Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wool by Color

needlepoint bolster
polkadot roses needlepoint
patchwork heart needlepoint
rose with butterfly needlepoint

Suffice it to say I am thrilled. Ranking quite high on the list of things that I am excited about for 2012 are these Needlepoint kits that I developed together with Anchor, UK. For now I am putting them in the "looking forward to" category because I don't have a final final final answer yet as to when they should be shipping- though I believe it to be within the next month or so. We will carry them in the shop, and I am sure that other shops will be picking them up as well, though perhaps not so wide spread as my fabrics. (And woops it appears as though a few prints from my next collection are showing themselves in the top photo (places hand over "o" shaped mouth, eyes widen).)

These kits seem so much more available in Europe in general (where they are referred to more as "tapestry" than needlepoint). I am hoping to help turn that tide a bit, that these types of goods, and in fresh design offerings, will become more available here for us. The kits come complete with the printed canvas, all the wool that you need to complete them, as well as simple instructions for completion and care.

Never would I have thought, as I tried over and over to make good, even stitches as a young girl (looking constantly in my sister's lap at her perfectly worked wool surface) that I would one day get the pleasure of designing these. Please know that privilege has nothing to do with proficiency in this art form, my stitches are what they are. Mine. Don't be afraid. It is slow work. But I love that phrase, you? Slow. Work. No, never would I have guessed I'd like that either. Ha.

More on all this later. Speaking of guessing and predicting though, I was so honored to give some insight to my friends over at SewMamaSew to wrap up their Reflections & Predictions series on their blog. It has been so fun to read through them all, and honestly has helped to energize my own creative fires. I hope you'll enjoy reading my thoughts on the sewing industry. I tried to sound smart.

smooch! Anna

75 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh. I'm jittery with excitement. The bolster pillow is my favorite and I'm loving seeing some of these older prints come up in the needlework. [lets out a squeal of anticipation] I picked the perfect year to redo our bedroom! You rock, AM! And by the way, I read your SewMamaSew interview earlier and loved it! Also, I blogged about Good Folks a little earlier. Perhaps you have a scrap or two of it lying around? That is probably a stretch...

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  2. So awesome!

    The last picture...makes me was to scream. Please consider licensing with a wallpaper company. It would be epic.

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  3. My jaw dropped because of their lovelyness. Your talents amaze me.

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  4. Susan2:36 PM

    out of control awesomeness.

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  5. kelly2:38 PM

    OH. MY. GOSH!!!! I CANNOT wait!! In the meantime, I will try to finish some other projects so I will be ready, ready, ready when those come in!! (And I need all of them!)

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  6. These are amazing! I am so excited to hopefully one day see them in person. And I definitely agree with AtomicBlue about that wallpaper idea :)

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  7. Anonymous2:53 PM

    nnnGAHHH! Yer killin' me with the beauty, girl! Those are killer awesome possum! I mean, man! Never did I think I'd wanna do needlework (tapestry sounds so much more upper class or sophistiqueeee). Ach - like I need one. more. hobby. I guess I do. Who knew? Apparently, YOU did! :-)

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  8. Those kind of kits were some of my first sewing projects when I was growing up in England. I made a Bambi for my Nana that she had on her wall for years. Your prints are more my style though. All lovely as always!

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  9. So excited about this! They are beautiful, I have been doing a lot of slow stitching lately and can't wait to get my hands on these. Plus I am always a sucker for a well put together kit I love being able to dive right into a project with great materials!

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  10. Beautiful! Took my breath away. Can't wait to try one!

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  11. Beautiful. Can I ask what happened to the Aida cloth that was going to be part of the needleworks line? I never found it available anywhere...

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  12. i think there is a tapestry renaissance on the horizon and you will be responsible for it with your beautiful designs :)

    i collect older pieces of cross stitch work that sell for a few dollars in op shops in melbourne, australia (i think you call them charity shops)..they're not seen as cool so few people seem to want them..when i look at them and admire the designs, colours and the many hours of concentrated work involved in making them i also try to imagine the person who made them..and they give me enormous pleasure..

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  13. Those are absolutely gorgeous! I've never tried needlepoint before (the patterns never interested me), but yours are beyond stunning! Of course I happen to be a HUGE fan of almost all of your artwork, so it's no surprise that I like these:) Can't wait to try it for myself...now to just pick a pattern...
    ~Ruth

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  14. Anonymous3:58 PM

    FYI - your "favorite pillows from past collections" link on your SHOP page takes you right back to the top of the same page (Innocent Crush meets paint brush).

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  15. Ahhh, Needle point, not since I was 7 years old have I done needle point!! I can't wait to get my fingers on one of these they are so luscious!!!

    Best wishes
    Jane

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  16. You have NO idea how welcome these are to the market. At least, they are for me. It is very difficult to find needlepoint that is both modern and something that is not immediately followed with the comment, "Oh, I could paint that myself." You know, like the super clean graphic ones.

    Anyway, THANK YOU for doing this - I can't wait to put them in the shop!!!

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  17. Anna, picture 3, bunnies and heart...would just love, love, love to work on that! Actually when it was first a quilt design I printed it out and got out my markers and attempted to re-create while recovering from an illness last year.

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  18. I am over the moon excited to have that bolster pillow!!! Awesome!! Hope I'll be able to afford it...LOL!

