Nonno’s Corner: Home of the Needlepoint Pet Portrait

Hello, all! I had a different blog post planned and researched for today, but I’m more excited about the addition of Nonno’s Corner, your one-stop-shop for a needlepoint pet portrait. So, since I love following inspiration wherever it leads, I’m going to give you the rundown of those details, instead. We’ll return to the regularly scheduled programming next week. 🙂

The Story Behind Nonno’s Corner

My husband’s Italian grandfather, Joseph Ricci, is more commonly and affectionately known as Nonno. He is a man with many interests and hobbies, and one of those hobbies happens to be needlepoint. As you can see from this photo, he has a remarkable talent for it (the pattern is his own design!):

Needlepoint pet portrait of a horse from Nonno's Corner

Amazing, right?!

At a recent family reunion in New Hampshire, Nonno pulled me aside and handed me a few samples of his work. He then asked if I thought a needlepoint pet portrait business would be worth a try. Needless to say, I immediately jumped on board. From this day forward, Nonno will be doing all of the needlepoint work, and I’ll handle the orders, customer service, and marketing for this adventure. I love his unique take on the pet portrait genre, and I can’t wait to see what comes of this collaboration!

Available Right Now:

Nonno has been very prolific already, so he has several portraits readymade based on photos that called out to him to be adapted as needlepoint. If you fall in love with any of these and want to add some animal art to your home, drop me a line and I’ll create a custom listing for you. (I plan on adding Nonno’s Corner directly to the store, too, but that’s going to take some tech work on my end. It might take a few weeks!) For the full pricing chart, please see Nonno’s Corner.

Does the butterfly look familiar? He used my marker drawing tutorial as inspiration – that should give you some idea of how well he captures images with his self-drafted patterns!

Order Your Custom Needlepoint Pet Portrait

The process is really simple! Check out Nonno’s Corner for prices and other information, then email me anytime with a selection of photos of your pet (or a friend or family member’s pet, if it’s a gift). I’ll loop Nonno in ASAP, and together we’ll figure out which photo will work best for adaptation. He’ll fill us in on what timeline makes sense (he works fast, but the number of orders placed at once will inevitably vary throughout the year), and we’ll ship it to you or your requested recipient as soon as it’s complete.

Questions? Concerns? Requests? Email me or use the contact form, and I’ll do my best to help you out!

Until next week,


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