2020 Seminar Classes

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  • 101 Poppy Purse

    Taught by Kris Andrews (view bio)
    September 4, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

    Create this elegant clutch purse on black cotton velveteen, using basic crewel embroidery stitches: reverse chain, stem stitch, satin and long and short shading. Added to Appleton crewel wools are beautiful hand-painted silk threads, Czech glass beads, and freshwater pearls. The vibrant colors against the black create a dramatic and useful companion piece for any special occasion.

    Technique: Crewel Embroidery
    Proficiency: Basic Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $70
    Design Area: 14” x 9”
    Kit Contents: Black velveteen with Poppy design transferred, Appleton crewel wool, Treenway Serenity Silks, beads and pearls, matching lining fabric and button for finishing
    Student Provides: Hoop at least 8” in diameter, scissors, battery operated lighting and magnification as needed

  • 102 The Golden Box

    Taught by Kurdy Biggs (view bio)
    September 4, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Would you like to create an ort container/needle holder or a shimmering stitched gift box?  The Golden Box will start as a painted box and we will add a stitched box top and center band using stitches that include crescents, jessicas and sprat heads. To make our box shimmer, we will stitch it with perle silk and metallics. Of course, there will be beads and crystals added to the finished project, as well as a special button crystal used to attach the stitched top and pincushion to the box top. Students will have a choice of fabrics.

    Technique: Counted Canvas
    Proficiency: Basic
    Kit cost: $45
    Design Area: Box is Approximately 3“round
    Kit Contents: 9”x12” sheet Anniversary Gold 14 count perforated paper, Soie Perle, #4 and #8 Kreiniks, 4mm crystals, beads, needles, stitching and finishing instructions.
    Student Provides: 9”x 12” stretcher bars and tacks or staples to attach the paper to stretcher bars. Highlighter and usual stitching supplies including battery operated light, laying tool, frame stand or weight

  • 103 Dragonfly Dreaming

    Taught by Alison Cole (view bio)
    September 4, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Dragonfly Dreaming is a small project that is a nice introduction to Goldwork for those that have not yet been enticed by it.  It is worked on hand painted 45 count linen which is embellished with a little Blackwork embroidered with an overdyed silk. Techniques covered include padding with felt and soft cotton, couching in Brick stitch, chipping and laying purl over padding alongside working the background in double running stitch or backstitch if desired

    Technique: Goldwork/Blackwork
    Proficiency: All
    Kit cost: $40
    Design Area: 5 1/2″ x 3 1/8″
    Kit Contents: 45ct Graziano Linen hand painted, Thread Gatherer Silk, 2% Gold Smooth Passing Thread, Gilt Bright Check Purl, Peppermint Sadi, Beads, Gutermann polyester thread, needles, Instructions and Photo
    Student Provides: 8” Hoop, mechanical pencil, paper scissors, scissors for cutting metal threads, fine embroidery scissors, beeswax, cutting pad (velvet covered card), and clamp

  • 104 Goldwork: Italian Shading Colour Wheel | ENCORE

    Taught by Natalie Dupuis (view bio)
    September 4, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    This colour wheel done in the Metalwork Embroidery technique of Italian Shading is a bright and shining feast for the eyes. It has 12 stunning shades of Pipers filament silk and is worked with tiny needles in the round over silver passing on white silk. Through this intermediate level design, students will have the opportunity to play with coloring on fabric, learn to manage many needles at the same time, perfect their couching, and overstretch and wrap pearl purl.

    Technique: Goldwork
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Pre-Work: 1 to 2 hours of stitching
    Kit cost: $110
    Design Area: 2” x 2”
    Kit Contents: Book of instructions, white Indian silk shantung, backing fabric, 12 spools of Pipers silk, small bobbin Gutermann sewing thread in grey and clear nylon, beeswax heart, needle pack containing 13 crewel embroidery needles, one large chenille-size 4 silver passing, size 1 silver pearl purl, 12 rare earth magnets and Swarovski crystal AB Rivoli
    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies

  • 105 Cherry

    Taught by Cynthia Jackson (view bio)
    September 4, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Cherry is inspired by botanical illustrations of fruits and flowers published in England in the 16th century. The delicate cherry blossom and delectable fruits sparkle with highlights of silver and hints of gold. Layers of colored silks worked in simple embroidery stitches are combined with 16th century metal thread layering techniques including the use of lizerene and plate. The project will be embroidered on an ivory silk ground.

    Technique: Silk and Metal
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $85
    Design Area:  5” x 5”
    Kit Contents: Silk fabric with design, silk thread, a variety of metal thread in silver and gold, needles, instruction booklet
    Student Provides: Wax, tweezers, laying tool, silk scissors, metal scissors, cutting board, 6” hoop, tape, stand or clamp for hands free stitching, battery operated magnifier and lighting, pencil and standard supplies

  • 106 Filigree Ornament: Lobster and Moose

    Taught by Catherine Jordan (view bio)
    September 4, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    The delicate detail of finely embroidered stitches on silk dupioni utilizes both positive and negative space for striking results! Learn to easily transfer a design and stitch on a very small scale to produce random patterning that when seen at a distance, takes on a wonderful design. A portion of class time will cover making twined cording that beautifully complements the design. This technique will open new opportunities for other projects using additional shapes and colors for beautiful results!

    Technique: Surface embroidery/twining/finishing
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit cost:   $56
    Design Area: 2 ¼“round
    Kit contents: Chinese Silk Dupioni 6 “x 6’”(2), Mr. Bill’s® tweezers, cotton floss, needles in felt, tissue copies, finishing materials: 2 ½” round finishing forms (2), muslin 6” x 6” (2), fabric for twining, ribbon and gold thread, Coats® button and carpet thread, and written directions/pictures
    Student provides: 4” hoop or frame and usual stitching supplies

  • 107 Summer’s End

    Taught by Deborah Mitek (view bio)
    September 4, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Summer’s End heralds one of the last flowers of summer, the sunflower.  Join me as we stitch this charming design while learning the basics of silk ribbon embroidery and other canvas techniques.  By using a variety of threads and silk ribbons in various widths, dimension and texture are created.  The Van Dyke stitch, Peaks & Valleys, a Turkey Work variation, the Ribbon Stitch, French Knots and bead embellishments are used to complete the design.

    Technique : Silk Ribbon Embroidery on Canvas
    Proficiency : All
    Kit Cost: $58
    Design Area: 4” x 4”
    Kit Contents: 9″ x  9″ piece of 18 count Vintage Sandstone canvas, taped and drawn, tapestry & chenille needles, Treenway 7mm silk ribbon, Caron Wildflowers & Watercolours, silk, Road Straw silk, Rainbow Gallery Entice and Petite Silk Lame braid, Kreinik #4 braid Luminescence, Mill Hill seed beads and 3mm faceted Gold Iris round beads, instructions booklet, including an enlarged picture of the design, stitch guides, diagrams, detail photos, bibliography, tips on handling silk ribbon and sunflower fun facts
    Student Provides: 9″ x 9″ stretcher bars, tacks or staples, usual stitching supplies including a trolley needle and/or wooden laying tool, stand, frame weight, or clamp for hands-free stitching, battery operated light and magnifier (optional)

  • 108 Heartsease Panel

    Taught by Jane Nicholas (view bio)
    September 4, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Embroidered on a background of ivory satin with silk and cotton threads, this small Stumpwork panel features the Heartsease, Viola tricolor: the petals are wired and detached, the stems and leaves are worked with surface embroidery.  The finished embroidery may be framed, made into box top or used as a cover for a needlecase.

