2022 International Teacher Tour

EGA National Seminar 2022: Broadway Bound is excited to announce our Traveling Tour starring International Teachers

Hazel Blomkamp from South Africa and Jane Nicholas from Australia!
Their engagement on Broadway in New York City is limited and they are excited to perform across the United States!

Here’s how you can participate:

Learn about the teachers by reading their biographies and exploring their portfolios. You will find 1-day, 2-day and 3-day class descriptions and photos.

Hazel Blomkamp from South Africa is presenting bead embroidery, needle lace, needle weaving, ribbon embroidery and surface embroidery. Hazel is available to teach groups of up to 25 students from September 2 to September 30.  See Hazel’s Classes
Jane Nicholas from Australia is presenting stumpwork and surface embroidery. Jane is available to teach groups of up to 24 students from September 1 to September 22.  See Jane’s Classes

Time is limited and requests to participate in the program must be postmarked no later than December 15, 2021. Scanned and e-mailed request forms are also accepted by December 15, 2021. We encourage you to talk to your chapter or region, select a teacher and submit the request form. It’s necessary that either the chapter president or region director confirm that the request is approved and supported by the local board. Be sure to mail your request to ITT Coordinator Marietta Douglas to the address in the form or at mLette_97@yahoo.com.

Consider the financial responsibilities before submitting your request. Details involving teacher pay, travel expenses, visa costs, lodging, meals, etc., are found below.

Please understand that there will be a limited number of venues for each teacher. We expect to receive more requests than we will be able to confirm and, therefore, will use the lottery process to determine the actual venues.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Ellen Saines
Seminar 2022 Dean of Faculty
Faculty2022@egausa.org

Janice Meyers
Seminar 2022 Chair
SeminarChair2022@egausa.org

Learn more about our 2022 National Seminar: Broadway Bound

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who may participate in the ITT program?

    Only EGA venues (chapter or region) may participate.

  • How is a venue set up with a participating teacher?

    The request form must be postmarked no later than December 15, 2021 or e-mailed to (or name and email) by December 15, 2021. The chapter president (if hosted by a chapter), or region director (if hosted by a region), is to sign the form indicating that they have board approval to host a venue. Completed forms are to be e-mailed to Marietta Douglas at mLette_97@yahoo.com or mailed to her address in the form.

  • How are venues selected?

    Each teacher has a limited number of available days to teach. If there are more requests for a teacher than available days, a lottery will be held to determine the selection of venues. If a lottery is necessary, all requests will be contacted by December 30, 2021 with the results.

  • How are teaching dates arranged?

    Selected venues will be plotted on a map in a logical route that returns the teacher to their home. Backtracking will be avoided and travel arrangements will be considered when dates are confirmed. Requesting chapters or regions need to be flexible when requesting their venue.

  • What are the financial responsibilities of each venue?

    Each venue will be responsible for payment of the teaching fee of $400 per day. Total administrative costs will be shared among all venues on a per teaching day basis and shall include:

    1. Teacher transportation to the US
    2. Visa costs in teacher’s country of residence
    3. US visa fee and any additional application expenses
    4. Trip insurance (if applicable)
    5. Telephone charges incurred by teacher to arrange tour
    6. Foreign express mail delivery of air tickets and other important documents if incurred
    7. Expenses incurred by traveling teacher coordinator (approved by Dean of Faculty)

    The above expenses will be funded by Seminar 2022. The tour coordinator will bill each venue for its portion of the applicable expenses. Lodging, meals, incidental expenses, local transport and local administrative expenses are the responsibility of each host venue and will not be shared.

Available International Teacher Tour Classes

Click the thumbnail to the left of each class to enlarge the picture.

  • California Poppy and Bumble-Bee – 2 day class

    Taught by Jane Nicholas (view bio)

    This small circular design, worked on a background of ivory satin, features a bright yellow California Poppy, Eschscholzia californica, with wired detached petals, a tightly-curled raised flower bud, a padded seed case, and leaves in surface embroidery, and an Early Bumble-Bee, with detached gauzy wings and red-tipped abdomen worked in Turkey knots. The finished embroidery may be framed or inserted into the lid of a box.

