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Profile Photo of Chris & Annette is the result of a mother/daughter team that has a great passion for handcrafts. Both Annette Rosanelli and her daughter, Chris Rickert, inherited their love of crafting from generations of women in their family, including their grandmother and great-grandmother. For the two, crafting is a way to spend quality time together.

Some of the crafts the pair enjoy include counted cross stitch, sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery, machine embroidery, quilting, and needlepoint—all crafts that involve the use of a needle. So it was no surprise that this duo chose to use the word needle in the site’s name. And since they wanted to share information about their favorite crafts by providing helpful hints, tips and suggestions, they chose pointers to complete the website’s name. Put the words together and you have!

In Oct 2011, the pair started their Youtube channel, Needlepointers, and it has grown to over 82,000 subscribers, 600 videos and 13 million views. Click the Youtube link at the top of the page to see our videos, more photos and written directions for a lot of the projects or visit our Youtube channel. Subscribe to our channel to keep up with the new videos we post.

Chris serves as the site’s webmaster, designer and programmer while Annette locates all of the content and links enjoyed by’s guests since September 1998. Both make the video project tutorials our visitors enjoy.  They constantly strive to improve both the technical and creative parts of the website and welcome your comments.

Both Annette and Chris hope that visitors enjoy the videos and tutorials available through this site.


In 2020, Annette & Chris welcomed a new member of the team. 

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Wendy Heim specializes in writing content for our pages, and you can see her work on the many Topic and other pages throughout our site.  She has been a crafter and artist since childhood and loves sharing all kinds of crafts and fine arts with you.

There is a long line of crafters and artists in her family; her grandmothers and her mom introduced her to macramé, many types of needlework, sewing, cake decorating and much more. 

At age 13, she completed her first hand-pieced quilt which she and her grandmother quilted, also by hand. Wendy continues to quilt today, though a sewing machine has taken the place of the needle!

She currently quilts, hand embroideries, makes cards, and decorates cakes. She’s adventurous, and you will often find her at a fabric or craft shop looking for new things to try!


Happy Stitching!

Annette and Chris

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Annette & Chris are a mother/daughter team. We've brought you craft projects and tutorials through this web site for over 20 years.

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