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Winter/Spring Teaching Session at Joggles

Well it is that time of year again, and here is the line-up for my classes that I will be teaching for Joggles.com in the next few months!

tandletonsTandletons, 2 lessons, $29.00 beginning on January 28th, 2014

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.

felt catsPhat Matt and Friends, 2 lessons $25.00, beginning on January 30, 2014

If 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.

metallic threadsAll that Glitters, 2 lessons $25.00, beginning on January 30, 2014

Do you love shiny, opulent threads, but are unsure how to use them, well then this may be just what you are looking for! The class includes a brief history of metallic threads from her article “The Glittering World of Metal Thread Embroidery” for Piecework Magazine.
In the first lesson you will explore how to use these opulent threads in your sewing machine. In the second lesson you will learn how to use them by hand. Please note that this is a technique class only, the sample pieces from each of the lessons can be put into a journal, or assembled however you wish.

scrumptious heartsScrumptious Hearts, $38.00 3 lessons, beginning on January 31, 2014

Bits and pieces of cherished lace are melded with silk fabric to form a beautiful heart shaped base for your floral design. Chose from a few different heart shapes and ribbon worked floral vignettes, or create your own. The melded silk and lace base and the RTD silk ribbons for the ribbon work flowers and the silk ribbon embroidery are dyed with the Colorhue dyes. This is an excellent way to use up small amounts of this and that to form an heirloom brooch to be treasured.

crazy pieced blockA Crazy Lady’s Guide to Piecing, 3 lessons $38.00, beginning on February 11, 2014

Crazy piecing is definitely an accurate description for piecing disparate and awkward bits of this and that together. It can be confusing and confounding when you first start, in fact that is the first question people usually ask, how do I start? Questions that usually follow are what do I put where, what fabric do I use, what color should go next to what, and how on earth do I get myself out of that boxed in mess I created?

ocean rivers braceletOcean Rivers, 4 lessons $45.00, beginning on February 13, 2014

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…

dyed lace scraps, ribbonwork, silk ribbon embroideryScrumptious Scraps, 5 lessons $60.00, beginning on February 21, 2014

Scrumptious bit and pieces of vintage laces are melded and stitched together to form a unique and beautiful base for your creative stitched designs. Once the lace scraps are turned into a base, I will show you how to dye the base and a variety of ribbons (some silk) that can be later used in the embroidery and ribbon worked vignettes.

beadazzled somemore purseBeadazzled Somemore Purse, 4 lessons $45.00, February 28, 2014

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!

crazy pieced base with embroideryA Crazy Lady’s Guide to Embellishing, 4 lessons $48.00, beginning on March 4, 2014

Do you have a crazy pieced block or quilt top perhaps from A Crazy Lady’s Guide to Piecing that is just waiting to be encrusted with embroidery, ribbonwork, and embellishment? In this class I will cover many techniques that you can use to create a unique and beautiful heirloom piece that will be passed down from family member to member. Please note that there will be no instructions to make or finish the block or quilt.

magic webMagic Web, 2 lessons $28.00, beginning on March 6, 2014

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.

lace in bloomLace in Bloom, 2 lessons $22.00, beginning on March 13, 2014

Are you the frilly type of girl, who loves lace, blossoms and corsages? In this class I will show you a few different techniques that will take bits of lace and magically transform them into five different blooms. The techniques include individual pieces cut or folded into a petal, then sewn into a flower.

embroideryCreative Thread Embroidery, 3 lessons $40.00, beginning on April 1 , 2014

Explore the possibilities and broaden your creative stitched repertoire to add to your CQ and other embroidery projects. We will work the embroidery stitches using a variety of threads such as pearl cotton; buttonhole twist; rayon and cotton floss on a fabric base that you can use later as needle case.

Some stitches will blend thread to create new colors and textures. The dimensional embroidery stitches that will be covered are bullion knot, cast on buttonhole, drizzle, woven, whipped and tatted. Traditional stitches such as the buttonhole, chain stitch, feather stitch, feather stitch leaf, French knot, lazy daisy, pistol stitch and straight stitch will be also covered.

melange1Melange a Trois, 3 lessons $30.00, beginning on April 3, 2014

Do you love mixed media, decorative paper, ribbon, lace, ephemera and collage? Well this is the perfect class for you then. You will learn how to combine all of these bits of gathered treasure and create them into gift envelopes, bags, and small boxes. Simple easy techniques, your sewing machine and a bit of imagination is all you need! There are two different envelopes to choose from; two sizes of the small gift bags; and two sizes of the mini matchboxes; with a bonus pattern for a gift tag.

