2019 Seminar Classes

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  • Mini Class: Heartland Hardanger Heart

    Taught by Rebecca Lieser (view bio)
    October 29, 2019 | 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

    Tuesday evening mini-classes are presented by the Heartland Region and requires a separate registration form from the seminar registration. Cost of a class is $50 plus kit fee. Start your seminar off with one of these classes at the Marriott St. Louis Grand hotel.

    Hardanger embroidery comes from the Hardanger region of southwestern Norway. This form of hand-done openwork, known as Norwegian Drawn Work, dates back to the 1600’s. Traditional designs were stitched with white thread on white linen. Today, this traditional counted thread needle art is done on cotton hardanger fabric with two sizes of pearl cotton. In the Heartland Hardanger Heart class, students will create a small hardanger heart suitable for use as an ornament or for framing. Stitches for this project will include kloster blocks, buttonhole stitch, eyelets, woven bars and dove’s eyes.

    Technique: Hardanger
    Proficiency: All levels
    Kit Cost:  $11
    Design Area: Approximately 3” X 3”
    Kit Contents: Instructions, 22-count hardanger fabric, needles, #5 and #8 pearl cotton, hardanger reference book

    Student Provides: Sharp, finely, pointed scissors, 4” embroidery hoop (optional), light and magnification if needed

  • Mini Class: Girl with Pearls Bracelet

    Taught by Michele Kruse (view bio)
    October 29, 2019 | 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

    Tuesday evening mini-classes are presented by the Heartland Region and requires a separate registration form from the seminar registration. Cost of a class is $50 plus kit fee. Start your seminar off with one of these classes at the Marriott St. Louis Grand hotel.

    This is a bead weaving bracelet class for students of all levels of ability. Some participants will be able to finish the bracelet during the class. Others will leave with a working knowledge of all the steps to complete the bracelet on their own. Participants will learn a modified ladder stitch base with embellishment added with a circle stitch.  Various bead weaving tips will be presented throughout the class.

    Technique: Bead Weaving
    Proficiency: All levels
    Kit Cost: $45
    Design Area: approximately 1” wide x length to fit wrist
    Kit Contents: Michele Kruse created pattern, 4mm Swarovski pearls, 3mm Czech fire polished beads, 6/0 and 11/0 seed beads, clasp, needles, thread, bead mat

    Student Provides: Scissors for cutting thread, light and magnification, if needed

  • Mini Class: Thanksgiving Strawberry

    Taught by Sharon Maxwell (view bio)
    October 29, 2019 | 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

    Tuesday evening mini-classes are presented by the Heartland Region and requires a separate registration form from the seminar registration. Cost of a class is $50 plus kit fee. Start your seminar off with one of these classes at the Marriott St. Louis Grand hotel.

    Stitched on 32 count white Jobelan® over one fabric thread with one strand of floss, this Thanksgiving Strawberry includes pumpkins, a turkey, fall leaves along with three sailing ships to represent the coming to America. In class students will go over all instructions for stitching the strawberry. During class students will stuff a fabric practice strawberry and add a loop ribbon top. This will help when finishing the stitched strawberry. Students will have the option to add a felt turkey by cutting felt pieces and attaching to the outside of your stuffed strawberry.  

    Technique: Cross stitch over one thread
    Proficiency: Basic/Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $25
    Design Area: 2“strawberry
    Kit Contents: Sharon Maxwell created pattern, finishing instructions, 32-count Jobelan®, needle, thread, finishing materials for both the stitched and practice strawberry

    Student Provides: Usual stitching tools. Task light and magnification if needed

  • Mini Class: Trevelyon’s Needle Case

    Taught by Kathy Andrews (view bio)
    October 29, 2019 | 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

    Tuesday evening mini-classes are presented by the Heartland Region and requires a separate registration form from the seminar registration. Cost of a class is $50 plus kit fee. Start your seminar off with one of these classes at the Marriott St. Louis Grand hotel.

    Students will stitch a delightful needle case on fine linen twill using cotton floss.  Stitches include split stitch, padded satin stitch, stem stitch and basic silk shading.

    Technique: Silk shading, surface embroidery
    Proficiency: All levels
    Kit Cost: $50
    Design Area: 4” X 5”
    Kit Contents: Instructions, linen, DMC® floss, needle, wool flannel or felt, lining fabric, color flyer with historical information about the pattern

    Student Provides: additional size 8 embroidery needles, a ring frame/hoop frame that can be mounted on a table or seat stand in addition to their usual embroidery tools. Usual stitching supplies, lighting and magnification if needed

  • 201 Hardanger Fillings: A Sampling

    Taught by Jane Ellen Balzuweit (view bio)
    October 30, 2019 - October 31, 2019

    Presented as a notebook class, the student will make 16 different samples of fillings and 8 different kloster variations. Ideas for a set piece will be suggested in the student letter. If the student decides to make a biscornu, some filling designs will be squared off to fit in 2” squares.

    Technique: Hardanger embroidery
    Proficiency: Intermediate/Advanced
    Kit Cost: $35
    Design Area: Depends on linen choice
    Kit Contents: Instructional book

    Student Provides: Choice of linen (may be scraps or larger pieces) and threads to fit linen, usual stitching supplies

  • 202 Rescent

    Taught by Kurdy Biggs (view bio)
    October 30, 2019 - October 31, 2019

    Rescent – short for rose crescent angel – is a study of variations of crescent stitches. Bring Rescent to life with crescent stitches, along with Jessica’s, mistakes, and plaited ray stitches. Work these stitches with an array of lustrous threads, including Soie Perlee, Petite Silk Lame’ Braid, and Elegance® silks, Petite Very Velvet® Crystal Braid® and Sparkle!® and Accentuate, Kreinik and Treasure Braid® metallics. Rescent will be embellished with pearls, crystals, and beads to make this angel glimmer.

    Technique: Counted canvas
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $145
    Design Area: 8.3˝ x 8.6˝
    Kit Contents: Instructions, 18-count mono canvas, a wide array of Rainbow Gallery threads, metallics, other threads, beads, pearls, crystals, needles

    Student Provides:  15” x15” stretcher bars, tacks or staples, laying tool, frame stand/weight, usual stitching supplies, light (extension cord) and magnification, if needed

  • 203 The Berry Box

    Taught by Celeste Chalasani (view bio)
    October 30, 2019 - October 31, 2019

    Berries grow wild in Humboldt County, California. In late summer, plump and juicy berries can be found along roadsides, on the river banks and in the forest. In this class, students will learn intermediate stumpwork embroidery while couching wire, creating padded slips, wrapping beads and wire, and using needle lace techniques to create wild blackberries, blueberries and a strawberry.

    Technique: Stumpwork
    Prerequisite: Experience with surface embroidery encouraged
    Proficiency: Intermediate/Advanced
    Kit Cost: $45
    Design Area: 3˝ x 3˝
    Kit Contents: Instructions, silk shantung, cotton fabric, stranded silk and cotton threads, beads, felt, 33-gauge wrapped wire, needles

    Students Provides: 4” embroidery hoop; 9”x 9” Evertite frame or stretcher bars, OR 8” embroidery hoop; wire cutters; 6” ruler; white tissue paper; tweezers; acid free dark green felt tip marking pen; acid free glue stick; masking tape; mechanical pencil or Pigma® pen; small sharp scissors; scissors for cutting paper; sewing thread; needle threader; usual stitching supplies; magnification, highly recommended

  • 204 Organza Agapanthus [ENCORE]

    Taught by Gary Clarke (view bio)
    October 30, 2019 - October 31, 2019

    Worked on Japanese organza with one strand of Australian hand dyed silk, this piece is made up of simple stitches worked in such a way as to layer themselves on and under the organza. The embroidered organza floats above a foamcore stage with a thin stick of dried agapanthus stem. The background helps give the embroidery a floating look.

