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Day 13 of HEARTS! Magic Web Heart

Day 13 of HEARTS!

Many of you know that I love hearts! I love the shapes and all of the possibilities. This is an example from my Magic Web on-line class. The base is made from scraps of this and that, sandwiched between two layers of Solvy and stitched with metallic threads. Adornments include shisha mirrors, buttons, charms, and beads.

Happy February to you!

~Christen

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Day 1 of HEARTS: Embroidered from the Heart

Day 1 of HEARTS!

Many of you know that I love hearts! I love the shapes and all of the possibilities. Here is a sampling of hearts from my class Embroidered from the Heart. The class instructions include 5 large and small heart shapes, that can be combined to create these wonderful ornaments. Thread and bead embroidery are used to embellish each heart.

Happy February to you,

~Christen

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

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

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

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