2017 Course Descriptions

Session I:  Four Day Classes (Jan. 16-19)

CLASS 101:  SPRING MEADOW
Instructor:  Jeanette Rees

 

Class Length:  Four days (Session I: Jan. 16-19)

Technique:  Dimensional, surface and traditional stitches, silk ribbon embroidery with fabric attachment and appliqué; color washing

Proficiency level:  Intermediate

Ground:  Congress cloth

Design area: N/A

Kit fee:  $98

Kit includes: Padding materials, hand dyed flosses and silk ribbons, Wools, Sea Grass, flosses, and fabric choices.

Class Description:  New blades of grass and blossoming flowers along with young trees are stitched with hand dyed threads and silk ribbon.  The large tree will be stitched on a separate piece of canvas, then padded and appliquéd to the main forest piece.  Dimension is enhanced by the use of padded batik fabric.

CLASS 102:  LANDSCAPE IN STITCHES - NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Instructor:   Julie Crabtree

Class Length:  Four days (Session I: Jan. 16-19)

Technique:  Free motion machine and hand

Proficiency level:  All

Ground:  Soluble stabilizer sandwich

Design Area:  8” x 10” canvas

Kit Fee:  $25 - $30

Kit Includes:  Stabilizers, fleece and fibers, sheers, netting, string; (How to hand out (step by step) booklet), textured yarns, fabric snippets, canvas.

Class Description:  This is a class based on using soluble stabilizers making a sandwich of fibers and snippets of fabrics. Free motion machine stitching the layers together then dissolving the piece in water to create a background fabric base to embellish with more stitching and detail both by hand and machine. Flowers, trees, ferns will be made to add texture and depth, finishing with beads. The finished piece can be stitched to a canvas background.

CLASS 103:  DIAMOND FANTASY - NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Instructor:  Marnie Ritter

Class Length:  Four days (Session I: Jan. 16-19)

Technique:  Canvas patterns

Proficiency level:  All levels

Ground:  New over dyed Twix and Tween Congress cloth

Design Area:  7” x 8”, Finished 11” x 13”

Kit Fee:  $85

Kit Includes:  Over-dyed canvas, Painters Threads, over dyed silks, metallic, ribbons, suede, lace, beads.

 

Class Description:  Turn, turn, and turn this design. View it from all directions. Fascinating, entertaining, intriguing. No two the same. This over dyed canvas sets the stage for these 18 creative patterns with colors of garnet, blueberry, indigo, honey, key lime and periwinkle that enhance this beautiful background.  New Painters Threads that are delicious and fun to use, over dyed silks, metallic, ribbons and suede surround the individual inner patterns that include lace and special beads that tell a story. Students truly enjoy a design that does not overwhelm them, is entertaining and can be finished in an enjoyable time. This design serves that purpose and if the student wants to add their own ideas they are encouraged to do so.

CLASS 104:  JACOBEAN INSPIRATION - NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Instructor:  Kay Stanis

Class Length:  Four days (Session I: Jan. 16-19)

Technique:  Silk and metallic thread embroidery on canvas with detached elements.

Proficiency level:  Intermediate – Advanced

Ground: Ecru Congress cloth and gold organza

Design Area:  10" x 7.75" design on 16" x 12" Congress cloth

Kit Fee:  $80

Kit Includes:  Congress cloth, gold organza, silk fibers, Water lilies, couching thread, braids, Check purl, Pearl purl, wire, Rocailles.

Class Description: With elegant poetry from down glittering corridors hidden in a shimmer of gold from an age long past comes a glimpse of life we can but dream. Giving new interpretation to exotic designs of the seventeenth century and blending them with the silk, metal and beads of the twenty-first, we will create an exquisite three-dimensional floral on canvas with detached sheers.Techniques include working several lattices, chipping and “S” ing. Soft twist silks in solid and over dyes will be combined with braids, check purl, and pearl purl. For dimensional effects we will work the detached elements separately on sheer fabric in the creation of this multi layered exquisite embroidery.Students will be encouraged to use their own ideas in color and stitch interpretations

CLASS 105:  BOO CHOO CHOO - NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Instructor:  Janet Zickler Casey

Class Length:  Four days (Session I: Jan. 16-19)

Technique:  Canvas embellishment

Proficiency Level:  Intermediate

Kit Fee:  $250

Kit Includes:  4 canvases, threads, and attachments. Instructions and photos

Ground:  18 count white mono canvas

Design Area:  N/A

Class Description: “Boo Choo Choo” is a delightful Halloween train stitched on 18ct white Mono canvas.  Beginning with an engine driven by a skeleton to a “box car” that is actually a coffin on wheels, each car is stitched separately and the completed stand ups are attached to one another creating a whimsical holiday decoration.  Threads include Splendor Silks, Kreinik Metallic, Ribbon Floss, Burmilana, Mandarin Floss, & Very Velvets. Each of the four days concentrates on a different train car including the engine, a coal car graveyard, a ‘box car” coffin, and finally a spooky caboose.  Students will receive 4 canvases, threads, and attachments, instructions, and photos.

INDEPENDENT STUDY

Japanese Embroidery: Independent Study is open to all students who have taken either Pre-Phase I or Phase I, and are encouraged to attend and work independently. Pam will assist each individual student in their stitching and continue to share the history and culture of NUIDO, the Way of Embroidery.

CLASS 106:  JAPANESE EMBROIDERY - PHASE 1 AND INDEPENDENT STUDY
Instructor:  Pamela Reading

Class Length:  Four days (Session I: Jan. 16-19)

Technique:  Traditional Japanese Embroidery

Proficiency Level:  All

Ground:  Silk fabric

Design Area:  N/A

Kit Fee:  Fabric & Fiber: $150, Tools: $175

Class Description: Phase I – Hanazume (Flower Circle) This circle of traditional botanical motifs is an ideal introduction to the art of Japanese Embroidery.  Through the process of embroidering pine, chrysanthemum, maple, cherry and plum, a new student will learn all the basic foundation techniques as well as some superimposed work, using flat and twisted silk and metallic fiber.

