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New Classes For Joggles

I have three new classes that I will be teaching for Joggles this Spring/Summer Session:

A Crazy Lady’s Handbag: 4 lessons $48.00, beginning on June 6, 2014

Lesson 1: In this class you will stitch the base of your purse, using my crazy log cabin piecing technique. The threads, ribbons and additional components will be explained, with an easy guide to color theory and how to use all of the materials effectively. Stitch placement and suggestions will be discussed.

a crazy lady's handbag
Lesson 2: In this class the base embroidery stitches will be covered which include: chained blanket, cretan, chevron, herringbone, curved blanket, closed blanket, long arm feather, feathered chain, chain/feather, fern, stem, crested blanket, cable, double-dip blanket, Basque, wheatear, open chain, and scroll.

crazy lady's handbagLesson 3: In this class you will learn the decorative stitches including detached chain, French knot, square petal bud, double detached chain, whip, granito, looped French knot, fly, iris, split ribbon, bullion tipped detached chain, caught detached chain, closed chain fan, straight stitch, and caught straight stitch.

crazy ladys handbagLesson 4: In this class you will learn the larger silk ribbon embroidered and ribbonwork flowers including the briar rose, pansy, heart shaped leaf, old rose, gathered rosette, four petal flower, straight stitch leaf, spider, and butterfly. Extra details will also be covered such as using seed beads, sequins, and buttons. Directions for the purse assembly will be included.

Fern’s Hanging Garden: 2 lessons $25.00, beginning on July 18, 2014

ferns hanging gardenLesson 1: This class will cover color and theme choices and organizing your stash. Then you will measure your wrist and stitch the base row of beads, and attach the button closure and loop.

ferns hanging garden
Lesson 2: This class will start with the first row of dangles, which will be the branch fringe. The next row will be the dangles and charms. The final row will be additional glass bead dangles and loops.

Zembroodlery: 3 lessons $30.00, beginning on August 1, 2014

zembroodleryLesson 1: The base of the felt is first cut into shapes, which are reverse appliquéd with additional pieces and colors of felt. Soutache trim is then stitched to the appliquéd shapes.
zembroodlery
Lesson 2: The beading begins! Several different bead combinations will be explored using size 11, 8 and 6 seed beads. Sequins and larger beads will also be used.

zembroodlery
Lesson 3: Additional rows of soutache trim are added to fill in the design. Then beads, buttons, and more are stitched in and around the new rows. Suggestions for finishing the base will also be given.

Hope that you see something of interest!

Happy Stitching to all my friends, ~Christen

Spring/Summer Classes Teaching Session for Joggles

Well it is that time of year again, and here is the line-up for my classes that I will be teaching for Joggles.com in the next few months!

Embroidered From the Heart: 2 lessons, $29.00 beginning on May 20th, 2014

embroidered from the heart1

These lovely little ornaments are perfect for any holiday or gift from the heart! Whether you are an experienced embroiderer or a beginner this class is for you. There are five basic heart shapes with thirteen different sizes. There are fifteen designs; ten ornament size and five mini ornaments. All you need to create these lovely ornaments are a few basic embroidery and beading techniques and a little bit of imagination.

Madelaine’s Choker: 2 lessons, $25.00 beginning on begin on May 22, 2014

beaded necklace, beads, buttons, charmsEveryone loves this piece, both in the making and the wearing. The style is timeless, and the possibilities for design endless. This necklace starts with a two-needle right angle ladder stitched base. Once the base is complete one needle sets off to create the dangles, which can be freshwater pearls, glass beads or vintage glass treasures, while the other needle adds a finished edge to the top of the necklace. A beautiful button or bead can be used for the closure. The dangles and embellishments can be simple and elegant or encrusted and fantastic, this is where your imagination can soar!

Kitten Kaboodles: 2 lessons $25.00, beginning on May 23, 2014

Kitten KaboodlesLiterally a “caboodle” of kittens! Let me introduce you to Chester, Charlie and Felix, they are surely pleased to welcome your acquaintance! These wonderfully colored fellows and gal are made from simple ingredients, felt, floss, and bit of stuffing.

Beginning Embroidery with Bead Embellishment: 4 lessons $48.00, beginning on June 3, 2014

Beginning Embroidery with Bead EmbellishmentThis is a great introductory class to traditional embroidery stitches with the added flare and dazzle that only seed beads can add. Directions include a simple strip pieced base that you make in the first class, but you can embroider on an already made crazy quilted block from another class.

