Friday, September 28, 2012

Snap Snap Snap

What's that sound? ... the sound of buttons and magnets snapping together to make the coolest ever laying tool holder.


Button Snaps are the hot new trend and we're the first to have them!

It’s a pretty button with an elastic loop to hold your laying tool.  It will hold all sizes of laying tools from, tekobaris to carved wooden laying tools, snugly and securely, even when you flip your canvas over to end off threads!

Since it is magnetized to hold on to your canvas it will serve double duty holding your needle too!


Available in assorted colors and patterns. $14.50 each.  Allow us to select a pretty one for you.  You can't go wrong with these;  each is cuter than the next.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

OOPS!

I forgot to post the oh-so-cool snap tray that we designed to go exclusively with the Broom Parking Mystery Class.






Isn't it just the coolest ever?

We work with the snap tray manufacturer to design an exclusive limited edition snap tray for each of our mystery classes.  They are only available during the class and only available one each to the participants in the class.  So, if you are waffling, now is the chance to get your tray!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Broom Parking!

Today is the day!  Today we started the Broom Parking Mystery Class at Bedecked and Beadazzled.


This is a fun canvas by Share One's Ideas that we are stitching in sections — Four lessons in all, at basically 2 week intervals.  Some students will be joining us live in the shop and others will be outpatients as we call them - joining us virtually from the comfort of their own stitching chair.  It's fun either way.


Today's lesson was all about the background.  You know how much I love stitching backgrounds, NOT!  So, we need to get that out of the way first.  It's also so much easier to count stitches over unstitched canvas another reason for doing it now.

I had a plan in my head; I wanted the background to have a pattern that changes depending upon the viewing angle.  Don't ask me why I wanted to do this, sometimes I just need to challenge myself.   Thanks to the magic of stitches going in opposite directions it works!





Depending upon the viewing angle of the canvas either the vertical or the horizontal stitches come to the forefront.   The vertical stitches are a very close match in color to the background canvas color so at first you wonder why you are even stitching it.


We also gave our stylish witch fishnet stockings!  They aren't complete yet but they already look very cool.  The diamond pattern of the 4-Way Continental pattern mimics the diamonds in the background. 

We meet again in two weeks so I have lots to plan and do before then.


If you would like to join us, you still can.  However I am not expecting more canvases until late October so call to reserve one of those and you will just be joining us a little late.  You have something else to stitch in the meantime, right?

Friday, September 21, 2012

Silly Grins

How can you resist the silliness of this canvas?  It makes you grin. I'm starting to think Halloween so now's the time to show you this awesome canvas.

The canvas was designed by Ewe & Eye with a matching from from Deux Bijoux Bijoux.

Add stitches selected by Julia Snyder and masterfully executed by customer and friend Sue and you have an amazing piece worth showing off.

The only thing missing is making the silly eyes spin.  Wonder what it would take to animate them? Wouldn't that be da bomb?

 
Keep on grinning.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Brenda embellishment weekend September 2012

Welcome to a virtual gallery showcasing some of the fun canvases that were brought to Brenda's embellishment class at Bedecked and Beadazzled this weekend.  They are all going to be so cool when finished.  For now, they are merely a twinkle in their stitching artist's eye :-)


This was our usual eclectic group of canvases to challenge Brenda with.  Charley Harper's Love on a Limb is going to be gorgeous when Pat finishes it and that's going to be double quick thanks to the stitches Brenda chose!


Can you see the twinkle in Andrea's eye.  She's excited because her entire canvas is planned!!! She's an organized girl and got all the details worked out quickly in the 3 days she was here.


So quickly in fact that she treated herself to a new canvas and had Brenda stitchguide the flowes and birds on this one too!


If you know Palma, you know she is a quick stitcher.  She worked on this great witch by Brenda Stofft.  Check out the cape.  Love it!!!!


And the clouds!  Gorgeous!


Wendy is working on a new Charley Harper, Devotion to the Ocean.  The urchin will be beaded and the crab will be crystalized with Swarovski!



Kathy and Brenda are planning this Lani canvas.  Each little area is it's own masterpiece.  Gourmet is all beaded.  There's metallics and silks and beautiful stitches selected!


Barbara is working on another Lani canvas with great areas.  I love the borders!


Check out what Sue is doing on this Hal Mayforth canvas.  It's going quickly and so much fun and so much color.  You know we love that!



Sheena was working on another Lani canvas when she wasn't putting the finishing touches on the Needlepoint Fairy from my line.  Stitchguide and more pictures will be ready very soon!!!!

Stop back and visit again soon.