    Embroidery Techniques: Stumpwork and surface embroidery.
    Length of Class: Two-day
    Maximum Class Size: 24
    Skill Required: All levels
    Design Size: 2¼ in circle
    Cost of Kit: US$40.00 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Contents: Instructions, project diagrams, photograph, tracing paper, ivory satin, quilters muslin, fabrics for applied and detached elements, all required silk, rayon, cotton and metallic threads, beads and coloured wires)
    Student Supplies: Basic sewing equipment from the supplied list. As the work is quite fine, a magnifier may be helpful. A power board and extension cord may be needed if students bring magnifying lamps. Three 4” embroidery hoops. Good quality hoops are recommended – best if able to be tightened with a screw-driver. Bind inner ring of wooden hoops with cotton tape. Plastic lip-edged hoops are also suitable – do not bind inner ring. needles: Crewel/Embroidery 5 – 10, Straw/Milliners 3 – 9, Sharps 11 or 12 Tapestry 28 or 26, Sharp Yarn Darners 14 – 18, thimble, small sharp-pointed embroidery scissors and paper scissors, small wire cutters or old scissors (can use nail clippers), fine blunt-nosed tweezers (to shape wire), eyebrow comb (to comb Turkey knots), Stylus, Clover Tracer Pen, or empty (used) ball-point pen for tracing, ruler – 6″ (clear plastic is good) and eraser, masking tape or Scotch Magic Tape, notebook and fine HB lead pencil (a 0.5mm mechanical pencil is good), a few coloured pens or pencils for notes.

  • Shakespeare’s Flowers: Sampler One: Sweet Briar, Grapevine, Heartsease and Strawberries – 2 day class

    Taught by Jane Nicholas (view bio)

    This small stumpwork panel is the first in a series inspired by the painted border of a letter written in 1598 – the time of Elizabeth I and Shakespeare. Embroidered on ivory silk satin with silk threads, this design features the Sweet Briar, Rosa rubiginosa, with detached petals and needle-woven sepals, Grapevine and grapes, Vitis vinifera, the grapes worked with glass beads, Heartsease, Viola tricolor, with detached wired petals, and Strawberries, Fragaria vesca, padded and covered with trellis stitch. The panel is outlined with a border of fine red lines, worked in back stitch.

    Embroidery Techniques: Stumpwork, needlelace and surface embroidery.
    Length of Class: Two-day
    Maximum Class Size: 24
    Skill Required: Advanced Intermediate
    Cost of Kit: US$82.00 (includes postage to US)
    Design Size: 3 in x 7 in
    Kit Contents: Design outline and instructions, Photograph, silk satin, quilter’s muslin, felt, fusible web, Soie d’Alger silk threads, assorted silk and cotton threads, beads and wire.
    Student Supplies: 10” embroidery hoop or stretcher bars, Two 4″ (or 5″) embroidery Hoops Good quality hoops are recommended – best if able to be tightened with a screwdriver. Bind inner ring of wooden hoops with cotton tape. Plastic lip-edged hoops are also suitable – do not bind inner ring, needles: Crewel/Embroidery Needles 5 – 10, Straw/Milliners Needles 3 – 9, Sharps Needles 11 or 12, Tapestry Needles 26, Sharp Yarn Darners 14 – 18, thimble, small sharp-pointed embroidery scissors and paper scissors, small wire cutters or old scissors (can use nail clippers), fine blunt-nosed tweezers to shape wire, eyebrow comb (to comb Turkey knots), Stylus, Clover Tracer Pen, or empty (used) ball-point pen for tracing, ruler – 6″ (clear plastic is good) and eraser, small roll of ½” Scotch Removable Magic Tape (translucent), notebook and fine HB lead pencil (a 0.5mm mechanical pencil is good), A few coloured pens or pencils (for notes), magnifier (if required), power board and extension cord may be needed if using a magnifying lamp.

  • Shakespeare’s Flowers: Sampler Two: Rose, Cornflower, Borage & Redcurrants – 2 day class

    Taught by Jane Nicholas (view bio)

    This small stumpwork panel is the second in a series inspired by the painted border of a letter written in 1598 – the time of Shakespeare. Embroidered on ivory silk satin with silk threads, this design features the Rose, Rosa gallica, with raised petals worked in detached buttonhole stitch, a Cornflower, Centaurea cyanus, with petals worked in needle-weaving, Borage, Borago officinalis, with embroidered detached petals and anther, and Redcurrants, Ribes rubrum, the currants worked with wrapped beads. The panel is outlined with a border of fine red lines, worked in back stitch.

