Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New from Me to You

As you may have noticed, my mind is a scary place.  Good scary.  A little of this, a little of that.  Somedays you just don't know which way I will Twirl.  

And with that lead in, I share with you a few of my new designs to start 2015.

We have the Snow Fairy, ...

and her companion Jack Frost.  
Both are available in the large size shown here 9 x 12 and a small 5 x 7-ish size.

Start thinking beads and crystals and you will have all the sparkly goodness I imagined for this pair.

Next up we have the Halloween Scroll Tree which was inspired as a Halloween companion to the Christmas Scroll Tree that I do love and want to finish stitching. (Yes, there are about 3 stitches on this one.)

And finally the canvas that epitomizes my state of mind......

Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Finishing Touches

Today we finished the Partridge Christmas Stocking by Tapestry Tent. It was a fun ride, and yes we really did stitch a stocking in no time at all!

The fluffy partridge was the last part to come to life.  It's really all about the threads - Fluffy Stuff and beads, a magical combination.  Look at his fat tummy.

The upper edge of the stocking is framed with two golden borders.  I didn't stitch the cuff on mine.  I have visions of fabric or fur to finish the top.  You could certainly add a name or phrase to finish yours.

Next up on my hit parade of stitching is the Melissa Shirley Christmas Village. We plan on shipping the next lesson of the class this week, then I am back to The Count.

Thanks for sharing my adventures.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

It's time for something new

I am a creature of habit.  We all have our comfort zone.  For me it is color and lots of color.  The last several mysteries had me working outside of my comfort zone of color.

The Playful Squirrel by Sandra Vargas had browns and rusts,

the Haunted House had lots of dark and dull colors,

even the Partridge Stocking by Tapestry Fair is tame and traditional for me.

I pushed outside my comfort zone and am pleased with the results on all of the pieces but it did mean that I stitched slower.  Trust me, stitching with browns and grays does not motivate me.  It's hard for me to pick it up and stitch.  I found myself avoiding the project.  The brown tree on the stocking just about did me in.  Have you noticed, I don't stitch a lot of trees?

So, with the start of 2015 we are back to color.  Bright, happy, in your face color.

Oh don't worry, I will still keep you guessing.  That's what keeps me motivated.  What can we do with this canvas that is different?  Hmmmmm.  The wheels start turning and I play.

Our first new mystery class of 2015 is When In Doubt Twirl by Amy Bruecken.  Happy, bright colors.  It is painted on 13ct so it will be a quick two lesson stitch.  February 15th and March 8th.

After that we will move to one of my favorite Kimberly Smith designs.  Emma's Darling Bird.  I can't wait.  It is colorful and happy and while the bird is realistic, the rest is pure fantasy so we can play and stitch it however makes us happy without having to worry about reality.  Three classes for this one, March 22nd, April 19 and May 3rd.

As with all Mystery Classes you may attend in person or we will send you the instructions and supplies in installments.  Easy, peasy and lots of fun.

You can sign up online or by calling us at 410.296.0405.

Hope you will join the fun.

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