Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Honeybees 2016!

It's time to launch the 2016 Honey Bees!  If you were a Honey Bee this year or wish you were you know what this is all about and it's time to sign up for 2016.

If you are wondering who or what honey bees are, read on.....

We love our customers!

There, it's that simple.

You are our friends and family.  

We designed a rewards club that is all about you — 
Priority signups and discounts for you our loyal customers and friends.  

The Honey Bees!

Being a Honey Bee is all about rewards for you!  Sign up to be a Honey Bee and we will send you a wonderful gift box in December guaranteed to make you smile.  I have new surprises for this year's box!  Beyond the gifts and goodies in the box,  there are great opportunities for you, our loyal friends.

As a Honey Bee you will know the entire class schedule for B&B at the beginning of the year.  You can pick and choose your classes signing up for as many or as few as you like before they are announced to the entire community. You can always add more classes later but this allows you priority seating with your favorite teachers.  We often sell out.  Plan your year early!

We all love a discount and we love the newest and prettiest canvases, so why not combine the two. See a canvas you love but wish it were in a trunkshow so you could get it NOW and on sale?  No worries, as a Honey Bee twice a year you can say “I want my Honey Bee discount” and the canvas will be 20% OFF!*  It’s magic.

You will be the first to know about sales and special happenings at B&B.

The yearly fee for being a Honey Bee is $280.  Sign up anytime you like.  Class lists for 2016 will be mailed in December in your gift box with Honey Bee early registration opening January 1.

One more perk, at the end of the calendar year 2016 you will receive two $50 gift certificates.  One can be used in the first half of 2017 and one in the second half of 2017. We’re giving part of your registration fee back to you!

The fine print:  Class deposits for Honey Bees will be $50/day of class at the time of signup with the balance of the deposit due when we announce the class on the website.  Final balance due one month before the class.  All deposits and honey bee fees are non refundable.

We realize that you will want your friends to take class with you, but remember they have to be a Honey Bee too to qualify for early registration.

Give us a call at 410.296.0405 to join the fun and register to be a honey bee.

* 20% Honey Bee discount can not be combined with any other specials and does not apply to project class canvases or mystery class canvases.

Monday, September 28, 2015

The subtlety of color

Yesterday was the third installment of the Halloween Hooter Mystery Class. He's coming along quickly now.

This was by far the easiest class as it was mostly paint by numbers.

We filled in some of the veins on his wings.  We still have the prominent dark gray ones to do.

The eyes at the bottoms of the feathers were stitched in Tent and Outline Stitch and then there's all those beautiful colored stripes.

Here's where it gets interesting.  Our owl was painted in perfectly respectable shades of brown and gray.  Not my colors but they are what you expect on a halloween owl.

I decided to kick it up a bit.  We have this wonderful ribbon from Renaissance Ribbons designed by Zecca and the colors speak to me!  I used those as my inspiration and tweaked the colors in the owl to match the ribbon.  There are bright oranges, deep eggplants and rusts to go with the gray on our owl.

 Oh the magic of a subtle color change!

Don't forget, now is the time to sign up for the next Mystery Class, the Christmas Reindeer.  He's going to be so much fun.  Remember it takes 2 months to have canvases painted, if you sign up late, I may not have a canvas for you to start with the rest of the class.

See you soon.


Saturday, September 26, 2015

We are pleased to introduce Sharon Hendy-Moman

Yay!  Another fabulously talented artist joins the ranks of those I represent; Sharon Hendy-Moman.  Love her girls!  Sharon is a librarian in Australia with a very unique style.

Imagine all these fluttering flowers as beads!!!

You can see more on our website 

All are available now.  Can't wait to see how you stitch them.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

New from Kimberly

New designs from Kimberly are now available!  Love them all.

Kimberly's designs are always fresh and fun.   With so many little gems of areas to stitch.  

More new stuff coming soon!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Great Visit with Brenda Hart and the girls!

This weekend we were lucky to have Brenda Hart at the shop.  It was a great weekend.  Lots of creativity and lots of stitching.

