Jacqueline Meyers, better known as Jackie, was born and raised
in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA. Her mother, Marilynn was born
on Long Island, NY and has had careers as a nurse, flight attendant,
mother and founder of the antique business, which she still operates
to this day with Jackie. Jackie adds, "Mom loves antique
paper and postcards."
Her father, Roy Meyers is now retired, but was a Navy pilot,
who later flew for Pan Am. Jackie adds, "He is an expert
on W.W. I airplanes and writes articles for aviation magazines.
My Pop is an artistic genius and a super cartoonist."
Jackie's father's mother was a wonderful needlewoman: stitcher,
embroiderer, sewer, knitter etc. Jackie says, "The love
of the craft must be in the genes. I learned crocheting from
my Grandmas on both sides as a kid, but didn't learn stitching
until college." While enrolled in a craft class, she was
given an assignment to duplicate a postcard in embroidery. Jackie
asked a cross stitching friend to teach her how to use a needle.
She elaborates, "And so it went. I did more stitching and
started designing wedding samplers for friends and patterns just
for fun. By that time I was hooked."
Growing up Jackie was interested in any kind of art or craft
project and tried almost everything that came her way at least
once! She confesses, "I did the once over on lots of activities:
Girl Scouts, ice skating, ballet etc. But no athlete here! When
I was a kid Mom was really good at screen-printing, which was
fun. I always wanted to take more of that, but it never fit in.
At school I painted some, did graphic art and illustration and
drew from life."
Jackie's favorite pursuit turned out to be photography, ultimately
receiving her degree in Art/Photography from San Jose State University.
Jackie elaborates, "The most fun I had in college was as
a teaching assistant in the beginning commercial photography
class, for Ben, my favorite professor. Everyone should take photography
once in their life; it shows you the world in a new way."
Here's My Heart Tree
Jackie explains how she and Marilynn got involved in business
together, "Mom started the antique business when I was a
youngster. After I had begun stitching and designing, we went
together to a consumer needlework show and Mom got the idea that
the two of us could do the show as vendors: she with antique
needlework related things and me with my designs. She signed
us up for the next year's show and we got to work. We exhibited
at stitching consumer shows with a mix of my patterns and needlework
related antiques: postcards, prints, laces, etc."
Their strategy of doing shows gave them valuable exposure,
which paid off. Jackie has been a professional needlework designer
ever since! Her designs are whimsical, colorful and fun; usually
simple, but not always; sometimes contemporary, and then again,
sometimes not. She resists stagnation likes to keep all her designing
options open. She quips, "That's an Aries thing -- always
looking for something new!" Jackie describes many of her
designs as doodles -- quick computer sketches that derive their
movement from the spontaneity of the drawing. She reveals, "I
can almost never sit down and design a specific thing. The best
ideas come at the wrong times! For example, one of my favorite
Halloween ideas came to me on Christmas Day when I was supposed
to be cleaning the house for company." Jackie is best known
for her series of stylized Christmas Trees, but, she points out,
"They seldom happen in Season!"
Flower Blocks Alphabet
Jackie's work reflects a dynamic graphic style, which derives
its inspiration from color. She explains, "I love the way
color is sometimes used simply but boldly, as in Georgia O'Keefe's
paintings, or as in the light and dark tones of a photograph.
I love patterns and also the different styles we see with the
antiques: Victorian, Art Nouveau, etc. Sometimes they will inspire
a design, or I'll do a mix of the old and the new, as in the
design 'A Welcome In Tulips.' It's also fun to do alphabets."
Welcome In Tulips
The biggest change in Jackie's work came from learning to
incorporate different threads to enhance a particular motif or
in executing the same design in different ways. Because she loves
glittery and silk threads, and over one, she has been working
more with those. It was Jackie's friend Claudia at Dutch Treat
Designs (also a featured Designer on this site) who introduced
Jackie to the Caron threads.
Jackie raves, "The Caron threads are so great for someone
like me who has a short attention span; they keep me interested
in what I am stitching. They make a design more exciting to stitch
and more fun to look at. Claudia introduced me to Caron, because
she uses many of the Watercolours in her own work and she knew
I love bright, over dyed threads." Jackie's designs are
stitched mostly with Waterlilies and Wildflowers colors, because,
"Large sections of one color in a pattern have more life
when the threads are changing and it's interesting to see just
how it will turn out. Caron threads have allowed me to use fewer
colors while achieving a vivid look. I love them!"
Jackie has just completed 2 new designs that will be ready
to release shortly: a new pumpkin pattern, which will be offered
in 2 variations with pumpkin and star motifs, perfect for Halloween.
Future design ideas include a variety of new themes: a portrayal
of a girl reading, landscape scenes of the beach, the sea and
a view of a special world in the trees. Also on the back burner
is a series featuring a Black Lab (like her own!) spanning different
months of the year.
Besides doodling on the computer, Jackie enjoys painting needlepoint
canvases. She wishes she could stitch the kinds of fine detailed
illustrations in embroidery that she once had time for. Days
are taken up with the day-to-day details of operating the antique
and needlework businesses. Jackie and Marilynn also do related
sales on Ebay. The rest of Jackie's free time, when she can find
any, is spent on her other pleasures: baseball (SF Giants), computer
graphics, stitching just for herself, her Black Lab Theresa and
just enjoying their beautiful home on the central coast of California
in Pismo Beach.
Jackie's designs are available to stitchers directly from
Marilynn & Jackie's Collectibles and at retail shops. They
are available to the trade through Hoffman Distributing. (www.hoffmandis.com) As Jackie does not have a website as of yet, interested stitchers
can view her designs on the Hoffman site. She exhibits at the
Nashville Needlework Market and some of the CATS events. Jackie
adds, "Unfortunately, Marilynn has been unable to do the
shows with me since my Pop had a stroke. He is OK, but she doesn't
feel comfortable leaving him for days at a time anymore. I run
the antique business for her part time."
Bats, and Pumpkins and Stars, Oh My!
Jackie's Newest Design
For more information, contact:
Jacqueline (Jackie) Meyers
Marilynn & Jackie's Collectibles (for Needlework)
Marilynn & Jackie's Antiques & Collectibles (for Antiques)
PO Box 7065 Menlo Park, Ca 94026
E mail: email@example.com
Website: COMING SOON!
And be sure to come back for Jackie's Online Class next month!