Laura C.’s Christmas Needlepoint!

Lovely view of the Colson Family's stockings hung by the chimney with care!

Laura Colson is a needlepointer from College Station, Texas which happens to be  a needlepoint desert.  College Station is the home of Texas A&M Univiersity and very near Bryan, Texas. Laura says she is glad she is near Houston so she can make excursions to Houston and is thankful for the internet so she can see what is available in hand painted needlepointed canvases.  I have known Laura for probably 15 years and this wife and  busy mother of 4 boys, who range in ages from high school twins to a 20 year old,  has done handwork  and cross stitch since she was a child.  She also loves to sew, taught by her mom when she was young. Her friend, Karen W. taught her to needlepoint when they both had young children.  She struggled to learn basketweave and mastered it after remembering “vertical threads work down and horizontal threads work up”.   Her friend, Karen really inspired her after showing Laura all her needlepointed Easter eggs.  Laura prefers needlepoint because she feels it is more”elegant, fun, and so much more versatile with the finished product”.

Laura's "half tree" and her sideboard decorated for Christmas!

Laura and her husband both graduated from Baylor in Waco, Laura with a degree in Management and Marketing.  She worked for 10 years before taking on the full-time role as wife and mom.  Laura also loves decorating her home for holidays, working out, reading, and shopping.

Beautiful Christmas tree in the colon's living room decorated with needlepoint ornaments as well as other ornaments collected over many years.

I asked Laura where her “needlepoint nest” is and she told me she used to love her nest on car trips when she was younger, but now, due to “aging eyesight” she now really enjoys stitching in her living room, always with her tiny clip-on light attached to her stretcher bars.  Asked what her favorite things to needlepoint are, here is what Laura answered,  “I love to stitch Christmas ornaments because they are fun and relatively quick to finish.  But I also love pillows and if I had the time, I’d love to stitch more belts.  I’ve done one belt and loved it.  I also would love to stitch a pair of shoes.  I do have a file of magazine clippings, gift bags, etc., of images I think would be great in needlepoint.  For example, with Baylor being a private university, they are very protective of their logo.  One of their new logos is an outline of Judge Baylor looking at Pat Neff Hall – this logo is currently printed on bookstore bags.  I think that would look great as a needlepoint ornament and would love to paint it myself and stitch it.  Another example is artwork on a past Talbot’s shopping bag from Christmas that I think would look terrific on a pillow.  When something catches my “needlepoint eye”, I put it in my file. ”  Food for thought, stitchers, an idea file!!!

Baylor Santa, canvas from Carol DuPree, is front and center on the Baylor alums' tree! Other Baylor ornaments decorate the tree, including a football helmet and a glass bear, Baylor's mascot.

And asked about how many needlepoint ornaments are on her Christmas tree, Laura said,”I have about 25 needlepointed Christmas ornaments with a bunch more in my stash to do!  I’ve collected Christmas ornaments, other than needlepointed ones, since I was in college.  I’ve lost count on how may there are; too many, I’m certain.  But as a child, I always loved making ornaments with my friends and sister, and my parents always promoted creativity.  I can’t think of any needlepoint Christmas traditions, but unwrapping my needlepoint ornaments each year and placing them on the tree is a highlight and just makes me feel very happy!”

Laura's collection of needlepointed Louisiana ornaments-her home state.

Laura wrote that she took a class with me when I worked at a store in River Oaks.  We were dong a needlepoint candy box and she felt like she was on a vacation.  She still thinks of me when using Flair (and I am hoping that thought is “fondly”), which she recalls, I described as a pantyhose.  I still do call it a pantyhose, Laura!

Needlepointed Christmas cookie advent "ornaments" were a monthly series from Chandail Needlework here in Houston. It came with a cookie sheet calendar and the ornaments were finished with magnets on the back.

Thank you, lovely Laura, for sending your special and beautiful Christmas pictures to share with other enthusiastic stitchers!  Merry Christmas, Colson Family!

Laura's needlepoint Christmas pillows, including a Mary Engelbreit snowman tea pot pillow, nestle with other Christmas themed pillows on this cozy chair. All that is needed is a hot cup of cocoa, maybe with some marshmallows!