The Needleworks of Birmingham, Michigan
(248) 645-1180


JULY 15, 2015

Hi Fellow Stitchers!

I hope that everyone is enjoying summer and the long hours of daylight; I love it!  I’m having a blast with my granddaughter taking in all that a Pure Michigan summer has to offer!  ☺ 

Here are just a few SUMMER TIDBITS...

Due to popular request, Linda Watkins will be teaching a Bargello class this summer.  This will be a quick, informative and fun session with hands-on help from Linda.
TIME:    This class is being offered on 3 dates.  Choose from:
                  July 28th, Tuesday    10:00-1:00
                  August 5th, Wednesday   9:30-12:30
                  August 11th, Tuesday   1:00-4:00
Cost:      Bargello book:  $50.00
              Teaching fee:  $25.00
              Materials fee:  will be dependent upon your choice of blank canvas, threads, stretcher bars

** Please note that your THREAD CHOICES and BARGELLO DESIGN MUST be selected 1 week prior to your class.  Each student is free to choose her own thread colors, Bargello design from June McKnight's Bargello book and you also choose the size of your project.

Click here
for a sampling of Bargello projects.
June's book is truly the best well-written and informative Bargello book currently published. In the July/August issue of Needlepoint Now, Marianne Goodman's article on "Classic Books" also cites June's Bargello Book as being "the best of the few Bargello Books available."

Kathy will be in the shop for pre-scheduled private lessons the week of July 21st.  If you want to take advantage of one of the few opportunities this summer to meet with Kathy, please call the shop at (248) 645-1180 to select your time.

Class sessions with Kathy resume in September. Please leave a deposit to reserve your seat for the Fall!

During the summer months, Linda Watkins and Cindy Murphy will be in house to continue our DROP-IN CLASSES.  Their schedule is as follows:
     Wednesdays        1:00-3:00  with  Linda
     Fridays                 10:00-12:00  with  Cindy
     Fridays                 1:00- 3:00  with  Linda

The Needleworks will announce our new ornament club starting August 20th. This new club offers a monthly quick-stitch ornament with guide. For a sneak peak, check out the July/August issue of Needlepoint Now or stop by the shop!


Due to the extensive traffic congestion during the Dream Cruise, the shop will be closed Friday, August 14th and Saturday, August 15th.

Happy stitching all!    Hope to see you during the summer for a drop-in, the Bargello class, or just to sit and stitch during any class-free time slot.

And, as always, thank you so much for your patronage and support.



(248) 645-1180

March 30, 2015


Hi Everyone and Happy Spring (I think) !




First on the agenda, it is LAST CALL to sign up for June McKnight's class on June 5th & 6th.
We have ONLY 2 SEATS open for our Thistle Birdhouse class!!!

Don't miss out on an opportunity to experience stitching with June, she is not only a fabulous teacher but during your class time she imparts a lot of valuable tips and stitching information.  June's teaching style and approach to stitching is very calming and zen-like. To register or for further class information contact us at (248) 645-1180.



We have 2 trunk shows at the shop, RENAISSANCE DESIGNS & MACHELLE SOMERVILLE, which we have brought back from our NAN boutique at the Somerset Inn. The trunk shows are both wonderful and have been very popular.  Please stop in and check them out - both trunk shows will be on display at The Needleworks for only 1 more week.  You can see the catalogs of these designers at Renaissance Designs  and Machelle Somerville.




Well, our NAN boutique has closed its doors, phew!  It was a lot of work but was a lot of fun as well.  We had the privilege and pleasure to meet and reconnect with a truly, lovely group of fellow stitchers.

A HUGE thank you goes out to my wonderful husband, Rick, my dear friend Dr. Susan Zeltzer and my incredible staff: Linda Watkins, Susan Black, Kathy Stolpin and Cindy Murphy !  I couldn't have down the "gig" without these amazing and supportive people; mmmmwwwaaaahhh - love ya!!!!


