Monday, April 29, 2013

The start of something New and a couple of Finishes

April 26 - 28th was a Brenda Hart weekend at Bedecked and Beadazzled.  Brenda comes several times a year and inspires us to new levels of creativity.  We work in round robin style a thread and a stitch for each student and then around again.  There are no more than 8 students per day so there is individual attention.  One of the best things is seeing what others are stitching while you are working on your canvas.

Here we are getting ready for class one day.  Each student brings a canvas of their choice for Brenda to select threads and stitches.

Palma started this fabulous John Johanson heart from Melissa Shirley.  Ribbons for the sunflowers and French Knots for the tiny blue flowers are just some of the fun details.

Linda is having size issues lately.  Every canvas she selects is huge!!!  She started the Mother Goose canvas last month with Meredith Willet.  These projects should keep her busy.

 She finished the water in the bathtub very quickly thanks to T Stitch worked in Kreinik Braid.

You know we all love Zecca canvases so there is usually one in each class.  My mom started this one.  Each circle will be different.  So far the background, tree trunk and grass are worked out along with some of the circles.  We even have oh-so-cool Zecca buttons to add just the right touch. 

Debbie started one of my classic canvases - the Rose Squares.  Brenda suggested an all over pattern of gold squares stitched in a fine metallic to enhance the roses and keep the color changes from being overwhelming.

Maggie canvases are another shop favorite.  Pat is working on this sweet pair of owls.  Love the wings and the tree and the background and the flower.  How simple and simply perfect is that flower?  Lazy Daisy Stitches with a single row of beads in the center of each stitch.  Thank you Brenda. Great idea!

Here's another Zecca canvas.  Kathy got a lot done on this one.  My favorite part is this leaf.  It's all random!  Three different random stitches complete with color changes on each part of the leaf.

Sue is working on a new Lani canvas, out of Africa.  The mask panel on the left is amazing.  Great threads and stitches.  Beads are next!

And what did I do this weekend?  I sit not so still and not so quietly ready to answer questions and help if I can.  I was optimistic that I would finish Bastet over the weekend.  That my friends was a pipe dream.  I think I did about 12 stitches.   

Palma started the Alice in Wonderland canvas last time with Brenda and wowza she got a lot done.  I love when people bring finishes to show off.  Check out the tiny crown on the Queen of Hearts' head.

Katie started this owl about a year or so ago with Brenda and finished it this weekend.  She was determined she was leaving it in my hands for finishing.  I have such fun ideas for how we are going to finish it.  I'll post a picture when it comes back from the finishing elves.

In the midst of all this creativity we had a special visit from a dear friend Sheena of Sheena's Sweet Stitches.  She is headed north on a new adventure and had to stop in for hugs and stitching supplies!  She even brought Angus so that Emily and I could give him a hug!  Safe travels my friend.

All in all it was a great weekend.  I miss you all already.  There's no time to waste.  in 3 short weeks Julia Snyder will be here inspiring us with more stitches and creativity.  The more we do the more we want to do.

See you soon.


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Another Must Have Beady Gadget

I know, I know, I just told you how much I love the Bead Buddy and I really do.

But now, I have another love.  The Bead Snap Tray.  You know I have a thing for snap trays.  They are life changing fabulous little trays that fold flat when not in use and snap to attention when you need them to hold your stitchy supplies.

Now, imagine a slightly smaller snap tray with bead-happy fuzzy fabric on the inside and a little magnet to hold the tray ever so gently to your canvas.

You can stitch with your canvas at an angle and your bead tray with sit close at hand.  That's really going to speed up your beading.  The closer your beads are to your needlepoint the faster you can bead!

The bead snap tray is great for a project where you want to use several colors at one time.  Just sprinkle the beads on the tray and they won't roll around.

And of course they come in all kinds of beautiful fun colors.

Call us at 410.296.0405 to order yours, or order online.  Allow us to choose a pretty one for you.  They are all gorgeous!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Jewels Fit For A Goddess!

Today was the last class of Bastet the Egyptian Cat Goddess.  She was a huge undertaking as a Mystery Class.  I try not to do canvases that are this large but this one was well worth the effort.

I still have a little more to do  and will post her glamor shots when she is really done.

Today we beaded her collar.  I knew from the start that I wanted to incorporate real beadweaving techniques into the collar.  I love beadwork and I know enough to be dangerous.  Not enough to design or to do anything big, but enough to keep buying supplies and kits.  Yes, another addiction.

