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

Ribbonwork Flowers: Flower Chapters

 ribbonworkflowersAs you all may know, my newest book, Ribbonwork Flowers will be available next month, March 2015.

Gather, twist, fold, and stitch  132 flowers, leaves, and garden extras from elegant ribbons and lace. Each technique has complete instructions and colorful how-to photos that I have taken. I have included new and vintage ribbonwork construction techniques, plus an overview of basic hand-sewing techniques.

Here is a view of all of the flowers included in the book. I just love this image of them all floating together.

allflowersThere are six flower chapters:

beginningflower114 Basic Construction Techniques: Rosette, Posy, Knotted Posy and Knotted Ruffled Posy, Double Posy and Fancy Rosette or Posy, Boat Gather Petals, Folded Petals, Gather and Grab Petals, Gathered Loop Petals, Gala Gather Petals, Ruched Petals, Hop ‘n Stitch Petals, Crinkle Fold Petals, Star Point Petals and Flip ‘n Fold Petals.

vintageflower112 Vintage Inspired Blooms: Rosie Mantel, Calla Lily, Windflower, Gazania, Heliotrope, Petunia, Cassiope, Cymbidium, Pansy, Sweetheart’s Flower, Primrose, and Queen’s Climber.

minstrel'sflower112 Musically Appealing Blooms: Nemesia, Yarrow, Hydrangea, Flowering Quince, Amaryllis, Irish Rose, Cockle Shells, Wild Rose, Cup and Saucer Vine, Columbine, Day Lily, and Larkspur.

summerflower112 Sweet Reminders of Summer: Double Daisy, Grand Duchess, Angel Wing Begonia, Campion, Sweet Alyssum, Impatiens, Estrella, Rosie Rambler, Pennine Mum, Empress Lily, Chrysanthemum, and Pincushion Flower.

bohemianflower112 Creatively Colorful Blooms: Hibiscus, Passion Flower, Moulin Rouge, Ballerina Fuchsia, Gypsy Dandelion, Lily of the Valley, Puck’s Rose, Court Jester, Spanish Dancer, Royal Dahlia, Orchid, and Claire de Lune.

elegantflower110 Beautiful Blooms and 2 Buds: Gentle Lady, Saucy Miss, English Miss, Pompom Rose, Symphony Rose, Guinevere’s Rose, Chou Rose, Vintage Favorite, Fontana Rose, Romantic Rose, Petite Bud and Silk Bloom.

The remaining chapters of the book are support chapters, with petals, leaves, centers and garden extras.

Petals, Leaves and Greenery includes 10 individual petals, (with instructions to create a two different flower shapes);  and 16 leaves, with two different stems. I have also included a chapter on Centers and Extra Flourishes with 13 different centers. Finally I included a chapter with 10 different Garden Accessories which includes butterflies, ladybugs, snails, and fruit.

I hope that you find something that you like! Happy Stitching, ~Christen

 

 

Day full of suprises!

surpriseI just received my advance copy of my new book, Ribbonwork Flowers, along with a nice note, signed by everyone at the office! I also had a surprise visit from the florist, my publishers sent a pot of azaleas, too! How great was that!

The new book will be available here, at the beginning of next month. Hope that you will find something that you can use to create lasting blooms with!

Happy Stitching! ~Christen

Shabby Rose Instructions

Shabby Rose

shabbyroseThis is a picture of a fabric flower that I call the Shabby Rose. I created for a class I teach called the Country Cottage Tussy Mussy. It is a great version of the basic rolled rose also referred to as a folded rose.

If you would like to know how to make it, then please download the PDF below. All that I ask is that you respect my copyright, and do not sell the pattern, teach a class using my pattern, or sell a finished rose using my pattern.

Happy Stitching, ~Christen

Shabby Rose by Christen Brown

Beadoodlery: class/tutorial

Beadoodlery: 2 lessons/$28.00

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.

Skill Level – Beginning/Intermediate: some hand sewing needed; minimal beading knowledge needed.

Lesson 1: You will learn about the different types of beads and how to use them in your design. You will choose your heart shape base then create the base from a fabric of your choice. The first stitch that you will learn is continuous beading that will be used to create lines and sections to work within. Large embellishment placement such as beads or buttons will also be discussed.

Lesson 2: In this class you will continue your design using these stitches within the areas you created in Lesson 1: continuous circular beading, single beads, groups of beads, bead combinations, single bead detail design, beaded cascade, large bead with picot tip, glass charms and beads. Directions will be given for the finishing of your piece.

Class Information

These classes can be purchased at any time, there is no set schedule. The class can be ordered by contacting Christen: thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com. She will send you an invoice through PayPal.

