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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 1 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.

Terms & Conditions

Return Policy

Canvases, kits, books, and special orders are not returnable.

Threads with receipt may be returned within 90 days of purchase for store credit.

Fabrication Policy

A credit card on file is required for fabrication orders.  We will charge you when your completed item arrives in the store.

Class Policy

All classes and lessons will be paid in full upon registration.  Classes and lessons are non-cancelable and non-refundable.  With 10 days notice you may reschedule your class or lesson.

Special Order Policy

A credit card on file is required for all special orders (canvases, custom artwork, creative consultations/stitch guides, fabrication, etc).  We will charge you when your item arrives in the store.  Special orders are non-cancelable and non-returnable.


Coming from Route 101 Southbound
Take exit 408 CA 84/ Woodside Road.  Turn left of El Camino Real.  Turn right on Santa Cruz Ave (the main street in downtown Menlo Park).  Parking is behind the store.  Turn left on Chestnut Street and park in the lot on the left or the right (3 hour limit.)
Coming from Route 101 Northbound
Take exit 404B Willow Road.  Turn left on Middlefield Road.  Turn left on Ravenswood Avenue, cross over the tracks and turn right on Chestnut Street (at the end of Trader Joe's.)  Park in the lot on the right or the left (3 hour limit.)
Coming from 280 Southbound
Take exit 24 Sand Hill Road and continue to Santa Cruz Avenue.  Parking is behind the store.  Turn right on Chestnut Street and park in the lot on the left or the right (3 hour limit.)
Coming from 280 Northbound
Take exit 22 Alpine Road and continue to Santa Cruz Avenue.  Parking is behind the store.  Turn right on Chestnut Street and park in the lot on the left or the right (3 hour limit.)

Contact Us

727 Santa Cruz Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Phone:               (650)321-3494
Facebook:         @OWD1216  Old World Designs Needlepoint

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 - 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 and has done a lot of San Francisco designs as that is her favorite city!  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.
Chris Bordeleau Photo
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.
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 Box
Michelle - a fresh stitching perspective

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

Suzanne's grandmother and mother always had a "handwork" piece with them from huck toweling, to embroidery and crewel, to bargello and needlepoint.  At a young age Suzanne began handwork and became entranced by needlepoint in high school.  Her first big project was Ling Ling (one of the 2 pandas gifted to the National Zoo from China); she finished the panda in the mid 70's but never did 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 in person on the first Saturday of the month and via Zoom on the first Thursday.  You can also schedule a private lesson in person or via Zoom.