Thursday, January 30, 2014

For Valentine's Day

Now that the lost needle problem has been resolved by all the beautiful decorative magnets on the market, it's time to deal with the issue of lost threaders.

I am addicted to using a threader, but because they aren't totally made of steel they keep slipping off of my magnets - pretty frustrating!  I "rigged" up a Muriel threader to use with one of our new magnet frames (originally designed for the smaller magnets in my collection). I'll be test driving it this weekend during the Tony Minieri class at Family Arts Needlework - hope it really works!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Designer

Say Hi! to Fat Blue Cat, from new designer Peggy O'Leary.  We will have him and more of his friends at the winter TNNA show - I just have to paint faster!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Thanksgiving Surprise

                                         #1059 Little Gobbler

Just saw this finished today at Family Arts Needlework....what a wonderful way to start the holiday!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Another Finish (but not by me)

                                          1063 - Fantasy Flowers

This piece was stitched by Sylvia Yoder with a stitch guide written by Tony Minieri....beautiful stitching and a great choice of stitches!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Be Your Own Jewelry Designer

                                         Magnetique cuff available from Tapestry Fair (c)
                                         Magnets by Accoutrement, Mag Friends, Puffin & Co.
                                         Additional bracelets from Lucky Star

If you have ever wondered what else to do with your growing magnet collection, here's an idea that's fun and functional - wear them!

These cuffs are handcrafted in the USA and are available in four different finishes - brushed nickel, chrome, copper or brass.  They are adjustable, and also have a place to hang a non-magnetic scissor fob if you'd like to add a dangle.

Choose a theme for a holiday or special occasion, or go for an eclectic look with a variety of your favorite magnets and fobs - you're the designer!  Wear it to class  or out to dinner - the possibilities are endless.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

A Holiday Finish

                                           1088-A  Sugar Skull Mask

This should be back from the finisher just in time for Halloween and Day of the Dead (fingers crossed).

The two Kanzashi flowers had to be adapted from the original instructions because of their size (these are only about 3/4" in diameter), but worked really well once I figured out how to make it happen.  I must admit that they were a little difficult to do, but that is probably due to the length of my fngernails.  And, a special thank you to Lisa Kessler at BeStitched for the idea of using scrapbooking brads for the flower centers!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Meet Yolanda

                                                      MS-8    11" x 14"       #18 canvas

The newest addition to the Manuel Salas collection.  She is the same size as the others, so would make a great companion piece.