About Nancy LukoskieMaster Needlepoint Artisan
Nancy Lukoskie’s passion for the heritage of stitching, ecclesiastical needlepoint design, and finishing began when she was just 19. More than 38 years later, Nancy and her team at Fancywork Finishing have brought beauty and joy to many spiritual communities including the Washington National Cathedral in Washington D.C., Trinity Church Manhattan in New York City, and the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah.
In 1979, Nancy apprenticed with June Bug Enterprises — a primary finisher for the Washington National Cathedral and many needlepoint shops in the tri-state area. During her apprenticeship, she learned skills and techniques of finishing for an array of heirlooms and newly stitched canvases. Nancy has perfected the methods over the years, focusing on the importance of preserving ecclesiastical needlepoint. “Each week we received an abundance of canvases from surrounding needlepoint shops. I was fortunate to have received a year of training to perfect the blocking process. This gave me a wonderful opportunity and foundation to learn the distinct characteristics of stitching techniques and canvases before moving on to the finishing processes.”
In 1984, Nancy became licensed and launched Fancywork Finishing to support church communities with their needlepoint projects. Her team of artisans design, paint, finish, and restore needlepoint artwork for clients based upon their ecclesiastic traditions, unique history, and spiritual symbolism. Due to her depth of experience and passion for the craft, she is also an instrumental member of the Washington National Cathedral’s Altar Guild and Preservation Committee.
Nancy’s ministry is to bring life to liturgical needlepoint and “no project is too big or too small.” She will help your church pursue and create needlepoint art to enhance the beauty within your church walls. She also helps everyday needlepoint enthusiasts by offering instructional videos fit for any skill level to design, stitch, and finish their artwork.
“Since this is the last of the project pieces, it is time for me once again to express how much we appreciate your interest, concern and professionalism throughout the somewhat arduous course of creating these masterpieces. But, here we are, with a church covered in needlepoint and a happy congregation. Thank you so much for being our support throughout the whole enterprise, and your patience in helping us see it through to completion.”
St. Martins in the Field, Philadelphia, PA
Carolyn Shubatt, Chairperson
Washington National Cathedral Needlepoint Committee
Central United Methodist Church, Albuquerque, NM
St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Bermuda
Alice Anne Wells
Asbury United Methodist Church, Salisbury, MD
Taken from “Review” the magazine of St. James School
St. James, MD
Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church, Vinton, VA
St. Mark’s Church, Mitchellville, Md.