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