2-Day Classes: May 20 -21

301 Judy’s Cottage Smalls | Pat Armour

301 Judy’s Cottage Smalls by Pat Armour

Some of us have access to a cottage, the remainder can only dream, but without a doubt, our stitching accompanies us. This celebration of cottage life is worked in crewel wools on a linen/cotton ground. Confident beginners and those more experienced with surface stitching will enjoy this class, creating a scissors sheath featuring bullrushes, a needle case with Queen Anne’s lace and a skunk, a project bag with a Bayeux style moose and a pincushion with a Muskoka chair on the dock. Specialty fibres supplement the crewel wools. Illustrated instructions are included for ease of finishing.

Technique: crewel  |  Skill level: beginner to intermediate  |  Pre-work: none  |  Homework: none  |  Size: various  |  Kit cost: $100

302 Garden Posy | Kate Barlow

302 Garden Posy by Kate Barlow

This pretty posy is made up of traditional English garden flowers – sweet peas, bluebells and wild pansies. It is inspired by a beautiful embroidered panel, dating from the 1740s, that’s held in the collection at the Royal School of Needlework. The stylized flowers are needle painted using long and short stitch in stranded silk threads on an ivory ribbed background fabric to replicate the original embroidery. The stems are worked in couched gilt smooth passing thread and embellished with tiny spangles held down with bright check chips.

The flowers are all tied together with a bow stitched in chenille thread, outlined in gilt passing thread and finished with a spangle. This class is perfect if you want to learn the basics of silk shading or if you want to brush up on existing skills.

Technique: surface  |  Skill level: intermediate to advanced  |  Pre-work: none  |  Homework: none  |  Size: 20 x 20  cm (8 x 8 in)  |  Kit cost: $85

303       Floral Heart | Kim Beamish

303 Floral Heart by Kim Beamish

Floral Heart is a monochromatic dimensional piece combining pulled thread embroidery with stumpwork. Pulled thread embroidery is used to create texture and a lacy look for the project. Fillings include open trellis, diagonal drawn and single faggot. Other stitches such as French knots and wrapped back stitch are an addition for dimension and texture. Some knowledge of stumpwork and pulled thread is beneficial. Students will need to come prepared to transfer designs to fabric. Complete instructions and diagrams will be provided.

Technique: stumpwork and pulled thread  |  Skill level: intermediate  |  Pre-work: none  |  Homework: none  |  Size: 15 x 12.5 cm (6 x 5 in)  |  Kit cost: $70

304 Spider Mum | Katherine Diuguid

304 Spider Mum by Katherine Diuguid

Using the inspiring motif of a spider mum, you will be introduced to basic embroidery techniques and to a naturalistic shading technique. The spider mum blossom will incorporate a variety of linear stitches with colour mixing to interpret the beautiful gradients in each petal. The foliage will introduce you to the long and short technique.

Technique: surface  |  Skill level: all  |  Pre-work: none  |  Homework: none   |  Size: 13 x 18 cm (5 x 7 in)  |  Kit cost: $95

305 Ginkgo Blues | Barbara Gilbert

305 Ginkgo Blues by Barbara Gilbert

In this two-day class, discover the possibilities of combining stitched sashiko designs with quilting techniques to make a unique wall hanging or bag front. You will create a leaf-dyed background piece using leaves as a resist and Dye-Na-Flow or set a colour fabric dye, and you will learn how to make your own leaf stamp. Sashiko stitch some pieces in your leaf design. You will sew a braid border section to add a difference in scale and texture to your design. Decide if you want to add any leaf appliqués. What are you going to turn your creation into – a wall hanging? a table mat? a tote bag front? 

We will be working on the top layer only. Some colour theory will be applied as you are working on this design. Maple or oak leaves can be substituted for the ginkgo leaves shown in the sample. Your dyes would then be in the green, red, orange, and/or yellow range.

Technique: surface  |  Skill level: All  |  Pre-work: 2 hours   |  Homework: none  |  Size: 46 x 61 cm (18 x 24 in)  |  Kit cost: $65

306 Angle Stacks | Carol Storie

306 Angle Stacks by Carol Storie

This unique piece is stitched on 25-count mushroom Lugana, and the stitched area is 8″ square. Stitches to learn include klosters, needle weaving, motifs, cable stitch, doves’ eyes and woven spider filling stitches. Threads used are two colours of the Caron Collection Watercolours and two colours of DMC #8 perle cotton. Students with a basic level of Hardanger will be comfortable with this design, and any level of stitcher will enjoy making this piece.

Technique: Hardanger  |  Skill level: beginner to intermediate  |  Pre-work: none  |  Homework: none  |  Size: 20 x 20 cm (8 x 8 in)  |  Kit cost: $55

307 Stitch Your Own Story -| Mike Parr

307 Stitch Your Own Story by Mike Parr

Have you ever wanted to express your story or any story into a stitched piece? We will explore the time-honoured tradition of narrative embroidery. Participants will be guided by the teacher to turn their own story ideas, memories, or life journey idea into an embroidery design. Through a series of exercises and activities, the participants will work through concentrating ideas to the essentials for creating a stitched narrative. Different examples of the great narrative embroideries will be examined in detail to demonstrate how to solve various problems. Project ideas will be provided for those who have no defined story in mind.

Good drawing skills are NOT required in order to enjoy this class. Topics covered will include breaking a story into its essential elements, developing a storyboard, combining words and images. Students should bring a small assortment of basic threads with them in which to begin their project. The teacher will have numerous threads available for students to make use of during classes.

Technique: colour design and theory  |  Skill level: intermediate  |  Pre-work: none  |  Homework: none  |  Size: size determined by student, no larger than 28 x 41 cm (11 x 16 in)  |  Kit cost: $55

FULL 308 Flutterbye | Gail Sirna

308 Flutterbye by Gail Sirna

Flutterbye is worked completely in blue: blue threads, blue beads, blue sequins, etc. Numerous embroidered flowers fill the butterfly shape, offering the student an opportunity to learn a number of surface embroidery techniques—but on canvas, of course. One flower is executed in stem stitch shading. Another is worked in the very useful needlelace cloth stitch. A third is done in a raised technique borrowed from stumpwork. A fourth is in needle weaving. Some of the flowers are worked in embroidery/canvaswork stitches such as bullions, cast on bullions, spiders, and ribbon embroidery. The antennae of the butterfly are a panoply of beads, sequins, and flat back gems. The border is a darning pattern, depicting more butterflies. Kit includes Soie d’Alger, Gloriana silk, Kreinik braids, Waterlilies, silk lamé braid, Accentuate, beads, flatbacks, sequins, etc.

Technique: surface  |  Skill level: intermediate  |  Pre-work: none  |  Homework: none  |  Size: 22 x 19 cm (8 ½ x 7 ½ in)  |  Kit cost: $230

309 Red Rose Card | Naomi Smith

309 Red Rose Card Case by Naomi Smith

Fabulous wool stroud delicately embellished with clear beaded flowers and sweet green leaves in the form of a card or needlecase. A variation of Indigenous raised beading techniques will be explored. Edging techniques will also be part of the session. The project will serve a practical purpose in our purse or sewing box. The project embodies time-honoured practices.

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: $65

310 Stitching Only

If you wish to enjoy four days 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.