Terry Dryden has been designing and teaching for more than twenty years. Her designs range from delicate florals to bold geometrics and bargellos, and she’s continually exploring new ways to combine color, texture and stitch to create her beautiful designs. Her needlework training has included dozens of workshops by prominent designers, the ANG and the EGA, and she has studied Art and Architectural Design at U.C. Berkeley and Extension. Several of Terry’s designs have been featured in NeedlePointers magazine, as does her ongoing In Stitches column.
In addition to designing, Terry is also an ANG Master Teacher and leads workshops including mini and one-day classes, as well as classes that span several days. Terry also produces unique kits available through her web site.
When did you first start doing needlepoint, and what inspired you to start?
I began my involvement in needlepoint in 1973 when a new shop, Le Stitcherie, opened in my neighborhood. They had walls of colorful hand-painted canvases and threads and a wonderful needlework teacher – Georgia Devlin. She taught us decorative stitches, bargello patterns and pulled thread stitches, all integrated into interesting geometric designs. I created my first design soon after in a attempt to incorporate all that I had just learned.
What is your main source of inspiration?
Patterns seen in everyday items such as baskets, textiles, tiles, brickwork and others provide constant inspiration.
How many hours per day do you spend designing and stitching?
I create four to five new designs a year, so when I am working on something new, I am designing and stitching four to six hours a day.
What are some of your favorite subjects?
I love to combine floral elements with geometric patterns.
Is there another needlepoint designer whose work influenced or encouraged you to start designing?
The works of needlework artists Jan Beany and Jean Littlejohn have encouraged me to experiment, as well as Kaffe Fassett with his bold color sense.
Do you belong to a needlework club or guild?
Yes, I belong to both the American Needlepoint Guild and the Embroiderers Guild of America.
Do you teach as well?
I teach at seminars, guilds and groups around the country.