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November 23rd, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

SPUN Founder Mary Smull brings the mission to the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft – Friday, December 2 & Saturday, December 3, 2011!


Mary Smull, Lute Player, Found unfinished needlepoint completed by the artist using only white yarn, 20" x 21", 2011

Several pieces from the Finished Works series are featured at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft as part of the current exhibition Beyond Useful & Beautiful: Rethinking Domestic Craft, on display from October 1 – January 8, 2012.  Now our founder brings the SPUN mission to the HCCC audience  in person!


Friday, December 2, 2011
6:00 – 7:00 PM
Group Therapy – Finish Fetish
In the Large Gallery at HCCC


Do you find yourself filled with anxiety and guilt about incomplete projects around the house? Pulling your hair out about that knitted scarf you started last winter for your sister? If so, HCCC invites you to join visiting needlepoint artist, Mary Smull, for a group therapy session on society’s fetish with finishing projects. Bring your unfinished projects to work on or stories about plans never realized to share in our large gallery on Friday night. Attendees will leave with a lightened conscience about their unfinished works and a deeper understanding of the impetus behind Smull’s Unfinished Needlepoint series.


Saturday, December 3, 2011
1:00 – 4:30 PM
Join SPUN in Getting it Done!
A Community Needlepoint Project
In the Large Gallery at HCCC


Do you begin needlepoint projects only to abandon them before finishing? You are not alone.  Join Mary Smull in completing a collection of unfinished needlepoint as part of the Society for the Prevention of Unfinished Needlework (SPUN). The Society was founded by Smull in 2009 to “eliminate the worldwide phenomenon of unfinished needlepoint” and has been rescuing incomplete works through performances across the country. Visitors are invited to participate by completing stitches in unfinished needlepoint projects. Needlepointers of all abilities are welcome! Once complete, these works will be archived as part of SPUN’s collection.


For more information, please visit the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft website: