Stitching: a passion through the generations

Two sisters, Diane Orsolini and Ginger Glockner, née Alfs, growing up in SF post-WW II, have been passionate needlepoint artists since childhood. Shown here are sets of Christmas stockings they have stitched for their family members over the last 30 years. The stockings are on display in the store until Thanksgiving.

Their grandmother, Mary Belle Billingsley, did crochet, knitting, and needlepoint. Their mother, Ora Alfs, was a passionate knitter. She even knitted the dress she wore for Diane’s wedding.

Ginger’s two daughters Ellen and Whitney have inherited the stitching passion and do needlepoint. Diane’s son is our very own Dale Lenci, needlepoint designer, stitcher, and store owner.

And the passion continues with Ginger’s granddaughter Hannah.

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Christmas standup by Debbie Sklarin

Here’s a fine example of classic needlepoint stitchery. This lovely Christmas standup is stitched by Debbie Sklarin, canvas design is by Raymond Crawford, finishing is by Michele Harris, and stitch guide from Needlepoint Now.

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Luv2Stitch in Silicon Valley magazine

Check out our page in the April/May 2019 edition of Modern Luxury’s Silicon Valley magazine! https://www.modernluxury.com/silicon-valley/digital-edition

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Spring Needlepoint Show in Orlando

Rhonda and Dale went to the Spring Needlepoint Show in Orlando in March, and came back with all kinds of interesting new canvases, threads, accessories, and more! Come visit us to check out their finds.

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Dale’s design featured in Needlepoint Now

Dale’s amazing Giraffe canvas is featured in the July/August 2018 issue of Needlepoint Now! This superb 3-page article includes an interview with Dale plus a stitch guide by Laura Taylor. Read the full article here.

Laura Taylor is an amazing stitcher and a top needlepoint instructor. We’re proud to offer classes with Laura in our store. Check our Events Calendar for upcoming opportunities to work with Laura.

Needlepoint Now is the only commercial magazine dedicated solely to the art of needlepoint. Find out how to subscribe here.

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Helene Hollander wins 2 awards

Congratulations to stitcher Helene Hollander for winning 2 awards at the 2018 San Mateo Fair!

She won the Board of Directors favorite award and 2nd place in the large needlepoint wall hanging category.

She stitched the canvas called Amaryllis and Butterfly. The canvas design and stitch selection are by Dale of Dj Designs and Luv2Stitch.

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The Four Seasons by Penny Chu

Check out this inspiring needlepoint project!

Nine years in the making, this project was stitched by Penny Chu, a Luv2Stitch customer. She showed amazing artistry and dedication in creating this project. Penny worked with Susan Portra on the stitch guide through Luv2Stitch. When Penny began working with Susan, Penny requested “the more complicated the stitch guide, the better!” With her dedication to this challenging needlepoint project, Penny immersed herself in art and creativity, providing much-needed counterbalance to her demanding high-tech day job.

There are many advanced techniques used in this project. To highlight just a few:

– The subtle shaded tones of Kreinik threads
– How the clear beads in the roses appear to change shade due to the use of different thread colors to attach them
– The persimmon leaf was beaded as a separate canvas and then appliqued onto the main canvas

Vonna at Dark Horse Framing worked with Penny to create the perfect frame to showcase her project. There is incredible attention to detail on the matting, which has a beveled edge with a filet to match the Kreinik gold thread. The matting was also hand-wrapped in linen and has no visible mitred corners.

Stitcher: Penny Chu
Canvas: “The Four Seasons” by the late Kathryn Molineux of Shorebird Designs
Stitch guide: Susan Portra
Framing: Dark Horse Framing

Luv2Stitch is proud to have supported Penny’s artistic journey on this piece. You too can bring your stitching to the next level in private sessions with Susan Portra, who will be back periodically to Luv2Stitch.

Check our event calendar for opportunities when you too can work with Susan.

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Flashback to the 50s!

Enjoy these gorgeous pillows stitched by Jane Shroyer. The stitch selection is by Jane & Dale, canvas design is by Dale of DJ Designs and finishing is by Pacific Needlepoint Finishing.
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Easter egg by Rhonda

Easter egg needlepoint stitching

This absolutely adorable Easter egg was stitched by Rhonda Pellegrini.

Canvas design: Kelly Clark Designs

Stitch selection: Kelly Clark Designs

Finishing: Michelle Harris

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“Garden party” by Debra Bohn

Garden Party

Here’s a lovely styrofoam standup needlepoint artwork stitched by Debra Bohn. The “Garden Party” is designed by Vicki Sawyer, distributed by Melissa Shirley, and finished by Deborah Castro.

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