About Studio Stitches


Welcome to Studio Stitches for your uniquely Australian needlepoint kits.

Hi, I’m Barbara. I design contemporary needlepoint kits. My designs are a mix of big bold shapes but always with enough detail and variation in shape, line and colour to keep your interest and enthusiasm from the beginning to the end of the needlepoint project. Every kit is designed and made by me in Goodwood studio, here in South Australia.

Hand painted needlepoint canvases

Wattle, one of my hand painted canvases

In 2015 I begun to hand paint my designs. This allows me to make more designs more often which keeps me interested and and allows me to regularly produce new designs. You may like to sign up to my blog Staying in the Loop for updates.

Hand painting my designs gives me complete control of the process from initial sketch to finished kit and means that:

  • I can paint a small number of one design at a time but produce more designs more often
  • colour variations can be made as often as I like
  • customers can commissions alternative colour schemes at no extra cost.

Needlepoint cushions are a feature of Studio Stitches but you may like to check out the small projects  page for other exciting needlepoint projects.

The Studio Stitches philosophy – Taking life one stitch at a time

As I am designing I think a lot about the stitching experience for each design. My designs allow customers to relax, and take the time to enjoy the meditative experience that make needlepoint such a wonderful craft.

How it all began?

I became interested in needlepoint in the early 1980 when I discovered the Ehrman needlepoint shop in London. I could only afford to buy canvases from the “Sale” basket but I  loved the tactile beautifully coloured wools and the meditative process of stitching needlepoint. I was hooked. And while I continues to knit and sew needlepoint became and continues to be my favourite craft.

One of my first designs and still a bestseller, the Autumn cushion

After a while however, I just couldn’t find designs that reflected my style, my interests or my home. 

With a degree in Fine Arts it wasn’t long before I started sketching designs for my own needlepoint. The big leap came in 2001 when I decided to start Studio Stitches, and sell my designs online. 

The early days

An early design, the very popular Cuppa cushion

In the early days of Studio Stitches the canvases were screen printed and online shopping required customers to send a cheque or postal order. It was all very cumbersome but still very exciting to be selling kits to customers all over the world.

I took a break for a number of years but in 2012 I revived the business in the new world of web technology, PayPal and Blogs and have been happily working in my studio on new designs ever since.



A free workshop with every kit

For those of you who live in Adelaide, I offer a one hour free lesson with every kit, here in my studio. One session will get you stitching confidently.  Follow up support is always available.

I hope you enjoy shopping at Studio Stitches and find something for you or for someone special.

Happy stitching!