In Houston, we are really lucky. Despite the hurricane threats and the heat, the largest convention here is the International Quilt Festival. It has lots of quilts and quilting supplies, of course, but it also has a variety of things to be used in needlepoint. Some booths have buttons, punch needle, cross stitch kits, felt, beads, needles, trim, thread, etc. It's a place to find new things to use in your projects that you might not find elsewhere. I mostly, except for a Christmas present for my mother-in-law, purchased needlepoint related items. The punch needle, felting, and cross stitch supplies were REALLY tempting, but I know that I would not be that interested in the projects once I brought them home.
What I did find though, I loved. Here are some pictures of my haul.
I brought home Planet Earth Silk Threads for my "O Come All Ye Faithful" canvas.
I adore Bohin Needles, so at the Bohin booth, I bought some 20 Tapestry needles and two sets of beading needles. At the Silver Needle booth, a cross stitch store in Tulsa, I bought a Klemscott Needleminder. I have had my eye on those for a really long time- ever since they appeared in Needlepointer magazine, but none of the shops here in Houston carried them. Low and behold, I found out that the Chaparral carries them and I did not know it! My last purchase, although not really needlepoint related, is the green vintage button. It was something that just struck me. Now where I use it will be the question. Maybe for the end of a scissor fob or maybe a center button on a pillow for my new craft room? Either way, I'm glad I got it.
That's it for now. I've done a lot of needlepointing since my last post, so I will be posting pics soon.