2019 International Teacher Tour

These teachers will be touring the United States to teach in conjunction with Seminar 2019 – Gateway to Stitching, held in St. Louis, Missouri, October 30 – November 3, 2019.

We are pleased that so many chapters who requested a teacher were granted their request, resulting in an ambitious schedule for each of the teachers. In addition to seminar week in St. Louis, Gary Clarke has agreed to teach in 8 locations, Lorna Bateman will also teach in 8 locations, and Mike Parr will teach in 2 locations. The benefit to chapters hosting a venue is that the shared travel and visa costs are kept to a minimum, and we are able to offer a generous education opportunity for EGA members to participate in workshops with international teachers.

To view the dates, location, and projects for each teacher, click on the photos below.

Individual chapters sponsoring a venue will handle registration and collection of fees. If the classes are not at capacity by mid-June, they will make seats available to interested members from other locations. If you are interested in joining a class that is not hosted by your chapter, please contact Mary Chamberlain, ITT Coordinator, at egaseminar2019itt@gmail.com and your request will be forwarded to the appropriate venue point of contact.

Sandra Gordon, Seminar 2019 Dean of Faculty

Solveig Walstrom, Seminar 2019 Chair

 

Click on each teacher photo to see their classes or see the complete list below.

  • Tasmanian Screech Owl – 2 day class

    Taught by Gary Clarke (view bio)

    This project is an exercise in minimalism. Each stitch in this design has a purpose. It is dark and sketchy to give a fleeting look at this nocturnal creature. In the wild it can be heard soon after nightfall, its blood curdling screech letting you know it is about. It is worked with one strand of 6-stranded cotton on a stretched organza base. The colors are muted and earthy, mimicking its habitat.

    Organza embroidery uses simple stitches, the challenge is where they are placed and how densely. This class will take away the apprehension and endeavor to inspire.

    Technique: Organza embroidery
    Skill Level: Intermediate
    Design size: 12” x 12”
    Kit cost: $70.00
    Pre Work: None
    Kit contents: Organza, Work frame, Thread, Needle, Instructions & DVD, Metal disk
    Class size: 28-30

    Schedule

    November 6-7 (Wednesday-Thursday) with our Pikes Peak Chapter in Colorado Springs, Colorado

    November 16-17 (Saturday-Sunday) with our Laurel Chapter in Hendersonville, North Carolina

    November 23-26 (Saturday-Tuesday) with our Yellow Rose Chapter in Houston, TX

    December 3-4 (Tuesday-Wednesday) with our Tucson Chapter in Tucson, Arizona

  • Sea Turtle – 2 day class

    Taught by Gary Clarke (view bio)

    This project has a very tropical look; the turtle is in full focus around the face and blends off as the water distorts the image. In this project the stage (under the embroidery) is pre-printed and also embroidered in simple stitches, only a few fish are highlighted with stitching. The student will get a feel for stitching on organza and tips for this style of work. It is not difficult, but the security of a teacher to start off and guide is comforting and makes for a relaxed class.

    The aim of this class is to become aware of the potential in organza. It is also a lesson in less is more, in sketching a subject, then training the viewer to where their eye needs to go.

    Technique: Organza embroidery
    Skill Level: Intermediate
    Design size: 12” x 12”
    Kit cost: $75.00
    Pre Work: None
    Kit contents: Organza, Printed Cotton, Thread, Needle, Work Frame, Instructions & DVD
    Class size: 28
    Special Requirements: The fish in the background are stitched in one strand of 6-stranded cotton. I will be supplying some thread for the students to choose from. However, students may wish to bring some of their own colors. Remember the organza above will mute the colors, so choose vibrant colors.

    Schedule

    October 26-27 (Saturday and Sunday) with our Long Beach Chapter in California

    November 13-14 (Wednesday and Thursday) with our Winchester & Oatlands Chapters in Virginia

    November 20-21 (Wednesday and Thursday) with our Neapolitan Chapter in Naples, Florida

    November 23-26 (Saturday-Tuesday) with our Yellow Rose Chapter in Houston, Texas

  • Folded Boxes – 2 day class

    Taught by Gary Clarke (view bio)

    With this project the student will have the choice of four designs to work in class. The patterns for all four designs will be included in the kit. The foundation of this design is worked from the back, and is not as hard as it sounds. The pattern is then filled in and given detail from the front. By having the pattern drawn on the reverse side there is no line work to remove after the stitching has been completed, the pattern is also attached in such a way that working on black fabric is not a problem. Colors will be chosen in class.

    The student will learn to work from the back, become familiar with single strand stitching, and the making of simple boxes.

