Apr 13, 2018

~ needlepoint inspiration


My friend Amber, who works at our local needlepoint shop, Village Needleworks, graciously agreed to let me photograph some of her personal needlepoint collection. I've heard about it for years. Seems like every other canvas I admire in the shop, I hear, "Oh, Amber stitched that.."

Well, now I have seen with my own eyes, and can confirm, it's true!

The light pouring in the windows was like shot of happiness, kind of like Amber is. Natural sunlight is sometimes not a friend to photographs, but I wanted to share how inviting and warm this room was. I love the light fixtures in the vaulted ceiling! And the light blue walls are to die for. 

I immediately began shooting the needlepoint pieces, and they were not hard to find.




Loved the clementines on her coffee table!

The most amazing collection of needlepoint? 
The dining room chairs. 

Amber is a speed stitcher. This collection of needlepoint canvases would take many people a lifetime! I'm not sure I could take this kind of a project on. She finished the entire set in about 18 months.  Each one is so very special.

Regular visitors choose their favorite flower, and everyone knows where to sit.

Also? This is the kind of person Amber is. She wonders what the dining room might look like painted violet, so she paints the dining room violet. She is a DIY wonder in my book.


Another framed needlepoint in the dining room...






Can you even believe?

In the kitchen...



I mean what a fun piece! I have another friend who is stitching this rooster in all blue and white patterns. 

This rooster is one of my favorites. Love the green!

Great artwork throughout the house, and that candy caught my eye...

All needlepoint...

A pillow collection representing places they've travelled.







These are newly framed and hung. I adore them! 
From Elizabeth Bradley...



There are charming vignettes throughout the house... 

This cutie is in her closet...

She found this scarf at a sale, and used it for the back!



SO FUN!

I was so inspired when I left Amber's, I went directly to Village Needleworks in Countryside Village. They were having a Birds of a Feather trunk show.

I want this so bad. But what to do with it? Frame it for a child's room? I have no grandchildren planned in my immediate future...

This! Remember my favorite piece from Amber's? Well, here it is!

And the mention of tangerine really gets me excited...

Wouldn't they be a cute pair?

This is such an addicting hobby. 
Thank you to Amber! What an inspiring morning!


Village Needleworks is in Countryside Village in Omaha, Nebraska
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5 comments:

gme said...

I've always loved the look of a needlepoint pillow. These are all just lovely and those dining room chairs are gorgeous! I've done many types of sewing and handwork but never needlepoint. This has given me inspiration to maybe try it!

Angelina at Peonies and Orange Blossoms said...

Wow! I can’t believe how many she has made! I loooove the dining chairs! I have completed one 18x18 Elizabeth Bradley and I have another 85% finished (but haven’t touched it in 6 years! Maybe some day...). Thanks for sharing! Maybe I’ll put that one out to finish it!

Linda said...

Thank you for sharing an awe inspiring collection. Those dining chairs took my breath away . What fun to be able to sit in you're favorite flower

linda m

The French Tangerine said...

Angelina and Linda - So glad you enjoyed this collection. I knew while I was taking photos, this would be a winner of a post.. I've received so many emails and facebook comments! The dining room chairs were a big hit with everyone. They are just amazing - and even prettier in person.. XOXO jan

Sarah said...

Jan, thank you for sharing this. Amber is an amazing stitcher. I'm in awe! The dining room chairs alone are a lifetime accomplishment. Well, one chair would be a lifetime accomplishment for me!!! Love her choice of pieces. The kitchen rooster and the baker sign are clever. She inspires! Perhaps I've just adopted some ne needlepoint goals!