Monday, December 05, 2016

What to do? What to do?

We fall in love with a canvas that has lots and lots of details.... lots of outlines. 

Now what?  We can stitch it all in basketweave and it will be gorgeous.  If you are me it won't get finished.  I'll move on to something else and something beyond that and so it will sit.

But we loved the canvas, so what to do?

David Galchutt's santa is just such a conundrum.  Santa's beard and hair and mustache are exactly the issue.  There's lots of detail and colors that I love.  What were my choices?

Basketweave? - nope, not going to finish it

Packed Outline? - beautiful, but again, I will get bored.  This probably would have been the absolute prettiest option but I know my patience level.

A fun all over stitch? - that's going to mess with my head and either obliterate all the pretty details or make his beard sink behind everything else on the canvas. 

hmmmmm, here's what I decided to do.  I ignored all the outlines.  I stitched everything in Diagonal Long Stitch!  I changed colors.  I used Petite Silk LamĂ© Braid.  Voilá.  It worked! The shared holes of the stitches replace the Outlines that were all throughout the design. 

And other than his eyebrows, I finished him in time for class yesterday! 

We also stitched the basics of the border.  Next class is in two weeks.  Maybe it's time for Santa to get dressed.

We have a few canvases in stock so if you've been thinking about Santa, give us a call at 41.296.0405 or order online and we'll send him right out.  Ho Ho Ho, he wants to visit you!


Saturday, December 03, 2016

A new lulu for a new year!

What do you think?  Let's stitch a brand new lulu mypinkturtle canvas as the first mystery class of the new year!

We all love lulu so much, and this canvas is certain to be even cuter once we add threads, beads and stitches to it.  Imagine the possibilities!

Lulu's angel queen is 10 x 10 handpainted on 18ct.  We will stitch her in 3 lessons either in person or long distance.  Class dates are January 29, February 12 and 26, 2017.

We'd love to have you join us.  Sign up online or give us a call at 410.296.0405.


P.S.  We have new super cute snap trays just for this class.  Can't wait to show you.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Artemis, Oh Artemis!

Check this out!  I am totally in love with this guy.  Talk about embellishing needlepoint and taking it to the next dimension.

Artemis was designed and stitched by Brenda Stofft.  OH MY is he cool.  From the tips of his needle felted ears, to his cute little vest with silk ribbon embroidery, to the basket on his back filled with all kinds of treasures, he is a show stopper. 

We have invited Brenda to teach him for us next year.  This is definitely a class with a little bit of everything plus the kitchen sink.  Just look at all the things you will learn. If you work hard in class you will leave with his little head complete so that you are assured your bunny will look just as cute as Brenda's.  What?  Did I just say you would finish something in class?  Yep, it is just his head but even that is a huge accomplishment.

Save the dates March 3-5, 2017.  Spaces are filling fast!  We can't do ghosts for this class, sorry.

We require a $300 non refundable deposit to save your spot.

Give us a call if you can join us.


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