Monday, August 21, 2017

Techniques, techniques and more techniques

When I asked Brenda Stofft to design a steampunk witch just for us I never dreamed it would be this spectacular.  The canvas is gorgeous!  That goes without saying.  All of Brenda's canvases are spectacular but this one really captured my heart.

I love the colors, the details, just everything about it.  And then I started designing the stitches.  The planets aligned and I was smitten.  This is just so much fun to stitch.  There isn't a lot of any one thing so I didn't have a chance to get bored.  We all know my attention span or lack there of. 

What happened next was totally unexpected.  One area asked for a special magical technique and then another and another and another.  There are so many different things to experiment with in this canvas.  Leather applique, shibori ribbon, wirelace, needle painting, beads, repousse.  You name it, it's in here.

In my mind, it's all about the right thread or technique for the area to create the dimension the art needs.

Look at this owl and the bat hanging from the pumpkin.  Totally steampunk.

I really like designing clothing on canvases.  Lots of fun little details.

The wolf is long and short stitched with Burmilana.  Good progress was made in class on the wolf.

I demonstrated all the techniques.

 Ellen finished her corset!  Look at all she got done in three days!

 Everyone had fun.

 Some students even dressed the part.  That's dedication.  Fur in August in Baltimore!

Sheena made the trip from Cleveland.  We set up her magical zero gravity recliner so that her back didn't give her fits and all was good.

Thank you everyone who attended class.  I can't think of a better way to spend a weekend then with you girls!


P.S.  We have canvases in stock so if you would like a witch of your very own, give us a call at 410.296.0405 or order here.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Kimberly Lost Her Marbles

Join us September 16 & 17th as Kimberly works her magic on the first of her Marble series of canvases. 

Oh My!  This is going to be so fun.  Great colors.  Great threads.  Great stitches and an imagination that only Kimberly has.  There are beads, there are bullions, there is string art and more!

Class will be 11-5 each day.  Lunch and desert will be provided.

Cost for the two day class is $295 plus the cost of the canvas ($180) and all necessary supplies.  A $250 non refundable deposit it required for sign up.

And just in case you want to see how magical this is.....

Oh my, it's magic.  Hope you can join us.  If you have to miss the party we can always send a kit.


Friday, August 11, 2017

You Asked For It

After many years of requests we have finally translated the 4 iStitches apps from the iOS platform to the android platform!  Let the happy dancing begin.

I'm quite excited to offer this.  There has always been the great divide between mac and pc.  Now for stitching at least, the divide is smaller.  :-)

There are 4 apps all with different stitches.  These are the same stitches as in my books.

Each app features:
  • 300 Stitches for needlepoint or any type of needlework and are arranged both Alphabetically and by Stitch Type: Straight, Diagonal, Crossed & Tied, Eye, Decorative or Darning Patterns.
  • Scroll through the stitch diagrams one at a time, use our handy indexes or search for a stitch by name.
  • Diagrams can be enlarged.

Here's the page on our website that houses all the links for all 4 apps on both platforms.  Click here iOS apps take you to the app store and Android apps take you to google play.

I'm curious to see how many android users are needlepointers vs iphone users.  Time will tell.

Have fun.  Now you can have your stitches with you 24/7 no matter which platform you prefer.


Wednesday, August 09, 2017

A Finished Blue Bird

As promised, our Blue Bird Mystery was a quickie.  Two short lessons with lots of fun stitches and it's complete.

I'm not sure what my favorite part was.  The flowers and leaves are long stitches, crescents and Raised Close Herringbone!  YAY!  quick and dramatic.

The fun shapes in the sky are composite stitches.  Layers of pattern.  Love that.

And then there's the wing!  Complete with fluffy feathers and beads.  Too sweet. 

All of those fun components came together to make this happy little bluebird.

The canvas is by ellen giggenbach and is now available as a complete kit.  If you would like a blue bird of your very own.  You can order it here, or just give us a call at 410.296.0405.

Next up in the Mystery Class class queue is Boo! by David Galchutt.  OMG its a fabulous canvas.  So many things we can do to make him fun!  Here's the link if you would like to join the party..... Boo!

More pretty stuff to follow


Saturday, August 05, 2017

Purple Brocade, hmmmm

How to stitch purple brocade? That was the fun of the gown on the 4th girl at our party. 

This is Row of Ladies II by Lee.  It is one of the Mystery with a Twist classes that we offer.  Sign up for a Mystery with a Twist and every so often you will receive a package with a portion of the stitch guide and the appropriate threads, beads and embellishments. Stitch the lesson and then move to another fun project while you wait for the next twist to arrive. 

The answer to how I chose to stitch the purple brocade was beads! Lots of beautiful purple and gold beads :-)  The fun part is that the beads are two different sizes.  The purple are size 11 and the gold are size 14/15.  It makes for a great texture.

The bottom of her dress is a soft wavy pattern of silk and metallic in a yummy fuchsia.

Her headdress sparkles with large splashy Swarovski crystals.  Who could say no to that?

We have shipped as many kits as we could.  We are waiting for a Treenway silk to finish up the remaining kits and then they will be on their way!

If you would like to join the fun of our Row of Ladies, you can sign up here or give us a call at 410.296.0405.

Tomorrow will be the final lesson of the blue bird.  Stay tuned to see the fun.


Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Want to make a flower?

Sometimes there is a project hiding inside of a project.  

OK, in my world there's always a project hiding inside of a project but that's another story.

This time it's a fun project that was hiding inside another fun project!  Woo Hoo!

Would you like to learn how to make this pretty sparkly flower?  It has a Czech button in the center and all sorts of fun beads surrounding it.  With this kit you will learn how to bezel a button, embellish it and finish the edges.   From there, you can turn it into a fun pin, applique it onto clothing or use it on your needlepoint.

This all started with our last mystery class. The Owl with Key by Sandra Vargas.  The owl has a sparkly flower on her tummy.  That's when it came to me.  We should bead embroider the flower! And so we did.  

The flower was a super fun project hiding inside of the larger fun project.  :-) We had many requests for kits for the flower and are happy to make it happen.

You can order your Beaded Flower Kit here, or maybe you want to stitch the entire Owl.  He can be ordered here.

Hope you are having lots of sparkly stitchy fun.


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