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Embroidery — Alive and Well in Utah

Posted By Sherry Mulne, Business Directions inc, Wednesday, August 24, 2011

 Breast Cancer Research stamp
 Carolyn Barrani's embroidered
Breast Cancer Research Stamp

 Embroidery - Alive and Well
 Embroidery in the woods . . . really

 Embroidery - Alive and Well
 Creating their own embroidery designs

 Embroidery - Alive and Well
 Carolyn Barrani with avid embroidery student

 Embroidery - Alive and Well
 Proud of her stitching accomplishments
I 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 from 2003.

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.

She 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 fun."

She also sent pictures, some of which I'll include here.

Carolyn 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:

Tags:  Carolyn Barrani  embroidery  Maneedlepoint  marketing needlearts  needlearts for a cause  The National NeedleArts Association  TNNA  youth outreach 

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