Tag Archive | ribbonwork flowers

Day 21 of HEARTS! Blue Jean Baby

#1 Back of jeans

#2 Blue Jean Baby

#3 Flower Child

#4 Embroidered Hearts

Day 21 of HEARTS!

Many of you know that I love hearts! I love the shapes and all of the possibilities. In the 1st photo you see that I removed the pocket from the back leg of a pair of jeans. In the 2cd photo you see Blue Jean Baby” a small wall hanging that I made, the vase is a heart shaped doily, and it is filled with ribbonwork flowers from my first book Ribbonwork Gardens. In the 3rd photo you see the pocket adorned with a heart shaped crochet doily that my mom made. The doily is adorned with embroidered appliques, tatted flowers (that my mom made), ribbonwork flowers, silk ribbon trim and buttons. In the 4th photo you can see that I embroidered hearts onto the other side of the pant leg.

Happy February to you!

~Christen

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Day 14 of HEARTS! Red Roses

Day 14 of HEARTS!

Many of you know that I love hearts! I love the shapes and all of the possibilities. This is one of my favorite pieces, it is called Red Roses, and is a sample from my class Hankies and Lace. This piece represents 4 generations of love, the handkerchiefs were from my grandmother and my mother, the various treasures came from here and there, and sitting pretty in the middle of everything is my darling Gwen, the white and red lady bug. Happy Valentine’s Day to all who love hearts!

Happy February to you!

~Christen

Day 9 of HEARTS! Scrumptious Hearts

Day 9 of HEARTS!

Many of you know that I love hearts! I love the shapes and all of the possibilities. These heart shaped brooches are from my class Scrumptious Hearts! Bits and pieces of cherished lace is collaged with silk fabric to form a beautiful heart shaped base for your floral design of ribbonwork flowers and silk ribbon embroidery. This is an excellent way to use up small amounts of this and that to form an heirloom brooch to be treasured.

Happy February to you!

~Christen

Day 4 of HEARTS: Hanky Heart

Day 4 of HEARTS!

Many of you know that I love hearts! I love the shapes and all of the possibilities. The base of the brooch is made from a vintage embroidered hanky, sewn over a Fast2Fuse base. The heart shape is adorned with vintage lace, silk ribbon embroidery and ribbonwork flowers, many of which were hand-dyed in my class Dyeing to Be Beautiful.

Happy February to you!

~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: September 5, 2017
  2. Rosette with Details: September 12, 2017
  3. Posy: September 19, 2017
  4. Posy with Details: September 26, 2017
  5. U-gather Petals: October 3, 2017
  6. Folded Petals: October 10, 2017
  7. Star Point Petals: October 17, 2017
  8. Ruched Petals: October 24, 2017
  9. Two Petal Flower: November 7, 2017
  10. Individual Petals 1: November 14, 2017
  11. Individual Petals 2 and Flower Centers: November 21, 2017
  12. Flower with Petals: November 28, 2017
  13. Roses 1: December 5, 2017
  14. Roses 2: December 12, 2017
  15. Vintage Flowers: January 10, 2018
  16. Bugs and More!: January 16, 2018

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

Crazy Pieced Needle Case

Crazy Pieced Needle Case

crazy pieced etui

This lovely, efficient needle case can be made over the course of a few weekends. It has a pocket that can be used for scissors, a few packages of needles, or what ever you want. There is also a sheet of folded felt, to be used for your loose needles.

crazy pieced etui

I will be teaching this class with Carol, she will teach you how to machine stitch the base together. Then I will show you how to make the three-dimensional flowers and silk ribbon embroidered stitches. You will need to have embroidery knowledge for this class.

sampler of ribbonwork and silk ribbon embroideryHere is the sampler for the pieces that I will be covering in my portion of the class.

Details:

Class Fee to be paid to Carol: $25.00/2 hour class

Date and time: Crazy Piecing with Carol, April 9, 3:00 – 5:00.

Class Fee to be paid to Christen: $30.00 for each 1-1/2 hour class

Date and time: Embroidery with Christen, April 13 and 20, 1:00 – 2:30.

*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 use a sewing machine, and know how to hand sew. You must know embroidery enough embroidery stitches before class.

Location: Beverly’s Fabrics, 6185 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92111

Specifics:

This class fee for Carol, can be paid through Beverly’s. The class fee for Christen 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, and enjoy~ Christen

Ribbonwork Flowers: Wreaths

I wanted to share the wreaths that I have included in my book, Ribbonwork Flowers. I have a fondness for wreaths, and had fun putting together the components for each of the following ones.

sweet wreathThe “Sweet Wreath” started with a wire base, that is covered with ruched grosgrain ribbon. The flowers include the Double Posy, Fancy Rosette, Star Point Petal flower, Knotted Ruffled Posy, Boat Gather Petal flower, and a Rosette.

spools and tools wreath“Spools and Tools” started with a base of vintage wooden spools that are strung on a wire base. I wrapped the spools with a novelty ribbon, that had images of seed packages. The center piece is a pair of garden sheers that were my grandmothers. Each grouping of blue, red and yellow flowers is set into a vintage thimble with advertising on it. I also included Rosettes made from novelty ribbon with a button center, and lady bugs made from grosgrain ribbon. To finish the wreath I added vintage buttons and vintage tin butterflies.

rustic garlandThe “Rustic Garland” started with a fabulous plaid grosgrain ribbon that I found on sale at Joannes Fabrics. The brown grosgrain came from a friend who worked for Harry and Davids, the burgundy ribbon came off of a pillow that I bought and the turquoise twill tape is from the Martha Stewart collection. The remaining double sided satin, jacquard and sheer ribbons were found in my stash.

mariposa fall wreath“Mariposa Fall” wreath started with a wire base, covered in vintage celluloid and Bakelite buttons sprinkled with gold-tone and copper butterflies. I died most of the ribbons, except for the Hannah bias silk that I made the pansies from. The remaining flowers are the Rosette, the Posy, English Miss and Simple Flower.

Thank you for looking, and Happy Stitching! ~Christen