    Technique: Working in the dark
    Skill Level: Basic/Intermediate
    Design size: 7 cm x 7 cm x 7 cm (7 cm = 2.75”)
    Kit cost: $65.00
    Pre Work: None
    Kit contents: Black poplin fabric, Thread, Beads, Patterns (4), Instructions & DVD
    Class size: 28-30

    Schedule

    November 9-10 (Saturday-Sunday) with our St. Paul Needleworkers Chapter in Roseville, Minnesota

  • My Cottage Garden – 2 day class

    Taught by Lorna Bateman (view bio)

    This project was featured in Inspirations Magazine in 2017. The design combines silk ribbon embroidery with raised and 3-dimensional stitches, using embroidery flosses, 4 and 7mm silk ribbon, and perle/pearl threads.

    Technique: Silk ribbon embroidery and 3-dimensional embroidery
    Skill Level: Beginner – Intermediate
    Design size: 7” x 6”
    Kit cost: $112.50
    Pre Work: Basting the two layers of cloth together for both the main project and the doodle cloth as per instructions provided.
    Kit contents: 12” x 14” natural linen or cotton/linen blend with the design screened onto it, 12” x 14” muslin/calico for backing, 11” x 11” practice/doodle cloth with muslin calico backing, Small pieces of white/cream and lilac felt, Small piece of freezer paper, Chenille needles #18, 20, 22, & 24, Crewel needles #4, 7, 8, 9, & 10, Milliners needles # 6 & 9, 4 & 7 mm River Silks hand-dyed ribbons, Chameleon 6-stranded hand-dyed cottons, Chameleon Perle #12, DMC stranded cottons, Madeira metallic thread
    Class size: 20-22,
    Special equipment: Iron & ironing board

    Schedule

    November 21-22 (Thursday-Friday) with our Knoxville Chapter in Knoxville, Tennessee

     

  • Berries for the Birds – 2 day class

    Taught by Lorna Bateman (view bio)

    This project was featured in the Inspirations Yearbook of 2017. It was designed as a beginner’s introduction to stumpwork and includes the techniques of wired work, the covering of beads, and needlelace.

    Technique: Stumpwork
    Skill Level: Beginner – Intermediate
    Design size: approximately 3” diameter
    Kit cost: $69.95
    Pre Work: Basting the two layers of cloth together for both the main project and the doodle cloth as per instructions provided.
    Kit contents: 7” x 7” natural linen/cotton blend with the design screened onto it, 7” x 7” muslin/calico for backing, 11” x 11” practice/doodle cloth with muslin/calico backing, Oval wooden beads – 3, 8x12mm, Round wooden beads – 3 each, 9 & 12 mm, 6” x 6” fine cotton for slips – 2
    Artists’ Tracing Paper, Medium pincushion base – 4” diameter, Florists’ Wire, #26 & 30, Crewel needles #7, 8, & 9, Chenille needle #13, Milliner’s needle #9, Tapestry Petites #26 or 28, Chameleon hand-dyed stranded cottons, Chameleon Perle #8 & 12, Madeira Metallic thread
    Class size: 20-22
    Special equipment: Iron & ironing board

    Schedule

    October 21-22 (Monday-Tuesday) with our Indian River Chapter in Melbourne, Florida

     

     

  • Springtime – 2 day class

    Taught by Lorna Bateman (view bio)

    This project was designed specifically with beginners in mind in order to show all the variations that can be achieved using ribbon stitch or inverted stab stitch to embroider flowers.

    Technique: Silk ribbon embroidery and surface embroidery
    Skill Level: Beginner – Intermediate
    Design size: 3.5” x 7.5”
    Kit cost: $98.95
    Pre Work: Basting the two layers of cloth together for both the main project and the doodle cloth as per instructions provided.
    Kit contents: 14” x 14” cotton/linen blend fabric, 14” x 14” muslin/calico for backing, 11” x 11” practice/doodle cloth with muslin/calico backing, River Silks 4 mm silk ribbons in a selection of colors, Stranded cotton floss in a variety of colors, Chenille needles #3 x 20, Crewel needle #8
    Class size: 20-22
    Special equipment:
    Iron & ironing board

    Schedule

    November 17-18 (Sunday-Monday) with our Three Rivers Chapter in Pittsburgh, PA

    November 25-26 (Monday-Tuesday) with our Constellation Chapter in, Ellicott City, Maryland

  • Lavender and Bees Pincushion – 1 day class

    Taught by Lorna Bateman (view bio)

    This project was designed specifically with beginners in mind in order to perfect the bullion stitch, using pearl thread and stranded cotton floss.

