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The right needle

needlehouse

I was fortunate enough to be asked by Barbara, the owner of Joggles, to stitch a few of her wool houses for a video. She was generous and gave me extra pieces to use for my own designs. Here is an example of one of the houses that I turned into an etui or needle case.

As a teacher of embroidery everyone, I mean everyone asks me if the needle makes a difference. YES is the correct answer!

needles

The purpose of the needle is to make a hole big enough in the fabric, or to be inserted into the canvas so that the thread can follow with ease. If the hole is too small, the thread will eventually fray, if the hole is to big then the thread will not cover the hole. So again YES!

tomato pincushion

Many students get confused once the needle is out of the package, so I suggest dedicating a pincushion to your embroidery needles. I take each section and write down the type of needles that I use with a permanent marker. For instance, embroidery, sharps, milliners, cotton darners, beading and chenille needles are all in my tool box, therefore there is a wedge on the pincushion with their name on it!

needles and thread

Another good idea is to dedicate a piece of fabric or even an index card for the types of needles that you may be using. Then thread the needle with the type of thread or ribbon that you would use for embroidering your project. Insert the needle into the fabric or card, then tape the thread down. Write the name of the needle on the fabric or card. Voila, no more confusion!

Happy Stitching, and enjoy~ Christen

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Roll of Stitches

embroidery cornerI have combined all of the small samplers that I created for my class the Embroidery Corner, into a rolled book. The class is a 16 week course where we explore a stitch and it’s variations, or several related stitches each week. I use my book Embroidered and Embellished as a reference guide.

embroidery cornerI created a cover for the rolled book from another longer sampler that I had started to stitch on in class. Here is a peek into the book.

embroidered sampler

embroidery sampler

embroidery sampler

embroidery sampler

ECdedicationI learned the art of embroidery at the age of seven from my mom. It is the one needle art that I continue to use every day, I love it!

Happy stitching to you all, enjoy! ~Christen

Working on a few things…

I have been busy in the studio, working on some new classes, working on some old classes, and working on some fun things.

kanthatablerunnerThis is my version of a Kantha quilted piece of fabric, which is a new class that I am offering locally. Click here for the information about the class.

vintageatheartI have made a few new pieces for my Vintage at Heart, a class that I offer locally. Click here for the information about the class.

ribbon embroidered broochI have made a few new pieces for my Ribbon Embroidered Brooch, a class that I offer locally. Click here for the information about the class.

finished cq squareI finished my wall hanging for the Crazy Corner, a class that I offer locally. Click here for the information about the class.

felt needle caseNow for the fun part. This is a little felt needle case that I just made for fun. My grandmother had one very similar to this. I used synthetic felt, perle cotton, ribbon, lace and some fun buttons. I would like to say this took an afternoon to stitch up, but it actually took me about 20 hours to make. There are two complete halves, a front and a back that are lined so that the stitches do not show.

Happy Stitching to you all, enjoy~ Christen

Perky Pincushion

Perky Pincushion

perky pincushionThis petite pincushion is the perfect size for your travel sewing kit. The base of the pincushion is made from grosgrain ribbon; the flowers and leaves are also made from grosgrain ribbon. A scissor fob can also be made using the same flower and leaf that adorns the pincushion.

Details:

Class Fee: $15.00

*Please note that this class does not include any of the materials, supplies or tools; these must be purchased by the student.

Class Requirements: Hand stitching skills a must.

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 check and sent to Christen. Please email Christen: thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com with your inquiries. Once the class is paid for the handout will be sent to the customer’s email address. The customer must print a copy of the handout to bring to the day of class.

Happy Stitching ~ Christen

Ribbon Embroidered Brooch

ribbon embroidered broochThis pretty little brooch is the perfect size, to be given as a gift or to keep for yourself. Four basic embroidery stitches will be covered: woven rose, chain stitch, lazy daisy, French knot.

ribbonembroideredbroochDetails:

Class Fee: $20.00/2 hour class

*Please note that this class does not include any of the materials, supplies or tools; these must be purchased by the student.

Class Requirements: Hand embroidery skills a must.

Date and time: May 11, 2017 12:30 – 2:30.

