Nancee has always been involved with design. As a commercial interior design working for a large AE firm in Chicago, Nancee received several awards. Since her ‘retirement’ to Cedarburg, WI, Nancee has continued to design using her love of punch needle as a backdrop. Recently Nancee was featured in the Spring 2015 issue of Punch Needle and Primitive Stitcher magazine. Nancee was also just featured in the Autumn, 2015 issue of Simply Vintage magazine published by Quiltmania. Nancee has a 10-page spread in this issue!!
Punchneedle Embroidery is an ancient art. It is believed hollowed out bird bones were first used to mark clothing. While textile remnants have been found all around the world, the one place where there has been a continuous thread is Russia where a group known as the Old Believers have brought this art to the modern world. Folk Artists like Nancee have been creating pieces since the 1970’s when the Old Believers settled in Oregon and Alaska.