    Technique: Organza embroidery
    Proficiency: All
    Kit Cost: $70
    Design Area: 12” x 12˝
    Kit Contents: Instructions, Japanese organza, thread, organza, work frame, needle, DVD

    Student Provides: Scissors for threads, 2B mechanical pencil, sticky tape, usual stitching supplies, light and magnification, if needed

  • 205 Helen’s Secret Garden

    Taught by Carol Peao Currier (view bio)
    October 30, 2019 - October 31, 2019

    Designed as a fireplace screen for a special friend, Helen, the garden offers opportunities for experimentation and playing with different filling patterns. Explore the play of light and shadow and explore laid and woven stitches used in unique ways.

    Technique: Crewel
    Proficiency: Basic/Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $95
    Design Area: 10˝ x 5˝
    Kit Contents: Instructions, linen with design applied, crewel thread, metallic threads, needles, color photograph.

    Student Provides: 6” hoop (not plastic!) or stretcher bars 14” x 19”, tacks, usual stitching supplies

  • 206 Color Interactions in Embroidery [ENCORE]

    Taught by Katherine Diuguid (view bio)
    October 30, 2019 - October 31, 2019

    Be introduced to color theory of the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters and apply this knowledge to color mixing in embroidery. Be guided through a series of exercises to challenge your color mixing with thread utilizing basic embroidery stitches. Work on a sampler of basic stitches and compile a notebook of references and resources addressing embroidery and color theory.  

    Technique: Basic embroidery, create notebook on color mixing and theory
    Proficiency: All
    Kit Cost: $75
    Design Area: 8˝ x 8˝
    Kit Contents: Muslin, Valdani and Weeks Dye Works variegated cotton floss, needles, tissue paper

    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies

  • 207 Pieces of the Past

    Taught by Dawn Donnelly (view bio)
    October 30, 2019 - October 31, 2019

    Pieces of the Past is a journey into the world of steampunk. The stitches represent a needlepointer’s interpretation of this genre. After placing the rubber-stamped handmade paper and these selected stitches: Walnetto, medallions, herringbone, Amadeus, Casique, pinwheel, corset stitch, lacy Jessica, sprats head, eight-point star, fleur-de-lis and double fan, you will complete the design by adding beads, gears, charms and a metal lock.

    Technique: Canvaswork
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $130
    Design Area: 8˝ x 10˝
    Kit Contents: 18-count canvas, floss, #5 pearl cotton, Flair®, Watercolours®, Impressions®, Kreinik, Soy Luster, Spendor®, handmade paper, copper heart, beads, gears, lock, metal square, charms, needles

    Student Provides: 12”x14” stretcher bars – no scroll frame, small ruler, usual stitching supplies, light and magnification, if needed

  • 208 Spring’s Welcome, Pulled Thread Tulips [ENCORE]

    Taught by Marylyn Doyle (view bio)
    October 30, 2019 - October 31, 2019

    Tulips dance within a framework of a pulled thread “mat.” Begin with a brief overview of historical pulled thread work. Then explore a variety of pulled thread stitches with optional intermediate patterns for those familiar with pulled thread. This offers some exploration of your personal creativity so that no two completed projects will be the same. Upon completion of this project, you will be prepared to design your own piece in the future.

    Technique: Pulled thread
    Proficiency: All
    Kit Cost: $70
    Design Area: 12˝ x 12˝
    Kit Contents: Instructions, framed 28-count linen, threads, needles

    Student Provides:  Usual stitching supplies

  • 209 Leather and Lace

    Taught by Barbara Ellis (view bio)
    October 30, 2019 - October 31, 2019

    Create this bead embroidered bracelet showcasing the new and exciting pre-cut metallic leather in a beautiful lace design. This bracelet will be embellished with silk ribbon, pearls, seed beads, and beaded flowers.  

    Technique: Beads with leather
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $95
    Design Area: 1 3/4˝ x 7˝ adjustable
    Kit Contents: Leather, interfacing, Ultrasuede®, beads

    Student Provides: Additional #12 short beading needles, scissors, work surface mat, usual stitching supplies, light and magnification, if needed

  • 210 Taste of Sour Grapes

    Taught by Marsha Papay Gomola (view bio)
    October 30, 2019 - October 31, 2019

    He is hungry, but he just cannot reach them. He can see them, but they are just out of reach. He is frustrated so the grapes must taste sour. The hungry red fox looks longingly at the beautiful grape vines that decorate the sewing case cover.  Inside the case are needle pages, waxer, and a pincushion. Learn several techniques used to create contemporary raised embroidery while working on the charming sewing case.

    Technique: Stumpwork and counted thread work
    Proficiency: Advanced intermediate
    Kit Cost: $140
    Design Area: 5 1/2˝ x 8˝
    Kit Contents: Instructions, 34-count Legacy linen, muslin, silk, cotton, metallic threads, beads, felt, needles, hoop, finishing materials

    Student Provides:  Usual stitching supplies

  • 211 Zentangle® Gratitude Box

    Taught by Catherine Jordan (view bio)
    October 30, 2019 - October 31, 2019

    This small box covering is worked with Zentangle® inspired art and traditional blackwork embroidery. After an introduction to Zentangle®, patterns will be transferred to linen. The use of color, shading, highlights, and shadowing effects add to the dramatic contrast of realistic coloring and stylized patterning. Padding under the linen provides unexpected dimension and interest.

    Technique: Zentangle® class, counted and surface embroidery, textile painting, padding, and finishing
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $85
    Design Area: 3.5˝ x 3.5˝
    Kit Contents: Zentangle® introductory kit, 32-count Zweigart® Belfast linen, threads, finishing materials, Jacquard textile paint, paint brush, needles, paper box

    Student Provides:  Usual stitching materials; optional: frame for 8” x 8” linen or 6” embroidery hoop

  • 212 Wren in the Vines

    Taught by Elaine Keller (view bio)
    October 30, 2019 - October 31, 2019

    Perched in the vines a delightful little wren eyes an insect. There is added challenge because of the density of stitches in this project. The class expands on twelve of the basic stitches and primary dimensional stitches of Brazilian embroidery.    

    Technique: Brazilian/Dimensional embroidery with beading
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $45
    Design Area: 5 3/4˝ x 4˝
    Kit Contents: Instructions, blazer poplin Trigger cloth fabric, practice fabric, threads, needles, beads, felt

    Student Provides: Small, sharp scissors, 4” to 6” embroidery hoop(s) (it is sometimes helpful to have different sizes), needle threader, light and magnification, if needed

  • 213 Bullion Bundle

    Taught by Barbara M. Kershaw (view bio)
    October 30, 2019 - October 31, 2019

    Punto Antico is a form of Italian whitework embroidery. White 32-count German linen, pearl cotton or silk twist and the wonderful technique of Punto Antico (old Stitches) will create a beautiful bag to cover and protect your magnifier. Stitches included are the Italian four-sided stitch, whipped four-sided stitch, satin stitch and bullion knots. Cutting and withdrawing threads with a lovely needlewoven center is also included.

