Hi, I’m Mary Ann – a.k.a. The Nacient Needle. I love to do needle work and sewing in various forms. Hand embroidery, tapestry, crewel was what really got me started, but my mother was not just a sewing enthusiast, but also worked for Bobbie Brooks – which was a really nice women’s clothing manufacturer before all the jobs were sent overseas. Anyway…sewing is so fun and creative and most importantly to me – it is as challenging as you want it to be. It is not a simple arts and crafts type hobby. It is relaxing and fun to do but each piece that you make – be it a dress, slipcover, curtains, or an embroidery or smocking piece – it is like a work of art that you have created by your own hands. I do embroidery workshops throughout the Hudson Valley in historical homesteads, museums and libraries.
I teach sewing and hold adult classes several times a year and – when I can manage it – I conduct summer sewing camps for kids in July and August. I also like to make historical costumes for the many re-enactments that are popular in our Historic Hudson Valley.
And finally, I do upholstery work for local Hudson Valley customers and make slip covers for many types of furniture which are sold all over the country.
Your Nacient Needle