Saturday, July 4, 2020
Saturday, June 27, 2020
Saturday, June 20, 2020
ANG registration time for the Distance Learning Classes for 2020 Tucson Seminar is dwindling day by day. In other words the clock is ticking! Have you registered? Great opportunity to take extra classes that you would not have been able to do in the f2f venue so take advantage of the situation!
Come to the magical Maine Coast. Soak up some sun, fresh air, and great food.
Join other Needlepointistas near the ocean for a fun time
with lots to do when not stitching.
Event is Oct 9 - 11, 2020.
All skill levels welcome!
The crowds are gone. The leaves are in their full glory.
Two full days of stitching with Master Certified Teachers.
We have a preliminary brochure we can email for the class projects
after you register so that you can pick your project and teacher.
The information will also include the accommodations in BoothBay Harbor, Maine -
the code to save $$ on your kit and your hotel reservations
and other information.
It is a limited space.
Registration fee is one time.
Of the registration fee $250 deposit is non refundable.
Registration is on a first come first serve basis.
We like to keep our classes small, so registration will close when the classes are at their capacity.
Needles UP! Email or call us for more information
Shared the monthly lessons this week for the current classes.
But wait! That's not all. We'll do some beading, some appliqué, some needle weaving and how about some stump work? Lots to look forward to on this guy. So come join us and sign up by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get you on the list. This is an all-inclusive class: handpainted canvas, threads and embellishments, detailed diagrams and illustrations, and felting needle. Optional felting tools will also be offered All you need is an open mind and willingness to have a good time!. We'll start playing with this guy mid-November. Come on and join in for what is sure to be fun!
Seems we got our alphabet mixed up last week!
Saturday, June 13, 2020
Just a little over 2 weeks left to register for the ANG Tucson Virtual Seminar Classes! I understand registration is going well. Can't wait to see who all is going to play with me. I so enjoyed doing both of these designs.
Crazy Needles Journey
Saturday, June 6, 2020
This is one of those weeks where I am going to bury my head in the sand before I say or do something that will not sit well with one group or another. We are going to be all about stitching and enjoying our personal time!
Have you registered for your ANG Tucson Seminar distance-learning classes as yet? While there is no class size limit for most classes there is a deadline for registering. June 30 at 5 pm all doors close! Don't miss out on this rare opportunity!
You know how at in-person Seminars you can't have your coffee or drink conveniently placed on the table for fear of an accident ruining your table mate's project? Well at the Tucson Distance Learning Seminar that is not an issue!
Be sure to check our my two classes - Crazy Needles Journey and Flags of Glory. Would love to have you participate.
NEEDLE FELTING ON NEEDLEWORK
Last week I introduced you to the class we are offering for needle felting on needlework - Spring Welcome from PLD Needlepoint. This was a technique I introduced at TNNA market to shop owners many many years ago - and they were a little skeptical! Remember we were trying to get over the fact that it was okay to do more than basketweave on needlepoint canvas. Spring Welcome is this adorable bunny admiring a daisy with a sweet butterfly sharing in the excitement of Spring.
This will not be a mystery class. You will see the finished design before we start stitching. We are going to work with beads, needle weaving, off-canvas stitching, padding, appliqué and stump work in addition to the major focus - needle felting.
This class will include a full kit with supplies needed to complete the design. There is 1 felting needle included in the kit. For those who do not have needle felting tools, an optional needle felting tools kit will be offered for purchase. As said before, I am passionate about the tools I use for my felting and love them. I feel they help provide the participant with an enjoyable experience of learning to needle felt. Proper tools are always a plus - especially when one has RA.
For those of you who do not know what to expect here is a sample of a needle felted cat on a needlepoint design. This is Wizard of Paws by Brenda Stofft and was an earlier class.
ONLINE MYSTERY CLASSES
Getting geared up to start the Just Add Water companion piece by CBK. It was hard to choose the next one but I felt this one had more in common with the first one we did previously and therefore would work well together.
Such fun pieces to hang in the powder room don't you think? Invoices went out this week so if you think you are registered for this class and you have not received your invoice then you need to contact us right away at email@example.com. This class will begin mid-July.
NEEDLES 'N FINS STITCHING ADVENTURES - stitching related cruises
People are starting to get excited about upcoming stitching cruises. We currently are planning our next adventure which will be Hawaiian Island Hopping Stitching Cruise. This is scheduled for April 15 - 24, 2021! Starting to get the traveling bug again! Hopefully agents will get to return to their respective offices soon!
