Easter Rabbit with Morning Glories Needlepoint Stitch Guide


This delightful design is so bright and cheerful with all the spring colors and atmosphere. Lots of unique techniques such as detached buttonhole, ruching, ribbon roses, beading and much, much more including embellishments.

Easter Rabbit with Morning Glories

The 13 page color filled stitch guide provides detailed illustrations and diagrams to guide you through the journey to a completed project.

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




An issue was pointed out to me this morning that, if I had known about it, had slipped my mind. I need to physically post items for those of you who have signed up as being interested in my various class venues. For some reason I ‘assumed’ that when I made posts on my blogspot that the information magically came to you. (Check out our blog at www.sandyarthur.blogspot.com. )

Not so.

Therefore, I am going to try to do better.

I am teaching this week at Designers Desk in Historic Geneva, IL (outside of Chicago). I will be teaching an embellishment class – which means everyone brings their own canvas and I work with them to discuss stitch possibilities, thread suggestions and/or various techniques. Always fun classes! Designers Desk (the shop) is up for sale and we hate to see Pat Delp retire but we all get there someday if we are fortunate. However, I don’t think this will be the last we see of Pat.

Designers Desk

Designers Desk

I return home for a couple of days then I’m off to Houston to Chandail to teach a class on a special ‘Texas Boot Scootin’ design.  You may contact Saira at Chandail for information as this class is also open to ghosts.

Texas Boot Scootin

Texas Boot Scootin


Another class that you can still sign up for (I think registration closes May 27) is hosted by the ANG Winston-Salem Chapter.  It is my Pumpkin Spiced Tea  class and has great techniques including some needle felting and stumpwork.  They, too accept ghosts.  Contact Pat schmidsrus  @   aol.com  (remove spaces, please) to inquire about participating.

Pumpkin Spiced Tea

Pumpkin Spiced Tea

A very exciting phase of my life is involved in Online Mystery Classes!  I’ll bring you up to date on these in more detail in my next e-blast. These are way too fun!  A new class is introduced every 2 months.  Each class lasts for 6 months.  Participants sign up for the class, pay a one time lesson fee to cover a 6-lesson packet, and then purchase their canvas and materials from their local needlepoint shop (or their stash).  For those without a LNS they contact me for suggestions as to places of which I am aware that might have the particular canvas in stock.  Also, several shops are willing to prepare thread kits as a service to those who desire to have them do so.

Our new class that will begin next week is the Pillow Collage from Needlepoint of Back Bay.  This class is outside the normal 6-month time span.  Since the canvas is so large we are covering each lesson over a 2-month period so the class will be active for a full year.

Pillow Collage from Needlepoint of Back Bay

Pillow Collage from Needlepoint of Back Bay

If interested in more detailed information, check out our blog at www.sandyarthur.blogspot.com.  Scan down through older posts to read all about individual classes.  For questions contact me at duo designs inc   @ yahoo.com  (remove spaces, please).  We are always happy to have additional participants join us.

Have a great week and Stitch with a Smile!




Snowman Santa — As seen in Needlepoint Now

Here it is… as seen in Needlepoint Now!

SNOWMAN SANTA by  Curtis Boehringer Designs - Stitch Guide ONLY
SNOWMAN SANTA by Curtis Boehringer Designs - Stitch Guide ONLY
The 12-page stitch guide for this delightful canvas has lots of techniques using many suggested threads

SNOWMAN SANTA by Curtis Boehringer Designs

Clearly marked diagrams illustrate a plethora of stitching techniques to use on this canvas. The darning background was created specifically for this piece.

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

Price: $35.00



I can’t believe it is already 2016. Classes in 2015 were so fun and what wonderful new friends we made along the way.There is so much to look forward to this year! I am so fortunate to have such beautiful projects to share with you this coming year. And, as always, I’m very excited. Of course, if I’m not excited about it I won’t be doing it. So, what ya’ say we just jump right in!

I am posting this schedule so that those who have interest can watch for trunk shows, special sales, etc. since so many post on the Internet and give easy access. The sooner you have your canvas the better off you will be – no stress!

