Sunday, December 30, 2012

Color Party!

Do you like to experiment with threads?

Do you like to play with color?

You know we do at Bedecked and Beadazzled!

With that in mind, we decided to have a Color Party!

Join the party, and each month you will receive a bag of fun threads, beads and crystals themed by color.  One month blue, one month red and so on.  These are threads you may or may not have tried before.  All are full skeins.  No embroidery floss here!

Because we want to have a party with each shipment there will be a super fun crossword puzzle that will challenge you to look at the threads in new ways.  Solve the puzzle and learn how we like to use the threads.

The first party shipment will go out February 20, 2013.  Read more details and sign up here.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Journey Back in Time with me

We're halfway through our current mystery class the Zecca Snowman and having a wonderful time.  He's happy and sweet and kinda quirky.  You can see all the mysteries that have happened at Bedecked and Beadazzled including the progress we've made so far on the snowman by clicking here.

It's time to start thinking about the next class.  I've selected Bastet the Cat Goddess by Tapestry Fair.

This canvas is totally different for me.  A virtual trip to Egypt.  I'm seeing beautiful rich colors and textures along with opulent sparkle.  Join us for this mystery class and see where it leads. 

Classes will be February 10 and 24, March 10, April 7 and 21. Sunday afternoons from 1-3pm.  If you want to join the class from the beginning, now is the time to sign up.  We have a few extra canvases coming in our first shipment but beyond that the painters may not be able to deliver in time. Oh no!  You don't want to miss the fun of starting with the group.

Canvas design area is 11.5 x 14 stitchpainted on 18ct.

You may also sign up for this mystery long distance and have us send it to you in installments.

Call us at 410.296.0405 to register.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

What better way to say Merry Christmas than with the Candyland Christmas Tree Farm.  Designed by EyeCandy Needleart, stitchguided by me and stitched by Lisa in Canada.

Lisa wanted hers to be finished all sugary and sweet. I think we succeeded. 

Wishing you and yours
a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year!

love, Ruth

Friday, December 21, 2012

Guarding the Village

Another great finish!  Guarding the Village handpainted canvas by Maggie creatively stitched by Lynda.

Each house and rooftop is special. Of course there is a cat.

The trees are my favorite part.  I am totally jealous that she could do it.  French Knots worked with two strands of BouclĂ© wrapped twice around a needle.  All without pliers!  WOW!  I'm surprised her stitching fingers are still speaking to her.

Beautiful job, Lynda!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Sheena's Sweet Stitches

Hi All - Sheena of Sheena's Sweet Stitches has been running this oh so cool contest over on her blog and on facebook.  24 Days of Needlepoint Advent Fun

Each day she posts a trivia question about Christmas.  If you answer the question correctly you are automatically entered in that day's random drawing.  Pretty cool.

There are winners everyday.

If you are looking for today's question, hang in there. Life just threw our girl a curveball and she's offline for a little while.

Hopefully all will be right by the AM and she'll be posting again.

As of right this very moment there are 6 days, 6 hours, 36 minutes and 3 seconds till Christmas.

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sparkles are a good thing

Happy Holidays Everyone!  There are just eight more days until Christmas.  Are you ready?

We took a break this afternoon from holiday prepping for Snowman Mystery Class #2.  

I amped up the party just a bit with blue velvet cake.  How could I resist?  It's the perfect shade of blue to go with the class project.  And all of you ladies who support my designing and come to class deserved a special treat.  Wish you all could have come.

This was an easy class.  The white borders are padded and sparkly!  The turquoise background is a simple zig zag that mimics the triangle trees and is worked in the most luscious of overdyed silk perle from Australia.

His face is framed in sequins that look like a broadway marquee.

He's a cute little guy and I'm so happy we are stitching him.

Next up we start stitching trees!  So many possibilities....

Friday, December 14, 2012

A Day for Shopping

The shopping ladies were one of my earliest canvas designs and they continue to be some of my favorites. We recently kitted The Fall Shoppers for a customer and I thought I would snap a picture to share all the yummy threads.

Not only are there fabulous threads in this piece but I really like the stitches.  The background is all sparkly!  Here's the finished product.

If you would like to see the two that came before, here's Summer shoppers.  The stitchguide is by Brenda Hart.

And here's the original shoppers!  Again, Brenda Hart did the stitchguide. How cool is that?

