2019 International Teacher Tour

Gary Clarke

Gary Clarke

Gary will be teaching our chapters in the months of October and November.
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About Gary Clarke

Gary was born and lives in Tasmania, Australia.  He studied Art at Launceston Matriculation and Art Colleges, with distinctions in both. He studied and worked as a textile designer under Rudy Jenny from the “Bauhaus School of Design” in Germany. Gary has written six books on embroidery as well as taught and lectured on embroidery in England, New Zealand, Canada, United States, and throughout Australia.

Gary will be teaching our chapters in the months of October and November. Schedules have been added to each class below. To participate, contact the chapter with the date you are interested on.

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Explore Gary’s Schedule below

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  • 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