Hope your week is going well. This week I am pleased to announce the arrival of the first Complete Needle Painting Lesson, now available for sale in the Etsy shop.
As promised last year I would be replacing the online classes with a comprehensive lesson that can be done in your own time, in the comfort of your home. One of the main problems students have experienced in the past with the online classes was the ability to complete the lesson in the allotted time – sometimes, personal matters got in the way – well here you have it, no more lesson deadlines, you can work this at your own pace, have plenty of time to practice the individual elements and develop your skills. You are welcome to email me if you need help, and subject to my being in the office I will get back to you as soon as possible.
I have spent many months designing and working on the perfect project that would include all the essentials of needle painting embroidery. The instruction booklet starts with the technique, materials and preparation and also provides a full list of all the materials and threads. The project instructions are detailed including over 30 step by step photographs of each stage and little hints to help along the way. This involved hundreds of journeys up and down the stairs to my office but know you will all appreciate the effort? 🙂
The lesson is available in three different formats:
The digital download can be instantly downloaded from the Etsy shop and you can be up and running as soon as you have got your materials together. There is a tracing outline, instructions and full material list included.
EMBROIDERY PATTERN KIT
The pattern kit includes a 28 page instruction booklet printed in full colour, plus the fabric with pre-printed outline, backing fabric and needles.
An optional thread pack with 18 full skeins of DMC stranded cotton and one Gutermann sewing thread is available to complete the kit, or you can provide your own. Unfortunately, I have had a problem sourcing the DMC threads locally so I had to source them from an overseas supplier and thus the thread packs will not be available till next week. This is something I have experienced many times in the past. Due to the numerous colours needed for each project it is not always possible to obtain bulk amounts of each colour and this is the main reason I do not provide thread packs with my kits. But I do understand that if you are a beginner and have not accumulated stock of thread it is nice to have the option of purchasing them together with the pattern.
This lesson is for LEVEL ALL – which means it is suitable for beginners but could also be done by embroiderers who have some previous experience with the technique and like to brush up on their skills.
NEEDLE CASE PATTERN
In addition to this I have a little surprise for you – I have made the little bird and flower project up into a needle case which you can show off to all your friends or when attending classes or guild meetings! The PDF pattern is available here as a free download with my compliments. Pattern for needlecase
I don’t normally end with a joke but my Mum told me this on Sunday and thought you could do with a laugh:
Four brothers left home for University, and they became successful doctors and lawyers. One evening, they chatted after having dinner together. They discussed the 95th birthday gifts they were able to give their elderly mother who moved to the Gold Coast . The first said, “You know I had a big house built for Mum.” The second said, “And I had a large theatre built in the house.” The third said, “And I had my Mercedes dealer deliver an SL600 to her.” The fourth said, “You know how Mum loved reading the Bible and you know she can’t read anymore because she can’t see very well. I met this Minister who told me about a parrot who could recite the entire Bible. It took ten Ministers almost 8 years to teach him. I had to pledge to contribute $50,000 a year for five years to the church, but it was worth it. Mum only has to name the chapter and verse, and the parrot will recite it.”
The other brothers were impressed. After the celebration Mum sent out her “Thank You” notes. She wrote: Michael , the house you built is so huge that I live in only one room, but I have to clean the whole house. Thanks anyway.” “Mervin, I am too old to travel. I stay home; I have my groceries delivered, so I never use the Mercedes. The thought was good. Thanks.” ” Mark , you gave me an expensive theatre with Dolby sound and it can hold 50 people, but all of my friends are dead, I’ve lost my hearing, and I’m nearly blind. I’ll never use it. Thank you for the gesture just the same.” “Dearest Mitchell, you were the only son to have the good sense to give a little thought to your gift. The chicken was delicious. Thank you so much.”
On that note, wherever you are be it winter, spring, summer or autumn have a wonderful week, keep smiling and many happy stitching hours.