Hand Painted Threads & Needlepoint Spring 2018 Retreat

with Connie Pickering Stover

April 13-15, 2018  |  Chelsea, Michigan

“Finished & Framed”

Complete Needlepoint Kit


Spring 2018 “No Boundaries” Needlepoint Retreat


Studio Tour of Connie’s Creative Space
It’s a short tour filled with needlepoint inspiration! Connie shares a creative space at the USArtQuest studios with well-known watercolor artist and teacher Rose Bradley. You’ll view over 20 pieces of needlepoint designed and stitched by Connie. You will see experimental pieces and many of her one-of-a-kind finished pieces.

 USArt Quest
USArt Quest is a 3500 sq. ft. warehouse/retail store, a 2500 sq. ft. classroom and event space, with private studios for working artists and a art materials manufacturing facility and art paper warehouse. More importantly, it has become the local ‘creative intersection’ and hub of artistic activity for artists, crafters, designers, photographers and textile artisans. Link to USAQ

City of Chelsea
National Register of Historic Places
“Heritage Destination”
The Chelsea Commercial Historic District comprises 61 buildings that form the historic core of Chelsea’s commercial district. Near the north end of the district are the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks, historically part of the Michigan Central Railroad. The district focuses on Main Street (state highway M-52), and includes properties on either side containing historic commercial, public, and institutional buildings. Also included are properties on Park Street, East and West Middle Streets, Jackson Street, and the former Glazier Stove Works complex in the northeast end of the district.

 Chelsea House Victorian Inn
Trip Advisor rating: 5 stars (125 reviews)
“Charming, Friendly, Victorian Inn” located in the heart of downtown Chelsea just steps away from Chelsea’s quaint shops and restaurants. The home was originally built in 1881 for James Gorman, a lawyer and tobacconist who later became a state representative and finally state senator. Much of the original woodwork survived all of the transitions the house experienced since 1881 and it was all stripped and refinished during the latest renovations. New, modern bathrooms compliment the historic features and furniture of each guest room. A large front porch with lots of comfortable seating and charming outdoor gazebo provide relaxing outdoor spaces and view of the beautiful gardens. Link to Website

Common Grill
Zagat Review: 4.8 Food, 4.7 Service
Amazing” cooking with a focus on fresh seafood “surpasses expectations” at this Chelsea New American offering a “fine-dining experience in a hometown setting”; while the bistro atmosphere does get “loud”, most are taken with the “positive energy” and “top-notch” service.

Link to Menu


clearys-pubCleary’s Pub
Cleary’s Pub was established in 1991 by siblings Patrick Cleary, Meg Boomer and Joan Henry. Our pub offers a cozy atmosphere, great food, friendly service, and has long been a favorite place in Chelsea to come and eat, drink and relax.

Link to Menu


Ann Arbor Spring Fiber Expo
Saline Community Fairgrounds
This two day fiber feast is filled with activities, a vendor marketplace and an all around great time! Vendors from all across the globe will gather here to showcase a wide range of products and services such as Natural and hand dyed alpaca and wool blend rovings, handspun yarn, mill spun yarn, threads, socks, scarves, fabric, books, felted soaps, and other handmade finished goods. The 25 minute ride from Chelsea to the Expo is an experience in itself, as you drive through some of Michigan’s most beautiful countryside.


Shopping …

Color Stories

  • Hand Painted Threads by Color Stories
  • Liz DeVree’sPainted Canvases
  • Hand Painted Kits by designer Connie Pickering Stover, hand painted by Liz DeVree
  • Thread Racks
  • Custom Frames
  • Needlepoint Notions and Supplies

USArt Quest

  • Art supplies
  • Creative embellishments
  • Hand made papers
  • And so much more!

Downtown Chelsea shopping all within walking distance of the Chelsea Victorian Inn

Ann Arbor Fiber Expo – everything fiber!