    Technique: Stumpwork and Surface Embroidery
    Proficiency: All
    Kit Cost: $27
    Design Area: 2” x 2 ¾”
    Kit Contents: Project design, instructions and tracing paper, photograph, ivory satin, quilter’s muslin, Soie d’Alger silk threads, assorted silk and cotton threads and wires
    Student Provides: 5 or 6” embroidery hoop, 4” embroidery hoop, needles (crewel size 10, Straw/Milliners size 3, sharps 11 or 12) small sharp scissors, fine blunt nosed tweezers, stylus or Clover tracing pen, 6” clear ruler, notebook, fine (0.5 mm) HB lead pencil,  ½“ Scotch removable Magic tape and magnifier if required

  • 109 Lovely Leaves Pin Cushion

    Taught by Denise Harrington Pratt (view bio)
    September 4, 2020 | 8:30 am
    2020 Seminar

    This little pin cushion was inspired by the Lovely Leaves Sampler. The purpose of the class is to increase students’ “finishing” skills by constructing this little pin cushion. The kit provides enough material to make two pin cushions and this offers the student some options for class. Students will have three choices for pre-stitching; They may choose to stitch the leaf wreath on one piece of fabric OR If time is a factor, they may choose to stitch a single leaf on one piece of fabric.  Students may choose to stitch on both pieces of fabric.

    Technique: Constructing a three-dimensional pin cushion
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Pre-work: 2-12 hours of stitching
    Kit Cost: $54
    Design Area: 2 ½” round
    Kit Contents: 32 count linen, Waterlilies silks, Soie Cristale silk, wool felt, matboard circle, 2 painted wooden discs, needles and complete instructions
    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies, frame or hoop, old hand towel and wash cloth to use when gluing

  • 110 The French Thrush

    Taught by Canby Robertson (view bio)
    September 4, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Decorative embroidery in France in the eighteenth and nineteenth century was used to embellish clothing and domestic furnishings. Most often seen with a silk ground and embroidered in silk threads, the designs often featured an embroidered “framing device” such as a garland of flowers with a ribbon bow at the top to provide a negative space in the center in which was often found a small vignette featuring a landscape or animal in a natural setting.  Adapted from an original period French embroidery with a thrush in the middle of a shield shaped garland of flowers.

    Technique: Surface Embroidery
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $65
    Design Area: 2 3/4” x 4 1/4”
    Kit Contents: Instruction with photo, silk ground fabric, Au Ver a Soie threads, Gloriana silk threads, needles and plastic cover sheet
    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies

  • 111 Indulgence Earrings | ENCORE

    Taught by Amee K. Sweet-McNamara (view bio)
    September 4, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    This is a great beginner class for folks who are curious about working with Shibori ribbon. Learn how to manipulate the pleats into elegant curves and then finish with rhinestone cup chain, sequins and a variety of bead embroidery techniques.  Students will be encouraged to modify the basic template shape and/or size. Earring posts will be provided with kits but can be traded for French hooks if desired. Kits will be offered in a variety of colorways. Project may be completed in class.

    Technique: Bead Embroidery with Shibori Ribbon
    Proficiency: Basic
    Kit Cost: $60
    Design Area: 1-2”
    Kit Contents: Black velveteen with Poppy design transferred, Appleton Crewel Wool, Treenway Serenity silks, beads and pearls, matching lining fabric and button for finishing.
    Student Provides: Hoop at least 8” in diameter, good scissors, a surface to work on (such as a beading mat) and any additional battery operated light or magnifiers

  • 112 A Lady’s Sewing Roll

    Taught by Catherine C. Theron (view bio)
    September 4, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Stitched on 32 count linen with silk threads, this diminutive sewing roll features a delicate wallpaper-like striped pattern. The berries and leaves are worked with different stitches in each “row” of vines on this pattern. Two other pockets, one with a basket of berries, the other with personalization, and a needle page complete the inside.  Stitches used include herringbone, three-sided stitch, nun’s stitch, long-arm cross with diagonal cross, smyrna, diagonal satin, padded satin, spiral trellis, and rhodes variation.

    Technique: Counted Thread
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $105
    Design Area: 3” x 9”
    Kit Contents: 32 count linen, silk threads, needles, needle page, lining fabric, interlining, practice fabric, practice thread, color copies, directions, charts for stitching and finishing
    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies

  • 113 A Carnation Purse

    Taught by Deborah Tirico (view bio)
    September 4, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    A lovely wool appliqué purse embellished with beads and embroidery.  Beautiful in either white or black wool, this Jacobean purse includes surface embroidery, appliqué, beading and purse construction. Carnations are the official Mother’s Day flower and it is said that a pink carnation represents a mothers undying love. This one-day class will cover techniques for cutting small pieces, using placement guides, freezer paper patterns, creation of embroidery guides, bead embellishment and surface embroidery. Stitches covered will include the tack stitch, chain stitch, colonial knot and stem stitch. The use of chenille needles with wool thread and purse construction executed by hand using translucent thread will be fully discussed.  Learn appliqué methods including the tack stitch, slanted needle techniques and nested bead embellishment.

    Technique: Wool Applique with Embroidery
    Proficiency: Basic to Advanced Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $85
    Design Area: 4” x 4”
    Kit Contents: Written instructions and color photography, freezer paper, clear acetate, black/white wool, Weeks Dye Works threads, Medici wool thread, DMC threads, Beads, cotton fabric for lining, purse frame and chain
    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies

  • 201 An Octopus in his Garden

    Taught by Kris Andrews (view bio)
    September 5, 2020 - September 6, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Enjoy a whimsical huswif for your sewing tools, featuring this charming Octopus emerging from his undersea grotto into a kelp garden. Students will create the octopus with the burden stitch, using silk threads on a gold foundation. Garden elements include kelp vines composed of reverse chain and ribbon stitches, an imposing cave of Italian tubular mesh, and a passing otter. Inside, a lovely set pockets to store scissors, needles, and other basic tools.

    Technique: Crewel and Surface Embroidery
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $125
    Design Area: 13” x 7”
    Kit Contents: Silk Dupioni with design transferred, Gloriana silk, Gumnuts Poppies, Octopus Eye cabochon, tubular mesh and silk ribbons, all lining and pocket materials, and buttons for finishing
    Student Provides: Students need either a 12” hoop OR 20” x 14” Ever-Tite stretcher bars, scissors, battery operated  lighting and magnification as needed

  • 202 White Work with the Midas Touch

    Taught by Jane Ellen Balzuweit (view bio)
    September 5, 2020 - September 6, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    This small band sampler has three drawn thread bands along with a Russian ground square. In this band sampler there will be pulled thread and surface stitches for band. This sampler is taught on 24 congress cloth with pearl cotton and Balger filament.

    Technique: Whitework
    Proficiency: Advanced Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $85
    Design Area: 4” x 10”
    Kit Contents: 24 count Congress cloth, doodle cloth, Perle cotton 8 and 12, Balger filament, needles, gold beads, stretcher bars and Instructions
    Student Provides: Frame holder, scissors and usual stitching supplies

  • 203 Bowl of Flowers

    Taught by Mendie Cannon (view bio)
    September 5, 2020 - September 6, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    While we all enjoy a bouquet of flowers, we also know that in about a week they will wither and die and end up in the trash. How about a bowl of flowers that will not only never die but become a family heirloom? In this design you will learn the basic Brazilian Embroidery stitches along with some more advanced ones: stem stitch, couching, lazy daisy, bullion, satin, cast-on, double cast-on and alternating satin leaf stitch.  With these stitches you will create a lovely bowl of flowers to enjoy for years to come. This design comes in two color ways – green bowl with bright pink flowers or a gold bowl with dark burgundy flowers. Color preference needs to be decided 30 days prior to class starting.

