Sunday, August 11, 2013

Teaching at Peacock Alley Needlepoint 2013

Hi Everybody... Robin here.

Back home from teaching at Peacock Alley Needlepoint in Ada, Michigan. Oh, what a fun time. Let me share with you...

Welcome Sign
Artfully drawn by designer, Machelle Somerville.

Thursday evening was the Meet & Greet. There were 12 women in attendance for my Canvas Enhancement class: one from the Chicago area, two from Cleveland Ohio, many from Michigan (both local and hours away), and one from Memphis. It was the first time to be in Sandy's shop for many of us. We made good use of the available time and began pulling threads for the canvases.

I can not think of one thread line not represented at Peacock Alley Needlepoint... what a joy!

Friday morning the class began. To our excitement, we each had a wonderful gift from Peacock Alley: a heavy duty canvas tote with our name embroidered on it.

Here's my bag.
But, wait... look at the reverse side. Sweet!

Awesome way to remember an event.
Thanks to all at Peacock Alley Needlepoint.

Here are some of the canvases with their thread layouts:

Sailboats • SharonG • SCT-24
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Summer Tree • Machelle Somerville • MS-23
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Sunny Side Up! • Kelly Clark & Dan DiPaolo • KDP 11-18
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Girls at Beach • TS Designs • 6161
Stitch Guide by Robin King

Halloween March • Susan Roberts • TTAL108
Stitch Guide by Robin King

We laughed and shared stories. Some stitching even was done. It is always nice to see the plan come to life...

Stitched by Cheryl.

Stitched by Jamie.

Stitched by Teri.

Stitched by Jeannine.

Stitched by Anne.

Everyone received a Peacock Alley Needlepoint graph paper note pad. It was most handy for me to use as I further explained the stitch guide directions. (You should see me play a game of Pictionary. LOL.)

A picture is worth a thousand words.

We received more gifts through out the event. Everyone received a Peacock Alley Needlepoint beaded scissor fobs (in Peacock colors). Note the pretty Peacock charm.

Peacock Alley Needlepoint scissors fob.

There were also Cookies! 

Peacock Alley Needlepoint cookie.

 Locally baked and decorated with the Peacock Alley logo. So tasty!

Yes. They were that good.

During class, I showed technique demonstrations related to someone's stitch guide: Colonial Knot, Colonial Running Rose, Twisted Lazy Daisy, Gathered Flair, and how to make a Kreinik Twisted Cord.

We received a wonderful lesson from Judy: how to use a discard thread when stitching the background. Judy was stitching the background of the Charley Harper piece, Cardinals Consorting (HC-C172). 

Stitched by Judy.

Note the discard thread Judy used to work the background stitch through the Cardinal. Once she made it to the other side, she will continue again with the pretty overdyed thread. Then, the discard thread will be pulled out and thrown away. It's always fun to witness an "ahh-ha" moment.

Our lunches were catered by the class angel, Laurie. She is the best!

There were good eats at Peacock Alley Needlepoint.

I had the best time teaching at Peacock Alley Needlepoint. I believe everyone had a good time, too. Hopefully they will send me photos of their progress.

Anne working on the Haunted House Banner.

Canvas Enhancement Class with Robin King August 2013
A good time was had by all.

Well, time to get ready for my next travel and deadlines. Until then... Hugs!  Robin


  1. Wow...this really captured our weekend together...thank you to everyone for making this such a great event and Robin for sharing her talent and her time with all of us!

  2. Great pictures of what looked like the event to be at. Kudos to Sandy and her staff for making it so special. Lovely to see what everyone was going to be working on.


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