PAY IT FORWARD - Hearts A to Z sampler - free diagrams
Saturday, May 30, 2020
Whatever is normal? Hubby and I ventured to the grocery for the first time since the first of March. We went at 0 dark 30 (as Vicky would say) when good little seniors are supposed to go. We donned our masks and disposable gloves. There were shoppers (most of whom did not wear masks) but not crowded. We were there about 45 minutes and got what we went after. For some reason our grocery will not deliver Clorox - we have to pick it up at the store - and, of course, are limited to 2 bottles (in our case jugs). So that is our first brush with re-introduction to society. Don't plan on any future trips anytime soon either.
Had a nice old memory crop up this week. First I heard from a former co-worker that I had not heard from in over 30 years. Then I had one also share a memory of over 40+ years old.
"Martha - You look the same. I remember all the lunch hours at Ashland Oil, Inc. when you stayed in the building and taught a class on our lunch hour. They were the good old days."
I used to teach anything anybody wanted to try (and there was no charge then) - knitting, cross-stitch, crocheting, we even stood on top a conference room table and I taught macrame by hanging the cord from the ceiling tile. Oh my goodness. Thanks Martha for rekindling that memory. Yes, great days.
Did you know that you are not required to be an ANG member to register
for Seminar classes?
Remember you may register for as many classes as you wish! I look forward to seeing your name amongst my students!
ONLINE MYSTERY CLASSES
As we all are aware, the painters of canvases are buried in a backlog of orders and working very hard trying to get canvases out to the designers/distributors. I am discussing some possible numbers with the designers in an effort to assure that my class members will have their canvases as the time approaches for their particular class. So for now, I ask that those seriously interested in the upcoming classes next on the agenda let me know right away of your interest so that we can speak up for your canvas. You can still order them through your LNS it's just that we want the distributor to know that we definitely have 'X' number of participants who will be requesting canvases when they are back in stock.
First up is going to be the Saturday Nite Beauty with the float - aka Just Add Water. This is a CBK Design.
Registration for this class is open and invoicing will begin this coming week. It will be a 6-session packet and it is $150 for the lesson portion. Students get their canvases and materials from their LNS. For those needing assistance we can recommend shops to supply those materials to you. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The first lesson is scheduled to be posted mid-July.
The next 'need to know' is our wonderful Two by Two from Strictly Christmas.
Years ago I introduced the concept of adding felting to needlework. We taught this technique to shop owners at market. From there I started teaching classes in various venues. I have had several requests to teach needle felting on needlework again. There is a small introduction class piece over in the Etsy Shop of a black/white cat head to whet your appetite. I finally found a canvas that I feel will be happy, practical and afford enough canvas space for you to experience the various techniques of shading, changing colors, making area compact, making more fluffy, etc. that we will endeavor to cover. Meet Spring Welcome from PLD Needlepoint Designs.
The design is approximately 8" x 12". In addition to the bunny being needle felted, I see the possibility of beading, needle weaving and maybe even some stump work techniques. Oh my gosh, this guy is going to look soooooo different! I can't wait to play!
This 6-session class will be $150 and lessons will be posted once a month - mid-month. We possibly can begin mid-November. We will offer needle felting tools that we use personally for those who want to use what we use. (having rheumatoid arthritis I am pretty passionate about some of my tools and this grouping is one of them)
PAY IT FORWARD - Hearts A to Z Sampler free stitch chart
Saturday, May 23, 2020
Things have been fairly quiet at Arthur Acres during this lock down in Kentucky. While lots of places are beginning to open back up hubby and I choose to just lay back a little longer. Not too eager to get this 'plateau' in reverse. We will sit back and let others be the guinea pigs and clear the way.
I am not a gardener. Never have been and never pretended to be. Had my fair share on the farm. I also did not inherit my mother's green thumb. However, even I can only take so many weeds. I chose to take advantage of times right after a light rain when the ground is fairly soft to try and relieve my flowers from the weeds that seem to dominate. Of course the weeds win but I do keep trying.
My biggest entertainment and pleasure at this spot in time is to enjoy my bird feeder activity. Such color! I love all of them - except the crows. I put out a different suet block and it seems to be attracting the crows. Not my birds of choice! Guess we won't be replacing that particular suet soon. I have noticed that the orioles and the rose-breasted grosbeak have moved on for another year. I enjoyed them so much and was sad to not see them anymore. But he the cardinals, goldfinch and hummers add color along with the cute little rose finches, bluejays(not my favorites but I like the color), and the red headed woodpeckers with their brothers.
