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

New Classes

I just recently started teaching at Beverly’s Fabrics in San Diego, starting April 2015.

I will be teaching the Embroidery Corner on Tuesdays, covering one stitch and it’s variations a week. The stitches for April are the Chain Stitch 4-7-15, Lazy Daisy Stitch 4-14-15, Stem Stitch 4-21-15, and the French Knot 428-15.

chainstitchsamplerlazy daisy samplerstem stitch samplerfrench knot samplerI will also be teaching two ribbonwork classes.

ribbonwork flowersThe first class is called April Flowers 4-16-15, it is a vase full of rosettes made from different widths of ribbon, each flower with a set of leaves.

perky pincushionThe second class is called the Perky Pincushion 4-30-15. The base of the pincushion is made from grosgrain ribbon; the flowers and leaves are also made from grosgrain ribbon.

If you want to sign up, just contact me. Hope to see you there!

Happy Stitching, ~Christen

New Pincushions to Share

I have a passion for sewing accessories, as you may have guessed. And I have some new pincushions to share with you, these were gallery samples from my new book, Ribbonwork Flowers, which is available March, 2015.ribbonwork pincushion“Winifred’s Pincushion” started with a porcelain doll head that was made in Germany during the 1890’s. The body of the pincushion is made from 3-1/2″ hand dyed silk velvet fabric. The base is embellished with velvet grosgrain ribbon and ruched 3/8″ satin ribbon. The flowers and leaves include: Rosettes made from 1/4″ ombre taffeta ribbon; English Miss roses made from 5/8″ silk bias ribbon; Puck’s Rose made from 3/8″ double sided satin ribbon; and Oval Leaves made from 1″ silk bias ribbon. The dimensions are: 3-3/4″ diameter X 3-1/4″ high.

impatienspincushion“Tuffet of Impatiens” is 2″ in diameter, and stand 2″ high. The base of the pincushion is made from 2-1/2″ silk bias ribbon, and is embellished with 1/4″ ombre taffeta ribbon. The Impatiens are made from 1″ silk bias ribbon, and the leaves are made from hand dyed silk satin ribbon.

pincushionforconstanceThe base for “A Pincushion for Constance” is made from hand dyed vintage silk velvet ribbon with a picot edge trim. The base of the flower is a crochet doily that I found at a thrift store. The flowers and leaves include: English Miss roses made from 1-1/2″ silk bias ribbon; Gather and Grab flower made from 5/8″ silk bias ribbon; and Oval Leaves made from 1-1/2″ silk bias ribbon. The dimensions are: 4″ diameter x 2-1/4″ high.

strawberryLastly I want to share one of my favorite sets, “Strawberry Scissor Fob and Red Rosettes Pincushion”. The base for the pincushion is a 1-1/2″ rayon velvet ribbon; the base for the fob is a 5/8″ rayon velvet ribbon. The pincushion is adorned with 3/8″ jacquard ribbon Rosettes with ombre taffeta Soft Curve Leaves. The strawberries are made from 7/8″ satin ribbon with 3/8″ ruched calyx.

Happy Stitching my friends, ~Christen

Jacket full of Ribbonwork Gardens and Flowers

I have two things to share with you today…..

My first book Ribbonwork Gardens was just included in a blog post from ProFlowers; the post is 30 Books to Expand Your Love of Flowers. How exciting was that?!!!

I also just finished embellishing this jean jacket that I found at a thrift store. The front and back panels are embellished with the leftover ribbon flowers that I have made over the past three years for two of my books.

jean jacket with ribbonwork flowersSome of the flowers are from my first book, Ribbonwork Gardens, and some are from my new book, Ribbonwork Flowers. The rest are just are prototypes of flowers that I just liked, but didn’t get into either book.

 

jean jacket embellished with ribbonwork flowersHere is a closeup of the front, and then the back.

ribbonwork jean jacket

ribbonwork jean's jacketHappy Stitching my friends, and may your gardens always bloom! ~Christen

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