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Published April 15, 2012, 09:07 PM

West Virginia native changing the look of Nordic Needle Stitching Retreat

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- They say it takes a real man to cry, to wear pink, to go shopping during the big game. And now you can add stitching to that list. As one man is changing the look of the Nordic Needle 10th annual Stitching Retreat in Fargo.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- They say it takes a real man to cry, to wear pink, to go shopping during the big game. And now you can add stitching to that list. As one man is changing the look of the Nordic Needle 10th annual Stitching Retreat in Fargo.

If you take a look around the room it looks like just another year at the retreat. Women working on their pieces and learning the newest techniques.... but if you look a little closer you will see West Virginia native Robert Herceg. He is the first male ever to join in on the stitching fun.

Robert Herceg/West Virginia: "I have always wanted to come and I finally had a chance to take a week off in April and make it to Fargo."

Herceg picked up the needle and thread nearly 20 years ago. And from what started as a health problem, has now turned into a stand out talent.

Robert: "I started off stitching in a hospital, I was recovering from an illness and I needed something to during the afternoons and I had a choice between paint by numbers and a cross stitch kit and I chose cross stitch."

He continued to do cross stitch for the first ten years ... now he is into bigger and more intricate styles like hardanger embroidery. His first piece was that of a pro's.

Robert: "It has a lot more complexity to it, there is a huge variety of stitches in it."

Megan Rheault has been an instructor here at the conference for about 5 years. She says it isn't everyday you come across a first time piece that is this detailed and well done.

Megan Rheault/Instructor: He has taken the time to make sure that this is something worth remembering.

Rheault is amazed by this artists skillful work. And it isn't only his first piece that has her in aw..but one of his originals.

Megan: "You can tell that he has put a lot of time and effort to make every stitch perfect, everything is in it's place."

Over the last several days Herceg has learned new skills to put to work..but most of all he has enjoyed doing what he loves with people who love it just as much as him.

80 people attended the retreat from all across the world. Some even came from as far away as New Zealand.

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