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

Tidbits and Tats

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Tidbits and Tats is my version of the popular “snip rolls”. This is a fun, fast and easy project to make for yourself or someone you love! Bring your tiny bits of precious lace, fabric, ribbon, appliques and trims to create a hand sewn collaged base. The lace base can be embroidered and embellished with buttons, sequins and charms. You can add in your own flare with other items such as fabric yo-yo’s and ribbonwork flowers (those techniques will not be covered in class).

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Details:

Class Fee: $20.00/2 hour class

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

Class Requirements: You must know how to hand sew. You must know these embroidery stitches:  straight, lazy daisy, French Knot and blanket stitches before class.

Date and time: Friday February 24, 12:30 – 2:30.

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 the date listed above.

Happy Stitching ~Christen

Shabby Chic Valentine

Shabby Chic Valentine Ornament

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Well it is no secret that hearts are my favorite shape, and now I have a new one to offer you! This is a fun, fast and easy project to make for your home, or someone you love! The base of the heart is made from felt, some lace scraps, and a few buttons. The stitches used are straight and blanket (which you should know ahead of time). These hearts can be accessorized with purchased flowers (ribbonwork will not be covered in class); other items like charms or sequins can also be added in for extra details.

Details:

Class Fee: $15.00/2 hour class

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

Class Requirements: you must know how to hand sew, and work the straight and blanket stitches before class.

Date and time: Not currently scheduled.

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 the date listed above.

Happy Stitching ~Christen

Fabulous Flora!

Fabulous Flora! with Christen Brown

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**Beginning February, 2017**

Do you love flowers, leaves and those little garden extras? This is a perfect class for you then! In this series of classes, you will be introduced to the art of ribbonwork. I will teach you how to make flowers, leaves and other objects with all types of ribbon; other materials such as lace and fabric will also be explored. My two books on ribbonwork: Ribbonwork Gardens and Ribbonwork Flowers will be used for instruction and inspiration, and therefore are a necessary requirement.

Here is a list of the techniques and types of flowers and the dates that they will be covered:

  1. Rosette: February 6, 2017
  2. Rosette with Details: February 13, 2017
  3. Posy: February 20, 2017
  4. Posy with Details: February 27, 2017
  5. U-gather Petals: March 6, 2017
  6. Folded Petals: March 13, 2017
  7. Star Point Petals: March 20, 2017
  8. Ruched Petals: March 27, 2017
  9. Individual Petals 1: April 3, 2017
  10. Individual Petals 2: April 10, 2017
  11. Flower Centers: April 17, 2017
  12. Flower with Petals: April 24, 2017
  13. Roses 1: May 8, 2017
  14. Roses 2: May 15, 2017 
  15. Vintage Flowers: May 22, 2017
  16. Bugs and More!: May 29, 2017

Class Details:

You can take one, several or all of the classes. Hand-sewing skills are a must. Each class is $20.00, to paid the day of the class. My books Ribbonwork Gardens and Ribbonwork Flowers are a mandatory supply. No other ribbonwork book will be used or covered.

The classes are held on Monday’s from 10:00 – 12:00 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 a class, please contact me Christen:

thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com

The above class fees reflect the content of the handouts for each specific class. You will receive a handout in an email for each week, which will need to be printed and brought to class.

Until then, Happy Stitching! ~Christen

The Embroidery Corner Stitch Library

The Embroidery Corner Stitch Library with Christen Brown

 **Beginning January, 2017**

In this class you can explore how to use the stitches that you learned in the Embroidery Corner. Each session teaches you how to combine a border row stitch and its variations with decorative and detail stitches. These combinations are then drawn onto a strip pieced and crazy pieced design worksheet. You have the option to embroider these stitches onto a piece of fabric as a sampler.

PLEASE NOTE: No embroidery stitches will be taught in this class, it is assumed that you know the embroidery stitches that are covered. You must either have previous embroidery knowledge, or have taken the Embroidery Corner. Also note that the project or work that will be done in class will not be finished in class, you will have homework that MUST be completed before the following week’s class.

This is a technique class only and is meant to help you build your use of the stitches and your own stitch library. It is required that you buy my embroidery book, The Embroidery Book. This will be used as a reference guide for the actual stitches that will be covered in class.

