Sunday, September 28, 2014

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night

The wind was howling.

The clouds were gathering.

The Haunted Halloween Mansion came into view.

This is our current Mystery Class at Bedecked and Beadazzled.

The clouds are T Stitch in metallic creating an eerie glow.

The sky is lightly stitched in wandering swirls.  

Hmmm, what should we do?  
Leave it as is and allow the tree to float eerily behind them or stitch the tree?  
We will have to see what's next.  

Surprises await!

And since I know you love surprises the mystery of the matching snap tray can now be unveiled.

Perfectly eerie, perfectly cute.


Everyone in the class gets the matching magnet, just because.

And for my matchy matchy girls we have super cute scissor fobs.  We know you like to coordinate.

Lesson number two is October 12th.  Feel free to call us at 410.296.0405 and have us send you a kit or sign up on-line here.  I've got ideas up my sleeve for this canvas :-)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Christmas Penguins!

Who doesn't love a penguin for Christmas?

Check out this Scott Church canvas complete with stitch guide by Julia Snyder.  It's on 13ct so it's going to stitch up quickly.

You can order it online or give us a call at 410.296.0405.

If the penguins are preparing for Christmas we have to start too!

As long as we are talking penguins here are a few other favorite penguins on my stitching list.

Have an Ice Day by Shelly Comiskey

Singing Penguins by Michael Stoebner.  

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Too Much Fun!

It's just big enough to pack a punch and small enough to not be intimidating, that's the third panel of The Count by Tapestry Fair.

The background is nice big stitches with fun threads.  Those stitches take some time, but then... oh my!  Each little icon is a gem will get you excited about a new thread or a new stitch.

Fun, fun stitches.

See those zig zags in the upper right corner.  Brand spankin new Rainbow Gallery Fluorescent Soft Sheen FyreWerks was used.  Great colors.  It was all I could do to not use the new pink.  Love it!!!

And check out the dimensional beaded square. You know I love my beads.  This is a peyote stitched square worked from the center out so that it puffs up in the middle.  Really fun to create.  Not to worry, if you aren't as beady as I am, I gave you options in the instructions.

Next up are the black borders.  Maybe I will change it up and start the other wing, saving the surprise of the black borders for a future lesson.  Thats part of the mystery.

If you would like to join us on the adventure of stitching the Count by Tapestry Fair, give us a call at 410.296.0405 and we'll sign you up!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Catching Up with Meredith Willet

The unstoppable Meredith Willet was here last weekend.  We had such a good time.  Love it when she comes to visit.

The visits are always too short but we fit a lot of creativity in a few short days.

Pamela is stitching this gorgeous Diane Dirks cat.  Check out the background and the border, she's stitching right over the painted pattern.

Small canvases like this Colors of Praise canvas finish quicker, especially when filled with great threads and stitches.

 The plan for these Charley Harper Love Doves is to fill them with lots of striped stitches.

Oh my, I love the patterns on this Lani mask!

And, check out the Fiesta Beading.  Mix an assortment of beads and then simply attach one at a time randomly.  The direction of the bead doesn't matter!  love that!  You know I love mixing different colors and finishes of beads to create depth.  And there's nothing wrong with random in my book.

Meredith works with each student one on one to make sure they understand exactly what stitches she is suggesting.  Mom is a very good student :-)

There are so many great stitches on this canvas.  I love the detached buttonhole for the bird's wing.  Soooo cute.  Stitch faster mom.

The Leigh pagoda has the perfect random stitches that create the bushes.

Look how perfectly the stitches fit the painted spaces on this canvas.  

This is a great technique for a Christmas tree.  Lots and lots of individual Lazy Daisy stitches.  It takes time, but the effect is wonderful.  

The Christmas Ball is a spiral trellis stitch.  You can read how its done on the just string blog.

Poe came for a visit.  T Stitch for the skull in metallic.  The raven sports some very cool stitches.

I can't wait to see the zecca owl finished.  Great stitches and threads.

Until next time, Meredith.  We'll be dreaming up new canvases to have you work your magic.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Gizmos and Gadgets

You know I love a gadget or a gizmo.

Just in we have new needle cases!  We haven't had cool needle cases in a long time.  Now we have fun blingy needle cases!

All cases are magnetized and have a pretty crystal charm on the front.  You know I love bling.

Call us and let us know which you would like or order on line here.

We also have combination cases that are magnetized on one side and have a sticky bead mat on the other. These are also available in all sorts of fun blingy-ness.  Here's the link for ordering these.

As long as we are on the subject of beads......  We have super cool new beading needle threaders.  I generally find needle threaders a challenge.  Too many moving parts.  But, there are days when the thread just won't go in a beading needle and for those days I love my beading needle threaders.  They have a little wire loop that you can insert in the needle, put the thread in the loop and voilá the needle is threaded.  The wire is crimped into the plastic holder nice and secure!  Each pack has two threaders in a little vinyl sleeve to keep them neat and tidy.  You know I aim for tidy.

You can order here.

That's my gizmo and gadget report for today.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Fall Furries

Oooh.  Our playful squirrel is complete.  Love him!!

Thank you Sandra Vargas for such a fun design to stitch.

Today was the final class of this mystery.  We stitched all the fun little details that really brought the piece to life.

We embellished and embellished some more.  Not too much of any one thing to get bored.  We know my attention span.

Acorns with beaded caps and berries with leaves.......

The dragonfly has always reminded me of a piece of jewelry.  It is now embellished to look like a piece of jewelry.  Crystals and pearls are never a bad idea.

Maybe one day there will be a companion to our Playful Squirrel.  He needs a playmate, don't you think?

In the second lesson of this mystery we stitched the background.  The stitch is a blackwork pattern that allowed the beautiful painting to show through. You could stitch it totally randomly as I did, or create an all over pattern as Carol did.  Works both ways.  Thanks for sharing Carol.

My brain is already on the next project.  The haunted house mystery that starts in two weeks.  The wheels are turning on this one.  Gotta keep changing it up.

It's not too late to join the fun.  Give us a call and we'll sign you up.

While I was teaching today and shipping boxes of canvases to shops, the Dallas cash and carry tradeshow was in full swing.  This year's theme was Stitcher's in Wonderland.  Megan was manning my room and saying hi to all the shop owners for me.

Here she is with Caroline from Carol Eix Designs (wait until you see the snap tray Carol designed for the Halloween mystery.  I love it. )  These are two of the cutest Alices in Wonderland you will ever meet.  Carol Eix was next door to our room so I'm sure they were all having lots of fun.
Love you all



Friday, September 05, 2014

Calling all Flower Children

Remember that mermaid monster I posted a few weeks ago?  Here's the second in the brand new series from our own ryn!  Hippie Monster!

These are friendly little monsters, sort of stuffed creatures to make you smile.  

I love her button eyes.  She's a petite 4.5 x 6.5 stitch painted on 18ct and complete with a stitch guide. 

You can order her here, or by calling us at 410.296.0405.

Stay tuned, there are more monsters in our future.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Haute Couture Girls

I do love stitching these girls.  They are just the right size to play with threads and stitches and of course beads.  I get to see the fashions come to life in no time at all.

Row of Ladies II is one of our Mystery with a Twist Classes.  These move at a slower pace than our other mysteries allowing you to stitch other things too!

Girl number two is ready for her big red carpet reveal!

Here's our first two charmers.

Ribbons and beads...

and more ribbons and beads!  Not a bad one in the bunch.

If you are stitching along with me, your kit is on its way.  Watch for the big brown truck.  If you've been thinking about joining us but haven't, give us a call.  The girls are lots of fun.



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