Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Outside Owl has a super cool sttichguide!

As summer winds down and we start thinking Fall, I thought now was a good time to mention that Outside Owl by Eleanor Grosch now has a stitch guide! 



What a sweet owl!  And just wait until you see what I came up with for the background.  Love it!

I'm not stitching this but when someone does, I will be certain to post it. If you would like to order a little owlet, here's the link.  Or give us a call at 410.296.0405.

Speaking of which, you know we love to see your finished stitching of our canvases or stitch guides.   Feel free to share on facebook or instagram, and tag me in it or email to me so I can ooh and aah!

Happy Stitching

xo
ruth




Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A big wonderful dragon. Oh my!

I've been meaning to post about this for awhile.  Today is the day!

Kimberly Smith stitched her dragon canvas and it is magnificent!  Kimberly truly looks at a canvas differently than the rest of us.  She play with textures and stitches and creates a special magic that is perfect for this dragon.


The canvas is the perfect size.  It's not too big.  It's 12" x 7" on 18ct but just look at all the wonderful techniques and stitches that are in this canvas.


 There's a little of this and a little of that.  Love it all.
 

And check out the thread kit.  YUMMY!


If you can't resist this dragon anymore than I can, canvases are in stock, complete with stitchguide!  You can order by clicking here, or give us a call at 410.296.0405.

I hope you love him as much as I do.

xo
Ruth

P.S.  If you would like to stitch this gem with the guidance of Kimberly, check out the class listings at the Black Sheep in Florida.  She will be teaching it there in October.









Sunday, August 21, 2016

and so it begins

Today was the start of our newest mystery class, The Three Stwooges by Love You More. 

With rain pouring from the sky we started with the background.  No surprise there.  I often start with the background.  That allows me to put all the dimension in the main characters and really make them pop.


The fun of this background was selecting stitches and threads that are soft and mysterious.


The moon of course glows in the dark.  How could it not?



The trees are sketchy and gnarly.  They are ready to reach out and grab you!


The sky is a slightly angled stitch that looks like mist rising.  The foreground and pumpkins are all stitched as one.  Nothing should detract from the stwooges.

The real fun of this lesson is the thread used.  Three overdyed colors of floche. One is from my Color Dreams line; the other two are from Threadnuts!  Very fun to compare the differences and you know I love floche!

The limited edition snap trays completely sold out for this class, but we still have super cute scissor fobs.  If you want one, grab them while they are here.



Next lesson is September 25th! Wow! Five weeks.  Plenty to do until then.  There's a mounatain of kits shipping tomorrow.  We are waiting for our second shipment of canvases.  As soon as they arrive the rest of the kits will be on their way.

Until next time, here's the stitch used in the sky.

xo
ruth




Friday, August 19, 2016

Kelly Clark is teaching a Cyber-Class

How exciting is this?  Kelly Clark mistress of stumpwork on canvas and all things folk arty and fabulous is teaching her very first cyber-class.

Bees Proverb

There will be 4 lessons, October 15th, November 19th, December 17th and January 21st.

You will receive a package from her each moth with a lesson and any special goodies you need for that lesson.

On each lesson day she will post  a slide-show and any supporting demonstration videos on a Facebook Super Secret Cyber Page. She will be monitoring the page on Lesson Day from 10AM 'til 4PM for chat and questions.

Pretty cool idea!

If you would like to sign up, email kcnsales@gmail.com with your mailing address, phone number, email address and facebook name.

We will be ordering canvases, putting together thread kits etc for anyone interested in taking this class.  Give us a call at 410.296.0405 to place your order!  Please order soon as there are a lot of unusual threads in the kit.

It's going to be a fun class.

xo
ruth

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Kimberly Kelly Santini - Wow!

Kimberly Santini is our newest artist.  She is a long time friend of mine and I am excited she is allowing us to interpret some of her work into needlepoint.

I met Kim through the magic of the internet buying a painting of her Mona Lisa that reminded me of Max when he was a kitten.  See, it does all link to cats. :-)

From there, there were more paintings as she did sketches of my boys.  When they are all complete I will blog about them.  They are fun painted sketches that catch the essence of their personalities.

In 2015 she was the Kentucky Derby artist!  How cool is that?  She offers workshops and commissions and paints everyday, posting it to facebook so that we who are so far away can keep up with her talents.