A variety of stitches are used in each separate embroidered design, a Base Stitch, a Design Stitch, and an Embellished Stitch. Additional embellishments will also be covered such as adding in buttons, sequins, large beads and charms

Tandletons: 2 lessons $29.00, beginning on June 5, 2014

tandletonsTandletons=Tatted/needle lace/buttons.

These little threaded works of art are just so much fun to make. I start with a base made from 1″ silk bias ribbon, stuffed with Polyfil. Your Tandeltons will finish at about 1″. All of the stitches are created with a milliner’s needle, cotton and silk threads, silk embroidery ribbon or beads. The techniques that will be covered in class are Traditional Embroidery, Tatted stitches, Needle lace, Beaded Stitches, and Silk Ribbon Embroidery stitches.

**NEW** A Crazy Lady’s Handbag: 4 lessons $48.00, beginning on June 6, 2014

a crazy lady's handbag This beautiful pieced bag is embellished with hand embroidery using perle cotton, cotton floss and silk embroidery ribbon. Additional details can be added in using seed beads, buttons and charms. Many embroidery stitches will be explored including base row stitches, decorative stitches, ribbon embroidered and ribbonwork flowers, and of course those special extra details.

Tandleton Rose Bracelet: 2 lessons $24.00, beginning on June 17, 2014

silk ribbon, embroidery, braceletsThese bracelets are so feminine, pretty and dainty, and perfect for your spring wardrobe! Each little beauty is made from a piece of bias ribbon that is first stitched and stuffed into a pillow shape. Each of these individual pillows is then embroidered with silk ribbon and embroidery threads, creating a rose, leaves and a vine.

You have two styles of bracelet to choose from. The “Ring of Roses” is made up entirely of embroidered ribbon pillows, strung with beads and has a glass button for the closure. The “Band of Roses” is made from a ribbon base, covered in vintage ribbon with a few of the embroidered pillows stitched on top; a dainty embroidered button and hand-stitched button loop are the closure.

Gingerbread Details And Decorative Trims: 2 lessons $30.00, beginning on June 19, 2014

ribbonwork trims, ribbons, details, gingerbread trimsGirls of all ages love ribbon, trims and frills, and these 28 trims gathered here would be no exception. Many of these edgings and trims use vintage techniques turning ordinary ribbon into detailed extraordinary couture trims. The simple techniques that are used to create these decorations range from folded, braided, wrapped and sewn. These trims can be used to turn thrift store clothing into couture, transform pieced CQ work above and beyond, and mixed media projects into fabulous works of art.

Textured & Treated Reticule: 3 lessons $38.00, beginning on July 1, 2014

textured and treated reticuleThis class is full of cool techniques; it will be hard to decide which one is your favorite! First you will stitch your fabric, shrinking it and manipulating it into a textural base. Next you will create a mesh of specialty threads and covered tendrils or branches. Embellishments and embroidery will include hand applied rayon cord, needlelace, shisha mirrors, and beading. Directions will be given to make a four-sided purse which measures 8.5″ when opened by 5.5″ deep; however you could use your own pattern to make a pillow or wall hanging the choice is yours.

Beadoodlery: 2 lessons $25.00, beginning on July 3, 2014

beadoodleryThis is an excellent beginning class to learn about beads, free-form stitched bead embroidery, with a step-by-step illustration of the design process. In Beadoodlery you will stitch beads onto to a fabric base to create a “doodled” bead pattern. I will provide 4 different heart shapes, though you can chose any design you like for the base.

Phatt Matt & Friends: 2 lessons $25.00, beginning on July 8, 2014

felt catsIf you are a cat lover, this cuddly felt cat is your guy! Matt is made from three or four colors of felt, adorned with a few embroidery stitches and buttons. This is a great simple project that can be completed in a few days, or over a weekend. The colors that you choose can be life-like or more contemporary, matching a theme or your décor. Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong with this friendly guy.

Garden At Versailles Bracelet: 2 lessons $25.00, beginning on July 10, 2014

beaded braceletButtons, beads, charms and more adorn this bracelet made for a queen. The two main components are the base, which can be a plain or patterned ribbon; and the buttons, which can be new or vintage, glass, plastic or metal. The rest is all about beads, glass charms and your imagination.

