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American Needlepoint: Then And Now


Welcome again to NeedlePoints of View, a month-to-month column dropped at you by Emma of The Maker’s Marks and Hannelore of Hedgehog Needlepoint, the place we’ll be sharing our love of all issues needlepoint. Whether or not you’re new to the craft and wish to be taught what it’s all about otherwise you’ve already fallen below needlepoint’s spell, we hope to encourage you to select up a needle and get stitching.

The Brady Bunch – stitching!

Prior to now ten years, an explosion of latest designers have blown a recent breeze all through the needlepoint group.  Certainly the evolution of needlepoint design in the US because the late 1960-Nineteen Seventies is nothing wanting extraordinary. 

Whereas within the 1960 to Nineteen Eighties, plenty of celebrities have been recognized for his or her love of needlepointMary Tyler Moore, Betty White, Dinah Shore, even former NFL participant, Rosie Greer supplied common seems into their needlepoint…Mr. Greer even revealed a Needlepoint for Males

Rosey Grier's Needlepoint for Men
Rosey Grier’s Needlepoint for Males

Designs ran the gamut of samplers: bargello, massive florals to psychedelic/ mod/ groove-tastic graphics, hand painted or printed, it was all out there. Dinah Shore even produced a sequence of needlepoint kits a few of which can nonetheless be discovered on eBay

If you happen to actually wish to see an up shut and private piece of Nineteen Seventies American needlepoint, check out my Summer time undertaking of eating room chair cushions that’s nonetheless languishing as a piece in progress.  My mom, little doubt wanting to maintain my pre-teen 12 12 months previous self busy, bought six of those lovelies (three with pink rose motif and three with a mustard yellow rose theme).  A printed piece that doesn’t even come near the attractive sew printed canvases produced at the moment by Pixels on Cotton or Needlepoint.com. I don’t anticipate these cushions being completed anytime quickly as I grew to detest them with a burning white scorching ardour. 

Whereas the vast majority of the above designs themes have lengthy ceased manufacturing, there are a notable few which have stood the check of time.

For instance, the standard fantastic thing about Silver Needles distinctive vegetable and floral canvases are all the time treasured. Stitchers scour eBay and Canvas destashing websites for Silver Needles’ Beatrix Potter sequence which sometimes pop up and trigger fairly the fervor. 

Betty White getting her stitch on
Betty White was a giant fan of needlepoint

Beloved Erica Wilson, an enormous fan favourite is planted firmly within the US needlepoint ethos because the true maven of needlepoint.  The Erica Wilson store stays a mecca vacation spot for stitchers visiting Nantucket.  Lastly, Classic Deux Amis Needlepoint unbelievable catalog of designs at the moment, curated by her daughter Raegan, brings endless pleasure at the moment as a lot because it did 50 years in the past once they first produced their needlepoint manufacturing by way of a person giclée portray methodology. 

Vintage Deux Amis
Classic Deux Amis Needlepoint

Scroll ahead a couple of years, throughout COVID lockdown there was a leap in crafts, needlework and knitting particularly because it was simple to sew or knit while collaborating in numerous Zoom convention calls.  The corresponding leap of latest designers moving into the sphere was at instances staggering.

Hedgehog Needlepoint was a type of new designers and I depend myself fortunate to have discovered a deliberate, recognizable distinctive model via mounds of analysis – analysis I completely love.  In the present day there are over 230 totally different Retro Journey Tag locations out there and I’m nonetheless working away on the request listing that by no means appears to decrease.  Decidedly job safety, thanks!

Retro Travel Tags by Hedgehog Needlepoint
Retro Journey Tags by Hedgehog Needlepoint

Who’re a few of my favourite designers of this new millennium who work tirelessly to be singularly distinctive and deliberate of their aesthetic? I’m so glad you requested.

