Asheville-based Embroiderer Selected as Finalist in Global Competition

A wedding tie embroidered by Rebecca Kneale.
Rebecca Kneale / Sew Happy Girls

Asheville-based embroiderer Rebecca Kneale from Sew Happy Girls has been selected as a finalist in the first-ever Etsy Design Awards, a global competition that recognizes the work of extraordinary creatives from around the world.

Rebecca’s hand embroidered custom tie patch, a sentimental wedding day keepsake, is one of 30 global finalists in the competition’s Festive Celebrations category. First created as a special wedding day gift for a friend, Rebecca’s wedding patches are now a best seller. She is now in the running for the $15,000 USD Grand Prize or the Festive Celebrations category prize.

Global winners will be announced in September 2019, selected by a panel of internationally recognized tastemakers and entrepreneurs – including writer and actor Dan Levy, style expert Joe Zee, author & artist Garance Doré, interior designer Sophie Robinson, décor expert Holly Becker, fashion designer Anavila Misra and Etsy’s Global Trend Expert Dayna Isom Johnson.

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Visit etsy.com/shop/sewhappygirls to view the Sew Happy Girls store and etsy.com/featured/etsydesignawards for additional information on the competition.