Claudia Dutcher Kistler has always liked to work with her hands.
Claudia is known in the needlework world for owning Dutch Treat Needlecrafts [1991-2006]. During that time she became a counted thread designer known as Dutch Treat Designs. Her most familiar design concept is a 9 square tabletopper (doily) stitched on Anne Cloth fabric. Claudia has designed over 100 tabletopper patterns. Her other area of unique design is the adaptation or reproduction of Victorian mottoes. The mottoes are charted by Claudia to be stitched with traditional Victorian stitches on perforated paper or using Cross stitch only.
Claudia has a passion for antique needlework. She is a collector of several specific types of needlework. She uses pieces from her collections in her lectures and classes and as inspiration for projects. Her collection of antique perforated paper pieces is one of the largest collections in the USA. Her love and knowledge of Bristol orphan samplers enabled her to create the sampler handout that is now distributed by the George Muller Charitable Trust in Bristol, England. Her fascination with the Quakers and their needlework, and her growing collection of Quaker pieces, provide stories and education. Here is the goal of her Samplers with a Story lectures:
“Anyone can give information, but my goal is to find something about what I share that makes it personal for the listener. I try to give them a glimpse of the maker through genealogy (if possible), the tradition or school, and the technique. I want the attendees to feel that the time they spend listening to me is not wasted time, and I encourage them to keep looking and learning.”
Claudia, with her husband Bruce and their 3 cats, lives in Catalina, AZ. Bruce may be retired, but Claudia is still looking for that special sampler with a story.