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Carolyn Hedge Baird.
Carolyn is our resident author and has written Needlepointing in Your Nest, Merry Needlepoint, Merry Easter Eggs, Wacky Halloween Houses (containing stitch guides for Melissa Shirley's wacky Halloween houses) and A Rainbow of Stitches for Melissa Shirley's Noah's Ark and Animals. She teaches, works in the shop, writes stitch guides and owns "The Ribbonry" which sells ribbons and trims for finishing. Carolyn has a B.A. in Biology with a minor in Art History. She started needlepointing when she was 11 and has worked in the needlepoint business for 35 years. She has three "almost grown" children, three dogs, and several cats.

John Waddell.
John has been stitching for over 39 years. He has taught nationally for ANG seminars, TNNA markets and for many needlework guilds. In addition to those guilds, John belongs to the National Embroidery Teacher's Association and is a past president of that organization. He and his wife of 44 years, Karen, love to travel. They have taken numerous trips to Mexico with stitchers and with a Mexican Folk Art group.

Karen Lea.
Karen has been teaching needlepoint for many years in Houston, and at Chaparral for the last few. She has artistic flair which can be seen in the new signs that she painted for the shop and some fabulous displays she has created. She also has college-aged children and hails from the East Texas town of Tyler, where she (coincidentally) went to high school with our own Carolyn Baird.

Cindy Rigoni. Dr. Cynthia Rigoni-like many Houstonians Cindy is a northern transplant who got here from Wisconsin and Iowa as fast as she could and plans to never leave. She has degrees in Animal Science, Horticulture and Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University. Cindy started cross stitching at age six and won her first blue ribbon at the county fair at age 8. Crocheting, needlepoint, tatting and knitting classes followed; cross stitch, tatting and crochet then left due to the severe needlepoint addiction. The many classes and needlepoint addiction led to a judging certification from the National Academy of Needle Arts. She enjoys helping people see the potential in their canvases and creating beautiful art.

Dodie Jackson. Dodie Otey Jackson is our newest teacher to join the shop. Dodie started needlepointing at the age of 17 and has been an enthusiastic stitcher ever since. Dodie has a Business degree from the University of Colorado and is a retired Portfolio Manager. Her Stitch Guides are creative using not only needlepoint, but also embroidery, stump work and crochet techniques.
Sally Anne
Sally Anne Skarke.
I purchased Chaparral Needlework in the spring of 2008. I worked at the shop for 41/2 years before that and have been stitching since I was about 7 years old. My mother, grandmother, aunt, and two cousins are all stitchers - the addiction must be genetic! Now that my two children have "left the nest," I have found that I have too much time on my hands, and so far it's been hectic - but fun.

Sue Ella
Sue Ella Allen.
Sue Ella manages the shop when Sally Anne is not in. She belongs to just about every needlepoint guild there is. Sue Ella is the mother of Timothy, the wife of Tom, and was an engineer in a past life. Needless to say, she is awfully smart. She is also a really nice, helpful person who knows lots about needlework and beading.

Kathy Beny.

Julia Case.
Julia commutes to Chaparral from Fulshear, Texas. She has been doing different types of needlework since she was a child, but took up needlepoint again after a friend dragged her into Chaparral 2 years ago to see "the newer side of needlepoint." As with the rest of us, she is now hooked, and is working to support her addiction.

Pam Chambers.
Originally from Northwest Arkansas, Pam comes from a long line of stitchers. She learned to sew at an early age and began counted cross stitch and needlepoint at age 16. With her son in college, Pam and her husband, David live in Richmond with two small furry babies, Daisy and Max. Pam works full time as an oil and gas accountant, is active in her church and loves to play with fabric and threads.

Dolores Chapman.
Dolores is one of the newest employees at Chaparral. She worked full time for 31 years at Mobil Chemical Company before retiring in 2000 and decided to go back to work two days a week. She had been doing various types of handstitching since she was a little girl with her grandmother and started needlepointing about 45 years ago. She's now totally addicted and works to support her habit.

Margaret Amelia Jensen Clark. At native of Tyler, Texas, Margaret Clark took her first needlepoint class when she was 5 years old. For many years she has enjoyed sharing this artistic pastime with her mother Madeline Jensen. Residing in Katy, Texas, Margaret is happily married to Benjamin Clark and they have a precious son named Jack. They delight in their frequent travel, sharing meals, and exercising together. Margaret earned her BSN from TCU and MSN from UTHSC-Houston and she is a Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner. Margaret serves as a Tea Room Model for the Junior League of Houston and is a member of St. Frances Episcopal Church.

Kathy Dissen. Kathy has been needlepointing for a mere 35 years. Also, she is a 6th generation Texan and works in the shop 2 days a week. She has two lovely girls, and a new son-in-law - who they are "lucky to have." She recently served as president of The Bluebirds, a charitable organization, and is enjoying getting to spend more time here at the shop.

Cheryl Moore.

Terry Lewis.
Terry has been a needlepointer since high school when she taught herself how to stitch for a Home Ec project. After raising her 2 children, she worked for 10 years on the finishing side of the needlepoint business, and has now completed her rookie year for the retail side. Chaparral's customers and co-workers keep her inspired.

Nancy Thacker.
Nancy came to work at Chaparral in June 2013. She retired from San Jacinto College after 23 years in 2010 where she was a fundraiser for their Foundation. She still enjoys doing the same task as a volunteer for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and loves working "for the kids." Nancy has been doing some type of needleart since she was ten. Crewel, embroidery, and cross stitch were her passion until she stumbled over needlepoint quite by accident five years ago. She has been addicted ever since. Nancy and her husband Bob spend as much of time as possible with Jack, their adorable two year old grandson. They also enjoy traveling and spending time with family. Nancy works at Chaparral for the camaraderie with employees and customers, learning new stitches and techniques, and of course to support her new stitching habit.

Teri Lynne
Teri Lynne Rutherford.

Fanny Wilson.
Fanny comes to Chaparral whenever she can with her busy schedule of going to the groomer, etc. She doesn't know how to stitch, but she loves to greet stitchers at the door. She used to be proficient at chewing up threads and sewing implements but seems to have grown out of that tendency.
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