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THE MYSTERY OF YOLANDA

Sandy Arthur’s Newest Needlepoint Stitch Guide

We are venturing out on a different path with this stitch guide.

When playing with the idea of writing the stitch guide for Yolanda, a beautiful Tapestry Fair design, we decided to invite participants to come along and join us and treat it as a mystery.  After all, writing a stitch guide really is a mystery.

At least it is for me.

 

The Mystery of Yolanda

The Mystery of Yolanda

Join Us On This Stitching Adventure

Each new section is approached as a total unknown.  What in the world am I going to do here?  It is an exciting adventure!  I can’t wait to get started.  In fact, lots of times I must restrain myself and stay focused on the area in which I am working and stay away from a different area until I finish what I am doing.  For me, that is not an easy task!  My eyes tend to wander.

The Project Details

Yolanda is a 15” x 18” beautifully hand-painted, colorful canvas.  Look at her!  My photo does not do her justice I assure you.  We are going to jump in and break her down into 6 manageable months of stitching.

In February you will have the opportunity to order your canvas.  You must give your shop time to get these ordered as Tapestry Fair must have ample time to get them painted and delivered.
We will begin our first month’s lessons in March.  Check out our earlier posting showing the itinerary of how the classes will be distributed.

The class lessons will be $25 per month and will include a stitch guide, a listing of thread selections, embellishments (there will be no threads or embellishments included, just a listing of what is needed and resources for these supplies if needed), instructions of how to execute the stitches, and photographs of the various stitches or techniques.

This is a work-in-progress and is being tweaked as we progress along until the beginning of the first class in March, so stay tuned for updates as we post them.

What To Do

If you have interest in joining us, email me at duodesignsinc @ yahoo.com (remove the spaces) to be added to the list.  We will discuss individual details as they arise.  I have already been in contact with various international participants and we will be as flexible as we can.

I look forward to having you join in the fun!

Sandy

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Shapes of Needlepoint Series IV

Sandy’s Newest – Shapes of Needlepoint Series IV

Shapes of Needlepoint - Series IV by Sandy Arthur

Shapes of Needlepoint – Series IV by Sandy Arthur

Still maintaining the format of the previous three series, Series IV is a resource of diagonal, horizontal and vertical patterns.  Stitches are diagrammed clearly and with ample space to see the movement of the stitch.

The book is indexed by shapes that are in the diagonal, horizontal and vertical lines.

The stitches are some friendly familiar ones to a little less common ones.

Purchase Shapes of Needlepoint Series IV Here

Shapes of Needlepoint – Series 4 (PRINT Version)
Shapes of Needlepoint – Series 4 (PRINT Version)

This is the FOURTH volume in Sandy’s Shapes of Needlepoint Series

This is a spiral bound, printed book... and it is HEAVY!

NOTE:We can ONLY ship this within the US of A.

Shipping and Handling is $12.00. Price: $48.95

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ALL FOUR - Series 1, Series 2 , Series 3, and Series 4 (PRINT Version) Shapes of Needlepoint

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These are all spiral bound, printed books... and they are HEAVY!

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ANG SEMINAR – 2013 – ANAHEIM, CA

What a Seminar!

 

This year’s Seminar was smaller in attendance than most, which you can understand if it is on the opposite coast from where many of us live. (Airplane change for me to get there), however, it was a great Seminar and Large in style, presentation and service.

The Hyatt Hotel had us very well taken care of. Our rooms were attended to timely and beautifully. In our instance, we only had to ask for extra face cloths on the first day we were there.

The food service was also good. Sometimes we had too much attention but that may have been due to the new servers wanting to make sure we did not need anything.
I think Anaheim is beautiful. I say think because I only left the hotel twice. Once to go to Target and get me some milk and us some soft drinks. Also had a lovely lunch at Red Robin
with my friend Donna who came from Hawaii to attend Seminar and as a bonus was in my class.

The second time was to go to dinner with some Teacher friends at Outback. Both were within walking distance of the hotel so that was the extent of my Anaheim outdoor adventure.
I took a class in polymer clay. My results were not anything I was proud of or wanted to share. Enough said.

