Our Annual Retreat

Join us at our annual summer retreat on beautiful Lake Buffalo, Minnesota.

Annual Retreat 2018

We gather every August at a retreat center in Buffalo, Minnesota. The setting is a beautiful spot along the shore of Buffalo Lake and we fill the retreat center with our group for three days of classes and events; with many members taking advantage of early arrival days for additional independent stitching.

  • Dates: August 8 – 12, 2018. Early arrival begins August 6, 2017.
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  • Registration will open in February or March 2018

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Teachers, Classes and Projects for Retreat 2018

Nancy Cucci

Nancy Cucci of Huntington Beach, California earned her B.A. in Physical Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara and holds Lifetime Standard Secondary and Community College Teaching Credentials.  Her mother introduced her to a variety of needle arts at a very young age.

In 1985 Nancy began teaching classes at local needlepoint shops and presenting programs & workshops for needlepoint guilds in Southern California.  Honored to design and stitch ornaments for The White House, she attended the Artists’ Reception at the White House with her husband and two sons in 1996.

Nancy is a member of EGA, TNNA, NETA, and an ANG Life Patron.  She began teaching on the national level at ANG’s 2004 Seminar in Reno and is always happy to have the opportunity to share her energy and lifelong enthusiasm for stitching with her students.

My Vintage Heart

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Class Length: 1-day Wednesday
Skill Level: Intermediate
Prework: None

Inspired by a traditional diamond pattern found in wrought iron and stained glass, My Vintage Heart is an opportunity for the less experienced stitchers to broaden their decorative needlepoint  stitch vocabularies and for the “old pro’s” to hone their skills.   The heart measures 5½” x 5½” on a Soft Ivory 18-count canvas that has been marked.  Students will outline the heart with metallic, create the stitches with cotton floss, and accent them with findings from years gone by – French sequins from the 30’s & 40’s and Czech & German glass circa the 1950’s.

18-count Soft Ivory canvas, design size 5½” x 5½”

Silver and Crystal Adventure

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Class Length: 1 Day Thursday
Skill Level: Intermediate
Prework: Approximately 2 – 3 hours

Silver & Crystal Adventure is an intensely beaded project consisting of small blocks of beaded patterns much like a patchwork quilt.  Stitched with silver metallic thread and iridescent white and crystal beads, the emphasis is on pattern and texture.  Students will have hands-on experience attaching varying sizes of seed and bugle beads, silver hex beads, delica beads, and Swarovski crystal jewels to the canvas using a variety of techniques.  This elegantly beaded piece makes a lovely ornament or necklace for evening wear which is sized to accommodate a room key, credit card, and folded bill of your choice.

18-count white mono canvas,  design is 2 ¾” x 5”

For the Love of Chocolate

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Class Length: 2-days Friday – Saturday
Skill Level: intermediate
Prework: None

Calling all chocolate lovers! Created on a white congress cloth ground that has been marked, “For the Love of Chocolate” is your opportunity to stitch many of your favorite killer chocolate “delicacies” all in one project. The colors are fun and a wide variety of decorative needlepoint stitches are used to create your chocolate masterpiece. The format leaves plenty of room for personalization so you can make this your very own piece of chocolate heaven in stitches. Prework: None, you’ll receive the canvas at retreat before class so you can get in on stretcher bars

White Congress Cloth, design size 10” x 8”


Ruthmarie Hofmann

Ruthmarie Hofmann began teaching hand-painting on canvas with stitch interpretation in 1981 through local shops in Sacramento and the Bay Area of California, leading to programs and workshops in EGA and ANG chapters, and EGA Regional Seminars.   From 1980 through 1985, she designed and painted an original line of hand-painted needlepoint canvases while designing kit lines for commercial companies such as for Alice Petersen Co and Johnson Creative Arts. In conjunction with a home business, Hofmann Originals, purveyor of embellishment bead mixes and beady tassel kits, she taught needleart classes through the forums of the I Love Needlework and Spirit of Cross Stitch Festivals.  Ruthmarie gained national stature with the needlework guilds, teaching at ANG National in 1999 thru 2006 and EGA National in 2001 & 2003. A longer-than-expected hiatus for personal concerns from a steady calendar of teaching stretched from 2006 to 2012. A return to contractual teaching of bead embroidery began through commercial quilting/sewing venues such as the Road to California in 2013 & 2014, leading to her return to EGA National in 2014.

