Friday, July 5, 2013

Friday Inspiration - The Needlepoint of Jill Vendituoli

We Tree Kings ...
I haven't done any needlepoint for quite a few years, but it's still one of my favorite fiber arts to do - there's something so peaceful and almost zen-like to the rhythmic up and down of the needle.  And very satisfying to see rows building upon rows as your picture slowly comes to life.

The other day I happened upon the website of Maine needlepoint artist Jill Vendituoli and she has definitely inspired me to get going on needlepoint again!  Her needlepoint tapestries are inspired by the natural environment and her daily life - she has a wonderful way of using those inspirations in her designs!  I love her use of color ... she says she has a potential 530 colors of thread to work with and it looks like she makes use of most of them, blending, shading, and using color to add a nice dimensionality to her work.

It Happened One Night ...
Another very inspiring thing about Jill is that she taught herself to needlepoint 25 years ago by purchasing a kit - yup!  For those who love fiber art but don't have the opportunity, means, or desire to learn from formal classes, this is where you can go with a love for the art form and a lot of hard work! 

Taking Flight

Be sure to take a look at the all the gorgeous tapestries on her website!  And if you're in Maine, her gallery, Sunnyfield Studio in West Newfield, is presenting a 2013 Summer Show of her work and that of other artists starting July 6th and running through the month of July.  Check for information on times and location here.

Happy Creating!  Deborah

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