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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

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

Stitch Along Sampler

Stitch Along Sampler

This is an 18-week series that explores the different aspects of embroidery and the stitches learned in the Embroidery Corner series. The design and stitching time for each square will be covered in two consecutive week intervals. This is a perfect project, as you can step into the session at the beginning of a square, and work your way through the project as your time allows. The finished project can become a wall hanging or pillow.

There will be 9 separate squares of fabric that will have an embroidered design on them. The embroidered designs will also include whole cloth, applique, ribbonwork and other aspects of embellished embroidery. The squares can be stitched onto a base fabric, or stitched together. The finished piece can be made into a pillow or a wall hanging. My book Embroidered and Embellished is a required supply.

Square #1: Merrily We Go Around $30.00 (traditional embroidery stitches)

stitch along sampler block 1April 6 and 20, 2017

  • #1A: transfer base design; embroider base, vines and stalks
  • #1B: embroider large flowers, fill in flowers, dragonfly

Square #2: Rose and Grape Vine $30.00 (lace applique, traditional, raised and textured and silk ribbon embroidery stitches)

stitch along sampler block 2April 27, and May 4, 2017

  • #2A: stitch applique, transfer base design; embroider vine,  branches, and grapes
  • #2B: embroider roses, fill in flowers, leaves and charms

Square #3: Vase with Flowers $30.00 (applique, ribbonwork flowers, traditional and silk ribbon embroidery stitches)

stitch along sampler block 3May 11 and 18, 2017

  • #3A: cut out applique shape and fuse to base; embroider edge; stitch ribbonwork flowers
  • #3B: embroider feather stitch vine, embroider leaves, small details

Square #4: Embroidered Heart $30.00 (traditional, raised and textured embroidery stitches)

stitch along sampler block 4May 25 and June 1, 2017

  • #4A: transfer base design; embroider first and second layers of heart design
  • #4B: embroider third, fourth and fifth layers of heart design

Square #5: Four Square $30.00 (traditional and silk ribbon embroidery stitches)

stitch along sampler block 5June 8 and 15, 2017

  • #5A: transfer design, embroider squares
  • #5B: embroider squares

Square #6: Embroidered Fan $30.00 (traditional embroidery stitches)

stitch along sampler block 6June 29, and July 6, 2017

  • #6A: transfer base design; embroider edges and sections
  • #6B: embroider large flowers and fill in flowers

Square #7: Basket of Flowers $30.00 (applique, ribbonwork flowers, traditional and silk ribbon embroidery stitches)

stitch along sampler block 7July 13 and 20 2017

  • #7A: cut out applique shape and fuse to base; embroider edge; stitch couched ribbon handle and bow
  • #7B: embroider flowers and leaves

Square #8: Embroidered Chorus $30.00 (traditional, raised and textured embroidery stitches)

stitch along sampler block 8July 27, and August 3, 2017

  • #8A: transfer base design; embroider edges and sections, and large flowers
  • #8B: embroider medium and small flowers and fill ins

Square #9: Wreath of Roses $30.00 (traditional and silk ribbon embroidery stitches)

stitch along sampler block 9August 10 and 17, 2017

  • #9A: transfer base design; embroider borders and roses
  • #9B: embroider fill in flowers and leaves

The Finishing Hour $10.00
Whether you have made all nine square or just a few you have many options for finishing the project. The squares can be grouped with all nine blocks to make a wall hanging; or grouped together in fours for a smaller wall hanging or even a pillow. One square can be backed with a wide ribbon as hung an individual wall piece, or group several together for a longer section. The question is what will you do with your blocks?

Scheduled: March 30, 2017 from 1:00 – 2:00

Details

The classes are held on Thursday’s from 10:00 – 12:00 (unless otherwise listed) at:

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

For information on the series, and if you are interested in attending, please contact me:

thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com

Until then, Happy Stitching! ~Christen

Perky Pincushion

Perky Pincushion

perky pincushionThis petite pincushion is the perfect size for your travel sewing kit. The base of the pincushion is made from grosgrain ribbon; the flowers and leaves are also made from grosgrain ribbon. A scissor fob can also be made using the same flower and leaf that adorns the pincushion.

Details:

Class Fee: $15.00

*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 stitching skills a must.

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 check and sent to Christen. Please email Christen: thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com with your inquiries. Once the class is paid for the handout will be sent to the customer’s email address. The customer must print a copy of the handout to bring to the day of class.

Happy Stitching ~ 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

Ribbonwork Flowers: Bouquets

I wanted to share a few of the gallery pieces that I made for my book Ribbonwork Flowers, published by C&T. The directions are offered in the book for all of the flowers and leaves that are included in the bouquets.

rosette vaseThis is a vintage china creamer filled with Rosette flowers made from satin ribbon in 7/8″ and 5/8″ widths. The china pattern is called Sweet Pea, made by Royal Winton during the 30’s and 40’s, and is one of my favorites.

brideschoice2“Bride’s Choice”, started with an old salt shaker. I thought that the holes at the top would make a perfect “frog” to organize the flowers. I covered the shaker with a vintage piece of cotton lace, and satin ribbon. The flowers are made from a variety of  silk bias, satin and grosgrain ribbons in 3/8″ and 5/8″ widths. I also included a few buttons to fill out the bouquet.

grandduchess“Grand Duchess”, started with a sterling silver knife handle, that my dad had made for me. I filled it with the Grand Duchess flower made from two different widths of satin ribbon. The leaves are made from vintage velvet ribbon, with a few vintage milliner’s roses and leaves placed in the background.handmaiden“Red and White Vase” started with an antique arm from a china doll. I covered the arm with bits of vintage lace. I used grosgrain, satin, novelty and jacquard ribbons for the flowers. I chose the Lily of the Valley, Sweetheart’s Flower, Calla Lily, Star Point Petal Flower and Boat Gather Petal Flowers.japanesewallhanging “Geisha’s Delight” also started with a sterling silver knife that my dad made for me. I used a variety of materials including vintage velvet, grosgrain, satin, and jacquard ribbons; vintage stamens and vintage beads. The flowers are the Cup and Saucer Vine, Rosette, Star Point Petals (stitched onto the velvet Rosette), and Puck’s Rose.

Happy Stitching, and may your gardens always bloom! ~Christen

New Classes

I just recently started teaching at Beverly’s Fabrics in San Diego, starting April 2015.

I will be teaching the Embroidery Corner on Tuesdays, covering one stitch and it’s variations a week. The stitches for April are the Chain Stitch 4-7-15, Lazy Daisy Stitch 4-14-15, Stem Stitch 4-21-15, and the French Knot 428-15.

chainstitchsamplerlazy daisy samplerstem stitch samplerfrench knot samplerI will also be teaching two ribbonwork classes.

ribbonwork flowersThe first class is called April Flowers 4-16-15, it is a vase full of rosettes made from different widths of ribbon, each flower with a set of leaves.

perky pincushionThe second class is called the Perky Pincushion 4-30-15. The base of the pincushion is made from grosgrain ribbon; the flowers and leaves are also made from grosgrain ribbon.

If you want to sign up, just contact me. Hope to see you there!

Happy Stitching, ~Christen