[ezcol_1third][/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]Needlepoint or “Canvas Work” began with the tent stitch, (a small stitch over a single canvas thread) in the 16th century. It is sometimes confused with tapestry, which is a wall-hanging seen in great houses and is woven on a loom. Traditional needlepoint completely covered the canvas and was made into cushions and table rugs, using wool (for warmth in the cold houses of the 16th century). It has always been popular in Britain and the USA, although going out of favour some years ago has now regained its popularity in recent years.
Both my Grandmothers were needlewomen and although having taught me crocheting and crewel work I had always wanted to learn the art of needlepoint. It was only by the time I was in my late 50s that I found an opportunity to be taught the joys of canvas work. It is a great pleasure to see the design and colours appear on the canvas as you work and to know that hopefully you are creating something that others may enjoy as well.
When we were sailing in our yacht I always brought a piece of work with me and on calm days loved sitting in the cockpit, stitching away. During my husband’s long illness, I found great solace in stitching while we sat together and that pleasure continues to this day.