Events and Classes

Taming the Stash Monster on Lightning Rounds

Is the Stash Monster taking over your closet… room… whole house? Learn to manage your stash by clarifying your preferences and choosing one of 3 ways to clear stash. Learn where to sell or donate eliminated items. Recognize and prevent or solve stash problems such as insects, mildew, and fading. Learn about archival storage and a simple inventory system to keep from re-buying items. This course makes your Stash work for you!

Heartland Region EGA Seminar 2023Stitch for the Stars

Magnificent Oak

Magnificent Oak Class Description

Capture the lively textural contrasts of a magnificent oak tree. You’ll learn to paint an Impressionistic background in your choice of colors and trace the shape of the tree. Sculpting stitches are used for the trunk and branches. A special stitch captures the shape of red oak leaves. Thread color choices are Autumn (shown), Spring, or Summer. This is a relaxing design to stitch because there is no counting. You’ll learn a  no-pressure background-painting technique, color mixing, color control for overdyed threads, sculpting stitches for tree trunk, layered stitches for leaves.

Espalier Bracelet One Day Class

You are invited to the Heartland Region EGA Seminar June 9-11, 2023 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 4640 N. River Blvd NE, Cedar Rapids, IA.  My classes are Espalier Bracelet (photo above) on Friday, June 9 and Magnificent Oak (scroll up to see photo and description) on Sat, June 10 and Sun, June 11. Registration closes March 1, 2023.

Espalier Bracelet One-Day Class Description

Espalier is the horticultural practice of training a fruit tree to grow flat against a wall by pruning and tying branches to a frame. This bracelet emulates an espaliered tree. Learn to work with overdyed gimp from Tentakulum Painter’s Threads to provide a structure similar to tree branches. Beads and sequins play their role as the fruit. A water soluble fabric sandwich holds the structure in place so that it can be hooped. Embellish the bracelet with 4 mm round beads, Czech oval faceted beads, size 11 ° seed beads, and sequins. Matching #12 pearl cotton is used for stitching (yes, this will go through the beads). Learn to size the bracelet for your wrist and add a secure sliding tube-style clasp. Several colorways are offered.

Wax Batik Process and Lecture The Seven Ways of Color Contrast

The Lake and Mountain Quilters are offering Wax Batik Process, a one day class and The Seven Ways of Color Contrast lecture September 11 and 12 at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 214 Northampton Rd, Seneca, SC. This is an in-person event. Please contact me before August 15 if you would like details.

Batik to Stitch Two Day Class

Baltimore Constellation Chapter will host Batik to Stitch, a two day class on Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14 at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City, MD. If you are interested, please contact me for details by September 15.

Contact Information

If you are interested in a class for your group, please contact me using the email icon below on the right (it looks like an envelope). Wishing you all the best for stitching and mixed media fun!

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