Coming up on the first weekend of March, Nashville Needlework Market will be held. The show is a wholesale for needlework shops and people in the cross-stitch industry. It’s a cash-and-carry market meaning that shop owners go there, buy what they want to have in their shop pay for it, and take it home with them. This is great in so many ways. Designers meet the owners of the shops. There is less postage costs involved. Owners get the product right away. It exposes new designers to shop owners.
Anyway, a lot of hype is happening now as designers are releasing their designs that will be featured at the market. They send out previews so shops can show that to their customers and then customers can order. This is such a help to shops so they know what to buy when they get to market. Can you imagine being a shop owner and just having to guess what will be the popular item then putting all of your money into that item just for it to be a flop? It’s so helpful to shop owners if you put orders in ahead of their going to market. Most shops have some way to preorder.
Kelli and I have both been looking at new releases. First off…I want to say that there are three patterns that I already have that I got privately that are now released to everyone. Here they are…
This is a Teresa Kogut pattern called Remember me. I got it as part of her Patreon group. I don’t regularly belong to her group. I just saw that this pattern came out. I liked it and joined for one month to get it. This is something I really want to stitch but I’m not yet as I want to finish Come to the Garden first. I do plan to start this year…or maybe next spring. I plan to start to kit it. This is now available at market.
A couple of months ago this was …
an exclusive for Dying to Stitch. I bought it then. It’s now released to everyone.
This one was also an exclusive for Dying to Stitch and is not a market release. This one I thought about doing as a stitch-along. Is anyone interested?? We could all learn to make a drum togeher.
Here are some other ones that have caught my eye. I haven’t bought any of them but I’m guessing one or two will jump into my cart.
I love this one. It’s from Annie Beez Folk Art. It’s called Bloomin’ Bunnies Trio. Annie is sweet. She hangs with her daughters like I hang with mine. She too lost her husband in recent years. Check out her Youtube channel if you want some laughs. She did a market release video and showed all of her pieces. This was my favorite.
It would be awesome if she did something like this for Thanksgiving too!! These would also be great for a stitch along…maybe next year though.
Jeannette Douglas has this cute bunny pattern coming out. Also cute for a stitch-along. I don’t have many Easter or spring things. I like these and the precious ones as they are more spring-like tan Easter.
I liked this one from Teresa Kogut called Needle and Flax. It’s a stitching-themed little piece that’s super cute. I’d be game to do this as a stitch along too.
This one Spring Awakens by Brenda Gervais of With Thy Needle and Thread is my must-buy. It’s incredibly cute and I love the little bees. Again, I have very few spring things.
This is another that for sure is going in my cart. Again it’s by Brenda Gervais of With Thy Needle and Thread. This is My Home Sweet Home. This one is a series. I did the Fall version. I have the Winter version. This one is perfect for the rest of the year. I have a box that looks like a book that these go on. This one is on my do it before summer list. We’ll see if that actually happens. At least that’s my plan.
This is a Heart and Hand new release. Many people are decorating with bees and sunflowers after the 4th of July but before fall. This little piece would be perfect.
Heart and Hand had a few others I liked.
Cuckoo Bird Sampler is a companion to the Red Bird Sampler we did as a stitch along last summer.
I liked Floral Etchings.
I liked Every Day Things too. This would be a great one for me to have out during the Spring to Fall season. This would be fun as a stitch-along also.
As I am writing this, there are other designers who haven’t put their new releases out yet. Blackbird Designs is one of them. They don’t release their stuff until the day of market so there aren’t pre-orders for them. There are other designers that don’t attend market but still release some new designs at the same time as market. Scarlett House is one of them. Here are two of her four designs that I liked.
These designs won’t be listed as market releases from your shops but will soon be available from shops regardless. This one she designed for her grandmother that always had a hankie in her pocket. Doesn’t the design look like a handkerchief?? So cute.
I like this Adam and Eve sampler as well.
I like this Stacy Nash pattern with the chickens. I had chickens at the farm. After dogs, chickens are my next favorite in the animal world. I just love them and I love this realistic version of them. The border on this is so cute too. I’ve wanted some things that aren’t seasonal and this would be perfect!!
The next picture came from the Fans of Blackbird Designs Facebook page. This is a Blackbird Designs piece that will be in the Nashville Needlework Recipe book. It’s a book that has a mix of recipes and cross stitch charts. I got one last year and really enjoyed it. I stitched the Blackbird Designs piece that was in there…I hope to get this year’s book and stitch this one too.
High on Kelli’s list is this Jesus Loves me from Plum Street. She wants to stitch it on a darker linen and make the church white.
High on my list is this Lord’s Prayer from Lila’s Studio. I just LOVE IT!! This is a for sure buy for me. It’s a for-sure stitch for me too. I just absolutely love this!!
Of all of the designs Quilting ABCs by Erica Michaels is the MUST-have for both Kelli and me. We are both SUPER excited about this one. I think I want to do it as a stitch-along. It’s going to be a five-part series and I’m guessing that’s going to make it kind of expensive to stitch. Part one is $15.50. I’m guessing the rest of the parts will probably be the same price. I’m talking to Liz to see if we can put something together as a stitch-along for this. She said she would talk to the designer when she goes to market and get some more details to see how the series will be released so she will know how we can offer it as a stitch-along.
Enlarge the picture if you can. I did. There is a quilt block for each letter of the alphabet. If you are a quilter you are sure to love this. I can see stitching some of these individually as ornaments too. I think it would be so cute to stitch the “B” one that says Brave with the quilt block and give it to a friend who is going through cancer.
You could just take the quilt blocks only and stitch several of them in a row…how cute would it be to stitch the letters and quilt blocks for a family last name. Oh, there are so many possibilities with this. Can you tell I’m excited about this one??
If you want to see a big bunch more market releases or if you want to pre-order anything, please go to the Stitchery Nook’s new website. You can find it HERE. Liz made a whole new page that is just for market pre-orders. I’ve been going there once a day or so just to see if new things are up. It’s so exciting if you’re a cross-stitcher!!
Please note if you pre-order, that means you will get these items in about a week or so after market is over. It takes the gals a couple of days to sort everything out after market and get it in the mail to you. If you wait and don’t preorder, then there is no guarantee the shop will have the pattern in stock.
I’m going to try to be really good and limit myself to only four new charts. I’ve been trying hard to be good and resist spending. I don’t want to be radical and not buy anything but I don’t want to jump overboard either. A happy medium of four charts is my goal…Hmm.
So readers, have you been watching market releases? Is there something you want to stitch? Is there something you would like to do as a stitch-along? Please let me know. I’ll collect the information and take it all into consideration. If you’re thinking you might join in the Quilting ABCs, please leave a comment. It’s not a firm commitment just enough to let us know it’s worth looking into to make it a stitch-along.