Friday, April 28, 2017

Wish you were here



Zecca Retreat is almost here!   Karen arrived today so we will spend tomorrow with final prep work and playing! and of course brainstorming what's new and what's next!

We will see all you lovely ladies who are signed up for class on Saturday morning and then 2 days of fun and frivolity as we bring the Close Friends canvas to life.  Just wait until you see what I have done with it.  I think you will be quite pleased. :-)

To give you a sneak peek, here are the oh so pretty threads.....  Yummy!


I'll post more pictures after the weekend.  If you would like a kit, just give us a call at 410.296.0405.

Karen brought some goodies with her.  She is no longer making her polymer class accessories so what we have is all there is.  When they are gone, they are gone.  I love these pieces.  This was the focus of zecca's fun line when I first met her :-)


Laying Tools

 

Scissor Fobs


 Eyeglass lanyards

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Magnets

Another fun treat we have are wooden laying tools by Karen's son.  Very cool, beautifully turned wood in a myriad of colors.  Some are all wood and some are wood with BLTs.  



Give us a call if anything speaks to you.  Wish you were here.

xo
ruth



Monday, April 24, 2017

Kimberly's Magic Carpet Ride

Kimberly and I have been friends for a very long time and still after all these years I am in complete awe of how her mind works.  It is just so different from mine.  She truly has her own voice and looks at the world in a special way.

When she sent me the stitch guide for Magic Carpet all I could say was wow!  She hasn't stitched Magic Carpet with all the fun stitches she picked but wow! and again, WOW!  I'm in love with it.  The colors make me happy.


Look at all these pretty threads and beads!

Magic Carpet started as a painted carpet in Kimberly's studio. 




Don't you just want one of your very own?  Take a ride on a magic carpet to a place all sunny and happy.


One of Kimberly's clients did just that.  She hired her to paint the magic carpet on her wall!


And so it begins - from floor, to wall to canvas to bench cover.

Magic Carpet is available on 18ct (20" x  13") with a fabulous stitchguide or 13ct count (27" x 17") to stitch in basketweave.


Kimberly has stitched the 13ct version all in Waverly Wool for a seat cushion.  She stitched it so quick.  The colors are just so happy, how could you put it down?

And.... drumroll please.... we have two other fun canvases from Kimberly. 


Crop Circles painted on 18ct. 14" x 11"


Tumbled 8" x 8" painted on 18ct.  Kimberly stitched this one all in basketweave too.

Give us a call at 410.296.0405, or order online at the links above if you would like any of these gems sent your way.

Happy Monday everyone. 

xo
ruth

Friday, April 21, 2017

The eyes tell the story

No one does eyes like Sandra Vargas.  Each one of her canvases whether human or animal has big beautiful eyes that draw you in.  It works, I love them all. I'm hooked!

I'm excited to stitch one of Sandra's canvases for our next Mystery Class.

The Owl with Key is going to be fun.  I already have ideas swirling in my head.


Canvas design area is 10 x 12 handpainted on 18ct canvas. We will stitch this canvas together in four lessons.  Classes will be June 11 and 25th, July 9th and 23rd; Sunday afternoons from 1-3pm.  We are also happy to ship to long distance students.  We wouldn't want you to miss the fun.

Full details are on the website here.  Please sign up early to ensure we have a canvas for you to start with the group. 

If you love Sandra Vargas don't forget that a few of her canvases, prior mystery classes are on sale through the end of the month.  10% off canvas, guide and threads!

Here's the Playful Squirrel




 And Aquamarine!


In other news, Zecca Retreat is next weekend!  I can't wait to share that with you.  Talk about a canvas that has changed and come to life with each passing stitch.  Wow.  I hope you love it as much as I do.

The next lesson of Why Fit In is almost ready to ship, which in turn means that Row of Ladies will be calling me next.  Working as fast as I can.

xo
ruth

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Hoppy Easter!

The Easter Bunny came and brought my zecca Run Bunny Run canvas framed!  Woo Hoo!

How perfect was his timing?

Our pretty bunny is hanging on the wall at the beehive ready for everyone to see at zecca retreat and future classes.  It sure does sparkle.  Remember all those crystals and the background covered in sequins :-)  I am a girl who loves her sparkle.


