Saturday, December 27, 2008

Meet the Flakes



This fun loving group of 8 snowmen and 1 snowlady are sure to enchant your stitching hours this winter. Just like real snowflakes, no two are alike. All their little snowbodies are different. Too cute! Cynthia Thomas helped bring my vision to life on these little guys by writing the stitch guides. Each snowperson also has a special button embellishment — the perfect finishing touch to add character and style.

As you can see, all the finishing is different. That's where we really had fun. The finisher worked her magic and each one is unique. Finish yours as ornaments, snowglobes, boxes, framed, as pillows... The choices are endless.

Back from the finisher, I just couldn't wait to share these with you. As this is our brand new needlepoint club for 2009, the stitching fun doesn't begin until March. Sign up early to make sure your canvas series is reserved. Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

The power of finishing

Great finishing choices can really make a canvas come to life. Lilly's Maze is a wonderful, fun piece to stitch. Designed by Ada Haydon of EyeCandy Needleart with a brand new stitch guide by Susan Allanson this piece is totally transformed thanks to unexpected finishing.

Looking at the canvas I would have thought pink for the fabric and trim, but look what the orange does. It's spectacular! Take chances with your finishing. Look at different colors of fabrics and trims. You never know, something wonderful may just happen.


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

It's all about a Cat's Whiskers

There is an old belief that a cat uses its whiskers to determine whether it can squeeze through a small hole or opening. According to this notion, the whiskers are exactly the same width as the animal's body and if they touch the sides of the hole the cat will not attempt to enter.

Jasper, my best friend for years had really big whiskers so when I set out to stitch his portrait I knew I wanted to do something special with the whiskers.



Thanks to the magic of the internet, I was able to track down cat whiskers for making stuffed animals. They come in two large clumps. I cut them apart and used them individually to add a little character to my guy. Stick one end through the canvas, front to back, and then carefully tack in place near his muzzle on the front. Once you have them in place as you want them on the front, flip it over and tack them securely to the back.

Pretty cool. That was Jasper. Solid as steel with really cool whiskers.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Favorite Things Ornament #2

Last Fall I decided to turn my Baltimore Crab into the first of a new series of ornaments. This isn't a club its a collection. The idea is that it is simply things that I like — My Favorite Things.

Each year I will do a new ornament. They will be in no particular order, just whatever speaks to me that year. Ultimately they will all go together because of color and style but they are also ornaments you can do just because. The 2008 ornament is Stitch. It is after all what we love to do. :-) It's a quick stitch and would look great on a needlepoint tree or appliqued to your stitching tote.

The orange background pattern is a dream to stitch. Long stitches top to bottom of Petite Sparkle Rays with Cross Stitches embellishing it (and holding it in place) of Impressions. Love the look! Oh and wait until you see my crazy idea for making the stitching thread. Threads and beads and it looks like a twisted thread. Well it does if I have my glasses on.

Okay, enough banter. Off to finish something else. I'm on a roll!

She's gorgeous!



My flower shopping lady is back from the finisher and she's gorgeous. So girlie and so Audrey Hepburn and just perfect. I love her. Now to find the perfect spot for her to live.

I have lots of things in the works right now so hopefully I will be posting more often.

Have a happy happy Turkey Day.

ruth

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Needlepoint Therapy

Saturday before last we hosted Beth Robertson and Suzanne Howren at the shop for a little needlepoint therapy. Everyone can use a little therapy and needlepoint therapy is the best kind. We all had so much fun. Beth and Suzanne are the absolute best for taking on this challenge.

They arrived in the morning prepared for 50 minute sessions with individual students. Each student brought a canvas of their choice and could pick the brains of these two ladies for ideas and inspiration.

I can't wait to see what comes of the electric storm of ideas. There will be witches and stockings and flowers -- too many beautiful canvases to name but the ideas, oh the ideas!

Beth and Suzanne are the talented duo behind the Stitches for Effect series of books. These are must have compendiums of stitches for your collection as each diagram is not only clearly illustrated but gives you ideas for how to use the stitch (ie: makes good fur or grass or buildings. You get the idea.)

