Saturday, October 30, 2021

 NEXT ONLINE MYSTERY CLASS!

This is no April's Fool joke.  We are lining up our next 6-session Online Mystery Class for 2022.  Mid April (around April 15) we will begin our first session for the Buffalo Check Cardinal class - provided there is enough interest.


This cute guy is on 13ct canvas and is cut to 12" x 12".  The design area is 8" x 8".
As is the norm now a-days, the front time is approximately 4 months. If you desire to register for this class you must make a non-refundable deposit of $50 so that we may order the canvases.  Should you decide to drop from the class you will have the option of paying the difference to receive the canvas only or lose your deposit.  No supplies would be considered for this portion of the transaction.  There will be a full kit option provided by a selected shop as we get closer to class time.  The class fee will be $175 for the 6 lesson packet plus the balance for the canvas ($55) and will be invoiced in March 2022.  The optional kit information will be provided later for those interested.

Email us right away at duodesignsinc@yahoo.com if you choose to register for this class.  Should there not be sufficient interest to go forward with a class the deposit will be returned.  

POCKETBOOK SERIES - 

These books have taken on a life of their own!  We are so pleased with the tremendous support from you all by purchasing these babies.  Check with your local needlepoint shop to get yours now! These are in stock!




Check our website for listings of shops that carry our products.  They will be happy to assist you.

Must get back to stitch guides for next week's Cape Cod Retreat!  Woo Hoo!



Sunday, October 24, 2021

 Summer is officially gone at Arthur Acres!

Pool has been closed!  Oh dear!  Seems we just opened it!  The cover is a testament to the fact that Fall is in full swing.  It is covered daily with leaves - which hubby dutifully sweeps off.

POCKETBOOK SERIES CONTINUES TO GROW!

This week we released yet another of our Pocketbook Series Books.  Treasured Techniques is fast becoming a favorite!  


There are 65 pages of fun techniques and tips!  These were shipped out to the shops this weekend and they will have them soon.  Better call and reserve your copy right away as they will go fast!


While you are at it make sure you have all 6 of the Series!

Uniquely Yours with a Twist - Zoom Class

Conquering the Nobuko!

Milanese madness
Circles she said


Uniquely Yours Season II - Begins December 8, 2021 with repeat December 11, 2021.

Have you registered for the next exciting session of challenges?  We provide the stitch - you provide the placement.  We are having such a great time with the first sessions that we are excited to get into the next bunch of offerings!  These sessions are for 30 minutes weekly and last 10 weeks or episodes (holidays and prior commitments may push the calendar a little).  Participants may attend both sessions and many do.  The second session - Saturday - is a repeat of the Wednesday one. In addition to the Zoom gathering you will receive stitch diagrams in a pdf format that you may download if desired so that you can follow along with the actual detailed stitch demonstration.

To register just email us at duodesignsinc@yahoo.com.


Saturday, October 16, 2021

 TISKET, TASKET LOTS AND LOTS OF BASKETS

The new Pocketbook on Baskets sure hit the ground running!

Thank you all for your wonderful support and for encouraging your LNS to order more, More, MORE!  (tee hee!)


Check it out. If you do not have a LNS go to our website - duodesignsinc.com - and look under Shops - all those shops currently order from us and should be able to help you.

Also, just to bring you up-to-date, here is what we currently have going on in the book world. 

AND the next one is at the printer's as we post here.  Can't wait to share it with you!  

ZOOM CLASSES

I know I say it all the time but my students are the greatest!  Here are some of the results of the  latest class:





These samples are from our current Uniquely Yours with a Twist class.  Registration is open for the next session - Uniquely Yours Season II - which will begin on December 8. There are 10 sessions that are 30 minutes in length.  Because of holidays, etc., the Season II will go beyond 10 calendar weeks in order to fit in all 10 Sessions.   These Sessions are aired twice each week - Wednesday at 7pm EST and again on Saturday at 1pm EST.  Participants have two opportunities to attend the same Session - and many do. For more details just email us at duodesignsinc@yahoo.com.

NEEDLES 'N FINS - riverboat stitching cruises

As we watch the rules and guidelines change daily, we continue to juggle our lives to include our upcoming Tulip Time on the Rhine riverboat stitching cruise.  This trip has been sold out for quite awhile.  Our agent is trying feverishly to get hotel rooms for the last 3. We have 54 coming to play with us - the great majority of whom are stitchers and the rest who carry our packages and pay our bills!

                                   

On this past particular trip we had the sweetest butler who gave every lady in class a long stemmed red rose.  He even wore his tux.

He even helped me separate beads, etc.



Wait a minute , , , , that's not stitching!





For the newer registrants who may not be aware, we have an Optional Stitching Project if you would like to purchase it as a souvenir of our journey. Contact us at duodesignsinc@yahoo.com for details. This is not required.  You may bring a project from home on which you would like assistance.
 
 
While this cruise is sold out, we are working on our upcoming Hawaiian Island Hopping Stitching Cruise.   April 13-22, 2023.  Wow what a trip we have in store.
Look at all the ports we will be stopping and visiting.  I love these type cruises because we can step foot on real land every day most of the time.

If unable to open. the brochure, just email us at duodesignsinc@yahoo.com and we'll gladly send you one to look over.
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Until next time




Saturday, October 9, 2021

 EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT!

