Monday, March 30, 2015

M'Bellishment by Meredith Willet

So much fun.  So much talent all wrapped into one very special person.

This weekend Meredith Willet came to M'Bellish our lives and our canvases.  She is truly one of the hardest working teachers out there, with so much creativity.  I am honored to call her my friend.

If you ever have the chance to take her class, run, do not walk. Sign up.  It is worth it.

Simple little areas come to life, like this darling bandana on Walkies by Eleanor Grosch.

Also on the same canvas, Meredith demonstrated repouss√©, which you know I love, on this dog tail.  

I love this little guy.

Check out the bunny and tiny flowers on this zecca canvas.

How gorgeous is this lani corset going to be?  I want one!

Lana Turner's earring is the thing legends are made of.  Too cool and OMG, I had just the perfect piece of embossed black felt hiding in the closet. If that's not kismet I don't know what is.

 Jiminy Cricket is going to be too stinkin' cute with his beaded antennae, arms and legs! Love him.

The Zecca hippo has come to life several times in classes all over the country under Meredith's tutelage.  Each time he is a little different.

Here, his little fishy friends are stretched WireLace™.  One stitch, pull it wide and tack it down.  How clever is that?

I love ribbon flowers, and these on the Melissa Shirley vase are the bomb!  First of all you know I love the color but then look at the depth, and they take no time to stitch.  Another winner of an idea in my mind.

Katie came to class with the specific objective of wanting to loom bead something for on her canvas.  Why not?  She is a girl after my own heart with a love of beads.  Loom beading is super quick.  It takes as much time to set up the loom as it does to weave the uber cute pattern.

And look how wonderful it looks in the geisha's hair.  This is an Elizabeth Turner canvas and it is simply elegant.

Meredith is here for two more days as we embark on another adventure, stitching the Zecca Many Birds canvas!  It's going to be sooooo exciting.

See you soon.


Friday, March 27, 2015


As you probably know, my life revolves around my kitties.  There are 5 and they bring me so much happiness.

I have a special love for cat canvases, so when MaryJane Mitchell approached me to represent her art I said YES!

They are folk arty and fun and if you love cats and flowers, they are a happy mix.

The last time Julia Snyder was here, I had her write a guide for one of the kitties.  I have finally typed it up, added the diagrams and it is ready to roll.

Just look at all those fun threads and beads!  It's going to be a knockout when stitched.

If you would like to order the canvas and threads, give us a call at 410.296.0405 or click here.

If you would like to see more of MaryJane's canvases, click here.

Meredith Willet arrives today for 4 fun days of stitching.  I will post pictures as soon as I can.  Happy Friday.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Pretty Bird

Our newest Mystery Class started yesterday!  It's a sweet colorful bird by Kimberly - Emma's Darling Bird.

The colors make me happy, it's whimsical and charming and just plain fun.

You know me, we had to start with the background.  I resist counting stitches through already stitched areas so I get the background done first.  It also sets the stage and allows all other threads to sit on top of the background.  I like perspective and depth in my needlepoint.

The background is a variation of a Flower Pattern originally designed by Brenda Hart.  I love this pattern, I think I have eight versions of it in my archives.

I started with the large flowers in the background and then added the flower centers.  I could have stopped there.

I wanted more, I wanted to play with the idea of a subtle tone change in the painted background, lights and darks, a shadow, depth  I created the depth by adding more to the pattern in certain areas.  There's a patch in the upper right, a larger patch under and around the bird, a little here a little there.  I was having a great time, creating subtle color variations.  I didn't want to stop.  I had a plan, I painted with the threads on the canvas with a very specific goal in mind and was having way too much fun.  That's when I realized you would all tell me it's RANDOM.

Oh well, you are stuck with me.  I like random.  I like color.  I like polka dots.  Those things seem to keep repeating.  Oh yeah, I like bling.

Hope you like the background too.  If you don't want to do the shadows, you could always fill in the entire background with the extra part of the pattern.

There's always cool add-ons with the first lesson of a mystery class.  Check out the super-cute limited edition snap tray, special just for this class.

Its not too late to join the class.  We can send lesson one now and then you will be in the queue to receive the rest of the lessons as they are released.  Lesson number two is April 12th.

