Trunk Show Favorites: Final Day

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Thanks for checking in on us! For our final post on our favorites from the CBK Artists trunk show, it was a toss-up between these two canvases. So we decided we’d just post both of them! First up is this brightly colored fish; the fantastic colors really caught our eye.

Red Fish


And next, we have two very sophisticated dogs, playing tennis, of course.

Wimbledon canvas



Trunk Show Favorites: Day 4

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Artist Emily Garcia brings us this charming Christmas canvas. It’s so fun to find a Santa canvas that is a little bit different than the other ones we see every day. How often do you see Santa hot air ballooning??













View this canvas on our website. And click here to see the rest of the trunk show!

Trunk Show Favorites: Day 3

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Today, we’re highlighting three canvases from CBK artist Beth Cope. She has a distinct style, all her own- and we just can’t get enough it it! We find her work so cheerful and cheeky! Click here to view all of her canvases in our trunk show, and take a look at the canvases we love the most:

Palm Tree




2 ladies

Trunk Show Favorites: Day 2

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How adorable are these penguins? This canvas would be perfect for a pillow; it measures 12.5″ by 7.75″ on 13 mesh. You should have heard the oohing and aahing when we unpacked this piece at the store! It was easily one of the crowd favorites.









Find out more about these feathered friends here. Or view the rest of the trunk show.

Trunk Show Favorites: Day 1

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Our new trunk show is live! We’re so pleased to have CBK Needlepoint Collections in store and on our website through October 11. This show features over 12 different artists, with so many different canvases, there’s something for every needlepointer out there! To really kick off this trunk show, we’re going to feature a favorite canvas of the day on the blog.

Anyone who has visited the Bristly Thistle store in person knows that we take Halloween very seriously. It’s no surprise that Michele immediately gravitated to this Halloween doorstop and picked it as the first canvas for our “Trunk Show Favorites” series.


To find out more about this adorably ghoulish canvas click here.

Amanda Lawford Stand Up Santa



I chose this handsome Seaside Santa canvas this year when my husband Chris was spending so much time in and out of the hospital and the somewhat horrible place euphemistically called a rehab center.  I wanted a big project to keep me company when I was home alone at night.  Chris passed away before I received the canvas–his death was unexpected.  He was my partner in life, best friend, father of our girls, the man who made me laugh and showed this gal from East Texas the world.

The canvas arrived after the memorial service, and when I opened the box, my first reaction was that I couldn’t stitch it.  After a while, I took a look at it and saw it as a canvas of remembrance.

So here goes…the whales and dolphins are for numerous trips to Hawaii; the sailboat represents his long sailing career; lobsters, blue crabs and Dungeness crabs for what my friend Janet refers to as eating out of the bottom of an aquarium; the mermaid…well, let’s just say Chris wasn’t a leg man; the lighthouse and seagulls are for our wonderful times in Michigan and Florida; the seahorse represents being a great father.  I was going to change the seal to a Portuguese water dog, in honor of Morgan and Gracie, but then I remembered sailing on the San Francisco Bay (usually bundled in wind resistant fleece).  The entire crew would bark at the seals sunning themselves on the buoys, hoping they would bark back   “You’re only young once, but you can be immature forever.”

So, follow me as I stitch this canvas—it’s going to make you smile.


Edit: I’ll also be writing a stitch guide for this canvas!

Charley Harper canvases back in stock!

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We just got these two beautiful canvases back into the store yesterday. They were new releases from Treglown Designs at the February market. They’ve been so loved, we’ve been reordering them in multiples!

Gorman Heritage Farm, $220

Zoo babies

Zoo Babies, $165


PS- We have a sneaking suspicion that one of our customers has been waiting for a Gorman Heritage Farm to come in, but Chris would have written that information down in a secret notebook and filed it away. Are you that customer? Give us a call 904-729-4020! So sorry to have lost your info…

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