Events and Classes

Blue Bonnet Studio 2023

February 18-21 at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square, Sugar Land, TX
Magnificent Oak (shown below) and Batik to Stitch
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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. Color concepts include perspective, value contrast, temperature contrast, and the use of color passages to unify the design.

Batik to Stitch, a 2 day class

learn about the development of the batik process and experience the action! Wax is applied to fabric with a copper stamp called a tjap (“chop”). The design is painted in the student’s choice of colors. Each student receives customized guidance to select embellishments from a large Class Treasure Chest of silk, metal threads, textured fabrics, beads, and more. Make three to five pieces, size 10×10, 12×12, 9 x 18, and more.


National Academy of Needlearts Assembly 2023

You are invited to join me March 17 – 21, 2023 at the Somerset Inn, Troy, MI. My classes are Adirondack Autumn (2 day) and From the Mountains to the Sea (2 day). Scroll up to see photos. The videos below describe the classes that were first taught at Broadway Bound, EGA Seminar 2022. Come early for extra training sessions in teaching and judging! Registration opens October 1, 2022.

Sun Region EGA Seminar 2023River of Threads

Join us for embroidery fun at the Sun Region Seminar April 28 – 30, 2023 at the Marywood Conference and Retreat Center in St. Johns, FL (near Jacksonville). We’ll be on the banks of the beautiful St. Johns River in an atmosphere that stimulates creativity near the historic Bartram River Trail. My class is Adirondack Autumn (see description and video above).

Heartland Region EGA Seminar 2023Stitch for the Stars

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 opens October 2, 2022.

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.

Contact Information

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

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