| Carolyn Barrani's embroidered |
Breast Cancer Research Stamp
| Embroidery in the woods . . . really|
| Creating their own embroidery designs|
| Carolyn Barrani with avid embroidery student|
| Proud of her stitching accomplishments|
recently heard from one of TNNA's wholesale members Carolyn Barrani of
Tapistree. Carolyn's been a noted needlepoint, embroidery and counted
thread designer in our industry for longer than I think she wants me to
say. I personally recall her amazing interpretation of the Breast Cancer
Research Stamp for TNNA's Stitch to WIN Against Breast Cancer campaign
Carolyn responded to an article in TNNA's newsletter about Maker
Faire, and wanted to know what it was all about. We got into a
discussion about teaching embroidery at the Needlearts Zone.
Sponsored by TNNA, the Needlearts Zone's tireless volunteers have taught close to 7000 new stitchers in less than 3 years.
I explained to Carolyn, we would love to be able to teach embroidery,
as well as knitting, crochet, needlepoint and cross-stitch, but there
were too few people coming forward to offer to teach that particular
needlearts form. We're always in need of more teachers for needlepoint
and cross-stitch as well.
In response to our conversation, Carolyn sought out the opportunity to teach embroidery herself, in her neck of the woods.
wrote to me later, "Over here in Utah, as per your request, I went to
the girls camp with our EGA president of the Sego Lily Chapter and
introduced the girls, ages 12-16, to free-form embroidery along with
taking pictures of the proceedings. Oh my gosh, it was so much fun
(this coming from someone who doesn't like to teach) and the girls were
so receptive! Only two of them had done cross stitch before and the
others had never held a needle, but they became so excited that they
wanted to stitch during dinner. Even the adult leaders took part in the
She also sent pictures, some of which I'll include here.
got a taste of the enjoyment of sharing the needlearts with
enthusiastic young people. Although she herself can't be in NYC for the
next Maker Faire, she did want me to encourage anyone who can, to come
out and help teach. You'll be amazed how alive it will make you feel.
You can sign up to volunteer at: http://www.jooners.com/guest?t=help&p=none&l=-6173c6e8:131b8221791:-7d77