After Midnight

pp-996iv-crazy-quiltNote – Here’s a sneak peek of one of the angels premiering at the TNNA show in three weeks. She’s not quite finished and I haven’t picked the charms for her yet, but you get the idea!

If you are a needlepoint designer, than New Year’s weekend is not spent holding flutes of champagne while dancing to midnight at some swanky party, but rather with a bowl of dirty paint water, sitting at our art tables while we burn the midnight oil as we get ready for our January Winter Market. For me, getting designs done for the show is even worse than that: I am such a last minute/under the gun type of designer that I have (for real) painted a new canvas in the front seat of our SUV as my husband drives me to the show. I’ve always been this way – when I was an art student in college, it was nothing for me to do my semester project the night before the deadline. It is not that I’m lazy – it’s that I need that panicked, frantic adrenaline rush to pop out my best work. If I started that semester project back when it was first assigned, I would spend 12 weeks “tweeking it” until it was overworked and making a Baroque church from medieval days look undecorated. My best work comes when the chips are down and I have to slap something out and there is no time to rethink about it. It is a stressful way to design, but so it goes. This go-round, I actually have given myself a couple of weeks earlier start, but the panic is still there as I’ve got several pieces that need to go to my Texas-based painters, Dana and Dian, so that they can make panic-painted copies and send one each on to my model stitcher, Susan Burris (of Austin, TX) to frantically work up stitch guides for, all to sell in pre-packed kits for the cash & carry component of the Winter Market. My next few blogs will be about all the new pieces we are working on to premier at the upcoming show. See you back here when the clock strikes 12:00!

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Back to Blogging

I haven’t posted in SIX YEARS. I couldn’t remember my password, my user name or even the blog hosting site, thus I’ve been dormant all this time! Today, my daughter sent me a link to her blog and “low and behold”, I was forced to log into my site, which meant that this is where my site has been hiding all this time! I’ve written the log-in info down (so no more losing my blog again!) and now I’m officially “Back to Blogging!” So, what will I be blogging about in future posts? All things Painted Pony! Since I was last on, I have changed the company’s direction to include 13 artists that I now represent & distribute for. Here’s a list:

Needlepoint Companies include Designs by Petei; Needle Graphics; Betsy B. Originals; and sorority/fraternity pieces by …& more, and Funda Scully; and, of course, my personal handpainted line, Painted Pony.

Fine/Galleried Artists (these are designers who we have licensed their work to be produced as hand-painted needlepoint): Mary Engelbreit, Inc; Diane Ulmer Pedersen, Lynne Andrews, Two Bananas, Mary Charles (premiering at the January 2017 show) and two more designers premiering in the spring: Diane Kater and Sally Swannell.

Future blog posts will include “works in progress” (follow me as we design new canvases), original artwork from our licensees that will show you what will be developed into handpainted canvas, models being stitched, completed and finished, our road trips to market, shop visits, features of who is teaching our designs, features of stitchers doing remarkable interpretations of our designs, and the like.

I hope you’ll follow me down the trail of all things “Painted Pony”

To start off the re-boot, I’ve posted a picture of a canvas we will be premiering at the TNNA winter market next month (Just Say Cheese #MC-AN01, 10″x12″ on 18m).capture. Its by Our new licensed artist, Mary Charles, comes from Lancaster, PA. Mary’s paintings are influenced by the Amish and the “English” of the quaint country community she lives in. Her subjects include barns, villages and farm animals. Her colors are clear and her original works translate beautifully into needlepoint. To see her first 16 canvases during December, visit Rittenhouse Needlepoint in Philly, PA. The shop is currently test-marketing 16 Mary Charles canvases as part of a larger trunk show that includes all of the designs of Diane Ulmer Pedersen, Lynne Andrews, plus a hand-full of the artsy side of Mary Engelbreit.

While you are driving madly to Rittenhouse to check out the new Mary Charles line, I’m going to muse over more content for my next blogging post. I’m glad to be “Back” and I hope I see you “Back” here real soon!!!

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Santa and His Sleigh Visit Austin

I don’t usually send my models anywhere but to market because of the wear and tear on them, but since The Needle Works’ new location in Austin is within walking distance of my daughter’s apartment, I’ve sent them to Colleen’s store, where they will be displayed on her fireplace mantel. I haven’t been to the new shop yet, but I’ve heard it is really nice. For those who don’t know, The Needle Works is where I got my start in the needlpoint world way back in the eighties! My first experience with them was when the owners (one of them is now the designer/owner of the handpainted line A Collection of Design) asked me to design their logo – it’s the basket full of needlework goodies that the shop still uses today. Later, I worked part-time in the store and also served as the store’s custom painter. My first design was a golf picture frame that is still in my line today (#800PI). Anyway, the Sleigh & Reindeer set will be there until the end of March.

Santa and Sleigh set from Painted Pony Designs

Since we had the reindeer set re-finished last spring, there has been a big jump in interest for the pieces. The set includes Santa and nine reindeer, inluding Rudolph. Each reindeer is themed as close to his name as we could get. My model stitcher, Susan Burris, also of Austin, has created stitch guides for each piece. Currently, Quenn Anne’s Stitches in Santa Clarita is teaching classes on the piece, so if you’re in their area of California, stop by their shop to see the models they’ve been workin on. And, of course you can order the pieces via your Local Needlework Retailer. To see the individually painted canvase, go to my web-site: www.paintedponyneedlepoint.com

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Just Back From Market

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

996FN Hummingbird

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

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