Japanese Embroidery Phase I is for any person who wishes to study Japanese Embroidery.  No prior experience in any field of embroidery is required, but experienced needle workers who crave a challenge will also find it absorbing.  Class begins with learning proper framing methods, practice in handling and twisting silk thread. Over the four days, all the basic foundations will be practiced, as well as holding, lines and knots. Daily presentations will cover the 1600 year history and current application of the art, welcoming the stitcher into the world of NUIDO - the Way of Japanese Embroidery. 

Independent Study

Japanese Embroidery: Independent Study is open to all students who have taken either Pre-Phase I or Phase I, and are encouraged to attend and work independently. Pam will assist each individual student in their stitching and continue to share the history and culture of NUIDO, the Way of Embroidery.  

If continuing work on a piece, there is no kit fee. If you are beginning a new phase, please contact JEC to order kit.

Student to bring:  All tools including Japanese frame, usual stitching supplies, light and/or magnification.
Kit Fee: If continuing work on a piece, there is no kit fee. If you are beginning a new phase, please contact JEC to order kit.

 

CLASS 120:  CANVAS EMBELLISHMENT
Instructor:  Julia Snyder

Class length:  Four days (Session I:  Jan. 16-19)

Technique:  Canvas Embellishment

Proficiency Level:  Basic and Up

Kit Fee:  N/A

Ground:  Canvas

Size:  N/A

Class Description:  Students should bring a new canvas, a canvas that they are stuck on, or go shopping at the school shop, The Needle Bug Boutique,. We will work out all of the decorative stitches and threads for each piece, unless the piece is very large. A student can bring several small pieces or any size if they have a few questions. My goal is for each student to leave the class having learned something new, having stitched a bunch, and most of all having had a great time. I do teach out of my 9 needlepoint books that I have written and if they need the charts the books will be available through The Needle Bug Boutique.

CLASS 121:  FIRE & ICE
Instructor
Toni Gerdes

Class Length:  Four days (Session I:  Jan. 16-19)

Technique:  Needlepoint

Proficiency Level:  Intrmediate

Kit Fee:  $135

Ground:  Grey Congress Cloth

Size:  5 ½”  X 10”

Class Description: This dramatic depiction of Fire & Ice flames the imagination with an inferno of hot combustion & icy crystals. Explore many different shades & textures of red threads as you create the towering red polygons that burst into flames; these include Gloriana silk, cotton, Planet Earth silk, Thread Gatherers cotton, Empress Silk, Treasure Braid & Petite Silk Lamé Braid. On the beautiful smoke gray Congress cloth the ice crystals form above the flames in vertical parallelogram shapes using purple, green and metallic white threads including Petite Silk Lamé Braid, Sparkle! Braid,&Gloriana silk. This intermediate level design is approximately 5 1/2” x 10”. Students to Bring: 10” x 16” Stretcher Bars & Usual stitching supplies. You will learn to use different shades & textures of the same color to create a living object – fire.Exploring the opposite of fire, we will use texture and color again to create crystals on our canvas. This mosaic of stitches will give you many stitches to add to your repertoire for future designs. The effective use of lightly stitched &/or open canvas will be discussed with the example of the gray Congress Cloth in this piece.

 

Session I:  Two Day Classes (Jan. 16-17)

CLASS 107:  PENCHANT FOR PENDANTS
Instructor:  Leah Henriquez Ready

Class Length:  Two days (Session I: Jan. 16-17)

Technique:  Bead Embroidery

Proficiency Level:  All

Ground:  Lacy’s Stiff Stuff

Design Area:  N/A

Kit Fee: $50

Kit Includes:  Lacy’s, ultra suede, needle, thread, seed beads, charm, focal elements pin back, glue, Beadalon, crimps, clasp, crystals, spacers, small accent beads.

Class Description:  Students will create a bead-embroidered one-of-a-kind necklace using vintage and modern glass, seed beads, charms, and other items.  Students will learn back stitch, brick stitch, stop stitch, and even-count peyote stitch.  Pendant will be strung from a crystal-laden strap.  All kits will be different.

CLASS 108:  PIONEER GIRL'S BOOK ETUI
nstructor: 
Betsy Morgan

Class Length:  Two days (Session I: Jan. 16-17)

Technique:  Counted

Proficiency Level:  Intermediate

Kit Fee:  $50

Ground:  Linen

Design Area:  N/A

Kit Includes:  Linen, lining fabric, interfacing, comic board, quilt batting, wool felt, DMC Pearl Cotton, Mop buttons, needles, beading thread, charm, Gloriana silk floss in 8 colors.

Class Description:  This is a stitcher’s etui in the format of a book. It was inspired by samplers in the Pioneer Museum in Salt Lake City, UT, all of which were stitched in the eastern US, England and Europe and were carried across the country in wagon trains. The cover of the book is a simple sampler worked on “training cloth” which was used to teach young stitchers to work their alphabets in straight rows. Training cloth is made by removing every 10th thread of the linen fabric and weaving a colored thread back in, making it appear very much like modern notebook paper. Students will learn and practice this technique as part of class.  Instead of pages, the book has two interior boxes which hold a scissor pouch and fob, two thread winders and a wool felt needle page held in place by a birdcage charm. The spine of the book is a pin roll. The boxes are closed with a loop and button closure and the book, when closed, ties together with twisted cords.  Students will pre-stitch the cover of the beehive box and we will construct the box in class. I chose to do this because the boxes are the most difficult part of this etui to make, so students will benefit from having hands-on instruction in class.

