Nacient Needle – taking a sabatical

I have had a great 4 1/2 year run with the Needle Arts Guild of Historic Hudson Valley. I’ve done tons of sewing projects for customers and even branched out into upholstery work. I’ve enjoyed all the classes that I’ve … Continue reading

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Country Living – Fall Cleaning – Clean and Bright with White Slipcovers by the Nacient Needle or call 845 549-3323

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Its time to reevaluate our space! Have you gotten cluttered and disorganized over the summer? Its time to clean up, clean out and get ready for the fall. Once the winter comes we are all consigned to being indoors but the confinement can be a welcome retreat into a tranquil space to eat, read, work and contemplate the nature of the universe…or watch the new season of Game of Thrones… New slip covers for upholstered chairs, dining chairs, sofas and loveseats are a great way to freshen up your space – and is an easy way to change the entire look of a room without buying new furniture. Fortunately for you – this is what I do!!


My 100% Cotton Slipcovers come in many colors and are custom made to your furniture for a reasonably priced. I make slip covers and do all kinds of sewing in my mostly organized home work space (I call it the inner sanctum!) and while the natural white twill is very popular, I make them in a wide variety of fabrics. I also do reupholster work and canning work here in the Hudson Valley. I can help you find the perfect fabric and can even provide matching or coordinating curtains. e–mail me at: or call 845 549-3323

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Slipcovers in French General Fabrics available at:


The French General Fabrics are wonderful for slipcovers. This my new Fall line up of fabrics

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Pottery Barn Slip Covers Available Here – The Nacient Needle:

Pottery Barn  Slip Covers Available Here - The Nacient Needle:

Pottery Barn Slipcovers for the Lullaby and Dream Rockers as well as their sofas and loveseats – e-mail:

The classic Natural White 100% Cotton Twill — is just the start. I have many fabrics to choose from in a variety of price ranges to suit your budget. I also make matching and coordinating throw pillows and wall hangings. I am already getting the urge to do some Fall “nesting”…hope you are too! E-mail me for fabric selections and price quotes.
Turn around time is approximately 4 – 6 weeks.

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Lullaby and Dream Rocker Slipcovers – Discovering Denim

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Denim is such a wonderful versitile fabric.  It looks and feels great.  It Gives a classic, comfortable and homey look…I really like the way this rocker turned out.  Perfect for summer, but would transition equally well for a cozy fall … Continue reading

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Slipcovers and fresh Upholstery – “Living” in your Living Space: call 845 549-3323

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My upholstery and slipcover work is growing beyond just Pottery Barn slip covers and local work so I want to dedicate the blog site to display and description of more home decor items.  So, in the next few weeks and months … Continue reading

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Revolutionary War Re enactment Apparel: Works of Historical Proportions –

Well, here is the man himself, General George Washington…This uniform was the standard uniform for all major generals during the American Revolution.  The individual regiments had their own colors, but the blue and buff was the color of the big guys!  This is a sample of Rev War uniforms that I make – with an eye to historical accuracy and attention to detail.  This complete uniform includes the Regimental Coat, Waist Coat, Undershirt and Breeches and I make them for the various reenactment groups – the ones you will see listed with Smoke and Fire and beyond.

for inquiry or to order call: 845 549-3323 – Mary Ann

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An update on a classic – mother/daughter dresses for today!

Remember the classic matching Mother/Daughter dresses from the 50s and 60s?  I remember the matching pink pleated dresses my mother and I wore – it made me feel very grown up and special – my hair even got curled for the event!!  We went to church and to Grandma’s house and celebrated Easter in these dresses.  The Aunts and cousins all made a fuss about how lovely we looked and looking back it was quite a boost to my 5 year old self image.