    Technique: Brazilian Embroidery
    Proficiency: Basic Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $115
    Design Area: 15” x 18”
    Kit Contents: design preprinted on the fabric, instructions, threads, needles, grabber, threader, doodle cloth
    Student Provides: 15”x 18” stretcher bars, tacks or staples and usual stitching supplies

  • 204 Coral Reef | ENCORE

    Taught by Alison Cole (view bio)
    September 5, 2020 - September 6, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Welcome to a stitch party under the sea! Coral Reef is a creative mixed media workshop where students will use a variety of fibers, threads and stitches to create their own personal underwater coral reef. Techniques and stitches that will be employed include padding with felt, needle lace, use of Goldwork purls and Sadi threads, using creative elements such as organza, silk cocoons, silk rods, mulberry bark and emu feathers, and stitches such as drizzle stitch, French knots and pistil stitch. We will be stuffing, ripping, stitching, wrapping, twisting, painting and generally having fun with fiber. Students will be encouraged to dream up their own reef, but a base design will be supplied for those that don’t feel comfortable taking that leap.

    Technique: Goldwork and Mixed Media
    Proficiency: All
    Kit Cost: $90
    Design Area: 5” x 3”
    Kit Contents: Hand Dyed Silk Habutai, calico, Homespun, crystal organza, crinkle organza, felt, mulberry bark, Paua laminate, Cottage Garden overdyed stranded cotton, Colourstreams Silk Ophir, Stef Francis braided silk, DMC Memory thread, Gilt Rough Purl, Said thread, Gutermann thread, Mill Hill beads, silk rod, silk cocoons, card, contact, polyester fill, Emu feathers, needles, instructions and photo
    Student Provides: 10” hoop, mechanical pencil, paper scissors, scissors for cutting metal threads, fine embroidery scissors, beeswax, cutting pad (velvet covered card), clamp

  • 205 Sitting Pretty

    Taught by Stephanie Drehs (view bio)
    September 5, 2020 - September 6, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    We will create a velvet pincushion in the form of a three-dimensional bird. The bird is holding 2 cherries in his beak. The wings and tail are embellished with a floral motif. The bird sports a comb along the top of his head and a beaded neck ruff.

    Technique: Raised Bead Embroidery
    Proficiency: All
    Kit Cost: $100
    Design Area: 1 ½” x 3 ¾” x 5 ½”
    Kit Contents: Pellon, Peltex, velvet fabric, cotton fabric, variety of beads, needles, beading thread, cotton filling, crushed walnut shells, wooden chop stick, beading mat
    Student Provides: Basic sewing supplies, scissors, straight pins, a fabric marking tool, a fine point black Sharpie marker, a glue stick, and either Fabritac fabric glue or white craft glue, clover clips, thimble, needle nose plier or Hemostat.

  • 206 Gustavian Tree of Life: Art Nouveau Line Study | ENCORE

    Taught by Natalie Dupuis (view bio)
    September 5, 2020 - September 6, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    A swirling fantastical tree of life inspired by the murals of Gustav Klimt and stitched on rare Cloth of Gold fabric. This design uses specialty English gilt metal threads as well as vintage broad plate from France. A unique border and a delicious mix of basic to Swarovski crystal beads make this tree a delightfully fresh and playful design for the experienced needle worker.

    Technique: Goldwork
    Proficiency: Advanced Intermediate
    Pre-work: 6 hours stitching
    Kit Cost: $150
    Design Area: 5 1/8” x 7”
    Kit Contents: Full color comprehensive student notes, needles, beeswax heart, gold fabric, calico fabric, tracing paper, Gutermann thread, white conservation grade 2-Ply mounting board painted with gold Watercolour, beads and gilt
    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies

  • 207 Raku Dragonfly

    Taught by Barbara Ellis (view bio)
    September 5, 2020 - September 6, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Create this unique “Raku” Dragonfly Pendant, bail and necklace.  Students will learn how to bezel a cabochon using peyote, brick and bead embroidery techniques.  The necklace is created using Russian Spiral and right-angle weave.    The Raku Dragonfly cabochon was made by me and no two will be exactly alike and complementary beads will be custom coordinated to each piece.

    Technique: Bead Embroidery
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $95
    Design Area: Adjustable
    Kit Contents: Raku cabochon, ultra-suede, seed beads, fire polish, accent beads, stiff stuff and a clasp
    Student Provides: Short beading needles size 10 and 12, small tube of E6000, 6lb smoke FireLine, scissors, measuring tape, white gel pen, beading surface and any usual beading tools

  • 208 Blue in the Dogwood

    Taught by Marsha Papay Gomola (view bio)
    September 5, 2020 - September 6, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    A flash of blue and there he is. The blue jay’s beautiful markings dramatically contrast with the pink blossoms of the dogwood. A passing blue butterfly has captured the attention of the blue jay interrupting his search for food. Learn several techniques used to create contemporary raised embroidery while working on the charming sewing box.

    Technique: Stumpwork and Counted Embroidery
    Proficiency: Advanced Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $140
    Design Area: 4” x 5”
    Kit Contents: Edinburgh 36 count color Flax, muslin, silk, cotton, metallic threads, beads, felt, needles, hoop, most finishing materials, and detailed instructions
    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies

  • 209 Hope | ENCORE

    Taught by Ruthmarie Hofmann (view bio)
    September 5, 2020 - September 6, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    “Hope is a Thing with Feathers”, a line of inspiration from Emily Dickenson that inspired this needle-worked and beaded necklace. Charted straight stitches are worked on colored 18 count mono canvas in preparation to fold diagonally, forming spread wings as a support for a raised dome of stitching improvisation. Worked in a color choice of stranded overdyed floss, the Hope center is embellished with stitchery to include eyelets padded with silicone rings, French knots, and straight stitches in 1 ply Japan gold on cotton batik fabric. Further embellishment is lavished in single seed beads, beady arcs, spikes, ruffled beady edging and dangled feather charms.

    Technique: Mixed Media/Surface Embroidery
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Pre-work: 4-5 hours stitching
    Kit Cost: $72
    Design Area: 3” x 5”
    Kit Contents: 18 count mono canvas, square of batik, hand-dyed cotton floss, 1ply gold cord, seed bead mix, a packet of Garden charm, pressed gold beads & feather charms; Kraftex support, button form, needle packet, pack of finishing supplies for necklace stringing, bead mat with trays and instructions
    Student Provides: 8” x 8” stretcher bars, tacks or staples, 4” embroidery hoop, small items or colored seed beads to add to centerpiece (optional), preferred needlework tools, thread scissors, sharp-tipped scissors

  • 210 Goldwork Bracelet

    Taught by Cynthia Jackson (view bio)
    September 5, 2020 - September 6, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    This lovely band bracelet is stitched flat using traditional goldwork techniques and a choice of colored metal threads. It also features crystal highlights and the crystal closure is adjustable making it suitable for all sizes. Students will learn how to create this three-dimensional object from a flat embroidery.

    Technique: Goldwork
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $75
    Design Area: 1” x 6”
    Kit Contents: variety of metal thread in gold and black (red and gold or blue and silver), needles, closure, crystals, thread, backing fabric
    Student Provides: Wax, tweezers, laying tool, silk scissors, metal scissors, cutting board, 8” hoop (or scroll frame or stretcher bars), stand or clamp for hands free stitching, magnifier and battery operated supplementary lighting (if required), pencil and standard embroidery supplies

  • 211 Pilgrim Commemorative Needlework Map

    Taught by Catherine Jordan (view bio)
    September 5, 2020 - September 6, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    The 400th year anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock in 1620 is the focus of this historic needlework map; it explores details found in vintage pen and ink hand-drawn maps. Shorelines are hand-painted as was done on early maps. Counted and surface embroidery techniques allow stitchers to embellish their map to suit their skill level. A beautiful commemorative of the Pilgrims journey and an important event in our country’s history!

