Today’s Riddle: What is the Most Noticeable Item in Byron Nelson’s Den?

If you guessed a needlepoint, well, duh. Byron Nelson was one of the world’s most famous professional golfers. Peggy Nelson, Byron’s widow, invited fellow golfers to their ranch to look around, and here is something they saw:

The most noticeable item in the den hangs above the mantel. It’s a large needlepoint of the scorecard from Nelson’s 1937 Masters. Joan and Jake Keever, friends of Nelson’s, played golf with Byron many times and, during one round, Nelson decided he was tired of seeing Joan struggle in the bunker.

“After the round was over, he told her, ‘You’re going to go in this bunker and you’re not coming out until you’re doing what I tell you to do,'” Peggy Nelson said. “Byron worked with her for 45 minutes, but she got it. The next year, she won the ladies championship at her club. To thank Byron, she did the needlepoint. It was one of Byron’s favorite things.”

Peggy said it took four months and 377,000 stitches to do it.

Friends Sewn Together by Needlecraft

An inspiring article in the Charlotte Observer describes friendships that were started and nourished by the love of needlepoint:

Needlecrafters are a tight-knit bunch. Travel to any embroidery club, like the Lake Norman Needlepoint Guild, where Archie and Helms first met, and you’ll find a strong bond among mostly women sharing threads, ideas and close friendships.

“I’ve never met a stitcher I didn’t like,” said Laura Smith, a member of Golden Needles, an embroidery club in Concord, where Archie is president and Helms is a member. “There’s a bond that crosses cultures, economic backgrounds, young, old.”

Renaissance in Needlepoint

It is always good news to hear about a resurgence of interest in the needlework arena. Here is a good article in the Daily Herald describing how needlepoint is making a comeback:

It wasn’t long ago that the word “needlepoint” conjured up thoughts of dusty cushions with fusty florals. But in recent years, thanks to a handful of retailers, designers and enthusiasts, the craft has become cool again.

What is responsible for pumping up the cool factor?

The resurgence of needlepoint is due in part to big names in the design world embracing it. Designer and potter Jonathan Adler and clothing and textile designer Trina Turk both sell pre-made needlepoint items in their shops, helping to introduce the craft to new demographics.

And also because of classy new designs by Pepita Needlepoint. Naturally.