Needlepoint has come a long way, mostly due to the introduction of more creative fibers and modern patterns. As one of the younger stitchers in any needlepoint class or shop, I’ve become interested in pushing the boundaries of this endangered craft. Encouraged by the knitting revival, I decided to develop hip and quick needlepoint projects to appeal to a more contemporary audience. If I have my way, needlepoint will be the new knitting.

These bracelets are easy, quick, and very chic. While stitchable in a weekend, they look much more complicated. Both pieces combine silk with metallic threads to create a look that goes with jeans as well as a black cocktail dress. Once they are stitched, take the bracelets to a needlepoint shop to finish for about $20 (or do it yourself).