I had another class so that I could meet my CEU requirements as a certified Senior Master Teacher. This one taught by Catherine Jordan on Designing with Golden Sections. We had to construct a Golden Ratio Rectangle; add Focal lines and Areas of Focus; Use the Rule of Thirds; created a Golden Section Spiral; ‘Learn (I’m not sure I have learned totally yet)’ the Root 2 Rectangles ; Root 2 Spirals; Root 2 Proportional Rectangles; and, Root 2 Thirds.

Now, I must say I was getting into it a bit when we did the Spirals and the Root 2 Thirds. That was really cool.

I, unfortunately, did not have time to ‘really’ visit the Exhibit. I rushed through and that was my loss for there were some great pieces exhibited. I only got to see them more closely at the Opening Banquet when they were presented. However, my CEU class teacher, Catherine Jordan won Best in Show with her beautiful piece ‘Healing’ which had a fantastic Spiral! You must  go see the pictures when they are posted.

Classes at ANG 2013

My work began on Monday when I began teaching my 4-day class Pinkletoes.

PinkletoesBySandyArthur-400w

Pinkletoes by Sandy Arthur

 

I had so much fun teaching her. Our classroom was wonderful. We had plenty of space and great light. We had to close the door a couple of times as my students were rather rowdy. I can’t imagine why, but I had fun and think they did too. They even got some stitching done!

The Closing Banquet revealed a couple more ribbon winners – Delegate’s Choice (people attending Seminar) and People’s Choice (those not attending Seminar). But the best part for me was a tremendous surprise. I was awarded the coveted Literary Award by ANG in recognition of my Shapes of Needlepoint Series I-IV books. I was totally taken aback by this wonderful honor.

When I went to the podium to receive my award President Pat Rogers said to me ‘you didn’t see this one coming did ya?’ Indeed I did not. I really don’t remember too much but I was told that I also received a standing ovation – which is beyond description.

How do you thank so many generous people for this type of recognition. I just say that I was humbled by it all and thank you all for your continued support! I truly appreciate it.

Well, Closing Banquet meant the end of Seminar 2013.

Seminar 2014 in Chicago

So onward to Seminar 2014 in Chicago, IL, where I am fortunate enough to have had some classes selected.

Back to the Beach: The Girls Reunited will be there!

Back To The Beach - Girls Reunited by Sandy Arthur

Back To The Beach – Girls Reunited by Sandy Arthur

Oh my gosh! These girls are so much fun! They are reunited after a ‘few’ years have taken their toll. There are so many fun stitches and great threads in this piece. I would love for you to join me and ‘The Girls’ in Chicago.

Beading for Needlework Class

I am also teaching a half-day class on Beading for Needlework.

Beading for Needlework

Beading for Needlework

We will be exploring the different ways to attach beads and how to create some dimension with beads, as well as talking about finishing and how to add eaded edges and fringes. Look into it and join us there for this one.

Upcoming Class

In the meantime, I will be teaching at The Needle Works in Austin, TX.

Peacock Pride is scheduled for January 24-26, 2014.

Details are on Colleen’s website: www.TheNeedleworks.com

Check it out!
 

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Stitch Sampler Notebook and More

Updates from Sandy Arthur and Duo Designs

 

Good Morning – and it is a perfectly beautiful morning here in Central Kentucky – a little cool for me but the sun is shining and it is a wonderful day.

Stitch Sample Notebook

There is lots and lots going on around here for Duo Designs. We just introduced our Stitch Sampler Notebook over on our blogspot

www.sandyarthur.blogspot.com

There is also a link to my Blog in the horizontal navigation bar across the top of this site. Go check it out to see if it is of interest to you.

Shapes of Needlepoint IV

We are putting the final touches on our fourth book in the series of Shapes of Needlepoint-Series IV. This is scheduled for release in mid-August 2013.
And we are getting ready for several classes that you might want to check into.

 

Upcoming F2F Needlepoint Classes

The Village Sampler

The Village Sampler in St. Albans, WV is hosting an embellishment class on May 4 and 5.

Contact Pat at (304) 722-0123 for details. We have several fun canvases that I am currently reviewing for our fun shopping of pulling threads and selecting stitches.

