I’ve needlepointed since my early teen years, learning from a childhood neighbor whose mother designed and sold needlepoint canvases. We used to shop at a store on Philadelphia’s Main Line, I can’t honestly remember which hamlet, but it was a huge shop full of painted and blank canvases and rows and rows of yarns.
I’ve made dozens upon dozens of needlepoint pillows, for myself and for gifts, I made eyeglass cases, monogrammed tennis racquet covers – you name it, I stitched it. With the death of my mother, many of those gifted works are back in my possession, even one pillow I made in the likeness of my grandmother! It was an early effort and didn’t look a whole lot like my grandmother but she bravely kept it on a sofa til her death, when my mother took it. Now I have it! It was dated 1967.
For years I shopped exclusively at The Silver Needle in Chappaqua, a store owned by the mother of an old Vineyard friend of mine. The Silver Needle had a branch in Edgartown open in the summertime. It doesn’t exist anymore. Such gorgeous designs. I made Christmas stockings for everyone. I was a lean mean stitching machine!
For the move, I packed up the few old unfinished works with yarn, put away a stack of great needlepoint how-to books, alphabet designs especially, then got here and had a hankering to needlepoint again.
I couldn’t find a store nearby but I did find a great online shop, in Vero Beach, Seaside Needlepoint.
Here’s what I think I’ll order. The disadvantage to ordering online is I can’t see or touch the yarns, and the canvas pricing is exclusive of yarns because it’s a very individual choice to pick colors and weight of the fibers.
I’m finding I need a distraction from the anxiety of the move and renovation, something effortless. I think this should help soothe my ruffled feathers!!
Anyone else needlepoint? I suspect it’s an art lost to anyone under age 75. My girls don’t needlepoint, never interested in learning either.