Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Too much detail!

So what do you do when you fall in love with a canvas and you have just the perfect spot picked out to display it, but it's got sooooooo many details and shades that you just can't possibly stitch it and do it justice?

Brenda Hart has this oh-so-cool idea that works like a charm.  You stitch over the entire piece with one stitch in a very light coverage.

Yes, it's sort of shadow stitching but what's different is Brenda's choice of stitch.  If you look close it is a series of concentric squares.  When you look at the finished canvas from any normal viewing angle all you see is a hint of sparkle bringing the beautifully painted canvas to life.  This is a Lani canvas that looks great with a light coat of sparkle stitching.

Think about this for that next canvas that's a stumper and it may just save the day.  Variations of this stitch can be found in Brenda Hart's wonderful stitch books.  Simply adapt the size and shape to fit the scale of your canvas.

Kudos, Brenda. 

Sunday, February 26, 2012

No rules, no way

Today's class on the Poinsettia Lady was and easy one.  No rules allowed!

Our mission du jour was to stitch the background.  So, what to do?  We want the shading to show through and there's those funky stripes that are all different sizes to contend with.  The game plan was to stitch small flowers scattered throughout the stripes.  All the flowers are totally random.  You know I love random.  A flower here, a  flower there. 

The flowers have sweet beaded centers and float between the dark green stripes.  And of course the dark green stripes have random silver sequins on them.

It was a random sort of world today.

Once the background was complete we could get back to the business of giving our girl personality.  Gotta love the pom poms and a few well placed outlines.  She's starting to shape up nicely.

Next lesson in two weeks.  We need big bold flowers!!!!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

What's in a Mystery?

I love a good mystery.  Delve into the characters and the plot... Wonder what twists and turns each page will bring.... It's all an adventure until the mystery is solved.

No, I'm not talking James Patterson, or Dan Brown.  I'm talking about the Mystery Classes that I teach. 

A couple of years ago I started Mystery Classes at Bedecked and Beadazzled.  We stitch a canvas in sections (chapters) never really knowing what is coming next. We get together either in person or virtually pretty much every other Sunday afternoon.  After class I post close up pictures here of what we did. 

I'm only stitching about a week ahead of you so this is an adventure for all of us.  

When you decide to join me on a mystery all you know is what the canvas will be. 
You also probably know a few basic facts if you know me. 
There will be beads.  I love beads!
There will be sparkle.  I love sparkle!
There will be exposed canvas (sorry, I like the canvases as they are painted and see no real need to cover all that pretty painting.)
There will be some unexpected plot twists.  Just when you think you know what I will do, I do my best to surprise you at least that's my goal.

You can see all the mysteries we have solved and those that are in progress here.  Currently we are stitching the Poinsettia Lady by Maggie.

Of course you can always join a mystery late or even after its been solved but it is sooooo much more fun to be part of the fun from the beginning.

Pear Collage starts March 25th.  It's not too late to sign up.  I have canvases ready! 

Keep your eye on the Mystery Class page of the website and you will always be the first to know what's coming next!

See you in class.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

We Challenge you to step outside and be creative!

How about a needlepoint challenge?  One of our creative friends over on came up with the idea of having a needlepoint challenge.

The first one was so much fun that we decided to keep it going.  You can read all about it here.

The canvas for the March - June Challenge is Sammy the cat by EyeCandy Needleart.   We all start with the same canvas and the same rule book.  The challenge masters, myself and Ada Hayden of EyeCandy Needleart each pick 3 stitches and 3 threads to start the game.

From there, you are on your own.  Use the threads and the stitches anywhere you want.  Have fun.  Post your progress on in the group and share your adventures.

There are no winners or losers in this challenge just a group of people having a good time.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Bubble Bubble Toil and Trouble

Ok, so that isn't the traditional President's Day slogan but it is perfect for the unveiling of the finished Halloween Tree!  This was our Fall Mystery class at Bedecked and Beadazzled.  We had so much fun!

