Most familiar from floral samples framed on your grandmother’s wall or pastoral scenes stitched into cushions, needlepoint has not enjoyed a particularly trendy reputation in recent years. With a history stretching back to the ancient Egyptians, it could be said that needlepoint has hit somewhat of a wall in terms of its aesthetic development, stuck in quaint patterns depicting animals and flowers, and struggling to find a place in the contemporary home. However, two ambitious women are now seeking to change this, updating the traditional craft with bold colours and contemporary patterns, giving the neglected form of embroidery a new lease of life. “I want everyone to have more needlepoint in their home,” explains Emmie Hope, co-founder of Hunt & Hope, which creates needlepoint fabric used on anything from cushion covers to upholstering furniture. “It just needs the glory and exposure it deserves. Needlepoint used to be a celebrated fabric but it fell out of fashion due to onerous costs. Now it’s time for it to return.

Oct 18th 2017
Lois B-E

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