Saturday, October 14, 2017


Sorry folks but I have way to much fun! I so love what I do - day in - day out.  I am very blessed.

I have been weighing different ways to present the Christmas Stars – 12 Days of Christmas by Raymond Crawford.  In doing this I have been analyzing the backgrounds and the individual motifs of each day.  As many of you know, I like for as many people as are interested to be able to participate in my classes.  This is one of the main reasons the Quickie Series was born. 
So, here is how I am going to present these designs. There will be one Star shared each month.  Each Star will be discussed in its entirety.

There will be 2 options.

First Option:  Full Kit – handpainted canvas, threads/embellishments and stitch instructions for each Star. To make kits more economical, full skeins/cards may not be included.

Second Option:  Canvas, embellishments (no threads) and stitch instructions only for each Star. Participants can draw from their stash for stitching.

These two options should pretty much cover most scenerios for my students.  First, those who just don’t want to fool with trying to purchase and gather everything will have that taken care of.  Second will be for those who want to work from their stash but don’t have access to some of the embellishments I used for the designs.

If you want to participate in this Quickie Series that is scheduled to begin mid-January, send me an email to and I will add you to the notification list.  Designs are 5" x 5" stars on 18ct. You should expect to hear from me about invoicing the first lesson around the first of December. Don't delay - - - get enrolled now!


Tomorrow we post lessons for the various Online Mystery Classes! So much going on! But here's a sneak peek a day early.  Heck I might get ambitious and post the lessons today - who knows?

Lesson 6 for our Songbirds from Danji will be posted.  As always, it is sorta sad to say goodbye to a design we have shared for 6 months.  But it is very rewarding to finish something too - so . . . .

I think this is one of those 'save the best for last'.  I believe this might just be my favorite one of the group.  Although each has something special for me.  

Lesson 4 from the Cupcakes design by BB Needlepoint is next.

One of the cupcakes from this lesson has a little bit of everything.  We have tried a new thread for us from Kreinik; we've done some ruching; there are beads and we have fractured Flair!  What fun.

Lesson 3 of the Steampunk Series - Steampunk Cat - from Brenda Stofft has a lot going on.

It was difficult to choose one feature to share with you from this lesson but I chose the mouse/bat?  Is it a mouse dressed like a bat or is it a new species?  Anyway, he's cute!

Lots more in this lesson too:  Tree, pumpkin, owl and ribbon flowers - oh goodness.

Lesson 2 on the Santa Ornament Wreath from Raymond Crawford will be posted.

I chose this ornament from the five stitched of the series to share with you that simplicity has beauty on its own merit.  The colors are magnificent.

Next month we will be adding a new design to our roster.  Gingerbread House from Rebecca Wood.

Invoices are being processed and participants are meeting in the secret Facebook Page for the class.  This design is not for the faint of heart.  Not in the sense of difficulty but in size.  The biggest obstacle will be the 'forever' background.  But it is so wonderful when it is finished.  Becomes a 9" building - email me at if you wish to participate.


And look what I got back from the finisher!  This is the Winter Cardinal by Maggie that I will be teaching at the Needlepoint in New England Retreat April 27-29, 2018.  Go to their website and register now!  Classes are filling quickly!  Check it out at The Enriched Stitch

Well gang, this time next week I should be in Italy Partying on the Po with 50 other lovely people in our group.  I am so excited about meeting this group.  I personally know very few of them but that will quickly change! I have no idea how my contacting will work so if you have questions in the various classes please be patient as I may not be able to address your issue right away.

Be sure to join us over on Needles 'N Fins to keep up with our riverboat stitching cruise plans.  Stitching Down the Danube is in full 'planning and registering' swing!  Wait until you see the exclusive canvas designed for this cruise!  I love it!

Maybe I'll be able to post my next blog from Italy - we'll see.  Fingers crossed!

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