What’s happening at The Bug this summer???

posted June 11, 2017 by Leigh Miller within ClassEmbellishing

What's happening at The Bug this summer???

As I write this blog we are just finishing 4 days of embellishing with Carolyn "Lulu" Hedge Baird - Embellishing Extraordinaire...check out our Pinterest page to see the class photos!
Next at The Bug is the Embellishing Magician...Julia July 13, 14 & 15, 2017
Pick 1 day, 2 day or ALL 3* days!
"If your canvas is not becoming to you, then you should be coming to us"
Lunch is provided daily
*15% off total class fees if you attend all 3 days
Followed by Mary Legallet "Queen She" Embellishing
August 3, 4 & 5, 2017
Pick one of Mary's guides/concept, we order the canvas, pull the threads and then the fun begins!  Mary works with each student for three days with their project.  
Visit  Whimsical Stitch to make your selection!
And then Tony Minieri The Master    
August 17, 18, 19 & 20, 2017
The Ancient One with Tony Minieri
Once in a lifetime opportunity...you do not want to miss it!!
Intense learning from the Master! 
The fall will bring The Birthday Bash, Julia Snyder, Kelly Clark and the Fall Stitch In!

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posted April 30, 2017 by Leigh Miller within ClassEmbellishingEvents

April Showers bring May Flowers We do have some flowers but very little rain here in Alabama!  The weather forecast is already predicting hot, hot temperatures...what better reason for staying inside and NEEDLEPOINTING!!!!  The Bug has several stitching events to provide just that.  We stitch every Wednesday - all day!  In June we have Carolyn Hedge Baird followed by an Embellishing Class with Laura Taylor. July brings one of The Bug's embellish extraodinares...Julia Snyder  Then the Bug has a special treat in August...The Ancient One with Tony Minieri!  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity!  Keep an eye on our online calendar for all BUG EVENTS!

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posted March 25, 2017 by Leigh Miller within ClassEmbellishingEventsRetreatTrunk Show

and The Bug is hopping with all sorts of activities that require stitching fun....Heidi Trunk Show, Spring Stitch-in followed by Sue Reed's fabulous Mystery of Life and Julia Snyder's inspiring embellishment classes...3 full days of embellishing!  Check out our online calendar for all The Bug has to offer!!

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posted November 30, 2016 by Leigh Miller within Events

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News from the Bug!!!  Next week Julia Snyder will be here teaching her
“Knotty Bouquet” canvas as well as a day of Embellishment.  We are all
looking forward to seeing her!  Amber is busy unpacking magnets that are absolutely adorable!! Among the characters… Mary Poppins, Willie Wonka, Mr. & Mrs. Potatohead, along with several others.  There is also an iPhone & iPad for our techies.  Come by and check out the new arrivals!!  Christmas finishing is arriving daily. Many of you are going to be very happy!!  Looking into the “New Year”, January brings the Callaway Gardens School of Needlework and we will be doing the Boutique again this year.  Kathy Schenkel’s Trunk Show will be here in January also. Carolyn Hedge Baird will be teaching a class in February and our Annual Retreat at Pursell Farms is also in February. Be sure to check out our calendar on our website to be certain you don’t miss out on any of the “Happenings” at the Bug!!

We want to wish all of you a
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a Happy New Year!!
Come see us soon plus visit us on the web!!

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FALL has officially arrived!

posted October 23, 2016 by Leigh Miller within EventsRetreatTrunk Show

Yes fall has officially arrived...you know leaves turning, pumpkins everywhere and of course football...but fall brings something else for us to enjoy....The Bug Fall Stitch In...October 27th through October 30th - 9:00 until 5:00 each day!  The stitch in bring lots of stitchers together at The Bug to stitch and enjoy each other's company.  Plus this fall stitch in features a special guest Friday & Saturday...Kelly Clark along with a mini trunk show of her designs! 

Starting October 27th at The Bug will be j.catma - fine silk items, clothing & jewelry!






In addition to these two special stitch in treats, The Bug has  LOTS & LOTS of canvases plus just about any thread, bag or gadget you can imagine!!!  Join us for four days of stitching fun!!!  See you then!

Check our online calendar for more upcoming events!

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posted September 17, 2016 by Leigh Miller within ClassEventsTrunk Show

WOW...5125.50 pounds if dog & cat food was collected for the Montgomery Humane Shelter.  Thank you to everyone who participated in this GREAT event!  Many needy animals will be fed because of YOU!

The Heidi Trunk Show is now on Pinterest...be sure to check it out while Leigh is in Dallas.  Heidi's designs are awesome and if anyone loves the 12 days of Christmas, she has a wonderful set!!!

Be sure to look at The Bug Calendar for upcoming events.  Julia is coming in October and the Fall Stitch In is just around the corner.  Make your plans to attend these fun filled events!

See you soon!!!

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posted July 07, 2016 by Leigh Miller within ClassTrunk Show


Associated Talents Trunk Show is here until July 12th so there is still time to order!  Next week Julia arrives at The Bug for a special beading class on Thursday July 14th, 9am until 11:30am.  Then July 15th and 16th Julia will be teaching her "Famous" embellishing classes...if your canvas is not becoming to you, then you should be coming to Julia!

Check out our calendar for many more upcoming classes, trunk shows and special events!

