Thursday, April 28, 2011

CREEPY, CREEPY CHARACTERS BY THE NEEDLE DEEVA

Let's face it, we are addicted to needlepoint clubs.  It's a harmless addiction but an addiction none the less.  We love getting our packages each month.  It's a guaranteed present just for you.  It's even more fun when it's packed in a sparkly envelope like we do.

So, allow me to tempt you with the latest creations of the Needle Deeva and Robin King.  Nine creepy characters as only the Needle Deeva could design them. Couple that with stitch guides by the ever talented Robin King and you have a winning combination.

How fun are these guys!


I already know how I want to finish mine!

They are only 4.5" x 5" on 18ct canvas so it's going to be a pretty quick stitch.

Sign up early to be the first to receive yours! Monthly shipments of painted canvas and stitch guide start October 10th. Everyone joining the club will receive a FREE ornament and guide with their 8th shipment. 

For more details on the club click here.  Hope you decide to join us, it's going to be a creepy ride.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Promise

Anna-Marie Winter is a very dear friend of mine and not only a fabulous designer but a patient and giving teacher.  Periodically we entice her to teach Cyber Classes at Bedecked and Beadazzled.  They are always a great learning experience.

The newest Cyber Class she is offering is Promise. 


Here's how Anna-Marie describes the piece.  Delicate bands of Hemstitching separated by narrow inserts of lace and embroidery on an antique camisole was the inspiration for this graceful rolled pillow. Traditional counted thread techniques worked in untraditional fibers form the basis for this cyberclass. Elegant bands of hearts, flowers and open work embroidered in silk and pearls borders a lacy center band of Hardanger and Pattern Darning. Fine silk ribbon, Soie d’Alger, Soie Perlee, pearl braid and seed pearls are used to work the delicate bands of Pulled and Drawn Thread embroidery, Darning patterns and Hemstitching.


This classic white on white design combines a variety of fibers including silk, silk ribbon and metallic threads. Various finishing techniques will also be explored to adapt this design to several styles of pillows or finished as a framed piece.


Class starts June 15th, so if you are interested in joining us please sign up soon.

Complete class information can be found here.  To see more of Anna-Marie's work visit her website at www.annamariewinter.com.


Hopefully one day soon we will be able to announce that she is teaching in person at the shop. Wouldn't that be a treat!

Monday, April 18, 2011

What a wonderful happy weekend

Yesterday was the last day of Kelly's visit to Bedecked and Beadazzled, for this year.  Yes, it's true, we are talking about a yearly visit.  Cross your fingers, ladies.

The class format for the last two days worked out great.  We did a "Stitch with Kelly" Party so we all had input on the the stitches and threads used in the design.  So, as soon as Kelly and I finish the stitch guide for this canvas there will be three, count them three options for stitching the basket.  How cool is that?

There's the original option with the wonderful dimensional basket.


Or the faux woven basket as we're calling it.


Or the traditional metal painted basket look.


This is definitely a class format for those that are willing to test and experiment.  We changed a few stitches and changed a few threads but had a great time doing it.  I know all the mental gymnastics took its toll on Kelly but in the end we all came away having learned so much about the stitching and the design process. 

We got through most of the boxes picking stitches and threads. Just look at these delicate ribbon roses gracing the ribbon on the bottom box.  Kelly uses Memory Thread for padding.  Great technique - It keeps your padding from taking on a life of its own and slipping while you are stitching.


A fun time was had by all.  Just look at these glowing faces!

Kelly signed our wall so we know it's true. She was really here.

Come back soon everyone, we love having you here!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

When it rains, it pours....... literally

Today was a crazy, crazy rainy day.  Hours and hours and hours of rain, but we were inside happy, sunny and dry stitching with Kelly Clark!

Today and tomorrow were "Stitch with Kelly" days.  Two wonderfully relaxed days of stitching together, just us girls with a very talented designer friend.


Our project is the wonderful Giftbox Topiary.  It's exclusively ours and filled with Joy.



Kelly arrived with ideas and parts of the canvas stitched.  We've experimented and revised a few things.  :-) Okay, we couldn't resist a few tweaks.  Could we?

The focal point of the topiary is the planter which is woven in a striped pattern.  First you attach wires bent and formed to create a semi-angular shape.



Real tools were needed for this.  So, now we need pliers, wire cutters and square nose pliers in our stitchy tool kits.  But I digress.

Once the wires are in place the weaving begins.......

Kelly demonstrated the technique of laying in the warp threads for the weaving and then actually weaving the stripes.


It's a little wonky when you first begin.  The wire is wiggling this way and the threads are wiggling that way.  I needed a third hand. That third hand is the orange perle cotton you see in the photo above.  I needed to put a little tension on the wire to keep it in place.  I think this is going to help.  We'll see when I get back to it tomorrow.

