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


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.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008



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 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.
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