May 19-20 & 22-23
401 Mandala: Sketch to Stitch • Véronique Gaudet
This class is designed for all levels. Come experience basic design and colour theory first hand in an applied way. Learn how to be inspired by life, draw a mandala, then turn it into a stitched piece.
Kits will include everything needed to help your creativity bloom – drawing materials, fabric, stitch guide, handouts and inspiring mystery fibre and bead packs with a kaleidoscope of colour possibilities.
Each mandala will be as unique as the person who creates it. Unleash your creativity!
Technique: design/surface embroidery | Skill level: all | Pre-work: none
Homework: 5 – 30 minutes | Size: 8″ (20.3 cm) round, maximum
Kit cost: $195, $40 optional grey-scale kit add-on
402 Pattern Couching and Notebook • Natalie Dupuis
This mixture of both a notebook and a project course combines the techniques of Russian and Japanese pattern couching.
In the first half of the course, you will study historical examples from Sweden, Japan and Russia, learn how to read patterns, chart patterns, prepare the fabric, draw grids and turn corners using metal threads of their choice as well as create a sampler with a variety of patterns.
The second part of the course will focus on a stitched project using an advanced pattern. You can finish the project as a bag, needlecase, pocket folder, etc.
Choices will be given regarding the colour, the number of patterns attempted, the size of the sampler and finishing options.
Technique: goldwork | Skill level: intermediate | Pre-work: none
Homework: none | Size: student choice | Kit cost: $130
403 Nature’s Rainbow • Linda Lachance
Nature’s Rainbow reflects the colours of the rainbow in stitches, using more than 32 stitches and variations, representing nature around us. While the stitches may appear simple in this counted canvaswork design, stitching on the diagonal will offer a challenge to stitchers of all levels. Tips and techniques to work on the diagonal will be shared in class.
Many threads are used to create the colour flow, texture and shine. Your kit will include mostly full skeins or spools of overdyed floss, Caron Collection Watercolors, pearl cotton, metallic braids and beads.
Stitches include diagonal Bargello, fleur-de-lis, crescents, double Jessica, square Jessica, trees, leaf, Rhodes, eyelets, sheaf stitch butterflies and many more.
Technique: thread painting | Skill level: intermediate-advanced
Pre-work: none | Homework: none
Size: 6″ x 16.6″ (15.24 cm x 42.16 cm) | Kit cost: $130
404 History is in the Bag • Naomi Smith
This design celebrates the beadwork techniques of the Woodlands Indigenous people from the early 1800s. Traditional teachings will be part of the learning experience.
Materials include velveteen and glass beads. This class is for all skill levels, although comfort with hand sewing is an asset.
Technique: beadwork | Skill level: all | Pre-work: none
Homework: none | Size: 7.5″ x 7″ (19 cm x 17.8 cm) | Kit cost: $65
405 17th Century Pincushion • Patricia Goaley
The 17th Century Pincushion is four by four inches. In that small area, you will learn various types of silk shading, including soft shading and tapestry shading.
We will work all aspects of this pincushion in class so you will leave capable of assembling the pincushion at home.
We will look at examples of 17th-century pieces in class.
Silk shantung, Au Ver A Soie threads, Gloriana silk perle, silk-covered purl, and stitchable real gold will be used to create this beautiful and useful piece. Italian buttonhole balls and 14kt plated balls will complete the final piece.
Technique: thread painting | Skill level: basic/intermediate
Pre-work: none | Homework: none | Size: 4″ x 4″ (10 cm x 10 cm)
Kit cost: $100
406 Assisi Sewing Pocketbook • Giulia Manfredini
This trifold pocketbook is a collection of antique embroidery motifs. Some motifs are a true rarity, based on designs kept in historical archives in Assisi, Italy.
Densely embroidered outside with three large bands, the pocketbook hosts inside two pockets, one for threads and one for scissors case and fob. The inside of the front flap has a pin band and a needlebook.
Two handmade Deruta beads decorate the front closure and the scissors case.
The pocketbook, scissors case, fob, and needlebook are stitched on 30-count Italian linen with stranded cotton threads in cross stitch over two, Holbein stitch, and Nun’s stitch.
Other accessories include a wooden ruler, wooden needle stop, beaded pins, five bone rings, and pearl pins and a free ornament design, stitched over three.
Technique: counted thread | Skill level: intermediate/advanced
Pre-work: none | Homework: none | Size: 3″ x 8.25″ (7.6 cm x 21 cm)
Kit cost: $100
407 Versailles • Ann-Marie Anderson-Mayes
This sampler style project is made up of a series of different sized squares and rectangles that interlock perfectly to form a complete design. The design includes a wide variety of canvaswork embroidery stitches worked in hand-dyed stranded silks on either 24-count congress or 18-count canvas.
You will learn all the stitches required to complete the project as well as being encouraged to experiment with the layout of the blocks and the allocation of colours and stitches to make the final design your own unique interpretation. It is suitable for stitchers of all abilities except absolute beginners.
Technique: canvaswork, colour and design
Skill level: intermediate/advanced | Pre-work: none
Homework: none | Size: 12.5″ x 12.5″ (31.1 cm x 31.1 cm)
Kit cost: $95