Also, I am so proud of our student members and our stitching family members that entered a needlework piece in this year's show.  It really is exciting to see all of the wonderful needle artwork that people do. Hopefully we will have even more entries next year.



KUDOS to the following participants!  Some of these ladies entered a canvas to be judged and others chose not to be critiqued however, you are all winners in my book.  Ladies, each one of your entries was a beautiful piece of art...
Jackie Aubuchon:   Honorable Mention
Linda Bruce
Brook Dove
Diane Gasior
  First Place
Sally Mack
Wendy Moore
Isamay Osborne
Shay Pendray
Chris Roy
Toni Schwartz
   Third Place
Dr. Susan Zeltzer



Kathy will soon be starting new class sessions.  Note that this will be Kathy's last full session of classes before her summer break. 
Linda will continue her drop-in classes throughout most of the summer with a short summer break. Stay tuned for further details.



Do know that we are still receiving canvases ordered during the Phoenix Trade Show.  Last week alone we've had new canvases arrive in house from Alice Peterson, Unique NZ Designs, Annie Lee and more.  New canvases will be arriving as well throughout the months of April and May.
Absolutely check out the new "door" canvases by Annie Lee.


Keep stitching all!    And thanks so much for your patronage and support.


(248) 645-1180


P.S.  Stay tuned for a new quick-stitch canvas club (with guides) - coming soon.


February 25, 2015


JUNE McKNIGHT is back at The Needleworks this June 5th and 6th!


June has been a very popular and frequently requested visiting teacher here at The Needleworks.  She delights everyone with her relaxed style, teaching expertise, vast knowledge of needlepoint and her wonderful sense of humor.  She is also a popular author of over 17 books on needlepoint stitches and techniques.


This year's project is Melissa Prince's THISTLE BIRDHOUSE.  This piece is just gorgeous!  The completed canvas will be on display in the store for 1 week before it is sent off to the finisher.



The class objectives are:
1.) Embellishments - determining what is enough bling when using sequins, beads, metallic threads, rick rack, garnitures and soft twist metallic trim.
2.)  Movement in stitches- directing the viewer's eye with horizontal, vertical and diagonal stitches. Also, determining the focal point of a canvas.
3.) Compensation- learning a foolproof method for creating partial stitches. Learning discreet techniques to hide partial stitches.
4.) Dealing with dimension- choosing stitches that enhance background, middle ground and foreground for any project.
5.) Dealing with dark- working with the challenge of dark painted canvas areas.
6.) Open canvas work- discovering the joy of open canvas and how it can offer a refreshing feel to a needlepoint canvas.

Where:  The Needleworks
When:    Friday and Saturday, June 5th and 6th
Level:     Intermediate and up.
Class Fees:
    - Teacher fee:  $185
    - Canvas, threads, beads, garnitures and sequins:  $300
            *stretcher bars are not included but can be provided at an additional cost
    - Lunch is included both days
Class Size:  This class is limited to 12 students
Registration opens Friday, February 27th.
Please phone in or stop by the store to register.
(248) 645-1180



I am excited to be able to have June teach for the third year in a row.  I hope you will join us and take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity to learn from the master.

Happy stitching,


(248) 645-1180

February News         February 19, 2015

Hi All!

Brrrrrrrr does MI stand for Minnesota?  It sure feels like it!!!  This weather certainly makes one want to hibernate or snuggle in and stitch like crazy.



First of all, regarding our weather and how it affects the store being closed...   the store will be closed if Birmingham or Holly Schools are closed due to hazardous road conditions, i.e. very icy roads or heavy snow.   If schools are closed for any other reasons, such as frigid temperatures, the store will be open as that does not affect our teachers' abilities to drive in for classes.
When in doubt about a class going forward simply call the shop after 8:00 a.m. and a recorded message will let you know if the shop is closed.



