Sunday, March 31, 2013

Hoppy Easter!

Hope the Easter Bunny hopped on over to your house today.

Happy Easter, Happy Passover, Happy Spring!


Friday, March 29, 2013

Gadgets Galore for Easter and More

You know we love our gadgets.  If I was making Easter Baskets for you I would fill them with all these cool gadgets and more.  Wouldn't you love that just as much as chocolate?

We have super cute new magnets in stock from Elizabeth Turner Collection

and Accoutrement Designs.

They are all so cute.  My collection is growing!  Might be time to install magnet board Number 2 in the stitching studio.  We have hot pink and lime and lavender and white and red......

My new most favorite gadget is the Bead Buddy!  Too cool.  It's a clear little box with a lid on the front and a magnet on the back.  Stick it to your stitching and your beads are close at hand.  This will make your beading so much faster.  You will wonder how you lived without it.  The best part is the sticky stuff in the bottom of the tray.  It's just sticky enough to hold your beads but not so sticky it leaves goooo behind.  PERFECTION!  You will need one for every project.  You know how I feel about beads.

As long as we are attaching things to our canvases, don't forget the Button Snap.  It too is magnetized to attach to your canvas and has as little loop of elastic to hold your laying tool in place.

All of these goodies can be found in the magnet section of the website.  Just click here.

If you have a magnet in mind that isn't pictured, just give us a jingle and we'll see what we have.

Monday, March 25, 2013

The Marvelous Miss M

Ok, that's not the most original blog title but you get the point.  The one and only Meredith Willet was here this weekend teaching and Oh My!  My, Oh, My! what fun we had. 

She is just so darn cute.  Check out those dimples.  She is the original southern belle.  So gracious.  That's all I can say.  She is giving of her time and her talent.  We loved having her here.  She will be back!

She has millions of creative ideas. Things that we just wouldn't have thought of without her.  She demonstrated bullions and all kinds of knots.  She did write the Knots Fur and Turkey Work book that I love, so who better to demo French, Colonial and Chinese Knots.

Meredith loves gold work and managed to get our education of goldwork started.  She taught us Or Nué.  So, very, very cool.  Perfect for so many things. 

Hmm, maybe I'll work it in to a mystery class.  In a general terms you lay rows of metallic thread across a canvas or area of canvas and couch it in place following the colors of the canvas below. 

Meredith demonstrated the concept masterfully and got us all excited about this new technique.  The  vase on this canvas will be Or Nué and it is going to rock as soon as Wendy finishes it!!!

It's a very old technique and perfect for one of the letters on this banner.

 Two days of intense stitching and it's finished.  Thank you Sue for the photo op.

The only downside to Or Nué is that it requires two needles for every color in the area.  It's an excellent way to make Spaghetti.

Originally there wasn't any Or Nué planned for this canvas but you know, why not stitch that beautiful swirled band across the center of the canvas in our new favorite technique?  The lizard will be completely beaded!  Love it!  Check out the details on the donkey on top of her head.  The trims are perfect.

Or Nué wasn't the only cool technique.  Check out the stitches on the girl with the bunny.

There's a lot going on in this bright geometric but it's going to be wonderful when Linda finishes it.

I love, love, love the loose Bullions that make santa's beard.  This makes me want to get one of my santas on bars.  Judy is going to be in beading heaven with all the fun details on santa.

Love the sail!   I barely blinked and Palma had a tree done.  Love the tree.

Linda picks canvases that are larger than life and this Mother Goose by Tapestry Tent is no exception.  It is big.  Check out the swirled stitch in the clouds and the trip on the dress and the feathers on the goose.  Oh My!

One of my favorite techniques was Repoussé.  It's really a metal work technique where you push the metal from the reverse to make it push forward.  Remember the heart in the center of the Garden Party Heart Mod Collage?  That was Trapunto.  Repoussé is very similar.  It makes great, fabulous, wonderful vines and trees and all kinds of goodness.

Thank you again, Meredith for sharing your talent with you.  We had a wonderful weekend and can't wait to see you again.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Barbara's Belleza

Wowza!  One word says it all.

Take an exceptional canvas, 

add threads and stitch choices by the one and only Brenda Hart,

add patience and beautiful stitching by Barbara and a few more stellar ideas and you have a knock out piece fit not only for the Day of the Dead celebrations but any room that needs a pop of color.

Barbara started with some threads and stitches that I suggested and then brought Belleza to a Brenda Hart embellishment class.  

 Brenda worked her magic focusing on a few key areas that really brought the canvas to life.

What to do with the back of the mirror?  Why not applique a beautiful piece of fabric and edge with trims.

 And now she is framed!  She is amazing.  Thank you, Barbara for sharing her with us.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Garden Girl

The garden girls are a new-ish series from me.  There are three.  The original garden girl, cafe girls and rooftop garden.  Each has a pretty limited color palette which makes them even more unusual.  This one is mostly green, while the other two are primarily blue and purple.  You can choose your favorite location or your favorite color.  :-)

One weekend while Julia Snyder was here we challenged ourselves to stitchguide the three.  Garden Girl is ready!  Just check out the fun threads for this one!

So many cool stitches and techniques to play with. Love, love, love ribbon flowers!

