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Shabby Chic Valentine

Shabby Chic Valentine Ornament

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Well it is no secret that hearts are my favorite shape, and now I have a new one to offer you! This is a fun, fast and easy project to make for your home, or someone you love! The base of the heart is made from felt, some lace scraps, and a few buttons. The stitches used are straight and blanket (which you should know ahead of time). These hearts can be accessorized with purchased flowers (ribbonwork will not be covered in class); other items like charms or sequins can also be added in for extra details.

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: you must know how to hand sew, and work the straight and blanket stitches before class.

Date and time: Not currently scheduled.

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

Fabulous Flora!

Fabulous Flora! with Christen Brown

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**Beginning February, 2017**

Do you love flowers, leaves and those little garden extras? This is a perfect class for you then! In this series of classes, you will be introduced to the art of ribbonwork. I will teach you how to make flowers, leaves and other objects with all types of ribbon; other materials such as lace and fabric will also be explored. My two books on ribbonwork: Ribbonwork Gardens and Ribbonwork Flowers will be used for instruction and inspiration, and therefore are a necessary requirement.

Here is a list of the techniques and types of flowers and the dates that they will be covered:

  1. Rosette: February 6, 2017
  2. Rosette with Details: February 13, 2017
  3. Posy: February 27, 2017
  4. Posy with Details: March 6, 2017
  5. U-gather Petals: March 13, 2017
  6. Folded Petals: March 20, 2017
  7. Star Point Petals: March 27, 2017
  8. Ruched Petals: April 3, 2017
  9. Two Petal Flower: April 10, 2017
  10. Individual Petals 1: April 17, 2017
  11. Individual Petals 2 and Flower Centers: April 24, 2017
  12. Flower with Petals: May 1, 2017
  13. Roses 1: May 8, 2017
  14. Roses 2: May 15, 2017
  15. Vintage Flowers: May 22, 2017
  16. Bugs and More!: May 29, 2017
  17. Individual Petals 1: June 5, 2017

Class Details:

You can take one, several or all of the classes. Hand-sewing skills are a must. Each class is $20.00, to paid the day of the class. My books Ribbonwork Gardens and Ribbonwork Flowers are a mandatory supply. No other ribbonwork book will be used or covered.

The classes are held on Monday’s from 10:00 – 12:00 at this location:

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

For information on the series, and if you are interested in attending a class, please contact me Christen:

thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com

The above class fees reflect the content of the handouts for each specific class. You will receive a handout in an email for each week, which will need to be printed and brought to class.

Until then, Happy Stitching! ~Christen

The Embroidery Corner Stitch Library

The Embroidery Corner Stitch Library with Christen Brown

 **Beginning January, 2017**

In this class you can explore how to use the stitches that you learned in the Embroidery Corner. Each session teaches you how to combine a border row stitch and its variations with decorative and detail stitches. These combinations are then drawn onto a strip pieced and crazy pieced design worksheet. You have the option to embroider these stitches onto a piece of fabric as a sampler.

PLEASE NOTE: No embroidery stitches will be taught in this class, it is assumed that you know the embroidery stitches that are covered. You must either have previous embroidery knowledge, or have taken the Embroidery Corner. Also note that the project or work that will be done in class will not be finished in class, you will have homework that MUST be completed before the following week’s class.

This is a technique class only and is meant to help you build your use of the stitches and your own stitch library. It is required that you buy my embroidery book, The Embroidery Book. This will be used as a reference guide for the actual stitches that will be covered in class.

Session Details: $45.00/3 weeks

Each 3-week session covers a border row stitch and its variations, combining these with decorative and detail stitches. The stitches are explored on a graph paper sheet, and a design worksheet with a strip pieced and crazy pieced block. Class homework will be to finish drawing in the stitches on the graph paper and design worksheet. Optional homework is to embroider the stitches onto a piece of fabric as a sampler.

Week 1: The Embroidered Row, and the border row and its variations are explored and explained. Embroidery Options, Areas to Embroider, Descriptions of Shapes (fabric sections), Where to Embroider, and Description of Seams (length and size) will also be discussed. Included in the class are a drawn illustration of the border rows that will be covered; a piece of graph paper to use as you explore the possibilities of the stitches; and a design worksheet with a strip pieced and crazy pieced block to draw these illustrations and others. An explanation the stitches will be provided with drawn and stitched examples of my work.

Example: Week 1

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 Week 2: The Embroidered Row and the decorative stitches are explored and explained. Included in the class is a drawn illustration of the decorative and detail stitches that can be used. An explanation of the stitches will be provided with drawn and stitched examples of my work. You will continue to work on the graph paper and design worksheet, filling the border rows with decorative stitches.

Example: Week 2

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Week 3:  The Embroidered Row and the detail stitches are explored and explained. An explanation of the stitches will be provided with drawn and stitched examples of my work. You will continue to work on the graph paper and design worksheet, filling the border rows with detail stitches.

Example: Week 3

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Here is a list of the border row stitches and the dates that they will be covered:

  1. Outline, Back-stitch, and Coral Stitches and their Variations: January 10, 17 and 24, 2017
  2. Chain Stitch and Variations: January 31, February 7 and 21, 2017
  3. Blanket Stitch and Variations: February 28, and March 7 and 14, 2017
  4. Feather Stitch and Variations: March 28, and April 4, and 11,  2017
  5. Cretan and Modern Fern Stitches and Variations: April 18 and 25, and May 2, 2017
  6. Herringbone and Chevron Stitches Variations: May 9, 16,  and 23, 2017
  7. Individual Stitches: May 30, and June 6 and 13, 2017

Class Details:

One three-week session of classes is $45.00, paid on the first day of the session. By agreeing and paying for the class, you will be making the commitment to attend all three classes. The classes are held on Tuesday’s from 1:00 – 2:30 at this location:

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 Christen:

thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com

The above class fees reflect the content of the handouts for each specific class. You will receive a handout in an email for each week, which will need to be printed and brought to class.

Until then, Happy Stitching! ~Christen

Stitch Along Sampler: Student’s Work

I have a treat to share with you today. This project was created by one of my students Misa Turnage. She has taken a block from my class The Stitch Along Sampler, and turned it into an unexpected surprise.

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The block became a focal point for a tote bag. Misa used block #7/Embroidered Chorus. She added in her own touches by embroidering the four sweet little flowers in the corners.

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To assemble the bag she used a grouping of related floral prints, added in some lace here and there and voila! What a cute bag, it just turned out so wonderful!

Happy Stitching, and thank you Misa for sharing! ~Christen