Friday, March 25, 2016

BREAKING NEWS: Caela Conn Tyler has Died UPDATED

Detail from Caela Conn Tyler's "Shihoko The Bride"

The Colorado Columbine ANG Chapter has announced the death of Caela Conn Tyler on their Facebook page.

A fantastic and creative teacher, Caela is best known for her landscapes.

Check out those clouds!

Here is her masterpiece, the Piazza San Marco in Venice.

She also created lovely Southwestern-themed designs, like these charming gourd ladies...

...and this adobe house exterior.

"The Gourd Ladies"
Her "The Gourd Ladies" is a classic.

Isn't "Fiesta" fun with that fringed bottom?

Here is her "Red Kerchief" inspired by a Monet painting.  Notice her use of tulle.  I suspect Caela was the first to use tulle on top of needlepoint.

But she created beautiful geometrics, too.

This is her "Evening at the Ritz."

Not to mention lovely appliqué pieces.  This is "Royal Oak."

And she created one of a kind pieces that are show-stoppers, like this jacket in the National Academy of Needleart's permanent collection or this stunning jacket with matching dress.

This necklace "For Shore" is gorgeous!

"Shihoko The Bride"
My favorite piece is her " Shihoko The Bride"--I can't find a finished photograph online but if I do, I'll post it here.

UPDATE: Thanks to Pat C. I have photographs of Shihoko for you to enjoy.  Thank you, Pat!

UPDATE #2: Needlepoint Now magazine has reprinted the counted design Caela did for one of their issues in their newsletter.  Enjoy and think of Caela's talent!

It's a sad day for needlepointers.  But we are lucky we had her for as long as we did.


UPDATE #3:  Someone posted a copy of Caela's "Reprise" on Facebook so I grabbed it to post here for her fans to enjoy.

"Stitchy Witchy Hats"

UPDATE #4:  Someone posted a photo of Stitchy Witchy Hats on Facebook so I grabbed the photo for us here.

UPDATE #5:  I don't know the name of this lovely piece.  If you do, please let me know!

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Bloomsbury Needlepoint

Bloomsbury, Virginia Woolf, Duncan Grant--have you heard of these names?  Whether you are interesting in British literature or style, you'll want to check out Virginia and Leonard Woolf's house, which is full of needlepoint.

If you want to learn more, look for Bloomsbury Needlepoint, which is out of print.

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