And the best part is that Beth and Suzanne have agreed to come back! They will be here in April of 2009. You can read all the details on our events page.

I just love taking classes and sharing ideas. There is so much to learn and experiment with!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Stitching Kitty

Okay, I couldn't stand it. I had to post a picture of the newest addition to our family. This is Richie. Is he not the perfect stitching kitty? He really will curl up under my system 4 table stand and nap while I stitch. I promise not to poke him with a needle and he doesn't attack my threads more than one or twice before he settles down and decides to to sleep under the light.




P.S. I'll post about what we are stitching shortly :-)

Ruth

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

It's done!



I've been working on the Melissa Shirley Peppermint Stick Santa off and on for months and he is finally finished. I fell in love with him the minute Melissa launched him. He's pink what more could I want in a santa.

He is truly divine. He has crystals of several varieties, and lots of beads, and special candies on his back. I used a lot of different stitches and techniques. We all know my attention span (can we say, that of a gnat). I wanted to keep it exciting. I loved every minute of stitching him.

The photo isn't so great. New camera will be arriving next week, maybe my photography skills will improve with it. I'm not holding my breath though.

Santa is off to the finisher tomorrow. I'll post him again when he returns all finished and pretty. Karl will take that photo so we know it will be gorgeous!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Trick or Treat

The shop is all decked out in Halloween glory. There are so many cool Halloween canvases these days that I hardly know which to stitch first. Unfortunately my wish list keeps growing. They are after all my colors.

Happy Halloween by Michael Stoebner is on stretcher bars so that is at least a start :-) I'm going to try very very hard to get it finished by Halloween.



This wonderful Jack O'Lantern stitched by Nancy just returned from the finisher and is currently the focal point of our Halloween display. It's a Mindy canvas masterfully stitched with the aide of stitch suggestions by Brenda Hart. The teeth and eyes are buttons and what you can't see is that the border is beaded. Way cool.



Okay, back to work for me. I have a santa to finish!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

More finishing options




OMG! These are just too cute!

If you read my blog off and on, you may recognize these canvases. Melissa Shirley designed the witch hat and shoes about a year ago and I just had to stitch them! They are too fun. Stitch guides are complete and I posted them last January finished as pillows.

Since then, others have finished their hats and shoes and we have a new even cuter way of finishing them. I had to show it off. Flat back ornaments with wonderful trim on custom easels. Love them! Thank you Linda, for letting me share your stitching.



Finishing really is the magic part of needlepoint.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Toucans in the Wild of Cockeysville

This isn't my work but it is a piece I want to stitch one day soon. A dear friend of mine, Michele, stitched this beautiful Melissa Shirley canvas with the inspiration of threads and stitches chosen by Brenda Hart.

The colors are vibrant and the variety of stitches and threads brings it all to life. can you see the beads in the trees? You know I love my bling and I think that's one of my favorite aspects of this piece. The beads add just enough sparkle to grab your eye and make you think of sun glinting through the trees.

What can I say? Another project to add to my to do list. Yes, we all have a wish list of canvases we want to stitch.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Peppermint Stick Santa

OMG, he is just too cool. I am stitching this santa now. He should be complete in a week or two ready for me to show him off stitched.

Let me say, if you have ever wanted to stitch this santa, now is the time. I'm writing the stitch guide as I go and he is just yummy. Lots of metallics and fun threads. He looks delicate and sugar coated, oh and did I mention crystalized. So far he only has 60 swarovski crystals sewn on. That's not so many. More to follow.

You know the deal, if I stitch it, you get the stitch guide for free :-) Just a little thank you. And yes, of course we will do thread and bead kits. Just say the word.

Got to get back to stitching so I can show him to you finished!


Friday, August 15, 2008

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

YUM!!!! They look good enough to eat.



Mom stitched this piece with the help of Brenda Hart's talented stitch and thread selections. Brenda is part of our teaching faculty and comes to the shop as often as she can, to hold canvas embellishment classes with us. We have a small group each time. Each stitcher has a unique canvas. Brenda works round robin style selecting threads and stitches for each of us as she goes around the tables. Its a lot of fun and we all learn tons. It's fun to see other people's canvases come alive under her vision.

