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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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Hankies and Lace Wall Hanging

Hankies and Lace Wall Hanging with Christen Brown

This class is scheduled to begin Thursday August 3, 2017.

This project combines vintage handkerchiefs, ribbons, lace and cotton fabrics. The hankies will be your focal point, with ribbon, lace and appliques used as useful camouflage. Both traditional and silk ribbon embroidery stitches will be used to embellish the edges and inner sections of the hankies. Free standing elements and embellishments that will be added are appliques, yo-yo’s and flowers all made from bits of fabric. Vignettes with silk ribbon embroidery and ribbonwork flowers will be embroidered throughout the hanky base. Buttons, charms and beads will be added in here and there to finish the project.

The finished project can be turned into a pillow or a wall hanging. My book Embroidered and Embellished is a required supply. Student must be familiar with all forms of embroidery stitches before class, as no stitches will be demonstrated during class time. Student must also have both machine and hand-sewing skills.

Week 1: Creating The Base $20.00

be my valentine hanky wall hangingThe base of the project is created with hankies, linens, fabric and ribbon. Several different examples of hanky designs will be explored. Machine and hand sewing will necessary to finish the base, and will be need to completed at home before the next class.

Week 2: Fabric and Lace Embellishments $20.00

samplesLearn to make free standing elements and embellishments: appliques, yo-yo’s and flowers, bird’s nests and more all made from bits of scrap fabrics and lace.

Week 3: Ribbonwork Components $20.00

ribbonwork flowers

The ribbonwork flowers that will be covered are: the rosette, posy, ruched petal flower, U-gather petal flower, rickrack flower and 3 petal fan.  Student must be familiar with hand sewing skills before class.

Week 4: Lace, Appliques and Embroidered Rows $20.00

embroidery sample

Lace and small appliques will be stitched here and there, and embroidered rows of stitches will encrust the edges of the hankies. Student must be familiar with embroidery stitches before class.

Week 5: Floral Vignettes $20.00

hanky base with vignettes

Arrange and design fabric and ribbon components from Weeks 2 and 3. Stitch in additional elements and designs with silk ribbon embroidery. Student must be familiar with ribbonwork and silk ribbon embroidery stitches before class.

Week 6: Silk Ribbon Embroidered Roses, Buds and Flowers $20.00

Embroider smaller vignettes of roses, buds and other flowers around the larger vignettes and within the hanky sections. Student must be familiar with silk ribbon and traditional embroidery stitches before class.

Week 7: Decorative and Detail Stitches $20.00

Embroider decorative and detail stitches along the border rows, and within the hanky sections. Student must be familiar with traditional embroidery stitches before class.

Week 8: Bugs, Buttons, Charms and More $20.00

Embroider small detail stitches like spiders, butterflies, and dragonflies. Add in buttons charms and a few beaded stitches to complete the vignettes and border rows.

Week 9: Finishing Touches $20.00

Variety of bindings, stabilizers, and additional finishing touches will be covered.

Details

This class is held on Thursday afternoons, from 12:30 – 2:30.

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

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

thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com

Until then, Happy Stitching! ~Christen

A Sampling of Samplers

 

theembroiderycornerI teach a class called the Embroidery Corner, at a local shop. In the process of developing and writing the handouts I stitched quite a few samples to use for the photographs.

Beginning Embroidery with Bead EmbellishmentSeveral years ago I taught an on-line class called Beginning Embroidery with Bead Embellishment. I have also created a few stitched bits from this class. And yes I used the same colors of fabric and threads in this sample as the above sample!

samplergroupJust recently I had time to combine those bits of stitching from both classes. I had a lot of fun saving all of those 1″ bits and putting them to good use.

Happy Stitching! ~Christen

Strip TZZZ

Strip TZZZ

This 8-week class focuses on combining the stitches that were covered in the Embroidery Corner as border rows, decorative stitches and detail stitches. This is a no-sew project using cut fabric strips that are fused to a muslin square, some hand stitching may be required.

The first week will be used to design and create the base. The following weeks will be used to embroider each strip with a border row, and then add in decorative and detail stitches using embroidery threads such as perle cotton and cotton floss. The finished project can be turned into a pillow or a wall hanging. My book Embroidered and Embellished is a required supply. Student must be familiar with both thread and bead embroidery stitches before class, as no stitches will be demonstrated. Student must also be familiar with and have some knowledge of beads and their sizes before class.

