2022 International Teacher Tour

Hazel Blomkamp

Hailing from South Africa, Hazel Blomkamp is the author of 8 – going on 9 – books. She has designed, written about and taught embroidery and beadwork for more than thirty years and is best known for her less conventional approach to embroidery and Crewel embroidery, in particular.

Hazel will be teaching our chapters in the months of August and September. 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 Hazel’s Available Classes Below

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  • The First Sip – 2 day class

    Taught by Hazel Blomkamp (view bio)

    From Hazel’s book, Crewel Intentions, The First Sip measures approximately 10” x 8” and is worked with a variety of both needle lace and weaving techniques. Along with these signature techniques, it includes backstitch, buttonhole stitch, chain stitch backstitch combination, detached buttonhole stitch, fly stitch variations, French knots, long and short stitch, split stitch, satin stitch, stem stitch as well as several other embroidery stitches plus bead embroidery techniques.

    Because this class will cover all of the stitches and techniques used in The First Sip design, participants will be taught on a fabric sampler. This will make it possible to cover everything in class and will mean that each person will go home with a reference for what is needed to do when working the project.

    Using perle, #80 and stranded cottons, rayon threads and Miyuki beads the project is worked on a winter white cotton linen blend fabric.

    Embroidery Techniques: embroidery, needle lace, weaving and bead embroidery
    Length of class: Two-days
    Maximum Class Size: 25
    Skill Required: Basic knowledge of embroidery techniques, other than cross stitch. It is important to note that this class covers a variety of techniques which need to be taught in a relatively short space of time. The class will move quickly and participants should be competent needleworkers.
    Design Size: 10” x 8”
    Cost of Kit: US$71 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Contents: print on cream cotton hopsack, DMC/Anchor stranded cotton, rayon thread, perle, Lizbeth #80 thread, Miyuki seed beads and needle pack plus a teaching kit.
    Student Supplies: 12” hoop, sharp scissors, notebook with pen/pencil, lighting/magnification if needed and usual stitching supplies.

    Note: Participants will be required to own a copy of Hazel’s book, Crewel Intentions and should bring that book with them to class. (Cost of this book is approximately US$29.95.)

    Schedule

    August 30-31 (Tuesday-Wednesday) with our Monguagon Chapter in Dearborn MI.

    September 24-25 (Saturday-Sunday) with our New England Region in Andover, MA.

     

  • Tony the Lion – 2 day class

    Taught by Hazel Blomkamp (view bio)

    Tony is the face of a lion and this project incorporates a wide variety of stitches and techniques which will be particularly useful to stitchers that would like to become familiar with Hazel’s signature techniques. These signature techniques include using needle lace techniques for embroidery and loom weaving that has been modified for needle weaving. Measuring 9 ½” x 8 ½”, the project includes backstitch, buttonhole stitch, interlaced chain stitch, detached buttonhole stitch, knotted pearl stitch, long and short stitch, outline stitch, satin stitch, trellis couching as well as several other embroidery stitches plus bead embroidery techniques.

    Because time is short and the class will cover all of the stitches and techniques used in the design, participants will be taught on a fabric sampler. This will make it possible to cover everything in class and will mean that each person will go home with a reference for what is needed to do when working the project.

    Using stranded cotton, cordonette, perle, satin and metallic threads along with Swarovski crystals, Preciosa glass pearls and Miyuki beads, the project is worked on a natural colored linen cotton blend fabric.

    Embroidery Techniques: embroidery, needle lace, weaving and bead embroidery
    Length of class: Two-days
    Maximum Class Size: 25
    Skill Required: Intermediate to Advanced. It is important to note that this class covers a variety of techniques which need to be taught in a relatively short space of time. The class will move quickly and participants should be competent needleworkers.
    Design Size: 9 ½” x 8 ½”
    Cost of Kit: US$118 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Contents: print on natural colored linen cotton blend fabric backed with cotton voile and overlocked around the edges, book of instructions, stitch diagrams, color images, DMC stranded cotton, Color Variations, Special Dentelles #80, satin thread, Diamant thread, Mettler metallic thread, Miyuki seed beads, Swarovski flatback crystals, Preciosa glass pearls, a needle pack and a teaching kit.
    Student Supplies: 6” hoop for class work, 14” hoop or embroidery frame to accommodate a similar stitching area, Tailer’s awl or stiletto, sharp scissors, notebook with pen/pencil, lighting/magnification if needed and usual stitching supplies.

    Schedule

    September 10-11 (Saturday-Sunday) with our Wasatch-Salt Lake Chapter in Salt Lake City, UT.

    September 17-18 (Saturday-Sunday) with our Louisiana Lagniappe Chapter in Baton Rouge, LA.