My favorite parts of this canvas are the tablecloth and the background. They are simple open stitches. The tablecloth is a Kennan variation stitched with silk and accentuate. It's very effective - an elegant stitch choice. The canvas is a John Johanssen by Melissa Shirley Designs and was originally painted very watercolory. The threads and stitches keep that look. That's true magic.



Brenda is coming back the second weekend in September and again next March. If you would like to join us visit out Classes page to read the details and dates of the classes. Find out what's on our schedule by going to our homepage and clicking on News and Events. We still have room in the March class. We'd love for you to join us.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Santa's Back from the Finisher!

Talk about knock out finishing! This takes the cake. You know I loved my Santa with Dots when I finished him.

Now he is back from the finisher and OMG is he just the coolest santa ever.



Don't you just love the bow and all the fabulous sequins. Kudos to a very talented finisher.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Mystery in a Corner part I

I'm trying to be better about posting more often and sending newsletters for the shop more often. We'll see how these plans go.

Today I finally finished part I of Gay Ann Rogers Mystery in a Corner. For those of you who don't know, Gay Ann periodically designs mystery projects. She sends out a list of thread types, you pick the colors and start stitching. You don't know where you are going or what you are doing until you get there. Just follow along and have a good time.

It's really a lot of fun. I have the best time playing with color. Give me a skein of overdyed thread and tell me to pull colors to go with it and I'm a happy camper. You can see my work in progress here along with the threads I used. Missy has done hers in shades of cocoa and browns. Neither one of our color combos are really all that shocking if you know us.

If you want to see more of Gay Ann Rogers designs go to www.GayAnnRogers.com Have fun. Happy 4th of July.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

It's all about the roses



It's finished!!!! I just put the last rose on this canvas and had to share before sending it off to the finisher tomorrow. It truly is all about the roses. This is Shelly Tribbey canvas and it's really kind of simple.

I picked a few cool stitches and wonderful threads as a background to the silk ribbon roses that I knew I wanted to do. Trust me on this, they really are easy. They take longer than you would expect as you are going around and around and around some more, but they are super easy. Start with an eyelet, any ODD number of spokes will do. Come up toward the center of the eyelet and then weave around and around and around again, over and under each spoke of the eyelet. A rose begins to appear. How cool is that?

Two nights of ribbonwork and poof; she's a knockout. Ready for Breakfast at Tiffany's. I'm really pleased with her and can't wait to see what the finisher does. I'm sending wonderful trims so watch for an update in a couple of months.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Harold - One Cool Cat



Okay, I couldn't resist. I don't usually post pics of my boys but I just had to. I had to share this photo. Karl took this photo today of Harold and I love it! The lighting is amazing and Harold looks just too cool. (Yes, these really are the colors of my house when the sun is shining)

My boys are the center of my world. Harold will be 6 early Fall. I think there must be some Maine Coon in him. His fur is thick and lush and doesn't mat. It just feels like bunny fur. He is a rescue kitty as are all of the boys and the boys before these boys. They need a home and I need to give them one.

We refer to Harold as a speed bump. He really doesn't do much. Walks a few feet and then flops as though it is all too much work for him. He really just can't be bothered. Lays on the stairs taking an entire stair so that we have to work around him. He just chills.

Now, allow him to chase a laser dot and he might, just might grace you with some action. Depends upon his mood.

Either way, our speed bump is a great brother. One day I'll post pics of the other boys.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Tradeshows



It really is amazing when you look at our tradeshow booth how much stuff we have designed and developed over the past 5 years. The painted canvas line started in 2003, so it really hasn't been that long that I have been working with great artists to bring their illustrations to needlepoint.

Of course for me the magic is not only the painted canvas but doing what you love to do, stitching it. Just like you, there are some canvases that I look at and know immediately how I want to translate them or what i want to finish them as. Others, I just love the art. There are so many new designs that I want to stitch. Now to find the time!!!

