Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Moon Dance

Talk about spook-tacular.  This is Moon Dance by Sandy Gilmore stitched by Linda with stitches by Brenda Hart.  Truly the planets aligned to magnificence.

When Linda started this canvas she really, really didn't like beads. Brenda challenged her to 10 beads a day.  Now, thanks to a beaded skeleton, she can't get enough!

Each detail is more interesting than the next.  The path is stunning.  The grass is magical.  We even added hot fix crystals to the sky.

Linda took her time working on this for several years with Brenda so that each section was perfection.  It is finally finished and just in time for Halloween. 

We had it framed and the framing just makes it sing.

It's spooky and sparkly and oh-so-special!  Great job, Linda!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Trick or Treat

Do you have your Halloween costume ready?  It's T minus 3 days to trick or treaters.

What about Frankenstein, or a mummy or dracula?

OK, so we aren't really dressing up for Halloween but we could stitch for it.  While Brenda Hart was at the shop a few weeks ago she stitchguided this awesome Shelly Comiskey canvas.  Love it! 

We typed up the stitchguide so that all our Halloween-loving  friends could have it with their canvases.  The stitches are super fun. 

Happy Halloween.

Friday, October 26, 2012


Do you remember my posting about Katey (aka ryn) and her darling license plate style canvases?  Here's the original link.  Well, the first model is back from the finisher and we love it.

It's definitely license plate cool!

Just the right size to hang on that certain someone's bedroom door.  Or perhaps your house is under construction and you need to document the state of chaos you are living in.  Either way these license plates are great fun and super quick.

Not only does the State of Chaos come with a stitchguide, but now the rest of the series has guides too!

Monday, October 22, 2012

The shoes make the outfit

If you know me, you know I have a thing for shoes.  Okay, I have a thing for sparkly blingy things and for shoes, oh and for handbags but that's not the point right now.

These are amazing needlepointed shoes.  They needed to have a fun pattern that didn't have direction as one shoe is a side view and the other is an angle. The stitch needed to flow at both angles so that they look like a matched pair.

I love these shoes.  I may love them a little more if they were smaller as they would have stitched quicker.  But they are fun, fun, fun shoes.

This was the main topic of lesson #3 of Broom Parking at Bedecked and Beadazzled.  The shoes are stitched in Neon Rays with accents of Neon Rays+ for the shadows. 

The real fun of the shoes are the Swarovski Neon Orange Pearls.  They make amazing dots.  They really do glow.

We added swirled black and white buttons for the ornaments on the shoes;  or are they eyes?  Kinda creepy when you start seeing eyes everywhere.

You know I love ribbon almost as much as I love beads, so for me there was no better choice than ribbon for the shoe ruffles. 

The sparkly red magic wand was the other big accomplishment of this lesson.  Beads and crystals of assorted sizes, shapes and shades.  All were sewn on randomly to allow the light to reflect at different angles.

We're moving right along.  Next lesson is November 11 and we'll finish up the frogs and the borders then.  It's been a fast fun ride and Halloween is upon us. 


Friday, October 19, 2012

Birdy Cat Hotel

And we have another finish from a Brenda Hart embellishment weekend!  Woo Hoo!  Drumroll please.  Cheer on the stitchers.

How cute is this?  It's the Birdy Cat Hotel from Ewe & Eye. 

First of all I love his eyes.  So big and full of mischief.  But check out the stitch that Brenda selected for his fur. Who would think this would work?  It's perfect. Absolutely perfect for a furry friend.

It's stitched entirely in Fuzzy Stuff — two different shades.


So here he is finished and framed, peaking out at you.  MEOW!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


It's all about the branding.

I do love my logo but it was time to tweak it just a little.  Here it is, in it's new found format on a snap tray.

We also have small magnets with the same logo.

It's really all about the bee you know :-)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Two Girls from Texas .....

What happens when you invite two girls from Texas to a class with Brenda Hart and a few of her dearest Bedecked and Beadazzled?

A lot of mischief.  That's what.

The ever popular Brenda Hart was at Bedecked and Beadazzled for three days this weekend. We had a great time.

