Announcing: Mary Legallet is our national needlepoint instructor for the 2022 Tulip Experience (April 12th – 15th 2022).
Let the natural beauty of the world-renowned Skagit Valley Tulip fields spark passion & creativity during this exclusive inspirational stitching excursion. This is the excuse you’ve been waiting for to visit us here in Washington State. Don’t delay, limited seats available.
From Mary Legallet:
I’ve done needlepoint since high school, but a visit to Needlepoint Inc in San Francisco in the mid-1990’s revealed decorative stitches and diverse thread choices that captured my imagination, and sparked a new, even deeper love for the craft. I then had the good fortune of learning under the tutelage of Beverly Churchfield, and the amazing late Wendy Harwood at Aristeia in Brentwood (now in Santa Monica).
Creating whimsical designs and cultivating a crisp, clean style all my own became not only a passion, but after a 25+ year career in advertising and corporate marketing, I chose to focus my life’s second chapter on needlepoint. I created whimsicalstitch.com to share the joy I find in every new needlepoint project, stitch technique, and even the threads I use.
I now enjoy travelling to stores across the country teaching workshops and embellishment events. My ongoing writing projects include the popular #whimsicalwednesday blog, where I share a free new stitch diagram (with stitched sample!) every Wednesday, along with the occasional #smallspacesunday and #stitchingsunday posts featuring small space stitches and past blog stitches in different projects (from a lot of my wonderfully talented students). I also write the Simply Stitches column in Needlepoint Now, featuring another cache of stitches.
I have a pile of unfinished projects in the basement, just like everyone else. And I swear I’m going to finish them all someday, once I’m done stitching.
APRIL 12th – 15th, 2022
This four-day event includes:
- Three days of instruction with the incredibly talented and creative Mary Legallet – author of Mary’s Whimsical Stitches Vol 1 & 2.
- One day excursion to the Skagit Tulip fields during their annual tulip festival.
“Mary’s Mini-Embellishment” – A more casual and spontaneous embellishment event. You will bring your own canvas and have lots of time with Mary to embellish your canvas. The Needlepointer is working with several vendors to acquire Tulip Themed canvases for you to choose from, if you prefer. Stay tuned!
Mary will provide input on stitches and thread selections for a minimum of 5 areas on your canvas – depending on the number of students and the size and complexity of the projects.
You will receive Stitch Notes for each of the students written by Mary. Stitch Notes include a summary of the stitches, diagrams, and thread direction from the event.
- April 12th – All day class at The Needlepointer in Edmonds. Lunch is not included – we recommend walking to PCC for their excellent salad and hot food buffet. Time TBD.
- April 13th – 9:00am Depart from The Needlepointer to the Tulip Fields, lunch is included.
- April 14th & 15th – All day class at The Needlepointer. Lunch is not included – we recommend walking to PCC for their excellent salad and hot food buffet. Time TBD.
Around 1883, George Gibbs, an immigrant from England moved to Orcas Island WA, where he began to grow apples and hazelnuts. Nine years later, he purchased five dollars’ worth of flower bulbs to grow, and when he dug them up a couple years later and saw how they had multiplied, realized the potential for bulb-growing in the Puget Sound region. He then impressed the Dutch tulip farmers with his talent so much, that they shared their incredibly secret growing tactics. Today the 300 acres of tulip fields are visited by over 1 million each year.
Travel and hotel accommodations are the responsibility of each guest. Hotel block will be released as we get closer to this event.
Choose to pay a deposit now or in full. Deposits will be made
Cancellation Policy: Our policy is that 100% of your registration fee is refundable if you cancel 60 days prior to the event. Upon your cancellation your credit card will be credited back. We cannot roll over registration fees from one event to the next. Within 60 days of the event start, registration fee is nonrefundable.
After 60 days, no refunds will be issued for cancellation, but we will ship you your canvas and stitch guide after the event. Note, fibers/embellishments are available at an added cost.