Saturday, February 27, 2021


If you are waiting for the canvas for Two by Two from Strictly Christmas, I understand that have been received from the painters!  Shops that have ordered will be sent theirs right away.  If you have not yet ordered your canvas be sure to check with your LNS to get yours.

Here's some of the cuteness to be had in the class.

If you would like to join us just email us at We've on worked some of the background so far - no animals.

Next: Our first lesson will be posted mid-March for the Raymond Crawford American Train Series.

Still time to join that one.  Just email us at for more information. Canvases are available and threads kits have been ordered for those who need assistance.  


Books were put in the mail to those shops who preordered the latest POCKETBOOK Series edition Stitching with Stars.

This book is a real beauty!  I love her cover!  Check with your LNS to get your copy before they are gone!

While you are at it - do you have your Pocketbook Packet?  You don't want to miss out.

Have you registered for your ANG Seminar classes ?  Seminar is in Kansas City, MO August 6-13, 2021.  Come join the fun! A wide diversity of classes for you to choose from.  Go to and get all the details including registration forms.  Hope to see you there -  btw I'm teaching 3 classes!

Stay safe!

Saturday, February 20, 2021



I'm getting closer!  Next week I get my second Covid vaccine!  I'm very excited to get this done!  Hubby has both his.  Our son received his first one this past week.,


We posted our mid-month classes this past week.  Always so fun and they come around much too quickly.

We finally got to start the Two by Two canvas from Strictly Christmas.

The first session involved the border, the sky and the rainbow!.  Next up we will start playing with the characters - over 15!

In Spring Welcome from PLDesigns, we finished the needle felting technique to cover our bunny.

Everyone seems to be really enjoying the felting process.  I tried something new for me. I offered a Zoom meeting providing the opportunity for participants to discuss any issues they might have.  Good idea.  Problem was I'm not too good at Zoom.  I pretested and everything was great.  The minute the meeting went live, however, I could not get the mic to work, etc,.  Eventually we were able to communicate - but not before I became totally frustrated with my inefficiency with techy stuff! I have very little patience with stuff like this.

Next up we will add the finishing touches to the bunny and other stumpwork areas.  Stay tuned.

Lovable Llama 'grew' fur this lesson.

I was having so much fun on this guy that I had to make myself quit adding more and more fur.  Isn't it wonderful? ! ?

We are preparing our upcoming new class - American Train by Raymond Crawford.  This 6 session project begins mid-March.  The 6-lesson packet is $175.

The first two sessions will cover the Engine.  Each canvas will be covered in 2 sessions.  Sessions are planned to be shared every couple weeks - basically 2 a month.

To join the class just email us at  Canvases are in stock and ready to be sent out right away.   


We introduced our new book Stitching with Stars to shop owners last week for preordering.

Diagrams and many photos are packed into this little guy.  We have a guest star provided by the one and only Amy Bunger too!  Love it!

The preorders are going great and well above expectations. Contact your Local Needlepoint Shop and get your name on the list to receive one of the first books distributed! 

The two other 'siblings' of the Pocketbook Series are also joining the shipping with this new introduction.  Many want to make sure they have all three. They are great to have and not too burdensome to carry around.  


If you have not already done so be sure to check out the classes being hosted by ANG for the upcoming Seminar in Kansas City, MO.  Go have a look at - there you will find the forms needed to sign up, individual descriptions of all the classes being offered, and lodging information.  We would be delighted to have you in one of our three classes!

Space is limited so be sure to sign up early.

The Vessels from The Art Needlepoint

I love the design space that allows students the room to become comfortable with the technique being shared.


Many of you may not be aware that Duo Designs, Inc. introduced a line of hand painted canvases at a recent Trade Show.  You may see what we have to offer at our website  Have a look and if you find something you would like contact your local needlepoint shop or pick one from the list of retail shops provided on our website.  They will be happy to assist you with your next project selection.

ETSY SHOP - DuoDesignsbySandra

Check out our Etsy Shop for stitch guides and surplus class items,  A few canvases left over from classes are listed in the shop. I seem to manage to always over stock.  I don't like to disappoint my students if possible.

