Saturday, June 24, 2017

QUICKIES ARE JUST THAT!  QUICK!

Our first Quickie is history and hopefully I learned some things from the experience as well.  We did Raymond Crawford's USA Star.


I am super pleased with how it turned out.  My problem is me.  Yep - me!  In my haste to share with the participants I did a couple things wrong.  First I included the incorrect sized beads.  The stitch guide referred to the correct size but I grabbed the wrong ones.  So, that necessitated a second mailing - my cost of course - and the beads were not needed until the second session so no harm. Then, I decided that I needed a little more glitz so I added another Silk Lame` that was not in the original mailing.  So another mailing - my cost of course - again.   Then I learned that I accidentally sent the draft Session 2 instead of the correct one.  So that was corrected.  This just wasn't my week on this one.  So hopefully everyone is having smooth sailing on their end for this guy.  It was definitely worth all the headaches I caused myself!  You may still get this complete kit, you will just need to wait until the canvases get in.

JUST WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE QUICKIE NO. 2 - THE EAGLE STAR!

Okay, I just had to share.  He was too cool to keep under wraps.








These guys are way too much fun - and quick!
       QUICK! - get it?  I know it does not take              much to entertain me.







If you want to join us for the QUICKIE Eagle Star from Raymond Crawford Designs, just email me at duodesignsinc@yahoo.com.  Registration is going on now for this upcoming class.  The all-inclusive class - hand-painted canvas, threads and embellishments, two lesson packet sent via pdf  and shipping/handling is $125.  Classes will be starting sometime in July.

And whatever do we have in line after this fantastic guy?  Well, Uncle Sam of course!  Uncle Sam is an exclusive design from Pepperberry for our use in the QUICKIE SERIES.  He is approximately 4.25 x 5.25" in design area on 18ct. mono canvas.


Can't wait for him to join our other two patriotic ornaments.  Again, if you would like to be on the notification list just send email to duodesignsinc@yahoo.com and we'll keep you informed as specifics develop.   And . . . there are others on the horizon.

I have been busy finishing Captain Blackbeak's Wench canvas from JP Needlepoint.  This fun piece is being sent off for consideration as a class in an upcoming retreat.  Fingers crossed! She is jam packed with fun techniques and threads!



She is at the finishers so that she can be completed just like her 'fellow' .


Won't they be a lovely pair?

ONLINE MYSTERY CLASS UPDATES:
As stated last week, lessons are being posted as scheduled for the various classes that are in progress.

Creeping up quickly are some of the other exciting pieces!  If you are taking any of these classes be sure to get your canvas on order early.  We are available for assistance for those who do not have a local needlepoint shop.  

First lesson for Steampunk Cat is August 15.  Invoicing will be July 1st.  OMG the number of threads and embellishments this guy required from my perspective.  I think it is well over 50+ items.


Right behind him will be the fun Santa Ornament Wreath from Raymond Crawford Designs.
The first lesson is scheduled for September 15.  Invoicing will be August 1st.



November will bring on our first lesson for the Gingerbread House from Rebecca Wood.  Some had this lesson forwarded to them early so they could do some of the tedious background work.  Invoicing will be mailed October 1.

I love this picture!  It is so deceptively small in appearance - LOL. This guy is 33" long and 14" high. 

That pretty much does it for 2017.  And oh my - what a lineup we have for 2018:

Moon Gazer
Snow Happy Trio
Catitudes
Dog Gone Good

And sprinkled in between will be the Arctic Parade sessions, Nutty Professor Hooter and the Quickie Series.

Scroll down to last week's post for a reminder of upcoming Retreats too.

Email me with questions about any of the upcoming classes at duodesignsinc@yahoo.com.  We would love to have you join us!

So, as you can see we don't have to worry about boredom at Arthur Acres.

Have a great weekend! It has been pouring the rain here!












Saturday, June 17, 2017

CLASSES!  CLASSES!  CLASSES!

Yes, this was the week to post the next sessions for the ONLINE MYSTERY CLASSES!  

This month we say goodbye to the Large Easter Rabbit from Brenda Stofft.  Yep, lesson 6 is already here!



We were able to play with lots of interesting threads and wonderful techniques on this guy!  He was fun and now he must head off to the finisher so he will be ready for Easter 2018.

Session 5 was up next for Mr. Steampunk Fox also by Brenda Stofft.  We gave him his flower in his pocket and most excitedly was working on his face.



His walking stick was also completed. And what about those glasses!  Too cool!

Ahhh.  The Menorah from Tapestry Fair has Session 4 revealed.  These two candles offered a glimpse of or nue`, some Jessicas, and, of course, some gem attachment and beading.



