Last weekend was a busy one with travel to sunny Phoenix for the annual TNNA (The National Needlearts Association) trade show. Over six hundred booths of needlepoint, yarn, accessories, fibers, spinning, publications, etc., filled the Convention Center.

I had a wonderful time meeting the “brick & mortar” shop owners and stitchers from all over the country who are interested in my canvases, and was excited to debut my new Victoriana line.

A special highlight was reconnecting with my cousin Laura from Minnesota. She keeps busy helping run 3 Kittens Needlearts in Mendota Heights.

                                                       Cousins! Joan & Laura

Victoriana (seen on the center panel above) is a collection of 12 Christmas ornaments – similar to toys that would have graced a Victorian era tree, or inspired by the era of Victoria and Albert. The gold garland trim at the top of each ornament is reminiscent of their wedding cake, which weighed 300 pounds.

The toys are: Jumping Jack, Puss in Boots, Camel Carousel, St.Nicholas, Farm Animal Pull Toy, and Reign Train (The Reign Train displays the years of Victoria’s reign – 64 years.The present Queen Elizabeth has reigned for 63.)

Ornaments inspired by Victoria and Albert are: Victorian Gingerbread House, Big Ben, Dicken’s Christmas Pudding, Cuckoo Clock, China Teapot & Cup, and the Coldstream Guard.

I have only stitched one ornament so far, the pull toy, and look forward to showing it to you in a later post. I always have fun reading history and look forward to sharing stories about the ideas behind the other ornaments.

It is always a real treat to see Snookie McInnis from From Start To Finish in Potomac, MD. If you make an appointment to visit her shop you will be treated like royalty!

Happy New Year, and as always, happy stitching!





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