Thursday, December 18, 2014

Busy Bee Skep Club by Kelly Clark

Kelly Clark has a new club that is too darn cute!  It is a series of small bee skeps.  They really are charming and as only Kelly could do they are over the top fabulous with threads and stitches. 

I love them.

The club will sart in March 2015.  There are 8 canvases with guides.  One will ship each month March through August.  Join now, and in September you will receive the 7th and 8th canvases together and get the 8th canvas at half price!

Canvases with stitchguides are $64.00 each.  Some of the canvases will come with embellishments at an additional charge.  There will also be a complete thread kit, price to be determined.

 Call us at 410.296.0405 to sign up, or order online.

Don't forget we have a fun new mystery class starting in February too.  When in Doubt Twirl.  How can you resist?

Happy Holidays!


Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Tree

Today's lesson on the Partridge Mystery Stocking focuses on the tree!  It's a  large portion of the stocking and needs to be interesting and unusual but not so interesting that it overshadows the partridge yet to come.

We played it up and used fun new threads and stitches!  Woo Hoo!

All the outlines of the tree that once were brown are now purple.  We couched Soutache braid in place along the outlines.

Once they were complete, the branches were filled with a new stitch worked with Silk Wrapped Gimp.  Pretty cool.

There are some tricks to working with Silk Wrapped Gimp but it's worth it for the pretty effect that it gives.

1.  Work with a short length of gimp at all times and keep a short tail on your thread.  Moving the needle up and down the thread damages the thread.

2.  Use a bigger than normal needle.  I used a size 20 Tapestry Needle on this 13ct canvas.

That's not too many rules is it?

The backgrounds are now complete with their multi-part stitches and beads!!! Yes, it was time to add beads to the stocking.  I waited a whole lesson and a half before doing that.

The next lesson for this class will be December 28th just after Santa visits.  I think he will approve of this fat little partridge.  See you then.

Give us a call at 410.296.0405 or sign up on line to join the fun.

Friday, December 12, 2014

When In Doubt Twirl !!

I think this should be my new motto.

It's a happy motto.  Can't you just see me in the store twirling when I can't decide what to do next?  Too many ideas in my head too much fun!

Amy Bruecken designed this canvas and it will be our next Mystery Class! I smile every time I look at this canvas.  It just makes me giggle.  Maybe it's where Taylor Swift got the idea for the Shake it Off song?  Some days you just need to twirl and get over it.  The ideas are brewing.  What can we do with this canvas to make it extra special and fun?  I'm seeing sparkle; what about you?

The design size is 8" x 12" stitch painted on 13ct.  

Classes will be February 15th and March 8th.  You may sign up to take the class in person or long distance.  Please sign up early to make sure we have a canvas for you to start with the rest of the group.

Sign up online here or call us at 410.296.0405 to register!

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