    Embroidery Techniques: Stumpwork, needlelace and surface embroidery.
    Length of Class: Two-day
    Maximum Class Size: 24
    Skill Required: Advanced Intermediate
    Design Size: 3 in x 7 in
    Cost of Kit: US$85.00 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Contents: Design outline and instructions, photograph, silk satin, quilter’s muslin, felt, fusible web, Soie d’Alger silk threads, assorted silk and cotton threads, beads and wire)
    Student Supplies: 10” embroidery hoop or stretcher bars, two 4″ (or 5″) embroidery hoops, Good quality hoops are recommended – best if able to be tightened with a screw-driver. Bind inner ring of wooden hoops with cotton tape. Plastic lip-edged hoops are also suitable – do not bind inner ring. needles: Crewel/Embroidery Needles 5 – 10 Straw/Milliners Needles 3 – 9, Sharps Needles 11 or 12, Tapestry Needles 26, Sharp Yarn Darners 14 – 18, thimble, small sharp-pointed embroidery scissors and paper scissors, small wire cutters or old scissors (can use nail clippers), fine blunt-nosed tweezers to shape wire, eyebrow comb (to comb Turkey knots), Stylus, Clover Tracer Pen, or empty (used) ball-point pen for tracing, ruler – 6″ (clear plastic is good) and eraser, small roll of ½” Scotch Removable Magic Tape (translucent), notebook and fine HB lead pencil (a 0.5mm mechanical pencil is good), a few coloured pens or pencils (for notes), magnifier (if required), power board and extension cord may be needed if using a magnifying lamp.

  • Shakespeare’s Flowers: Sampler Three: Gillyflower, Periwinkle, Plums and Barberries – 2 day class

    Taught by Jane Nicholas (view bio)

    This small stumpwork panel is the third in a series inspired by the painted border of a letter written in 1598 – the time of Shakespeare. Embroidered on ivory silk satin with silk threads, this design features the Gillyflower, Dianthus caryophyllus, with petals worked in Turkey knots and a padded base covered with detached buttonhole stitch, a Periwinkle, Vinca minor, with detached wired petals, Plums, Prunus domestica, embroidered and appliquéd, and Barberries, Berberis vulgaris, worked in padded satin stitch. The panel is outlined with a border of fine red lines, worked in back stitch.

    Embroidery Techniques: Stumpwork, needlelace and surface embroidery.
    Length of Class: Two-day
    Maximum Class Size: 24
    Skill Required: Advanced Intermediate
    Design Size: 3 in x 7 in
    Cost of Kit: US$70.00 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Contents: Includes design outline and instructions, photograph, silk satin, quilter’s muslin, felt, fusible web, all required silk, rayon and cotton threads – including six whole skeins of Soie d’Alger silks, beads and coloured wire
    Student Supplies: 10” embroidery hoop or stretcher bars, two 4″ (or 5″) embroidery hoops Good quality hoops are recommended – best if able to be tightened with a screw-driver. Bind inner ring of wooden hoops with cotton tape. Plastic lip-edged hoops are also suitable – do not bind inner ring, needles: Crewel/Embroidery Needles 5 – 10 Straw/Milliners Needles 3 – 9, Sharps Needles 11 or 12, Tapestry Needles 26 Sharp Yarn Darners 14 – 18, thimble, small sharp-pointed embroidery scissors and paper scissors, small wire cutters or old scissors (can use nail clippers), fine blunt-nosed tweezers to shape wire, eyebrow comb (to comb Turkey knots)Stylus, Clover Tracer Pen, or empty (used) ball-point pen for tracing, ruler – 6″ (clear plastic is good) and eraser, small roll of ½” Scotch Removable Magic Tape (translucent), notebook and fine HB lead pencil (a 0.5mm mechanical pencil is good), a few coloured pens or pencils (for notes), magnifier (if required), power board and extension cord may be needed if using a magnifying lamp.

  • Garland Berries and Ladybug – 2 day class

    Taught by Jane Nicholas (view bio)

    This small circular panel employs a wide range of stumpwork techniques. Embroidered on a background of ivory satin, the design features a garland of ripe autumn fruits – strawberries, gooseberries, figs, golden raspberries, red currants and beaded boysenberries, and a tiny ladybug with detached wings. The finished project may be framed or mounted into the lid of a box and also may be personalised by the addition of an embroidered initial or date.

