Sunday, February 27, 2011

The snowman's frame.....

Well, here we are, lesson #4 of the Snowman's Nose mystery class at Bedecked and Beadazzled......

The comment has been made when looking at this canvas how busy it is.

That's true, there's a lot going on.  That's one of the things I love most about it. 

When it is simply a painted canvas it's hard to distinguish foreground and background. Once we start adding details and pulling some items forward and pushing others to the back, we bring the details into focus.  You start to see that it's  a snowman with birds on his nose peeking through a wonderfully embellished frame.  Remember those great sugar eggs we used to get at Easter?  That's the feeling I'm trying to achieve here.  The frame is super embellished and flashy like a sugar egg.  The snowman is inside peeking out.

The borders are completed in this lesson giving us an anchor to the outside edges of the design. 

The leaves are completely beaded.  That's one of those things I knew from the start I was going to do :-) Lot's of sparkle on the sugar coated border.  I used size 14 silver lined beads here and swarovski crystal beads for the heart so that they would both create different sparkles!

The striped borders around the outside edge are fun little patterns of Crossed Stitches and beads. Yes, we beaded a border!  It's a quickie.

Two more weeks and we'll be done.  We have the hearts and berries in the border to finish and our 3 cute little birdies!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Groupon - coupon for Bedecked and Beadazzled

Here we are in 2011.  The world and technology are changing faster than we know what to do with it.

Our passion is needlework, a time honored tradition.

Yet somehow we have to embrace the future and embrace what it can do for us.

So....... tomorrow Bedecked and Beadazzled will be featured on Groupon in the Baltimore area.  For those, that don't know yet what Groupon is, you can check out their website here.  It's an online "coupon" purchasing system with branches for different cities. 

It's a great value for the purchaser.  Every morning an offer is sent via email, facebook or twitter.  You tell them a little about yourself and they customize the deals that are most relevant to you.  You can then share the deals on your social network so that even more people can share the deal.

See how young and hip all this is.  Which got me to thinking about all those young and hip potential needlepointers. They need to come and visit Bedecked and Beadazzled. 

We are offering a Beginner Needlepoint Class to first time customers at a reduced rate. 

Complete with all the frills, this two hour class will include a handpainted canvas by Jenny Henry, our very own twenty something (OK, she may finally be 30, but you get the idea.) gorgeous, easy to use threads, stretcher bars, tacks, scissors and your choice of either a leather jewelry box or luggage tag to finish your new needlepoint.

This is a beginner class;  it's designed as a fun Saturday afternoon for the girls.  Think about gifting it to your daughters and their friends so that they can get together, make something and learn a new skill at the same time.  Or maybe it's a mother/daughter or sister afternoon.  Either way, it's a great way to introduce newbies to the craft we love.

Watch your email tomorrow if you are groupon subscriber, opportunities await!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Woo Hoo!!! New blog to follow

Vicky De Angelis, dear friend and stitcher extraordinaire has just launched her new blog.  I'm excited to see what she's working on and what she posts.  It's called Mostly Needlepoint and will include mostly needlepoint, a little about her cats and anything else that tickles her fancy.

Her first project is the Laurel Burch Rainbow Birds from Danji that Brenda Hart has done an exceptional stitch guide for.  I've seen this piece stitched and had to have it.  Yes, another for the "to do" pile. 

Welcome to the blogosphere Vicky!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Our Snowman Hearts you just in time for Valentine's Day

For those of you following the progress on our Snowman Mystery Class today is the third lesson.  Kits are in the mail!

More details are being developed on our snowman.  Yay!  This week, we focused primarily on his mittened hand holding the heart.

We still have outlines to deal with.  In many areas I am covering the upper black outlines and leaving the bottom ones exposed. This allows the lower outlines to act as shadows underneath the object.

The heart is stitched in a combination of Basketweave Twill worked in Kreinik Fine (#8) Braid and 2mm Swarovski crystals.  We stitched over the black outlines. Because the crystals are transparent a little of the black shows through creating shadows and depth on the edges of the heart.  We could have used beads for the heart.  I chose crystals for several reasons.  One is that I have beads planned for elsewhere in the design (yes, I've tipped my hand.)  I want contrast in texture between the crystal heart and other beads.  The other reason I used crystals is that the heart is supposed to be really special.  Tomorrow is Valentine's Day after all. 

The mitten is again knitted, but the cuff is Turkey Work.  I know, Turkey Work isn't really anyone's favorite stitch but it is a great effect.  It adds drama to the design drawing your eye.  The trick with Turkey Work is to use it only on areas that really need to POP forward and that don't have anything interrupting the turkey work area as nothing else will ever be as bold of a stitch.

On the snowman, the turkey work is perfect as his mittened hand needs to look as though it is projecting out of the circular frame toward us.  Turkey Work trim on a santa where there are toys overlapping the trim doesn't work as well.  The turkey work trim will come forward and the toys will sink back and disappear.

We also started the outer frame. It is filled with even more details.  We want the frame to come forward in front of the snowman but the arm must still come forward the most.

All of the brown vines are couched DMC memory thread.  By the time you finish these vines you will be an expert at memory thread.  DMC has a great tutorial on their website for how to attach the thread.  You can see it here.  It really is super easy to work with.

Only two more lessons and our snowman will be complete!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Meet the Flirty Girls!

The Flirty Girls are my newest girls.  They are the "IT" girls.  The party girls.  The "girls just wanna have fun" girls.  And fun they would be to stitch.

Some of the girls are also available as 6 inch squares or as 3 inch circles to fit various Lee and Stirling Leather Goods.  This one turned out so cool stitched.  You really can't help but smile with this group of girls. 

Hope they brighten your Monday.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

A warm and snuggly scarf is needed on a cold wet snowy day!

Here you go. Now you can really see how important the scarf is on our snowman. It looks fluffy and warm and curvy. 

This is before and after stitching the scarf.  I covered the top black outlines but left the lower ones. 

Can't wait to see what I add next.... I have ideas!
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