Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year and Merry Cat-Mouse

What can I say?  I'm not over Christmas yet.  It takes awhile for me.  I sort of ease into it and then hang on :-)

You know I love cats so here's my new most favorite cat canvas.

It's a 2 piece canvas stitch painted on 13ct.  And once I survived the border in Basketweave it was smooth sailing.  Yes, I know the rest of the world finds Basketweave soothing. I find it stressful.

Oh well, it's done and it's cute and I love the finishing.  Thank you magic finishing elves for once again doing a stellar job.

Wishing you a Happy, Healthy 2012.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Santa Baby

We've waited patiently and Witchy Poo's companion Santa Baby has returned in time for the new year.  Isn't she spectacular?

Designed by EyeCandy Needleart with stitch guide by Vicky DeAngelis this is just the most darling kitty to add to your holiday collection.  She's quick to stitch and oh so fun.

Check out those eyes!

I'll let you in on a secret. EyeCandy has two more holiday cats coming to the line.  Oh so cute.  Watch or website for their unveiling in a few short weeks.

Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

And now for sparkles of a totally different kind......

Karl and I went on a field trip last night.  Oh the lights!  You know I like sparkles of all kinds.  Metallics, beads, crystals, diamonds, holiday lights......

There is no other word for some of these displays other than outrageous!.  Do you ever wonder where these people store this stuff?  Maybe they don't have needlepoint stashes to last them well into the next Millenia.

I hope you enjoy these pictures.  And that they bring a little sparkle to your holidays.

Baltimore has a quirky area named Hampden that is totally a throw back to the 50's.  Remember the movie Hairspray?  That's what I'm talking about.  Beehive hair -dos, pink flamingos, John Waters movies, pink poodles, cat's eye glasses.  It's a funky little area and they do Christmas right. 

We headed off to 34th street to see the lights and were instantly greeted by Santa!

There's a one block stretch of 34th Street row houses where every home is decorated for Christmas.  Some traditional and some artsy but all done with love. 

Santa's Sleigh driven by crabs is perfect for Baltimore!

This winking guy, Natty Boh, is the icon for an old Baltimore Beer and has a place in the Christmas displays.

Of course no holiday display is complete without a manger scene created with robots.

Merry Christmas everyone from Baltimore, with love.

Thank you Karl, for taking all these pictures!  Thank you to all the people who took the time to set up these displays.  Great job everyone.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

More sparkles please!

Can't you just hear me happily suggesting that we bead the candies and the lollipops?  Yes, that's exactly what we did!

I love things that are completely beaded.  The only thing that I did on these candies that is a little out of the norm is that I angled the beads at different directions.  So, white beads face one way, colored beads face the other way.  I think it adds a little more swirl to a swirly candy.

The pink and green tree is pretty simple.  A beautiful overdye and bright pink Petite Peluche are all it needed to make it come to life.

Next up, we started on the patchwork tree. Simple stitches and yes MORE BEADS!  I love beads.  Did you know that?

We're in the home stretch now.  Not much to do to finish this canvas.  What will it be?  Oh, I have a few surprises up my sleeve.  Only Santa knows what they are. 

The final lesson is in 4 weeks so if you are stitching along you have lots of time to catch up.

Here's wishing you a holiday as happy as Candyland!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Oh to have a Needlepoint Pixie

Just imagine, you are stitching away and you have a great idea but you just can't keep your eyes open a moment longer.  Twitch your nose or cross your arms and blink - the needlepoint pixie arrives to save the day!

She stitches when it just has to get done.  She rips when you don't want to.  Been there, done that.  No one will notice, and then rows and rows later you just can't stand it.  Needlepoint Pixie to the rescue!

Here's our very own Needlepoint Pixie.  Her painted canvas comes complete with stitchguide by Vicky DeAngelis.  I love her skirt! It's flirty.

The finishing is perfect.  Just enough fun and extra color to make it special.  Hang it in your stitching room and she will keep your stitching muse company.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Twenty-something? Married with small kids?

Does this description sound like you or someone on your holiday shopping list?  If so, why not consider a needlepoint project? 

We have great new kits in stock that are less than $30 and contain all the supplies to make a set of 4 oh-so-hip coasters.  Designed by Jenny Henry, a local young mother and needlepoint designer, to appeal to her friends.

Each kit contains 5 plastic canvas squares (Yes, it's plastic canvas but we all started somewhere), Cork backs, Three big balls of yarn (enough to make oodles of coasters) and complete instructions for one design. 

The patterns are timeless but the colors are now.  One pattern/colorway per kit.  These are just the thing to get a new stitcher hooked on the art we love.

We have lots of other holiday  gifts if you are looking for a little something for a stitcher friend.

Sparkly magnets
Fun scissor fobs
Needle Vials
Snap Trays
Projects Bags

Happy Holiday shopping!

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Bring on the Bling!

Generally, you know my theory.  If a little sparkle is good.  More sparkle is better.  Check out my closet.  Lot's of sparkly clothes and shoes. 

