Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Black Swan by ellen giggenbach

We are loving stitching the Blue Bird of Happiness by ellen giggenbach.  There are large areas to fill with stitches and the colors are just yummy!

All of ellen's designs are equally happy.  Check out the Black Swan, masterfully stitched by Eleanor Marquis. She even wrote up the stitchguide for us! 

You too can stitch your own black swan. The stitches are really fun. 

If you would like either project sent your way, give us a call at 410.296.0405 or order online.  Here's the link to all of ellen's current designs. 


Friday, July 28, 2017

What shall we stitch for Halloween?

Inquiring minds want to know what our Halloween mystery will be this year.  Believe it or not, Halloween is upon us.  Where did the time go?  The first class is in just a few weeks.  YIKES!

So, drumroll please......

I am pleased to announce our next Mystery Class will be BOO! by David Galchutt.

Brand new and so stinkin' cute I can't stand it.  Look at that green spider in a pirate hat.  Who would think of that?

We will stitch this canvas together in five lessons! Classes will be August 27th, September 10th and 24th, October 15th and November 12th Sunday afternoons from 1-3pm.

Canvas design area is 11 x 15 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 $238.00. If you’re attending in person, there is an additional $15 per lesson fee.
You will need 15 x 19 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 $125 non refundable deposit will be required. Balance due at the first class.

You can sign up online here or give us a call at 410.296.0405.  Sign up quick so that you get one of the first canvases painted.

Hope you love him.

P.S.  In other news, row of ladies is almost ready.  Waiting for a few deliveries and then we will be rolling that one out.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Birds! More Birds!

You know how much we love zecca canvases.  One of our new favorites is her flock of hanging birds.  How cool are these?  They come two to a canvas so you can finish just two as ornaments, all six as ornaments or hang them as a mobile or as a long wonderful string of birds.  No matter which you choose they are quick to stitch.

We documented Karen's stitches so there are guides for each of the pairs.  Here's the first one!

Two Birds #1.  Love Karen's choice of threads and stitches.

Here are the birds hanging from a column.  Pretty cool!

Stay tuned for the other pairs of birds.  Each one is happier than the next.  If you would like a flock or a pair, give us a call at 410.296.0405 or order Two Birds #1 here.


Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Blue Bird of Happiness

The Blue Bird of Happiness, that's what I'm calling this piece now.  It's simply happy.  The stitches are fun, the colors are bright.  It's perfect for summer.

Ellen Giggenbach is one of our favorite artists and we really don't stitch enough of her pieces.  I think we need to remedy that.  Her style is very graphic.  She is a cut paper illustrator.  However there are times when other details are added bringing more texture to the piece.  Sometimes those layers are translucent, layered one on top of the other to make new colors and textures.

This was one of those times.  I loved all the random black lines through the bird's body.  So my job was to figure out how to create that without telling you to stitch random lines!  

So, a brand new stitch to the rescue and voilá I think we achieved the goal.  Of course I threw in a few other tricks just to make it special.

The background is another interesting area.  It is layers of shapes.  Stitch them all the same or all different.  That is the question.  I chose to do a little of each.  The stitch flows through the background areas but at the same time it morphs and lightens.  And we get to play with two different Color Dreams Floche colors!

Here we are, lesson one complete.  If you haven't joined the fun, give us a call or order online here.  We have a few canvases in stock and can send you lesson one now or send it with the final lesson in two weeks.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

New Artist, New Needlepoint!

It's silly hot out, so what will make us happy?  New needlepoint.

Allow me to introduce our newest artist. Mattye Hamilton!  She is a painter and print-maker living in Baltimore.  I fell in love with her paintings of ladies and knew you would love them too.

We have a fun collection of 8 canvases, all the same size. A doable 6.5 x 9.25" on 18ct.  You can stitch them in basketweave for stunning results or consider light threads and beads with open stitches to let all of that beautiful art show through.

I would love to see several of these stitched and framed simply on a wall.

There's more on the website.  Take a look and see what you think. 


P.S.  Maybe tomorrow will be cooler

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Kinga Nichols is coming to the beehive!

Woo Hoo!

It's a party!  Our dear friend Kinga Nichols is coming to teach at the beehive!  She was here last year and we fell in love with her projects and techniques.

Kinga is a bead embroidery teacher extraordinaire.  Not only is bead embroidery super fun and gratifying because you can make pretty jewelry it gives you all sorts of ideas for how to take your needlepoint to the next level.  Remember that flower in the middle of the owl with key canvas.  That's bead embroidery!

So without further ado here are Kinga's classes for this October.

Dark Side of the Moon Bracelet
It’s elegant, it’s modern and it’s simple. because sometimes simplicity is perfection. The repetition of elements creates pleasing harmony. The subtle layers of color and texture make is just right.  You will select your colors in class for this bracelet so if silver and turquoise aren't your thing, change it up.
Friday, October 6, 2017

Class will be 11-5pm.
Cost $225. Kit included.  Lunch and desert will be provided each day.