This is Kelly's oh-so-cool planter.  Hopefully mine will look half this good tomorrow.  Love the bun feet.
Kelly is a lovely, gracious, talented lady and we are loving every moment of stitching fun with her.

Until tomorrow......

Friday, April 15, 2011

A Face Anyone Could Love!



How can you resist this face?  The lush red hair, the stellar hat, the haute couture gown.  They all add up to Kelly Clark's latest creation, Elvira.




Today was the first day of a three day teaching event at Bedecked and Beadazzled with the oh so talented Kelly Clark.  Kelly graciously agreed to teach Elvira for us before she is even launched at the tradeshow in June.


We made tiny little wrapped hands for Elvira and a beautiful woven witch hat that is dimensional and very cool.  Kelly patiently demonstrated the techniques needed so that our girls could look just as sweet as hers.



Look at that magical broom straight from Kelly's Texas backyard.



Wow, what a day we had! Thanks to everyone who came.  We loved having you here.
There's more fun planned for tomorrow.  Stay tuned.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Another Nifty App

I do love technology!  When Sandy Arthur called and told me her book (shapes of needlepoint) was also available as an app for the iphone I was hooked.



What a great system, you can search by shape, name or thread count.  No more wondering if you can do a Broad Cross Boxed over 6 x 6 threads.  Here it is.



Some of the stitches even have helpful hints that can pop up about them!

Another must have app for our iphones!  You can download the app here.

And while you are at it, it's still a great book for the library.  Yes, thanks to technology I think we need all versions and formats.  We have the book in stock if you would like a copy.


 

Sunday, April 10, 2011

It's a Clear and Sunny Day!

The colors of Spring are bursting on this canvas.  The next stop on our journey is the sky. 

The color is a lovely shade of Aquamarine.  I chose a big circular stitch originally designed by Brenda Hart.  It's curly and quirky and plays off the whimsey of the flowers.  The stitch is worked in two parts.  This is one of those times where I tell you you really should finish at least the first part of the background before moving on to the next lesson.  Counting over these big expanses is not a huge challenge but if the flowers are stitched first, YIKES!

This is my completed lesson #2 with both parts of the sky stitch completed and the leaves.



I have included in the instructions two alternate stitch choices for the sky;  one for those of you who are stitching this as a pillow that might actually be touched - smaller circles. 



The third option has a little less compensation needed and will provide you with greater coverage once completed.  Thanks to the ladies in class today I am able to show you images of the 2 alternate stitches started.



Once the sky is complete it's time to move onto the leaves.  These are mostly in the background so I wanted pretty colors and threads but not necessarily anything that would distract from the upcoming flower blooms.

My favorite leaves are the ones on the left worked in a modified leaf stitch.  The modified leaf stitch is one of those stitches that should be in your arsenal of go-to stitches.  It is worked in the same manner as the leaf stitches in the body of the bird but you adjust the length, angle and position of the stitches to match what is painted on the canvas. It is basically embroidery so no counting just follow the angle needed to make the leaf pretty.

Since these leaves are painted one color on one side and a different color on the opposite side I stitched the sides one at a time.  The light green side is gorgeous Duchess Silk from Gloriana.  It is only available in a few colors so far but it is a dream to stitch with.  It glows from the canvas.



The opposite side of the leaf is Gloriana Lorikeet.  The combination of the 2 threads is magical. 



The other nice thing about using a modified leaf stitch here is that we really aren't busying up the canvas with more stitches.  There is a continuity between the stitch choices.  Two leaf stitches on the bird and one in the leaf, they are all related.  The circles in the background play off the design of the flowers painted on the canvas.



Have fun with the sky and the leaves until next time.  With Easter and Kelly Clark coming to teach at the shop we won't have another class for 3 weeks.  Lots of time to get that sky done.

P.S.  Always feel free to make your canvas completely your own.  Lisa chose not to use the fuzzy stuff on the bird's wing but instead decided to give our little friend a fuzzy top knot.  How cute is that? By next time my bird may grow a little fluff too.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

If you ever get the chance.....

You really must take a class from Jean Krynicki owner of River Silks!  She's one talented lady!  Last Saturday we were fortunate to have her at Bedecked and Beadazzled teaching her basics class to a sell out crowd.


Jean brought her equally talented daughters Beth and Lynn so we had lots of help.  The ladies fanned out and gave everyone the individual attention they needed.



We learned how to attach the ribbon to the needle, work French and Colonial Knots, make Lazy Daisies, Japanese Ribbon Stitches and a variety of Roses.  Jean even shared her new Herringbone Border Design.  So many great stitches and so many pretty Ribbons.




Jean will definitely be back to teach again.  We always have such a good time when she visits.

Jean, Beth and Lynn, thanks for coming to visit.
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