Access Commodities' GARNITURES are the best!!!!! The Garnitures offer a wide selection of trims that can be used to embellish your needlepoint projects.  There are various fine laces, fine twisted leathers, rick rack (remember that term from the past, ladies?!) in a variety of colors.  I am so impressed with the quality of theses Garnitures.  Check them out when you are in the shop.


And speaking of what else is new from the Phoenix Trade Show, we have…

  • We are now carrying BURMILANA thread in all the animal colors.  If this is a new thread for you it is a must try-out, luxurious, wool/acrylic blend. 
  • ENTICE by Rainbow Gallery is a rayon/metallic blend fiber. This was a new thread featured at the Phoenix Trade Show this past January.  It comes in 23 bright, sparkly colors for 18 mesh canvas.



  • Puffin Company’s Notions Niches  - these smooth cherry wood boxes are meant to house scissors, needles, beads etc. They are fleece lined and have a VERY STRONG magnetic closure. Each case comes adorned with one of Puffin Company's signature, metal, sculptural designs.


  • Super Bright LED lamp is a new portable, extremely bright, fold-up light. It has 3 easy touch brightness settings and sells for $17.00!  


  • We have been receiving new canvases weekly from the Phoenix Market!!!   Today we received canvases from our newest vendor, SM Designs.  Based in New York, this company offers wonderful geometric designs and a lot of Judaic canvases as well.



Desert Island Stitches, Vol. I, by Carole H. Lake & Michael E. Boren.  This is a lovely, portable book that helps the stitcher tackle the issue of dealing with small, design areas.


Just Stitches I Use by Julia Snyder.  This is Julia's latest book that offers great advice on where to use various stitches. The book offers old & new stitch designs and stitch techniques.


Come on by and check out all of the new things we have to offer as we will be continuously receiving new stitching items through May.





June has just completed stitching our next class project offering!  The stitched canvas will arrive at the shop next week and will be on display for 1 week before I send it off to be finished.
This class will be posted on-line next week for enrollment, and until our piece arrives, here are a few clues to our mystery project… June says: “This is a piece full of lovely surprises and offers a lot of learning experiences."  The design is approximately 10"x12" and is painted on 13 mesh canvas, wooo hooo, for faster stitching!
The class will be a 2 day course offered June 5th & 6th.  12 seats will be available.
More information and the unveiling is coming soon, so stay tuned.



Calling all stitchers!   The NAN National Assembly gathers once again at the Troy Somerset Inn from March 20th to March 24th.



Kathy is starting new sessions!  For anyone wishing to join in for a 6 week series with Kathy - please check in on available seating for a day and time of your choice.  (248) 645-1180
   Mondays 10:00-12:00  or  1:00-3:00pm
   Wednesdays 10:00-12:00   or   6:30-8:30pm
   Thursdays 10:00-12:00   or      1:00-3:00pm
   Saturdays 10:00-12:00


Just a reminder, our shop hours are now:
   Monday- Friday:    10:00-4:00
   Wednesday:          10:00-4:00  &  6:30-8:00 p.m.
   Saturday:              10:00-2:00
On Wednesday the main entrance to our building automatically locks at 7:30. Should you wish to enter the shop after 7:30 simply call the store at (248) 645-1180 and we will let you into the building.


Stay warm and thanks so much for your patronage and support.



(248) 645-1180

December 15, 2014

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Here are just a few notes and reminders before Christmas break.


Please note that The Needleworks will NOT be accepting any new items for finishing effective December 15th through January 22, 2015.  Our lovely and talented finishers will be enjoying a much needed vacation following the Christmas rush.


Also, anyone still waiting for a canvas that was already sent to be finished for this Christmas season, please phone the store and be sure your item is on our check-in list.  Our finishers will be sending back "guaranteed" holiday items up through December 22nd.



For the upcoming holidays, our store will be:

-       Open Tuesday, December 23nd from 10am to 1pm

-       Closed Wednesday through Sunday, December 24th - 28th

-       Reopen with normal hours on Monday and Tuesday, December 29th – 30th

-       Closed Wednesday, December 31st through Thursday, January 1st

-       Reopen with normal hours on Friday, January 2nd.


