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

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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

The right needle

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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

Crazy Pieced Needle Case

Crazy Pieced Needle Case

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This lovely, efficient needle case can be made over the course of a few weekends. It has a pocket that can be used for scissors, a few packages of needles, or what ever you want. There is also a sheet of folded felt, to be used for your loose needles.

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I will be teaching this class with Carol, she will teach you how to machine stitch the base together. Then I will show you how to make the three-dimensional flowers and silk ribbon embroidered stitches. You will need to have embroidery knowledge for this class.

sampler of ribbonwork and silk ribbon embroideryHere is the sampler for the pieces that I will be covering in my portion of the class.

Details:

Class Fee to be paid to Carol: $25.00/2 hour class

Date and time: Crazy Piecing with Carol, April 9, 3:00 – 5:00.

Class Fee to be paid to Christen: $30.00 for each 1-1/2 hour class

Date and time: Embroidery with Christen, April 13 and 20, 1:00 – 2:30.

*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 use a sewing machine, and know how to hand sew. You must know embroidery enough embroidery stitches before class.

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

Specifics:

This class fee for Carol, can be paid through Beverly’s. The class fee for Christen 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, and enjoy~ Christen

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

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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

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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

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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

The Crazy Corner: Students Work

During the first run series of my class the Crazy Corner, I had several ladies allow me to photograph their project’s journey through the sixteen weeks of lessons, and then publish their work here. Please give each of them a round of applause and much praise for their beautiful work!

Under the Sea by Karen Oberle

step14Karen started with a printed fabric that had sea horses on it. She chose additional fabrics to compliment the colors of the first, adding threads, ribbons and beads following the same color scheme. She adapted many of the techniques to her underwater theme, for instance instead of a basket, she created a sunken ship; the flowers became shell shapes; and she added in many more inventive items.

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Carolyn’s Garden for a Friend by Carolyn Barkow

largeCarolyn started with a garden theme, which began with several fabrics that had a floral print. She continued the theme by adding in a basket for berries, a bee skep, butterflies, and lots of flowers. There is a tiny birds nest at the top left corner, filled with blue beads for the eggs.

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Please check in periodically, for the remaining students work.

Happy Stitching to you all! ~Christen