CLASS 109:  CRYSTAL PERSUASION PENDANT - NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Instructor:  Linda Chirby

Class Length:  Two days (Session I: Jan. 16-17)

Technique:  Tubular/circular-flat peyote, flat peyote, circular

Proficiency Level:  Intermediate

Ground:  N/A

Design Area: 2.25” Length x 1.5” Width

Kit Fee:  $55

Kit Includes: 14mm Swarovski Rivoli Crystal, 11/0 Bronze Seed Beads, 11/0 Cream Cookie Gold, 15/0 Clear Luster Twinkle, 15/0 Permanent Gold, 8/0 24kt Gold, 2mm Fire Polish Copper, Black or Blue Iris, 4mm Swarovski Pearls, 12mm Swarovski Briolette, 2x5 Super Duo in Silver (2 hole), 24” Silk Cord. SEWING KIT: Black Nomo bobbin-size D, needles (2 sizes).

 

Class Description: A sparkling Swarovski rivoli is the focal point of this pendant. Students of this class will bezel set the crystal with a peyote stitch using 11/0 seeds beads. A mixture of Super duos, 8/0 24kt gold seeds adds a lovely glow to the center design. The point back crystal is beaded on the back with a circular-flat peyote stitch using 2mm fire polish, 15/0 and 11/0 seed beads. Show off the front or back, it’s that versatile.  Teaching techniques include Tubular/Circular-flat Peyote | Flat Peyote | Circular/Flat Ndebele (Herringbone) Bail  Picots. The class will cover a Ndebele beaded end cap with flat peyote toggles.

CLASS 110:  BUTTERCUPS & BELLFLOWERS - NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Instructor:  Celeste Chalasani

Class Length:  Two days (Session I: Jan. 16-17)

Technique:  Stumpwork

Proficiency Level:  All

Ground:  Silk Shantung

Design Area: 4” x 6” embroidery on 12” square fabric

Kit Fee:  $35

Kit Includes: Silk Shantung and cotton fabric; Au Ver a Soie, Gloriana stranded silk, Anchor cotton floss; felt, wire and needles.

Class Description: Imagine a meadow, sprinkled with beautiful wildflowers shimmering in the sunlight and bending in a light breeze.  This Stumpwork class brings this vision to life as students stitch the Common Buttercup (Ranunculus Acris) and Tall Bellflower (Campanula Americana) in Au Ver a Soie and Gloriana stranded silk thread; and Anchor cotton floss on silk fabric.

CLASS 111:  STUDIO TIME
Instructor:  TBA

Class Length:  Two Days (Session I: Jan. 16-17)

Technique:  N/A

Proficiency Level: All

Kit Fee:  N/A

Class Description: A time and place to stitch with kindred souls and a qualified teacher to assist you in a classroom setting.

Session I:  Two Day Classes (Jan. 18-19)

CLASS 112:  MILAGRO MOON
Instructor:  Leah Henriquez Ready

Class Length:  Two days (Session I: Jan. 18-19)

Technique:  Bead embroidery

Proficiency level:  All

Ground:  Lacy’s Stiff Stuff

Design Area:  N/Av

Kit Fee:  $60

Kit Includes: Lacy’s, ultra suede, needle, thread, seed beads, 5 stone cabochons, button for clasp, glue, crystals, spacers, small accent beads and stones.

 

Class Description:  Students will create a wearable art bracelet using even-count peyote stitch and brick stitch. They will learn techniques for connecting the stones and for embellishing them as well. Students will have several colorways from which to choose.

CLASS 113:  BRISTOL SAMPLER STITCHING BAG
Instructor:  Betsy Morgan

Class Length:  Two days (Session I: Jan. 18-19)

Technique:  Counted, Piecing

Proficiency Level:  Intermediate

Ground:  Linen, quilt cotton

Design Area:  N/A

Kit Fee:  $140

Kit Includes:  6 quilt fabrics, paper piecing supplies, Skirtex, interfacing, DMC Pearl Cotton, needles, ribbon, wool felt, Glorianna silk floss.

Class Description: This stitcher’s bag was inspired by Bristol Samplers which were worked in the 19th century in an orphanage in Bristol, England. The vast majority of these were worked in red floss on white linen. The motifs used in this design were taken or adapted from those used on the original samplers. The design was also inspired by a student who once gave me a very brief description of English Paper Piecing, a technique used to make quilts. I used the technique to make the base of the bag and the pin cushion, and students will learn this process in class and will make the pin cushion. The photo of the components for the kit show the stitching for the “smalls” which are tucked into the bag: left to right at the bottom - two panels for the needle book, an octagonal thread winder and two square panels for the scissor fob. The eight tiny panels for the ribbon tabs are shown directly above the smalls. The pearl cotton, silk floss, ribbon, wool felt and lining fabric for the needle book are also shown. All of components are shown sitting on the solid red fabric which will be used for the bag lining. The class will focus on constructing the needle book and the pin cushion by which students will learn all of the techniques used for constructing with linen and also the process of English Paper Piecing.

Pre-stitching required.

CLASS 114:  PRIVATE AFFAIR - NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Instructor:  Linda Chirby

Class Length:  Two days (Session I: Jan. 18-19)

Technique: Tubular/Circular-flat peyote bezel, Cubic Right Angle, Picots

Proficiency level:  Basic – intermediate

Ground:  N/A

Design Area: 30” Length

Kit Fee:  $65

Kit Includes: 12 mm/4mm Swarovski Pearls, 12mm Crystals and Light Silky Gold, 11/0 Bronze Seed Beads, 11/0 Clear Luster Seed, 15/0 Bronze Seed, 15/0 Clear Luster Seed, 15/0 Topaz Gold, 3mm Fire Polish Copper.  Sewing kit: Black Nymo Bobbin-Size D, Needles (2 sizes)

 

Class Description:  Swarovski pearls, sparkling crystal and light silky gold rivoli’s are the focal point of this long, Private Affair necklace. Students of this class will bezel set and embellish pearls and crystals with a peyote stitch using size 15/0 and 11/0 seeds beads. The point back crystals are beaded on the back with a circular-flat peyote stitch using 3mm fire polish and 15/0 and 11/0 seed beads. This makes the Private Affair both reversible and versatile. Its 30” length is easy to slip over your head and wear it with your favorite bead front and center.  For this two-day class, groups of several class demonstrations will take place followed by illustrative diagrams included in the written directions.  Techniques include Tubular/Circular peyote | Cubic Rectangle Weave | Picots. Students will have the choice of color and/or beads.