 

Sandy Arthur – Needlepoint Canvas Collage

The Needle Works

Next on the calendar is a great long weekend with Colleen at The Needle Works in Austin, TX.   We’ll be there teaching Desert Garden by Sundance and a crow series of Night Cap, Squashed and Fast Friends by Leigh Designs.  Contact Colleen at (512) 451-6931 for availability.

Desert Garden – Stitch Guide by Sandy Arthur

Squashed Canvas Stitch Guide by Sandy Arthur

 

Night Cap by Sandy Arthur

 

Fast Friends Stitch Guide by Sandy Arthur

San Bernardino, CA

Then we are off to San Bernadino  CA to teach Witch on The Town June 26 thru July 1.

Check with Pat Corez at egangcorre @ aol . com (remove spaces) for availability.

Witch on the Town by Duo Designs

Witch on the Town by Sandy Arthur

For more future workshops checkout the F2F Classes in the drop down menu above.

 

 

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Sandy Arthur Teaching at ANG August 2013

ANG SEMINAR – ANAHEIM, CA  AUGUST 23-30, 2013

It is almost that time of year again – SEMINAR!  Gosh, it doesn’t seem possible.  Weren’t we just in Philadelphia last month or so?
Most of you should have your Seminar Brochures by now.  A cup of coffee (or tea), a cozy chair to snuggle in and a little time is needed to sit back and really enjoy going through this fun vessel of class offerings.

Pinkletoes – Jointed Needlepoint Rabbit designed by Sandy Arthur

We are fortunate enough to be on the very first page of the four-day classes on page 11.  Pinkletoes!  She’s almost like a little baby that you want to reach over and pinch her cheeks.

Pinkletoes – Designed by Sandy Arthur

Pinkletoes is stitched on five pieces of line-drawn Congress cloth.  She has one piece of size 18 Aida cloth for her tail.  Students have a choice of selecting a kit that includes floss or a kit that includes Soie d’Alger.

Other luscious threads include Wisper, Petite Sparkle Rays, Kreinik, Sulky and Fuzzy Stuff.  Also included are some wonderful silk ribbons and beads.
We will be doing stitches  for Miss Pinkletoes  that include lots of combination stitches, triple feather, encroaching Gobelin, Milanese, cast on, woven, several hearts, Alicia’s lace, rapid stitch, and others.
Techniques will cover darning, ribbon embroidery, and Turkey work as well as other traditional methods.
When finished), Pinkletoes will have beautiful eyes and movable joints  (we will provide contact information for the finisher of our model).
Although tempting, Pinkletoes is not a toy for play but a wonderful way to display your beautiful stitching skills and provide pleasure for the eyes.

 

California Poppy Teacup Treasures – Three Dimensional Needlepoint Designed by Sandy Arthur

Further through the book on page 33 is shown our one-day class Teacup Treasures – California Poppy.

California Poppy – Teacup Treasures by Sandy Arthur

 

This piece is one of a series.  A beautiful dimensional poppy (stumpwork) representing one of a species of the California poppy is exhibited atop a field of green Lugana fabric.  It is accompanied by lovely beaded leaves.
Stitches that will be covered include leaf stitches, Gobelin variations and stem stitch.
Techniques covered include needlewoven leaves, couching wire, buttonhole edging and needle painting.  We will be stitching on one piece of fabric and applying the finished stitching to a second piece of fabric.
While the model is displayed on a ‘treasured’ family tea cup, the design is just as much at home on a lovely box top to hold those little treasures.
There is lots to enjoy at seminar so be sure to have a good look at all the classes as well as extra activities that are happening on-site as well as off.
Hope to see you there.
Stitch with a Smile!
Sandy

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Hearts from A to Z Stitch Guide Now Available

Sandy Arthur’s Needlepoint Design, Hearts from A to Z Stitch Guide

Hearts from A to Z is a stitch sampler of over 26 stitches. Each letter of the alphabet is represented by a stitch. This design can be utilized in many ways. This piece is a great educational tool. The design purpose is to educate and provide the student with sundry stitching techniques. Compensation is clearly explained and illustrated. Students are provided a wide variety of threads to experience how they feel and lay on a canvas. And, additionally, the design is fun to work and each stitch can be completed in a reasonable amount of time thereby providing a sense of accomplishment and achievement to the student. It can be set up as a sampler as indicated in the photograph, as a picture, pillow, tray insert, etc. It is a wonderful reference source for various stitches. And, the needleworker can stitch each heart separately for use in a stitched sample manual.

