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:
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Ribbon WorkEmbroideryFiber ArtWearable ArtAccessoriesDolls of Distinction • Digital Endeavors • The Occasional Poem and Short Story .

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

Stitch Along Sampler

Stitch Along Sampler 

**Beginning May 12, 2016

This is an 18-week course that explores the different aspects of embroidery and the stitches learned in the Embroidery Corner series. The design and stitching time for each square will be covered in two consecutive week intervals. This is a perfect project, as you can step into the session at the beginning of a square, and work your way through the project as your time allows. The finished project can become a wall hanging or pillow.

There will be 9 separate squares of fabric that will have an embroidered design on them. The embroidered designs will also include whole cloth, applique, ribbonwork and other aspects of embellished embroidery. The squares can be stitched onto a base fabric, or stitched together. The finished piece can be made into a pillow or a wall hanging. My book Embroidered and Embellished is a required supply.

Square #1: Merrily We Go Around (traditional stitches)

  • #1A $15.00: transfer base design; embroider base, vines and stalks
  • #1B $15.00: embroider large flowers, fill in flowers, dragonfly

Square #2: Rose and Grape Vine (lace applique, traditional and silk ribbon embroidery stitches)

  • #2A $15.00: stitch applique, transfer base design; embroider vine and branches
  • #2B $15.00: embroider roses, grapes, fill in flowers, butterfly

Square #3: Vase with Flowers (applique, ribbonwork flowers, traditional and silk ribbon embroidery stitches)

  • #3A $15.00: cut out applique shape and fuse to base; embroider edge; stitch ribbonwork flowers
  • #3B $15.00: embroider feather stitch vine, embroider leaves, small details

Square #4: Embroidered Heart (traditional, raised and textured, and silk ribbon embroidery stitches)

  • #4A $15.00: transfer base design; embroider edges and sections
  • #4B $15.00: embroider large flowers and fill in flowers

Square #5: Pretty Pansies and Posies (ribbonwork flowers and traditional stitches)

  • #5A $15.00: transfer base design; embroider stalks and leaves
  • #5B $15.00: stitch pansies and posies, embroider small flowers

Square #6: Four Square (raised and textured stitches)

  • #6A $15.00: transfer design; embroider two squares
  • #6B $15.00: transfer design; embroider two squares

Square #7: Basket of Mums (applique, silk ribbon embroidery stitches)

  • #7A $15.00: cut out applique shape and fuse to base; embroider edge; stitch couched ribbon handle and bow
  • #7B $15.00: embroider mums, delphiniums, and leaves

Square #8: Embroidered Fan (traditional, silk ribbon embroidery, raised and textured stitches)

  • #8A $15.00: transfer base design; embroider edges and sections
  • #8B $15.00: embroider large flowers and fill in flowers

Square #9: Button Bouquet (traditional and raised and textured stitches)

  • #8A $15.00: transfer base design; embroider vines, stalks and leaves
  • #8B $15.00: embroider large flowers, buttons and fill in flowers

Details

The classes are held on Thursday’s from 1:00 – 3:00 at:

Beverly’s Fabrics,
6185 Balboa Avenue
San Diego, CA 92111

For information on the series, and if you are interested in attending, please contact me:

thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com

Until then, Happy Stitching! ~Christen

 

Strip TZZZ

Strip TZZZ

**Beginning on May 24, 2016

This 8-week class focuses on combining the stitches that were covered in the Embroidery Corner as border rows, decorative stitches and detail stitches. This is a no-sew project using cut fabric strips that are fused to a muslin square, some hand stitching may be required.

The first week will be used to design and create the base. The following weeks will be used to embroider each strip with a border row, and then add in decorative and detail stitches using embroidery threads such as perle cotton and cotton floss. The finished project can be turned into a pillow or a wall hanging. My book Embroidered and Embellished is a required supply. Student must be familiar with both thread and bead embroidery stitches before class, as no stitches will be demonstrated. Student must also be familiar with and have some knowledge of beads and their sizes before class.

Week 1: Creating The Base $20.00

Make a swatch chart, and assign color names and numbers to your fabrics. Learn to create a no-sew fabric base that does not require any machine sewing. Some hand sewing may be needed to finish the square.

Week 2: Embroidered Rows $20.00

Create a color chart for components, using “Christen’s Color Theory” or your own. Begin the embroidery for the border rows.

Week 3: Embroidered Rows $20.00

Continue to embroider border rows.

Week 4: Decorative Stitches $20.00

Embroider decorative stitches with thread on, around and off the border rows.

