Robin King day two


Robin taught the first class ever on “Flowers in a Vase” (ND311 by Needle Deeva) Saturday. It was very successful!

October 13 2012 Robin King class

Robin King day one


Robin King day one

We had a great day with Robin on Saturday. Weather was OK too!

The canvases Robin taught are now available with or without the thread kits:

Sunflowers & berries

Flowers in a vase

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Good grief! Are we going to be ready for Robin King tomorrow?

Mermaid Bathing

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Mermaid BathingRobin (one of our favorite customers) started the mermaid at ANG. Her comments:

“Mermaid Bathing was designed by Rhonda Ahrens for Julia’s Needleworks. Suzanne Howren gave my the ideas for her hair, Meredith W. was great with the sequins for her scales, Tony was interesting with his ideas for her tail (folding over ribbon) as well as back ground work, and Beth R Robertson just agreed with what the other three said! The mermaid is resting in a bath tub on a tile floor with a window looking out to an under water scene. Lots of fun! Wait til you see her bosoms………………very well padded!”

We have this in stock now.

Flowers in a vase almost finished

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(W)holly incredible canvas, Robin!

We caught up with Robin King in the NeedleDeeva lair at market. Here is the nearly finished canvas–it is amazing!!!

This will be one fabulous class, and we will be the first shop to host it on October 13th.

4th of July March has arrived

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The new designs by Ashley Dillon at Tapestry Tent have arrived and they are even better than the photos! I have started on the the 4th of July and will move on to the Thanksgiving canvas in a week or two. If you want one of these, it might be best to order now since they are going to be very popular!

I will be posting my progress on Tips and Techniques.

New Marches from Ashley Dillon


As many know, I have written stitch guides for Ashley Dillon of Tapestry Tent’s first 3 Marches–Easter, Halloween and Christmas.

I have pre-ordered Thanksgiving and the 4th of July and I will be writing stitch guides for them. As always, the canvas price includes my stitch guide.

You can pre-order now on our website.

This is going to be great fun!

Zecca needlepoint at the Bristly Thistle

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We have the Zecca trunk show in the house–wonderful, whimsical, colorful canvases that are unique and will be fun to stitch. And, this month Zecca canvases are all 20% off!

Pair a canvas with a Zecca accessory–magnets, laying tools and needle threaders and you have a stitching party all your own.

Coming up–Brenda Hart will be teaching Canvas Embellishment Friday 10/28 Saturday 10/29 and Sunday 10/30 and there are still a few seats left. Come learn from Brenda and have a great time.

Fraidy Cat Class at the Baltimore Market

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Robin King taught the only needlepoint class at this market “Fraidy Cat”, one of the series of Creepy Characters by NeedleDeeva. Poor Robin…for the second time at a TNNA market, Robin, her stitch guides, thread kits and models arrived as scheduled. Unfortunately, the canvases did not.

Showing grace under pressure, Robin and Judy (the NeedleDeeva) rescued the class. We were all given blank canvas to practice the stitches and Robin did a great job of teaching the class. In addition, Robin refused to accept our money for class materials, and Judy gave each of us a “Hooty the Owl” canvas to ease the pain of not being able to stitch Fraidy in class. With luck, we will be able to pick up our canvases tomorrow in the NeedleDeeva room and get stitching!

Robin started the class by demonstrating how to straighten Neon Rays with a hair straightening iron (possibly incorrect nomenclature). The techniques is truly magic and you can watch it on Robin’s blog Beats the heck out of fighting the thread, giving up on it, or heavens (!) ironing it. You can find a mini-version at Bed Bath & Beyond to keep in your kit.

I’ll be stitching my cat Sunday on the long drive back to Amelia Island.

Susan Portra’s class in Long Beach


I just came back from Susan Portra’s class “Bring Your Canvas to Life”. It was the only needlepoint class at market to completely sell out, and there are many reasons for that.

The class was a perfect blend of a great canvas, a superb stitch guide, wonderful threads and beads and a fabulous teacher. Susan paced the class well and taught us all several somethings new. And, Susan Portra is funny!

This canvas is one that I will finish (without changes) and enjoy in my home. The canvas is beautifully painted on 13 mesh canvas and even 18 mesh fanatics will enjoy stitching it.

I will be able to order it from Alice Peterson Saturday, so if you are interested in the canvas and Susan’s stitch guide, drop me an email. Or, you can place an order for it on our website.

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