Online Class: The Flax Sampler with Eileen Bennett

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The Flax Sampler

Registration for this class has closed. If you are a registered student, your first lesson will be posted in the course content section below on May 1st.

The Flax Sampler is a collection of 54 classic stitches, including 12 pulled-thread techniques. Work them into this elegant sampler, then frame it and enjoy!

You’ll stitch using gentle blues and creamy white threads on 32-count linen. The finished sampler measures approximately 6 x 7-inches, but the linen in your kit is large enough to provide a practice area, so you can perfect each technique before stitching it into its home square in the design.

This class is designed for advanced/intermediate students who are cross-stitchers with some experience on linen. In addition to Belfast linen (in Antique White), the kit includes DMC flosses, size 80 Dentelles thread, size 12 pearl cotton, a needle and some interesting reading: a bibliography of sampler stitching.

The Flax Sampler information

Skill level: Advanced/Intermediate
Design Area: 6.6″ x 5.4″
Registration Cost: There  will be 4 options: Class only (no kit) $50; Class + kit (US) $125; Class + kit (CANADA) $140; Class + kit (INT) $145
Kit Contents: Printed instructions, 32-count Zweigart Belfast Linen, antique white color, cut 13” wide by 12” high; 1 ball of #12 DMC Pearl Cotton, ecru color; 1 ball of #80 DMC Special Dentelles, ecru color; 1 skein DMC floss, #931 medium-dark blue; 2 skeins DMC floss, #932 medium blue; 1 skein DMC floss, ecru color; 1 skein DMC floss, #520 medium green; #24 & #26 Tapestry Needles,
If student is not purchasing the kit the following supplies will be needed: 32-count Zweigart Belfast Linen, antique white color, cut 13” wide by 12” high; 1 ball of #12 DMC Pearl Cotton, ecru color; 1 ball of #80 DMC Special Dentelles, ecru color; 1 skein DMC floss, #931 medium-dark blue; 2 skeins DMC floss, #932 medium blue; 1 skein DMC floss, ecru color; 1 skein DMC floss, #520 medium green; #24 & #26 Tapestry Needles

The Flax Sampler Important Dates

Registration starts: March 6, 2019.
Registration closes: April 2, 2019.
Classes start: Lesson 1 will be posted on the Course Content section below on May 1st and every Wednesday through June 19, 2019.

About teacher Eileen Bennett

The Flax Sampler
Eileen Bennett

Artist, author, teacher Eileen Bennett is a recognized expert in the art of sampler stitching, much sought after in the United States and abroad for her encyclopedic knowledge of historic embroideries. She has written seven books, including her two-volume Note Book Of Sampler Stitches, The Red Book Of Sampler Stitches and A Note Book Of Pulled Thread Stitches that embroiderers and canvas workers routinely turn to for well-documented, historically accurate stitches. Her designs are noteworthy for their authenticity and grace. Like her books, they are much-admired for their comprehensive, easy-to-follow instructions and diagrams. Also, like her books, her designs are popular; she has sold over 500,000 leaflets since opening her company, The Sampler House, in 1984.

A contributor to America’s leading needlework magazines, Eileen is also a popular-informative and entertaining-instructor. She teaches at guild meetings, needlework shops and shows throughout the country. She has served on the Board of Advisors for Antique Sampler & Needlework Quarterly. She has executed commissions from the Grand Rapids, Michigan, Public Museum, worked with the Ulster Folk Museum in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and she published a quarterly newsletter Sam Cloth, that included hard-to-find information on samplers. Eileen is currently the chairperson for Michigan’s Sampler Survey . . . a nation-wide search documenting Michigan’s school-girl embroideries.

Inspired by numerous years of researching antique samplers, Eileen Bennett’s Sampler House designs offers today’s stitcher a challenging counted thread experience or a relaxing cross-stitched project. Designs, based on 17th, 18th and 19th century sampler making techniques, are charted for using easily attainable DMC threads and imported linens. Her “Red Book of Sampler Stitches,” containing over 70 clearly drawn stitch diagrams, continues to be one of the industries leading books on ‘how-to-do’ needlework. And for those wishing a quick course in sampler history, “The Evolution of Samplers . . . a 400 year time line” is a must have, must read book!

A member of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America since 1976, Eileen is the owner of The Sampler House (8112 Weatherwax Drive, Jenison, MI 49428-8300). For additional information on Eileen’s books, designs or classes, write for a catalog or her teaching schedule or visit her website:   www.TheSamplerHouse.net