Collegiate degrees in Art Education and Art History augment her sources of inspiration in design as well as providing solid groundwork for instructional abilities. The principal focus is in blending a contemporized form of traditional techniques on canvas and evenweave fabrics with a fond predilection to adding touches of free-form stitchery and beads for extra flavor.  Ruthmarie delights in encouraging creative choices in color and design.  Her design interests lean towards the manipulation of canvas into forms, such as beads and small amulets, or flat-finishing for wearable art jewelry.

Well of Wishes II

Class Length: 2-days Wednesday – Thursday
Skill Level: All-levels class
Prework: Approximately 3 hours

The goal is to create a personal interpretation of the First Four Elements of Earth (stone, paper), Water (shell), Air (feather or representation), and Fire (glass, metal).

The “Well of Wishes” is a stiff vessel of heavy board swathed in linen, layered with vertical flags of Congress cloth, using attachments of a broad variety of mediums to include paper, metal, glass, shell, and stone. The vessel is swathed in surface stitchery of buttonhole, fly stitch, chain stitch, couching and beadwork. Class will include basic assembly and demonstration of final finishing including hinging of sides and cording. Topped with a lid pull of beads and antler button, this Well of Wishes swallows paper affirmations for a better day, welcoming potential yet to arrive.

Technique: Detached needleweaving, surface stitchery, canvas embroidery stitches, dimensional stitchery, and bead work.

Congress Cloth and linen

Bead Me Square

Class Length: 2-days Friday – Saturday
Skill Level: Intermediate
Prework: Approximately 2 – 3 hours

How many ways can you bend, fold, and spindle a square of canvas into a bead form? The butterfly square, folded pennant, rolled tube, and four-sided tube are basic beads with variation potential. With edges locked in nun’s stitch, each square has basic stitches such as straight, diagonal, crossed, padded satin, and eyelets. Cut free of the canvas, the beads are manipulated into shape with edges trimmed with beaded edging. A changeable pendant finding permits showing off single beads plus demonstration of strung beads on satin cords.

18-count white mono canvas, design size: varied with largest of four pieces at 2 1/3″ x 2 1/3″

Thea Dueck

Thea Dueck has achieved an international reputation for her exquisite sampler designs. She lives, designs and teaches out of her new studio in Sidney, B.C. just north of Victoria. Over the years, her love of needlework and the demand for her designs, has led her to publish and distribute her own leaflets and Accessory packs to today’s sampler stitchers, who use her designs for special, meaningful occasions such as weddings, anniversaries, and birthdays.  The combinations of the many different techniques she uses adds to the stitcher’s pleasure and education.  Her unique vision and excellent teaching techniques give today’s stitcher access to timeless classic design, with step by step instructions to create heirloom quality embroideries for future generations.

A Gingerbread Flower Shop

Class Length: 2-days Wednesday – Thursday
Skill Level: Intermediate
Prework: prepare and baste linen on frame, sort and label threads, and backstitching

This adorable Gingerbread Flower Shop is the next addition to Thea’s Gingerbread Village!  At the front of the shop you’ll see buckets full of cut flowers, a topiary tree with French Knot blossoms, and a potted silk ribbon Sunflower, while the shopkeeper brings out  a flat of forget-me-nots. On the back of the shop, more staff are working at their potting counter where there are a variety of flowers. On the two sides are fantasy specialty stitched flowers to learn to stitch, our focus for the class! The roof is decorated with white buttons and Cross Stitched snow, with a few lovely floral vines under the eaves. You will be stitching with yummy silk flosses, Perle Cottons, silk ribbon, sparkling beads and delicious looking ‘candy’ buttons.

This building was not lined, which makes finishing easier and faster! Finishing instructions and colour photos are included at the end of the leaflet, and Thea will bring a DVD filled with stitch and finishing videos for you to take home.

