REVOLVING DOOR AT ARTHUR ACRES
There is never a dull moment here at the homestead. Seems we always have something evolving!
I've returned from our great Minnesota adventure and it was beautiful! Buffalo Lake does not disappoint - morning, noon or night. When the sun is out it is really something to behold. This venue is very peaceful and serene. You can sit on one of the many benches or chairs outside and just get lost in your thoughts as you are mesmerized by the water, an occasional eagle or pelican even passing by. I love to look at water - don't particularly like being in it but love its beauty.
DUO DESIGNS STITCHING RETREAT 2023 - September 22-25
WOW! Okay, from the responses received in just the first 2 days after sharing the announcement of our upcoming Retreat we get the idea that you like having a Retreat at this beautiful location in north central Kentucky!
Check out their website to get an idea of what they have to offer. It is General Butler Kentucky State Park in Carrollton, KY (I'm having difficulty sharing the link.) This location is within easy driving distance of Chicago, Indiana, Columbus, Lexington -you get the idea. It is also easily accessible to major airports - Louisville and Cincinnati to name a few! Shuttle service from Louisville is approximately 45 minutes away!
You also seem to like the featuring of a special artist. Last week we shared some of the details to tease you. Many of us are familiar with the cute Stitching Girls by artist Gayla Elliott that is sweeping the needlepoint world. Did you know that Gayla is a Kentucky Gal? We can't wait for you to meet her in person. Our adventure starts with a Meet and Greet Reception on the first evening where Gayla will come to help us kick off our fun stitching days ahead.
The two selected class projects for this Retreat are very special. Boss Lady is quite popular now and offers a plethora of opportunities to personalize your work either for yourself or a special personal gift. Teresa will help you personalize your canvas for that special person or profession.
There is the 'sign' on the office wall to indicate the theme you want to convey. Here you can add the name of the company, the position of the professional, etc. One idea is to have it say 'Librarian' or 'Kindercare', 'Jones Dentistry'(well if you are involved in Jones Dentistry), 'Tax Consultant', 'Music Lessons', etc. Add books on her shelves that fit the profession too. These are some quick ideas of how to personalize the sign. Participants will be asked to provide information as to what they would like their sign to portray should they want assistance in creating the personalization.
Looks like model is being stitched for a Law Office - hmmm.
A second way to personalize is to create a special work-in-progress design for the in-hand stitching that your Stitching Girl would be stitching during her break.
Think about how you want your Stitching Girl to be personalizing her very own WIP canvas.
There will be fluff, a jam-packed stitching tote, flowers in the vase, plants in the planter, and a variety of books on the shelves and don't forget that steaming cup of hot refreshment!
This is a 2-day class. The canvas is hand painted on 18 ct mesh with a design area of approximately 11" x 11". The cut canvas is approximately 15" x 15". Your canvas will be mounted on stretcher bars and ready to go! All you need to bring is your personal stitching supplies.
The second 2-day class is an exclusive design for Duo Designs, Inc. only. This fun canvas has an equestrian theme! Gayla is yet to name this gal but there is no doubting which Stitching Girl we are referring to.
Resting on a bale of hay with her feet propped up on her saddle as she takes a break this gal is in her element! She has her favorite steed looking over her shoulder as she works away on her special canvas. Hmmm! What will it be? A trophy? A blue ribbon? A pasture? Time will tell. Her stitching bag is handy for her and ready for whatever she decides to work on. Her faithful steed might be anticipating that bucket of feed close by, however.
The canvas is hand painted on 18 ct with a design area of approximately 11" x 11". The cut canvas is approximately 15" x 15". Your canvas will be mounted on stretcher bars and ready to go! All you need to bring is your personal stitching supplies.
Each class participant is limited to one (1) each of the two (2) designs being taught. You will have your class piece as one (1) and the option to purchase one (1) of the second class being taught.
As outlined in the brochure, this is an all inclusive Retreat. Everything is covered in your registration fee with the exception of transportation and lodging. All you need to bring is yourself and your personal stitching supplies! (You know, those cheaters, magnifiers, maybe a stand, foot stool, etc.)
This event is limited by the number of painted canvases that we can get in time for the classes. Registration has begun and seems to be moving swiftly so don't hesitate too long on making your decision to join us! Once the canvases are spoken for you will be placed on a wait list. You know you are going to have fun whichever Stitching Gal you choose.
There is also going to be a special trunk show including Gayla's designs. Trunk Show items will be offered at special Retreat prices.
Email us at duodesignsinc@gmail to get your brochure and fill in the registration form to reserve your place. (Scroll to last week's Blog to view the brochure if you like.)
NEEDLES 'N FINS STITCHING CRUISES - Join the group
Registration continues for our upcoming Hawaiian Island Hopping Cruise. We will visit 4 fantastic Islands!
Look out Fun - here we come. You may choose to do the Optional Stitching Project - Hawaiian Memories that is specific to our journey.
Or you may choose to bring something from your personal stash to get some new ideas or suggestions for completion.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a brochure and specific details for this April 2023 adventure!
This past week we shared our third session in the Three Wisemen. Now the fun really begins as we have all the background 'stuff' out of the way and can play, play play. We began our first Wiseman of the three.
Registration is closed for the fantastic Chinese Lanterns
by JP Needlepoint. We shared the first session this past week in this special class.
Registration is now open and ongoing for the next classes:
Besties is tentatively set to begin the first of the year.
Miss Fluff and friend Froggie are hand painted on 18 ct canvas. The design area is approximately 6"x 10" on a cut canvas of approximately 13" x 15". This class will be divided into 6 sessions. The sessions will be shared once a month approximately mid-month. These lessons are posted in a pdf format and you may access them at any time you desire day and/or night and as many times as you desire.
To register send email to email@example.com.
We will invoice the participants for the canvas and the lesson fees. As usual, we are working with a shop to prepare thread.embellishment kits for those who do not have a LNS and wish to have someone provide a kit for them. Details provided after the participant is registered. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And SeaShells on the Shore by Alice Peterson Designs:
To join in the fun for this beautiful class just send us an email at email@example.com.
This Alice Peterson Design is on 18 mesh canvas. The design area is approximately 10" wide by 8" high. The cut canvas size is approximately 14" wide by 12" high. We anticipate this class beginning mid-February 2023. Registrations are healthy and going well.
Those who register ahead are making sure that a canvas will be received timely. Designers are telling us 5-7 months turnaround so we're getting a head start for that part of the adventure. While it might seem some time away remember that we must register now and pay the deposit in order to get canvases painted timely.
To register email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you an invoice for the $150 deposit. This deposit is non-refundable and is applied to reserving your hand painted canvas. Once the ordered canvases are spoken for, a standby list will be created. Additional registration will be determined by the availability of canvases so keep that in mind if you really want to participate you must register with deposit right away. - email@example.com
The lesson packet will be invoiced after the first of the year so no urgency there. Our first draft on lessons indicated a possibility of 8 sessions - more may be necessary - we'll see.
We are working with a shop to determine threads/embellishments that will be an option for those without a LNS and desiring assistance in that area. This will be the next deadline because of availability from suppliers.
First priority: If you are sure you want to participate in this fun class contact us right away and make your deposit to reserve your canvas and place in class! firstname.lastname@example.org
DuodesignsbySandra - Etsy shop
Have you seen the Turtle Bags? There are the two new scrumptious colors out!
Black is currently out of stock. Lovely way to display your needlework for all to see! Go look them over - duodesignsbySandra - .
Lots of stitch guides and canvases listed also.
Phew! That's a lot to cover in one blog. Have a great weekend - email us with any questions and remember to Stitch with a Smile!