Sunday, December 30, 2012

Color Party!

Do you like to experiment with threads?

Do you like to play with color?

You know we do at Bedecked and Beadazzled!

With that in mind, we decided to have a Color Party!

Join the party, and each month you will receive a bag of fun threads, beads and crystals themed by color.  One month blue, one month red and so on.  These are threads you may or may not have tried before.  All are full skeins.  No embroidery floss here!

Because we want to have a party with each shipment there will be a super fun crossword puzzle that will challenge you to look at the threads in new ways.  Solve the puzzle and learn how we like to use the threads.

The first party shipment will go out February 20, 2013.  Read more details and sign up here.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Journey Back in Time with me

We're halfway through our current mystery class the Zecca Snowman and having a wonderful time.  He's happy and sweet and kinda quirky.  You can see all the mysteries that have happened at Bedecked and Beadazzled including the progress we've made so far on the snowman by clicking here.

It's time to start thinking about the next class.  I've selected Bastet the Cat Goddess by Tapestry Fair.

This canvas is totally different for me.  A virtual trip to Egypt.  I'm seeing beautiful rich colors and textures along with opulent sparkle.  Join us for this mystery class and see where it leads. 

Classes will be February 10 and 24, March 10, April 7 and 21. Sunday afternoons from 1-3pm.  If you want to join the class from the beginning, now is the time to sign up.  We have a few extra canvases coming in our first shipment but beyond that the painters may not be able to deliver in time. Oh no!  You don't want to miss the fun of starting with the group.

Canvas design area is 11.5 x 14 stitchpainted on 18ct.

You may also sign up for this mystery long distance and have us send it to you in installments.

Call us at 410.296.0405 to register.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

What better way to say Merry Christmas than with the Candyland Christmas Tree Farm.  Designed by EyeCandy Needleart, stitchguided by me and stitched by Lisa in Canada.

Lisa wanted hers to be finished all sugary and sweet. I think we succeeded. 

Wishing you and yours
a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year!

love, Ruth

Friday, December 21, 2012

Guarding the Village

Another great finish!  Guarding the Village handpainted canvas by Maggie creatively stitched by Lynda.

Each house and rooftop is special. Of course there is a cat.

The trees are my favorite part.  I am totally jealous that she could do it.  French Knots worked with two strands of BouclĂ© wrapped twice around a needle.  All without pliers!  WOW!  I'm surprised her stitching fingers are still speaking to her.

Beautiful job, Lynda!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Sheena's Sweet Stitches

Hi All - Sheena of Sheena's Sweet Stitches has been running this oh so cool contest over on her blog and on facebook.  24 Days of Needlepoint Advent Fun

Each day she posts a trivia question about Christmas.  If you answer the question correctly you are automatically entered in that day's random drawing.  Pretty cool.

There are winners everyday.

If you are looking for today's question, hang in there. Life just threw our girl a curveball and she's offline for a little while.

Hopefully all will be right by the AM and she'll be posting again.

As of right this very moment there are 6 days, 6 hours, 36 minutes and 3 seconds till Christmas.

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sparkles are a good thing

Happy Holidays Everyone!  There are just eight more days until Christmas.  Are you ready?

We took a break this afternoon from holiday prepping for Snowman Mystery Class #2.  

I amped up the party just a bit with blue velvet cake.  How could I resist?  It's the perfect shade of blue to go with the class project.  And all of you ladies who support my designing and come to class deserved a special treat.  Wish you all could have come.

This was an easy class.  The white borders are padded and sparkly!  The turquoise background is a simple zig zag that mimics the triangle trees and is worked in the most luscious of overdyed silk perle from Australia.

His face is framed in sequins that look like a broadway marquee.

He's a cute little guy and I'm so happy we are stitching him.

Next up we start stitching trees!  So many possibilities....

Friday, December 14, 2012

A Day for Shopping

The shopping ladies were one of my earliest canvas designs and they continue to be some of my favorites. We recently kitted The Fall Shoppers for a customer and I thought I would snap a picture to share all the yummy threads.