The tree itself is finished as a traditional standup but then mounted to a glittered pumpkin base,

and adorned with sparkly bats and leaves.

Don't forget, in the dark of night, the skulls glow..........  If you weren't part of our class, order yours now and be ready for next Halloween.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentine Fashions

We meet again! Today was the second class of the Poinsettia Lady mystery.  Just two days before Valentine's Day and our slightly curvy Poinsettia Lady needs an oh-so-fashionable red and white ensemble.

The challenge is, of course, finding stitches and threads that are fun for her clothes, remind us of the patterns originally painted, but don't flatten her out.

We need the curve and sway of her hips.  Simple Upright Satin Stitches are called into play.

Look at those arms, they bend!  We either need a stitch that changes direction at her elbow, or one that has no direction.  I chose the later.  Plus I was able to shade the stitch so that her arm looks round.  I do  love it when a plan comes together!

Minimal threads and a few well placed stitches make for a great outfit.  There are still details to add.  Maybe next class.

Less you think everyone plays along with me with no rebellion, we started plotting alternate buttons for her sleeves today.  There may be options discussed later.  I'll be sure to keep you posted!

Friday, February 03, 2012

Let's Have a Super Bowl Party!

Since our home team didn't make it to the SuperBowl we decided to throw our own party at Bedecked and Beadazzled!

Join us this Sunday February 5th from 12-4 for a stitch in!

To further add to the fun, you can score your own personal touchdown by catching the canvas you've had your eye on at a sale price.

Here's the game plan.
From 12 - 1pm all in-stock canvases will be 7% off.
From 1pm - 2pm all in-stock canvases will be 14% off.
From 2pm - 3pm all in-stock canvases will be 21% off.
From 3pm - 4pm all in-stock canvases will be 28% off.

Special Orders, Previous Orders, Current and Future Mystery Class Canvases Not included.

You may call, email or stop in to see if the canvas of your choice is available but we can not hold it for you.

Once you are here and you have a canvas in your hands, it is yours at the price associated with the hour you caught it.  You can not hold the ball (err canvas) until the clock turns 3.  What fun would that be?

Can't come in person? The same rules apply.  Call, 410.296.0405 or email, to see if the canvas you want is in stock and we're happy to charge and send. Remember not all canvases on the website are in stock.

Here's one of our more fun requests from yesterday afternoon from our very own Jane of Chilly Hollow.  Talk about getting into the spirit of the game!...Afternoon, Ruth!  Hope you are having a blast refereeing the game at the shop.  I am rushing toward the end zone, with a copy of Sheena's computer pixie in my hot little hands.

Is it in stock?  Will I score?  Only time will tell!!!!

I don't need threads or beads or sequins, thanks.  I am up to my eyebrows in threads and beads and sequins and also have a bunch of colors of memory thread here.  I have plenty of threads, just not always the right threads, but I think I can do this from what I have in hand.   But thanks for asking.

Just in case I did manage to score the canvas of my dreams, here is my shipping information.


Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Box Pillow puzzles outside of the box

How's that for a headline?

So what am I talking about?  Zecca, the wonderful creative spirit that she is has done it again.  She had the vision to dream up something so big, so creative that I am once again blown away.

Do you remember flip books from when you were a kid?
The top of the page is the head
The middle of the page is the torso
The bottom of the page are the feet

Flip, clowns, Santa Claus, bunnies, you name it and you get silliness.

Well, Karen aka Zecca has taken that oh so nifty memory from childhood and springboarded it into the 21st century of needlepoint.

The Chief



The King

Now imagine the 4 stitched and assembled onto the sides of three box pillows.  I know, lots of stitching work, but checkout the finished prototype.

Oh the fun!  What a conversation starter. 

Needlepoint is evolving.  We're all looking for new ways to use our needlepoint and Zecca is a forerunner in the fun usable needlepoint world.  Watch for more posts about other nifty cool projects that you can actually stitch and use, while not looking like they came from your grandmother.

Until next time

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