Now in the shop (in addition to the Canvasworks trunk show which will be departing on 3/23) we have trunk shows from Cooper Oaks Design as well as Patti Mann. Cooper Oaks Design began in 1996 and specializes in stitch-painted needlepoint canvases adapted from the artwork of various individuals. Some of the larger artists represented in the current show include Linda Ragno whose French country style exudes the warmth and charm of the South of France as well as the charming beach-inspired, Americana designs of Susan Wallace Barnes. Some of my favorites include the alphabet designs of Warren Kimble and the charming florals of Susan Verble Gantner.
Also in the shop are the fantastically painted designs of Patti Mann. Patti has been in the needlepoint business since 1974! She prides herself on the clarity with which her designs are painted which we all know translates into ease of stitching. Patti's collection also includes needlepoint adaptations of paintings by Mike Savage. Mike's artwork is quite distinctive and features bold brushwork and an expansive color palette (lots of fun to stitch). Patti also specializes in a charming collection of Pudgies. These three dimensional, melon-shaped creatures are about 6" tall when finished. Patti has a number with different themes including Halloween, Easter and Judaica. Some of the other Pudgie designs resemble animals such as a bunny, dog, or even an elephant. But my favorite three-dimensional piece by Patti Mann is of a sea turtle with Asian designs.