posted September 25, 2015 by Leigh Miller within Events

Pumpkin Patch Mystery Club 

Get this great Melissa Shirley canvas along with all the goodies you could ever imagine!  Everyone that signs up by October 1st receives a special Bag, stretcher bars plus a few more necessary fun accessories!

Club includes canvas, all threads & stitch guides by the one and only Julia Snyder!

enjoy Seven months of pumpkin surprises

Deposit $250

$125* a month - 5 months


*plus shipping & tax where applicable


Call us at 334-270-0064 to reserve your kit

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In the doghouse!!!

posted August 06, 2015 by Leigh Miller within ClassEmbellishingEvents

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NONE of us like to be in The Doghouse but I bet we would all like to have this one!!!  One special lady Glenda E has stitched and had this doghouse finished for my birthday bash in September!!!!  The finished needlepoint doghouse will be auctioned off with ALL proceeds going to our local shelter!  We will also be celebrating my birthday with my annual food fundraiser for our local shelter.  For every pound of dog and/or cat food that you bring to the party (up to 50lbs) you will receive that percentage off one in stock item!!  Join us for the BIRTHDAY BASH September 16th...ALL DAY!  Food, Fun, Prizes and much more!  Also note that Julia Snyder will be in town teaching Embellishing September 17th and 18th...sign up for one day or both*! 


*if you sign up for both days you will get 15% off class fee

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posted June 17, 2015 by Leigh Miller within Class

Tony Minieri will be at The Bug for Back to Basics!!!  


In the first class of the Back to Basics The Right Way series, Tony shows the student the correct way of stitching to improve needlepoint techniques. Included in the session are a discussion of essential tools, easy and proper ways to thread a needle, beginning and ending threads, how to mount the canvas on the stretcher bars (and why to use them), compensation and other techniques. Stitches covered include diagonal stitches, line stitches, crossed stitches, tied stitches, and plaited stitches. Other stitching includes filling patterns, knots, Bokhara couching, canvas appliqué, and traditional canvas appliqué slip. 

As always, Tony's Tenets are an integral part of the class.

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Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines!!!!

posted May 05, 2015 by Leigh Miller within Finishing

So April 15th was the day we had to have our taxes done.  Thank goodness I am not under that kind of pressure to finish my needlepoint pieces!  I would be in big trouble.  We all have projects we have started and not quite completed yet.  I said when I started to needlepoint that I was not going to fall into the pit of not finishing things that I started.  Well, ha ha, I jumped in feet first!!  It's o.k. though, unless it is December and I wanted that ornament for a gift!!  I don't know about you, but when I started needlepointing I had no idea about the deadlines for finishing.  Make sure to check with us about our finishing deadlines so that you can get your treasures back when you need them!  

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posted March 27, 2015 by Leigh Miller within ClassEmbellishing

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"If your canvas is not becoming to you...you should be coming to us!"
Got a canvas in your stash?  Or a new canvas and just can not figure out what to do...stitches?  threads?
This is the class for you!
9:30 until 4
Lunch provided both days
May 1st
May 2nd
$125 per day
Taking both days?  Take $15 off per day!
Call to reserve your spot!




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posted March 14, 2015 by Leigh Miller within ClassEmbellishing

June 6th & 7th
Space Limited
Embellish your canvas with Laura 
Pick a canvas from your stash or purchase a new one then let Laura select just the stitches & threads to make it special!
We must have your canvases by March 15th!   Other ideas will be discussed during the workshop (note: this will not be a full stitch guide).

Fee: $300.00

Deposit $175 required at time of sign up
Deposits are non-refundable

Threads - to be selected by Laura Taylor prior to and during the course of the workshop 
               purchased separately
Stretcher bars - purchased separately

334.270.0064 or email us


June 8th
Join us for one or both classes
9am until Noon 
"Over the Top"

There's so much you can do to add the "wow factor" to your canvas.  This class is all about the stuff - you know, all the cool materials to add to your canvas but you have no idea how to use them.  Some will go on top of your stitches and some will actually become the stitches.  Learn to use materials that will add sparkle and dimension, create stumpwork,  deconstruct some of your favorite threads to make them take on a completely different look, and attach embellishments and everyday objects to add that extra interest to your canvas.

Class fee includes 8 x 12 canvas.

Student to provide stretcher bars.


1pm until 4pm
 "What the Heck do I do with this?"

