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Treated and Textured Reticule: class/tutorial

Treated and Textured Reticule: 3 lessons/$40.00

textured and treated reticuleThis class is full of cool techniques; it will be hard to decide which one is your favorite! First you will stitch your fabric, shrinking it and manipulating it into a textural base. Next you will create a mesh of specialty threads and covered tendrils or branches. Embellishments and embroidery will include hand applied rayon cord, needlelace, shisha mirrors, and beading. Directions will be given to make a four-sided purse; however you could use your own pattern to make a pillow or wall hanging the choice is yours.

Skill Level Intermediate: sewing machine, embroidery and beading knowledge needed.

Lesson 1: This class is all about the textures! You will learn how to create crinkled and crunched portions into your fabric sections. Next you will create textures in other areas with single and twin needle stitching.

Lesson 2: This class is all about specialty threads and yarns. First you will make a mesh that can be cut and used as appliquéd sections. Then you will turn ordinary yarn into a tendril or vine. These will be assembled onto the textured fabric sections from Lesson 1 with additional bits of rayon cording and bobbin stitching.

Lesson 3: This class is all about the embellishments. Needle lace embroidery, raised and textured stitches, shisha mirrors and bead embellishments will be combined with the previous techniques to create a unique reticule.

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

 

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Kelp Scarf: class/tutorial

Kelp Scarf: 2 lessons/$25.00

machine stitched threads and yarnsThis is truly a one of a kind scarf, that you can make with practically any fiber that you have on hand. You will make a stitched “mesh” using a Solvy base, and strips and scraps of fabric, decorative yarns, ribbons and metallic or rayon threads. The result will be a lightweight, colorful scarf that can be worn all year round. Fringe can be added at the ends for extra flare.

Skill Level Beginning: sewing machine knowledge needed

Lesson 1: In this class you will learn about working with rayon and metallic threads and using these to make your “mesh”. I will give you ideas on how to cut or strip your fabric, then stitch these onto the base.

Lesson 2: In this class I will show you how to incorporate the decorative yarns and ribbons to further enhance your scarf. The last step is to add the fringe and voila you are done!

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

Textured and Treated Reticule

This is a new class that I just finished teaching at Joggles, it is called the Textured and Treated Reticule. This was a three-week course to make this four sided purse, though some students opted to make a wall hanging.

machine stitched fabricIn Lesson 1 a portion of the fabric was manipulated with a product called Texture Magic, and another portion was stitched with twin-needle machine embroidery.

cords and trendrils

In Lesson 2 novelty yarns were applied by machine, and  Kreinik’s Fine Braid #8 was used in the bobbin. Machine made metallic vines and tendrils were made with Sulky metallic threads, then were and added to the base. Finally hand stitched rayon cord and hand-made twisted cords made from novelty yarns were added for more texture.

bead embroidery

In Lesson 3 fabric yo-yos were made and stitched to the surface; shisha mirrors were embroidered around the mirrors. Hand embroidery using YLI’s Candlelight threads and Kreinik’s Fine Braid #8 was stitched in a variety of raised and textured techniques. Buttons and charms and bead embroidery are added to finish the embellishments.

Happy Stitching ~ Christen

Winter/Spring 2012 Classes

Here is a line-up for the Winter/Spring Classes that I will be teaching for Joggles.

Crazy Lady’s Guide to Piecing 3 Lessons/$38.00 starting January 20, 2012

The class will cover three different basic CQ (Crazy Quilt) piecing techniques that I use to stitch a base for a garment, quilt, pillow or wall hanging. Each base is assembled machine stitched directly onto a square of muslin as you piece and stitch. I will share with you my experience and my solutions to all of the above questions and more. I will give you ideas on how to choose your fabric, color scheme and how to stitch your base depending on the size of the scraps, strips, and bits of fabric that you have. I will also give you several ideas that I have used to get myself out of those boxed in messes!

