Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Needlepoint in the News

Could we be on the verge of a Needlepoint comeback? Everything else that was popular in the 1970's seems to be around these days, so why not needlepoint? It must have been nice back then when needlepoint was so popular; imagine how great it would be to tell a new acquaintance "I Needlepoint" and not get a blank stare or worse, "Is that like knitting?" Sadly, I have been on the receiving end of both those responses and others like them. This article from Style.com has been making the rounds over on Facebook today and I wanted to share it and some of the photos from the article with you here. It would seem that needlepoint is all over the fabulous clothes modeled in the Fall runway shows. Look at this tapestry-like design on a Balmain shirt:And this fabulous Dolce & Gabbana blouse:
It's amazing to see such a quaint design decorating a high fashion look! Sweater by Suno.
It actually doesn't surprise me so much to see beautiful embroidery from Valentino, however!
This Proenza Schouler tunic reminds me more of Japanese embroidery than needlepoint but is fabulous just the same:
So there you have it. I certainly hope this marks a beginning of a trend that will bring needlepoint out to the mainstream again. It certainly would be good for all of us already addicted-- new stores, new products, and even more importantly, new stitchers to keep our art alive far into the future!
I also have heard that a new movie coming out this year will star Susan Sarandon as a character who needlepoints and apparently, it won't be just a background thing, you will see some actual needlepointing in the movie. If that's the case, let's hope it's not a period piece but something in the here and now. I will see what I can find out about this movie and share it here. And by all means if any of you have any information about it, please leave it in the comments for us all to share.


  1. Let me rack my alleged memory. Ask SharonG about it. I think the canvas in the movie is a Jean Smith floral.

    1. Hi Jane! I did a little research last night and discovered that Robin talked about the movie on her blog last year. I don't know how I missed that one! It is indeed Jean Smith Needlepoint that will featured in the movie. Here is the link to the article on Robin's blog: http://needlepointstudyhall.blogspot.com/2011/08/jean-smith-designs-and-movies.html