Saturday, October 7, 2017


While planning for our Riverboat Stitching Cruise - Party on the Po - it seemed it would be an eternity before we would be leaving.  Now we are a mere 12 days away!  Oh my.  So to try and contain myself I am focusing on some other events so I can accomplish a little something while fending off the anticipation and excitement that is just around the next corner.  But the scene below is still in the back of my mind knowing that I will be there again real soon!

At the same time we are really getting Stitching Down the Danube in full gear for 2018!  Be sure to join our Facebook Page - Needles 'N Fins - to watch as announcements are made.  A brochure covering the pertinent details is in the files section with contact information for our Viking Travel Agent and me should you have questions. 

River Beatrice - New Boat

On the Horizon:
I have the wonderful good fortune of being able to stitch at various 2018 retreats around the country in a teaching capacity.
The first part of March I will be playing at Fay's Needle Nook of LaJolla beginning March 9 - 12, 2018.  This retreat is fabulous and always a treat.  Fortunately there are several who return year after year and it is lovely to see familiar faces among the crowd and to meet new participants too.  These are embellishment and stitch enhancement classes where each participant brings a canvas they have chosen for the teacher to make suggestions. Most always all are different and a great deal of fun plus lots and lots of ideas tossed around.

Fay’s Needle Nook of La Jolla
7719 Fay Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037
1-800-685-1711 – TOLL FREE
1-858-459-9536 – FAX
Monday – Saturday – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (PST)
Closed major Federal Holidays
Then a little later, March 23, 2018 I will be playing in Delaware at the Art Needlepoint Wnterthur Retreat at Winterthur Museum.

There is so much to share on this piece called Fruit and Flowers.  We have shading, Rhodes stitches, semi open stitches, buttonhole, satin, reverse chain stitches, stem stitch, Gobelins and much more.

Register and PAY IN FULL by October 15, 2017 and Save 5% with code NeedlepointRetreat - all one word - in the discount code box at checkout, or with Art Needlepoint on the phone.
A deposit can be made anytime and the balance is needed by February 1, 2018 to ensure you get the class you want. 
However, we encourage you to select and register in full by December, 2017 as certain classes will fill up before then, as some are already nearing the maximum number.
You may select from the kits at any time prior to Jan.

For details visit:

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.…
Here's an early registration link:
Contact Art Needlepoint right away to make your reservation.  And even more exciting plan to bring a youngster along to share the experience.

April 27-29 weekend, we head over to Connecticut to The Enriched Stitch for their retreat Needlepoint in New England.  Oh how I love my class piece!  

I loved this Maggie Design right away as cardinals are my favorite bird (after the peacock and hummingbird of course).  We will be executing a plaid section, there is some semi open work, wonderful needle painting, Rhodes stitches, fly stitches, and more.  Check it out at The Enriched Stitch

Somewhere in between we are teaching at the ANG Encore! event held in Houston, TX on April 7th weekend.  We are doing the painted canvas exclusive by Leigh Designs - Beijing Butterflies.

Crystals and beads abound in this fantastic design.  

Thread painting, or nue`, open work, buttonhole stitches, diagonal mosaic, French knots, and so much more while playing with beautiful silks and various threads.  For details be sure to check out registration on the ANG sight - 

That's it for now as I prepare the classes for sharing next week on the individual Online Mystery Classes.  Also keep an eye open for the many new things in the lineup for the coming year.  You can catch much of the information by scrolling through older posts.

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