Songbirds from Danji is the new kid on the block.  We shared Lesson 2 for these beauties and completed our first two birds.







Some beading involved and some personal decisions had to be made.

NEW CLASS!  Yes indeed!  Next month we will be introducing the first lesson for the Cupcakes design by BB Needlepoint Designs.


I am seriously trying to not go overboard on this one!  But oh my goodness.  There is so much opportunity to try all kinds of funky threads and techniques.  Sundance even made a special mixture of beads for us!  

All invoices have been mailed (email me at duodesignsinc@yahoo.com)  and everyone enrolled should have received theirs.   All the kits have been mailed except for a few late comers. There is still time to join this fantastic group so come onboard! The 6-Lesson packet is $150 and one lesson posted each month.  Check with your LNS to see if they have a canvas.  If you need assistance just email us and we will help get you in the group to play with us.

Next up is Steampunk Cat.  This guy may be our next class that will have a lesson every other month instead of monthly.

If you are not on the list and wish to be just email me at duodesignsinc@yahoo.com.  The first lesson for this guy is scheduled for mid-August.  Invoices for the 6-lesson packet will be mailed around the first of July. Get those canvases ordered so you won't be left behind.  

QUICKIES

The beautiful American Eagle Star from Raymond Crawford is on stretcher bars and on his way to be ready to fly to you.


These QUICKIE classes are designed to be able to work up fairly 'quickly' and provide a take-along type project.  They can be finished quickly and you have a completed canvas in no time.

To join the list for the all-inclusive class -  handpainted canvas, threads and  2-lesson instructions in pdf format -  simply email me at duodesignsinc@yahoo.com. Total cost is $125 including s/h.


 RETREATS!

The early part of 2018  I have several retreats that I will be teaching.  Three I can share with you now.

Needle Nook of LaJolla Retreat- March 9-12, 2018

I am humbled to be invited to teach once again at the NeedleNook of LaJolla Retreat in LaJolla, CA. There are always great teachers and fantastic students! Project galore!  Such diversity! This combination creates a lovely memory for all who participate.  Details will follow soon when open registration is announced.

Be sure to follow their website so as not to miss the announcement.
http://www.needlenook.com

Winterthur Retreat March 23-25, 2018 

Another is the retreat held at Winterthur Museum in Delaware in - March 23-25, 2018.


This Retreat is hosted by Art Needlepoint.  I was attracted to this venue when invited because of the inclusion of our youth.  The brochure states that participants may bring a youngster between the ages of 10 and 18 free of charge to attend class with them.  And the youngster will be given a canvas upon which they may try stitches to learn as we go.  Isn't that fantastic?  For more details check out the various links that are available.

http://artneedlepoint.com/art-needlepoint-winterthur-needle…

Here's an early registration link:
https://artneedlepoint.worldsecuresystems.com/new-arrivals/winterthur-retreat-full-registration-10-off

These are the pieces I will be teaching:
Shepherd and His Flock

Fruit and Flowers
Go check it out - I believe there is still time for an early registration discount.

Then - - -

Needlepointing in New England - April 27-29, 2018

Another lovely venue!  Lucky me!  I get to teach this wonderful Maggie Designs piece:

Winter Cardinal

I understand that spaces are filling quickly so be sure to check and reserve your spot right away.  We would love to play with you!  Here's a link for info:

http://enrichedstitch.com/april-2018/

Sooo, lots to absorb and ponder until next time  . . .

Saturday, June 10, 2017

TOO MUCH FUN!

I am just having the best time in my 'senior' years!  I am surrounded by all this beautiful needlework and I get to select what I want to work on.  As you may have noticed, I mostly work on things that are fun and that are receptive to some funky threads and different techniques.  That's just me.

ONLINE MYSTERY CLASSES UPDATE

Invoices for the upcoming CUPCAKES have been mailed.  Those who ordered kits through my contacts have been contacted by private email and advised when to expect them in the mail.  SUCH FUN!

Remember if you are ordering your canvas from your LNS (as you should) be sure to state that it is the canvas for Sandy's class.  This one is slightly larger than the first one released.

BB Needlepoint Designs

QUICKIES

The first lesson has gone out for the first canvas of the new QUICKIE SERIES - USA Star by Raymond Crawford.    The second lesson will be released in the upcoming week.  This kit caused a few bumps for me (not my students) as I added a thread at the last minute so had to do a separate mailing, and I discovered that I picked up the wrong sized beads which involves a second mailing on my part.  The beads aren't used until the second lesson so no harm on that one.  Just working out the kinks.