Gift certificates are available in the denomination of your choosing.  These make great stocking stuffers. 

 (So drop a hint to that special someone looking to find you a last-minute present!)


New class sessions with Kathy Stolpin begin Saturday, January 3rd.  All of Kathy's classes have a few openings so stop by or phone us to secure a spot in your favorite time slot. (248) 645-1180


DROP-IN CLASSES with both Cindy and Linda will continue during the week of December 15th and then resume January 2nd, 2015.



The shop policy has followed and will continue to follow school CLOSINGS for Birmingham and Holly Schools during snowstorm season.  If you are unsure if we are open during a snowstorm, please call the shop before leaving home.  A recorded message will give you further information.

 I'm wishing all of our students and fellow stitchers a very Happy Holiday Season!  Thank you for your support and caring throughout 2014.

 Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year and here's to a splendid 2015 for everyone! 



 P.S. Don't forget to get those canvases ready for display at NAN 2015!

 March 1, 2014
Hi everyone...

As we are all anxiously awaiting the arrival of Spring, I have some exciting news about upcoming events for you to schedule on your calendars...


JUNE MCKNIGHT will be BACK IN-HOUSE Friday, August 8th and Saturday, August 9th!  

As many of you already know, June is an author, teacher and stitcher extraordinaire.  She was our wickedly wonderful witch leading us through our stitching and embellishing "Boo Kitty" class.  And last spring June was the headmistress at our Mackinac Island retreat, where her students enjoyed her stitching instructions on Charley Harper's "Upside Downside" and a beautiful limoge box that featured a new design of the Grand Hotel porch.

 This year’s class with June will feature a new, floral design by Needle Deeva. This piece is a stunning eye catcher and has already drawn a lot of interest. While the class date and the canvas design have been selected, we are still working out all the specific details for the entire class package.  Stay tuned as more information for registration will follow.  


During the month of March we have 3 trunk shows featured in our shop.  These shows will also be available at our boutique at the NAN Assembly.

1)  NEEDLE DEEVA which is already in house
2)  MAGGIE  coming the week of March 10th
3)  And Very Specially....... JP DESIGNS!  This is truly a special event as this is the first time JP has honored a trunk show request!   Coming the week of March 17th

 Remember all trunk show canvases will be 10% off the marked price.


The National Academy of Needlearts (NAN) will soon be here in Troy, Michigan for their annual assembly and exhibition!  If you aren't scheduled for any NAN classes, please plan on attending and enjoying the wonderful needleart exhibit.   Come and vote for your favorite finished canvas – some have been submitted by your fellow Needleworks stitchers.   ADMISSION is FREE

 Where:  The Somerset Inn,    2601 W Big Beaver Rd
When:  Friday, March 21        Noon – 5pm

Saturday, March 22    9:30am - 5pm

Sunday, March 23      9:30am - 5pm

Monday, March 24     9:30am - 5pm

Tuesday, March 25     9:30am - Noon

As we did last year, The Needleworks will have a small boutique store set up next door to the exhibit.  Please stop by and say "hi" and be advised that our main store will also remain open.


1) SECRETS   by June McKnight
This wonderful book shares a wealth of information ("secrets") that June has gathered over the decades of her involvement in the needlework industry.  As an example, June gives advice on how to choose that" special"," well-painted" canvas and how to avoid creative pitfalls.  As a bonus, all copies in the store have been autographed by June.


2) THREADS: A Needle Necessity  by Jane Evans & Liv Weiss
This new volume gives information on thread substitutions, the number of ply to use for various threads on different canvas meshes, whether a thread is easy to work with or slippery and much more!

3) PAINTED CANVAS EMBELLISHMENTS  by Carole Lake & Michael Boren

Do you already have the most fabulously painted canvas ever and all you need are some ideas for embellishments?


