About Dee

DeElda Wittmack has been in the needlework business since 1970. She began by designing a small pillow canvas of a sailboat and the next day began doing custom design for a shop in California. Since that time and while raising two children, she has designed for hundreds of private clients as well as dozens of craft and needlework magazines. Ladies’ Home Journal, McCall’s, Better Homes & Gardens, BH& G Grandparents, BH&G Christmas Crafts, Country Home, and Victoria are a few of those magazines.

In 1994, DeElda launched her exclusive needlepoint design line at The National Needle Arts Association trade show. Currently that expanded line of needlepoint can be seen in most shops nationwide and in Canada. Designs are added to this line every year and in 2007 she unveiled a 40-product line of beginner hand-painted needlepoint kits under her name. The success of this line of beginner kits continues to bring more young and old into the wonderful world of enjoying the needle arts. This line of Beginner Kits was purchased in 2013 by The Colonial Needle Company and is still being distributed under DeElda’s name.

In 2002, DeElda added a quilt pattern line to her list of products, and in 2006 Martingale & Company published her first quilt book titled Appliqué at Play, 19 Sports Blocks to Mix and Match. Her line of quilt patterns and the book is made up of fun and funky appliqué wall hangings and quilts. Due to the success of this book, she has been drawn into the new world of contemporary custom quilt design and she loves it!

Through her work with the Fons & Porter organization, DeElda has been Editor of two magazines – a craft magazine called make*ability and Fons & Porter’s Love of Knitting.

In 2011 DeElda moved to North Carolina to be closer to her son and daughter, their families and her four grandchildren – Caroline, James, Langston and Jack. She also enjoys writing children’s books, playing bridge, and being outdoors with grandchildren. After running several marathons and raising money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society her knees have given out and she is content with walking in the beautiful North Carolina Queen City of Charlotte.

PH: 515-865-3037 * Email: dee@deelda.com
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