Needlework at Large: Coral & Tusk

Another look at what’s going on in the wider world of needlework.  This time it’s husband-and-wife firm Coral & Tusk.

Trained at the Rhode Island School of Design as a  textile designer, Stephanie Housley first creates her cheeky scenes and irreverent characters as original pencil drawings before she painstakingly redraws them stitch by stitch using special computer software. Finished by hand in Coral and Tusk’s Brooklyn loft, every machine-embroidered pillow, doll, napkin and artwork retains the story-telling spirit and hand-drawn allure of the original illustration. ”  Read more at


The two pictures below (not to scale) are of a small scallop shell, intended to be worn as a pin ($20), and a down-stuffed pillow, embroidered with sealife ($116).

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The Loudoun Sampler Guild is a group of sampler enthusiasts based in northern Virginia. We meet monthly for lectures, needlework classes and workshops, and field trips.

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