An Interview with Beth Gantz

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Lakewood, Ohio-based designer Beth Gantz has been creating beautiful needlepoint projects for years. Her fresh, happy designs inspire both beginner and experienced stitchers alike.

We recently had a chance to chat with Beth and learn more about her work, which you can read below.

Beth has also graciously provided this pattern for a needlepoint project that can be worked in our gorgeous Pearl Variations size 5 thread.

The simple pattern is perfect for working with these multi-colored threads, and you can download the pdf pattern here.

DMC Color Infusions Memory Thread is also used in the project, and has been couched in place in the center of the upper flower.

Our Interview with Beth:

How did you begin to needlepoint, and are you self-taught or formally trained? Do you think this affects your practice, and how?

My M.ed is in Adult Learning and Development.  Hopefully that influenced my desire to work with all ages interested in learning to stitch.  We have many artists in our family as well.  My mother is a needlepoint designer, my grandfather was a commercial artist.  My grandmother was a skilled stitcher, knitter, and painter.

Describe your studio and studio practice.

I work in a pretty small space, but there is a lot of natural light and white walls.  I am surrounded by all sorts of needlepoint threads and display materials.

How has your work evolved since you first began working with needlepoint?

I started out targeting the entry level stitcher.  I still think that is essential to the future of needlepoint.  But it is hard to hold back from moving toward more intermediate projects.  So I work with more complicated designs but try to focus on them as teaching tools.

Most of your work is fun, contemporary designs and colors. Can you talk about what draws you to these themes both conceptually and visually?

I thought if the look is fresh and trendy, the younger stitchers would like it.  It has been well received by all ages, which I am happy about but did not expect.

Tell us a little about your company, Beth Gantz Designs, and  the next direction or step for your work.

I am always looking for ways to attract new stitchers of all ages.  I’ll keep pursuing that goal.  I am also introducing items for the next level of ability so the beginners can continue to use my products as they learn and grow.

What else do you spend your time doing and do any of these influence your work?

I enjoy golfing, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.  I have always been fascinated by trends in home decor and fashion.  I look outside the industry for what is happening design wise.

Where can we see your work?

My web site is www.bethgantzdesigns.com. There you can see my designs, as well as in stores nationwide.  www.tnna.org has a listing of shops carrying my products.





 


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