Class size is limited. Please sign up early to reserve your space. 
A $125 non refundable deposit will be required.

Sail Bracelet
I love this bracelet;  its designed around one beautiful stone!  Kits available in three colorways, K2 jasper (blue and white), chrysocholla (turquoise), and stone canyon jasper (orange brown).  Select your kit or kits before class to guarantee you get the color you want.  There are limited numbers of each available.
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Class will be 11-5pm.
Cost $225. Kit included.  Lunch and desert will be provided each day.

Class size is limited. Please sign up early to reserve your space. 
A $125 non refundable deposit will be required.

Design with Kinga!

This is going to be so much fun!  Kinga is preparing a super special just for us inspiration box of beads and goodies. Focal cabochons, specialty beads, seed beads, backing materials.  All the best stuff.  We can then play!  Start with a focal and build from there.  Will it be a necklace, a bracelet, earrings, a piece to add to that special needlepoint.  Ask questions, test drive ideas, Kinga is here to help.  You can do this.  Don’t stress over the design, have fun!
Sunday, October 8, 2017

Class will be 11-5pm.
Cost $265. Kit included.  Lunch and desert will be provided each day.

Class size is limited. Please sign up early to reserve your space. 
A $165 non refundable deposit will be required.

Sign up by August 6th for TWO or more classes and receive  $20 discount off each class.

Please bring typical beading supplies to class; beading needles (we love tulip needles), sharp pointy scissors, zapper, bead surface, light and magnification if needed.  8lb nanofil or 6lb fireline
We will have all of these things available for purchase should you need them.
If you would like to sign up, give us a call 410.296.0405!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Our Steampunk Witch

Look at what Brenda Stofft designed just for us!  How cool is this?  Our very own Steampunk Witch. 

Isn’t she great?  And by "she" I mean both Brenda Stofft and the witch.

I have so many ideas for how we will stitch her.  The elves (read Megan) have started stitching her following my ideas and she’s smashing.  You will love her.  At 10” x 14” on 18ct, she is big enough to be impressive but not too big.

Join us for class either in person or long distance and receive the canvas, a complete stitchguide, all necessary threads, beads, embellishments and the requisite surprises.

We will stitch her together over 3 days August 18-20.  Class will be 11-5pm each day.  Class is $375 plus the canvas ($300) and the necessary threads etc.

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

Hope to see you in class, we always have a fun time.  If you can’t join us in person, we are happy to send you a kit.


Monday, July 10, 2017

The Big Reveal!

Here we are with the last lesson of the Owl with Key by Sandra Vargas and you get to see what was in my head all along!

I know, my head is a scary place some days.  So many ideas!  Some better than others, LOL.  This was a good one.  So fun to do and different.

I loved the flower in the center of the owl's tummy so it needed to be really special.  I already had ribbons planned for the white flowers so it was time for something really different.  The flower is bead embroidered with a wonderful Czech button in the center and pearls and new shaped beads.  It's very fun to do. 

This flower would make a great pin to wear in the spring or a fun pendant, or a focal flower in a needlepoint garden.  Let me know if we should think about kitting it as it's own thing outside of the Owl needlepoint.

I added a few more embroidered motifs to the background and I'm happy with the balance now.

The owl's eyes are felt.  I even die cut them for you :-)  Aren't you glad I didn't decide to completely bead the eyes?

The sweet white flowers are ribbon and Straw Silk with sparkly Swarovski crystals in the center.

There you have it, we're ready for the next adventure.

I'm working on the next girl in the Row of Ladies.  Wait until you see here hair.  My goal pending thread arrivals is to ship her in the next couple of weeks.

Happy Sunday


P.S.  If you would like us to send you an Owl with Key kit, give us a call at 410.296.0405 or order online here.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a bird!

Our next Mystery Class is just around the corner.  We need something happy and sunny.  Let's stitch a bird!  What about a happy blue bird from ellen giggenbach?  The design size is 7.25 x 9.5 handpainted on 18ct.  Classes will be July 23rd and August 6th.  Just two lessons.  We'll keep this one nice and light and airy, perfect for summer.

If you would like to join the fun of one of our mysteries you can sign up here, or by giving us a call at 410.296.0405.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Follow the yellow brick road......

We're off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of Oz!

The lovely girls from the Oz Girls canvas have all been reimagined on individual canvases!  Glinda and the Wicked Witch have even joined the fun.

Just look at all the yummy threads and beads. All canvases are complete with stitch guides.  Designs are 9" in diameter on 18ct canvas.

A couple of people are already stitching these;  I'll be sure to share pictures when they finish.



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