Session Details: $45.00/3 weeks

Each 3-week session covers a border row stitch and its variations, combining these with decorative and detail stitches. The stitches are explored on a graph paper sheet, and a design worksheet with a strip pieced and crazy pieced block. Class homework will be to finish drawing in the stitches on the graph paper and design worksheet. Optional homework is to embroider the stitches onto a piece of fabric as a sampler.

Week 1: The Embroidered Row, and the border row and its variations are explored and explained. Embroidery Options, Areas to Embroider, Descriptions of Shapes (fabric sections), Where to Embroider, and Description of Seams (length and size) will also be discussed. Included in the class are a drawn illustration of the border rows that will be covered; a piece of graph paper to use as you explore the possibilities of the stitches; and a design worksheet with a strip pieced and crazy pieced block to draw these illustrations and others. An explanation the stitches will be provided with drawn and stitched examples of my work.

Example: Week 1

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 Week 2: The Embroidered Row and the decorative stitches are explored and explained. Included in the class is a drawn illustration of the decorative and detail stitches that can be used. An explanation of the stitches will be provided with drawn and stitched examples of my work. You will continue to work on the graph paper and design worksheet, filling the border rows with decorative stitches.

Example: Week 2

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Week 3:  The Embroidered Row and the detail stitches are explored and explained. An explanation of the stitches will be provided with drawn and stitched examples of my work. You will continue to work on the graph paper and design worksheet, filling the border rows with detail stitches.

Example: Week 3

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Here is a list of the border row stitches and the dates that they will be covered:

  1. Outline, Back-stitch, and Coral Stitches and their Variations: January 10, 17 and 24, 2017
  2. Chain Stitch and Variations: January 31, February 7, and 14, 2017
  3. Blanket Stitch and Variations: February 21, 28, and March 7, 2017
  4. Feather Stitch and Variations: March 14, 21 and 28, 2017
  5. Cretan, Herringbone and Chevron Stitches and their Variations: April 4, 11, and 18, 2017
  6. Individual Stitches: May 2, 9, 16, 2017

Class Details:

One three-week session of classes is $45.00, paid on the first day of the session. By agreeing and paying for the class, you will be making the commitment to attend all three classes. The classes are held on Tuesday’s from 1:00 – 2:30 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 Christen:

thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com

The above class fees reflect the content of the handouts for each specific class. You will receive a handout in an email for each week, which will need to be printed and brought to class.

Until then, Happy Stitching! ~Christen

Stitch Along Sampler: Student’s Work

I have a treat to share with you today. This project was created by one of my students Misa Turnage. She has taken a block from my class The Stitch Along Sampler, and turned it into an unexpected surprise.

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The block became a focal point for a tote bag. Misa used block #7/Embroidered Chorus. She added in her own touches by embroidering the four sweet little flowers in the corners.

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To assemble the bag she used a grouping of related floral prints, added in some lace here and there and voila! What a cute bag, it just turned out so wonderful!

Happy Stitching, and thank you Misa for sharing! ~Christen

The right needle

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I was fortunate enough to be asked by Barbara, the owner of Joggles, to stitch a few of her wool houses for a video. She was generous and gave me extra pieces to use for my own designs. Here is an example of one of the houses that I turned into an etui or needle case.

As a teacher of embroidery everyone, I mean everyone asks me if the needle makes a difference. YES is the correct answer!

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The purpose of the needle is to make a hole big enough in the fabric, or to be inserted into the canvas so that the thread can follow with ease. If the hole is too small, the thread will eventually fray, if the hole is to big then the thread will not cover the hole. So again YES!

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Many students get confused once the needle is out of the package, so I suggest dedicating a pincushion to your embroidery needles. I take each section and write down the type of needles that I use with a permanent marker. For instance, embroidery, sharps, milliners, cotton darners, beading and chenille needles are all in my tool box, therefore there is a wedge on the pincushion with their name on it!

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Another good idea is to dedicate a piece of fabric or even an index card for the types of needles that you may be using. Then thread the needle with the type of thread or ribbon that you would use for embroidering your project. Insert the needle into the fabric or card, then tape the thread down. Write the name of the needle on the fabric or card. Voila, no more confusion!

Happy Stitching, and enjoy~ Christen