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posted June 02, 2016 by Leigh Miller within ClassEmbellishingTrunk Show

Three classes in three weeks means lots of excitement.  Next up...Robin King will be here June 17th for an Embellishing Class followed by Julia Snyder in July, for a beading class, private sessions and embellishing.  Be sure to check out our calendar​ for other upcoming classes.  As we have said before, there is always something happpening at The Bug!

Wednesday Stitch-Ins continue, so make plans!  Just bring whatever WIP you choose and stitch away.  If you need any threads, embellishments or ideas, they are just a step away!

We also have Pepperberry Designs Trunk Show this month and all the canvases are on our Pinterest Page. If you can't make it by the shop to see these delightful designs, you can click here to see them and just call the shop to purchase.  Remember 20% off the Trunk Show!!


Hope to see you at he Bug real soon!

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Bug Happenings

posted May 17, 2016 by Leigh Miller within ClassEmbellishingTrunk Show

There is always something going on at The Bug.  We said "goodbye" to Julia Snyder last week, until July, and will be saying "Hello" to Tony Minieri this week!  In Tony's Embellishment Class, starting Thursday, he will be working with some great canvases!  It will be fun to see what he has planned for each of them!  To see the canvases and the progress check our Pinterest Board for Tony Minieri Classes.  You can also see pictures from Julia's visit to The Bug on Julia's Class Board!!  

Don't forget our Wednesday Stitch-Ins...just bring any piece you may be working on and join in with other stitchers.  It's a great way to catch up on some things that may be in your stash!

Sandra Gilmore's Trunk Show is here until the end of the month and there are some great canvases in it.  They are also posted on our Pinterest page...so if you can't make it into the shop, just check out the page there.

We also have other classes coming up that are listed in our calendar...have a look, you just might find one that tickles your fancy!!

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Once in a Blue Moon

posted May 07, 2016 by Leigh Miller within Trunk Show

For the month of May, The Bug has the Sandra Gilmore Once in a Blue Moon Trunk Show!  What a treat!  Kitti, our Pinterest manager has posted the canvases on our Pinterest page so you can view them from wherever you are!!  

Sandra's designs are absolutely gorgeous, the santas are the best out there and the florals are stitching perfection!  Link to our Pinterest page now to see these great designs.  Any purchase or special order of a Sandra Gilmore canvases is 20% during Trunk Show dates. 

Call to order 334.270.0064.

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With Each Day Going By…

posted April 29, 2016 by Leigh Miller within

With Each Day Going By Hope is Reborn, Dreams Come True and a Little Step is Taken Toward Happiness. May this May be Unbelievably Exceptional, Amazingly Colorful and Filled with Joy, Laughter and Love.

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posted April 06, 2016 by Leigh Miller within ClassEmbellishingTrunk Show

April at The Bug brings Burnett & Bradley Trunk Show...everything from ornaments for all seasons to colorful, festive Christmas stockings!  Check our Pinterest board "Burnett & Bradley" to peruse just a few of their designs.  The Trunk Show is 20% while at The Bug!!

April also brings Julia Snyder with her newest book "Keys to Canvas Embellishment"!  A "don't" miss class...Julia will take us from the beginning of looking at the canvas to selecting threads and exactly where to begin!  While she is here Julia will offer Private Sessions plus two fun filled days of Canvas Embellishment!  Check out our online Calendar for details.

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Annual Stitch In

posted March 22, 2016 by Leigh Miller within Events

The second Annual Stitch In is in the books!! Great news though! We have decided to add a Fall Stitch In this year. The dates are October 27th - October 30 so make your plans to attend by calling The Needle Bug and be thinking about a Halloween costume! We will have a costume contest with a special prize for the winner!

What's coming up at the Bug? classes, classes, classes!! Be sure to check the calendar and call to make reservations for classes. Some are filling up so call soon!!

Be sure to check out the Pinterest Page for The Needle Bug and follow it. Many new things are being added...dream to your heart's content and maybe order a thing or two.

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Annual Stitch In

posted March 17, 2016 by Leigh Miller within Events

Things were buzzing at The Needle Bug today!  The second Annual Stitch In began today and will continue through Sunday.  It was great to have people drive in from  Dothan, Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Selma, Monroeville, Atlanta, Georgia and Memphis, Tennessee!  We even had a leprechaun drop by to visit!!  Y​ou never know what might happen at the Bug!!  Be sure to watch the calendar to find the dates for next year and make plans to attend.  You won't regret it...!!!!!!

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March Madness

posted March 07, 2016 by Leigh Miller within Events

Whew!! 2016 has been a whirlwind of activity here at The Needle Bug!  Callaway Gardens  and the Annual Bug Retreat were both smashing successes.

Now March is here with notable holidays and we have canvases available for both of these events. Curtis Boehringer has several canvases in his Trunk Show that are reminiscent of Saint Patrick himself and they lend themselves to wonderful embellishments.





Another Trunk Show, by designer Machelle Somerville, has an adorable, Peep style, bunny who looks like great fun to stitch! Fibers, stitches and embellishments galore are all possibilities with this canvas. And what a huggable shaped pillow it would be for a little one!


Also coming up is the annual Stitch In, March 17-20. Bring your own canvas, or pick up a new one, and stitch away with friends.This is a wonderful opportunity to finish up on some projects or begin new ones, plus you have all the materials you might need at hand. Come make some new friends while stitching!!

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posted March 04, 2016 by Leigh Miller within Trunk Show

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Stay tuned...blog news coming soon!!!

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“It’s all about the hats!”

posted October 25, 2015 by Leigh Miller within Class

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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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