Two weeks of indulgence

Two weeks of indulgence

I am trying to get my head back into magazine land after having almost two weeks of total needlepoint indulgence. It started off with the ANG Seminar held in Anaheim, CA where I was able to finish one of my judging certification requirements by trial judging the exhibit. Then I got to spend four fun filled days in Debbie Stiehler’s Imari Collage class. This is the companion piece to Asian Collage which I was able to take in Seattle, WA a few months ago. In both pieces, Debbie combines unique stitches to replicate patterns featured in Asian fabric and pottery.


For those Debbie Stiehler fans out there, you will be sad to hear that Debbie is retiring from teaching at the end of the year. She said she decided to retire because she wanted to spend more time with her grandchildren but I know for a fact that she really wants more time to spend on her new hobby, bowling. In the photo below you can see the smile on her face as she talks about strikes and pins and the cute bowling shoes she she recently purchased. (Just kidding, I wish Debbie well and hope that in the future I will have the opportunity to sit next to her in a needlepoint class.)


After four days of stitching bliss in Debbie’s class, I headed over to A Stitch In Time to take a four-day canvas embellishment class with the Fab Four, Beth Robertson, Suzanne Howren, Meredith Willett and Tony Minieri. As soon as I clean up sone of the spaghetti on my Zecca Winter Tree canvas, I’ll post a picture or two for you all to see. I had so much fun working on the whimsical tree. It was a perfect choice for a canvas embellishment class.

Below is Meredith modeling her new thinking hat. She is convinced that she can come up with stitch and thread solutions much faster when donning her new chapeau.


A Stitch In Time is located in San Marino, CA. The owner, Allison Hodgkiss, did a fabulous job of putting the event together. She arranged for transportation to and from our hotels, lunches everyday, tours of a bead shop and Rainbow Gallery. She even arranged for a massage therapist to come in and give us a chair massage to sooth our aching muscles after a hard day of stitching. Great teachers, a fun canvas to work on, several of my best stitching friends to share the experience, I felt totally indulged and was sad when it was all over and time to fly home. It was the perfect stitching vacation. Now I need to stop dreaming of classes and canvases and focus on the Nov/Dec issue which will be stuffed full of wonderful designs and articles.


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