There isn’t a needlepointer among us who doesn’t have several of what I call perplexing canvases. These are canvases where we just don’t know what to do. have a stash full of them. Some like the large canvas of tassels I bought last week, below, are just too beautiful to resist. Others we bought to make as a gift but when we come to stitching it, we get hung up on one section and never finish (or start. . .)
I think that’s why we flock to canvas enhancement classes, we are hoping that be taking a class from a well-known teacher we’ll get the help for what perplexes us. All too often the reality is very disappointing.
In order to change that and to give stitchers they help they really wanted I created the Canvas Enhancement Forum. It’s a six-month email program that helps each stitchers with stitch and thread suggestions for canvases in their stash. Let’s look at some of the problems with in-person enhancement problems and why the Forum is different.
Canvas enhancement is expensive. An in-person enhancement class is not cheap, sometimes costing well over $150 per day. This does not include the associated expenses of travel, taking time off from work, and possibly hotels and meals. These can make the class cost more than $1000.
On top of these expenses, some teachers want you to buy their books to get diagrams for the stitches they recommend. Add that to the bill for the class.
Instead, the Forum is very affordably priced, at only $49. That’s about the price of a very inexpensive canvas.
Canvas Enhancement doesn’t use canvases I already own. Almost all classes require you to buy a canvas from the shop giving the class to use for enhancement. For the shop this makes sense. For you, this might not. You have canvases you have already bought and want to stitch. Because the class is expensive already, you want the canvas to be worth the money you are already spending. You might end up, as someone I know did, buying an expensive canvas you don’t particularly like just so you can take the class.
Instead, the Forum uses canvases you pick, canvases you own, canvases you want to stitch. You can designate up to eight areas on canvases and have them all covered in the class. The canvases you choose can be small (I’ve helped with lots of ornaments) or large, inexpensive kits or custom-painted designs. It’s up to you to decide where you want the help.
The class doesn’t cover the areas that are problems to me. Unless the class includes a full stitch guide (sometimes at extra cost) only a few areas will be covered. These are picked by the teacher and may not be the ones that concern you most.
Instead, you tell me what areas you want me to do. The Forum is focused on giving you the help you need and want, not giving you only the cool ideas I might have for other areas. And I take into account what you tell me about the canvas. Are you making for a girl whose favorite color is pink? Are you a beginning stitcher? Will it be used heavily? I take that all into account in my suggestions.
I hear the suggestions for everyone, but I can’t refer to them later. Everyone who takes these classes has plenty of canvases at home. Part of the appeal of these classes is that you hope to get ideas from other students canvases for projects in your own stash. That’s great if you write them down, but will you remember? Without something written down, that’s hard to do.
Instead, the Forum is conducted by email. Everyone in the class sees every canvas and gets every suggestion. These become a reference you can use on other canvases. To get that same number of suggestions you’d have to take dozens of enhancement classes.
I got suggestions, but I can’t make them out. Sometimes the suggestions in an enhancement class are hand-written by the teacher and might not have all the steps. Although everything is covered in the class when you get home to stitch, you’re forgotten.
Instead, in the Forum, you get emails, with everything is typed out and easy to read If it’s confusing just ask, I’m here to help.
I love this class because I’ve seen the results and heard from so many stitchers how much it has helped them. At $49, this is a fraction of the cost of in-person classes and you’ll get so much more. Even alreay created stitch guides by well-known teachers cost double or triple this price
Just use the button below to sign up for this amazing bargain in needlepoint. It takes you to PayPal where you can buy using your account or a major credit card.
If you want to take the class but prefer to pay another way, just send me an email at the address below.
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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