embroidery and Rebecca Rinquist


We have long been fans of embroidery at Pins & Needles! Whenever we find ourselves with free time from our sewing and other craft projects we are always excited to play around with new embroidery stitches, techniques and materials as well as look through the numerous embroidery books available.

So we are so excited to be hosting two embroidery essential workshops taught by the talented Brooklyn based visual and fiber artist, Rebecca Ringquist. We carry Rebecca’s embroidery kits at the shop including her Original Embroidery Sampler, her Stitch Dictionary Sampler as well as her D.I.Y Paisley Sampler so when we discovered Rebecca’s new kit she calls her Penmanship Embroidery Sampler we were quick to get some in the store and design a class around it. Rebecca says that this sampler was inspired by her memory of learning to write in cursive on blue dotted lines – with this sampler Rebecca encourages the stitcher to practice your lines in six different ways with six different stitches and you can even personalize it with your name using your favorite stitch and thread.

A little bit about Rebecca…in her own work, Rebecca approaches embroidery as a way of drawing and first learned the craft in college in a feminist art history class, and has been inspired by the history of needlework since. Rebecca teaches across the country and most recently has a new embroidery tutorial on Creativebug,(a super cool site with all kinds of creative video tutorials) had a feature on Etsy as well as was included in a story in the latest issue of Surface Design News and I am sure has a lot more exciting things coming up!!! You can also learn more about Rebecca on her blog here.

We are offering the class on Monday, November 12th from 6:30pm-9pm. During the workshops Rebecca will show students of all skill levels the basics of embroidery using her new sampler and also share some of her favorite tips and techniques.

You can stop by the shop or call (212-535-6222) or email us (info@pinsandneedlesnyc.com) to register for the workshop. Also check out some of our other embroidery kits from Penguin & Fish, Custom House, Miniature Rhino Zodiac Kits and the chic and modern embroidery patterns by Jenny Hart.

Plus we offer a wide selection of inspiring embroidery books including The Embroidery Stitch Bible, Doodle-Stitching, Doodle Stitching The Motif Collection, Knot Thread Stitch, as well as some Japanese Stitching Books. We also just started carrying the new, colorful and vibrant Cosmo Embroidery Floss.

Make sure to check back on the blog on October 19th when we’ll be sharing some of our other favorite sewing and stitching books of the season and giving one away that happens to be all about embroidery!

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