Carol and Caroline joined us in class with Mrs. Campbell

and Mrs. Howard, two of the Skulls and Crossbones canvases by Leigh Designs. 

Brenda selected stitches and threads to make the canvases even cooler. Just look at the opportunities to add beads and crystals to these canvases!

Wendy started this oh-so-cute Rebecca Wood stocking.  A great opportunity for lots of fun details and textures.

 I love these faces!  And the animals are wearing scarves.  How fun.

This was Maria's first class with Brenda and she brought a fabulous canvases with very modern ladies.  Brenda selected awesome stitches and hopefully Maria had as much fun with us as we did with her.

Check out this great Maggie canvas. Pat is going to stitch it in no time at all.  I love the stitch for the big blue flower in the background.  

Judy started this crazy canvas from EyeCandy.  What I love about all these canvases is that have areas that are quick and fun to complete.

Sue is working on the great green lion from Diane Dirks line.  Look closely at the face and the mane.  AMAZING!

On a break from class Dawna introduced Carol to the wonderful world of peyote stitch.  I think we have her hooked!

As I said, there was a bit of mischief this weekend.  You have no idea the length some stitchers will go to in order for their canvas and frame weight and magnet and snap tray to match.  :-)

 Thanks for joining us this weekend.  Looking forward to the next time!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

It's 5 o'clock somewhere

Will you join me in a toast?  A toast to great threads and stitches and beautiful canvases - all the things we celebrate with each stitch we take.

Check out this picnic basket designed by Mary Lake Thompson and brought to us by Melissa Shirley.

We started pulling threads and stitches for this canvas and with each one the excitement grew. Check out the variety of threads selected to bring this canvas to life.  The  background is going to be spectacular.  See those threads in the upper right corner?  That's the background!  I'm so excited to see this piece stitched.  Hopefully Kathe will send us a picture when she finishes it.

If you would like to add this canvas to your collection, give us a call and we'll be happy to send it your way.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

The Needlepoint Fairy

She's finished.  Oh my!  Isn't she just the coolest?

I asked Sheena to stitchguide her for us.  She did an amazing job.  Not only did she write the guide, she stitched every last inch of her.   She even brought her to class with Brenda Hart so that we could have a sneak preview.

Linda was fascinated by all the fun little details.

Our fairy's hair is perfectly styled and accented with needles and needle threader.  She needs to be ready for all of life's stitchy emergencies.

The large green area is a stitch that Sheena designed called Ruth's Brocade.  It looks like so much fun to stitch.

We were at a loss for how to make the spools of Kreinik look like spools of Kreinik until the obvious hit us;  attach real spools of Kreinik!  One of those moments of obvious clarity.

The threads for this canvas are bright and yummy and so much fun.

The stitch guide is ready!  For a limited time, all canvases ordered will ship complete with a small collection of embellishments including the tiny scissors hanging at her waist.

Thanks again Sheena, you did an amazing job.

Sunday, October 07, 2012

And Now, A Word from our Sponsors

This photoshoot has been temporarily interrupted by a four-legged furry.

Richie likes to supervise.  He particularly likes to supervise the lights.

Works for me.  He is awfully photogenic but every mom thinks her kids are beautiful.

Once he was out of the shot, we were able to take pictures of the areas of Broom Parking that we addressed in class today.  This is lesson #2 of the Broom Parking Mystery class at Bedecked and Beadazzled.

When class started I promised that today would be easy.  No counting!!!!!  Nothing hard to see.  Of course, once you think about it, no counting in needlework means embroidery or random!  Words that tend to trike fear in a needlepointer's heart!

Everything that we did today was more embroidery than needlepoint.  And as far as I was concerned bigger was better with today's stitches.

We added seams to the witch's stockings.  And we added the spider.  I love the spider.  Two minutes of work for big impact.  He's scary and furry and so cool.