Please stay safe and warm.  Wishing we return to some normalcy before too much longer.

Saturday, February 13, 2021


We are having a frigid wave!  Mercy!  And I do NOT like cold.  Our wonderful fireplace has been placed in turbo mode.  We've had a fire almost every day for the past week! Love them. Ice is extremely dangerous and we cannot walk outside - even with the area salted.  We have large broken tree branches blocking our driveway but fortunately we do not need to get out.  This is supposed to remain for several more days - tomorrow prediction shows 9 degrees!  WOW!  But the cold weather will soon pass and spring is just around the corner.


We are thrilled to release a third book in our Pocketbook Series.  Stitching With Stars will hit the shop shelves mid-March.  

Here's a sneak peek of one of the pages in the book.  

Shops have been preordering. Check with your LNS and make sure you have your name on the upcoming shipments.


Speaking of Spring, Spring Welcome has been so much fun.  This coming week we will be working more on the needle felting portion of the design.  Students are enjoying their first try at needle felting.

In Lovable Llama we'll be giving him lots of fur.  This is such fun!

Can a Llama have too much fun hair?

We are all geared up to begin our new classes soon.

Our class beginning Monday is the first of 8 sessions on the wonderful Two By Two from Strictly Christmas.

I have really enjoyed stitching on this piece.  So many interesting threads are suggested for you to play with.  I can't wait to share.  Look at this cute pair of birdies - just 2 among the 15 characters in this fabulous piece!

The American Train by Raymond Crawford is going to be another great stitch.  I have added a little optional challenge for those who want to give it a try.  Registration is open.

Still plenty of time to register for both these classes.  Just email us at

Needles 'N Fins Stitching Adventures

We all are getting the cabin fever pretty bad.  However, things are looking up.  Reservations for our Hawaiian Island Hopping Stitching Cruise appears promising on the horizon.

We have lots to take in on this adventure and it is in one of our very own states!  See all those dots on the islands?

How about the optional class kit?  If you notice all those dots are represented in some way on the souvenir design.

Check in with our agent Russ Dunlap at for travel details.  You may request your own personal brochure if you wish.  We'd love to have you join us.  September 30 thru October 9, 2021!

On another front . . . 

Hubby has had his second Covid vaccine and I am scheduled to have my second one next week!  Woo Hoo.  The numbers in Kentucky are going down so that is very encouraging.

Enjoy the weekend and please stay safe and warm (if applicable).

Saturday, February 6, 2021


Are you a member of ANG?  Lucky you!  Registration opens for ANG members for the Seminar this coming Monday, February 8.  Others can register beginning February 15. This year's Seminar is to be held in Kansas City, MO and is scheduled to in person.  

Now one of the big advantages for being an ANG member and getting to register early is that there is limited capacity for the classes as set forth by the hotel.  So go to their website and take a look at what is being offered! - go to events and you should find the seminar registration form, classes offered, host hotel, etc. 

We are fortunate enough to have been selected to teach 3 classes this year.

Up first is miss Heloise Hooty - 20701 scheduled for August 7-8, 2021.

Isn't she just the coolest?  She has a plethora of stitches and techniques that we will be sharing.  In addition to specialty fibers, beads and crystals, there will be needle felting and a felting needle is provided.  The design area its 9" x 9" and is painted on 18ct canvas. Thorough stitch instructions with clear diagrams and a color photo of the finished design. This gal is lots and lots of fun! This is a handpainted canvas from ACOD. We will provide information for ordering an upgrade of felting tools for those who are registered for the class.

One of my favorites for the student who is not real confident in their execution of stitches or who may desire more area to practice is this fabulous design of Vessels - 20901 - August 9-10, 2021.

I love the amount of canvas area that this design affords the student to really get the feel of the stitch or technique.  This canvas is printed on 18 ct. canvas with a design area of 14" x 14".  The canvas is from The Art Needlepoint Co.  There are beautiful silks, metallics and detailed instructions with clearly marked diagrams for the student.

