The Needlepoint in New England Retreat is a month away! I can’t believe its almost here! I started planning this event almost two years ago. Boy how time flies!
We have six fabulous classes that are being offered. Let me tell you a little bit about what you’ll learn in each class.
Mary Susan will be teaching this beautiful piece from Maggie. It’s 8 x 8 on 18 mesh . . .a perfect size. There is ribbon work, a really cool beading technique for the mason jar, continuous Buttonhole and more. I can’t wait to see this piece as a finished pillow. She has all the fabrics and trims picked out. It’s gonna be amazing!
Becki Gebhardt is teaching “Stormy Weather” from Leigh Designs. I love the movement and the drama in this piece. Becki has packed this piece with a lot of light coverage stitches. If you know Becki at all, she wouldn’t have it any other way. But, what you’ll learn is how to enhance a design that is so beautifully painted with open stitching and light coverage. You’ll become a master of packed stem stitch and working with Accentuate. It’s just stunning!
The amazingly talented Sandra Arthur will be joining us. She will be teaching the Winter Cardinal by Maggie. Another very manageable piece at 8 x 8. Sandy hasn’t taught on the East Coast too much. So, this is your opportunity to spend three days with her. She’s a Certified Master Teacher through ANG. I took a class with her at the winter show one year. Boy does she know her sh*t! Wondering how she made the bird look so real? Well . . .you’l have to take the class to find out!
I stitched the New England Santa from Amanda Lawford. You’ll learn how to create a fabulous beard and fur, that you can translate to other designs. I included some fun threads like Microchenille, which most people aren’t familiar with. I can’t wait for him to come back from the finisher!
Kelly Clark will be teaching this adorable Seaside Wreath. It’s 6 x 6 on 18 mesh. I can’t wait to see what she does with it. I’m sure it will be packed with lots of stumpwork, beading, some ribbon and who know what else Kelly will dream up!
The Divine Miss M, Meredith Willett, will be teaching “Chorus Line” by Charlie Harper. There’s felting stumpwork and god only knows how she made that nest? I can’t wait to find out!
So come spend April 27-29 with us at the gorgeous Greenwich Hyatt in Greenwich, CT. This hotel is amazing! The entire first floor is a beautiful garden. So cool!
The entire hotel is like an old New England estate. It’s unlike any other hotel in the area.
All of the classrooms have windows and natural light! I know that lighting is one of the most important things for needlepointers. I’ve got you covered!
Greenwich has so much to offer. The shopping on Greenwich Avenue, or “The Ave” as we call it around here, is like the Rodeo Drive of the Northeast. There are tons of amazing restaurants, like Valbella. If you used to watch Regis in the morning, I’m sure you heard him talk about that restaurant. I’ve been there myself and it’s to die for!
Greenwich is about a half hour outside of New York City, a quick train ride in. The Enriched Stitch is about 20 minutes the other direction, so you’ll definitely be able to check out the shop. Saturday afternoon of the weekend we will have the store open later in the day just for retreat attendees. We have a cocktail party planned for Thursday night, lunch planned every day and a banquet dinner is planned for Saturday night. It’s gonna be a three day party!
We still have a few spots in all the classes, so you’ll be guaranteed your first choice. You can sign up by calling the shop or sign up online. Registration closes April 3rd. So, if you’ve been thinking about it, join us. It’s gonna be a blast! Treat yourself to three days of stitching and relaxation.
Six years ago today I opened the doors of The Enriched Stitch. What a wild ride it has been!
I will never forget that first day. I had no idea what I was doing. I was a deer in headlights. I thought I had figured out how to use the POS system…well enough. Until Mary Susan’s husband came in to buy her a gift card for her birthday. Needless to say, I had no idea how to do it.
Then Mary Susan walked in with her daughter while her husband was there. Kinda blew his cover. Lol! Mary Susan thoroughly embarrassed her daughter when she said to me, “You and I are going to be great friends!” Who knew that six years later she’d be my right hand.
The last six years have had their ups and downs…but mostly ups. Sometimes I have to pinch myself when I think about the great friends that I have made throughout the industry. I will always have that fan girl aspect when it comes to the designers. I still can’t believe that Amanda Lawford, Kelly Clark and Melissa Prince are some of my most dear friends in the world. Crazy!
When I opened the shop, Aggie was my only employee…my Saturday girl. I was still teaching Zumba at the time and would race in after class on Saturday mornings. The family grew from there. Nancy, Aggie, Becki, Mary Susan, Linda, Andrea, Mary and Kim, I couldn’t do what I do without you. You are all so unbelievably talented. You keep me sane. Your support means everything to me. I can’t wait to see who joins this wacky family next!
I can’t thank my customers enough for supporting me over the years. You inspire my creativity, make me laugh and so much more.
I have so many wonderful things planned for the years ahead. Yes…I plan that far ahead. This is the needlepoint world after all!
