This is the Way!

This is the way I walk to class! A quick elevator or walk down the stairs and I am there. Now how convenient is that?

This is my class piece; Farmer’s Market by Kim Sanders. A study in stumpwork and all that  randomness that most needlepointers think it’s a bad, bad, bad word. I have been working conquering my challenges with this kind of stitching and this is just another way for me to better my stitching and my repertoire.

Note in the background of the picture is a collection of cut-outs in assorted shapes and sizes from many colors of felt.


I really don’t have much to show for a full day of work! part of my table, her blue jeans and most of her sweater has been attached to the linen in a series of basting, couching, split backstitch and backstitch.

We worked on outline stitch, lazy daisy, bullions with that slippery Brazilian embroidery thread, cast-on bullions and all on a doodle cloth. I want to perfect my technques with these stitches before I go right to the beautiful light blue fabric.

Today we will create her sweater and I can’t wait. Never have I been in a class where the time just flew by! did I say flew by?

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Pictures of the boutique that is set up in the hotel for a little retail therapy and any necessary last minute purchases needed for class!

Shop is ABC Stitch Therapy from Spring, Texas and what an awesome shop! Great service and just purr~fect! They are going to do the shop next year too when seminar moves to San Antonio.

One more day of class today and I will probably go early so that I can work on getting a few things finished up.

Tonight is merchandise night where hopefully I won’t see too much that I can’t live without!

and until next time…keep on stitching


Dreams and Legends; Day 2!

Or is day 3? oh well, my day started out with volunteering with an assignment in the special exhibit area.

Part of this exhibit is the Dream Catcher Challenge. What is the Dream Catcher Challenge you might ask?

a dozen or so beautifully interpeted Dream Catchers… and we have the toughest job. To vote on our favorite!

we shared the room with Ruth Kern’s bookstore. It was great getting to see Ruth in person!

and the exhibit of Jan Jellins’ work. Unbelievable! Created on fabric in long and short stitches using sewing thread and floss. I kept studying and looking and looking as I marvelled at her work as she was for sure a most amazing artist.

The work of Vima Machelli… all the way from Italy!

Native Americans in their regallia!

wow look at all that eye candy through the window!

Passing by the shop on my way to the opening banquet.

A Native American blessing spoken in his tongue before we started eating. He then repeated in what he considered a foreign language…English!

Opening favors… an Ashland Sky gadget bag, an exclusive brand of Leigh Designs. Thrilled with it and the tin!

Ruth Kerns (right) and Pat Correz (left) standing at the podium as Ruth was receiving kudos for her many years of service of the bookstore at both the EGA and ANG Seminars.

My class starts in 2 hours and I can’t wait!

and until next time…keep on stitching


Be Still my Heart!

My EGA Seminar experience started with a tour to the Grand Canyon. Wow! Wow! Wow!

and wow is all I can say. I have lived out West for over 30 years by now and this is the first time that I have made it here. What took me so long?

Words cannot describe what it is like looking at those views and just taking it all in. A very relaxing place where you could sit for hours as you just feel closer to nature and wonder…

My classes don’t start till Monday, and with an off day today, what to do with myself? I signed up for a few volunteer shifts! and then time for the boutique, the book store and of course check out the classes for next year.

This is my class for this year…Farmers Market by Kim Sanders. Stumpwork and lots of needlweaving will be in my future! Tomorrow and Tuesday and then back home on Wednesday morning when I will unpack and repack to leave for Seattle. More about that later!

and until next time…keep on stitching


Dreams and Legends

Well I’m here in the Valley of the Sun for the EGA Seminar. I drove here leaving early yesterday morning and made very good time! Reigstered for seminar, had lunch and who do I run into right away? Cassie and Nandra of Sundance Designs who was here setting up their beads and ooh so much more in the boutique. Checked into my room and quickly took off to go to Family Arts Needlepoint, visiting with Peggi and Julie and taking in all the eye candy. Thank you to Julie who saved me by lending me a sweater for the tour. Now I’ve been lugging a jacket around everywhere I’ve been going lately, but haven’t needed it, who needs a jacket in Phoenix at this time of the year? Didn’t think about the Grand Canyon with an elevation of 7000 feet.

The item that you see in the picture is a dreamcatcher and I will let Wikipedia tell you what that is:

In some Native American cultures, a dreamcatcher is a handmade object based on a willow hoop, on which is woven a loose net or web. The dreamcatcher is then decorated with sacred items such as feathers and beads.

The Ojibwe believe that a dreamcatcher changes a person’s dreams. “Only good dreams would be allowed to filter through… Bad dreams would stay in the net, disappearing with the light of day.” Good dreams would pass through and slide down the feathers to the sleeper.

Another explanation “Nightmares pass through the holes and out of the window. The good dreams are trapped in the web, and then slide down the feathers to the sleeping person.

Tomorrow is a volunteer day for me, shopping in the boutique and then our opening banquet. Monday my class start and I met my teacher last night, Kim Sanders while we were both looking for the registration area. I told her that lots of people have been telling me what a wonderful teacher she is! so I can’t wait!

and what was I thinking? we leave at 7am this morning not to return till very late tonight…but I am really looking forward to it!


I don’t want to be late for my very important date!

Well the suticase did make it home…eventually! a very nice young man delivered it around midnight last night, yes midnight. I spent lots of time on the phone with the suitcase tracking people during the day as I followed its travels…sort of like Flat Stanley! But it’s here and its time to unpack and repack.

