Archive | May 2011

Magic Web part 2

Magic Web is a class that I teach for Joggles.com. This is the examples from the second and final day of class.
solvy fabric heartThis was the original example for the Magic Web class. The fabric and yarns were sandwiched together using Solvy, a water soluble stabilizer and lots and lots of machine stitching. The heart shape was then cut out, and embellished with shisha mirrors (my own technique); buttons and beads. Then the piece was attached to a baking, and then more embellishment was attached to the edges, and dangles of beads and charms added to the bottom of the brooch.

solvy fabric heartThis is a sample that I made in class, using the same design as the first heart. I added more mirrors, and fewer buttons so there was more room for beading around the mirrors, and adding in smaller sections of beads.

solvy fabric heartThis is another sample from the class. Here the design is similar to the first brooch, with one mirror and several buttons. I added a cord around the edge, then added in the dangles. I like the soft coloring of this brooch, and the copper dangles.

Enjoy, Christen

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Magic Web part 1

This is a sample of Magic Web at Joggles:

Lesson 1: making a “magic web” from bits of precious scraps, decorative yarns and metallic threads. The techniques include working with metallic threads (always a challenge), scraps of fabric, ribbon and yarn, and Solvy a water soluble stabilizer.

solvy fused fabric, lace and yarn

The students could choose from 3 different techniques to make their heart shape base:

1.     Solvy Lace: scraps of fabric and yarn turned into a lace.

2.     Solvy Fabric: scraps of fabric melded together.

3.     Solvy Lace with Fabric Back: scraps of fabric melded together on top of a background fabric.

I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with! I will post my finished results next week.

Enjoy, Christen

Spring Classes for Bravo School of Art

I am very excited to announce that I will now be teaching locally for Bravo School of Art.

It is located in the refurbished Marine Barracks in San Diego, now called Liberty Station. Please stop by the website and take a look at all of the classes that are offered.

Here are mine:

*New Class* Ruban Fleurs

$68 member / $78 non-member Materials fee $26

french wire ribbon worked flowers

Friday, May 610am – 3pm

Monday, July 25 10am – 3pm

Thursday, August 4 10am – 3pm

Do you love flowers? Do you love French wire taffeta ribbon? Then this is the perfect class for you! Learn the specifics of working with French wire ribbon, how to use the wire as a component and how to manipulate the ribbon to your advantage. Storage and other tips will be given for keeping your ribbon dust and wrinkle free. You will create 5 flowers: Pretty Posy with a button center, Quince with stamen, Pansy with ribbon center, Prim Rose with coiled ribbon center, and Cabbage Rose with beaded wire center. Make 3 separate leaves that can be used to complete a corsage or hat ornament. Materials list provided upon registration.

BEGINNING EMBROIDERY with BEAD EMBELLISHMENT (BEBE)

$128 member / $149 non-member Materials fee $13

traditional embroidery with bead embellishment

Fridays, May 20 & 27 1 – 6pm

Thursdays, June 9 & 16 9am – 2pm

Saturdays, August 20 & 27 9am – 2pm

This is a great introduction to traditional embroidery stitches with the added flare and dazzle of embellishing with beads. These stitches can be incorporated in any fiber design that you choose, whether you make a crazy pieced or a strip block. A variety of stitches are used in each separate embroidered design, a Base Stitch, a Design Stitch, and an Embellished Stitch. Materials list provided upon registration.

*New Class* BOHEMIAN BUTTON BRACELET

$42 member / $48 non-member Materials fee $2

button bracelets

Thursday, June 9 3 – 6pm

Sunday, July 31 9am – 12pm

Saturday, August 20 3 – 6pm

Bohemian, -n: a person, especially an artist, poet, or writer who lives in an unconventional, non-conforming way. Small bands of traveling wanders known as gypsies populated Europe. These colorful people conjure up thoughts of beads, charms, bells and ribbons that were used in everyday costume. Bring your precious stash of buttons and beads to class, to make a one-of-a-kind and unique bracelet. Learn about the history of buttons: the types and materials, and how buttons are made. The bracelet that you make in class from buttons, beads and charms will be reminiscent of the Bohemian Gypsy in all of us. Materials list provided upon registration.

Hope to see you in class! Enjoy,

Christen

Creative Thread Embroidery Needle-Case

creative thread embroidery samples

This is a class that I just finished up teaching this week. This was a really fun class, where the student learned to work the embroidery stitches using a variety of threads such as pearl cotton; buttonhole twist; rayon and cotton floss on a fabric base that will be used as needle-case.

Some of the stitches used blended thread to create new colors and textures. The dimensional embroidery stitches that were covered were bullion knot, cast on buttonhole, drizzle, woven, whipped and tatted. Traditional stitches such as the buttonhole, chain stitch, feather stitch, feather stitch leaf, French knot, lazy daisy, pistol stitch and straight stitch were also covered.

creative thread embroidery

There were many hours of stitching involved, but it is well worth the end results!