I am offer sewing classes in the Hudson Valley and this Mother/Daughter Dress project is one of my favorite classes.  Attend with or without your daughter …. girls ages 9 and up can come and learn to sew with mom (what a terrific memory) or surprise your little one when you bring home the matching dresses for the two of you to wear to a special occasion.   Learning to sew is a life skill and a fun hobby.  Begin or renew your sewing adventure by making matching dresses for mother and daughter – (or maybe Grandmother and Granddaughter).  It would be a wonderful surprise for any little girl when she sees that mom’s dress looks just like hers – (make sure Dad shows due pride and admiration in his girls).

The matching dresses were around in the 70s too with the Little House on the Prairie and Holly Hobby styles – just wonderful!!

Some traditions are built to last – I think this is one of them….

The class  meets one day a week for 6 weeks.  Beacon is conveniently located along the Hudson River (Hudson Line on the Metro North) and within easy reach of most Putnam/Dutchess/Orange/Rockland County Residents.

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Quilting Workshop offered by the Dutchess County Historical Society – Clinton House in Poughkeepsie

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Custom Made Slipcovers – Make your furniture look like new! Call: 845 549-3323

The clean lines of the original Pottery Barn Lullaby Rocker Slip Cover presents a cool, crisp heavy weight twill finish (and their washable!)  ….or you can dress up the nursery, make over the baby’s room for an older child or take it to the living room with a dramatic or elegant textile.  Make your Lullaby Rocker Sing with Style.   e-mail:

Jelly Bean – Bubblegum Rocker cover and pillows….

Slip Covers made to order – tailored to your specifications.   The solid construction and classic lines of this Pottery Barn Rocker make it a  keeper.  Just update the slipcover to give it a whole new look and life.  Many fabrics available – all upholstery grades/weight – both washable and dry cleanable.

To discuss your custom slip cover needs for all your Pottery Barn furniture….

                      call or e-mail: 845 549-3323                


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Learn to Sew – Classes offered Morning and Afternoons – call 845 549-3323

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Mondays and Thursdays

 morning and afternoon class times

 6 week classes – you will learn how to read and understand a pattern and put it all together.  If you’ve ever wanted to learn to sew – now is the time!  Its fun, its practical and it’s a skill that lasts a lifetime.  – Spaces are limited to ensure one-on-one instruction. – classes meet for 2 hours, one day a week for 6 weeks – fee $150

Call Mary Ann 845 549-3323

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Spring Wedding Dresses for Brides Maids – make it yourself – Sew the Perfect Dress

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Spring will be here before we know it.  If you are planning a Spring Wedding or will be in a Spring wedding – even just going to a Spring Wedding…now is the time to start thinking about dresses.  You and … Continue reading

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Sewing Classes with attention to detail

The Needle Arts Guild is committed to teaching and preserving the art of sewing for future generations – I am truly invested in this endeavor and I make it a point to meet new students prior to the start of class to help them pick out their fabrics, determine their correct body type, measure them to determine correct size and explain this initial step. I strive to make this not only a learning experience, but also to conveying the fun and excitement of this unique craft.

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Classes meet on Thursdays and Mondays both day and evening.  Open registration means you are free to start whenever you like.
Other patterns and classes are offered so call for complete course descriptions and registration: 845 549-3323
I also make historical reenactment apparel and formal wear – I just need your measurements and will help you pick designs and fabrics that suit your specific body type.
                                                                                                    Call Mary Ann: 845 549-3323
And, ….I also do slipcovers, pillows, curtains and specialty decor for your home or to give as gifts.  Browse the site to see my many areas of Needlework classes and services available.
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Slipcovers and Drapery Work in the Hudson Valley

I have been working hard in my sewing work room and even though I have not had time to update my blog the orders keep rolling in. I had been working hard on pinch pleat drapes/curtains, duvet and shams – some of them in French General collection fabrics. (a favorite of mine.) The Pottery Barn Lullaby Rocker slipcover orders are still rolling in – a few every week. Some times is hard to keep up!! I’m also happy to say that I’ve been getting a lot more orders for locals. The Spring and Fall always provides a flurry of new orders as everyone wants to update and freshen their spaces as the seasons change.


