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Updated 3/7/2018

A Mystic Summer Retreat
June 25-26, 2018
Monday & Tuesday
Instructor Amy Bruecken
Beautiful Mystic lighthouse project with frame and accessories!
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Bling in the Holidays!
October 15-16, 2018
Instructor Thea Dueck of Victoria Sampler
Publick House Historic Inn
Sturbridge, MA
A Christmas project designed by this amazingly talented designer and teacher will take center stage at this Christmas-themed retreat!
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Making Memories in Mystic
December 6-8, 2018
Mystic, CT
Three Days of Stitching Bliss!
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2019 Winter Escape!
February18-22, 2019
Publick House Historic Inn
Sturbridge, MA
Choose your own 2 day Winter Escape and then add on up to 3 more days for a Stitchers-Hide-A-Week!
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Ellen Chester
of With My Needle

Monday and Tuesday
October 7-8, 2019
Sturbridge, MA
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    October 7-8, 2019
    Monday and Tuesday at the
    Publick House Historic Inn
    Sturbridge, MA

    Featuring Ellen Chester of
    With My Needle

    PROJECT:  A Lady's Worke Box

    Project Description: Needlework, both plain and fancy, at one time played a very important role in the daily life of many girls and women. Therefore, a sewing or worke box was a cherished possession because it was a place to safely store needlework items.

    For this project, you will make two embroidered panels and a silk lining for a wooden worke box. You will also make a needlebook with a Jacob’s Ladder binding, a pincushion, a three-sided scissors weight, and an embroidered panel for a wooden hornbook threadholder.

    In class, we will be working on a small part of the project in order to introduce all of the stitches.  There is a lot of cross stitch on the project, but in addition you will be learning new stitches: alternating double backstitch, backstitch, closed herringbone, cross stitch over one linen thread, cushion (traditional and reverse slant), diamond eyelet, double-sided Italian, four-sided, herringbone, mosaic, plaited cross, Rhodes, Rhodes heart, rice stitch variation, Smyrna cross, tent, tied half Rhodes, and zigzag stitch.  You will get stitch diagrams for all of these stitches and you will have time in class to work on all of them.  Some people who want to just practice the stitches in class will bring a doodle cloth (a small piece of linen in the thread count they like best) and threads; they will wait and stitch on the project once they get home.  All of the stitch diagrams have the legs of the stitches clearly numbered so it's just a matter of following the numbers.  We've been told by stitchers that our stitch diagrams are among the best out there.   36-count linen is used for this project.

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