From Our Editors
For 35 years, the seasoned seamsters at Homestead Needle Arts have sparked and stoked artistic fervor among stitchers of all stripes with a suite of needlework classes and supplies. The beginners' patterned-square class gathers five to six needlework neophytes around an oaken table for two hours of camaraderie, searching through haystacks, and sampler fabrication. Fuel up for finger feats with complimentary mugs of tea as teachers dispense kits stuffed with multihued thread, pre-marked canvas, and learning materials, before delving into the basics of threading and stitch-chart syntax. By the end of each symposium, students will gain a hands-on mastery of thread parking, stripping, and stitch witchery through six fundamental sutures, including the Straight Gobelin, Hungarian Diamond, and Slanted Scotch. Proud graduates can escort bedecked textiles home or pack them off for finishing (not included), then pore over Homestead Needle Arts’ thousands of threads, notions, and books, sign up for the weekly newsletter, and swap shoptalk with the resident golden retriever. Plan to call ahead for class scheduling and bring a pair of needlepoint scissors.