Our third class is a one-day workshop - Conventional Techniques with Unconventional Resources - 11101 - August 11, 2021.

My my, get those creative juices flowing!  This notebook class will have students working with unique embellishments and techniques to further enhance their canvas.  All materials needed for the class are provided - many on a shared basis.  We have sequins, beads, ribbon, washers, gaskets, and on and on with which to play.

So if you see something of interest to you don't drag your feet.  Because of social distancing, etc., space is very limited.  I'd love to see you in my classes!

Go get registered!

Saturday, January 30, 2021


I am not good at 'cold'.  So I chose to think about our Hawaiian Island Hopping Stitching Cruise.  Today we shared the picture of the Optional Class Kit that participants may purchase if they want something unique.

So much about our upcoming trip is documented in this piece!  Lots of fun to stitch.  Lots of interesting threads and fascinating stitches and techniques.  Can't wait to share with our cruising stitchers. Email us at for information on the trip and the Optional class - or visit Needles 'N Fins Stitching Adventures group for discussion.

I'm getting so excited.  I get my first Covid shop this coming Tuesday!  Yay. Hubby got his first one a couple weeks ago at the VA.  He gets his second one next week.


I made a giant leap for me today.  I host4ed a Zoom meeting with some of my online class participants.  This techie stuff drives me crazy. I think it went fair.  The biggest issue from my end was to get my new wireless headset set up.  I couldn't tell if I was projecting or not.,  Eventually I got that part fixed.  I think I should be able to hear the participants better so I need to work on that.  Oh well, as they say, Rome wasn't made in a day.

It was really great to see everyone!  That was a real bonus for a dreary day.  Lifts your spirits immediately.
Looking forward to the next one in a couple weeks.

Our adorable Two by Two from Strictly Christmas will have its first session in a couple weeks.  Excited to share this with everyone.  So many fabulous threads that I know many have never used before. The 15+ animals give us lots and lots of technique possibilities.  Great fun to stitch.

Each pair of animals is a design all their own.  Here's a close up of the piggies.

Remember that registration is open for Raymond Crawford's American Train now.

Just email us at to sign up for any of the classes.


Our newly introduced book for the Pocketbook Series Leaping Thru Leaves has taken off like gangbusters.

Even though the first shipments went out mid-January, many shops are already on their 2nd or 3rd reorder.  We are beyond ecstatic at the success of this little guy. Thank you all for your support! To get your copy if you haven't already be sure to check with your Local Needlework Shop.
I'm odd to stitching now and enjoying my wonderful fire.  Stay safe everyone.

Saturday, January 23, 2021


We (my daughter and I) did not let any moss grow under our needlework projects this past weekend.  Teresa even finished some and made a bad dent in others.  I accomplished quite a bit as well.  Some stitching and some class preparation.

We planned ahead and did a pretty good job of it.  We had great meals and our suite had a full sized refrigerator to accommodate what we brought.  We lacked for nothing.  The snow fell, some days heavier than others. n We did not mind, however, as we were snug, had our needlework and plenty of food.

Guess how many sweaters I have on - lol.

  I think there was a TV in the room - (I think it is that black rectangular thing on the right LOL) - but it is none the worse for wear from our lack of use. Wasn't even on nor missed! We had other priorities.

We have promised ourselves to try to do this more than once a year!


Our newest release in our Pocketbook Series - Leaping Thru Leaves - is leaping out the door.  We have already had a second printing.  

Check with your Local Needlework Shop (LNS) for your copy.  Many are on repeat orders so you may need to preorder from them.


    NOTICE:  Be sure to check this group in the next day or two (maybe tomorrow even) as we hope           to share the Optional Class Project for those participants who want to purchase them.

This week we look at days October 3 and 4 on our cruise.  We arrive at Kahalui, Maui and stay there overnight and most of October 4.  We leave at 6 pm.  I had a personal family member tell me that Lahaina was her favorite part of her Hawaii vacation several years back.

