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

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Victorian Lace Christmas Tree

This felt wall hanging is a fun, fast and easy project to make for yourself or someone you love! Bring your tiny bits of precious lace, appliques and trims to create a hand sewn collaged tree. The lace tree can be embroidered and embellished with stitches, buttons and more.

Details:

Class Fee: $30.00/2 classes 1-1/2 hour each

*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 and blanket before class.

Date and time: Thursdays November 9 and 16; 12-30 – 2:00

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

Book Signing Event

Book Signing Event!

 

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Peggy and Shar and the rest of the ladies at Beverly’s will be hosting a book signing event for my latest book and my other three previous titles. There will be refreshments and door prizes, and everyone is invited!

So mark your calendar for  Saturday March 25, 2017 from 10:30 – 12:30 at this location:

Beverly’s Fabrics
6185 Balboa Avenue
San Diego, CA 92111

Looking forward to seeing you there!

~Christen

Embroidery Stencils The Essential Collection

Embroidery Stencils the Essential Collection

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Throughout the over 25 years of teaching I have found that a little help now and then is a good thing. I encourage my students to use erasable marking pens, rulers, circle templates and more in the classes that I teach on embroidery students.

I realized that it would be useful for people to have a collection of templates that goes beyond the basic straight lines, circles and squares.

I designed this collection of 4 easy-to-use stitch templates to be used for crazy-quilting and embroidery. You can create an endless number of unique designs to embroider: hearts, flowers, baskets, butterflies, spiderwebs, vines, feather stitches, and more. The 4 compact stencils come with a handy storage pouch and fit nicely into your sewing kit.

These templates are laser-cut durable, translucent, medium-weight plastic which are easy to handle and create perfect markings every time. Perfect for crazy-quilting projects–flexible, see-through templates make it easy to see your fabric and seams and perfectly position your design!

The 16-page how-to instruction booklet offers ideas and tips on how to use the templates.  This provides you with the confidence in where and how to make your stitches, while the decorative and inventive designs add an unexpected creative element.

Happy Stitching, ~Christen

The Embroidery Book by Christen Brown

The Embroidery Book

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Here is the cover of my newest book, which came out in November of 2016. The book includes step-by-step, visual guide to 149 embroidery stitches, motifs and extras. The book takes you beyond basic color theory– with robust color charts take the guesswork out of choosing thread, silk ribbon, buttons, beads, and trims. Then I show you how take your embroidery to the next level with luxurious seam treatments and stunning stand-alone designs! I include both traditional and contemporary techniques in the projects and gallery pieces that are showcased throughout the book.

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I have included a detailed project in the book which is called the “Embroidery Journal”. I think that every stitcher should have a log of stitches, one to refer to when working out an embroidered design. There are 12 sections of embroidery stitches, which are listed by category in the book.

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There are two examples of for each category, one at the beginning of the book in the table of contents, and then one in the section with the embroidery stitch techniques. Here is an example of the stitched samplers for the blanket stitch and variations and the chain and looped stitches.

Happy Stitching, ~ Christen

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.

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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 some bead embroidery stitches before class.

Date and time: 2/hr. class 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

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: September 5, 2017
  2. Rosette with Details: September 12, 2017
  3. Posy: September 19, 2017
  4. Posy with Details: September 26, 2017
  5. U-gather Petals: October 3, 2017
  6. Folded Petals: October 10, 2017
  7. Star Point Petals: October 17, 2017
  8. Ruched Petals: October 24, 2017
  9. Two Petal Flower: November 7, 2017
  10. Individual Petals 1: November 14, 2017
  11. Individual Petals 2 and Flower Centers: November 21, 2017
  12. Flower with Petals: November 28, 2017
  13. Roses 1: December 5, 2017
  14. Roses 2: December 12, 2017
  15. Vintage Flowers: January 10, 2018
  16. Bugs and More!: January 16, 2018

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