Each day, we'll be broadcasting live for two hours to a special page on StitchPeople.com, accessible only to attendees, where you'll be able to watch and participate along with us!
If you can't make it for the live event, the replay will be available as soon as each day's class is over and you can watch it whenever (and however many times) you want!
Once the entire event is over, those who didn't purchase a ticket will be able to purchase access to the replays, but without the perks of the digital swag bag and other offers. So even if you can't attend live but want to watch later, grab your ticket now!
Normally, we'd have a swag bag for each attendee of an in-person Stitch People Gathering. So for our Virtual Gathering, we'll be providing Digital Swag Bags—full of discounts, offers, freebies, and more!
The value of the swag bag alone is worth (at least) the price of admission, so don't miss out on this fun event! 😍
Lizzy, along with others from the Stitch People Community, will give live presentations on various topics related to Stitch People and cross-stitch in general! We'll also be taking your questions as we go, making sure to cover as many questions from the audience as we can!
Several of our presenters from our Utah Gathering event in February will be returning, but with much more time to dig into their topic of expertise!
Continue reading below for details on each day's class and presenter!
Schedule, Presenters, & Classes
Where To Begin
June 1 @ 9am PST
Interested in cross stitching Stitch People Portraits, but not sure where to start? Join Lizzy's class to learn where to begin. She'll teach you how to start thinking about the portrait process, where exactly to begin the process, and how to reduce overwhelm. Lizzy's infectious personality and welcoming charm is the perfect introduction for anyone who's ready to get started!
Lizzy is the founder, owner, and principal designer at Stitch People. She operates Stitch People from her home, along with her husband, Spencer, and three dogs, while pursuing her dream of being a full-time actor. As a jack of all trades, in her spare time she enjoys tackling home and RV renovation projects, weight lifting, exploring spirituality, and volunteering at the local Humane Society.
Texture Tips and Matching the Perfect Hair Color!
June 2 @ 9am PST
If you're interested in taking your stitching up a notch, join Betsy's Texture Tips class. She'll walk you through everything from the Turkey stitch to Victorian tufting. This live class will showcase how to trim, shape, and give you the confidence to tackle these elements.
BONUS: Besty's decade-long experience as a cosmetologist makes her the perfect instructor for matching thread colors to hair colors, especially blondes. You won't want to miss her class!
Betsy Wynegar has been cross stitching since childhood, when she picked up a scrap of her mother’s aida cloth and thread and stitched “Merry Christmas” into a makeshift ornament that still hangs on her mother’s tree. She spent her free time in college cross stitching from kits before enrolling in cosmetology school and working as a color and texture specialist before becoming a SAHM. Betsy was introduced to Stitch People by Pinterest in early 2015 and has been stitching portraits nonstop since as Little Thistles Cross Stitch. She lives in Southwest Washington with her husband and two young sons.
Creating Unique, Personalized, & Meaningful Portraits
June 3 @ 9am PST
Stitch People Portraits are already, by design, unique. However, what makes them truly special are in the details. Join Stitch at Nite’s creator Melissa Vono, as she teaches you how to personalize your portraits, create meaning in extra space, and shows you how elements such as design, balance, and typography can help you create more meaning in your portraits.
Melissa Vono started cross stitching in 2017 as an outlet for her creativity and to keep centered during a stressful time in her life, after she saw Lauren Conrad's Stitch People portrait on Instagram. She is a full-time speech-language pathologist working with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (yes, she knows American Sign Language!) and so only has time to stitch at night, hence her company name, Stitch At Nite. Melissa recently moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where she lives with her husband and small cat.
Creating Custom Cross Stitch Buildings and Houses
June 4 @ 9am PST
From the author of Hand-Stitched House: A Guide to Designing and Embroidering a Portrait of Your Home. Learn tips and tricks to capture your home in stitch form. This class will give you tips for creating a design of your house to work from, talk about some of the embroidery techniques you can use to embellish your work and answer the burning questions you may have about encapsulating your favorite buildings.
If you've ever contacted Stitch People, you probably already know Theresa! Theresa is the person behind the email and social media posting of Stitch People. She is also the author of Hand-Stitched House: a guide for designing and embroidering a portrait of your home. Theresa lives on an island in beautiful Washington State. There she, her husband and their cat Nigel enjoy gardening, cooking and eating absurd amounts of jellybeans.
Unconventional Stitches and Creative Surfaces
June 5 @ 9am PST
Stitching outside of the traditional aida fabric takes skills and know-how. Join Cloth and Twig's creator, Karly Santiago as she teaches you how to stitch on clothes, pillows, and more. You'll learn some of Karly's best practices, tips to mastering different fabrics, large cross stitching to make portraits and homes on pillows, and be inspired to expand your stitching.
Karly started cross stitching as a means to unwind from attending births as a doula and childbirth educator. It helped her unwind after a long birth or stint of teaching. After a year of self taught cross stitching, and with the encouragement of friends and family, she opened Cloth & Twig Shop on a whim 5 years ago and hasn’t slowed down since. She loves to think outside the box by incorporating embroidery stitches into her portraits and using other materials besides thread to accentuate each one. She loves to stitch pillows, large scale portraits, and on clothing! Karly is a native of sunny California. She lives with her husband and two daughters. She is a lover of coffee, creativity, and encouraging words.
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