We've all seen them.  Multi-colored and overdyed threads that look really fun but you have no idea how they would ever work on a needlepoint canvas. Some are subtle, some, not so much.  The key is to look at those threads in terms of stitches that celebrate and make the most of them.  Some work, some don't.  This class is all about exploring those gorgeous overdyes, how to handle them and stitch with them to add interest to your canvas.  Once you know how to use overdyes, you'll  find you've entered a new world of color and possibility.

Class fee includes 8 x 12 canvas.

Student to provide stretcher bars.

Taking both classes?
Take $15 dollars off....$135 for both!
Lunch Boxes $10

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posted December 17, 2014 by Leigh Miller within Events

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2015!!  It will be the 44th Callaway Gardens School of Needle Arts!  Each of the previous 43 years have brought hundreds of stitchers from everywhere to spend close to two weeks of stitching bliss!!  In addition to the fabulous classes offered, there is a top notch exhibit plus a full service needlepoint shop....that would be THE NEEDLE BUG!   My name is Leigh and I own The Bug which is located in Montgomery, Alabama.  Marie-Therese Baker invited me to pack up my ENTIRE shop and a Uhaul or two and head to Pine Mountain!  Well I did starting in 2013 and I have never looked back!  

The Bug carries just about everything you could possibly need!!  We even sell nightshirts so you can keep stitching all night!  We carry stretcher bars, scissors, needles, bags of all sorts, handpainted canvases, linen and THREADS GALORE!  We offer classes with the likes of Sandy Arthur, Meredith Willett, Julia Snyder, Carol Lake, Michael Boren, Marnie Ritter, Terry Dryden, Tony Minieri, Laura Taylor, Robin King, Barbara Elmore and many more! Plus we offer a finishing service for anything you can imagine!

Now with all that said, we hope to see each and everyone of you at the Callaway Gardens School of Needle Arts!

The Bug opens January 18th at 1pm in the Mountain Creek Conference Center.  The exhibit, bookstore and boutique will be open everyday until January 27th!

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One Great Little Case!

posted November 23, 2014 by Leigh Miller within Stitching Accessories

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We just got in our custom needle cases!  This great little case comes in two styles...one is just a magnetic needle case - the other a magnet for needles on one side and a sticky pad for beading on the other side!  Makes a great gift for your stitching friends and you might as well get one or both for yourself!  They come in three colors...silver, blue and lime!

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posted November 12, 2014 by Leigh Miller within

Struggle with seeing that stitch?  There are lots of options out there...some a little more fashionable than others...but who cares when it comes to doing what we love...STITCHING!!  Well...we still like to look good while we are doing our thing!   Check out the following options for seeing what you need to see!  And to top it off these are very chic...and very BLING..y!  Call to order your pair today...1.50, 2.00, 2.50, 3.00!

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IF YOU ARE reading this then you know!!!

posted October 12, 2014 by Leigh Miller within

If you are reading this then you know about the new website....YEAH!!!  This has been a long time in the making and quite a journey but I need to thank some very special people that I consider friends now....Laura, Beth and Chen (sweet)!   All the people at Stamp Ideas made this website possible....they know lots about needlepoint now!!  "5 is the size of the Pearl Cotton...27.3 is the yardage!"   I want to thank my "social media manager", too!  She has made Pinterest possible for The Bug...Alecia you know I can not pin!  I need to also give credit to my right hand man...maybe my left hand man, too!  I could not do any of this without Adelaide!!!!  I must say everyone including my family has been involved in the process and for that I am thankful!  For those of you in the area please stop in Tuesday October 14th, 2 until 4 for the Big Announcement of the site along with refreshments, prizes, gifts plus be some the first to sign up for Birthday Bug Bucks!  Hope to see you then!

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posted September 12, 2014 by Leigh Miller within Events

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What a whirlwind trip!!!  I arrived in Dallas with a lot of help from a son!!  After getting settled for the evening then the shopping began!!  WOW...floors 3, 4, 5 and 6...all full of needlepoint treasures!  For two days I shopped til I dropped once again with lots of help from a son!  I bought - he carried merchandise to the room!  Here are a couple needlepoint tchotchkes!

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posted September 05, 2014 by Stamp Ideas within Events

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For all my Mobile Friends!!!

posted July 17, 2014 by Stamp Ideas within

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I travel to Mobile at least once a year! I have a needlework Trunk Show at a childhood friend's home! It is so nice to be able to visit wtih her and her husband and see all my special Mobile customers.  My Daddy was from Mobile so it has a special place in my heart!  "Papa" always called Mobile home!

I asked Kathy Schenkel to design an ornament for this cherished location!  Call us if you like to order one!

