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Our Beginnings


I have always loved beautiful delicate feminine things, colour, and making pretty things with my hands.

As a child I loved my colouring-in books and began knitting and sewing - just like my mum - and she taught me how to do fancy work

(embroider designs that had been traced/printed on to linen fabric)

and finish the pieces with a crochet edge.

In 1985 counted thread work became my passion and in 1988, after being a stay-at-home mum for seventeen years.

I opened a little shop in the town of Mosgiel, near the city of Dunedin in the South Island of New Zealand,

selling special greeting cards, high quality gifts and prestigious needlework products and accessories

and began teaching needlework classes at my home and having special stitch days and evenings at my home for anyone who wanted to attend.

I also organised exhibitions of students finished pieces of needlework.

In 1993 my husband, Keith, and I returned to the North Island and ever since then

I have continued sharing my love of counted thread needlework

and provided quality needlework products, accessories and designs to whomever visited our home.

Hundreds of needlework pieces are permanently displayed throughout every room

and visitors are welcome to wander through the house at their leisure.

For many years I had the desire to design and in 2010 that dream became a reality when I published my first design.

Since then I have continued to design and had the privilege of teaching and exhibiting my designs

at many needlework retreats and exhibitions overseas -

Australia, USA, Italy and Belgium.

I am blessed and thankful to my Heavenly Father and to those who love and support me,

especially my daughter, Melissa and my exceptional husband, Keith

who has encouraged me with all my endeavours.

Your needlework friend,


Barberry Row With Love

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