Also, you can register at any time for any of the classes by emailing me at duodesignsinc @ yahoo . com (Remove Spaces). Registering merely places you on the notification list for advising that invoices will be forwarded. Invoices are sent out a month before the class starts. (You may also request to be invoiced earlier to adjust to your budget.)

Mid-January – Easter Rabbit with Morning Glories – Brenda Stofft

Yes, it is actually almost time to start! It is such a fun canvas. The first lesson is ready to share with you and it will get you off to a great start for the new year. Eggs have been distributed! What better way to start the New Year than with a happy, colorful project that you are sharing with friends?


Easter Rabbit with Morning Glories - Brenda Stofft

Easter Rabbit with Morning Glories – Brenda Stofft

Mid-February – S.O.S. in Cyberspace

This is our second online embellishment class. The first went so well that we decided to continue and do it again. The quality of canvases covered in this class is amazing! It is wonderful. This class is limited in size and filling fast. This is the only class that is $200 for a 6-session packet. For complete details on this fun class, scroll waaaaayyyy down (July 27 initial posting) and there is a blow-by-blow description of how it works. To register email me at duodesignsinc @ yahoo . com (Remove Spaces)


S.O.S. in Cyberspace

S.O.S. in Cyberspace

Mid-March – Thanksgiving Critters – Melissa Shirley

I choose to call this Autumn Critters because it is a beautiful fall/autumnal themed canvas and much more than Thanksgiving. We will have a lot to play with on this project and no one area is overwhelming! We’ll create different furs (wonder if needle felting might be involved some?), padding, weaving, ribbon maybe, beads surely, stump work techniques, we never know.


Thanksgiving Critters - Melissa Shirley

Thanksgiving Critters – Melissa Shirley


Mid-May – Pillow Collage – the collection – D-141 Needlepoint of Back Bay

18 ct 26” x 15”

This project is scheduled to cover a year of time. It is still a 6-lesson packet for $150 it is just that each lesson will cover a 2-month timeframe. Lots to do on this one. It just oozes with dozens of techniques, thread introduction, beads, etc., etc . I just know we’ll have a ball creating our finished product Heck, we’ll even paint if you want to!


Pillow Collage

Pillow Collage

Mid-July – Happy Haunting Grounds – Eye Candy HW-134

This colorful, fun piece – typical Ada – is on 18ct with a design area of approximately 12″ x 13″. My cut canvas is 17″ x 18″. I was thrilled when Ada asked me to consider featuring this as one of my Mystery Classes. Oh dear, whatever will we do with this happy thing? Beads? Ribbons? Bling? Fantastic threads? Techniques? We’ll just have to wait and see!


Happy Haunting Grounds

Happy Haunting Grounds

Mid-September – Robin Wreath – Melissa Prince

18ct mono canvas with a design area of approximately 14″ x 14″

I was very excited when Melissa said we could do this as a class. This is one of a series of wreaths but it is the first one I saw and fell in love with. I knew it would be perfect for our venue. Look at all this stuff! Fruit, nest, eggs, foliage, and a beautiful robin. It is going to be so fantastic. I am gathering threads like crazy and anxious to try out my ideas and share them with you!


Robin Wreath - Melissa Prince

Robin Wreath – Melissa Prince

Mid-November – Santa’s Reward – DND – D-03

This 12″ x 12″ design is handpainted on 13ct mono canvas. This beautiful childhood memory is also available on 18ct canvas. Please note, however, the class will be conducted on 13 ct. We will be working shiny ornaments, delicious cookies, furry outfit, wonderful beard, etc. What delightful memories will be revived while we are stitching this guy! Don’t you just want to eat one of those cookies? Beautiful Devon!


Santa's Reward

Santa’s Reward

Mid-January 2017 – Large Easter Rabbit – Brenda Stofft – B-264

18 ct monocanvas 14″ x 16″ Design

Okay, I could not resist the tease! This will be such a beautiful companion to our 2016 beginning so decided to make it a 2017 beginning also! Several names are already on the notification list! We will talk about him in more detail later. Look at the ‘stuff’!