Not only are there fabulous threads in this piece but I really like the stitches.  The background is all sparkly!  Here's the finished product.

If you would like to see the two that came before, here's Summer shoppers.  The stitchguide is by Brenda Hart.

And here's the original shoppers!  Again, Brenda Hart did the stitchguide. How cool is that?

There are lots of variations of these, just check out the Just for Fun section under needlepoint at

Sunday, December 09, 2012

What a knock out!

Sometimes all the planets align and a canvas just knocks your socks off when it is finished.  This is one of those times!

Mary stitched this piece with direction from Brenda Hart and it is exquisite! 

You really can't go wrong with a Laurel Burch canvas as your starting point.  Each is more beautiful than the next.

The stitches and threads selected are all perfect, adding just the right amount of detail to the canvas.

The colors are bright and sunny.

The butterfly is completely beaded;  sparkle is never a bad thing.

Add all these components to Mary's beautiful stitching and magic happens.  Thanks Mary, for letting me share this with everyone.

Friday, December 07, 2012

Halloween Night Collage

How fun is this?  Julia Snyder wrote a fabulous stitchguide for the EyeCandy Halloween Night Collage!!!

All these little details embellished with super color stitches and threads.

This has been one of my favorite canvases since Ada designed it and now it just gets cuter.

Call us at 410.296.0405 if you would like to add this to your EyeCandy collection.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Biodiversity in the Burbs

We all love Charley Harper and the latest of his epic pieces to be converted to needlepoint is Biodiversity in the Burbs.

It's quite large, but quite spectacular.  27.5" x 34.5" on 18ct.  If you tackle it one animal/flower/thing at a time, it really isn't so bad. Imagine the gratification of getting the deer done or the flamingo.

So, okay while Julia Snyder was here in mid July we decided to bite the bullet.  Biodiversity now has a stitch guide and a fabulous wonderful mountain of threads. 

Ribbons and overdyes and metallics and rainbow galery and and and the list goes on and on.  All too cool.  Julia did such a great job with the stitches.  It makes me want to stitch it and you know I don't do big.

If you are interested in a little Biodiversity of your very own, give us a call.  410.296.0405.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

What does a Polar Bear in the Snow look like?

Got your attention didn't I?  Well, that's what I feel like we have created so far.  A very sweet, very delicate snowman in the snow.  He's soft and ethereal.

Today was the first lesson of the Zecca Snowman mystery class at Bedecked and Beadazzled.  We focused on the snowman himself.  He's not quite finished but we made a good start.

This little guy is completely beaded. Here's the cool part.  Well, at least I think it's cool.  The same beads are used on both his head and his body.  But there are more beads on his head making it more solid and, drum roll please.... making it come forward in front of his body.

Obviously his nose and pipe are padded, that's easy to make them pop forward.

The background is a RANDOM (I couldn't resist) pattern of super easy snowflakes in a very light shimmery aqua.

I promised that as this was our holiday mystery I would keep it relatively easy in the stitching department. Hope you have fun.  If you want to chat with others in the class, there's a group over on for just that purpose.

Here's the exclusive limited edition snap tray for Snowman class participants only.  It's just the cutest.  A little retro and a perfect match to the canvas.  It even has crystals!

And look, what is that?  A snowman button snap to hold your laying tool.  We have plenty in stock so if you need a last minute stocking stuffer or just a fun gift for yourself, give us a jingle.

I got a little carried away, 'Tis the season you know.  We also have a few (a very few) snowman scissor fobs.  The one on the left is $45 and the one on the right with swarovski crystals and sterling silver is $95.00

In addition to the snowman button snaps we also have other patterns of Holiday cheer available.

We'll meet back here in two weeks for lesson #2 of the snowman mystery.  More sparkle to come.

Until then you know I'll be posting whatever whimsy strikes my fancy.

Happy stitching.
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