There are lots of variations of these, just check out the Just for Fun section under needlepoint at

Sunday, December 09, 2012

What a knock out!

Sometimes all the planets align and a canvas just knocks your socks off when it is finished.  This is one of those times!

Mary stitched this piece with direction from Brenda Hart and it is exquisite! 

You really can't go wrong with a Laurel Burch canvas as your starting point.  Each is more beautiful than the next.

The stitches and threads selected are all perfect, adding just the right amount of detail to the canvas.

The colors are bright and sunny.

The butterfly is completely beaded;  sparkle is never a bad thing.

Add all these components to Mary's beautiful stitching and magic happens.  Thanks Mary, for letting me share this with everyone.

Friday, December 07, 2012

Halloween Night Collage

How fun is this?  Julia Snyder wrote a fabulous stitchguide for the EyeCandy Halloween Night Collage!!!

All these little details embellished with super color stitches and threads.

This has been one of my favorite canvases since Ada designed it and now it just gets cuter.

Call us at 410.296.0405 if you would like to add this to your EyeCandy collection.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Biodiversity in the Burbs

We all love Charley Harper and the latest of his epic pieces to be converted to needlepoint is Biodiversity in the Burbs.

It's quite large, but quite spectacular.  27.5" x 34.5" on 18ct.  If you tackle it one animal/flower/thing at a time, it really isn't so bad. Imagine the gratification of getting the deer done or the flamingo.

So, okay while Julia Snyder was here in mid July we decided to bite the bullet.  Biodiversity now has a stitch guide and a fabulous wonderful mountain of threads. 

Ribbons and overdyes and metallics and rainbow galery and and and the list goes on and on.  All too cool.  Julia did such a great job with the stitches.  It makes me want to stitch it and you know I don't do big.

If you are interested in a little Biodiversity of your very own, give us a call.  410.296.0405.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

What does a Polar Bear in the Snow look like?

Got your attention didn't I?  Well, that's what I feel like we have created so far.  A very sweet, very delicate snowman in the snow.  He's soft and ethereal.

Today was the first lesson of the Zecca Snowman mystery class at Bedecked and Beadazzled.  We focused on the snowman himself.  He's not quite finished but we made a good start.

This little guy is completely beaded. Here's the cool part.  Well, at least I think it's cool.  The same beads are used on both his head and his body.  But there are more beads on his head making it more solid and, drum roll please.... making it come forward in front of his body.

Obviously his nose and pipe are padded, that's easy to make them pop forward.

The background is a RANDOM (I couldn't resist) pattern of super easy snowflakes in a very light shimmery aqua.

I promised that as this was our holiday mystery I would keep it relatively easy in the stitching department. Hope you have fun.  If you want to chat with others in the class, there's a group over on for just that purpose.

Here's the exclusive limited edition snap tray for Snowman class participants only.  It's just the cutest.  A little retro and a perfect match to the canvas.  It even has crystals!

And look, what is that?  A snowman button snap to hold your laying tool.  We have plenty in stock so if you need a last minute stocking stuffer or just a fun gift for yourself, give us a jingle.

I got a little carried away, 'Tis the season you know.  We also have a few (a very few) snowman scissor fobs.  The one on the left is $45 and the one on the right with swarovski crystals and sterling silver is $95.00

In addition to the snowman button snaps we also have other patterns of Holiday cheer available.

We'll meet back here in two weeks for lesson #2 of the snowman mystery.  More sparkle to come.

Until then you know I'll be posting whatever whimsy strikes my fancy.

Happy stitching.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Enabler's Anonymous

Let me tell you a story...

I received a phone call one night from two stitchy friends, Kathy and Barbara, from the West Coast.  They were were conspiring.  They realized that they enable one another in so many ways.  Not only is there the obvious, "you have to see this canvas", "oh this would be perfect for your next class with Brenda Hart",  but there's the emotional enabling that only the best of friends can do.

The request was made for a logo.  A very special logo for the Enabler's Anonymous club.  

I knew immediately how I wanted it to look.  I designed it and sent it off for review.

They loved it!

Next came the request for painted canvases, snap trays and frame weights.   A few months later and all the pieces were combined.

Everything was sent to the ringleader, Kathy, she was the only one who knew what her plans were.  

And plans they where.  There were 10 of everything!!!  She stitched the first Enablers canvas, beading the black letters and adding a little sparkle.  Wrote her stitchguide and began masterminding what was certain to become the event of the century in our corner of the world.

