Thursday, March 29, 2012

Let's all go to Candyland!

Won't you join me in Candyland?  It's a wonderful magical place full of color and sparkle.

You know how much I love color and sparkle so you can imagine how much fun I had stitching this canvas.  It has just returned from the finisher and I love it.  Exactly as I envisioned it. 

This was our holiday mystery class at Bedecked and Beadazzled.  Candyland Christmas Tree Farm by EyeCandy.  If you missed it the first time we are happy to kit it complete with stitch guide.  I can promise lots of fun.

Or, if Christmas isn't your thing in the Spring and Summer what about joining me on another EyeCandy Needleart canvas adventure.  Our Summer Mystery Class will be the Garden Party Mod Collage.  Check out the colors on this one!

Now, go grab a bite of Candy before the Easter Bunny gets it all.  :-)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Fruit Salad for Spring!

Well, technically pear salad if there is such a thing.

Today was the first class in our new Pear Collage Mystery Class at Bedecked and Beadazzled.  Thank you to everyone who came to class.  I truly appreciate your support.

To all of you ladies and gentlemen who are out-patients, your packages will be in UPS on Tuesday. 

Today was an easy class, we started several of the vignettes.  Yes, one is mostly basketweave at this point.  I promise there is much more cool stuff to follow.

The upper corner stripes stitch quickly in a combination of Diagonal Long Stitches and a variation of Diagonal Mosaic. 

My favorite sections so far are the bold lime green stripes. The stitch is very textured and lot's of fun. It's Montenegrin worked in 2 strands of floche.  A revised diagram is below that will help your stitching go more smoothly.

Don't forget about the chat group over on if you have any questions or would like to chat with other stitchers on the same project just click here and join the fun.

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Hugs & Stitches to you!

What do you get your stitching friend as a gift?

There's the go to accessories, scissors, needles, pretty laying tools etc. but why not something that will always remind her of you.

Hugs and Stitches!

Snap trays are available in assorted colors and prints.  They hold your threads and accessories neatly at hand while you are stitching and fold flat for travel.

Project bags are always a hit. Again, available in fabulous fun colors!  9" x 12" perfect for storing small projects or the threads for a larger one.

Have you hugged your stitching buddy today?

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Another red carpet attendee

Just when you think the party is over, another girl arrives.

Here's our third girl from the Row of Ladies Mystery with a Twist at Bedecked and Beadazzled.  To all the ladies in this class, I am so sorry she took so long but I hope you will think she is worth the wait.

She is my favorite so far. Don't tell the other girls. I love her hair.

And then I started working on her dress and I love that too!  I love row after row of sequins.  So, pretty.  So sparkly and so easy.

Here she is in her party finest.  Three girls are here, three to go.  What will be next?  I have ideas for each of their dresses.

If you would like to come to our virtual Mystery Class with a Twist party, call us at Bedecked and Beadazzled 410.296.0405 and we'll get a party girl kit right out to you.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Oriental Reflections

Photos just don't do it justice.  We've had the models for Anna-Marie Winter's Oriental Reflections in the shop for awhile now as we planned this class.  Let me say they are show stoppers!!!!  

Anna-Marie has graciously agreed to teach this design for us as a cyber class!  Wherever your stitching chair is you can join us for this opportunity with one of the best teachers in the industry.

Oriental Reflections is a contemporary design inspired by the beauty and serenity of a Japanese garden. In this design, delicate bamboo leaves and a shimmering river of silver appear to float on a background of silk brocade.

The background is worked in spun and filament silk to produce two separate brocade patterns reminiscent of the woven brocades found in the traditional kimono.  Fine metallic threads, worked into the silk brocade, reflects the shimmering river of silver flowing through the background.  Delicate bamboo leaves, worked in a combination of spun and highly reflective filament silk, grow gracefully along the banks of the river.

Students will learn techniques for creating the leaves of the bamboo - outlining, padding and laying spun silk on the canvas as well as overstitching a background with filament silk. Couching techniques are used to work the flowing line lines of the river directly onto the surface of the background stitches.

You can choose to work Oriental Reflections as a three-dimensional kimono or as a smaller canvas embroidery shown below.  Stitched on congress cloth this design is simply delicate and breathtaking.

All details are on the website here.  To sign up, call Bedecked and Beadazzled at 410.296.0405.  Class starts July 8, but please sign up by May 30th to ensure you receive your supplies in time to begin with the rest of the class.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Flowers are blooming!

Today was the final class of the Poinsettia Lady Mystery at Bedecked and Beadazzled.  Our Poinsettia Lady is now finished!  She has come to the party dressed in her finest with a gift for the hostess.  I saved the big wow stuff for the last class.  This is all the dimensional stuff that I love doing. 

The poinsettias are Silk Ribbon.  Come on now, you knew it was coming. :-)  This canvas screamed for silk ribbon!  We worked the flowers in layers according to the shading painted using 3 shades of silk ribbon.

Darkest petals first.

 Medium petals next.

Lightest petals on top.

And finally the lightest petals. 
There isn't a huge shade variation between the colors, but enough that it adds depth.

The finishing touch was adding a little more shading and highlighting with metallics on top of the silk ribbon.

The part that I really thought was the most fun was the hair flower.  I wanted it to look like an old fashioned beaded flower that she popped into her hair.  So, first the stitching, then the beads on wire, then the twisting and tacking into place.  Really fun and really gratifying when the plan comes together.

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Sunday.

Monday, March 05, 2012

An Angel for your collection

Look at the fun we get to have at Bedecked and Beadazzled.  A customer calls and says they want to stitch a canvas from our collection and we get to pull the threads and the stitches!  How fun is that?

Underneath this yummy pile of threads and the big sparkly swarovski star is one of my newest canvases - the stained glass angel.  We used lots of fine metallics in the background to make is glow and look like the angel is floating on her cloud in front of the   Of course it's an open stitch.  The angel is the star of the show stitched in silk with a real ribbon sash.

Happy Monday, everyone!

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