Half Day Workshops

The Wave

Two to Three Day Intermediate Level Class

A large wave curls over sea and sky with a bright sun blazing in the background.  The sun is created using two different non-woven materials and appliqued to the canvas.  The wave is created using lutrador, painted with Copic markers, attached netting, couched threads, ruched thread and beads to create a translucent material that is attached over the stitches on the canvas.  The sky is created using four different laid filling patterns while the sea is made up of 18 different stitch patterns.   Stitched on 18 count color washed canvas with knitting yarn, silk, cotton, metallic and synthetic threads, beads and several transparent fabrics all combine to create this lovely picture. 

One Day Workshops

Tallgrass Prairie
Intermediate Level Class
Illinois, unofficially known as the Prairie State, proudly lays claim to Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School of Design.  Wright’s unique style of architecture in his houses and stained glass was the inspiration for this design.  Juxtaposed next to the stylized tallgrass plants, similar to Wright’s sumac windows, is a contemporary interpretation of tallgrass created with fabrics and threads.  The background sampler stitches echo the verticality of the grasses with long lines and “v” shapes that mimic the intersection of the leaf and the stalk of the grass.  Laid filling patterns are prominent in this piece, learning the intricacies of hiding travel threads is an important outcome in this class.  Stitched on 18 count canvas with a variety of beads and threads, the stitcher will be in for a treat in creating this contemporary prairie scene.

Red Square

Intermediate Level Class

Red Square is a combination of blackwork stitches and filling stitches, mixed media applications of netting, organza, novelty knitting yarn, and beads, that highlight a red square appliqué.  A limited color pallette adds some zest to the design while not overpowering the blackwork pattern variations.  The focal point is a traditional appliqué slip with a crescent variation focal point, decorative couching and beads.  Silks, metallics and specialty threads are used to create this stunning design.

Le Lys

Intermediate Level Class

Le Lys is a celebration of New Orleans.  The fleur de lys, which is front and center as an appliqué, is the iconic symbol of the city.  Lying behind the lys are three patterns based on wrought iron fences found in New Orleans, a familiar architectural feature of the city.  The other patterns on the ground fabric emphasize the diamond shapes in the patterns derived from the wrought iron fences.  The fleur de lys is stitched on organza covered congress cloth and attached to the ground canvas in a raw edge appliqué technique.  Silks, metallics and specialty threads are used to create this colorful piece.

Milanese Milieu

Intermediate Level Class

​Milanese Milieu is a sampler of Milanese and Cross Stitch variations in a color palette of blue-green/red-violet/yellow-orange.  A variety of threads and beads are used to create textural interest.  Three stitch areas highlight the cross stitch and milanese stitch variations with milanese variation pinwheels and cross stitch variation stars.  Stitch compensation, hiding thread travel on the back of open canvas areas and laying multi-stranded threads are covered in this class.
Available to teach after ANG Seminar 2017.

​Needlepoint Design and Instruction


Intermediate Level Class

Holiday Dazzle is an intermediate level needlepoint design that includes a stitched background for a poinsettia focal point.  The poinsettia is made from sheer organza fabric edged in gold paint, which requires no stitching, with a beaded center that is attached on top of the stitching.  The design is stitched on 18 count eggshell canvas with silk, cotton and metallic threads as well as knitting yarn.  Stitches and techniques include decorative couching, darning patterns and composite stitch patterns.

Intermediate Level Class
Noel is a small holiday design that incorporates the red and green Christmas colors with a sampling of fun stitch patterns.  The four-pointed red stars create a focal area with impact.  Composite stitch patterns are based on crossed stitches of all varieties.  Learn how to hide travel threads and prevent “lumpy-bumpy” thread build up behind openwork stitch patterns.  Threads include silks, metallics and silk & wool. 

Reflections Heart
Intermediate Level Class

This small heart depicts the colors of the sky and flowers reflected in a body of water.  Three main stitching areas signify the sky, the flowers and the water.  Composite stitches, with layers of threads and stitches, and open canvas areas provide a learning environment for hiding travel threads.  Luscious threads and fun stitches make this piece an enjoyable stitching experience.

Along Came A Spider

Intermediate Level Class

​​Don’t look now, but a spider is descending from his web ...  Halloween is the impetus for this delightful design of eyelet stitch variations and cross stitch variations using silk, metallic and specialty threads.  Stitch compensation, hiding travel threads in open stitch areas and playful stitch combinations create a nice backdrop for that ... spider!

​Available to teach after ANG Seminar 2017

Colorful Croton
Intermediate Level Class
Croton plants are colorful tropical evergreen plants grown outdoors in warmer climates, such as South Carolina.  Their green leaves turn into shades of yellow, red, orange and purple, showing their brightest colors in the sunlight.  Colorful Croton is a design that uses raw-edge applique to create a three dimensional needlepoint plant.  Colorful threads and composite stitches, blackwork patterns and non-woven fabric manipulation are all included in this lively needlepoint piece.

Two Day Workshops

Come Sail Away

Intermediate Level Class

A colorful spinnaker sail, a mixed media sun, and seven stitch variations for the sky and five stitch variations for the sea make this a lively, fun piece to stitch.  Come Sail Away uses a color palette that includes the complementary pair of blue-green and red-orange to get the most impact for the sail, with the addition of yellow for the sun and sail and navy for the boat hull.  A variety of threads are used to add textural interest.  Stitch compensation, hiding thread travel on the back of open canvas areas and laying multi-stranded threads are covered in this class.

Available to teach after ANG Seminar 2017.