The results of my buying spree at the January Winter TNNA Trade Show in San Deigo have started arriving at the store.  I purchased over 100 canvases from some 25 designers – some of whom are new to The Needleworks.  If you’re looking for that next project and want something quick, there is a fresh selection for you to choose from.  Please stop by the store and feel free to have us point out all of these new, cute and amazing canvases.




A HEADS-UP for Kathy Stolpin's students:

Kathy will be back for classes beginning the week of Monday, March 10th.
Special Note:  all afternoon classes however, will temporarily move to a Noon - 2pm time slot for the next six week period also beginning the week of March 10th.

Happy almost Spring!   Keep on stitching!

And a warm welcome (no weather pun intended) to all of our new stitchers and newly returning stitchers.



(248) 645-1180

Newsletter  - June 5, 2013

Hello everyone!   I have a lot of information to pass along, so here goes…

First of all, I want to thank my entire, FABULOUS staff for a terrific 2012/2013 school year! They are the best and I am so grateful to have them on our needlepoint team.  Again, a huge thank you to Kathy Stolpin, Cindy Murphy and Linda Watkins.  These ladies are such needlepoint experts; I learn new tips, techniques and stitches from them constantly.

In addition to our fine staff, The Needleworks is proud to offer a WARM WELCOME to Shay Pendray who will now be teaching at the shop  beginning in August.

Shay’s classes are now open for registration. Please call (248) 645-1180 to reserve your seat.

STITCHING with SHAY will be offered each Tuesday from 9:30-2:30.  Due to her large student load, stitchers can sign up for only one Tuesday a month.

JAPANESE EMBROIDERY with SHAY will be offered one Saturday a month from 12:00-4:00. This class offering begins September 14th.


Kathy is now officially on her summer break and, as many of you may know, she loves to get away to her cottage for some quietude as she floats on her inner-tube and she also enjoys her own personal stitching time. While she takes most of the summer off, Kathy will be in the store to teach 3 ALL DAY stitching classes and will teach scheduled private sessions as well.

All Day sessions run from 10:00am - 3:00pm with a lunch included.  Fee is $60.00 per session. A deposit is required at time of registration.  All Day Sessions are as follows:

      June 20th,   Thursday
      July  17th,   Wednesday
      August 21st,   Wednesday

Private lesson dates…  These can be scheduled by the half hour or by the full hour. Sign-up has started:

      June 18th, 19th, 21st and 22nd
      July 16th, 18th, 19th and 20th
      August 20th, 22nd, 23rd and 24th


"Dazzling Delights" with Kathy Stolpin

This class focuses on needlepoint embellishments. You will work with several types of threads and then enhance stitched areas with sequins, buttons and sparkles (a type of tubing) by Sundance Designs.  QUICKLY create a sweet, little piece suitable as a lid for a box, as a framed piece, added on to a wooden key holder or be creative and decide how best to display this 8”x6” canvas.

The first session will focus on preparing the canvas with stitches for the beadwork.  The second session will focus on the beadwork alone.  The cost is $115 for both classes combined.


Class #1 is August 8th  from 10:00-12:00
Class #2 is August 22nd  from 10:00-12:00



While Kathy is away for most of the summer, both Cindy and Linda WILL be continuing their popular drop-in sessions.

Cindy 's Drop-Ins
are as follows:
-       Tuesdays from 1:00-3:00
-       Fridays from 10:00-12:00

  Linda's Drop-Ins are as follows:
-       Wednesdays from 1:00-3:00
-       Thursdays from 1:00-3:00


Effective June 10th our store hours are as follows:

    TuesdayFriday     10:00-4:00
    Saturday                   10:00-2:00
    Sunday and Monday  -   Closed



FALL CLASSES with Kathy are now open for registration for anyone wishing to reserve their class seats.

One other note… 
CHRISTMAS FINISHING is due by the end of August to be guaranteed back to the shop for the holidays.

