Saturday, August 24, 2019

Another ANG seminar has come and gone!

Seems like it was just yesterday that I was getting on a plane to teach 5 days at the ANG Seminar in Houston TX!  The time just flew by.  First was my class on the Texas Boot.  This 2-day class barely got started until it was over.

Next was a half-day on the Personalized Plaid tray insert.  I wish it could have been a full day but I think everyone was okay by the time we were through. We used a method different than Chottie's Plaid but I would have liked to have been able to share that method as well.

Then last but not least was the Winter Cardinal by Maggie.  Lots and lots of things to cover in this class.  We have a few glitches in the painted canvas but it was a wonderful surprise.  This gave us the opportunity to learn to relax and learn to improvise and correct the issue.  Everyone was great.

Next year we will be heading to Tucson, AZ for seminar.  I am fortunate to be teaching 2 classes there.

First will be the Crazy Needles Journey box top insert.  This is a 2-day class with prework.

This piece was named for its use of stitches that have geographical inferences - Hungarian, Romanian, French knots, etc.We use ribbon and beads as well as some other interesting embellishments.

A second class is the Flags of Glory.  

Who doesn't like red-white-blue designs?  Again we will play with ribbons, straw silks, Neon Rays, sequins and beads.

This coming week I will heading to Naperville - just outside Chicago - to teach several classes.  There will be two techniques classes - one on Beading on Needlework and one on Ribbons and Such. A third class is the What's That from JP Needlepoint.  I chose to refer to this as Succulents as it is made up of 28 plants.  You can't even imagine the number of stitches, techniques and threads we'll share as we go along.

Such fun!


Wow!  We will be leaving for the Mediterranean before we know it.  We are all looking forward to sharing our time on the Azamara ship Pursuit!  It sounds lovely!  Can't wait.  We'll have lots of stitching time in between excursions, eating, drinking, excursions, drinking, eating - oh and napping of course.  I have some wonderful surprises I can't wait to share with everyone.

The kits for the the optional class have been shipped and being prepared for their journey by the individuals as they see fit.  I suggest mounting on stretcher bars but I realize that not all like to use them.

There is still time to get yours if you would like to join us.

I have the unique pleasure of meeting some of our participants face-to-face at the national Seminar.  I was unable to get a picture of all of us but I did manage to get Ginger and Joanne to hold still long enough for a quick snap.

Others are deciding just what they want to bring along to stitch on and possibly seek assistance or suggestions.  Some have shared their project with me so I could be thinking about possibilities.  We are going to have a great time.

Reservations are in progress for the Tulip Time on the Rhine stitching cruise in April 2020.  The design is being painted, tweaked, repainted, etc.  So exciting.

Be sure to email if want more details at  

Gotta get my act together for Naperville!  Until next time . . . 

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Seminar in full swing and almost over.

I just have not had time to post a blog this weekend as I have been teaching every day!  Please check back next Saturday for an update.

Thanks for your interest and remember to stitch with a smile!


Saturday, August 10, 2019


I am leaving in a couple days for Houston where I will be teaching at the ANG Seminar.  I will be engaged for 5 days - needless to say I will probably be tired near the end - lol.

I am so fortunate to be teaching pieces that I really enjoy and loved stitching.  Heck I feel that way about 99.9% of my class pieces.  It is very rare that I will agree to teach something that I just cannot put my heart into.

One of my classes will be on the Birthday Plaid.  This concept has become very popular lately for some reason.  Here it is shown in a Lee rectangular leather snap tray that is part of the class kit for Seminar.

I chuckle, however, as I first taught this class 15 years ago.  I found some old stitch guides from a class where they were copyrighted in 2004!  But the technique is the same today as it was before when Chottie taught it and many of us put our own personal twist to it.  Here is the version I taught back then.

I was particularly fond of the diagonal design.  These were made into a checkbook cover and eyeglass case.  Didn't have as many fancy possibilities then that we do today.

Upon my return from ANG Seminar I have 3 days at home and then I am off to teach at Stitchers Garden in Naperville (outside Chicago).  The 'What's That' from JP Needlepoint is a very colorful representation of beautiful cacti.

This class is sold out!

