JULIEMAR & FRIENDS introduces its new art by KAMALA. The KAMALA line is designed by Kathy M.Lanza, an artist
in her own right since 1977, who specializes in custom designs of your pet or animal. The KAMALA line features our
Purse Puppies and wildlife ornaments, as well as cute bunnies, chicks and kittens. We plan on more pets, purses and ornaments in the upcoming months. You can see Kathy's variety of custom work by linking on www.animalart-bylanza.com. and FaceBook: Animal Art by LANZA.
JulieMar and Friends is a needlepoint company with fun abstract designs as well as traditional ones. It
was started in the 1970s by Julie Thompson, a plein air artist, who specialized in beautiful landscapes
and realistic florals. Julie has a unique elegant style that captures the beauty of the setting, whether a
mountain scene or ocean view. Her landscapes are simple to stitch and come with fiber & stitch guides.
In 2008, Julie decided to pursue other ventures and PLD Designs purchased the line. Patricia has been
stitching designs since she was a child. In 2002, having quit her full time job, Patricia began spending
more time at needlepoint shops. Needlepoint had entered a new phase in 35 years – new techniques
were used, new fibers and vibrant canvases were offered. Patricia was hooked. When she discovered
Julie Thompson was selling JulieMar Needlepoint Company, she decided to pursue a new venture.
Since 2008, the JulieMar line has evolved. Julie Thompson's beautiful florals and landscapes are still
prominently featured. This year, new designs have been created in the Julie Thompson style and others,
sleeping for several years, have been reactivated. We will continue developing beautiful florals and
landscapes in the JulieMar tradition.
Additionally, several new artists have joined the JulieMar line and now compose about one third of
the available designs. Florence Schiavo was the first artist to join the JulieMar family. Florence is a
pastel artist and carries a line of greeting cards and affordable framed art. Her collection can be seen
at www.minervagrace.com. Florence specializes in portraits, and she has created the Elegant Ladies
series; beautiful women of an elegant era. Halloween designs - "dress-up", will be featured in 2012.
Florence has also contributed to our Christmas collection and paints all of our abstract florals.
Sally Corey joined us next. Sally is a needlepoint artist who began her career as a fabric designer. She
comes to JulieMar with fun, abstract designs, perfect for home decor. The designs are in waves and
patterns, with bright colors-- perfect for using different fibers and techniques. We now offer over 35
designs by Sally.
In 2012 Erin McGee Ferrell will join the JulieMar family. Erin specializes in captivating life in cities and
towns. The art is vibrant and detailed, but with a large sweeping flow, enabling embellishment if
desired. Come see her "Small Town America" series. Erin's canvases will debut at the Phoenix market
in January 2012. Her canvases can be viewed at www.erinmcgeeferrell.com
Laurie Ludwin and Katerina Dee also contribute to the line. Laurie designs are perfect for your children and grandchildren, alphabet animals, robots & fun geometric shapes with stitch guides. She has also added to the Halloween collection. Although the number of canvases contributed by both artists to date is small, we're hoping to get more designs in the future.
We are continuing to seek new talent, in new genre. Join us for an adventure in needlepoint.