Virtual Education Course: Pick of the Patch with Dawn Donnelly

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Pick of the Patch

Stitch a beautiful pumpkin!

The one-day Pick of the Patch course will take place Saturday, Nov. 16, 2024, led by noted designer Dawn Donnelly. The course will start at 11 a.m. Eastern time and, after a couple of brief breaks and an hour for lunch, will end at 7 p.m. Eastern time.

Pumpkins come in all colors, shapes, and sizes. This class can get you into the mood for fall, with a pop of welcome color as you stitch it over the winter months.

The kit for this class includes a 6″ x 9″ (15.24cm x 22.86cm) pumpkin painted on a 10″ x 12″ (25.4cm x 30.48cm) hand-painted canvas, as well as silk, pearl cotton, wool, and wool/silk blend threads. Students will bring the pumpkin to life using a variety of threads and couching techniques. The class will incorporate the following stitches and techniques:

  • Burden stitch
  • Diagonal couching variation
  • Herringbone couching
  • Squared filling variations
  • Trellis variations

Students are to supply 12″ x 10″ (30.48cm x 25.4cm) stretcher bars and tacks; usual stitching supplies; scissors for cutting wire; and dark brown sewing thread or embroidery floss. Because this is a project with a kit, we strongly encourage students to sign up for “Informed Delivery” at if they don’t already have this free service. Through this service, the U.S. Postal Service emails you image scans of your mail to be delivered that day. This way, you will know exactly when the package is arriving and if anything goes astray, you can resolve it quickly.

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More about this Virtual Education Course

  • Course Details

    Registration: July 1, 2024–Sept. 1, 2024
    Class Date: Nov. 16, 2024
    Skill Level: Intermediate
    Class Format: Zoom Sessions
    Cost: Class registration for all students is $40, due in full at time of registration. Purchasing a kit is required. All kits include printed instructions. The kit cost is $140 plus postage. Add $18 for postage to U.S. addresses, $62 for Canada, and $84 for Europe.
    Kit Contents: Click here to see the list of Kit Contents for this course.(Coming soon!)

  • Pick of the Patch: List of Supplies


    12” x 10” 18 Count Hand Painted Mono Canvas
    Memory Thread or wrapped wire
    Pearl Cotton
    Planet Earth Fiber Silk
    ThreadworX Vineyard Silk
    Vineyard Silk Classic
    Needles – #24 & #26 Tapestry


    12” x 10” Stretcher bars and tacks
    Usual stitching supplies
    Scissors for cutting wire
    Brown sewing thread or embroidery floss (whatever you have that is dark brown)

  • About teacher Dawn Donnelly

    Dawn Donnelly is a mixed-media artist who enjoys incorporating other forms of art within needlepoint. She holds a teacher certification in canvas with the National Academy of Needlearts (NAN) and teaches nationally and locally for NAN, American Needlepoint Guild (ANG), and Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA). Dawn has been recognized for her excellence of work in numerous exhibits. She spends her time volunteering as membership chair and registrar for NAN, treasurer for NETA and president for ANG’s Magnificent Obsession Chapter. Several of her articles have been published in Needlepoint Now and Needlepointers.

  • FAQs about this Virtual Education Course

    How long is the class?
    Seven hours with an hour for lunch. You will be sent a link for the class ahead of time. Please be familiar enough with zoom to get into the class.

    When does the class start?
    The start hours stagger across the US to accommodate members. 11AM – 6PM Eastern Time, 10AM – 5PM Central Time, 9AM – 4PM Mountain Time, 8AM – 3PM Pacific Time.

    Is a kit required for this class?

    What supplies will we need to have ready to go for the class?
    Dawn will send you a welcome letter with a supply list before class starts. Be prepared with your normal stitching supplies, scissors, light and magnification. She will also include a list that the kit will contain.

    Will the class be recorded and available from the teacher?
    Yes. It might take a bit for her to get it uploaded, but a recording will be available.
    She will notify you when the videos are ready and what platform they’re on, such as You Tube and how to find them.

    What are Virtual Education Courses?
    These are courses via zoom or a similar delivery system in real time using internet with teacher-provided written instructions, online technique or stitch demonstration videos and real-time interaction with the teacher.

    What format will be used for the Virtual Education Courses?
    The Virtual Education Courses will take place entirely on Zoom or similar delivery system. Please read the course description carefully to see if the teacher provides videos.

    How many members can participate in the Virtual Education Course?
    This number varies depending on each Virtual Education Course itself and how many members the teaches feels comfortable teaching via zoom.

    Will we be required to send our finished project to the teacher for evaluation?
    No, that won’t be necessary, although she would love to see a photo of your finished project.

  • What are Virtual Education Courses?

    Virtual Education Courses are EGA’s new interactive offerings. By staying in the comfort of your own home, you won’t have to deal with airline issues, nor pay for a hotel. And even though you’re not in a classroom together, you will still enjoy the companionship of stitching with other like-minded members.