Jean Wallen – Needlepointer

Southern Pines, North Carolina

Jean graduated from Michigan State University in 1956, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History.  She began needlepoint stitching at the historic Keeler Tavern in Ridgefield, Connecticut.  The tavern sports a large hole created by a cannon ball fired in the Revolutionary War!  After several years of classes, she began teaching her own classes at the Keeler.  She joined the Embroiderers’ Guild of America and went on to earn certification to teach needlepoint embroidery.

Jean and her husband, Bud, moved to Prairie Village, Kansas, in 1975, where she began teaching in her home studio.  Still continuing to take classes, she became increasingly advanced in her skills.  With two friends, she opened a shop, Needle Fiber Arts in Kansas.  Another move back to Connecticut preceded her eventual move to Southern Pines in 1987, where she has continued her stitching, teaching, and designing.

Her lovely and intricate needlepoint pieces on display in One of a Kind Gallery are ones Jean designed or modified.  Jean continues to teach at Moore than Needlepoint, a shop in Pinehurst, at the ripe old age of 83.  She often comments that it is “her wonderful students who keep me plugging along!”  Yeah for her students!