Thursday, September 23, 2010

Just look at the frame!

Okay, look at the needlepoint, really look at the needlepoint.... I do love it when everything comes together.  The framing on the Watering Can lady is wonderful.  It's everything I had in my mind and more.

This was a mystery class that we ran several months ago at the shop — A Maggie canvas brought to life with stitches and thread choices from my crazy little head.

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you can join us sometime. Mystery Classes are loads of fun.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The face is most important

I start a canvas with the parts that I know have to be a certain way. Sometimes its a certain color that sets a tone or a stitch or a patter that I see in my head. In this case it was her face. She had to look cute! She is a little girl playing dress up with the most amazing costume ever. The cats and bats over her shoulder, are they real or are they only in her imagination?

Today was lesson #1 of the Hermina Batwings class at the shop. Today was a day for stitching things we can not see. BLACK! OK, I must be getting old. Black bats, black cats, black hat and then the face, green on green.

I really do like her face;  it's one ply of silk in the same yummy green color she was painted.  One ply allows the pink of her cheeks to gently show through.  I'm never happy with the blending of thread colors in such a small space so very light coverage allows the blush on her cheeks to show through. 

The bats have a fun little pattern worked in 2 different black threads that moves quickly and looks good.

Next lesson, I promise lots and lots of color!

Monday, September 13, 2010

What fun we are having

Brenda Hart, Canvas Embellishment Guru has been here this weekend for her annual Fall trip.  We have a great time.  It's a very informal class with lots of give and take of ideas.  Brenda is really quite brilliant with her stitch choices.  She looks at a canvas and knows what details to edit and what details to bring to life.

One of the best things about Brenda's personality is her open nature.  She's willing to work with you.  If you put in a stitch and don't like it; we'll find another.  There's no one answer, there's lots of answers and she's willing to find the one that works for you.

Over time, students come back and show off finished pieces which is always a treat.

This peacock canvas by Shorebirds was stitched in class a year or so ago and is absolutely stunning.  I love the background and would never in a million years have thought of it.  That's the beauty of Brenda.

Sue stitched this canvas from Maggie and with the help of Brenda's vision it really shines!

Amanda Lawford's Poppy is brought to life with great stitches and fun buttons.

Now of course as every needlepointer knows, much of the fun of taking the class is the shopping!

Seriously, though, most of the bags were already Karen's but she looked so cute here.

Thanks everyone for coming and making this another special weekend at Bedecked and Beadazzled.


P.S. Brenda had so much fun, she asked to come back in January; she doesn't want to wait until May. How cool is that?

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Know a good thing when you see it......

Have you seen these needle threaders?  If not, they are must haves for your stitching bag. 

These needle threaders are similar to the traditional wire needle threaders but much stronger.  They even have a cutter in the end to snip your threads.  Maybe this is the answer to the burning "What will TSA approve for a plane flight?"

There are 3 sizes: 

the small shown here for beading needles and little one ply projects.

An in between size for most of your silks and flosses or the nifty square tipped threader for yarns.

They even come in these cute little storage containers so the wires don't bend when you aren't using them.  You know I love my organizational gismos!

Saturday, September 04, 2010

It's an Atomic Christmas!

I can feel the swing of the 60's calling me.  These ornaments are super quick and oh so easy.  The giant paillettes and fabulous crystals make them sparkle. 

We have once again teamed up with EyeCandy Needleart to bring you a fun and easy ornament club available exclusively at Bedecked and Beadazzled.  Ada Haydon designed the ornaments, I did the stitchguides.  Candy colors and a retro vibe make this the perfect companion series to our Tickled Pink ornaments.  If you missed the Tickled Pinks you can see them here.

Monthly shipments of painted canvas and stitch guide start November 10th.  You can read more about our club and sign up for it here.

Wishing you a Very Merry Atomic Christmas!

I had to add this picture! We put all of the Atomic ornaments on the tree with the Tickled Pink series. Aren't they cute?

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