Some excursion possibilities offered include the historical district of Wailuku. Take a motor trip on the Road to Hana - you enjoy the views while someone else maneuvers the curves and twists of the highway.Snorkeling anyone?  It is stated that one of the top ten snorkel sites in the world is here. There's lots of other nature possibilities - how about seeing how lavender is added to products.. Stroll a beautiful botanical garden.  Ocean Vodka - sounds interesting don't you think? Check out how Hawaii's best-selling vodka is made.Of course the Maui Ocean Center sounds incredible - lots to see and learn.

How about if you want to just stay close in and enjoy the wonderful weather?  That is most likely what hubby and I will be doing for the major part of the trip.  He will be napping and I will be - - - you guessed it - stitching and checking on my fellow stitchers who might be onboard relaxing after exciting mornings.

Just email us at or our agent Russ at to get your own brochure.


Registration is active for the next classes in line.  Two by Two - Noah's ark is up next from Strictly Christmas. I understand that canvases have been shipped so we are ready to go. While we will be revealing the stitched piece the execution of stitches/techniques and threads are still a mystery.

This is a large canvas and has so much to offer in techniques and thread selections. You still have time to join us for this delightful piece.  There are 15 animals (sets) and of course Noah - plus the border, rainbow and background.  Even if no little ones are in your life think of the little ones at various nurseries - hospital, church, etc., and make a wonderful donation. It will be worth it if nothing more than for the delight of stitching and experiencing the wondrous threads.  If you need assistance let us know as we have shops that kits the classes to our exact specifications. 

Here's a sneak peek at one pair of animals.  

This is no bull - you will learn how to make this fabulous free flowing tail and switch - think of all the ways you can use this technique.  To register just email us at  This is an 8 session class as there is so much to cover. 

The canvases have been shipped for the American Train by Raymond Crawford also.

We plan. to start this ASAP in hopes of your having it finished in time for the 4th of July celebrations if you desire.  Just check with us at to register. This class will be 6 sessions with approximately 2 sessions a month.

Gotta go now and work on finishing the fabulous Hawaiian piece!  Stay safe!

Sunday, January 17, 2021


We are staying in Frankfort (our State Capitol for those who get it confused).  But for our purposes we are staying in our suite just happily stitching away.  It is snowing here and has been off and on since we arrived yesterday. 

I'm so pleased with how the Hawaiian Optional Class design is progressing.  Will be sharing soooooon!

NEEDLES 'N FINS STITCHING ADVENTURES - Hawaiian Island Hopping Stitching Cruise

Next phase. So we've met everyone and got our stitching plans underway.  October 2 we begin our next schedule and that is to embark on the Pride of America for our 7 day sailing adventure.  The brochure states there are 15 restaurants and 12 bars and lounges.  Sounds like lots of stitching area opportunities!

After a morning of running and picking up those last few things we can't possibly leave behind, we leave Honolulu in the afternoon to begin our island hopping. 

Our beautiful ship has been totally remodeled and feels like a new one.  Such beautiful decor!  You feel like you are in a great place to get spoiled rotten - as cruise crews have a way of doing.

Hmm - looks like a group photo opportunity to me!

I think we will manage to find an abundance of areas to meet and stitch and have workshops.

We'll check it all out and become familiar with our favorite spots.  First priority is to have lunch as we try to get settled in to our stateroom.  Spend some time studying the excursion options for the next morning. 

Get your copy of the brochure and have fun looking over all the fun possibilities.  Email us at or our agent Russ Dunlap at


A couple days ago we shared the lessons for some of the Online Mystery Classes.

For the sweet, sweet Lovable Llama from Gayla Elliott we did this pretty boy's face and ears.  

On our Spring Welcome from PLDesigns we started preparing and working on the butterfly stump work.

Wait till next month!  Wow!


Shipment of our new Pocketbook, Leaping Thru Leaves, has pretty much consumed our waking hours for the last few weeks.

Pre-orders have all be shipped and invoiced.  Second printing is well on its way.

Don't be left out!  Check with your LNS to get your copy right away!

