Category Archives: Teaching

Staffordshire Dog Class at Needlepoint.Com

Hey everyone! Hope you all are having a great week! I wanted to let you know, Staffordshire Dog Kits are back in stock! We sold out of the pink and green and the blue and white so quickly when our first shipment came in, that we had to ask Jessica to ship us some more!

Dog Class

I will be teaching a class on these little guys next Wednesday (June 31) from 10-11:30 at Needlepoint.Com. Staffordshire Dog class will be held at our retail shop in Raleigh, NC. It is $95. I would love to see you all there!

Dog Class

Call the shop at 919-828-5538 to sign up or order your kit today!
Or, purchase a kit online here!

The Staffordshire Dog Ornaments are here!

I have such an exciting announcement to share with you all today! The Staffordshire Dog Ornaments are here!

Dog Ornaments

We received such an overwhelming response when my Staffordshire Dog Ornament came back from the finisher that, I got to work collaborating with Jessica of Lycette Designs to bring them to you as an online class kit. Needlepoint.Com now has a very limited stock of mini Staffordshire Dogs in stock in four different color ways: Blue and White, Pink and Green, Red and Green and Blue and Tan. I know you all are going to love them!

Dog Ornaments

The kits are available for $95, which includes online class login, printed stitch guide, threads, bell and beads (such a fun detail!) If you don’t want to do the decorative stitches, all of the threads in the kit can be used to basketweave your project.

Dog Ornaments


They can be found online for purchase here.
We have a very limited number in stock, so don’t wait to place your order. I just sold two in the shop… They’re flying out of here!

Day two of Needlepoint.Com’s A La Carte Retreat!

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.

day two

day two

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!

day two
Day two

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!

Day two
day two

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.
919-828-5538

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Kicking off our 2017 Raleigh A La Carte Retreat !

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.

Kicking off

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!

Kicking off

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.

Kicking off
Kicking Off

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!

Kicking off
Kicking off

Kicking Off

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!

Kicking off

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!

Kicking Off

Turkey Work Workshop- See it here first!

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?!

Turkey Work

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.

You can purchase the online class here!

Looking for other ways to improve your stitching techniques this spring? Try our other online classes like: Santa’s Beards, Beading Workshop or our Frosty Stitches classes instead!

Teaching at TNNA San Jose

Hey everyone! Hello from San Jose! I’m here with the “Bradley Bunch” for the winter needlepoint trade show!

I had the best time this morning teaching for at Kirk & Bradley. It was my first time teaching at a big national show, and I can honestly say that I had the best experience! I could not have asked for nicer attendees in my class! It was so fun to have an opportunity to connect with shop owners from all over the country and share tricks of the trade!

San Jose
San Jose
San Jose
A big thank you to all the thread vendors who made this class possible!
Kreinik 
Planet Earth Fiber
Rainbow Gallery
River Silks
Silk Road Fibers
Sundance Designs
ThreadworX

I will also be teaching this class at Needlepoint.Com on Saturday March 18th, 2018 from 9:30-3:30. I would love to have you join me! You can find more information on the class here- or call the shop at 919-828-5538 to sign up!

Be sure to check in over the course of the weekend for more market fun! I’ll definitely be sharing my favorites with you all!