Saturday, August 29, 2015

Gadgets, Gizmos & Great Inventions Part Deux

You may remember me posting about our fun new Gadget club.  Well, its a sell out!!!

The first shipments go out at the end of this month to the lucky ones who signed up early.  There's been enough  interest that we're going to do a second run!!  Sign up now so you don't miss out.  There won't be a third group.

Nine months of cool gadgets, gizmos and must have stitching accoutrements.
These are my must-have tools of the trade. Yes, we can buy every gadget that comes out, but some truly are better, more useful than others. These are the best of the best. The ones I really use. I’m not a gadget girl so it had to work hard to make my list. Some are new, some you have seen before.  Even if you’ve seen them you won’t mind having a second for your stitching bag.
And speaking of stitching bags, wait until you see the limited edition tool bag perfect for toting your tools. Each month you will receive a curated group of tools that you will love. Stitchy Things, Clippy Things, Picky Things and more.
I can't reveal what's in each shipment.  What fun would that be?
I can tell you that some products are new on the market, some are ones I am developing, some are old tried and true.  If you aren't up for the adventure, you can wait until the party is over and order individual items separately if they are still available.  Some are limited edition.  You know I love limited editions.
Club starts December 2015 
Non-refundable enrollment fee is $52.00  Pay $52 each month plus shipping for the monthly collection of great inventions.  Club lasts nine months.

Honeybee Alert:  If you are a honeybee, the enrollment fee for the club is only $26!  A gift to you, my honeybees!
Give us a call at 410.296.0405 to sign up or sign up online here.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Zecca Retreat 2015

Join us October 10 & 11 at Bedecked and Beadazzled for our second designer retreat.  This is our favorite event of the year!!

Karen Hennessey of Zecca fame will be here for the weekend to stitch a brand new project she designed just for us.  We had a great time last year at the retreat so decided to do it again!

Here's the plan....  Karen designed a canvas that is whimsical and fun. I am planning the stitches, thread and embellishments.  Oh the ideas I have!!  

You know Zecca and I are both a little unpredictable and so is this canvas. Could you have guessed this would be what we picked?

This will be a stitch in, not a formal class.  I'll be stitching with you as will Karen. 

Canvas, threads, stretcher bars, embellishments and stitchguide all will be provided.  We will spend two days stitching, hanging out, gabbing, giggling and having a grand time together.  

11-5 Saturday and Sunday, October 10 & 11.

The price per person for all of this including lunches and dessert is approximately $850.00 

Hope you can make it.  Space is filling up fast!

Call us to sign up, or register on line.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Trust Me :-)

Today we started a new mystery class.  La Sirena is complete so it was time to think Halloween!

We started Dede's Haunted Hooter.  It's a great canvas with lots of opportunities for the unusual.

We stitched a lot of yellow.  Yellow, yellow and more yellow. 

The chest is getting fluffy with a bit of texture.

 The wings needed a light coating of yellow so that the details will pop forward.

And then there is the background.  We could stitch the entire background, but I chose a different path, a wide band of yellow, subtle yet bold.  The color blends in but the stitch gives us enough texture to add some weight.

It doesn't look like much yet, but trust me, it's going to come together.

Of course if it is a mystery, it needs go withs.

There is the very limited edition snap tray by Carol Eix that can be ordered.  
We have a few more coming in for the next lesson.

 It's stupid cute with the googly eyes.

Everyone gets a cute owl magnet.

And there are owl scissor fobs!  Call if you would like us to send you one.

We were delighted to welcome a pair of new students today.  
Vangy and Frankie came to stitch with us and were super fun!

Frankie is a love sponge.  Rumor has it he is exhausted.  He had a big day, charming all the ladies.

Lesson two is in 3 weeks.  Jill Rigoli will be here next weekend and then its Labor Day. 
Where has the summer gone?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Liisa Turunen came to teach!!!

Woo Hoo!  Liisa Turunen came to teach this week.  I know, it was smack dab in the middle of the week but sometimes you just have to go for it. I nabbed her on the way to Philly Bead Fest and I am so glad that I did.

Talk about talent, more talent and personality to boot!

Liisa is talented as a bead artist, designer and teacher.  Her sense of color is spot on.  She's cute and bubbly.  And, she loves cats as much as I do!  What more could you want?

We had a day and a half of beady fun.

She demonstrated with great big beads so we could see what she was doing.  That was a huge help.

She was so patient every time we got stuck and couldn't find our way out of a corner.

Day one was the abyssinian bracelet.  I got a pretty good start on it.  It's very sparkly.

Day two was Whiskers.  I got a few components on that one done too.  Super fun!


Yay, she brought us a wonderful trunkshow full of goodies.  We shop well.

Of course she had to sign our autograph wall.  And look, she drew a kitty on it too!

