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Arts and Crafts

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Needle Point Art II

The art of needle point is very, very old and can be traced back thousands of years; some of this art was already found in the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamen and dates back to 1500 BC. The Egyptians sewed up their tents with a needle point stitch and it is said to be the origin of this craft.

In the 16th and 17th century it became more popular and was practiced by many, due to the rise of upholstered furniture which required and prompted a more durable material for needle point then the canvas which was used before.

Besides wall art, needle point is also used for pillows, upholstery, holiday ornaments, purses, eyeglass cases, belts, etc.

I found out there is an American Needlepoint Guild which is open to anyone and provides lots of information, educational opportunities, and many pictures of needle point examples to their members and on their website.

You may want to make a point of paying them a visit! :-)

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