Saturday, April 11, 2020


Who would have ever thought?  We aren't too bad as this is quite similar to our normal lifestyle when I am not traveling on the road.  The fact that we've had pretty nice weather also helps because Hubby can get outside in the yard and piddle around and play on his tractor.  My norm is stitching of course.


Before you know it we will be sharing another series of lessons for the Online Mystery Classes.  Coming up this week will be:

At The SeaShore -  Session IV

 We will work on the side tables with their accessories and the books on the floor.

Fall Welcome Wreath with Scarecrow - Session III

This week we feature the purple flowers and the orange/red flowers. I choose to call them mums and marigolds but what I know about flowers you can put in the lid of a soft drink.

We continue to concentrate on registration for our Kissmas Eve - first lesson mid-May.  Invoices have been sent and processed.  Still time to jump in! Email us at if you did not get your invitation to the secret FB group.

 Lovable Llama:

This adorable design is 12x12 and on 13 ct canvas.  It will be 6 lessons with the 6-lesson packet being $150.  First session scheduled to start mid-July.  Email us at to be added to the notification list.  No obligation.

 Two by Two:

Waiting for the canvas for this wonderful design.  Don't have any little ones to make it for?  How about considering a donation to the local hospital, favorite nursery, Ronald MacDonald House, etc.  Not only can you enjoy the fun of stitching these cuties but feel the enormous satisfaction of cheering up someone's day.  

And Just Add Water:

This will be a companion piece to the Just a Sip by the same artist we recently completed.  There will be some duplicate stitches/threads to stay consistent so should be fairly easy for those who took the first class. All with be new for those just enrolling.

ETSY SHOP - duodesignsbySandra

We have a few surplus canvases that we over ordered for our classes.  I always order extras for those who change their mind at the last minute, etc.  We have marked down some and some we have included a free stitch guide for a brief period of time.  Is the canvas you have been watching one of them?  Hop over and see!

It is our goal to highlight something in the Etsy Shop but I have managed to forget it each week. Here is one of the featured canvases with a free stitch guide for a very limited time!

This is a Kate Dickerson design for our fabulous adventure down the Danube (typo in ordering number - lol).  Kate shared with me that this is her rendering of an abandoned castle on the River.

NEEDLES 'N FINS STITCHING ADVENTURES - Facebook Group of interested traveling stitchers

The travel industry is still in an upheaval trying to sort out changes, rescheduling, refunding, crediting, etc.  In the meanwhile our Tulip Time on the Rhine was rescheduled for April 2022 and our Hawaiian Island Hopping has its first brochure available.  Email us at if you cannot download the copy in the Needles 'N Fins Facebook group. Several have begun the registration process and have forwarded their deposit to insure a hold on their stateroom of choice.  Our agent - RuthAnn at Platinum Travel - will be happy to assist you with this process.  Keep in mind that they are on skeleton staff and very much overworked so try to be patient -

PAY IT FORWARD - Hearts A to Z Sampler - free stitch each week


This is one of my all time favorite stitches.  It is great as a background stitch, filling stitch, etc.  It can be stitched in different angles, double and triple sets, etc.  Play!

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