If you would like to check out all of the amazingness that is the art of Kimberly Santini, click here.

Now, I am pleased to say we can needlepoint her art too.








 

This is our current collection of canvases.   Yes, they have lots of colors, that is the beauty of Kim's work.  If you aren't in to all that basketweave, consider an open stitch worked in accentuate over the entire canvas adding just a bit of sparkle and magic to the canvas.

For more details on sizes and prices, click here.

I'll be back with more fun stuff soon.
xo

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Follow the yellow brick road

Have I mentioned that I wrote a guide for the Oz Girls?  I'm pretty excited about this one.  Lots of fun threads and stitches!


The girls are so cute.  Each one has her own personality.  I'm torn as to which one is my favorite. 

I love the hair on the tingirl, and Dorothy has Toto, and oh the cute little cheeks on the cowardly lion and the eyes on the scarecrow.  Sandra Vargas' eyes are always the best.  So many things to love.

We're putting threads together for you ladies who have this on order.  If anyone else wants to join the fun you can order here or give us a call at 410.296.0405.

xo
ruth

Thursday, August 11, 2016

How to Bezel a Cabochon

I like to mix my crafty metaphors.  Needlepoint, embroidery, beadwork, I love them all.

You know I love my beads and I've been adding more beads and bead techniques to our mystery classes and other projects.

In Run, bunny, Run from zecca we worked a bead embroidery bezel around a cabochon to use it as a flower center.


It adds another texture and some depth to you piece.

You can keep your cabochons simple or add more detail.


I thought you might want to try your hand at this so we made up some small kits.  Complete full color instructions, bead foundation, beading thread, needles, beads and a cabochon.  Just a little something to play with.



Once you learn the technique, the sky is the limit.  You can bezel any size cabochon you want!  Pretty cool.

If you would like to give it a try give us a call at 410.296.0405.  The kits are $22.50.  We can happily pop one into your next shipment.

Until next time.

xo
ruth




Monday, August 08, 2016

The Bunny is Hopping. . . .

Our bunny is hopping on off to the framer and he's taking his birdie friend with him!  Boy is he a cutie.  We finished this mystery class with the run bunny run canvas from zecca yesterday and it was great fun.  Lots of little areas destined to keep your attention!


I've been planning on doing beaded cabochons for some of the flowers since we started this piece.  That was yesterday's surprise.  


Once you master the technique there are so many things you can do with beaded cabochons, flower centers are such an obvious option I just had to go with it.



We used another yummy color of my new overdyed floche on a couple of flowers.  Everyone agreed this bright pink is super pretty.


 Beaded stamens bring this flower to life.






This really is a fun stitch full of surprises and details.

I meant to show this photo a few lessons ago.  Look at the background.  Carol decided to space out her sequins to make it look like they were blowing in from the East!  What a clever idea!




























If you would like your very own bunny, give us a call at 410.296.0405 and we'll send one your way, or place your order online and check out our spiffy new website.

xo
ruth
 

Friday, August 05, 2016

Corina Luyken

You may know how much I love the art of Corina Luyken.  I have stitched two as mystery classes and have more than I care to admit in my stash.  Hmmm, I love her look.

The designs are being retired.  Soon there will be no more canvases to tempt you from this very talented artist.

If you have been thinking about any of them now, is the time to commit.  Don't let these beauties get away!  I will be placing a reorder on Monday so let me know what you want.  All are approximately 8 x 10 handpainted on 18ct.  We are offering a sale price of $110 each.

 Windy 1202 - guide available - Sold out

 Dog Walker 1310 - guide available

Poinsettia Lady 1312 - guide available

 Watering Can Lady 1213 - guide available

Peace 1308 - sold out

 Rain or Shine 1311

 Red Coat 1313

 Bicycle 1203

 Reading 1204

 Out of Reach 1205

 Cookies 1206

Knitting 1207

Party 1208

Hearts 1209

 Ice skater 1210

 Bouquet 1210

 Flower Pot 1212

 Quilters 1481

 Barflies 1482

 Rollerskates 1578

Love Letter 1579

Guides where available are an additional price.  As always we are happy to pull threads for anything you fall in love with.  

xo
ruth
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