Saturday, September 16, 2017


Yes, this week our Viking Travel Agent, Liz, posted our itinerary for the 2018 Stitching Down the Danube riverboat stitching cruise!  We will visit 4  countries right in the heart of Europe.  How exciting!  Mark your calendars!  October 21 - 31, 2018.

River Beatrice

We will begin our adventure in Prague, Czech Republic  and spend 2 nights in these fabulous surroundings.  Touted as one of the most beautiful and romantic locales of Europe, the skyline offers up spires and turrets galore. And, we will begin our first stitching by having a class with me on an exclusive design created just for this trip.  From Prague we go to Nuremberg, Germany and board our ship. We leave Nuremberg and cruise the Main Danube Canal - 16 locks - then arrive in Regensburg.  Next day we cruise through beautiful Barvarian countryside going to Passau, Germany.  The most leisurely day on the trip will be onboard as we pass through wonderful scenery.  More stitching opportunities, or just hang out and have a massage.

We will arrive at Spitz, Austria  going through beautiful gorges through the Bohemian Mountains.  Stroll the village , enjoy wine tasting or visit the Melk Abbey.  Next, on to Vienna!  (The brochure tells us that Klimt painted here; Beethoven and Mozart composed here; Freud developed his theories here.) There will be a city tour with Vienna state opera visit or an exclusive "Vienna, City of Arts" tour.  And there is a private early-morning viewing of the acclaimed art collection of the Kunstkammer Vienna.

On down the river a bit we come to Budapest, Hungary.  The Danube divides the city into the old and the new - Buda and Pest.  Then sadly, we will depart Budapest the next day and head by home.

If you would like to keep up with the happenings, see the exclusive needlepoint piece (s) that are created and learn more about this adventure, come join us over on Needles 'N Fins.  There will be a full brochure there in the files for you to review the itinerary, the staterooms,  and the various prices. You must request to join this Facebook page as we do not want to assume everyone has the same interests as we - lol.
Email me at and we'll see to it that you can follow along.  Once registered we will have a secret Facebook Page just for the cruise participants.

 The riverboat offers such an intimate setting.  It is so peaceful and relaxing and has an ambience that cannot be enjoyed on the larger cruise ships.  The River Beatrice is a new ship and slightly larger than  River Countess that we will be cruising next month on the Po.


And, boy am I in trouble. Raymond Crawford has really outdone himself at this market!  Or at least as far as I am concerned he has.

First we have the Grinch!  Or as Raymond refers to it 'Who Has the Joy?' How do you say no to the Grinch?

A stitch guide is well on its way - more to follow.

As if this wasn't bad enough, look at those wonderful 12 Days of Christmas Stars.  These guys have made it to the Online Mystery Class schedule for 2018.

I'm seriously considering them for the Quickie Series - 1 a month beginning January 2018.  Let me know if you would like to join me in this adventure.  Email me at  I'll provide more information as I decide on the various threads and embellishments. 

And, yesterday was mid-September so that meant posting lessons for the ONLINE MYSTERY CLASSES.

The Songbirds from Danji has Lesson 5 distributed this month.

She seems so regal to me for some reason.  

Lesson 3 was shared in the Cupcakes from BB Needlepoint.

This is one of several cupcakes that was included in the lesson.

Steampunk Cat from Brenda Stofft received Lesson 2.  

We worked on more background and some pumpkins this time.

And a new design was added this month!  Santa Ornament Wreath from Raymond Crawford.

Lesson 1 had several ornaments included in the mix.  I'm sharing one with you here.

There are so many wonderful ornaments in this design that it is difficult to pick one.


I have received some delightful pictures from some of the ladies of the Piney Pointers Chapter.  They had me come teach to their Guild in May 2017 the fun Heloise Hooty from ACOD.  They are really cranking out these gals.  They have also graciously allowed me to share their end results with you.  Thank you ladies!  I thoroughly enjoyed the class and the wonderful environment.  Always love to come to LaTorretta Resort in Conroe,TX.

Galia Moral has her Heloise back from the framer already!


                                                                        Chris Hook


                                             Mary Schumaker


Aren't they all pretty?  Great job ladies!  I love my students!


ANG Encore! 2018

I am fortunate to have been asked to teach at this great venue.  2018 this will take place in Houston - April 7-8, 2018.  We will be teaching an exclusive design just for us by Leigh Designs - Beijing Butterfly.

A REMINDER:  One of my upcoming retreats is teaching at the Winterthur Museum in March 23-25, 2018 in Delaware - registration is active now - do not be left behind.
When I was approached and asked if I would teach at Winterthur Museum, the carrot for me was that youngsters from 10-18 could attend the retreat at no cost and could learn along with their attending adult.  To me, this was HUGE!  If you are a parent of a youngster in this age range, how could you not take advantage of this opportunity.  We need to get our youngsters more involved in our passion for this art and what better way than create a memory of attending a retreat with Mommy or Daddy? This retreat is embracing all skill levels. 

I will be teaching the class for Fruit and Flowers.  We will be doing techniques such as thread painting, reverse chain, round Rhodes, stem stitch, buttonhole, Cashmere, leaf stitch, and many, many more.  Design is stitched using beautiful silks.  I am sharing a sneak peak of one of several flowers showcased on the canvas.  

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.

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