Friday, November 30, 2012

Enabler's Anonymous

Let me tell you a story...

I received a phone call one night from two stitchy friends, Kathy and Barbara, from the West Coast.  They were were conspiring.  They realized that they enable one another in so many ways.  Not only is there the obvious, "you have to see this canvas", "oh this would be perfect for your next class with Brenda Hart",  but there's the emotional enabling that only the best of friends can do.

The request was made for a logo.  A very special logo for the Enabler's Anonymous club.  

I knew immediately how I wanted it to look.  I designed it and sent it off for review.

They loved it!

Next came the request for painted canvases, snap trays and frame weights.   A few months later and all the pieces were combined.

Everything was sent to the ringleader, Kathy, she was the only one who knew what her plans were.  

And plans they where.  There were 10 of everything!!!  She stitched the first Enablers canvas, beading the black letters and adding a little sparkle.  Wrote her stitchguide and began masterminding what was certain to become the event of the century in our corner of the world.


Beautiful quilted bags were made in coordinating colors of ultrasuede to showcase the new needlepoints.




Gift bags were packed and the party was planned.  All of Kathy's enabler friends convened one evening for a party.  Each attendee had her own bag of gifts lovingly assembled by Kathy.  This was her above and beyond thank you with love to her girlfriends.


The girls giggled and gasped and loved all their gifts.  A new project bag, a canvas with stitchguide, frameweight and snap tray.  Oh the fun!

The fun didn't stop there.  Kathy had prepared a giant box to be sent back to me.  Now, I knew about the canvas, frame weight and guide but I didn't know about the bag or the presentation.  I was told to schedule dinner out with another master enabler, our friend Sue. Bring my laptop.

And so, dinner was scheduled and I arrived with two big shopping bags and a laptop.  We watched the powerpoint presentation with Kathy on speaker from California.  I am sure the men at the next table thought we had lost our minds.

Here's what the powerpoint said.

"Once upon a time
…….two friends were sitting in the lovely Pacific Northwest after a day of stitching and talking and needlepoint website surfing.   They got to laughing about how each had occasionally (OK, often) gotten each other into trouble -  in a needlepoint sense of the word.  They realized they really were enablers for each other when it comes to this wonderful craft/pastime/habit.
One thing led to another….including a call to another enabler on the east coast (even though they had no business calling the east coast at that hour).  The east coast enabler was commissioned to design a logo for the group that was about to be formed:  
   Enablers Anonymous
Of course wine was involved……..  why do you ask?!
  You know you are an enabler when….. 
You post photos on your blog of the “perfect for my new kitchen” canvas from Lani….
You create the most wonderful, can’t be resisted, “who knew I wanted a nesting bird canvas” mystery classes….
You send an email that says the trunk show has arrived and there are two canvases that won’t be going up on the walls because they already have my name on them…..
You send an email saying Ruth is evil – which, of course, she isn’t – and we both end up ordering canvases!
You come into class and drop screen shots of wonderful Charley Harper designs on the table…within my view…and close to someone who can get them painted for us…on 18 count no less…..
 You do canvas research for me instead of playing with gasoline….
You keep telling me it’s perfectly fine to own a canvas that will make a future daughter in-law blush….
You teach me all things new and wonderful about threads and stitches….
in between shopping advice on purses and jewelry….
 
You support all my stitching adventures and creations…..
even when you do not stitch that much yourself!
  
Enablers Anonymous
You know who you are………
Thanks to all of you around the country who have enriched my life in so many ways.  
I treasure all of you!"
 

The most generous of gifts from the most generous of hearts.  This was an amazing adventure and one that can continue to be fun.  You never know when another enabler gift will be added to the enabler kit or when another very special enabler will be found.

Love to you Kathy you continue to amaze us!

If anyone is an Enabler or knows an Enabler and would like any portion of this fun ensemble for their very own, call us at 410.296.0405.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Good World

A friend of mine mentioned that this canvas by Charley Harper is her backyard.  :-)  It's called A Good World. 

She and her husband spent the summer watching cardinals and chipmunks and butterflies play.  Somewhere there must be a turtle hiding in her yard don't you think?


So, another stitchguide was born!  Don't the threads just look yummy? And of course there are beads.  She loves beads probably as much as I do.


If you would like this canvas and threads to come live with you, give us a call at 410.296.0405 and we'll kit it up.  It's painted on 13ct so it's going to stitch up quick.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Crazy Patch Boo-nanza

What can I say?  Our own Ada of EyeCandy Needleart has done it again!  Check out her latest creations.

The Crazy Patch Boo-nanza!

She's been dying to tell you all about it but we had to keep it under wraps.


This is our latest club.  Six Candy Corns canvases and Three Pumpkins in our favorite pinks and oranges all complete with stitchguides.  So fun;  so cute.  All are approximately 6" on 18ct.

