May Giveaway

The winner of the April giveaway is Hazel Geldeard. Thanks to all of you for your suggestions.

There is another giveaway for May. Just leave a comment telling me how you learned to needlepoint.

One winner will be selected June 1 (or as soon as I recover from the Maker Faire) and will receive a copy of my book Needlepoint Trade Secrets.


  1. says

    I first learned to needlepoint as a teenager in the 1970s from a kit. Just basketweave and tent stitch stuff on painted canvas. At some point in this decade I’ve become a huge fan of charted canvas work mostly through the influence of people I’ve met in the EGA. It’s because of the charted stuff that I’ve finally stepped off into using different stitches on handpainted canvas.

    And from all this you’d be right assuming that I’ve spent most of my time in the counted thread world.

  2. mary bowman says

    Happy May
    I just learned of your site today. I learned to needlpoint from my Grandmother who is no longer with us.
    I didnt know it then, but she also quilted, which I didnt do till after she was gone, what a shame. I think of her often when im doing needle work or quilting.

  3. Becky Sowell says

    My grandmother lived with us and taught me many forms of needlepoint. Alot of her friends had beautiful needlepoint in their homes. I wanted to do it. So my Mom bought me a kit. I’ve been a needleworking nuts for about 40 years now.

  4. Jacquie Reith says

    Happy May,

    I first learned to needlepoint by taking a class from a wonderful teacher named Pat Moore at the local YWCA. I was pregnant with my first child. I went on to Pat’s Bargello class, followed by her four-way bagello class. Finally I took a class where we did an “original” and I came to grips with the idea that a painted canvas (even if mine was just a felt tip marker outline) didn’t need to be all tent stitch. You can use different stitches!!

    That child turned into a wonderful young woman coming up on 36 (help!), who since a young age, has been a terrific cross stitcher who has made some wondeful, realistic masterpieces of some of our family’s treasured memories.

    Thank you.

  5. Diane Gasior says

    I learned to knit and needlepoint at the age of 10. We grew up in the city of Detroit and the only summer camp available was at the YMCA, and one that my parents could afford. My mom would take us for approx. 4 hours a day and they offered different “fun” things for you to learn and do. Well, she picked swimming lessons for all of us and we got to pick to other classes to go to, so I chose needlepoint and knitting. I knitted my first hat and mittens that summer and needlepointed a small sampler of stitches. I have continued with a passion ever since. I worked in a needlepoint/knit shop all through high school and went on to become a Home Economics teacher and have won two ribbons for my needlepoint. I can’t begin to tell you how much I love to stitch, it is more than a passion!

  6. Sally Everett says

    My mom and aunt got hooked on needlepoint when I was in my 20s in the 1970s and I picked it up from them. I still have great psychedelic pillows that I stitched back then!

  7. Moriah says

    Like a lot of people I learned needlepoint when I was an itty bitty thing from my grandmother and my mother. My mom did more cross stitch, and my grandmother was the needlepoint queen. She did all tent stitching pieces — I think I remember a bargello or two among her finishes. To be honest, I appreciated the work she put into needlepoint but it never called out to me. Only within this last year, quite by accident while surfing the net for something else, have I discovered the whole wide world of different stitches, techniques, canvases, threads, books — and I am completely hooked for the rest of my days.

  8. says

    I also learned needlepoint from my grandmother. My little sister was born when I was five. I went to stay with Grandma, had always admired her needlework and lace, and was thrilled when I found out I was old enough to learn. My mother was also thrilled. As soon as she had time she bought me samplers and patterns. I sat with her while she nursed my sister and made a special sampler for the nursery. I hope to someday pass down my love to my daughter and nieces.

  9. Mimi says

    I have been a crafter from as far back as I can remember. I learned to knit and crochet from my patient mother. I learned to quilt by joining a community group. If I don’t have a project on the go, I am restless and looking at books, magazines, the internet for inspiration.

  10. Priscilla says

    My grandmother Mimi and my godmother Kappy gave me a needlepoint canvas with a grey donkey already stitched in the middle, and I learned by tent stitching the background. My godmother told me that the donkey carried Jesus on its back and that was why the donkey stillhas a cross in fur on its back. I sat on that pillow for many years, but I never became too famous. Whenever I stitch they guide me.

  11. says

    I learned to needlepoint from my grandmother. I remember going to her house and admiring all of her works, which were displayed all over. Up in the TV room, I would sit at her feet while she stitched and my brother and grandfather were playing chess.

    She tried to teach me when I was little with a simple rainbow, but I don’t think I ever finished it. I picked needlepoint up again when I was a senior in high school, and I’m hooked.

    My grandmother can’t stitch anymore, but I finished up all of the pieces she had started or purchased before she got sick. They’re hanging in her room now.

  12. Emilie S says

    My mom started a needlepoint store in our house when I was 5, so I learned from her. I had my own little lessons, and had to be reminded not to bother them when she was giving her classes after supper, LOL! (I thought I could “help”…) Later she and her cousin moved the store out of the house to be a “real” store, and working there was my first job!! Thanks for the chance :)

    emvark at gmail dot com

  13. Belinda says

    I got a kit that had everthing included in in and showed you how to do it.

  14. Ina Pearson says

    I had never set out to learn needlepoint. I had progressed from cross stitch to samplers with specialty stitches on linen. Then I joined EGA. As I looked at the different projects offered on canvas, I thought … I can do this…I already know a lot of these stitches I read a chart, all that is really different is the ground fabric… and a new obsession was born.


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