Friday, November 28, 2014

Leaves and more leaves

The Why Fit In Mystery with a Twist has finally resurfaced!  Whoot!  Whoot!  I do love this piece and as soon as I can snag some time to work on it I don't want to put it down.

Here's where we are to date.  Three lessons complete.  In the third lesson we started stitching leaves and added her headdress and eyelashes.  Love her little face!

So many fun colors in this piece.  We have more lessons to follow.  If you would like to join the fun, give us a call at 410.296.0405 or sign up on line here.  Lessons go out at approximately 4 month intervals.

Thanks for visiting.


Sunday, November 23, 2014

She's home from the framer!

Our Bohemian Beauty by Shelly Penko is back from the framer and she la di dah beautiful.

She is framed with a red lacquer liner and my favorite blue glitter frame.  I do love glitter frames.

I hope yu like her as much as I do.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Holiday Gift Ideas

It's that magical time of year, we've decorated the shop for the holidays.  I know it's a  smidge early, but next week is a short week and we have Honeybee boxes to ship out and the elusive Why Fit In kit #3!!  Whoo Hoo!  It will finally ship.

It's time to think gift giving.  We have beautiful project bags and snap trays embroidered with lovely holiday designs.

We also have clear vinyl project bags with just a bit of fun trim on them.  You can easily see what's inside.  These are the bags we use for our Mystery With a Twist projects so you know you love them. They are a very affordable $12 each.

Because occasionally I just feel the need to bring in products that are outside the needlepoint world, allow me to introduce you to Wristies, fingerless gloves.  Love them!  Thank you Sue for introducing me to these.

They are available in multiple colors, large and small, lightweight and regular, short length and long.  They are perfect for when it's not too cold outside.  Okay, so I missed that moment.  But more importantly they are perfect for keeping your hands warm inside when stitching.  I sit directly  under the vent where I stitch and there are days when my fingers are down right chilly.  Voila!  Here is the solution. They are $12.75 to $14.75 per pair.

We even have purple gloves for Ravens fans.

Speaking of Ravens fans, we have super sparkly Ravens necklaces and earrings.  They are completely blingy.  Black rubber cord necklace with purple crystal football and matching earrings.

I don't have good pictures but this will give you the idea.  The footballs are purple accented with clear.  The necklace charm measures a little more than an inch and the earring charms are about 5/8".

There's all my fun gifty ideas for the morning.  Give us a call at 410.296.0405 if you would like to order.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Boy do I like bling!

Bling for the holidays is twice as good as everyday bling, right?

I used to do the Christmas Sweater thing.  I had quite a collection.  Fortunately most of those are long gone and terrorizing some other family.

This year I am all about the blingy Christmas jewelry.  I loved making my halloween bracelets so now I can make Christmas bracelets.  You know I need several as the season is much longer.  :-)

All of these are in stock now.

Fancy Fringe is available in Christmas Sparkle (lighter green with red)

or Christmas Traditions (darker green and red)

Isle of Capri II is a new fun color way perfect for snow and cold.

In the slanted sparkle peyote kits we have Holiday Cheer.  This really is just regular peyote but because you work with different size beads it bubbles oh so fancy.

In the traditional peyote kits we have, Believe

Christmas Candy

 Merry Christmas


Peppermint Stick

Give us a call at 41.296.0405 if you would like us to send you a bracelet or two.  They make great stocking stuffers.

I know what I want to be doing Thanksgiving Day....

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Haunted House is Finished!

Today was a chilly day, perfect for finishing the Haunted House mystery.    There were lots of areas yet to be stitched but they were mostly quick stitches.  Sometimes all it takes is a few well placed stitches to make a detail pop.

The tops of the brick walls are a new laid filling stitch with a twist.  The lantern requires just a little embroidery to come to life.

The cat is peaking around the corner of the tree.

The owl in the tree watches over everything.

The pumpkin is the perfect shade of orange to give a little pop to the canvas.  And of course the gate is beaded. You were wondering where the beads were weren't you?

