Monday, January 9, 2012

A Bounty of Beautiful Canvas and Threads

By now, ANG members have received and read the latest issue of Needle Pointers. It included a great review of a wonderful new hand-painted blank canvas, which we're very pleased to offer on a special-order basis — Nature's Palette!

Aren't they beautiful? The colors are fantastic, and unlike the hand-dyed canvas, this canvas retains the stiffness of regular, untreated canvas. There are three basic varieties.

The most economical are the Solids and Metallics, pictured at the top. The Metallics have a very subtle metallic sheen to them; they're not sparkly. Next up are the Premiums and Jewels, which are either hand-painted opalescent canvas or two-color regular canvas and are shown in the bottom photo. The Custom colors are the most expensive and are multicolor extravaganzas. They are pictured in the top photo with the Solids and Metallics.

You can see larger pictures of the individual canvases in the Nature's Palette section of the catalog. We have put a lot of effort into making sure the colors are as accurate as possible. Do keep in mind that these are painted to order, so there will be subtle variations between what is pictured and what you will receive. Just like any hand-dyed thread would have.

Nature's Palette paints to order, so it's usually two to three weeks from the time that we place an order till it's shipped to us. You can purchase these canvases three ways: fat eighths (9" x 20"), fat quarters (18" x 20"), and custom cuts. If you want a custom cut, please send us an e-mail, telling us the canvas color name and the exact size you need, e.g., 11" x 11", 12" x 18", or 16" x 13". We'll get back to you with the price and a link to your item in the Catalog so that you can place your order through the secure shopping cart.

Now for the newest thread we're offering!

These are YLI's Painter Threads, overdyes that evoke the color palettes of renowned artist such as Klimt, Picasso, Cassatt, Monet, and Kahlo, to name just a few. Scarlet Thread is offering their overdyed Shimmer Blend Ribbon Floss on a special-order basis to start (as we fill your orders, we'll be increasing our stocked inventory). The sparkling colors are to die for! As with any overdyed thread, there may be subtle differences between dye lots.

To further entice you, we have a couple of examples of how both the canvas and the thread can be used. Here's a piece that I stitched on Nature's Palette's Copper Solids canvas:

And here's the beginning of a Milanese Pinwheel stitched with the YLI Painter Thread Shimmer Blend Ribbon Floss:

I'm currently designing an ornament using this thread, and I can't wait to get back to it!

What will you do with these two exciting new materials in your own needlepoint adventures?