Kitten KaboodlesNew Class! Kitten Kaboodles, 2 lessons $25.00, beginning on April 11, 2014

Literally a “caboodle” of kittens! Let me introduce you to Chester, Charlie and Felix, they are surely pleased to welcome your acquaintance! These wonderfully colored fellows and gal are made from simple ingredients, felt, floss, and bit of stuffing.

Hope that you see something of interest!

Happy Stitching to all my friends, ~Christen

 

 

Fall 2013 Class Line-UP

Once again it is time to announce my Fall class line-up for Joggles.com, here is a link to my list of classes:

New classes:

Creative Thread Embroidery II: 3 lessons beginning October 3, 2013

creative thread embroideryIIThis lavishly stitched heart will make the perfect pin or ornament for any home. The traditional and raised stitches included in this class will add to your embroidery skills, and can be later used in any embroidery or CQ project. You will work the embroidery stitches using a variety of threads such as pearl cotton, buttonhole twist, and cotton floss on a fabric base.

Talisman Dangles: 1 lesson October 24, 2013

talisman dangle earringsThese charming earrings can be created in a few hours, with just a few beads, charms and other components. They don’t require a huge investment, nor do they require a great deal of skill. All they require is the desire to make something beautiful and they are a perfect project for that last minute gift!

Country Cottage Tussy Mussy: 2 lessons beginning November 14, 2013

tussy mussyCreate a charming vintage, feminine or holiday decoration that will fit right in with any décor. Start with a cardboard cone that is covered with decorative papers, greeting cards, and other paper ephemera. This is further embellished with buttons, charms, and cords; ribbon and crochet flowers and more. The vessel will then be filled with fabric, ribbon, lace and felt flowers and leaves.

Popular Classes Returning:

Embroidered From the Heart: 2 lessons beginning on September 17, 2013

embroidered from the heart1These lovely little ornaments are perfect for any holiday or gift from the heart! Whether you are an experienced embroiderer or a beginner this class is for you. There are five basic heart shapes with thirteen different sizes. There are fifteen designs; ten ornament size and five mini ornaments. All you need to create these lovely ornaments are a few basic embroidery and beading techniques and a little bit of imagination.

Tandletons: 2 lessons beginning September 20, 2013

tandletonsTandletons=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.

Embellished Silk Treasure: 3 lessons beginning on October 1, 2013

silk painter's hankiesIn 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.

Dyeing To Be Beautiful: 3 lessons beginning on October 4, 2013

dyeing to be beautifulThis technique class will teach you how to successfully dye your own fabrics, laces, ribbons, trims and threads to be used in your creative fiber art adventures. The dyes are easy to use, with simple sewing, pinning or tying resist techniques. These lessons will only cover the use Colorhue dyes, and natural fibers including cotton, silk, rayon, linen and wool. These dyes are easy to work with, non-toxic and self-setting, and best of all they yield beautiful colors every time.

Beginning Embroidery with Bead Embellishment: 4 lessons beginning October 22, 2013

beginning embroidery with bead embellishmentThis 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.

Textured and Treated Reticule: 3 lessons beginning November 8, 2013

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 which measures 8.5″ when opened by 5.5″ deep; however you could use your own pattern to make a pillow or wall hanging the choice is yours.

Beadazzled Stitches: 4 lessons beginning on November 19, 2013

bead embroideryDo you love embroidery? Have you ever embroidered with beads? This is the perfect class for you to learn how to combine these two techniques. I will give you directions to make a simple strip-pieced base made from batik fabrics or if you have a CQ base already made you can work on that in class. This class takes you on a journey that explores beads, embroidery and other embellishments.

Kelp Scarf: 2 lessons beginning on December 5, 2013

solvy base with yarnsIn class you will make stitched “mesh” from 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.

Corsages to Dye For 1: 3 lessons beginning on December 6, 2013

hand dyed ribbonworked flowersDo you find yourself wishing “if only I had a ribbon that was this color or that”, or “why didn’t it come in my favorite colors”? 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) silk ribbons. I will teach you how to prepare your ribbons then dye them to create one of a kind, creative and colorful ribbons. These ribbons will then be turned into magical works of floral art for your own “corsages to dye for”!

Hope to see you in class, happy stitching and enjoy! ~Christen

 

Scrumptious Scraps

This is a finished sample of a class that I teach called Scruptious Scraps. The base of this wall hanging is made from a mesh of vintage and new lace. The base, ribbons, embroidery threads and silk embroidery ribbons were all dyed with Colorhue Dyes. I added in a few Hanah silk bias ribbons that were in the same color pallet as my other components. A few beads and charms were added in here and there for extra flourish.

