Friday, August 30, 2013

Exclusively Ours and Galactically Sparkly!

You know I like my sparklies.

And you know I love my cats, so I put my little head together with Lisa of Accoutrement Designs and we are delighted to offer you Kitty magnets and Kitty Scissor fobs.  They are all sparkly and girlie and pink, the perfect combination.

The magnet is $16.00

$44.00 for the fob, scissors not included.

And as long as we were celebrating my love of cats we decided to also celebrate my favorite food. 


Maryland is known for it's blue crabs.

And once they are steamed they are red.  :-)

If you would like to adopt a fur free pet kitty or pet crab, give us a call at 410.296.0405 and we'll send your favorites to you.  Or order on line by visiting the magnets link on our website or the scissor fob link here.

Whether your magnets match your canvas or match your mood they are just plain sparkly fun. :-)

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Who Are You????

Let's celebrate our uniqueness!

Choose who you are, or who you want to be.

There are at least 4 here that I think are parts of me or who I want to be.  I see friends in some.  It's  kind of a fun game :-)

All canvases are stitchpainted on 18ct mono approximately 9 x 13.

Order here or call us at 410.296.0405.

Sunday, August 25, 2013


Take a walk on the wild side with me as we explore lesson #3 of the Blue Moon Mystery Class.

Today was the day, the big reveal of all my off beat ideas for this little guy's body.

Before we start, let me show you something really cool.  When last we met I gave options for the background of Blue Moon.  One option required lots of compensating and concentration and is the option you will see in my piece.  Another option was a variation of the Batwing Stitch that requires much less compensation.

Here it is!  Betsey finished her background.  I love it. 

So, if you haven't started yet, you have visuals to guide your choice. Thanks for letting me share.

Back to the project at hand, lesson number three.

This is just a clue of what's to come in this lesson.  Can you guess what it is and what I'm up to?

I want our owl to have lots of character.  I showed it to Karen of Zecca fame as a sneak preview.  She said he looks bashful.  I love it.  It's the perfect description of his charms.

I want Bashful and his dynamic presence to really grab you.  He's so cute.  How can you resist him?

His eyes glow in the dark and we have awesome button centers for his eyes.  Sooooo cute.  Hoot Hoot!

His body is all ribbon.  I'm sure you all saw that coming. I like mixing textures.  Some ribbon, some laid stitches, some beads, some surprises!

The surprise this week is that I used Turkey work for his face.  It's plush and it frames his eyes.  I still plan on trimming it more but this is a start.

Just for a giggle, here he is before his first haircut.

This isn't the obvious choice for a owl face but I think he's cute and sort of well, bashful.

See you soon and we'll finish him up!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Looky, Looky. Just in time for Easter!

Start now and you'll have it stitched, finished and home in time for the Easter Bunny!

EyeCandy's Easter Collage is just the cutest!

And now it has a very fun stitch guide written by Julia Snyder.  Just look at those threads, beads and buttons.

Another canvas to add to the list of ones that look too fun to be missed.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

It's a new stitch book!

Sandy Arthur has just released Shapes of Needlepoint Series IV and it is in stock!  This is my favorite of the books so far.

In this book we explore Diagonals, Horizontals and Verticals. 

Just like her other books the stitches are sorted by size.

Yes, there are stitches that are in other books but there are also some gems that aren't.  Do you know how to do Rapid Stitch?  You will soon.  Don't get excited, it doesn't look particularly Rapid but it was one I had never seen before.

The diagrams are large, numbered and easy to follow.

You can order your copy here, or call us at 410.296.0405.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Just a Little Bead Soup

How cute is this?  A fun lampwork bead with loopy fringe of multi-colored seed beads makes for such a fun scissor fob.  It's small, just the right size to fit in your hand. 

Change it up and consider hanging it as a zipper pull from your project bag.  Love it!  Each one is unique. 

Dogs, cats, bees, bears, birds, hearts, flowers, owls, turtles and more!  You can order one here, or call to see what's available. 

Trust me, you will find tons of uses for these and just wait until Halloween and Christmas ones arrive!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Up On The Rooftop

This very well may be my favorite of the Garden Girl series.  Just wait until you see what Julia Snyder devised to tempt us with on this one.

I do hope someone stitches her quick.

As with the other girls, this one has a relatively limited color palette.  Mostly shades of purple, but just look at all the great threads! YUM!  And wait until you see the stitches.  So, fun.

You can order Rooftop Garden online or simply call us at 410.296.0405.

If you would like to see the other two in the series, here's Garden Girl and Cafe Girls.

Monday, August 12, 2013

The Dog Days of Summer!

Here we are in the Dog Days of Summer so what better to do than celebrate with new dog canvases by Eleanor Grosch!

Love them!

These are from her Mod Dog Series

 Mod Dog Boxer

 Mod Dog Corgis

 Mod Dog Bull Dog

 Mod Dog Pug

Mod Dog Shadow

You can see everything new here.  Or if you want to jump straight to Eleanor's canvases, check them out here.  They are perfect for stitches!  And maybe a little Memory Thread.

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Wild Horses

Laurel Burch was an amazing artist, gifting us with her talent and happy artwork. 

Her art is reproduced in needlepoint by Danji Designs.  Each piece is prettier and more striking than the next.

One of the most beautiful pieces is the Wild Horses.  A dear friend of ours, Ellen, brought this canvas to a Brenda Hart class and the rest as they say is not only history but it's magic!

Thank you both for sharing your talent with us!

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Compensation - a way of life

There's just no way around it.  Compensation is a way of life, particularly for needleworkers. 

We are constantly compensating stitches to make them fit the shape of a painted area.

Sometimes it is easier than others. 

Sometimes we are more in the mood to play the game than others.

This is one of those times in my needlework life where it's all about compensation.

Today was the second lesson of Blue Moon and it was mostly about the background, the beautiful purple night sky.

I auditioned several stitches before succumbing to the lure of the dots.  I'm a polka dot kind of girl.  I like dots.  When I look at Blue Moon I see the white orbs in the sky, the owl's big round eyes and circles call to me.  I tried not to do dots but what's a girl to do?  The dots won.

There are big dots and little dots, they repeat back and forth.  Big next to little.  Little next to big.  The beauty of the stitch to me is that we get dots and we get these fun little unexpected shapes between them that remind me of the leaves.  It's a win win.

Except you really have to love compensation.  There's a lot of counting and recounting to work your way around the leaves.  This entertains me.  I know, it doesn't take much some days.

If you are part of class you will have choices for your background.  You can stitch the crazy dots that I love so much, or a uniform pattern of dots or yet another pattern that is straight forward.  They all require compensation around the leaves.  Some more, some less.  Choose the one that suits your mood.  I promise they will all look great.

We added a hint of metallic to the tree branches for a little sparkle.  And some easy on the mind stitching.

For a pop of color we stitched and beaded the single lime green leaf hanging in the tree.

We've set the stage and now the fun can really begin.  Next up, more leaves and the big wonderful owl!

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