Barbara Elmore

I’ve been designing and painting needlepoint canvases since 1985.  They are sold to the trade only and may be purchased in fine needlepoint stores.  I’ve taught needlework classes since 1992 in various venues: retreats, seminars, trade shows, and shops.  I’ve been designing and selling my original stitched jewelry since 2006.  I love dabbling in textile arts including knitting and quilting, jewelry making, digital photography, painting, and collecting beautiful winged insects. I’m even beginning to enjoy cooking!

Classes offered at CANVAS: Blue Bird Birdhouse (two day class) and Dew Drop (four day class)


Robin King

Robin King studied needlepoint for years with Amy Bunger, and now teaches and writes custom stitch guides for customers nationally. Robin has a degree in Prosthetics and worked for 27 years building custom prosthetic devices until her love for the textile design called her into service. She has won ribbons for her excellence in needlepoint, and continues to lead her students into exploring the excitement of the modern needlepoint creations. Robin produced the "How'd You Do That? series of needlepoint DVDs. She also designs and manages Web sites. Robin contributes to the Needlepoint Study Hall blog, and has written hundreds of available stitch guides.

Classes offered at CANVAS: Katt Z. Witch KCN 9125 (two day class) and Bold, Colorful, Whimsical Charley Harper (four day class)


Mary Legallet

I’ve done needlepoint since high school, but a visit to Needlepoint Inc in San Francisco in the mid-1990’s revealed decorative stitches and diverse thread choices that captured my imagination. I then had the good fortune of learning under the tutelage of Beverly Churchfield, and the amazing Wendy Harwood at Aristeia in Santa Monica. 

Creating whimsical designs and cultivating a crisp, clean style all my own became a passion and refuge for me. After a 25+ year career in marketing, where I helped launch more Lexus and Toyota vehicles than I can count, I chose to focus my life’s second chapter on needlepoint. I created whimsicalstitch.com to share the joy I find in every new needlepoint project, stitch technique, and even the threads I use. 

Classes offered at CANVAS: Embellishment Class (two day class) and Patience Brewster (four day class)


Tony Minieri

In Tony's world, color is everywhere, it takes on many different forms and works its way into all that he does.

As an internationally-known needlepoint teacher with Level I Certification from The National Academy of NeedleArts, Tony instructs for the American Needlepoint Guild, Inc., The Embroiders' Guild of America, The National NeedleArts Association, needlepoint shops, guilds, and private groups. His body of work encompasses teaching and designing, and he is in much demand for creating stitch and thread guides and for teaching his project classes.

You'll often hear Tony singing in his rich baritone voice. If you are lucky, you'll be treated to one of his many stories that are accompanied by his equally rich laughter that fills the room. It's a treat to learn from Tony Minieri as he shares, entertains, teaches, and supports your efforts to be a better stitcher.

Classes offered at CANVAS: Mumtaz Mahal (two day class) and Back to Basics Level 1 (four day class)


Debbie Rowley

Taught for several needlework shops (The Stitcher’s Garden, Conway, AR; Designer’s Desk, Geneva, IL; Kelsey’s Needle Krafts, Placerville, CA; Old Town Needlework, Scottsdale, AZ; Nashville Needleworks, Brentwood, TN; Stitches n’ Things, Fenton, MI); national stitching festivals (Creative Arts & Teaching Show, Rockome Cross Stitch Show); EGA and ANG chapters (Hendersonville, NC; Ft. Smith, AR; Conway, AR; Hoosier Heartland; Oklahoma EGO); Needle Arts Mystery Retreat (2005-2014); The National Needle Arts Association (TNNA) Classes offered at CANVAS: Sonata (two day class) and Explore and Design (four day class)

Classes offered at CANVAS: Sonata (two day class) and Explore and Design (four day class)


Julia Snyder

Julia Snyder grew up in her local needlepoint store where her mother, Patsye Hardin, worked.  She started stitching at the age of 4 and has not stopped since. Julia has won awards in the State Fair of Texas as well as ANG.  She has also designed and taught classes for ANG, EGA, Needlepointers, Destination Dallas Market, and TNNA Market.  Julia has also been involved in judging at the State Fair of Texas for several years and been a part of the Beaux-Arts Auction at the Dallas Museum of Art.  She has been teaching for the past 22 years, since she and her mother opened Key Stitches, which closed in 2009.

Classes offered at CANVAS: Edgar by Bailey Jack for & more (two day class) and 4-Day Embellishment Class (four day class)


Patricia Sone

I am a native of Dallas, Texas, and have been stitching since my early teen years. Passionate about learning and developing new stitches and techniques for needlepoint, I love sharing my ideas with others. I worked/taught at Creative Stitches and gifts in Dallas, Texas for 5 years before resigning in 2014 to pursue independent work. I currently travel and teach Project Classes, Embellishment Classes, and Technique Classes. I am a member of TNNA, EGA and ANG, and have taught at Blue Bonnet Studio Retreat and at Destination Dallas. I have a B.A. in English from Southern Methodist University.

Classes offered at CANVAS: Oh Say Can You See from Melissa Shirley Designs (two day class) and Raymond Crawford Standing Santa (four day class)