Happy Stitching, Enjoy~ Christen


Friday’s Favorites: Hearts, Hearts and Hearts

It has been so long since I have added a favorite, and this one seems to be appropriate, because hearts in all shapes and sizes have always been a favorite of mine.

These old tin baking hearts were a thrift store find, one that I just treasure. I picked up the myriad of Valentine’s day themed ribbon in the dollar section at Target. Too cute!

Rose Heart is a combination of two techniques from my new book, Ribbonwork Gardens. The heart shape is made from French wire ribbon, and the rose is made from Hanah Silk ribbon. This is a small corsage.

This is an embroidery sampler comprised of Traditional embroidery stitches. I teach a class called BEBE Beginning Embroidery with Bead Embellishments, that includes many of these stitches.

Here are my magical tin baking hearts full of my favorite buttons, Mother of Pearl.

The base of this “Hanky Heart” is made from an old handkerchief that had ripped in several places. I hand-dyed what was left of the handkerchief, then hand pieced it into this heart shape. I covered the seems of the raw edges with hand-dye vintage lace. I then stitched a few ribbonwork flowers, and ribbon embroidery into this pretty little vignette.

This is a grouping of  heart shaped bases, covered in vintage and new plastic buttons. The base is made from Timtex, then covered in a cotton muslin. Then the buttons are stitched down with pearl cotton. Fun, fun, fun….

Here are my tin baking hearts full of vintage and new heart shaped buttons (of course). The background is a piece of sheet music from the play Don Quixote.

And as far as I am concerned, you can never have too many HEARTS!

I hope that you enjoy your day, think good thoughts, and forever stay young and curious…

Christen

Kansas City, Here I Come!

I will be introducing my new book, Ribbonwork Gardens, at International Quilt Market, Kansas City 2012 this coming Thursday and Friday.

ribbwonwork gardens quilt

Here is the quilted wall hanging that I made with the 122 examples of flowers, leaves and garden extras that are included in the book!

ribbonwork gardens quilt

ribbonwork gardens quilt

Here are a few close-up shots of the 15-1/2″ x 15 1/2″ wall hanging.

Hope to see you there!

Happy Stitching, Christen

Spring Classes at Joggles

Well it is that time of year again to announce my Spring classes for Joggles.

I have four new classes, one just for Joggles.

Log Cabin Heart Etui and Pincushion with Christen Brown, 3 lessons/$30.00 beginning June 21, 2012

pincushion and etui

This is a very traditional project, with a contemporary flare. The heart shaped etui and base of the pincushion are both pieced with a version of the Log Cabin technique. The pieced sections are embellished with traditional embroidery stitches using two different types of thread, perle cotton #8 and 6-ply stranded floss. These make an excellent gift for any sewer!

All That Glitters with Christen Brown, 2 Lessons/$25.00 beginning June 26, 2012

metallic threads

Do you love shiny, opulent threads, but are unsure how to use them, well then this may be just what you are looking for!
The class includes a brief history of metallic threads from her article “The Glittering World of Metal Thread Embroidery” for Piecework Magazine.
In the first lesson you will explore how to use these opulent threads in your sewing machine. In the second lesson you will learn how to use them by hand. Please note that this is a technique class only, the sample pieces from each of the lessons can be put into a journal, or assembled however you wish.

Garden of Hearts Garland with Christen Brown, 3 lessons/$30.00 beginning July 10, 2o12

These tiny pieced hearts are a perfect background for these beautiful silk ribbon embroidery stitches. These lovely hearts could also be used as an ornament, a brooch or a small pillow.
There are two different embroidery designs to choose from. Each heart is 3 3/8” wide x 3 3/8” long. The finished garland with three hearts is 3 3/8” wide x 28” long; with five hearts is 3 3/8” wide x 42” long. This is a perfect class for a beginner or experienced student to work with one design that can be used for a variety of projects.

Ribbonwork Roses with Christen Brown, 2 lessons/$20.00 beginning August 14, 2012

ribbon work roses

Who could resist this lovely group of ribbonwork roses?
The flowers include: Romantic Rose, Woven Rose, Folded Edge Rose, Lady Ashley Rose, Concertina Rose, Rick Rack Rose, Cabbage Rose, Rolled Rose, Fontana Rose, Chou Rose, Tudor Rose and Irish Rose. These are made from techniques included in my book and some that are not all of the leaves are from the book and will not be covered in the handout.
This selection of flowers did not make it into my new book, Ribbonwork Gardens, so I have offered these exclusively for Joggles customers at a special price for those who buy the book from Joggles. The class has been written with the student having the book in mind. Attempting the class without the information provided in the book is not recommended. The lessons are a companion to the book.

