Thursday, February 26, 2015

Don't delay!

Woo Hoo!  It's time for a change.  Change is good. Change means you get a sale price!  

Michael Stoebner and Shelly Comiskey canvases 

30% off  

When they are gone, they are gone!  Get them now.  The website is accurate as to what is in stock.  I will continue to update as they sell.  We have one of some canvases, more of others.  Don't delay, they will not be repainted.

Sale price is not shown on website.  Your charge will be adjusted when we ship your order.

Happy Shopping.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Biscornu and More

Kimberly has created a wonderful grouping of biscornu.  Small projects designed for stitching fun.

What exactly is a biscornu?

According to Wikipedia, a biscornu (bee-ss-corn-uh) is a small, 8-sided, stuffed ornamental pincushionEmbroidery is used to decorate the top and bottom of the cushion. A button is typically secured in the center of the cushion to give a small depression on the top. Beadstassels and other objects can decorate the biscornu.The name is derived from the French adjective,biscornu, meaning skewed, quirky or irregular.  I love that it means skewed, quirky or irregular.

There are 8 in the series from Kimberly, each is available complete with stitch guide, matching fabric for the backside and the perfect button for the center top.

These are just two of the eight available.  You can see them all here.

As long as I am sharing new designs from Kimberly, isn't this the perfect little girl, big girl canvas?  

Check out the background on A Portion of My Garden.  Only Kimberly brings a background to life like this. The perfect fusion of painted canvas and counted thread.  This canvas is complete with stitch guide!

Remember this purse that Kimberly whipped up just before she came to teach?  Here it is ready for you to stitch too!  Great colors and patterns.  Almost makes me want to basket weave.  Now that's saying something.

Hope you are having a great Sunday.  It's a balmy 45 here today waiting for yesterday's 10 inches of snow to melt.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Baltimore's Best Week

This is my favorite week in the year!  I'd prefer it not be a mere 14 degrees that will feel well below zero with the wind chill but seriously what can I do about that?  It could be the dead of summer, 90 plus degrees and 100% humidity.  I'd rather have the cold.

This is the week that the best of the best of Contemporary American Craft comes to Baltimore.  It's one of the things that i love most about Baltimore.  A reason to never leave.

It’s a craft show like no other! A three-day celebration of all things handmade, where more than 650 top contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home d├ęcor artists from across the country gather under one roof. It’s your chance to touch, feel, and explore high-quality American craft and meet the makers behind the fabulous work. This is the American Craft Council’s flagship show – a must-attend for craft lovers.

I love fine crafts.  I love the diversity, the color, the energy.  I love watching favorite artists grow and evolve.

I've been going to this show since the mid 80's, only missed a few years here and there.  I worked for a craft gallery in the mid 80's and met so many wonderful artists.

Every year I go to the show and come back inspired and yet somewhat frustrated.  I want to push my art further from craft to art.  The other artists inspire me.  I strive to incorporate more techniques and styles.

I was at the show yesterday looking for wonderful gifts for the Honey Bees.  I turned a corner and saw the sign of a name I knew from my past.  OMG, I haven't seen her for over 10 years.  She hasn't changed.  Time evaporated.  We started planning and yes, it involves you!  I ordered her wonderful art for our HoneyBees in 2016.  Just saying... you will love the new honeybee surprise.

So yes, my worlds collide.  The past, with the present, craft and needlepoint.  So much to create.

Thanks for sharing.


Sunday, February 15, 2015


Sometimes you just need to stitch a silly canvas.  When in Doubt Twirl by Amy Bruecken is simply a happy, fun, makes-you-smile when stitching it canvas.

Mine will probably be a Valentine's Day decoration by the time I am finished, so it needs to continue to be fun and happy and make-me-smile but not necessarily be my life's work.

Stitch painted on 13ct this will be a quick stitch.  Today was the first lesson of our mystery class and we are already halfway finished.

The background is complete!  Yes, complete.  The bottom is a new layered stitch that I really like.  It moves!!!  The texture makes me happy.

The top section is super fun.  I  knew I wanted dots.  Oh heck, I always want dots.  But I do so many different patterns that are dots I really needed to do something different.  It also needed to be something that would move pretty quickly.  That's a lot of area for me to do in one stitch.

