Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Another bow tote

You may remember my bow totes from previous posts.


They are available in five different patterns, each painted on 13ct mono.  Stitch it and send it to us for the most elegant bow tote.  It's all totally custom, pick your leather color, pick your lining color, number of pockets etc., or......



Find a cool tote in any of your favorite shops that doesn't have a lot of pockets, zippers etc and we can attach your bow to it.  How cool is that?

You can see all the totes on line by clicking here.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Snow is Falling, A Chill is in the Air

We have completed a mystery canvas, the snowman by Zecca!

You really need to see the before.


and the after.


It's a total transformation.  Today was the last lesson so there were a million details to discuss.  When I started this I thought I would do all the green trees the same.  Ah hem. What was I thinking?  That's  a lot of trees.  


We've now added trees stitched in Neon Rays, trees embellished with sequins and trees stitched in tiny leaf stitches with an overdye.



I love the snowflakes.  They are just fun.  Lots of different techniques and threads and beads and crystals and sequins.  No rules, just play.  A little of this, a little of that.  Some of my snowflakes are stitched similarly to the dots on EyeCandy's upcoming Crazy Patch Boo-nanza.  They are my favorite part of the club so I had to borrow them and give Ada credit here for a fun idea.


Check out the topography of the canvas when you look at it from the edge it's really cool.  Lots of dimension.


Now I have to decide how I want this piece finished.  Standup?  Framed?  Pillow?  Purse?  I'm not sure yet but as soon as I am it's off to the finisher.

Until then, I will get busy test stitching the techniques I have in mind for Bastet the Egyptian Cat Goddess. She's our next mystery.

If you would like to join us for Bastet or have us kit the snowman give us a call at 410.296.0405 and we'll take care of the details.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Patterns on Patterns on More Patterns!

Garden Party Heart Mod Collage our summer mystery class at Bedecked and Beadazzled has returned from the finisher!

Check it out!

It's definitely a pink pillow and you know I am a pink girl. Not sure where I will ever put it but it was a fun stitch.  I love the addition of the applique felt dots on the edges.  That was a detail that was in the plan from the beginning.


Look at the great detail on the back.  This is why I love my finishers.  The extra little details that kick everything up a notch.  Purely decorative and yes, it adds to the cost but we're already in so deep with time and expense that a little more is hardly noticed.


Check  out Sue's finish that we framed.  It's in a super deep shadowbox with fabulous fuchsia and orange accents.  Love it!

You can really see the dimension of the heart in the frame.

If you don't have this project in your stash and would like to stitch it, I can promise you will have a good time.  We're happy to kit it with complete and instructions and send it your way.  Just give us a call at 410.296.0405 or order here.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Brenda Stofft Witch's Millinery part 2

I showed you the first three Brenda Stofft Halloween Hats a few days ago.  Here's the final three with all their fun threads.




All ship complete with stitchguides by Julia Snyder and myself.  Call us at 410.296.0405 to order or order online.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Mystery Make Up Days

Yesterday was our very first Mystery Make Up Day!  We had a great time.

Eight of the most fun ladies convened in the shop for catch up on their unfinished mysteries.  The models are here. I'm here and you get to pick my brain.  Hours of uninterrupted stitching time with friends.  So fun.


Some brought the current zecca snowman to get ready for next sunday's class.


Poinsettia Lady came back to play.  She needed her beaded hair flower sculpted.  Broom Parking students came as did the deco cat.  It was a very fun mix of projects and friends.




And once in awhile a new project was irresistible and had to be added to the works in progress.

The next Mystery Make Up Day is March 2nd.  We'd love to have you join us.  

Friday, January 18, 2013

Brenda Stofft Witch's Millinery part 1

Brenda Stofft is just so clever.  Six darling Halloween Hats that are the perfect size for Holiday stitching.  4" x 8" on 18ct - not too big and not too small.

Each is different enough that those of us with boredom issues (ahhhem, raising her hand here) won't get bored.  There's too much fun to have with these especially when you realize that Julia Snyder and I conspired to write the stitch guides for them!

Here's the first three with all of their fun threads.




Call us at 410.296.0405 to order or order online.
More to come, stay tuned.


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Stitching Games 2013

Stitching is a game to me.  What's the right stitch for the area?  What threads should I use for the area?  What's the best traveling path for a pattern?  So many fun little brain games.

You really don't want to know what goes through my head when I am designing a new club.  I set up crazy linking rules in my head and then follow my own rules while designing.  Kinda wacky.

Imagine my delight when I heard that the girls over on Stitcherie.com were running Stitching Games 2013!



What a fun game.

Pick any canvas that you want and haven't started yet.
Hmmmm, got one of those?
 