Hearts from A to Z (Detail) by Sandy Arthur

Hearts from A to Z (Full) by Sandy Arthur

 

Each heart is illustrated on an individual page devoted to the stitch that it represents. The stitch is illustrated in well marked and numbered step-by-step progression so the needleworker can see the technique used for that particular stitch. Additionally, there is an illustration showing each stitch as it is placed within the heart outline for the sampler as well as all the compensation stitches where applicable. It will not be necessary to guess at the compensation as it is fully diagrammed for each stitch. Stitch Guide is 34 pages.

Stitch Guide: PDF Format (purchaser prints own copy)

Heart and Flower - Stitch Guide ONLY
Heart and Flower - Stitch Guide ONLY
This color stitch guide is available to assist in stitching the HEART AND FLOWER canvas. Detailed stitch diagrams and colorful photos abound and take you step-by-step through the process that Sandy did to create this beautifully finished piece. A complete materials list is also provided.

Electronic Download Stitch Guide: PDF Format (purchaser prints own copy)
Price: $30.00

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Sandy Arthur Teaching at TNNA – Long Beach

Sandy will be at the National NeedleArts Association

Mercy!  Where has time gone?  It is hard to believe it is time to head for TNNA Long Beach market already.

I am busily putting the finishing touches on various kits for classes that I will be teaching there.

First on the calendar is Sweetest Tree for Sundance Designs.  This is scheduled on Thursday afternoon from 12 noon until 2 pm.  A delicate little design with loads of personality – beads, stumpwork, unique stitches and more.

Sweetest Tree by Sandy Arthur

Next up is Heart for Sundance Designs.  This is scheduled for Thursday late afternoon from 3:30 pm until 6:30 pm.

This piece has a lot going on.  We’ll be doing pulled work, ruching, beading, laying threads, ribbon embroidery – as much as we can pack into 3 hours.

Heart by Sandy Arthur

 

Then, after a good night’s sleep, we will be teaching Night Cap from the Old Crow series for Leigh Designs.

This piece is quite an adventure and also fun to stitch.  We’ll be doing ribbon embroidery, encroaching gobelin, beading, and some other surprises.

Night Cap by Sandy Arthur

From the registration information I have received so far, it looks like we are going to have a grand time in Long Beach!

If I don’t see you in the classroom, I hope to see you on the trade floor!  Have a safe trip!

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Santa and Sleigh Canvas Stand-Ups

New Canvas and Stitch Guides Added

Delivering Dreams – Santa

A wonderful addition to your holiday decorations is this stand alone Santa.  He is all prepared and ready to deliver gifts to fortunate recipients.

The kit for this designs includes a 12” x 14” size 18 count monocanvas which is line-drawn.  Also included is a fully detailed and illustrated stitch guide containing easy to follow diagrams, a list of materials that were used in the model, and a legend identifying each stitched area of the design.

Be sure to check out “Sleigh Full of Dream” which is a wonderful companion piece and displays beautifully together.

The above kit is $70 plus S/H of $8.50 for a total of $78.50.

Delivering Dreams – Santa by Sandy Arthur

Delivering Dreams - Santa
Delivering Dreams - Santa
The kit for this designs includes a 12” x 14” size 18 count monocanvas which is line-drawn. Also included is a fully detailed and illustrated stitch guide containing easy to follow diagrams, a list of materials that were used in the model, and a legend identifying each stitched area of the design.

Check out the companion piece, “Sleigh Full of Dream.

S/H of $8.50.

Price: $70.00

Sleigh Full of Dreams

A wonderful addition to your holiday decorations is this stand alone Sleigh.  It is filled to the brim and ready to deliver gifts to fortunate recipients.

