Canvas Conversations: Lucy Millet of Mopsey Designs

Lucy Millet, owner of Mopsey Designs, loves needlepoint. Mopsey Designs is named for her great-grandmother, Mopsey, who taught Lucy to stitch at the age of five, painted for local needlepoint shops on Nantucket and was a powerhouse creative. Lucy was further encouraged to continue her needlepointing by her grandmother, Nonnie, who is a master florist and needlepoint belt stitcher extraordinaire, and someone who can effortlessly fold a fitted sheet. Lucy strives to embody these women in her creative life and in every needlepoint design. The vision of Mopsey Designs is to create modern and quirky designs while respecting the history and tradition of needlepoint.
Lucy studied art therapy and printmaking and is obsessed with color. She is inspired by music, the history of needlework and mid-century mod decor. As a former art therapist, Lucy is committed to bringing an element of self-care, mindfulness, and an awareness of mental health to the needlepoint community. Lucy loves glitter, disco balls, her pride Air Force 1s, and playing yard games. 

Be sure to head to my shop to peruse the Mopsey Designs canvases! They are all 20 percent off during the month of September.

You can follow Lucy's colorful needlepointing adventures on Instagram here. We sat down with Lucy and asked her 20 questions:

Favorite needlepoint project: A few years ago I found a canvas that my great grandmother, Mopsey, had been stitching towards the end of her life. It wasn’t finished and I luckily found it with all the original wool. It was so special to stitch alongside her work and to bring our love of needlepoint together.

On your needlepoint wishlist. It was engrained in me by my great grandmother, Mopsey, and my grandmother, Nonnie, that “you’ll never see a canvas again that you really really love” - this was before needlepoint was so accessible online, so I tend to scoop up what I can’t live without. I’ve recently had my eye on anything from Elizabeth Schwartz, Smooth Sailing by Wheelhaus Needlepoint and the new Disco Nap canvas from Thorn Alexander.

Dream stitching spot. Cozying up by a fire after a chilly Fall walk on a Maine beach 

13 or 18 mesh. I can’t decide! 13 mesh when I really need to unwind and use needlepoint to be mindful. Small 18 mesh project when I am needing a quick feeling of accomplishment!

Last book you read and liked. Big Friendship by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman - a wonderful look on how to keep friends close as we grow, change and age.

Favorite flower. Lupin - I grew up in a field of them that would start blooming right around my birthday!

Guilty Pleasure. Reality TV…

On your nightstand. a vintage water carafe and cup, jewelry dish, a needlepoint project and my over the top charging stand.

Currently listening to. Lake Street Dive, if you haven’t listened, give them a try! They are so fun!

Currently watching. I’m currently rewatching all of One Tree Hill as I paint new designs. 

If there were more hours in the day, I would. Most certainly have farm animals. Bring on the goats, sheep and bee hives!

Favorite places to shop. NooWorks (where I find my best coveralls), Never Fully Dressed, I love to rent from Nuuly!

Favorite instagram follows. @libbylivingcolorfully @itsmekellieb @samsidney @bytheway 

Can’t leave the house without. My water bottle

Coffee or tea. Iced coffee in the summer, tea with milk and sugar in the winter

Beach or Mountains. Both! It’s why I live in Maine! Best of both worlds - I can see the mountains from the beach!

Wardrobe staples. Coveralls! Y’all get on wearing coveralls & jumpsuits - one piece outfits! Oh, and anything sparkly. 

Creative inspiration. Mid-century modern decor, travel, and seeking color in nature.

Best piece of advice. You are capable of creating the life you can’t stop dreaming about.

Life mantra. More is More. 

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