Large Easter Rabbit - Brenda Stofft

Large Easter Rabbit – Brenda Stofft

More for 2017:

Beautiful Menorah from Tapestry Fair


Beautiful Menorah from Tapestry Fair

Beautiful Menorah from Tapestry Fair

Songbirds from Danji Designs by Laurel Burch


Songbirds from Danji Designs by Laurel Burch

Songbirds from Danji Designs by Laurel Burch

As stated earlier, if you would like to be placed on the notification list for any of these classes, simply send me an email at duodesignsinc @ yahoo . com (Remove Spaces)

Invoices are generally distributed one month before the class starts – however, for those who so desire, we can invoice earlier so you can work magic with your budget. At invoicing time you will receive an email stating that you have indicated an interest and the invoices will be sent that day (or soon thereafter). At that time you can advise if you wish to withdraw from class consideration. If you miss that opportunity (or I didn’t see your email) and you receive an invoice, it is just a simple matter to delete the invoice if you want to withdraw.

Classes cover a 6-month time period. You are invoiced up front for a 6-lesson packet of $150 (with the exception of the embellishment class S.O.S. in Cyberspace which is $200). Once payment is processed you will receive an invitation to the secret Facebook page. There you will find helpful memos about various things that I decided to write about – LOL – our FB rules, the materials list, and meet other members as they are added, etc.

There are a few shops that I provide contact information for that agreed to work on thread kits for those who desire to have them. These are some shops where I have taught numerous times and trust their integrity and judgment. Occasionally, a shop will also offer a special discount if you tell them you are a member of this group – they are members so can readily check to see if you are. (Shops are not allowed to advertise on this FB page – I share whatever pertinent information I discover concerning specials, etc., that relate to our project.)

So we try to cover as many bases as possible to make this a pleasant experience for you. What better way to take a class than to forego the travel expenses – flight, hotel, meals – time restrictions, preparation (we can wear our jammies!!!) etc. Also, you get to interact with others and share their questions and solutions as we go along. You will find that you will add new friends quickly. We all share the same uncontrollable passion of the needle arts.

Please consider joining us! We would love to have you!


Mystery Classes and More!

Lots of activity going on at Duo Designs, Inc.

Our Online Mystery Classes are being well received and a lot of fun to do.  These classes are broken down into 6 lessons that are released monthly.  The current classes have a teaching fee of $150.  Students purchase their canvas and threads through their local needlepoint shop. Information is provided for shops that have agreed to make thread kits for those interested in obtaining all their materials at one time in one place. The previous class Mod Ornaments was finished on schedule and students are still working on their lessons and sharing with other students on the secret Facebook Page.

The current Online Mystery Class HARVEST has just recently had its second lesson posted.  Some students are still awaiting threads but I understand they are on their way so all should be well!



There are many more exciting classes in the future.  Now open for registration is a bonus Online Mystery Class.  I had not planned to add this one but it was so cute I could not resist squeezing it in between scheduled classes.  Easter Wreath is an A.Bradley canvas that is very manageable in size.  It is on 18ct canvas cut to approximately 13” x 13” .  The design area is approximately 8” x 8”.

Easter Wreath

Easter Wreath

This cuteness materializes as we add stitches and threads to the 17 eggs, bow, bunny and background.  The bunny will be needle felted.  There will be lots of bling through beads, crystals and metallic.   More details will be provided on our blog from time to time – www.sandyarthur.blogspot.com.  This class is also 6 lessons for $150.  The first lesson is scheduled to be posted mid-July.  A materials list will be provided to students as their invoices are processed. This should allow ample time to gather supplies before class begins – great stash buster!
            TO REGISTER:  EMAIL —  Duodesignsinc      @     yahoo.com  — (Remove spaces) AND STATE THAT YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE!
The current  issue of Needlepoint Now magazine May/June issue has the announcement on page 36 for the next Online Mystery Class.  This exciting design is an exclusive done for Duo Designs, Inc.’s Online Mystery Classes by Leigh Designs.  Beijing Butterflies are colorful, elegant and beautiful.  While we have started accepting registration for this class, the first lesson will not be posted until mid-August
Be sure to follow our blog www.sandyarthur.blogspot.com  to keep current on information as it develops and is posted.
Beijing Butterflies

