Kwanzaa Canvas?


Here’s a needlepoint canvas that I picked up from Dream House Ventures while at the 2012 Destination Dallas show.

The standing figure caught my eye, partly because it’s so mysterious…. not only because I don’t know the artist who did it, but also because it evokes various images and associations.

For one thing, the marbled background makes it look like an ancient drawing.

The powerful-looking silhouette could be an African or maybe even Pre-Columbian woman, but I have to confess that her shoulders and arms made me think of an upside down candelabra, or the headboard of an old brass bed!

The pattern in middle part of  her chic wraparound garment reminded me of the wall in our yard up north that my husband once hand-built out of Connecticut fieldstone.

Finally, the motif on the bottom part of her outfit could almost be snowflakes falling down in front of a mountain range during Christmas.

That’s the beauty of this piece–I’ll bet everyone has their own interpretation of what’s going on in that dress.

© Erin McGrath and, 2012 – 2016.


About Erin

Owner of Needlepoint Land, LLC. Professional in the field for more than 15 years, during which I have managed and/or worked with various high-end needlepoint shops. I enjoy teaching both beginners and advanced stitchers, and have created numerous stitch guides, with speciality thread selections, for in-store customers and private clients. I maintain contact with an extensive network of needlepoint vendors, custom artists, and, most importantly, reliable, high-quality finishers. I look forward to hearing your comments on my blog!

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