Monday, September 18, 2017

We found our Marbles!

The one and only Kimberly was here this weekend teaching the first of her marble designs.  Like all things Kimberly it is colorful and fun.  There's a lot packed into a not so big design.  It's only 8" square so totally manageable.

 Just look at all this yumminess.  The colors are divine.  We used lots of beads and fun threads.

She demonstrated how to make nice fluffy Twisted Lady Daisy Stitches.  They are super cool.

As a special treat she brought a mini gallery show for us to see.  These are on their way to the Swalebrook Studio and Gallery in Tunkhannock, PA for a special exhibit and class next month.  It was so fun to have a little preview.    

If you missed class but would like a kit, we have canvases and supplies in stock.  You can order here or give us a call at 410.296.0405

Thanks for visiting.


P.S. Johnny says hi.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Yes, More Birds

I posted a month or so ago about a series of zecca birds that are just too cool.  First they are zecca, second they are quirkly and third they are uber colorful.  What's not to love?  The birds are 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 second pair!

Two Birds #2. 

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

Stay tuned for the final pair 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 #2 here.


P.S.  In case you missed the first birds, here they are.

Sunday, September 10, 2017


Wow, what a week.  We've all be on high alert thinking about our friends in Florida. 

Our wholesale tradeshow is this weekend in Dallas.  I've already posted sneak peeks on Instagram and facebook of two pieces that I selected for Mystery Classes and our Thanksgivng workshop. YAY!  Lots of fun stuff coming.

Today was lesson two of Boo! by David Galchutt.  The canvas is coming along.  I really like where we are going.  I'm behind in my stitching but that's okay, we'll get there.

Today was all about his face.  The goal was creating depth on the skeleton's face while using fun stitches and of course Glow in the Dark threads! 

He's looking pretty spooky!

I realized that I forgot to post the matching snap tray and scissor fob.  Both are available if you would like the matching "go-withs."  The snap tray even glows!

Next lesson is in two weeks.  It's not too late to join the fun.  Here's the link if you would like to order now or give us a call at 410.296.0405.  We have canvases in stock.


Thursday, September 07, 2017

Contemporary Geometric Beadwork with Kim Van Antwerp

You all know I love beads.  Not only do I love beads, I love all things beady.

There are many bead artists who are exploring beadwork that is made from geometric shapes.  It's all one stitch, peyote.  It can be triangles or squares. It's colorful, it's wearable and it can MOVE!  This is too cool.  It's math.  It's geometry.  Ok, now I've probably scared you but this is cool and we can do this.

I've invited Kim Van Antwerp to join us for 3 days of beady fun.  She will be here the end of October so check your calendar and give us a call to sign up.  It's going to be a blast.  With her help we will learn the basics of Contemporary Beadwork.

Where we take it from there is entirely up to you.

Triangles & Cycles
October 27th

In this class we’ll explore geometric forms that can be built from simple peyote-stitch triangles, focusing on the popular kaleidocycle and flat-folding hexaflexagons. Either can be made as a wearable piece of mathematical art.

When I say the beadwork can move, this is what I mean.  Again, too cool!

Class packet includes:
• Postcard with basic triangle threadpath.
• Printed graph paper of triangles arranged into ‘hex faces’ so you can design your own.
• Directions for making hinges and how to arrange triangles into mirror tetrahedra.
• A fully laid-out folding net diagram for triangle placement.
• Diagrams for folding puzzle bracelets, aka Hexaflexagons.
• An all-new set of triangle/hex face designs.

We’ll also talk in class about decreasing triangles into dimensional puffs and making large triangles to ‘explode’ into sets which can be used as casting models for easy-starting bangle bracelets.

Class Fee $170 plus beads purchased in class. 

Warped Squares
October 28th

The dynamic peyote stitch square has a deceptively simple threadpath. There’s no trick to it, the tension of the thread makes it leap into the air of its own accord. It happily folds along the diagonals, too, opening the door to exciting, dimensional design!

Class packet includes:
• Postcard with basic warped square threadpath.
• Patterns for five pairs of coordinated squares, new for 2017.
• Two pairs of brass swivels and earwires.
• Printed graph paper of squares so you can design your own.
• Handout showing ways to join squares into bracelets and wearable machines.
• Origami directions for folding paper warped squares.

We’ll get started with the basic square and then move forward into puffs, machines, joined bangles, and explosions, both partial and full. We’ll look at casting models and how they can be used to easily start CGB-style peyote-stitch bangle bracelets. And we’ll talk about color and pattern in designing warped squares.

Class Fee $170 plus beads purchased in class.

Delighful Daggers Earrings or Bracelet
October 29th

This versatile component is made of peyote stitch with increases, similar to the Warped Square, but is worked around a starting strip of modified Right Angle weave. The increases create a crease for folding the beadwork into this handsome arrowhead shape.

Class Kit includes full-color, stepped-out instructions which include how-to for both applications, beads in assorted colorways to choose from, and student’s choice of sterling silver earwires or hammered bronze cuff finding.

The technique of beading around the MRAW band is fun and fascinating, and I’ll bring samples of variations on this pattern.

Class Fee $185.

Check your calendars and consider joining us.  It's certain to be a fun and colorful time!


Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Newest of the New

So what else are we launching at Dallas?  Inquiring minds want to know.

Eleanor Grosch has added more birds, an amazing tiger and ballerinas to her line!  Oh my!  So cool.  I love Eleanor's style as the large graphic areas lend themselves so easily to large areas of one stitch or fun accents of beads.  Nothing wrong with that idea.

Just for fun, check out all of Eleanor's great canvases here.  There's something for everyone.

More great stuff coming.


Saturday, September 02, 2017

Foxy Foxes

Darling Dogs and Crazy Cats

Who would have expected dogs, cats and foxes from the super talented Sharon Hendy-Moman when we are used to seeing geishas!  These sure are cute.

These are just a few of the brand new canvases. 


All are handpainted on 18ct mono at approximately 7" x 11".  Totally stitchable size!

Hope you love them.

You can see all of Sharon's canvases here.


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