Thursday, December 14, 2017


It's time to Sparkle!  And how better to sparkle than with beading classes with Liisa Turunen.  YAY!

Liisa has been here several times and she is a total delight.  We have so much fun.

Join us February 2-4 for three fun days of classes.  Pick your day or days and your projects and prepare to be amazed at the pretty things we can make!

Friday February 2, 11-5pm  Encore Necklace

Liisa designed this sparkly crystal loaded piece for a Metallica concert. It has become her favorite go to piece for even casual events and she rocks it with a t shirt and jeans most the time.

This piece includes a combination of  6 different Swarovski shaped stones ranging from 12mm-33mm. It’s a fun piece that can be made with different layouts;  they don't all have to be big and flashy.  You will learn lots of techniques that can be used in future pieces.  

Class cost is $375 and includes the complete kit, lunch and dessert.
Kit will be available in  3 colorways

Saturday February 3, 11-5pm  Bracelet Bonanza

I can never decide which of Liisa's bracelets is my favorite so you win!  We have Bracelet Bonanza.

On Saturday February 3rd, you pick your favorite bracelet.  
Deep Sea Diamonds
Available in 3 colorways Bronze & Jade, Nickle & Lavender, and Platinum & Rose Gold

Rows of large pearls encased with bead work create the base of this bracelet. Working in textured layers capture Swarovski chatons for that glitter of light. Students will work in a combination of several stitches to encase pearls and create bezels in open sections. This project can be made in 2 rows or the wider 3 rows.

Rainbow Bracelet
Available in 3 colors one pictured and others to come later.

This bracelet is fun to make and fun to wear! Alternating sizes and colors of chatons to create rows of color texture. Work in Right angle weave and peyote stitches.

Class cost is $275 and includes one complete kit, lunch and dessert.  Additional kits will be available for the other bracelet if you like me, can't decide.  Kits are available in  3 colorways

Sunday February 4, 11-5pm  Pallas Necklace

Available in 3 colors. Rose Gold & Gold, Silver & Gold, and Purple & Bronze.

The necklace is named “Pallas Necklace” after the Pallas Cat (very funny looking little guy).

The project uses a combination of right angle weave, cubic raw, herringbone, netting, and peyote.  It is completely reversible so when worn it can roll around and it will always sparkle. It wears long.  The larger crystal on the end is reversible as well one side has a 27mm Swarovski rivoli and the other is embellished with pearls and has an 18mm rivoli.  This looks like a bunch of components attached but surprisingly a lot of the piece works off of each other and not too much connecting of components.

Class cost is $300 and includes the complete kit, lunch and dessert.
Kit will be available in  3 colorways

I hope you can join us for one or more days.  We always have such a good time.


P.S.  We will also have a trunkshow.  I'll be sure to post that on facebook so even if you can't come you can still join the fun.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

It's a Game

A Cat and Mouse Game!

What will be the first mystery of 2018?  How about something from a new designer, Dominic Bourbeau?  Totally mid-century modern and fun.  This is going to be a happy fun mystery class, but aren't they all?

We will stitch this canvas together in two lessons! Classes will be February 11th and 25th, Sunday afternoons from 1-3pm.
Canvas design area is 9 x 13 handpainted on 18ct canvas. Class cost is the price of the canvas plus $20 per lesson and the threads, beads etc. necessary for that lesson. The canvas cost for this design is $156.00. If you’re attending in person, there is an additional $15 per lesson fee.
You will need 13 x 17 stretcher bars.
*Class size is limited. Please sign up early to reserve your space and ensure you receive your canvas in time to start with the rest of the class. A $100 non refundable deposit will be required. Balance due at the first class.
You may also sign up for this mystery long distance and have us send it to you in installments or as a complete kit at the end of the mystery. Note:  We will charge you for each lesson as we go along but hold your kits and ship at the end of the class to help you offset shipping charges.
You can sign up online here or give us a call at 410.296.0405.
Hope you will join the fun.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Only the Best Dressed

Fashionably dressed owls, never late to a party...  Stella and Max are my new BFFs.

We stitched their faces in class last Sunday.  It was a fun first lesson of the Brooke Connor Holiday Owls Mystery Class.  I love when a face comes to life on a canvas.  It grounds everything and you just know it's all going to come together.  Suddenly the canvas has a soul.

Look at those eyes!!!

We also stitched vests.  We created a super quick composite stitch that is dynamic thanks to a change of direction.

Ohh!  And look at the purple vest.  I love this stitch, and when worked with a single strand of my overdyed floche in a new color it is way too cool.

The blue wing is a work in progress.  Wait until you see what's up my sleeve for the rest of the wing.  OMG too fun.

Here's Stella and Max at the end of lesson one.  We meet again in less than two weeks.  Shall we stitch hats and feathers or shall I surprise you with a background.  Only time will tell.

We do have canvases and threads in stock so if you would like to join the holiday party, now is the time.  Order here, or give us a call at 410.296.0405.

Unfortunately, no snap trays for this project. but the class magnets and matching scissor fobs are super cute.

See you soon


Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Funny How the Mind Works......

So, I'm working on creating new videos when the muse strikes and the planets align.

But then I have to remember to post them!  LOL.

I made this video while stitching the Hare and the Crow by Brenda Stofft to show how I handled working Japanese Ribbon Stitch for a large curvy leaf.

And it wasn't until just the other day that I remembered I forgot to share it with you.  

And if then technology wasn't behaving.  Full moon you know.  It has taken a full day of coddling to get this video to post.  Not sure why, but it did.  Finally it's here. 