Sylvester is ready to assist and supurr~vise as you can see. I leave Friday morning for the Valley of the Sun. Seminar for me starts with a tour to the Grand Canyon on Saturday and I can’t wait! So much to do in these next 2 days… and I don’t want to be late for my very important date!

so until next time…keep on stitching


Talk to the Paw!

So says AlleyCat lets me know that last night as I open the door and she runs out… so much for welcoming me home in proper fashion. But that’s AlleyCat for you!

I am home for a few days (seriously!) after spending some glorious days in the south at In Stitches in Atlanta. A beautiful shop and I would have loved to stay longer! More about that soon.

A travel day yesterday that I soon hope to forget as I was waylaid, detoured and delayed over and over. My suitcase has yet to land in sunny San Diego, but I am sure it will be here soon. I am already out and about as I have a list of errands a mile and half long… and am planning to be home by first pitch.

I am headed to the Embroirders Guild Seminar in Phoenix early Friday morning! This time I get to take the class…I am bringing mt laptop and plan on blogging through my time there.

and until next time…keep on stitching


So many Canvases! So little Time!

Just a quick update on Sparkles… She’s living at Newport Needlepoint for a few weeks since I am going to be on the road pretty much nonstop. I just need to finish the hat, the borders and come up with something special for the white on the hat. Remember the class will be on November 7th!

I need to finish Mrs. Cat, a piece for Point of It All Designs and… see what I mean? so many canvases and so little time.


Looks like Sylvester’s not going to let my close my suitcase!


and as usual AlleyCat is unfazed by it all!

see you sometime next week and until then…keep on stitching


So What am I Doing?

Just so you don’t think that I am goofing off! I am getting ready to head to Hotlanta to In Stitches to spend 3 glorious days teaching Meet Mr. Cat and….

Patches on October 10, 11 and 12. I love that city with it’s Southern Hospitality and it’s needlepoint, so what could be better than that?

In between my magazine work for the January/February 2015 issue, I am working on 3 of my own stitches guides for a class later this month and stitching Sparkles.

Here she is! Now the beaded snowflake border is a commitment of both time and beads. One of these days I will confess how many beads I used and how much time too! When I write the stitch guide I will include an alternative stitch suggestion or two, just in case you don’t want to devote that much time!

Pepperberry Designs usually designs a smaller ornament that color co-ordinates with the larger snowperson. We have found that there is enough threads from the larger one that you can stitch this too!

For now the only place you can get this canvas is Newport Needlepoint! If you stitched Patches, Sparkles would be that perfect companion piece. Call Peggy at Newport Needlepoint 949.650.8022 so you can get yours too…you don’t want to miss out on all the fun. Class with be Friday November 7th, with lunch and am sure a surprise with it. Join us in person or via snail mail!

AlleyCat was getting adventurous! Check out the snap trays…guess I better put some of that stuff away before I leave again.

and until next time…keep on stitching


Thinking Baseball!


yes I am! and just wait… wait… I’ll get there! Of course I had to get in a game at a different park if I could, and what could be better than Fenway?

My day in Boston sorta kinda started here. This is the finish line for the Boston Marathon that is run every year on Patriot’s Day (April 16th.) It is one of the elite marathons and of course we know the history of a few years ago. If someone hadn’t told me about where the finish line was, I would have never seen it. It was said that this historic marker is repainted fresh every year for the race. One of these years I would like to be there for the baseball game that the Red Sox play on that day. It is a day off from work too for those Bostonians!

As I came up stairs from the train, this was the first think that I saw. I would do lots of sightseeing around town…the historic sights, the Duck Boats, the Old South Church and so much more. Weather was absolutely beautiful, sunny blue skies with no need for a jacket! Never had time for Quincy Market and Fanuel Hall, disappointed to say. Next time for sure. Later in the day I would get back on this train inorder to get to Fenway.

Getting off the train, so I guess that I was headed in the right direction!

It was the Yankees and Derek Jeter’s last weekend…but sad to say that he did not play this night. I believe at this moment he walked across the field and everybody was going nuts. I have seen him play many times, but if I didn’t say that I was disappointed thar he wasn’t in the lineup, I wouldn’t be truthful.

It was great being in Fenway for my first time!

and until next time…keep on stitching


A Funny Thing Happened!


Karen, the brilliant artist of the Zecca line… you know the canvases with the amazing color lines stopped into Wellesley for a little visit, some stitching and some threads.

I was totally flattered since it was about a 2 hour drive for her. It was a beautiful day in the neighboorhood, and not very fallish weather at all!

Karen is stitching on her new piece that will be introduced at the Winter TNNA Market in January…this gorgeous flamingo. It will be part of a chair back, but there is no reason why you can’t hang it in your wall. The colors are amazing and so lifelike, that I was just waiting for it to walk right off the canvas! I joked with Karen that I see lots of long and short in your future, which is really the only way…but not too long as you don’t want it to snag.


Cindy, the owner of Wellesley sat down next to her and is stitching on a shop model. That is the life of a shop owner you know, stitching on models! In front of Cindy is the other canvas that we worked in on class by J&J Designs.

It was a wonderful day and all too soon it was over. It was time for some food and a little relaxation. Cindy commented that we were going to the The Cottage and I thought nothing of it since that could be a common enough name… but a funny thing did happen on the way to dinner.


We pulled up to the front of the restaurant and I looked at the sign which I recognized immediately and I started laughing!  and you wonder why? well my Cottage in La Jolla has a few sister restaurants and this was one of them. Go figure… of all the places that we could go and eat, but I finally did have my lobster roll.

The kids are waiting for a treat of a little taste of chicken.

and until next time…keep on stitching