Saturday, November 18, 2017


This week we shared another group of lessons for the various Online Mystery Classes.  And, while visions of my Riverboat Stitching Cruise Party on the Po are floating around in my head, I feel that this month's lesson can hold their own in the attention department.

Session 5 for Cupcakes by BB Needlepoint was posted.  One of our favorite cupcakes is this swirled chocolate iced one.

We utilized a fun Kreinik braid for the embellishment on the cake liner.  And, look at that icing! This is a bargello variation that I have used many times including on Witch on the Town and Wizard of Paws.  A fun stitch.

Steampunk Cat from Brenda Stofft had Session 4 shared.  Much was done on this canvas and the bouquet was spectacular!

Planet Earth had the perfect ribbon for these roses in the bouquet!

Raymond Crawford's Santa Ornament Wreath also has lots of great techniques included.

 No, the Santa hat trim is not turkey work!

If you would like to join some of our Online Mystery Classes or would like more information, please email me at

2018 has a lot in store for our stitching challenges.  Scroll down a few posts- October 21 -  and you will find a complete agenda for the whole year.  Of course, I have been known to add a few along the way.

Coming soon will be the first lesson on Steampunk Witch a Brenda Stofft Design.

We will be sharing lessons on this design every other month instead of monthly.  The first session will be mid-December. Invoices for the 6-lesson packet have been mailed and are being processed.  We are working on a thread/embellishment kit to offer for those who do not have a LNS or need assistance.  Just email for details at

January 2018!  OMGoodness!  What have I done?  We will begin with Moon Gazer also by Brenda Stofft and also a semi-monthly project.

The first Reindeer of Raymond Crawford's series of 4:

The order of the reindeer may be changed.  This class is a little different from others.  The designs may incorporate only 4 lessons instead of the previous 6.  There will be much more information shared with those who have signed up for the classes as to how we will progress.  We will have canvases, threads and embellishment packets available for those who do not have a LNS and need assistance. 

And then we will feature our first QUICKIE for 2018, Raymond Crawford's 12 Days of Christmas Stars doing the First Day - Partridge in a Pear Tree.

These guys will be fully contained!  Handprinted canvas, threads, embellishments and stitch guide for that design.  We will also be offering a special to those who take all 12 days in that we will deeply discount the 12th day - so stay tuned.  Our goal is to keep each class very affordable.  The cost distribution will be shared with those that have signed up for the notification list.  Again, if interested please send email to to be placed on the notification lists.


Our Riverboat Cruise for 2018 is drawing a lot of attention.  Our agent, Liz, informs us that 20 have already paid and are ready to go - wait a minute - I still have a year to prepare don't forget!  I love it.  The enthusiasm and fun that we all had on the Italy stitching cruise will provide a lifetime of memories.  Many new friends were made and you cannot put a price on those types of adventures! But look what we have in store on the River Beatrice!

Sign up for our Needles 'N Fins Facebook page to follow all our plans and activity for these journeys.   The brochure for this upcoming trip is in the files section.  Contact our travel agent - Liz, at Viking Travel for traveling details -  or email me for general information and stitching plans -  

Until next week, remember to stitch with a smile and Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating!

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