I have eight popular classes returning:

Scrumptious Scraps with Christen Brown, 5 lessons/$55.00 beginning May 22, 2012

dyed lace  scraps

Kelp Scarf with Christen Brown, 2 lessons/$22.00 beginning May 25, 2012

solvy base with yarns

Corsages to Dye For 1 with Christen Brown, 3 lessons/$35.00 beginning June 8, 2012

dyed ribbon

A Crazy Lady’s Guide to Embellishing with Christen Brown, 4 lessons/$45.00 beginning July 6, 2012

crazy pieced base with embroidery

Beautiful Beaded Blooms with Christen Brown, 2 lessons/$30.00 beginning July 19, 2012

French beaded wire flowers

Creative Thread Embroidery with Christen Brown, 3 lessons/$38.00 beginning July 27, 2012

embroidery

Fabulucious Felt Florals with Christen Brown, 2 lessons/$25.00 beginning July 31, 2012

felt flowers

Beadazzled Stitches with Christen Brown, 4 lessons/$45.00 beginning August 2, 2012

bead embroidery

Hope to see you in class!

Happy Stitching ~ Christen

Elegantly Embroidered Silk Gardens: New Class

Elegant Gardens Wall Hanging/10 Lessons/$90.00

silk ribbon embroidery with ribbonwork flowers

Elegant Gardens consists of nine individual panels worked in a variety of silk bias ribbons and silk embroidery ribbons. Each individual garden is worked in a variety of stitches, which also include extra embellishments such as buttons, vintage lace or charms. Each of these vignettes could also be worked into an existing quilt block or square. There are fourteen embroidery stitches, which you will learn in Lesson 1. There are nine ribbonwork flowers that you will learn throughout the following lessons, with variations of the fourteen embroidery stitches.

Lesson 1: In this class you will learn the embroidery stitches that include the blanket, feather, pistol stitch, outline, straight, couched, lazy daisy, bullion, French knot, ribbon stitch, bullion tipped lazy daisy, petite rose center, ribbon rose and loop stitch. These will be worked in silk embroidery ribbon and threads. In the second part of the lesson you will prepare your squares of fabric for the following classes.

Panel 1~ Roses • Panel 2~ Lace and Irises • Panel 3~ Hanging Heart Vines

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Panel 4~ Lace and Pansies • Panel 5~ Lace, Roses and Vines • Panel 6~ Ribbon Basket

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Panel 7~ Fuchsias • Panel 8~ Hanky Basket • Panel 9~Lace and Vines

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Fall International Quilt Festival: Teaching Schedule

I am so honored to announce that I was accepted as a teacher for the upcoming Fall International Quilt Festival held in Houston Texas, October Wednesday 31 2012 – Sunday November 4, 2012. Please click on the link for further information.

ribbonwork flowers

The first class that I will be teaching is called “Ribbonwork Flower Gardens”, Wednesday October 31, 2012, to support my new book Ribbonwork Gardens. This is a 6 hour class that will cover twelve of the basic techniques covered in my book.

ribbonwork flowers

I will be giving a lecture Thursday November 1, 2012 on “Ribbonwork Gardens”, showing the gallery examples included in the book, as well as others from my collection. A small sampling of these examples can be seen on C&T’s flickr page.

I will be participating in the Mixed Media Miscellany, Thursday November 1, 2012, with my presentation: “Successfully Playing with Color”. This demonstration will open your world to the possibilities of COLOR. Teaching you how to easily create your own colors and dye baths with successful results every time.

I will be participating in the Friday Sampler, November 2, 2012, with my presentation on “Designing with Color”. Color and where to use it has always been a question asked by my students. I will give you insight on my own color theory, and how I use this in my work.

I will be teaching “Bohemian Button Bracelets”, November 2, 2012. This is a three hour class, where you can bring your treasured stash of buttons, beads and charms to create a one of a kind bracelet reminiscent of the Bohemian Gypsy in all of us.

vintage buttons

I will be participating in the Saturday Sampler, November 3, 2012, with presentation on “What’s in Your Button Box?” Everyone has a button stash and it may include buttons passed down through the years. I will give you some tips on identifying these treasures, along with showing you samples of my own collection.

tandletons

I will be teaching a three hour class called “Tandletons”, on Saturday November 3, 2012. These little threaded works of art are made from a stuffed silk bias ribbon button, and stitched with dyed cotton embroidery thread and a few embroidery stitches.

I hope to see you there!

Happy Stitching, Christen

Ribbonwork Gardens by Christen Brown

ribbonwork flowers and leavesI am so excited to announce that my first book “Ribbonwork Gardens“will be available June, 2012. Advanced copies are available now at C&T Publishing!