Post a picture of your canvas on stitcherie.  

Watch for monthly clues.  Each month a new clue will be posted.

Your job is to interpret the clue in a way that applies to your canvas.  Maybe the clue makes you think of a stitch or a color or a texture or an area, or who knows what.

Let the clue drive your stitching. 

Now post a picture of your progress  and how you interpreted the clue.  The challenge here is to link some crazy clue to your stitching.

It's wacky, it's fun. Come on, you know you want to join us.

Here's my canvas for the games.  I wanted something smallish.



This is a Shelly Tribbey canvas.  Too cute.

I'll post my progress here and over on Stitcherie.com so you can follow along.

Hope to see you there.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Trees in the forest

Here we go, lesson #3 of the Zecca Snowman class at Bedecked and Beadazzled.  Now it's time for the fun details!  Love this part.


Today in class we started the trees. There are a lot of trees.  All just funky triangles.  So, the game here is different stitches in different threads to make different kinds of trees.  I guess they could all be the same, but how fun is that?


We did Amadeus Triangles with ribbon, love that!


Triangle Eyelets with Soie Perlee, love that! French Knots and Tent Stitch with BouclĂ©. 


We also worked the outer border.  Need to get that done so that next lesson we can make snowflakes!  And of course more trees.

It's interesting working a canvas with such a limited color palette.  Your focus becomes the threads and stitches to give the overall design excitement.

Until next time,
Ruth

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Let's spend the day together playing with color!

Saturday, February 9th we will be having a very special event at Bedecked and Beadazzled. 

Orna Willis will be teaching her magical color class.

We begin by discussing color and then using photos as inspiration, we jump off the high dive and select colors for our very own countedwork pieces.  We had this class last Spring and had a blast.  So fun!  Everyone's canvas is different.




Imagine Orna personally inviting you, you know you want to come.  Spaces are filling up fast.


Call us at 410.296.0405 to reserve your space.  Read more details here.

Monday, January 07, 2013

Just another day in the neighborhood

Or in this case, another three days filled with fun, friends and lots of creativity.

Brenda Hart was here this past weekend teaching embellishment classes.  We always have such a good time with her.  She's so creative and so fun. 



In no time at all Palma was stitching on this Alice in Wonderland Collage from Lani.




Judith brought this graphic American Indian canvas from Treglown Designs.  It has a limited color palette but stitched it is a wow!


My carrot can can dancers came out to play.  Their bodies are lemony.  Their heads are beaded radishes with great head dresses.  So fun!


This canvas is from a series by Leigh Designs.  Great opportunities for fabulous stitches and color.



Gale brought a floral canvas that is destined to be a pillow on her sun porch.  All of the petunias are slightly different pattern stitches with beads and metallics.  Very cool.


Jane was working on a reproduction of a painting. There's a lot going on in this canvas but it's going to be great with all the new threads and patterns added.


Lynda is starting a fun new Zecca tree.  We all love Zecca!  Barbara, oh no!  I didn't take a picture of her canvas or Wendy's.  OOPS!  More cool canvases that will appear on a future blog.

 Everyone has a good time in class!



Sue and Brenda are conspiring how to bring this great pair of Maggie Renaissance Frogs to life.  As usual Sue tested a lot of threads and stitches in class.  The look great.  Ribbons for the drapes are the perfect touch.


Lynda brought her finished Maggie from the last Brenda class she took. Check out all the fun details.  Flowers in the wallpaper,  fuzzy kitty.  Love the leaves on the plant.

Just because I like to drop hints and see if anyone reads to the end of my posts, we planned the next mystery with a twist.  It's the canvas that I started stitching in class and well, one thing led to another and everyone wants this canvas.  So stay tuned, when the Row of Ladies is finished there will be another fabulous canvas that will be a Mystery with a Twist. 

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Ringing in the New Year!

Wowza, look who has joined the party, and just in time for the New Year!

This is the fourth girl in our Row of Ladies Mystery With a Twist at Bedecked and Beadazzled and she's rockin in the New Year.


She is the most opulent of our group so far.  It's appropriate she joined us for the holidays.
 

Her golden stole is beads.  Beads, beads and more beads.  So full and lush.



Her skirt is a magical stitch.  When you look at the pattern the stitches show a very strong diagonal from lower left to upper right, but then you start stitching and magic happens.  You start seeing the opposite diagonal.  And then viola, more magic, it evens out and you have a stitch that is non-directional.  I like non-directional stitches for clothing in needlepoint because just like with real clothing we don't want a stitch that makes our butts look bigger.


The final touch is the addition of jewels on her skirt and she's ready for the limo that's waiting at the door.




Happy 2013!

xo
Ruth






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