Week 5: Decorative Stitches $20.00

Embroider decorative stitches with beads. Student must be familiar with and have some knowledge of beads and their sizes before class.

Week 6: Detail Stitches $20.00

Embroidered small detail stitches both with threads and beads. Student must be familiar with and have some knowledge of beads and their sizes before class.

Week 7: Buttons, Charms and other Details $20.00

The final touches will include embroidered and beaded buttons; stitched charms and more.

Week 8: Finishing $20.00

Variety of bindings, stabilizers, and finishing touches.

Details

The classes are held on Tuesday’s from 1:00 – 3:00 at:

Beverly’s Fabrics,
6185 Balboa Avenue
San Diego, CA 92111

For information on the series, and if you are interested in attending, please contact me:

thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com

Until then, Happy Stitching! ~Christen

Sit ‘N Stitch

sitnstitchSit ‘N Stitch Class:

This class is perfect for the student who may need a little extra help with a particular stitch or a project that they are working on. Please note that this is not a private lesson, and that the class time will often be shared with other students.

Details:

Class Fee: $15.00

*Please note that this class does not include any of the materials, supplies or tools; these must be provided by the student.

Class Requirements: bring your project, and any written material that you have about the project.

Date and time: March 8, 2016, 12:30 – 2:00/ 1-1/2 hour class
March 22, 2016, 12:30 – 2:00/ 1-1/2 hour class

Location: Beverly’s Fabrics, 6185 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92111

Specifics:

This class fee is paid directly to Christen. This can be paid by a PayPal invoice, or by cash or check the day of class. Please email Christen:thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com to inquire about the availability of space for either date listed above.

Happy Stitching ~Christen

Treasured Memories Class

Treasured Memories Wall Hanging

I will be teaching this class for the Sunshine Quilter’s Guild on February 13, 2016.

treasuredmemoriesThis project combines vintage handkerchiefs with cotton prints. The hankies will be your focal point, with the embroidery or printed pattern, and any detailed edges as part of the design. Add in embroidery, using my book Embroidered and Embellished. Additional items can be ribbons, laces, and vintage buttons, voilà a star is born!

The location of the class is:
Central Sewing 1125 N. 2nd Street
El Cajon, CA 92021-5024

Class is from 10-4 I will be there by 9:30

Please contact Mary @ crazy4quiltingsd@gmail.com for further information.

Happy Stitching, ~Christen

Embroidered Felt Hearts

hearts in progressI Love, love, LOVE hearts and I have developed few classes with several different heart shapes

The first is Embroidered With Love which is an in-person class that I teach in stores or at conferences; and the second is Embroidered From The Heart which I teach on-line.

group of heartsThese are a few of my 1-of-a-kind pieces, from that pile above. I have put them up for sale in my Etsy Store.

Happy Stitching to all! ~Enjoy, Christen

The Crazy Corner

Crazy Corner with Christen Brown

cqcorner2**Beginning May 19, 2016**

The Crazy Corner, a master class by Christen Brown, takes the student from a pile of fabric to a finished CQ block in 16 weeks. In each 2 hour lesson you will learn comprehensive information that can be applied not only to crazy piecing, but in other aspects of your creative work.
Due to amount of information covered in each class, the student is required to have the experience and expertise listed in the description under each week’s class listing. Hand embroidery and sewing skills are a must; some ribbonwork and bead embroidery knowledge is also helpful.

If you are new to embroidery may I suggest my book Embroidered and Embellished and my class The Embroidery Corner Series.

Week 1: Organizing Your Components and Color Theory 101 $20.00

lesson1square1Learn how to choose fabrics; combine textures and colors; and how to bring in additional colors with ribbon and lace. Explore the embroidery choices with thread, silk embroidery ribbon and beads. Identify and assign color names and numbers to your fabrics, trims, threads etc.

Week 2: NO-Sew Square $20.00

lesson2square1Create a CQ base that does not require any machine sewing. Some hand-sewing may be needed, but for the most part the fabrics are adhered to a muslin base with a fusible web.

Week 3: Custom Dyeing Laces and Ribbons $30.00

lesson3square1Learn to dye laces, ribbon and threads using ColorHue dyes. I will bring the dyes for you to use during class time. *Please note: this class is a 3 hour class that begins at 9:00am and runs to 12:00pm.

Week 4: Baskets and Spider Webs $20.00

lesson4square1Create baskets from lace, ribbon and embroidery stitches. Embroider a variety of spider web shapes. Student must be familiar with hand sewing skills, and these embroidery stitches: blanket, chain, coral, couched, fly, pistil, outline, stem and straight stitches.