  • Tumbleweeds 1 – 3 day class

    Taught by Hazel Blomkamp (view bio)

    This design, approximately 9 ½” x 9 ½”, takes the use of needle lace techniques in embroidery a step further, combining the different numbered stitches to create petals not unlike insertion lace. It also includes crewel stitches, interesting needle weaving ideas, some bead embroidery and the use of caged crystals, as well as backstitch, bullion knot, buttonhole and blanket stitch, detached buttonhole, cast on buttonhole bar, detached chain, French knots, long and short stitch, Portuguese knotted stem stitch, trellis couching, whipped spider stitch, a variety of other surface embroidery stitches plus needle lace, weaving and bead embroidery techniques.

    This class will open up a world of possibilities for the already accomplished embroiderer and is for stitchers who have a good basic knowledge of the art. It will particularly appeal to the embroiderer who enjoys stitching fine, detailed embroidery. Because the class will cover all the stitches and techniques used in the design, participants will be taught on a fabric sampler. This will make it possible to cover everything in class and will mean that each person will go home with a reference for what is needed to do when working the project.

    Using perle and stranded cottons, hand painted silk ribbon, Miyuki beads and Preciosa flatback crystals, the project is worked on a natural colored cotton linen blend.

    Embroidery Techniques: embroidery, needle lace, weaving and bead embroidery
    Length of class: Three-days
    Maximum Class Size: 25
    Skill Required: Intermediate to Advanced. It is important to note that this class covers a variety of techniques which need to be taught in a relatively short space of time. The class will move quickly and participants should be competent needleworkers.
    Design Size: 9 ½” x 9 ½”
    Cost of Kit: US$118 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Contents: print on 45/55 natural colored linen cotton blend, book of instructions, stitch diagrams, color images, DMC stranded and perle cotton, Di van Niekerk hand painted silk ribbon, Miyuki seed beads, Preciosa crystals and a needle pack.
    Student Supplies: 6” hoop for class work, 14” hoop or embroidery frame to accommodate a similar stitching area, sharp scissors, notebook with pen/pencil, lighting/magnification if needed and usual stitching supplies.

    Schedule

    THIS CLASS IS FULL September 2-4(Friday-Sunday) with ourHeartland Regionin Cedar Rapids, IA.

    September 6-8 (Tuesday-Thursday) with our Pikes Peak Chapter in Colorado Springs, CO.

    September 13-15 (Tuesday – Thursday) with our Tucson Chapter in Tucson, AZ.

     

  • Tumbleweeds 3 – 3 day class

    Taught by Hazel Blomkamp (view bio)

    This design, approximately 10 ½” x 10” takes the use of needle lace techniques in embroidery a step further, combining the different numbered stitches to create petals not unlike insertion lace. It also includes crewel stitches, interesting needle weaving ideas, some bead embroidery and the use of caged crystals, as well as embroidery stitches that include backstitch, bullion knot, buttonhole and blanket stitch, chain stitch, long and short stitch, outline stitch, Portuguese knotted stem stitch, satin stitch, trellis couching, whipped chain stitch and many others. A variety of needle lace and weaving stitches will be taught and so will bead embroidery techniques that include bead couching and a beaded drizzle stitch.

    This class will open up a world of possibilities for the already accomplished embroiderer and is for stitchers who have a good basic knowledge of the art. It will particularly appeal to the embroiderer who enjoys stitching fine, detailed embroidery. Because the class will cover all the stitches and techniques used in the design, participants will be taught on a fabric sampler. This will make it possible to cover everything in class and will mean that each person will go home with a reference for what is needed to do when working the project.

    Using perle, dentelles and stranded cottons, hand painted silk ribbon, Miyuki beads and Preciosa flatback crystals, the project is worked on a natural colored cotton linen blend.

    Embroidery Techniques: embroidery, needle lace, weaving and bead embroidery
    Length of class: Three-days
    Maximum Class Size: 25
    Skill Required: Intermediate to Advanced. It is important to note that this class covers a variety of techniques which need to be taught in a relatively short space of time. The class will move quickly and participants should be competent needleworkers.
    Design Size: approximately 10 ½” x 10”
    Cost of Kit: US$149 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Contents: print on 45/55 natural colored linen cotton blend, book of instructions, stitch diagrams, color images, DMC stranded cotton, perle cotton and Special Dentelles #80, Di van Niekerk hand painted silk ribbon, Miyuki seed beads, Preciosa crystals and a needle pack.
    Student Supplies: 6” hoop for class work, 14” hoop or embroidery frame to accommodate a similar stitching area, sharp scissors, notebook with pen/pencil, lighting/magnification if needed and usual stitching supplies.

    Schedule

    THIS CLASS IS FULL September 20-22 (Tuesday-Thursday) with our Knoxville Chapter in Knoxville, TN.