**NEW** Fern’s Hanging Garden: 2 lessons $25.00, beginning on July 18, 2014

ferns hanging gardenThis romantic bracelet is a luscious display of branch fringe ferns, charm dangles, and glass beads. It rests nicely on the wrist, and will display all of your treasured beads and dangles with flare. The three separate rows of stitched beads include branch fringe, charm dangles, and glass bead dangles. This project will take about 20 hours to complete, but is well worth the time!

Scarves To Dye For: 2 lessons $30.00, beginning on July 22, 2014

scarves to dye forDo you find yourself wishing “if only I had scarf that had all of my favorite colors in it”? If your answer is YES, then let me invite you to take a colorful journey into the realm of dyeing your own RTD (ready to dye) scarves, lace and silk ribbons. I will teach you how to prepare your scarf blank, the lace and ribbons then dye them to create one of a kind, creative and colorful wearable masterpiece! In this class you will be using Colorhue Dyes, no other dye will be discussed.

Fabulucious Felt Florals: 2 lessons $25.00, beginning on July 24, 2014

felt flowersThese fast and easy flowers are just fun, fun, fun! Create a brooch, hair ornament, or decorate an object with these colorful, creative floral beauties. Several different flowers, leaves and embellishments will be made using a variety of shapes with the addition of machine and hand embroidery.

**NEW** Zembroodlery: 3 lessons $30.00, beginning on August 1, 2014

zembroodlery1This is a fun and creative class that uses felt, soutache trim and seed beads to create a colorful base that can be used as a wall hanging, or a pillow. It is an excellent class to learn about free form stitched bead embroidery using the shapes of the felt as a design element. The project in is all hand-sewn, with no sewing machine needed.

New Fangled Dangle: 2 lessons $22.00, beginning on August 5, 2014

beads, buttons, charms, bracletThis bracelet reminds me of the charm bracelet my Grandmother gave me for my 10th birthday. The base row of large beads can also include buttons and then is adorned with charms and additional beads. All of the beads can be different, similar or even the same, and it will still look beautiful. This is the perfect piece of jewelry for any wardrobe, or to give as a gift for that special friend.

Gathering Autumn’s Harvest: 2 lessons $20.00, beginning on August 7, 2014

gatheringautumnsharvestCountry images of old barns resting off even older dirt roads, family and friends and cooked turkeys and pumpkin pie. That is what autumn means to me. I absolutely love all of the rich autumn colors: chestnut, golden umber, warm maple, cinnamon and pumpkin. I have put together a few things that will help make your autumn decorations for your home more memorable.

Hope that you see something of interest!

Happy Stitching to all my friends, ~Christen

 

Winter/Spring Teaching Session at Joggles

Well it is that time of year again, and here is the line-up for my classes that I will be teaching for Joggles.com in the next few months!

tandletonsTandletons, 2 lessons, $29.00 beginning on January 28th, 2014

These little threaded works of art are just so much fun to make. I start with a base made from 1″ silk bias ribbon, stuffed with Polyfil. Your Tandeltons will finish at about 1″. All of the stitches are created with a milliner’s needle, cotton and silk threads, silk embroidery ribbon or beads. The techniques that will be covered in class are Traditional Embroidery, Tatted stitches, Needle lace, Beaded Stitches, and Silk Ribbon Embroidery stitches.

felt catsPhat Matt and Friends, 2 lessons $25.00, beginning on January 30, 2014

If you are a cat lover, this cuddly felt cat is your guy! Matt is made from three or four colors of felt, adorned with a few embroidery stitches and buttons. This is a great simple project that can be completed in a few days, or over a weekend. The colors that you choose can be life-like or more contemporary, matching a theme or your décor. Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong with this friendly guy.

metallic threadsAll that Glitters, 2 lessons $25.00, beginning on January 30, 2014

Do you love shiny, opulent threads, but are unsure how to use them, well then this may be just what you are looking for! The class includes a brief history of metallic threads from her article “The Glittering World of Metal Thread Embroidery” for Piecework Magazine.
In the first lesson you will explore how to use these opulent threads in your sewing machine. In the second lesson you will learn how to use them by hand. Please note that this is a technique class only, the sample pieces from each of the lessons can be put into a journal, or assembled however you wish.

scrumptious heartsScrumptious Hearts, $38.00 3 lessons, beginning on January 31, 2014

Bits and pieces of cherished lace are melded with silk fabric to form a beautiful heart shaped base for your floral design. Chose from a few different heart shapes and ribbon worked floral vignettes, or create your own. The melded silk and lace base and the RTD silk ribbons for the ribbon work flowers and the silk ribbon embroidery are dyed with the Colorhue dyes. This is an excellent way to use up small amounts of this and that to form an heirloom brooch to be treasured.

