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My grandma taught me how to needlepoint when I was about twelve, and, at the time, the process interested me enough to design and stitch several pictures for gifts. Then I was done. Until I read a review of a textile show, "Threads" in 2021 that featured the artist, Steve Reinke, who stitches self-described "doodles;" each one is improvised as he goes along. The results are lively, and they inspired me to take up the needle again.

I primarily use size 18 needlepoint canvas (18 stitches per inch), and have been dyeing threads by hand: pearl cotton and cotton sashiko thread. Most of the needlepoint boxes begin with a theme, sometimes a sketch, and the image evolves and changes as I stitch. To frame them, I make handmade boxes and embed the needlepoints in the lids. They can stand alone as sculptures, or the boxes can hold a keepsake. Each box is wrapped in colors to enhance and to integrate with the image, and together, each project takes about eight or more hours to make.

More photos and a selection of needlepoint boxes are available at nevermindtheart, and I blog about them as they are finished at makinghandmadebooks.blogspot.com


a box with a square needlepoint of an ampersand set in the cover
& Many More (July 2021)
4" square x 2.5"d
Needlepoint canvas, hand-dyed cotton thread, metallic thread, book board, book cloth, hand-dyed velvet
NFS





a box with an inset abstract needlepoint of rain
Rain on the Window (May 2021)
4" square x 2.5"d
Needlepoint canvas, hand-dyed cotton thread, sashiko thread, metallic thread, book board, book cloth, hand-dyed velvet


a box with an inset needlepoint of a boats and ocean
Harbor (April 2021)
4" square x 2.5"d
Needlepoint canvas, hand-dyed cotton thread, sashiko thread, metallic thread, book board, book cloth, hand-dyed velvet


a box with an inset needlepoint of a moss with metallic gold Xs
Moss Treasure (April 2021)
4" square x 2.5"d
Needlepoint canvas, hand-dyed cotton thread, sashiko thread, metallic thread, book board, book cloth, hand-dyed velvet, hand-dyed cotton fabric


a box with an inset needlepoint of a lace lichen against black background
Lace Lichen (As If) (April 2021)
4" square x 2.5"d
Needlepoint canvas, hand-dyed cotton thread, sashiko thread, book board, book cloth, hand-dyed velvet
SOLD


a box with an inset needlepoint of a monarch butterfly against abstract flower and sun and grass
Monarch (One Day She Wakes Up Orange) (April 2021)
4" square x 2.5"d
Needlepoint canvas, hand-dyed cotton thread, book board, book cloth, hand-dyed velvet
SOLD


a box with an inset needlepoint of one feather
First Feather (April 2021)
4" x 6" x 2.5"d
Needlepoint canvas, cotton thread, book board, book cloth, metallic silver thread
NFS


a box with an inset needlepoint and fuzzy circle
Wish (April 2021)
4" square x 2.5"d
Needlepoint canvas, hand-dyed cotton thread, book board, book cloth, spun feather-down thread
SOLD


a box with an inset abstract needlepoint with California poppies
Poppy (Everyone's Got to Come from Somewhere) (April 2021)
4" square x 2.5"d
Needlepoint canvas, hand-dyed cotton thread, book board, book cloth
NFS


a box with an inset abstract needlepoint with watch hands and gear
Lost Time (April 2021)
4" square x 2.5"d
Needlepoint canvas, hand-dyed cotton thread, book board, book cloth, watch parts, hand-stenciled gold flecks


a box with an inset needlepoint of feathers on checkerboard background
High Feather (April 2021)
4" x 5" x 2.25"d
Needlepoint canvas, hand-dyed cotton thread, book board, book cloth, spun down-feather thread
SOLD


a box with an inset needlepoint of magnolia branches and blooms
Magnolia (April 2021)
4" square x 2.25"d
Needlepoint canvas, hand-dyed cotton thread, book board, book cloth, acrylic ink
SOLD


a box with an inset needlepoint of wavy lines on land and sea colored background
Migration (March 2021)
4.25" square x 2.25"d
Needlepoint canvas, cotton thread fragments from my thread jar, book board, book cloth


a box with an inset needlepoint of two ospreys on a nest
Ospreys at Home (March 2021)
4" square x 1.75"d
Needlepoint canvas, cotton thread, book board, book cloth, metallic thread
NFS


a box with an inset needlepoint of two cats by a window
Echo (March 2021)
4" square x 1.75"d
Needlepoint canvas, cotton thread, book board, book cloth, gold paper
NFS






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