Saturday, March 18, 2017


ALERT:  I am in the company of Jill from Danji and I have been advised that if you plan to participate in the SONGBIRDS class the order deadline is this week!  So don't dilly dally or you might miss having your canvas for the first lesson or two!

Most of you know that I am teaching at the Needle Nook of LaJolla Retreat.  And, guess what?  They are having a Brenda Stofft trunk show! So?   What does that mean to you.  Well that means if you are enrolled in some of my upcoming Online Mystery Classes it can be a huge savings for you.

Do you know how many future Online Mystery Classes we have that are on Brenda Stofft Designs?  Steampunk Cat, Steampunk Fox, Steampunk Witch and Moon Gazer!  While I do not promote shops, I do try to pass along sales, etc., when shops let me know that they are featuring specials on the classes that we have.  I want you to be able to get the best bargain you can.  (Hopefully that would mean that you could take even more classes!)

So, what's the big deal?  25%!  That's the big deal.  And it applies to orders as well.  And the sale goes to the end of the month.  From my limited research this appears to be a fantastic deal for you.

If you do not see the canvas you need for a particular class, just ask them for the Steampunk Owl or whatever for Sandy Arthur's Online Mystery Class and they will happily order it for you.

As I said I'm teaching here and today is the second day of classes.  We will finish off on Monday - 😭😭😭.  I have such a fantastic group of students.  Fortunately for me, many of them are repeaters - I cannot tell you how special that makes me feel.  And this year we have added a fabulous gentleman to our group as well - brave soul. Little did he realize what he was in for - we will be gentle.

I have a huge variety of designers that we are covering this year which means a huge amount of techniques.  How was I born so lucky to be able to play with my friends all day????  Can't ask for anything more!


Speaking of Online Mystery Classes, this was the month that we said goodby to the  amazing year-long class on Pillow Collage from Needlepoint of Back Bay.

What a wonderful journey.  We had so much fun with this.  And the techniques covered - unbelievable the number of things we discussed, cussed, loved, hated, conquered, etc., etc. We painted, we couched, we appliquéd, we beaded, we did ribbon work, we padded, we ruched, we did or nue`, we made tassels - thread and beaded, we made cords,we used unusual threads and devices (toothpicks for instance), we second guessed the designer and we improvised,  All in a day's work - or year in this case.  But most exciting for me was to see students add their own interpretation to areas as we worked.  More and more are moving away from the fear of changing - the stitch, the thread, etc. It was so rewarding and I think the majority enjoyed the journey with me.

But, as one leaves, a new one comes on the scene.  This month's new design is the Menorah from Tapestry Fair.

As with many of my classes we started with the background and the candle flames.  This class works for the large canvas, pictured, as well as the individual canvases - stitches are the same.  Still time to join if you want - just email me at and we'll get you in the secret Facebook Page and on the road to finishing another great project!

And we have added lessons for the other current classes as well:  

            Lesson 5.                                      Lesson 3                         Lesson 2

And the amazing thing is that time really flies while we are playing with these gems.

If interested be sure to scroll down through older posts to get the  birds eye view of the scrumptious upcoming classes.  As you go you will find some newer ones we add along the way.  But, the major agenda is posted on December 19 where the original list for the whole year was posted - but like I said we kinda added to it as we went along.  Again, just email me at with questions or to get enrolled in some of these great adventures!


I am thoroughly enjoying stitching on these guys.  It will soon be time to begin the class and I am hopeful of sharing the stitched models with you before too much longer.

Remember these classes are small and are made up of only 2 class postings.  Also, the kits are all inclusive.

First up is the USA Star.  Contact me at  to be included in the class or for additional information.

Back to work until next time . . . . .

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