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.
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