After spending most of my life channeling my creativity into my own work, I decided it was time to share my creative passion and start Baltimore Needleworks.  I was the artsy kid who was always drawing something. As a kid, I dreamed of doing something creative “when I grew up.”  Part of that dream was going to a design school, not the liberal arts college I found myself enrolled in, after all, I had to find a career that would pay the bills. I found a career, though certainly not what I had dreamed I would be doing “when I grew up.”

My mother taught me how to cross stitch as a teenager and I happily lived in that world until I found myself pregnant and on bed-rest.  I wanted something I didn’t have to count and pay close attention to…and so the passion for needlepoint was born.   The day before I was put to bed (not for very long), I went to my local needlepoint shop and fell in love with all the painted canvases.  I quickly snapped up one and all the necessary supplies.  I couldn’t wait to get started, I still love the thrill of a new project, who doesn’t.   I had so much fun working on that first piece, little did I know that all of my continental stitches were going the wrong way. 

I kept needlepointing – teaching myself everything I could.  I spent lots of time at my local needlepoint shop, listening, learning and becoming a master of stitches and techniques.  I was thrilled when I was asked if I wanted a job.   I was like a kid in a candy store.  I got to do what I loved and I got paid, though I think every dollar I made went right back to the shop for canvases I had to have. 

Baltimore Needleworks is my when I grow up dream.   I love needlepoint and the outlet it gives my creativity. Creating needlepoint heirlooms is something I love to do, be it for my own projects or by writing custom stitch guides for my customers canvases.  Seeing a canvas come alive with fibers and stitches to create interest and texture with a variety of techniques is something that brings me joy every day.

I hope to share some of this passion with you…..thanks for reading and visit the website if you have a chance. 

til next time …. Kristine


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