    Technique: Punto Antico embroidery
    Proficiency: Basic/Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $75
    Design Area: 6˝ x 8.5˝
    Kit Contents: Instructions, 32-count German linen, DMC® #12 pearl cotton, lining and ribbon, needles, colored photograph (Left-handed instructions will be available.)

    Student Provides: 4″ or 5″ wooden hoop, small sharp pointed scissors, basting thread, small white or light-colored hand towel, thimble (if you use one), usual stitching supplies, light and magnification, if needed

  • 214 Mums in Water

    Taught by Margaret Kinsey (view bio)
    October 30, 2019 - October 31, 2019

    In Japan the chrysanthemum is most revered. It symbolizes beauty and elegance. These mums are worked in the line stitch, the irregular, satin, and ichi dan san straight stitch. The forefront flower is the darkest color while the two receding mums have lighter colors. Leaves are worked in ni dan straight and the line stitch. Water lines are worked in line stitch. Background is worked using the ni dan step stitch. All stitches are traditional to rozashi.

    Technique: Rozashi
    Proficiency: All
    Kit Cost: $80
    Design Area: 5˝ x 5˝
    Kit Contents: Instructions, ro (silk ground fabric) attached to the frame, Japanese needle, sticking paste, color image, silk and metallic threads

    Student Provides:  Needle threader for fine needles, scissors for cutting silks, scissors for cutting thread, pencil and pad, thimble, beeswax, a lap cloth of dark colored fabric or dark clothes to help see the holes in the ro, light and magnification (most important for success with this technique)

  • 215 Bargello Butterfly Garden

    Taught by Wendy Moore (view bio)
    October 30, 2019 - October 31, 2019

    What is more inviting than a garden occupied with delightful butterflies? Use your gardening skills to create this Bargello collage. Explore many different traditional Bargello techniques including Florentine patterns and Hungarian point. The butterfly focal point can be stitched as a separate piece for a box-top or small framed piece. Three colorways are offered: red/green, blue morpho (turquoise to teal), and the monarch (oranges to brown).

    Colorways:

    Technique: Counted canvas
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $125
    Design Area: 12˝ x 10.5˝
    Kit Contents: Instructions, 18-count mono canvas, Silk & Ivory®, pearl cotton #3, Threadworx® Expressions, other threads, photographs, needles

    Student Provides: 1 pair of 16” AND 1 pair of 15” stretcher bars, tacks or staples, frame or frame-weight, laying tool, usual stitching supplies, light and magnification, if needed

  • 216 The Elizabethan Plum Tree

    Taught by Mike Parr (view bio)
    October 30, 2019 - October 31, 2019

    The techniques are taken from a 16th century Elizabethan Guild Crown that is not on public display in any London museum. Many of the goldwork techniques found on this crown do not exist on any other surviving piece of embroidery. Use long & short stitch, satin stitch, gold couching, and burden stitch. In addition, learn the application of spangles, cutting & application of broad plate. Create spiral strapping with gold plated jeweler’s wire.  Some techniques on The Elizabethan Plum Tree differ from those on the Elizabethan Cherry Tree. Other stitch techniques will be shared.

    Technique: Surface embroidery and goldwork
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $120
    Design Area: 4 1/2˝ x 6 1/2˝
    Kit Contents: Taffeta, organdie, gold plated wire, DMC® threads, goldwork threads, purl and wires, backing fabric, spangles, wire forms, beeswax, needles

    Student Provides: Ecru sewing thread, scotch tape, black pen, 10” hoop (no stretcher bars), usual stitching supplies

  • 217 Fleur de Lys and Gateway to the West Evening Bag

    Taught by Michele Roberts (view bio)
    October 30, 2019 - October 31, 2019

    St. Louis is one of three cities (also New Orleans and Louisville) with the French Bourbon fleur de lys in the city flag. One side of the purse is gold, pearl and Swarovski crystal fleur de lys with a Bargello background. The other side is the Gateway Arch in silver, the river in Bargello wave pattern, the skyline in dark gold and the sky in iridescent cream and silver. Finishing will be discussed.

    Technique: Bargello and surface embellishments
    Proficiency: Intermediate/Advanced
    Kit Cost: $119 or $149 with purse
    Design Area: 6 3/4˝ x 4 1/8˝
    Kit Contents: Instructions, 18-count mono canvas, Rainbow Gallery ribbons, threads, needles, practice canvas

    Student Provides: Three frames: two 8”x10” frames for inserts, one 8”x8” frame for practice, plenty of tacks, laying tool, good frame support, light and magnification

  • 218 The Spirit Bear

    Taught by Gail Carolyn Sirna (view bio)
    October 30, 2019 - October 31, 2019

    In far north Canada biologists have discovered an unusual bear; it’s silvery, creamy white, but shaped like a black bear. The land of the Spirit Bear captures the animal in embroidery, in his traditional habitat, a forest of deciduous trees. You will create a snowy scene with a variety of trees sheltering the silvery bear, and the native Canadian icon, the Inukshuk. Numerous white, off white, and grey threads will be used, and the canvas is a silver flecked congress cloth.

    Technique: Canvaswork, surface embroidery
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $110
    Design Area: 8˝ x 10˝
    Kit Contents: Instructions, 24-count congress cloth, Au Ver a Soie®, Soie d’Alger, silk ribbon, Kreinik braids, Accentuate, Waterlilies®, Gloriana silk, Silk Lame’ Braid, needles, photograph

    Student Provides:  12”x 14” stretcher bars, laying tool, frame weight or table clamp so both hands are free for working, extra #24 & #26 tapestry needles, tape for canvas edges, purple air soluble pen

  • 219 Gateway to the West Landscape

    Taught by Kim Stenehjem & Virginia Dambach (view bio)
    October 30, 2019 - October 31, 2019

    In 1804-1806, Lewis and Clark led the Corps of Discovery from St. Louis through uncharted lands towards the Pacific Ocean. They catalogued hundreds of plants and animals new to science. This crazy quilt landscape features a few of what the Corps recorded. Embroidered inhabitants will be identified and rendered with stitching techniques that bring traditional crazy quilting up-to-date with contemporary threads and embellishments. Learn two methods of foundation piecing. No sewing machine is used. Complete as a one-of-a-kind hussif, a charming snap-top bag or a dimensional vessel.

    Technique: Crazy quilt and embellishment
    Proficiency: All
    Kit Cost: $95
    Design Area: 15˝ x 8˝
    Kit Contents: Instructions for stitches and finishing, muslin, batiks, beads, ribbons, sequins, fibers, floss, interfacings, bead mat

    Student Provides: Scissors (both for fabric and paper,) pincushion and pins, needle threader, thimble, thread (white, cream, black, medium gray are good neutrals,) mechanical pencil, eraser, washable marking pencil(s), quilter’s marking pencils, pencil sharpener, fine-tip permanent marker, seam ripper, masking tape, Stiletto, a selection of white, medium green, and pastel yellow and pink stranded cotton floss, size 10 bead embroidery needles, size 10 betweens, embroidery needles in assorted sizes, chenille needles in assorted sizes, beading thread –either Nymo® or Silamide—in light, medium, and dark neutral colors, 16” snap frame

  • 220 Delftware Study

    Taught by Carol Lynn Stratton (view bio)
    October 30, 2019 - October 31, 2019

    Enchanting Delftware patterns are worked using blackwork techniques, including several methods of shading or changing the color.

