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2 Day Classes

Class 201: Quiet Frost

Teacher: Kathy Rees

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Technique: Canvas work and beading

Design area: 4x12

Proficiency level: Intermediate

Pre-work: None

Kit cost: $115.00

Snow has fallen soundlessly in the dark of night and we wake up to a quiet frost. Layers of threads and stitches make up the areas above and below the center ribbon of snowflakes and icicles created with beaded embroidery. Icy colors of silks and metallic threads in a variety of textures are combined to create a winter wonderland. Students will be given instructions to reproduce the original beaded design area but also will be encouraged to put their own spin on it.

Kit contents:

  • Instructions with color photos

  • 18 count white opalescent mono canvas

  • All threads, beads, charms, and embellishments to complete the design

Student provides:

  • 8x16 stretcher bars and tacks

  • Usual stitching tools

  • Battery operated lighting and magnification, if needed

Class 202: Larry the Patchwork Lion

Teacher: Toni Gerdes

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Larry is a ferocious Patchwork Lion that explores many different stitches to create a happy addition to your needlework decorations. He is the third in a series of Patchwork animals; the first was Elliot the Patchwork Elephant followed by Gertrude the Patchwork Giraffe. The autumnal feel of the colors make stitching on this canvas a dream. The optional addition of a fun gold beaded crown and whiskers makes Larry the definite “King of the Jungle.” Several Rainbow Gallery metallic threads, Vineyard Silk, Treenway Silk Eyelash, and Planet Earth Silks, along with beads and sequins will be used to create this charismatic design. The stitches will include old favorites, as well as a few surprises. The background will be a white on white diagonal pattern that emphasizes the corners of the design and enhance the lion’s strong personality.

Kit contents:

  • Instructions and photos

  • 18 count white line-drawn mono canvas

  • Needles and case

  • All threads, beads, and embellishments to complete the design

Student provides:

  • 13x15 stretcher bars and tacks

  • Usual stitching tools

  • Battery operated lighting and magnification, if needed

Technique: Canvas work and beading

Design area: approx. 9”x11”

Proficiency level: Intermediate

Pre-work: None

Kit cost: $185.00

Class 203: Harlequin

Teacher: Terri Bay

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Harlequin is a study in black and white. Harlequin teaches the basics of blackwork, both reversible and non-reversible, as well as stitches and techniques from Ukrainian whitework and pulled thread work. Stitches included are blackwork, reversible blackwork, satin, double cable, pulled double cable, faggot, various types of eyelets, and Smyrna cross.

Kit contents:

  • DMC Pearl Cotton #8 B5200 (snow white) 

  • DMC Pearl Cotton # 12 B5200 (snow white) 

  • Zweigart 28 count Cashel linen (white) 

  • Tapestry 26 needle 

  • Tapestry 24 needle 

  • DMC Floss 310 

  • Charts and instructions packet

Student provides:

  • Small sharp scissors (Hardanger type)

  • 12 inch hoop, 11 inch QSnap ™, or similar sized stretcher bars or scroll frame – optional (may be worked in hand)

  • Battery powered lighting and magnification, if needed

  • Usual stitching tools

Technique: Blackwork/Ukrainian Whitework/Pulled Thread

Design area: 6.5”x11.5”

Proficiency level: Intermediate

Pre-work: 10-12 hours to stitch the diamond shaped grid

Kit cost: $75.00

Class 204: Tidal Treasures

Teacher: Celeste Chalasani

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Technique: Stumpwork

Design area: Needle minder - 2” diameter; Pin cushion - 2-3/4”x2”x1”; Needle book - 3-1/2”x3”x1/2”

Proficiency level: Advanced Intermediate/Advanced (Experience with surface embroidery required. 

Student should know back stitch, blanket stitch, and split stitch as these will not be demonstrated.)

Pre-work: approx. 3 hours

Kit cost: $80.00

One of Celeste’s favorite things to do is walk along the beach picking up seashells.  As the waves gently roll in, she searches the sandy beach to see what treasure she might discover.  Each shell is a mystery, a question of what sea creature once inhabited it.    In this class, you will create your own tidal treasures:  a starfish needle minder, a sea urchin pin cushion, and scallop needle book. In the 17th century, variations of the detached buttonhole stitch were used extensively to create many of the flora and fauna motifs found on caskets and mirrors of that period.  You will learn some of these same needle lace variations to create the textures found on seashells.

Kit contents:

  • Instructions

  • Silk shantung

  • Silk dupioni

  • Weeks Dye Works stranded cotton threads

  • Mill Hill Antique Glass Beads

  • Ultrasuede ®

  • Needles

  • Finishing materials

Student provides:

  • 4” and 6” embroidery hoops

  • 10”x10” Evertite frame or stretcher bars with brass tacks and tightening tool

  • 6” ruler

  • White tissue paper

  • Tweezers

  • Masking tape

  • Scissors for cutting paper and felt

  • Mechanical pencil or similar

  • Straight pins

  • Cream colored sewing thread

  • Needle threader

  • Usual stitching tools

  • Battery powered lighting and magnification, if needed (highly recommended)

Class 206: Square, Rectangular, or Round Ornament Finishing

Teacher: Kim Hollifield

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Learn to turn your stitched pieces into Fully Finished Objects (FFOs) in this hands-on finishing class taught by longtime professional needlework finisher, Kim Hollifield. Bring your stitched piece to class and go home with a beautifully finished ornament, which you will be proud to display. 

Kit contents:

  • Instructions

  • Mat board

  • Batting

  • Skirtex

  • Glass head pins

  • Cording holder

  • Use of shared materials

Student provides:

  • Two stitched ornaments (round, no larger than 4”; square or rectangular, no larger than 4” on longest side)

  • Coordinating fabric for each ornament (8”x8”)

  • Coordinating floss to make two or three color twisted cord (1 skein of each color per ornament)

  • Twisted cord maker

Technique: Finishing

Design area: N/A

Proficiency level: All levels

Pre-work: Stitched ornament for finishing

Kit cost: $35.00


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