There are 122 realistic flowers, leaves and garden extras included in the book, with experience levels from easy to advanced. The flowers are showcased in six different garden settings, offering you an array of small, medium and large flowers, each paired with a leaf to create a perfect combination.

I have included photographed step-by-step instructions (which I took), for each of the 122 examples. I have included a comprehensive cutting chart and have listed the types of ribbon that are suitable for each flower/leaf combination and included little extras such as French knots or beads.

There are over 14 basic techniques, some traditional and some that I have created especially for this book. There is a complete compendium with ribbon styles, selection and care, and troubleshooting tips with several gallery pages and examples sprinkled throughout the book for inspiration. The book is a soft cover, and will easily fit on your workspace while you learn and create.

I dedicated this book to my students, and I hope that you become one.

Happy Stitching,

Christen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Clases for Fall at Joggles

Well it is that time of year again! New samples have been made, old favorites have returned, and the schedule has been set! Here is what I will be offering at Joggles.com this fall.

*NEW* Beadoodlery 2 lessons/$25.00 beginning September 20, 2011.

free-form bead embroideryThis 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.

*Returning Favorite* Jardin de Grandmere 2 lessons/$22.00 beginning September 23, 2011

circular peyote stitchElegant and pretty is the best description for this bracelet. The flower medallion is created with a circular peyote stitch. These circular peyote medallions reminded me of the “Grandmother’s Garden” quilt block. When looking at fabric yo-yos stitched in floral seed sacks or vintage cottons, I imagined a garden of beaded flowers. The dimension is created by using three different sizes of seed beads. The stitch can be used to create a single or double row of flowers, with a beautiful button closure to finish off your bracelet.

*Returning Favorite* Creative Thread Embroidery 3 lessons/$35.00 beginning October 4, 2011

raised stitch embroideryExplore the possibilities and broaden your creative stitched repertoire to add to your CQ and other embroidery projects. We will work the embroidery stitches using a variety of threads such as pearl cotton; buttonhole twist; rayon and cotton floss on a fabric base that you can use later as needle case.
Some stitches will blend thread to create new colors and textures. The dimensional embroidery stitches that will be covered are bullion knot, cast on buttonhole, drizzle, woven, whipped and tatted. Traditional stitches such as the buttonhole, chain stitch, feather stitch, feather stitch leaf, French knot, lazy daisy, pistol stitch and straight stitch will be also covered.

* NEW* A Crazy Lady’s Guide to Embellishing 4 lessons/$45.00 beginning October 6, 2011

crazy piece embellishingDo you have a crazy pieced block or quilt top perhaps from A Crazy Lady’s Guide to Piecing that is just waiting to be encrusted with embroidery, ribbonwork, and embellishment? In this class I will cover many techniques that you can use to create a unique and beautiful heirloom piece that will be passed down from family member to member. Please note that there will be no instructions to make or finish the block or quilt.

*Returning Favorite* Scrumptious Hearts 3 lessons/$38.00 beginning October 7, 2011

scraps of lace with ribbon flowersBits and pieces of cherished lace are melded with silk fabric to form a beautiful heart shaped base for your floral design. Chose from a few different heart shapes and ribbon worked floral vignettes, or create your own. The melded silk and lace base and the RTD silk ribbons for the ribbon work flowers and the silk ribbon embroidery are dyed with the Colorhue dyes. This is an excellent way to use up small amounts of this and that to form an heirloom brooch to be treasured.

*NEW* Kelp Scarf 2 lessons/$20.00 beginning October 25, 2011

machine stitched threads and yarnsIn class you will make stitched “mesh” from 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.

*NEW* Beadazzled Stitches 4 lessons/$45.00 beginning November 4, 2011

bead embroideryDo you love embroidery? Have you ever embroidered with beads? This is the perfect class for you to learn how to combine these two techniques. I will give you directions to make a simple strip-pieced base made from batik fabrics or if you have a CQ base already made you can work on that in class. This class takes you on a journey that explores beads, embroidery and other embellishments.

*NEW* Silk Ribbon Brooches 2 lessons/$20.00 beginning November 8, 2011

silk ribbon embroidery broochesThis 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.

*NEW* Fabuloucious Felt Florals 2 classes/$25.00 beginning November 22, 2011

felt flowersThese fast and easy flowers are just fun, fun, fun! Create a brooch, hair ornament, or decorate an object with these colorful, creative floral beauties. Several different flowers, leaves and embellishments will be made using a variety of shapes with the addition of machine and hand embroidery.

Hope to see you in class! Enjoy all that you do, every single day! Christen