    Technique: Blackwork with surface stitches
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $30
    Design Area: 9˝ x 9˝
    Kit Contents: Instructions, 28-count linen, threads

    Student Provides: 12” X 12” stretcher bars, 6-9” hoops, usual stitching supplies  

  • 221 Wee Book of Sampler Motifs & Stitches

    Taught by Catherine C. Theron (view bio)
    October 30, 2019 - October 31, 2019

    A variety of counted thread patterns featuring strawberries & a script alphabet adorn the cover & pages of this 3-1/2” square book. Stitching is worked with silk threads in red, green, & black. The student is introduced to a wide range of stitches such as queen, rice, long-arm cross, Montenegrin, satin, & petit point that can be used as the student wishes to create the pages. Detailed finishing instructions are included.

    Technique: Counted thread
    Proficiency: Intermediate/Advanced
    Kit Cost: $130
    Design Area: 3 1/2˝ x 3 1/2˝
    Kit Contents: Instructions, 32-count linen, silk threads, DMC® Cordonnet, needles, practice fabric, color copies, most finishing materials

    Student Provides: Scroll frame for pages, optional scroll frame or stretcher bars for cover, usual stitching supplies

  • 222 Studio Time

    October 30, 2019 - October 31, 2019

    Give a gift to yourself—time all to yourself so you can work on projects in the company of friends—with access to an instructor to provide guidance, suggestions, and help with stumbling blocks. It just doesn’t get any better!

    Technique: Any
    Proficiency: All

  • 401 Embroidered Country Garden – Create Your Own Garden

    Taught by Lorna Bateman (view bio)
    October 30, 2019 - November 3, 2019

    Learn to design and create your own garden using patterns of drawn flowers, garden implements and features. This class is aimed at helping and encouraging those who feel they are unable to draw their own designs. The garden can be created on a small, simple scale or on a larger scale for those wanting more of a challenge. Be introduced to a variety of 3-dimensional, raised and textured stitches and learn how to apply them to the design. Create a piece that is uniquely personal.

    Technique: Color & design; raised and textured embroidery (no silk ribbon embroidery)
    Proficiency: All
    Kit Cost: $150
    Design Area: 4˝ x 9˝ or as desired
    Kit Contents: Instructions, linen/cotton blend fabric, muslin, pelmet Vilene®, Chameleon hand-dyed pearl #12 & #16, stranded cotton, metallic and DMC® threads, needles, colored photographs, stitch glossary, practice cloth

    Student Provides: 6” hoop for practicing stitches AND a 9” hoop for the design, table clamp or seat frame so hands are free, usual stitching supplies, lightbox is needed.

  • 402 Sara

    Taught by Terri Bay (view bio)
    October 30, 2019 - November 3, 2019

    Sara is a table center piece worked in blackwork, whitework, pulled/drawn thread and finished with a hemstitched edge. It is packed with techniques! The blackwork is charted and worked as reversible, the pulled/drawn stitches include four sided, eyelets, and needleweaving, surface stitches are satin, double cable, and an interesting little stitch from Ukrainian whitework roughly translated into topwinder. It is finished with a hemstitch edge which will be taught on a doodle cloth.  

    Technique: Whitework, blackwork, pulled thread, drawn work, hemstitching
    Proficiency: Advanced intermediate
    Kit Cost: $60
    Design Area: 12˝ x 12˝
    Kit Contents: Instructions, 28-count Zweigart® Cashel linen, needles, pearl cotton #8 and #12 and either DMC® floss or floche

    Student Provides: Sharp scissors (Hardanger type), 11” hoop or Q-Snap™ or similar sized stretcher bars or scroll, usual stitching supplies, light and magnification, if needed

  • 403 Firecrackers

    Taught by Toni Gerdes (view bio)
    October 30, 2019 - November 3, 2019

    Explode your stitching and patriotic decorating with these 3 stand-up Firecrackers. Each Firecracker is stitched and finished separately, but will tie together with threads and patterns. Using silks, metallic, velvet, Neon Rays+®, and of course, Fyre Werks®, these Firecrackers come to life and become a favorite display for the Independence Day holiday. Stitches include old favorites, as well as, a few surprises. The exploding tops will be created using wired Kreinik metallic thread. The fun star embellishments add the perfect touch.

    Technique: Canvas embroidery
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $175
    Design Area: 10” x 3”; 7” x 2 ¼”; 5” x 1 ½”
    Kit Contents: Instructions, 18-count mono canvas, needles & case, photograph, threads, beads, & embellishments

    Student Provides:  13” x 14” and 11” x 11” and 9” x 9” stretcher bars, usual stitching supplies

  • 404 Southern Gentleman in Spring

    Taught by Joyce C. Houck (view bio)
    October 30, 2019 - November 3, 2019

    Students will work the cardinal and stumpwork dogwood and leaves in silk shading using the inspiration photographs provided. Other stitches offer fine details. Many color values of red cotton flosses will be used to create this majestic bird. Students will learn to use a photograph as well as techniques to create colored pencil drawings to see shading, becoming confident in the tools and skills learned to stitch future realistic silk shading works.

    Technique: Silk shading and stumpwork
    Proficiency: Intermediate advanced (should know long and short stitches)
    Kit Cost: $75
    Design Area: 8” x 10˝
    Kit Contents: Instructions, 32-gauge wires, mechanical pencil, dupioni silk, Anchor® and DMC® flosses, photos and drawings, stitched cardinal, green and white fabric, needles, color pencils, muslin

    Student Provides:  6” ruler, 2 of 5” embroidery hoops (Susan Bates works well) metallic & sharp embroidery scissors, tacks, 8” x10” stretcher bars, fine needle threader, 3 white men’s hankies, stand/frame weight or table clamp for hands free stitching, usual stitching supplies, light and magnification, if needed

  • 405 Silver Fantasy

    Taught by Donna M. Olson (view bio)
    October 30, 2019 - November 3, 2019

    Techniques of traditional Hardangersom with klosters, satin stitch, buttonhole stitch, double running stitch, faggotting, twisted bars, petal/stars, cutwork with weaving/lacing. Learn to do a design set-up and stitching to keep a clean ‘back side.”

    Technique: Hardanger embroidery
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $47
    Design Area: 15.25˝ x 25.25˝
    Kit Contents: Instructions, 22-count fine Ariosa fabric, pearl cotton threads, needles

    Student Provides: Fine embroidery scissors, usual stitching supplies, light and magnification, if needed

  • 406 The Dickcissel’s Prairie, A Folding Hexagonal Orts Box

    Taught by Canby Robertson (view bio)
    October 30, 2019 - November 3, 2019

    It is a beautiful, sunny, summer day and the virgin prairie is in full flower as a large billed Dickcissel surveys his native domain, the prairie landscape. Class will include discussion relating to color theory in landscape design and stitch techniques including soft shading and stitching bird forms. Students will paint the background landscape using acrylic paints. Making self-cords and the actual construction of the box will be demonstrated.  

