The Art Of Needlepoint Cats

Forget about the dog days of summer, we all know that cats rule the space-time continuum. If you haven't already fallen in love with internet cat sensations Lil Bub, Grumpy Cat, George2Legs, Maru, Snoopy the Cat, Colonel Meow, Nala, Cooper the Photographer Cat, then you're probably using your time wisely, and we a-paws you, er, APPLAUD you.

For the rest of us who love cats, there's a must-have needlepoint canvas line from designer Marla Pelz of MAP Designs to stitch and show all of our friends, or at the very least hang in our hallway galleries. Each design is a cat-take on a famous painting or famous painter's style. Marla has stitch guides for several, and often uses Kreinik metallic threads. A favorite is using Kreinik Hot-Wire wired #16 Braid for the cat whiskers.

Designs like Pecasto, Chatese, Toolooz, Melo, Catzoir and Vengo are purrfect—sorry, can't help it—perfect for offering a classic design, with a cat motif, for your own artistic interpretation. Your stitches and threads are your paints…and your MAP cat design will be one-of-a-kind.

Marla has been designing hand painted needlepoint canvases for several years. She also owned a retail shop specializing in needlepoint, knitting and crochet. Today she focuses on the painted canvas line as well as teaching classes in her studio near Los Angeles, California. You can see more of Marla's designs on her website http://www.mapdesignsneedleworks.com/ or in needlepoint stores.

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