Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunday Sampler on "Read My Pins"

READ MY PINS- The Madeleine Albright Collection
November 23, 2013 to April 20, 2014
Phoenix Art Museum

 I just wanted to remind everyone that this exhibit is coming to an end on April 20, 2014.
 The museum overview states
 "When former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright vocally opposed Sadaam Hussein’s unwillingness to comply with UN inspections, government-owned Iraqi newspapers called her an “unparalleled serpent.” When Secretary Albright was next scheduled to meet with Iraqi officials, she reached into her jewelry box and selected a gold pin featuring a serpent coiled around a branch, and the legend began. Throughout her career as UN Ambassador and Secretary of State under the Clinton Administration, Secretary Albright used the colorful, attention-grabbing pins she had amassed to quietly communicate volumes. Now, that incredible collection of pins, including antiques and fine jewelry pieces alongside costume jewelry by unknown designers, will make its way to Phoenix Art Museum. The exhibition, which first premiered at New York City’s Museum of Arts and Design, features more than 200 pins, each selected by Secretary Albright to communicate a message or a mood during and after her diplomatic tenure. From fish to flags, jewel-encrusted hearts to pins honoring suffragettes, this collection reflects the unique style and brilliant personality of a woman who learned to leverage every avenue of communication in the fine art of diplomacy."

 Lots of color, texture and ideas for using beads when you see these pins- so do take the time to view this exhibit.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sunday Sampler on SERENGETI

" Invoking the colors of Africa, Serengeti is a study in adjusting stitch elements to fit an area, rather than just compensating. Forty-five blocks of various sizes provide interest and diversity with multiple stitch variations. Threads used to create Serengeti are derived from an over dyed Waterlilies using a variety of silk, bamboo, and metallic threads. Come join us on the journey! "  is Pamela Harding's description of this class.

Talented Pamela Harding designed this piece which will be taught  at the shop in a series of classes starting April 26,2014. Home study available also .
There is a great article about Pamela  of Needlepoint Now. Not only  accomplished in needlepoint , Pamela is working on her teacher certification for Japanese Embroidery. I enjoyed a Japanese Embroidery class we both were in  and observed first hand her exquisite stitching. 

The design will be offered both on congress cloth and 18 mesh canvas.  It is 9"x9" on congress cloth and 12"x12" on 18 mesh canvas.

Call the shop to register.   

480-551 1423

See you in class!