I thought you might enjoy seeing pictures of what our booth looks like at a typical TNNA show. It is a little over the top and filled with needlepoint magic, and this is just half of it. There are some canvases and models that no longer travel to shows, we just don't have the space. I bring the newest and most dramatic to each show. We always want to keep it fresh.

Missy is my right hand and always by my side at the shows. Okay, she's in the booth all the time. I'm there some of the time, as the rest of the time, I'm running around seeing what's new and buying for Bedecked.There's a lot to do in 2 and a half short days. But it is fun.

Until next time.
ruth


Tuesday, June 10, 2008

NEWS, NEWS, NEWS

Hi:

Every June we have one of two major tradeshows. The Columbus tradeshow just ended and it was a feast for the eyes.

Each and every designer had lots of new canvases to tempt the shopowners. There were gadgets galore and new colors of favorite threads. We all ordered lots and are excited to share it with you.

My newest designs are on my website ready for you to visit. I will be posting features of some of the designs in more detail here so check back to see how we have finished them. This is the best place for me to show off the talents of our finishers.

In addition to new designs we put our heads together and plan needlepoint clubs and classes for the next year. I can't tell you the details yet, but you are going to want to join us for each and every event. They are all going to be fun.

One of the things that I am most excited about is the opportunity to bring Beth Robertson and Suzanne Howren to Bedecked and Beadazzled to teach. We're working on dates and times but if you are interested in the details feel free to email me at news@bedeckedandbeadazzled.com so that we can put you on the list and make sure you don't miss the announcement. It will of course be posted on the website, but wouldn't being the first to know be oh so much fun.

Back to work for me. I'll post more soon.

Happy Stitching.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Christmas Fairy Preview

Here she is, finally finished. The new Christmas Fairy stocking. You may recognize the fairy as she has been in the line for awhile. Thanks to the recomendation of a customer she is now available on a stocking! (Okay, sometimes I miss the obvious and its up to you guys to point it out.)

Christmas Magic as she is appropriately named is available painted on both 18ct and 13ct. Both come complete with a stitch guide. The stitch guide is a collaborative effort between myself and Brenda Hart. There are some really cool stitches in here that not only look amazing, but stitch fast and are fun to do!

The top of the stocking can be personalized with a name or trimmed in fur as you know I love to do.



This was the first time I used hot fix crystals on a canvas and I think I am in love. Once you the hang of picking them up which let me tell you is odd with the crystal applicator, its a lot of fun. Truly instant gratification. I keep picking more canvases that need bling. You can be assured that we will be carrying the crystals and the applicators in the store very soon.

Hope you like her.

Ruth

Monday, May 12, 2008

River Silks

What a great class. Last Wednesday Jean and Paul Krynicki of River Silks came to the shop to teach a mini how to. What fun we had!

They started at the beginning, and taught us how to thread a needle, how to anchor your ribbon to the canvas for stitching and how to do all kinds of fun stitches. You really can stitch with as long of a piece of river silks ribbon a you want to. It doesn't run or snag or do anything else awful!

We have a few of their models in the store and they are more impressive in person than on the website. Flower Fish by john johansen (melissa shirley designs) is amazing.

There are also some landscapes that look so real in ribbons. Achieving the same depth in traditional stitching would require so much more effort.

Ribbons stitch fast and give great results. We have lots of the river silks samples kitted and ready to roll, so if you want to give it a try, nows the time.

Monday, May 05, 2008

WWBD?

What Would Brenda Do?

We have just finished another wonderful weekend of classes with Brenda Hart. I've said it before, and I'll say it again. She's amazing.

Each teacher has their own style and even when several teachers teach canvas embellishment they teach it differently. We see different things in a canvas and use different threads and stitches. I think the coolest thing would be to have the opportunity to take classes from all the talented ladies and men out there and learn from them all.

I'm fortunate in having Brenda as a friend. We have very similar styles. We both like a lighter coverage to the threads that allows the beautiful painting on the canvas to show through. We're not afraid to try something that might be a little unconventional.

I'll post photos of class pieces as different canvases are completed and return from the framer or the finisher.