Week 1: Creating The Base $20.00

Make a swatch chart, and assign color names and numbers to your fabrics. Learn to create a no-sew fabric base that does not require any machine sewing. Some hand sewing may be needed to finish the square.

Week 2: Embroidered Rows $20.00

Create a color chart for components, using “Christen’s Color Theory” or your own. Begin the embroidery for the border rows.

Week 3: Embroidered Rows $20.00

Continue to embroider border rows.

Week 4: Decorative Stitches $20.00

Embroider decorative stitches with thread on, around and off the border rows.

Week 5: Decorative Stitches $20.00

Embroider decorative stitches with beads. Student must be familiar with and have some knowledge of beads and their sizes before class.

Week 6: Detail Stitches $20.00

Embroidered small detail stitches both with threads and beads. Student must be familiar with and have some knowledge of beads and their sizes before class.

Week 7: Buttons, Charms and other Details $20.00

The final touches will include embroidered and beaded buttons; stitched charms and more.

Week 8: Finishing $20.00

Variety of bindings, stabilizers, and finishing touches.

Details

This class is not currently scheduled.

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:

thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com

Until then, Happy Stitching! ~Christen

The Crazy Corner

Crazy Corner with Christen Brown

crazycornersample

The Crazy Corner, a master class by Christen Brown, takes the student from a pile of fabric to a finished CQ block in 16 weeks. In each 2 hour lesson you will learn comprehensive information that can be applied not only to crazy piecing, but in other aspects of your creative work.
Due to amount of information covered in each class, the student is required to have the experience and expertise listed in the description under each week’s class listing. Hand embroidery and sewing skills are a must; some ribbonwork and bead embroidery knowledge is also helpful.

If you are new to embroidery may I suggest my book Embroidered and Embellished and my class The Embroidery Corner Series.

Week 1: Organizing Your Components and Color Theory 101 $20.00

lesson1square1Learn how to choose fabrics; combine textures and colors; and how to bring in additional colors with ribbon and lace. Explore the embroidery choices with thread, silk embroidery ribbon and beads. Identify and assign color names and numbers to your fabrics, trims, threads etc.

Week 2: NO-Sew Square $20.00

lesson2square1Create a CQ base that does not require any machine sewing. Some hand-sewing may be needed, but for the most part the fabrics are adhered to a muslin base with a fusible web.

Week 3: Custom Dyeing Laces and Ribbons $30.00

lesson3square1Learn to dye laces, ribbon and threads using ColorHue dyes. I will bring the dyes for you to use during class time. *Please note: this class is a 3 hour class.

Week 4: Baskets and Spider Webs $20.00

lesson4square1Create baskets from lace, ribbon and embroidery stitches. Embroider a variety of spider web shapes. Student must be familiar with hand sewing skills, and these embroidery stitches: blanket, chain, coral, couched, fly, pistil, outline, stem and straight stitches.

Week 5: Fans, Yo-Yo’s and Rosettes $20.00

lesson5square1Create a vintage looking Dresden fan from ribbon and fabric; create a crazy pieced fan and fabric yo-yos; create a ribbon rosette. Student must be familiar with hand sewing skills.

Week 6: Embroidered and Couched Vines $20.00

lesson6square1Create vines using the split stitch, couched stitch, chain stitch and a single crochet stitch (Christen’s own needle stitch). Student must be familiar with the first three embroidery stitches, and single chain crochet before class.

Week 7: Border Rows: Embroidered $20.00

lesson7square1Create a mini square from your leftover fabrics to audition color chart choices on (this will be used later as a pocket on the back of the CQ square. Then learn how to document progress using a diagram of CQ square, and graph paper. Then embroider border row stitches and their variations. Student must be familiar with embroidery stitches before class.

Week 8: Birds Nests, Baubles and Buttons $20.00

lesson8square1Learn to create a woven, tatted or lace bird’s nest that can be filled with pearls or beads. Create ribbon baubles and buttons to stitch into vignettes. Student must be familiar with hand sewing skills.

Week 9: Vignettes of Flowers and Leaves $20.00

lesson9square1Create ribbonwork and silk embroidery ribbon flowers, ribbonwork and embroidered leaves. Student must be familiar with hand sewing skills, and be familiar with silk ribbon embroidery.

Week 10: Decorative Stitches: Embroidered $20.00

lesson10square1Embroider lazy daisy, fly, chain, closed blanket and bullion stitch variations and designs. Student must be familiar with these embroidery stitches before class.

Week 11: Decorative Stitches: Beaded $20.00

lesson11square1Embroider beaded flowers, sequin flowers, beaded leaves and more. Students should have some knowledge of beads and their sizes before class.

