JoAnn Gardella is a mom, an ocean lover and an engineer. You may know her as the talented finisher behind Island House Needlepoint.



My name is JoAnn Gardella, and I am a needlepointer and finisher that has been entrusted with the privilege of converting thousands of your stitched needlepoint pieces into finished heirlooms.

I look forward to working with you, to bring your finishing vision to life!

"I have always been a creative person with a passion for “problem solving."

JoAnn is a thoughtful, life-long learner with a passion for providing stitchers with heirloom-quality treasures and wonderful experiences. JoAnn’s process is rooted in preserving traditional needlepoint aesthetics while developing accessible manufacturing techniques. She simply loves needlepoint and cares about your work.

Prior to becoming a full time needlepoint finisher, JoAnn enjoyed a 30 year engineering career developing life-saving medical devices.

As a result, JoAnn’s practice intertwines her methods of quality, craftsmanship and detail into her ever-evolving needlepoint finishing techniques. With a deep curiosity for how things work, she is bringing this ideology into the needlepoint industry by developing a unique fleet of finishing innovations.

Whether you are a seasoned stitcher, or this is your first project, JoAnn believes it is an honor to turn your stitches into heirloom-quality finishes. As a stitcher herself, she understands the love and attention that goes into each project. Every needlepoint project is precious.

We have taken great care to answer many of the questions you have. Be sure to scan our FAQs on our website and reach out with any further inquiries regarding your next project!

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As a stitcher herself, JoAnn firsthand understands the love, passion and heart that goes into each needlepoint project. Whether it is your first project or your hundredth, she infuses decades of finishing experience and engineering mindset to elevate your stitches into treasured keepsakes and gifts.

If you have any questions that aren’t answered in our FAQ page, please feel free to contact us.