Sunday, June 13, 2010

Day Two: Shopping, Shopping, Shopping!

We had a light breakfast and planned our day.  On our walk-thru Saturday, Amy was taking mental notes.  So she knew exactly where she wanted to go and what canvases she wanted to purchase.  First stop was Lee's Needle Arts.

Lee's Needle Arts • Leather Kindle Covers

They are producing some handsome leather Kindle covers.  We also liked some nice picture boxes as well.  Some of them are on the way to the shop. The Photo Album has a 3½" x 3½" art design area. These albums are perfect for wedding albums and other keepsake photo mementos.

Lee's Needle Arts • Photo Albums

Amy spotted a really nice canvas from Lee as we were rapping up.  See the six little Oriental girls.

Lee's Needle Arts • WH1312  

Then we made a detour to Kelly Clark's booth.  Kelly had not seen the stitched Halloweenies yet.  Amy brought the Haunted House, Stirha Cal Dron, Frank N. Stein, and the Bride and the Groom.  Kelly and her girls screamed with delight. (My ears are still ringing.) We left the canvases at Kelly's booth for the day. 

We headed back over to visit the girls at Canvas Candy.  We brought you some of their designs yesterday.  Amy placed her order, and it was very hard to decide because they are all so cute. Here are a few of the ones that will be heading to Memphis.  Robin likes the Ducky,  Amy likes the cute Pig, and I like the little Horse Pull Toy.

Canvas Candy • CB001

Canvas Candy • CB 004

Candy Canvas • CB 006

Observe that each canvas has an actual ornament to match.  Now wouldn't that look great on your tree?  I though it was a very unique idea.  Canvas Candy, we love your stuff!

We ordered an few belts and Tallis bags from Julia's Needleworks.  Julia and Nikko are celebreating their 14th wedding anniversary.  Happy Anno to them!

Julia's Needleworks • JB9

Julia's Needleworks • JB017

Julia's Needleworks • BL18TB

Julia's Needleworks • BL17TB

We spotted a couple of good golf belts at Brown Paper Packages, where we also purchased one of my favorite canvas magnets.  It's called a Grab-it 2.  It has a large surface and holds lots of needles at once.  We often use several types of needles on the Halloweenies canvases, eg. tapestry, chenille, millniers, beading.  We didn't get a shot of it, but it will be on the shop website soon.  (Thanks Robin.)

Brown Paper Packages • B17

Brown Paper Packages • B78

OMG, I met dede Ogden... the Queen of Shadow Stitching.  I love her book More Shadow Stitching so I asked Amy to buy some more.  More and more stitchers are embracing that style of stitching.  (Don't forget: DVD #6, Barely There.) Love the way it lets the painted canvas show through.  Dede says that one advantage to shadow stitching is finishing canvases faster.  Imagine that.  We picked up another Tomato canvas from Sandra Gilmore / Once in a Blue Moon.  It is Amy's Pick for this month's newsletter.  The one at the shop sold while we were away.

Tomatoes • Once in a Blue Moon • 18-809

Leigh Designs has not disappointed us at this market.  She has introduced her "Fluzzies".  Coming home with us will be Vodka Velma, Chardonnay Charla and Ale House Annie.  These ladies know how to party.  Don't forget that Leigh is representing River Silks Ribbon right now.  I used that product in my first class Friday and fell in love with it.

Leigh Designs • 4896 • Chardonnay Charla 

Leigh Designs • 4897 • Vodka Velma
Ruth Schmuff's booth surrounds you with color.  Amy found a very unique canvas.  It is a map of Jerusalem.  Very nice.

Ruth Schmuff • Jerusalem • 1462

Ruth represents Ada Haydon (EyeCandy Needleart) and we really like her new Christmas trees that will be featured in the next four upcoming issues of Needlepoint Now.  Amy purchased a couple of them for the shop. Look at how Ada framed one of her Trees. Isn't she clever!

EyeCandy Needleart • 8116

EyeCandy Needleart • 8118

Framing using Scrapbook Paper for the Matting

At the Fleur de Paris booth Amy found a beautiful seahorse canvas from dede Ogden. Can you imagine how pretty those River Silks Ribbons would look on this one?

dede • ED-18056

And there was a new dede canvas of a trout lurking on the rocky bottom of a pond.  You ladies who like to fish, this would be a good canvas for shadow stitching.  We've also got a Christmas Stocking by dede called "Santa Really Coming Down the Chimney." Oh, and look at her "Tropical Leaves" and "Harvest Leaves." We are all fans of dede.

dede • 1283

dede • 1220

dede • 1227 and 1309

We headed back to Melissa Shirley to make some purchases.  THE PURSE!  Please look at this purse. The inside is Spring Green, and the inside of the pockets are lined in the hot pink color. Gorgeous.

Hot Pink Peony Fan Purse
Melissa Shirley Designs • MSD 1393-C

How can you not look at this purse. Stunning. Finished by Marlene. You go girl!  And how could the newest Wild Women NOT come home with us?  Also coming to Memphis are two cute new bunnies. 

Melissa Shirley Designs • MLT 201

Melissa Shirley Designs • MLT 135-B

I bet Judy from the shop will like them.  Judy might want to add the beautiful two sided golden Santa from Melissa's Christmas line to her collection. 

Melissa Shirley Designs • MSD 1341 

Amy also bought three canvases in Melissa's line of Fruit and Vegatable bouquets.  

Melissa Shirley Designs • MLT 210 C, D, E

I had the opportunity to tell Melissa how much I enjoy selling her canvases.  I really do.  Her canvases make people happy!

We picked up the Haunted House and friends from Kelly Clark and headed to the DMC booth.  Amy wanted to show them how she had used the new DMC Memory thread and other DMC products.

Amy in the DMC Booth

Then Liz Saylor from DMC show us some of her stitched canvases from Associated Talents using Memory thread and other DMC threads.  Liz is collaborating with Associated Talents for a Stitching Campaign called "Think Global Shop Local."  There are five canvases in the series. Amy liked them so much that we went right over to Associated Talents and bought one of each.  Fun!

AT FL 711

You can see small vignettes showcasing wonderful DMC Memory Thread applications.

Associated Talents and DMC Corporation present
"Think Global ... Shop Local"

Threads, threads, threads!  Amy discovered a wonderful new thread today.  YLI has a new line which includes Painter's Thread hand-painted RibbonFloss Shimmer.  It is unlike any thread I have ever seen.  Robin captured its beauty.

stitched examples of Painter's Thread Shimmer Blend

Painter's Thread Shimmer Blend • hand-painted • 25 colors

All of the thread companies are so wonderful to donate threads for Amy to consider for her home study programs.  This generosity is passed down to the stitcher who would not have access to these varied threads otherwise.  My thanks to them. 

With most of our purchasing done, Amy plans to search for threads for the forthcoming Halloweenies figures and the remainder of the Haunted House.  I am going to gather any price lists and catalogues I missed.  Then I have permission to roam the floor and take in the experience.  Life is good. Until tomorrow... Peggy.


  1. The market report just keeps getting better and better! That Melissa Shirley purse is seriously calling my name. Love dede's tropical leaves, too. What a great experience for you, Peggy!

  2. I. am. just. so. so. jealous.

    (However I seriously think I would be bankrupt in a day if I was there.)

    Have fun and keep shopping.

  3. Be still my heart, I'm still over-stimulated from yesterday! LOL! Great fun seeing everything.


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