Brenda spent lots of one on one time with each student.  Here she is with Debbie.

I was really impressed with how much everyone got done in class.

Here are just a few of the pieces.

Chain Stitches swirls on this Mindy canvas are the perfect touch.


Ellen is working on Eleanor Grosch's Bower Bird!

Sue started the brand new Engaged canvas by Ellen Giggenbach.  
Check out the hot air balloon.  What a great idea Brenda had for it.

Love the leaves on Sharon's canvas by Maggie!

Who would haft thought of turkey working the background of this heart by Maggie?

Martinis from Point of It All

I really love it when creativity takes over.  Janet is really going to do great things with this zecca canvas.

Thanks for visiting ladies.  It was great spending the weekend with you. Until next time.


Saturday, September 19, 2015

Meet Ellen Giggenbach

We have a fun new designer to introduce you to!  Her name is Ellen Giggenbach, and she comes to us by way of New Zealand.  Isn't the internet a wonderful thing?

She is a graphic designer and illustrator with a style uniquely her own.  Much of her work is cut paper which lends itself so well to translating into needlepoint.  As she says, "I am absolutely passionate about Mid Century design especially children's book illustrations, I particularly love the bright and unusual colour combinations.
I also like very simple beautiful shapes and for me straight lines and circles are the most simple so you will notice my art is almost only made up of these 2 things!"

These are just a few of her new designs.

You can see more on our website at   
Hope you love them as much as we do.


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

What's Next??

This year is buzzing along.  I'm thinking 2016 and 2017 all the time.  So many ideas, so little time.

I must not forget to share with you the Christmas Mystery for 2015.  It's a cutie!

You know I'm excited about all the fun little areas and patterns we can put into this one, plus how can you go wrong with red, pink and lime green.

I decided to offer this canvas on 13ct so it's a quicker stitch.  I promise it will look just as cute as it would on 18ct.

The reindeer collage will be four lessons, with a little more being revealed at each lesson. You won't know the final plan until I finish mine just in time for Christmas.

Classes are November 8 and 22, December 6 and 20.  You can join us in person on sundays from 1-3 or we can ship the classes to you.

Design area is 15.75 x 8.25.  You will need 12 x 20 stretcher bars.

Give us a call at 410.296.0405 to sign up or order online here.

See you soon.


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Those Eyes

They say the eyes are the window to the soul.  That's true of owls too, right?

Today was the second lesson of the Halloween Hooter Mystery Class at Bedecked and Beadazzled and it was a hoot!

Check out those eyes!  They are big and bold and perfectly in keeping with our halloween hooter's sense of whimsy.  Simple circles of felt stacked with a sequin for the highlight.

His fluffy face was an interesting experiment.  I knew exactly the stitch I wanted to use and the thread.  The catch was that I was having a Goldilocks moment.  One strand of burmilana was too thin and two strands were too thick.  Grrr.  What's a girl to do?  I divided up the stitch working part with two strands and part with a single strand.  Woo Hoo!  Now I had the best of both worlds.  The right coverage, the stitch I liked and the thread I liked.

We added big fluffy feathers to his chest.  I do like long stitches.  Instant gratification!

A little more detail was also added to the wings.  There's still a lot more to do but we're getting there.  

He's awfully cute!

Next lesson is in two weeks.  I've got to get stitching.!

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Jill Rigoli Came to Teach!

Jill Rigoli was here last weekend and we played with Laurel Burch canvases!  So much fun.

Everyone had a different canvas and Jill's ideas were spectacular.

There were Fanciful Fish

Indigo Horses

Beautiful Lotus

Moroccan Mares

Rainbow Woman

The Swan Goddess

Everyone worked so hard concentrating on new stitches.  Linda now has 3 canvases in her rotation.  We told her we had no sympathy until she needed a spreadsheet to track them all.  Sorry Linda, I couldn't resist :-)

Jill is a patient teacher who loves sharing with you why she chooses the stitches she does how to execute them.  She also loves all the embellishments we stock.  So fun!  Can't wait until next time.

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