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Bernadine Yoder My love of needlework was initially kindled as a child when I visited my grandmother and great aunt, who seemed to stitch effortlessly…obviously enjoying it. Watching them, I was absolutely fascinated and grew to also love the embroidery they created. Growing up on a farm in the Midwest, surrounded by animals, gardens, orchards and lots of flowers, there were limited resources for embroidery, but lots of time and natural beauty all around me. My interest and enthusiasm combined with a determination to develop what I could not find, led me to create the designs and the materials.
Combined with a natural artistic talent, I embarked upon a lifetime emphasis and passion for art. My formal education took me through college and graduate school in home economics education with additional courses in graphic art and illustration. I always leaned toward art in every area – when developing a preschool program for our community – teaching in the high school and even in volunteer positions as our 4 children were growing, obtaining scholarships and awards along the way. Therefore, it became evident that I would find a spark , sooner or later, which would lead me into needlework and art. It was when I saw Russian punchneedle embroidery on my antique crazy quilt - and discovered how it was done in the late 1980’s, that I wanted to develop designs and teach it, which I have for the past 19 years. When I could no longer obtain the small punchneedles that I had become accustomed to, I began making them with a new design. I experimented with different fabrics and threads – even silk ribbon, and then explored the early hooked rugs which had been done with punchneedle. From that discovery, I began researching and developing designs based on authentic historical patterns, creating miniature versions of the chenille bedspreads, rugs and tapestries.

My interest in the 3-dimensional aspect of embroidery continued with a collaboration with another designer of embroidery, featuring perle cotton threads and combined with quilting. Together, we put the designs into print form and then into kits. At the same time, I began experimenting with painting backgrounds for silk ribbon embroidery and really enjoy seeing a flat surface come to life with the addition of ribbon and thread.
I view all these forms of hand embroidery as painting with thread or ribbon to create heirlooms that will stand the test of time and bring pleasure to all who see them. Since I have spent so much time exhibiting at sewing, quilting, needlework and miniature shows across U.S. and Canada – the experience gained from that and owning and operating my own retail store for 3 years, I sensed a need for sourcing needlework materials for the busy embroiderer. Now that the website offers a broader audience, I hope to be able to fill that need.
Above all, freehand, dimensional embroidery is my special love, because I like to see the personality and character of the maker in the project. May your time be filled with pleasurable stitching!