It has been kinda rough here at Arthur Acres since Christmas. We have had freezing temperatures and snow. This isn't nearly what a lot have had to face but it is still a hassle for us. We have an old home that is poorly insulated so it is a challenge to make sure the water pipes do not freeze and burst. After an outrageous electric heating bill and probably a matching water bill since we open all faucets to drip during these periods, we might finally be seeing the light of day! The sunshine is beautiful and it is actually melting the ice and snow. I never thought I'd say 39 degrees is wonderful!
The weather has not hindered my stitching rest assured! I have been thoroughly enjoying my stitching time in front of my fabulous fireplace.
This past week we shared another lesson in each of our Online Mystery Classes! Here's a peek at what we did.
Steampunk Cat from Brenda Stofft is now completed! We said goodbye to this fancy feline.
The fifth session for Raymond Crawford's Santa Ornament Wreath was shared as well.
This lesson finished up all the ornaments. Next month we'll do Santa and the background. Stay tuned.
Rebecca Wood's large Gingerbread House found us working on the third session.
Don't the shutters look fantastic?
Next up is the first session of Brenda's Moon Gazer.
Coming as no surprise to my students I am sure, we began with the background areas.
Next up are two non-conventional classes, meaning a different type posting schedule.
Reindeer 1 from Raymond Crawford- series was the one with the pineapple blanket.
I never claimed to be a photographer. I just can't seem to get a good shot of this beautiful thread and the subtleties of the fantastic snowflake background. You'll see when you stitch yours though!
Another fun piece that we've already shared a picture of is the first of the Christmas Stars - 12 Days of Christmas from Raymond Crawford.
These are going to be so much fun. A new one each month. Can't wait to share the 2 Turtle Doves with you.
So in case there is nothing here to interest you, we have even more new designs joining our class line up. OH: Don't forget to look over to the right and click on the entire 2018 agenda.
February will bring on our new class the Snow Happy Trio from Love You More.
I have not stopped to count how many shades of white, textures of white or threads of white that are used in this design. Phew! There is still time to join us if you choose. Just email me at email@example.com and we'll get you on the list. We are working diligently on getting together a thread/embellishment kit prepared to meet my request and we'll share that information with those who are class participants as soon as it is ready. First class is scheduled mid-February.
Also on the immediate horizon is JP Needlepoint's cute, cute, cute Catitudes!
Registration is going on now so just email if you would like to join us. firstname.lastname@example.org. This design is available in 13ct or 18ct.
We are so happy to learn of the registrations at some of our upcoming retreats. Check out the class at Winterthur Museum in DE in March - Fruit and Flowers:
For details visit:
Contact Art Needlepoint right away to make your reservation. And even more exciting plan to bring a youngster along to share the experience.
Immediately after that one is Needlepoint in New England hosted by The Enriched Stitch in CT.
This Winter Cardinal from Maggie has so many techniques and stitches to share. Yes that is a real plaid created on the side. Contact for more information. I'm not sure if they still have any openings but you can check it out. http://enrichedstitch.com/april-2018
I'm also fortunate enough to be stitching at the Needle Nook of LaJolla Retreat but that class is filled. Maybe you can get in next year if you decide early.
Gotta get back to work. Have a great weekend!