elle-decor-x.JPGWe are very excited because the May issue of ELLE DECOR features our new needlepoint art which is created exclusively for PATCH NYC by two very special and talented ladies: our Moms!  For a while we have wanted to collaborate again with our Moms and since we had amassed quite a selection of small vintage frames  we came up with the concept for a collection of original needlework art.elle-cover-x.JPGFirst, we sketch the designs onto burlap fabric and select the embroidery floss colors.  Next, we make a diagram showing which color goes where and we give the fabric, floss and diagram to one of our Moms so they can complete the needlework.   For the last step, we choose a vintage frame to finish each piece and label the back either "Handmade by Carmella" or "Handmade by Yasuko".elle-decor-needle-points-x.JPGThese small scale works of art are available at BON in Tucson, GUMP'S in San Francisco, PAUL SMITH in Paris, ABC CARPET & HOME in New York and some are on display in the newly remodeled men's department at BARNEY'S in Chicago.