As the hackneyed old saying goes “It’s an ill wind that blpws no one good.” I’ve been thinking about this alot during the extended lockdown. I feel as if I skipped spring entirely because Lockdown 1 started in mid-March when it was still winter and was lifted somewhat in June, which was summer. Her in California, the grass went from Hurt your Eyes Green to brown. Or so it seems. For me, it was sitting inside and stitching.
Come early Jluy and California, like many states, reimposed restrictions, starting Lockdown 2. And so we continue to stitch. Stitching lots of projects is the good news. Being frustrated because we can’t visit shops or stitch with friends to get help is the bad news. I think that if we didn’t enjoy the process of stitching so much that we’d give it up in frustration.
All too often we find ourselves confronted by a canvas or even just an area on a canvas where we don’t know what to do. And it’s just made worse by our enforced isolation. Long before lockdowns and masks and viruses, I realized the help we getr from canvas enhancement classes was not right for many of us. In 2020 that’s for lots of reasons:
- Our shop is not offering classes.
- My guild chapter is not meeting.
- I don’t live near a shop.
- I can’t afford to buy the canvas and the threads for an in-person class.
- My state is discouraging people from getting together in groups (outside or inside).
- I have a canvas I’m stitching now that stumps me.
I’m sure you can add plenty more reasons of your own.
In spite of all the challenges of stitching these days what makes me happier than anything else is when I see the canvas all stitched in my head and then stitch it and — it looks even better than I imagined!
That’s the transforming power of needlepoint. All too often though, that transformation from canvas to great stitched project doesn’t happen. The lockdowns of 2020 and all the attendent stresses have served to make this feeling worse. It seems trvial, but stitching success helps to relieve us of the stress and concern have from what we see unscrolling on the news, on our computers, and in social media. That’s why finding help and discussion to transform our canvases is more important than ever.
We want this help, but we can’t get it. Few of the enhancement teachers are offering on-line classes and the ones offered might not be what you need. What if there was a way to get this transforming knowledge affordably, on your schedule, at home, and with the canvases you already own? What if you could get help on multiple canvases and learn from the many canvases submitted by others?
You can. My Canvas Enhancement Forum is offered in an on-line format only once a year, beginning September 1 and lasting for at least 6 months (in past years, it’s lasted up to 8 months). In my Canvas Enhancement Forum you get:
- help with canvases of your choice, even ones in your stash
- help that is appropriate to your stitching level and preferences
- emails sent to all students on all areas (so you benefit from that help)
- instructional emails covering special needlepoint subjects
- answers to members questions about needlepoint
- special offers to Forum members only
All for the affordable price of just $59. Because this year is special, I’m creating an extra special offer to those who sign up before August 15. Instead of a total of ten (10) areas, you can submit unlimited areas for enhancement with a limit of three (3) areas per canvas. That’s right unlimited help on your canvases, tailored to you, for less than $10 per month.
All you need to get this is email. You don’t have to join Facebook or other groups. You don’t have to log into a special site. Everything you need comes to you twice a week or more in your email.
I’m no different than every stitcher I know. I have plenty of canvases where I have the same problem. You see several of them here. But because of the Canvas Enhancement Forum I have gotten ideas for so many other canvases.
So have the students. I hear from them all the time about how ideas given for another student’s canvas sparked ideas for stitching another canvas. Here’s some of the feedback I’ve gotten:
- “Just a note to tell you how much I have enjoyed this class and let you know how much it helped me.” – Nancy C.
- “Now I think I can really start to move forward with that piece and maybe get it done towards the end of the year.” – Mary B.
- “Thank you! It has been very interesting looking at all the canvases and the stitches for each.” – Debra M.
It’s easy to join in this fun in the six-month email forum. Just use the button below to pay using credit cards or PayPal. The class is $59 for tons of great ideas and help for your specific canvases!
The button takes you to PayPal, my credit card processor. There you can pay with your PayPal account or a major credit card. If you want to take the class but perfer to pay another way, please contact me.
This is my favorite class all year because I love seeing your canvases and helping you. Like you, i have gotten ideas for my canvases from the class. I hope you’ll join me.
About Janet M Perry
Janet Perry is the Internet's leading authority on needlepoint. She designs, teaches and writes, getting raves from her fans for her innovative techniques, extensive knowledge and generous teaching style. A leading writer of stitch guides, she blogs here and lives on an island in the northeast corner of the SF Bay with her family
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