    Technique: Counted and surface techniques and fabric painting
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Pre-work: 8-12 hours of stitching
    Kit Cost: $85
    Design Area: 15” x 24”
    Kit Contents: Zweigart ® Belfast light sand 18” x 27”, cotton thread palette, Jacquard® textile paint set,Royal® paint brush ¼”, detail brush, palettes, water cup, written directions, graphs, and picture
    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies

  • 212 Satin Sensation

    Taught by Barbara M. Kershaw (view bio)
    September 5, 2020 - September 6, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Antique White 32ct German linen, Perlé Cotton or silk twist and the wonderful technique of Punto Antico (old Stitches) will create a beautiful bag to cover and protect your magnifier. Stitches included in this technique are the Italian four-sided stitch, whipped four-sided stitch, satin stitch and bullion knots. Cutting and withdrawing threads with a lovely needle woven center.

    Technique: Punto Antico
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $80
    Design Area: 6” x 8 ½”
    Kit Contents: 32 or 34 count German linen, Silk Twist or DMC #12 Perlé cotton, lining and ribbon, needles, instruction book and color photograph
    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies, magnifiers and thimble (if you use one), 4” or 5” wooden hoop, small sharp pointed scissors, basting thread and a small white or light-colored hand towel

  • 213 A Garden View | ENCORE

    Taught by Deborah Mitek (view bio)
    September 5, 2020 - September 6, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Join me in creating this delightful silk ribbon garden, a surface embroidery study in perspective and the knotted stitch.  There are 10 knotted-stitch variations used in the design, as well as the ribbon stitch and the straight stitch. Overdyed silk ribbons in both 4mm and 7mm widths, as well as other overdyed silks and cotton threads are used to embellish the garden scene on a piece of Congress Cloth that has an added photo transfer.

    Technique: Silk Ribbon Embroidery
    Proficiency: Basic Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $120
    Design Area: 5”x7”
    Kit Contents: 11″ x 13″ Photo-transferred & taped congress cloth, Treenway & River Silks overdyed silk ribbons, Caron Wildflowers & Waterlilies, Needlepoint Silks, Gentle Art and Weeks overdyed flosses, DMC pearl cottons, instruction booklet, including an enlarged picture of the design, stitch guides, diagrams, detail photos, bibliography, and tips on handling silk ribbon
    Student Provides: 11″ x 13″ stretcher bars, tacks or staples, usual stitching supplies including a trolley needle and/or wooden laying tool, stand, frame weight or clamp for hands-free stitching, battery operated light and magnifier (optional)

  • 214 Four in One

    Taught by Donna M. Olson (view bio)
    September 5, 2020 - September 6, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Techniques of traditional Hardangersom. Stitches used are klosters, satin stitch, cable, eyelets, long arm cross, twisted bars, buttonhole stitch, cutwork and weaving with spokes. Additional stitches depending on the design are faggotting, eyelets and double running stitch. We will talk and demonstrate design set up and stitching to keep a clean ‘back side’ and starting and stopping threads in the various stitches.

    Technique: Hardanger
    Proficiency: Basic Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $36
    Design Area: 14 1/2″ x 14 1/2″
    Kit Contents: Pattern, 25 count fabric., Perle cotton threads, and additional written information on the techniques presented
    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies, needles #24, fine embroidery scissors, magnification, battery operated light

  • 215 Geometric Fascination – Counted Thread and Box Making

    Taught by Denise Harrington Pratt (view bio)
    September 5, 2020 - September 6, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    On day one, students will construct a paper-covered box. As students complete their boxes on day one, they will begin the stitching to create the fun design for the top.  On day two, stitching continues with instruction on a variety of specialty stitches. Students will experience how specialty stitches may be put together in interesting ways to create a textural piece. A discussion and demonstration of finishing is also a part of this class.

    Technique: Box Making and Counted Thread
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $68
    Design Area: 4” x 6” x 21 ½”
    Kit Contents:  Each kit is a one of a kind with fabric, paper and threads hand-picked individually to coordinate. Everyone has a one of a kind piece, 28 count linen, Waterlilies thread, Soie Cristale thread, Kreinik braid, floss for cording, needles, mounting component, box kit and complete instructions
    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies

  • 216 More Color Play | ENCORE

    Taught by Jennifer Riefenberg (view bio)
    September 5, 2020 - September 6, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    The brilliant colors of kites on a warm summer day are recreated in More Color Play. The original Color Play course took color theory into a new realm of learning. More Color Play is a companion and extension of the original. A companion in color, to continue to learn new ways to approach the painted canvas. You will continue to explore and learn color interactions, color harmony, and value. The background also provides an opportunity to learn shadow stitching.

    Technique: Painted Canvas Embroidery
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $125
    Design Area: 12” x 12”
    Kit Contents: Hand painted 18 count mono canvas 16” x 16”, stretcher bars and variety of threads
    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies

  • 217 Bess’s Bed Hangings | ENCORE

    Taught by Canby Robertson (view bio)
    September 5, 2020 - September 6, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    This class is for embroiderers who wish to experience English crewel embroidery and its history.  Students will explore period stitches used in an original set of bed hangings at Hardwick Hall: chain, back, straight, herringbone, running, open buttonhole, seed, blanket, square filling, coral knot, stem, detached buttonhole, and 2-sided cross stitch. Emphasis will be placed on care of the linen and design transfer, how to choose the right size needle, ways to work with the fragility of the wool, proper tension in ground fabric and embroidery thread.

    Technique: Crewel
    Proficiency: All
    Kit Cost: $95.00
    Design Area: 7” x 10”
    Kit Contents: Instruction booklet, linen twill with design transfer, Appletons crewel wool, a photo representation, and crewel needles
    Student Provides: 6” wooden embroidery hoop, 1 dozen long shank straight pins, thin lead mechanical pencil, magnification and battery operated light

  • 218 Elizabethan Enchantment

    Taught by Melinda Sherbring (view bio)
    September 5, 2020 - September 6, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Elizabethan Enchantment uses surface embroidery stitches in a 5″ x 6″ composition inspired by 16th century gentleman’s nightcaps. It features plaited braid, ceylon, detached buttonhole, Lark’s head, and squiggle stitches, as well as french knots, satin, spiderweb, and stem stitches. It uses silks and non-tarnish gold and silver passing threads on a linen ground.  It is an Intermediate level. embroiderers should be able to read and follow a diagram but may not know specifically Elizabethan stitches.

    Technique: Elizabethan, Metal and Surface Embroidery
    Proficiency: Advanced Intermediate
    Pre-work: 1-2 hours transferring the design
    Kit Cost: $75
    Design Area: 5” x 6”
    Kit Contents: Instructions, linen, muslin, threads, needles, and practice materials
    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies

  • 219 Batik to Stitch

    Taught by Laura Smith (view bio)
    September 5, 2020 - September 6, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Batik creates complex, stitchable designs through layering color on fabric. Wax is applied with a stamp called a tjap (pronounced “chop”). Student’s choices of colors are painted in layers alternating with wax. An optional crackling technique can create a marbled effect. The piece is ironed to remove wax. Images available include turtle, irises, lilies, sunflower, butterfly, dragonfly, gecko, and square geometric. Learn the batik process on Day 1. On Day 2, create stitch plans, stitch, or create more batik.

    Technique: Mixed Media
    Proficiency: All
    Kit Cost: $62
    Design Area: 12” x 12”
    Kit Contents: one yard of prepared for dyeing (PFD) cotton approximately 24” wide for up to six images, paint, brushes, non-latex gloves, hand stitching threads, and needles. Students will share wax heaters and brushes for wax. A class stash of threads, beads, and sequins will be available so students may select from a full range of color options for embroidery
    Student Provides: 8” hoop, usual stitching supplies including scissors for metallic thread and fabric

  • 220 A Dusting of Snow | ENCORE

    Taught by Gail Stafford (view bio)
    September 5, 2020 - September 6, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Create this neighborhood scene that celebrates snow, the first sign of winter. Learn how to pad the trunks and limbs of the dogwood tree to add dimension to your needlework. Use a variety of overdyed threads and stranded embroidery cotton along with some thread blending to create this scene. Learn about creating contrast in your needlework and the “less is more” design philosophy. Stitches include Nobuko, diamond ray, diagonal cashmere, the water stitch and more.

