We spent several hours prowling the floors of the Embassy Suites Hotel near Baltimore-Washington International Airport on Saturday, on a hunt for the latest treasures to be had for canvaswork fans. This is a quick-and-dirty report, with pictures and links. Feast your eyes! (Links are for kits, unless we're currently offering just the chart. Of course, we can kit up any chart you'd like. Just e-mail us to let us know.)
First, from DebBee's Designs, we came away with several exciting new designs as well as some oldies but goodies that we for some reason didn't already have. Horrors!
Diamond Delight 9: What a beauty! The colors are absolutely gorgeous. Debbie used DMC Memory Thread to make those spirals in the background, a great effect.
Glitz & Glamour Opal: Very pretty! The colors are beautiful, and we love the stitches Debbie used.
Rice Pudding: Something for the novice stitcher. The whole design is done in variations on the Rice Stitch, using only Sullivans #5 pearl cotton.
We also picked up Diamond Delight III, done in lovely autumnal colors, and Autumn Fantasy (being shipped). Can you tell we were in the mood for fall? Could it be that we're tired of the awful heat of the summer, anticipating the cooler temperatures coming in a couple of months?
Brenda Kocher was there for her very first TNNA show. How delightful to finally see her designs in real life! The pictures don't do them justice, but we're working on getting better pictures from her in the near future.
Log Cabin Christmas: This is a brand-new design, just the right size to fit into a boxtop.
Celebration: An oldie but goodie, Brenda's created four new colorways for this design! We got to see samples of a couple of them.
We also picked up Fancywork and Jewels Within and Without.
Nancy Buhl of From Nancy's Needle wasn't there, but her distributor brought her two newest designs, which we had to snap up, of course.
Cardinal Caper: For all you cardinal lovers out there, this is quite nice in autumn colors.
Woodland Star: Absolutely stunning! She uses Caron Collection Watercolours in Rainforest, Chianti, and Seaweed, along with DMC #5 Perle Coton and a bit of sparkle.
Last, but certainly not least, we stopped by to see Kathy Rees of Needle Delights. We picked up two brand-new designs and are awaiting shipment of three new Color Delights creations as soon as they're officially released in the next few months.
Lollipops: A really clever, colorful design. Each lollipop is a different stitch motif!
Color Delights - Plum: The latest in this quick-stitch series, and the colors are beautiful.
Phew! I think I got everything in there.
Wait! One more thing! We recently received Carolyn Mitchell's latest bargello dream design, Florentine Dreams, which is another stunning accomplishment from her. She used a lot of silks, for which she provided DMC cotton floss equivalent. We're using the cottons for our kits, but let us know if you'd rather have the silk.
Now, really, that's it. At least for today.