I'm pleased with the way the entire piece turned out.  The colors were a little dull for me but it fits the season, so what's a girl to do?

Of course my favorite areas are the beaded gate (my basket weave)
and the haunted house.  Love that just a few stitches in the right spots make it sing!

Next up is the Partridge Stocking.  Class #1 is two weeks from today.  See you there.

Thursday, November 13, 2014


My life has been filled with many kitty muses through the years.  Jasper was one of them.  He was a sweet boy, big and round and loving.

He's been gone for years but he of course lives on in my heart.

And in the shop's bathroom.....

Here's my boy stitched and looking over us.  The canvas is available here if you would like to stitch your very own tabby cat.

I never had this exotic plan but I think he would have looked good with it.  Or maybe he would have pushed it to the floor.  One never knows.  :-)  Somedays he wanted more attention.

Here he is looking like the king of the roost.  Which of course he was.


Monday, November 10, 2014

It's All About The Big Bug

This weekend was a fabulously fun weekend with a very old friend.  Kimberly Smith and I go back a long time in this crazy industry.  To the early 90's.  We both got our start in counted canvas work and have been evolving ever since.

Kimberly arrived Friday to teach her spectacular Flying Jewels canvas.  It's a great canvas complete with a fun stitch guide.  

Here we are after 25 years of friendship and art.

We had a full house.  

We got a good bit of stitching done on different areas of the canvas, but it really is all about the big bug!  He is amazing!!!!

The borders are too fun!  This is the kind of thing that no one but Kimberly does.  Who would think to create this show stopper of a border from string art.  Once you get the rhythm of it it moves pretty fast and is really tons of fun.  It's so much more fun than stitching the entire background in the same stitch.

All the important stuff is carefully diagrammed so you just follow the numbers and the colors.  Next thing you know, yours looks like Kimberly's.  If you missed the class you can order a kit.  Just give us a call at 410.296.0405 or click here.

I love these flowers.  You know I love ribbon almost as much as beads :-)

And of course Kimberly had to sign our autograph board.  That's always a fun moment in class.

Thank you, Kimberly for coming to teach.  Thank you ladies for sharing your weekend with us.  Hope to see you all soon!

That goes for you too, little Monte.  He was such a good boy and a great class mascot.

And just in case you don't believe we have known each other for ages.  Here's proof.  Vintage early 1990's.

Can't believe I just posted that.

See you soon.


Friday, November 07, 2014

New Designer!!!

It's always fun when I have a new designer to introduce.  It's twice as fun when I have a new designer with super cute canvases.  You know I love dogs and cats.  MaryJane Mitchell is all about dogs and cats!

Look at all the yummy threads you can use!

There are plenty more canvases on the website here  Some are painted on 18ct and some on 13ct so no matter your preference there's a canvas for you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

What a cute little monster

Yes, it's time for the reveal of another ryn monster.  The geisha monster is just too cute!

She's a friendly monster playing dress up for our amusement.

I love her button eyes.  She's a petite 4.5 x 6" stitch painted on 18ct and complete with stitch guide!

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

Sunday, November 02, 2014

The house, the grass, the ghosts, oh my!

Today was one of those days when lots of different details of the Haunted House came to life in class.

There really are a ton of details in this canvas.  I'm starting to wonder if we will solve all the mysteries of this canvas in two short weeks.

The haunted mansion is truly one of my favorite things about this canvas.  I had an idea to simply work outlines for the mansion in a fabulous over dyed thread.  It's just enough to bring it all into view!  At the same time it is spooky and sits safely in the distance at the top of the hill.  No need to plan different stitches and textures for all the sides and angles of the house.

The grass is RANDOM, meandering its way down the hill.  It's actually the same stitch that we used for the skirt on the Bohemian Beauty.

The graveyard is a new stitch, maybe it should have been used for all the grass?  Maybe it is perfect this way?  You choose.

The ghosts glow eerily in the dark.  

For a little easy gratification, the bricks are simple Diagonal Long Stitch with a fabulous overdye!

Phew!  That's a lot for one day.

We wrap this all up in two weeks.  See you then.

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