    Technique: Canvas Embroidery
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $75
    Design Area: 5” x 7”
    Kit Contents: Congress cloth, needles, Weeks Dye Works and Gentle Arts overdyed threads, stranded embroidery cotton, complete instructions
    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies

  • 221 Go Bling or Go Home | ENCORE

    Taught by Amee K. Sweet-McNamara (view bio)
    September 5, 2020 - September 6, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Amee Runs with Scissors is pulling out all the sparkly stops on this one; Swarovski crystals, Shibori silk ribbon, sequins and rhinestone chain combine with Luxury Italian Soutache and fabulous high-tech vinyl to create an absolutely eye-popping necklace. Multiple color ways will be offered at class.

    Technique: Soutache and Bead Embroidery
    Proficiency: Basic Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $125
    Design Area:  9” x ½” x 11” Varies by student
    Kit Contents: Ultrasuede, bead backing, soutache, beads and crystals, ribbons, needles, threads and instructions and templates
    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies, of sharp, small scissors, a pair of larger sewing scissors, any reading glasses or magnifiers they may normally require for fine work and any additional battery operated task lighting desired

  • 222 Flowers and Berries Band Sampler

    Taught by Catherine C. Theron (view bio)
    September 5, 2020 - September 6, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Worked on 32 count linen with silk threads, this small band sampler incorporates various embellished double running stitch patterns featuring fanciful flowers, leaves, strawberries, and peapods. The edges are finished with a plain hemstitch. Stitches used include double running, detached buttonhole, trellis, spiral trellis, double Italian cross, Roman, long-arm cross, small rice stitch, diagonal princess stitch, satin, queen, Montenegrin and hemstitching.

    Technique: Counted Thread
    Proficiency: Advanced Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $130
    Design Area: 14” x 13”
    Kit Contents: 32 count linen cut approximately 9” wide x 18” high, silk threads, needles, practice fabric, practice thread, color copies, charts, graphs, & instructions
    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies

  • 223 Studio Time

    September 5, 2020 - September 6, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Give a gift to yourself – time all to yourself so you can work on projects in the company of friends – with access to an instructor to provide guidance, suggestions and help with stumbling blocks.  It does not get any better!

    Technique: Any                             Proficiency: All

  • 401 Robin on Blossom or Berry Branch | ENCORE

    Taught by Tanja Berlin (view bio)
    September 5, 2020 - September 8, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    The student can work the either the Robin on Blossom Branch or the Robin on Berry Branch in the four-day class. Both designs will be taught in the class.  The robin designs are worked using a single strand of DMC embroidery floss in the needle at one time, in the method of long and short stitch.  This is an intriguing technique, using the threads as your paints on a closely woven fabric to create a realistic picture.  Several professional stitching techniques will be covered in the class, starting and finishing of threads without the use of knots and the use of a split stitch line to create beautiful edges to the design.  Embroidery stitches used will be split stitch, satin stitch, and long and short stitch. Most importantly, the technique of blending long and short stitches so that they shade beautifully and how to position the stitches so that they lay smooth.

    Technique: Needle Painting
    Proficiency: All
    Kit Cost: $68
    Design Area: 3 3/4” x 5 1/4”
    Kit Contents: Instructions and tissue paper, 11” x 14” excellent quality cotton fabric, 25 shades of DMC embroidery cotton, needles and needle threaders
    Student Provides: Sharp embroidery scissors, 10” x 12” inch stretcher bar, tacks, sharp pencil and usual stitching supplies

  • 402 Golden Stitches in Boston – Optional Museum of Fine Arts trip

    Taught by Chris Berry (view bio)
    September 5, 2020 - September 8, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Excellent examples of C17th embroidery in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston are the focus and inspiration for this course in historical stitch techniques especially metal thread work. Students will sample ten linear stitches in a scrolling design in gilt metal thread on cotton, followed by sampling and stitching the popular C17th daffodil design in historical filling stitches. Illustrated lectures and a student notebook of pictures and stitch techniques form part of this course.

    Technique: Historical Stitchery in Metal Threads
    Proficiency: Intermediate to Advanced
    Kit Cost: $90
    Design Area: 3 3/4” x 5 1/4”
    Kit Contents: Linen look ground fabric, tapestry needles, Benton & Johnson metallic threads, sequins, gold passing gilt, plastic file, instructions, colored illustrations and 5 pocket display book
    Student Provides: Usual sewing equipment, needles, pins, scissors for cutting metal thread, pale colored, sewing thread, 12” ruler, 5”, 6” and 10” rings/hoops, HB pencil for drawing on fabric and magnifying equipment if needed

    Optional – We have arranged a trip to Museum of Fine arts exclusively for the students of this class the afternoon of Friday, September 4th, from 1:00pm – 4:00pm for a fee of $35.  A curator will discuss and allow students to view pieces from a collection of C17th embroidery the museum maintains

  • 403 Autumn Reflections

    Taught by Kurdy Biggs (view bio)
    September 5, 2020 - September 8, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Autumn Reflections is a companion piece to Blue Ridge Reflections. Come join me on a journey stitching a stained-glass themed piece. Your canvas will be line drawn so that we can move easily from segment to segment as we stitch this piece that is inspired by Autumn in the Mountains of the northeast. Our stitch library will encompass over 30 different stitches and variations that will be completed using a variety of threads based around Gloriana over dyed silk flosses Autumn Arbor and Cinnamon. Once the stitching is completed beads and crystals will be added for dimension and sparkle!

    Technique: Counted Canvas
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $145
    Design Area: 9” x 9”
    Kit Contents: 15” x 15” drawn canvas, threads from Rainbow Gallery include Capri, Elegance, Petite Silk Lame’ Braid, Petite Very Velvet, Kreinik and Accentuate metallics, along with other threads, beads, crystals, needles and instructions
    Student Provides: 15” x 15” stretcher bars, tacks/staples, laying tool, frame stand or weight, usual stitching supplies

  • 404 Dragonfly and Snail

    Taught by Carol Peao Currier (view bio)
    September 5, 2020 - September 8, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    The design offers opportunities for experimentation as basic stitches are used and expanded to create interesting textures. Explore filling and woven stitches used in unique ways.

    Technique: Crewel
    Proficiency: Intermediate to Advanced
    Kit Cost: $120
    Design Area: 7” x 9”
    Kit Contents: Instructions, heavy cotton with design applied, crewel wool, metallic thread, needles and color photograph
    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies

  • 405 Color is Key

    Taught by Wendy Moore (view bio)
    September 5, 2020 - September 8, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    A single motif, a Greek key, and all 6 six rainbow colors are intertwined to create an evocative and exciting design that nearly flies off the canvas. This colorful maze is stitched with a delightful array of threads from Very Velvet, Neon Rays and Kreinik braids to Needlepoint silk, Pepper Pot Silk and host of over-dyed cottons.  Explore the intricacies of many canvas stitches, one square inch at a time. Student may choose to stitch a tan background or a light grey background.

    Technique: Counted Canvas
    Proficiency: Intermediate to Advanced
    Kit Cost: $185
    Design Area: 11” x 14”
    Kit Contents: 18 count mono canvas, threads and instructions
    Student Provides: 15” x 18” stretcher bars, tacks/staples, frame or frame weight for hands free stitching, laying tool and usual stitching supplies

  • 406 Elizabethan Flower Panel | ENCORE

    Taught by Jane Nicholas (view bio)
    September 5, 2020 - September 8, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Inspired by an English early seventeenth century embroidered panel, this design is worked in stump work and surface embroidery on a background of ivory satin. It features flowers popular in Elizabethan times: the bluebell, with raised upper petals, a crab apple, with detached petals and applied buds, the honeysuckle, with slender, padded and raised petals, pea pods, with detached shells and beaded peas, a primrose and bud, both with raised petals, and a traditional red rose, all enclosed by coiling stems, whipped with gold thread. Nestled amongst the foliage can be found a bee, with raised wings and velvety body, a plump caterpillar and a tiny ladybird with detached wings. Gold spangles complete this panel.

