Stitcher of the Month
Sue Berk is our April Stitcher. Here is Sue’s Bio. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as we have.
I began needlepointing as my son approached his Bar Mitzvah with the help of a friend who taught me a few stitches. I was able to make him, my husband, and my father Tallis bags in time for the big day - that was almost 20 years ago (YIKES!). After that I never stitched again! Fast forward about 15 years…..My husband and I went on a cruise with friends who brought along their needlepoint projects. To not feel left out, I purchased a canvas and started stitching. I enjoyed needlepointing so much that I then decided to make my children Challah covers for their weddings. I was only familiar with the tent stitch, so a friend (thanks A) encouraged me to come to the weekly Saturday morning stitch and chats at Ridgewood Needlepoint to learn some more stitches and get some much needed help – the rest is history.
I don’t have a huge amount of canvases waiting to be stitched- as I usually choose a canvas with a purpose– whether it is a gift or something for me. Each year, I make each of my grandchildren an ornament and each has a tooth fairy pillow with their name stitched on it. I have a few canvases that are earmarked for traveling, so “I can take my habit, I mean my hobby” wherever I go. I don’t have a favorite artist, thread, or for that matter a stitch, but if it is on an angle….forget about it! If I do see a canvas that I love, I purchase it. I gave up Craft Fairs for stitching, and I’ve never looked back!
Below are some of Sue’s works of art. Enjoy viewing them or come visit the shop to see them in person.
Replica of Sue’s daughter’s house. She stitched the house number on, and also embroidered the date on the bottom when they closed on their house.
The Challah cover that she stitched for her daughter’s wedding.