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This week's tutorial video is for the Plaited Stitch Variation. It's a great stitch to add some dimension to your painted canvas while letting that beautiful paint peek through!

Plaited Stitch Variation - Vimeo

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Happy #MustWatchMonday! I hope a little bead play will ease you back into the week after the holiday weekend. The alternating continental with beads creates a really lovely look for glass elements on your canvas - there are two example canvases featured in this video. Learn the technique, then have some fun with it!

Alternating Continental with Beads - Vimeo

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This week instead of a video tutorial for a particular stitch, I'm doing a little walkthrough for how to select stitches and fibers for your canvas. People often ask me how I make these selections, and this video is an insight into the process. My hope is that after watching this you'll feel empowered to bring your canvas to life!

Choosing the Right Stitches For A Canvas - Vimeo

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Summer is officially here, and if you're stitching a beachy canvas I have just the stitch for you! The Wave Darning Pattern lets you bring beautiful movement to water, and you control the water's "turbulence" with your stitch length. Give it a try!

Wave Darning (variation) Pattern - Vimeo

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I've come across a new favorite accessory that I just have to share! We received a group of clear plastic zippered pouches (think kit keeper style) that are just perfect for threads and accessories to accompany a canvas on the go! With any purchase of canvas or threads over $75, we'll personalize one with your name and send it with your order! Scroll down to see what I loaded into mine :) Classes and clubs don't count towards your spending total, but trunk show, preorder, and in stock canvas and thread all qualify!

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This week's #MustWatchMonday is a beautiful ribbon embellishment - the Spider Web Rose! Large or small, once you have the technique down it'll be easy to make these fabulous roses on any canvas you choose!

Spider Web Rose - Vimeo

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The next bit of Anniversary Month fun is here! Buy 1 In Stock Painted Canvas, Get 1 Half Off! This excludes classes/clubs/trunk shows, and the discount is automatically applied to your cart at checkout. We just received a shipment of new canvases, so there are tons of options available! 
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Today's #MustWatchMonday is pulled right out of a class lesson! This technique was used as the edge of the bustier in "Fallen Angel", and just yesterday I used it for some really fun hair in "Shop til You Drop, Dead" (picture below). You can use this in a variety of applications since you can change the curve and flow of the beaded strands using the stem stitch style. Enjoy!

Fallen Angel Bustier Edge Detail (Stem with Beads) - Vimeo

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This week's tutorial video demonstrates Byzantine Over One - a handy little stitch for when you need pattern but don't have a lot of space. This makes great clouds! Try it out!

Byzantine Over One - Vimeo

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8 years ago today, the doors to BeStitched Needlepoint opened for the first time, and my life has never been the same! In those 8 years, far more than just a business has flourished. Opening BeStitched has lead to friendships that have helped me to weather all of the crazy storms that life can bring, more beautiful projects than I can count, and an ever-expanding group of passionate stitchers. Thank you for sharing your passion with me. Thank you for letting me have a business and a job that I truly love. Here's to many more years on this wonderful adventure!

To celebrate today, we're offering a "Spend more, Save more" discount on In Stock Canvas & Accessories. Spend $50, Save $5. Spend $100, Save $20. Spend $150, Save $37.50. Your discount will be automatically applied at checkout. Trunk Show & Stands are not included in reaching your total.

Each order over $100 today will receive a Notre Dame round canvas - no exclusions on that total! Pick up a Swivel Ball Stand for $275, shop the final day of May Trunk Shows, and check out Scott Church's June Trunk Show. It all counts towards the free Notre Dame round. :)

PS -- "Must Watch Monday" will be "Tune in Tuesday" this week, and our tutorial video will be released tomorrow!

This week will also begin our summer hours in the Shop, which are as follows: Sunday & Monday: Closed, Tuesday-Friday 10-2, Saturday 10-4.
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