Archive | July 2012

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

 

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Book Signing and Demo

I will be having a book signing and demo for my book Ribbonwork Gardens at the Cotton and Chocolate Quilt Co. booth at the Long Beach Quilt Festival this Friday, July 27, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm has changed to this Saturday, July 28, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Would love to see you if you could make it!

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…

Christen