Mini Classes
Tuesday June 6th 

Mini Class: M1 Eye of the Peacock
Teacher: Karen Heller

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In this class we will create a scissor case and a scissor fob using a technique called “Eye of the Peacock”.  Students will use 10 different colors of DMC #3 Perle Cotton to weave the pattern on a marked canvas.  The color pallet for each kit will vary and the color order will be determined by the student. 

Kit Contents:

  • Instructions

  • Scissors

  • 14-count interlock canvas

  • Threads

  • Thread organizer

  • Needles

  • Scissor case backing

  • Twisted cord

Student Provides:

  • Usual stitching supplies

  • Battery-powered Lighting & Magnification, if needed

​Design Area: Scissor Case and Scissor Fob

Proficiency Level: Basic

Pre-Work: None

Class Fee: $40 (includes kit cost $15)

Mini Class M2: Trains, Trains & More Trains (Beading for Your Stitching Tool Kit)
Teacher: Leticia Nickel Jaroski

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Complete your Sugar Land Express stitching with Trains, Trains & More Trains fobs for a variety of your tools while learning bead stringing.  You will complete 2 to 4 of the 6 fobs in class depending on time.

Kit Contents:

  • Instructions and supplies necessary to complete six fobs (train charms, beads, stringing wire, needles, lobster claws, split rings)

  • Tools -- needle threader, Uncle Bill’s tweezers, ruler, trolley needle. counting needle

  • Beading mat

  • Plastic box

Student Provides:

  • Usual stitching supplies

  • Crimpers (optional)

  • Battery-powered Lighting & Magnification, if needed

​Technique: Bead Stringing

Design Area: 5” in length (6 fobs)

Proficiency Level: Basic 

Pre-Work: None

Class Fee: $75 (includes kit cost $50)

Mini Class M3: Guatemalan Textile Interpretation
Teacher: Judy Lehman-Cooley

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​Technique: Color & Design

Design Area: 4” round or square

Proficiency Level: Basic-Intermediate

Pre-Work: None

Class Fee: $50 (includes kit cost $25)

Colorful Guatemalan Textiles inspired a series of needlepoint designs. This mini workshop emphasizes color and stitch interaction, mimicking the vintage textiles. This 4” jewel of a project may be developed into a circular or square shape. Either shape may be used as a future reference, an ornament, as a garment embellishment or a box/bag insert.  This is a “to be completed later” class.

Kit Contents:

  • One 8” square taped #14 tan canvas with drawn design area

  • Instructions – written/diagrams/photo

  • Needle

  • Nantucket wool, Oiska, rayon, cotton threads – enough threads included for a second piece or enlargement of the presented size

  • Choice of backing fabric

  • Additional history and inspirational design printout

Teacher will share for classroom use:​

  • Colored pencils/markers

  • Personal collection of antique and vintage Guatemalan textiles for inspiration. Samples of similar contemporary fabrics.

Student Provides:​

  • Usual stitching supplies

  • 8” stretcher bars assembled/ready for canvas attachment, thumbtacks – optional but recommended

  • Optional: stitcher’s favorite art pencils or markers

  • Battery-powered Lighting & Magnification, if needed

Mini Class M4: The Best Little Fob in Texas!
Teacher: Bobbi D. Norris

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Take a little bit of Texas home with you when you make The Best Little Fob in Texas! This is a quick bead fun little fob, which holds a bit of Texas. This project is done in flat peyote and uses zipping and ladder stitch techniques along with some bead stringing for embellishing.

Kit Contents:

  • Miyuki Delica beads

  • Embellishments

  • Thread

  • Needle

  • Pattern/chart and instructions.

  • Everything you need to complete this project.

Student Provides:

  • Usual beading supplies, including a bead mat

  • Lighting & Magnification, if needed

  • Bring is a smiling face and scissors!

​Technique: Peyote Beading

Design Area: Approximately 1-1/2” x 1-1/2” per side

Proficiency Level: All Levels

Pre-Work: None

Class Fee: $50 (includes kit cost $25)

Mini Class M6: Where Flowers Bloom Brooch or Needle Minder
Teacher: Mary Alice Sinton
Double Session

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The Where Flowers Bloom brooch is done in Japanese bead embroidery method and is an entry level piece.  Bead Embroidery in the Japanese method incorporates silk embroidery techniques translated with beads.  There are two different color ways available in either Fuchsia or Purple. The beads used are a wide variety of Tri-cut and glass seed beads along with multiple sizes to create a variety of texture.     The technique of using a Beading Koma to couch down lines of beads in order to create smooth curves is explored in this piece.  A Raised Bead Embroidery technique gives the flowers a 3-D effect. The foundation fabric is a floral 100% cotton fabric called Flower Child - Fab Floral Circles by Lewis & Irene and stitched using stretcher bars.

(BROOCH design © Mary Alice Sinton)

​Technique: Japanese Bead Embroidery

Design Area: 1-1/2” circle

Proficiency Level: Basic

Pre-Work: None

Class Fee: $90 (includes kit cost $40)

Kit Contents:

  • Beads

  • Cotton fabric (printed)

  • A pair of Earth Magnets

  • Ultra Suede Backing and Interfacing

  • Gutermann Sewing Threads: Pink, Lavender and Bone

  • Stretcher Bars 5” x 5” & Tacks

  • Design Paper & Pattern

  • Japanese Needles (M2 & M3) with Ultra Fine Needle Threader

  • Color Image Reference

Note:  A Beading Koma will be on loan during class or can be pre-purchased for $25.

Student Provides:

  • Clamp or Frame Weight

  • Silk Pins

  • Tulip Beading Awl or Tekobari (optional)

  • Scissors: Paper and Embroidery

  • Battery-powered Lighting & Magnification, if needed