This theory also applies to color.  If a little color is good;  more color is better.  So, you can only imagine the fun I am having with the EyeCandy Needleart Candyland Christmas Tree Farm that is our current Mystery Class at Bedecked and Beadazzled.

Today was class number two.  We worked on two trees and the moon.  We also added more sparkle to the sky.  You could have guessed I wouldn't leave it simple as it was.  The entire background is now covered in sequins.  I like bling.  If this is a little much for you, you could just randomly sprinkle sequins throughout the sky. 

The polka dot tree is lots of fun.  You never have time to get bored.  The stitches and threads are always changing.  I love the big fuchsia sequin dots and the jessica wreaths add great dimension.

The plaid tree is instant gratification.  Strategically placed long stitches in great colors, bring this tree to life in no time at all.

I really do love my beads and my bling.    Several people have asked how I bead so quickly.  Here's what works for me.  I have a small beading tray that I sit directly on my stitching filled with beads or sequins.  With it this close by I don't have to reach far to get my beads.  I still work with a stand, so my needlepoint is at an angle.  I use a pretty magnet to act as a doorstop at the bottom of the tray so it can't slide far.  

The trick for all of this with me is keeping everything close at hand.  I work with my chart attached to my needlepoint when I need it and with my bead tray attached too.  The less I have to move my frame of reference the better and quicker I stitch.  Hope this makes sense and helps.

It looks like we will wrap up this mystery in four lessons rather than five.  I'm having so much fun;  I'm stitching so quickly.  The next lesson is just before Christmas, December 18th!   See you then.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Look who's coming to the party

Our second lovely lady is fashionably late to the party.  She is however a stunner.  Check out her dress.  I'm in love, do you think she will let me borrow it?

These girls are so much fun to stitch.  We are stitching them one at a time in our Mystery with a Twist Class at Bedecked and Beadazzled. 

Each of the ladies has great opportunities for fun hairstyles.

And of course you know I am loving dreaming up different embellishments for each of the girls.  This one has crystal and beaded earrings and crystal and beaded trim on her gown.

Wonder where they are going?  Obviously a formal event and not the grocery store.  Kit #2 for those of you in the class will ship Wednesday or Thursday of this week.

Now to see what I will dream up for our third attendee.  Enjoy the party girls.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

It's really finished!

You've got to love a project that not only turns out great but that you finish in a timely manner.  Thus is the case with Lynn Payette's Birches class.

This was a two day class we offered at Bedecked and Beadazzled in October and here I am ready to tell you that it's back from the framer!  Woo Hoo! 

The class was great fun and I learned a lot.  If you ever have the opportunity to take this class I will promise you will love it.  Lynn will be back at the shop, so stay tuned to see what she teaches next.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Magical Road to Sweet Surprises

Here we are, starting our Holiday mystery at Bedecked and Beadazzled just a week before Thanksgiving.  Did I actually say a week before Thanksgiving?  Yes, I did.  There are trees to be decorated.  Gifts to be wrapped and most importantly to us silly stitchers pastel colored trees to needlepoint!  I better get a move on designing the stitches and fun for this piece.

The EyeCandy Candyland Christmas Tree Farm is a delight to stitch.  Ada designed it in such a way that it is perfectly painted.  The colors are clear and fresh and there's lots of room for me to play with the sparklies that I love.

We started the class with the zig zag tree on the left.  You know I love the colors of this tree and it totally reminds me of Missoni.  Yes, I loved Missoni well before the Target ads.

It's a simple stitch once you get the first row in place.  If you are doing this with us long distance, please count carefully on the first row.  Each stitch is on a perfect diagonal.  Notice how all the peaks and valleys line up.  That's what makes the tree look like it is zig zagging right off the canvas.

Once the tree is complete we frosted the edges of the branches with Arctic Rays. 

The sky is the next part of the canvas to be transformed.  One ply of overdyed embroidery floss with one strand of Accentuate gives it just a little bit of shimmer.

Are we finished with the sky?  Who knows, I may just decide we need a little extra sparkle.  You'll have to wait until the next lesson to see what I decide.

To everyone who is doing this class, thank you for joining us.  To the ladies who came to class today thanks for coming to play. We love seeing you and stitching with you.  This week we were honored to have two ladies from Connecticut join the party.   Can't wait to see you girls again.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Hoot! Hoot!

Allow me to introduce our latest and funnest and happiest club to date.  Hoot!  Hoot! Owls by EyeCandy Needleart.

Six small owls, one for each season.  They are a mere 3.5" x 5.5" handpainted on 18ct.  Each Hooty Owl comes with the perfect stitchguide also written by EyeCandy Needleart.

 Spring Fever Owl

 Patriot Owl

 Spooky Owl

  Harvest Owl

  Holiday Owl

Winter Owl

If you are interested in stitching these owls you can sign up for the club through many needlework shops across the country and receive one canvas and guide per month.  

Call your favorite shop and ask them about the Hoot!  Hoot!  Owl club from Ruth Schmuff Designs.  Club starts April 2012.  

I know I'm going to have to stitch a set of these for myself.  They are just tooo darn cute!

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