28ct Gingerbread Overdyed Cashel Linen (four walls of shop), 28ct Green Linen (two roof sections)

Sunflower Cottage Pillow

Class Length: 2-days Friday – Saturday
Skill Level: Intermediate
Prework: prepare and baste linen on frame, sort and label threads, and some stitching to prepare for class.

I love Sunflowers!  Bright yellows and golds, surrounding the heart of the sunflower where the delicious seeds grow, they are some of my favorite flowers in a Harvest Garden. Stitched with luscious over-dyed silks, ribbons, silk flosses, metallic, and sparkling beads, it is perfectly designed for the student.  It is not too big, so you can more effectively learn how to stitch the few lovely specialty stitches like Bullion Knots, Triple Cross Stitches, and Silk Ribbon work; Hardanger; some Drawn Thread; and even a band of Pulled Thread work.  Cross Stitched areas at the top and bottom depict a basket of Sunflowers just picked from the garden surrounding the sweet little cottage.

Retreat Location

Christ the King Retreat Center, Buffalo, Minnesota

621 1st Ave S
Buffalo, MN 55313

List of Past Retreat Faculty and Classes

1991 – 2016

2016 Retreat

Toni Gerdes (The Wright Kimono, Texture as a Design Element), Sylvia Murariu (Windy October, Serenity, Romanian Point Lace Lecture), Carolyn Standing Webb (Feather Your Nest, Ivory)
Theme:  Sharing our Wisdom (Owls)


Michele Roberts (Ukranian Eggs and Basket, Metalcraft 101,”‘Faux”bergé Egg – Flower Wreath), Betsy Morgan (Edinburgh Etui, Edinburgh Reticule, Helix Etui), Deborah Gale Tirico (Harvest Penny Rug, Heartsease Table Rug).
Theme: Stitching the Fabric of Community


Catherine Theron (Wee Bunny Scissors Box, No Place Like Home Stitchery Book, Bless This House Sampler), Kay Stanis (Jacobean Fantasy, Summer Sonata), Barb Kobe (Art Dolls and Nature Dolls, Meaningful Stitching).
Theme: Embrace the Pace (Tortoise and the Hare)


Catherine Jordan (Ruby Beauty Box, Creating Needlework Maps), Lynn Payette (Treasure, San Antonio Angel, Beautiful Birches), Celine Perkins (Twist and Shout Tote, Crossroads, Scalloping Basics, Easy Medallion).
Theme: Sisters of the Heart


Jean Campbell (Chat Noir, Peyote Buttons, Sakura), Jackie du Plessis (A is for Acorn, The Briar Rose Etui, A-Tisket, A-Tasket, Beautiful), Orna Willis (Tiny Treasures: Square, Yuval Cuff, Color Inspiration).
Theme: Acorns to Oak Trees, Growing with the Guild


Meredith Barnhill-Willett (Goldwork Design and Discovery, Lift Your Wings) Jeanette Biederman (Crazy Quilt Coat) Tricia Wilson-Nguyen (Abby Cozens 1863 Sampler, Jacobean Silk Purl Flower, Garden of Eden Etui).
Theme: Stitching by the Lake


Leslie Granbeck (Felted Slippers, Felted Beads and Baubles, Felted Vessels, Felted Lattice Bag) Carole Lake (St. Basil’s Cathedral) Robin Laukhoff (My Favorite Scottish Sampler, Peacock Fancy Ensemble, What’s the Point Pincushion).
Theme: POOFFF (Peacocks Or Other Fine Feathered Friends)


Tanya Berlin (2-sided Embroidery, Blackwork and Shadow work) Marlene Doak (Studio Time) Leora Raikin (African Folklore Embroidery & Applique) Jo Wood (Bead Embroidery, Beaded Pin). Theme: Taking Inspiration from Pond Scum


Lauren Sauer (The Mermaid’s Tresor Box, Key to my Heart, A Melon Bag) Tricia Spitzmuller (Fabric Collage, Fabric Painting and Embellishment) Kay Stanis (Winter Wonders). Theme: Mermaids


