Needlepoint in New England

The first ever retreat in New England entirely dedicated to the education of needlepoint canvas!
8 classes to choose from!
5 National Teachers including Tony Minieri, Meredith Willett, Toni Gerdes, Suzie Vallerie and Kelly Clark.
3 In House Teachers including Becki Gebhardt, Aggie Aspinwall and Mary Susan Muirhead




Retreat will be held at the Greenwich Hyatt in Connecticut
Registration opens March 2017


To assure that each student receives individual instruction while developing friendships with other instructors and students, class sizes are limited. Please select your class carefully, indicating your second choices in the event that a class is filled.

Registration includes:
Thursday evening meet and greet cocktail party
Three days of instruction
Three lunches and snack provided throughout the day
Saturday evening banquet

Canvases, thread kits, and stitch guides and hotel room are not included in the registration fee

Total registration fee: $895
Early bird registration: $825. Must register by May 1st, 2017.
Non-refundable deposit: $300 will reserve your place
2nd deposit due November 1st, 2017: $300
Remaining registration balance and kit fee due March 1st, 2018

Hotel room rate through the room block is $150/night. This is not included in the registration fee. Double and single rooms are available.



Class Descriptions

Select one of the following classes to partake in during the course of the three day retreat. Canvas and kit fees will vary. On the registration form please list your first and second choices. Class registration is on a first come first serve basis.

All kits include canvas, stitch guide, thread kit, stretcher bars, needles and whatever else you might need.

Autumn Rake

Autumn Rake

Taught by Aggie Aspinwall

Level of Proficiency: Intermediate
Canvas Price: $195
Thread Kit: TBD
Stitch Guide: TBD
Dimensions: 8 x 10 on 18 mesh canvas
Though the retreat is in the spring, this charming autumn bouquet can be gracing your home in the fall. Imagine the beautiful ribbon work, beading . . .and whatever will she do with the butterfly? Aggie's delicate style of stitching is sure to turn a beautiful piece of original artwork into a dimensional masterpiece.


Mason Jar Bouquet

Mason Jar Bouquet

Taught by Mary Susan Muirhead

Level of Proficiency: Intermediate
Canvas Price: $183
Thread Kit: TBD
Stitch Guide: TBD

Dimensions 8 x 8 on 18 mesh

If you prefer to stitch in season, join Mary Susan as she takes you through this beautiful and whimsical piece. Mary Susan has an elegant style with that will keep this piece true to its original art form. She has ribbon and beading techniques planned. We can't wait to see what she does with the bumblebee!

Stormy Weather

Stormy Weather

Taught by Becki Gebhardt

Level of Proficiency: Intermediate/Advanced

Canvas Price: TBD
Stitch Guide: TBD
Thread Kit: TBD

DImensions: 10 x 10 on 18 mesh

Leigh's classic style shines through with this extraordinary piece. Leigh combined her classic lady combined with the famous lighthouses of New England in a way that only Leigh can do! Becki has a unique style, with light coverage, extensive use of exotic overdye threads. She plans pulled thread techniques and so much more!

New England Santa

New England Santa

Taught by Suzie Vallerie

Level of Proficiency: Intermediate
Canvas Price: TBD
Stitch Guide: TBD
Thread Kit: TBD

Dimension: 14 x 8 on 18 mesh canvas

Amanda has outdone herself on this New England Santa. He is adorned with iconic images from the New England area.

Chorus Line by Charlie Harper

Chorus Line by Charlie Harper

Taught by Meredith Willett

Level of Proficiency - Intermediate
Meredith will do something amazing with this canvas! Imagine what she will do with the nest. The canvas measures 8 x 12 on 18 mesh.
Canvas: $165
Thread Kit: TBD
Stitch Guide: TBD

Fire and Ice

Fire and Ice

Taught by Toni Gerdes

Proficiency Level: Intermediate

Kit Fee: $340

This dramatic depiction of Fire & Ice flames the imagination with an inferno of hot combustion & icy crystals. You will explore many different shades & textures of red threads as you create the towering red polygons that burst into flames; these include Gloriana silk, cotton, Planet Earth silk, Thread Gatherers cotton, Empress Silk, Treasure Braid & Petite Silk Lamé Braid. On the beautiful smoke gray Congress cloth the ice crystals form above the flames in vertical parallelogram shapes using purple, green and metallic white threads including Petite Silk Lamé Braid, Sparkle! Braid, & Gloriana silk.

Design is approximately 5 1/2” x 10” on Congress cloth. This is a counted design.

Canvas Embellishment

Canvas Embellishment

Taught by Tony Minieri

Select a canvas of your choice for Tony to write a custom stitch and thread guide personalized just for you! Tony will walk you through your stitch guide over the three days, ensuring that you will leave class confident and comfortable with YOUR stitch guide.

Canvas must be purchased through The Enriched Stitch. Canvases must be ordered by August 1st, 2017. The thread and kit stitch guide are an additional cost and vary from piece to piece.

Seashell Wreath

Seashell Wreath

Taught by Kelly Clark

Kelly is whipping up a brand new exclusive design for the retreat. A seashell wreath! The canvas will measure 6 inch diameter on 18 mesh. Stumpwork, beading and ribbon work will embellish this piece. You never know what Kelly is going to dream up!
Canvas: estimated price $125
Thread Kit: TBD
Stitch Guide: TBD