Week 12: Detail Stitches: Embroidered and Beaded $20.00

lesson12square1Embroidered French, Colonial and Chinese knots and straight embroidery stitches. Beaded centers and details will also be covered. Student must be familiar with the embroidery stitches before class and have some knowledge of beads and their sizes before class.

Week 13: Bugs and More! $20.00

lesson13square1Create butterflies, bees, spiders, lady bugs and snails with embroidery or ribbonwork techniques. Students must be familiar with the lazy daisy, fly, chain and French knot embroidery stitches, as well as ribbonwork techniques before class.

Week 14: Beaded Extras $20.00

lesson14CQCreate tiny beaded extras that can be sewn into a vignette including beaded flowers, leaves, stars and more. Students should have some knowledge of beads and their sizes before class.

Week 15: Vignettes: Buttons, Beads and Charms $20.00

lesson15CQsquareGrouping, displaying, and sewing buttons, beads, charms and more. Bonus extra: learn to create a specialize charm or button using a photograph or special card.

Week 16: Bindings, Finishing Touches $20.00

finished cq squareLecture: Variety of bindings, stabilizers, and finishing touches.

Student: Personalized suggestions, support and answers for each student.

For a look at past students work, please see Crazy Corner: Students Work.

Class Details:

These classes are listed with the price per visit.

This class is not currently on the schedule.

The classes are held  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:

thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com

The above class fees reflect the content, the handout and any supplies noted in the description of each specific class. Once the fee of a class is paid for, you will receive a handout in an email, which will need to be printed and brought to class.

Until then, Happy Stitching! ~Christen

Beadoodlery

Beadoodlery

beadoodlery

This is an excellent beginning class to learn about beads, free-form stitched bead embroidery, with a step-by-step illustration of the design process. In Beadoodlery you will stitch beads onto to a fabric base to create a “doodled” bead pattern. I will provide 4 different heart shapes, though you can chose any design you like for the base.

Details:

Class Fee: $30.00/4 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 sewing skills, and some beading knowledge helpful.

Date and time: This class is 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

The Embroidery Corner

The Embroidery Corner

**New Series Beginning March 6, 2018**

embroidery corner

The Embroidery Corner is a 16-week course that will introduce the student to hand embroidery techniques including traditional stitches using perle cotton and cotton floss; silk embroidery ribbon stitches using silk ribbon especially made for embroidery;  and bead embroidery stitches using seed beads, buttons and charms. It is required that you buy my book Embroidered and Embellished as I refer to the book during each class.

Each class will cover one embroidery stitch and it’s variations; or several related stitches and variations. These stitches included border row, decorative and detail stitches. The stitches will be worked on a muslin sampler that you can turn into a book of samplers. You will receive a handout for each class, which explains the stitch, how to use the stitch, and the variations of the stitch.

embroidery corner

The first day of the series I will have a 15 minute lecture that covers the Embroidery Basics for the first 12 classes. I will also have a basic lecture for bead and silk ribbon embroidery stitches.

Here is a list of the classes that are offered:

  1. Embroidery Basics/ Knots and Detail Stitches: August 1, 2017
  2. Outline and Stem Stitches and More: August 8, 2017
  3. Lazy Daisy Stitch and Variations: August 15, 2017
  4. Chain Stitch and Variations: August 22, 2017
  5. Fly Stitch and Variations: August 29, 2017
  6. Feather Stitch and Variations: September 5, 2017
  7. Blanket Stitch and Variations: September 12, 2017
  8. Blanket and Buttonhole Shapes: September 19, 2017
  9. Cross, Herringbone and Chevron Stitches and their Variations: September 26, 2017
  10. Modern Fern and Cretan Stitches and their Variations: October 3, 2017
  11. Looped Stitches and Variations: October 10, 2017
  12. Bead Embroidery Basics/ Beaded Stitches and Variations: October 17, 2017
  13. Ribbon Embroidery Basics/ Ribbon Embroidery Stitches: October 24, 2017
  14. Woven Ribbon Embroidery Stitches and Variations: November 7, 2017
  15. Whip-Stitches and Variations: November 14, 2017
  16. Couched and Embroidered Trims: November 21, 2017

These classes are $20 per visit, you can attend any or all. The class fee includes a picture of the sampler and the written instructions for the class. The classes are held on Tuesday’s from 10:00 – 12:00 at:

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 first:

thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com

Until then, Happy Stitching! ~Christen