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September 26, 2016

According to a July 2016 Interior Design trend report, Needlepoint is cool again.  For some of us, needlepoint never stopped being cool.  Let’s face it, the really cool have always bucked the trends and followed their passion.  If like me, you have been stitching since the 70’s, let me now remind you that unbeknownst to the general population over the years, you are indeed cool.  In fact, you now have genuine trend-setter credentials. 

All kidding aside, the good news about needlepoint being “cool again,” is that it gives designers and stitchers the chance to really create some interesting needlepoint.  And I don’t just mean the trendy designs that, like that fabulous new outfit from Target which ends up in the Goodwill pile within a month. No, what I am talking about is the Coco Channel of needlepoint canvas; those lasting pieces that reflect our contemporary views of art and society.  We now have the opportunity to once again create wonderful pieces that your grand...

March 31, 2016

There is an unspoken divide between arts and crafts.  "Art" with a capital "A" stands separate from the mundane.  It has an esoteric divinity of sorts.  Crafts, however, are a wee bit less than--utilitarian, pretty stuff created by children, women and outsiders.  I would like to suggest that crafts are so much more than that. Crafts are the accessible art; the very lifeblood of creativity in our culture.  Even better, needlepoint is an art form that transcends the individual and becomes a shared art.

I have been stitching since about the time I learned to walk. It has been a way to keep my hands busy as much as about making something beautiful.  I stand in awe of those who stitch canvases with a multitude of textures and well thought out variations in stitches.  I've always been a Continental Stitch kind of gal, who throws in a little umph with a French knot here and there.  

Now that I have taken up design, however, I have begun to think about needlepo...

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