Friday, March 27, 2015

Kitties

As you probably know, my life revolves around my kitties.  There are 5 and they bring me so much happiness.

I have a special love for cat canvases, so when MaryJane Mitchell approached me to represent her art I said YES!

They are folk arty and fun and if you love cats and flowers, they are a happy mix.

The last time Julia Snyder was here, I had her write a guide for one of the kitties.  I have finally typed it up, added the diagrams and it is ready to roll.


Just look at all those fun threads and beads!  It's going to be a knockout when stitched.

If you would like to order the canvas and threads, give us a call at 410.296.0405 or click here.

If you would like to see more of MaryJane's canvases, click here.

Meredith Willet arrives today for 4 fun days of stitching.  I will post pictures as soon as I can.  Happy Friday.

xo

Monday, March 23, 2015

Pretty Bird

Our newest Mystery Class started yesterday!  It's a sweet colorful bird by Kimberly - Emma's Darling Bird.

The colors make me happy, it's whimsical and charming and just plain fun.



You know me, we had to start with the background.  I resist counting stitches through already stitched areas so I get the background done first.  It also sets the stage and allows all other threads to sit on top of the background.  I like perspective and depth in my needlepoint.

The background is a variation of a Flower Pattern originally designed by Brenda Hart.  I love this pattern, I think I have eight versions of it in my archives.

I started with the large flowers in the background and then added the flower centers.  I could have stopped there.

I wanted more, I wanted to play with the idea of a subtle tone change in the painted background, lights and darks, a shadow, depth  I created the depth by adding more to the pattern in certain areas.  There's a patch in the upper right, a larger patch under and around the bird, a little here a little there.  I was having a great time, creating subtle color variations.  I didn't want to stop.  I had a plan, I painted with the threads on the canvas with a very specific goal in mind and was having way too much fun.  That's when I realized you would all tell me it's RANDOM.

Oh well, you are stuck with me.  I like random.  I like color.  I like polka dots.  Those things seem to keep repeating.  Oh yeah, I like bling.




Hope you like the background too.  If you don't want to do the shadows, you could always fill in the entire background with the extra part of the pattern.

There's always cool add-ons with the first lesson of a mystery class.  Check out the super-cute limited edition snap tray, special just for this class.


Its not too late to join the class.  We can send lesson one now and then you will be in the queue to receive the rest of the lessons as they are released.  Lesson number two is April 12th.

See you then.




Friday, March 20, 2015

And He's Back!!!!

I didn't forget The Count by Tapestry Fair.  



He's been here safe and sound just begging to be stitched and beaded.

We finished the left three panels last year.  (Don't hold that against me.)  The first panel of the second half of his wingspan has now shipped out!  Yay, team!  The elves came through and finished stitching him in the middle of the night.  Threads were ordered, illustrations drawn, kits packed and away they go.


Check out all these fun elements.  This is truly my favorite part of this panel - the beaded ring.


Or maybe its the sprockets I love.



 Spikes and eyeballs of several kinds.



Basically, lots of fun stuff sprinkled through the panel.  Two more panels to go and then the borders.  Just wait until you see what I have dreamed up for the borders!

You can always join the fun and have us send out The Count with the lessons to date.

Thanks for following my adventures.  See you soon.
Ruth




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