Since I have purchased charts from less than ten of the designers listed in the current Needlework Show, I decided to broaden my horizons and browse each page this time around. While much of what I saw was quite lovely, very little appealed enough to actually make the mental wish list.
A large number of the designers listed design in the European style ... pretty enough to look at but not my cup of tea at all. Then there were all the reproduction samplers and Quaker samplers. Certainly more to my taste, but I have more than enough of these type projects in my stash to keep me busy for quite some time.
And, of course, there were the cartoonish, the saccharine sweet and the motto driven designs ... all of which I passed over very quickly with the click of the mouse ... definitely not my style.
I made a note of only five charts that interested me ... though I am not sure I shall actually get to the point of purchasing more than one or two.
Crab-Apple Hill's Zelda's Fancy Hat, Midnight's Crow, Brunhilda's Midnight Ride made the short list. Even if I don't end up purchasing any of these, since I already have quite a few Halloween themed charts waiting to be stitched, I'll be keeping an eye on this designer. I do like the spare style.
Designs by Lisa's A Crow Above was another that caught my eye. I have a thing for Crows, Ravens and Acorns ... don't know why ... just do.
A Scholehouse for the Needle's Acorne Pynne Keepe was another I quite liked, in spite of the $23.00 price tag. This one may actually make it into my stash though after my recent Round Robin [with its 81 acorns] I thought I would go quite a while before wanting to see another acorn. I do tend to wonder, though, why most of the design studios with self-consciously antiquarian names seem to have very pricey charts ... must be the snob appeal.