IN-PERSON 2-DAY CLASSES: June 10-11

301:  Bordering on French By Alison Cole

A photo of the 301 class project. A stylized flower and leaves embroidered with gold fibres, plate and purls with sequins and beads.

In this workshop students will try their hand at a range of techniques that were used in French Goldwork in the 18th-century. Techniques covered include embroidering motifs for applying to the ground, padding with vellum and cotton string, laid purl, ‘s’ing, couching, application of plate and spangles. French terms for the techniques and threads will be covered in class. The piece is worked on French silk taffeta.

Technique: 18th-century French Goldwork  ::  Skill Level: All Levels  ::  Pre-Work: Overnight homework required  ::  Size: 13 1/2 cm x 14 1/2 cm  ::  Kit Cost: $150


302:  Cocoa Dreams by Mike Parr

A photo of the 302 class project. Two embroidered cocoa pods, one that is opened to show the beans, with leaves.

This piece was created for all of the chocolate lovers out there. Cocoa Dreams is a stumpwork recreation of an 18th-century botanical drawing of Theobroma Cacao or the cocoa bean pod. This class will introduce the participants to stitching over different raised foundations, satin stitch, stem stitch, and split stitch. The detached leaf will be created as a wired, detached element using needle lace. The cocoa beans are made from beads that have been carved from the wood of a cacao tree.

Technique: Stumpwork  ::  Skill Level: Intermediate  ::  Pre-Work: None  ::  Size: 18 cm  x 13 1/2 cm  ::  Kit Cost: $55


303:  Stitcher’s Tool Box by Kim Beamish

Unfortunately, the information for the dates and class number for this class was incorrect in the seminar brochure. The class numbers and dates are correct on this website and on the order forms.

A photo of the 303 class project. A workbox, needlebook, pin keep, scissors sheath and tape measure are created from embroidered fabrics using counted and surface embroidery stitches.

Come and create a project that is pretty and functional. This class includes the making of the tool box and the accessories – tape measure, scissors fob and holder, needle book and pin keep. Class will cover the embroidery stitches for the design and focus will be given to the assembly of all pieces.

Technique: Counted and Surface Embroidery  ::  Skill Level: Advanced Intermediate  ::  Pre-Work: None  ::  Size: Box 3 1/2” x 6” x 5”; Tape Measure 2 1/2”; Needle Book 2” x 2” (closed); Pin Keep 1 1/2” x 1 1/2”; Scissors Fob 1” x 1/2”; Scissors Keep 1 1/2 x 2”  ::  Kit Cost: $130


304:  Forget Me Not by Carol Storie

A photo of the 304 class project. A framed Hardanger embroidered picture with four butterflies creates an open central panel with four flowers and tendrils.

This striking piece can be finished as a centrepiece or as a picture. Stitches to learn include Klosters, needleweaving, doves’ eyes, whipped outline stitch, damask stitch and eyelets. The pattern is stitched on 22-count Hardanger with Caron Collection Watercolors and DMC #8 and #12 Perle Cotton threads and DMC embroidery cotton. Instructions for hemstitching will also be included. Students with a basic level of stitching (able to follow diagrams) will be comfortable with this design, and any level of stitcher will enjoy making this piece.

Technique: Hardanger and Counted Stitches  ::  Skill Level: Basic Intermediate  ::  Pre-Work: None  ::  Size: 9” x 9”  ::  Kit Cost: $50


305:  Grow A Succulent Garden by Kathryn Drummond

A photo of the 305 class project. Four terracotta pots, each with one embroidered succulent plant.

In this class, students will learn the four-sided stitch, long woven picots, detached buttonhole stitch, wired needlelace shapes, wrapping objects and assembly to create a dimensional succulent garden in the container of their choice. Students will arrange the different elements in their own way to “plant” a unique garden. Students should have an intermediate level of embroidery experience and be comfortable working on 28-count linen and following stitch diagrams. Covered and bare wire, overdyed cotton threads, beads and other supplies will be used to make our creations grow into healthy, realistic gardens.

Technique: Dimensional Embroidery  ::  Skill Level: Advanced/Intermediate  ::  Pre-Work: None  ::  Size: 4” x 4”  ::  Kit Cost: $100


306:  Harlequin by Linda Lachance

A photo of the 306 class project. A framed image of eight touching embroidered diamonds in canvaswork stitches.

This intermediate-level canvaswork design is formed with diamonds inside diamonds. It utilizes some simple and interesting stitches such as the dimensional Fleur de Lis stitch in the centre and other variations. The concept of the harlequin theme is reflected in the black and white diamonds juxtaposed with the Fleur de Lis (think jester’s crown), set inside diamond shapes outlined in black and white. The smallest diamonds feature a variety of stitches. There is also a play with the symmetry throughout, using repetition, opposites, and reversal of motifs. The stitcher will use a variety of threads including Ribbonfloss or Neon Rays, Watercolours, pearl cotton, metallics, and overdyed floss. It is accented with beads.

Technique: Canvaswork  ::  Skill Level: Intermediate  ::  Pre-Work: None  ::  Size: 11 1/4” x 13”  ::  Kit Cost: $190


307:  Little 17th-Century Stork by Kate Barlow

A photo of the 307 class project. An embroidered stylized stork and flowers surrounded by an embroidered goldwork frame.

This little stork has been inspired by a beautiful pair of embroidered 17th-century gauntlet gloves. He is worked in silk floss on a silk duchess satin ground and stands on a hillock of blue laidwork, surrounded by silk flowers, gilt tendrils and gilt cutwork leaves. Tiny spangles are added for extra sparkle before adding a frame of looped couching and cutwork corner decorations.

Technique: Silk Shading, Surface Embroidery, Goldwork  ::  Skill Level: Advanced/Intermediate  ::  Pre-Work: None  ::  Size: 3” x 4 3/4”  ::  Kit Cost: $120


308:  Manipulated Stitch Dictionary by Janet Scruggs

A photo of the 308 class project. An embroidered strip of fabric wrapped on a wooden spool.

Manipulating common stitches can create some very interesting variations. We will take three stitches and explore the options of manipulation. Students will choose their manipulations and stitch these out in 2-inch boxes for 6 manipulations per stitch in their colour choice. These will be joined together to create a scroll dictionary that will be attached to a spool. A great reference, this little project also looks beautiful when displayed and provides a template for further stitch manipulation explorations. This class is open to all levels.

Technique: Surface Embroidery  ::  Skill Level: All Levels  ::  Pre-Work: Yes  ::  Size: 3” x 55”  ::  Kit Cost: $25


309:  Strawberry Delight by Natalie Dupuis

A photo of the 309 class project. A mirrored motif with two goldwork strawberries and leaves.

Strawberry Delight is a sparkling symmetrical design worked in the technique of goldwork, inspired by a motif found on a coif from the late 16th century. Using succulent filament silks and gold metal threads, this design challenges students to use the Tudor technique of attaching thin layers of plate with precision spacing and then covering it with silks in burden stitch in such a way that the strawberry retains a touch of gold and considers shading and light play. Couching of pearl purl and passing thread as well as chipping will provide the experienced student with the opportunity to hone their goldwork skills.

Technique: Goldwork  ::  Skill Level: Advanced/Intermediate  ::  Pre-Work: None  ::  Size: 10 cm x 4 1/2 cm  ::  Kit Cost: $120