crazy pieced blockA Crazy Lady’s Guide to Piecing, 3 lessons $38.00, beginning on February 11, 2014

Crazy piecing is definitely an accurate description for piecing disparate and awkward bits of this and that together. It can be confusing and confounding when you first start, in fact that is the first question people usually ask, how do I start? Questions that usually follow are what do I put where, what fabric do I use, what color should go next to what, and how on earth do I get myself out of that boxed in mess I created?

ocean rivers braceletOcean Rivers, 4 lessons $45.00, beginning on February 13, 2014

This class will teach you a little bit about the freedom of expression the “free form peyote stitch” can bring to your technical repertoire. The launching point of your bracelet and your creative explosion will start with a simple grosgrain ribbon, a small collection of buttons, a variety of seed beads in several sizes and colors combined with a few small treasures. Bring your imagination and creative spirit…

dyed lace scraps, ribbonwork, silk ribbon embroideryScrumptious Scraps, 5 lessons $60.00, beginning on February 21, 2014

Scrumptious bit and pieces of vintage laces are melded and stitched together to form a unique and beautiful base for your creative stitched designs. Once the lace scraps are turned into a base, I will show you how to dye the base and a variety of ribbons (some silk) that can be later used in the embroidery and ribbon worked vignettes.

beadazzled somemore purseBeadazzled Somemore Purse, 4 lessons $45.00, February 28, 2014

This class delves deeply into the wonderful world of bead embellishment, exploring a wide variety of stitches and embroidery techniques. The sample that you will be stitching on can become a purse (using the pattern provided), a pillow or wall hanging, or whatever you choose. The techniques that will be covered are free-form peyote on fabric, free form bead embroidery, multi bead embroidery, attaching trinkets, buttons and charms with beads, and so much more. Your project will start with a beautiful batik fabric, a variety of seed beads in several sizes and colors combined with a collection of buttons, glass charms and larger beads. This class is a must for anyone who loves beads!

crazy pieced base with embroideryA Crazy Lady’s Guide to Embellishing, 4 lessons $48.00, beginning on March 4, 2014

Do you have a crazy pieced block or quilt top perhaps from A Crazy Lady’s Guide to Piecing that is just waiting to be encrusted with embroidery, ribbonwork, and embellishment? In this class I will cover many techniques that you can use to create a unique and beautiful heirloom piece that will be passed down from family member to member. Please note that there will be no instructions to make or finish the block or quilt.

magic webMagic Web, 2 lessons $28.00, beginning on March 6, 2014

This is a great technique project; I call it Metallic Threads 101, but it doesn’t stop there. In class you will make a “magic web” from bits of precious scraps, decorative yarns and metallic threads, sandwiched together with Solvy and machine stitching, lots of machine stitching. The unique fabric that you create will be used as a base for a heart shaped brooch that will be embellished with buttons and beads.

lace in bloomLace in Bloom, 2 lessons $22.00, beginning on March 13, 2014

Are you the frilly type of girl, who loves lace, blossoms and corsages? In this class I will show you a few different techniques that will take bits of lace and magically transform them into five different blooms. The techniques include individual pieces cut or folded into a petal, then sewn into a flower.

embroideryCreative Thread Embroidery, 3 lessons $40.00, beginning on April 1 , 2014

Explore the possibilities and broaden your creative stitched repertoire to add to your CQ and other embroidery projects. We will work the embroidery stitches using a variety of threads such as pearl cotton; buttonhole twist; rayon and cotton floss on a fabric base that you can use later as needle case.

Some stitches will blend thread to create new colors and textures. The dimensional embroidery stitches that will be covered are bullion knot, cast on buttonhole, drizzle, woven, whipped and tatted. Traditional stitches such as the buttonhole, chain stitch, feather stitch, feather stitch leaf, French knot, lazy daisy, pistol stitch and straight stitch will be also covered.

melange1Melange a Trois, 3 lessons $30.00, beginning on April 3, 2014

Do you love mixed media, decorative paper, ribbon, lace, ephemera and collage? Well this is the perfect class for you then. You will learn how to combine all of these bits of gathered treasure and create them into gift envelopes, bags, and small boxes. Simple easy techniques, your sewing machine and a bit of imagination is all you need! There are two different envelopes to choose from; two sizes of the small gift bags; and two sizes of the mini matchboxes; with a bonus pattern for a gift tag.

