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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

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

Stitch Along Sampler

Stitch Along Sampler

This is an 18-week series that explores the different aspects of embroidery and the stitches learned in the Embroidery Corner series. The design and stitching time for each square will be covered in two consecutive week intervals. This is a perfect project, as you can step into the session at the beginning of a square, and work your way through the project as your time allows. The finished project can become a wall hanging or pillow.

There will be 9 separate squares of fabric that will have an embroidered design on them. The embroidered designs will also include whole cloth, applique, ribbonwork and other aspects of embellished embroidery. The squares can be stitched onto a base fabric, or stitched together. The finished piece can be made into a pillow or a wall hanging. My book Embroidered and Embellished is a required supply.

Square #1: Merrily We Go Around $30.00 (traditional embroidery stitches)

stitch along sampler block 1April 6 and 20, 2017

  • #1A: transfer base design; embroider base, vines and stalks
  • #1B: embroider large flowers, fill in flowers, dragonfly

Square #2: Rose and Grape Vine $30.00 (lace applique, traditional, raised and textured and silk ribbon embroidery stitches)

stitch along sampler block 2April 27, and May 4, 2017

  • #2A: stitch applique, transfer base design; embroider vine,  branches, and grapes
  • #2B: embroider roses, fill in flowers, leaves and charms

Square #3: Vase with Flowers $30.00 (applique, ribbonwork flowers, traditional and silk ribbon embroidery stitches)

stitch along sampler block 3May 11 and 18, 2017

  • #3A: cut out applique shape and fuse to base; embroider edge; stitch ribbonwork flowers
  • #3B: embroider feather stitch vine, embroider leaves, small details

Square #4: Embroidered Heart $30.00 (traditional, raised and textured embroidery stitches)

stitch along sampler block 4May 25 and June 1, 2017

  • #4A: transfer base design; embroider first and second layers of heart design
  • #4B: embroider third, fourth and fifth layers of heart design

Square #5: Four Square $30.00 (traditional and silk ribbon embroidery stitches)

stitch along sampler block 5June 8 and 15, 2017

  • #5A: transfer design, embroider squares
  • #5B: embroider squares

Square #6: Embroidered Fan $30.00 (traditional embroidery stitches)

stitch along sampler block 6June 29, and July 6, 2017

  • #6A: transfer base design; embroider edges and sections
  • #6B: embroider large flowers and fill in flowers

Square #7: Basket of Flowers $30.00 (applique, ribbonwork flowers, traditional and silk ribbon embroidery stitches)

stitch along sampler block 7July 13 and 20 2017

  • #7A: cut out applique shape and fuse to base; embroider edge; stitch couched ribbon handle and bow
  • #7B: embroider flowers and leaves

Square #8: Embroidered Chorus $30.00 (traditional, raised and textured embroidery stitches)

stitch along sampler block 8July 27, and August 3, 2017

  • #8A: transfer base design; embroider edges and sections, and large flowers
  • #8B: embroider medium and small flowers and fill ins

Square #9: Wreath of Roses $30.00 (traditional and silk ribbon embroidery stitches)

stitch along sampler block 9August 10 and 17, 2017

  • #9A: transfer base design; embroider borders and roses
  • #9B: embroider fill in flowers and leaves

The Finishing Hour $10.00
Whether you have made all nine square or just a few you have many options for finishing the project. The squares can be grouped with all nine blocks to make a wall hanging; or grouped together in fours for a smaller wall hanging or even a pillow. One square can be backed with a wide ribbon as hung an individual wall piece, or group several together for a longer section. The question is what will you do with your blocks?

Scheduled: March 30, 2017 from 1:00 – 2:00

Details

The classes are held on Thursday’s from 10:00 – 12:00 (unless otherwise listed) 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:

thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com

Until then, 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

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 May 16, 2017**

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 week of the month I will have a 15 minute class that covers the Embroidery Basics for the first 12 classes. I will also have a basic class each for bead and silk ribbon embroidery stitches. This offers the beginning student a chance to hop into the series at any point; so there is no need to start the series with the first class listed.

Here is a list of the classes that are offered:

  1. Embroidery Basics/ Knots and Detail Stitches: May 16, 2017
  2. Outline and Stem Stitches and More: May 23, 2017
  3. Lazy Daisy Stitch and Variations: May 30, 2017
  4. Chain Stitch and Variations: June 6, 2017
  5. Fly Stitch and Variations: June 13, 2017
  6. Feather Stitch and Variations: June 26, 2017
  7. Blanket Stitch and Variations: July 11, 2017
  8. Blanket and Buttonhole Shapes: July 18, 2017
  9. Blanket and Buttonhole Shapes Continued: July 25, 2017
  10. Cross, Herringbone and Chevron Stitches and their Variations: August 1, 2017
  11. Modern Fern and Cretan Stitches and their Variations: August 8, 2017
  12. Looped Stitches and Variations: August 15, 2017
  13. Bead Embroidery Basics/ Beaded Stitches and Variations: August 22, 2017
  14. Ribbon Embroidery Basics/ Ribbon Embroidery Stitches: August 29, 2017
  15. Woven Ribbon Embroidery Stitches and Variations: April 25, 2017
  16. Whip-Stitches and Variations: May 2, 2017
  17. Couched and Embroidered Trims: May 9, 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