Forest Needlework Artist Spreads Passion for Technique by Teaching

FOREST – For needlework veteran Joyce Houck, learning and perfecting the art of needle painting has been an ongoing labor of love.

Though she’s worked with a needle and thread on other techniques for 38 years, she said she started focusing on needle painting in earnest around 10 years ago.

Needle painting, also known as thread painting or silk shading, is needlework meant to resemble realistic paintings of subjects such as flowers, birds and other animals. Houck said it has a long history but she hasn’t seen it for very long in the States.