Hi! And welcome to my first attempt at an e-newsletter via my new blog!
I just got back from market last week and, even though the attendance was way off, I’m happy to report that the orders were good. It seems that all of my designer-friends thought so as well, so let’s keep our fingers crossed that needlepoint will soon be HOT again! We introduced 12 new angels to our line and there was pretty much across-the-board interest in all of them, but I’m guessing that the two most popular were our Pile of Packages Angel #996FU and Magi Angel #996FX.
We put pictures of all the new angels, plus the six that were new at the Fall market, onto our web-site: paintedponyneedlepoint.com . Also, almost everyone ordered at least one of our new sleighs – they’re similar to our regular style with the exception being that we cut back on some of the shadow detailing we normally do to make them a little more stylized in design and to keep the cost of them down. Our sleigh 599CA is a black sleigh stuffed with packages similiar to our angel pictured above. We also had five new travel rounds and introduced a new series called Beyond Basketweave, which is a collection of 13-count canvas designs with stitch guides directed to those new stitchers wanting to learn some specialty stitches using something other than Paternayan. I’ll blog on this series in an upcoming post, but, for now, you can see the designs on our web-site.
For my shops – John and I have decided to go to Nashville and as a needlepointer, I may be very lonely there (as its not much of a needlepoint show), so PLEASE come by and see me and the new pieces I’ll be premiering there. In April, I will of course be at Destination: Dallas, since I am the Buyers Registrar for that market. (Please note that D:D is for wholesale buyers only)
For my stitchers – thank-you so much for building my line into what it is today and by supporting our independent needlework retail shops by buying my designs through them!
Finally, I have had so many stores tell me of their “Angel Collectors!” For all the collectors, here’s a list of the new angels from Fall 2010 and Spring 2011. To view photos of them, see my web-site at paintedponyneedlepoint.com ).
994CG Peru – view of Montepechu (or however its spelled!)
994DK Mt. Vernon, VA (Fall 2010)
994DL Grand Canyon – this was the HARDEST angel I have ever designed – hope you love the result ’cause I think its pretty cool!
994DM Charleston, SC – Rainbow Road, The Exchange, Church Steeple, pineapple fountain
996FG Cupcake (Fall 2010)
996FL Photography (Fall 2010)
996FM Piano Lessons
996FP – Christmas Fireplace – the most popular of the new fall introductions
996FQ – What a Hoot! – owls
996FR – Rose Garden – continues our flower themed angels (Magnolias, Cherry Blossoms, Dogwoods)
996FS – Starry Starry Night – this is my personal favorite and an homage to my favorite painting by my favorite painter.
996FT – Girls Rock – I have a girl and they do rock!
996FU – Piles of Presents – very hot at the show – a really great one for a variety of stitches
996FV – Vintage Vibe – this is a cool antique-themed angel, very different from our usual style
996FW – Pilgrim Angel – hat and cornucopia with a black dress – really fun to stitch!
996FX – Magi Angel – a little more elegant that most of our angel designs
996FY – City Sidewalks – a Christmas themed angel of a downtown scene with tiny trees, snowman, sleigh, shops and houses