So I am taking a bit of a risk offering a needlepoint class. Needlepoint (or tapestry as it's also called) doesn't seem to have had the same craft revival as crochet or embroidery recently. This wasn't the case back in the late 1980's when we last had a big craft revival. I was 21 when I completed my first needlepoint sampler, and for some mad reason, decided that I would start my own business designing and producing needlepoint kits! I didn't have a clue what I was doing, but a mixture of naivety and optimism drove me on.
The business became very successful and we sold into all the major department stores in the country (Liberty's was my first customer!), as well as being exported to USA, Australia and Europe.
But after a few years we had moved up to the Scottish Borders (from London) and grown a young family. I was too busy with babies and toddlers (and had started making quilts!) to get too involved in the business anymore. So Jonathan was left running it and it wasn't really what he wanted to do.
So we sold the business and made enough money to set Jonathan up as a furniture maker and our new business (which has led on to our current Homestore in Edinburgh) was born.
I had not picked up a piece of canvas for about 17 years when I dug out an old piece to design a small project for this new class a few weeks back.
Appleton's Tapestry Wool (I have been using it in my crochet blankets for years!), so I designed this little 'New York Beauty inspired' pincushion.
workshop comes up at the end of May. And once you have learnt the basics, you can go on to make amazing things like this duffel bag I made years ago for a book that we had been commissioned to write about Cleopatra's Needle's designs.
This certainly reminds me of how excited and inspired I was by needlepoint at the time. And not just me, this was Kaffe Fassett's big passion after knitting and before patchwork, and a lot of his needlepoint designs seem to inspire his current fabric designs.
Thank you for reading this very long story. Have you tried needlepoint before yourself? Has this post inspired you to have a go? Or does it seem hopelessly old-fashioned to you now?
I would love to hear what you all think!