Friday, August 31, 2012

The girls are back in town!

Now, I know it has been a long time....

I've finally invited the girls back for a visit.  They've been very patient waiting for their stage to be finished.

There's surprisingly more background on this canvas than I originally thought.  Not enough for crazy plan A in my head that involved a fabulous Chinese New Year dragon weaving and dancing behind the girls but enough that stitching this background took longer than expected.

I created an all over pattern that forms simple diamonds.  Between the diamonds are beads. The magic of the beads is that they are totally clear and sewn on with multi-colored thread.  This makes all the beads look like different colors!  How cool is that?

I have a few things to get off my plate and then the ideas that are in my head for girl #4 can be shown off.  Maybe since she's wearing fur she will come to visit when the weather is cold.

If you haven't already joined the party at Bedecked and Beadazzled, it's not too late.  There are 6 girls and only 3 and the background are stitched.  We can kit this much for you and then you would be in the queue for future shipments.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A New Designer Joins the team

Over on the wholesale side of my world, I license the art of talented illustrators and turn it into needlepoint.

The newest artist I would like to present to you is Hal Mayforth.  He has a totally irreverent style to his art that I love.  It's fresh and makes me laugh.  It's the kind of thing I can totally see myself living with.

This is the first group we are introducing.  Some are bound to have stitchguides just as soon as I can get to it.  In case you are curious,  DAMN is in progress thanks to the talented Julia Snyder and Brenda Hart will be stitch-guiding I Bark in class next month.  Oh what fun.  

Maybe we should do Boo! for the Halloween mystery class next year?  What do you think? 
If you want to see more of his art, check out his website at  Let me know which pieces you would like to see turned into needlepoint and we just might be able to make it happen.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Poofy Heart!

It worked!  I'm so excited. I finished this at 1 in the morning days ahead of class and it worked!

I had this vision in my head and I thought it would work but I really hadn't tried it to make sure it would work with needlepoint canvas the way that it works with fabric.  It did!

The heart is now poofy!!!!

We used heavier threads like trebizond, and heavier stitches in the center heart to make it come forward.  There are all kinds of beads in the center - bugles, size 11's, size 14's and 4mm Swarovski bicones in Ada's signature color, astral pink all selected for extra eye-catching detail.  These tricks worked but it was still a subtle dimension.

When it comes to needlepoint, I am not subtle.  I wanted more!  The heart needed to be poofy and really, really come forward.

So, it is padded!  It's padded from the back which is so much easier than padding from the front or applique.  You are going to love this.

Now the heart curves and comes forward and makes everything just a little poppier! Keep in mind, this will only work if you plan on finishing your Garden Party Heart as a pillow.  It won't frame nicely.

We're off to the finisher now.  More of my crazy vision to share with her.  Will it work?  Will it match my expectations?  Stay tuned, maybe Santa will bring it back finished and hide it under the Christmas Tree.  It would match, don't you know.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Owls in Trees

You may remember that Palma started the Maggie Fabulous Trees with Owls with Brenda Hart when she was here in October of 2011.

Brenda inspired Palma to think outside of the box on all those circles and the results are simply magic!

Here is the tree complete with custom frame by Lisa Kraus stitched to perfection.  Each of the circles in the tree is a gem waiting to be discovered.

Great job Palma!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Looking for a weekend project?

Katey (aka ryn) has designed this fun series of small State of canvases.  They are just big enough for a checkbook insert or pillow insert or door hanger or collage a few together and make a big statement.

Here's the cool part.  Since they are small, they are perfectly do-able in a weekend. Yes, this means one relaxing weekend of stitching and you have something fun to show for it.  Think holiday gift giving.

Check out these threads.  Nice range of fun stuff to play with.  Silk, Petite Silk LamĂ© Braid, Neon Rays+, Kreinik and of course beads.  The beads steal the show.  They are tiny 1.8mm cubes.  So cool.  So new and exciting!  They just sit there and line up perfectly.  In real life the beads are pink with an aqua lining but once sewn on with purple beading thread they are perfect here. AWESOME!

Stitch guides are available for the entire series thanks to our friend and stitchguide artist Sheena, so whatever state you are in, there's a canvas for you!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

the 2012 Holiday Mystery Class is........

