2022 International Teacher Tour

Jane Nicholas

Jane Nicholas has been researching and working in the field of embroidery for nearly thirty years. Specialising in stumpwork and goldwork embroidery, she has written nine books and has contributed widely to journals and magazines on the subject. In 1999 Jane was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to further her studies in stumpwork in the United Kingdom and in 2005 was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM), for her “services to hand embroidery as an artist, teacher and author”. She teaches widely in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the U.S.A. and continues to research and develop new techniques – particularly in stumpwork embroidery. A separate, but often related, area of her work is as a maker of artist books and boxes.

Jane 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 Jane’s Available Classes Below

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  • 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.

    Schedule

    September 2-3 (Friday-Saturday) with our Washington DC Chapter in Fairfax, VA.

    September 11-12 (Sunday and Monday) with our Columbus Area Chapter in Ohio.

  • 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.

    Schedule

    THIS CLASS IS FULL August 30-31 (Tuesday-Wednesday) with our Constellation Chapter in Ellicott City, MD.

    September 17-18 (Saturday-Sunday) with our St. Paul Needleworkers Chapter in Farmington, MN.

  • 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.

    Schedule

    September 8-9 (Thursday-Friday) with our Indian River Chapter in Melbourne, FL.

  • 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.

    Schedule

    September 14-15 (Wednesday-Thursday) with our Fox Valley Chapter in Appleton, WI.

  • 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.

    Schedule

    September 5-6 (Monday-Tuesday) with our Carolinas Region in Rock Hill, SC. (Registration extended to July 25, 2022)

    September 20-21 (Tuesday-Wednesday) with our Dallas Needlework & Textile Guild Chapter in Dallas, TX.