Preserving Needle Art 2024: Virtual Classes

Featuring teachers Celeste Chalasani, Deborah Mitek and Gail Stafford

Our featured teachers will be available to teach virtually in conjunction with Seminar 2024 between October and December 2024.

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Registration Dates: February 27 – July 15, 2024.
Registration Fee: US $90.00 + Kit fee. Domestic shipping of class kits is included in the registration fee, international shipping is extra depending on location.

Virtual class and kit fee are non-refundable.
There will be no cancellations and no refunds.
All Kits will be sent US Priority mail.

  • 701 Summer Serenade – 2 Day – November 9-10, 2024

    Taught by Celeste Chalasani (view bio)


    Sweet living in the summer time! Imagine a warm summer morning, with juicy blackberries glistening in the sun. Bees buzz on their search for nectar while a caterpillar lazily crawls along a stem. This Stumpwork class brings this vision to life as students learn and practice a variety of dimensional stitches and padding techniques.

    Max. Class Size: 24
    Class Times: 11/9/2024 and 11/10/2024 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Pacific time.
    Additional information: A video recording will be available after each session.

    Technique: Stumpwork
    Proficiency: Basic to Intermediate
    Design Area: 5” x 6”
    Class Fee: $90
    Kit Fee: $55
    Kit Content: Silk shantung, cotton fabric for backing, polyester organza, Anchor and DMC stranded cotton thread, Japan threads, pearl cotton, beads, felt, and needles.
    Student Provides: 12” x 12” Evertite frame or stretcher bars, OR 8-1/2” embroidery hoop; cream colored sewing thread; masking tape; needle threader; scissors for cutting paper and felt; a 6” ruler with both inches and centimeters; a mechanical pencil, Pigma pen, or similar; needle puller (optional); needle threader for small, fine needles (optional); iron and ironing mat/board; usual stitching supplies. Magnification is highly recommended.
    Pre-work: Before the first class, students will prepare their fabric and transfer the design.

  • 702 – Crown of the Andes – 2 Day – December 7, 14, 2024

    Taught by Deborah Mitek (view bio)

    This charming silk ribbon flower project teaches ribbon embroidery and other surface and needlepoint stitches as well as exploring new techniques using 13mm silk ribbon. Dimension is created using textural stitches. The Poinsettia is constructed using a ribbon embroidery filling technique, set on a diagonal leaf patterned background surrounded by a woven border. Materials include River Silks and Treenway Silks overdyed 7mm & 13mm silk ribbons, Wildflowers, Entice, Petite Silk Lame Braid, Silk Lame Braid, and Treenway Silk Eyelash with #8 raku beads for embellishment.

    Max. Class Size: 24
    Class Times: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST.
    Additional information: This is a 2-day class divided into 2 sessions. Each class session will begin at 1:00 pm EST and will include 3 hours of instruction, stitching time and an opportunity for questions and answers. A video recording will be available after each session.

    Technique: Silk Ribbon Embroidery
    Proficiency: Basic to Intermediate
    Design Area: 4” x 4”
    Class Fee: $90
    Kit Fee: $105
    Kit Content: Complete thread kit with needles, 18-count Sandstone Vintage Canvas – taped with a line drawing, Instruction Booklet including a large picture of the design, stitch guide, diagrams, detail photos, Bibliography, Tips on Handling Silk Ribbon, and A Brief History of the Poinsettia.
    Student Provides: 10” x 10” Stretcher Bars for piece / tacks or staples Usual stitching supplies / Trolley needle and / or wooden laying tool Stand / Frameweight / or Clamp for hands-free stitching Light and Magnifier (optional)

  • 703 – A Dusting of Snow – 2 Day – October 6, 13, 20, 27, 2024

    Taught by Gail Stafford (view bio)


    It’s that time of year when the days are getting shorter and there’s a chill in the air because it’s cold outside. In the early morning I look out the window and see a dusting of snow—the first real sign of winter. Create this neighborhood winter scene to enjoy throughout the year. 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.

    Additional sessions: This is a 2-day Class divided into 4 sessions. October 6, 13, 20, 27. All sessions begin at 4:30 pm EST, with instruction for 45 minutes. Question and answer time to follow. A video recording will be available after each session. The video will only be available for 13 days.
    Max. Class Size: 22

    Technique: Canvas Embroidery
    Proficiency: Intermediate
    Design Area: 5” x 7”
    Class fee: $90
    Kit Fee: $90
    Kit Content: Congress Cloth, Needles, Embroidery Cotton, Weeks Dye Works and Gentle Arts overdyed Floss, Written directions with pictures.
    Student Provides: Usual Stitching Supplies, Stretcher Bars & Tacks,