2022 International Teacher Tour

Hazel Blomkamp

Hazel is available to teach groups of up to 25 students from September 2 to September 30. If you are interested in having her teach your chapter during these days, follow the instructions on the 2022 International Teacher Tour page.

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.

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Explore Hazel’s Available Classes Below

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  • Hand Stitched Crazy Patchwork Embellishment – 4 day class

    Taught by Hazel Blomkamp (view bio)

    Working from Hazel’s book, Hand Stitched Crazy Patchwork, this class has been designed to cover as large a variety of techniques as can be done in four days. This will include multiple embroidery stitches such as, but not limited to, battlement couching, bullion knots, buttonhole and blanket stitches with variations, chain stitch with variations, chevron stitch with variations, Cretan stitch with variations, detached chain with variations and the herringbone stitch. Additional techniques such as needle lace, needle weaving, bead embroidery and ribbon embroidery will also be taught.

    Participants in this class will work on printed sample fabric when learning the thread and ribbon stitches. These pieces of fabric will ultimately form the pages of a rag book, the cover of which will be embellished crazy patch. Once complete, the rag book will not only provide a vehicle for learning and practice, but will also become a reference book for future projects.

    Embroidery Techniques: bead embroidery, surface embroidery, needle lace and weaving and ribbon embroidery
    Length of class: Four-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: approximately 6” x 9”
    Cost of Kit: US$149 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Contents: a block of made-up crazy patchwork, printed stitch sample “pages” and back cover, additional instruction booklet, Miyuki seed and Delica beads, DMC perle #12, Special Dentelles #80, stranded cotton, silk ribbon, beading thread, tatting needle, beading mat and needlebook
    Student Supplies: 10” 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, Hand Stitched Crazy Patchwork, and should bring that book with them to class. (Cost of this book is approximately US$29.95.)

  • Daisy Biscornu – 1 day class

    Taught by Hazel Blomkamp (view bio)

    A biscornu is a small octagonal pincushion made from two square pieces of embellished cloth. Great fun to make and a relatively quick project, this class will concentrate on needle lace embroidery, a few conventional embroidery stitches such as backstitch, twisted chain stitch, detached buttonhole and whipped and woven spiders and will also include bead embroidery.

    Measuring approximately 2 1/3” x 2 1/3”, the project is worked on a natural-colored linen cotton blend fabric using DMC stranded and dentelles cotton thread, hand painted silk ribbon and Miyuki beads. The main focus of the class will be needle lace and the bead embroidery stitches with the more simple embroidery stitches and the assembly of the biscornu demonstrated before the end of this class, so that participants will be in a position to finish the project at home.

    Embroidery Techniques: embroidery, needle lace and ribbon embroidery
    Length of class: One-day
    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: approximately 2 1/3” x 2 1/3”
    Cost of Kit: US$27 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Contents: instruction booklet, print on natural colored linen cotton blend fabric, DMC stranded cotton and special dentelles #80 thread, hand painted silk ribbon, Miyuki beads, polyester stuffing and a needle pack
    Student Supplies: 6” hoop, 6” ruler or any ruler, sharp scissors, notebook with pen/pencil, lighting/magnification if needed and usual stitching supplies.

  • Dennis the Dragonfly – 3 day class

    Taught by Hazel Blomkamp (view bio)

    Dennis the Dragonfly was featured in Issue 110 of Inspirations Magazine in 2021 and measures approximately 7” x 4 ½”. It is worked with a variety of needle lace, bead embroidery and embroidery techniques which include backstitch, chain stitch, couching, meandering running stitch and Portuguese knotted stem stitch. Using perle, stranded cottons, metallic and beading threads along with Miyuki beads, this design is worked on a black cotton twill that has been backed with cotton voile.

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

    Embroidery Techniques: embroidery, needle lace and bead embroidery
    Length of class: Three-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: approximately 7” x 4 ½”
    Cost of Kit: US$129 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Contents: print on black cotton twill (the original of this design was made up as a book cover for the Weldon’s Encyclopedia of Needlework and sufficient fabric will be provided for this purpose), instruction booklet, stitch diagrams, color images, DMC stranded cotton and Color Variations, Presencia Finca perle #16, metallic thread, beading thread, Miyuki seed and Delica beads, batting pack and needle pack.
    Student Supplies: 6” hoop for class work, 12” hoop or embroidery frame to accommodate a similar stitching area for the project, sharp scissors, notebook with pen/pencil, lighting/magnification if needed and usual stitching supplies.

  • Freewheel Mandala – 1 day class

    Taught by Hazel Blomkamp (view bio)

    From Hazel’s and Di van Niekerk’s book, Freestyle Embroidered Mandalas, Freewheel Mandala is a colorful project with a good variety of both embroidery and bead embroidery stitches. It is suitable for just about anyone from beginners to advanced stitchers. With a diameter of approximately 8 ¼”, it includes the following techniques: whipped backstitch, double blanket stitch, buttonhole, French knots, raised and reversed chain, weaving shading and woven spider stitches as well as beaded backstitch and attaching single beads.

    This design uses DMC stranded cottons, both solid colors and Color Variations and Miyuki beads. It is worked on an off white/cream lightweight cotton twill backed with cotton.

    Embroidery Techniques: embroidery and bead embroidery
    Length of class: One-day
    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: approximately 8 ¼” diameter
    Cost of Kit: US$47 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Contents: print on off white/cream lightweight cotton twill backed with cotton voile and overlocked around the edges, DMC stranded cotton – solid and Color Variations, Miyuki beads and needle pack.
    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 and Di’s book, Freestyle Embroidered Mandalas and should bring that book with them to class. (Cost of this book is approximately US$24.95.)

  • Pretty Paisley Mandala – 1 day class

    Taught by Hazel Blomkamp (view bio)

    From Hazel’s and Di van Niekerk’s book, Freestyle Embroidered Mandala, Pretty Paisley Mandala is an elegant project with a variety of both embroidery and bead embroidery stitches. It is suitable for just about anyone from beginners to advanced stitchers. With a diameter of approximately 7”, it includes the following techniques: couching, fly stitch, long and short stitch, outline stitch, reverse whipped chain stitch, as well as bead couching and attaching single beads.

    This design uses DMC stranded cotton and metallic threads along with Miyuki beads and is worked on a black cotton twill.

    Embroidery Techniques: embroidery and bead embroidery
    Length of class: One-day
    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: approximately 7” diameter
    Cost of Kit: US$46 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Contents: print on black cotton twill backed with cotton voile and overlocked around the edges, DMC stranded cotton, DMC Diamant metallic thread, Mettler metallic thread, Miyuki beads and needle pack.
    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 and Di’s book, Freestyle Embroidered Mandalas and should bring that book with them to class. (Cost of this book is approximately US$24.95.)

  • 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.)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.