OH — The Counted Thread & Embroidery Group (CTE) of The National
NeedleArts Association (TNNA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013
New Designer Showcase.
Liezbeth Gottschall of Thistles creates designs of a primitive style
that are often incorporated into decorative items. Liezbeth likes to use
cross-stitch and punchneedle in all kinds of decoration, and had a number of
designs published in the French Magazine Simply Vintage. Liezbeth is coming to
the design aspect of the counted thread world from the retail side in The
Carrie Nedick represents Cherry Lane Designs, creating modern and
unique designs for cross stitchers from beginner to expert abilities. Carrie’s
debut line for the summer show features starburst flags.
Gayle Reger draws inspiration for Abby Rose Designs from antique
samplers and historical themes. A designer since 1997, Gayle also blogs about
her stitching and is studying the Ann Merchant sampler, a distant relative.
The Counted Thread & Embroidery Group sponsors the New Designer
Showcase to bring to market designers who have never been to a show before. The
designers are selected after a rigorous process of submitting a portfolio of
their completed designs, a business plan, samples of their charts, and a brief
biography. The selection jury is composed of a publisher, a wholesaler, a
retailer, a distributor and a manufacturer, who base their selection on the
quality of the designs, packaging and instructions, plus innovation,
originality and appeal to the market.
This is the second CTE New Designer Showcase. Previous winners were
Ship’s Manor, My Big Toe, Threedles and NeedleWork Press. The previous winners
have also shown at subsequent markets, fulfilling the goal of the New Designer
Showcase, to bring designers to market and help them continue to show at TNNA
shows and markets.