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 .

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

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 January 7, 2016**

The Crazy Corner is series of classes, that takes you from a pile of fabric, to a completed block. 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.

Hand embroidery and sewing skills are a must. If you are new to embroidery may I suggest my book Embroidered and Embellished and my The Embroidery Corner Series.

Week 1: Organizing Your Components and Color Theory 101 $15.00

lesson1Learn 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

no sew crazy pieced baseCreate 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

dyed lace, ribbon, and threadsLearn 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 $15.00

lace baskets and spider webs

Create 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 $15.00

lesson5Create 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 $15.00

lesson6Create 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 before class.

Week 7: Bird Nests, Baubles and Buttons $15.00

Learn to create a wire and 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 8: Border Rows: Embroidered $10.00

Embroider blanket, feather, Cretan, loop, cross-stitch, fern, and lazy daisy stitch row variations and suggestions. Student must be familiar with these embroidery stitches before class.

Week 9: Vignettes of Flowers and Leaves $15.00

Create 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 $10.00

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

Week 11: Decorative Stitches: Beaded $15.00

Embroider beaded flowers, sequin flowers, beaded buttons, and beaded charms. Students should have some knowledge of beads and their sizes before class.

Week 12: Detail Stitches: Embroidered and Beaded $10.00

Embroidered 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! $15.00

Embroider butterflies, bees, spiders, and snails. Students must be familiar with the lazy daisy, fly, chain and French knot embroidery stitches before class.

Week 14: Beaded Extras $15.00

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, and some peyote stitch knowledge 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 using a photograph or special card.

Week 16: Bindings, Finishing Touches $10.00

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

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

Class Details:

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.

These classes are listed with the price per visit, you can attend any or all. 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

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: Not currently scheduled/ 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

Beadoodlery

Beadoodlery

beadoodlery

This 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.

Details:

Class Fee: $30.00

*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 sewing skills, and some beading knowledge helpful.

Date and time: Not currently scheduled/ 4 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 handout will be sent to the customer’s email address. The customer must print a copy of the handout to bring to the day of class.

Happy Stitching ~Christen

Tassels Magnifique

Tassels Magnifique

tasselsmagnifiqueI call this class “Tassels 101”, being that it is a great introduction to working with fibers, and adding wondrous little shiny bits of glass beads. These finished masterpieces can adorn fan pulls, furniture knobs, or perhaps something else?

Details:

Class Fee: $30.00

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

Date and time: Not currently scheduled/ 4 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 handout will be sent to the customer’s email address. The customer must print a copy of the handout to bring to the day of class.

Happy Stitching ~Christen

Embroidered With Love

Embroidered With Love

embroideredwithloveDo you love hearts and embroidery as I do? 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 to choose from. All you need to create these lovely ornaments are a few basic embroidery stitches and a little bit of imagination.

Details:

Class Fee: $30.00/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: Not currently scheduled/4 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 handout will be sent to the customer’s email address. The customer must print a copy of the handout to bring to the day of class.

Happy Stitching ~ Christen