If you’re in the area, stop by the shop today for a glass of champagne and celebrate with us. Our anniversary sale is going on. All in stock canvases are 30% off. If you missed that blog, you can check it out here.
We also have the Kathy Schenkel trunk show till next Thursday.
Stay tuned…lots more to come! I’m not done yet! And yes…I do sleep if you’re all wondering that. Lol!
Aggie just finished writing two new stitch guides. We are very busy little bees here at The Enriched Stitch.
Do you have a wedding coming up this Spring or Summer? Who am I kidding? We all do! This little 5 x 5 piece is the perfect stitch and you can personalize the bottom gold band with a name or date. Clearly, Aggie stitched this for Erin and Ben. LOL!
Aggie plans on making this canvas into a Mahjong bag. She plays every Monday night and she takes it very seriously. This canvas is 5 x 5 on 18 mesh. This size canvas is Aggie’s wheelhouse. Probably because she’s so tiny herself!
The wedding cake canvases are coming in soon, but we have plenty of the Tibetan Prince in stock right now. We can put a kit together for you. Give us a buzz! 203-210-5107
The Enriched Stitch is turning 6 on March 17th! Time flies when you’re having fun! To celebrate, all in stock canvases are 30% off now through March 24th! Scroll through our canvas boards and let us know if we can send any of these beautiful canvases your way. When you call or email, please refer to the frame number BELOW the image.
Frame 15 – stitch guide and thread kit available for teacups with flowers
Frame 33 – stitch guide and thread kit available for London Rooftops
Frame 36 – travel coasters
Frame 40 – more belts
Frame 100 – elephant canvas is a clutch purse
Frame 101 – stitch guide available for gingerbread men
Frame 102 – 3D Easter/Spring basket on bottom right. Stitch guide and thread kit available for bunny
Frame 103 – some pieces come with stitch guides
Frame 106 – stitch guide and thread kit available for Serafina the witch
Phew! I got through that! That’s a lot of pics!
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Kathy Schenkel has the most adorable designs! They come to life with all the fun threads that are available to us. She has such a wide variety, travel and college ornaments to Santas and Christmas, baby designs, mini stockings, the tiny inspirations (our favorite in the shop) . . .and SO much more.
I started this little cutie pie on Saturday. You know me and my penguin problem. LOL!
I think these baubles would be so pretty stitched with metallic threads and some silk ribbon.
This guy cracks me up! He jumped into my stash the other day.
My friend Nancy taught her Easter backdrop as a class before I opened my store. So stinkin’ cute!
Mary Susan stitched this Tiny Inspiration a few years ago. This could be the cutest finishing I have EVER seen!
I stitched this mini stocking for my shark obsessed son last year.
Here’s the cool thing about this trunk show . . .the more you buy the more you save! One in stock canvas is 10% off. Two in stock canvases are 15% off. And three or more in stock canvases are 20% off!
How can you really stop at just one canvas? LOL! They stitch up quick . . .perfect purse projects.
The other awesome thing about this trunk show is that if you kit up a trunk show canvas you’ll receive 10% off the threads for that canvas. BONUS!
Check out Kathy’s website and give us a shout if there’s something you’ve gotta have. The shop is closed today, due to more snow. UGH! But you can email me or touch base with us tomorrow.
The Enriched Stitch
Spring is in the Air!
The weather has been downright nasty lately. It’s time to think Spring and bright colors!
We have tons of Easter egg canvases in stock. Perfect purse projects!
The “Botanical Bunny” was a class a few years ago. We have a complete kit in stock.
Speaking of Spring . . .
Our Needlepoint in New England Retreat is right around the corner. We’re busy ordering kits, planning cocktail parties and a banquet dinner, putting goody bags and door prizes together. SO much to do!
There’s still time to sign up if you’ve been thinking about it. But don’t wait too long. Classes are almost full.
April 27-29, 2018
The Greenwich Hyatt
Look at the lineup of teachers and classes!
Kelly Clark – Seashell Wreath
Becki Gebhardt – Stormy Weather by Leigh Designs
Suzie Vallerie – New England Santa by Amanda Lawford
Sandra Arthur – Winter Cardinal by Maggie
Meredith Willett – Chorus Line by Charlie Harper
Mary Susan Muirhead – Floral Bouquet by Maggie
Thunder Series Class
Saturday April 14th 9:30-4
VNG launched a new teaching piece . . .the Thunder Series
This piece was designed to teach stitches. And you have your choice of four colorways. So there’s something for everyone!
Pick one design to work on during class!
