|Catherine Reurs was smitten by needlework at age six. She learned to sew from her grandmother and mother, and made clothes and accessories for her collection of teddy bears and trolls. Her passion grew to encompass all textiles and forms of embellishment and she experimented with numerous craft media. After college Reurs returned to needlework, creating a number of quilts and all of her business suits. She also began needlepointing|
found it perfectly suited to her busy travel schedule, as the canvas and wool could
be easily stashed in her briefcase.
Reurs is a self-taught artist with a BA in Art History from Tufts University. In addition to working as an artist in a variety of media (oil painting, collage and beads are current passions), by day Reurs is a banker. She served as a second vice president with Chase Manhattan Bank in Milan, Italy, and London, England, and is currently a vice president with Needham Bank in Massachusetts. She lives outside of Boston in a rambling turn-of-the-century house, which she shares with her sister and several Burmese cats.
She has written two needlepoint books, In Splendid Detail: Needlepoint Art (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1991) and Splendid Needlepoint (Lark Books, 1997), both published to international acclaim. Her work has been featured in over 100 magazines, including Traditional Home, House Beautiful, Woman's Day Decorating, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes & Gardens Cross Stitch & Needlework, Arts & Crafts Magazine, and Stitchery Magazine. Reurs is sought after as a teacher and speaker and has taught classes across the USA and Canada. Since 2010, she has taught needlepoint at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education.
Reurs' designs have also been featured in many craft books, including Making Paper & Fabric Rubbings (Lark Books), The Big Book of Halloween (Lark), 100 Ways to Say I Love You (Lark), Learn to Cross Stitch (ASN Publishing), Molas! (Lark), The Book of Christian Crafts (Lark), Cat Crafts (Lark), A Crafters Book of Santas (Lark), A Crafters Book of Angels (Lark), Birds & Beasts in Needlepoint (Clarkson Potter), and Carolyn Warrender's Book of Stenciling (André Deutsch Ltd.). She is a featured designer for The CARON Collection of beautiful hand-dyed needlework fibers. She has created numerous custom pieces and welcomes commissions.
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