Until Brenda returns in September I just need to say to myself WWBD? The answer will come to me and it will be gorgeous!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Tickled Pink


How much fun would it be to have a pink feather tree for Christmas? Or a pink feather tree for all year round?

Well, being a pink kind of girl I had to find out. I have recently collaborated with fellow designer Ada Haydon of EyeCandy Needleart to design a series of oh so fun ornaments. Fourteen in all!

Each ornament is more fun than the next. There are hearts, and trees and wreaths and vintage drops all in a retro glam meets Lily Pulitzer kind of style. You are going to love stitching these gems and who says they need to go back in the box after the holidays?

Ada designed the canvases and I did the stitch guides. I started with a pile of threads in luscious shades of pink, lime, orange and red. The thread alone are yummy. Then I added a healthy dose of bling. Sequins and rhinestones. The finishing of course is the icing on the cake, or should I say feather tree. The finishing takes them to a new level.

Christmas in July, here we come!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Get Ready to Sign UP!!!

Our new ornament club is about to be unveiled. It is wonderful. The ornaments just arrived back from the finisher and I can't stand it. They are just so cool.

I don't have pictures yet, but will within a week or so. You know I will post immediately. This is a joint collaboration between Ada Haydon of EyeCandy Needlearts and myself. When you see them you will know it's a match made in heaven. We are kindred spirits.

That's it, I'm being a tease. I just wanted you to know they are coming so if you are bored and need a new toy, one is on the way. I'm sure you will love them! More news to follow.

Ruth

Friday, April 18, 2008

Little Project Big Impact

Got to love little projects with big impact! Who says instant gratification is a bad thing?

This wristlet uses a 2" square canvas with a single initial as the starting point. Stitch it up double quick in your favorite threads. Add a little bling, just because.

The finisher does the rest adding a twist, appliqueing it to ultrasuede and machine embroidering the rest of the story.

Stitch your initial and have the rest of your name embroidered.

Or create a one of a kind project bag.
Threads
Stitches
Pens

Wouldn't it be cute to do Front and Back on both sides of bag.

The bag is lined in a coordinating print for the perfect finishing touch.

Let your imagination run wild. Happy Creating.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Great Customers and Friends

This post started just as a way to say hi to a few very special customers who were in this week reminding me that I need to post more regularly. I need to not plan so much what to write. I need to just write.

So, to each of you, I am sending a heartfelt hello and thank you for your business and support.

Looking back over the past year I have to say that one of the best things about owning a shop is the people. I have met so many great ladies and husbands and kids and men who stitch and even a few new puppies! It's great getting to know each and everyone of you. I love learning your likes and dislikes in stitches and threads and styles.

I'm doing my best to find great projects and threads to delight you and planning new classes and clubs. We do this because we love it. It's fun. So, if you have anything on your wish list or ideas you want to share, I'd love to hear them.

My store is your store. Let's make it the most fun it can be.

Until next time.
Ruth

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Thank You

It's been a year since we opened the store. I can't believe how fast its gone. Twenty years from now I'll be looking back saying the same thing (I hope).

Yes, I love the store. Yes, I love all the wonderful people that are involved with it from my customers, to my staff to all the vendors with the beautiful threads and canvases. To all of you I say a heartfelt THANK YOU!

I thought it would be fun to have a piece of needlepoint that will always make me remember this time in my life and the people I share it with. I talked to Sandy Gilmore and asked her to design something for me. (I was too close to the subject) I love Sandy's canvases and thought she would be a perfect choice. She said yes!!!!

I wanted something that I would love looking at for a very long time. It actually took me a while to come up with the concept and I'm convinced Sandy thought I was nuts when I told her what I wanted. But here's the story. When I opened, the store was filled with flowers. Big beautiful flowers. It was gorgeous so I thought it would be cool to have a floral canvas that represented all of my friends in flowers.

There's lime green hydrangea for Karl and his family; calla lilies for Missy, my dearest friend and right hand; orchids for Lisa and purple tulips for Brenda Hart. And then I needed a tree frog for Linda who collects frogs, a ladybug for Rachel, a heart for Harriet and finally a bumble bee as it is part of my logo. (Oh and the lily is just because I love lilies!)

