Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Robin is teaching at Peacock Alley Needlepoint

Hi Everybody... Robin here.

I am getting ready to head up north and teach this weekend at Peacock Alley Needlepoint in Ada, Michigan.

Ready to travel from Memphis to Michigan

I've lived up north for the first half of my life, and I am aware how folks from Michigan hold up their hands to show where they live. Two hands for showing both Upper Peninsula and Lower Michigan (the Mitten)...

Wonderful Hand Map illustration from

... Or, one hand (my preferred version) for showing the Left Hand in the Mitten pose. Either way, it is a fun way to show where you are from or where you are going.

My version of Google Maps

Ada, Michigan is just outside of Grand Rapids. I have never been there. I have been to Mackinac Island, MI on a family vacation as a kid. I still remember the Salt Water Taffy! (Mitten reference: Tip of Middle Finger.) My Eight Grade class took a field trip to Detroit in 1970. (Mitten reference: base of Thumb.) I remember fun family outings to Lake Michigan in the winter and seeing Lake Michigan frozen with ice buckles as tall as a house.

As a needlepoint teacher, this will be my first time to the great Mitten State. It will be fun seeing Sandy (Mama Peahen) and her customers called the Peababies. All this is reference to the name of the store, Peacock Alley Needlepoint.

The two-day Canvas Enhancement classes are on Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3, 2013. We will have a meet and greet on Thursday night, too. I feel like I know many of these women from Facebook. Sandy does an excellent job using Facebook to communicate with her customers.

I was given the canvases ahead of time so I could write up the 12 Stitch Guides. Look what's going to be in the class:

Cardinals Consorting by Treglown Designs (CH-C172)

Tree - Fall by Machelle Somerville (MS-24)

Tree - Summer by Machelle Somerville (MS-23)

Do It Because You Love It - Machelle Somerville (MS-19)

Girls at the Beach - T.S. Designs 6161

Halloween March - Susan Roberts/Tapestry Tent (TTAL108)

Summer - Zecca (ZE98)

It's My Birthday - Sandy Grossman-Morris (PID112-D)

Haunted House Banner - Melissa Shirley Designs (MSD 1588)

Sailboats - SharonG (SCT-24)

Sunny Side Up! - Kelly Clark Needlepoint/Dan DiPaolo (KDP 11-18)

White Rabbit w Flower Cart - Brenda Stofft (B-200)

It will be fun meeting Machelle Somerville: a Michigan needlepoint designer (Machelle Somerville Designs) represented by Fleur de Paris and also works at Peacock Alley Needlepoint.

My plan is to take photos of each person's canvas with selected threads and their works in progress. That's when the magic begins. Check out the Peacock Alley Facebook page, too for updates.

Jules (the cat) loves an empty suitcase. She is a funny cat.

My suitcase is already for packing; Jules (the cat) is in charge until the actual loading begins. She is a funny cat.

Until the next time... Hugs, Robin


  1. Hi Stephanie. Great to hear from you. Yes, super fun, indeed. You'll hear all about it soon. BTW, your blog has been filled with wonderfully stitched eye candy. Thanks for sharing. Robin

  2. Oh how I wish I could be there. Can't wait to see what the ladies do with their canvas. Thanks for sharing with us Robin.
    Linda in Green Bay, WI just across the lake and north a bit!


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