Archive | January 2014

Kitten Kaboodles!!! New Class

OMG!!!!! I am having way, I mean way too much fun. I was working away in my room, THE room, and I found these glass eyes, and decided that they looked like the eyes of my cat Butch. So I made a pattern, and created this small face of him, and I take him when I am off on a trip, that way he is with me always.

buddyThen I started to play around with bodies, and shapes and well it got really, really fun! I created these three examples of what kind of trouble you can get into when the creative muse goes wild.

Kitten KaboodlesHere are the Kitten Kaboodles, I am teaching them for starting April 11, 2014.

ChesterChester: 4″ tall x 3 3/4″ wide (not including hat)

charlieCharlie: 3 3/4″ tall x 4″ wide

felixFelix: 2 3/4″ tall x 2 3/8″ wide

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy! ~Christen


Winter/Spring Teaching Session at Joggles

Well it is that time of year again, and here is the line-up for my classes that I will be teaching for in the next few months!

tandletonsTandletons, 2 lessons, $29.00 beginning on January 28th, 2014

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.

felt catsPhat Matt and Friends, 2 lessons $25.00, beginning on January 30, 2014

If you are a cat lover, this cuddly felt cat is your guy! Matt is made from three or four colors of felt, adorned with a few embroidery stitches and buttons. This is a great simple project that can be completed in a few days, or over a weekend. The colors that you choose can be life-like or more contemporary, matching a theme or your décor. Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong with this friendly guy.

metallic threadsAll that Glitters, 2 lessons $25.00, beginning on January 30, 2014

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 first lesson you will explore how to use these opulent threads in your sewing machine. In the second lesson you will learn how to use them by hand. Please note that this is a technique class only, the sample pieces from each of the lessons can be put into a journal, or assembled however you wish.

scrumptious heartsScrumptious Hearts, $38.00 3 lessons, beginning on January 31, 2014

Bits and pieces of cherished lace are melded with silk fabric to form a beautiful heart shaped base for your floral design. Chose from a few different heart shapes and ribbon worked floral vignettes, or create your own. The melded silk and lace base and the RTD silk ribbons for the ribbon work flowers and the silk ribbon embroidery are dyed with the Colorhue dyes. This is an excellent way to use up small amounts of this and that to form an heirloom brooch to be treasured.

crazy pieced blockA Crazy Lady’s Guide to Piecing, 3 lessons $38.00, beginning on February 11, 2014

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?

ocean rivers braceletOcean Rivers, 4 lessons $45.00, beginning on February 13, 2014

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…

dyed lace scraps, ribbonwork, silk ribbon embroideryScrumptious Scraps, 5 lessons $60.00, beginning on February 21, 2014

Scrumptious bit and pieces of vintage laces are melded and stitched together to form a unique and beautiful base for your creative stitched designs. Once the lace scraps are turned into a base, I will show you how to dye the base and a variety of ribbons (some silk) that can be later used in the embroidery and ribbon worked vignettes.

beadazzled somemore purseBeadazzled Somemore Purse, 4 lessons $45.00, February 28, 2014

This class delves deeply into the wonderful world of bead embellishment, exploring a wide variety of stitches and embroidery techniques. The sample that you will be stitching on can become a purse (using the pattern provided), a pillow or wall hanging, or whatever you choose. The techniques that will be covered are free-form peyote on fabric, free form bead embroidery, multi bead embroidery, attaching trinkets, buttons and charms with beads, and so much more. Your project will start with a beautiful batik fabric, a variety of seed beads in several sizes and colors combined with a collection of buttons, glass charms and larger beads. This class is a must for anyone who loves beads!

crazy pieced base with embroideryA Crazy Lady’s Guide to Embellishing, 4 lessons $48.00, beginning on March 4, 2014

Do you have a crazy pieced block or quilt top perhaps from A Crazy Lady’s Guide to Piecing that is just waiting to be encrusted with embroidery, ribbonwork, and embellishment? In this class I will cover many techniques that you can use to create a unique and beautiful heirloom piece that will be passed down from family member to member. Please note that there will be no instructions to make or finish the block or quilt.

magic webMagic Web, 2 lessons $28.00, beginning on March 6, 2014

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.

lace in bloomLace in Bloom, 2 lessons $22.00, beginning on March 13, 2014

Are you the frilly type of girl, who loves lace, blossoms and corsages? In this class I will show you a few different techniques that will take bits of lace and magically transform them into five different blooms. The techniques include individual pieces cut or folded into a petal, then sewn into a flower.

embroideryCreative Thread Embroidery, 3 lessons $40.00, beginning on April 1 , 2014

Explore the possibilities and broaden your creative stitched repertoire to add to your CQ and other embroidery projects. We will work the embroidery stitches using a variety of threads such as pearl cotton; buttonhole twist; rayon and cotton floss on a fabric base that you can use later as needle case.

Some stitches will blend thread to create new colors and textures. The dimensional embroidery stitches that will be covered are 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 will be also covered.

melange1Melange a Trois, 3 lessons $30.00, beginning on April 3, 2014

Do you love mixed media, decorative paper, ribbon, lace, ephemera and collage? Well this is the perfect class for you then. You will learn how to combine all of these bits of gathered treasure and create them into gift envelopes, bags, and small boxes. Simple easy techniques, your sewing machine and a bit of imagination is all you need! There are two different envelopes to choose from; two sizes of the small gift bags; and two sizes of the mini matchboxes; with a bonus pattern for a gift tag.

Kitten KaboodlesNew Class! Kitten Kaboodles, 2 lessons $25.00, beginning on April 11, 2014

Literally a “caboodle” of kittens! Let me introduce you to Chester, Charlie and Felix, they are surely pleased to welcome your acquaintance! These wonderfully colored fellows and gal are made from simple ingredients, felt, floss, and bit of stuffing.

Hope that you see something of interest!

Happy Stitching to all my friends, ~Christen