Once the class is paid for, the supply list will be sent out. The lessons will begin one week after the purchase of the class, unless otherwise stated. You will receive an email with the lesson attached. The following lesson/s will arrive one week after the previous lesson.

A high speed internet connection is recommended, and you must have basic computer and internet skills. You will need to be able know how to download and save a document to your computer’s hard drive, open it and print out a copy.

You can contact Christen with any questions pertaining to the class/class information throughout the length of the class.

Class fees will not be refunded.

Happy Stitching,

~Christen

Tandletons: class/tutorial

Tandletons: 2 lessons/$30.00

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 silk bias ribbon, stuffed with Polyfil. 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, embroidered Tatted stitches, Needle lace, Beaded Stitches, and Silk Ribbon Embroidery stitches.

Skill Level Intermediate: hand sewing, embroidery and beading knowledge helpful.

Lesson 1: First you will learn how to stitch the base that can be used for each embroidery technique. In this lesson we will cover these traditional embroidery stitches: buttonhole, chain, feather, lazy daisy and French knots; and the woven rose that is stitched with silk embroidery ribbon.

Lesson 2: This class will cover the embroidered Tatted stitches: basic, picot and twisted loops. Needle lace stitches: the woven star; buttonhole and twisted bar. Beaded Stitches: continuous beading, single bead with detail design, stemmed beads, and flower petals. This class will also cover the basic finishing techniques.

Class Information

These classes can be purchased at any time, there is no set schedule. The class can be ordered by contacting Christen: thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com. She will send you an invoice through PayPal.

Once the class is paid for, the supply list will be sent out. The lessons will begin one week after the purchase of the class, unless otherwise stated. You will receive an email with the lesson attached. The following lesson/s will arrive one week after the previous lesson.

A high speed internet connection is recommended, and you must have basic computer and internet skills. You will need to be able know how to download and save a document to your computer’s hard drive, open it and print out a copy.

You can contact Christen with any questions pertaining to the class/class information throughout the length of the class.

Class fees will not be refunded.

Happy Stitching,

~Christen

Zembroodlery: class/tutorial

Zembroodlery: 3 lessons/$30.00

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.

Skill Level – Beginning/Intermediate: some hand sewing needed; minimal beading knowledge needed.

Lesson 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.

Lesson 2: The beading begins! Several different bead embroidery stitches will be explored using size 6, 8 and 11seed beads. Sequins, buttons and larger beads will also be used.

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.

Class Information

These classes can be purchased at any time, there is no set schedule. The class can be ordered by contacting Christen: thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com. She will send you an invoice through PayPal.

Once the class is paid for, the supply list will be sent out. The lessons will begin one week after the purchase of the class, unless otherwise stated. You will receive an email with the lesson attached. The following lesson/s will arrive one week after the previous lesson.

A high speed internet connection is recommended, and you must have basic computer and internet skills. You will need to be able know how to download and save a document to your computer’s hard drive, open it and print out a copy.

You can contact Christen with any questions pertaining to the class/class information throughout the length of the class.

Class fees will not be refunded.

Happy Stitching,

~Christen

Treated and Textured Reticule: class/tutorial

Treated and Textured Reticule: 3 lessons/$40.00

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; however you could use your own pattern to make a pillow or wall hanging the choice is yours.

Skill Level Intermediate: sewing machine, embroidery and beading knowledge needed.

Lesson 1: This class is all about the textures! You will learn how to create crinkled and crunched portions into your fabric sections. Next you will create textures in other areas with single and twin needle stitching.

Lesson 2: This class is all about specialty threads and yarns. First you will make a mesh that can be cut and used as appliquéd sections. Then you will turn ordinary yarn into a tendril or vine. These will be assembled onto the textured fabric sections from Lesson 1 with additional bits of rayon cording and bobbin stitching.

Lesson 3: This class is all about the embellishments. Needle lace embroidery, raised and textured stitches, shisha mirrors and bead embellishments will be combined with the previous techniques to create a unique reticule.

Class Information

These classes can be purchased at any time, there is no set schedule. The class can be ordered by contacting Christen: thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com. She will send you an invoice through PayPal.

Once the class is paid for, the supply list will be sent out. The lessons will begin one week after the purchase of the class, unless otherwise stated. You will receive an email with the lesson attached. The following lesson/s will arrive one week after the previous lesson.

A high speed internet connection is recommended, and you must have basic computer and internet skills. You will need to be able know how to download and save a document to your computer’s hard drive, open it and print out a copy.

You can contact Christen with any questions pertaining to the class/class information throughout the length of the class.

Class fees will not be refunded.

Happy Stitching,

~Christen