Jane Nicholas (Turkish Tile Panel, Hellebore, Berries and Dragonfly) Marion Scoular (Blackwork Acorn and Oak Leaves, Hummingbird, Hem Stitch Sampler) Caela Conn Tyler (Foiled Again, Fleur de Lis). Theme: Butterflies


Madelyn Butts (Captivating Necklace, Russian Leaves, Bracelet) Carole Lake (Canvas Embellishment) Joanne Harvey (Anna Prescott Sampler, 2 other samplers) Thea Dueck (Stitching in the Garden, Christmas Treasures).
Theme: Crows

Previous years 1991-2005

2005-Marcia Brown (Finishing Class 1, Ornament Finishing) Wendy White (Lady’s Companion 1 & 2, Rapunzel’s Tower) Marcia Brown & Wendy White (Lancaster Manor Pocket) Diane Clements (Beaded Evening Bag) Gail Sirna (One Last Topiary, Christmas Topiary).
Theme: Ladybugs

2004-Susan Kerndt (Iris Crystale) Helen Thorn (Seasonal Surprise) C.A. Wells (Sampler Slide Purse, Victorian Needle Cottage, La Lapin Pendant).
Theme: Garden of Stitches

2003-Jane Ellen Balzuweit (The Royal Garden Pulled Thread) Jean Mann (Autumn Colors, Fall Fantasy) Orna Willis (Kanya Cuff).
Theme: Rainbows

2002-Barbara Mayo Grass (Exotic Beauty Warm, Exotic Beauty Cool) Janice Love (On Golden Love/Goldbox) Catherine Theron (Elegant Sewing Roll, Exemplar 1 and 2).
Theme: Bees

2001-Jody Adams (Summer Porch; Fall Porch) Merry Cox (Grateful to Thee Sewing Box) Shay Pendray (Moon Princess)
Theme: Dragonflies

2000-Diane Fitzgerald (Gingko Leaf 2) Barbara Mayo Grass (Patchwork and Peonies) Lauren Sauer (The Golden Garden Sweet Bag; Raphaels’ Raspberries) Lucy Senstad (Miniature Landscape)
Theme: Millenium

1999-Tony Minieri (A Winter’s Tale) Carolyn Sherman (Fabric Manipulations Jacket) C. A. Wells (Etui and Scissors Keeper)

1998-Jody Adams (A Summer Place) Joanne Harvey (German Band Sampler; Ann Bowers Sampler; Queen Stitch Pinball) Deanna Powell (Rose Trellis Vest)

1997-Janice Love (Triple Crown Hardanger) Elsa Parrish (Quilting Bee) Catherine Theron (Examplar 1 and 2)

1996-Nan Tyson Euler (Embroidery Collcetions of Britain Echoed in a Sewing Case) Francye Farley (Gemstone Embellishments) Louise Meyer (The Garden House) Helen Thorn (North Country Critters)

1995-Lily Fox (Beaded Charm Pouch) Deanna Powell (Vested Images) Barbara Rakosnick (Windsor Rose Sampler) Marnie Ritter (Needle Painting)

1994-Jane Bonner (Perforated Paper: Personal, Practical and Pretty) Betty Chen Louis (Peony Ribbons) Linda Driskell (Christmas Basket Sampler) Constance Howard (White on White)

1993-Lily Fox (Pulled and Drawn Thread Sewing Set) June Moes (Painting on Silk) Genny Morrow (Nova)
Either 1992 or 1993-Darlene O’Steen (My Secret Garden Sampler)

1992-Marilyn Hann (Color Experiments) Jean Hilton (French Diamond) Jocelyn Patterson (Stitches with Heart)

1991: Eleanor Bockheim (Wall Hanging of Ethinic Borders) Joyce Lukomski (Shimmering Jewels) June Moes (20th Century Backwork, Goldwork, and Pulled Thread).


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Meeting Location:

Meetings are held in the large fireplace room on the lower level. The room is accessible by stairs or elevator.

St. Nicholas Episcopal Church
7227 Penn Ave South
Richfield, Minnesota 55423

St. Nicholas Episcopal Church

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