    Technique: Surface embroidery
    Proficiency: Advanced intermediate
    Kit Cost: $138
    Design Area: 3 1/2˝ x 3 1/4˝ 6-sided box
    Kit Contents: Instructions, hand painted linen, silk embroidery threads, pearl cotton #12 and #5, needles, mat board, Mylar®, Steam-A-Seam®, quilt bat, Pellon®

    Student Provides: 5” hoop, usual stitching supplies, light and magnification, if needed

  • 407 Whitework Cube Sampler

    Taught by Yvette Stanton (view bio)
    October 30, 2019 - November 3, 2019

    Learn the basics of three lesser known whitework techniques with this soft sided cube sampler. Two sides feature Holsaum from Norway, which is similar to Hardanger with lots of eyelets, but without the cutwork. Two sides feature Punt ’e nù from Sardinia, a highly textural embroidery made by knots on the fabric surface. Two sides are worked in Guimarães embroidery from Portugal, with drawn thread work and lots of bullions. Directions for constructing the cube will be included.

    Technique: Holsaum (Norway), Punt ‘e nù (Sardinia), Guimarães embroidery (Portugal)
    Proficiency: All
    Kit Cost: $32
    Design Area: 2.5˝ x 2.5” x 2.5˝
    Kit Contents: 28, 35, and 38-count linens, pearl cotton #8 and #12, needles

    Student Provides: 4” hoop (required); sharp, finely pointed scissors (required); light and magnification is highly recommende

  • 408 Silken Meadow

    Taught by Joan Thomasson (view bio)
    October 30, 2019 - November 3, 2019

    As summer is ending, the meadows are alive with a variety of wild flowers and trees changing color. Stitches emphasize patterns based on diamond shaped variations. The student has a choice of placement of floral bands by increasing or changing stitches. Experimentation is encouraged.

    Technique: Needlepoint
    Proficiency: Advanced intermediate
    Kit Cost: $130
    Design Area: 7 1/4˝  x 9 1/2˝
    Kit Contents: Instructions, 24-count congress cloth, threads including Thread Gatherer’s Silk N Colors™, Threadworx®, overdyed floss, and DMC® floss, needles

    Student Provides:  11”x14” stretcher bars, usual stitching supplies, light and magnification, if needed

  • 101 Feeding the Birds

    Taught by Lorna Bateman (view bio)
    November 1, 2019

    Design will be screen printed onto the fabric. Be introduced to a variety of 3-dimensional, raised and textured stitches and learn how to apply them to the design. Stitches include backstitch, split stitch, buttonhole, detached chain or lazy daisy, stem, overcast, stem stitch, tufting, bullion and other stitches. This little piece can be framed or made into a pincushion, etc.

    Technique: Raised and textured embroidery
    Proficiency: Basic and Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $6
    Design Area: 4˝ x 4˝ or as desired
    Kit Contents: Instructions, linen/cotton blend fabric, muslin, pearl cotton #12, hand dyed thread, needles, stitch glossary, practice cloth, photograph

    Student Provides: Frame or 6” hoop, usual stitching supplies

  • 102 Building Blocks 2

    Taught by Terri Bay (view bio)
    November 1, 2019

    Building Blocks 2 builds on stiches and skills learned in Building Blocks 1.  Stitches include double cable, eyelet chains, spot eyelet, single eyelet, and satin stitches. Each block may be worked as a single block or in a grid pattern. Three fabric size options allow work as a single block, a 2×2 gird or a 2×8 table runner. Single block is a quick finish, 2×2 is larger, more intricate, and 2×8 is a big project. 

    Technique: Ukrainian Whitework
    Proficiency: Basic/Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $30 single; $40 2×2; or, $55 2×8
    Design Area: 4˝ x 4˝
    Kit Contents: 28-count Cashel linen, pearl cotton #8 and #12, tapestry needles

    Student Provides:  6”– 8” hoop or frame for single square, larger for larger piece (may also be worked in hand); usual stitching supplies, light and magnification, if needed

  • 103 Eastern Blue Bird Brooch

    Taught by Gary Clarke (view bio)
    November 1, 2019

    This is an embellishment class. Learn how to print the fabric ready for embellishment. Then spend the rest of the class stitching the panel. The DVD has examples of other embellishment projects plus a pdf of the patterns in the class. For those who do not possess design skills but enjoy stitching, embellishment is an exciting world. This class shows how to begin the journey. 

    Technique: Fabric embellishment
    Proficiency: All levels
    Kit Cost: $20
    Design Area: approximately 3˝
    Kit Contents: Instructions, pre-printed fabric, nylon brooch form, pin, thread, needle, DVD

    Student Provides: 4” hoop, scissors, needles, usual stitching supplies, light and magnification, if needed

  • 104 Night Blooms

    Taught by Carol Peao Currier (view bio)
    November 1, 2019

    Inspired by William Morris designs, Night Blooms is a small taste of crewel stitches.

    Technique: Crewel
    Proficiency: Basic
    Kit Cost: $35
    Design Area: 4” circle
    Kit Contents: Linen with basic design applied and edges finished, a variety of crewel threads, needles

    Student Provides: 6” hoop (not plastic), embroidery scissors, pencil, usual stitching supplies, light and magnification, if needed

  • 105 Damselfly Pendant/Brooch

    Taught by Barbara Ellis (view bio)
    November 1, 2019

    Create a bead embroidered embellished dragonfly with a bail and a Russian spiral rope. Learn basic bead embroidery stitches including the back, stop and brick stitch. Creating the damselflies is really fun and highly addictive. They can be used to embellish many things, so let your imagination explore! You have a choice of colors.

    Technique: Beading
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $85
    Design Area: 1 1/2˝ x 3˝with optional 18” Russian spiral necklace
    Kit Contents: Beads, interfacing, needles

    Student Provides:  Additional #12 short beading needles, scissors, work surface mat, usual stitching supplies, if needed light and magnification

  • 106 Grapevine Accessories

    Taught by Marsha Papay Gomola (view bio)
    November 1, 2019

    An elegant set of accessories is created with dimensional embroidery that is finished with beads. The round scissors fob has a lovely grapevine design on both sides. Its edge is decorated with Delica® beads creating a beautiful tool. The scissors fob is complimented by a matching scissors pocket making it a beautiful set. Learn basic dimensional techniques and finishing while completing the grapevine inspired design.

     Technique: Stumpwork & Beading
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $85
    Design Area: 2˝ x 4 1/4˝, pocket; 2” diameter, fob
    Kit Contents: Instructions, Robert Kaufmann Fusions® Regent cotton fabric, muslin, silk, cotton, metallic threads, beads, felt, needles, finishing materials

    Student Provides:  Usual stitching supplies

  • 107 Sweets & Treats

    Taught by Elaine Keller (view bio)
    November 1, 2019

    Stitch decadent treats while working with rayon threads used in Brazilian embroidery. Treats are: Ice cream cone – 1” x 1 5/8”, birthday cake – 1 3/8”x 1 3/8”, banana split 2 1/8”x 1 1/4”, layer cake 2”x 1 1/8”, cupcake – 1 1/8” x 1 1/8.” Use the motifs to embellish crazy quilts, gift tags, greeting cards, etc.,or as tiny framed works of art.

