I am very excited to introduce Lycette’s third featured needlepointer in the “Women on Point” series, Meredith Lewis!
When Meredith isn’t spending time with her family, she is traveling and planning parties to host in her gracious home. In case you haven’t guessed Meredith also needlepoints! Let’s explore some of Meredith’s projects and needlepoint inspirations…
Q: When did you first begin to needlepoint, and who taught you how to needlepoint?
A: I learned how to sew as a child and only recently taught myself how to needlepoint. I only know how to do the basic stitch, which is really so simple. I plan to ask the ladies at my local needlepoint shop how to do more involved stitches… they’ve always said they’d be happy to show me!
Q: Who or what inspired you most when it comes to needlepoint?
A: I always seem to gravitate towards making sentimental things for my family… I want them to have something made by me that they’ll keep forever.
Q: Where is your favorite place to get your needlepoint fix?
A: Well, to be honest, you are my new favorite shop!! That Staffordshire dog pillow is calling my name! I also have found ladies who will paint canvases with the designs that I come up with, and I’ve done that a few times
Q: What do you like to watch during a Netflix & Needlepoint binge session?
A: I am in such a show hole now that Downton Abbey is over! I need something good! Any recommendations? I do needlepoint a lot during football season, long car trips and carpool line!
Q: You have described your style as “English bent, but all Southern,” how do your needlepoint projects reflect your style?
A: Monograms, family crests, cherished things to pass down… those all feel very Southern to me.
Q: As you say, “Have house, will happily host.” If you were to host a stitching get together, what would you serve?
A: I can hardly have a party, day or night, without serving ham biscuits, pimiento cheese, and cheese straws. They are my tried and true staple items for any party! Throw it all on some silver trays, serve a little vino and we’d have a party!
Q: Through your feature on The Glam Pad, I know you love to “feather your nest” with a layered look, how does needlepoint help you achieve this?
A: I just love when pretty things have a story like, “This used to be my grandmother’s,” or “We brought this home from a trip.” Handmade things always are more special and sentimental and have a story to tell
Q: What project are you currently working on? What has been your favorite project to date?
A: Right now my favorite project is a monogrammed pillow for my youngest daughter that I designed and had someone paint the canvas for me. Usually my favorite project is the one I’ve just completed and gotten back from the finishers! That pillow was a big project for me because I am not fast, so I’ve started working on smaller things for more instant gratification… this summer I’ve been making Christmas ornaments for each of our children. I’d like to make one for each of them per year, so they’ll have a pretty collection when they’re grown. I’ve also designed and made a “life” belt for my husband with all the things that are special to him… his home state, alma mater, our anniversary and children’s monograms… that was definitely one of my favorites.
Q: You have needlepointed belts for your husband, and projects for your daughters. Have your children expressed any interest in learning how to needlepoint?
A: I’ve taught both of my daughters how to sew because I think it is simply a life skill they need to have, but only my youngest has had any interest in needlepoint. I just bought her a beginner canvas with huge holes and she was thrilled to work on it. Then it accidentally got mixed up in her laundry and got washed and dried. We may need to try that again!
Q: What is your dream canvas?
A: What a great question! Now that you’ve got me thinking about it, I guess having my custom monogram on a great big pillow would be pretty wonderful! I might have to get right on that!!
Thank you, Meredith for sharing your wonderful needlepoint projects with us! If you would like to see more of Meredith’s gracious house and elegant life, please check out her recent feature on “The Glam Pad” and follow her on Instagram.