Saturday, September 25, 2021


Other than a few days of rain - and I mean heavy rain - we have had the most perfect weather the past couple of days here at Arthur Acres.  It is amazing how quickly the temperature drops from the 80s to the mid-40s and 50s.  That is one of the major beauties of Central Kentucky.  We generally have four very distinct seasons. One, which will remain nameless here, I prefer to stay very, very short.  Do not care for snow except on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!


Zoom Classes are progressing along.  Zoom has not been my friend!  My students, however, are pure jewels!  They are being so patient as we are trying to work around this Internet thing. I'm excited to share the next sessions for the Uniquely Yours With a Twist!  I love the way I see it turning out.  My students are having fun with the challenge of figuring out what to do with their canvases.  I will say that they are brilliant!  I love what they are doing.  And I love how they are interacting and sharing with each other.  So much fun and enjoyment as we share the love of our favorite art!

This student . . . .

        chose to add bright tile to one of the adobes  --

 This student nailed the perspective !

And what a creative use of the stitch!                                                                              Bravo!

Is that not one of the cutest bellies you've ever seen!

We were thrilled to have chapters inquire and contract for Uniquely Yours With a Twist for their chapter project.  What a great way to share a national teacher! Technology has allowed us to keep moving forward even if in a limited space! No pandemic is stopping us from pursuing our passion.

One-on-One is garnering more and more interest as word gets around.  This is an individualized class where you are the star and my total focus.  While it is not a stitch guide we discuss and demonstrate stitches for any questions you may have.  Additionally, we share pdfs of stitch diagrams for you to keep with your project as you work along.  

Some students are starting a brand new canvas for their adventure.  Others have hit a brick wall and want to get past their funk  Still others are rekindling an 'old flame' of their needlepoint past and starting anew.  The sessions are you specific.

One-on-One is a 6 week course and each session is one hour in length.  Email us at for more specific details or to discuss your  specific situation.

We would love to have you join us in any of our sessions!  Just email with questions and we will work from there.

Have a great weekend and stay safe.  Remember to Stitch with a Smile!


Saturday, September 18, 2021


Our first lesson in the Uniquely Yours With a Twist series is well on it's way!  We shared the first session Wednesday (and had some storm resulting bumps as well as user error) I  and we will have a makeup class today, Saturday, for those who could not attend Wednesday.  Such fun canvases.  Each day we can't wait to visit the private FB Group and see how everyone is applying what has been taught!  Everyone is doing such a great job and it is so fun to watch as each shares their experience! We are all very excited!  

Are you aware of our new Zoom classes?  Here is the next one that is an ongoing event.  

One-on-One with Sandy

How about your very own private lessons with no interruptions or sharing of instructor time?  The One-on-One Zoom sessions are all about private tutoring. The sessions go for 6 weeks each. They are 1 hour in length with a short break.  The day and time for the class is set by you!  Once selected all 6 of your sessions will be on the same day at the same time each week.  You provide your own canvas and threads.  We ask that you provide a good quality picture of the canvas.

    *You will receive a pdf of the stitch diagrams discussed each week. You may print them out                 for your personal use.

    *You will receive thread and embellishment suggestions for each area discussed.

    *You will receive hints for executing various techniques.

    *You will receive a live demonstration showing how to execute each stitch discussed.

    *You will have a detailed discussion about how to read your canvas to make determinations for developing a stitching plan.

    *You will discuss how you want your canvas to look when finished:  open stitches or solid coverage; beads-no beads; ribbon-no ribbon; dimensional stumpwork techniques?   

Classes fill quickly so be sure to reserve your day of the week and time for your very own private sessions.  Email us at for more details and questions.

We have a full gamut of happenings here so far.  We have WIP that have come to a halt because there is this 'brick wall' that has appeared; we have beginning stitchers who want to learn our art; we have seasoned stitchers who are seeking a different point of view; we have a place for YOU!  Come on over and have more fun!

ETSY SHOP - duodesignsbySandra            

We continue to add items to our Shop as time permits.  This past few days we have started adding some lots of skeins of DMC Medicis Wool.  There are many more colors available and we'll add as we can.  If you are looking for a certain color, however, just email us and we'll check for you -

We have also added a limited number of self-finishing pendants for your needlework, painting, sewing, etc. 

We used this for our Grapes pendant 

Here's some uses for the round ones:

Lots of fun possibilities.

When these are gone - they are gone!

Additional stitch guides this week too:

    Needlepoint:  Lily Wreath  Raymond Crawford Design

For you cross-stitch lovers we have added Autumn Lace which makes a great insert.

Enjoy your week and stay safe!

Saturday, September 11, 2021

September 11, 2021

We will NEVER forget.  Like many of you I can clearly remember where I was and our total disbelief as we watched what was transpiring before our eyes on the live news casts and playbacks on the television setss.  We were in disbelief and numb.  The day was spent glued to the television and weeping.  Weeping for the unbelievable loss of so many.  Weeping for the courageous responders.  Weeping for our wonderful country.  Weeping for the beautiful world that we were losing. We have never been the same since.  God bless America!

Today will be a very somber day as we watch the 20 year anniversary remembrance activities unfold on the television once more. We must keep our faith and continue to move forward. We will remain strong and resilient! 

Saturday, September 4, 2021

 September 4


September 15 will be our first Zoom Session for the Uniquely Yours 12 Session Class.  We are also having the same class on the follow Saturday of each week.  Since the classes are not recorded for general distribution of these events, the second session provides the opportunity for everyone to watch twice in case they did not fully grasp the stitch.  More importantly it provides everyone a second chance to participate in the Sessions if one cannot make the first one. 

This class lets you use what you already have - your own canvas, threads, and embellishments.  We provide you a new stitch for the week and you decide where it is best suited for your canvas!  The stitches are not meant to be complicated but rather provide a challenge as to how and where you are going to use them. There will be some variations when possible but not so many as to intimidate - this is what we want to avoid!

In addition to the Zoom Session, there is an active Private FaceBook Group where you can all discuss the stitch shared for the current week and how you plan to use it.  Everyone is currently sharing their canvases with the group so we can all see what is being worked on during this 12 Session Event.  

The fun just keeps mounting!  Some more new canvases added this week!

So hurry over to and get registered! The total fee for the 12 Sessions is $100.  You will be sent a PayPal invoice for that amount.  Once registration is processed you will receive an invitation to join the private FaceBook Group.  If you are a friend you will immediately be included; if not a friend send me a friend request so we can add you.  FB is not letting me add non-friends for some reason ? ? ?

The canvases shared with the group to date guarantee that there is much fun and sharing in store! 

ETSY SHOP - duodesignsbySandra

As many of you are aware, we have lots of Stitch Guides listed in our Etsy Shop and that they are instant downloads!  Look at this recent beauty:

                                                     Stitched by S. Jamieson
Isn't he magnificient?

Okay, I must be off to trying to figure out this technology stuff - which I am terrible at doing!  Have a safe weekend and remember to Stitch with a Smile!