     Technique: Brazilian/Dimensional Embroidery
    Proficiency: Basic
    Kit Cost: $40
    Design Area: 1˝-2 1/8” x 1 1/8”-1 5/8″
    Kit Contents: Instructions, blazer poplin Trigger cloth fabric, practice fabric, threads, needles, beads

    Student Provides: Small, sharp scissors, 4” to 6” embroidery hoop(s) (it is sometimes helpful to have different sizes, but larger than the 6” will not work with these designs), needle threader, light and magnification, if needed

  • 108 Sampler in Purple

    Taught by Margaret Kinsey (view bio)
    November 1, 2019

    Sampler in Purple is a study in traditional Japanese patterns. The colors are shades of purple, light reds, green and pale green urushi thread. The stitches are traditional to rozashi. The finished piece is suitable for a small box top, an insert into a larger box or a small hanging.

    Technique: Rozashi
    Proficiency: Basic
    Kit Cost: $50
    Design Area: 3.25˝ x 3˝
    Kit Contents: Instructions, ro (silk ground fabric) attached to the frame, silk and urushi threads, non-sticking paste, needles, color photograph

    Student Provides:  Needle threader for fine needles, scissors for cutting silks, scissors for cutting metal thread, pencil and pad, thimble, beeswax, light and magnification (most important for success with this technique), a lap cloth of dark colored fabric or dark clothes to help see the holes in the ro.

  • 109 The Magna Carta Needle Accessories [ENCORE]

    Taught by Mike Parr (view bio)
    November 1, 2019

    The Magna Carta, an important document in western history, established that everyone is subject to the law and guarantees the rights of individuals, the right to justice and the right to a fair trial by jury. Create a matching set of scissor fob and needle case. The elaborate medieval “E” stands for embroidery and for King Edward, who confirmed the document’s final version. Use 3-dimensional monogram techniques. Learn satin stitch over laid cord foundation, raised satin, stem, Smyrna cross, and Venetian picot stitch.

    Technique: Surface embroidery & whitework monogram
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $40
    Design Area: 3 1/4˝ square needlecase, 2 1/4” square fob
    Kit Contents: DMC® floss and threads, pearl cotton, fine shadow work linen, needles, ribbons, handmade counterweight for the scissor fob

    Student Provides: Lining (needlecase)/backing (scissor fob) in fabric of choice, 6” embroidery hoop, usual stitching supplies.

  • 110 Bejeweled Heart [ENCORE]

    Taught by Carol Lynn Stratton (view bio)
    November 1, 2019

    Learn the basics of blackwork embroidery while stitching a jeweled heart to wear as a pin or necklace.

    Technique: Blackwork
    Proficiency: Basic/Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $25
    Design Area: 3-4˝ heart
    Kit Contents: Instruction guide, 28/32-count linen, DMC® threads, needles, backing, beads, black cord

    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies

  • 301 Whitework with More Color

    Taught by Jane Ellen Balzuweit (view bio)
    November 2, 2019 - November 3, 2019

    Second in a series, this piece includes bands of old hedebo and drawn thread, Ukrainian drawn thread, three bands of surface embroidery, and an eyelet variation. A band of needlelace leaves completes the piece.  The student may substitute a stitch for the leaves.

    Technique: Whitework, drawn and pulled thread
    Proficiency: Intermediate/Advanced
    Kit Cost: $75
    Design Area: 9 1/2˝ x 4 1/2˝
    Kit Contents: 24-count congress cloth, pearl cotton #8 and #12, silk Waterlilies® in choice of colors, stretcher bars

    Student Provides: Scissors, usual stitching supplies, light and magnification, if needed

  • 302 Dali’s Diamonds

    Taught by Kurdy Biggs (view bio)
    November 2, 2019 - November 3, 2019

    Dali’s Diamonds is named for the bending lines in the center row of the three-tier diamond shape. Enhance this middle row with a metallic paint of your color choice, making Dali’s Diamonds individualized and eye catching. Diamonds are stitched with a variety of overlapping stitches, using sprats heads and wrapped eyelet stitches. Threads include Gloriana, Waterlilies®, Soie Perlee and Elegance® silks, and Accentuate metallics. Beads and crystals add depth and sparkle to this distinctive 3D piece.

    Technique: Geometric stitching, canvaswork, embellishment
    Proficiency: Advanced intermediate
    Kit Cost: $95
    Design Area: 10˝ x 6˝
    Kit Contents: Instructions, 18-count mono canvas, all threads, silks, metallics, crystals, beads, needles

    Student Provides: 14” x 10” stretcher bars, tacks or staples, laying tool, frame stand/weight, usual stitching supplies, light (extension cord) and magnification, if needed

  • 303 Cornflower Meadow

    Taught by Celeste Chalasani (view bio)
    November 2, 2019 - November 3, 2019

    Cornflower Meadow is a nod to the Art Deco period with bright blue stylized flowers and symmetrical placement. Luxurious Au Ver a Soie® and Needlepoint Inc. silk threads are used to create two types of cornflowers, one with detached petals and one with needlelace. Large long and short stitch shaded leaves gracefully affirm the glamour and exuberance of the 1920s.  

    Technique: Stumpwork
    Prerequisite: Experience with surface embroidery
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $80
    Design Area: 7˝ x 7˝
    Kit Contents: Silk shantung and cotton fabric, silk threads, felt, 33-gauge wire, needles

    Student Provides: 4” embroidery hoop; 12” x 12” Evertite frame or stretcher bars, or 10” embroidery hoop; wire cutters; masking tape; mechanical pencil or Pigma® pen; small sharp scissors; scissors for cutting paper; sewing thread; needle threader; usual stitching supplies; magnification, highly recommended

  • 304 Aluminum Magic

    Taught by Gary Clarke (view bio)
    November 2, 2019 - November 3, 2019

    Learn to design around recycled aluminum products and create a flow in design. Cut and shape the aluminum, the base fabrics and attach the aluminum. There are many grades and varieties of aluminum and we will share with others gaining knowledge of supplies. The aim will not be just to stitch pieces of aluminum to fabric but to integrate all materials into a cohesive piece of art. Enjoy experimenting.

    Technique: Stitch recycling and free style
    Proficiency: Basic/Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $30
    Design Area: 12˝ x 12˝
    Kit Contents: Instructions, DVD. (All other materials will be provided by the student as described in an introductory letter sent before class.)

    Student Provides: Lightweight canvas stretcher bars, coke can, scissors suitable for cutting aluminum, aluminum foil disposable bake ware, thread of any color, type or thickness, beads, nuts, bolts, washers, chamois and/or black poplin or similar as a base fabric

  • 305 Cherry Blossoms

    Taught by Carol Peao Currier (view bio)
    November 2, 2019 - November 3, 2019

    Inspired by the cherry blossoms on the Tidal Basin in the evening, this rendering in crewel has a modern twist.

    Technique: Crewel
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $85
    Design Area: 10˝ x 9˝
    Kit Contents: Linen fabric, Appleton crewel wool

    Student Provides: 6” hoop or 14” x 16” stretcher bars with tacks, usual stitching supplies

  • 306 Cornflower [ENCORE]

    Taught by Katherine Diuguid (view bio)
    November 2, 2019 - November 3, 2019

    Experience this introduction to contemporary goldwork embroidery with thread mixing and shading for the blossom.