Beijing Butterflies

TO REGISTER:  EMAIL —  Duodesignsinc       @      yahoo.com —  (remove spaces) AND STATE THAT YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE!
Be sure to stay tuned as we add designs by such great designers as Melissa Shirley, Ewe and Eye, Annie, Rebecca Wood,  and many, many more.
Also, the webmaster has added several new Stitch Guides to our site under the Stitch Guides for Sale tab.  Check back often as more are added as they are developed.
And, the face-to-face class schedule has been updated so check it out and see if we are anywhere near year.  Would love to have you in class.
In the meanwhile, remember to stitch with a smile!



New Mystery Cyber Class

The Mod Ornaments Online Mystery Class is over half finished and it is time to start preparing for the next one.

Our next adventure is a beautiful seasonal canvas that will be at home anywhere because it is not holiday based. Harvest is a hand-painted canvas by Robbyn’s Nest Designs #R888 and it can be ordered on 18 ct or 13 ct canvas. The design area is 10” x 15” so it requires 14” x 19” stretcher bars.

This colorful design screams of subdued elegance. Look at all the fun possibilities! Where do we start? Stumpwork techniques?Padding? Embellishments out the wazoo! It excites me to think of what all we can do with this design. Wow! We will have a very soft touch of bling on this beautiful design. – nothing flashy.



Each colorful letter will be an exercise in stitches, techniques and thread use in its own right. And those pumpkins! The flowers! The berries! Grapes! Leaves! We are going to have a very busy 6 months on this fantastic tribute to a lovely season of rest, calm and new beginnings.

Your lessons will be much more detailed than the information contained in the commercial stitch guide that will follow, which, for economic reasons, must be more condensed. There will be numerous detailed stitch diagrams, photos of work in progress and more lengthy discussions. As we work through each lesson, questions from you trigger e-blasts which provide further clarification if needed, tips from other students, etc.

Registration is now open and will remain open until March 15, 2015. If you choose to participate registration is very easy – just send me an email forwarding your contact email address to duodesignsinc @ yahoo.com (remove the spaces, please! ). This address is needed in order to get you setup in the system to receive the lessons and e-blasts as they are distributed.

Get your canvas ordered as quickly as possible. Some shops state it takes 4-6 weeks to receive a painted canvas so don’t delay. Robbyn is painting feverously!

Invoices will be sent mid-month beginning April 2015 for 6 months. They will be sent via PayPal. They are $25 each for a total of $150.Some folks prefer to be invoiced in one lump sum of $150 through PayPal or send a check and either is perfectly acceptable.

Once PayPal notifies me that the invoice is paid I will be forwarding the lessons to you individually. It will be via email in a pdf format.

There are 6 lessons that will be distributed once a month beginning mid April  2015.In reality, you get an invoice, when it is processed, you will receive a pdf of the lesson.

Okay, so now you have some eye candy and enticement! Pass the word and get your friends on board. I love the way some of you are setting up little stitching groups to play with the lessons as they are distributed. Just remember copyright issues and that each of you must be registered and receive your own individual, legal copy of the lesson.

Let me know if you have any questions and I’d love to have you all on board with us!

In the meanwhile, remember – stitch with a smile!



New Upcoming Mystery Cyber Class

I’m so excited to announce our new upcoming Mystery cyber class.

This fun and colorful project is sure to be a delight to stitch. As always, EyeCandy provides such festive colors that you can’t help but smile while completing each interesting section.

What fun threads and techniques will we be experiencing as the Mystery unfolds?

MOD ORNAMENTS MYSTERY is our next Mystery . Six months of enticing exposure to unusual techniques and great threads await those who join in.   When we are finished there will be much bling and sparkle to enliven your holiday decorations.

