Friday, September 30, 2016


Finalized the itinerary for our fantastic Boston/Cape Cod land tour.  We are going to have the greatest time!

We will be visiting 3 (get that?  THREE) needlepoint shops on this 6 night-5 day tour.  We leave from Logan International Airport and head to outer area of Boston to our Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Woburn MA where those who drive will park their car and forget it for the whole trip.

After we settle in and have our dinner we will have a mini-workshop doing an optional project to warm up.  Then we start the serious stuff the next morning.  Jump on our fabulous coach and head for our first needlework adventure - Wellesley Needlepoint Shop.

Wellesley Needlepoint Shop is a must-stop between your hotel and lunch destination!  We will spend 3 glorious hours shopping or possibly taking part in a mini-workshop on an area-related project.  Lots from which to choose and many exclusive to them! How about a Boston skyline?  Or an LL Bean Bag (just up the road in Maine) with a lobster? Or Santa flying over the capitol? Or an exclusive for us?  Etc.

Boston Strong exclusive to Wellesley Needlepoint - can be with or without 'Strong"

After shopping and stitching, we jump back on the coach and head to Boston for our lunch at the unique "Cheers" Restaurant.

Next - are you ready for this? - we can venture over to our SECOND NEEDLEPOINT SHOP - Stitch Boutique of Boston.

The Stitch Boutique of Boston will be offering optional kits exclusive to the area such as this beautiful scene of the public park and the swan boats by the collection with stitching guidance during the evening after we return to our hotel to relax (relax heck - we're gonna stitch!)

And wait until you see the colorful skyline, the cute little ducks, etc., etc., etc. We will order and pay for our kits ahead of time and pick them up at the shop!

From this great shop we will venture forth and explore the famous Quincy Market!

Looks like we can get in a lot of trouble there!  And then, we wonder over to Faneuil Hall. Debates anyone? We can shop on the first floor and argue - er debate - on the second floor.

Faneuil Hall

While taking in the whole Quincy Market area, we will have dinner on our own and at our leisure.  But, wait - there is still more in store!

Back at our hotel we will attend a PJ Party in our private Function Room.  Remember pajama parties of your youth?  Welllllll.  At this event we will be have a class on an optional kit that will be specific to the Boston area.  Stay tuned for your choices.

Day 3 we are up and at 'em for our Historic Tour of Boston - who knew?  We'll blaze along parts of the Freedom Trail and absorb many of the Historic Sights our guide will share with us.

We'll have a private tour of the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum (by a Colonial character no less to create the feel of the period) and watch as the Boston Tea Party reenactment unfolds.

Surely we're hungry by now so we will enjoy our lunch at the Tea Party Ships in Abigail's Tavern!

Back to the hotel to refresh, relax, or stitch before our upcoming - - - - 

Dinner Cruise aboard the Odyessy to enjoy a lovely three course dinner, live entertainment and view the wonderful skyline as we cruise Boston Harbor.  Don't think we'll do much stitching after this adventure.

Off and running next morning to the Cape Cod area.  We will begin our full day of stitching for an optional class at Osterville Needlepoint Shop.  Joyce has created an exclusive design for us to debut during our visit - a very colorful, happy beach scene - it is under wraps and we will reveal after it is stitched!  Looks like there will be beads, rucking, fun techniques, needle weaving, dimension all over the place!

We'll have lunch locally so we can get back to our class (location to be announced later).

After class we will go register at our hotel the Bayside Resort at Yarmouth, MA.

We are in for a treat as our dinner will be at a unique restored Historic Home - known as Captain Howes House - which now contains the Optimist Cafe`. Read more details on the brochure.

Next we return to the shop and participate in an optional mini-workshop!  Joyce has something fun planned on this one working with one of the new and unusual 'threads'.  Can't wait to see what she is having us do.

Next day after breakfast we will take a leisure tour of the Hyannis Port area, see windmills and a lighthouse shou
ld we want to take some pictures.

We return to our hotel and prepare for our Farewell Dinner - boo hoo! 

On our final morning we enjoy our breakfast and load up on our coach to go back to the airport and/or cars.

Please consider joining us!  Check out the full brochure on our Needles 'N Fins Facebook Page.  email me to be added to the secret participants list.

Any questions just email me at

Saturday, September 24, 2016


Come join us on our Riverboat Stitching Cruise to Milan-Venice, Italy on the Party on the Po!

Have you wanted to see the wonderful Grand Canal?  Now is your chance to do so and enjoy stitching as you relax as well!

See that seat in the end of the gondola?  You can be sitting there as you traverse the Grand Canal under the beautifully structured Rialto Bridge !

Or how about visiting the wonderful lacemakers on the Isle of Burano and take in all the colorful homes along the streets and byways?

Just the viewing will make you instantly happy!  Add to that the chance viewing of someone creating their magnificent Venician Lace!

True joy for a needleworker!  

Email with questions and more details.  Trip is October 19-29, 2017.  After 3 days in Milan we will embark on an all-inclusive trip on our riverboat - food, drinks (yes wine!), excursions, gratuities, etc.  And, the cruise line is currently offering a free airfare to qualifying participants.  Hurry and don't let this opportunity pass you by.  The offer expires November 4 or at the discretion of the cruise line.

