The family's Santa tree.
Don, a co-owner of Associated Talents needlepoint, a wholesale needlepoint company that designs and produces hand painted canvases, lives in Charlotte, North Carolina but loves to spend as much time as possible at his beach home on Edisto Island, South Carolina. Don is originally from Lexington Kentucky. His local needlepoint store is Po’s Point in Charlotte, but he also drives to Two’s Company in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Don loved to watch his mother stitch and around the age of 10 years old, he decided he wanted to needlepoint, too. His first project was a belt which, when he was almost finished, his mom told him he had stitched it backwards. Oh well, I say, at least he was enjoying his needlepoint! I feel so honored that Don agreed to send pictures of his Christmas trees for my blog. He and his family have a tremendous collection of needlepoint for us all to enjoy!
Don graduated from the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!) with a Business Administration Degree. He had a career in retail management until he decided to change careers and open his own needlepoint store, the Charlotte Needlepoint Co. from 1998-2008. After that he became a partner at Associated Talents which is his full time endeavor.
What an extravaganza of fabulous needlepoint ornaments!
Don has been married for 20 years and has two daughters, a teenager and almost a teenager, and 3 cats. His wife, Alison, enjoys needlepointing, too, stitching baby gifts and belts for friends and relatives. His daughters stitch a little when they are in the mood and the three cats enjoy playing with the thread while Don stitches! (Sounds familiar, doesn’t it!) He mainly stitches “a lot of belts and smaller items, such as ornaments, Easter ornaments, Halloween ornaments. This might be because my wife has declared that we have plenty of pillows.” His favorite needlepoint nest at his home in Charlotte is the corner of the den couch, and now that one of the girls can drive, he loves to stitch in the car on the way to the beach!
Associated Talents pillow stitched by Brenda L. S., our facebook friend.
Don has three Christmas trees in his house, each with a Christmas theme, and all loaded with ornaments! The last time they counted, Don wrote that they had over 200 Christmas ornaments!
Don and Alisons' gingerbread themed tree.
the GINGERBREAD TREE
Don wrote about his gingerbread tree, “This tree grew out of my obsession with candy and gingerbread needlepoint. Oddly, I don’t have a huge sweet tooth, but I love anything in needlepoint that is “sweet.” Over the years, this tree has grown from a little 3 foot counter top to its current 6 foot version. I think I might have to buy the 7 foot “slim” tree I saw the other day. You’d be amazed at how much you can get onto that one extra foot! (In at least one of the photos, please note the little resin elves. These guys were done by Melissa Shirley several years ago, and when the girls were younger it was fun to see the different conversations they could be found in…seemed to move by themselves overnight!)”.
Close up of gingerbread tree loaded with needlepoint ornaments from Associated Talents, Melissa Shirley, Susan Roberts, and Elizabeth Turner, among others!
More of Don's ornaments on the gingerbread tree!
Letter D in candy stripe is from Associated Talents.
the SNOWMAN TREE
Tree number 2 at Alison’s and Don’s house is the Snowman tree. Don wrote of the nook the Snowman tree is in: “A brief note about our house. We have done 4 semi-major renovations on our typical 1950’s ranch. One was an addition where we added an expanded master bedroom and master bath, in addition to a few other changes. When we bought the house, the view straight from the front door was into a tiny interior hall and on into a bathroom. When we did the master bedroom renovation, I shifted doorways, and we ended up with this niche, in place of looking into the bathroom. This is where we put the seasonal trees, Valentines, Halloween (Easter tree is too big, so it sits on the piano in the living room.) And this year, it is the home to the snowman tree. Some years it’s the Santa tree, and at least once it has been the silver snowflake tree.
THE SNOWMAN TREE!! with adorable stand up needlepointed snowman gazing at the tree!
Lots of snowmen needlepointed on tis enchanting tree with canvases from Associated Talents, Melissa Shirley and others.
Don wrote, “I’ve also included a picture of the bow front chest in the living room which has some of my snowman stand-ups, snowman snow globes, and part of my collection of silver snowflakes (I have all of the Gorham.) As you can see, I also have an extensive collection of snow globes.” We are so glad you included the pictures of chest, Don!!
The front chest decorated with fabulous Gorham silver snowflakes, snow globes, and needlepointed snowmen.
Close up of the bow fronted chest with Don's collection of snow globes. Snowmen canvases from Associated Talents, Melissa Shirley, and Renaissance Designs.
Don stitches a snowman ornament for each of his girls and one for his god son for Christmas every year and puts his initials on them. He adds the year date to his god son’s ornaments but decided not to personalize the ornaments for his daughters so “that way when they divide them up, they can choose” which ones they want.
the SANTA TREE
The Santa tree is in the den this year.
The family's Santa tree with don's favorite needlepoint cushion on the right in the chair.
Don wrote, “In the picture of the Santa tree you can also see what is probably my favorite piece of needlepoint, the Caspian pillow in the chair. It’s pretty simple, just basket weave in Silk and Ivory, but I still love it! I brought it to Dallas for market before it was finished and found the trim at Rutherfords, where I paid some un-Godly amount. Good news was I only needed a little more than a yard, as I just put the tassel trim on the ends.” (We all love Rutherford’s in Dallas!)
Covered with needlepointed Santa ornament, this tree wants us to say "Ho, ho, Ho!"
More Santa ornaments!
In the dining room, Don’s needlepoint stand up Santas stand guard on the side board and are ready for the festivities to begin!
Dining room side board has a large gathering of needlepointed stand up Santas! (I see Timothy, the needlepointed Halloween spider in this picture!)
What a FABULOUS and INSPIRATIONAL collection of needlepoint at a home for Christmas! A home filled with love and memory making…and lots of needlepoint! Thank you for making us want to go needlepoint some more ornaments, Don!!!
Next post…DON’S BEACH HOUSE CHRISTMAS TREE!!!
One of the family cats enjoys camping under the Santa tree!