I love this frame.  It looks like whipped cream! 


 This is one happy hare.  We had so much fun stitching him in our summer mystery last year. 


Angie had her bunny finished as a standup block.  How charmng is this? 

If you've been thinking about stitching this sweet boy, now is the time.  We are offering 10% off all completed mystery classes through the end of April 2017.  What a way to celebrate our anniversary!
You can order here, or give us a call at 410.296.0405.

Happy Easter.

xo
ruth

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood is one of a series of fairytale canvases in our line.  
They are the traditional stories but the girls are updated a bit. :-) 
I love that Red is wearing jeans and boots.

Little Red Riding Hood has a guide written by Julia Snyder and myself.  





Look at all those yummy threads.

Red would love to come live with you.  You can order her here or give us a call at 410.296.0405.

We also have Pinochio






xo
ruth 



 


Sunday, April 09, 2017

He can fly!

Our little hummingbird can fly!  So sweet.

Today was lesson three of the zecca hummingbird class.  It's all about direction and how changing the direction of your stitch can add depth and dimension.
 
The hummingbird was brought to life.  I loved stitching him.  He took no time at all.  Beads, beads, a few sequins, a little thread and more beads.  Here's the cool part.  Even though he is almost completely beaded he doesn't look heavy.  He still looks like a little tiny bird in flight.  Magic!  It's all about the size of the beads and the angle!  Bigger beads for his body, smaller beads for his tail feathers.  Pretty clever, no?


The flowers are sweet and pink, just a little pattern.  Changing the direction of the stitch causes the petals to separate one from the next!  YAY!  I do love it when a plan comes together.


Here it is all together.  Next up will be the leaves, lots and lots of green leaves.  We'll change them up and make them fun too.  See you in May for the big reveal.


In the meantime I will be finishing up the class project for zecca retreat and working furiously on Why Fit In.  Wait until you see what's next.  I'm in love!  As soon as a lesson of that is complete we are back to Row of Ladies.  I know they all went off track as I was juggling too many things.  I'm feeling like things are getting into a routine so let's keep the positive energy going. You've been very patient.

xo
ruth



Friday, April 07, 2017

Springtime!

Rumor has it, that it's springtime.  You can't prove it by me today, but that's what the calendar says.

In honor of Spring, let me share ellen giggenbach's bird on teal with you.  It's a happy, springy, fun bird painted on 18ct and complete with stitch guide! Yay!


Give us a call at 410.296.0405 if you would like your own bird or order on-line here.  If you would like to see all of ellen's offerings click here.

And if you'd rather, here's pretty flowers from Kimberly Smith.  Pretty, pretty, colors.







Happy spring.


xo
ruth

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

What?! More surprises?

Yes, more celebrating to be had at Bedecked and Beadazzled. 

It's April so it must be time for our annual Melissa Shirley trunkshow! 

If there's anything you've lusting after from Melissa or any of the artists she represents, now is the time to place your order.  20% off, YAY!  Sale ends April 16th.  So many beautiful canvases, so little time. 

Visit Melissa's website at www.melissashirleydesigns.com and let us know your wishes and wants.  We'll make the magic happen from there.

xo
ruth

Monday, April 03, 2017

It's our Anniversary!

When is Bedecked and Beadazzled’s anniversary? hmmm......

Bedecked and Beadazzled was born September 10, 2010.  16 1/2 years ago!

We opened the first brick and mortar store April 1, 2007.  Ten years ago!

The Beehive of Bedecked and Beadazzled opened November 1, 2015.

So many adventures and most importantly so much fun.  I love what I do!  I have made so many great friends.  I’m one lucky girl.  This is the best job ever.  Let’s celebrate with a month of rewards for you.  Golden tickets to stitchy fun!



For the entire month of April, 2017 you can take 10% off the entire purchase price of any completed mystery class.  That’s canvas, guide and threads!  The whole shebang.  You know I never do that.  I am including past class projects too!

Plus we are sending out golden tickets.  If you get something from us, open it now and see if you won a golden ticket.  Not all packages wil include tickets.  It really is random.  Golden tickets are free money for you to spend on new projects.

