On Point – Rudy Saunders

Recently I have been finding pieces that I like but they feel dated so I have been changing the colors completely for a fresh take. Or adding custom elements to a piece like a monogram or special places.
In the winter, or rainy days, you can find me at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
My favorite project to date would have to be the Monopoly Board I completed last year. It was from my grandmother’s stash and was a challenging project but very satisfying to complete.


I certainly do have my indoor Netflix stitching time (think Downton Abbey, The Brady Bunch, and Law & Order SVU) and also love to listen to audiobooks & my favorite podcast Awesome Etiquette from the Emily Post Institute.

Central Park, Bryant Park, and Madison Square Park are my favorite spring/summer/fall spots to stitch.
My grandmother was the queen of needlepoint and truly had the most perfect stitches, fingers crossed I can get to that level! Altering and adding my own flair to a piece is a fun and creative outlet for me.I am an interior designer, so color and design are a huge aspect of my life. I love stitching needlepoint ornaments, so hopefully someday I will have a 12’ tree filled to the brim!

I also have been known to be just a little bit preppy, so polo shirts with popped collars, nautical flag belts, staffordshires, and chinoiserie are pretty normal items for me to stitch.


It is my pleasure to introduce you to Rudy Saunders. Rudy is an interior designer who works at Carleton Varney. I was first introduced to his charming Instagram through Andrea at The Glam Pad. Instantly I was enchanted by his style, humor, and zest for life. If you can imagine when I met him in person a few months later in Palm Beach I found him to be even more charming! I hope you enjoy getting to know Rudy and learning more about his love for needlepoint, I certainly have!

When did you first begin to needlepoint, and who taught you how to needlepoint?
My mom first taught me to needlepoint when I was in the fifth grade and I still love nothing more than snuggling up and stitching with her. The love of needlepoint runs in our family and I showed an interest in it. Throughout high school I stitched occasionally and increasing more in college (yes, during fraternity chapter meetings and lecture halls!). Now, post college without homework and lots of travel I have time to stitch!

Who or what inspires you when it comes to needlepoint?
My grandmother was the queen of needlepoint and truly had the most perfect stitches, fingers crossed I can get to that level! Her home was always covered with needlepoint including the legendary bargello piano bench. She was a lover of the Cincinnati artist Charlie Harper and so I especially love working on these whimsical pieces thinking of her.

What do you like most about the craft?
I love finding a canvas that speaks to me, getting to choose the fibers, all of the colors, stitches, etc. and creating something that is 100% unique! Altering and adding my own flair to a piece is a fun and creative outlet for me. Recently I have been finding pieces that I like but they feel dated so I have been changing the colors completely for a fresh take. Or adding custom elements to a piece like a monogram, special places, etc, I truly love that creativity can run wild with these pieces!

What do you like to watch during a Netflix & Needlepoint binge session?
Living in New York City, I often find myself out and about enjoying the sites. Central Park, Bryant Park, and Madison Square Park are my favorite Spring/Summer/Fall spots to stitch and in the Winter or rainy days you can find me at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. I love when passersby interact with me, usually sharing a story or memory of needlepoint or just a nice compliment which is always kind. But I certainly do have my indoor Netflix stitching time (think Downton Abbey, The Brady Bunch, and Law & Order SVU) and also love to listen to audiobooks & my favorite podcast Awesome Etiquette from the Emily Post Institute.

What is your personal style, and how do your needlepoint projects reflect it?
I am an interior designer, so color and design are a huge aspect of my life. The brighter the colors, the bolder the pattern, and the wilder the combination the better for me – despite warnings from needlepoint shops when I go in for fibers. I select canvases because they jump out at me, usually things I love. I also have been known to be just a little bit preppy, so polo shirts with popped collars, nautical flag belts, staffordshires, and chinoiserie are pretty normal items for me to stitch.

If you were to host a stitching get together, what would you serve?
I love that needlepoint can go anywhere and always bring my current ‘work in progress’ with me so what I’m noshing on varies – from afternoon tea at The Greenbrier to a dive bar watching the Super Bowl and from the end of a dock in Northern Michigan to Delta economy class. Right now, my friend and I are working on starting a New York City young needlepointers group. Regardless, I want champagne and Cheetos to be on the menu!

What project are you currently working on? What has been your favorite project to date?
I just finished a straw boater hat that I had fun experimenting with new stitches and tried bargello for the background. Even though it was designed for Princeton University, I liked the idea of it and I altered the colors, having fun making it my own. Next up is a canvas I purchased from Lycette that says “Housework Makes You Ugly” and I keep telling myself this hoping my apartment will clean itself! My favorite project to date would have to be the Monopoly Board I completed last year. It was from my grandmother’s stash and was a challenging project but very satisfying to complete. I had it finished as a lucite tray and have yet to play on it – anyone up for a game?

What is your “dream” canvas?
There are too many canvas ideas in my head to count, from needlepoint tuxedo slippers to a belt for every holiday and everything in between. I love stitching needlepoint ornaments, so hopefully someday I will have a 12’ tree filled to the brim!

 

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8 comments

  1. I love the use of COLOR in Rudy’s needlepoints! Brings the canvases to life! Looking forward to meeting up at the Pierre!

  2. I have one issue with your Needlepoint group, there should never be Cheetos because you don’t want orange thread! Champagne is great though’

  3. I love seeing how Rudy infuses his personality into his stitching! Love reading these features.

  4. I love following Rudy on Instagram and now know more about his love of needlepoint. That monopoly board is AMAZING. Thanks for sharing this special stitcher with us, Jessica!

  5. I’ve had so much fun following Rudy’s adventures on IG and was delighted to learn more. I also adore that he has stitched all of our Grand Hotel collaboration ornaments. Thanks for your clever blog Jessica!

  6. I have the pleasure of sharing the Dorothy Draper office with Mr. Saunders. Rudy. Rudy is a absolute natural, colorful and quite a talented gentleman.

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