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The Embroidery Book by Christen Brown

The Embroidery Book

theembroiderybook

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.

book of stitches cover

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.

book of stitches

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

Shabby Chic Valentine

Shabby Chic Valentine Ornament

shabby chic valentine

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

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 21 and 28, and April 4, 2017
  5. Cretan, Herringbone and Chevron Stitches and their Variations: April 11, 18 and 25, 2017
  6. Individual Stitches: May 2, 9, 16, 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

Crazy Pieced Etui

I will be teaching again in Houston this year at Quilt Festival, 2016. One of my classes is all about Flowers for CQ Embroidery.

crazy pieced etui

I just finished this example of a crazy pieced project, in this case an etui or needle case.

crazy pieced etui

Here is is opened to reveal a page of felt to place the pins and needles into, and a small pocket to hold scissors.

example of crazy pieced embroidery

Here is the full piece, before I stitched it into the etui.

sampler of ribbonwork and silk ribbon embroidery

Here is the sampler for the pieces that we will be covering in the class.

I am really looking forward to meeting all of my students, and sharing this wonderful information.

Happy Stitching, and enjoy~ Christen

Hankies and Lace Wall Hanging

Hankies and Lace Wall Hanging with Christen Brown

hankies and lace wall hangingThis class is scheduled to begin Thursday October 13, 2016.

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

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