Week 5: Fans, Yo-Yo’s and Rosettes $20.00

lesson5square1Create a vintage looking Dresden fan from ribbon and fabric; create a crazy pieced fan and fabric yo-yos; create a ribbon rosette. Student must be familiar with hand sewing skills.

Week 6: Embroidered and Couched Vines $20.00

lesson6square1Create vines using the split stitch, couched stitch, chain stitch and a single crochet stitch (Christen’s own needle stitch). Student must be familiar with the first three embroidery stitches, and single chain crochet before class.

Week 7: Border Rows: Embroidered $20.00

lesson7square1Create a mini square from your leftover fabrics to audition color chart choices on (this will be used later as a pocket on the back of the CQ square. Then learn how to document progress using a diagram of CQ square, and graph paper. Then embroider border row stitches and their variations. Student must be familiar with embroidery stitches before class.

Week 8: Birds Nests, Baubles and Buttons $20.00

lesson8square1Learn to create a woven, tatted or lace bird’s nest that can be filled with pearls or beads. Create ribbon baubles and buttons to stitch into vignettes. Student must be familiar with hand sewing skills.

Week 9: Vignettes of Flowers and Leaves $20.00

lesson9square1Create ribbonwork and silk embroidery ribbon flowers, ribbonwork and embroidered leaves. Student must be familiar with hand sewing skills, and be familiar with silk ribbon embroidery.

Week 10: Decorative Stitches: Embroidered $20.00

lesson10square1Embroider lazy daisy, fly, chain, closed blanket and bullion stitch variations and designs. Student must be familiar with these embroidery stitches before class.

Week 11: Decorative Stitches: Beaded $20.00

lesson11square1Embroider beaded flowers, sequin flowers, beaded leaves and more. Students should have some knowledge of beads and their sizes before class.

Week 12: Detail Stitches: Embroidered and Beaded $15.00

lesson12square1Embroidered French, Colonial and Chinese knots and straight embroidery stitches. Beaded centers and details will also be covered. Student must be familiar with the embroidery stitches before class and have some knowledge of beads and their sizes before class.

Week 13: Bugs and More! $20.00

lesson13square1Create butterflies, bees, spiders, lady bugs and snails with embroidery or ribbonwork techniques. Students must be familiar with the lazy daisy, fly, chain and French knot embroidery stitches, as well as ribbonwork techniques before class.

Week 14: Beaded Extras $20.00

Create tiny beaded extras that can be sewn into a vignette including beaded flowers, leaves, stars and more. Students should have some knowledge of beads and their sizes before class.

Week 15: Vignettes: Buttons, Beads and Charms $15.00

Grouping, displaying, and sewing buttons, beads, charms and more. Bonus extra: learn to create a specialize charm or button using a photograph or special card.

Week 16: Bindings, Finishing Touches $15.00

Lecture: Variety of bindings, stabilizers, and finishing touches.

Student: Personalized suggestions, support and answers for each student.

Class Details:

These classes are listed with the price per visit. The classes are held on Thursday’s from 10:00 – 12:00 (unless otherwise noted) at this location:

Beverly’s Fabrics
6185 Balboa Avenue
San Diego, CA 92111

For information on the series, and if you are interested in attending, please contact me:

thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com

The above class fees reflect the content, the handout and any supplies noted in the description of each specific class. Once the fee of a class is paid for, you will receive a handout in an email, which will need to be printed and brought to class.

Until then, Happy Stitching! ~Christen

Renaissance of Ribbon Embroidery

Renaissance of Ribbon Embroidery

203.tifThis is an excellent class to learn about the joy of hand embroidery with silk ribbon. Basic stitches and more will be covered in class, referring to the directions in my book Embroidered and Embellished.

Details:

Class Fee: $40.00/the customer must also have a copy of Embroidered and Embellished by Christen Brown.

*Please note that this class does not include any of the materials, supplies or tools; these must be purchased by the student.

Class Requirements: Hand embroidery skills a must.

Date and time: March 11, 2016, 10:00 – 4:00/ 6 hour class

Location: Beverly’s Fabrics, 6185 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92111

Specifics:

This class fee is paid directly to Christen. This can be paid by a PayPal invoice, or by check and sent to Christen. Please email Christen: thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com with your inquiries. Once the class is paid for the supply list will be sent to the customer’s email address.

Happy Stitching ~Christen