It's time to unveil the Holiday Mystery Class at Bedecked and Beadazzled!  

You've waited patiently, and here it is.

Isn't he just the cutest!  Painted on 18ct by Zecca and exclusively ours,  I love this little guy.

Mystery classes are one of the most fun things in the shop! You sign up knowing only what the canvas is that we will be stitching. How we are stitching it is the mystery. Each time you come to class (or we mail you your next kit) another section of the mystery is unveiled.

You know that if I am teaching it, it's going to have a bit of bling. Okay, maybe a lot of bling! You also know I like to play with different threads and different stitches and that open canvas is okay in my world.

We meet from 1pm to 3pm on Sunday afternoons.   The dates for this class will be December 2 and 16, January 13 and 27.  The design area is 11" x 11"

Class cost is the price of the canvas $204.00 plus $15 per lesson and the threads necessary for that lesson. It's lots of fun. I hope you will join us.  Call us at 410.296.0405 to register.  Let us know if you need stretcher bars and if you want the exclusive custom snap tray designed exclusively for this project.  It will keep your threads sparkling by your side while you stitch.

We post close up pictures of each lesson to the blog and maintain our discussion group for the mystery on stitcherie.

Want to read more about the mystery classes? Check out this cool article about the classes published in Needlepoint Now. A very dear student and friend called after reading the article to congraulate us, "The only thing they forgot to mention was how much fun we have." So true, we have lot's of fun!

Friday, August 17, 2012

New and now!

Hi, just a quick Friday post with our latest fun addition to the store.  Consider this as a gift for a friend or a gift to yourself.


The name says it all.

Available and in-stock now in M, L, XL, XXL

We also have Sandy Arthur's newest book Shapes III in stock.  More great shapes diagrammed to make your stitching easier.  I love the corners.  They are always a challenge.

We have a tradeshow in a few weeks so you know there will be new things popping up all over.  We'll keep you posted on what's new and now!

So, several people have commented on the little fairy above the t shirt.  This is a series from Paper d'Art and they are so much fun to stitch. There are no rules with fairies. The more bling the better.  Here's the post where she was finished.   And the link to the site where you can see them all!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

It's time for a Challenge

Over on we had the idea that it would be fun to do quarterly challenges.  KB came up with the idea and it's been a blast.  We pick a canvas and then invite different needlepoint designers or shopowners to create the rules.

Sometimes they say you have to use such and such a thread.  Other times they suggest certain stitches.  Who knows what the rules will be until the game begins.

Our mystery for June 1 - September 1 can be seen here.  There are several choices of canvases.  Good Ole Summertime from Dreamhouse Ventures is the one I have decided to play with.  You know how I feel about pink and green.

Colleen Church from the Needleworks in Austin created the rules for this challenge.  Here's my haul of threads to play with on the piece following her guidelines.

I realize that it's now well in to August and I'm just now admitting that I'm going to do this challenge.  That might mean that I do it next year.  Oh well, the ideas are in my head and once I get started I'll post pictures here and on Stitcherie to show you what I'm doing. It's not too late to  join us.  It's a great way to stretch your wings and experiment with no pressure.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Be still my beating heart

OOOOH!  We've started stitching the central heart.  I promised bling and here it is.  It's coming to life.

Today was lesson four of the Garden Party Heart Mod Collage by EyeCandy Needleart. We're in the home stretch now!

We completed four colors of the patterns inside the heart.  Some have beads, all have bling. 

These stitches are much bolder than those in the background so that they come forward. 

I love the Leviathan stitch with beads in the center pink areas. 
It's a favorite stitch of mine but really doesn't get used enough.

The colors are really starting to sing now!

We'll keep adding dimension and bling to the central heart next time, plus I have a few surprises up my sleeve to finish this piece off!  Cross your fingers it all comes together as I see it in my head.

See you soon.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Whimsy and Beads Oh My!

I've been thinking for a long time about offering beading classes at Bedecked and Beadazzled.  The time has come!

I've followed a glass artist/beadworker for years.  Her style is so me!  Her colors are bright, her lampwork beads are whimsical and happy.  She's even been known to have pink streaks and sparkles in her hair.  How could anyone but Sylvie Lansdowne be our first teacher for beadwork at the shop?