So here you go, how to make a tall curvy leaf with 7mm ribbon! 

Ribbon really is almost as fun as beads, she says with a wink and a giggle.


P.S.  We will resume our regularly scheduled programming in a day or two with pictures and pretties from the Holiday Owls our newest mystery class.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

It's snowing at the North Pole

And the north pole is a chair in the living room, LOL.

It's 60 here today but the holiday decorating is well underway.

At the center of the decorating is the wonderful Christmas Village by Melissa Shirley. 

We stitched this as one of our long term Mysteries with a Twist, a house at a time and it was great fun.  Now it is available kitted, or as a canvas with guide if you would like to add this to your holiday stitching fun.

Give us a call at 410.296.0405 or order online

Happy Holidays.


Monday, November 27, 2017

The hare and the crow

walked into a bar......

no, that's a different story :-)

The Hare and the Crow is a beautiful interpretation of Amanda Clark's work by Brenda Stofft.  Wowza, so pretty.

We stitched this canvas as our Thanksgiving weekend class and it was lots of fun.

There are lots of good counted stitches featuring yummy threads from Gloriana.

Of course there are beads. You know how I feel about beads.

Add some ribbon, 

 and Straw Silk.

It all comes together into a canvas that is fun to stitch and beautiful to look at before, during and after stitching!  I love it when a plan comes together.

We have more canvases on order.  They should be here soon.  If you would like to join the fun you can order here or give us a call at 410.296.0405.  Stitch guide is complete with photos and all diagrams.

Happy Holidays.


Monday, November 20, 2017

The way

The way is not the sky.

The way is the heart.

 -- Buddha

Beautifully styled by zecca.  What a wonderful housewarming or wedding present this would make. 

The limited color palette really makes it so timeless.  The beads, ribbons and fluffy threads make it fun.

The elves have stitched this following our stitchguide and it's back from the framer and hanging in our classroom.  We think that's the perfect place as that is the room filled with love.

Thank you Karen and the elves for another fabulous design. 

If you would like your own Buddha canvas, here's the link.  Or give us a call at 410.296.0405.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

From Life to Sketch

... To Needlepoint

Kimberly Santini is one of our artists.  I have loved her work since day one.  I found her on the internet and bought one of her paintings.  

"You Are My Sunshine, A Lesson Painting, Part II of II" original fine art by Kimberly Santini

You Are My Sunshine, 2011

It reminded me of Max when he was a kitten :-)  Love big kitty ears.

Over the years I have had her paint sketches of the boys.  






She captures their hearts in her paintings.  I love the colors, love everything about them.  

Johnny is being painted now, he needs his formal family picture too.  I'll share it when its ready.

In the meantime, our adventure continue.  Stay tuned for new needlepoint canvases from Kimberly.  We have birds!!!


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Pirate Spider!

OMG!  Check out that spider.  He has amused me since the start of this canvas and now at the he is even sillier.  What can I say?  Every skeleton wearing a witch hat needs a spider dressed like a pirate  :-)

Today was the final lesson of the David Galchutt Boo! Mystery Class.  There's a lot going on in this canvas and it is all so fun.  If you aren't already part of the fun and would like a complete kit, give us a call at 410.296.0405 or order online here.

The spider web is now complete.  Super easy thanks to the perfect color of Kreinik Metallic Threads.

Our little spider friend has curly fun legs.  I've even created my first video to show you how I did it.  This will help my long distance visual learners.  If you like this, I will try to do more. 

And we have a video for the spider's antennae.  This is the corkscrew stitch.  Love this stitch for all the dimension it adds.

Here he is, almost finished.  Just need to finish the beading and he's off to the framer.

Now I am finishing the next lesson of Santa Fe Felines and getting ready for the Hare and the Crow class Thanksgiving weekend.  See you soon.



Friday, November 10, 2017

It's Finishing Friday

 I love boxes of finishing!  So many pretty things.  It always inspires me.

I love this finishing of La Sirena by lulu mypinkturtle.  It went to a very special little girl from her grandmother Flora.

Wendy stitched Lani's Aloe pillow using Brenda Hart's guide and now it resides in her brother's
Manhattan apartment.

Jill did an amazing job on Maelba from Sandra Vargas.  I love the feathers on top of the stand up!

Carmen from Melissa Shirley is another piece of Jill's stitching.  It just makes me happy to look at it.

I'm putting the finishing touches on class for Sunday.  See you then.


Monday, November 06, 2017

Ooh La La!

What talented stitchers I know!

We came together this weekend for an Embellishment Extravaganza.  Two days of stitching together, giggling and having fun.

Everyone selected their own canvas;  I wrote the guides and the games began.

There was the Faerie Fish with her beautiful skirt, 

and the Faerie Rider with leaves on her shirt.

Eleanor Grosch's tiger is super special and a crazy quick stitch.

I'm in love with the little gray kitty by Rebecca Walk.  So soft and sweet.

The Stylin Siamese uses lots of beads and light thread work. It's going to be gorgeous.

OMG!  I designed the stitches for Lani's shoes to match my fantasy shoes.  So pretty.

Auntie Chicken by Brooke Connor is a tour of silliness. 
Lots and lots of fun happy colors and threads.

ellen giggenbach's pretty bunch is so sweet.  Lots of fun flowers here.

Last but not least is zecca's Home is not a place its a feeling.

We had a great time.  I can't wait to see some of the canvases finished.  Thank you all for coming.

Next Embellishment Extravaganza is January 5-7, 2018. 
We still have a few spaces so check your calendar and hope for no snow.


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