Now on to prepare for the Second QUICKIE SERIES - EAGLE Star by Raymond Crawford.


Working on this guy now.  As I have stated many times, I am a flag waver and for some reason I tear up when I work on him.  Don't know if he reminds me of my Dad (Daddy) or what but he really gets to me.  He is the most serious piece in the series.  

If you want to join in this quick turnaround class just email me at duodesignsinc@yahoo.com. The all-inclusive class is $125 and is invoiced through PayPal.

Future QUICKIES! 

Next up will the Uncle Sam Exclusive from Pepperberry Designs.



And wait until you see what is in the wings.  Another exclusive is being hand painted as we speak.  I have a couple more ready in the red-white-blue patriotic type theme still to go.

Now we need another theme to add to our fun.  Let me know if you have something in mind that you'd like to make a bouquet of finished pieces.

RETREATS!

The early part of 2018  I have several retreats that I will be teaching.  Two I can share with you now.

One is the retreat held at Winterthur Museum in Delaware in - March 23-25, 2018.



This Retreat is hosted by Art Needlepoint.  I was attracted to this venue when invited because of the inclusion of our youth.  The brochure states that participants may bring a youngster between the ages of 10 and 18 free of charge to attend class with them.  And the youngster will be given a canvas upon which they may try stitches to learn as we go.  Isn't that fantastic?  For more details check out the various links that are available.

http://artneedlepoint.com/art-needlepoint-winterthur-needle…

Here's an early registration link:
https://artneedlepoint.worldsecuresystems.com/new-arrivals/winterthur-retreat-full-registration-10-off


These are the pieces I will be teaching:
Shepherd and His Flock

Fruit and Flowers
Go check it out - I believe there is still time for an early registration discount.

Then - - -

Needlepointing in New England - April 27-29,2018

Another lovely venue!  Lucky me!  I get to teach this wonderful Maggie Designs piece:

Winter Cardinal

I understand that spaces are filling quickly so be sure to check and reserve your spot right away.  We would love to play with you!  Here's a link for info:

http://enrichedstitch.com/april-2018/

Okay, I think that's all I can share this week.  Stay tuned . . . . always something going on!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

SO MANY CHOICES . . .  

Beautiful day in Kentucky! We have been able to sit out in the swing and enjoy the birds and watch the hummers (in between stitches of course).  People say to me all the time, I don't know how you do, how do you get so much stitching done?  Well, it is simple.  All I do now is stitch!  I am fortunate to have a hubby that does the cooking - major blessing - and the only disruptions are to get up and throw a load of clothes in the washer or dryer every now and then - and he helps with that too if he remembers.

I never work on just one project.  Right now I have on the frame a piece I'm stitching to propose to Blue Bonnet Studios for the 2019 Retreat - after I just removed the ornaments I created for the riverboat stitching cruise - Party on the Po.  All the while I am also rotating and adding stitches for the future lessons of the Online Mystery Classes.   Sitting next to me on the sofa is the beautiful Winter Cardinal that I will be teaching at Needlepoint in New England Retreat in April 2018 and I ponder it while I am filling an area with upright cross stitches on another piece.

I do not remember ever stitching a piece from start to finish - just that piece.  I always manage to jump around from one to the other.  But the magic is that the majority of them do get finished.  All my Online Mystery Classes get completed but I also finish models of classes that I teach face-to-face.

This works for me.  It would drive some people crazy.  But what I have created for me is a means of stitching continually and never getting bored.  If I am working on a piece, like the one for Blue Bonnet, and I suddenly have a brain storm come to me for a QUICKIE class project, I scoot the BBS piece aside and stitch the area on the other that inspired me.  I then return to my other piece.

So, for me, all the choices surrounding me prevent my every getting bored and that makes me happy. I rarely get myself in a corner, but when I do have a dangerously encroaching deadline somehow the bits of stitching I did while working on another piece are very helpful in that I can concentrate on finishing the piece rather than starting from scratch.  I hope I am explaining this okay.  Anyway, the answer to may sanity (if I may presume that I am sane) is that I always have a choice of something else to work on if I am not happy with how something is turning out at the moment on my current design on the frame.

Oh and I also have my 'busy' stitching.  That's what I call stitching that requires not much thought such as basketweave, filling a certain area, etc., that I can do while there may be a show that I want to listen to.  I am not much of a TV watcher but my husband lives in front of the TV when he is in the house. So,

ONLINE MYSTERY CLASSES

     NOTICE:  Invoices have been mailed for the 6-Lesson Class Fee for Cupcakes (email me at duodesignsinc if you did not receive yours.)