CLASS 115:  BERRY BRAMBLE - NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Instructor:  Celeste Chalasani

Class Length:  Two days (Session I: Jan. 18-19)

Technique:  Stumpwork

Proficiency Level:  Intermediate to Advanced

Ground:  Silk Shantung

Design Area:  N/A

Kit Fee:  $80

Kit Includes: Project notes; diagrams; silk shantung and backing fabric; fabric for detached elements; stranded silk, cotton and specialty threads; beads; felt; needles and wire.

Class Description: Berry Bramble teaches traditional and contemporary Stumpwork techniques while employing modern motifs of berries and blossoms found in the Pacific Northwest:  Pacific Dogwood and Salmonberry flowers, Raspberries, Blueberries, Wild Strawberries, Blackberries, and Trailing Snowberries.  Students will explore essential Stumpwork techniques:  padding, padded slips, wired slips and needle lace.  A two day class, Berry Bramble, will challenge Intermediate to Advance level Stumpwork embroiderers. 

Pre-work:  One hour of pre-work to transfer design and mount on stretcher bars.  Students should be familiar with Buttonhole Stitch, Chain Stitch, French Knot, Long & Short Stitch, Satin Stitch, Stem Stitch, and Split Stitch.

CLASS 116:   STUDIO TIME
Instructor:  TBA

Class Length:  Two Days (Session I: Jan. 18-19)

Technique:  N/A

Proficiency Level: All

Kit Fee:  N/A

 

Class Description: A time and place to stitch with kindred souls and a qualified teacher to assist you in a classroom setting.

One Day Transition Classes:  Friday, Jan. 20, 2017

CLASS F1:  THIS ONE’S FOR BETTY
Instructor:  Betsy Morgan

Class Length:  One Day (Friday, Jan. 20)

Technique:  Counted

Proficiency Level:  Intermediate

Ground:  Linen

Design Area: N/Av

Kit Fee:  $150

Kit Includes:  Linen, silk lining fabric, interfacing, Skirtex, DMC Pearl Cotton, DMC Cordonet, assorted beads, wool felt, silk ribbon, beading thread, Gloriana silk floss in 13 colors.

 

Class Description:  This etui was inspired by Betty Flemming, my mentor, dear friend, and one of the needlework community’s most knowledgeable and active members. Sadly, she is no longer with us, having passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2009. I designed this piece as a memorial to her. It was also inspired by Elizabethan Era spot motif samplers.The shape of the etui box is similar to a biscornu but is constructed differently. Two of the “smalls”, the waxer box and the pin cushion mimic this shape. The etui also contains a scissor fob, sweet bag thimble holder, needle book, and button pocket. The techniques used in the design include black work, white work and pulled thread among numerous other counted thread stitches. The waxer box is pre-stitched and then constructed in class.

CLASS F2:  BASIC STUMPWORK - NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Instructor:  Celeste Chalasani

Class Length:  One Day (Friday, Jan. 20)

Technique:  Basic Stumpwork

Proficiency Level:  All

Ground:  Cotton

Design Area: N/A

Kit Fee:  $65

Kit Includes: High quality cotton fabric, Silk organza, Anchor stranded cotton, DMC Perle cotton, Rayon thread, Wool felt, Ultra suede, 33 gauge cake wire, embroidery, Chenille and tapestry needles, Color instructions in bound notebook

Class Description:  Basic Stumpwork techniques is aimed at both beginning students as well as experienced students who wish to refresh their skills. Students will learn and practice making wired slips, padded slips, and needle lace that are used in traditional and contemporary Stumpwork. The focus of the class will be on learning and improving technique. Students will create a notebook with text, photos, and stitched samples. Each lesson will answer five basic questions:  What is the technique?  When was it used (i.e. traditional versus contemporary)?   Where is it used in designs (both historical and contemporary examples)?  Why would you choose to use this technique versus other techniques (i.e. advantages versus disadvantages)?  How is the technique done? Additionally, every lesson will show how the student can use the shape from the lesson to produce a small design. For example, the lesson covering wired slips using buttonhole edging will use a flower petal which when duplicated will produce a small flower. Goals: Students will explore essential Stumpwork techniques: wired slips, padded slips, needle lace, wrapping and other dimensional surface embroidery stitches. Celeste will provide examples of how each technique can be used. By the end of the second day, students will have practiced each technique enough to be confident to apply them to their own projects. Celeste will demonstrate stitches and work one-on-one with students to ensure understanding. Finished Product: An instructional notebook with instructional text, photos, and stitched samples.

Pre-work:  No pre-stitching is required but students will be asked to wrap a hoop with twill tape prior to class.
 

CLASS F3:  ROLLING RIVER BRACELET - NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Instructor:  Linda Chirby

Class Length:  One Day (Friday, Jan. 20)

Technique:  Beading: Flat Herringbone & Ladder stitch with beaded bead closure.

Proficiency Level:  Basic

Ground:  N/A

Design Area: 7.5”

Kit Fee:  $48

Kit Includes: Full color pattern, 15/0 seed bead, 11/0 Delica, 11/0 seed bead, 9/0 3-cu, 10/0 triangle, 8/0 seed bead, 8/0 triangle, 4mm Fire polish Sewing Kit : Nymo Blk Bobbin, 1-10 needles SZ 10 John James, 1-12A needles-SZ 12 John James, beeswax.

