The Knotted Needle is an exceptional Michigan needlepoint and knitting shop that is your best resource for the highest quality knitting, crochet and needlepoint supplies, tools, classes, books, buttons and patterns all carefully selected with our customers in mind. We carry an extensive variety of premier yarns, buttons, totes, and more to support your passion for knitting and crochet. We think you’ll find what you need for your next project with over 130 types of yarn from 40 different yarn designers. We have a great selection of needles and notions for your knitting and crochet projects.
We have over 1,000 hand-painted needlepoint canvases in stock from ornaments and bottle stoppers, to belts and large canvases by the top designers in the business. Our needlepoint thread selection is one of the most comprehensive in the U.S. with more than 140 different complete thread lines. We have a great selection of embellishments, sequins and beads to enhance your projects. Come in and enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee or tea while you shop, take a class or just relax with friends on our welcoming sofa, and knit or stitch to your heart's content.
Becky has been doing needlepoint and embroidery since she was a about ten. She has taken classes around the country from many instructors including Julia Snyder, Sandra Arthur, Carolyn Hedge Baird, Kathy Fenchel, Kelly Clark, Cynthia Thomas, John Waddell, Tony Mineri and Suzi Vallerie. In addition, she had the great pleasure to attend a 3-week embroidery retreat in English with instructors, Philippa Turnbull, Meredith Willett and Alison Cole. Because of her extensive exposure to needlework, she understands needlepoint styles of all kinds. Her personal interest is in 17th century English embroidery, and she likes to apply many of those techniques and materials to modern needlepoint.
Ellen Taylor was encouraged from a young age to be creative. As a child, she was taught to cook and sew by her mother. Her family renovated and maintained four homes, and as she was growing up, she learned lots of things including drywall, painting, wallpaper, flooring installation, garden overhaul and lawn maintenance. Somewhere along the way in Indian Guides, Girl Scouts or 4-H, she learned to crochet. When she was twelve her grandmother tried to teach her to knit but it didn't stick. As Ellen worked on her bachelor's at Western, she took up cross stitch and continued to crochet to fill her time between classes. As a young professional, she stitched and crocheted many gifts as friends got married and had children. These included wedding thank you gifts for her parents and in-laws. As her own children were growing up, Ellen tried again to learn to knit. The book she was learning from didn't replace the personal attention required to diagnose what she was doing incorrectly. A personal touch made the difference. Her instructor watched, she was able to point out and help her correct her mistakes. Since then Ellen has created many handmade items, both knitted and crocheted. Her enthusiasm and love for fiber arts has led her to design her own garments and patterns. She has taken classes with Sally Melville, Laura Bryant, Sarah Peasley, Deb McDermott and Galina Khmeleva. She worked previously at Artisan Knitworks.
Patty began stitching in the summer before high school. Her mother sent her to a beginner sample class with her grandmother to help her grandmother keep busy after her grandfather passed away. Patty was immediately hooked (her grandmother not such much!). She continued to needlepoint over the years but really got involved when she married and moved to Grosse Pointe about 30 years ago. Since then she has taken numerous classes and workshops and has made a variety of projects of which her favorites are her Christmas stockings and Nativity. She has also enjoyed donating her stitching talent with others for local fundraisers. She loves working at the Knotted Needle. She says, “Everyday, I’m not only surrounded by beautiful canvases and threads, but talented instructors and stitchers creating works of art.”