Sunday, January 29, 2012

It's All Magic

Wow, time sure does fly when you are having fun stitching with friends.

Today was our first class stitching the Poinsettia Lady from Maggie.  The original art to this piece is by Corrina Luyken.  You can visit her site here.  There are so many of these canvases I want to stitch.

The charm of these canvases for me is the face.  There is so much expression in so few lines.  I love bringing the face to life first.  Here's the challenge, we need those black outlines to be there, but at the same time we need them to be much smaller than a single stitch.

Here's the Watering Can Lady from several years ago.  If you want to see all the details of this mystery unfold, check out the links on our mystery class page. Click here.

I still love her.  She was so much fun to stitch even if there was a lot of brown for me :-)

Her face and clothes are outlined in Stem Stitch using a single ply of embroidery floss.  That works, but for Poinsettia Lady I wanted her outlines to be smaller and more delicate.  I had to find an even thinner thread.  I used Au Ver a Soie 100/3.  This stuff is magic.  Ultimately it is silk sewing thread but wow. Smooth, yummy and just the right size for delicate outlines.  Magic!

We created the perfect hair for this girl thanks to the magic of bouclĂ©.  If you've never stitched with bouclĂ©, it really is magic.  It is a lumpy Brazilian embroidery thread that requires no effort to make it look great. Use a large needle so that you can thread it.  The large needle will open the canvas holes allowing the thread to pass through.  From there on, simply work irregular long stitches.  The thread will do all the work.

Now that our girl has personality, its time to start playing fashion designer and making her clothes.  Just a few details today.  More to follow in two weeks.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I'm such a flirt

I love the flirty girl series.  They started out as a group canvas of 60's girls having fun.

Then they morphed into inserts for leather goods, small squares and now these fun collages.

It was hard to pick a favorite to stitch, but I settled on this one.

I sent the canvas to Sheena and asked her to stitch it and write the stitchguide.  If you follow her blog, you will know she does some great stitching!  You may remember she stitched our computer pixie awhile ago.  Sheena worked her magic and a masterpiece was born.

I love having her on the shop wall.  She hangs amongst our new Valentine project bags and waves hello as I come in each day.  If you are curious about the Valentine bags we have XOXO and Be Mine.  9 x 12 only in light pink, bright pink, red and purple.  So fun.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

I Mustache you a Question

Have you caught the latest trend?  It's all over the internet.  Everything's got a mustache on it.  Check out etsy.  10,914 options from temporary tattoos, to mugs with staches, to tee shirts, to cookie cutters to baby binkies.  Put a mustache on it and suddenly its hot. 

Not wanting to miss the next big thing, here they are.  Whimsical quirky mustache art for needlepoint.  All designed to fit in premade leather accessories from Colonial Needle.

This one is designed to fit an ipad too but wouldn't it be cute inset into a tiny pillow on your bed.  Just makes me smile.

And as long as we're on the subject of mustaches, why not have a mustache app for your iphone?  Dress your friend's faces with the mustache of your choosing.  What a riot.

Smiles, Ruth

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Fashion Forward

I love handbags.  I tend to collect them.  Love the old Isabella Fiore bags with great patterns and photos.  Love vintage lucite bags.  Love the new Kate Spade bags.  Color print and pop.

So, I set to work creating a handbag I would carry.  It needed to be big enough to be useful and fun enough to be fun!  So, allow me to introduce my bow totes.

We have 4 new designs, all available through Bedecked and Beadazzled or your local needlepoint shop.  They are stitch painted on 13ct mono canvas.  You stitch the various funky shaped pieces and send it off for finishing.  When it returns it is magically shaped into a bow on the front of a custom leather bag.  You can have any color bag you want!

If custom leather bags aren't your thing, look for a tote in any of the big box retailers and send that along with your stitching.  The finishers will open the side seam and attach your bow.

Or what about a cool bow bedecked pillow for your sofa.  That too would be cool.

Have fun and put a bow on it!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Truly Scrumptious!