Ocean Rivers Bracelet 4 Lesson/$45.00 starting January 26, 2012

This class will teach you a little bit about the freedom of expression the “free form peyote stitch” can bring to your technical repertoire. The launching point of your bracelet and your creative explosion will start with a simple grosgrain ribbon, a small collection of buttons, a variety of seed beads in several sizes and colors combined with a few small treasures. Bring your imagination and creative spirit…

Magic Web 2 Lessons/$28.99 starting February 7, 2012

This is a great technique project; I call it Metallic Threads 101, but it doesn’t stop there. In class you will make a “magic web” from bits of precious scraps, decorative yarns and metallic threads, sandwiched together with Solvy and machine stitching, lots of machine stitching. The unique fabric that you create will be used as a base for a heart shaped brooch that will be embellished with buttons and beads.

Beginning Embroidery with Bead Embellishment 4 Lessons/$45.00 starting February 17, 2012

This is a great introductory class to traditional embroidery stitches with the added flare and dazzle that only seed beads can add. Directions include a simple strip pieced base that you make in the first class, but you can embroider on an already made crazy quilted block from another class.  A variety of stitches are used in each separate embroidered design, a Base Stitch, a Design Stitch, and an Embellished Stitch. Additional embellishments will also be covered such as adding in buttons, sequins, large beads and charms.

Beadoodlery with Christen Brown 2 Lessons/$25.00 starting February 21, 2012

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.

Beadazzled Somemore Purse 4 Lessons/$45.00 starting February 23, 2012

This class delves deeply into the wonderful world of bead embellishment, exploring a wide variety of stitches and embroidery techniques. The sample that you will be stitching on can become a purse (using the pattern provided), a pillow or wall hanging, or whatever you choose. The techniques that will be covered are free-form peyote on fabric, free form bead embroidery, multi bead embroidery, attaching trinkets, buttons and charms with beads, and so much more. Your project will start with a beautiful batik fabric, a variety of seed beads in several sizes and colors combined with a collection of buttons, glass charms and larger beads. This class is a must for anyone who loves beads!

Silk Ribbon Brooches 2 Lessons/$20.00 March 13, 2012
This class is a great introduction to silk embroidery ribbons, buttonhole twist, decorative threads and a few basic embroidery stitches. Make this lovely little brooch from one of the three different shapes and garden designs to give as a gift or to keep for your self. The embroidery stitches that will be covered are the woven rose, feather stitch, chain stitch, lazy daisy, and French knot.

Embellished Silk Treasures 3 Lessons/$30.00 starting March 16, 2012.

In this class you will take a two silk painter’s hankies and turn them into a work of art! The hankies will be split, sandwiched, then machine stitched into a framed silk canvas base. This silken canvas will be embellished with a Painter’s Potpourri Pack full of threads, cocoons, a silk carrier rod and assorted threads. But the embellishments do not stop there! You will make your own beads and button shapes; and cut the pelmet Vilene into strips. These components will then be embroidered to the silk canvas with silk buttonhole twist. Directions will also be given to make silk ribbon pods and additional fabric beads. A few simple embroidered and beaded stitches will add that final touch, turning this unusual group of materials into a one of a kind Embellished Silk Treasure.

Tandletons 2Lessons/$29.00 staring March 22, 2012

Tandletons=Tatted/needle lace/buttons.
These little threaded works of art are just so much fun to make. I start with a base made from 1″ silk bias ribbon, stuffed with Polyfil. Your Tandeltons will finish at about 1″. All of the stitches are created with a milliner’s needle, cotton and silk threads, silk embroidery ribbon or beads. The techniques that will be covered in class are Traditional Embroidery, Tatted stitches, Needle lace, Beaded Stitches, and Silk Ribbon Embroidery stitches.

Treated and Textured Reticule 3 Lessons/$35.00 staring April 6, 2012

This class is full of cool techniques; it will be hard to decide which one is your favorite! First you will stitch your fabric, shrinking it and manipulating it into a textural base. Next you will create a mesh of specialty threads and covered tendrils or branches. Embellishments and embroidery will include hand applied rayon cord, needlelace, shisha mirrors, and beading. Directions will be given to make a four-sided purse; however you could use your own pattern to make a pillow or wall hanging the choice is yours.

