My crafting goals for the year are to learn to crochet and needlepoint. Oh, and to make lots of quilts. Let’s see how it goes. I love these Jonathan Adler Bargello needlepoint pillows (shown below). I guess these are handmade by someone somewhere and not made by a machine, but I can’t seem to find out where these are made. There is a mention of Peru on his site. Anyone know?


So I thought I would find a lot of contemporary needlepoint on Etsy, but no. Too time consuming? Too boring? Seems to me like needlepoint gives you a lot of freedom to come up with your own designs easily. Here’s a needlepoint sampler for a nursery from 66 stitches. Some bracelets from Carrie Wolf, and some cool magnets from Eclectic Selections (pictured below).


Want to learn? This looks like a good Bargello needlepoint book and with the right colors, the designs could be very modern. Or this one for basic needlepoint.

5 comments to Needlepoint

  • What a beautiful goose!

  • i am so inspired by these pillows!! i just picked up a needlepoint book at the thrift store, i can’t wait to try it.

  • Thanks for the link to my Etsy shop ModernNeedlepoint. I am all about bringing needlepoint back into the mainstream and creating modern designs. I do think that most people this it is too time-consuming to do themselves or that it is stuff that your grandma had in her house.

  • Adler is involved with the group Aid to Artisans.

  • Liz

    Hi Ellen,
    Just found this article doing a search for ‘needlepoint’ in Google Images… I was looking for inspiration for designing my own needlepoint project – and totally agree that this craft allows for more freedom to design what you want. I’m deciding whether to go with a drawing, and ‘colouring in’ the lines, or going with a geometric pattern like Bargello… what a dilemma 🙂

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