Welcome & Thanks for Stopping By!

silk ribbon flowersWelcome friends,

I am an artist, a writer, a mom and a wife. I have lived, loved and laughed as often as life has allowed. I have created most of my life, not all of it I would call art, but all of it came from my heart.  I promise to endeavor to bring you one of a kind, unique creative expressions from my hands to your eyes.  May you enjoy perusing through these entries, and if you are interested you can find more of my work here:
Bead Work
Ribbon WorkEmbroideryFiber ArtWearable ArtAccessoriesDolls of Distinction • Digital Endeavors • The Occasional Poem and Short Story .

If you would like to contact me or put your name on my mailing list, please click here.

Happy day to you, and come back again real soon! Christen J. Brown

Ribbonwork Flowers by Christen Brown

Here is a sneak preview of my next book, “Ribbonwork Flowers” which will be available March, 2015!

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Create a floral fantasy

Gather, twist, and stitch an array of flowers from elegant ribbons and lace. Christen Brown, author of best-selling Ribbonwork Gardens, shares 132 flowers, leaves, and garden extras – each with complete instructions and colorful how-to photos. Readers will learn clever twists on vintage ribbonwork construction, plus hand-sewing basics and an overview of techniques. Fashion your own floral arrangements from interchangeable petals and leaves, two never-before-seen stem designs, and swappable centers. A gallery of bouquets will inspire you to craft realistic blooms, embellished with fruit, flourishes, and garden accessories. From single-stem posies to bountiful bouquets, this collection has something for everyone.

• 130+ exciting floral elements to sew from ribbon and lace
• Custom floral creations! Mix and match petals, centers, and greenery
• Embellish wearables, accessories, and home decor with hand-stitched details
• Step-by-step photos make everyone an expert
• Learn beginner-friendly construction tips from ribbonwork master Christen Brown

Hope that you will enjoy it!

Happy Stitching, ~Christen

Teaching and Lecturing @ Quilt Festival 2014

I just got back from teaching and lecturing in Houston, at the 40th International Quilt Festival. I returned home  last week, and it seems as though it was yesterday. It was so great to see old friends, meet new friends, and re-new friendships.

Here are a few pictures from my classes and lectures…

“All That Glitters” Lecture

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“Bohemian Button Bracelet” Class

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Book Signing at the Craftsman’s Touch Booth

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“What is in Your Button Box?” Lecture

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“Fabrics To Dye For” Class

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“Button Nose Pansy” Class  pansies

“Ribbons to Dye” For Class

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Barbara Black’s Quilt (she is in the middle of the group)

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I had great students, great participants, and I thank you all for making this a memorable year at the show!

Happy Stitching! ~Christen

International Fall Quilt Festival

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I am excited to announce that I will be teaching again at the Fall International Quilt Festival, held in Houston, Texas. This is the 40th year that the show has been held, and let me tell you, this will be an exciting event! Click the banner above or here for the link to class signups.

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Note: Click the “Classes” link for each day; a PDF of the full class listings will open. Click the class itself, and many classes have project photos that you can see. Click on the title to see if one is available. For my classes I have linked the picture to the class.

Wednesday, October 29: Classes

I will be teaching Tandletons- Traditional Embroidery Stitches” and Fabrics to Dye For”.

Thursday, October 30: Classes

I will be teaching the Button Nose Pansy brooch”; Mixed Media Miscellany seminar I will be giving a presentation on  “Creatively Collaged Concoctions”.

Friday, October 31: Classes

Friday’s Sampler seminar I will be giving a presentation on “What’s in your Button Box?”; and teaching “Bohemian Button Bracelet”.

Saturday, November 1: Classes

Saturday’s Sampler seminar I will be giving a presentation on “All That Glitters”; and teaching “Ribbons To Dye For”.

I hope to see you there!

Happy Stitching, ~Christen

 

Friday’s Favorites: Daffodils

ribbonwork daffodilFlowers are one of my favorite things to make. Daffodils however are not really my favorite flower, but they are my friend Phred’s favorite, and he is my one of my favorites.

ribbonwork daffodilsMy friend and his life partner Tom, are getting married this weekend, and he asked if I would be his flower girl, just because I could make the flowers! LOL. So it started with four flowers (one for he and his partner, my husband and me), and now we are up to 16 people and you guessed it 16 flowers.

My husband will be uniting the couple, Phred’s sister and friend will be the matron’s of honor, my daughter and her friend will be the “bubble girls” (blowing bubbles instead of throwing rice), and I will also pitch in as the photographer (because I have the camera).

Happy Life to you my friends!

With Love, ~Christen

 

Glance from my work table

work tableWell I have been busy with small projects, finishing up pieces that were set aside so that I could finish other projects. This is the piece that I am currently working on.

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As I work, I often pull out finished pieces, so that I can remind myself how I worked out colors, or stitches on other projects. So I have lined the back of my work table with some of the smaller works that I have finished.

small worksI am currently finishing up the photography for my third book, and as you can see, getting ready to propose another title.

Happy Stitching to all, ~Christen

Booth at the Southern California Council of Quilt Guilds-2014

This April my daughter and I attended the Southern California Council of Quilt Guilds presentation of Meet the Teacher. It was a fabulous event, where guild members were introduced to perspective teachers.

boothpic4Each teacher had a table, set up with their samples and teaching information. It was great to be there, especially with Gwen, as she helped so much!

boothpic1Here I am with some of the class samples, and wearing one of my garments from my lecture “Vintage Redressed”.

I have several lectures and classes that I teach for guilds and groups. If you are interested in hiring me for a lecture and to teach for your guild, please contact me at:

thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com

Happy Stitching! Enjoy ~Christen

View From The Red Planet….

I found time to clean up the work room, and came across several small projects that have been waiting to be completed. So I hope to dedicate the next few months to completing some of these.

This is the first project, made from left-overs bits of this and that from a class that I teach, “Embellished Silk Treasures”.

The base is made from split silk cocoons, which were adhered to Lutrador, then machine embellished with gold threads. This was then embellished further with bits of painted vilene, fabric circles. A few embroidery and beading stitches enhance the components.

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Happy Stitching to all! ~Christen