If you would like the garden girl to come live at your home you can order her on-line here or call us, we'd love to send her your way.

I'll post the other two soon.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Jeweled Lotuses

Ready for the reveal?

Today was the third lesson of Bastet our Egyptian Cat Mystery Class!  We Bedecked, Bejeweled and Beadazzled the lotuses.  So fun!

We attached different types of beads with different techniques and beautiful threads. 

There are two lotuses on the canvas, each at a 45 degree angle so each section of the flower has to change direction.  YIKES!  Okay, it's not that bad.  Just took a little planning on my part to make it easy for you.  If you are stitching along, read the instructions carefully and follow my notes for how to hold your canvas.

Stay tuned more details to evolve in three weeks!  I can hardly wait.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Witch's Garden Halloween Collage

First there was the Halloween Night Collage that we all loved, and then Ada of EyeCandy fame kicked it up a notch with the Witch's Garden Halloween Collage.

I'm not sure which is my favorite so now they both have stitchguides!  So fun to stitch.

You can order online here or call us at 410.296.0405 and we'll send it your way.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Stitch a Raven!

Sandy Arthur taught at Bedecked and Beadazzled last year and we had sooooo much fun.  She is full of giggles and spunk and so much talent.  We've invited her back to teach us her interpretation of Leigh's Ravens (ah, Old Crows)!  Sandy has stitchguided three of the Ravens - Squashed, Night Cap and Fast Friends.  Select your favorite(s)

August 10th and 11th, 11 - 5 pm

 Night Cap

Fast Friends

Visit our website for more details.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sometimes I change direction...

What can I say?  I'm fickle.  

I'm a gemini so I have a good excuse for changing my mind all the time.

The original finishing plan for the Broom Parking Mystery Class was to frame it with a cut out in the mat showcasing the new logo.

I started plotting and planning and changing my mind and now we have this. We custom embroidered the phrase on fabric and used it in the finishing.  How cool is that?  It just returned from the finisher and I love it.

Hope you do too.

Friday, March 08, 2013


Such a pretty color.

Such a pretty name.

Such a pretty mermaid!

Aquamarine Mermaid by our newest designer, Sandra Vargas, will be our Summer Mystery Class at Bedecked and Beadazzled. 

Summer mysteries should be fun and fanciful.  This little mermaid fits the bill perfectly.  Aquamarine, has such a sweet face and her colors are yummy.  I can't wait to bring her to life.

Classes will be May 5, June 7 and 23. Sunday afternoons from 1-3pm.
Canvas design area is 7.5 x 9.5 stitchpainted on 18ct. You can read all the details about the class here.

*Class size is limited. Please sign up early to reserve your space and ensure you receive your canvas in time to start with the rest of the class.

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

If you are wondering what other canvases Sandra has designed, check out these gems.

This is just the tip of the needlepoint iceberg from Sandra.  We have plans for so many more fun canvases!

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Treat Yourself

Treat yourself to a class with a national teacher at Bedecked and Beadazzled.

We invite some of the best in the country and we always have a wonderful time!  See our class page on the website for all details.

Julia Snyder will be here May 18 & 19. Sign up for one day or sign up for two days.  Julia will select threads and stitches for a canvas of your choice.  She's amazing.  Give her a canvas and poooooof!  The ideas explode out of her head at the speed of light.  She zips around the store pulling threads and textures to really take that canvas to the next level.

Need help with a stitch?  She will show you how to do execute it masterfully.

Classes are small and always a great group.  There's lots of laughing and giggling that goes on.  Make new friends and unwind while getting inspired to stitch.

We hope to see you soon.

P.S.  For each class you attend with a national teacher you will earn Edu-Credits!  Earn 8 credits and receive a credit of $160 toward your next national teacher class at Bedecked and Beadazzled.

Let the learning begin!

Sunday, March 03, 2013


Sometimes challenges are good.

I challenged myself to create something new and different for the second lesson of Bastet, our Egyptian Cat Goddess.

The background is big and open with beautiful shading ranging from golds to oranges to rusts.

I auditioned lots of traditional stitches, darning patterns, woven stitches, laid fillings.  Many worked but they weren't exciting me.

Next I started researching Egyptian patterns on-line.  The interenet is a big beautiful world of inspiration.   (ok, it's also a big ole time waster, but that's another story.)

This is one of the images I found that inspired me.  The patterns work nicely with the Art Deco feel of the cat.

I started doodling on paper and then on canvas and came up with the lotus stitch.

Rows of Lotus Stitch overlapping flow through the background in shades of gold and rusts.

It's my own hieroglyphics!

Two sizes of Woven Plait fill the rest of the open areas.

We'll see what's next. Class is on St. Patrick's Day and one thing's for sure it won't involve shamrocks.  :-)

See you soon.

P.S.  Some kits shipped Friday and the balance ship Tuesday.  I was ahead of the game for once.  Bad news is that there is an issue with the graph in the instructions;  the grid dropped out when it printed.  Those of you at the beginning of the alphabet that were lucky enough to ship on Friday will be getting an envelope in the mail with revised graphs.  For everyone else, I have opened your packages and replaced the diagrams so you will have correct instructions with your threads.  Sorry for the confusion.

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