And, we are reinstating the Stash Enhancement Program!  What’s this you ask?  This is another random moment of fun where we send out coupons via email good toward a future purchase.  This will be ongoing, not just for this month!  Who knows when you will win one.


And if that's not enough, since its April, it's time for the Melissa Shirley trunkshow20% off all Melissa Shirley canvases!  Yay! 

Thank you for your support and friendship.  xo

Friday, March 31, 2017

Compensation Games!

Yes, I'm talking about Compensation.

So many stitchers don't like compensation.  It's a brain game.  It's a challenge but it isn't insurmountable.  You can do this!

There are a few tricks to compensation that I hope will help you.

Here's the stitch I used on the main zecca poppy on the current mystery class.

Pretty, right?  But the entire motif covers 10 canvas threads.  That's a bit more than 1/2 inch.  So no matter where you start you are going to have to compensate at the edges of some of the flowers.


One trick which is super handy if you have a straight edge that you are compensating up to is the "post-it-note" trick.  Put a post it note on your stitch diagram where your stitches need to end. 


You can clearly see where each stitch will end.  The angle stays the same but the stitch is shorter.

You don't want something that looks like this.


You want it to look like this.

Notice how the current stitches follow the same angle as the original ones.

Once you get used to this, its an easy upgrade to doing it directly on the canvas.


Put your needle where it should go to complete the stitch as diagrammed.  You will notice it is significantly in the next color.


Lay your thread along the line from the correct starting point to the correct ending point.  Look at what hole it crosses at the edge of the flower.  This is where your needle will go down.


Your stitch matches the angle as it should!  Yay!  Perfect compensation.

I hope this helps.  There really is no dodging compensation if you want to use different stitches in your needlepoint.

Happy Stitching.

xo
ruth

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Poppies!

Yes, that's poppies and not puppies.  Surprising, no?

Today we stitched the poppies on the Zecca hummingbird canvas!  So many fun details.  Or maybe not so many details.  Depends upon your view of things.


There are orange and red poppies.

Both are stitched with composite stitches that are sort of floral.  One stitch for the red poppies and one stitch for the orange poppies.  Now here's where it gets interesting.  The threads are rearranged withing the pattern to make the poppies look different.


Keeping the patterns the same but slightly manipulating the threads keeps the piece from getting busy and creates depth.  Yes, my mind works in mysterious ways.

Lesson 3 is in 2 weeks.  It will be here before you know it.  We have a few canvases in stock if you've been thinking of joining us, now is the time.  Give us a call at 410.296.0405 or order online.

xo
ruth

Thursday, March 23, 2017

New Classes at Bedecked and Beadazzled



It's spring;  it's definitely time to talk classes!  In the last week I have tempted you with beadwork classes by the one and only Shelley Nybakke and online cyberclasses from one of our favorite designers, Kelly Clark.

Now I am delighted to announce that Mary Legallet from Whimsical Stitch.com will be coming in June for two fun-filled classes.   Yay!

This will be Mary’s first trip to teach for us at our studio, the Beehive.  We are so excited!  You may recognize her from the myriad of stitchguides she has written for Melissa Shirley and zecca.  We are in for a fun series of classes.


Passion Flowers and Birds from Melissa Shirley – June 16 & 17th, 2017
Mary will teach this lovely Emma Williams canvas from Melissa Shirley.  What can you expect?  Lots of fun stitches and new techniques.  Class will be 11-5pm each day.

Royal Peeps

Royal Peeps by zecca  - June 18th, 2017
You know we love zecca so this class is certain to be fun.  Look at all the excuses to add sparkle!  Class will be 11-5pm.


If you would like to sign up, give us a call 410.296.0405!

Hope to see you in class.

xo
ruth

Monday, March 20, 2017

Kelly Clark Cyberclasses!

Love to stitch in your jammies?  from the comfort of your favorite chair?

Kelly Clark is offering two new cyberclasses, YAY!

These are her classes, but you know I love to play along, so here's all the information in one spot.

Happy Holidays


Design size is 13 x 8.5 on 18ct.

There will be 4 classes starting May 20, 2017 and ending in mid August.

