About Alanna Nelson

Alanna Nelson Bargello Embroidery

Working on a reproduction embroidery for the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum

A curious connector who delights in detail and cherishes both yesterday and today, Alanna Nelson began her textile fascination in the elementary school. She doesn’t remember why she felt compelled to take her babysitting money down to the five and dime to buy knitting needles, yarn (most likely acrylic) and a learn to knit pamphlet.

Thanks to guidance from Susan Nelson, Holly Everson and Helen Timm, Alanna’s passion for textiles followed her while living in Tunisia, Italy and the US. In the last decade, she has sewn, embroidered and quilted for a variety of private and institutional clients.

Her quilts have been exhibited in Italy, Japan and in the US. Alanna has completed Level 2 of The Knitting Guild of America’s  Master hand knitting program.

She has a B.S. degree in Geography from the University of Wisconsin and an M.S. degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences from Texas A&M. In addition to knit and quilting classes, Alanna offers textile repair and reproduction services. Alanna provides digital marketing strategy development and implementation and writes for businesses and artists.

To learn more about her travels for textile lovers, go to Tactile Travel.