Sue Spargo (Shows 1304 & 810) is a stitching goddess and her classes fill up immediately. But, this past year she has been recovering from treatments for breast cancer. So others have had to step in to fill her big stitching shoes. Tonye Belinda Phillips has been one of those teachers. We are blessed in Central Oregon that Tonye is a local and we get to enjoy her classes more frequently. Sue was scheduled to teach two classes at the Stitchin' Post this month, a 3-day workshop on creating background and motifs followed by a 2-day stitchery class. Tonye stepped in for her and has in the past been a co-teacher in workshops with Sue. I was lucky enough to get in the 2-day stitchery class and was most likely the student who traveled the least. While I had two classmates who came all the way from Maine!!! What I can share with you is taking a workshop allows you a more relaxed immersion into learning. You not only learn from the instructor but in this relaxed environment your fellow classmates are a wonderful support group. Tonye is a wonderfully supportive instructor and has that sweet low key method of helping you learn stitches that Sue has. In the 2-day stitchery class, everyone brought their own projects and the goal was to become proficient in 2-3 additional stitches. I am happy to say I met my goal! I now am able to stitch the Woven Picot, the Drizzle and have perfected the Trellis, Rosetta Chain and Bullion, LOL...don't you want to give these stitches a try!!!
I know you will enjoy the slide show and it might be one you will want to bookmark as a reference in stitch choices!! Sue Spargo is scheduled to teach at The Stitchin' Post in 2017. Her 2017 BOM is already filled and closed, WOW! But stay tuned, the Stitchin' Post will be organizing a BOM by Tonye Belinda Phillips in 2017 and I for one will be on that stitching list!!!