“Broadway Bound,” Aug 23-29 at the Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway, New York, NY. You can still register with permission from the teacher! Adirondack Autumn (left) and From the Mountains to the Sea (right). See the videos of my classes below. Both are two day classes. Registration has officially closed, but I could accept one or two students in each class. Use the button above the pictures to see all the details.

Also at Broadway Bound

You are invited to join me at Winning Ways, a slide-lecture event hosted by the Judging Department of EGA on Friday, August 26 during Seminar 2022. Gathering time is 9 a.m. and my talk begins at 9:15. It is Dissolve, Sparkle, and Crunch: Creating Texture with Mixed Media. I’m so pleased to give this talk in person and pass around the examples so that you can see them in detail. The talk includes information on judging mixed media, too.

There are several lectures included in the Winning Ways event. You do need to register, so use the button for the seminar information to do that. Over the years, Winning Ways has added significantly to my embroidery education. I would love to see you there. Thanks to Pat Goaley, the organizer and to Carol Lynn Stratton, the host for that day, and to all volunteers for the EGA Judging Department.

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 (shown above)
Registration is open! For details, use the buttons below.

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.

Many thanks to John Sinton who reframed Magnificent Oak when the frame broke in shipment. He even made a special shipping crate to return my pieces from the exhibit at Blue Bonnet Studio 2022. He and Mary Alice host a great event each year and I’m looking forward to teaching. Hope to see you there!

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 and videos. This is a friendly group at a lovely venue with excellent service from a superb staff. Come early for extra training sessions in teaching and judging!

Espalier Bracelet One Day Class

Heartland Region EGA Seminar 2023

“Stitch for the Stars” is the theme for 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. I’ll put up a link when it’s available.

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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