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Tidbits and Tats

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Tidbits and Tats is my version of the popular “snip rolls”. This is a fun, fast and easy project to make for yourself or someone you love! Bring your tiny bits of precious lace, fabric, ribbon, appliques and trims to create a hand sewn collaged base. The lace base can be embroidered and embellished with buttons, sequins and charms. You can add in your own flare with other items such as fabric yo-yo’s and ribbonwork flowers.

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Details:

Class Fee: $20.00/2 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. You must know these embroidery stitches:  straight, lazy daisy, French Knot and some bead embroidery stitches before class.

Date and time: 2/hr. class 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

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

Fabulous Flora!

Fabulous Flora! with Christen Brown

ribbonwork flower garden

**Beginning February, 2017**

Do you love flowers, leaves and those little garden extras? This is a perfect class for you then! In this series of classes, you will be introduced to the art of ribbonwork. I will teach you how to make flowers, leaves and other objects with all types of ribbon; other materials such as lace and fabric will also be explored. My two books on ribbonwork: Ribbonwork Gardens and Ribbonwork Flowers will be used for instruction and inspiration, and therefore are a necessary requirement.

Here is a list of the techniques and types of flowers and the dates that they will be covered:

  1. Rosette: February 6, 2017
  2. Rosette with Details: February 13, 2017
  3. Posy: February 27, 2017
  4. Posy with Details: March 6, 2017
  5. U-gather Petals: March 13, 2017
  6. Folded Petals: March 20, 2017
  7. Star Point Petals: March 27, 2017
  8. Ruched Petals: April 3, 2017
  9. Two Petal Flower: April 10, 2017
  10. Individual Petals 1: April 17, 2017
  11. Individual Petals 2 and Flower Centers: April 24, 2017
  12. Flower with Petals: May 1, 2017
  13. Roses 1: May 8, 2017
  14. Roses 2: May 15, 2017
  15. Vintage Flowers: May 22, 2017
  16. Bugs and More!: May 29, 2017
  17. Individual Petals 1: June 5, 2017

Class Details:

You can take one, several or all of the classes. Hand-sewing skills are a must. Each class is $20.00, to paid the day of the class. My books Ribbonwork Gardens and Ribbonwork Flowers are a mandatory supply. No other ribbonwork book will be used or covered.

The classes are held on Monday’s from 10:00 – 12:00 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 a class, 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

Scarves to Dye For: class/tutorial

Scarves to Dye For: 2 lessons/$30.00

scarves to dye forDo you find yourself wishing “if only I had scarf that had all of my favorite colors in it”? If your answer is YES, then let me invite you to take a colorful journey into the realm of dyeing your own RTD (ready to dye) scarves, lace and silk ribbons. I will teach you how to prepare your scarf blank, the lace and ribbons then dye them to create one of a kind, creative and colorful wearable masterpiece! In this class you will be using Colorhue Dyes, no other dye will be discussed

Skill Level Beginning/Intermediate: hand sewing and ribbonwork knowledge helpful.

Lesson 1: I will give you a few simple resist dye techniques that include tied, stitched and wrapped that can be used on the scarf blanks, ribbons and lace. I will show you how to prepare the dye baths, and give you color formulas to work from.

Lesson 2: First you will hand stitch the lace to the edges of the scarf. Then you will transform your ribbons into the flowers and leaves of your choice. These will be turned into finished vignettes that can be pinned or attached to the scarf bases.

Class 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

Green Gardens: Mixed Monday Monday

Green Gardens

Green Gardens

This is my entry “Green Gardens” for Mixed Monday Monday’s challenge “Blues and Greens“. This piece was created for a series of short stories and poems that I am writing. This was a great challenge, lots of choices and there are always lots of wonderful and diverse entries, take a look!

Green Gardens- center

Green Gardens- center

The image that I started with was this sweet little girl dressed in green (from a mother’s day gift a few years back).

She is standing in a garden of lily of the valley, and blue cornflowers. I didn’t have far to go from there to create a larger garden for her.

I used a few art papers, the rest of the greeting card, acrylic paints, lace, mushroom birds, buttons and metal charms.

The tatted flowers my mom had made many years ago; the ribbon worked flowers I made from 1/4″ and 3/8″ ribbons; I also included vintage glass and celluloid flowers. The lace I used for the spider webs was given to me by my sister-in-law’s mother; the embroidered applique was from my daughter’s baby blanket.

There is a large green vine with pointed leaves, this I painted with acrylic paints; there is also a metal vine from Retro Cafe Art, that I cut, curved and painted with metallic and acrylic paints.

Green Gardens

Little girl in the garden green
tell us of the wonders you have seen.

Did you see the robin’s egg blue,
and the flowers colored every hue?

Did you find the ladybug nook,
and see the leap the grasshopper took?

Did the soft breeze kiss your cheek,
and miss spider’s web you did peek?

Did the pretty little butterflies glide by
and the blown petals of the dandelion fly?

May youthful delights and child’s play
leave lasting memories of the day.

Happy day to you, enjoy your youth and the youth around you. Christen

Blue Showers: Mixed Media Monday

Blue Showers

Blue Showers

This is my entry for Mixed Media Monday’s challenge: Natures Blues and Browns. There are many interesting and beautiful entries, take a look when you get a moment.

I interpreted the challenge into thoughts and emotions, turning blue thoughts into muddy brown waters. The images that I chose I think would appeal to a child so I thought of adding a nursery rhyme that I wrote to accompany my piece.

Blue Showers

If a storm should unleash dark blue showers
May you have an umbrella made from flowers.

If your eyes are damp from tears of sadness
May butterflies kiss you with their gladness.

If the water ahead is murky and brown
May you rest upon a bed of lace and down.

So go to sleep and dream my honey
May tomorrow bring skies bright and sunny. (added 8-6)

I hope to have grandchildren someday (hint hint to someone who knows who she is), and I am working on a book of poems and short stories, (just in case this happens).

Happy days to you, and may the blues not bring you down! Christen