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 check and sent to Christen. Please email Christen: thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com with your inquiries. Once the class is paid for the handout will be sent to the customer’s email address. The customer must print a copy of the handout to bring to the day of class.

Happy Stitching ~Christen

New Pincushions to Share

I have a passion for sewing accessories, as you may have guessed. And I have some new pincushions to share with you, these were gallery samples from my new book, Ribbonwork Flowers, which is available March, 2015.ribbonwork pincushion“Winifred’s Pincushion” started with a porcelain doll head that was made in Germany during the 1890’s. The body of the pincushion is made from 3-1/2″ hand dyed silk velvet fabric. The base is embellished with velvet grosgrain ribbon and ruched 3/8″ satin ribbon. The flowers and leaves include: Rosettes made from 1/4″ ombre taffeta ribbon; English Miss roses made from 5/8″ silk bias ribbon; Puck’s Rose made from 3/8″ double sided satin ribbon; and Oval Leaves made from 1″ silk bias ribbon. The dimensions are: 3-3/4″ diameter X 3-1/4″ high.

impatienspincushion“Tuffet of Impatiens” is 2″ in diameter, and stand 2″ high. The base of the pincushion is made from 2-1/2″ silk bias ribbon, and is embellished with 1/4″ ombre taffeta ribbon. The Impatiens are made from 1″ silk bias ribbon, and the leaves are made from hand dyed silk satin ribbon.

pincushionforconstanceThe base for “A Pincushion for Constance” is made from hand dyed vintage silk velvet ribbon with a picot edge trim. The base of the flower is a crochet doily that I found at a thrift store. The flowers and leaves include: English Miss roses made from 1-1/2″ silk bias ribbon; Gather and Grab flower made from 5/8″ silk bias ribbon; and Oval Leaves made from 1-1/2″ silk bias ribbon. The dimensions are: 4″ diameter x 2-1/4″ high.

strawberryLastly I want to share one of my favorite sets, “Strawberry Scissor Fob and Red Rosettes Pincushion”. The base for the pincushion is a 1-1/2″ rayon velvet ribbon; the base for the fob is a 5/8″ rayon velvet ribbon. The pincushion is adorned with 3/8″ jacquard ribbon Rosettes with ombre taffeta Soft Curve Leaves. The strawberries are made from 7/8″ satin ribbon with 3/8″ ruched calyx.

Happy Stitching my friends, ~Christen

Log Cabin Heart Etui and Pincushion: class/tutorial

Log Cabin Heart Etui and Pincushion: 3 lessons/$30.00

pinchushionandetui1This is a very traditional project, with a contemporary flare. The heart shaped etui and base of the pincushion are both pieced with a version of the Log Cabin technique. The pieced sections are embellished with traditional embroidery stitches using two different types of thread, perle cotton #8 and 6-ply stranded floss. These make an excellent gift for any sewer!

Skill Level Intermediate: sewing machine and some embroidery knowledge needed

Lesson 1: In this class you will be piecing the base for both the etui and pincushion using a variation of the Log Cabin piecing technique. You will also form the decorative center of the pincushion.

Lesson 2: In this class you will embroider the base stitches across the seams, these include: chain, herringbone, zigzag chain, blanket and short-long-short blanket stitch. Next you embroider the decorative stitches to the base stitches, these include: fly, lazy daisy, closed buttonhole flower, curved open chain loop, and the French Knot. You will also embroider the center of the pincushion.

Lesson 3: In this class you will assemble all of the pieces and parts of the etui and pincushion.

Class Information

These classes can be purchased at any time, there is no set schedule.The class can be ordered by contacting Christen: thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com. She will send you an invoice through PayPal.

Once the class is paid for, the supply list will be sent out. The lessons will begin one week after the purchase of the class, unless otherwise stated. You will receive an email with the lesson attached. The following lesson/s will arrive one week after the previous lesson.

A high speed internet connection is recommended, and you must have basic computer and internet skills. You will need to be able know how to download and save a document to your computer’s hard drive, open it and print out a copy.

You can contact Christen with any questions pertaining to the class/class information throughout the length of the class.

Class fees will not be refunded.

Happy Stitching,

~Christen