Easter at Barbara’s Needlepoint

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!

Barbara’s Needlepoint

401 E. 8th Street, Suite 105, Sioux Falls, SD  605-367-9050

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Tell her Carolyn sent you!

Easter Needlepoint-a short but sweet post

A short post this fine Easter morning because I know everyone is busy hunting for eggs, getting dressed, going to church, and/or cooking.

Here are some other fun Easter things, mostly pillows, to celebrate spring!  Be sure to look at the last picture-it is a very special piece of Easter needlepoint!

Once in a Blue Moon precious Easter pillow stitched by Linda P. I wrote the stitch guide for this and we used stitches from the Bead Book by Sundance Designs for all the eggs. Look at the next picture.

Linda P. did some wonderful long and short stitches for her rabbit. She also added silk ribbon flowers and a French wired ribbon bow on the basket handle.

Stitched by enthusiastic stitcher Karen P., this rabbit pillow should be left out all year round. Love the blue and yellow striped background and the sunflower ribbon from the Ribbonry. What a cute puffy tail!

And last, Heidi H. bought this canvas in the sale room and made it look like a million dollars!  We love her purse and it’s bright colors. How much fun for Easter!

A Denise DeRusha canvas with a chocolate bunny made into a lovely leather purse with lots of bright colors, Heid H. always has a vision for her canvases! Notice the carrot border which is out of my Merry Easter Eggs book. Heidi added the colorful ribbon around her canvas. Ribbon is from the Ribbonry.

Have a very glorious Easter Day!

Easter Needlepoint: Easter Trees and Easter Ornaments


Needlepoint egg ornaments from Melissa Shirley Designs stitched by Dr. Margot.

I am fascinated by trees covered with needlepoint and always am amazed at how much love and stitching has gone into decorating a tree with all needlepoint ornaments.  Here are some trees and ornaments for Easter.

Mary RB's tree with her needlepoint ornaments from various artists. Mary is a very prolific needlepointer! She said she purchased her tree at Pier One for needlepoint ornaments.


Associated Talents egg tree at the Winter 2013 TNNA market.

A member of the Swan stitching group in Austin, Ruth K.'s tree has lots of MCM double-sided rabbit ornaments on it! So cute! That's cute Stephanie A., the photographer, in the mirror!

A close up of 2 of Ruth's adorable front and back rabbit ornaments. Sadly, these canvases are no longer available.

Don L., an owner of Associated Talents, a wholesale needlepoint canvas distributor, sent pictures of his Easter tree.  Don emailed that the tree is 4 feet tall and he purchased it a few years ago from the Martha Stewart e-commerce site.  Not only does he have loads of Associated Talents designed carrots and eggs, but he also has some needlepointed ornaments from other needlepoint companies and lots of Christopher Radko glass bunny ornaments on it.  Don said he really liked Melissa Shirley Designs woodland animals eggs and most viewers comment on the skunk egg-which I think is precious!

Don, an owner of Associated Talents, loves to do Easter ornaments! In fact, Don really loves needlepointing anything! Under the tree, a couple of Easter house needlepointed stand ups and a little rabbit with a hat can be seen in the front. Love that galvanized container!


Detail of Don's marvelous tree!


Another photo of Don's tree from a different side. Those CUTE carrots-did they make you smile?!


A favorite egg, this little Melissa Shirley Designs egg with a skunk gets noticed a lot! I may need to add this to my stash!

Now for some individual treeless ornaments!

I did this egg as an experiment with a stitch and added this big domed button from Susan Clarke Originals.

Dr. Margot did these Melissa Shirley Designs eggs for her daughter's Easter tree.

I wrote stitch guides for Dr. Margot. We added buttons and silk ribbon to this egg.

For the backing of Dr. Margot's eggs, we selected a very wide rose ribbon and had the finisher use it for the backing.

Close up of Dr. Margot's Melissa Shirley Designs rabbit egg. We used wide ribbon for the backing of her eggs from the Ribbonry in Chaparral Needleworks.

Another photo of the front and back of Dr. Margot's Easter egg ornaments.


Rebecca Wood Easter egg canvases are so cute with flower trim added.

My Melissa Shirley Designs for Mary Lake Thompson Easter rabbit with an egg on his back hangs in my kitchen.