Kelly will mail you the stitchguides and any embellishments each month

There will be a special facebook group where she will post a slide show and any supporting demonstration videos.  She will be available on Facebook on lesson days from 10am until 4pm to answer any questions you may have.

If you would like to join the fun, please register with her at kcnsales@gmail.comHer fee is $136.00.  When you email Kelly to sign up, she will need your mailing address, phone number, preferred email address and facebook name. 

You may order your canvas and supplies through us.  Here's the link for the canvas.  A complete thread list will be available soon.  We will happily kit all necessary supplies for you.

Winter Holly Wreath




Design size is 6 x 6 on 18ct.

There will be 6 classes starting mid June and ending in mid September.

Kelly will mail you the stitchguides and any embellishments each month

There will be a special facebook group where she will post a slide show and any supporting
demonstration videos.  She will be available on Facebook on lesson days from 10am until 4pm to answer any questions you may have.

If you would like to join the fun, please register with her at kcnsales@gmail.comHer fee is $175.00.  When you email Kelly to sign up, she will need your mailing address, phone number, preferred email address and facebook name. 

You may order your canvas and supplies through us.  A complete thread list will be available soon.  We will happily kit all necessary supplies for you.  Give us a call at 410.296.0405 to sign up.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Heavy Metal

Would you like to spend a day or two making pretty jewelry with us? 

I promise fun and sparkle!

Shelley Nybakke will be visiting the beehive of Bedecked and Beadazzled May 20 & 21st.
 
These classes are all about the beads.  Shelley features real metal seed beads in her jewelry.  What does this mean?  It means her jewelry feels like the real thing.  Substantial.  Not too heavy but it feels good.


On Saturday May 20th Shelley will teach her Kissin' Time bracelet.  So sparkly!  This stunning bracelet of Right Angle Weave can be embellished so many different ways.   Elegant or fun casual - you get to choose.  

On Sunday May 21st, she will be teaching Tickle My Fancy where we will create a right angle weave base and then embellish it!  You know we love to embellish.  Well, everything but the truth that is :-)

Classes are 11-5 each day.  

There will be a trunkshow so even more chances for sparkle!

Full details are on the website here.  

I hope you will join us we're going to have fun!

xo
ruth


Monday, March 13, 2017

Texture

Yesterday was the first lesson of the Zecca hummingbird class.  YAY!

This was a highly requested canvas.  (Hint if there is something brand new that you wish I would consider for a mystery class let me know.  It may speak to me and become a mystery class.)

You know I like to tackle backgrounds early on in a project and this canvas was no exception.  There's a good bit of background but not all in one spot.  It's a little here and a little there broken up with lots of little stems and leaves.  Ok, what to do? 

If I were to do a counted stitch I would like it to mimic the leaves.  Uh oh, that's lots of counting. 

The stitch needs to be smallish and ideally not have a busy pattern that could distract your eye.  Hmmmm......


I decided on a random pattern with a slight twist.  Thank you Brenda Hart.  Brenda first introduced me to this concept years ago and it works great.  It gives you just a bit of texture but allows all the beautiful painting to show through!  You know I love that.



So here you go.  It's just random long stitches worked vertically or horizontally.  RANDOM, random, RANDOM.  My stitches are long.  You can see they easily cover 7-9 threads.  If you are planning on making this a pillow that might see some touching and feeling you should make your stitches smaller.

The only real rules to this is use straight stitches only.  No diagonals.

Here's the same stitch used on the skirt of the Bohemian Beauty by Shelly Penko.



So, what's the twist this time?  Beads!!!  In the center, the light blue sky area I added beads on most of the vertical stitches!  Here's the easy peasy part.  The thread of choice is Petite Silk Lamé Braid.  Thread it in a beading needle and pick up a size 11 seed bead or two with your stitch.  The beads will sit between canvas threads and stay put.  Easy peasy.

Are you curious about the go withs for this class?  Here's our super cute new snap tray.


And because we wanted to do something different, here's the new felt magnet that goes perfectly with the canvas!
 
More excitement to come.  The next lesson is in two weeks.  If you would like to join the fun, I do have canvases in stock.  You can order online here, or give us a call at 410.296.0405.  As always its going to be a wild ride.

xo
ruth




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