Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Diane Dirks Needlepoint

You may or may not recognize the name Diane Dirks but I think you will recognize her canvases.  She is the queen of the written word when it comes to needlepoint.

Do you recognize any of these designs?


Christmas Blocks or


New York.


Stitch is of course my favorite as it was designed for us. 
I had a great time stitching it, and I love the finishing.
Diane's newest word is Boston.  Gotta love this all you baseball fans.

Are you looking for an Anniversary or wedding present? Consider a pair of letters, the couple's initials, made into matching pillows.  At 8 x 8 on 13ct they will stitch quickly.
 

Diane is a fine artist.  Her style runs from the words to traditional subjects like bunnies.


 Too super cool lions and other animals in hip funky colors.


Love the zebras.

 Check out Dianes's full line here.  I think you will be glad you did.

Another of Diane's true talents is her ability to capture your pet on canvas.  I'll talk more about that another day, but start thinking if you would like a custom portrait of that special member of the family, Diane would love to make it a reality.





Sunday, May 27, 2012

Broom Parking

I don't usually do this, but I just couldn't resist. I'm announcing the Fall/Halloween Mystery Class in May!  What the Heck.  Let's live on the edge.

I saw this canvas and couldn't resist.  We just had to have it.  So, I called and ordered and waited.

I looked at the schedule, rearranged a few things, including shortening the Pear Collage mystery.  All so this gem of a canvas would fit the schedule.

Hope you agree it's going to be the best!


What is a Mystery Class at Bedecked and Beadazzled.  It is a class that is unveiled in sections.  When you register all you know is what the canvas will be and the basics of me -- I like bling, I like open stitches, I like perspective.  That's it.  You don't see it finished until the very last class.  It really is a mystery.

You can join our Mystery Classes at Bedecked and Beadazzled either in person or long distance.  We are always happy to ship the lessons to you.  Class dates will be September 23, October 7 & 21 and November 11.

Call us at 410.296.0405 to sign up!

And don't forget that we will have an exclusive Snap Tray designed just for this class.  What will it look like?  Who knows, but I can promise it will be spooky. 


 See you soon.



Thursday, May 24, 2012

Color Orna Style

Well, as I mentioned, we planned on Orna coming to teach her Peacocks at the shop and then due to a few scheduling issues we changed our minds.

Everyone still got their peacock kits but instead of spending 2 days following charts we played with color.  This was hands-down one of the most fun classes ever.


I borrowed the picture above from Orna's blog, I don't think she will mind. Do you?

Orna assigned each of us a photo.  We were told to look at it and pick a small group of threads representing the photo.

Here's my challenge.  Yes, it has pink in it but it's all very muted and so not me.


 We reviewed each photo and the threads chosen to determine what colors were missing.



Then we hit the shop again to pull more threads to fill in what was missing. 


So, here's my stash.  Now what.  Well, Orna graciously debuted a design that will be unveiled at the Philadelphia ANG seminar.  We used our colors and planned and plotted where they should go on that design.  At this point there was much grumbling.  We were all out of our comfort zones.  Kay had bright colors, I had these pastel sherbet looking colors.  Everyone was in flux. 


Orna demonstrated the perfect technique for making a French Knot.  Totally different than my tried and true one wrap and the size of the needle controls the size of the knot system.  It comes complete with sound effects :-)  I need to experiment with this new system.  I think they both have their place.



We studied a skein of overdyed thread, organizing the color flow to get the most of the skein. If you actually do this, and you start each and every jessica or scotch stitch or whatever with a thread, threaded from the same end of the length they will all have identical colorflow.  Pretty darn cool, yes?

Orna helped focus us and get us all on track.   I have the first quarter of mine stitched.  Here's where I landed.  We all got a good laugh out of the fact that I still managed to get orange and fuchsia into a pastel piece.  But they were needed, right?

I also sneaked in a few swarovski crystals. :-)




We started with a few rules.  Use a Neon Rays or an overdye for the Rhodes Stitch and then it just became a game of what do I want to put where.  It really was the most fun ever.  I will finish this piece, need to finish the Pears first but that's another post.

All in all it was a great exercise.  Next time you are at a loss for a color combo, check out your favorite magazines and find a photo that excites you. Use that as your starting point.

Orna signed our autograph board in the way only Orna can. Multiple colors and languages!




Orna will be back to teach again!  When, you tell me.  This Fall, next Fall.  I know you would enjoy this color class so maybe we will do it again, or maybe we'll do something completely different.  That's the fun of Orna she has a million and two ideas.


Thanks for coming to play, Orna. You are one in a million.

And if you can't wait for me to bring Orna back, consider taking her Philadelphia skyline class at the ANG national seminar this Fall.  That's sure to be a great class.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Orna and the Peacocks

We invited Orna Willis to teach her Peacocks at Bedecked and Beadazzled. They have long been one of my favorite designs.

There are 3 colorways and no, I couldn't decide which was my favorite.


There's Peacocks in Evening Colorway




Peacocks at Twilight




And finally Peacocks in the Sunshine.

These are amazing designs.  It's all about seeing shapes in nature and then turning those shapes into stitches.  Oh so fun.  The background may kill me but the rest will be a delight!

Due to a few scheduling conflicts at the last moment, I imposed upon Orna to change the class.  We decided to do a color study instead of the peacocks.  One day of looking at color as only Orna can.

Oh my, what a day.  So fun. so exciting.  Check back tomorrow and I'll tell you all about it.


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Orna, Orna, Orna

Orna Willis is a force of nature.  She has a free spirit attitude that is game for anything.  Mix that with her love of color and design and magic happens.  I've known Orna for over 15 years (yes, we are dating ourselves here). 

We were fortunate to have Orna at Bedecked and Beadazzled this weekend and it was a great event.  Such a great event that this is going to be a multipart/multiday blog post.  Sooooo much to share.

Let's start with oohing and ahhing over the wonderful models that Orna sent.  This was really a site to behold.  She sent just a portion of her collection of amazing sttitched pieces and I filled walls with them.  You can't begin to choose a favorite.  Each is yummier than the next.  I really don't know how she got them all stitched.  There are just so many!

All are counted canvaswork.  You start with blank canvas and then follow diagrams to complete the pattern.  Most of her charts have multiple color ways or you can create your own.  The really cool thing is that stitched in different colors they rock out to entirely new and different designs.

If anything catches your eye, call or email and we'll send it your way.  We'll send threads too if you would like.  We're easy like that.

Here goes.....


Yuval Cuff in a yummy lime.


Grace


Silky Safari - Gotta Stitch this one.  Applique of printed ultrasuede, embroidered stitches.  Look close at the edges, there's machine embroidery on there too!



Royal in two great colorways


Temperment. Lot's of basketweave which you know isn't my favorite, but a piece that could easily live in my house if I had any wall-space left.


I think this one is called Equilibrium.  Gorgeous.  So elegant.


Wishes, this is just a snippet of a large piece worked entirely on Congress.  It is stunning.  




Tesselations Again.  This is an amazing piece.  Look for the triangles.  They flip and slide and mirror one another to make the most wonderful pattern.



Gayle in Blossom colorway



Gayle in the Can't Resist Colorway.  Could there be a better name?


Here we have Gayle in the Spring colorway.  

 

This is Orna's newest design.  We're waiting for it to arrive.  Freedom.  

Can you choose?  I can't, each is prettier and more exciting than the next.  I'll post more tomorrow;  it's all about the peacocks.  Let these brighten your day for now. 
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