Paige Smith-Wyatt

artist | designer | educator | author

New Hand-painted Needlepoint Canvas and Video Stitch Guide

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The design area measures 4 inches round and is stitch-painted on 18 ct. mesh mono Zweigart needlepoint canvas.

The design area measures 4 inches round and is stitch-painted on 18 ct. mesh mono Zweigart needlepoint canvas.

This is my latest hand-painted needlepoint canvas design. I was inspired by a historic textile in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I haven’t decided whether I’ll turn my stitched example into an ornament or the front of a small bag/purse.

This canvas (+ it comes with a suggested thread list and instructions) is available in my Etsy shop (available as canvas only or canvas + kit). I also created a free video tutorial/stitch guide for stitching this canvas:

Nature Brooches Wool Applique and

Paige Smith-Wyatt

Continuing with the work of transforming images from my contemplative photography and art making for my dissertation into embroidery, wool applique, and punch needle designs, I created these three sweet brooch pins.


The little birdy and the orange blossom were inspired by an ink drawing/painting I did after a contemplative nature walk - my usual walk on the Florida State University campus from the parking garage to my department's building.  As I walked across campus I saw sweet little sparrows flitting around in the grass and as I passed the citrus grove I observed that many of the trees had their first blossoms.

little sparrows flitting

orange blossoms hinting

of Spring

political interruption

based on assumption

made hazy my compunction

ink and water

mingled together

restored harmony


As I worked on these brooches, I thought of how creating needlework designs based on my experiences in the doctoral program and through my contemplative artistic practice research was a natural extension of that work.  Handwork and embroidery is a relaxing and peaceful activity that allows the mind to enter a state of contemplation and for my whole being to be at peace.  


These designs are available as digital PDF patterns in my Etsy shop:


Little Birdie    

Orange Blossoms

My Visual Essay Published in International Journal

Paige Smith-Wyatt


My visual essay, Understanding Art as Experience Through Painting, was just published in the International Journal of Education Through Art, Volume 15, Number 2, 1 June 2019, pp. 243-248(6).


John Dewey’s ([1934] 2005) Art as Experience, and Maxine Greene’s (2001), Variations on a Blue Guitar, are seminal texts of art education. I experienced my own comprehension of these classics through reading as well as my own art-making process. Working through tension and resistance, and arriving at a synthesis with my own ideas, I gained a depth of understanding at which I could not have arrived without also experiencing and learning through the process of painting. This visual essay provides a glimpse into the act of art-making as an emergent and integral part of the learning process to inform how art education students may reach a fulfilling conclusion to integrating foundational texts with their work as art educators in order to open a world of possibilities for their students.

Update (10.01.2019) I just received a copy of the Journal in the mail and was delighted and honored to find my painting on the cover!