Color Me Happy 2 Lessons/$30.00 starting April 17, 2012

This is a technique class debunks myths, decodes terms and will open your world to the possibilities of COLOR, creating your own colors and dye baths to be exact. The goal of the class will be to create a journal of the dyed silk swatches that you create in each lesson. We will discuss working with color and how to choose colors. The class will only use Colorhue dyes; no other dye will be covered.

Hope that you find something that sparks your interest! Enjoy, Christen

Classes in Progress

This month is a busy month for me, I am teaching three classes a week for the entire month. Here are a few examples of the progress from the first day of each class.

This is a sample Creative Thread Embroidery with Christen Brown     $35.00

raised stitch embroideryWe worked on the base, and then stitched in the larger flowers which are whipped stitch rose, bullion knot rose, buttonhole rose and buttonhole wheel. I used a variety of threads including pearl cotton, stranded silk floss, rayon floss and variegated cotton floss.

A Crazy Lady’s Guide to Embellishing with Christen Brown     $45.00

CQ blockThis is an example of the CQ block that I worked on for the class. The first day we worked on laying out the ribbon, trims, laces and appliques, then stitching them down with a variety of embroidery stitches. I really like the little spider web, and the leaf trim (purchased at Joggles) is great!

Scrumptious Hearts with Christen Brown     $38.00

lace baseFirst we worked on creating our lace base from precious bits of ribbon, trim and lace.

dyed ribbonThen we dyed our ribbons and silk ribbon for embroidery.

Busy, busy! But what great fun we are having, hope to see you in a class!

Enjoy, Christen

 

Magic Web part 2

Magic Web is a class that I teach for Joggles.com. This is the examples from the second and final day of class.
solvy fabric heartThis was the original example for the Magic Web class. The fabric and yarns were sandwiched together using Solvy, a water soluble stabilizer and lots and lots of machine stitching. The heart shape was then cut out, and embellished with shisha mirrors (my own technique); buttons and beads. Then the piece was attached to a baking, and then more embellishment was attached to the edges, and dangles of beads and charms added to the bottom of the brooch.

solvy fabric heartThis is a sample that I made in class, using the same design as the first heart. I added more mirrors, and fewer buttons so there was more room for beading around the mirrors, and adding in smaller sections of beads.

solvy fabric heartThis is another sample from the class. Here the design is similar to the first brooch, with one mirror and several buttons. I added a cord around the edge, then added in the dangles. I like the soft coloring of this brooch, and the copper dangles.

Enjoy, Christen

You Go Girl: MMM Pink Challenge

YOU GO GIRL

YOU GO GIRL

The challenge over at Mixed Media Monday is to use pink in your work, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

I am sure that all of us in one way or another has been affected by this disease, I in fact have had three people in my family that have been diagnosed with this cancer. I myselft am celebrating my eight year alive this month. My mother-in-law was diagnosed and treated several years ago, and is now healthy and happy. My aunt Ellen was not as fortunate as the two of us, and she died at the age of 63 a few weeks after her surgery.

Who lives and who dies is not something that I have answers for. I do however have a few insights…

I know that anyone and everyone who has been touched by this disease will tell you how important it is to check monthly, to have regular DR. exams and mammograms and NOT TO IGNORE something that is unusual.

I know that the most important thing that you can do for someone going through the surgery and following treatments is to LOVE unconditionally, be strong, be there, and give them that YOU GO GIRL attitude that my husband and daughter gave me everyday even though this was as hard for them to go through as it was for me.

I know how important your attitude is in getting healthy again and how it will affect your future outlook.

I have love and encouragement for those of you who are affected by a loved one’s struggle.  I have  love and encouragement for those of you that are currently going through treatment.

And I say to all of you that are wearing a wig, feeling sick to your tummy, have lost all of your hair, or just are feeling crummy: YOU GO GIRL you are alive and we are all the better for it!