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Old World Designs Story


Linda Mendenhall purchased Old World Designs in 1991. Originally at Allied Arts, we have been on Santa Cruz Avenue since 2002. Linda brings fun to any endeavor and has an amazing eye for color and design.

We are a full service needlepoint shop with hand painted canvases across many subjects, a scrumptious array of fibers from traditional wools and cottons to yummy silks, metallics, and vegan fibers, and all sorts of fun tools and accessories. Classes, private and group, are available for every level of stitcher. Beginners start with a one-hour private lesson. Join us Thursday or Friday for weekly stitch-ins with fellow needlepointers.

If you are pressed for time, we can create a stitch guide for your canvas and even have it stitched by expert needlepointers. When you have completed your piece we would love to help you have it fabricated. Take a look at our Fabrication Gallery for inspiration.

Create art and relieve stress with needlepoint at the Old World Gal Corral.

our team

Linda - intrepid leader and party planner extraordinaire

Linda started stitching with her mother and grandmother at a young age.  She has an amazing eye for color and design and is always happy to help you plan a project or decide the best way to fabricate it.  Have a great time at the Old World Gal Corral anytime, but especially during special events like movie night, Halloween, Mother's Day, National Stitch In Day...
Cammie
Cammie - addicted needlepointer inspired by the wonderful community of stitchers

Cammie learned embroidery during her childhood stitching pillowcases, tea towels, and calendars with sparkly sequins. She learned needlepoint in high school and has been addicted ever since!  She loves learning new stitches and taking classes, but her favorite part about needlepoint is the community of stitchers whom inspire her daily.
Carolyn - stitcher extraordinaire

Carolyn loves to stitch and is always taking classes to improve her knowledge.  Her range of projects runs from ornaments, to stunning purses, to landscapes for framing, to large pillows. Carolyn enjoys sharing her knowledge of color, stitches and design.  You can find her in the shop most Mondays and Thursdays when she isn't traveling the world.
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Chris - stitcher extraordinaire

Chris is never without a stitching project  She has an innate sense of color and expertly chooses stitches, always achieving just the effect she seeks. Four grandsons and a granddaughter guarantee a steady stream of Christmas ornament projects with several large projects a year added for good measure.
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Elizabeth - stitching enthusiast


Elizabeth began needlepointing as a graduate student to stay awake during long, evening experiments and fell in love with the craft. With an eye for color, she loves exploring different fibers, stitches, and techniques to enhance a project. You can often find her stitching canvases with cats for herself or creating gifts for family and friends. 

Julie - power stitcher with amazing color sense

Julie loves to stitch.  She always has a project going and finishes an astonishing number of pieces each year - what a lucky family!  Come into the shop on most Tuesdays or Wednesdays and Julie will be happy to help you choose a canvas, pull threads and embark on your creative path.
Michelle - a fresh stitching perspective

Michelle loves stitching and brings enthusiasm to everything she does! She brings a fresh eye to our customers' projects with knowledge of the newer designers often seen on social media. 
Suzanne - lifelong stitcher

Suzanne began handwork at a young age and became entranced by needlepoint in high school. Her first big project was the giant panda Ling Ling; she finished the panda in the mid 70's but didn't finish the background until she was over 40!  Along the way she has stitched ornaments, holiday decorations, pillows, book covers, birth announcements, wedding gifts. Suzanne loves to teach - beginners to expert stitchers - offering group lessons and private lessons.