2019 International Teacher Tour

Mike Parr

Mike will be teaching our chapters in November.
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About Mike Parr

Mike Parr has had a lifelong passion for embroidery and history, with over 35 years of experience in surface and crewel embroidery. He has studied with a variety of international teachers and works regularly in stump work, gold work, and white work. He has taught privately for a number of years and also works with local guilds, teaching regularly in Canada. He is a regular contributor to Embroidery Canada magazine.

In 2016, he founded his own business: Mike Parr Embroidery Designs. Mike’s primary focus is creating embroidery projects that draw on art and history for their inspiration.

Mike will be available to teach only November 4 – 10, 2019.


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Explore Mike’s Available Classes below

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  • 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.


    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


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