I really can’t remember not needlepointing – it was probably my next phase after graduating from woven potholders and lanyard key chains.
A backgammon set I designed about 15 years ago, and I still have not finished!
These are my favorite…I did these child chair seats for my boys when they were young, with all their favorite things on them.
Teddy graduated from Dartmouth last month and I finished this just in the nick of time! It has his initials, the Dartmouth Indian, his freshman dorm, his sophomore apt on Main Street, the library, his business logo (he and some friends owned a bed rental company, Dartmouth Hall, the logo of DIPP – the financial club he was president of, his friends black lab who lived and the fraternity, a pig and bbq for their frequent pig roasts, his fraternity house and its symbol (the boom boom lodge).
This was a christening present for my godson Henry. His family has a ranch in Texas and this is the chapel on the ranch where he was christened.
The details are a little fuzzy, but I first remember making a very large mesh pillow from a kit, with a pink and green turtle and a butter yellow background. It was pretty bad. I really can’t remember not needlepointing – it was probably my next phase after graduating from woven potholders and lanyard key chains.
I really enjoy designing my own canvases, and with that, you have a world of possibilities of very personal gifts you can create for the people in your life that money can’t buy. That’s my favorite part. I love the creative process of working from interests / places / colors with a particular person in mind. I just finished a belt for my son graduating from college, with a panorama of the campus and buildings, places and events that meant something to him. Last year, I did a belt of Virginia fish and game for my younger son who is an avid outdoorsman. Some of my other favorite projects were a footstool in a floral pattern and colorway that riffed on my mother’s living room wallpaper, and a Christmas cummerbund with the Grateful Dead dancing bears dressed in Santa suits. Years ago, I did small monogrammed boudoir pillows for my bridesmaids in their favorite colors. That was probably my first go at designing my own canvases. My very favorite projects have been childs chairs for my two boys with all their favorite things at age four.
I buy most of my yarns and blank canvases at “In Stitches” in Alexandria VA, where I live – it is quite a large shop and the ladies are experts at all sorts of questions … most recently, “How many inches do i need for a dog collar for a three old black lab?” For design inspiration, I love Erica Wilson in Nantucket, which has wonderfully detailed canvases, and beautiful clothing too.
What project are you currently working on? What has been your favorite project to date?
My current and longest running unfinished project (15 years, yikes) is a backgammon board based around an old David Hicks textile. My late father was going to build a game table for it, so now i’m kind of struggling to finish it. In the meantime, I’ve been noodling over some projects I could make for my best girlfriends.
If you were to host a stitching get together, what would you serve?
That’s an easy one – wine!
What is your “dream” canvas?
I would love to be part of a greater needlepoint project with a group of women, like doing an alter rail kneeler for a church or school chapel. It would be so fun to work together and create something that lasts longer than we do.