We are sad to report that another retreat has 'bit the dust.' Our scheduled retreat with the Minnesota Stitchers has had to be cancelled for 2020. I don't think anyone was surprised but it is sad to see the venues have to be put on hold for another year. So many get such pleasure out of visiting, stitching, networking, etc. But it is for our safety so we certainly cannot fault that. Look out 2022!
ONLINE MYSTERY CLASSES
Things have been moving right along on our online classes. Lessons are being posted timely and shared with the participants. Participants are providing some feedback. It seems many are taking advantage of the 'stay at home' request of most governors. We have met our first major obstacle in this venue however.
Since canvas painters have also be under lock down all over the world, we have not been receiving any new product to replace our inventories. This includes items that we have selected for our new upcoming classes. Our next new design being offered up for class is Lovable Llama by Gayla Elliott. This cutie is scheduled for a first class session mid-July.
We took a poll and it appears that a majority of participants have not been able to get their canvases. Well it doesn't take a genius to figure out that if you don't have a canvas you are not going to stitch. We have decided it best to move the date back for the introduction to this guy. We will revisit in June/July and see what the situation is for the expected inventory receipts around the country. We are hopeful to start him in mid-August at the latest.
He/she is so cute that we are all anxious to start playing with the possibilities.
In the same boat (no pun intended) is Two By Two- Noah's Ark from Strictly Christmas.
mid-July then you need to sign up right away. Send email to email@example.com. Otherwise, we will likely drop this piece from the agenda due to lack of interest.
ETSY SHOP - duodesignsbySandra
We were able to add a few more stitch markers for knitters to the shop and have moved a few surplus class pieces on to new homes.
PAY IT FORWARD - HEARTS A to Z SAMPLER - FREE DIAGRAMS
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Such wonderful news! I have been advised that some painters have been allowed to have supplies and work from home! Lots of backorders so no idea when we will get what nor where we are on the order chain. But it is what it is and I am thrilled that there is some movement.
NEEDLES 'N FINS STITCHING ADVENTURES - Private Group for Stitching Travelers
It is my understanding that my group's Tulips Cruise is next on the list for processing. Hopefully UniWorld will be releasing money and credits soon. There is not much we can do in the meanwhile.
I would like to take a small poll with you guy however. If you feel so inclined I would like to hear from you about how various travel agencies have been handling your requests during this time of limited work hours, personnel, etc. Seems different agencies are handling quite differently. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or private message me on FB. I would love to have your feedback.
ETSY SHOP - duodesignsbySandra
I have been so busy stitching that I have not had time to add new items to the shop to replace some of the extras going out.
Do you knit? I know most of us have another hobby in addition to our passion for needlepoint. I know I have 1 or 2 or 5 or. Anyway, we have these fun stitch markers over in the shop. Go take a look. Most are one of a kind. I still have several I need to add to the shop. A fun way to keep the various sections of your knitting marked - you know those sleeves, those pattern changes, etc.
As shared with you previously just about everything has been cancelled or postponed. We are awaiting instructions from ANG regarding the Seminar classes. They are working through the possibility of offering some options so be sure to keep in touch with them. Their website is needlepoint.org - just follow the menus.
Online Mystery Classes
Yesterday we shared lessons in the ongoing Online Mystery Classes.
In At The Beach (oops! you can tell where my mind is) Seashore - Sandra Gilmore design we completed the sofa and the pillows. That area in itself could justify a full class!
For the Fall Welcome Wreath PLD designs we did a set of pumpkins and some red leaves and flowers.
We also had our first session in the Kissmas Eve PLD Designs class. We added wallpaper, and did the framing around the wall area.
Now we are focusing on sign ups for the next wave of classes. Next in line is Lovable Llama-Gayla Elliott. Then comes Just Add Water- CBK Designs and the wonderful Two By Two - Strictly Christmas Designs featuring Noah and all the animals.
To be included on the Notification List (no obligation) email us at email@example.com. We all have our fingers crossed to get the canvases before the first lessons. Be sure to get yours ordered NOW! Your LNS will happily take care of you. If you need assistance contact us and we will hook you up with a shop that is kitting these classes for us so you have no substitutions.