Sunday, August 30, 2009

The flowers are blooming

OOOH! I'm really pleased with how our flowers are blooming.

This week we added 2 flowers, the one on the right side of the canvas is the furthest in the distance. It needed a subtle pattern that wouldn't compete with the background or the rest of the flowers. It also needed the pretty shading to show through. Laid Filling Stitch to the rescue!



The daffodil on the left provided quite a challenge. I wanted it to be soft so that the center of the flower would be the star but I wanted the petals to separate from one another. Lots of experimenting later and I found the perfect combination of stitches. Both are very similar starting with a diamond grid but then are embellished differently. The addition of metallics and beads create the allusion that some petals come slightly forward while others recede.

The center of the flower is just too cute if I say so myself. I found wonderful mini trim at the last tradeshow that I am in love with! That combined with a field of folded ribbon roses gives the center of the flower the punch that it needs. Of course the addition of a Swarovski Margarita doesn't hurt :-)

I'm off to create more blooms and blossoms; we're almost there!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

A New On-Line Community just for us!



I would like to introduce you to a new web community that I think you will enjoy-Stitcherie.

There are lots of online communities, facebook, yahoo groups etc but I was thinking what fun it could be to have a community that is all about stitching. I was also thinking about the interface on these other community sites and to me they just aren't user friendly or pretty. So, I built an online community just for us stitchers! (Yes, I'm a geek.)

Stitcherie is a community where needleworkers of all skill levels and interests can join together to:
discuss their projects
ask questions
share new ideas
and most of all have fun!

When you go to the site you will see we've created a few groups to start. Join a group that interests you. Introduce yourself and watch your network of others who also love to stitch expand.

If you want to create your own group you can do that too. Tell us what you are working on, others stitching the same project may want to join you in a group.

Maybe you are looking for other stitchers in your area to stitch with. Create a group — network, don't be shy.

You can post pictures of projects you are working on or projects you have finished. Post events that others may enjoy. There is so much you can do!

It's all free and it's visually appealing! You know I like pretty.

I hope you will explore Stitcherie and I hope you will find it as fun as I do.
This is a brand new venture and we hope you will join us in making it a success.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Barbie goes Needlepoint






I may be just about the only one who finds this so amusing but then again.



I love Barbie. I don't collect, but I still have great appreciation for the beautiful gowns and vast amount of pink that is Barbie.

Johnathan Adler is now designing for Barbie! Johnathan Adler's style is eye-poppingly "happy chic". The iconic mod designer and iconic pop culture princess have come together to make the Malibu Dream House a reality and it is oh so cool.


Jonathan Adler - Barbie Malibu Dream House:




There is Barbie complete with Johnathan Adler furniture. Too cute! or real size furniture and accessories in perfect Barbie style. You can tell by looking at it, that it is just my style.


Love the dress too!

To further add to my delight he is producing his gorgeous lacquer accessories in hot pink. (Yes, I ordered some) and drumroll please needlepoint accessories! Okay, we could stitch them better and more interestingly but these are darn cool for mass produced items.

Barbie Jonathan Adler CollectionBarbie Jonathan Adler Collection

Love the words pillow!

and the Johnathan Adler Barbie Manifesto

We believe that your home should make you happy.

We believe that girls can do anything.

We believe that stilettos can never be too high.

We believe in a dream house, a dream car and a dream life.

We believe Barbie doll is fabulous!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Mellow Yellow continues to grow

Mystery Class - Mellow Yellow part 2 was so much fun! We added leaves and stems this week.



The floral collage is developing into sort of a quilt-like design. I love the leaves, the polka dots on them are actually heshi shells! Perfect little flat white discs. The stems and leaves are stitched in River Silks Ribbon - Yum!

We also stitched the small flowers floating in the background. Petite Frosty Rays was the answer for these. Light and frothy and ethereal.

Now, I'm off to start stitching the next sections. What shall it be?

Monday, August 03, 2009

Color Trivia



I stumbled on this on another website and it was just too cool not to share. Check this out. How many colors do you see?

Your eyes cheat your brain - The Green and The Blue Illusion


You think you see, pink, blue, orange and green right?

The blue and the green are really the same color! If you take it into photoshop you'll see I'm not kidding.

Here's the colors the swirl is really made of.



So other than, gee this is a cool trick what does it have to do with needlepoint. Visual blending! Stitch with one color on a different color canvas. Do they still look like the original pure colors? Not always they interact with each other.

In this case the pink is making the green look blue. How cool is that?
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