So, since I am at a stitching away with my daughter - bye until next week!

Saturday, January 9, 2021

WOW!  What a week we have witnessed in this great country of ours.  I'm ready to get back to normalcy on all fronts!  Hope it comes soon.

In KY they are giving some of the vaccines now - our front line workers are being taken care of first - as it should be.  We are not to the place (at least here in my county) were Phase 1B seniors are invited to get the vaccine.  Hope to be soon.

One disruption we had this months that saddened many of us. Our annual stitch away at our area state park was cancelled.  I know it is not anywhere on the scale of what is going on the world but in our little cubicle it was important to us. It historically is on MLK weekend so we have a long weekend to stitch, visit, catch up and of course eat!  But this year our event had to be cancelled.  It is one of the few times my daughter and I get to go play without any interference whatsoever.  So, being the daughter that she is, we are having our own special stitch away.  We are meeting halfway, have a suite for easily delivered meals so we can have a smaller version of our annual event.  Big miss is our fellow friends sharing what is happening in their lives and seeing the plethora of stitching that has been accomplished during this past year. Next year hopefully!


As stated before, we are so excited to be moving forward on our upcoming Hawaiian Island Hopping Stitching Cruise.  It is wonderful that we are getting so many requests for the brochures and interest in the trip.  It is going to be so lovely. 

One of my goals on the above stitch away is to finish the exclusive Optional Class model so I can share it with you.  It is going to be such a fantastic souvenir! I know you are going to love it!

We are highlighting some things on our itinerary each week.  Last week we made our plans to get to Honolulu and start our fun trip. 

After we settle in to our hotel we will check out what all is going on around us.  We will have 2 .5 days before we head for the ship.The beaches are fabulous, there is so much shopping that you might want to ship home your fantastic finds before we begin our cruise. I'm not much of a shopper and even I got carried away at the Market. Then of course there will be our first stitching class.  More about the class next week.

Generally the first thing one thinks about when hearing about going to Honolulu is the Pearl Harbor Tour.  If you have not had the privilege of visiting this Memorial you might want to seriously consider doing so.  For me it was a very emotional experience. My Daddy fought in the front lines during WWII.

The Ala Moana Center is a must for your shoppers! If you can't find it here you probably can't find it on the Island!

This center is advertised as the world's largest outdoor shopping mall and I can believe it.  Make sure you have your cell phones because you will likely get separated from your shopping friend as there is so much to see and pull you in separate directions.

Of course there are many other options our agent is recommending so be sure to discuss with them.  OR you could just chill at Waikiki Beach and leave all your troubles behind.

Email us at or our agent Russ Dunlap at for your very own brochure. We are available to answer any questions you may have as well.  


Spring Welcome has had its second lesson shared.  Look at this beautiful daisy everyone is creating.  So fun!

This class is on a shorter time frame than most others and its lessons are posted closer together.  This technique was a first for many students - the needle weaving went well.

Registration is ongoing for Two by Two - Noah's ark from Strictly Christmas.  We learned this week that all canvases should be shipped to the various shops next week!  This means everyone could have their canvas in plan th of time for our first class.  This is scheduled to begin mid-February.  It is an 8 session class because there are tons of techniques and unusual threads to share with you. If you don't have a LNS and need assistance, let us know as we are working with shops to provide kits that use exactly the materials we have in our stitching instructions.

While this is a 'mystery class' in that the mystery may be in how something is done, we are sharing a small sneak peak for you!

I cannot possibly explain how much fun I am having stitching this design.  Strictly Christmas has managed to pack a lot into this package! Not counting Noah I believe there are 15 critters represented!  That's a Big Bang for your buck!  If you would like to join us email us at  


I was told that our new book in the Pocketbook Series, Leaping Thru Leaves, should be ready for shipping next week!  How exciting is that?  Check with your local needlepoint shop to see if they have it on order and be sure to get your name down for one.

I'm sure I'm forgetting to share something with you that I wanted to cover but maybe next week.

Please stay safe and may God Bless America and watch over our wonderful country!