    Embroidery Techniques: Stumpwork, needle-lace and surface embroidery.
    Length of Class: Two-day
    Maximum Class Size: 24
    Skill Required: All levels
    Design Size: 4 in circle
    Cost of Kit: US$68.00 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Contents: Instructions, project diagrams, photograph, tracing paper, ivory satin, quilters muslin, fabrics for applied and detached elements, felt and stuffing, silk and metallic threads, beads and coloured wire)

    * Required DMC Stranded Cottons (substitutes may be used) – these threads are not supplied in the kit as you may already have them in your collection:

    • Vine – 469 (medium green), 937 (dark green)
    • Gooseberries – 3819 (pale green)
    • Ladybird – 900 or 817 (red), 310 (black)
    • Figs – 433 (medium brown)
    • Strawberries – 817 (red)
    • Golden Raspberries – 3854 (medium gold), 3855 (light gold)

    All other threads are supplied in the kit.

    Student Supplies: 6 in embroidery hoop, Three 4 in or 5 in embroidery hoops Good quality hoops are recommended – best if able to be tightened with a screw-driver.
    Bind inner ring of wooden hoops with cotton tape. Plastic lip-edged hoops are also suitable – do not bind inner ring. needles: Crewel/Embroidery Needles 5 – 10, Straw/Milliners Needles 3 – 9 Sharps Needles 11 or 12, Tapestry Needles 24 or 26, Chenille Needles 18, thimble, small sharp-pointed embroidery scissors and paper scissors, small wire cutters or old scissors (can use nail clippers), fine blunt-nosed tweezers (to shape wire), Stylus, Clover Tracer Pen, or empty (used) ball-point pen for tracing, ruler – 6″ (clear plastic is good) and eraser, masking tape or Scotch Magic Tape, Notebook and fine HB lead pencil (a 0.5mm mechanical pencil is good), a few coloured pens or pencils (for notes), magnifier (if required), power board and extension cord may be needed if using a magnifying lamp.

  • Garland of Spring Flowers – 2 day class

    Taught by Jane Nicholas (view bio)

    This small stumpwork garland was inspired by spring garden flowers. Worked on a background of ivory satin, the design features the heartsease (Viola tricolor) with detached petals, raised snowdrops (Galanthus) with wrapped stems and beaded calyx, padded and embroidered daisies (Bellis perennis), small beaded forget-me-nots (Myosotis) and tiny bees.

    Embroidery Techniques: Stumpwork, beadwork and surface embroidery.
    Length of Class: Two-day
    Maximum Class Size: 24
    Skill Required: Intermediate
    Design Size: 4 in circle
    Cost of Kit: US$45.00 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Contents: Instructions, project diagrams, photograph, tracing paper, ivory satin, quilters muslin, fabrics for applied and detached elements, felt, beads, wires and all required silk, cotton and metallic threads)
    Student Supplies: 6″ embroidery hoop, two 4″ embroidery hoops – good quality hoops are recommended – best if able to be tightened with a screw-driver, Bind inner ring of wooden hoops with cotton tape. Plastic lip-edged hoops are also suitable – do not bind inner ring, Needles: Crewel/Embroidery 5 – 10, Straw/Milliners 3 – 9, Sharp Yarn Darners 14 – 18, thimble, small sharp-pointed embroidery scissors and paper scissors, small wire cutters or old scissors (can use nail clippers), fine blunt-nosed tweezers (to shape wire), Stylus, Clover Tracer Pen, or empty (used) ball-point pen for tracing, ruler – 6″ (clear plastic is good) and eraser, masking tape or Scotch Magic Tape, notebook and fine HB lead pencil (a 0.5mm mechanical pencil is good), a few coloured pens or pencils (for notes), magnifier (if required), power board and extension cord may be needed if using a magnifying lamp.

  • Corncockle and Dragonfly – 2 day class

    Taught by Jane Nicholas (view bio)

    This small stumpwork panel was inspired by an illuminated page of a medieval manuscript. Worked on ivory satin, this design features the Corncockle, Agrostemma githago, a summer-flowering wild flower, with detached reddish-purple petals and long leafy sepals worked with wire and needle weaving. The panel also contains a broad-bodied dragonfly, Libellula quadrimaculata, with detached gauzy wings and a padded leather abdomen, a shiny blue beetle and a tiny red ladybird, both with raised detached wings. The botanical name may be embroidered at the base of this specimen.

