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Our Background

How We Got Our Start

As one of the leading local businesses in the New York area, we attribute our reputation to the lasting customer relationships we’ve developed throughout the years. We believe that all of our customers deserve the highest level of service, and we are committed to providing just that. Get in touch today to learn more.


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Kimberley Dow is the new owner of Rita’s needlepoint. She is a lifelong stitcher and knitter, general seamstress, and DIY handyperson. She has a completely irrelevant background in biotechnology, specifically immunology and skin biology. This is a long way of sharing that she loves keeping her hands busy! After 20 years as a stay-at-home Mom, with stints living in Hong Kong and London, Rita gave her the opportunity to work part-time in a field that she became passionate about. She is grateful to Rita and honored that Rita entrusted her with her life’s work.


In Memoriam 1930-2022

Rita Klein, a Paris educated artist and designer, founded Rita's needlepoint in NYC in 1973.  Her lifelong commitment to fiber arts led her from Eastern Europe to Paris, then to New York City. The shop has had several locations through the years, all within the Upper East Side . 

Rita retired in 2019 at age 88.  We are thankful for her hard work and dedication to her craft.  Generations of stitchers have learned to needlepoint at her hand! 


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Rita's Needlepoint

Since opening in 1973 Rita's Needlepoint has been proud to serve the New York community! We want all of our customers to experience the impressive level of professionalism when working with Rita's Needlepoint.