Althea DeBrule

Photo by Mary Nevius

Cheryl is a needlepoint designer, needlework illustrator, author of 13 books and hundreds of patterns for publication, and television host. She's passionate about her first love - needlepoint.


Cheryl is the author of Needlecrafts for Dummies, Easy Heirloom Embroidery, Quilting for Dummies, as well as 10 other books on quilting, crafts and cooking. Her background includes over 20 years as a designer for J&P Coats/Anchor, and has designed fabrics, papergoods and kits. Her designs have appeared in national craft, needlework and women's publications.

She was also the host of a nationally-distributed PBS Plus television series called The Creative Life, which featured her designs during 78 national and 13 local episodes.

She's also an accomplished illustrator for the creative industries. Her website is devoted to electronic illustration for embroidery, knitting, crochet and other creative crafts.

When Cheryl doesn't have a needle in her hand and a canvas in her lap, she can be found in the soundbooth recording voiceover for a multitude of product, telephone and voice applications, often as a volunteer for various causes.

Expertise: Needlecrafts
Location: Oregon

About The Spruce

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For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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