Friday, September 25, 2009

Sometimes Life Throws You A Curve

So here we are happily hosting classes with teachers, Brenda Hart was just here and Caela Conn Tyler is coming in a few weeks, and running our very own Mystery Classes. All is right with my little part of the needlepoint world.

We were a smidge cramped for space. Not terrible most class days, but I could see it coming. Needlepointers like to spread out.

So, we start planning on taking over part of the space next door. It was vacant and would be perfect for a classroom. Merrily we go along when woosh, they pulled the carpet out from under me. After 4 months of thinking the space was ours and that the buildout would be starting momentarily we find that the space has been leased from under us.

We have to move. Okay, not on my radar for this week, this month or even this year, but what's a girl to do?

So, the search began... Brenda Hart was here in the midst of this turmoil and was very patient with the drive bys we did of potential locations on the way too and from class.

The really good news is that we found a darling space. It's bigger than what we have with a huge classroom. Good parking. I won't say great, but good and easier than what we have. Walking distance to Baskin Robbins Ice Cream, Dunkin Donuts and a seafood restaurant.

Hours will be the same. We only plan on closing for one day- a Sunday.

So, the renovation begins today.

We'll be in the space for Caela's class in October. It's going to be quite a ride. Stay tuned, I'll post pictures soon.

Sunday, September 20, 2009


The zinnias are just amazing. The moment I saw this canvas I knew how I wanted to stitch the zinnias. I had to do my background first and a few other flowers but now the zinnias are in bloom!!!! Six colors of River Silks 7mm ribbon and a handful of swarovski crystals and we have the most beautiful flowers. They are quick to stitch so no complaints there.

The butterfly was another challenge. It had to look light and airy but yet sit in front of the zinnias. Thanks to the magic of Basketweave Twill, one of my favorite stitches, and beads I was able to make that happen.

One more flower and one more butterfly and this gorgeous canvas will be complete. Hmmmm, how shall we stitch them? More beads? More ribbons? Must go play.

Another Great Weekend

This post is a little late but sometimes life just throws you some curves. More about that later.

Brenda Hart teacher extraordinaire was here for 3.5 wonderful days of classes last weekend. We stitched, we brainstormed, we laughed and we stitched some more.

Everyone had a different canvas and Brenda had great suggestions for each of us. There was a Brenda Stofft witch, a Tapestry Tent stocking, a Laurel Burch mermaid, Leigh's horse Blaze, a Leigh cat. Each canvas more beautiful and fun than the next.

I can't wait to show you some of the canvases as they are finished.

Each teacher has his or her own style. That's the fun of this. There are no right or wrong answers. I do love taking classes and I love bringing them to you.

Brenda will be back next Spring and maybe before. Maybe you can join us.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Meet the girls

It's time to unveil my latest club -- The gifted ladies. Here's one of the girls.

And another

And another

Each of the girls in the series has a gift to give or a gift she has just received. Wouldn't these be fun to stitch and give to your girl friends. I used all kinds of fun embellishments on their hats and boxes. Of course there are beads and metallics.

Have fun. The club starts shipping December 2009, so sign up early!
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