Monday, September 17, 2012

❤ Stitching with Brenda Hart

What a weekend! Sorry I'm a little late posting this.  I think we'll need 2 posts to cover the weekend!

We always have a great time when Brenda Hart comes to town.  She tells us which stitches to use where on our canvases and that's just the beginning of the fun!

This past weekend when Brenda was here I had a little surprise for her!  A specially designed snap tray for Brenda and her disciples!

 

Now everytime she looks at her snap tray she'll know how much we love her!

If you'd like your own Stitching with Brenda Hart snap tray, give us a call and we'll send it right out.

Occasionally students will stop by with finished or almost finished projects to show Brenda. That's always a treat!  


You can tell everyone wants to see all the beautiful details of this Laurel Burch canvas that Ellen is stitching!



One of our regulars, Linda, brought Graffiti to class on Friday.  She is the best dog ever, patient and loving.  She's a trained therapy dog so very calm.  She adds to the zen of stitching!


Graffiti wasn't the only visitor this weekend.  Saturday, Maestro came to class.  If you read Sheena's Sweet Stitches blog you may recognize this little guy as the kitten that Sheena found and rescued as a mere babe in her driveway!  He is now 4.5 months old and a delight.  I love my boys, but they wouldn't put up with a day in class for all the tuna in the kingdom.  Maestro hung out quietly when he was being picked up and loved by each of us.


I am happy to report that he has accepted me as his God Mom.  At least I think he's okay with the idea if needed.  



Once our guru got us down to business everyone started happily stitching their canvases.  More on that tomorrow.




Wednesday, September 12, 2012

6 feet of needlepoint heaven

Oh my!  How cool is this?  Zecca has done it again.  The quintessential growth chart that will last till little Tommy towers over mom.  Available on 18ct or 13ct it is just so wonderful. Lots of fabulous little zecca-like treasures to stitch and embellish!


 
When this arrived to make me smile with a note that said what about a mystery class I laughed out loud. Yeah, right Karen.  Not only is the canvas big but "my boys" (all four legged and furry) would only come up to what? 21" with their tails in the air :-)  So, another idea was born.  Paint me one without the numbers.  Now it is a fabulous piece to hang on a skinny strip in your home.  I don't really want to call it a bell pull but you get the idea.

We're happy to send this canvas off to you;  it really is going to be a treat to stitch.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Lotus Square

Robin King, yes, the Robin King, was at the shop Sunday September 9th teaching Zecca's Lotus Square.  It's such a pretty piece to begin with and then Robin worked her magic bringing it to life.


We had a good group of stitchers for a Sunday afternoon, all excited to learn.



Robin comes to class with a super - duper organized class plan that outlines exactly what we are going to do when.


She patiently answers questions and gives options to each student in the class.


One on one demos are a plus with Robin.  She makes certain that you understand every nuance of the project.


And in no time at all - maybe an hour into class you have the first blossom complete.  Wow!  That's my kinda girl.




Robin is happy to share her knowledge and why she made the decisions she made for each stitch and thread.  That's always such an interesting part of any project. There are so many choices for threads and stitches but one always wins out.


Robin brought her handy dandy flat iron for straightening Neon Rays and was happy to prep everyone's threads.


If you work on this piece for about a week or so, it can be finished!  How cool is that? 

Besides running into class periodically to take pictures, I also run into class to deliver finishing to the lucky recipients.  No, you just can't keep me out.  Here's Sue with a little ornament she finished as a gift. 

If you have the chance to take a class with Robin, I hope you will.  She is lots of fun and lots of talent all rolled into one. Thanks for coming to Baltimore Robin.  We hope you will come back.

This coming weekend will be three days of fun and frivolity with Brenda Hart. Lots more photo ops there.

See you soon.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

New from me to you!

Hi - This weekend is the great Baltimore Adventure.  What's that?  Well, it is what I have not so affectionately renamed a mini wholesale cash and carry tradeshow that is happening this very weekend in Baltimore.

Lots of needlepoint and counted thread designers all ready to sell their wares to shops that are hopefully coming from far and wide.

I am toast.  Still packing product to take.  Who knows what the shops will want to buy.  Who knows what I will see that I want to buy for the shop.  So much to do and so little time.

In honor of the show I have new designs. There is the garden girl series.  Kind of funky with their limited color palettes.







And now, there is a companion to the Travel Collage!







Wish me luck.  What was I thinking?

Sunday, September 02, 2012

What's new from ryn?

ryn has new designs!  She has illustrated the most amazing sugar skulls and we turned them into fun to stitch canvases.




While a rose is a rose is a rose it's twice as cool when it's blue!


Can't wait to see what's next from this designer.

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