Tag Archive | embroidery stitches

The Embroidery Book by Christen Brown

The Embroidery Book

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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.

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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.

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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

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Penny Rug

Penny Rug

pennyrugThis cute little rug is adapted from a vintage technique that started in the 1800’s, where scraps of wool from blankets or clothing were cut out using a penny or circular template (hence the name). These round sections were then stitched with the blanket stitch, often with a penny in the middle to keep the fabric flat.  This decorative piece can be used as a small table or dresser matte. It is made from simple ingredients, and easy embroidery stitches.

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: hand sewing and embroidery skills are a must

Date and time: This class is not currently on the schedule.

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

Renaissance of Ribbon Embroidery sampler

I just finished another sampler for the Renaissance of Ribbon Embroidery class that I teach.

rennaisanceofsilkribbonembroideryThis is one of the classes that I have been teaching for over 25 years. Silk ribbon embroidery continues to be one of my favorite forms of embroidery.

Happy Stitching to you,

~Christen

Renaissance of Ribbon Embroidery

Renaissance of Ribbon Embroidery

203.tifThis is an excellent class to learn about the joy of hand embroidery with silk ribbon. Basic stitches and more will be covered in class, referring to the directions in my book Embroidered and Embellished.

Details:

Class Fee: $40.00/the customer must also have a copy of Embroidered and Embellished by Christen Brown.

*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 embroidery skills a must.

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 supply list will be sent to the customer’s email address.

Happy Stitching ~Christen

May Classes

As you may know I am now teaching at Beverly’s Fabrics in San Diego, here are the classes for May 2015.

I will be teaching the Embroidery Corner on Tuesdays, covering one stitch and it’s variations a week. The stitches for May are the Blanket Stitch 5-5-15, Blanket and Buttonhole Shapes 5-12-15, Fly Stitch 5-19-15, and the Feather Stitch 5-26-15.

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I will also be teaching Ribbonwork Technique classes the second Thursday of each month. The first class will cover Ruching Techniques 5-14-15. I will go over the many variations of stitch lengthes and uses, from flowers to fancy trims.ruching techniques, ribbon, ribbonworkI will also be starting a series of classes covering silk ribbon embroidery, held on the fourth Thursday of each month. The first class will be the Ribbon Embroidered Brooch 5-28-15. This pretty little brooch is the perfect size, to be given as a gift or to keep for yourself. Four of the basic embroidery stitches will be covered: woven rose, chain stitch, lazy daisy, French knot.

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If you want to sign up for any of the classes, just contact me. Hope to see you there!

Happy Stitching, ~Christen

Phat Matt and Friends: class/tutorial

Phat Matt the Friends: 2 lessons/$30.00

felt catsIf you are a cat lover, this cuddly felt cat is your guy! Matt is made from three or four colors of felt, adorned with a few embroidery stitches and buttons. This is a great simple project that can be completed in a few days, or over a weekend. The colors that you choose can be life-like or more contemporary, matching a theme or your décor. Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong with this friendly guy.

Skill Level Intermediate: hand sewing and embroidery knowledge needed.

Lesson 1: In this class you will choose your colors for the different body components, and then cut out the pattern pieces. Directions for the embroidery stitches will be covered. Then you will embroider the face of your cat, adding in the all-important whiskers.

Lesson 2: In this class you will embroider the small body components such as the ears, paws and tail. Then you will attach the face to the body, and finish off the body with buttons and more embroidery. Directions for final assembly will follow, and then you can cuddle your cat to your hearts desire.

felt catClass Information

These classes can be purchased at any time, there is no set schedule. The class can be ordered by contacting Christen: thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com. She will send you an invoice through PayPal.

Once the class is paid for, the supply list will be sent out. The lessons will begin one week after the purchase of the class, unless otherwise stated. You will receive an email with the lesson attached. The following lesson/s will arrive one week after the previous lesson.

A high speed internet connection is recommended, and you must have basic computer and internet skills. You will need to be able know how to download and save a document to your computer’s hard drive, open it and print out a copy.

You can contact Christen with any questions pertaining to the class/class information throughout the length of the class.

Class fees will not be refunded.

Happy Stitching,

~Christen