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Category Archives: Teaching
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.
If you would like to sign up and reserve your spot in class, call the shop at 919-828-5538 to be sure you don’t miss out. Space is very limited so sign up soon!
Can’t wait to see you all there!
Tricky Stitches is a class that aims to teach stitches that are “tricky” to learn from just looking at a 2D diagram. Examples of stitches in this class include Ridged Spider Web, Buttonhole Stitch, Fly Stitch and more. Things that really benefit from video instruction and visual aid. It also teaches you where to use them on your canvas and what threads work best for each stitch. Really handy!
Our online classes include blank canvas, thread pack, stitch guide and online video reference through our website that never expires. You can watch the videos time and time again, and you have them as a learning resource in your Needlepoint.Com account forever!
You can shop our full list of online technique classes here:
Just Bead It
Frosty Stitches for Snow
Turkey Work Workshop
Lots of Knots
Haunted Halloween Stitches
Perfectly Tailored Stitches
When Vernon, the artist behind Kirk & Bradley, announced he was planning on designing a new poison bottle, we could hardly wait to see it. Even though it had been a few years since he had added to this collection of designs, they still remain some of Kirk & Bradley’s most popular of all time. With titles like Rat’s Tails, Cat Puke, Frog’s Breath and Boiled Bugs, we were sure he would come up with something equally fun this time around. He certainly didn’t disappoint with Zombie Tonic!
When this new poison bottle was released at Dallas Market, we knew we were going to have to stitch this canvas. So we went to work with some fun overdyed threads, some Straw Silk, and some oversized beads. We are now ready to announce that it is our newest online class!
The online class kit includes canvas, stitch guide, thread pack, and access to our online class which never expires. The kit is $115, and can be purchased online here:
Kits are selling fast, so order now to make sure you get yours!
You can also call the shop at 919-828-5538
Hi everyone. I wanted to share the upcoming technique classes I’m planning on teaching at Needlepoint.Com! It’s back to school time, so it seems like the perfect opportunity to brush up on those tricky techniques you’ve always wanted a little bit of help with this August or September. Sign up for one or take all three!
Turkey work and Lots of Knots classes teach how to do tricky stitches that don’t diagram well in a book. Open work backgrounds class teaches how and why to select different background stitches. You are bound to learn a ton!
Call the shop to secure your spot or to ask for more information at 919-828-5538.
Can’t make it to Raleigh?! Consider taking the class online!
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Hi everyone! Happy Sunday! It is so muggy here in NC it’s tough to be outside. Not to mention that it rained four times yesterday! If today is anything like yesterday, I think there is a lot of stitching in my future! Today on Stitch Style I wanted to share the new instructional booklet I’ve just written for Needlepoint.Com. It’s called “An introduction to Decorative Stitches.” It’s designed for any needlepointer who is looking to try out different stitches for the first time, or who wants to increase their stitch vocabulary!
The packet focuses on where and how to decide what stitches to use, and has lots of suggestions on what each stitch works well for! The booklet is $17.50 and can be found online here.
This booklet is a sequel to Needlepoint.Com’s book “How to Needlepoint.”
I could not be more excited to share this news with you all today… the nativity is back from the finisher! Those of you who have followed this blog for a while will know that this piece has been a big focus of mine for the past two or three months, and I’m so glad to finally see it in it’s completed state!
As always, Diana Sagmoe (The Needlework Finisher) worked her magic to bring the stitched piece together at the end. Getting a box of finishing back from her is better than Christmas morning! I opted to have this one finished as an easel back, so the back of it looks just like a picture frame. This is especially handy because it folds flat which makes it easier to store. I love the gold and navy cording and the beautiful blue silk that was selected for the backing.
I can’t wait to teach this class at our next A La Carte Retreat. There are so many different techniques to learn- beading knots, or nué- to name just a few. It’s always such a fun weekend. The canvas is exclusive to Needlepoint.Com. Class is Friday March 16, from 9:30 to 4:00 in Raleigh, NC. You can read about our other class offerings online here- take one or take many! Joan Lohr will be teaching several technique classes, and Nancy Young will be teaching the gorgeous two sided Father Christmas and all about Elizabeth Bradley canvases.
If you can’t be there with us, call and ask about preordering a kit to ensure retreat pricing.
We’d love to have you join us.