Kitten KaboodlesNew Class! Kitten Kaboodles, 2 lessons $25.00, beginning on April 11, 2014

Literally a “caboodle” of kittens! Let me introduce you to Chester, Charlie and Felix, they are surely pleased to welcome your acquaintance! These wonderfully colored fellows and gal are made from simple ingredients, felt, floss, and bit of stuffing.

Hope that you see something of interest!

Happy Stitching to all my friends, ~Christen

 

 

Fall 2013 Class Line-UP

Once again it is time to announce my Fall class line-up for Joggles.com, here is a link to my list of classes:

New classes:

Creative Thread Embroidery II: 3 lessons beginning October 3, 2013

creative thread embroideryIIThis lavishly stitched heart will make the perfect pin or ornament for any home. The traditional and raised stitches included in this class will add to your embroidery skills, and can be later used in any embroidery or CQ project. You will work the embroidery stitches using a variety of threads such as pearl cotton, buttonhole twist, and cotton floss on a fabric base.

Talisman Dangles: 1 lesson October 24, 2013

talisman dangle earringsThese charming earrings can be created in a few hours, with just a few beads, charms and other components. They don’t require a huge investment, nor do they require a great deal of skill. All they require is the desire to make something beautiful and they are a perfect project for that last minute gift!

Country Cottage Tussy Mussy: 2 lessons beginning November 14, 2013

tussy mussyCreate a charming vintage, feminine or holiday decoration that will fit right in with any décor. Start with a cardboard cone that is covered with decorative papers, greeting cards, and other paper ephemera. This is further embellished with buttons, charms, and cords; ribbon and crochet flowers and more. The vessel will then be filled with fabric, ribbon, lace and felt flowers and leaves.

Popular Classes Returning:

Embroidered From the Heart: 2 lessons beginning on September 17, 2013

embroidered from the heart1These lovely little ornaments are perfect for any holiday or gift from the heart! Whether you are an experienced embroiderer or a beginner this class is for you. There are five basic heart shapes with thirteen different sizes. There are fifteen designs; ten ornament size and five mini ornaments. All you need to create these lovely ornaments are a few basic embroidery and beading techniques and a little bit of imagination.

Tandletons: 2 lessons beginning September 20, 2013

tandletonsTandletons=Tatted/needle lace/buttons.
These little threaded works of art are just so much fun to make. I start with a base made from 1″ silk bias ribbon, stuffed with Polyfil. Your Tandeltons will finish at about 1″. All of the stitches are created with a milliner’s needle, cotton and silk threads, silk embroidery ribbon or beads. The techniques that will be covered in class are Traditional Embroidery, Tatted stitches, Needle lace, Beaded Stitches, and Silk Ribbon Embroidery stitches.

Embellished Silk Treasure: 3 lessons beginning on October 1, 2013

silk painter's hankiesIn this class you will take a two silk painter’s hankies and turn them into a work of art! The hankies will be split, sandwiched, then machine stitched into a framed silk canvas base.
This silken canvas will be embellished with a Painter’s Potpourri Pack full of threads, cocoons, a silk carrier rod and assorted threads. But the embellishments do not stop there! You will make your own beads and button shapes; and cut the pelmet Vilene into strips. These components will then be embroidered to the silk canvas with silk buttonhole twist.
Directions will also be given to make silk ribbon pods and additional fabric beads. A few simple embroidered and beaded stitches will add that final touch, turning this unusual group of materials into a one of a kind Embellished Silk Treasure.

Dyeing To Be Beautiful: 3 lessons beginning on October 4, 2013

dyeing to be beautifulThis technique class will teach you how to successfully dye your own fabrics, laces, ribbons, trims and threads to be used in your creative fiber art adventures. The dyes are easy to use, with simple sewing, pinning or tying resist techniques. These lessons will only cover the use Colorhue dyes, and natural fibers including cotton, silk, rayon, linen and wool. These dyes are easy to work with, non-toxic and self-setting, and best of all they yield beautiful colors every time.

Beginning Embroidery with Bead Embellishment: 4 lessons beginning October 22, 2013

beginning embroidery with bead embellishmentThis is a great introductory class to traditional embroidery stitches with the added flare and dazzle that only seed beads can add. Directions include a simple strip pieced base that you make in the first class, but you can embroider on an already made crazy quilted block from another class.
A variety of stitches are used in each separate embroidered design, a Base Stitch, a Design Stitch, and an Embellished Stitch. Additional embellishments will also be covered such as adding in buttons, sequins, large beads and charms.