    Embroidery Techniques: Stumpwork and surface embroidery.
    Length of Class: Two-day
    Maximum Class Size: 24
    Skill Required: Advanced Intermediate
    Design Size: 3″ x 7″
    Cost of Kit: US$65.00 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Contents: instructions, project diagrams, photograph, tracing paper, ivory satin, quilters muslin, fabrics for applied and detached elements, Soie d’Alger silk threads, unusual rayon, silk and metallic threads, beads, leather and coloured wires).
    Student Supplies: 10 ” embroidery hoop or stretcher bars, 5″ or 6″ embroidery hoop, three 4” embroidery hoops- good quality hoops are recommended – best if able to be tightened with a screw-driver, Bind inner ring of wooden hoops with cotton tape. Plastic lip-edged hoops are also suitable – do not bind inner ring. needles: Crewel/Embroidery 5 – 10, Straw/Milliners 3 – 9, Sharps 12 or 11, Tapestry 28 or 26, Sharp Yarn Darners 14 – 18, thimble, small sharp-pointed embroidery scissors and paper scissors, small wire cutters or old scissors (can use nail clippers), fine blunt-nosed tweezers (to shape wire), Stylus, Clover Tracer Pen, or empty (used) ball-point pen for tracing, rulers – 6 in and 12 in, masking tape or Scotch Magic Tape, notebook and fine HB lead pencil (a 0.5mm mechanical pencil is good), a few coloured pens or pencils (for notes), small container for beads, magnifier (if required), power board and extension cord may be needed if using a magnifying lamp.

  • Persian Peony Tile – 2 day class

    Taught by Jane Nicholas (view bio)

    This small exotic panel was inspired by a 16th century Persian enamelled wall-tile. Combining stumpwork, goldwork, and surface embroidery, this ogival panel is embroidered on an ivory silk background with silks, gold metallic threads, beads and tiny gold spangles. The design features a stylised peony flower, peony buds with detached petals, feathery knapweed, and beaded blossoms. The panel is enclosed by an ornate scalloped border worked in gold metallic threads and beads. It may be framed or made into a box top or book cover.

    Embroidery Techniques: Stumpwork, goldwork, beadwork and surface embroidery
    Length of Class: Two-day
    Maximum Class Size: 24
    Skill Required: Advanced Intermediate
    Design Size: 6 in x 4½ in
    Cost of Kit: US$85.00 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Contents: instructions, project diagrams, photograph, tracing paper, ivory silk dupion, quilters muslin, fabrics for applied and detached elements, Soie d’Alger silk threads, all required metal threads, beads, spangles and coloured wire).
    Student Supplies: 10” embroidery hoop or stretcher bars, 4” embroidery hoop- good quality hoops are recommended – best if able to be tightened with a screw-driver.
    Bind inner ring of wooden hoops with cotton tape. Plastic lip-edged hoops are also suitable – do not bind inner ring. needles: Crewel/Embroidery 5 – 10,
    Straw/Milliners 3 – 9, Sharps 12 or 11, Tapestry 28, Sharp Yarn Darners 14 – 18 thimble, Beeswax, small sharp-pointed embroidery scissors and paper scissors, small wire cutters or old scissors (can use nail clippers), fine blunt-nosed tweezers (to shape wire), small, sharp scissors for cutting metal thread, metal nailfile or mellor (to manipulate metal thread – optional), small, sharp scissors for cutting metal thread, Stylus, Clover Tracer Pen, or empty (used) ball-point pen for tracing, rulers – 12″ and 6″ (clear plastic is good), masking tape or Scotch Magic Tape, notebook and fine HB lead pencil (a 0.5mm mechanical pencil is good), a few coloured pens or pencils (for notes), magnifier (if required), power board and extension cord may be needed if using a magnifying lamp.

  • Turkish Tulip Tile – 2 day class

    Taught by Jane Nicholas (view bio)

    This small exotic panel was inspired by a 16th century Turkish enamelled wall-tile. Combining stumpwork, goldwork, and surface embroidery, this ogival tile is worked on an ivory silk background with silks, gold metallic threads, beads and tiny gold spangles. The design features red tulips with detached petals, blue carnations, and beaded prunus blossoms. The panel is enclosed by an ornate border worked in gold metallic threads and beads. It may be framed or made into a box top or book cover.

