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Kathy Dykstra Classes - Annalise and Bee-utiful Pinafore

09/01/2015 - 09/03/2015

Chapter: Cardinal Chapter
The Cardinal Chapter of Richmond, Virginia will be hosting Kathy Dystra for 2 classes from Sept. 1 to Sept. 3. Please see the attached flyer for detailed class , fee and registration information. 
The classes offered will include a 3 hour class featuring the trendy  Annalise top which incorporates smocking and embroidery in a simple smocked front panel. this class will focus on the smocking and embroidery. A 2-day, 12 hour class will be the Bee-utiful Pinafore where tecniques such as applying tiny piping around curves, sphaing spaghetti biase as well as yo-yo flowers and handembroidered bees wil be covered. 
Both of these classes are open to beginners. 
Kathy Dykstra  began formally teaching at local shops in the mid-80’s.she  teaches for private groups including the Martha Pullen School in 2013, SAGA conventions and retreats, and local SAGA chapters. She loves to teach and does it as often as she has the opportunity!! Teaching keeps her motivated to both learn and try new things as well as ton continue designing new outfits. Of course, it does help that she has 3 precious granddaughters that wear her creations! There’s just not enough hours in the day to make everything that she would like to for them! Kathy is from Charlotte, NC, and is a member of the Dogwood Chapter.
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Goldwork - an Introductory Class

Smocker's Lily project


Chapter: Chesapeake Treasures

The Chesapeake Treasures will be offering an introductory Goldwork class with Deborah Merrick-Wilson on Sept. 26 from 9:30 am to 4 pm at the Edgewater Public Library, Edgeater, Maryland. Students need not have prior experience in Goldwork. The cost is $95 for the class and kit. An optional lunch may be ordered for an additional $8. 

Deborah Merrick-Wilson is an experienced needle artist. She has composed over 400 stitch guides , has been published in Needlepointers magazine and provided the chapter on Goldwork in Amy Bunger's Amy's Cookbook for Stitchers. She achieved Certification with Distintion from the Royal School of Needlwork at Hampton Court Palace and her first entry in a needlework competition was honored with the "Best in Show" award at the 2015 Woodlwan Plantation Needlework Exhibit. 

Please see attached flyer for registration information. Questions? contact Mitzi Mariella at 

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The Purse Reticule

10/01/2015 - 10/02/2015

Chapter: Pine Needlers

Pine Needler's Guild presents Susie Gay's Workshop "The Purse Reticule" October 1 & 2, 2015, 9ma-5pm.  The event is happening at the Hilton Garden Inn, Huntersville, NC Exit 18 off of I-77.   The cost is &125 (including the kit fee) for Non-guild members.  Contact Tammy Cremins at

Mountain Laurel Stitchers host Gail Doane in Branford, CT

11/06/2015 - 11/09/2015

Chapter: Mountain Laurel Stitchers

"Master Class - Details, Details, Details"  Traditional Dress Coat and Matching Side Panel Smocked Dress

In Gail's own words, "this class definitely falls into the category of "Master" advanced class ranking." 

Please see the attached brochure for specifics.                                                                       

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Bewitching Stitchers host Phyllis Brown in Manchester By The Sea, MA

04/09/2016 - 04/10/2016

Chapter: Bewitching Stitchers



BEWITCHING STITCHERS, MA will host Phyllis Brown for a two day weekend workshop April 9-10, 2016.  More information will be posted when the classes are chosen.

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