Sunday, February 28, 2016

Beachy Birds

How happy is this canvas?

Add in yummy threads and a uber fun stitchguide and you have a recipe for magic.

Canvas by Melissa Shirley with stitchguide by Brenda Hart and myself!

Don't you just love the way it stitched up?

Little birdies  and their houses.  Are you seeing a theme for February?

Thank you Cinthia for sharing your photos and your stitching!!

If you would like to stitch your own birdies and birdhouses at the beach you can order your very own slice of summer here.


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Deco Cat Encore

Recognize this book?

See what's on the cover?

This was one of my very first Mystery Classes.  Deco Cat.  It's a very fun canvas to stitch.  It has big areas where you can really get the rhythm of the stitch.  It's also an interesting challenge of how to make an animal on a canvas look pretty much like flesh and blood without doing long and short or split stitch.  Yes, our little guy is filled with fun stitches.

So, if you have ever thought about stitching this canvas and would like a little extra help along the way, I am offering it as a cyber class.  Three lessons in June and July through Shining Needle Society. 

You can sign up and have us send you the entire kit, or just threads and class if you already have the canvas or if you bought all the stuff but never got around to stitching it you can just be part of the class and have me at the ready to answer your questions.  Choices abound!

Send me an email by clicking this link if you would like to register and we'll get you signed up.


Sunday, February 21, 2016

Sparkling Birdies and Pink Flowers

What can I say?  I really really wanted sparkling birdies and luscious flowers.  Today was lesson #4 of House Hunt by Tapestry Fair.  Another fun Mystery Class has come to an end.  The stitchguide is now complete. 

This unfortunately doesn't mean my canvas is completely stitched.  Oh well.  The incomplete areas are mostly basketweave and you know what that does to me.

The big beautiful pink flowers are Buttonhole Stitch.  I love embroidery/crewel stitches on canvas.  It's a nice soft look to juxtapose the counted stitches. 

A great trick I learned from Lynn Payette that makes all the difference in the world when doing a Buttonhole Stitch is to start with a Lazy Daisy loop. This starts you with a pretty smooth curve; from there it is easy sailing.


The birdies are all beaded!  I had an idea in my head that not only did I want all the birds beaded but I wanted them beaded in different manners.  These little fellows become a sampler of techniques. 

This was a fun diversion from my usual over the top canvases.  It is soft and delicate and super fun to stitch.  

To my ladies waiting for canvases, they should be here any moment. Your threads and guides are ready as soon as we have canvases they will be off in the big brown truck.

If you are interested in beaded birdies and subtle nuances of backgrounds give us a call at 410.296.0405 or order your canvas and threads here.  We'd love to have you join the fun.

Until next time.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Chickadees and Bower Birds

New from eleanor grosch.....

This chickadee is going to be amazing when stitched!  I can't wait for you to see what I have designed for this canvas.  It's going to be so fun.  And such a quick stitch.  I even survived all this brown, yikes!

For those of you who loved the Blue Bower Bird, there is now a Red Bower Bird!

We love all of eleanor's canvases, you can see them here.  They are great for showing off stitches.

Hope you are having a Happy Valentine's Day.


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What a Silly Bird!

Featured in the current issue of Needlepoint Now you will find Kimberly Smith's Silly Bird.  It's a quick little project with lots of fun threads.  You know we love Kimberly's canvases and this one doesn't disappoint. 

Dawna Freeland selected the stitches for this canvas and it's charming!  So many different threads, beads, crystals and stitches!

If you would like to stitch your own Silly Bird, give us a call at 410.296.0405, or order online.   More canvases will be arriving shortly.  You will need the January/February issue of Needlepoint Now for the stitch guide.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Flowers from my Garden

Yesterday was the third lesson of House Hunt by Tapestry Fair.  It's coming right along but there's still a lot to do!

The challenge with a canvas that has so many small spaces and beautiful details is how to make it come to life in stitches without making it look flat or like a sampler.  We certainly don't want it to look less pretty stitched than it did as a painted canvas.

The large orange flower does incorporate a patterned stitch and then there are simply long stitches and embroidery stitches to make it come to life.

The little flowers need little stitches.

More pretty threads allow the painting to show through.

The big pink flowers and the pretty birdies are next.   See you in two weeks with more stitches for this project and in between with other fun stuff.


Saturday, February 06, 2016

It's Time to Twirl!!!

How happy does this make you.  Silly, fun canvas that twirls!!!

And two more versions that are framed!!!

This was a mystery class last year and it's a quick fun stitch.  If you missed the class are always happy to send you a kit.  Give us a call at 410.296.0405 or order online.

Happy Twirling....

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Welcome Brooke Connor

I love finding new artists and interpreting their work to needlepoint.  It's all about the fresh and new.

With that said, let me introduce you to Brooke Connor. She's all about color and pattern and movement.  She obviously has a sense of humor.  How van you resist Bah Bah Bah Babara Ann?

Without any further ado...

Two Quail in the Moonlight

Auntie Chicken

Bah Bah Ba Barbara Ann

Chicken Whipple

Fish in the Headlights

Long Bird Short

Mustang Sally

My Neighbor's Garden

Pretty Bird

Wood Duck

All are hand painted an 18ct mono and ate available now.  You can see them all on the website here.



Tuesday, February 02, 2016

And we have a winner!

Drumroll please!

We have a winner!

Janice Wilkens won the 2015 viewer's choice award as part of the Stitcherie Challenge on for her interpretation of the yellow house from Maggie.  

Janice, you did a beautiful job; it is clear why you were the winner.  
You really took this canvas to a new level of fun and creativity.

Janice, please message me or KB on Stitcherie with your contact information and we will get the grand prize sent to you.  So much fun stuff.

Thanks for participating everyone.

Cheers to 2016 and new fun and games.


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