Hearts for You with Denise Harrington Pratt
Create a lovely set of needlework accoutrements!
Our Group Correspondence Course Hearts for You with Denise Harrington Pratt is an opportunity for the student to learn a variety of finishing techniques for use with counted thread work and to create a lovely four-piece set of needlework accoutrements. The counted thread embroidery in the pieces is basic, using cross stitch, backstitch, and attached beads. This is so students can focus on the finishing techniques once the embroidery is completed.
Many stitchers feel hesitant to attempt items that require finishing or construction, and the purpose of this class is to help students develop the skills and the confidence to delve into this fascinating area of needlework. This class will open the door to the wonderful world of needlework finishing where all manner of stitched items can be constructed into useful and beautiful three-dimensional items.
This class begins with the pinkeep, the simplest of the set. The student will learn how to create a circular piece, and how to put the pinkeep together. The second piece is a needlebook and the finishing techniques are completely different on this piece, including creating the spine and constructing the needlebook using reverse chain and a lacing technique. The third piece is a scissors fob. In this piece the students expand their skills with the reverse chain and lacing by working on a curve. How to construct a piece with an inside corner is also learned. The last piece, the scissors keeper, is the most complex and students will learn a variety of construction techniques completing this final piece. These four pieces give the stitching enthusiast a good introduction into a variety of finishing techniques for counted thread embroidery.
This course has lots of detail, lots of photos, and lots of tips to help each student gain new skills and add new techniques to their needlework repertoire. Come and join us, won’t you?
More about Hearts for You
Type of Project: Set of four needlework accessories in counted thread embroidery
Size of Project: Pinkeep-23/4″ circle, Needlebook-71/4″ x 41/4″ when opened, Scissors Fob-13/4″ x 11/4″, Scissors Keeper-21/4″ x 5″.
Color Choices: Red variegated floss on cream, natural brown, or red or colors of students choice.
Supplies Used: DMC variegated floss, DMC solid floss, 28 count linen, solid color cotton fabric, coordinating print cotton fabric, red felted wool, white wool felt, cotton batting, Peltex 71F stabilizer, Kreinik Very Fine (#4) Braid, 11º Mill Hill Beads, 1/8″ ribbon, glass-headed pins, Dritz Heavy-Duty Template Plastic, Stitchery Tape, Fray-Stop, small watercolor brush, Aleene’s Tacky Glue, glue stick, filler for fob, sewing thread, hand quilting thread
Tools Needed: Cord maker, Quick-Grip clamps, craft wood for clamping
Skill Level: Intermediate
Timeline: 5 or 6 months
Fee per group: $200
Text Price: $52 for 72 pages
Estimated Supply Cost: $70-$90
DMC Floss Number for Tassel: DMC #321
About teacher Denise Harrington Pratt
Denise Harrington Pratt is an artist and needlework designer with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a passion for counted thread embroidery on linen. Denise has been teaching needlework since 1995. She has taught at Spirit of Cross Stitch Festivals, National and Regional Seminars for the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, Inc., and EGA chapters. Denise is an active member of our Southern Maine Chapter.
More about our Group Correspondence Courses and GCC Lightning Rounds
Visit our Group Correspondence Courses page for the registration form and for more information on how our GCCs work.
Our GCC Lightning Rounds are three or four of our Group Correspondence Courses that have been hand-picked by our Education Department and made available for individual EGA members to register without a group for a limited time. Visit our GCC Lightning Rounds page to see which courses are available this quarter!
There are no refunds for course or text fees so make your selection carefully.