Wednesday, October 31, 2012

One more purse to show you

Here is my brown butterfly purse, another great Melissa Shirley design. I just love the color of the brown leather and design of this bag with just the right length of straps .

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Inspiration from Folk Art Market

I was lucky this weekend to attend a Folk Art Market where there were many things to give me inspiration when stitching. The colors, the textures and the unique styles that are used in these art forms were amazing. 
 This is an Arpillera, a three dimensional appliqu├ęd picture that tells the story of life in Peru. This one is a market scene.  i just finished a piece where I padded from the back which gives the impression of applique. There will be an article in the newsletter on this technique.
For you sugar skull collectors ,here are some pictures you will enjoy.


I can just see using  these designs  on the  following canvases with ribbons, beads ,and  metallic threads.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Red Tote Bag

 Purses and totes are among my favorite things. I stitched this wonderful canvas  and had this tote specially designed to hold my Japanese embroidery tools and thread cases. It has a variety of  pockets that will be easy to access. I can hardly wait to show it off when our group stitches tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A Southwest canvas -before and after

 Here is this wonderful canvas designed by Kirk and Hamilton , two talented Brits.
 It is a unique southwest design with the chilies superimposed on the  gold design.. 
The sage green border complements but does not detract  from the center design.
 This piece was stitched in basket weave which allowed the design to be important
not the stitches. The perfect trim  was found with the same greens and cream to 
add to the edge. We finished it as a stand up as requested by this talented stitcher.
 It will sit on a carved  bookshelf  for all to enjoy.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

More about Fall

I am enjoying this fall season.Here is the wreath on one of my doors in celebration of Fall.

This is such a special fall plant. These "Chinese Lanterns" look just like little

A wonderful fall display at one of my favorite nurseries.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Fall is my favorite time of year

My favorite season has always been fall. I love the colors and the crispness in the air - time for warm apple cider by the  fireplace. I thought you would enjoy these pictures. And yes, that is snow on those mountain tops in Montana.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Pillows galore!

This week many pillows were finished for our customers.

The Princess initial pillow was stitched by a dear Grandmother for a special granddaughter. A lovely Great Grandmother stitched the two tooth fairy pillows. They will be well used and cherished by these families.
The colors in the Klimt design are bold and will go well with the stitcher's decor. She is busy stitching another geometric design in rich browns,rusts and

Monday, October 15, 2012

Hobo Bag

This great hobo bag just came back from the finishers. The leather is buttery
soft. My customer did a super job stitching this piece and will get many compliments when she carries the bag. The zipper pocket on the outside
is an added bonus.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Broom Parking Class

Delightful Carolyn Hedge Baird is here this weekend for the Broom Parking Class. She is a fun and relaxed teacher with lots of great ideas .

 The package of embellishments to place on the canvas was exciting to
go through and made it hard to wait to start using the ribbons, net and other goodies. If you have a chance, take one of Carolyn's classes . You will enjoy yourself and learn so much.  She is coming back in early 2013 to teach another class . Details will be posted next week.


Monday, October 8, 2012

Holiday Teapot Class

Three adorable canvases- Santa, nutcracker and snowman - to choose from.
All on 18 mesh with a design size of 5" x5" .
Finished model sits on a little stand but a hangar can be added to hang as an ornament.

See you in class!


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

October newsletter is here !

The October newsletter is full of great pictures, new products and good information on attaching embellishments. Here is the Link
              October newsletter

Click here to email your question to win a pair of Bohin Scissors .

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  Enjoy and see you soon!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Original design by an enthusiastic stitcher

One of the best things about stitching is seeing the work of others. Today one of our customers came in to choose  threads and I asked him what his latest project was. He pulled his own design out of his bag.
He had stitched southwest pottery using  magazine pictures as his inspiration. He currently is working on another Southwest design. I enjoy the enthusiasm of this stitcher as well as admire that he challenges himself . He works hard on the designs and perspective Stitch on, Kevin!