Class Description:  Flat Herringbone stitch incorporates 8 different styles of beads to formthis enchanting and colorful, wave-like rhythmic bracelet. Students willstart with a ladder stitch and transition to a herringbone stitch. We’ll have great fun weaving this herringbone bracelet with just changing the sizeof the bead; seed beads, delicas, 3-cuts, triangles and fire polish beadcombination. Student will have a choice of color and/or threads.  Alternating the number of rows within a unit makes it an easy for any beaderto reach the perfect fit. A complimentary beaded wave toggle gives thisbracelet its finishing touch. Class demonstrations of two bead closures will be provided in the patterndirections with illustrative diagrams. You can turn either one of thesebeaded closures into a matching earring set.

CLASS F4:  THE EVENING OUT  - NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Instructor:  Gina Maria Kleinmartin

 

Class Length:  One Day (Friday, Jan. 20)

Technique:  Ribbon Manipulation

Proficiency Level:  All

Ground:  Crinoline and Felt

Design Area:  N/A

Kit Fee:  $25

Kit Includes:  All materials needed to complete the corsage and boutonniere.

Class Description:  Once used by people of means on a daily basis, then regulated to special events, and finally to being almost exclusive to proms and weddings, the corsage and boutonniere still bring a sense of excitement and the idea that ‘this evening is special’. As embroiderers, we are less likely to tend flowers than we are to create them, and this urge is fulfilled in this class. Here we will take strips of ribbon, and using techniques that were common one hundred years ago, fold and cut and stitch our own corsage and matching boutonniere to give as a present, or to place on a shelf.  Students will learn to: manipulate ribbons into different size full bloom roses, manipulate ribbons into different size buds, and manipulate ribbon into stems and leaves.

CLASS F5:  O CHRISTMAS TREE
Instructor:  Toni Gerdes

Class Length: One Day (Friday, Jan. 20)

Technique: Needlepoint

Proficiency Level: All

Ground: 18 Count white canvas

Design Area: 5” x 4”

Kit Fee: $40

Kit Includes: All threads, fabrics, needles, pewter charm and instructions; everything you need to complete the ornamen

Class Description:  Celebrate the wonder of the Christmas tree with this fanciful ornament featuring a special pewter Christmas tree attachment. The quadrants rotate around the tree and including star, Burden, Rhodes, & Waffle stitches among others. Using the new Rainbow Gallery thread, Entice along with Kreinik metallic makes this ornament shine for your own tree. This intermediate level class on white 18ct canvas finishes to a 4-inch square and looks wonderful made into a diamond ornament with a tassel to finish it off.  Students to bring: 8” x 8” stretcher bars & usual stitching supplies.  Kit Contents: All threads, fabrics, needles & instructions.

CLASS F6:  MY BEADING HEART
Instructor:
  Leah Henriquez Ready

 

Class Length:  One Day (Friday, Jan. 20)

Technique:  Bead Embroidery

Proficiency Level:  All

Ground:  Lacy’s Stiff Stuff

Design Area: N/A

Kit Fee:  $45

Kit Includes: Lacy’s, ultra suede, needle, thread, seed beads, charm, focal elements, pin back, and glue

 

Class Description:  Students will create a bead-embroidered heart using vintage and modern glass, seed beads, charms and other items. Students will learn back stitch, brick stitch, stop stitch and even-count peyote stitch. All kits will be different.

CLASS F7:  CANYON SUNSET
Instructor: 
Jeanette Rees

 

Class Length:  One Day (Friday, Jan. 20)

Technique:  Traditional/Surface stitching with fabric attachment

Proficiency Level: Basic-Intermediate

Ground:  24 count Congress cloth

Design Area:  N/A

Kit Fee:  $50

Kit Includes: Instructions with color photo, line drawn canvas, threads and materials needed to complete design.

 

Class Description:  Canyon Sunset captures an early evening view with bare branches and foliage stitched on top of appliquéd batik fabric. The class begins with color washing the canvas, on which the student will then do both surface and traditional stitching. The bare tree branches are surface stitched with over dyed flosses while the foliage is stitched with Wildflowers. Creativity is encouraged, as students add their own touches to this stitched sunset. Color wash paints and brushes will be available for use in class. This class will give the stitcher all the needed elements to complete the piece at home.

Session II:  Four Day Classes (Jan. 21-24)

CLASS 201:  TEXTURE & COLOR - NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Instructor:  Julie Crabtree

Class Length:  Four Days (Session II:  Sat-Tues, Jan 21-24)

Technique:  Machine & hand embroidery

Proficiency Level:  All

Ground:  Soluble stabilizer

Design Area:  N/A

Kit Fee:  Est. $20 - $30

Kit Includes:  Soluble stabilizers, fleece, fibers, hand textured embroidery threads, background fabric for stitch sampler, sheers, netting, and fabric snippets.

Class Description:  This is a class based on using soluble stabilizers making a sandwich of fiber snippets, thread and a fabric is made. Machine stitched and dissolved to create the background fabric. The emphasis of this class is to create dimensional texture through more hand stitching and focusing more on design and color. Basing a design from a photo / picture of rocks, textured bark, and frozen ice anything with texture, form and color to create an interesting stitched piece. A sampler of stitches will be worked for future reference, also creative couching, padding, machine stitching, beads , stones, mesh and sheers may be added.   A textural piece will be the finished result ideal for framing.