    Technique: Stumpwork and Surface Embroidery
    Proficiency: Intermediate to Advanced
    Kit Cost: $97
    Design Area: 4” x 6”
    Kit Contents: Project notes, diagrams and tracing paper, photo, Ivory Duchess satin, backing fabric, fabrics for applied and detached elements, felt and paper backed fusible web, Soie d’Alger silk threads, cotton and metallic threads, beads, gold spangles, colored wires
    Student Provides: 11” or 12” hoop or slate frame, 4” hoop, 5” hoop, 6” hoop, needles, sharp scissors, wire cutters, fine blunt tweezers, small ruler, Clover tracing pen, notebook and fine led pencil

  • 407 The Mighty Clipper

    Taught by Deborah Tirico (view bio)
    September 5, 2020 - September 8, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    The classic sailing vessel of the 19th century was the mighty clipper ship.  During the Baltimore Album Quilts period, the clipper ship became a staple of Baltimore album quilts representing naval service. The pattern for this table rug is taken from the vintage Clipper ship block which has been translated into dimensional wool appliqué. Learn to use freezer paper patterns, clear vinyl placement guides, embroidery guides and work with templates. Basting techniques will be presented for increased accuracy and a variety of surface embroidery stitches will be reviewed. Students will be encouraged to embellish the rug using a variety of wool threads and beads.

    Technique: Felted Wool Applique w/Embroidery Embellishment
    Proficiency: Basic to Intermediate
    Pre-work: 2 hours
    Kit Cost: $160
    Design Area: 13 3/4″ x 15 1/4″
    Kit Contents: Written instructions and color photography, freezer paper, clear acetate, white felted wool and backing fabric, Weeks Dye Works felted wool, Weeks Dye Works wool thread, Carron Watercolours threads, beads, off white Perle cotton # 8, needles
    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies

  • 501 Appraising Needlework

    Taught by Cheryl Christian (view bio)
    September 5, 2020 - September 6, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    In this class, a requisite for the EGA-Certified Appraiser program, students will learn the fundamentals of appraising needlework, embroidery, quilts, and textiles for such purposes as obtaining insurance, filing for damages, selling items, or donating articles. They will learn the various types of value and how they are concluded. While the bulk of the class is devoted to the principles of appraising and their practical application, time will also be allotted to conducting referenced research and practicing writing appraisals. Sessions will focus on professional practices, including ethical conduct, client relationships, document preparation, file maintenance, and other concerns. No previous knowledge or experience is required.

    Technique: How to Appraise Needlework
    Proficiency: All
    Kit Cost: $35
    Design Area: Education Lecture
    Kit Contents: Appraisal manual and electronic files
    Student Provides: Student to bring needlework to examine and laptop if desired

  • 301 Home of the Bees – A Box

    Taught by Jane Ellen Balzuweit (view bio)
    September 7, 2020 - September 8, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Casalguidi Italian white work technique makes this charming 4” x 4” x 2” box. Worked on 28 count Cashel linen this could be worked as a small band sampler. The box is easy to make and will be taught in class.  Raised stem band, needle woven flowers and leaves, and the Italian 3 sided stitch are among the stitches taught.

    Technique: Casalguidi Embroidery
    Proficiency: All
    Kit Cost: $75
    Design Area: 4” x 4” x 2”
    Kit Contents: 28 count Cashel linen, cream pearl cotton size 12, specialty threads by Rainbow Gallery, Wild Flowers by Caron, mounting board cut to size to make box, padding, interlining and lining for box, needles and instructions
    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies

  • 302 Dresden Plate

    Taught by Mendie Cannon (view bio)
    September 7, 2020 - September 8, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Based on the popular Dresden Plate quilt designs of the 1920’s and 1930’s, this design is sure to become a favorite. Whether you choose black, crème or white fabric it will be a piece to treasure.  You will learn bullion, cast-on, double cast-on, drizzle, leaf, stem and couching stitches among others.

    Technique: Brazilian Embroidery
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $130
    Design Area: 20” x 20”
    Kit Contents: design pre-printed on the fabric, threads, needles, threader, grabber, doodle cloth, beads, and instructions
    Student Provides: 20” x 20” stretcher bars, tacks or staples, and usual stitching supplies

  • 303 Judging Needlework

    Taught by Cheryl Christian (view bio)
    September 7, 2020 - September 8, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    What makes a needlework stand out?  Learn not only how judges evaluate needlework, but how you can improve your own stitching. Sessions will focus on application of design elements and principles, recognition of excellence in needlework techniques, practice in judging needlework, and guidance in critiquing. You will be better prepared to enter, judge, and administer shows.

    Technique: How to Judge Needlework
    Proficiency: All
    Kit Cost: $45
    Design Area: Education Lecture
    Kit Contents: Judging manual, supplemental material
    Student Provides: Students to bring 2-3 completed embroideries, needlework, quilts, etc. from their own collection.

  • 304 Mayflower

    Taught by Alison Cole (view bio)
    September 7, 2020 - September 8, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    The Mayflower or Trailing Arbutus (Epigaea Repens) is a small, fragrant creeper found in pine forests. This workshop recreates a botanical of this flower using Stumpwork embroidery. This workshop features working flat and padded elements over the top of detached elements creating another level to the embroidery which makes this a Stumpwork embroidery project a bit different to the way it is usually worked.  Embroidered on silk velvet in silk threads, techniques covered include working detached elements, cutting and applying, padding with felt, working needle-woven picots and over-twisting thread for one of the background mosses.

    Technique: Stumpwork
    Proficiency: All
    Kit Cost: $70
    Design Area: 4.5” x 3.5”
    Kit Contents: Colourstreams silk velvet, quilter’s muslin, Homespun, Cascade House and Gumnut yarns, silks, Mill Hill beads, felt, wires, needles, instructions and photo
    Student Provides: 6” and 10” hoop, mechanical pencil, white dressmaker’s carbon, stylus or spent ballpoint pen, scissors for cutting wires, fine embroidery scissors, clamp

  • 305 Strawberry Field

    Taught by Stephanie Drehs (view bio)
    September 7, 2020 - September 8, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    We will create a needle book with a velvet cover, cotton lining, and wool pages. The motif on the front is that of strawberries, a strawberry plant blossom, a strawberry plant flower, and a butterfly. The inside of the front cover is stuffed with cotton batting and serves as a pincushion. The inside of the back cover has a pocket for a pair of embroidery scissors and a pocket for a laying tool. Both inside cover finishes are optional. There are two sets of wool needle pages. The two small pages are tucked in between the two large pages. The needle book closes with a large bead and bead loop.

    Technique: Bead Embroidery
    Proficiency: All
    Kit Cost: $125
    Design Area: 6” x 5” x 1”
    Kit Contents: Pellon, Peltex, velvet fabric, cotton fabric, variety of beads, needles, beading thread, cotton filling, crushed walnut shells, wooden chop stick, beading mat
    Student Provides: Basic sewing supplies, scissors, straight pins, a fabric marking tool, a fine point black Sharpie marker, a glue stick, and either Fabritac fabric glue or white craft glue, Clover clips, thimble, needle nose plier or hemostat

  • 306 Glitter and Gogh: Étude of the Starry Night | ENCORE

    Taught by Natalie Dupuis (view bio)
    September 7, 2020 - September 8, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Inspired by the swirling sky of Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting, this intermediate level design explores various couching methods over gilt and cotton threads, the application of gold leaf to fabric, and the wrapping of pearl purl mixed with some basic embroidery stitches. Glittering metal threads couched with Van Gogh’s preference of complementary colors creates a vibrant feel with the soft curves of a night sky punctuated with bright stars.