Stitch away in the comfort of your own ‘nest’ at your own pace and at your own schedule. Wear those comfy sweats, or those snuggly pjs, stitch at 1 am or 3 pm – you make your own rules. You just need to meet the deadline registration below, receive and pay your monthly PayPal invoice, and download your detailed lesson in pdf format.

Once the Mystery begins I will be available to answer questions via email.

Details are outlined  below. Be sure to note the registration deadline of September 15, 2014.


Designer: EyeCandy Design #8242

Available through Ruth Schmuff Designs

Join Sandy Arthur as she stitches through all the wonderful possibilities of this canvas. Who knows what’s in store? Or Nué? Woven Webs? Peyote Beading? Shisha Embroidery? Jessicas? Or none of the above?

Play with fantastic threads such as Kreinik Braids, Pepper Pot Silks, Rainbow Gallery Specialty Threads, and more!

See what fun embellishments come to mind with the beautiful beads, sequins and other goodies.

Mod Ornaments Mystery

Mod Ornaments Mystery

Mod Ornaments Mystery is covered in six (6) easily managed lessons. The lessons will be released monthly.

Students are encouraged to obtain their supplies from their Local Needlework Shop. We will be available, however, if assistance is requested.

Monthly lessons are distributed through the Internet in the pdf format. Clear, detailed instructions will walk you through each technique. Wonderful, fully illustrated diagrams of stitches accompany lessons for additional assistance. Photos of actual sessions will also be available on a limited basis.




FIRST LESSON:           NOVEMBER 10, 2014


LESSON COST:            $25 per each monthly lesson


CONTACT:                             SANDRA ARTHUR, DUO DESIGNS, INC.

e-mail:         duodesignsinc  at yahoo dot com

blog:           http://www.sandyarthur.blogspot.com/

website:      DuoDesignsInc.com



Well, my bags are all packed (almost), and I’m  ready to go (almost) as the song says.  I’m heading to wonderful Historic Geneva, IL to play for 4 full days.  Pat Delp at DESIGNERS DESK has warned everyone that I will be in town so I think they are ready.


Designers Desk

Designers Desk


I will be teaching 3 days  (on Friday, Sunday and Monday) of embellishment and seeing what we can get in to for bringing canvases to life.  The fourth day will be a little different kind of fun.  We are expanding on a workshop I had at TNNA Market entitled What To Do With Ribbons and Such!  In this class we will take ribbons, threads and other unique stitching goodies and  pull, poke, cut, twist, bend, iron, squeeze, and just about anything else I can think of to create a little different texture for your design.

What To Do With Ribbons

What To Do With Ribbons



Custom Stitch Guides by Sandy Arthur

Designers —  Have you had shop owners ask you if a stitch guide is available for that wonderful canvas design that you are marketing and have had to answer ‘no?’

Shop Owners — have you had customers come in and show interest in a purchase only to learn that they want a stitch guide to assist them in their journey of stitching the design and therefore they leave the shop without the purchase?

Stitchers — Ever have that canvas hanging on the shop wall speak to you and tell you that you just had to have it no matter what?  Ever get home with the canvas and then look at it and say ‘What in the world am I going to do with this?  Where do I begin?  What stitches am I to choose?  What threads will work best with the stitches I choose?’  Then, when faced with the reality of needing to do something to the beauty you purchased, do you want to cry:  ‘HELP!’

Custom Stitch Guides by Sandy — Well, just like that, help is on the way.  Let Sandy help you read you canvas and lead you to turning it into a piece of needlework that you will treasure.

She will prepare a stitch guide for you that contains clearly marked and diagrammed stitches.  There will even be occasional pictures of the actual stitch along the way.  There will also be a Materials list that provides the manufacturer, type of thread and color number for your ease in shopping.

So, pull out that beautiful canvas that once intimidated you and let Sandy help you get stitching and turn it into that masterpiece!

Contact:  duodesignsinc   @   yahoo.com   (Remove spaces 😉 )


Meanwhile, here is a link to the current Stitch Guides for sale




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!


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