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

Penny Rug

Penny Rug

pennyrugThis cute little rug is adapted from a vintage technique that started in the 1800’s, where scraps of wool from blankets or clothing were cut out using a penny or circular template (hence the name). These round sections were then stitched with the blanket stitch, often with a penny in the middle to keep the fabric flat.  This decorative piece can be used as a small table or dresser matte. It is made from simple ingredients, and easy embroidery stitches.

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: hand sewing and embroidery skills are a must

Date and time: Tuesday August 23, 2016/ 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

Vintage at Heart

Vintage at Heart

mother of pearl button heartsThese hearts are a great way to mix the old with the new. Bring your stash of vintage and new buttons, a bit of fabric and voila you have made an heirloom that can be treasured for years to come. This is a great project that can be completed in a few hours, and can be made into a pin or ornament.

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: hand sewing a must

Date and time: Tuesday August 9, 2016/ 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

Renaissance of Ribbon Embroidery sampler

I just finished another sampler for the Renaissance of Ribbon Embroidery class that I teach.

rennaisanceofsilkribbonembroideryThis is one of the classes that I have been teaching for over 25 years. Silk ribbon embroidery continues to be one of my favorite forms of embroidery.

Happy Stitching to you,

~Christen

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 embroidery stitches)

stitchalongsampler1cbMay 12 and May 19 2016

  • #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, raised and textured and silk ribbon embroidery stitches)

samplerJune 2 and June 9 2016

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

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

samplerJune 16 and June 23 2016

  • #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 embroidery stitches)

samplerheartcjbJuly 7 and July 14 2016

  • #4A $15.00: transfer base design; embroider first and second layers of heart design
  • #4B $15.00: embroider third, fourth and fifth layers of heart design

Square #5: Four Square (traditional and silk ribbon embroidery stitches)

samplerblock5July 21 and August 4 2016

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

Square #6: Embroidered Fan (traditional, raised and textured embroidery stitches)

August 11 and August 18 2016

  • #6A $15.00: transfer base design; embroider edges and sections
  • #6B $15.00: embroider large flowers and fill in flowers

Square #7: Basket of Mums (applique, ribbonwork flowers, traditional and silk ribbon embroidery stitches)

September 1 and September 8 2016

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

Square #8: Pretty Posies (traditional, raised and textured embroidery stitches)

September 15 and September 22 2016

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

Square #9: Button Bouquet (ribbonwork flowers, traditional, raised and textured embroidery stitches)

October 6 and October 13 2016

  • #9A $15.00: transfer base design; embroider vines, stalks and leaves; stitch ribbonwork flowers
  • #9B $15.00: stitch ribbonwork 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

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

This class is not currently scheduled.

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: $15.00/1-1/2 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: bring your project, and any written material that you have about the project.

Date and time:

This class is 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 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