*NEW* Time To Be Happy
with Denise Harrington-Pratt



Denise has created a class for us, entitled "Time To Be Happy." The class entails creating a band sampler, with two different color ways to choose from. Graphs for a bookmark and a nametag are bonus items that will arrive with the last lesson.

This fun, contemporary sampler is taught in an 8-lesson class featuring a plethora of counted stitches, some of which students may not have encountered before, because Denise likes to make up her own stitches. Some of the stitches to be encountered are: nun, rapid, French, double-running, zig-zag Palestrina, alternating double back, Ohio star, triple back, celestial eyelet, wrapped triangular eyelet and many more.

Registration is now closed

Class Dates: February 22 - April 12

Skill Level:   Intermediate

Design Area:  Finished size measurements: Sampler is approximately 3 1/4" x 10 3/4" on 28 count. It is approximately 3" x 9 1/2" on 32 count.

Course Fee (including kit): $85 + shipping

Kit Contents: 

  • Confetti Kit - Cashel antique white 28 count linen (1/2 fat quarter - approx. 13" x 18"), Waterlilies-Confetti, and eight flavors of Soie Cristale, 26 and 28 Tapestry needles.
  • Black Iris Kit - Wichelt Natural Light 32 count Linen (1/2 fat quarter - approx. 13" x 18") Waterlilies-Black Iris, and eight flavors of Soie Cristale, 26 and 28 Tapestry needles

Additional Supplies Needed (not included in the kit): The usual stitching supplies. 

Color ways:

timetobehappy confetti timetobehappy blackiris
 Confetti  Black Iris


Graphs for a bookmark and a nametag (seen below) will arrive with the last lesson as bonus items:

timetobehappy bonus

Class Schedule:

Beggining of February

Kits & Texts Mailed to the Students with the Welcome Letter


Lesson 1 Posted On Website


Lesson 2 Posted On Website


Lesson 3 Posted On Website


Lesson 4 Posted On Website


Lesson 5 Posted on Website

4/5 Lesson 6 Posted on Website
4/12 Lesson 7 Posted on Website
4/19 Lesson 8 Posted on Website

 **Update: With all of the snow that has fallen in the Northeast recently and especially in Maine, Denise has been dealing with delays in receiving all of the kit supplies. As of Friday, February 17 everything has arrived, but we feel that it is a little too tight to start this on February 22. Therefore, we are going to delay the start to March 1st. The Class schedule above has been updated accordingly. Kits were shipped out on Friday, and you should all be receiving them this week.

About the Teacher:

Denise Harrington Pratt is an artist and needlework designer with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a passion for counted thread embroidery on linen. Denise has been teaching needlework since 1995. She has taught at Spirit of Cross Stitch Festivals, National and Regional Seminars for the Embroiderers' Guild of America, Inc., and EGA chapters. She also has developed Group Correspondence Courses for EGA. Denise is an active member of the Southern Maine Chapter of EGA.


The course discussion forum will be set up on the EGA website.  You will need to be able to log in to the "Members Only" area of the website in order to access the posted lessons and discussion.  If you have any questions, please email education@egausa.org. 



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