     NOTICE:  Kits and the first lesson have been mailed for the QUICKIE - USA Star - we have two extra kits if interested - $100 - first come-first served.



Registration is now open for the next QUICKIE - Eagle Star from Raymond Crawford Designs.


The all inclusive class includes a hand painted canvas, threads, 2 classes posted in pdf format and shipping and handling.  This kit is $125. Email us at duodesignsinc@yahoo.com if you want to join the group.  There is a limited number of class kits so it is first-come, first-served.

In less than two weeks we will introduce our next new class the fun and funky CUPCAKES.  This is chocked full of fun stitches and lots of interesting threads.


This delightful design is from BB Needlepoint Designs.  Look at all the trouble we are going to get into.  We are introducing you to lots of unusual threads that many of you have never used before.  Things like Legacy, silk ribbon, Memory thread, 1/8" metallic ribbon, boucle even some beads and buttons.  How about rushing, couching, weaving, and who knows what else?  Needless to say, I am thoroughly enjoying this piece because we can try all sorts of techniques and the spaces are small enough that you get the opportunity to try something but it does not dictate the entire piece - so if you don't like a technique we can do something else but at least you have been introduced to that particular technique.

The first lesson for this class is scheduled to post mid-July.  PayPal invoices for the 6-lesson packet of $150 have been sent.  If you would like to join us just email me at duodesignsinc@yahoo.com and we can add you to the list.  If you have not already done so be sure to get your canvas ordered through your local needlepoint shop.  If you need assistance or do not have a LNS just contact us and we will get you fixed up. - duodesignsinc@yahoo.com

We will be saying goodbye to our wonderful Large Easter Rabbit this month.  Be sure to watch for the posting of the complete piece.  

PARTY ON THE PO

It is unbelievable that it will be time for us to depart for this wonderful riverboat cruise on the Po in Italy.  Not only do we have an exclusive optional class project:


We now have some exclusive 3" ornaments available for cruise participants as well:

Aren't they cute?  And quick to work up too!  We have so much fun lined up that it is getting more and more difficult to be patient.  Did somebody say 'Goody Bag?"  

UPCOMING FACE-TO-FACE 

I am told that classes are filling for the Needlepoint in New England Retreat in CT April 2018.

Have you registered? If not you better hurry as you may miss out on your first choice.  Here's the link website http://enrichedstitch.com/april-2018 -

I am teaching the wonderful exclusive from Maggie that I call Winter Cardinal.  So fun.  I believe there are a couple spots left but don't know for how long.  Go have a look!

I have some additional news as well.  I have been invited to teach at the Winterthur Retreat scheduled for March 23-25, 2018 at the Winterthur Museum in Delaware.  I will be teaching the Shepherd and His Flock

And I'll be teaching Fruit and Flowers
This is a new venue for me so I don't have a lot of information that I can add right now except to provide you with links for registering, getting more information, reviewing the various classes offered, etc.

The thing that attracted me to this event is the fact that any participant may bring a child between 10-18 years old to learn to needlepoint; they will be provided a canvas to work on and learn basic stitches and they get to come FREE!  I am always in favor of supporting anyone who is trying to get our young people more involved in our art.  

People are currently signing up now and if you pay in full you receive a 10% discount.
So go check out these various links:

This is for making a deposit:

This is to pay in full:


For available kit:


For questions and more information call (978) 226-8271 or email doreen@artneedlepoint.com

Okay, must get back to it!  Have a great weekend!






Saturday, May 27, 2017


BEAUTIFUL DAY IN CENTRAL KENTUCKY

FIRST OF THE 'QUICKIES' SHIPPED AND READY FOR LESSON ONE!

Raymond Crawford's USA Star is shining bright on this holiday weekend. While it may be alone for this holiday there are more joining it soon - very soon!  The first lesson will be sent the beginning of the week - Monday or Tuesday.  If you are participating and do not receive an email from me let me know right away at duodesignsinc@yahoo.com.  If you would still like to join us just email me at the same address and we'll get you all set.  This is easily completed before the 4th of July!  Just sayin'!













Help celebrate Memorial Day, Presidents Day, Flag Day, Armed Forces Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Patriot Day, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, and every day to show our pride in being Americans and enjoying the Freedom our military have sacrificed to ensure for us.  I am proud to say that I come from a long line of military personnel, both enlisted personnel and career officers, closest to me is my hubby who was a Marine and served 4 years during the Korean Conflict - Father, Brother, many Cousins, Uncles, etc.  I am a flag waver and proud of it!

Next up will be the Eagle Star from Raymond.  This guy will stand majestically proud next to the USA Star!  