    Technique: Goldwork, surface embroidery
    Proficiency: All
    Kit Cost: $90
    Design Area: 3˝ x 6˝
    Kit Contents: 36-count linen, Weeks Dye Works and Valdani embroidery flosses, metal wires, needles, tissue paper

    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies

  • 307 Treasures from the Great Lakes

    Taught by Dawn Donnelly (view bio)
    November 2, 2019 - November 3, 2019

    The Michigan Great Lakes shoreline is decorated with a variety of stones, driftwood and shells, which can be used to create a beautiful beach piece. Select a focal point, such as, a Petoskey stone, a variety of beach items, and add stitches to create your own piece. Learn how to attach items to the ground fabric, create a fake bullion and how to make a shell.

    Technique: Embroidery
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $80
    Design Area: 8˝ x 10˝
    Kit Contents: Linen or 18-count canvas, overdyed floss, Perle Finca #3, DMC® pearl cotton #8 and #12, Alpaca, Watercolours®, Impressions®, Petoskey stone, driftwood, stones, shells, beads, felt, needles

    Student Provides: 12” x 16” stretcher bars – no scroll frame, colored pencils, usual class stitching supplies, light and magnification, if needed

  • 308 Same Threads, Same Stitches: Two Different Projects

    Taught by Marylyn Doyle (view bio)
    November 2, 2019 - November 3, 2019

    Choose either a charted design or a canvas with sections outlined awaiting the student’s choice of stitch placement. Either design uses the same stitches, the exception being a Bargello pattern, uses the same or similar threads, ranging from shiny to matte plus a variegated thread and a ribbon to make this project unique. Both designs have an unusual interlaced border stitched over a ribbon underlay. The unworked canvas is part of the design. Color choices include grey, aqua, tan and white.

    Colorways:

    Technique: Canvas
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $75
    Design Area: 8˝ x 8˝ or 6 ½” x 9 ½”
    Kit Contents: Instructions, framed 18-count canvas, threads, needles

    Student Provides: Clamp, frame weight or stand, usual stitching supplies, light and magnification, if needed

  • 309 Art Nouveau Raku Goddess [ENCORE]

    Taught by Barbara Ellis (view bio)
    November 2, 2019 - November 3, 2019

    Make this beaded embroidered pendant and necklace. Ellis created the muse using “Raku” clay and firing technique. No two will be exactly alike. Learn basic bead embroidery techniques, including the bead backstitch, circular peyote, brick edge stitch, and a modified version of the Russian spiral for the rope. The addition of chain and pearls enhance the finished piece.

    Technique: Bead embroidery
    Proficiency: Basic/Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $125
    Design Area: Varies depending on length of rope
    Kit Contents: Interfacing, muse, beads, thread

    Student Provides:  Additional #12 short beading needles, scissors, work surface mat, usual stitching supplies, light and magnification, if needed

  • 310 Springtime at Magee Marsh

    Taught by Marsha Papay Gomola (view bio)
    November 2, 2019 - November 3, 2019

    A warm spring day in the garden would not be complete without the beautiful songs of the birds. Every year the warblers stop at Magee Marsh to feed before flying over Lake Erie. The detailed birds on the cover of the case look as if they will join the migration. Learn several techniques used to create contemporary raised embroidery while working on the charming sewing box.

    Technique: Stumpwork and counted thread
    Proficiency: Advanced Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $140
    Design Area: 6˝ x 4˝
    Kit Contents: Instructions, 34-count Legacy linen, muslin, silk, cotton, metallic threads, beads, felt, needles, finishing materials

    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies

  • 311 A Meditational Garden

    Taught by Catherine Jordan (view bio)
    November 2, 2019 - November 3, 2019

    A miniature landscape worked with counted, surface and pulled techniques on hand painted linen create a meditational spot in this miniature terrarium. Focus will be on using color, stitch placement, dimensional stitches and padding to create a unique garden with rhythmic use of stitches to draw the eye through the design. Each garden will be a special creation as you choose colors, stitches, and threads.

    Technique: Fabric painting, counted, surface & pulled techniques, padding, finishing
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $93
    Design Area: 8˝ x 8˝
    Kit Contents: Instructions, 32-count Zweigart® Belfast linen, cotton and wool threads, Jacquard® textile paint set, finishing materials, Royal® paint brush, needles, photographs, and glass box

    Student Provides: Frame or hoop, usual stitching supplies

  • 312 Beginner Brazilian Embroidery Garden

    Taught by Elaine Keller (view bio)
    November 2, 2019 - November 3, 2019

    Bees buzz in a garden of dimensional roses, mums, carnations and daisies. Be introduced to twelve of the basic stitches and primary dimensional stitches and how to work with the rayon threads used in Brazilian embroidery. Explore how stitch placement creates a different look.

    Technique: Brazilian/Dimensional embroidery
    Proficiency: Basic
    Kit Cost: $45
    Design Area: 6 3/8˝ x 7 1/2˝
    Kit Contents: Instructions, blazer poplin Trigger cloth, practice fabric, threads, needles, beads, felt

    Student Provides: Small, sharp scissors, 4” to 6” embroidery hoop(s) (it is sometimes helpful to have different sizes), needle threader, light and magnification, if needed

  • 313 Snowflake Needlecase

    Taught by Barbara M. Kershaw (view bio)
    November 2, 2019 - November 3, 2019

    Punto Antico is a form of Italian whitework embroidery. White German linen, pearl cotton and the wonderful technique of Punto Antico will create a beautiful and useful needlecase. Stitches included in this technique are the Italian four-sided stitch, buttonhole stitch, satin stitch and bullion knots. Cut and withdraw threads Italian style with a lovely needle lace center.

    Technique: Punto Antico embroidery
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $70
    Design Area: 4” x 4˝
    Kit Contents: Instructions, 34-count German linen, DMC pearl cotton #12, art silk lining, needles, color photograph (Left-handed instructions will be available.)

    Student Provides:  4″ or 5″ wooden hoop, small sharp pointed scissors, basting thread, small white or light-colored hand towel, thimble (if you use one), usual stitching supplies, light and magnification, if needed

  • 314 Spider Lily

    Taught by Margaret Kinsey (view bio)
    November 2, 2019 - November 3, 2019

    Join us in working this exotic lily in metal threads. Relatively new to market are #5 Japan metal threads in colors of magenta, green and other assorted colors. These new colored Japan threads are highlighted in this piece and accompanied with check purl, #5 Japan gold, imitation and pearl purl. Stitches include couching, diagonal satin, and chipping. Learn the brick pattern couching, diagonal satin stitch using check purl, chipping, and attaching pearl purl.

    Technique: Metal thread embroidery
    Proficiency: Basic/Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $80
    Design Area: 7˝ x 6˝
    Kit Contents: Illustrated booklet, silk shantung fabric, #5 Japan thread, #6 check purl, pearl purl, couching thread, invisible thread, hemmed cotton, needles

    Student Provides:  One pair 14” stretcher bars, 1 pair 16” stretcher bars,  thumbtacks, frame holder, beeswax, scissors for cutting silk, scissors for cutting metals, tweezers with sharp points, needle threader for fine needles, needle threader for tapestry needles, pencil with blue or yellow lead, velvet board (5” to 6” piece of velvet glued to piece of cardboard of same size), Koma or felt roll (toilet paper roll wrapped in felt will work), 6” see through ruler

  • 315 Moth Mystique

    Taught by Wendy Moore (view bio)
    November 2, 2019 - November 3, 2019

    Purple rocks and yellow moths? Nature surprises us with its wild display of color. Create such a setting for a beautiful appliqued moth by making color placement and stitch density choices, mastering puddling and subtractive stitching. Manipulate composite stitches and overdyed threads creating wonderful organic textures and subtle color play. Practice the applique technique on a small companion canvas and come away with two versions of the design. Keep one and set one free!