I can help you find the perfect fabric to coordinate and compliment your room – so e-mail me with your questions and I’ll get back to you with pictures/fabric and price quotes.

Thank you for all the orders – keep them coming.

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Mitchell Gold, Pottery Barn, Lee Industry Slipcovers available here

Mitchell Gold, Pottery Barn, Lee Industry Slipcovers available here

I make custom crafted slipcovers for most manufactured brands in a wide variety of upholstery grade fabrics – e-mail for sample pictures and price quotes:

Time for a Spring Cleaning and a fresh new slipcover!

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Downton Abbey Season 4: New Decor & Storylines

Downton Abbey Season 4: New Decor & Storylines. This is a fantastic designer that I hope will do a guest post on my Nacient Needle site…she is fantastic!

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The Elegance of Downton Abbey in your Home

I have been inspired by an article I read yesterday stating that there was going to be a line of clothing offered based on the lovely historic wardrobe from the wildly popular PBS series Downton Abbey.  While the large and formal elements of the country estate are fantastic, they must be scaled down for our humble abodes, but I would love to create a series of window treatments in sumptuous fabrics that would bring any home up a notch and give you a graceful and inviting space to relax in during those cold snowy winter days.

Now, one must take care using bold and sumptuous fabrics to use a discriminating hand.  We do not want our living rooms to look like a bordello after all.  The key is to use subtle and understated styles in lovely fabrics and matching throw pillows to accents to tie it all together nicely…


Check out Decorators Best: Now here is a lady that has the same idea – I love the way she has taken the Downton Abbey Pics and paired them up with pics of fabric samples.

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Embroidery Tutorials by the Nacient Needle

This gallery contains 2 photos. The first YouTube video in my new adventures in on-line follow along embroidery projects.  This first one is  a little rough around the edges as it is my beta test and practice run.   I will so a series of demo … Continue reading

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Woodland In Wool Crewel Project Update

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The holidays gave me some time off to work on the Woodland in Wool Crewel Project although the group’s weekly meetings have been hit and miss through the holidays.  We will get back to regular Thursday evening sit and stitch … Continue reading

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Downton Abbey’s Furniture and Set Designs

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I just picked up the January/February issue of Victoria Magazine which got my attention because of the cover article “Meet the Costume Designers of Downton Abbey”. While I drool over the costume wardrobe, I find myself drawn to the sets … Continue reading

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Celebrate the New Year in Style with a Fresh Slipcover

2014 is upon us.  I am always amazed at the up tick in my year-end slipcover orders.  This year I’ve had a drastic leap in drapery orders as well. It is so gratifying to continue to increase my orders and  business is humming along.  Thanks to many repeat customers and an increase in local orders I am contemplating taking on an assistant to help with the production.  I am doing several styles of drapes as the moment:   tab-top, waterfall, pocket rod and pinch pleat drapes.  And I am custom making the valance boxes to mount custom work.    I am hoping 2014 will be the year that I can establish on-line ordering and payment options.  Just e-mail: and I will get back to you promptly to help you pick fabrics, styles and place orders.

Happy New Year to you all and thank you for a great year.

My curtains are fully lined and beautifully trimmed for a quality finish

My curtains are fully lined and beautifully trimmed for a quality finish


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Slipcovers and Curtains – Custom Work of the Needle Arts Guild of Historic Hudson Valley

Many projects are in the works here as holiday shopping always boosts my on-line orders.  Pottery Barn, Lee Industries and other fine slipcovered furniture is my specialty, but recently I have been getting lots of orders for drapes and valences!  I just receive the first bolt of fabric that will begin a large project I am undertaking to “stage” a colonial home – Flintlock Farm in Still River Massacusetts.  This historical home is a real gem and in its day it was considered one of the finest homes in the colonies.  I am excited to be working with the owner Phil Wilson.  Pictures will follow shortly.

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