    Technique:  Goldwork
    Proficiency: Advanced Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $115
    Design Area: 9 ¾” x 1 ½”
    Kit Contents: Full color comprehensive student notes, navy blue kilt twill with design transferred, black iron-on interfacing, sheets of gold leaf, needle pack containing: Size 10 & 7 crewel embroidery needle, curved needle for tying-off, size 18 chenille needle for sinking, variety of Gilt and spangles, DMC threads, Gutermann thread, beeswax heart and postcard print
    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies

  • 307 Enchanted Garden

    Taught by Barbara Ellis (view bio)
    September 7, 2020 - September 8, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    This combined bracelet and cuff is created using several techniques. You will create a precious focal flower using petal beads, pearls and seed beads and attach it to the base using bead embroidery stitches. The cuff is shaped to have a stiff shaping and then a beaded herringbone band will be stitched off the cuff to give it the soft bracelet styling and finished with a clasp. Color choices are available, and various accent flowers, findings, accent lace and charms included in the kit.

    Technique: Bead Embroidery
    Proficiency: Basic Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $95
    Design Area: 1 ¼” x 7” Adjustable
    Kit Contents: Ultrasuede, lace, petal beads, seed beads, pearls, dragonfly findings, clasp and flower base finding
    Student Provides: Short beading needles size 10 and 12, small tube of E6000, 6lb smoke FireLine, scissors, measuring tape, white gel pen, beading surface and any usual beading tools

  • 308 Touch Me Not

    Taught by Marsha Papay Gomola (view bio)
    September 7, 2020 - September 8, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Even with burning heat and draught life continues in the desert. Animals and plants have adapted to create a beautiful diverse ecosystem that perfectly represents the sense of touch with its many contrasts. Hot, cold, soft, sharp, and hard are all represented in the desert. Learn several techniques used to create contemporary raised embroidery while working on this interesting sewing case.

    Technique: Stumpwork and Counted embroidery
    Proficiency: Advanced
    Kit Cost: $140
    Design Area: 4” x 5”
    Kit Contents: Edinburgh 36 count color flax, muslin, silk, cotton, metallic threads, beads, felt, needles, hoop, most finishing materials, and detailed instructions
    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies

  • 309 Carnivale

    Taught by Ruthmarie Hofmann (view bio)
    September 7, 2020 - September 8, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Carnivale is a festive necklace that features the use of cotton batiks embellished with simple surface stitches in an overdyed cotton floss, mounted over padded button forms for clean, chubby domes of additional beady potential. Glued to a beading foundation, the grouping of several sizes is surrounded with beaded lines of mixed sizes and shapes of beads for a spontaneous journey into beady lines, spikes, dangles, swags, and wild child edging. Color choice in fabrics is available to personalize for each participant.

    Technique: Surface Embroidery, Beadwork
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $120
    Design Area: 6 ½” x 4 ½”
    Kit Contents: fabrics, non-woven heavy beading foundation, hand-dyed cotton floss, metallic ribbon, multiple packs of beads and bead mixes, needle packet, beading thread, fleece padding, 9 button forms, bead mat, small trays, stretcher bars, 4” embroidery hoop, and instructions
    Student Provides: Usual needlework tools to include thread scissors, craft/fabric scissors, straight pins, flat nose pliers (some available for class use), optional table clamp or frame weight.

  • 310 Mariners’ Compass

    Taught by Cynthia Jackson (view bio)
    September 7, 2020 - September 8, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    The Mariners’ Compass was a popular motif during the late 16th century when exploration and settlement of New England was beginning in earnest. This three-dimensional design is inspired by the embroidery on a mariner’s scarf made for Sir Francis Drake. Goldwork threads used include pearl purl, lizerene and passing. The center is padded leather and as is the fully articulated directional needle. The project will be embroidered on a black satin ground.

    Technique: Silk and Metal
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $75
    Design Area: 5” x 5”
    Kit Contents: Black satin fabric with design, leather, crystals, silk thread, a variety of metal threads, needles and an instruction booklet fully illustrated in color
    Student Provides: Wax, silk scissors, metal scissors, tweezers, cutting board, 6” hoop, tape, stand or clamp for hands free stitching, magnifier and battery operated supplementary lighting (if required), pencil and standard embroidery supplies

  • 311 Whale Tales Journal

    Taught by Catherine Jordan (view bio)
    September 7, 2020 - September 8, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Explore the possibilities of adding color, shading and highlights to simple black work while working this beautiful journal cover. This class will begin with outlines of the whale and waves and with easy-to-understand design principles, the whale will come alive and be tossed about on a sea of waves. The back cover is reserved for the maker’s or receiver’s mark in a nautically themed compass. An easily finished and secure four-sided edging completes this small treasure.

    Technique: Counted and pulled techniques and fabric painting
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $80
    Design Area: 3 ½” x 5 ½”
    Kit Contents: Zweigart® Belfast linen light sand 18” x 14”, Jacquard® textile paint set, Royal ¼ “ brush, detail brush, water cup, and palettes, Hand Book® journal 3 ½” x 5 ½”
    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies

  • 312 Symphony

    Taught by Barbara M. Kershaw (view bio)
    September 7, 2020 - September 8, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    This beautiful pulled thread project is a sewing case with two pockets inside. Add a needle case and a biscornu pin cushion and you have a lovely matching set. Or sew the sides together and add a gold chain handle and it can be a beautiful evening bag. Stitches included in this technique are the buttonhole stitch, running stitch, satin stitch and padded satin stitch, chain stitch, honeycomb stitch and Russian filling stitch as well as a lovely composite filling stitch using satin stitch and double faggot stitch. All this will be done on antique white German 32 count linen with Perlé Cotton and beads.

    Technique: Pulled Thread
    Proficiency: All
    Kit Cost: $95
    Design Area: 4” x 4”
    Kit Contents: 2 pieces of 32 count German linen antique white, DMC #12 and # 8 Perlé cotton, Mill Hill glass beads, needles, instruction book, color photograph
    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies, magnifiers and thimble (if you use one), 4” or 5” wooden hoop, small sharp pointed scissors, basting thread and a small white or light-colored hand towel

  • 313 The Queen’s Garden

    Taught by Deborah Mitek (view bio)
    September 7, 2020 - September 8, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Come into the garden and enjoy the smell of the flowers and the soft buzzing of the bees!  Using silk ribbon stitches and other surface embroidery techniques, we will create an old-fashioned bee skep surrounded by bee-loving flowers.  The outline stitch, stem stitch, wrapped stem, detached chain, straight stitch, twisted straight stitch, loop stitch, fly stitch, grab stitch, woven rose, French knots, colonial knots and the ribbon stitch are some of the stitches used to complete the design.

    Technique: Silk Ribbon Embroidery
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $115
    Design Area: 8” x 8”
    Kit Contents: 14″ x 14″ taped congress cloth with a transferred design, Treenway & River Silks silk ribbons, many overdyed, DMC floss and pearl cottons, Needlepoint Inc silk, Caron Waterlilies & Wildflowers, Rainbow Gallery Capri & Mandarin floss, Silk Road Straw Silk and Soy Luster, instruction booklet, enlarged picture of the design, stitch guides, diagrams, detail photos, bibliography, and tips on handling silk ribbon
    Student Provides: 14′ x 14″ stretcher bars, tacks or staples, usual stitching supplies including a trolley needle and/or wooden laying tool, stand, frame weight or clamp for hands-free stitching, battery operated light and magnifier if needed

  • 314 Morning Dew

    Taught by Donna M. Olson (view bio)
    September 7, 2020 - September 8, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Techniques of traditional Hardangersom.  Stitches used are klosters, satin stitch, cable, eyelets, long arm cross, twisted bars, buttonhole stitch, cutwork and weaving with spokes. Additional stitches depending on the design are faggotting, eyelets and double running stitch. We will talk and demonstrate design set up and stitching to keep a clean ‘back side’ and starting and stopping threads in the various stitches.