The club starts April 2013 and is available at many needlework shops.  Check with your favorite shop to see if they are offering the club or join us at Bedecked and Beadazzled.  You can sign up here if you would like your monthly clubs to be Beadazzled :-)

Friday, November 23, 2012

Tis the Season

For Holiday Walker Bags and Snap Trays!!!!


They make me happy.  Each year we work to create limited edition new bags and snap trays to add a little holiday cheer to your stitching.  As you can see we have a few choices.

The bags are 9 x 12 or 11 x 14 in red or green.

New this year we have Naughty Nice for those of us who can't decide which list they might be on.  The snap tray is leopard on the inside with super cute stockings on the out.  There's even a crystal in the "i" on Nice!


very merry happy jolly's coordinating snap tray is very happy with lime and red on the inside and ornaments on the out.


Just because we wanted something a little different, what about holiday mints!  Love them all, each is cuter than the next.  The elves outdid themselves.


While we were reviewing fabrics there were a few more that just had to be made.  I love my animals.  We have reindeer with black and white spots on the outside; Dear Santa Paws for dog and cat lovers everywhere.  It has a fun red polka dot print on the outside.  Is Christmas Christmas without owls these days? I don't think so.  So many fun choices.


Stop in and pick your favorite, or call us and we'll ship direct to your door.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Think Outside the Box

If you've been in the shop you know I have a fabulous tulip canvas painted by Lani and stitched by a friend Cara Sue.  It's abstract and wonderful.  Cara Sue paints with threads.  She has a feeling she wants to evoke and like the strokes of a brush with paint the needle flies.

She recently took on the challenge of stitching the Deco Cat by HP.  You may remember that I taught this piece as a mystery class a couple of years ago.  It's a great canvas and lots of fun to stitch.


Cara Sue added color and texture.  The cat is no longer in the weeds or in the trees.  He's in the jungle!  This is where all cats want to be, they imagine themselves king of the jungle stalking their prey. I love this piece.  The drama the color.  Such a great piece of art!


Cara Sue inspires me to think outside the box.  Just because the canvas is painted green doesn't mean it needs to stay green.





Sunday, November 18, 2012

Aaaaaaaw

Now if only I could record Gale saying aaaaaw with the same tone that she uses.  :-)

Look at this zebra!  How can you not love him?

A cute little tail, fluffy mane and look at his ears.  Aaaaaaw


He's just so darn loveable.

It's truly an amazing piece and a joy to stitch.

Gale Washington is the designer and was our delightful instructor as we piloted the class for her.  Her instructions are comprehensive and well diagrammed.

She explained everything clearly so that we could create our own zebras on the African veldt. 


Gale is gracious and supplied zebra tails in the class kit but also showed us how to make our own.



Each part of the design is more addictive than the next.  Once you get started its really hard to put it down.  I have a lot complete already on mine.  Definitely a piece I will finish!

Gale is a wealth of knowledge about the history of Florentine Work and Pattern Darning.  As you start stitching the ground, patterns appear and sub-patterns appear.  The play and flow of color brings the piece to life.  Did I mention you can't put it down once you start?


I've known Gale for a couple of years and one of the things that fascinates me about the way her mind works is how she approaches a new design.  She immerses herself in the process with wonderful process stitch sets that I love looking at.  You can see how the colors of the ground changed and morphed from the original concepts below to the palette we used in the end. 


If you would like to stitch your own zebra you can!  Check out the EGA seminar classes in Louisville in 2013.  Gale is teaching the zebra there.

She'll be back at the shop teaching for us too.  We just need to select dates and the perfect project.  Watch the Visiting Teacher page for details.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Twinkle, Twinkle Christmas Star


Stars and Stripes, the 4th of July Star by EyeCandy was so much fun to stitch that we just had to write a stitchguide for the Christmas Star too!



The snowflakes are sparkly and beady and fuzzy.  So cute!

Stitch it all in pink, white and lime as its painted or switch out the pink and white tiny stripes to red and white for a more traditional look.

Want to join the fun!  Call us at 41.296.0405 and order yours or order online here.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Are You ready for Snow?

I'm ready for snow if it's this super cute snowman that we're talking about.

Handpainted by Zecca, he is our next mystery class at the shop.


The first class will be December 2nd.  You know he's going to rock with bling and sparkle.

If you would like to join the fun, call us at 410.296.0405 to register.  The cost of the class is $204.00 for the canvas plus $15 per lesson for the stitchguide and the price of the threads, beads etc for each lesson.

You will need 15 x 15 stretcher bars.

Of course there will be surprises along the way.  With the first class we will unveil the exclusive limited edition snap tray designed just for this canvas.

The holiday mystery is a fun way to start the season and carry us through the chilly days of January.  See you in class.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Big Dramatic Finish.....

