Tuesday, January 13, 2015

My Personal Favorites from TNNA Winter 2015 Part One

The Phoenix show is over and everyone has headed home happy but exhausted.   Now the shops are waiting until the orders placed at the show start to be filled.  What were your favorites?  Below are mine, listed in the order I saw them.

Dressing as a Skeleton for the Day of the Dead
I absolutely adore Tapestry Fair's newest Day of the Dead canvas.   This is "La Hermosa Sandra."   The design features a calaca, a person dressed as a skeleton for the Mexican celebration in honor of those who have passed on.   I have so many ideas on how to stitch this that I'd give up sleeping if I could pull it off, just to have the time to work this piece!  This is adapted from artwork by Manuel Salas

Tapestry Fair's Other New Manuel Salas Canvas

If this piece has too much going on, how about the other new Manuel Salas piece from Tapestry Fair?  This design is called "Chara."  The calaca is more elegant, particularly with the lace background and her amazing hat.

Barbara Elmore's Mermaid for Sundance Designs

I admire Barbara Elmore's Botticelli-style mermaid, more for the fabulous things Barbara will do with this design than anything else.  She's already started stitching on this and I can't wait to see more.

Ewe and Eye's Daffodils Still Life
I am not usually wild about Ewe and Eye and Friends' primitive style but this charming daffodils still life with birds appeals to me.  I think of spring's pleasures when I look at it, don't you?

Siamese from Labors of Love
I am charmed by the cat portraits introduced by Labors of Love this month.  They are similar to last summer's dog portraits on patterned backgrounds.  This was my favorite of the set.  Here are the dog portraits, so you can compare.

Needle Deeva's Christmas House Stitched by Mary Waldsmith

Needle Deeva does wonderful houses, so I think her latest --complete with a stitch guide by Mary Waldsmith of Owl Stitchery-- is going to be a big hit.  There is a stocking with this house and a snowman, by the way.  Mary is doing a guide for it, too.

Associate Talents' Rabbits with Patterns

Speaking of cute, Associated Talent's small patterned rabbits are too cute to be legal in all fifty states!

Pajamas and Choclate's Patchwork Cat Witch

When it comes to Halloween designs, my favorite for January 2015 is the Pajamas and Chocolate Halloween patchwork witch cat in the pumpkin patch.  (This is Patt and Lee's painted canvas line.)

Raymond Crawford's Owl

Speaking of Halloween, owl canvases continue to be popular.  My favorite at Market this time is Raymond Crawford's white owl.  Small and simple, yet elegant!  I think I could have a lot of fun with this design.

Vicki Sawyer's Snowy Owl from Melissa Shirley

Well,  the Vicki Sawyer Snowy Owl from Melissa Shirley Designs is a runner up.  It is elegant in a different style.

Peace on Earth Angel by Juli Poitras
"Elegant" seems to be what I'm looking for this Market.  This JP Needlepoint angel fits the bill, don't you think?  JP has a huge variety of lovely things but the angel caught my attention.

I'm going to continue this tomorrow as Blogger is starting to complain about all the photographs!

Written by Jane/Chilly Hollow
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lewmew said...

I saw that someone reported lots of penguins but I haven't seen ONE yet!!! Who? where??

The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

I haven't a clue. Penguins don't push my buttons. Check Scott Church/CBK and then look at the new Vicki Sawyer/Melissa Shirley things. That's where I would start.

Peggi@Tapestry Fair said...

Hi Jane - Glad you like "the girls" - thank you. Danji did a series of very cute penguin ornaments with an igloo to complete the series - maybe that is what was reported.

The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

I do like your newest Manuel Salas ladies, very much! If only I didn't have to sleep!! Thanks for the Danji hint. I think you are right--they did have those cute penguins with their igloo. I had forgotten! A lot of shops took photos of those, how could I forget? Must be getting old! Thank you for everything!

The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

Peggi says it's probably the Danji penguins that folks are mentioning. Here's a link

The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

Randi of World in Stitches took a photo of the entire set unstitched.https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=593040050829283&set=pcb.593040087495946&type=1&theater

The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

Further exploration found closeups of the unstitched penguins from Danji at The French Knot's FB page PLUS they have good photos of penguin stockings, also from Danji. Enjoy!

lewmew said...

Thank you for the penguin links!! now to start saving for all fo them....

The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

My pleasure! Peggi helped a lot, of course. And we are ALL saving up for our favorites!