Somehow Sandy managed to tie all of this together into one big beautiful canvas. And now Brenda Hart is writing the stitch guide for it! How wonderfully cool and full circle is that. This is a piece I will always treasure as I will always treasure the friends who have made the store what it is today.

I love you all.

Monday, March 24, 2008

When In Doubt.... Dots!

Another project stitched and off to the finisher. This is the large version of my santa with stars ornament. I knew I wanted him to be a stand up Christmas present type of box but that's really all I knew.

I also knew I wanted to stitch him differently than the ornament. So, after months of brain gridlock he is finally finished. He was all stitched and ready to go when I thought he needed something. Something silly. Something that would add - yes more color. Never enough color in my world. I apparently don't do subdued well.

So, the question was what to add? I could add button stars and that would be okay but no, it had to be more whimsical. I have these great pink and yellow sequins in a variety of sizes. They were perfect! Now its snowing dots on santa. How cool is that?



Somehow, I think dots are the answer to everything. :-) Happy Stitching.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

If you can dream it.....

If you can dream it, we can probably build it. :-) Michael Stoebner is one of the artists that I represent. His designs are positively enchanting. I want to stitch them all!

The beauty of the plan is that there is usually someone you can team up with and make the magic happen. I started stitching the reindeer on skis on a whim. He's cute. What more can I say. From there I started dreaming of a ski jump. Well, the magic happened.




Sharon Hall of Mountain Shadow Studios built him a ski jump with a wonderful spring to make him jiggle and jump. Now I have visions of all kinds of canvases mounted and jiggling. Maybe it was too much jello as a child. No that can't be true jello wasn't my favorite. Who knows. It's a fun idea and it worked.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Another Santa!

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I had been working on Strictly Christmas's Squatty Santa with Cats. At first I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with him to make him special. Ultimately I did decide what to do and it all worked. He is darling!



I started with the basics. Santa's face, his shoes, his mittens, the cats. All the no brainer stuff. Then came the rest. His coat is a darning pattern of fish. Subtle but cool.

I loved the stitching the snow on his hat. It's row beaded, but somehow that looked too straight, so then I went back and beaded some more on top of what was already done. Lots of beads crammed in in no particular order. It looks sparkly and encrusted with snow. I'll be doing that again.

The other part I really enjoyed was the trim on his coat. It's Nobuko but worked on its side. It gives an entirely different look than nobuko stitched in the traditional manner. It's stitched in 2 ply Cashmere from Gloriana. Now there's a yummy thread.

Santa is off to the finisher. More pics when he returns.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Great Finishing makes all the hard work worthwhile!

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Really great finishing takes the cake!

There is nothing more exciting than receiving a box from a finisher and opening it to see your beautiful needlework transformed. It is now neat and pressed and blocked and trimmed and embellished and GORGEOUS! You love it all over again.

I had to show off these two pieces by two of my customers.

Wicked was stitched by Jane in California and will soon hang on her theater wall in her office. How cool is that? The stitching is superb and just look at the cool custom frame designed by Sharon Hall of Mountain Shadow Studio. The handpainted canvas is "Wicked" by Raymond Crawford. What a great way to remember a night at the theater. (By the way, if you haven't seen Wicked, it's a must see. I was so impressed by the writers twisting and turning a story we all think we know!)



Allison stitched this simple Halloween piece by Renaissance Designs in no time at all. Great threads, great stitches and now a great frame also by Sharon Hall of Mountain Shadow Studio. Now we just have to wait for Halloween.



Happy Stitching leads to Happy Finishing!

Monday, February 04, 2008

Stitch Box by Raymond Crawford

Talk about a treasure box! Raymond Crawford designed this happy canvas for all of us stitching fiends. It was great fun to stitch in all of it's Lily Pulitzer colors - pinks, yellows, lime and just a touch of purple.

I went to town using a variety of different stitches and threads. There's a bone ring covered in buttonhole stitch and a real skein of floss appliqued to the canvas. Buttons and cool crescent stitches really bring it to life.

