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Please note that registration for classes is now closed, but we can add you to a waitlist, in case of any cancellations.

About Our Classes

We are thrilled to bring back an education segment to this Spring Market. We have nationally known and very talented teachers, offering a variety of stitching techniques and tips. Each class will be 1½ hours long - enough to get you going on all of the steps involved so that you can finish your piece at home and show it off in your shop.

Classes will have a limited number of students - first come, first served. We are charging $50 per class to cover the cost of each kit. Some of the kit components have been donated, as is the teachers' time. The point is to introduce new canvases, threads and techniques into your shops, and possibly to organize future events with these teachers at your shops.

*** Please fill out the interactive registration, below, to secure your spot(s) today.

       If a class is full, we can add your name to a waiting list.



SATURDAY, MARCH 18     8:00-9:30     Ribbonwork Floral Crest  
                                               1:00-2:30      Ethel Merman

                                               3:00-4:30     Bell Ornament  

SUNDAY, MARCH 19         8:00-9:30     Mini Staffordshire Dog  

                                               1:00-2:30     Needlepoint Queen

3:00-4:30     Mini Staffordshire Dog

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Ribbonwork Floral Crest from StitchStyle Needlepoint
Jinny McAuliffe has pulled together some of her favorite techniques for this delightful canvas, which is recently new to her line of designs. This piece can be filled with a monogram or date and is perfect to commemorate a wedding, new baby or any other milestone. Learn the basics of ribbonwork, along with many of Jinny's other tips and tricks. This is the perfect project to bring back to your shop to share with your local customers!
Max number of students - 12

Ethel Merman from Mile High Princess
JaneAnn Sleeman has stitched this colorful and fun piece with decorative stitches and embellishments to create texture and dimension. While this mystical princess swims on a background of blue water, her hair is catching the sun's rays with sparkling beads and sequins. Her colored scales and iridescent, sequined tail seem to flash about. To bring out her beauty, JaneAnn has stitched her in silks, metallic threads, beads and sequins.
Max number of students - 10

Needlepoint Queen from The Princess & Me
Elaine Aidonidis has stitched and embellished what could be a self-portrait of any one of us! With all of her tools at the ready, this "needlepoint queen" is ready to begin her next stitching project. Elaine's  fabulous stitch guide and kit include silk and metallic threads, as well as  some very tactile embellishments to give a 3-dimensional appearance to this canvas. The background will be very  "royal".
Max number of students - 12

Mini Staffordshire Dog from Kate Dickerson Needlepoint Collections
Elaine Aidonidis has created a truly lifelike version of this sweet and collectible little dog, using stitches that enhance its design. Fur technique, gold embellishments and 3-D ears will be included in the class. The canvas is making its debut at the Atlanta Spring market, so you will be able to bring back a stitched sample to go with your brand new canvas to exhibit in your shop. The canvas comes in several color combinations, and Elaine's stitch guide from this class will be appropriate for all color ways, with a simple thread color switch.
Max number of students - 12

Bell Ornament from Stitch Rock Designs
Stefanie Chase has combined various stitches with beading techniques to enhance this lovely bell, giving it a lacy and rich, metallic effect - perfect for the holidays or all year 'round. This bell is also available in two other color combinations - lavender and green. Stefanie's stitch guide will apply to all three color ways, with a simple change of background threads.
Max number of students - 10


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Jinny McAuliffe is the designer of StitchStyle canvases and stitch guides. She learned to needlepoint from her mom when she was six years old. After college, Jinny started Stitch Style Blog as a creative outlet to share her passion for needlepoint with others. She has taught at industry trade shows, needlepoint retreats and retail stores across the country. She loves to work with stitchers of all abilities. She strives to make stitching low pressure and enjoyable for everyone! Her popular blog, Stitch Style Blog, is widely followed for tips and ideas in needlepoint. Jinny is also exhibiting and selling her complete line of hand painted canvases and stitch guides at this market. Visit Jinny's website at

JaneAnn Sleeman of JCS Stitchart, is well known nationally as a creative and innovative stitcher and instructor. JaneAnn has been writing detailed stitch guides and teaching needlepoint techniques for many years and has taught at various TNNA shows and Destination Dallas, in the past. She also conducts classes at needlepoint shops, nationwide. JaneAnn's many stitch guides can be purchased by contacting her via her Instagram page at

Elaine Aidonidis has always had a love for needle arts and was introduced to needlepoint about 20 years ago. Elaine has been working and teaching at needlepoint shops in Boston for the last 15 years and is currently at Stitch Boutique in Winchester, MA. She has held stitch & chat groups and specialty classes at numerous shops around the country, and is teaching at CANVAS this winter. Her trade show teaching experience includes TNNA and Destination Dallas. Elaine has developed a passion for colors, fibers and stitch selections that make a canvas come to life, and her stitch guides are highly sought after. Elaine is teaching two classes at this show. You can also meet Elaine in Kate Dickerson's exhibit space. Visit Elaine's Instagram page at

Stefanie Chase hails from Greenville, SC, has been stitching in various media for most of her life, and began needlepointing 17 years ago. She considers herself self-taught, and while this is her first time teaching a trade show class, she has been teaching private classes (via Zoom and in-person), as well as at shops throughout South Carolina and Georgia. She enjoys teaching beginners, as well as more experienced stitchers, by imparting techniques and special stitches for desired effects. Her philosophy is "Do more of what brings you joy." Visit Stefanie's Instagram page at

The Atlanta Spring Needlepoint Show
March 17-20, 2023

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