The brooms are easy - split outline stitch.  Of course the brooms are large so I did grouse about how much beige I had to stitch.  The brooms are completely stitched using Burmilana and then embellished with a limited edition silk raffia that I had made especially for this canvas.  That's just one of the fun things about joining the party early;  sometimes there are these extra special threads and embellishments.  Look at the size of my stitches.  The raffia is 2" long is some spots and the stitches of Burmilana are almost an inch.  We're going for drama here, not refined detail so big stitches are cool.  (If you are planning on stitching this as a pillow you may want to make your stitches a little smaller.)

The spiderweb is another quick and easy addition to the canvas. A large silver twist is tacked in position to form a magic spiderweb.

Here it is all in one place.  The drama is starting to come to life. 

Background complete - check.
Midground mostly complete - check.
Foreground to come!

Next installment of the Broom Parking Mystery Class, two weeks from today.  See you then.

Friday, October 05, 2012


It's that time....

Time for the unveiling of our 2012 collection of exclusive
Halloween Snap Trays and Project Bags!  Woo Hoo!

So fun!  The project bags are available in two sizes.  11 x 14 ($40) and 9 x 12 ($33).  
Orange with spider web • Black with spooky eyes • Purple with scary eyes!

And the snap trays! Oh my, how to choose?  The photo shows the inside and outside in pairs so the lime green skeletons are surrounded by black and orange giraffe on the outside.  These aren't embroidered so they are a little less expensive than the regular embroidered snap trays.  ($40 each)

They are going to go fast and once they are gone they are gone!

Call us at 410.296.0405 to order.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

How could I resist?

So, here I was happily going along with my day when bam it hits me that I needed to write a stitch guide for the Halloweenville Forest by EyeCandy.

How could I resist?

It's so darn cute and I loved stitching the Candyland Christmas Tree Farm.  What's one more WIP? You see, not only did I decide that I needed to write the stitch guide for this happy canvas but I also decided that I had to stitch it.  I apparently can't resist.

Here's the canvas and the threads.  What do you think?

I'll share as soon as I have stitches on the canvas.  But don't hold your breath.  You could turn blue waiting.

Monday, October 01, 2012

The Whimsy Queen

I've known Sylvie from a distance for more than 10 years.  I was buying her lampwork beads more than ten years ago.  I loved them then and I love them now.

Sylvie is the whimsy queen.  Check out her Head over Heels creations.  This is the Queen of Hearts. How clever is this?

I was so  excited when Sylvie agreed to come teach at the shop.   We were finally going to meet!  I knew we would hit it off.  We have a similar aesthetic and genuine love for all things COLOR!

She was here this past weekend introducing us to the world of teeny tiny seed beads and the magic that can be made from them.

Sylvie is incredibly patient and has such a fun creative vision.

Saturday was earring day.  In the morning we learned how to make Cirque du Sprout earrings.  Great lampwork beads with fun beadwork embellishments.  I have one earring complete!!  Well almost complete.  I need to assemble it.  Did I mention the beads are tiny?  They seem smaller when you are simply sewing them together than when you are sewing them on needlepoint canvas.  I do love the look and as soon as I find another half day I might have a complete pair.

In the afternoon we made Enchanted Blossoms.  These are super cool and very easy.  Sylvie explained how there's a center stem with a loop at the top and fringies along the sides.  Great demo, she was the leaf.

Sunday was the Flora Floret Bracelet.  It's embellished with flowers tiny to large. The large ones are Sylvie's gorgeous lampwork flowers. 

We made a little skinny peyote stitch tube for the bracelet base.

Did I mention how tiny these beads are?

For those like Dawna and Susan who can already bead beautifully in their sleep, Sylvie had a few new tricks up her sleeve for starting and stopping.  So, cool.  Now, let's just hope I remember these details.  

And of course Sylvie had to sign the new autograph board.  I thought it would be fun to have one board for the needlepointers and one for the beadworkers.  Of course if my wish comes true and this all morphs together we're going to need a third board.

We talked her into a few little doodles as only Sylvie can doodle.

Thanks for coming to visit Sylvie.  We learned a lot and had a great time.  We hope you will come back again!

I am the boss of the beads..... I am the boss of the beads.....  I am the boss of the beads..... 

I'm practicing!  See you soon.

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