Online Class: Brian the Bee with Hazel Blomkamp

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Brian the Bee

Part surface embroidery, part beadwork!

Our online class Brian the Bee with teacher Hazel Blomkamp is part surface embroidery, part beadwork. The humble honey bee is worked with surface embroidery, needle lace and needle weaving techniques richly embellished with three-dimensional beadwork flowers and leaves. The segments of the wings are filled with needle lace techniques worked as embroidery stitches using seven different stitches, with variations, all extensively covered and well described.

Using the colors of the African honey bee, needle weaving, based on modified loom-weaving patterns, fills the lower body while the remainder of the bee is worked with conventional and familiar stitches and techniques. Complete the bee with a glorious display of three-dimensional bead flowers and leaves. With extensive video footage and detailed voice-over explanations, everything is covered in 4 exciting lessons!

Registration for Brian and the Bee will be limited to 100 students on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will open on January 6, 2021 at 12:00 PM EST and will close when the 100 student limit is met or on February 3, 2021.
Sign up below and we’ll send you a reminder the morning of January 6!

More about Brian the Bee

  • Class Details

    Design size: 8″ X 7 1/4″
    Skill level: Intermediate/Advanced
    Registration dates: Registration will be limited to 100 students on a first-come, first-served basis and will open on January 6, 2021 at 12:00 PM EST, closing when the 100 student limit is met or on February 3, 2021.
    Number of lessons:  4 lessons with extensive video footage and detailed voice over instruction covering all the stitches and techniques.
    Class schedule: Lessons for this class will be posted bi-weekly starting on April 7, 2021. The lessons will be posted following this schedule: April 7, April 21, May 5 and May 19, 2021.
    Class cost: Class & Kit: $164 shipping to US; $184 shipping to Canada; $196 shipping Internationally.
    Supplies needed: Internet access, 12” embroidery hoop, sharp scissors, thread conditioner, good lighting, good spectacles or additional magnification, if required.

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  • Kit contents and supplies needed

    Please find the full list of kit contents and supplies clicking here.

    The student will need to provide: Internet access, 12” embroidery hoop, sharp scissors, thread conditioner, good lighting, good spectacles or additional magnification, if required.

  • About teacher Hazel Blomkamp

    Embroiderer and author Hazel Blomkamp is, first and foremost, a lover of dogs. She is surrounded by large, slobbery Boxers and that is why she works almost exclusively in cotton on cotton and linen – so that it is fully washable.

    She fiddled with textiles, yarns, threads and needles throughout her youth but embroidery, beadwork and the embellishment of crazy patchwork are what stuck and hardly a day goes by without her stitching something.

    She has designed and taught embroidery and beadwork for some thirty years, along with adding a busy website when the internet was invented. Once her children no longer required constant attention, some of her husband’s colleagues were suggesting that because what she was doing was not a proper job, that she ‘go find a job’, so she started writing books. To keep them quiet and because, it was the next logical step to take.

    Other than her home country, South Africa, she has taught in the UK, France, Russia, Ukraine, Canada, New Zealand, cruises down big rivers in South East Asia, and was regularly to be found flying over the Indian Ocean to Australia where she taught at either at Beating Around The Bush for Inspirations Magazine in Adelaide, Koala Conventions, or for guilds around that country.

  • Lessons

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    Learn more about downloading your lessons, asking questions to the teacher, posting photos of your progress, receiving class emails and more in the Online Course Instructions page.

    Please note: Online Studio course and kit fees are non-refundable.