February Newsletter

Winter TNNA Trade Show
The show was amazing!  But I will admit we are exhausted!  Buyers came from all over the country, even from Hawaii!  There is a new shop opening in Illinois, 2 Needle Chicks.  We had a blast with them.  I can’t wait for them to open.  Another shop opened in Illinois a few months ago, Stitchers Garden.  It’s so nice to see new shops opening.
Four of us spend nine hours on Friday setting up the rooms.
VNG launched a new teaching piece  . . .the Thunder Series

Winter Thunder

Spring Thunder

Summer Thunder

Fall Thunder

This piece was designed to teach stitches.  And you have your choice of four colorways.  So there’s something for everyone!
I haven’t had a chance to plan a class date yet, but I’ll keep you posted.
You can see all the new designs on vngcanvas.com
We also introduced a new retailers club at the show. Any shop can participate.  So contact your local shop and tell them you want to sign up.  We will start taking sign ups at The Enriched Stitch sometime in the next few weeks.
These designs are exclusively available as a club and not sold individually.  The club starts in May.
February Finishing Sale

Receive a 10% discount on ALL finishing dropped off during February!
Don’t live nearby?  You can send it in to receive the discount. Beat the holiday rush!
Christmas Diners Club
Our adorable club is underway, but it’s not too late to join.  There are 4 adorable canvases in this club

5 x 5 on 18 mesh
 Stitch guides are included in the kit with canvas and threads
Stitch guides by Suzie Vallerie and Nancy Taylor
Click here to sign up online or call the shop to sign up 203-210-5107

Winter Class Schedule
Ribbon 101 February 8th or 10th 10-12 $40
Have you wanted to learn to work with silk ribbon?  No need to be intimidated.  Suzie will show you how to work with this fabulous thread to create beautiful ribbon techniques.  Bring a canvas with you that you’d like to use ribbon on and Suzie will give you ideas.
Includes a doodle canvas on stretcher bars and ribbon to work with.
Beading 101 February 22nd or 24th 10-12 $40
No need to be afraid of beading anymore!  It’s really easy once you learn the basic tips and techniques.  Includes a doodle canvas on stretcher bars, beading needles and beads to work with.
Enriched Stitching with Suzie
March 10th  10-3  $75
Submit your canvas by February 17th and Suzie will write a custom stitch guide and select all the threads to turn your canvas from drab to fab.  The day will be spent going over your stitch guide and the techniques used to create a stunning piece of art.
Class fee includes full day of instruction and lunch. Stitch guide and threads are additional.  Canvas must be from The Enriched Stitch.
Class limited to 6 students
Here are the stitch guides that were written for the class last month.
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.

Sign up online or by calling the shop. Kits available for those who can’t attend the class
Advance registration required for all classes.  Call the shop or email to sign up
Join us at our 2018 retreat
Needlepoint in New England
Registration Closes March 1st
Registration is open for this amazing retreat!
April 27-29, 2018
The Greenwich Hyatt
Classes are almost full so don’t wait to sign up to make sure you get your first choice of class!
Registration closes March 15th
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
(almost full)
Meredith Willett – Chorus Line by Charlie Harper
(almost full)
Mary Susan Muirhead – Floral Bouquet by Maggie
All of the details are on the website.  You can register onlineor by calling the shop.  Picture yourself in a wonderful three day class of stitching . . .we hope you join us!
New Stitch Guides

Go Red with Thread 2018

The three canvases for our fundraiser next year are stitched and available for you to order! All three canvases have stitch guides and thread kits.  A portion of the proceeds of these designs will be donated to hurricane relief charities this year.
Wonderland Heart – Amanda Lawford Designs
stitched by Suzie Vallerie

Mediterranean Diet – Melissa Prince Designs

stitched by Suzie Vallerie

Red Tails at Sunset – Leigh Designs

stitched by Suzie Vallerie
Give us a call at the shop to order your kit!
Don’t Miss a Thing!
Studio Time
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

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