Beautiful quilted bags were made in coordinating colors of ultrasuede to showcase the new needlepoints.

Gift bags were packed and the party was planned.  All of Kathy's enabler friends convened one evening for a party.  Each attendee had her own bag of gifts lovingly assembled by Kathy.  This was her above and beyond thank you with love to her girlfriends.

The girls giggled and gasped and loved all their gifts.  A new project bag, a canvas with stitchguide, frameweight and snap tray.  Oh the fun!

The fun didn't stop there.  Kathy had prepared a giant box to be sent back to me.  Now, I knew about the canvas, frame weight and guide but I didn't know about the bag or the presentation.  I was told to schedule dinner out with another master enabler, our friend Sue. Bring my laptop.

And so, dinner was scheduled and I arrived with two big shopping bags and a laptop.  We watched the powerpoint presentation with Kathy on speaker from California.  I am sure the men at the next table thought we had lost our minds.

Here's what the powerpoint said.

"Once upon a time
…….two friends were sitting in the lovely Pacific Northwest after a day of stitching and talking and needlepoint website surfing.   They got to laughing about how each had occasionally (OK, often) gotten each other into trouble -  in a needlepoint sense of the word.  They realized they really were enablers for each other when it comes to this wonderful craft/pastime/habit.
One thing led to another….including a call to another enabler on the east coast (even though they had no business calling the east coast at that hour).  The east coast enabler was commissioned to design a logo for the group that was about to be formed:  
   Enablers Anonymous
Of course wine was involved……..  why do you ask?!
  You know you are an enabler when….. 
You post photos on your blog of the “perfect for my new kitchen” canvas from Lani….
You create the most wonderful, can’t be resisted, “who knew I wanted a nesting bird canvas” mystery classes….
You send an email that says the trunk show has arrived and there are two canvases that won’t be going up on the walls because they already have my name on them…..
You send an email saying Ruth is evil – which, of course, she isn’t – and we both end up ordering canvases!
You come into class and drop screen shots of wonderful Charley Harper designs on the table…within my view…and close to someone who can get them painted for us…on 18 count no less…..
 You do canvas research for me instead of playing with gasoline….
You keep telling me it’s perfectly fine to own a canvas that will make a future daughter in-law blush….
You teach me all things new and wonderful about threads and stitches….
in between shopping advice on purses and jewelry….
You support all my stitching adventures and creations…..
even when you do not stitch that much yourself!
Enablers Anonymous
You know who you are………
Thanks to all of you around the country who have enriched my life in so many ways.  
I treasure all of you!"

The most generous of gifts from the most generous of hearts.  This was an amazing adventure and one that can continue to be fun.  You never know when another enabler gift will be added to the enabler kit or when another very special enabler will be found.

Love to you Kathy you continue to amaze us!

If anyone is an Enabler or knows an Enabler and would like any portion of this fun ensemble for their very own, call us at 410.296.0405.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Good World

A friend of mine mentioned that this canvas by Charley Harper is her backyard.  :-)  It's called A Good World. 

She and her husband spent the summer watching cardinals and chipmunks and butterflies play.  Somewhere there must be a turtle hiding in her yard don't you think?

So, another stitchguide was born!  Don't the threads just look yummy? And of course there are beads.  She loves beads probably as much as I do.

If you would like this canvas and threads to come live with you, give us a call at 410.296.0405 and we'll kit it up.  It's painted on 13ct so it's going to stitch up quick.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Crazy Patch Boo-nanza

What can I say?  Our own Ada of EyeCandy Needleart has done it again!  Check out her latest creations.

The Crazy Patch Boo-nanza!

She's been dying to tell you all about it but we had to keep it under wraps.

This is our latest club.  Six Candy Corns canvases and Three Pumpkins in our favorite pinks and oranges all complete with stitchguides.  So fun;  so cute.  All are approximately 6" on 18ct.

The club starts April 2013 and is available at many needlework shops.  Check with your favorite shop to see if they are offering the club or join us at Bedecked and Beadazzled.  You can sign up here if you would like your monthly clubs to be Beadazzled :-)

Friday, November 23, 2012

Tis the Season

For Holiday Walker Bags and Snap Trays!!!!

