Annelle has been involved with miniatures since 1978. Like so many, she built a dollhouse for her then three-year-old daughter. While building that first dollhouse, she learned to do needlepoint in order to furnish the house with rugs and carpets.
Early on the late Barbara Cosgrove introduced Annelle to antique needlework. She began visiting museums and historical societies with needlework collections and so began her research of the hundreds of charming antique designs and her enthusiasm in designing and adapting the originals into 1/12 scale. Favorite periods are 18th century English and American designs for samplers and chair/bench seat covers, and panels for firescreens and embroidery stands.
Annelle is a Fellow member of IGMA and an AOH member of NAME. She has been active in IGMA, having served as President from 1999 to 2001. She has been an occasional instructor at Guild School and Guild Study Programs where students learn basic needlepoint techniques and the process of creating/designing 1/12 scale needlework.
Presently, Annelle serves as US Representative for the Miniature Needlework Society. The Society was organized in England in 1997 to encourage all forms of miniature work with needle and thread.