CLASS 202:  CALLAWAY STASH REDUCTION MARATHON - NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Instructor:  Marnie Ritter

Class Length:  Four Days (Session II:  Sat-Tues, Jan. 21-24)

Technique:  Embroidery and canvas pattern

Proficiency Level:  Intermediate

Ground:  4 Colors of Congress cloth

Design Area:  N/A

Kit Fee:  $95

Kit Includes:  4 pieces of drawn Callaway symbols -- each one different and two books:  Marnie’s Canvas Patterns and Embroidery My Way

Class Description:  Bring your stash of threads, all kinds, all colors, even the color you don’t like! Sometimes a class that includes this concept helps stitchers/artists expand. Bring beads, buttons and all of those one-of-a-kind “thing” you have and I’ll show you how to use it. You will be given drawn canvases with instructions about how to stitch the pattern in many different ways. The Callaway flower is a wonderful design that we have been given permission to use in this class. One of the canvases will be “painted” by you using the flower pounding concept, another fun technique. Canvas patterns, how to decide, change and use them. Embroidery concepts, where to place the many stitches available. Beads added, etc., etc. You will never be bored, taking home many other ideas for future happy stitching times. Don’t panic about a “design” class. This is why you have me. We work together with anything you’d like to do, your ideas and mine. Then your pieces will be uniquely your own. Fabulous!

CLASS 203:  AUTUMN JEWELS - NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Instructor:  Celeste Chalasani

Class Length:  Four Days (Session II: Sat-Tues, Jan. 21-24)

Technique:  Stumpwork

Proficiency Level:  Intermediate to Advanced

Ground: Silk Shantung

Design Area:  4” x 10” (approximate) on 10” x 15” fabric.

Kit Fee:  $75

Kit Includes: Silk shantung and cotton fabric, silk and cotton threads, gold spangles, gold wire check purl, garnet colored beads, felt, needles and 33 gauge covered wire.

Class Description:  The pomegranate (Punica granatum) originated 4000 years ago in the region stretching from Iran to northern India and has been cultivated since ancient times throughout the Mediterranean region. Now grown worldwide, pomegranates have come to symbolize prosperity, hope, fertility and abundance in many cultures throughout the world. In this class, students will work on a small Stumpwork panel depicting pomegranate flowers and fruit. Students will employ a wide variety of traditional and contemporary Stumpwork techniques using Needlepoint Inc. and Gloriana stranded silk thread, and Anchor cotton floss on cream Silk Shantung fabric. Gold chipping, gold spangles, Kreinik Japan thread and garnet colored beads intensify the striking colors and design.

Goals: 1) Students will explore essential Stumpwork techniques of wired slips, padded slips, and needle lace. By the end of the fourth day, students will have practiced these techniques enough to confidently complete the project on their own. 2) Students will employ a variety of embroidery stitches. Celeste will demonstrate stitches and work one-on-one with students to ensure understanding. Finished Product:  A  4” x 10” (approximate) embroidery on 10” x 15” fabric, suitable for framing or insertion into a box.

CLASS 204:  WICKED'S LOST SHOE - NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Instructor:  Gina Maria Kleinmartin

Class Length:  Four Days (Session II: Sat-Tues, Jan. 21-24)

Technique:  Surface/Stumpwork

Proficiency Level:  Basic Intermediate to Advanced Intermediate

Ground: Black satin

Design Area:  11 x16 x .5”.  Overall size 20 x 24 x.5”

Kit Fee:  $50

Kit Includes: All materials needed to complete Wicked’s Lost Shoe, including DMC floss, Perle, metallic, needles, wire, beads, paillettes, felt.

 

Class Description: Oh no! Wicked has lost her shoe and a garden sprung from it! Will her friends help her find it, or will they just play with it? Wicked’s Lost Shoe is an intermediate piece in stumpwork, designed to introduce the established stitcher to rare and unusual stitches, including advanced needle lace and Elizabethan stitches. It’s a fun and quirky piece that teaches serious skills. Students will learn to: Prepare fabrics for stumpwork, transfer a skeleton pattern to fabric, create and appliqué wired elements, alternative ways to use needle lace stitches, how to wrap a wooden bead, how to set paillettes correctly,how to create and attach a buttonhole disk,how to create texture with couching. Stitches include: basic buttonhole/blanket,needle weaving, corded buttonhole, double, buttonhole, single buttonhole,lifted detached buttonhole,Trellis,Bullion,needle weaving, satin, couching, straight, outline, fly stitch.

CLASS 205:  JAPANESE EMBROIDERY - PHASE II AND INDEPENDENT STUDY
Instructor:  Pamela Reading

Class Length:  Four Days (Session II: Sat-Tues, Jan. 21-24)

Technique:  Traditional Japanese Embroidery

Proficiency Level:  All

Ground: Silk fabric

Design Area: N/A

Kit Fee:  Phase II - Fabric and fiber: $240

Kit Includes:  Silk fabric, silk and metal threads.

Class Description:  Phase II – Celebratory Dance - Celebratory Dance is a new Phase II design which was introduced in 2014.  Japanese Noshi is a symbol of celebration, used to decorate gifts marking happy life events.  In this version, the paper strips are adorned with bamboo, plum and bellflower motifs, allowing the student to refine the techniques used in Phase I.  Other areas introduce the student to geometric techniques using the traditional tie-dye and flax leaf designs.  Couching techniques using metallic and silk are used to outline and tie the Noshi.

Japanese Embroidery Phase II is for the Japanese Embroidery student who has completed Phase I and is anticipating learning important new skills.   The first day of class will review framing methods and lying of foundations.  The next three days are devoted to refining existing skills and adding new ones.  Presentations on the 1600 year history and current application of the art of Japanese Embroidery will enhance understanding of NUIDO - the Way of Japanese Embroidery. 

Independent Study Japanese Embroidery: Independent Study is open to all students who have taken either Pre-Phase I or Phase I, and are encouraged to attend and work independently. Pam will assist each individual student in their stitching and continue to share the history and culture of NUIDO, the Way of Embroidery.  

If continuing work on a piece, there is no kit fee. If you are beginning a new phase, please contact JEC to order kit.
 

