Phoenix was not all work. On Monday we took a tour of Frank Lloyd Wrights' Taliesen West which was his winter camp and home for aspiring architects. Amazing the foresight he had. He built sustainable way before its time.
We then headed over to the Biltmore which he designed. When first walking in you see this wonderfully colorful stained glass panel. It is breathtaking.
Last night was spent going over my notes and trying to figure out who I wanted to go back and visit. I have about a half a morning of work and then we are going to do a little site seeing. We are going to go to Frank Lloyd Wrights winter home and maybe a couple of other places.
In the mean time here are a few more teasures that I found.
Threadworx has come out with new colors of OD Floss and OD Kreinik. Nice deep rich colors.
JP designs has these 2 great Dragonflies on 18 ct. black canvas, So dramatic. I know, you are saying to yourself or any one that will listen, 18ct. black is she nuts. Well yes, but that is beside the point. A darning patern with a metallic would be awesome. My other favorite from her was this magnificent Japanese Fighting Fish. Beautiful. The Dragonflies are $97.00 and the fish is $166.00, All 3 are on 18.
I almost forgot about Amanda Lawfords new Santa for this year. He is a wonderful Woodland Santa. He is avaiable 30 inches tall on 13 or 18 for $533,00, 20 inches tall on 18 for $341.00 or 15 inches tall on 18 for $226.00
I am not sure when my obsession with Owls is going to end but if they don't stop designing cute owl canvas it won't be any time soon. Patti Mann has a couple of cute new ornament size.
Patti also did a great new Angels Stocking that is fun and bright.
Today was spent going back though and ordering from a few more Artist.
I found these couple of great pieces from DJ Designs. We have all had pets being Cats or Dogs or both that have looked at us longily saying " In Pleeeze"
This Amaryllis is just stunning.
Colors of Praise did not disappoint. Marie is just so talented.
15x15 on 18ct. $196.00
14x12 - 18ct. $221.00
Needle Deeva has a new Easter House with a Stitch Guide from Vicky DeAngelis. Order yours now and be ready to start stitching when the SG comes out in the next issue of Needlepoint Now.
The gal from Pischke Pockets has a couple of new designs as well as 3 pillows. A very fast stitch because they are on big canvas. Kit includes everything put the pillow form which is just a bed pillow. Love them all, so they are all coming to the store. $207..00
June McKnight has a new book on stitching with Bling. We all know that June's books are great so this one will not disappoint. $52.00. It is in color.
New from Little Shoppe are these adorable 3-d Kisses.
Kelly Clark has a new club starting in April and it is Treemendous. Treemendoes Trees are here, There are 12 in the series and will come with a guide, They are $51.00. Threads are additional and they will share a good bit. These are just a few of them. They will be so much fun on a mantle.
These witches are also adorable and will be available with a guide in the next several months.
Battery is running out on compter so more later.....
is all I have to say about the Floral rug. It is 36x54 on 13ct. canvas, The colors are magnificent and the flowers just jump off the canvas. ($1400.00)
Lani also had a great Gourmet Collage that is 16x16 on 13ct. ($334.00) and her little Geisha Dolls are just adorable. They are 11" tall and $152.00 on 18ct.
Shelly has some great little "Day of the Dead" ornaments and a wonderful Santa with Packages that will will have stitch guide. Music to my ears. I love the finishing. Her new ornament stocking is also great and will be great fun to dress up with beads.
18ct - $60.00
$132.00 canvas and guide
For my Birds of a Feather Fans back in Austin. They have a couple of new samplers. This one is beautiful.
They also have a wonderful new Halloween piece that is great fun.
Both are on 18ct. canvas.
I failed to show 2 of my favorite pieces from Melissa yesterday. The Flying Santa is great, as is the Angel.
Melissa has already updated her site with the new items. So go check it out and email me with any inquiries. Melissa SHirley Designs.
My email while I am at the trade show is firstname.lastname@example.org
I mentioned Clara Wells little purse yesterday but failed to show a couple of the designs that I just fell in love with.
Sharon G always has beautiful pieces and I love the colors palate that she uses. The Orange Tabby is definitely on my lists of must haves.
So I was half way through the blog and the wi-fi locked out and I lost my hole post, So here we go again.
I am going to condense a bit because I need to do some work for tomorrow.
My first stop is always Melissa Shirley and she did not disappoint. She has a new 2 sided Classic Santa and he is geat, I just love the new "Cottage Stockings" and I could not make up my mide so I ordered all 4.
Her new 20x20 for this show is a beautifil "Quail". I ordered is on 18.
I was thrilled to see Liz Dillon from Tapestry Tent fame on the show floor. It has been at least 5 years since she has been to a show and it was just wonderful to see her again. Welcome back Liz. She has some great stockings that will sure become classics,
Ashley Dillon (Liz's daughter) is an artist in her own right and she has added 2 new designs to the Holidays Parade series. Tapestry Fair has these great Day of the Dead Ladies. They are so colorful.
Clara Wells has a great new little purse. Love it.
To this day one of my favorite songs is from "The Sound of Music". We all remember Julie Andrews singing "My Favorite Things"
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens Brown paper packages tied up with strings These are a few of my favorite things
Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings These are a few of my favorite things
Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes Silver white winters that melt into springs These are a few of my favorite things
JP from "Labors of Love" has brought this song to canvas and I just love it.
He also has a great Perfume Bottle collection.
O.K. I am too pooped to pop. So I promise more in the morning.
Well it is the night before Market and I am settled in for the evening after spending the morning helping Kelly Clark set up her boothe for the show and taking a class from Ruth Dilts and Joan Lohr in the afternoon.
I have never taken a class from them before and it was so enjoyable, I will definately to it again at the next show. The class was a great canvas from "A Colletion of Designs" called "If the shoe fits". I did not have my camera with me to get a picture of the finished model but here is a picture of the canvas.
The night before the show starts they have a little shopping extraviganza that they call " Sample-it". Some of the Artist set up booths and get to sell a little sampling of what we have to look forward to at the show.
Dinky Dyes has new colors of silk and silk ribbon.
Debbie from Painted Pony has a cute new series called "Dress for Success".
Kreinik has 4 new colors of size 8 metallic. LOVE THEM!
I have been wanted to post to the blog all week and finally have a moment to do so.
I am taking a little break from stitching the "April Angel" before the LSU vs. Alabama football game starts. I have been working on her most of the afternoon after running errands this morning.
One stop was the bead shop for some 3mm bicones for her hair. I love the bling. I also stopped by Michaels and picked up some gliiter. I have an idea for the eggs in her basket. We will see if it works.
I finished the "March Angel" before the Christmas holidays.
Between Llano and Fredericksburg on Highway 16 there is a beautiful road called the Willow City Loop. It meanders through private ranches and it just amazing. The vistas and fields of wildflowers are amazing. Because of the rain and cold winter we had the Bluebonnets are particularly stunning. The white Poppies make the fields look they are covered in snow.