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Monthly Archives: March 2017
Day two of the retreat has come and gone! We had such a fabulous time this morning at the Carolina Country Club stitching the day away.
Today I taught my Kirk & Bradley Mews Houses. You all may remember this past January when I taught them at the national trade show to several shop owners. It was a lot of fun to revisit this piece for a second time, with a brand new group of stitchers. I had such a lovely (and hard working!!) group in my class. We sampled many ribbon techniques, had some fun beading and covered lots and lots of different decorative stitches. It was a very full day to say the least!
While we worked on Mews Houses in one ballroom, Nancy was next door teaching a full class of Elizabeth Bradley stitchers how to join their individual canvases into rugs. That class is so much more than just proper joining technique, but Nancy really works with you on composition and layout to best construct a beautiful finished project. For instance- what border do you want to add to your piece? How do all of your background colors work together? Do you want a floor rug or a runner? What thread color do you want to use to join all of your panels together? I just love watching them play around with different designs. It’s fascinating to see how many different options there really are. No two rugs EVER look exactly alike!
Tomorrow we head back over to the club so that I can teach my ribbonwork rectangle. I know there are a few stitchers coming back tomorrow who took the class with me this morning, but some will be brand new. That’s the best thing about our retreats- you can completely customize your weekend. Take as many or as few different classes as you want! Be sure to save the date for our next retreat- March 16, 17 and 18 of 2018! We already have three pieces in the works for our next stitching extravaganza- call the shop for more information.
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After months of prep time, today we are kicking off our Raleigh A La Carte Retreat! We are so excited to welcome so many stitchers from all over the country (and beyond!) for our big annual event.
I just love how many different class offerings we have put together for this one weekend… I’m convinced anyone could find a class to meet their stitching needs!
Today in the shop national teacher Joan Lohr joined us to teach two technique classes- one on beading and one on backgrounds. Tomorrow she will be teaching a Burnett & Bradley Birdhouse class. I know I’ve said this a thousand times, but if you’ve never taken a class with Joan, you are seriously missing out. She is just about the most patient teacher under the sun. It doesn’t matter your skill level- Joan has something to offer everyone.
We also had our fabulous store owner Nancy teach a Kirk & Bradley double sided father christmas over at the Carolina Country Club. Nancy is just about the most meticulous stitcher I know- and her piece certainly did not disappoint all of the enthusiastic stitchers in her class! While we do have plenty of space at the store, we decided to offer some of our larger classes there this year, to accommodate as many people as comfortably as possible. This will be where I teach my Mews House class tomorrow morning and my ribbonwork class on Sunday. It should be two very fun days!
Both tonight and tomorrow we host a big welcome event for all of our stitchers. This is one of the best things about having our retreat in Raleigh- the whole store is right here! In addition to having many new arrivals in stock from market, lots of wine and cheese, and four trunk shows to shop, we also had lots of fun prizes and giveaways! Today we gave away a $50 gift card, a $100 gift card, a travel round of your choice, an Elizabeth Bradley mini and 16″ kit of your choice and our brand new online class a Turkey Work Workshop. Our shop manager Melissa even coordinated her outfit with a new EB kit being released at the event – the Chelsea Poppy!
I’ll definitely be sending out lots more photos tomorrow to keep those of you who couldn’t join us updated. You can always order a kit for one of the classes we taught this weekend if you couldn’t join us. In the mean time, I’ve got to get some sleep… I’ve got a big weekend ahead of me still!
Hey everyone! Sometimes you all are lucky enough to see things first here on Stitch Style. Tomorrow at Needlepoint.Com we are launching a brand new online class- our Turkey Work Workshop!
I’ve found in my teaching that this is one stitch that intimidates people like crazy, when it shouldn’t. In this online class, I break traditional Turkey Work down into each of its individual stages, and walk you step by step through them. Plus, there are over seven more different turkey work stitches included. Who knew there were that many ways to do tufting stitches?!
Not only do I show you how to do each of the stitches, I make tons of suggestions where they might work well. Hats, fur, feathers, tails, bows, flowers- the possibilities are endless.
Online class includes year long access to our instructional videos, a printed stitch guide, blank canvas, stretcher bars, lots of fun threads. At just $65, you won’t want to miss out on this one. Only a limited number have been kitted, so be sure to order now to ensure you are included in our first shipment.
Hey everyone! Happy Wednesday! If you’ve been reading along for a while, you probably know that James and I got engaged right before Christmas. Naturally, I wanted to stitch something to commemorate the event. I shared a photo of our engagement ornament last night on Instagram. I’m so pleased with the way it turned out! The canvas is by Princess and Me. I made a couple of changes to the design to make it look a little bit more like us- hair color and clothing mostly! The stitch guide also called for a bright yellow background… just not my taste. I ended up swapping colors out for this light blue, which is one of my favorites. I’m planning on having December 16th (the day he proposed!) monogrammed on the back.
For those of you who have asked, we’re having tons of fun planning for the wedding. I’m busy picking out color schemes and invites…. and James is mostly excited about all the free food tastings!
If you’re looking for this canvas, you’re in luck! It is currently 20% off in the Princess and Me Trunk Show at Needlepoint.Com.
You can find that canvas right here!