Jeanette Rees is an award winning needle arts designer and teacher. She began stitching and designing in junior high school when she took a sewing class. She added cross stitched strawberries on the border of a summer robe to make the design her own. In her early years, she continued to learn all about the world of needle arts including cross stitch, needlepoint, embroidery, knitting, crochet, quilting, and whatever else she found interesting. Marrying a career military man and spending a lot of time overseas, she always made a point to learn a local art or craft, whether it was bean collecting on Guam or seaweed printing in Hawaii. These early experiences continue to influence her work today.
After military retirement, she and her husband opened a wonderful needlework shop by combining the best of the shops visited during their years of traveling. She carried a diverse inventory of cross stitch & needlepoint, offering classes, workshops, and finishing services. Her husband's custom framing rounded out the shop and was a great contribution to their successful venture. During this time, she was designing cross stitch charts and continues to periodically create new cross stitch designs including an annual ornament for Just Cross Stitch magazine.
In 2004, after major damage from Hurricane Ivan, they retired from the shop, allowing Jeanette the freedom to devote more of her time to her true love of designing and teaching needle arts at seminars throughout the U.S. She has taught all levels of classes in canvas work, hardanger, stumpwork, surface stitching, and all forms of embroidery. She has taught for ANG, EGA, Stitchery Groups, EGA chapters, retreats, and retail shops. She especially enjoys watching her students evolve in their stitching.
Jeanette lives in North Carolina with her husband, enjoying their views of the mountains. They have two grown children and three grandchildren. She enjoys continuing her needle arts education
at EGA and ANG National, Regional and local Chapter Seminars.