Canvas and stitch guide $195
Thread kits vary – approximately $200
Class Fee $65
Call the shop or email to sign up
Silly Little Birds Club
A new club from the Vallerie Needlepoint Gallery
6 canvases in total
5″ round on 18 mesh
$65/canvas includes stitch guide
Club starts May 2018
Sign up online or call the shop to sign up
Abstract Bears Class
Taught by Suzie Vallerie
March 24th 9:30-4
I designed the stitches for this piece for teaching purposes. I thought it would make a great class for anyone wanting to learn stitches OR if you know most of these stitches (I guarantee no one knows all of them since I made up a number of them), you can see how different threads look with the same stitch. The other cool thing about this piece is that I took a stitch and did variations with it. Sometimes I filled in an opening in a stitch and other places I left it open. They look totally different, like the mommy and baby bears’ heads. I also enlarged or shrunk a stitch, which I think makes a piece look more cohesive, rather than putting totally different stitches all over a canvas.
Advance registration required for all classes. Call the shop or email to sign up
The Enriched Stitch is turning 6 on March 17th! Stop by to celebrate with us! Our anniversary sale will start soon. Be sure to watch the blog to see our canvas boards!
New Stitch Guides
December 25th – stitched by Suzie Vallerie
Elf Surveillance – stitched by Suzie Vallerie
Tibetan Prince – Stitched by Aggie Aspinwall
Wedding Cake – stitched by Aggie Aspinwall
Don’t Miss a Thing!
Tuesday 12:30-2:30 with Becki
Thursday 12:30-2:30 with Becki
Friday 10:30-12:30- with Suzie
Saturday 12:30-2:30 with Suzie
Can’t make those times? We’re happy to schedule a private lesson with you.
Not local? We do Skype and Facetime lessons, as well.
Be sure to call ahead or email to reserve a place in studio time
2018 Finishing Deadlines
Easter: January 22 , 2018
4th of July: April 20, 2018
Halloween: July 20, 2018
Hanukkah: July 27, 2018
Thanksgiving: Aug 3, 2018
Early Christmas: Aug 10, 2018
Sunday night is the big night . . .the Oscars! I have to be honest, I don’t really care for most Oscar movies. Well . . .the ones that have been nominated in the last few years. One is more depressing than the next. What’s with that? Can’t they nominate movies that are enjoyable? I love nothing more than a Sunday where I can binge watch The Princess Diaries (preferably number 2), What a Girl Wants and View From the Top. I like cheesy girly movies . . .what can I say?
Whatever am I going to stitch during the Oscars? God knows you can’t really watch the entire three hours. LOL! Maybe I’ll work on another movie coaster by Melissa Prince. You know I’ve stitched a ton of them.
Wizard of Oz
(stitched by Aggie)
(stitched by Aggie)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Murder on the Orient Express
Romeo and Juliet
Fifty Shades of Grey
Romeo and Juliet
Sex and the City
Check out her website. Melissa has done over a 100 of them. There’s a movie for everyone!
We’re thinking Spring in Connecticut. The other day it was 71! Totally not normal for this time of year. Now it’s back to cold and rainy. But now that we had a taste of Spring, all we can do is pray it comes quickly.
Lani never disappoints with her collages. Becki has this in her stash. Yesterday she told me that these bunnies hopped out of her stash. Will we being seeing it on bars soon? Hint…hint…
Any of the stitched pieces you see here have stitch guides. We’re happy to write up stitch suggestions for any of the pieces that aren’t stitched.
The store looks so fresh and happy right now. Just what we need during these gray winter days!
There’s a new young designer on the scene! Pewter and Pine, owned by Tess Kvale, is a small, but fresh new approach to needlepoint design. I think her designs will appeal not just to a younger generation, but to all age brackets. There’s a little something for everyone.
Check out her website and let us know if there’s something that catches your eye! Here’s a few of my favorites.
I ordered a few pieces from her today. I think it’s SO important to support new designers, regardless of their age. It’s not an easy thing to break into a world where everyone is 20+ years older than you. I can say that from my own experience.
When I first opened my shop six years ago, a lot of people assumed I knew very little about needlepoint because I hadn’t been stitching for forty years. I almost hate to admit this, but I’ve been stitching for almost thirty years now. But I’d say I’ve really been stitching, learning and taking classes for about ten years. I eat, sleep and breath this business, just ask my husband (he might not always put such a positive spin on it lol) and any of my good friends. But I am not the only one. There are SO many of us in this industry, both shop owners and wholesalers, who go above and beyond to bring you the best in needlepoint.
Your brick and mortar shops are the life blood of this industry. Just as we need to support designers, we ask that you support your brick and mortar shops. If you don’t have one nearby, find one that will help you the best way they can long distance. At The Enriched Stitch, we take the time to chat with you over the phone about what kind of threads you like to work with when kitting a canvas for you. Or send you images of canvases that might fit the description of what you are looking for. Or walk you through your questions about one of our stitch guides. We know it’s not ideal, but we do our best to give you the same care and attention that we would if you were standing right in front of us.
So, all I ask is that all of my loyal blog followers, whether you are a shop owner or teacher or a consumer, is to support each other in any way you can.