1-Day Classes, Options Day: May 19

101 Tender Heart, Jane Austen Inspired Whitework | Kate Barlow

101 Tender Heart, Jane Austen Inspired Whitework by Kate Barlow

This pretty whitework design is inspired by the embroidery popular during the Regency period in the early 1800s. The piece is stitched using stranded cotton and perle threads on a fine linen background fabric. A quote from Jane Austen’s Emma, “There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart,” is worked in stem stitch in the centre of the design. The embroidered script is surrounded by delicate flowers worked in satin stitch and eyelets, and leaves worked in padded satin stitch. Lastly, more overcast eyelets are added to complete the design. This class is a great introduction to whitework embroidery, covering all the basic stitches used in the popular technique.

Technique: whitework  |  Skill level: all  |  Pre-work: none  |  Homework: none  |  Size: 8 x 12 cm (3 x 4 ¾ in)  | Kit cost: $70

102 Sweetness and White | Mike Parr

102 Sweetness and White by Mike Parr

Is there a new baby due to arrive? Here is a unique heirloom gift for the happy parents, stitched by you in a day or two. In this one-day class, you will learn simple surface embroidery that is easy to complete on white linen or cotton fabric. The design features a charming spray of wheat and berries which decorate this pair of linen baby shoes. The design was inspired by the words of an old Estonian lullaby. The shoe is finished with a soft cotton flannel lining for the sole. This project makes an ideal and charming Christening or baby shower gift. During our class time, both the stitching and the finishing of the shoe will be fully covered.

Technique: whitework  |  Skill level: all   |  Pre-work: none  |  Homework: none   |  Size: 9.8 cm (3 ⅞ in)  |  Kit cost: $40

103 Lacy Pin Cushion | Kim Beamish

103 Lacy Pin Cushion by Kim Beamish

Create a useful pin cushion and become familiar with eight pulled thread filling patterns. The patterns included will be ringed back, diagonal drawn, pebble, double window, diagonal cross, reverse faggot, single faggot and window. Students can decide the arrangement of the patterns for their pin cushion. Some familiarity with pulled thread embroidery would be beneficial as compensating stitches are required. Compensation stitches will be covered in our class discussion. Clear stitch diagrams and instructions for finishing are provided. The project is stitched on 28-count linen. Seed beads are used as a border and are included in the kit.

Technique: pulled thread  |  Skill level: intermediate  |  Pre-work: none   |  Homework: none   |  Size: 7.5 x 7.5 cm (3 x 3 in)  |  Kit cost: $50

104 Calla Lilies | Celeste Chalasani

104 Calla Lilies by Celeste Chalasani

Calla Lilies flourish in Humboldt County, California. In the Spring, they grow proudly, with large r id=”102″uffled leaves and tubular flowers. The hillside along North Bank Road is dotted with calla lilies as if someone painted the landscape for all to enjoy. In this class, you will learn intermediate stumpwork embroidery while couching wire and using needle lace techniques to create a beautiful calla lily. Your kit includes hand-dyed fabrics, threads and wire for embroidering the flowers and leaves.

**Left-handed instructions will be available.

Technique: stumpwork  |  Skill Level: intermediate to advanced   |  Pre-work: none  |  Homework: none  |  Size: 13 x 18 cm (5 x 7 in)  |  Kit cost: $85

105 Flower Fantasy | Naomi Smith

105 Flower Fantasy by Naomi Smith

This workshop focuses on learning how to create a raised beaded flower. This is a popular bead embroidery technique often featured on Indigenous beadwork of Six Nations. Participants will learn raised beading and double-beaded edging techniques. This decorative but functional card case will hold credit or bank cards and business cards. It makes a beautiful addition to a wallet or purse. Traditional teachings and historical information will be part of the learning experience.

Technique: beading  |  Skill level: all  |  Pre-work: none  |  Homework: none  |  Size: 7 x 11 cm (2 ¾ x 4 ¼ in)  |  Kit cost: $55

106  A Chance to Grow | Jo Gatenby

106 A Chance to Grow by Jo Gatenby

Ever wondered what the difference was between over-dyed floss and variegated floss? What’s the best way to work with them?  How can you get different effects? Come take this one-day class, and learn while you stitch the Growth Tree! But wait, there’s more. Are you comfortable working on Aida but ready to take on a new challenge – such as working over two on 28-count evenweave or linen (and what’s the difference?). This class gives you that option as well. The tree may be created without the optional treasures, and floss options include the subtle green shown, a more dramatic green, or even brown (see the inset photo on the lower left for colour options).

Kit includes the chart, DMC Color Variations floss and fabric.

Technique: counted |  Skill level: beginner to intermediate  |  Pre-work: none  |  Homework: none  |  Size: 13 x 18 cm (5 x 7 in)  |  Kit cost: 14-count kit $23; 28-count kit $28.50  |  Optional treasures pack: $7.50

107 Stitching Only

If you wish to enjoy a day of stitching on your own projects with like-minded registrants, then the stitching-only option is for you. You will have a private lounge (no outside food or drink) with comfortable chairs, a few tables, and windows. Your lunch, as well as morning and afternoon nourishment breaks, are included. A class angel will be in the lounge to ensure you know “what and where” for the seminar.