A new title has joined our POCKETBOOK SERIES!  Tisket, Tasket, Lots and Lots of Baskets are being shipped as we post this .

The new Pocketbook is 55+ pages chocked full of detailed diagrams and colored pictures of the finished techniques!



The book covers lots of suggestions for creating baskets, rims and handles.  

Check with your LNS and get yours today!

Another door closes . . . 

My three classes for the ANG Kansas City Virtual Seminar have now been completed.  Although I certainly missed the f2f interaction with my students, we managed to have a good experience anyway.  Many have already finished either their Heloise Hooty, Vessels, or the Conventional Techniques with Unconventional Resources.  While it was wonderful sharing with students we are all looking forward to a return to the f2f venues next year for our 50th Anniversary!  Fingers crossed!

ZOOM CLASSES

Things are settling down with the quirks and setbacks created through Internet being (as the message that is blared out to me on the computer) UNSTABLE.  We have managed to work around some disadvantages and the classes seem to be moving along smoothly. 

Our Uniquely Yours With a Twist has had its fourth session and we are pleased with the results.  I love the way the students are reading their canvases and making very wise, and sometimes unique, choices as to where to use the stitch featured!  They are all learning from each other's choices and having fun doing it.  Many have already signed up for the second session that begins in December.  Send an email to duodesignsinc@yahoo.com if you are interested in getting more details.





Very creative participants!

The One-on-One Sessions are also going fabulously!  These classes are so personal and on point to what the participant wants to accomplish!  Love it!  

Along those lines we have been requested to consider shorter duration sessions.  So, we will begin offering an abbreviated round of One-on-One Sessions.  These sessions will be made up of 30 minutes for the 10 week period.  If interested in setting up your very own personal class just email us at duodesignsinc@yahoo.com.

FACE-TO-FACE CLASSES

Various Guilds and Shops are slowly reverting back to live, f2f classes.  At least that is my explanation for the sundry proposal requests we are getting.

Coming in November (sold out) we will be teaching in Cape Cod, MA at Osterville Needlepoint.  This fantastic shop just changed owners so we will be going in under new management.  I anticipate no noticeable change however.,

The last week in January we plan to be at The Black Sheep in Orlando teaching the Wacky Flamingo and Can Do Hairdos.  Contact Anne for details.

We're also working on the contract for a guild in Minnesota for August 2022 so we'll see how that goes.  

I am traveling sparingly so picking and choosing my classes for the near future.

Until next time stay safe and Stitch with a Smile!

Sandy






Saturday, October 2, 2021

 SATURDAY ONCE MORE!

Gosh we barely get through one Saturday until another is upon us!  I suppose that means we have a full life with much going on and we are not focusing on what day of the week it happens to be.

We are having a lovely Fall here in Central Kentucky.  My husband states at least every few days - I believe this is the most beautiful fall we've had in a long time!  And he has been fortunate to have experienced many!

Zoom Classes

I'm about to tame this Zoom monster that I have been experiencing!  Zoom and Internet have not been very nice to me.  But never fear - we do not give up!  My Uniquely Yours With a Twist students have been so wonderful and patient.  I'm sure I would have thrown in the towel long ago if it were not for their encouragement.  

We have several venues going on.  We have the Uniquely Yours With a Twist which was our first stab at a little different approach.  Although a 10 week class we added 2 bonus sessions to afford the opportunity to get some kinks out.  I am so thankful that we did!  My students are really into this little twist of doing things and are achieving spectacular results!  I am so proud of them all!

Love this approach to a recently shared stitch and the combination of threads and stitches

Here's some peeks from some who have shared:









Fantastic texture!

Then we have the One-on-One classes which are all 10 weeks in length.  These are so focus is strictly on the participant and what they are working on and where they would like some guidance.  These sessions remind me of almost just sitting and chatting with a friend as we work through kinks or stumbling blocks.  I think these are really going to be some of my favorites.

And we have some Chapter contracts for the Uniquely Yours With a Twist.  These sessions will be private to the contracted chapter.  It is so nice that they have each other handy if needed.

Coming soon with be Uniquely Yours Season Two. This series of stitches are a bump up from the more basic techniques in the first session.  This series will probably begin mid-December.  Let us know if you would like to be included.  Just email to duodesignsinc@yahoo.com.

ANG VIRTUAL SEMINAR

My three (3) classes with the 2021 Seminar will be over this coming week.  All lessons have been shared and we will have our wrap up Zoom sessions this week.  A lot was learned on both sides here.  I wanted to share my videos on needle felting with the students.  However, they were too large.  What to do?  What to do?  Well, after a couple failures, we decided to take them to YouTube.  The links were shared with the participants and it seems to have worked out well.  

The work that the students have shared with me has been fabulous.  It always makes me so proud when my students succeed!

ONLINE MYSTERY CLASSES

Playing with a new idea for this job great class setup we have enjoyed over the years.  Our next class will still be the traditional online download of once a month.  However, I am contemplating the addition of Zoom sessions as well.  

A beautiful canvas by JP Needlepoint (you know - Catitudes and Dog Gone Good, etc. -  has been calling my name for some time now.  This one is of Japanese lanterns.  Now I do not have one oriental thing in my house.  The appeal this canvas had for us was the opportunity it affords for sharing so many diverse techniques.  I'm checking on the availability of the canvases before making a commitment to teach it.


Off to stitch guides!  Stay safe and enjoy Stitching!