Thursday, October 29, 2009

What a Wonderful Weekend

You can not imagine how much fun we had last weekend. We had just unpacked the store and were open to welcome customers Tuesday morning.

Thursday night Caela Conn Tyler came to teach 3 days of exceptional classes for us. Oh the fun! Friday we had a wonderful lecture/spontaneous painted canvas embellishment class and then Saturday and Sunday we stitched Piazza San Marco.

Piazza is a gorgeous piece and so much fun to stitch. Caela has worked out all the details. All we had to do was relax and follow along on the journey. We did have to count but no one seemed to mind. We were entranced with the project. If you have the chance to take Piazza San Marco do so, you will love the project and the class.

Caela is a truly gracious teacher willing to share her talents and skills. We've already invited her back!

You can see our new classroom in these photos. The space is quite comfortable. Plenty of room for everyone!

One of the new additions to the classroom is this large poster of our Bee. I'm asking each of the teachers to autograph it when they come to visit. It will be a great reminder of all the years of fun, learning and friendship we are going to have in this space.

I can't wait to watch it all unfold!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

We're Open!

The new store is unpacked and ready for primetime viewing. It really is a very cool space that I think you are going to enjoy. All the stuff that made the old store so me is still here along with lots of fun new things to explore. The walls are still my funky shade of lime green that just makes everything happy. Some of the floors have tiger carpet. (More to come later) All in all a very good move.

The move was especially good thanks to the help of a group of very dear friends who kicked in and went well beyond the call of duty to get us unpacked and prettied up in just 48 hours!!! You girls rock!

I've attached lots of pics and will add more in the next few days. Our big (and I do mean big) sign is being installed on Thursday. That will make it super easy for you to find us.

Let's go for a tour of the front room.....

Our pretty armoire is the first thing to welcome you as you enter. Currently it is all decked out for Halloween.

The chandelier made the move safe and sound. Every needlepoint store needs its icon.

The wall to the right of the front counter will feature our current and upcoming clubs and classes. In other words, this is where the action is!

Models, gifts and treasures are here to tempt you.

One of our big canvas walls is currently all Christmas. You know I love Christmas!

What? A doorway? A hall filled with DMC and Anchor threads? More areas to explore.

At the back of the front room, can you see, there's another room with more canvases!!! This will be the trunkshow room. All of our designer catalogs are here too, so this is the perfect place to hang out and plan that next great project.

There you have it. Tour du jour part one. Pictures of the exterior and the classroom and the counted canvaswork room to follow as soon as I catch my breath.

thank you all for loving the shop and what we do in it!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Merry Christmas -- Ho Ho Ho

Well, where to begin. At the beginning of course... Today was the first day of our Merry Christmas Mystery Class. I know, you think I am crazy having class today when we move the store tomorrow, but it was important, so we did it. (Many of you who have ordered this class to be shipped long distance will find your supplies arriving next week. There are still some canvases to ship as I am waiting for more to arrive.)

Raymond Crawford designed this canvas and it is charming. It's my mission to kick it up a notch. You know, add a little bling.

We started with the borders which I wanted to be a little more whimsical. All gold was just too traditional. They are now tiny red and gold checks. We also tackled 2 tiny squares. In my mind, the small squares should be little jewels as in a quilt, while allowing the iconic squares to steal the show.

Another challenge with this canvas is that it isn't stitch painted. There's nothing wrong with that, it just means that your little squares vs my little squares may be different sizes. I have to take that into account and not do my typical OCD planning. That's hard for me :-)

Hope you like what you see.

On to the move. Here we go. We're all packed and the movers come tomorrow. We can do it! It's going to be great! Pictures soon. I promise.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Not So Mellow Yellow

I just had to share. Sue has been taking my Mellow Yellow Mystery Class at the shop but made one major change....the background. We picked a different stitch and different threads so that the background could be changed from pink to black. I've included this option in the stitchguide so that others can change too. Everything else is pretty much the same as on mine.

It looks great! It makes all the colors pop! One small change can change the feel of the entire piece.

It's off to the finisher for mine so we'll have new pictures when it returns. Mellow Yellow and Not So Mellow Yellow..... Oh what fun!

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Mellow Yellow now complete!

It's finished and I love it! I'm really quite pleased with how this Melissa Shirley canvas turned out. I've been stitching this canvas and teaching it at the shop as a Mystery Class. With each lesson, a new section of the canvas is revealed stitched.

Each section was a challenge to make the flowers and butterflies move forward and back in space as they should. In the end the flowers have the charm and whimsy that I wanted.

Since I last posted 2 weeks ago I completed the yellow flower on the right. The cool thing about this flower is that it uses one of those overdyes that has many different colors in it. The kind of overdye we all buy because it is pretty but we never really know what to do with it. This one had yellow and pink and green and orange all in the same thread. It's called Miami Deco and it's by Gloriana Threads. It became the perfect outline around the flower petals. How cute is that?

The other challenge on this canvas was the final butterfly. This butterfly needed to be the item that comes forward in the design. It needed to project in front of the zinnias and the other flowers. WOW, what to do? I decided on wired ribbon. 1.5" in width, folded and pleated to make wings. They are fluffy and cute and create just the effect I wanted.

Next step is finishing so off to the finisher it goes. I'll post pictures when it returns. Until then, I'll be stitching and teaching our next Mystery Class - Merry Christmas by Raymond Crawford!

Friday, October 02, 2009

Progress is being made

I promise, pictures are coming. The new space will be ready in a week. Can you believe it? Probably not, but I have a great contractor and he's getting the job done.

Ceiling is in
Lights abound
There are holes cut in walls (I know, it sounds weird, but trust me this is a good thing)
Paint is on the walls (Yes, it's green)
Carpet arrives on Friday and then the games can begin!

We will be closed on the 18th of October so that we can move more efficiently but other than that, business as usual. We are still open in our regular location in Cockeysville.

Our hours at the new store will remain the same, so come see the new shop after the 20th of October

1520 York Road, Cockeysville, MD 21093

See you soon.
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