Monday, April 20, 2015

Sandra in Wonderland

Sandra Arthur was here this weekend charming us with her Southern grace.

She had all sorts of fun tips and tricks for stitching The Queen and The Lady Hatter by Sandra Vargas.  It was truly a weekend of Sandras in Wonderland!

It's fun to hear from another designer that their minds work rather like mine.  There's the "Oh wow, I really want to stitch this area" moment, and then we're off and running stitching that area.  Yay!  Just how I envisioned it and then the reality hits.  We still have the rest of the canvas to stitch.  :-) Details, details.....

That's how Sandy's mind worked on the Queen.  She fell in love with the puffy sleeves and the wonderful ribbon to stitch them with.  The rest as they say was history.  Fluffy curls for her hair were super cute when made with Baby Fluffy Fleece.  Tack it in place and you are good to go.

Check out the trim on the bodice of her gown.  OMG, so cool and so easy.  Secure your ribbon to the canvas with two long ends on the front and then start tying knots.  Easy, peasy.  I'm seeing this on other canvases.

Here's the shocker about the Lady Hatter.....

The background was originally completely felted with silk roving!  What a riot!  Pretty cool.  Sandy changed her mind on it, pulled it out and used the same color thread in a pretty all over stitch.  Never be afraid.  Everything can be stitched over, ripped out or embellished into working.

What drew Sandy to The Lady Hatter?  The single peacock feather.  It reminded her of her pet peacock. Who knew?

It's always a fun time when Sandy comes to visit.  We've got a few things up our sleeve so stay tuned.

On another note, geisha thee from Row of Ladies II is complete.  We're waiting for some threads and then she will be shipping out.

In the meantime, I have plenty to do planning the last lesson of Emma's Bird.

See you soon.


Friday, April 17, 2015

What's Our Next Mystery?

I love our mystery classes.  They keep me focused on one project and they challenge me to create fun things for you that are a little unexpected.

Our next mystery class has lots of room for the unexpected.  Check out this darling funky cat.    It was created just for us by Michelle Noiset through CBK.  I can't wait to get started on it!

There will be three classes, Mau 17, June 14 and 28th. You can join us in person or sign up long distance and have us send you each class kit.

Give us a call at  410.296.0405 to sign up or sign up online here.

As with all the mysteries there is a coordinating snap tray by the one and only Carol Eix.  It's only available to class participants and it is going to be darling.

We have one more lesson of the Emma's Darling Bird Mystery Class.  It's May 3rd from 12:30 - 3:30 if you are planning on joining us in person.  It's a super fun piece with lots of details.  Flowers are next!

If you haven't signed up for this class it's not too late.  We have canvases in stock and it's truly a fun ride.

See you soon.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Newest of the New from Kelly Clark

So how cool is this?

We have the Kelly Clark Trunkshow in the shop for a few more days.  It leaves Tuesday.

Kelly just sent me photos of new pieces that are so new they aren't even on her website yet.  She does have them in stock so if you order now they will be here soon.  Yes, they will be on sale.  20% off thru Tuesday 4/21.  You can order here and we'll take the discount when we process your order.

Hope you are thinking Christmas!

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