About The Needlework Boutique
The Needlework Boutique commenced operations in Europe in November 2001. Initially just an internet store based in The Netherlands, the business expanded to include regular open days and special events, including classes and appearances at needlework expos. In July 2005, The Needlework Boutique shut its doors for about 5 months during which time the owner returned to her home country of Australia, reopening in December 2005.
At The Needlework Boutique you will find a large selection of European and American materials which are often difficult to source in Australia. We also provide you with all the advice you need to get the greatest enjoyment from your needlework.
The Needlework Boutique is owned and managed by Bernadette Huysing. Having first picked up a needle and thread at the age of around 8 and taught basic needlepoint by her mother and Grandmother, Bernadette has been taught by some of the most highly respected needleworkers in Australia and around the world.
When Bernadette is not teaching or looking after her business, she is often found with a needle in her hand, cross stitching, embroidering or working on a quilt. As a traditional needleworker, Bernadette is just as likely to be found at a textile art event as she is at a Sampler Gathering, studying the historical aspects of this art form.
Now teaching secondary school textiles has brought a whole new dimension and understanding to her own needlework.