Saturday, September 10, 2016


We have learned from our travel agent at Viking Travel that our Riverboat Cruise is very, very popular.  Of the 134 staterooms over 100 have already been booked!  That doesn't leave a whole lot for us to get our stitching buddies included to join our fun with Party on the Po!

We were so busy watching to make sure all could take advantage of the free airfare offer that expires on November 4 that we had no idea that people were sneaking in and reserving 'our' staterooms!  We have such a wonderful group coming along to stitch and play with us and would love to have you join us while there is still room.  Just email me at for any questions you may have.

Have a great weekend and be sure to check out the details while there is still time!  Exclusive project designed just for this adventure will be available to participants.

Saturday, September 3, 2016


We have officially released the trip details for our tour of Boston and Cape Cod for those landlubbers who can't make the cruise. The 'Have a Ball in Boston' will spend 3 beautiful nights in Boston and 2 glorious nights in Cape Cod on June 8-13, 2017. Read the details and come join us. Lots of stitching between sightseeing adventures.

Needles N Fins


Needles are indicative of handwork and Fins are indicative of water!  Mix them together and what do you have?  A fantastic venue to enjoy the fellowship of sharing your passion in a beautiful, relaxing setting.


Boston and Cape Cod, MA
     June 8-13 ,2017

Historic sites and beautiful lighthouses and beaches!  Wow!  To participate in this fantastic tour designed for the ‘landlubbers’, sign up to participate.  There are limited spaces available on this trip.

First, you must register with Duo Designs, Inc. (me) to be included in the group and for needlepoint class participation. From there I will forward the appropriate information to our Travel Manager, Elizabeth Wolak, Viking Travel, who will take care of all the traveling questions, reservations, charges and individual needs.
A non-refundable registration fee separate from the travel agent charges must be received by Duo Designs, Inc. before inclusion in this specific group by the  travel agent.  There are two categories of registration fee:  Stitchers fee is $200 and non-stitchers fee is $150.  A stitcher will receive the additional benefits of the planned stitching activities.  All registrants will be included in all activities designed specifically for our group other than the exclusive class project and teacher assistance (stitchers only).
Optional specific needlepoint class kits consisting of a trip-related painted canvas, threads and materials, and an extensive stitch guide will be extra and will be announced once kit fees are determined. Class kits must be paid for by March 1, 2017.
REFUND:  Should cancellation be necessary the registration fee will be refunded less $75 and
only in the event that the space can be filled by another participant.
A needlepoint design is being created exclusively for this tour.  It will be made up of a canvas fully detailed stitch guide with clear diagrams and illustrations, all materials needed to complete the stitching of the design, and the class time instructions of teacher Sandra Arthur.  This is an optional class and must be ordered and paid for by March 1, 2017.
Open stitching is always available in the designated area.  Sandy will make as many appearances as possible to answer questions and give assistance on your project as time permits.  She will, after all, be touring Boston as well with the rest of you and teaching the specific class.


Provide email address to which a PayPal invoice for registration can be forwarded.

If paying by check state so – registration will not be considered vaild until check has cleared. Clearly state who check is for.


Join special host Sandra Arthur, Senior Master Teacher/Designer/ Author on a custom trip to Boston and Cape Cod.

Have a Ball in Boston!
June 8-13, 2017
3 Nights Boston & 2 Nights Cape Cod

$2379.00 per person double

$2779.00 single occupancy

6 Day/5 Night Package Includes

              Accommodations for 5 nights

              12 Meals:
o     5  breafas
o     3 lunches (Cheers, Abigail’s Tea Room and on Cape Cod)
o     4 dinners including Welcome Dinner, Boston Harbor Cruise dinner aboard the Odyssey and farewell Dinner
              Historic Boston Tour including parts of the Freedom Trail
              Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall
              Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
              Cape Cod Touring including Old King’s Highway and with Lighthouse and Windmill Photo Stops
              Stitching Class and Visit two needlepoint shops
              Round trip luxury motor coach transportation
              Function Room at each hotel as outlined above for stitching class
              Free parking at the hotel for anyone coming by car and can leave their car there in the lot for the entire duration of the tour.
              Post Tour Transfers to Boston, Logan Airport and then to hotel in Boston for those who drove
              Baggage handling for one bag at hotels, all taxes and gratuities for driver and guide

Your host….
Join Sandy Arthur, of Lexington, Kentucky, nationally known teacher, designer and author of various needlearts techniques.  She is credentialed through the American Needlepoint Guild, Inc. Sandy’s designs have been published in the ANG magazine Needle Pointers, as well as the commercial magazines Needlepoint Now, and Cross Stitcher.

In addition to teaching at the local, regional, national and market levels, Sandy also teaches cyber classes through various guilds, and from her web site.  She has written and teaches Correspondence Courses through the American Needlepoint Guild, Inc.

She is the author of the popular Shapes of Needlepoint Series I, II, III and IV for which she received the prestigious Literary Award from the American Needlepoint Guild.

Sandy is a supporter of various organizations through her membership and by serving in various capacities.  She is a former member of the Board of Directors of  ANG as the Director of Seminars.  In addition to multiple chapters of ANG, she is  a member of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, Inc., NAN, National Embroidery Teachers’ Association,  and TNNA.

For information on classes contact                                              For information on tour contact
SANDRA ARTHUR                                                                                                                                                                        
                                                                                  Elizabeth Wolak, Group Manager
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