    Technique: Counted canvas and canvas applique
    Proficiency: Advanced
    Prework: three hours of stitching
    Kit Cost: $175
    Design Area: 6.5˝ x 13.5” and 3” x 5”
    Kit Contents: Instructions, 18-count mono canvas, congress cloth, Vineyard Silk, Splendor®, Mandarin Floss, Wildflowers®, Painter’s Threads, Silk Lame’ Braid, needles, photographs

    Student Provides: One pair 12”, one pair 18”, three pairs 8”, 3 pairs 6” stretcher bars, tacks or staples, frame stand, clamps or frame-weight for two-handed stitching, laying tool, utility scissors to cut canvas, straight pins, usual stitching supplies, most importantly – imagination

  • 316 Elizabethan Cherry Tree

    Taught by Mike Parr (view bio)
    November 2, 2019 - November 3, 2019

    The techniques are taken from a 16thcentury Elizabethan Guild Crown that is not on public display. Many of the techniques found on this crown do not exist on any other surviving piece of embroidery. Use long & short stitch, satin stitch, gold couching, trellis, and burden stitch. In addition, learn the application of spangles, cutting & application of broad plate. Create spiral strapping with gold plated jeweler’s wire. Some techniques on the Elizabethan Cherry Tree differ from those on The Elizabethan Plum Tree.   Other stitch techniques will be shared.

    Technique: Goldwork, surface embroidery
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $120
    Design Area: 4 1/2˝ x 6 1/2˝
    Kit Contents: Taffeta, organza, gold plated jeweler’s wire, DMC® threads, specialty threads, silk organdie, backing fabric, spangles, needles, forms for twisting wires, beeswax, beads, fine Japan gold, goldwork threads, purl & wires

    Student Provides: Ecru sewing thread, scotch tape, black pen, 10” hoop (no stretcher bars), usual stitching supplies

  • 317 Goldwork Motifs from an Indian Wedding [ENCORE]

    Taught by Michele Roberts (view bio)
    November 2, 2019 - November 3, 2019

    Significant differences identify traditional European goldwork and ethnic goldwork. Designs, materials, and techniques all vary. Learn about zardozi (northern India) and sadi (southern India) embroidery. How to simulate tambour work with chain stitch and how to add texture without padding are only two examples of your experience in this class.

    Technique: Ethnic gold bullion embroidery
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $88
    Design Area: 7˝ x 5˝ x ¼”
    Kit Contents: Instructions, threads, needles, tissue, wax paper, gold and colored bullions, jewels, wax, practice supplies, photograph

    Student Provides: Frame and frame support, tools for working with metal, separate frame and fabric for practice, optional piece of brocade or silk, usual stitching supplies, light and magnification

  • 318 The Sunflower Girl

    Taught by Gail Carolyn Sirna (view bio)
    November 2, 2019 - November 3, 2019

    A beautiful young girl stands on her balcony looking into her garden which is replete with beautiful flowers.  Commanding attention is a glorious sunflower in the foreground, and our girl’s frock repeats the vibrant hue. A beautiful railing enhances the scene, and it, too has winsome blooms to celebrate the summer. In this class you will learn the proper stitches and proper color values to create perspective.

    Technique: Canvaswork, textured and surface stitches
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $110
    Design Area: 5 1/2˝ x 7˝
    Kit Contents: 24-count congress cloth, Au Ver a Soie®, Soie d’Alger, silk ribbon, Waterlilies®, Kreinik braids

    Student Provides: 10” x 12” stretcher bars, tape for canvas edges, tacks or staples, laying tool, #24 and#26 tapestry needles, magnets for holding needles, air soluble purple pen

  • 319 Gateway Pincushion

    Taught by Kim Stenehjem & Virginia Dambach (view bio)
    November 2, 2019 - November 3, 2019

    In 1804-1806, Lewis and Clark led the Corps of Discovery and catalogued hundreds of plants, animals and birds unknown to science. This crazy quilt pincushion features a few of those plants and wildlife. Learn the flip-and-sew and applique methods of foundation piecing to create a one-of-a kind background. Stitch flora and fauna in a selection of stitching techniques that bring the traditional art of crazy quilting up-to-date with contemporary threads and embellishments. 

    Technique: Crazy quilting with current threads and embellishments
    Proficiency: Basic/Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $65
    Design Area: 10˝ x 4˝
    Kit Contents: Instructions for stitches and finishing, muslin, batiks, beads, ribbons, sequins, specialty fibers, floss, interfacing, bead mat, Timtex

    Student Provides: Scissors (both for fabric and paper,) pincushion and pins, needle threader, thimble, thread (white, cream, black, medium gray are good neutrals,) mechanical pencil, eraser, washable marking pencil(s), quilter’s marking pencils, pencil sharpener, fine-tip permanent marker, seam ripper, masking tape, Stiletto, a selection of white, medium green, and pastel yellow and pink stranded cotton floss, size 10 bead embroidery needles, size 10 betweens, embroidery needles in assorted sizes, chenille needles in assorted sizes, beading thread –either Nymo® or Silamide—in light, medium, and dark neutral colors, 8” embroidery hoop

  • 320 Stitch Adventure [ENCORE]

    Taught by Carol Lynn Stratton (view bio)
    November 2, 2019 - November 3, 2019

    Add texture, highlights and patterns to your work with stitch variations and threads. Get the most from basic stitch families by adapting and modifying them.   Experiment with four stitch families: blanket stitch, herringbone stitch, knotted stitches and woven stitches. Select colors and threads to alter basic stitches, create a sampler or stitch several suggested small pieces.  

    Technique: Basic stitches
    Proficiency: All
    Kit Cost: $50
    Design Area: Varies from 6” to 8˝ x 8” to 10˝
    Kit Contents:  Kona cotton, doodle cloth, needles, pearl cotton, specialty threads in wool, cotton, rayon, and silk

    Student Provides: 10” x 12” stretcher bars or hoop to fit fabric

  • 321 “With Malice Towards None”

    Taught by Catherine C. Theron (view bio)
    November 2, 2019 - November 3, 2019

    A strawberry border surrounds an all-American scene featuring a log cabin, American flag, pine trees, verdant grass, and woolly sheep.  A quote from Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address is displayed in the midst of the sampler and a cartouche enclosing an alphabet and personalization finishes the piece. Stitches include long-arm cross, Smyrna cross, Roman stitch, various satin stitches, petit point, diagonal cross, trellis stitch, buttonhole stitch, oblong cross, and stem stitch.

    Technique: Counted thread
    Proficiency: Intermediate/Advanced
    Kit Cost: $130
    Design Area: 13˝ x 11˝
    Kit Contents: Instructions, 32-count linen, silk & overdyed cotton threads, practice fabric, needles, color copy

    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies

  • 322 Studio Time

    November 2, 2019 - November 3, 2019

    Give a gift to yourself—time all to yourself so you can work on projects in the company of friends—with access to an instructor to provide guidance, suggestions, and help with stumbling blocks. It just doesn’t get any better!

    Technique: Any
    Proficiency: All