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

Working on a few things…

I have been busy in the studio, working on some new classes, working on some old classes, and working on some fun things.

kanthatablerunnerThis is my version of a Kantha quilted piece of fabric, which is a new class that I am offering locally. Click here for the information about the class.

vintageatheartI have made a few new pieces for my Vintage at Heart, a class that I offer locally. Click here for the information about the class.

ribbon embroidered broochI have made a few new pieces for my Ribbon Embroidered Brooch, a class that I offer locally. Click here for the information about the class.

finished cq squareI finished my wall hanging for the Crazy Corner, a class that I offer locally. Click here for the information about the class.

felt needle caseNow for the fun part. This is a little felt needle case that I just made for fun. My grandmother had one very similar to this. I used synthetic felt, perle cotton, ribbon, lace and some fun buttons. I would like to say this took an afternoon to stitch up, but it actually took me about 20 hours to make. There are two complete halves, a front and a back that are lined so that the stitches do not show.

Happy Stitching to you all, enjoy~ Christen

Kantha Table Runner

kanthatablerunnerKantha Table Runner

This project is a fun and easy way to become acquainted with the easy and free-form quilted style of Kantha quilting. This is class will be taught in tandem with Carol Alves and myself. Carol will take the first part of the class, helping the student to machine sew the table runner. I will take the second part of the class and teach the student how to work out a design, and stitch the fabric into a quilt.

kanthatablerunnerThe table runner can be any size, mine is 14″ wide by 44″ long.

Details:

Class Fee:$30.00 total

  • $15.00 for Carol, to be paid for any time before the class, at the store
  • $15.00 for Christen: which is paid directly to Christen (see below)

*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: Sunday October 2, 11:00 – 12:30 then 1:00 – 2:30 (this is a 3 hour class, with a half hour lunch break, or catch up time.)

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

Specifics:

A portion of 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.

Happy Stitching ~Christen

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

vintageatheartThese hearts are a great way to mix the old with the new, and they are a great project that can be completed in a few hours. 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

heart broochBasic straight stitches as well as embroidery stitches will be covered. Lace and bits of ribbon can also be added in for extra touches. Finishing options for a pin will be covered and suggestions for an ornament and wall hanging will be discussed.

Bonus Handout: What is in Your Button Box? and Dating Buttons by Materials and Styles. All of us have a stash, and it is fun to find out just what is in that stash!

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, some embroidery knowledge will be helpful.

Date and time: September 8, 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

This is an 18-week series 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)

stitchalongsampler1cbOctober 6 and 13, 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)

samplerOctober 20 and 27, 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)

samplerNovember 10 and 17, 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)

samplerheartcjbDecember 1 and 8, 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)

samplerblock5December 15 and 22, 2016

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

Square #6: Embroidered Fan (traditional embroidery stitches)

embroideredfanAugust 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 Flowers (applique, ribbonwork flowers, traditional and silk ribbon embroidery stitches)

basket with flowersAugust 25 and September 1

  • #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 8 and September 15 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)

September 22 and September 29 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

The Finishing Hour:  Whether you have made all nine square or just a few you have many options for finishing the project. The squares can be grouped with all nine blocks to make a wall hanging; or grouped together in fours for a smaller wall hanging or even a pillow. One square can be backed with a wide ribbon as hung an individual wall piece, or group several together for a longer section. The question is what will you do with your blocks?

September 29 2016: 12:30 – 1:30 $10.00

Details

The classes are held on Thursday’s from 10:00 – 12:00 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