About Me

Mary Legallet

I’ve done needlepoint since high school, but a visit to Needlepoint Inc in San Francisco in the mid-1990’s revealed decorative stitches and diverse thread choices that captured my imagination, and sparked a new, even deeper love for the craft. I then had the good fortune of learning under the tutelage of Beverly Churchfield, and the amazing late Wendy Harwood at Aristeia in Brentwood (now in Santa Monica). 

Creating whimsical designs and cultivating a crisp, clean style all my own became not only a passion, but also a refuge for me. So, after a 25+ year career in advertising and corporate marketing, where I helped launch more Lexus and Toyota vehicles than I can count, I chose to focus my life’s second chapter on needlepoint. I created whimsicalstitch.com to share the joy I find in every new needlepoint project, stitch technique, and even the threads I use. 

I have a pile of unfinished projects in the basement, just like everyone else.  And I swear I’m going to finish them all someday, once I’m done stitching.