Thursday, May 26, 2011

What's one more mystery between friends?

Well, I admit it.  I have little to no willpower.  There are just too many things I want to stitch.  Today I decided to add another project to the pile.

I also decided that this particular canvas that's going into the pile could be a fun Mystery with a Twist

What's a Mystery with a Twist?  Well, it's just like our Mystery Classes but without some of the structure.  Some canvases have great potential but just won't work in a traditional class;  there are just too many little spots.  We'd no sooner start an area than we'd have to start something else.  I for one don't love all those strings hanging from the canvas while working in class.

So, for this project everyone will be stitching in their own comfy stitching chair - no formal classes. 

I'm also not planning exact dates for this mystery. We'll start later in the summer and stitch one geisha at a time.  There may be a month between lessons there may be more.  I promise, we'll keep it going, sparkly little gem.  When we finish one it will feel like we've accomplished something. I even have a fun idea for the background.

Everything else will be just like a regular Bedecked and Beadazzled Mystery Class.  If you decide to join the fun we'll send canvas, stitch guide for a geisha and the first group of threads, beads etc.  I will post fun pictures here; we can chat over on Stitcherie.  We'll have a good time. 

Each time I stitch another geisha you will receive another shiny purple envelope of fun in the mail.

What do you think?  Who's in?

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The flowers are a'blooming!

Wowsy, wowsy.  The flowers on our mystery canvas have burst into bloom in the last few weeks.  Just like flowers in a garden one day you look and there they are.

Just like flowers in a garden no two are alike.

They are great fun to stitch.  All the flowers use basically the same stitches, just in different combinations.  I wanted them all to be different but still look like they belong together.  There are satin stitches to fill the backgrounds of the flower and loopy lazy daisy stitches to add a little flippy fun to the petals.  I even managed to add a few folded ribbon roses to the mix.

We set the pace with the first flower we stitched so all our others need to be equally fluffy and fun. 

As you can see we've added some more zecca buttons.  Can't go wrong with that either.

After class today some of our flower designers were plotting color changes.  That will be fun to see in future posts.  Perhaps the gray in the flowers will go away and be replaced with something else?  Rumor currently has pink and yellow taking the lead for color changes. Time will tell.

One more lesson to finish the last of the flowers, the dragonfly and the nest.  How cute is our bird. 

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Silly, Sassy, Sparkly Socks

Allow me to introduce our latest and sparkliest club.  The Silly, Sassy, Sparkly Sock Club.

Six small socks all complete with stitch guides and ready for you stitch and embellish.  I designed the socks and my dear friend Vicky De Angelis created the stitch guides. You are going to love these socks!  Some even come with Swarovski Crystals.

Star Sock

Sparkly Snowflakes Sock

Snowflake Sock

Sassy Snowflake Sock

Lots of Stars Sock

Lots of Snowflakes Sock

If you are interested in stitching these socks 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 Silly, Sassy, Sparkly Sock Club from Ruth Schmuff Designs.  Club starts September 2011.

Monday, May 16, 2011

What a group - an eclectic one at best.

This past weekend was another fun filled embellishment weekend with the inimitable Brenda Hart.  Brenda comes several times a year and we pick her brain.  Each student selects a different canvas and then Brenda is challenged to select threads and stitches for the canvas.

One of the most interesting things is the diversity in canvases. This is just a peak into some of our newest projects.

Mary selected Slo Gin Sadie from Leigh.  It is so much fun. 
Mary gets to be a fashion designer and jewelry designer on this canvas.

Katie collects owls.  Last year she started this fun guy with Brenda.

And this year she added to the collection with the owl trio. 
I should have take a picture at the end of day three.  She got so much done. 
Way to go Katie!

If owls aren't your thing, what about snakes?

Linda is a regular in class.  I can't wait to see what she and Brenda decide for this piece.

We also had lizards.

And those who dressed to match their canvases.

Pat selected wonderful Laurel Burch animals.

And lest you think everyone did funky animals and creatures, just look at the beautiful Lani music collage that Kathy is stitching.

If you would like to join us, we'd love to have you.  We're a fun and relaxed group.  You can see the class schedule here.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Is this not just tooooooo cool?

Back from the finisher one of those wonderful pieces that exceeds your expectations.

The EyeCandy Needleart 3d Fall Tree.

Now, granted you do have to stitch the tree 3 times to create this piece of wonderment but I think it is well worth the effort.  This tree belongs to Pat and she had a great time stitching it.  The finisher created just the sense of whimsy we were looking for.  Great job everyone.

There are also Winter, Spring and Summer trees that can be stitched and finished dimensionally.  Stitch guides are available through Needlepoint Now. 

I better get busy with my trees.  So much to do!

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Home Decor for Santa

The Noel and Jingle pillows from our Holiday Mystery Class have finally returned from the finisher.  They are lovely.  Not sure they are exactly what I had in mind but they are lovely non-the-less.  I will say whenever I see them, all I can picture is the spread in Architectural Digest on Santa and Mrs. Claus' bedroom. 

I see the big lovely sleigh bed with a fluffy fetherbed on top and piles of yummy comforters and quilts.  Big squishy pillows and then these two charmers in the front. 

It is after all always Christmas at Santa's house.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Let the games begin

We've done the tedious parts of the canvas (the sky, the dirt); now we have flowers and leaves and the dragonfly to play with!  You probably know my attention span by now, so I'm excited by the flowers.  Fun little gems we can bring to life.

There's lots of color and detail left.  Let's start with the 4 big leaves at the bottom of the canvas.  Hopefully everyone has their dirt done.

The leaves are bold and graphic, almost as big as the bird!

I kept the stitch choices simple playing mostly with contrast in threads.  I like the juxtaposition of silk ribbon with Lorikeet or Lorikeet with a subtle metallic.  The stitches are simple long stitches or ones that we've used before.  While it might be fun for every leaf and flower to be  different stitch that won't necessarily give us the best finished look.

The first flower to be embellished is created with lots of layers of fluffy ribbon loops and French Knots.

These are really cool and fun to do.  Bring your needle up roughly 1/2" from the edge of your flower.  Fold the ribbon into a loop and then sink the needle again about 3/4" from the edge of the flower.  Keep your finger on top of the loop and bring the needle up through both layers of ribbon.  (now you can move your finger.) Make a French Knot;  this secures the loop! 

There's 2 tricks to this. One is mentioned above.  Keep your finger on top of the loop.  The other trick is the position of the French Knot.  The closer you position your French Knot to the fold in the loop the flatter your petal will be.  The closer to the point where the ribbon goes in and out of the canvas, the taller the loops will sit away from the canvas.  For this flower we want flat loops.

Start with one layer of red ribbon loops in the main red color.

Add the orange stripes.

And then another layer of loops.  And another layer all red this time.

And finally a wonderful Zecca button in the center of the flower.

This flower is Fun and flirty, setting the stage for things to come!

Until next time.
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