Thanks everyone for taking the time to send pictures of your tree!

See you Easter morning!  Why not needlepoint on an egg while the kids are hunting Easter eggs!


Easter Needlepoint: Easter Stand Ups Eggs and some Carrots!

Three Lee eggs are reminiscent of Faberge eggs.

Eggs are very Easter!  A sampling of stand up Easter eggs and cute carrots!

A plethora of Easter stand ups at Barbara's Needlepoint in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Sorry about the fuzziness of the picture-it's the thought that counts!

An adorable needlepoint carrot stitched by Dodie J. is from Associated Talents and will be put in a bowl.


An adorable Ann Wheat Pace egg with a big bow of ribbon from the Ribbonry tops d off with a beaded Easter basket. All available through Chaparral Needleworks in Houston.


Ann Wheat Pace sugar egg with a cut-out holds a tiny little Easter basket. The colors are changed from the original canvas. Love the ribbons selected for the bow topper!

Adorable Easter egg with two rabbits and a carrot charm. This one stitched by the ever talented Jan DBS.!

A rabbit with a flower collar adds festivity to this Melissa Shirley Designs egg.

Dr. Margot's Melissa Shirley Designs pig egg is so cute with the addition of pre-made flowers for a collar from the Ribbonry.

A Melissa Shirley Designs butterfly egg stitched for a granddaughter by Kay F. and finished with ribbon from the Ribbonry at Chaparral Needleworks.

Egg from Lee is truly elegant.

Beautifully stitched egg from Lee.

Another egg from Lee in one of my favorite colors of orange.

Everyone laughs when seeing these adorable Associated Talents needlepointed carrots!

Get busy  stitching your eggs and carrots for Easter next year!


Easter Needlepoint: Easter Stand Up Rabbits

Love this Easter guy from Barbara's Needlepoint in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Rabbits have always been a part of Easter and what a perfect symbol of the beginning of spring.  Many Easter rabbit canvases on the market exist and here are just a few of my favorites!

These canvases from Barbara's Needlepoint are painted by an artist exclusive to Barbara's store.

a small chocolate rabbit from Barbara's Needlepoint. Barbara always adds little goodies to her finishing; here a little black and white needlepoint egg.

An Ewe and Eye chocolate rabbit made into a pillow would make a precious stand up This one stitched by Heidi H., her very first needlepoint piece!. Ribbons are from the Ribbonry in Chaparral Needleworks.

Another special rabbit from Barbara's Needlepoint exclusive artist, Anne H.

Barbara's Needlepoint in Sioux Falls, South Dakota has some of the cutest Easter rabbits ever!

Barbara's Needlepoint in Sioux Falls, South Dakota has some of the cutest Easter rabbits ever!

The most festive award goes to this beautifully stitched Melissa Shirley Designs rabbit ready for Easter.

Even this rabbit's back is fabulous!

What wonderful goodies this Easter boy is holding! Look at those perfect French knots!

On the back, near the bottom of the rabbit, is this adorable basket.

These two perky rabbits are from Labors of Love and were stitched by Darlene F. and are one of her first needlepoint pieces. They are personalized with the first initial of her girls' names.


Even though not very Easter-y, this Melissa Shirley Designs for Mary Lake Thompson rabbit would be cute for an Easter decoration. I stitched this for a friend and there is a stitch guide available.

Even though not very Easter-y, this Melissa Shirley Designs for Mary Lake Thompson rabbit would be cute for an Easter decoration. I stitched this for a friend and there is a stitch guide available.


Jody white rabbit made into a stand up on styrofoam.

On the back of the Jody rabbit, the finisher added a little tail!

Once in a Blue Moon by Sandra Gilmore Easter rabbit gentleman ready for the finisher. A very cute fellow!

Another exclusive design for Barbara's Needlepoint, this a very large stand up-pillow painted by her artist, Anne H. Beautiful! I would keep this out all year round!

Mary RB needlepoints a lot and sent me this picture of her chest of drawers loaded with stand up rabbits! The standing ones are from Ruth Chow for Sundance Designs.

And a bigger picture of Mary’s gathering of rabbits

The smaller rabbits are from Canvas Connection. They are so cute, Mary!

 More Easter to come!  Don’t you want to eat some jelly beans?