Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Renewed, Recharged, Refocused....


Yes, yikes.  Brenda Hart was here last weekend and the energy in the shop was truly a tangible thing.  We all selected our projects we wanted her to guide but somewhere early on we started to drift.

One new project became two.

Two new projects became three.  Yikes!  There was just so much creativity we couldn't help ourselves.

Which probably explains why my little camera stayed in its case all weekend.

I will tell you that some of the canvases we played with included....

Sue and I worked out all the stitches with Brenda for Zecca's Parchesi Board

Kathy is going to have a great time with this Charley Harper Crazy Cat. 
(OK, so will several more of us, we couldn't resist.)

Brenda picked the most amazing stitches for Leigh's Hall of Sacred Bells for Pat.  It is stunning!

Kathy brought this full size stocking of a DC Christmas stocking by DJ Designs. 
Brenda's choice of stitches is perfect.

In keeping with the holiday theme, Carol is doing a gorgeous job on the Rebecca Wood Good Night panel thanks to her talent with the needle and Brenda's great stitch choices!

Sue started the Mouse on the bookshelf by Tapestry Tent. 
It's small and so cute, I am sure she will have it done in no time.

Kathy is beading and crystaling large areas of the Winter Tree by Jane Sassaman.  Do you think she would notice if it lived at Bedecked and Beadazzled rather than in California?  It's stunning.

Lucy worked on a great Strictly Christmas stocking all covered in the cutest beachy santas.  Lucy, if you have a picture, send it my way, we'll add it here.

I'll post more pictures as we finish things but in the meantime think about joining us for one of Brenda Hart's classes.  They really are tooo ooo much fun.  I will post her 2012 schedule on the Bedecked and Beadazzled website in the next few weeks.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Save the Date

Late breaking news!  

Don't you just love the Creepy Characters Club by the Needle Deeva?  For as cute as they are here, once I saw them live and in person at the June market they are doubly cute.

Well, here's your chance to not only own a 10th super cute ornament but to take a class from the one and only Robin King who wrote all the stitch guides!

Woo Hoo!  Are we going to have fun.

Class is August 14th from 1- 4pm.  Call us to sign up.  Space is filling fast.

What's the design?  Well, that remains a secret, just a little while longer.  But looking at these guys how can you resist.

Fine Print:  You don't have to be in the club to take the class but something tells me you are going to want to join if you haven't already.

If you want to read more about the club, click here.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

It's all in the finishing touches....

Yesterday was the first day of market in Columbus.  The show was quiet but that certainly didn't dampen our excitement for the beautiful finished models.

Dede has a great dimensional fish covered in beautiful coral and seaweed.  When finished and mounted on a stand or a board for hanging it is a show stopper.

Melissa Shirley cracked me up with this wonderful dimensional crow.  Check out the monocle, he's full of sass.  And hanging from his beak is a little ornament.  Crows are after all little theives.

I've loved this Barbara Elmore tree since it was introduced.  Great spaces for stitches.  Barbara stitched and finished this one.  

Now you know my love affair with all things zecca.  Check out how she finished the tick tack toe board.  It's a pillow and , drumroll please.... there are magnets behind the playing pieces.  How cool is that?

And why not have a needlepoint coo coo clock?  Love it!

Here's the Mindy Floral Whimsey stitched and finished.  I hear it is going to be in the next issue of Needlepoint Now.  It's a great piece packed with fun stitches.  If you don't already have it in your stash, you are going to want it when the magazine comes out.

The Collection had this fun loving flamingo pillow.  Check out the finishing, the flamingo on the left was appliqued over the yellow pillow fabric.  Great idea!

Now lets talk super cute frames!  This is a little 5 x 5 design from Maggie in the cutest frame.  There are 4 or 5 other bar type designs in this series.  All equally fun.

Here's another frame custom made to show off the Ewe & Eye snowman.  There's a larger canvas from this series called Candy Rush that I'm sure could have a similar frame.

I love this concept too.  It's a custom chalkboard so any grouping of canvases could be framed out at the top to make the header.  I do love these 3 from Ewe and Eye but you could do any grouping that you like. 

I couldn't talk about great finishing ideas without mentioning our very own EyeCandy Needleart.
 Ada has done it again.  She took a little oh -so-cute halloween design, stitched it up and finished it as a humbug.  What's a humbug?  Well, it's a funky shaped pin cushion, but you could also finish it as a frame weight simply by filling it with something heavy.


Here's her little halloween hat finished as a scissor case!  Too cute.

Kelly Clark had the cutest little hanging witch hats. They are only about 5" tall and since they are half a hat they will stitch up quickly.

Speaking of Kelly Clark, we have a surprise for you!  I'll be posting soon, but watch for the announcement of a new club venture between Kelly and myself.  Yes, it's more Halloween, but I promise you will love them!   I also promise they are quick to stitch!

I better get moving if I am going to find more treasures on the show floor today!

Sunday, June 05, 2011

I can't believe the fun is over

This canvas has been so much fun to stitch.  As Judith said in class today it was liberating.  Not too many rules, fresh bold colors and lots of big stitches.  That's exactly what I felt this canvas called for - freshness and a little funkiness.

One of my surprises for today's class was a bag of super special buttons that Karen Hennessey the designer of the Zecca canvases created for us.  We put our heads together throughout the project and thought what would be really special and make this canvas even more Zecca-ish.  Well, buttons of course!

We added a few flowers and some leaves and the very, very special dragonfly body complete with swarovski crystals.

We covered rings with Silk Lamé Braid and then embellished them with French Knots to create the little round flowers in the background.

The other flowers used more of the same techniques developed in the first flowers -- lovely ribbons and embroidery stitches!

Last but not least was the bird's nest.  I wanted to stitch with something that would be in the same scale as the rest of the flowers, so we needed a big ribbon for the nest.  Check out what we used.  It's a wonderful, magical ribbon with just a hint of glitter.

I've had a wonderful time with you Mama Bird, may you enjoy your nest.  When next we see you, you will have a beautiful special frame surrounding you in your garden.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Wowsey wowsey the frame completes the story

OK, I admit it;  the frame is totally over the top.  It's actually 3 frames, a small red frame and then a silver leaf frame and then this yummy high gloss dimensional swirly, curly frame to finish the story.

It's the perfect snow covered frame for a day that was well into the 90's.
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