The upper and lower rows of her collar are Ladder Stitched with Tilas and Seed Beads.  OK, so next life I will figure out how to bead the entire collar.

When I look at this canvas, I see the statue of Bastet sitting gracefully in a shrine.  The upper borders with the lotus corners are being held up by the columns and the bottom border is front and center and really needed to be fit for a Goddess.  Lots of color changes and careful counting bring this area to life.

Here she is, just a little more stitching and she can go off to the  framer.

Thanks for joining me on this adventure.  Next up is Aquamarine Mermaid.  She's a cutie.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Hot off the Presses!

Let's face it, we are collectors.  We collect threads.  We collect canvases.  We collect books. 

There is truly nothing better.

So, allow me to introduce you to some of my favorite new books.... 

Julia Snyder has done it again, another go to book.  Great Layers for Needlepoint.  This book is nothing but Laid Filling Stitches.  Lay long stitches across an area of your canvas and then couch them in place to create a pattern.  It's fun, it's quick and it gives your canvas a fresh new look.


All of Julia's books are this funky tall skinny shape making them easy to find on your bookshelf.  This is the 7th book in her series.  Each one has stitches not seen anywhere else. Have you seen Patsey's border, named after Julia's mother. Oh my!  Love that stitch.

The girls at Little Shoppe Canvas Company have done it again.  Their second book, Stitch Ins & Outs is filled with super creative stitches for all things In & Out.  Barns, Baskets, Bricks, Buildings, Chimneys, Fabric, Floors, Houses & Molding, Patios, Pavement, Roof, Rugs, Trims & Borders, Walls & Wallper and Windows.  It is a must have.  This book was well worth the wait.

And if you missed their first book, Stitch Landscape filled with stitches for Clouds, Flowers, Grass, Mountains, Sand, Shrubbery, Sky, Snow, Soil, Stone, Trees and Water you will need this book for your library too. 

Happy reading.  All books are in stock now at the shop.  Call us at 410.296.0405 or order online.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Latte anyone?

You may remember that we asked Julia Snyder to stitchguide the series of garden girls.  I've posted the garden girl and here are the cafe girls.

How much fun does this look to stitch?  Two girls at the bistro for coffee.

In typical Julia style the stitches are fun and different from the average.  It's going to be great when finished. 

Thank you Julia for writing a stitchguide for us.

You can order the canvas here if you would like to stitch the Cafe for yourself or a friend.

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Beaded Messages

It's fun to wonder what the hieroglyphics on the Egyptian Cat Canvas mean.  Now thanks to my Hieroglyphic Alphabet Decoder we can decipher the mystery.

On the left we have
A Eagle    Z Cloth    N Water    N Water    R Mouth    J Cobra

So perhaps an Eagle was caught in a cloth, fell into lots of water where he met his demise in the mouth of a cobra.

Maybe this is just too silly.  So, on to details of today's class we go.

Today was the 4th lesson of Bastet, our current mystery class at Bedecked and Beadazzled.  We're in the homestretch now! Yes, that was my one and only baseball reference :-)  Today's class was odds and ends, The upper border, the columns and the hieroglyphic panels.  Nothing profound or challenging.  Just easy stuff to give your eye a place to rest while looking at our girl!  She is awfully regal and soon to be even more grand when her jewels arrive.  She didn't want them to get dusty while waiting for the carpentry of the columns to be finished.

The most fun for me was the beading of the hieroglyphics!  They are just regular beading but there are two shades of cream; a shiny cream bead and the same frosted bead used in the shading on the cat but this time sewn on with cream thread instead of black.  It's a whole new look!  I couldn't decide that I liked one color/finish better than the other so before you knew it they were both in play and I love it.

Next lesson is in two short weeks.  We have the bottom border to finish and her jewels need to come out of the bank vault.  Oh and maybe I should finish lesson number 3.  I still only have 1.5 lotuses complete. 

See you soon.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Midnight Owl

OOOH!  I am so excited by our newest artist, Sandra Vargas.  We introduced her owls not to long ago and they are just so darn cute they are flying out of here.

We've written a stitchguide for the Midnight Owl.  Hope you like her.

You can order the midnight owl here.

I'm sure we will be writing guides for more of Sandra's canvases and of course we will be stitching Aquamarine as our next mystery class.

Wonder what I will do with her ;-)  You can read more about the mystery class here.  Call us at 410.296.0405 if you would like to join us.

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