New! A "Hare in the Meadow" to accompany our "Ewe in a Meadow!"
...and learn 28 different crewel embroidery stitches.....
"Ewe in a Meadow" Fiber Candy Crewel Kit
Fiber Candy Crewel Animal Sampler Pillow for your favorite bookworm or student!
Needlepoint a magnificent Urn of Fruit for your very own castle
Or begin on next Christmas with the
"Fire Truck" Stocking!
in FIBER CANDY Crewel
Or our sophisticated
" Jacobean Dove" stocking
Make a cozy home for your tablet or enjoy a new little purse in denim.....
Or glamorous BLACK LINEN!
Create a unique needlepoint plaid...
Home Page for Outstanding Art Needlework Kits in Needlepoint, Crewel, FIBER CANDY Embroidery, Counted Cross Stitch, and 'NO COUNT" Cross Stitch
Just around the Corner... "Unicorn in Captivity"
Welcome to Carolyn Barrani's tapistree.com website:
The Tapis-Tree offers Fine Art Needlework Kits in Needlepoint,"Fiber Candy" Crewel Embroidery, Chain Stitch, Counted Cross Stitch, and Quickpoint, as well as Hand-painted Needlepoint canvases .
Throughout history, needlework has provided a quiet refuge from the troubles of the world as well being an economical form of entertainment which, at the same time, provides a sense of accomplishment in providing elegant items of decor or embellishment of clothing. Many a broken heart has mended while stitching the silken petals of a rose, and idle hands have been kept joyously occupied as a magnificent work of art has revealed itself beneath the rhythmic motions of a needle threaded with colorful fibers. Royalty and priests have been traditionally adorned in sumptuous robes encrusted with embroidery and precious metals, and most cultures of the world have their own customs of elegant embroidery, including the bullfighters of the Hispanic world who face death glimmering in heavy layers of purled gold and silk, the bejeweled elephants of India, and the intricately embellished hats, shoes and jackets of the children of China.
In further practical use of hand embroidery no longer practiced, Carolyn Barrani spearheaded The New Elizabethan Embroidery Project in the United States for George Washington's ancestral home in Sulgrave, England wherein elaborate new bedhangings for a 16th Century bed in the Grand Tudor Bedchamber were embellished with over 1000 needlepoint petite point "slips" rendered by volunteers between the United States and Great Britain
NEW! Carolyn has translated some of her most popular designs into Counted Cross Stitch kits, which you can find on the "Counted Work" page.
Carolyn also Introduces "FIBER CANDY" embroidery, a mix of traditional crewel in updated designs, innovative use of stitches with various types of threads, and more modern motifs with which to explore the wonderful world of stitchery.
We hope that you find this collection of some of herneedlepoint kits, quickpoint kits, hand painted needlepoint canvasesand stitchery and crewel kits to your liking and that you enjoy recreating the beauty of the original pillow or tapestry. To help you do that, we use only the finest materials, for your time is invaluable and the supplies you use should be worthy of the time you invest. In addition, many of the most popular designs are now available as hand-painted needlepoint mono canvas designs.
And, by popular demand, we produce five crewel themed Christmas stockings -- two which will mostly appeal to boys, two for the girliest of girls, and one with more general appeal. Each kit includes a tag to embroider with a design on one side and the name of your choice on the other, making it easy to exchange stockings or pass them down to new owners without destroying your original work! We have designed the same tags for our new religious needlepoint and crewel Christmas stockings, but each of the needlepoint and crewel embroidery Christmas stockings also have a place within the design or at the top wherein your could insert a name should you not want the name tag. We are also adding more sophisticated designs to our Christmas stocking collection, including a "Jacobean Dove" design which does not have a name tag.
GOOD NEWS for our INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS! The website now supports international orders!
NOTES ON USING THE WEBSITE:
When you select a page, you will see the word "Gallery"in a frame at the bottom of the page which will take you to the shopping cart from which you can see the designs available with small pictures next to them. Click on the classification you are interested in and it will bring up another page with larger pictures. If you click on any of these, you will see an even larger picture along with the description. Click on that picture and it will make it even larger, then 2 small gray boxes with a (+) plus or minus (-) will appear at the bottom of the photo. To enlarge further, click on the plus sign and manipulate the position of the enlargement by moving to the lower right hand corner where you will see arrows pointing in 4 directions. In addition, if you wish to see any of the designs super-enlarged, please call us toll-free or send us a note on the Contact Page and we will e mail a jpeg of the designs you wish to see.
Welcome to the fascinating and entertaining world of the Tapis-tree!