Archive | July 2012

Classes for Maureen’s Vintage Acquisitions

I will be adding these two classes of mine to the fall line-up for Maureen’s Vintage Acquisitions:

Metallic Threads 102 1 lesson/$18.00, Monday September 24, 2012

Do you love shiny, opulent threads, but are unsure how to use them, well then this may be just what you are looking for! The class includes a brief history of metallic threads from her article “The Glittering World of Metal Thread Embroidery” for Piecework Magazine. In the lesson you will explore how to use these opulent threads in hand embroidery. Please note that this is a technique class only, the sample pieces from the lesson can be put into a journal, or assembled however you wish.


Lesson: Metallic Threads 102 will cover a variety of hand embroidery threads that will include metallic floss; metallic threads and braids; Japan Threads and Facets; metallic cords and trims. The embroidery stitches that will be covered are Couched Cord, Blanket Stitch, Closed Blanket Stitch, French Knot, Lazy Daisy Stitch, Back Stitch, Cretan Stitch, Chain Stitch, Coral Stitch, Cross Stitch, Chevron Stitch, Long Arm Chain Stitch, Pekinese Stitch and the Petal Stitch. These stitches are combined in six Embroidery Exercises, but the metallic threads can be worked with virtually any embroidery stitch. Tips will include threading the needle, and keeping the threads from fraying.

Beadazzled Stitches 4 Lessons/$45.00 Starting November 5, 2012

Do you love embroidery? Have you ever embroidered with beads? This is the perfect class for you to learn how to combine these two techniques. I will give you directions to make a simple strip-pieced base made from batik fabrics or if you have a CQ base already made you can work on that in class. This class takes you on a journey that explores beads, embroidery and other embellishments.










Lesson 1: This lesson will focus on creating a fabric base to stitch the beads and other embellishments on to, with the finishing directions. I will give you a comprehensive guide to the beads that you will use including shapes, sizes and color finishes.

Lesson 2: This class will focus on these stitches and their variations: continuous beading, feather, chevron, Cretan, and buttonhole stitches.

Lesson 3: This class will focus on these stitches and their variations: maiden hair fern stitch, chain stitch, herringbone stitch, serpentine stitch, spine vine stitch, double chevron, fly stitch, double bubble, and train tracks stitch.

Lesson 4: This class will focus on the small stitches: single beads; stacked beads- single bead details, beaded cascade, and picot tip; and then the floret, shooting star, Celtic knot and buttons. Additional smaller stitches: rope stitch, cross stitch, sequin stitch, lazy daisy stitch and charms. Finishing instructions will be included at the end of the lesson.

Hope to see you in class! Happy Stitching ~ Christen


Interntaional Quilt Show

Just a reminder that I will be teaching at the International Quilt Show in Houston, Texas. The dates are November 1 – November 4 2012.

  • Class: Ribbonwork Flower Garden/October 31, 2012
  • Ribbonwork Gardens Lecture/November 1, 2012
  • Mixed Media Miscellany: Playing with Color/November 1, 2012
  • Friday Sampler: Designing with Color/November 2, 2012
  • Class: Bohemian Button Bracelets/ November 2, 2012
  • Saturday Sampler: What’s in Your Button Box/November 3, 2012
  • Class: Tandletons/November 3, 2012

Hope to see you there! Happy Stitching~ Christen


Scrumptious Scraps

This is a finished sample of a class that I teach called Scruptious Scraps. The base of this wall hanging is made from a mesh of vintage and new lace. The base, ribbons, embroidery threads and silk embroidery ribbons were all dyed with Colorhue Dyes. I added in a few Hanah silk bias ribbons that were in the same color pallet as my other components. A few beads and charms were added in here and there for extra flourish.

Happy Stitching, Enjoy~ Christen

Friday’s Favorites: Hearts, Hearts and Hearts

It has been so long since I have added a favorite, and this one seems to be appropriate, because hearts in all shapes and sizes have always been a favorite of mine.

These old tin baking hearts were a thrift store find, one that I just treasure. I picked up the myriad of Valentine’s day themed ribbon in the dollar section at Target. Too cute!

Rose Heart is a combination of two techniques from my new book, Ribbonwork Gardens. The heart shape is made from French wire ribbon, and the rose is made from Hanah Silk ribbon. This is a small corsage.

This is an embroidery sampler comprised of Traditional embroidery stitches. I teach a class called BEBE Beginning Embroidery with Bead Embellishments, that includes many of these stitches.

Here are my magical tin baking hearts full of my favorite buttons, Mother of Pearl.

The base of this “Hanky Heart” is made from an old handkerchief that had ripped in several places. I hand-dyed what was left of the handkerchief, then hand pieced it into this heart shape. I covered the seems of the raw edges with hand-dye vintage lace. I then stitched a few ribbonwork flowers, and ribbon embroidery into this pretty little vignette.

This is a grouping of  heart shaped bases, covered in vintage and new plastic buttons. The base is made from Timtex, then covered in a cotton muslin. Then the buttons are stitched down with pearl cotton. Fun, fun, fun….

Here are my tin baking hearts full of vintage and new heart shaped buttons (of course). The background is a piece of sheet music from the play Don Quixote.

And as far as I am concerned, you can never have too many HEARTS!

I hope that you enjoy your day, think good thoughts, and forever stay young and curious…