This all-inclusive kit is $120 which includes the hand painted canvas, threads and two-lessons posted in pdf format. Email me at duodesignsinc@yahoo.com if interested.  

Are you ready for a BIG surprise?  Look who will follow in the 'QUICKIE' Series!  Uncle Sam!


Uncle Sam is an exclusive for Duo Designs for our Quickie Series.  He is from Pepperberry Designs!  I am so excited to be able to share him with you.  Don't have all inclusive kit cost yet  (I'm guessing between $130 and $150) but design area is approximately 4" x 5.25".  Isn't he perfect to join our group! Email me if you would like to be on the notification list - duodesignsinc@yahoo.com

Keep in mind that these classes have limited enrollment because of canvas availability.  We estimate the number needed for the anticipated enrollment and when they are gone they are gone.  We do not reorder so that we may have a quick (QUICKIE) turn around.

OTHER HAPPENINGS:

This past week I was featured on the Fibertalk Podcast with Gary and Christine.
   
If you missed the Podcast and would like to listen here is a direct link to it.                    http://wetalkfiber.com/2017/05/21/fiber-talk-with-sandra-arthur/

During the conversation Christine and I discussed the issue of sore fingers from quilting.  I shared with her that I still have the same issue when I do marathon stitching (which is all the time).  One finger gets holes poked in it and is very difficult to work around.  And, I cannot, just flat out cannot wear a thimble. Never fear!  Jim and Terry Collingham of Colonial Needles always come to the rescue. They have several wonderful products that I have used on various occasions - the occasions dictate that I usually use the one I can find in my stuff first.  But I love them all and they work wonders.  So I thought I'd divert a little and share some of these with you.

My first choice is the ThimblePad.  This is Item #SM100 and has 12 pads in the package.  These little leather pads have a self-adhesive backing and I just place them on the sensitive spot.  The picture I am sharing shows one of the leather pads that I have used for a week - I have washed my hands several times during the day, and I remove it at night and place it in a safe place to use it again the next day (hoping I can remember where I put it).  Once the adhesive no longer holds or it gets so grungy that I can't stand it, I will toss it and use another one.  I cherish them and get every minute of use out of them that I can. They are wonderful buffers for me in my daily stitching.  


                             










Another protective finger tip pad I use when I don't need quite the thick protection of the ThimblePad is  Thimble-It.  These guys are thinner and oval in shape.  I generally use them for the day and toss them - mainly because they are clear and I can't find them if I take them off.


Then there is what I call the big guns! The ThimbleCrown.

These guys are like the tip end of the metal thimbles (that I just cannot wear).  They, too, have an adhesive tab for securing to your finger tips.  I find these very helpful when I am doing some heavy type stitching that is difficult to push the needle through - for instance leather, or some types of appliqué.  

So if your needlepoint shop does not carry these (and please don't expect them to but you can ask them as many do - or maybe they'd like to know about them to add) they are generally available at craft stores and almost all fabric stores.  The first place I look is in the quilting section.

STITCH GUIDES

As classes are completed a revised (and much condensed) stitch guide is offered for commercial sale.  There are entirely too many pictures shared in the Online Class that cannot be included in a commercial guide as the price would be extremely high so time is needed for editing before offer to general public is possible. Also, from time to time, I am able to fit in a few custom requests for stitch guides. These various stitch guides are available through my website www.duodesignsinc.com and are downloadable.  Check the menu bar across the top to view what is available. The Webmaster tries to keep them listed by designer.

ONLINE MYSTERY CLASSES:  

The first lesson was posted for the Laurel Burch design by Danji Songbirds.  



We did the background - surprise! right? - and the tree branches that the birds perch on.  This will prepare us for the really fun stuff ahead!

Another couple of candles were added to the Menorah:



Steampunk Fox now has a coat and trousers:



And the Large Easter Rabbit also has a wonderful jacket and hat.


Get ready for the upcoming new classes as well!  More about those later.  But I do want to mention that the next one is CUPCAKES!



First lesson is scheduled to post mid-July!  Invoices will be sent the first of June.  If you would like to join in this whimsical piece just send an email to duodesignsinc@yahoo.com


Have you registered for the Needlepoint in New England Retreat April 2018?  If not you better hurry as classes are filling quickly.  Here's the link: website http://enrichedstitch.com/april-2018 -

I am teaching the wonderful exclusive from Maggie that I call Winter Cardinal.  So fun.  I believe there are a couple spots left but don't know for how long.  Go have a look!


So, need to get back at it here!  Have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend!

Remember to stitch with a smile!