All About Jeanie & Tatine

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For our second installment of our "all about" series, we sat down with Jeanie and Tatine!

Jeanie Dragon

When & how did you learn to needlepoint?

The "shop mom" stitched this jointed circus elephant.

The "shop mom" stitched this jointed circus elephant.

My sister Betsy taught me to needlepoint when I was 12 or 13 years old.  My first project was a dragon that I had gotten specially painted by Needlepoint Inc.  I later taught my mother to needlepoint, as well.  Many of the original Needle Arts owners still refer to her as the "shop mom" because she was always in the shop in the first few years.

What is your favorite project you've ever done?

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My favorite project is probably a geometric pillow I did years ago.  It was right when we first got someone to do really good finishing for us, and I just love how it came out.  There's also a cow pillow that has a special place in my heart.  It was painted colors that I didn't care for and I changed them and was particularly pleased with the way they turned out.

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What is your favorite way to use embellishment stitches and which one do you use most often?

I don't think I could pick one stitch I use the most often, but I think my favorite way to use them would be to add texture to clothing.

What is your favorite hobby besides needlepoint & knitting?

When I'm not stitching, I'm usually either in my garden or playing cards.

When can our customers find you at the shop?

I'm usually at the shop on Thursdays 10am-4pm.

Tatine Moore

When & how did you learn to needlepoint?

I learned to needlepoint 35 years ago at Needleworks on Tulane Ave.  I don't remember exactly what I stitched, but I know it was something they suggested for beginners.  I immediately gave it away to my maid. 

What is your favorite project you've ever done?

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My favorite project was a lotus flowers canvas.  I picked out the canvas because our finisher had been doing some wonderful pillows with embroidered frog clasps and I wanted a pillow finished that way.  The canvas definitely lent itself to this style of finishing.

What is your favorite way to use embellishment stitches and which one do you use most often?

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I don't use embellishment stitches very often, but I did a floral canvas years ago and Vickie helped me pick out stitches for the petals.  It's definitely my favorite embellished piece.

What is your favorite hobby besides needlepoint & knitting?

Reading & Crossword Puzzles!

When can our customers find you at the shop?

I'm at the shop on Tuesdays & Thursdays 10am-4pm

Our Favorite Knitting Projects for Babies

We're having a population explosion -- shop babies everywhere... and because of this we've been knitting up a truckload of baby apparel and accessories.  Here's a listing of some of our favorite projects of the moment.

Purl Soho's Colorful Wedges Baby Blanket

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https://www.purlsoho.com/create/2016/06/06/colorful-wedges-baby-blanket/

We have knitted this blanket for a couple of the babies in our lives!  The pattern is free and available at the link above.  It knits up beautifully in the Juniper Moons Neve cotton yarn and we keep a variety of colors in stock.  Doesn't it remind you of Jazz Fest flags?!?

Churchmouse Baby Booties

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To keep those precious tootsies warm!  The pattern comes with instructions for three different weight yarns (fingering, DK, and worsted).  The price of the pattern is $6 and available for purchase in store or over the phone.  They knit up in a flash so they are great for a last minute shower or homecoming gift!

Puerperium Cardigan

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/puerperium-cardigan

Another free pattern!  The simple constructions and small size makes it great for a first garment project. The Neve yarn is a good option for this too... you could make a whole layette set with blanket, booties, and sweaters!

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Tin Can Knits' Beloved Bonnet

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Tin Can Knits designs are a favorite around here because each pattern comes with sizing from baby to adult!  The pattern is $5 and available for purchase in store or over the phone.  The bonnet pictured here is knit up in Manos Serena and we have some great baby colors in stock.

Royal Petite Animals

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Every baby needs a little knitted animal to love!   We have kits in stock that include everything you need to knit one up: the pattern, yarn, stuffing, embroidery thread, and eye buttons.  Available for purchase in store or over the phone.

All About Caroline, Laura, & Me'Me'

Me'Me', Laura, & Caroline

Me'Me', Laura, & Caroline

Welcome to our series of blog posts with eve

rything you need to know about our owners and staff!  In each post, we will sit down with two to three of our owners and/or staff to answer your burning questions about how we all first learned to stitch, what our favorite projects and stitches are, what other hobby addictions we have, and when you can find us at the shop!

First up, we sit down with the Wilson girls and one of the Lennoxes!

 

Caroline Wilson Wolfe

 When & how did you learn to needlepoint and/or knit?

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After college, I needed a job so I asked to work at the shop.  They told me the only way they would let me work was if I learned how to needlepoint.  I didn't expect it to become my favorite hobby!  My first project was a medium sized floral canvas that had a lot of open background for me to practice the basketweave stitch.  Unfortunately, I still don't know how to knit, but I really want to do a large throw blanket in Loopy Mango!

What is your favorite project you've ever done?

I have two favorite projects. 

My 1st is the belt that my husband wore in our wedding.  I had it custom painted by Jude with his schools (Jesuit & Georgetown) and some of his favorite things (Crown Royal, an oyster, and others) and then I stitched it for him to wear on our wedding day. My mom stitched belts for all the groomsmen, as well, and we encouraged all of our family members to wear the belts we had made for them over the years. 