They make me happy.  Each year we work to create limited edition new bags and snap trays to add a little holiday cheer to your stitching.  As you can see we have a few choices.

The bags are 9 x 12 or 11 x 14 in red or green.

New this year we have Naughty Nice for those of us who can't decide which list they might be on.  The snap tray is leopard on the inside with super cute stockings on the out.  There's even a crystal in the "i" on Nice!

very merry happy jolly's coordinating snap tray is very happy with lime and red on the inside and ornaments on the out.

Just because we wanted something a little different, what about holiday mints!  Love them all, each is cuter than the next.  The elves outdid themselves.

While we were reviewing fabrics there were a few more that just had to be made.  I love my animals.  We have reindeer with black and white spots on the outside; Dear Santa Paws for dog and cat lovers everywhere.  It has a fun red polka dot print on the outside.  Is Christmas Christmas without owls these days? I don't think so.  So many fun choices.

Stop in and pick your favorite, or call us and we'll ship direct to your door.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Think Outside the Box

If you've been in the shop you know I have a fabulous tulip canvas painted by Lani and stitched by a friend Cara Sue.  It's abstract and wonderful.  Cara Sue paints with threads.  She has a feeling she wants to evoke and like the strokes of a brush with paint the needle flies.

She recently took on the challenge of stitching the Deco Cat by HP.  You may remember that I taught this piece as a mystery class a couple of years ago.  It's a great canvas and lots of fun to stitch.

Cara Sue added color and texture.  The cat is no longer in the weeds or in the trees.  He's in the jungle!  This is where all cats want to be, they imagine themselves king of the jungle stalking their prey. I love this piece.  The drama the color.  Such a great piece of art!

Cara Sue inspires me to think outside the box.  Just because the canvas is painted green doesn't mean it needs to stay green.

Sunday, November 18, 2012


Now if only I could record Gale saying aaaaaw with the same tone that she uses.  :-)

Look at this zebra!  How can you not love him?

A cute little tail, fluffy mane and look at his ears.  Aaaaaaw

He's just so darn loveable.

It's truly an amazing piece and a joy to stitch.

Gale Washington is the designer and was our delightful instructor as we piloted the class for her.  Her instructions are comprehensive and well diagrammed.

She explained everything clearly so that we could create our own zebras on the African veldt. 

Gale is gracious and supplied zebra tails in the class kit but also showed us how to make our own.

Each part of the design is more addictive than the next.  Once you get started its really hard to put it down.  I have a lot complete already on mine.  Definitely a piece I will finish!

Gale is a wealth of knowledge about the history of Florentine Work and Pattern Darning.  As you start stitching the ground, patterns appear and sub-patterns appear.  The play and flow of color brings the piece to life.  Did I mention you can't put it down once you start?

I've known Gale for a couple of years and one of the things that fascinates me about the way her mind works is how she approaches a new design.  She immerses herself in the process with wonderful process stitch sets that I love looking at.  You can see how the colors of the ground changed and morphed from the original concepts below to the palette we used in the end. 

If you would like to stitch your own zebra you can!  Check out the EGA seminar classes in Louisville in 2013.  Gale is teaching the zebra there.

She'll be back at the shop teaching for us too.  We just need to select dates and the perfect project.  Watch the Visiting Teacher page for details.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Twinkle, Twinkle Christmas Star

Stars and Stripes, the 4th of July Star by EyeCandy was so much fun to stitch that we just had to write a stitchguide for the Christmas Star too!

The snowflakes are sparkly and beady and fuzzy.  So cute!

Stitch it all in pink, white and lime as its painted or switch out the pink and white tiny stripes to red and white for a more traditional look.

Want to join the fun!  Call us at 41.296.0405 and order yours or order online here.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Are You ready for Snow?

I'm ready for snow if it's this super cute snowman that we're talking about.

Handpainted by Zecca, he is our next mystery class at the shop.

The first class will be December 2nd.  You know he's going to rock with bling and sparkle.

If you would like to join the fun, call us at 410.296.0405 to register.  The cost of the class is $204.00 for the canvas plus $15 per lesson for the stitchguide and the price of the threads, beads etc for each lesson.

You will need 15 x 15 stretcher bars.

Of course there will be surprises along the way.  With the first class we will unveil the exclusive limited edition snap tray designed just for this canvas.

The holiday mystery is a fun way to start the season and carry us through the chilly days of January.  See you in class.
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