CLASS 220:  CANVAS EMBELLISHMENT
Instructor:  Julia Snyder

Class length:  Four days (Session I:  Jan. 16-19)

Technique:  Canvas Embellishment

Proficiency Level:  Basic and Up

Kit Fee:  N/A

Ground:  Canvas

Size:  N/A

Class Description:  Students should bring a new canvas, a canvas that they are stuck on, or go shopping at the school shop, The Needle Bug Boutique,. We will work out all of the decorative stitches and threads for each piece, unless the piece is very large. A student can bring several small pieces or any size if they have a few questions. My goal is for each student to leave the class having learned something new, having stitched a bunch, and most of all having had a great time. I do teach out of my 9 needlepoint books that I have written and if they need the charts the books will be available through The Needle Bug Boutique.

Session II:  Two Day Classes (Jan. 21-22)

CLASS 206:  RIBBON DANCE - NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Instructor:  Kay Stanis

Class Length:  Two Days (Session II:  Sat-Sun, Jan. 21-22)

Technique:  Silk and Metal embroidery with applique on canvas

Proficiency Level:  Intermediate to Advanced

Ground: 24 Congress cloth, black, and painted silk fabric.

Design Area:  5.7” x 7” on 11” x 14 foundation

Kit Fee:  $75

Kit Includes: Black Congress , hand dyed silk, Soie Serica, couching thread, Kreinik
Braids, #16 blue mix and #32 gold, Japanese gold, 2 sizes, #3 and #5,   Check purl, #1 Gold,multi , wired 3/8” braid.  Military:   28g. wire, Kid - 2 values of gold, bead, needles, lacing thread, photo or color copy. Instruction Booklet.

 

Class Description:  A figure dances to the inner rhythm of life. Come join the party as we explore new ways of working on canvas with fabric applique and silk and metal techniques. Stitches included: On Nué, kid and fabric applique with couched braid, stranded bead couching, chipping, and detached elements. Students will have options for filling patterns.

CLASS 207:  BRONZE PURSE FLAP
Instructor:  Toni Gerdes

Class Length:  Two Days (Session II: Sat-Sun, Jan. 21-22)

Technique:  Needlepoint

Proficiency Level:  Intermediate

Ground: Soft Mocha Congress cloth

Kit Fee:  $125

Kit Includes: All threads, fabrics, needles & instructions.

Size:  Approximately 6” x 12”

Class Description:  Bronze, brass, & copper highlight this stunning purse flap.  You will explore many separate motifs in this piece.  A beautiful brass filigreed clover leaf creates the focal point of the flap, while the combination of metallic and silk threads crafts the areas that will enhance the clover leaf.  The threads look beautiful on the Soft Mocha Congress cloth and include Silk Lamé Braid, Sparkle! Braid, Kreinik metallic braid, Accentuate, Bijoux, Overdyed metallic thread by Threadworks, Impressions by Caron Collection, along with beautiful square Tila Beads by Miyuki, and small bugle beads.  This intermediate level design is approximately 6” x 12”.  Each student will receive the unique lining material to finish their flap which has purse patterns covering the fabric.

CLASS 208:  RADISHES
Instructor:  Jennifer Riefinberg

Class Length:  Two Days (Session II: Sat-Sun, Jan. 21-22)

Technique:  Canvas embroidery

Proficiency Level:  Intermediate

Ground:  Congress cloth

Design Area: 5” x 7” on 10” x 12” cloth

Kit Fee:  $85

Kit Includes:  Congress cloth, Threadworks, Caron Wildflowers, Au Ver a Sole, sole d’alger, Caron, Soie Cristale, Weeks Dye Works, Kreinik #4 braid, Accentuate, Anchor cotton floss,  Caron floss, DMC cotton floss, beads, gold paillettes.

Class Description: Radishes radiate with deep, summer reds. Radishes are the second in a series of root vegetables emerging in bright, warm colors from the summer earth. Stumpwork techniques add dimension to the radish tops and gold paillettes add rich sparkle to this fun piece. Enjoy working on radishes with exciting and unique color combinations.

Course Objectives: 1. Enhance the students’ knowledge of color.  2. Experiment with stumpwork and goldwork techniques.  3. Use of color and color harmonies to bring excitement into a design.

CLASS 209:   BLESS THIS HOUSE SAMPLER - NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Instructor:  Catherine Theron

Class Length:  Two Days (Session II:  Sat-Sun, Jan. 21-22)

Technique:  Counted thread

Proficiency Level: Advanced – Intermediate

Ground:  32 count linen

Design Area:  Finished 10” x 13”

Kit Fee:  $140

Kit Includes:  Linen, practice fabric, needles, silk and cotton threads, charts, directions.

Class Description:  This luscious sampler is worked on 32-count Lamb’s Wool linen with a collection of silk & cotton threads in a palette of reds, greens, blues, browns, grays, & golds. The finished design size is 10” x 13”.  The outer border features an undulating strawberry vine. The inner scene features two homes, a variety of trees, birds, & three beehives.  The biblical verses “Bless this house oh Lord we pray”  & “May the Lord Bless you & keep you & make his face to shine upon you” are floating in the sky between the homes.  Stitches used include Queen Stitch, Double Running Stitch, Double Upright Cross with Backstitch, Diagonal Cross with Long Arm Cross, Stem Stitch, Spiral Trellis, Smyrna Cross, Buttonhole Stitch, Chain Stitch, Petit Point,  Cross-Stitch Over One, Slanted Gobelin, Backstitch, Roman Stitch, & variations of Satin Stitch.

CLASS 210: STUDIO TIME
Instructor:  TBA

Class Length:  Two Days (Session II:  Sat-Sun, Jan. 21-22)

Technique:  N/A

Proficiency Level: All

Kit Fee:  N/A

Class Description:  A time and place to stitch with kindred souls and a qualified teacher to assist you in a classroom setting.