The groom & wedding party wearing their needlepoint belts.

The groom & wedding party wearing their needlepoint belts.

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My other favorite project is a large zebra.  I did the background in Alicia's Lace Variation and the center of the stitch was metallic, I still love it.  It was something different, I used wool on the zebra's body and silk on his face.  I had it framed and it is in my stairway still.  

What is your favorite way to use embellishment stitches and which one do you use most often? 

I like to use embellishment stitches almost everywhere, but one of my favorites is for hair/fur.  Santa's beard and coat, voodoo doll hair, even a chicken's hair!  It can be turkey work, french knots, anything that adds dimension and texture.  

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What is your favorite hobby besides needlepoint & knitting?

My favorite hobby, besides needlepoint, is having cocktails with the shop ladies! I also love to travel, which means i'm usually working on a TSA friendly canvas!

When can our customers find you at the shop? 

Lunch on Mondays and the occasional Saturday. 

Laura Lennox

 When & how did you learn to needlepoint and/or knit?

My first foray into stitching was with a cross stitch kit that I begged my mother to buy for me when I was 12 years old.  A few years later, I was interested in needlepointing a belt for my then boyfriend, so I asked my sister Vickie to come take a  beginners needlepoint class with me at NeedleWorks on Tulane Ave

What is your favorite project you've ever done?  

My favorite project is the princess castle rug that I stitched for my daughter Meg's nursery.

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What is your favorite way to use embellishment stitches and which one do you use most often? 

Me'Me' says that I'm an "overachiever" when it comes to embellishment stitches.  If I had to pick my favorite, I guess it would be the Diamond Ray stitch on Christmas trees. 

What is your favorite hobby besides needlepoint & knitting?

Traveling with my daughter is my favorite, but I also enjoy Tequila shots!

When can our customers find you at the shop? 

I am at the shop on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays from 10 - 4 and an occasional Saturday. 

Me'Me' Wilson

 When & how did you learn to needlepoint and/or knit?

I learned to needlepoint 33 years ago at NeedleWorks when I wanted to do a stocking for my first daughter. 

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What is your favorite project you've ever done? 

My favorite project is always the one I am working on at the moment. It happens to be a family stocking for my oldest daughter. It is actually a companion stocking that goes with one I did for my youngest daughter. I am also partial to my voodoo doll and saints player.

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What is your favorite way to use embellishment stitches and which one do you use most often? 

I am not very confident with embellishment stitches, but I did a lot of couching stitches on the stocking I just finished and I enjoyed the process.

What is your favorite hobby besides needlepoint & knitting?

When I am not stitching I can be found playing tennis or fishing with my husband. But playing Legos and reading with my grandkids is my favorite way to spend the day.

When can our customers find you at the shop? 

I am at the shop 10-4 Monday. 1-4 Wednesday, 1-4 Friday and the occasional Saturday.

 

All About Needle Arts

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our story

In early 1993, the owners of Needleworks LTD decided to close the shop on Tulane Ave.  Two of the owners, not wanting to leave the needle pointers of New Orleans without a local dealer for their habits, gathered a group of friends to open a new shop in Old Metairie.  Needle Arts Studio was born and opened on Metairie Road in June.  Over the years, we have weathered some storms (quite literally in the case of Katrina, but also of the metaphorical variety), seen partners come and go, and moved from our original location on Metairie Road to the current shop space on Canal Blvd. Through it all we have remained committed to providing the needle pointers and knitters of New Orleans with high quality supplies and instruction while helping to spread the tradition of stitching to a new generation.

 

needlepoint

We are proud to offer a selection of hand painted needlepoint canvases including belts, ornaments, stockings, and pillows.   Some of our favorite canvas designers are Jude Designs, Meredith Collection, Susan Roberts, Thorn Alexander, Pewter & Pine, Strictly Christmas, Birds of a Feather, and The Studio.  We also have an exclusive line of kitted New Orleans ornaments.  This line is evocative of the places, history, and culture of New Orleans and we are constantly expanding it, through customer requests and our own ideas. 

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monthly series ornaments

We currently have two monthly series available: Twelve Days of New Orleans and Sounds of New Orleans.  Each series consists of 12 canvases that come kitted with threads and a stitch guide.  You can choose to purchase the entire series and receive it all at once for a discount or pay monthly and receive a new canvas at the beginning of each month.  The first month's installment will also include a binder to keep all your stitch guides together, stretcher bars, and tacks.

 

knitting

We carry a range of yarns with an emphasis on climate appropriate fibers, including cotton, linen, and lighter weight wools, as well as a variety of kits.  Some of our favorite yarns include: Hedgehog Fibres, Frabjous Fibers, Blue Sky, and Manos.

 

finishing

Our needlepoint finishing services include pillows, ornaments, standing figures, belts, brick covers, toppers, and acrylic trays.

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classes

Individual beginning needlepoint & knitting instruction is available upon request and we are currently working on scheduling Group Classes for this year.  Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on class announcements.  Our next scheduled class is the 2 part Garter Stitch Cowl on March 28 & April 25 at 5:30 - 7:30pm

Stay tuned for upcoming posts introducing our staff and owners and their favorite projects!