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




Monday, March 06, 2017

Hoppity, hop, hop, Artemis

We were fortunate to have Brenda Stofft here this weekend teaching Artemis.


Artemis is the cutest ever bunny!  His body is completely needlefelted and his clothes are needlepoint.  The flowers and the berries in his basket are stumpwork!  This is a tour de force in techniques and skills we don't usually do.


But we did do it!  We're pretty darn proud of ourselves!


This type of needlefelting is different from the needlefelting we have done before, but Brenda has it all mapped out.  She guides you as you shape each part of the face and where the curves and valleys go.  



We set the eyes in so that we know he will look good.


Look at that face.  So cute....


Every face has its own personality, but they all look great.


Once we felted the base of the face, we were on to ears.


Artemis supervised the shaping of Ellen's ears to make sure they were just right.


hoppity, hop, hop, hop


 Look at these faces!  OMG we actually learned how to do this and they look great!
 


Silliness ensued and Artemis' bird's nest became a hat on his head.


He is just too cute!

Artemis' basket is filled with stumpwork pansies, and berries and moths!



We worked hard for three days but it was so worth it.


Artemis and his friends were delightful companions.  Brenda Stofft is a lovely teacher.  Friends were made;  all in all it was a great weekend.


As you might have guessed, Brenda and I have conspired through the weekend to bring you more fun projects so stay tuned.  It's going to be great fun.

xo
ruth

P.S.  Our new Beehive Ambassador, Johnny was a huge hit.  He made sure everyone was happy and relaxed with lots of purring and snuggles.


P.P.S.  Don't forget, Brenda Stofft trunkshow runs through March 15.  20% off all instock or special order canvases.
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