Thursday, June 5, 2014

Summer Solstice Handmaker's Fair

On Saturday June 21st LadeeBee is host to 6 talented exhibitors in celebration of the Summer Solstice.

We welcome the following makers
Morning Makers 11:30-5:30

Jane Mikas
Jane Mikas has been painting scenes of Bloor West Humber Valley and High Park area for 12 years using various media. She has also worked in the costume jewelry industry on the design and production level. Her creative urges don't stop there. She recently decided to combine the two areas using prints of her art work she encapsulates miniature replicas under glass. Her wearable art is for those that are looking for a down to earth vintage urban style.
You can find her art at janemikas.com
For painting and ceramic classes please contact jane@janemikas.com



Evening Makers
6-Midnight

Miss L. Any creates one of a kind jewelry using Czech crystals, semi precious gems, and unique artisan designed pendants. 

Inspired by the wonderful designer fabrics that Kelly has collected at the Textile Museum of Canada's fundraising sales, she has created a line of bags in a number of styles. Lightweight and practical, her bags are made with hard wearing, luxe upholstery fabrics, heavy duty nylon lining, quality hardware, and have plenty of pockets. each bag is made with a unique combination of texture and colour, and is designed and made in Toronto, Canada. 


King Berries
Yummy chocolate dipped treats for the whole family!

More details coming on Miss L Any and Kelly Mullan Bags

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday: Beaded Summer Headband (or Collar) by Tersa P Designs

It has been a while since we've done a Tutorial Tuesday! We've got a great summer project to get you in the mood for crocheting with beads. Make them for yourself, your friends, kids, nieces, and granddaughters. Today's tutorial features a Beaded Summer Headband (or Collar). This tutorial was created by Teresa Didone-Passaretti of Teresa P Designs.

Materials
Cascade Ultra Pima Fine Cotton 50g
3.5mm crochet hook, 1.25mm hook
assorted large hole glass beads

With the 3.5mm hook, chain 60
1 sc in each chain to end; chain 1 and turn
Next row *1sc, place beads* repeat across row

To insert a bead, start to do your sc by inserting hook into the stitch being worked, wrap yarn around hook and pull the loop through.
 Remove stitch from the hook and pick up a bead with the 1.25mm hook and grab the loop just made as shown above.
Push the bead further down the hook onto the loop and replace the loop back onto the 3.5mm hook.

Continue with your sc.
Repeat across the entire row until the last stitch. Do a sc, but without the bead. Ch1 and turn.
You will be facing the back of the headband now. Sc in the first stitch.

Now do a sc in the front loop of the next stitch and in each stitch across row, ending 1 stitch before the end. Sc in last stitch
Note: When sc in the front loop (the loop closest to you), make sure you insert the hook from the bottom of the stitch. 
Turn work, ch 1. Now work 1 dc in each sc across the top of the headband. When you get to the end work 1 sc in each of the 2 sc of the end. See photo below to see where each of the 2 sc should go.
Continue across the other side with 1dc in each sc, fasten off.


When you fasten off you should end up at the same point where your tail from the start of the project is. Tie the two tails together and weave in the ends. 

At this point your project should be long enough to add a jewelry clasp and wear as a collar/choker
To turn it into a headband, you will need to add ties. Reattach the yarn at one end, with the back of your work facing you and do 1 sc in each sc. 
 Turn and do 1sc in each of 3 sc. Now chain 40


When you get to the end of the chain, work back by making 1sc in each ch. When you reach the edge of the headband, sc across the last 3sc on the end and fasten off. Weave in ends. Repeat for the other end. 
 An 80 chain tie (40 on each side) should be big enough for most head sizes. You could always attach a ribbon to each side, if you prefer.



Wear and enjoy!

Monday, May 26, 2014

The Junction Summer Solstice Festival + Scrabble Night @LadeeBee Saturday June 21

What better way to celebrate the longest day of the year than with a Solstice Festival right here in the Junction. Festivities will be taking place from noon - midnight. This event is being held by the Junction BIA, so businesses up and down the strip between Keele St and Quebec Avenue will be participating by being open for late night shopping. This same evening LadeeBee is hosting our first Scrabble Night. So stop by and join us for a game or two.

Scrabble Night
Saturday June 21 7-midnight
Attention Scrabble fans! Bring your snacks, your knitting and your Scrabble board and get ready for a late night of gaming at LadeeBee. This is a FREE event!


 Scrabble Night RSVP

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Mother's Day Exhibit: Tea Time

LadeeBee's Sunday Stitching Bee Presents: Tea Time, A Cozy Exhibit

Join us on Sunday May 11th 12-5 for refreshments and to admire the work of the Sunday Stitching Bee knitters and crocheters. We've been busy making cozies of all sorts and we want to show them off! Bring your mom, your daughter, your friends. Save 10% off your entire purchase all day long!
This teapot and cozy was rescued from my late Nana's house. She was a lovely knitter, crocheter, and all around crafter. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Yarn Feature: Sakura Cotton

Sakura Cotton by Estelle is considered an aran weight yarn. It consists of 218 yards or 199 meters per 100 gram skein. It is made up of 50% cotton, 30% rayon, and 20% silk. It is a plied yarn and has a gradual colour shift, making it self striping. It comes in 6 colourways. There are currently 7 free patterns to support this yarn on Estelle's website.

I knit the Triangle Shawl in the Norikura colourway. This pattern requires 2 skeins, for a total cost of $26. This is a versatile project as it can be worn as a shawl, scarf, or beach cover up. The pattern is easily extendable if you'd like to add a 3rd or even 4th skein as Kay Lynne did below.

This is Cheryl's Triangle Shawl knit in Ontake colourway
Triangle Shawl in Norikura colourway

Triangle Shawl knit by Kay Lynne with 4 skeins in the Minami colourway.
We currently have 5 of the six colourways in stock. Each skein retails for $13. Come by to pick up this great yarn and knit yourself up a spring shawl!


Friday, February 28, 2014

Grand Reopening: Saturday April 5th


LadeeBee will be moving into both levels at 3079B Dundas Street West. Wise Daughters last day in operation is Saturday March 31st. Stop by between now and the end of March to find some great deals on your favorite handmade items by local artists. LadeeBee will be closed from  Monday March 31st - Wednesday April 2nd for renovations. Mark your calendars for Saturday April 5th for the relaunch of LadeeBee. Bring the whole family and enjoy complimentary refreshments, crafty activities and browse lots of new products. Check out our Facebook event page!

Friday, February 14, 2014

What`s New in February

We are excited about the newly arrived wool rovings hand dyed by TurtlePurl! We have restocked and now have a lovely supply for you to spin into scrumptious yarns or to felt into beautiful projects.


In the jewelry supplies department I'm thrilled to announce we now carry Hyperlynks products. Hyperlynks is a small Canadian business. They hand cut jump rings and create stunning chainmaille kits. I have chosen a selection of beginner kits to get you going on your chainmaille journey. Come and check them out!
Oceanview Mobius Bracelet Kit
We continue to expand our Sublime Stitching products and have almost 20 different iron on embroidery patterns for you to choose from. We are also restocked on Sublime floss and sew in labels.

Fifty "new" antique/vintage keys landed on our doorstep a couple of weeks ago. These are great for jewelry making, journaling, scrapbooking, and for visual art pieces. 


If you don't see something you want or need let us know! We'd be happy to add it to our ever-growing inventory.