The stitched canvas is 6 x 6 but I enlarged the design area making a bold statement. The box is custom built and approximately 14" square on top. It's big enough to hold all of your stitching treasures. I could have used an HP lacquer box and it would have been equally striking but I had this vision. (There's my downfall - the vision of how cool it could be!)

Now to decide where to display it...

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Start with What you Know and the Rest will Follow

Last year when the issue of Needlepointers came out that featured all the award winners from seminar I fell in love with a piece designed and stitched by Rosalyn Cherry-Soleil. Flight of Fancy.



Not only is this piece gorgeous, but it is a tour de force of stitching techniques and innovative ideas. I offered it to you last year as a cyber class and do so again this year.

What is most fascinating about this piece is the glimpse into the way a designer's mind works. Rosalyn interprets painted canvases in a very unique way. On the first page of the stitch guide to Flight of Fancy she admits that she selects her canvas and is at once exhilarated and apprehensive. Can she do this; is it stitch-able? We all face the same challenges.

She doesn't plan the entire piece at one time. Instead she begins with what she knows and the rest will follow.

I have been thinking about this statement lately, and while obvious, it is so true. I am currently working on another Strictly Christmas Squatty Santa. The one with cats. Okay, he's cute, but how to make him fabulous? The stitching santa is fabulous, so I find I do what I know and the rest will follow. It works. He is almost finished. I'll post his picture next week. You'll see what I've done. I wasn't sure for a long time that he was really going to be special, but today I decided....he is.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Chocolate for Valentine's Day

I love chocolate. All kinds of chocolate. Chocolate cake being my favorite. So, what better time of year to design a chocolate series than just before Valentine's Day.

The finishing on this box really brings it to life. I wanted something soft and sort of squishy but still a box that could be filled with chocolate. The box is all finished in chocolate and lilac ultrasuede with wonderful ribbons and beaded trim. The finisher did a beautiful job.



This is just one of a series of new chocolate themed designs.

We have:
Chocolate is My Life
A Balanced Diet is a Chocolate Cookie in Each Hand
Chocolate Isn't a Vegetable?
Forget Love, I'd rather fall in Chocolate
and Coffee, Chocolate, Men. Some things are just better rich.

Happy Valentines Day a little early.

Monday, January 07, 2008

The Fashionable Witch

Anyone who knows me, knows I have a thing for shoes. Now around the house I never wear shoes but if I'm going out, I love cute shoes. if you want to see my favorites, go to www.bettyemuller.com. Way too cool! But I digress.

When we were planning the American Needlepoint Guild festivities for last August I talked to Melissa Shirley about launching a new design at Bedecked and Beadazzled. Imagine my surprise when I opened the box to find Witch Shoes, Witch Hat and Witch Dress. How cool! She knows me!

Of course I had to stitch them. I didn't get to them until after Brenda Hart came to teach in November, but I'm glad I waited. Everything I learned from Brenda came to life in these pieces. They are just way too cool and painted on 13ct they stitch in no time. I think I did them both in about 2 weeks. The background is a big open stitch that allows the pretty gold painted canvas to show through.

Then I sent the little gems to the finisher and voila! They came back as the cutest ever pillows. I can't wait for Halloween!

Stitching Santa

I know, I know, I've been promising the stitching santa photos and stitch guide for way too long. This was just a canvas that i really, really wanted to stitch myself. Which means we were all at the mercy of the rest of my life.

He really is finished and at the finisher's now. I'll post his photo again when he returns home. I have big ideas for his finishing.

I had the most fun with this little guy. I took it one section at a time and thought what would this look like in real life. I'm very proud of him. I love the stitch and thread combination for his robe. It's quick easy and looks oh so cool. Did you notice the teeny tiny half glasses and his little scissors. That's jaceron curved to make the shapes.

For those of you that have been patiently waiting for me to send out the guides. They are due back from the printer tomorrow, so they will finally be on their way.

Now you have plenty of time to stitch him and get him finished for next Christmas!

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