    Embroidery Techniques: Stumpwork, goldwork, beadwork and surface embroidery.
    Length of Class: Two-day
    Maximum Class Size : 24
    Skill Required: Advanced Intermediate
    Design Size: 5″ x 7″
    Cost of Kit: US$85.00 (includes postage to US)
    Kit contents: Instructions, project diagrams, photograph, tracing paper, ivory silk, quilters muslin, fabrics for applied and detached elements, Soie d’Alger silk threads, all required metal threads, beads, spangles and coloured wire.
    Student Supplies: 10” embroidery hoop or stretcher bars, two 4” embroidery hoops- Good quality hoops are recommended – best if able to be tightened with a screw-driver. Bind inner ring of wooden hoops with cotton tape. Plastic lip-edged hoops are also suitable – do not bind inner ring, Needles: Crewel/Embroidery 5 – 10, Straw/Milliners 3 – 9, Sharps 12 or 11, Tapestry 28 , Sharp Yarn Darners 14 – 18 thimble, Beeswax, small sharp-pointed embroidery scissors and paper scissors, small wire cutters or old scissors (can use nail clippers), fine blunt-nosed tweezers (to shape wire), small, sharp scissors for cutting metal thread, metal nailfile (small with metal handle) or mellor (to manipulate metal thread), Stylus, Clover Tracer Pen, or empty (used) ball-point pen for tracing, ruler – 6 in or 12 in (clear plastic is good), masking tape or Scotch Magic Tape, notebook and fine HB lead pencil (a 0.5mm mechanical pencil is good), a few coloured pens or pencils (for notes)
    magnifier (if required), power board and extension cord may be needed if using a
    magnifying lamp.

  • Berries and Soldier-fly – 1 day class

    Taught by Jane Nicholas (view bio)

    Embroidered on ivory satin, this circular design contains many stumpwork techniques: raised blackberries (in various stages of ripeness), beaded currants, a detached leaf and a tiny soldier-fly with metallic wings. The finished piece may be framed or made into a brooch/pin.

    Embroidery Techniques: Stumpwork and surface embroidery.
    Length of Class: One-day
    Maximum Class Size: 24
    Skill Required: All levels
    Design Size: 2 ¼ in circle
    Cost of Kit: US$35.00 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Contents: design outline and instructions, photograph, ivory satin, quilter’s muslin, assorted silk and cotton threads, beads and wires
    Student Supplies: three 4 in embroidery hoops, Good quality hoops are recommended – best if able to be tightened with a screw-driver. Bind inner ring of wooden hoops with cotton tape. Plastic lip-edged hoops are also suitable – do not bind inner ring. Needles: Crewel/Embroidery sizes 5 – 10, Straw/Milliners sizes 3 – 9, Tapestry size 26 Chenille size 18, thimble, small sharp-pointed embroidery scissors and paper scissors, small wire cutters or old scissors (can use nail clippers), fine blunt-nosed tweezers (to shape wire), Stylus, Clover Tracer Pen, or empty (used) ball-point pen for tracing, notebook and fine HB lead pencil (a 0.5mm mechanical pencil is good), a few coloured pens or pencils (for notes), magnifier (if required), power board and extension cord may be needed if using a magnifying lamp.

  • Knapweed Roundel – 1 day class

    Taught by Jane Nicholas (view bio)

    The knapweed blossoms decorating this small roundel have been embroidered in the colours found on an 18th century enamelled gold vessel from Mughal India. Embroidered on ivory satin, with silks, gold metallic threads, beads and tiny spangles, this circular design features feathery knapweed with padded bases, set within an elegant quatrefoil-shaped border worked in metallic threads. The roundel may be framed or mounted into the lid of a bowl or box.

    Embroidery Techniques: Goldwork and surface embroidery.
    Length of Class: 1-day
    Maximum Class Size: 25
    Skill Required: All levels
    Design Size: 2 ¼ in circle
    Cost of Kit: US$35.00 (includes postage to US)
    Kit Contents: design outline and instructions, photograph, ivory satin, quilter’s muslin, assorted silk and cotton threads, beads, metallic thread and spangles
    Student Supplies: 4 in or 5 in embroidery hoop- good quality hoops are recommended – best if able to be tightened with a screw-driver. Bind inner ring of wooden hoops with cotton tape. Plastic lip-edged hoops are also suitable – do not bind inner ring, needles: Crewel/Embroidery size 10, Straw/Milliners size 9, Sharps size 12, Chenille size 18, Thimble, small sharp-pointed embroidery scissors and paper scissors, small wire cutters or old scissors (can use nail clippers), fine blunt-nosed tweezers (to shape wire), Stylus, Clover Tracer Pen, or empty (used) ball-point pen for tracing, notebook and fine HB lead pencil (a 0.5mm mechanical pencil is good), a few coloured pens or pencils (for notes), magnifier (if required), power board and extension cord may be needed if using a magnifying lamp.

  • 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.