Lots of stuff happening at Rittenhouse Needlepoint this week. We've got two trunk shows in the shop right now. The first is from Needle Crossings which is a local painted canvas company. Pat Crosley, the owner of Needle Crossings, is based in Cape May, NJ. She does lots of canvases with local themes -- Victorian houses, beach scenes and Philadelphia images. Ms. Crosley's second great love is cats and so naturally she often features them in her canvases. Many of the Victorian house designs lend themselves to decorative stitches (a terrific aid to any such project would be June McKnight's Architectural Stitches for Needlepoint book). We've requested as many of Ms. Crosely's designs in 13 mesh as possible since this seems to be the preference of most of our customers.
We also have in the shop right now a trunk show from HP Designs featuring their fantastic line of lacquer boxes. We've got all shapes, sizes and colors to choose from. Frank Hyatt, the owner of HP Designs, sent over 120 boxes and more than 200 canvases most of which match beautifully with his boxes. They would make lovely gifts and/or fantastic additions to your own home (I've got my box w/ canvas selected but Russell says I have to wait and see if it sells before I can take it home!)
Frank's canvases feature lots of Asian and nature themes. He works primarily in 18 mesh which means that his designs are beautifully detailed and life-like.
If you haven't been in the shop recently -- stop by and check out all the new stuff!