Saturday, May 6, 2017


When I start thinking about what might be in store for us on the horizon  - along it comes.  I shared with you last week the possibility of doing classes on JP Needlepoint's new Cattitude and Dog Gone Good canvases.  Well they are no longer a possibility.  The support for these fun designs is going out the roof! Based on number of interest emails, Cattitude will be up first for classes.

While this group of kitties does not look like it has much complex areas to consider, they sure do have a lot of fun areas.  We will see what we can do with interesting threads, techniques, maybe find some embellishments.  Who knows?  I have this design tentatively set for its first lesson to be posted around mid-March.  If you want on the notification list just email me at

Because several of you want to do both, we will take a 2-month break between the two.  The Dog Gone Good design will begin mid-May.


Again, if you want on the notification list just email me at

          It is never too early to order your canvas from your LNS.  Let us know should
          you need assistance and we will see if we can help you out.

For those who are fairly new to my Blog and not sure how these Online Mystery Classes work.  Here's the scoop.  Classes generally cover a 6-month period unless stated otherwise (and there are some that are 'otherwise').  The lessons are billed up front through PayPal.  The invoices are processed about one month prior to the first lesson posting.The 6-Lesson Packet is generally $150.  Once payment is processed, participants are invited to join a secret Facebook Page.  There you will meet other participants and find 'house' rules and the materials list.  The secret Facebook page is where the monthly lessons are also posted - generally around the 15th.

The notification list I refer to is to alert you to the fact that somewhere along the line you stated you would be interested in the class.  This is to let you know that invoices are being mailed and if you really want to participate all you need do it pay the invoice.  If you changed your mind just ignore the invoice.  No consequences.  I generally will send you one follow-up email to make sure that you did, in fact, get the notice.  Easy!  Right?

Scroll through older posts to see information about the various class offerings.


Songbirds has their first lesson in just a few more days!  Kits have been invoiced and are being mailed this coming week for those who requested assistance.  We know of a few more canvases that are available so if you know someone wanting to join us just have them email me and we can hook you up!

As some of you may have seen on my personal Facebook Page, I received the wonderful news that I did in fact pass the Stumpwork portion of the Royal School of Needlework class offerings.  I will be receiving my Diploma for that achievement shortly.  This was a rather intense course over a 12-day period (and nights were not free - well, they were but you actually spent them ripping out what you did in the day and putting them back in - personal choice, right - LOL).  The tutors are wonderful.  However, they are not wishy-washy about how techniques are to be done and what is expected of the student.  I am so glad I did this.  It was a lovely experience.  My Patriotic Angel got a little wear on her journey but nothing I can't fix.  Looks like her face sorta did something funky on the left side.

For those interested, the RSN also has day classes, etc., that are not quite as intense so if you don't want the journey of receiving a certificate or a diploma you might look into those offerings.  They cover every category in this small classes as well - just not as intense.


I heard that the USA Star canvases should be on their way in a few days.  That means that the kits will be going out shortly.  These are Raymond Crawford Designs.

So if you signed up for the Quickie Class and paid your invoice, you will be getting an email advising when the kits will be mailed.  There is still time to participate!  Remember it is an all-inclusive fee of $100 - threads, embellishments, painted canvas and 2 lessons sent in pdf format.  Just email me at if you still want to be added to the fun.

The next Quickie is a companion star - the Eagle Star.  Registration is currently being handled for this class.

Class cost for this guy will be posted shortly.  Just email at and request to be added to the notification list.

Excited to be a part of the upcoming Needlepoint in New England Retreat April 27-29, 2018!

This event is held in Connecticut in April 2018 and hosted by The Enriched Stitch.  Look at this wonderful Maggie piece that I call Winter Cardinal.  It is an exclusive for The Enriched Stitch and offers so much to explore! Isn't he wonderful?

For information and to register, visit the website - this is an adventure waiting to happen!

In the meanwhile, I will be heading west again - and guess where?  Texas again!  I will be enjoying the company of the ANG Piney Pointers at LaTorretta Resort in Montgomery, TX and teaching the delightful Heloise Hooty.


We will laugh and giggle through needle felting, stretching threads, playing with funky threads, and all kinds of techniques, including beading!  This design is chocked full of different things to do but because of her size it does work up fairly quickly.  

Then, I leave LaTorretta and head into Houston to teach a 3 day embellishment class at Chandail.  If you are in the area stop by and say hello and look at all the fun pieces being worked on.

Scroll down and take a look at what is coming up soon.  There is so much fun in store for us!



jane said...

Sandy- what are the classes like on Facebook are they live are they taped is it a PDF sheet what if you have questions thanks Jane

Sandy Arthur said...

Thanks for asking Jane. The lessons are posted on a secret Facebook page to the participants. They are posted in pdf format so you can print them out and you can save them . You are not to share them or sell them however as they are copyrighted materials and for use by paid participants only. Lessons are posted according to the particular class guidelines - some once a month, some every other month, some spontaneous, etc.

Questions are asked constantly and I check my postings frequently so you would not need to wait for any extended period of time before hearing back from me. Some fellow students are very generous to offer up their answer but sometimes I caution to be careful as their response may not always fit in with what I might have in mind.

Let me know if you have additional questions.

Thanks again,