Here we are, at the close of another Truly Scrumptious class project, Candyland Christmas Tree Farm by EyeCandy Needleart.  I really did love stitching this piece and designing all kinds of fun and unexpected thread/stitch combinations to bring it to life.

This week we had a few key elements to handle.  The candy canes needed to puff off the canvas and look dimensional.   They need to come forward in front of the trees.  The obvious plan is to pad them.  However, if we pad the shape in any of the traditional ways we lose the visual of where the red and white stripes are;  the padding will cover them.  What to do?

I outlined both edges of the candy canes with a single strand of DMC Memory Thread.  Sink the thread from the front of the canvas to the back and then tack it in place to hold it secure. 

Once both edges of the candy cane are outlined, simply stitch the Candy Cane in Long Stitches;  I chose to use Flair and Petite Frosty Rays.  I could see exactly where I wanted to put each color!

The snow is sparkly and fresh as new fallen snow should be.  The addition of snowflake sequins adds an extra touch of whimsey.

The finishing touch is a large crystal star on the top of the pink and green tree.   Just like adding a tree topper to your Christmas tree it brings it all together.

Thanks for joining me on this adventure.  I hope you had fun.  Wishing you a happy, healthy, sparkly, fun-filled 2012.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

What a Minx

According to the Urban Dictionary, a minx is "A cheeky, flirtatious, mischevious girl."  That pretty much sums up our Computer Pixie.

She should be working but what's she doing instead?  Dreaming of island vacations with an umbrella drink in hand. 

Here's our very own Computer Pixie Minx.  Her painted canvas comes complete with stitchguide by Sheena James.  I love the details on this girl!

We finished this ornament to match the Needlepoint Pixie in the new sandwich style of finishing. The extra depth really adds to the cuteness of the entire design.

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Kickin it with Brenda Hart

We had a great weekend with Brenda Hart!  New friends were made.  Old friends got together again.  What fun.

Brenda's classes are typically embellishment classes.  You pick the canvas and she picks the threads and stitches.  No two classes are alike.  The fun is the combination stitches she picks.  Silks, with metallics;  silks with beads;  boucle with beads.  You never know.  Whatever the area Brenda will work her magic.

Robbyn's Nest frogs were Wendy's choice for the weekend.  

Kathy's Fall tree is going to be amazing. 
She has the Holiday version of this tree almost complete.  The leaves on this one rock!

This Laurel Burch is going to take a lot of planning, lots of details.
Each one is going to be cooler than the next.

Several of the ladies selected Laurel Burch canvases this time. 
Mary's cat has wonderful colors and details.  His face is so cute.

Thanks to Brenda's stitch selection, Sue knocked out the hat on this skeleton from Leigh in no time.  Can you say beads and crystals?  There will be lots on those glasses.  And the bones will glow in the dark.

Charley Harper canvases are always popular.  I'm in love with these birds.  Look at their little bodies.

So, we know how I feel about Tent Stitch.  I did a little.  Really I did.   See, here's evidence.

Don't you just love the fur on this cat?  Totally unexpected stitch but it's perfect.  

Here's another Laurel Burch.  If you love horses, this is the canvas for you. 
Ellen will be back again for more stitches but those she has so far are gorgeous.

Linda's granddaughter is going to have the most beautiful Tallis bag.  Great stitches and colors.

Kathy was dividing her time between the tree and this great Halloween Train set from Raymond Crawford.  They are a quick stitch so she will easily have them done for next Halloween.

Linda does wonderful angels for her daughter in law Holly.  So far no two have the same stitches. 
(Ignore the canvas holes.  Every new puppy has to taste at least one canvas.  Fortunately Tatoo is a neat snacker and only tasted the edges.)

Dotty is working on a magnificent Melissa Shirley turkey. 

Much of the fun of the classes is the friend time.  Looking forward to next time.....

Wow, look at the results of a class with Brenda.  Here's an almost finished masterpiece!  I love the beaded snowman!  Thanks for bringing this Mary.

Until next time.

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