Star-Spangled Puzzle Ball

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Teacher: Denise Harrington Pratt

This class offers the stitcher the opportunity to discover the joy of taking counted thread embroidery into three dimensions by creating a “puzzle ball.” The ball is constructed of pentagon and triangle components. The student will experience the art of counted thread embroidery by stitching the components in a variety of counted thread stitches. Some of the stitches are kite eyelet, two-sided insertion stitch, Nova stitch, leviathan star stitch, and many more. The student will notice that most of the stitches have a star-like appearance. The stitches used create a variety of texture and pattern on the ball providing an enjoyable and varied stitching experience. Once all the components are completed, the student will assemble the components into a beautiful, stitched ball. Clear instructions and diagrams make this process a most delightful and exciting part of the project.

The information-packed instructions are very detailed and will guide the student through the entire process of creating the puzzle ball in a step-by-step manner. Color photos are included.

Course information

Project: Three-dimensional ball
Size: Circumference of ball is approximately 13½” (diameter: 4½”)
Fabric: Linen or even weave fabric
Threads: Silk and metallic or threads of choice
Colors: Two color options are offered but students may choose their own color palette
Skill level: Intermediate
Prerequisites: Ability to stitch on linen
Time: Six months, six sessions
Fee: $175 per group
Text: $40 for 44 pages including three color pages
Supplies (approximate): $60 if silk and metallic are used, less if cotton floss is used.

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