I know I’ve been terrible at blogging the past few months. Life has been absolutely crazy. James and I got married in April (it was the best day ever!)… went on an incredible honeymoon to Spain and Italy in May… moved cross country to Missouri in June… and have just found out that we will be relocating AGAIN to Colorado Springs in December. We are so excited to move to the mountains- we are counting down the days until we go!
On top of that, I’ve been commuting back and forth to Raleigh, NC from Fort Leonard Wood, MO once a month to work with Needlepoint.Com in person. I am so grateful for all of their flexibility and support! We’ve been working nonstop to create fun new videos, online classes, retreat projects and so much more to share with you all. But, I’ve really missed this, so I’m going to try and get back into a regular routine again with posting. During this time, of course I haven’t stopped stitching my personal projects too- so I have lots to share with you all! Thank you all for being so patient with me during this crazy period of transition!
Today I wanted to share a brand new online class with you that we just launched. Have you ever wanted to try your hand at fancy decorative stitches on your needlepoint canvas, but just don’t know where to begin? Maybe you find yourself wondering “What stitch is designed to go where?” And “how do I know what threads to use for the stitch?” If so, then this is the class for you. I designed An Introduction to Decorative Stitches to be geared towards advanced beginner stitchers. Not only does it teach all about different categories of decorative stitches, but it also talks heavily about how to pick stitches of your own. I know you all will love it!
The class includes a blank canvas, a printed stitch guide with diagrams, threads, and access to an online class that never expires. You simply log into your Needlepoint.Com account, and you can watch the videos as many times as you would like- pause them, rewind, skip through to find specific ones! It is such a great resource to have!
Want to know more about how they work? These high production-quality videos give you a close-up view of exactly how to perform each stitch. You can stop the video whenever you want, and replay, or skip to a stitch you know you want to use. The class can be played over and over again- day or night. Plus, you’ll be able to do this for years to come because your access to the class never expires.
All online technique classes include blank canvas, lots of fun threads to try out, a printed stitch guide and online video reference through our website.
Hey everyone. I have been very busy over at Needlepoint.Com working on a new video series we are calling “What’s the Stitch?” These are new videos we have been putting together all about our favorite decorative stitches. I just wanted to do a quick post today to share them with you all! Our second video in the series is now up, and it is all about Skip Tent Stitch. If you’re curious what Skip Tent Stitch looks like on a finished piece, you can see a stitched example of it on the background of the Manor House canvas I just completed.
Hey everyone! Happy Tuesday! I can’t believe I’m finally able to write this post… but the Manor House that I’ve been working on is finished! I will be teaching this canvas, along with the attachable winter windows, at Needlepoint.Com’s Raleigh Retreat in 2019. You all may remember when I shared my progress on the blog last week.
This class is going to be chock-full of fun techniques to master. I picked a relatively simple (yet effective) background stitch, and went with Skip Tent Stitch, since there isn’t a ton of area to be filled with pattern. I didn’t want it to take away from the house. For the top portion of the cream facade, I did an enlarged variation on the stitch used on the lower half. There is definitely a lot of theory to learn, that we will talk about in class, including how to choose stitches and where to use them. Plus if you’ve never been to one of Needlepoint.Com’s Retreats you are missing out on a fantastic time! It’s one of the best weekends of the year- with lots of learning AND fun had by all.
I’ve finished all but one of the attachable windows. (You can see two of them below!) This is the part that I’m really excited about. How precious are they?! I can hardly wait to see how they look on the house itself! That’s always the hardest part… waiting for a piece to come back from the finisher. I’ll be sure to share when the Manor House does come back!
Hey everyone! Remember that gorgeous Nativity I stitched and taught at last year’s retreat? Well, since we have had so many requests, it is back by popular demand! I’ll be teaching it again this summer.
Class is scheduled for Wednesday July 18th Raleigh, NC. Class will be a full day, held from 10-4pm, with lunch provided. We will be working in the classroom at the Needlepoint.Com retail shop, which such a great space.
I cover lots of different techniques in the class: How to work open stitches, several beading techniques, couching, working with straw silk, French Knots, Turkey work… the list goes on and on! There is surely something for everyone.
The class fee is $575 and includes your painted canvas, all threads and beads needed, stretcher bars, a printed stitch guide, and a full day of instruction!
The date is fast approaching, so mark your calendars and sign up now!
Call the shop to reserve your space at 919-828-5538.
It’s hard to believe that it’s already time to start thinking about Needlepoint.Com’s 2019 Retreat. It feels like just yesterday that I was teaching the nativity at our last round of classes. We have a huge lineup of different offerings planned for next years classes. You certainly don’t want to miss out. The retreat takes place every March in Raleigh, NC, and spaces are already limited for 2019.
I will be teaching the Kirk and Bradley Manor House Friday March 15th, 2019. I’m super excited about this class. I’ve been stitching away on the backdrop and can finally share my progress. (Those of you who follow Needlepoint.Com on Instagram have probably seen my stories shared there!) Not only will we work on the backdrop (the house itself) during class, the canvas also comes with attachable winter windows. I can’t wait to get started on those- so many fun opportunities to use beads and embellishments and fun threads to bring them to life! How cute is that little wreath on the front door!? I know they are going to make the piece!
Saturday March 16th I’ll be teaching this Tea Party canvas. I know this is going to be such a fun class. I will be using a variety of different ribbons for the flowers (you all know that’s my favorite!) as well as lots of other fun specialty threads to bring this piece to life. I already have a background stitch in mind…. but you’ll have to follow along with my progress to see it!
I can’t believe that Nancy’s double sided Forrest Friends Father Christmas has already sold out- forcing us to add another section to meet the demand for the class! I think this may be my favorite of the three Vernon has designed. Love that emerald green, and those little critters couldn’t be sweeter. Knowing Nancy, she has some tricks up her sleeve to make really make those animals something special.
Just look at how gorgeous her original red one was!
As always, the class fee includes canvas, stretcher bars, threads, printed stitch guide, and all the instruction for the weekend. It also gains you access to our fabulous wine and cheese parties. Melissa, our shop manager, always picks out the best specials and giveaways for that weekend. It’s surely an event you won’t want to miss. Sign up for one class, or take many and make it a weekend full of needlepoint fun.