Sunday, January 11, 2015

TNNA Market Trends

Enough new designs are out at the Winter TNNA show that I have seen new trends emerging in the painted canvas world for 2015--The first is that mushrooms are everywhere, especially the poisonous Amanita muscaria with its white polka dots on a red cap.  Birds of a Feather has a lot of small mushroom pieces.

Vicki Sawyer of Melissa Shirley Designs has the hedgehog and baby owl wearing Amanitas.

These build upon Maggie's mushroom canvas and Melissa Shirley's vintage mushrooms from last year.

The second trend is canvases that honor our military and police, joining canvases that honor firemen that have been available since 2001.  Colors of Praise has new police and firemen badges and...

Juli Poitras' miliary medals showing the Bronze Star, Medal of Honor and the Purple Heart.

What trends have you noticed?

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Happy Anniversary to Susan Roberts!

Needle Nicely is at Market and has just sprung a surprise on Susan Roberts in honor of thirty years in the business.  It's more proof that stitchers are the nicest folks on the planet.

Happy Anniversary, Susan!

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Who Paints Canvases from Photographs? UPDATED

People are always looking for recommendations for artists who will transfer a photograph to a needlepoint canvas. After all, there are special places, people or animals we'd like to stitch if only....

This came up on Facebook's needlepoint group.  Listed below are the shops and companies folks recommended.  Some paint by hand, some use transfer printers.  You'll have to follow up with each for samples of their work and pricing.  I have no personal experience with any of these folks so I can't tell you who does the best work.  These are recommendations from customers or postings from folks who offered their services.

Julie Paukert
Email Julie for a quote at
Julie doesn't have a website but you can see her work at Wellesley Needlepoint.

Jebba Needlepoint (artist is Jan) in Corona del Mar, CA
no website or Facebook page

Needlepoint for Fun and Needlepainters (Seth Berman)

Ridgewood Needlepoint

Stitch By Stitch

Helene Mclaughlin
email her at

Tammy Sryigos Irrera (contact through her Facebook page)

Deborah Purtell Designs

The Needlepoint Novelist
Contact her via her Facebook page.

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