The kit for this designs includes a 12” x 14” size 18 count monocanvas which is line-drawn.  Also included is a fully detailed and illustrated stitch guide containing easy to follow diagrams, a list of materials that were used in the model, and a legend identifying each stitched area of the design.

Be sure to check out “Delivering Dreams – Santa” which is a wonderful companion piece and displays beautifully together.

The above kit is $70 plus S/H of $8.50 for a total of $78.50.

Sleigh Full of Dreams by Sandy Arthur

Sleigh Full of Dreams
Sleigh Full of Dreams
The kit for this designs includes a 12” x 14” size 18 count monocanvas which is line-drawn. Also included is a fully detailed and illustrated stitch guide containing easy to follow diagrams, a list of materials that were used in the model, and a legend identifying each stitched area of the design.

Check out the companion piece, “Delivering Dreams - Santa.

S/H of $8.50.

Price: $70.00

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Class at The Stitching Studio in Richmond, VA

And a great time was had by all . . . .

At The Stitching Studio and Gift Boutique in Richmond, VA, that is. I was honored and privileged to be the first national teacher brought in to teach at this delightful shop. The shop is gorgeous! Threads are to die for. Fantastic canvases. All kinds of accessories. And, on and on.

 

Kathy Balthrop, shop owner extraordinaire, was my hostess. She and her daughter, Jennifer, the other half of The Stitching Studio, were wonderful. They were right on top of everything. Anything one of the students needed, they seemed to be able to provide for them right away. It was a great, positive experience.

 

We did a weekend workshop involving two popular classes – To The Beach and Ladybug Tea. The class ended up being equally divided, so it was no problem equally dividing the time. Everyone was quite wonderful. Those who “thought” they had problems soon learned that we could work through them. In this scenario, each side was able to “peek” and watch as unique stitches and techniques were demonstrated and discussed for the other group. Insightful planning by Kathy, I must add!

 

Jennifer provided the following photos she took during class for me to share with you. If you ever have the opportunity be sure to stop at The Stitching Studio and Gift Boutique, 5615 Patterson Ave., Richmond, VA (Ph: 804-269-0355). You’ll be happy you did.

 

Was it really that bad?

So serious!

Are you sure that’s right? Yes, I’m sure.

It really isn’t that difficult… when you know how.

Right there…

Great Shop and Fantastic Shop Owner ;-)

The wonderful other half of The Stitching Studio

Phew! Everyone is still smiling and had a GREAT time!

See ya next time. (What a smile)

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Temari in the Mountains

Sandy Arthur – Temari Projects

I recently returned from a week’s intense workshop with one of the top names in Temari, Barbara Suess.  She conducted a class at the John C. Campbell Folk Art School in Brasstown, NC.  What an adventure!  We were told that they have approximately 800 classes a year in various fields of the arts.  WOW!  You might want to check out their website and request a catalog.  They have everything from quilting, dyeing, gourd making, pottery – incld. Porcelain – woodworking, glass, basket weaving, music training, marbling, and on and on.  It was wonderful.

 
Anyway, about my class.  I teach introductory classes to Temari, so I had an intense interest in visiting with Barb face-to-face.  What a delightful and generous lady.  Our class had such fun.  It was so bad that she would finally say at 8:45 pm – the lights are going off in 5 minutes!  I don’t understand?  We’d only been there since 9:00 am?  What kind of teacher is that?  LOL!  A fantastic teacher that loves her art, that’s what kind.

 
I came away with a stronger love and appreciation of Temari and I also came away with a list of new friends.  We even have our own Facebook now thanks to Karen.
Here is a sample of one of my designs for Introduction to Temari, which is a one-day class.  It is called Golden Royale.

Golden Royale Temari by Sandy Arthur

Here is a design of Barbara Suess, which I teach as a one-day class with proper permission and purchase of the various guides.  It is called Morning Glory.

Morning Glory Temari by Barbara Suess

If your interest is piqued go to

http://temarichallengegallery.org

and look at all the fantastic stuff that is going on.  There is a fantastic gallery for all to view.

Well, gotta go get my ‘stuff’ together to teach at The Stitching Studio and Gift Boutique in Richmond, VA this weekend.

Have a great week and Stitch with a Smile!

Sandy