Isn't she just the cutest?  She fell in love with needlepoint and needed her very first project.  OOOOH!  I see collaborations in the future!

 Liisa will be back, hopefully next year. We just need to pick dates and projects.

XO, Thank you for coming Liisa.  We loved having you here.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

A Favorite!

This was the Zecca Retreat piece from 2014!

I loved stitching this piece!  It was a challenge as the canvas was soft and mellow and I like big pops of fun color.  I added my own twist and loved every minute of it.

The canvas is available should you decide to stitch your very own.  You can order it here or give us a call at 410.296.0405

Zecca Retreat 2015 is planned for October 10 & 11.  I'll show you the piece soon.  It's entirely different.  It's going to be fun.

Have a happy Sunday.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Pretty Yellow Flowers

This was one of the super cool techniques that Meredith Willet shared with us when she was here to visit.  Beautiful loopy flowers.  

If you follow the pictures you will see how these flowers come to life with 4mm ribbon, some beads and two needles.

Start with a few overlapping loops of ribbon.

Thread up through the center with a beading needle, adding a few beads.

Now, wait.......

Magic is about to happen.......

When you squish the ribbon down with the beads a pretty little flower appears!!!

Love that!

Thank you Meredith for another brilliant technique.

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Ready for a Swim?

Lulu's La Sirena is complete.  Today was the final lesson.  She is off to the finisher next.  It was such a fun stitch!  I loved every minute of it.


There were lots of little details in today's class.   We finished her tail with Buttonhole flowers.  Love them!  Stitched in Floche, they are quick and give beautiful results.

A new stitch for her vest, and I love the one I picked for her T shirt.  Yay!  

The flowers in her hair are beaded, just like vintage flowers from years gone by they are strung on wire, twisted and attached to the canvas.  Easy peasy. The ladies in class today told me that I really should make it look harder.  :-)

The mer-cat is my favorite part.  I love her fluffy cheeks.  I just want to pinch them.  As you can see I was a little obsessed with buttonhole stitches!  Her tail fin is worked with buttonhole stitches just like the flowers on the mermaid's tail.

Another new stitch for the mer-cat's tail and voilá another mystery class is complete.

So many fun details, I really like canvases like this where there are lots of changes but still enough room for stitches.

Thank you lulu for allowing me to translate your art into needlepoint.  There are more canvases in the wings awaiting their debut.

Join us here in two short weeks for the start of the Halloween Hooter Mystery Class.  He's sitting here beside me calling my name.  The ideas are brewing.


Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Lumpy, Bumpy and Messy

Not sure these are words that should apply to needlepoint but some how this weekend they did.

The one and only Meredith Willet was here for a whirlwind two days of creativity and we had a blast.  Thank you my friend for sharing your talents with us.

Sue, Wendy and I worked on the Melissa Shirley Chameleon.  We didn't get much stitching done but we have lots of plans.  The chameleon needs to be lumpy and bumpy right?

He will be completely beaded.  I think we picked 12 colors of beads.  I got as far as putting the 4 main colors in Bead Buddies.  Love those bead buddies!

Wendy got much farther than I did, she strung beads on wire and couched them in place to create the curl on the chameleon's tail.

Meredith really is a genius.  She whipped up a stitch for a leaf behind the chameleon and then modified it several more times to create movement.  The stitch arcs around the leaf.  Genius!  Kathy was put into service being our own Vanna.

Jamie has been working on this zecca bell pull since the last Meredith class and each flower is lumpier, and bumpier than the next.  It really is turning out great.

Check out this flower.  Each petal will have a pink bullion in the center of the petal outlined with cast on stitches on either side.  So clever!

Meredith has guided this Lani corset before and I love it every time!  The upper edge of the corset is again, lumpy, bumpy and perfect!!!  Check out those crystals!

It truly is the little details that make a canvas sing.  The jabot on the pumpkin man is striking and the happy fringe under his sidekick's neck is a little touch of beads with big impact.

Kathy worked on this gorgeous geisha from Meredith's own line.  The chopstick looks almost real when needle woven.

There is no other answer for the beautiful patterns on this obi than Or Nué.  It really is a beautiful technique.

Monica worked on the Sandra Vargas Queen of Hearts.  She and Meredith planned an entirely different take on the canvas then Sandy Arthur did when she wrote her guide.   It's always fun to see two different artists interpret one canvas.

Check out the black collar.  Crazy simple, long stitches of Petite Very Velvet alternated with Kreinik 1/16" Ribbon.  Wonderful technique.

Here's another lumpy, bumpy - the turkey!  Need I say more, he's a gem.

A weekend full of wonderful stitches and friends.  What more could a girl want?  Can you tell how excited Kathy was :-)

Meredith will be back in October so watch for more antics then.

Thanks for visiting.

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