This spring, I had the privilege of meeting needlepoint designer Jessica Chaney of Lycette Designs, who has since become a dear friend. Jessica and I both live in South Florida, and I was fortunate to have her teach me how to needlepoint, which I wrote about here. Needlepoint has quickly become my favorite hobby. I am positively addicted, and Jessica is a self-proclaimed “needlepoint enabler”… In addition to her needlepoint design, Jessica is on a mission to bring the needlepoint community together through various channels including Instagram and her blog where she highlights needlepointers of interest in her “Women on Point” series.
One of my favorite things to needlepoint is what Jessica has coined “cheeky needlepoint” (search #cheekyneedlepoint on Instagram.) Historically, needlepoint has had a rather prim and proper reputation, yet a touch of #cheekyneedlepoint can add humor to your decor with a dash of irreverent whimsey. Today I am thrilled to have Jessica guest post her favorite examples of #cheekyneedlepoint!
By Jessica Chaney, Lycette Designs:
It is no secret that needlepoint is a staple of classic interior design. Esteemed interior designers such as Mario Buatta, Anthony Baratta, and Holly Holden (amongst many others) incorporate needlepoint in their classic, elegant rooms. Traditionally, needlepoint is found on bell pulls, brick covers, pillows and ottomans. The subject matter usually consists of geometric, floral, or animal designs. However, sometimes playful and sassy needlepoint pops in, like Mario Buatta’s cheeky “Not Tonight” needlepoint pillow below.
I refer to sassy and playful needlepoint sayings as “cheeky needlepoint.” I have always been a fan of cheeky needlepoint, and knew when I founded Lycette that I would incorporate cheeky sayings in my catalogue of designs. To me, cheeky needlepoint is an elegant way to integrate sassy wit in your living space. Think Mario Buatta meets Oscar Wilde. Colorful, Cheeky, Classic.
Cheeky needlepoint is always sassy, but never trashy! When feathering your nest with cheeky needlepoint stick to witty sayings, and avoid anything too vulgar or profane. Cheeky needlepoint is meant to spark conversations, not shock visitors into awkward silence. However, if you must curse do so in cursive!
Past and present fans of cheeky needlepoint include Mario Buatta, C.Z. Guest, Elsie de Wolfe, Jennifer Boles from “The Peak of Chic,” and KK Strand. If you want to incorporate cheeky needlepoint in your home, you’d be in the best of company!
Cheeky needlepoint doesn’t just include sayings. Check out Babs Horners’ (coauthor of Sophistication is Overrated) humorous spin on a family crest!
If you would like to needlepoint your own cheeky needlepoint, please check out the designers below!
Thank you so much Jessica for this wonderful post!! Do you have a cheeky saying you would like to see on needlepoint? Jessica would love to make it happen! Leave your cheeky needlepoint idea in the comment section below… The winner will collaborate with Jessica on a canvas that they will receive, and it will be integrated into the Lycette line! Please keep submissions PG-13. We also want to see cheeky needlepoint in your home, so don’t forget to use hashtag #cheekyneedlepoint and tag @lycettdesigns when posting your witty needlepoint designs to Instagram.