Session I:  Two Day Classes (Jan. 23-24)

CLASS 211:  TULIP TRIO
Instructor:  Toni Gerdes

Class Length:  Two Days (Session II:  Mon-Tues, Jan. 23-24)

Technique:  Needlepoint

Proficiency Level:  Intermediate

Ground:  Eggshell Congress cloth

Design Area: Inside square 7” x 7”, outside square 9.5” x 9.5”

Kit Fee:  $120

Kit Includes:  Gloriana silk, Mandarin Floss, Planet Earth silk, Sparkle! Braid, and fun square beads

Class Description: Spring will burst from your canvas when you stitch this Tulip Trio. The five border frame compliments the tulips with four stitched borders and one using padded fabric appliqué. There will be choices of several different spring colored fabrics to individualize your piece. Tulle fabric will be used to create the sheer leaves with stitching added to outline and show the veins and folds of the leaves. The tulip stems are needle felted right on to the canvas with several shades of green roving. The tulips will be stitched using laid filling stitches and Bargello. This intermediate level class on eggshell Congress cloth finishes to a 10” x 10” design. You will use many interesting threads to create your spring masterpiece including, Gloriana silk, Mandarin Floss, Planet Earth silk, Sparkle! Braid, and fun square beads.

This is a companion piece to Autumn 3-Ways.

Objectives: You will learn to enhance a stitched canvas by adding padded appliqué fabric to a border design area. Students will do needle felting right on to the Congress cloth and learn to shade with the wool, silk & rayon roving We will discover how embroidery on top of other mediums adds to the beauty of a design.  Laid Filling stitches that allow shading will be explored. Borders that boost the beauty of the center design will be the finishing touch to this spring beauty. Proper Bargello techniques will be discussed.

CLASS 212:  STARFIRE
Instructor:  Jeanette Rees

Class Length:  Two Days (Session II:  Mon-Tues, Jan. 23-24)

Technique:  Traditional and surface stitching with Batik attachments

Proficiency Level:  Intermediate – Advanced Intermediate

Ground:  24 count Congress cloth

Design Area:  N/A

Kit Fee:  $70

Kit Includes:  Solid and over dyed flosses, silk Luminescence, and Perle cotton.

Class Description:  Starfire combines traditional canvas stitching with Blackwork and fabric attachments.  An 8-pointed star in overdyed floss is the focal point.  Student will have a choice of 4 different layouts.  Fabrics will be attached to the canvas with a fusible web while the  blackwork designs will be stitched with overdyed flosses.  Corner stitching is overlaid with a stem stitched design.  Threads include solid and over-dyed flosses, silk Luminescence, and perle cotton.  Creativity will be encouraged as students select their desired layout.  A variety of colorways will be available in class.

CLASS 213:  BLOOM!
Instructor: 
Jennifer Riefenberg

Class Length:  Two Days (Session II:  Mon-Tues, Jan. 23-24)

Technique:  Canvas embroidery

Proficiency level:  Intermediate

Ground:  18 count mono canvas, light blue

Design area:  Canvas 10” x 13”, finished 6” x 9”

Kit fee:  $95

Kit includes: 18 ct mono canvas, Threadworx, Sampler thread, Caron Wildflowers, Caron Impressions, Krenik Braid, DMC cotton floss, Flair, Cascade House, Treenway silk ribbon, Rachelette, beads, Offray ribbon, wired edge ribbon, fabric.

Class Description:  Bloom! Those glorious summer flowers emerge from the canvas – full of vibrancy and color. Bloom! Adds dimension to the canvas, together with canvas stitches that engage and excite. Compound stitches are used to explore color, dimension, and design principles. The open canvas is also an integral component of this design. Utilize many different threads – adding some unusual fabrics and ribbons to your canvas. This piece glows a glorious summer array of flowers. Bloom!

Course Objectives:  1. Enhance the student’s knowledge of composite stitches and the open canvas.  2. Experiment with ruching using ribbon, thread, and fabric on canvas to add dimension.  3. Use of color and color harmonies to bring excitement into a design.

CLASS 214:  BLUE POSY STITCHING NECESSAIRE - NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Instructor:  Catherine Theron

Class Length:  Two Days (Session II:  Mon-Tues, Jan. 23-24)

Technique:  Counted thread

Proficiency Level:  Advanced-Intermediate to Advanced

Ground:  30 Count white linen

Design Area:  Finished 4-½” x 3”

Kit Fee:  $120

Kit Includes: white linen, periwinkle blue linen, silk lining, silk ribbons, mother-of-pearl buttons, ultra suede, stiffener, interfacing, various silk threads, DMC gold & Cordonette threads, wool batting, needles, color copies, directions, charts & graphs, finishing instructions, & gold-toned scissors.

Class Description:  Create a sweet needlework necessaire while perfecting your knowledge of the buttonhole stitch. The stitched areas are worked on 30-count white linen using beautiful Gumnuts silks, a touch of gold, & DMC Cordonette. The outer case is a lovely Periwinkle Blue & the lining is a bright Chartreuse silk. The finished size when folded shut is 4-1/2” x 3” & includes a scissors pocket, needlepages, a pincushion, & a scissors minder.  While the main focus of the workshop is the buttonhole stitch-detached buttonhole, detached “floating” buttonhole, & buttonhole loops will be worked-the piece also features Queen Stitch, Princess Stitch, Chain Stitch, Petit Point, Cross-Stitch Over One, Stem Stitch, Padded Satin Stitch, Colonial Knot, Couching, Backstitch, & a Leaf Stitch.

CLASS 215:  STUDIO TIME
Instructor: 
TBA

Class Length:  Two Days (Session II:  Mon-Tues, Jan. 23-24)

Technique: N/A

Proficiency Level: All

Kit Fee:  N/A

Class Description:  A time and place to stitch with kindred souls and a qualified teacher to assist you in a classroom setting.

 

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