Saturday, July 14, 2018


This past week I have been taking classes that are hosted by the Royal School of Needlepoint and taught by their tutors they brought from England.  These are not diploma classes like the ones I had before.  But they are so exciting and I just could not pass up the opportunity to take some classes right here in my back door!

I had two classes this week and I have two different classes next week. We started with a reception on Sunday evening (a beautiful and perfect Sunday evening I might add).  We were getting to meet our tutors and fellow students before we actually needed to delve into our projects.

My first class was a beautiful white brooch created in white work (guess how long it will stay white with me and my habits)!  It involved setting up the individual petals with backstitching, then stitching a design - one satin stitch sets and one pulled work rows - then couching down a wire, covering the wire, buttonholing the wire, cutting out the petals, mounting on linen for preparation to apply to a sieve brooch form and final touches of beads and French knots.  A very nice class and lovely participants. My second class was also possible brooches - this time in or nue`.  We did two techniques - horizontal and circular.  Don't hold your breath to see my finished projects however.  I have classes to run of my own - lol.

Had the wonderful surprise of being able to reconnect with one of my Italian Cruise Stitchers - Nancy F.  Here's proof that we were there!

So good seeing her again!

Another past cruise participant just shared this picture from her hotel room overlooking Lake Louise!  Just so happened that our upcoming Canadian Rockies Train/Motor Coach Stitching Adventure will have a very similar view!

If you would like to join our fun from Calgary to Vancouver in April just email Liz our agent at with travel questions or me at for stitching questions. A limited exclusive design will be offered as an optional class on this wonderful journey.


Just a reminder that registration is currently in progress for a face-to-face class being hosted by Blue Bonnet Studio.  We are teaching the ever fun and delightful Captain Blackbeak's Wench from JP Needlepoint.

So many interesting techniques to share with you!  Needle felting, thread manipulating, feather creation variation, padding and much more! Check out all the classes and receive registration form over at We'd love to have you join us. The Wench is a four-day class - February 17-20, 2019.

Tomorrow is when we post another series of lessons in our Online Mystery Classes. These months just fly by!  If you want to check back in I may try to post again with some sneak peek at what we are doing.

In addition to these monthly lessons I am beginning work on the new upcoming classes.  Did someone say Bunnies??

Or how about the evil Green One?

On the opposite end from this guy is the Lily Wreath - lots of seaside icons in this one.

And don't forget our Butterfly Quickies!
Active registration is going on for all these classes and more.  Just email us for details and more information at or scroll down through older posts to get extended information.

So have a great summer weekend - and Stitch with a Smile when you can!

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