Back from the TNNA Winter Market which was, as usual, an overwhelming over stimulating experience. I come away with enough ideas to last several years hoping to have time to implement a few before the next show. Things I remember which by no means were "show hi-lights" or the "best things" I saw but things I remember and thought worth sharing. Gloriana is now dyeing with a ribbon comparable to that of River Silk, thank you Anne Frazier. Sundance Designs (who introduced sequins last year) came out with what I think they are calling Sparkles; anyway its this material for needlepoint like nothing else marketing. Its about 1/2 inch in diameter and is transparent though with the sparkle and sheen some colors appear almost opaque. If left as is talk about dimension! Barbara Elmore used it for Robot Arms, pig tails, and festoons above drapery. You can pull it tight, you can iron it flat. If your not familiar with Barbara Elmore I find her to be one of the most creative stitchers out there. I think she left the "box" a really long time ago. Julie Mar has new designers including canvases that are very painterly like a Soutine and a floral one that is creative but without all the shading. Barbara Russell has new canvases that resonate of Pennsylvania history. One of my challenges attending market is remembering I have lots of basketweave customers. The amount of decorate creative stitching abounds but finding good looking canvases that are easy to stitch in basketweave and look beautiful when completed is entirely different than looking at a nothing design that requires thought and skill to turn it into something that is truly remarkable. Conversely taking a real work of art (like a Leigh or Tapestry Tent) and making it even better and a challenge for the stitcher that basketweave could only diminish if not ruin it. Its all about knowing your customers and educating those who are ready. Since I have no eye candy of "new stuff" here are pictures of the pieces I took for classes (click the images to see larger versions).