Ok, I made a big change to the canvas.  I decided not to stitch the cute little toad like saying that was so much a part of the design.

Now, before you decide to tar and feather me or turn me into a toad here's the deal.  I am a graphic designer by trade.  I love letters and letter forms, the shapes, the nuances, all the little details.

If I am designing a print piece I play with the leading and kerning and fiddle to make it pretty.  You just can't do that on needlepoint canvas.  Well, you can but then your letters are 2' tall.  I mean no disrespect to Sharon of Share One's Ideas.  She did a great job designing this canvas.  There are however limitations to an 18ct grid and one of those limitations is the detail you just can't get in lettering.

So being the compulsive type that you all have grown used to, I decided to take matters into my own hands.  A logo of sorts was born that will be mounted gracefully under the stitched shoes.  Now the shoes and the brooms and the frogs are center stage.

What you see below is the prototype of the concept.  A rough mat with the logo beneath it.  


The instructions I have written give you options for how I would stitch the letters if I were going to stitch the letters in addition to what I really did with mine.

You have plenty of stitching time to decide whether you prefer to stitch your letters or not.  You have frogs to stitch!  The frogs are simple, just a single stitch to allow the painting to show through.  The magic of a very tiny outline backstitched in just the right areas gives them depth and form.


And don't you just love the eyes!!!!  They are a new find for the shop and come in varying colors and sizes 6.5 mm to 12 mm. 

Our middle frog is kinda silly peaking out over and between the ruffles. Look at those toes!

I do love the borders on the canvas.  The orange border uses fun Tila beads as accents and beyond that there's just a tiny bit of green background showing.

The plan is to send this off for framing using the logo in a second window on the mat.  But, maybe before it reaches the framer I will change my mind.  It's been known to happen.  Maybe a pillow will be in my future with the saying embroidered on the reverse? We'll both be surprised when I decide. 

Friday, November 09, 2012

The Fab Four with a Twist

You may remember a few years ago when the Fab Four came to teach at the shop.  It was a rotation style teaching event. You brought one canvas and each of the four teachers worked on different areas of the canvas, embellishing it.  In the end, you had one super cool beautiful canvas.

The Fab Four - Tony Minieri, Meredith Willet, Beth Robertson and Suzanne Howren are at it again.  They are still on the circuit teaching the class so one evening over a few glasses of wine (or so the story is told) they decided to experiment with a "what if".  What if we each start a stitch motif diagram and then pass it to the next designer for them to add their vision?  Soon graph paper was flying and there were some super cool four part stitch diagrams.




Now those diagrams are combined into two unique Counted Canvaswork Charts.

 Creek Music

St. Leonard's Dance

Even if you never decide to stitch these designs as Crazy Quilts they are still great stitch references!

You can order yours online here.  Or call us and we'll send them right out.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

What's the Buzz About?

How could I not?

How could I resist?

We just had to have the cutest ever scissor fob and magnet just in time for the holidays!


Magnets are $13 each all pretty with enamel and crystals.


Scissor fobs are $44.00 each with the same flashy bumble bee.  These are exclusively ours so when you look at them we hope you will remember fun times at Bedecked and Beadazzled.


Monday, November 05, 2012

Can we bottle her?

Wow, every time I spend the weekend with Julia Snyder I am more and more impressed.  That girl's got ideas!!!


And she's fun! 

We didn't really get a lot of stitching done.  We picked her brain and took notes.  Pulled threads, laughed and giggled.  Not a lot of stitches to show but trust me they rock.
 


This Charley Harper cat is going to be so cool when finished.  The background will be one of Julia's fun Tent Stitch patterns.  Yes, I just used fun and Tent Stitch in the same sentence.  Mark it down, it may never be heard again.


Lot's of ribbons and more ribbons for the Jean Smith lion.  How cute.

 
Mindy joined us for her first class.  Love the stitches on this owl   She did a great job.


Santa's bag will be stitched entirely in the spatula stitch, allowing all the shading to show through!


The showstopper of the class was this canvas by Renaissance Designs.  Lots of tiny areas to embellish, but check out the border!!!  How cool is that?


Until next time!

ruth

Friday, November 02, 2012

Swirls of Sparkly Snow

Swirling snow is magic!  I think this snowman made from magical swirling, sparkly, crystaled and beaded snow is just too cute.  Yes, he is my design but I'm still allowed to like him, right?


He is available as a rectangle for framing or making in to a pillow or  a wall hanging.




 And he is available as a stocking with this oh so cute bird on the toe.



One of our customers requested a custom stitchguide, and well, you know the rest.  It's ready for all to enjoy.  There are beads and crystals and fun threads.  Most of it is pretty straight forward but the snow; that's the wow factor on this piece.   Just wait till you start stitching it.


We are happy to kit this charmer for you.  Call us at 410.296.0405 if you would like him to swirl his way into your heart.

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