Textured and Treated Reticule: 3 lessons beginning November 8, 2013

textured and treated reticuleThis class is full of cool techniques; it will be hard to decide which one is your favorite! First you will stitch your fabric, shrinking it and manipulating it into a textural base. Next you will create a mesh of specialty threads and covered tendrils or branches. Embellishments and embroidery will include hand applied rayon cord, needlelace, shisha mirrors, and beading. Directions will be given to make a four-sided purse which measures 8.5″ when opened by 5.5″ deep; however you could use your own pattern to make a pillow or wall hanging the choice is yours.

Beadazzled Stitches: 4 lessons beginning on November 19, 2013

bead embroideryDo you love embroidery? Have you ever embroidered with beads? This is the perfect class for you to learn how to combine these two techniques. I will give you directions to make a simple strip-pieced base made from batik fabrics or if you have a CQ base already made you can work on that in class. This class takes you on a journey that explores beads, embroidery and other embellishments.

Kelp Scarf: 2 lessons beginning on December 5, 2013

solvy base with yarnsIn class you will make stitched “mesh” from strips and scraps of fabric, decorative yarns, ribbons and metallic or rayon threads. The result will be a lightweight, colorful scarf that can be worn all year round.

Corsages to Dye For 1: 3 lessons beginning on December 6, 2013

hand dyed ribbonworked flowersDo you find yourself wishing “if only I had a ribbon that was this color or that”, or “why didn’t it come in my favorite colors”? If your answer is YES, then let me invite you to take a colorful journey into the realm of dyeing your own RTD (ready to dye) silk ribbons. I will teach you how to prepare your ribbons then dye them to create one of a kind, creative and colorful ribbons. These ribbons will then be turned into magical works of floral art for your own “corsages to dye for”!

Hope to see you in class, happy stitching and enjoy! ~Christen

 

Scrumptious Scraps

This is a finished sample of a class that I teach called Scruptious Scraps. The base of this wall hanging is made from a mesh of vintage and new lace. The base, ribbons, embroidery threads and silk embroidery ribbons were all dyed with Colorhue Dyes. I added in a few Hanah silk bias ribbons that were in the same color pallet as my other components. A few beads and charms were added in here and there for extra flourish.

Happy Stitching, Enjoy~ Christen


Friday’s Favorites: Hearts, Hearts and Hearts

It has been so long since I have added a favorite, and this one seems to be appropriate, because hearts in all shapes and sizes have always been a favorite of mine.

These old tin baking hearts were a thrift store find, one that I just treasure. I picked up the myriad of Valentine’s day themed ribbon in the dollar section at Target. Too cute!

Rose Heart is a combination of two techniques from my new book, Ribbonwork Gardens. The heart shape is made from French wire ribbon, and the rose is made from Hanah Silk ribbon. This is a small corsage.

This is an embroidery sampler comprised of Traditional embroidery stitches. I teach a class called BEBE Beginning Embroidery with Bead Embellishments, that includes many of these stitches.

Here are my magical tin baking hearts full of my favorite buttons, Mother of Pearl.

The base of this “Hanky Heart” is made from an old handkerchief that had ripped in several places. I hand-dyed what was left of the handkerchief, then hand pieced it into this heart shape. I covered the seems of the raw edges with hand-dye vintage lace. I then stitched a few ribbonwork flowers, and ribbon embroidery into this pretty little vignette.

This is a grouping of  heart shaped bases, covered in vintage and new plastic buttons. The base is made from Timtex, then covered in a cotton muslin. Then the buttons are stitched down with pearl cotton. Fun, fun, fun….

Here are my tin baking hearts full of vintage and new heart shaped buttons (of course). The background is a piece of sheet music from the play Don Quixote.

And as far as I am concerned, you can never have too many HEARTS!

I hope that you enjoy your day, think good thoughts, and forever stay young and curious…

Christen

Kansas City, Here I Come!

I will be introducing my new book, Ribbonwork Gardens, at International Quilt Market, Kansas City 2012 this coming Thursday and Friday.

ribbwonwork gardens quilt

Here is the quilted wall hanging that I made with the 122 examples of flowers, leaves and garden extras that are included in the book!

ribbonwork gardens quilt

ribbonwork gardens quilt

Here are a few close-up shots of the 15-1/2″ x 15 1/2″ wall hanging.

Hope to see you there!

Happy Stitching, Christen