Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Shop News

The Bedecked and Beaddazzled shop newsletter is ready for viewing!  Ruth talks about using Milanese, previews classes and mystery designs and announces their first designer retreat with Zecca's Karen Hennessey.

Speaking of retreats, Blue Bonnet Studio's retreat for 2015 is now up on their website.   Enjoy browsing the wonderful classes available at this terrific venue.

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Adjust-a-Frames:  Two Half Frames 

A lot of folks don't like Evertite stretcher bars because of their expense and weight. For those who would like something along the same lines that is lighter and about two-thirds of the cost, there is the Adjust-a-Frame.  It is tightened using the same size hex wrench that Evertites use.  These wrenches can be picked up at the hardware store.  Just take one stretcher bar so you know which size to buy.  

Another View


From Anne Booher who has used the Adjust-a-Frames for years--

"Adjust-A-Frames do not have a web site. They are made by Mr. Coffman and 
it is strictly word of mouth as far as I know. You can reach the Coffmans 
at or (847) 639-4936. This is the information which comes on a sticker on each of his frames.

The frames are made out of light weight wood and are 1 1/2" wide and 
3/4" deep. You order them in half frame or whole frames sizes. In other 
words if I was ordering a set of 14 x 14,  I would get a full frame (4 sides) 14" 
long each. I email Mr. Coffman my order and he sends it 

out UPS, usually within a week. His wife sends the invoice out when the 
order is shipped and I send her a check."

Anne took photos of two pairs of Adjust-a-Frames for us so you can get a sense of what they look like and how they work.

Close Up of Screws and Holes
Many thanks to Anne and the other members of NP Etc. who provided the above information!  Also thanks to Canvases Be Gone for posting photos.

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Reports from Classes and Retreats

Despite all this nasty weather, people have been on the road, going to classes and retreats.  Luckily for us, after they get home, unpack and rest up, they report on the experience.  For those of us whose only travel is to the grocery store, post office, drug store and bank, these are much treasured glimpses of great fun.  

Vicky shows off some of the teachers and projects at the annual Blue Bonnet Studio's retreat in Texas.  Good luck with the cast on bullions!

Robin has been teaching at Nimble Needle Atlanta.  Look at all the threads she pulled for each canvas!  There are glimpses of some of the stitches she gave her students, too.    If you want to join in, she lists the class dates at the shop for 2014.

Classes and retreats are delightful but so are the reports. Thanks, Robin and Vicky!

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