Wondering just exactly what a needlepoint style is? Think of it as your very own personal stamp that you put on your projects.
Just like there are different styles of home decor, there are varying needlepoint styles…
In all my years as a shop owner, I found that most stitchers identify with one of the following needlepoint styles: Minimalist, Classic, Frou-Frou, and Eclectic. (As far as I know, there aren’t any “official” labels associated with the way stitchers approach their projects. That’s just what I dubbed the different styles I recognized over time.)
So, let’s take a peek at each of the different needlepoint styles, as I see them.
The Minimalist style is plain.
And I don’t mean that in a bad way. As a general rule, design lines are clean and color palettes are limited. The Minimalist stitcher tends to prefer understated stitch and thread choices, in keeping with a simple aesthetic.
Needlepoint canvases that might appeal to a Minimalist stitcher are those with just a few design components, like “Sanderlings” from Charley Harper.
Abstract and geometric designs are quite popular among Minimalists.
The “less is more” adage definitely applies to the stitcher with a Minimalist needlepoint style. 😉
Okey dokey – moving right along…
The Classic style is what most people consider “traditional” needlepoint.
And the vast majority of stitchers claim this as their needlepoint style.
Lush landscapes, fabulous florals, and elegant Santas are just a few examples of the kinds of canvases that you’ll find a Classic stitcher working on.
In addition to more intricate designs, Classic stitchers embrace complex stitches and stitch patterns. They just use them with restraint. 😉
This needlepoint canvas, “Giant Magnolia”, by dede designs, is a terrific example of the kind of canvas you might find in a Classic stitcher’s stash.
That famous quote from Coco Chanel comes to mind when I think of the stitcher with a Classic needlepoint style… “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”
In stark contrast to the Classic and Minimalist styles, we have the Frou-Frou needlepoint style.
Frou-Frou stitchers love to “geegaw” things up. In other words, the fancier they can make their needlepoint projects, the better. Using elaborate stitches and threads – and lots of beads, ribbons, and findings – is just par for the course for a Frou-Frou stitcher.
Canvases that appeal to the Frou-Frou stitcher range from realistic to whimsical to downright outlandish. In fact, the more they can embellish the design, the happier they are.
Here’s an example of a needlepoint canvas that might appeal to a stitcher with a Frou-Frou needlepoint style…
It’s “Inimitable Iris” by Kate Dickerson Designs. “Everything – including the kitchen sink” is what comes to mind when I think of the Frou-Frou needlepoint style. 😉
And, finally, we have the Eclectic needlepoint style.
Eclectic stitchers often find themselves stitching a diverse array of canvases that appeal to their unique personalities. For example, they might be stitching an opulent holiday design at the same time they’re working on a classic floral piece.
An interesting characteristic of Eclectic stitchers is that they tend to be more process driven rather than product driven. That means they find more joy in the creative process of stitching a canvas than they get from the finished product.
In fact, eclectic stitchers will, many times, stitch a design just for the “experience”. They adapt their choice of stitches, threads, and embellishments to fit the aesthetic of each design as they interpret it through their unique lens.
“Coral Reef Crab”, by Amanda Lawford Designs, is an example of a canvas that might appeal to a stitcher with an Eclectic needlepoint style…
Wondering how you can determine what your needlepoint style is? Just take a look around your house or in your closet. Then pull out some of your canvases and see if you find any similarities. Many times, your needlepoint style is akin to your decorating style and/or your fashion style.
So – what’s your needlepoint style? Please tell me in the comments below. I love hearing from you! 🙂
And until next time, happy stitching…