I started with the Crescent Circle originally seen in Knots Fur and Turkey Work by Meredith Willet and Beth Roberston.  (Favorite book of mine.)  Some circles twirl clockwise and some twirl counter-clockwise.  With a simple turn of the canvas, you get even more options for how the circles are positioned on the canvas.

From there I added Jessicas of different sizes.  You know I love Jessicas.  I like the movement and the  silliness of the dots all over the background.  I'm okay with exposed canvas.  If you aren't there is always the option of filling in the negative spaces with T Stitch.  And look, it appears our little penguin in juggling!!  How fun is that?

Since this is the first lesson of the mystery class, we unveiled the magical snap tray by Carol Eix.

It's not too late to join us on this adventure.  The next class is in 3 weeks.  You have plenty of time to catch up, or not.  give us a call 410.296.0405, or order on line.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Sandy in Wonderland

Join us April 18 and 19 for a Wonderland inspired weekend.

Sandra Arthur will be here to make us giggle and have a wonderful time in Wonderland.  Over the course of two days she will walk us through the stitches and techniques used in both The Queen the The Lady Hatter interpreted from art by Sandra Vargas.  You may choose to stitch either or both canvases.

Handpainted on 18ct mono and a petite 8" x 10" these are fun and quick canvases to stitch.  Just look at how open those backgrounds are!

Class fee is $350 for both days and includes lunch and dessert.  Kit fee is additional and will be determined by options selected.

Class size is limited, give us a call to register at 410.296.0405.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Swirling Snowmen

Happy Snowmen, dressed for the cold, playing in the snow.  Ignoring what may be outside your door it's a fun happy canvas.

The canvas is by Ewe & Eye with stitch guide by yours truly, we offered this class last weekend.  Everyone had a great time.  There is nothing better than friends stitching together.  Even with threat of real snow most of the ladies came from out of state.  Thank you for coming!

Carol Eix of snap tray fame thought it was a formal occasion.  I never stopped teasing her about that. Truly she was just cold and how often do you get to wear a stole?

Couldn't resist snapping this pic of Nancy.  She looked so cute with her pink bags of purchases.

I even got a few stitches in on the Zecca retreat piece from last year!  I am determined to finish that one.  It's another happy fun canvas.

Thanks again everyone for supporting what I love to do.  Love you all.


Thursday, February 05, 2015

Many, Many Birds

One day Meredith Willet, the Divine Miss M, and I were talking and an idea evolved.  What if we took one canvas and instead of stitch guiding it in minute detail, we gave the students choices for various areas?

Hmmm, could be fun.  Let's give it a whirl.

The canvas we selected is a favorite of everyone, Many Birds by Zecca.

Meredith will come to class prepared with several stitch ideas for main areas of the canvas. We get to pick which one suits us. Every canvas will be different. How fun is that? We will each select our own threads making this class a hybrid between a project class and an embellishment class. You know my stitches will be big and open where appropriate :-) And you know I will add lots of beads.  What will you select?

Class will be March 30, and 31 from 11-5pm.

Many Birds is 17 x 14 handpainted on 18ct mono. Class fee for both days is $350 and includes lunch and desert. Kit fee is an additional $355 and includes canvas, and evertite stretcher bars. 

Threads, beads and baubles to be determined and are an additional cost

Class size is limited. Please sign up early to reserve your space. A $300 non refundable deposit will be required. Balance due March 1.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

The House With Pink Eaves

Lesson 5 of the Melissa Shirley Christmas Village Mystery With A Twist has shipped!  This was my favorite house!!!

It's pink!  It takes so little to make me happy.

Not only did we stitch the pink house, but the two pink sleighs and all the gift boxes!  Easy, fun, little stuff.

It's never too late to join one of our mysteries, we can kit this project up and send it off to you with all the lessons to date.  From there, you will be in the queue to get additional lessons as they are released.  If you would like to join us you can order online or by giving us a call at 410.296.0405.

Only two more to go and this baby is off to the finisher.

For now I am back to the Count!  Time to get his wings flapping again.

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