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  19. PLEEEEASSE can we pre-order? pretty please??

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  20. I love these so much! These make me want to start needlepoint again. I can't wait!

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  21. These are beautiful, definitely going on my wish list for my birthday. Sounds like they might be just in time for April? :)

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  22. Anonymous7:44 PM

    I want them all !!!!

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  23. I am SO excited about these tapestries! I've recently fallen in love with this craft, but have been disappointed to find so few kits that I loved, and the ones I do love are all from European suppliers. I am putting that rose one from your last photo on my wish list!

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  24. These look beautiful! I have never tried needlepoint before but I love how it looks. I can't wait to give it a try with one of these kits!

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  25. Oh I am soooo excited for these!

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  26. Brilliant as always, Anna!

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  27. Oh no!!! I have so many work things to do and now all I want to do is one (or more) of your tapestries. it will start getting wintery here in May so i hope they will be ready to go for winter dissertation procrastination.

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  28. Anna Maria ~ I love your beautiful tapestries! I used to needlepoint and thank you Anna Maria I now can needlepoint again using your lovely kits! Oh when will your kits be available? I am ready!! Penny in So CA

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  29. So beautiful!! Have you ever heard of punch needle rug making? It's different(read faster!!)than hooking or latch hook. Anyway I've thought for a while that your design turned into a rug pattern for that would be amazing!! I started one a while back here: www.lovelypath.blogspot.com Like you need one more thing to do... :)
    xo
    jessica

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  30. Oh my,these are just soooo beautiful, have to see if i can get one close to Ireland, they're too lovely
    KLaren x

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  31. ::swoon::

    I'm so in love here.

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  32. I have such a bad case of the wants right now, in fact scratch that, as my daughter says" I don't want it, I Neeeeeeed it!" (years of "I want doesn't get" from me have inspired that logic)
    They are beautiful and the colours just POP! I can't wait :D

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  33. This is all very exciting. I love slow work! Especially in the winter. Preferably with tea.

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  34. Anonymous8:33 AM

    Spending a few summers in Greece as a child, my mom bought several of these kits, and a few for me because I loved them so much. I never finished one. But there is hope ... I can't wait to get one of your designs in my hot little hands. Though, my mom might groan a little and point me to a cupboard where there are many kits waiting to be finished. Who knows, I might finish some of those too.

    Margie

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  35. I haven't done needlepoint in years ~ used to work in a needlepoint store and sort of got my fill of it, but these canvases might just pull me right back in!

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  36. Anonymous9:58 AM

    I am speechless. The tapestries are beautiful. These are definitely the kits that will get me doing needlepoint again. I am seriously in love. Thanks so much...can't wait! Karen

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  37. Gaynell10:12 AM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE these needlepoints! Exactly the modern tapestry I've been wishing for, can't wait til they're available! New fabric looks amazing & in my fave color too. I'm giddy, just signed up for your Sacramento workshop (my bday present to myself!) -- would the needlepoints be available at your trunk show?

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  38. Hi Gaynell! Look forward to seeing you :) Not sure yet if the tapestries will be available by then... hopefully!
    xo, AM

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  39. carkye12:13 PM

    Yippee!!!

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  40. Oh, be still my heart! These look gorgeous! I can't wait to see these in the shop.

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  41. these are absolutely breathtaking! I LOVE it when I see a traditional art form updated like this. What a wonderful project this would be for the rest of the long winter up here in IN!

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  42. The bolster pillow.... well, I know I'll be making that kit! I really think there is a general renewal of interest in crewel embroidery, silk work, and needlepoint. I always have people asking me to help them learn stitches. And of course, I'll direct them here!

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  43. It's so lovely to see these finished designs and I feel proud to have been part of the early stages of the range development when I was working for Coats on the Anchor brand, you have made tapestry sing and the photography is beautiful. Tracey

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  44. Totally lovely, looking forward to seeing them in the UK.

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  45. Wow!! I haven't done any needlepoint since my youngest's Christmas stocking 15 yrs ago! These gorgeous projects will definitely have me returning to it. Like others have said, that bolster pillow is to die for!! Can't wait for the kits. Thanks for the revival!

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  46. Annie C2:35 PM

    Wow, wow!!! I want NOW! Love the idea of working with colorful WOOLS!!! I can't knit to save my life (but I still want to learn!) so this will stand in nicely! So love the bunnies on the wall -- so many talents you have!!! We're supposed to have a workshop here in Spokane -- I need to call our local shop and get signed up!!! Cheers!

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  47. Oh my, those fabrics are lovely. I can foresee lots of redecoration in my room...

    XO Laura Lee

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  48. Congrats on your new needlepoint patterns! They are gorgeous. Can't wait to purchase them. I love the bold patterns & color. Thank U, thank U, thank U!

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  49. These are so lovely. I am such an admirer of your work and creations. Can't wait to see these. And great interview, by the way!

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  50. These needlework kits are gorgeous!! Well done you. :-) I just adore everything shabby chic.

    Best wishes
    Kim

    My personal blog is www.shabbychicsewing.blogspot.com and I write the blogs and social media for sewing-online.com

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  51. These are amazing! I am so excited to hopefully one day see them in person. And I definitely agree with AtomicBlue about that wallpaper idea :)

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