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Embroidery Stitching Handy Pocket Guide: New!

Let me introduce you to my latest book:

Embroidery Stitching the Handy Pocket Guide!

There are over 30 stitches included, with suggestions on materials, threads and ribbons, embellishments and more. Other important sections are Defining a Stitch, Working the Stitches, and What, Where, When with stitch placement ideas.

This diminutive book is 4″ x 6″, and will fit easily into your sewing basket or pouch. It is the perfect size to bring to class, or when stitching with friends.

I just finished this project, which is a version of my class Hankies and Lace Wall Hanging. I used every one of the stitches included in the Handy Pocket Guide, which include traditional embroidery stitches as well as silk ribbon and beaded embroidery stitches.

The bulk of the stitches were worked in these colors of cotton floss.

For some of the stitches I used my Embroidery Stencils, I suggest that you use an air erasable pen to mark the lines and images.

The hankies that I used came from my mother’s collection of her tour in Europe where she met my dad. Several other hankies and table linens found there way into the project, along with some vintage rick rack trim. I used quite a few buttons, both old and new, and of course I had to include my lady bugs and bees! I also embellished the piece with beads, two celluloid acorn charms, and glass and acrylic flower charms.

You can find the book at C&T Publishing, and on Amazon.

Happy Stitching to you all! enjoy~ Christen

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Book Signing Event

Book Signing Event!

 

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Peggy and Shar and the rest of the ladies at Beverly’s will be hosting a book signing event for my latest book and my other three previous titles. There will be refreshments and door prizes, and everyone is invited!

So mark your calendar for  Saturday March 25, 2017 from 10:30 – 12:30 at this location:

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

Looking forward to seeing you there!

~Christen

Embroidery Stencils The Essential Collection

Embroidery Stencils the Essential Collection

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Throughout the over 25 years of teaching I have found that a little help now and then is a good thing. I encourage my students to use erasable marking pens, rulers, circle templates and more in the classes that I teach on embroidery students.

I realized that it would be useful for people to have a collection of templates that goes beyond the basic straight lines, circles and squares.

I designed this collection of 4 easy-to-use stitch templates to be used for crazy-quilting and embroidery. You can create an endless number of unique designs to embroider: hearts, flowers, baskets, butterflies, spiderwebs, vines, feather stitches, and more. The 4 compact stencils come with a handy storage pouch and fit nicely into your sewing kit.

These templates are laser-cut durable, translucent, medium-weight plastic which are easy to handle and create perfect markings every time. Perfect for crazy-quilting projects–flexible, see-through templates make it easy to see your fabric and seams and perfectly position your design!

The 16-page how-to instruction booklet offers ideas and tips on how to use the templates.  This provides you with the confidence in where and how to make your stitches, while the decorative and inventive designs add an unexpected creative element.

Happy Stitching, ~Christen

The Embroidery Book by Christen Brown

The Embroidery Book

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Here is the cover of my newest book, which came out in November of 2016. The book includes step-by-step, visual guide to 149 embroidery stitches, motifs and extras. The book takes you beyond basic color theory– with robust color charts take the guesswork out of choosing thread, silk ribbon, buttons, beads, and trims. Then I show you how take your embroidery to the next level with luxurious seam treatments and stunning stand-alone designs! I include both traditional and contemporary techniques in the projects and gallery pieces that are showcased throughout the book.

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I have included a detailed project in the book which is called the “Embroidery Journal”. I think that every stitcher should have a log of stitches, one to refer to when working out an embroidered design. There are 12 sections of embroidery stitches, which are listed by category in the book.

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There are two examples of for each category, one at the beginning of the book in the table of contents, and then one in the section with the embroidery stitch techniques. Here is an example of the stitched samplers for the blanket stitch and variations and the chain and looped stitches.