See you then.

Friday, March 20, 2015

And He's Back!!!!

I didn't forget The Count by Tapestry Fair.  

He's been here safe and sound just begging to be stitched and beaded.

We finished the left three panels last year.  (Don't hold that against me.)  The first panel of the second half of his wingspan has now shipped out!  Yay, team!  The elves came through and finished stitching him in the middle of the night.  Threads were ordered, illustrations drawn, kits packed and away they go.

Check out all these fun elements.  This is truly my favorite part of this panel - the beaded ring.

Or maybe its the sprockets I love.

 Spikes and eyeballs of several kinds.

Basically, lots of fun stuff sprinkled through the panel.  Two more panels to go and then the borders.  Just wait until you see what I have dreamed up for the borders!

You can always join the fun and have us send out The Count with the lessons to date.

Thanks for following my adventures.  See you soon.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Friday Games

We've been playing a game on Fridays and it's really a lot of fun.

Each Friday we pick a canvas and pull threads for it.  Just a challenge of sorts to us.  No rules, no stitches, no guides, just pull for color and texture and bling.

I take a picture of the canvas and threads and share it on instagram and Facebook.  The first person to call us or private message me on Facebook gets the whole shebang at 10% off.

You win a discount and we don't have to put away our pretty little mess.

These are some of the canvases that have recently been featured.  So much fun!

Here's the link to Instagram, follow us and be the first to see the canvas of the week.  Who knows, maybe we will start doing this daily.

Because you are the best customers a girl could ask for, these three canvases with their threads are once again 10% off.  One of each is in stock.  When they are gone the sale is over.

Good Luck.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Santa Up Close

Talk about amazing finishing!

We all love Santa Up Close by Kimberly.

But the finishing really make it special.  Check out the beautiful embroidery on the edges of the pillow and the contrasting covered cording.  So elegant and so in-tune with the design.  Truly special.

This is a fun piece to stitch and comes complete with stitch guide if you would like a santa of your own.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

And a Twirling We Will Go

Sunday was the second and final installment of When In Doubt Twirl.

This was truly an easy stitch.

The penguin is of course beaded because its me and I love beads.  I also love Swarovski so the background is scattered with big wonderful flat back Swarovski crystals.  He is a magical penguin, spinning and dancing on his music box and throwing glitter everywhere!

There were a couple of challenges with this piece, one was the purple swirl lines.  I chose not to stitch them.  You know how I am with perspective.  They really need to float into the background and stay there.  Every stitch that I added made them come forward and scream for attention.  The stitch that worked the best was a very light Basketweave with Kreinik.  That's what is in your kits but I still prefer it not stitched which is what I did.

Don't you love the big swirly button that Zecca made for us!  Thank you Karen.

For a little variety, Kate chose to stitch the lime green background on hers.  She was concerned that there wouldn't be enough sparkle.  :-)

She used Kreinik Very Fine (#4) Braid 015L in the Woven Pattern across the entire background.  It adds just a hint of sparkle and pulls the green at the top of the piece and the bottom of the piece together.  Fun Stuff!

Feel free to be creative and edit when following a stitch guide.  There are no rules.

In two weeks we start Emma's Darling Bird by Kimberly!  Loving the colors in that piece.  If you would like to join us, give us a call at 410.296.0405 or click on the link to sign up on line.

See you soon.!

Saturday, March 07, 2015

More Eleanor!

Remember this canvas from last summer?  Polly the Parrot, designed by Eleanor Grosch, was a sweet quick Mystery Class.

She's back from the framer and I love her!

Two variations of framing, totally different looks.  If you would like to stitch her, we are happy to kit her up and send her your way.  You can order her here, or give us a call at 410.296.0405.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

The Graphics of Eleanor

We love Eleanor Grosch's playful graphic style.  She puts a mid-century modernist's perspective on our feathered furry friends.

We are delighted to show you our newest designs.


Mod Dog Dachshund

 Tree Owl

Outside Owl


Fox and Crow



You can see all of Eleanor's current canvases here.  They really are great fun to stitch, large areas just waiting for a fun stitch to make it come to life.

Thanks for visiting.


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