The front of Barbara's Needlepoint in Sioux Falls, South Dakota...and that's Barbara!
I was so lucky to be asked by Barbara Riley of Barbara’s Needlepoint to teach at her retreat in the Black Hills last September. Barbara and I had become friends at the Chaparral Needleworks here in Houston where I work, over the years, as she would come down to Houston to visit 2 of her children who live in Houston. Barbara owns this precious little needlepoint shop in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, an unlikely place to find needlepoint heaven. And needlepoint heaven it is! I was so surprised when I walked into Barbara’s store and found a treasure trove of needlepoint canvas and threads rivaling shops I have visited in other places. And on top of all that, Barbara does her own finishing and very creatively so! I loved Barbara’s selection of canvases and threads, some of which I had never seen nor heard of.
And yes, I did some stash enhancement!
A wall of Easter canvases! The canvas on the right with the rabbits, is from Maggie & Co. What a cute leopard rabbit-I need that!
After looking at all my pictures again, I noticed how many great Easter canvases Barbara had at the store when I visited, many by her own artist Ann Hanson, who is well known in the needlepoint world in South Dakota. Ann has a limited edition of yearly Santas she does and that will be another blog post. But I also loved her Easter things, especially her adorable Easter rabbits. I did want to buy several of her big rabbit canvases but could not make up my mind which one to buy and I am still trying to make up my mind! So here are the adorable Easter canvases I saw at Barbara’s Needlepoint!
What a cute Easter fellow in his red Easter suit. Canvas by Ann Hanson, exclusively for Barbara's Needlepoint.
An unstitched chocolate rabbit canvas waiting for a home.
Two stitched chocolate bunnies face off to decide who tastes the best!
This diminutive needlepointed chocolate rabbit has a little black and white needlepointed herringbone egg tied on his collar! That's the kind of special thing Barbara does with her finishing
A very dapper fellow with a top hat!
The dapper rabbit's friend with a walking stick.
I had a hard time not buying this adorable Easter egg!
Love this sweet egg and yes, I succumbed and added this to the stash!
I enhanced sheep lover and good friend Karen Lea's stash with this precious egg of a mama sheep with her baby.
Ann paints the most delightful collection of animals with angel wings like this rabbit. What a cute Christmas ornament, too!
French animals canvases are small and fast to stitch. these would be cute at Easter to celebrate spring and also would look precious on an Easter basket.
A big bowl of eggs-want to dive in?
This is a huge bowl of eggs, all tiny, in Barbara's store. I was taken aback when I saw this merry collection.
I found this egg carton of tiny eggs and ornaments back in Barbara's finishing area-aren't they so cute!
Melissa Shirley Designs for Carter Holman, this canvas was perfect for a footstool, not only at Easter but throughout the year.
Needless to say, I love Barbara’s Needlepoint and Barbara and Sioux Falls and all the wonderful new friends and stitchers I met when in South Dakota. In fact, I really would not mind living there now that I know a wonderful needlepoint store exists in South Dakota!
Precious tiny silhouetted rabbit by Ann!
401 E. 8th Street, Suite 105, Sioux Falls, SD 605-367-9050
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Tell her Carolyn sent you!