We are pleased to invite you to two bead classes the weekend of September 29/30.  Choose one, choose both.

On September 29th we will be having an earring party!  Choose any two of Sylvie's earring designs and be well on your way to having new fashion accessories in no time!  Don't wear earrings?  Change out the findings and have a great pendant - one for you and one for a gift.

Cirque du Sprout
available in colors shown plus hot colors and maybe black and white

 Enchanted Blossom
available colors:  Cool*, Hot,  Jewel, Grape*, Tropics -
The starred ones are those in the photo.

Pretty Petals
available colors:  Hot, Cool, Mix, Black and Silver (really cool!), 
Khaki Bronze and pinks/corals with softer greens.
 Whimsical Wheelies
available colors:  Hot, Cool, Mix, Black and Silver (really cool!), 
Khaki Bronze and pinks/corals with softer greens. 

On September 30th we will be making the Flora Florette bracelet.    The base of the bracelet is tubular Peyote and then we get to embellish with beautiful lampwork flowers!  How cool is that?

available colors:  Hot (coral, red, lilac, pink and a touch of yellow)  Cool (turquoise, lime, purple and a bit of blue)  Bright Mix (lime with turquoise, yellow, coral-y pink and a touch of purple), Black/White/Silver,  Sparkly Bronzes

Prices and times are on the Visiting Teacher page of the website.  I know this is sort of last minute but I do hope you will join us.  It's going to be a fun time and hopefully just the first of many visits from Sylvie!

Most of Sylvie's beadwork projects do include Peyote Stitch so a little background in that would be a good thing. We have great kits from the Fernridge Collection that stitch up quickly and will get you more comfortable with beads if you need a refresher course.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

What a difference a frame makes

The Pear Collage is back from the framer and I love it.    This is the same frame that I used on Spring Bunny but in different colors.  How cool is that?  It looks radically different.

This is a lucite frame.  You pick the pattern, pick the background color and the pattern color and even the lip color.  They mold the entire frame as one piece.  The engineering is really amazing.  Voilá  we have a frame.

Yes, it is busy, but the collage is all about pattern so I'm okay with busy on this piece. :-)  I wanted something contemporary. It's so hard to find contemporary frames.  I'm in love with this line. You will be seeing more of it.

You can really see the depth and illusion of the frame in these two photos.

And for everyone who thinks I have totally lost my mind, here we have the pears frame in total elegance.  This was stitched by my friend Sue who totally rocked the piece keeping up with me on every lesson.  I do love it framed in gold too!

What a difference a frame makes.  The gold would look so out of place in my house.  The lime may look out of place in yours. 

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Love's First Kiss

You may recognize Love's First Kiss as the words written on the new EyeCandy Sleeping Beauty Collage.

I received a call from a stitching friend the other day with a great idea.  Her niece was getting engaged and she wanted to stitch something special for this girlie girl.  The Sleeping Beauty collage was just the thing for a super special unexpected engagement present.

So, another stitch guide has been born!

Don't the threads look yummy?  And of course there had to be beads!

Nancy, I hope your niece love's this canvas.

Friday, August 03, 2012

Otomaro from the Shogun Series

Leigh Richardson of Leigh Designs is an extraordinary painter.  At each show she delights us with an entirely new series of 8 coordinating designs.  I have huge respect for her talent and her nerve with the all or nothing attitude.  Sometimes she picks a theme and I love every canvas more than the next.  Thank you Leigh for the Guadalajara Series and sometimes she picks a theme that while I am impressed I don't want to live with them.  As an artist she never plays it safe. 

In January Leigh introduced the Shogun Series - the Warriors of Ancient Japan.  Each is more dramatic than the next.

One of our customers asked us to stitchguide Otomaro for her. 


So, after much waiting the guide is complete.   There's all kinds of cool things going on in this canvas.  I do hope we get to see a picture when it is finished.  The quilted robes and the gold couching are going to be great.

Here's the beautiful threads that she will be stitching with.

You know I need lots of pretty beads. This is the perfect canvas for the new Miyuki Tila beads. 

Totally outside my normal comfort zone of canvases.  This one is going to be stunning when complete.  I think I am equally excited about the background.  If you would like to stitch Otomaro for yourself please call us or order on line and we'll take care of the details.

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