Needlepoint is Steadily Trending Up

Encouragingly, the news is carrying stories that contain leading indicators of an upwards trend in needlepoint. Here is a story about Ten Home Trends for 2010 that says needlework is getting preppy again:

We’ve heard “This ain’t your grandma’s…” A new buzz phrase just might be “That’s so granny.”

Patricia Shackelford of Kansas City, author of the design blog Mrs. Blandings, thinks we’ll see more patchwork quilts, hooked rugs, needlepoint and chintz.

“On ‘Top Design,’ a contestant (Ondine Karady) was criticized for being too ‘grandma’ for using a crocheted throw,” Shackelford said. “Actually, she was on to the next trend.”

We’ve heard “This ain’t your grandma’s…” A new buzz phrase just might be “That’s so granny.”
Patricia Shackelford of Kansas City, author of the design blog Mrs. Blandings, thinks we’ll see more patchwork quilts, hooked rugs, needlepoint and chintz.
“On ‘Top Design,’ a contestant (Ondine Karady) was criticized for being too ‘grandma’ for using a crocheted throw,” Shackelford said. “Actually, she was on to the next trend.”

See more of Karady’s stuff at her website.

For another example, see the extraordinary Needlepoint Trophies (pictured above this post) featured on Fashion Week Daily‘s blog.

The Coolest Way for a Guy to Wear Needlepoint

I started working on Yarmulka canvases. These are 6.5 inch skullcaps (that seems to be a popular size) and they can be enlarged to 7 inches or reduced to 6 inches, by request.

Here is the first one, a flowery sort of bluey thing:

Oh, and with a Star of David right in the center.

Here’s another one, which I called “Burst“:

And indeed it is bursting with color.

The next one, “Spiral“, is designed with exactly that:

http://www.pepitaneedlepoint.com/product-yarmulka-spiral-380.aspx

Don’t stare, you’ll get dizzy.

Finally, we have “Stripe“, “Starry“, and “Wild“:

I’m interested to see if there is any interest in Yarmulkas. I’ve never stitched or finished one myself. Perhaps I’ll give it a try. Express your interest by visiting the Yarmulka category at Pepita Needlepoint. And to buy one, go to Judaica Needlepoint’s Skullcaps category.

Do you have any original ideas for a Yarmulka design? I was once asked to design one with a beach theme. To match someone’s bathing suit, I suppose.

Needlepoint Supports New Schools In War-Torn Pakistan

Pakistani women in Punjab province have learned to embrioder — and are selling their needlework in western Nevada County to support schools where they learn to read, write and figure.

Pakistani women in Punjab province have learned to embrioder and are selling their needlework in western Nevada County to support schools where they learn to read, write and figure.

Poor families in Pakistan are supporting education initiatives by creating needlepoint pieces and sending them over to the U.S.A. for sale.

“To make the schools self-supporting, the women also have been learning for the first time to create needlepoint and embroidered pieces that they could sell profitably in the United States, with its higher currency value.”

I should note that in addition to the fine goal of increasing education in that country, the initiative also advances the noble cause of spreading needlepoint joy throughout the world.