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posted July 17, 2014 by Stamp Ideas within EventsRetreat

The Needle Bug is making this the best retreat EVER! Please join Leigh and Julia for 3 stitch filled days in the wonderful setting of Pursell Farms. The Needle Bug has reserved 'Masters Row' for the lodging and the stitching areas. There will be a "Progressive' dinner the first night, a 5 course dinner the second, and the last night the chef will come to cook for us in the 'cottage.' Oh yes even a little putt putt!

All meals and lodging are included in the price. BYOB!

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posted July 15, 2014 by Stamp Ideas within Finishing

No words to describe…or maybe too many words to describe…or both!  The canvas is from Melissa Shirley Designs and was brought to a Sandy Arthur Embellishing Class by Meri!   Needless to say Meri is “one heck of a stitcher”!  What words would you use to describe this absolutely wonderful, fabulous, gorgeous, extraordinary, out this world, breathtaking, good-looking, stunning, exquisite…piece?

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Brenda Stofft Egg Classes with Julia Snyder

posted June 21, 2014 by Stamp Ideas within Finishing











Julia will be holding private sessions on Thursday August 14th …only a couple sessions left!

The Brenda Stofft egg classes are 323.45 for one day or 448.45 for two!  The class is complete with canvas, threads, beads and embellishments, lunch, refreshments and a special gift from The Bug!!!  Call us at 334-270-0064 or email us at info@theneedlebug.com!

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posted May 18, 2014 by Stamp Ideas within Finishing

I am so excited!!!! I have been talking about a website for years and have worked on different ones but it is finally coming true…a REAL website…while it still in the works, I did see the design, etc yesterday and I can hardly wait until the launch date which looks to be mid to late July!!! So be patience…I am saying that to myself btw!!!!! Keep your eyes open for The New Needle Bug site soon!!! Speaking of the launch of the website…this is our 10th anniversary so in addition to the launch of the new site in July- on June 5th we will be having a party! Check out our calendar for details! Happy Anniversary to THE BUG!!

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PREWORKS in the here and now!!

posted April 29, 2014 by Stamp Ideas within Finishing

Got a prework in your stash? Or have seen a prework design you really like but think it is just too simple? Try a unique border!! Bands and Borders by Jane Zimmerman is a great place to start! Check out this prework that is great but the border makes it fantastic!!!

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More photos from the Retreat at Pursell Farms!

posted March 29, 2014 by Stamp Ideas within Retreat

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Catching up on the Blog!!

posted March 23, 2014 by Stamp Ideas within Finishing

We survived the Retreat and now The Bug is headed to Mobile!!!   We are leaving this afternoon and will be working at the Open House in Mobile tomorrow…The Bug will be closed Monday but will re-open Tuesday at 10am!  Here are photos from the Retreat 2014 that was held at the absolutely gorgeous Pursell Farms/FarmLinks!  More photos to come….




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ONE WEEK before RETREAT 2014

posted March 06, 2014 by Stamp Ideas within Finishing

The days are ticking away before we leave on our 2014 Retreat….we are going to FarmLinks for 3 days of stitching!!!
Here are some of the canvases that will be going on the retreat…











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posted February 23, 2014 by Stamp Ideas within Finishing

There are a ton of scissor fobs out there but these are two of my favorites!





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posted February 20, 2014 by Stamp Ideas within FinishingRetreatTrunk Show

It has been a long, long time since I have blogged…it is back to the email and Facebook and blog OH MY! I have also been to Callaway Gardens School of Needle Arts since I blogged last…and for those of you who were there…IT WAS A BLAST! and for those you that have not been…YOU NEED TO SIGN UP FOR NEXT YEAR! What is better than stitching, shopping, stitching, stitching, shopping, stitching………….and LOTS OF STITCHING FRIENDS!!!


Right now at The Bug is The Melissa Shirley Trunk Show!  Absolutely Gorgeous!  Check out Melissa Shirley Designs to pick a project….all purchases of any Melissa Shirley Designs are 20% off!!

March 13th – TWENTY ONE of us will be off to stitch with JULIA SNYDER at FARMLINKS AT PURSELL FARMS!!

RETREAT 2014!!  All of us sent our Bug canvases to Julia for her to work her magic….embellishing to the max!  Glitz-Silk-Beads and so much more!  It will be a weekend full of friends, stitching, learning, eating and laughing!  Order is subject to change!!!

April 4th, 5th and 6th brings Sandy Arthur to The Bug to work her magic with lots of different canvases…from Brenda Stofft to Maggie, Elizabeth Turner and Leigh Designs and Melissa Shirley!  Check out our calendar for all The Bug Events!!



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