    Technique: Surface embroidery
    Skill Level: Beginner – Intermediate
    Design size: 3.25” diameter
    Kit cost: $53.50
    Pre Work: Basting the two layers of cloth together for both the main project and the doodle cloth as per instructions provided.
    Kit contents: 7” x 7” linen/cotton blend fabric, 7” x 7” muslin/calico for backing, 11” x 11” practice/doodle cloth with muslin/calico backing
    Small pincushion base – 3.5” diameter, Stranded cotton floss, Perle cotton #8 & 12, Madeira Metallic Thread, Milliner’s needle #7, Crewel/embroidery needle #8
    Class size: 20-22
    Special equipment: Iron & ironing board

    Schedule

    November 9-11 (Saturday-Monday) with our Muchas Manos Chapter in San Diego, California

    November 15 (Friday) with our Valley Junction Chapter in Des Moines, Iowa – FULL

  • Embroidered Country Gardens Scissorkeeper – 2 day class

    Taught by Lorna Bateman (view bio)

    This design introduces raised and textured embroidery stitches to the beginner or, alternatively, gives the more experienced embroiderer room to experiment. It was published in Inspirations Magazine and it will be published in my forthcoming book – Embroidered Country Gardens – published by Search Press, May 2019.

    Technique: Surface embroidery
    Skill Level: Beginner – Intermediate
    Design size: Embroidery – 3.5” x 2”, Finished scissorkeeper – 5” x 3”
    Kit cost: $111.50
    Pre Work: Basting the two layers of cloth together for both the main project and the doodle cloth as per instructions provided.
    Kit contents: 3 pieces of 7” x 7” linen/cotton blend fabric, 3 pieces of 7” x 7” muslin/calico for backing, 11” x 11” practice/doodle cloth with muslin/calico backing, Wadding (batting), Wool felt 5” x 3”, Soluble web, Silk or cotton organdy – 5” x 5”, Italian stork or similar scissors, Stranded cottons in a variety of colors, Perle/pearl cottons #12 and 16, Madeira Metallic thread, Crewel needles #4, 7, 8, & 9, Milliner’s needles #6 & 9
    Class size: 20-22
    Special equipment: Iron & ironing board

    Note: In addition, students will need to supply either cardboard (e.g. from a cereal box) or thin template plastic for finishing this piece.

    Schedule

    October 24-25 (Thursday-Friday) with our Sarasota Chapter in Sarasota, Florida

    November 6-7 (Wednesday-Thursday) with our Orange County Chapter in Costa Mesa, California

    November 9-11 (Saturday-Monday) with our Muchas Manos Chapter in San Diego, California

     

  • Dresden Blütenknospe – 2 day class

    Taught by Mike Parr (view bio)

    Students are invited to enjoy learning the techniques associated with Dresden Lace whitework. This small flower bud design with a Jacobean influence has been embellished with pulled thread and surface embroidery techniques that were typically found in this form of embroidery that originated from Saxony in the mid 1700s. Techniques taught will include satin stitch, whipped chain stitch, stem stitch, four sided stitch, and various damask and combination stitch patterns. The background is awhite shadow work linen from Legacy or Zweigart Linens and the threads used are DMC cottons.

    Technique: Dresden Lace whitework
    Skill Level: Intermediate
    Design size: 4 ½ by 6 ½ inches
    Kit cost: $33
    Pre Work: None
    Kit contents: 50-55 count Shadow Work Linen, DMC Floss, All required needles
    Class size: Maximum 20 students
    Special equipment: Magnification is highly recommended for Dresden Lace even for those stitchers who don’t normally use it.

    Schedule

    November 9-10 (Saturday-Sunday) with our Constellation Chapter in Ellicott City, Maryland

  • Sheryl: An Embroidered Minaudière – 2 day class

    Taught by Mike Parr (view bio)

    This is a chance for students to learn how stitch and finish a minaudière style of evening purse. The design was inspired by the geometric elements present in the Viennese Secessionist school of artwork that included Gustav Klimnt and others. The purse is stitched using Japan Gold, Soie d’alger, and bugle beads on a cream silk dupioni background. Stitches include gold couching, raised satin stitch, stem stitch, whipped and Hungarian braided chain stitch, and French knots. There is some room for students to choose their own stitches within the design.

    Technique: Surface Embroidery
    Skill level: Intermediate
    Design size: Purse frame is 6.5” x 3.75”
    Kit cost: $88 for kit with frame included, $48 for kit without frame.
    Kit contents: Silk Dupioni, Cotton Voile backing, Soie d’Alger, Krenik Japan Gold #7, beads, Sewing thread, All required Needles, Purse Frame and side panels (if ordered)
    Please note: Students must supply their own shoulder chain and lining fabric for the purse interior.
    Class size: Maximum 25 students

    Schedule

    November 6-7 (Wednesday-Thursday) with our Wasatch Chapter in Salt Lake City, Utah

     

Questions?

For 2019 International Teacher Tour questions, please email Mary Chamberlain, Seminar 2019 ITT Coordinator, at egaseminar2019itt@gmail.com.

Solveig Walstrom
2019 Seminar Chairman

Sandra Gordon
2019 Seminar Dean of Faculty