Relying on what you’re on the lookout for in a canvas, undoubtedly you will discover it.  Popular culture references, naughty/sassy sayings, geometrics, twists on the sampler theme to follow new ornamental stitches, coastal themes, and sports activities all of which current large and complete alternative. 

Ash & Gin Needlepoint
Ash & Gin Needlepoint

Up first is a younger girl who has a level in design, inside design particularly.  With a up to date really feel while sustaining conventional needlepoint beliefs, Ashley Cochran from Ash & Gin is an utter delight.  Of explicit curiosity artistically, is her US Nationwide Park sequence.  By sharing reels of her design course of on her iPad, the impressionistic pleasure of each single park (sure, she’s created a canvas for every of the 63 Nationwide Parks within the US) involves life.  My favorites apart from the Nationwide Park sequence are her darling woolly sheep and cow canvases.  So reasonable, you’ll simply wish to snuggle them.  Please do yourselves a favor and take a peek at her Instagram in addition to her web site

Elizabeth Crane Swartz
Elizabeth Crane Swartz

One other fabulous designer, a educated classical painter, is Elizabeth Crane Swartz.  Elizabeth has created an immediately recognizable model together with her coloration palette that’s vivid, cheerful and playful.  Whereas one would possibly suppose placing dots of all sizes and colours into design is a chunk of cake, it’s a deceptively sophisticated course of that solely a educated artist can put collectively.  The refined context of coloration is actually appreciated when pulling threads to package one in all her “this took endlessly” canvases. 

Lately, Elizabeth added typeface canvases to her catalog that are fabulous. Stitchers in true trend have elevated these stunning fonts to new ranges by singling out particular person letters to spotlight amongst different stitching expressions.  

Jeni Sandberg
Jeni Sandberg

Talking of fonts and typefaces, I might be remiss if I didn’t point out Jeni Sandberg Needlepoint.  Jeni’s background contains however not restricted to working for Christie’s Public sale Home, American Furnishings & Ornamental Arts at Doyle NY, in addition to Analysis Assistant within the American Wing on the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork.  Furthermore, working for practically 10 years on the Antiques Roadshow garnered Jeni a PhD data base in appraising objects d’artwork. 

Specifically curiosity of Jeni’s is textiles which she showcases on Textile Fridays. For me, seeing the occasional retro Marimekko material/designs pop up on her feed is one in all my favorites.  Nevertheless, I digress… Taking her aforementioned data and expertise, Jeni utilized it to designing needlepoint canvases.  Amongst her catalog, are designs incorporating a single letter typeface, multiplied throughout every canvas.  Her canvases are stunning and a pleasure to sew.  

Abigail Cecile
Abigail Cecile

For a sleek extra conventional floral motifs, I gravitate in the direction of Abigail Cecile.  Her light designs are imbued with pretty flowers, intertwined with monograms.  Furthermore, Abigail’s instruction for ending is likely one of the most complete programs you may take.  Her course of is simple to comply with, as Abigail not solely holds common courses by way of Zoom but in addition has tutorials out there.  Charts can be found to obtain of a number of totally different typefaces so as to add heirloom flare to a design.  

Thorn Alexander
Thorn Alexander

One final however actually not least is Brooke of Thorn Alexander Fashion.  Brooke’s design/illustration background is instantly obvious but in addition recognizable via a few of her repeating borders.   Specifically, her animal designs are daring, with a contact of Andy Warhol coloration palette ending in a recent new perspective, particularly together with her African animals.  Did every one in all my 4 youngsters request one in all her Cecil the Lion in addition to Eleanor the Elephant canvases? Sure they did… I’ll be stitching (and loving them) for fairly a while.  

So when you could have a couple of minutes to spare, hippity hop on over to the above talked about designers Instagrams and/or web sites for a peek into their respective catalogs.  Little question you’ll completely discover extra to place in your want listing! 

I’ll be again subsequent time with extra needlepoint designers that you simply want in your life! Till then, joyful stitching!


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