There are two techniques classes - one-day each - one on Beading on Needlework and What to Do With Ribbons and Such.  I understand there may be one or two spots still available for these classes but when they are gone they are gone.  There is no extra room.


Just a side note to announce that all ornament stands that were ordered and paid for have been shipped! Now to finish the classes - wooooo hooooo.

Next weekend I hope to share with you sneak peeks from this month's Online Mystery Classes. These are all so much fun and I don't know that I have a favorite.  As I finish each lesson I have a little difficulty putting one aside so that I can get the current lesson done for the next.  I just want to keep stitching!  But it all seems to work out and I love it.

We announced last week that the Mediterranean Stitching Memories Cruise for 2019 was sold out.  People are still trying to join us but there is just no room at the inn - literally.

Needles 'N Fins Stitching Adventures   (Secret Facebook Page - come join us)

This may have sparked interest in getting those registrations in for the Tulip Time on the Rhine riverboat stitching cruise for April 2020.  The thoughts of the Netherlands is so exciting for me.  Visions of fields and fields of  beautiful colors of flowers just flood my mind!  I watch the various tourist clips over and over and never tire of the beauty!  Can't wait to be there in person.

We would love to have you join us!  Just hop over to Needles 'N Fins Stitching Adventures FB page and look at the brochure in the files section.  If you can't find it just drop us an email at and we'll get one off to you. Direct all travel related questions to our agent Liz at and stitching questions to me at

The S.S. Antionette!  Isn't she beautiful.  She holds 152 maximum so don't delay if you would like to come play on the Rhine.  We love these small, intimate ships that cruise the European Rivers to share a unique beauty with us.  All this and stitching with wonderful people of like minds!  Add to that fantastic food and drink - what more could one ask for.

Have a great week - me I'm going to pack!

Saturday, August 3, 2019


Heads up!
The next Butterfly Quickie has flown its wings!

If your invoice has been processed this beauty will be in the mail this coming week! Now this gal has plenty of bling - which with my expert photography does not show!

Finally finished the Succulents piece (official name What's That?) from JPNeedlepoint Designs.

This is going to be a very busy class at Stitchers Garden in Naperville (outside Chicago). As I stated before there are 28 plants!  Several have more than one stitch or technique incorporated into the design. Over 37 diagrams are shared in this stitch guide! And the threads!  Phew!  Tried to multi use as many as I could but there were spots I just had to add another to the thread list.  Hope you can join us!

The Cruisin' Stitchers optional class kits were mailed out.  I believe all that ordered them have now received them and are double checking supplies.  Don't want to get stranded without a thread or embellishment now do we?

Still time to get your kit before the cruise if you are having second thoughts!  Just email me at Can you believe we are sold out! ! !  We have 35 stitchers in our group! Poor husbands!  Oh well there is plenty of food to keep them happy!  Are we going to have a grand time or what!  I'm loving it!  

Never too early to plan!

Did you ever hear the saying that a rolling stone gathers no moss - well this gal does not need to worry about being moss covered!  This week I began painting the canvas for the upcoming Tulip Time on the Rhine riverboat stitching cruise that we will be doing in April! We had a beautiful ad in the recent issue of Needlepoint Now magazine.  They do a lovely job

This will be a totally new area for us.  We have never visited this part of the world and I know it is going to be exciting! We've been in parts of Germany and over most of Switzerland but the Netherlands is going to be very exciting for us.  !

We would love to have you join us!  There is a brochure in the files section or email me directly at and I'll email one to you.  Reservations are starting to come in and it is very delightful!

Also if you would like to keep in touch with what we plan for our adventures be sure to join the closed Facebook Group Needles 'N Fins Stitching Adventures. Be the first to find out what is on the agenda.

Packing is on my mind.  Gotta get ready for ANG Seminar in Houston - little early for me to think packing but I will be in TN next week and get home late night before I fly out next morning!

In the meantime there are lessons to be prepared for the Online Mystery Classes.  These guys are due during the Seminar.  That will present a challenge for me.  But I feel I am up to the task!  Hope I don't have to eat crow!

It is a beautiful day here and I hope you have a lovely weekend wherever you are.