Kathy Rees learned to cross stitch at 14 and has never stopped` using a needle. After earning a business degree and working in the corporate world for 8 years, she worked in her family’s needlework shop for 11 years where her love of color and fiber were heightened. After catastrophic hurricane damage to the shop in 2004, she opened her own shop and operated it for six years. She began publishing her counted needlepoint designs in 2006 under the name "Needle Delights Originals", concentrating on geometrics. She specializes in color and offers multiple colorways for many of her designs. She taught a variety of needlework classes in her retail shop for 15 years as well as for local EGA groups. In her spare time, she is an avid quilter.
Needle Delights was founded in 1992 by John & Jeanette Rees in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Their goal, after living around the world as a military family was to combine the best of the needlework shops that they had visited throughout their years of traveling. They offered the best needlework specialty shop with a very diverse complete inventory of cross stitch & needlepoint. In 1993 they were joined by their daughter Kathy who moved to Florida from California where she had graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Business Administration/Accounting. After working in the corporate world for a number of years, she was ready to pursue her dreams of having a small business and wanted to move closer to her family.
In 2004 Needle Delights was badly damaged by Hurricane Ivan and the shop was forced to close its doors. John & Jeanette decided to retire and moved to the mountains in North Carolina. Kathy reopened the shop on her own in Pensacola early in 2005 and closed the shop in October 2011 to pursue her dream of designing, teaching, and traveling.