Happy Stitching, ~ Christen

Ribbonwork Flowers: Wreaths

I wanted to share the wreaths that I have included in my book, Ribbonwork Flowers. I have a fondness for wreaths, and had fun putting together the components for each of the following ones.

sweet wreathThe “Sweet Wreath” started with a wire base, that is covered with ruched grosgrain ribbon. The flowers include the Double Posy, Fancy Rosette, Star Point Petal flower, Knotted Ruffled Posy, Boat Gather Petal flower, and a Rosette.

spools and tools wreath“Spools and Tools” started with a base of vintage wooden spools that are strung on a wire base. I wrapped the spools with a novelty ribbon, that had images of seed packages. The center piece is a pair of garden sheers that were my grandmothers. Each grouping of blue, red and yellow flowers is set into a vintage thimble with advertising on it. I also included Rosettes made from novelty ribbon with a button center, and lady bugs made from grosgrain ribbon. To finish the wreath I added vintage buttons and vintage tin butterflies.

rustic garlandThe “Rustic Garland” started with a fabulous plaid grosgrain ribbon that I found on sale at Joannes Fabrics. The brown grosgrain came from a friend who worked for Harry and Davids, the burgundy ribbon came off of a pillow that I bought and the turquoise twill tape is from the Martha Stewart collection. The remaining double sided satin, jacquard and sheer ribbons were found in my stash.

mariposa fall wreath“Mariposa Fall” wreath started with a wire base, covered in vintage celluloid and Bakelite buttons sprinkled with gold-tone and copper butterflies. I died most of the ribbons, except for the Hannah bias silk that I made the pansies from. The remaining flowers are the Rosette, the Posy, English Miss and Simple Flower.

Thank you for looking, and Happy Stitching! ~Christen

Ribbonwork Flowers: Jewelry

Many of you may know of my love for jewelry, and you know that it also includes ribbonwork, laced and buttons. Here are the pieces that were included in my new book, Ribbonwork Flowers.

chantillyladieslaccuffChantilly Ladies Lace Cuff, started with a base of meshed lace and silk fabric. the lace, appliques, ribbons, threads and embroidery ribbons were dyed with Colorhue dyes. The flowers are “Knotted Posy”, “English Miss” and “Puck’s Rose:.

daisychainDaisy Chain started with a base of 3/8″ satin ribbon. I stitched “rosettes” made from satin ribbon stitched with a cotton ruffle edge lace. I stitched buttons in the center of the rosettes, and buttons between the rosettes.

crochetcollarPretty in Pink collar started with a vintage crochet collar that I found at a thrift store. It is adorned with silk habotai ribbon “star point petal” flowers and satin “simple leaves”. These are stitched with acrylic flowers and leaves and seed beads.

peapodbraceletPeapods and Roses bracelet started with a base of cotton grosgrain ribbon. I added “peapods” made from French wire and silk bias ribbon. The “English Miss” roses are made from silk bias ribbon, with satin and grosgrain ribbon flowers. I added in vintage stamens, buttons and strawberry charms.

punkyrosePunky Rose necklace started with a base of velvet ribbon trimmed with velvet rickrack braid. The center is a “rose bud center” is made from silk satin ribbon; with “rosette” edging made from lace, satin and novelty ribbons. Ribbonwork “rosettes” adorned with vintage rhinestone buttons, vintage charms, vintage rhinestone trim and a little “bling” bee finish off the necklace.

funkyjunkysteampunkyFunky Junky Steampunky bracelet started with a woven base of satin, novelty ribbon and velvet rickrack trims. The posies are made with zipper trim and satin ribbon. Vintage buttons, cardboard coins, rhinestone trim, appliques, lace, and charms finish off the design.

Happy Stitching! ~Christen

Jacket full of Ribbonwork Gardens and Flowers

I have two things to share with you today…..

My first book Ribbonwork Gardens was just included in a blog post from ProFlowers; the post is 30 Books to Expand Your Love of Flowers. How exciting was that?!!!

I also just finished embellishing this jean jacket that I found at a thrift store. The front and back panels are embellished with the leftover ribbon flowers that I have made over the past three years for two of my books.

jean jacket with ribbonwork flowersSome of the flowers are from my first book, Ribbonwork Gardens, and some are from my new book, Ribbonwork Flowers. The rest are just are prototypes of flowers that I just liked, but didn’t get into either book.

 

jean jacket embellished with ribbonwork flowersHere is a closeup of the front, and then the back.

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ribbonwork jean's jacketHappy Stitching my friends, and may your gardens always bloom! ~Christen