Well here's wishing each of you a happy, healthy fabulous summer ahead!

Happy stitching!


(248) 645-1180

Newsletter - May 14, 2013 


Hello everyone!

Our Mackinac Island stitching retreat was a blast! First of all, the weather behaved! It was sunny and spring-like each day. Accommodations at the Grand Hotel were absolutely lovely and the food was wonderful. The stitching classroom that was provided for our group was perfectly cozy. Importantly, it was very well lit and the large windows allowed us a beautiful view of the Grand Hotel grounds as well. June McKnight passed along a wealth of stitching information and techniques which we learned while having a lot of fun at the same time.

In class, June not only shared her vast knowledge of stitching, but also her patience, preparedness and wit. The canvas for both classes had a finished model that was lovingly and exquisitely stitched by June herself making them one of a kind. It is truly a treat to be a student in any class she teaches.

KUDOS and MANY THANKS June for an outstanding teaching job in both of your classes! Love you lots !!!!

You can see photos of the retreat on our Facebook page.

We brought back the very extensive Charley Harper trunk show from Mackinac Island to share with our clientele. This trunk show will be in our shop through the 3rd week of May. We can all thank both Mrs. Amelia Musser and her daughter, Mimi Cunningham, (owners of the Grand Hotel) for inspiring me to arrange for this spectacular show as both are fans of Charley Harper's work.

In their honor, we selected a Charley Harper poster to be one of our class canvases. This work of art entitled "Upside/Downside" is a Charley Harper piece newly translated to the painted canvas for us, thanks to Treglown Designs! We truly appreciate the Treglowns for their time and effort to
help make this event a special one.

Further thanks goes to Julia's Designs for their special effort and talent in creating a brand new limoge box for our special event as well. Julia, you outdid yourself this time! This view of the Grand Hotel porch (longest in the world), as presented on the limoge box, is stunning!

We are now also featuring a MINI TRUNK show of Julia's line of canvases for hinged boxes.

Both of these special 1st edition canvases are now available exclusively from our store for a limited time. Stitch guides and thread kits are also available. Call or email to reserve yours.

As most of you already know our classes with Kathy Stolpin will be on hiatus  for the summer months. Even though Kathy will be enjoying her summer vacation, she will offer 3 of her traditional "all day stitch-in sessions" during the summer. Further, Kathy will be available for private lessons as well. Sign-up begins May 15th.

All Day sessions run from 10:00am - 3:00pm with a lunch included. Fee is $60.00 per session. A deposit is required at time of registration. All Day Sessions are as follows:

June 20th, Thursday
July 17th, Wednesday
August 21st, Wednesday

Private lesson dates:
June 18th, 19th, 21st and 22nd
July 16th, 18th, 19th and 20th
August 20th, 22nd, 23rd and 24th

PLEASE NOTE that our lovely and talented staff, Cindy Murphy and Linda Watkins, will continue their drop-in classes throughout the summer months.

Tuesdays 1:00-3:00 with Cindy
Wednesdays 1:00-3:00 with Linda
Fridays 10:00-12:00 with Cindy

Effective June 10th our store hours are as follows:

Tuesday - Friday 10:00-4:00
Saturday 10:00-2:00
Sunday and Monday - Closed

As always, I am so conflicted at this time of the year. While I am ecstatic for summer to be here, I will miss seeing you all on a regular basis. I wish everyone a happy, healthy and fun summer. AND... HAPPY STITCHING as well!


(248) 645-1180

P.S. Last but NOT LEAST... a HUGE THANK YOU to the wonderful, hard-working group of people that helped make our Mackinac Island venture so successful. It has been written that it takes "a village to raise a child" and I know it takes a great support group to make a successful event. My "great group" consists of the following cast of characters, whom I adore: my husband Rick, staff members Kathy Stolpin, Cindy Murphy and Linda Watkins and special friends Susan & Elliot Zeltzer! Mmmmmmwwwaaahhh You're the BEST!
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