Barbara is a multi-talented member of our staff year ‘round, teaching our beginners’
classes and coaching stitchers on everything from stitch choices to thread
selection. As a former shop owner herself, she is familiar with the variety of
choices and issues that confound newer stitchers. With patience and gentle
humor, she can help them navigate their way through confusion to successfully
completing a project to be proud of!
Barbara’s beginners’ class meets on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. She offers a
choices of canvases to get started with. She also teaches special classes on a
specific project during the winter and spring months.
Anne joins us for the winter season and teaches her popular one-session classes
intended for beginning to intermediate stitchers, though they are so much fun
that some of our more experienced customers sign up for them, too. Anne introduces
techniques such as open stitches, beading and creating texture and dimension to
embellish a painted canvas. As a NAN-certified instructor, she helps students
bring their stitching to a new level. Students receive the instruction, stitch
guides and materials they need to finish the class project on their own
Advanced reservations are needed for Anne’s classes.
Ever since she took her first class in needlepoint over 30 years ago, Susan Portra
has been in love with the art of needlework and become a master instructor
herself. Her encyclopedic knowledge of techniques, materials, stitches and
styles, coupled with her talent as a designer, has inspired countless students
to learn and grow as needle artists themselves. Susan’s secret is that she
never stops learning herself, so she is well able to distinguish between the timeless
and the trendy, guiding her students to create pieces that become elegant
legacies of their own dedication and skill.
Susan joins us here at Needlepoint in Paradise twice a year, in October and February,
when she teaches her popular Bring Your Canvas to Life embellishment classes.
She also occasionally offers classes designed around a specific piece she has
chosen to introduce students to specific techniques and approaches. Susan also
offers private instruction by appointment. Her schedule fills well in advance;
reservations are required.
Tony’s passion for needle art is contagious, and his dedication to creating
masterpieces in thread is legendary. He brings together a strict approach to
technique and a penchant for expression that yield stunning results in both
painted and charted canvas designs.
Tony is a devoted student of the arts, which enables him to bring an expansive
perspective to each project he encounters. Techniques and applications from
disciplines such as Japanese embroidery inform his approach to needlepoint and
expand his students’ skills as much as they inspire their creativity.
Tony’s goal is that his students learn and develop under his tutelage, and he
challenges them to reach new levels of expertise with each project they
undertake with him. He teaches every spring here at Needlepoint in Paradise;
advance reservations are required for his classes.
Patricia Sone, who hails from Dallas, TX, has taught needlepoint embellishment classes all over the country. Her passion for needlepoint and developing new stitches and techniques is life-long, and she enjoys sharing her ideas with others. In addition to traveling and teaching, she works with designers and shops to develop special projects.
Patricia is a member of TNNA, EGA and ANG. She has a BA in English from Southern Methodist University.
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