Melissa Shirley pieces are painted so well that it's easier to teach with as far as advanced, detailed designs. As you know, stitching such detail is way different than stitching large areas with more complex stitch selections.
She has really picked it up and seems to really enjoy it. This was on 24 count mesh so it's doubly impressive. She's stitching a piece on 18-count now and said she feels like the holes are HUGE...like it's kindergarten needlepoint...LOL. In this piece, she learned about6 or 7 new stitches and how to make a beard using "French knots on a stick." Also, she learned shading and padding and beaded seqins and changing direction of stitch as in the sleeves....so proud of her.
We need to continue to teach the younger ones so that they can continue the needlepoint tradition into the future for us.....and definitely teaches them to respect and appreciate the needlework that we are creating.