Happy Stitching to all of my students!

Enjoy,

Christen

New Classes for Spring at Joggles

Here are the Classes that I will be teaching this Spring session at Joggles.com.

*New Class* Magic Web with Christen Brown $25.00

May 17- 24, 2011

machine stitched lace

This is a great technique project; I call it Metallic Threads 101, but it doesn’t stop there. In class you will make a “magic web” from bits of precious scraps, decorative yarns and metallic threads, sandwiched together with Solvy and machine stitching, lots of machine stitching. The unique fabric that you create will be used as a base for a heart shaped brooch that will be embellished with buttons and beads.

Ocean Rivers with Christen Brown $45.00

May 31- June 21, 2011

free form peyote stitched bracelet

This class will teach you a little bit about the freedom of expression the “free form peyote stitch” can bring to your technical repertoire. The launching point of your bracelet and your creative explosion will start with a simple grosgrain ribbon, a small collection of buttons, a variety of seed beads in several sizes and colors combined with a few small treasures. Bring your imagination and creative spirit…

*New Class* A Crazy Lady’s Guide To Piecing with Christen Brown $35.00

June 3- June 17, 2011

crazy piecing

Crazy piecing is definitely an accurate description for piecing disparate and awkward bits of this and that together. It can be confusing and confounding when you first start, in fact that is the first question people usually ask, how do I start? Questions that usually follow are what do I put where, what fabric do I use, what color should go next to what, and how on earth do I get myself out of that boxed in mess I created?

The class will cover three different basic CQ (Crazy Quilt) piecing techniques that I use to stitch a base for a garment, quilt, pillow or wall hanging. Each base is assembled machine stitched directly onto a square of muslin as you piece and stitch. I will share with you my experience and my solutions to all of the above questions and more. I will give you ideas on how to choose your fabric, color scheme and how to stitch your base depending on the size of the scraps, strips, and bits of fabric that you have. I will also give you several ideas that I have used to get myself out of those boxed in messes!

*New Class* Garden at Versailles with Christen Brown $25.00

July 1- July 8, 2011

beaded bracelet

Buttons, beads, charms and more adorn this bracelet made for a queen. The two main components are the base, which can be a plain or patterned ribbon; and the buttons, which can be new or vintage, glass, plastic or metal. The rest is all about beads, glass charms and your imagination.

Corsages to Dye For I with Christen Brown $35.00

July 5- July 19, 2011

hand dyed ribbonworked flowers

Do you find yourself wishing “if only I had a ribbon that was this color or that”, or “why didn’t it come in my favorite colors”? If your answer is YES, then let me invite you to take a colorful journey into the realm of dyeing your own RTD (ready to dye) silk ribbons. I will teach you how to prepare your ribbons then dye them to create one of a kind, creative and colorful ribbons. These ribbons will then be turned into magical works of floral art for your own “corsages to dye for”!

*New Class* Tandletons with Christen Brown $25.00

July 22- July 29, 2011

embroidered buttons

Tandletons=Tatted/needle lace/buttons.

These little threaded works of art are just so much fun to make. I start with a base made from 1″ silk bias ribbon, stuffed with Polyfil. Your Tandeltons will finish at about 1″. All of the stitches are created with a milliner’s needle, cotton and silk threads, silk embroidery ribbon or beads. The techniques that will be covered in class are Traditional Embroidery, Tatted stitches, Needle lace, Beaded Stitches, and Silk Ribbon Embroidery stitches.

Corsages to Dye for II with Christen Brown $35.00

August 2- August 16, 2011

hand-dyed ribbon work flowers

Do you find yourself wishing “if only I had a ribbon that was this color or that”, or “why didn’t it come in my favorite colors”? If your answer is YES, then let me invite you to take a colorful journey into the realm of dyeing your own RTD (ready to dye) silk ribbons. I will teach you how to prepare your ribbons then dye them to create one of a kind, creative and colorful ribbons. These ribbons will then be turned into magical works of floral art for your own “corsages to dye for”!

*New Class* Beautiful Beaded Blooms with Christen Brown $30.00

August 12- August 19, 2011

french wire beaded flowers

French beaded flowers found their beginnings from European peasant folk art. Beaded flowers were also popular in Italy, where many of the beads were made. Eventually beaded flowers found their way to England, and were very popular in the Victorian era. Throughout history this technique has been popular and has been used to adorn the home.

In this class you will learn how to transform your beads into elegant and beautiful blooms. You will learn how to make several different flowers and leaves that you can turn into a corsage, a garland, or simply create blooms to rest in a special vase. The flowers that you make will average between 3/4″ to 1-1/2″ wide; all of these will use size 11 seed beads. Additional beads will be used to create centers and other elements.

I hope that you find something to spark your creative spirit.
In the meantime, Happy Stitching! Christen