazzled.com/needlepoint/--a-23.asp

Barbara Bergsten has posted the flyers about all her new canvases for TNNA on her website. If you are a fan, you must click on this link!
http://createneedlepoint.typepad.com/create_needlepoint/2013/01/2013-new-needlepoint-designs-from-barbara-bergsten-designs.html

If you are --or know-- a Jersey girl, you'll want to check out the new shift design from Barbara Bergsten which is a tribute to the State of New Jersey.
http://createneedlepoint.typepad.com/create_needlepoint/2013/01/jersey-girls-needlepoint.html

Pajamas and Chocolate has updated their website with new hand painted designs, full of color and pattern. There are photos of their wooden Shaker box and coaster sets, too.
http://www.pajamasandchocolate.com/index.php?p=1_18_2013-Designs

Needle Works has photos of new patterns in the popular Snap Trays.
http://www.stitchinginthetexashillcountry.com/the_needle_works/2013/01/share-a-stitch-sunday-january-20.html

Needle Delights gives us a glimpse of the newest chart called Winter Logs. I love the colors and patterns!
http://needledelightsoriginals.blogspot.com/2013/01/winter-update.html

Barbara Bergsten has posted photos of her new pink elephant Christmas ornament and more from her shift dress series.
http://createneedlepoint.typepad.com/create_needlepoint/2013/01/finished-needlepoint.html

http://createneedlepoint.typepad.com/create_needlepoint/2013/01/newest-needlepoint-shifts.html

Pocket Full of Stitches has posted photos of new items from The Princess and Me. Don't miss the Christmas diver swimming among giant candy cane seaweed!
http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2013/01/new-from-princess-me.html

Needle Deeva's website is updated. A preview is here.
http://needlepointstudyhall.blogspot.com/2013/01/lollypops-birdies-and-kitty-cats-by.html

Vicky shows off the Needle Deeva Thanksgiving set and gives thanks to the magic of Barbara's Needlepoint and their finishing.
http://mostlyneedlepoint.com/the-finishing-makes-the-piece/

Janet Perry describes new products.
http://www.nuts-about-needlepoint.com/new-needlepoint-products-january-2013/

Leigh Designs posted one canvas from the eight new Femme Fatales that your shop will see at market in their January newsletter. All have the same marquee lights border. If you subscribe to Needlepoint Now and have your January 2013 issue, you can see three Femmes in the Leigh Designs ad.
http://www.leighdesigns.com/News.html

Cooper Oaks is asking Susan Wallace Barnes to do a series of seasonal doors. Here is Blue Door which combines winter and Christmas.
http://yarntree.typepad.com/needlework_news/2013/01/come-in-from-the-cold-with-the-1st-in-a-series-of-needlepoint-doors-from-susan-wallace-barnes.html

Pocket Full of Stitches has photos of other new Cooper Oaks treats.
http://pocketfullofstitches.blogspot.com/2013/01/cooper-oaks.html

Plus they have some new Zecca pieces, all a Tree of Life design.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sx7kWP6K_8

We've already seen Melissa Shirley's new Valentine canvases for 2013.
http://melissashirleydesigns.com/gallery/?bsn=1

Ewe and Eye has new items up on their website.
http://www.eweandeyeandfriends.com/html/thumbnails.php?currentPage=1&category=New%20Designs

Here are four little Needle Deeva hearts that will be featured at the Sample It! night before the TNNA show officially opens. Showmen in top hats and beaded candy, what could be finer?
http://mostlyneedlepoint.com/a-little-sampling-for-sample-it/

http://mostlyneedlepoint.com/seeing-red/

Patti Mann is re-releasing the Russian Nesting Doll Nativity set. This is a Darcy Predmore design that Patti Mann distributes. It's a wonderful series of nine canvases: Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, the three Wise Men, the shepherd, a camel and an angel. The pieces are all roughly 7 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches except for Baby Jesus which is only 3 1/2 by 5 inches. Each piece is roughly $80. If you are curious, these and other new pieces should be up on Patti Mann's website by early February.
http://www.pattimann.com


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