    Technique: Hardanger Embroidery
    Proficiency: Basic to Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $38
    Design Area: 13” x 23”
    Kit Contents: Pattern, 25 count fabric, Perle cotton threads, and additional written information on the techniques presented
    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies, needles #24, fine embroidery scissors, magnification, light

  • 315 Lovely Leaves Sampler

    Taught by Denise Harrington Pratt (view bio)
    September 7, 2020 - September 8, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    With my needle I can make, lovely leaves, I need not rake, luscious hues of gold and red, stitched with love, in silken thread.  This lovely sampler is a celebration of fall.   This band sampler is stitched in warm fall colors on Sandstone 32 count linen. A host of stitches gives the counted thread enthusiast much to learn and many hours of stitching pleasure. A few of the stitches are half hatbox eyelet, bosnia stitch, triple back, diamond Leviathan, alternating double back, tricky eyelet, diagonal French, diagonal Leviathan, plaited double cross, and more!  A mini sampler/name tag may be worked on in class.

    Technique: Counted Thread
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $98
    Design Area: 4 ¼” x 14”
    Kit Contents:  32 count linen for full sampler and mini sampler/nametag, Waterlilies hand dyed silk threads, Soie Cristale threads, needles
    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies

  • 316 Pumpkin Patch | ENCORE

    Taught by Jennifer Riefenberg (view bio)
    September 7, 2020 - September 8, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Autumn flashes its warm smiles of color in the Pumpkin Patch. A sampler of stitches creates the verdant earth on which the pumpkins sit in anticipation of harvest.

    Technique: Canvas Embroidery
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $125
    Design Area: 10” x 12”
    Kit Contents: 10” x 12” Ivory 18 count mono canvas, stretcher bars and variety of threads, beads, knitting yarns and raffia
    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies

  • 317 Rufa Red Knot’s Flight

    Taught by Canby Robertson (view bio)
    September 7, 2020 - September 8, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    This landscape class will be fast paced, requiring a prior working knowledge of basic stitches such as stem, back, French knot, satin, straight, detached chain (lazy daisy), open chain and seed stitch.  We will concentrate on embroidering birds, with a focus on background, mid ground, and foreground landscape and using the texture of basic stitches to create desired effect. Discussion will include environmental concerns facing the Rufa Red Knot and Monarch butterfly populations.

    Technique: Surface Embroidery
    Proficiency: Advanced Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $135
    Design Area: 2 ½” x 13”
    Kit Contents: Hand painted linen ground, Au ver à Soie threads: (Surfine, 100/3, Soie d’Alger), Gloriana threads, needles, instructions
    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies

  • 318 Full Metal Fruits and Nuts

    Taught by Melinda Sherbring (view bio)
    September 7, 2020 - September 8, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Full Metal Fruits and Nuts uses Elizabethan embroidery stitches in a 3″ x 8″ composition. The focus is on eleven surface stitches unique to that time. The student should be already familiar with blanket, chain, couched cord, spiderweb, and stem stitches, though we will review them.  This two-day class uses a high-count linen ground with several colors of non-tarnish gold and silver wire passing threads. It is an Intermediate level. Embroiderers should be able to read and follow a diagram but may not know specifically Elizabethan stitches.

    Technique: Elizabethan, Metal and Surface Embroidery
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Pre-work: 1-4 hours transferring design
    Kit Cost: $80
    Design Area: 3” x 8”
    Kit Contents: Instructions, linen, muslin, threads, needles, and practice materials
    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies

  • 319 Mix It Up with Mixed Media | ENCORE

    Taught by Laura Smith (view bio)
    September 7, 2020 - September 8, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Explore the range of textures created by combining stitches, mixed media, and a source of inspiration such as a poem or quote (student’s choice). Learn to build up surfaces with color, seal edges, construct layered effects, and deconstruct to reveal textures. Safety is emphasized for the embossing tool, woodburning tool, and iron. Students can integrate the materials into a folding book if they wish.  A by-product of the class is to spark creativity.

    Technique: Mixed Media
    Proficiency: All Levels
    Kit Cost: $96
    Design Area: 5” x 7”
    Kit Contents: Lutradur heavy and light, heat sensitive stabilizer, Tyvek, Angelina fibers and film, PearlEx pigments, a set of Jacquard fabric paint, brushes, palette, appropriate needles, a dust mask for work with fine powders, and a folding book with 5” x 7” pages and workable covers. A Class Treasure Chest will contain the full range of color and a variety of textures of silk, linen, cotton, and manmade fabric and thread
    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies and respirator, if desired, to work with heat tools

  • 320 Azaleas | ENCORE

    Taught by Gail Stafford (view bio)
    September 7, 2020 - September 8, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Azaleas celebrates the arrival of spring with new foliage, colorful blooming flowers and shrubs, and bright sunshine. Begin by stitching some sky, tree trunks, azaleas and other blooming flowers and then add the charted birdhouse. Detailed information will guide individuals to make their own decisions about the exact stitch placement for the flowers, leaves and foliage. Use overdyed threads to establish subtle color change in your design; then supplement these threads with stranded embroidery cotton.

    Technique: Canvas Embroidery
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $85
    Design Area: 5” x 7 ½”
    Kit Contents: Congress cloth, needles, all threads to complete the project, complete instructions
    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies

  • 321 Aperture Necklace | ENCORE

    Taught by Amee K. Sweet-McNamara (view bio)
    September 7, 2020 - September 8, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Aperture is a stylish, contemporary piece incorporating clean lines and exciting textures. It can be worn as a high (short) lariat style, a low (long) lariat style or even a belt! Adventurous beginners will learn the basics like aligning and stacking, shaping stitches and backing but also more up-to-the-minute skills such as working around a ring, incorporating rhinestone chain, adding twisted cord, netting over findings and alternating edge-beading techniques.

    Technique: Bead Embroidery with ribbon (Soutache)
    Proficiency: Basic to Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $75
    Design Area: Varies per student
    Kit Contents: Ultrasuede, bead backing, soutache, beads and crystals, ribbons, needles, threads and instructions and templates
    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies, of sharp, small scissors, a pair of larger sewing scissors, any reading glasses or magnifiers they may normally require for fine work and any additional battery operated task lighting desired

  • 322 Every Good and Perfect Gift Sampler

    Taught by Catherine C. Theron (view bio)
    September 7, 2020 - September 8, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Stitched on 32 count linen, this charming 10” x 11” sampler features two houses, apple trees, a pond complete with a swan, sheep and other critters, the alphabet, and the saying “Every good & perfect gift is from above” all surrounded by a strawberry border. Stitching is with silks & overdyed cotton threads. Stitches used include long-arm cross, diagonal cross, montenegrin, nobuko, petit point, cross stitch over one, smyrna cross, satin, padded satin, satin cushion, spiral trellis, double Italian cross, and stem.

    Technique: Counted Thread
    Proficiency: Advanced Intermediate
    Kit Cost: $140
    Design Area: 10” x 11”
    Kit Contents: 32 count linen cut approximately 16” wide x 18” high, silk threads, overdyed cotton, threads, needles, practice fabric, practice thread, color copies, charts, graphs, and instructions
    Student Provides: Usual stitching supplies

  • 323 Studio Time

    September 7, 2020 - September 8, 2020 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    2020 Seminar

    Give a gift to yourself – time all to yourself so you can work on projects in the company of friends – with access to an instructor to provide guidance, suggestions and help with stumbling blocks.  It does not get any better!

    Technique: Any
    Proficiency: All