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Embellished Silk Treasures: class/tutorial

Embellished Silk Treasures: 3 lessons/$30.00

silk painter's hankiesIn this class you will take a two silk painter’s hankies and turn them into a work of art! The hankies will be split, sandwiched, then machine stitched into a framed silk canvas base. This silken canvas will be embellished with a Painter’s Potpourri Pack full of threads, cocoons, a silk carrier rod and assorted threads. But the embellishments do not stop there! You will make your own beads and button shapes; and cut the pelmet Vilene into strips. These components will then be embroidered to the silk canvas with silk buttonhole twist. Directions will also be given to make silk ribbon pods and additional fabric beads. A few simple embroidered and beaded stitches will add that final touch, turning this unusual group of materials into a one of a kind Embellished Silk Treasure.

Skill Level Intermediate: sewing machine and embroidery knowledge needed

Lesson 1: In this class you will take the silk hankies and create a canvas with a backing material and lots of machine stitching. One hanky will form the center of the canvas, and another will form the frame. Paint and the dyed yarns from the Painter’s Potpourri pack will be used to further embellish the surface of the canvas.

Lesson 2: In this class you will cut the pelmet Vilene into strips or shapes; and make button rounds and fabric beads from the machine stitched hankies. Other embellishment options will be discussed along with the design of these components. Silk ribbon pods, with thread embellished beads and cocoons will help to complete the design.

Lesson 3: In this class you will learn the embroidery stitches which include: straight, herringbone, Cretan, and colonial knot. These are used to attach the design components to the canvas. A few simple beaded stitches such as single, double, detail bead and long loops will be added to finish the design. Suggestions for backing the canvas will also be included.

Class Information

These classes can be purchased at any time, there is no set schedule.The class can be ordered by contacting Christen: thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com. She will send you an invoice through PayPal.

Once the class is paid for, the supply list will be sent out. The lessons will begin one week after the purchase of the class, unless otherwise stated. You will receive an email with the lesson attached. The following lesson/s will arrive one week after the previous lesson.

A high speed internet connection is recommended, and you must have basic computer and internet skills. You will need to be able know how to download and save a document to your computer’s hard drive, open it and print out a copy.

You can contact Christen with any questions pertaining to the class/class information throughout the length of the class.

Class fees will not be refunded.

Happy Stitching,

~Christen

Embellished Silk Treasures

silk hankies, silk cocoons, silk threads, silk ribbons

Embellished Silk Treasures is a wall hanging made from two different Silk Painter’s Hankies, 1 package of Painter’s Potpourri Thread Embellishment Packs. The base is made from split silk cocoons, which were adhered to Lutrador, then machine embellished with gold threads. This was then embellished further with bits of painted vilene, fabric circles, fiber beads, and ribbon pods. A few embroidery and beading stitches enhance the components.

This class just finished up at Joggles, and the work that the students shared was incredible!

Happy Stitching~ Christen

PDF Class Lessons

embroidery cornerI have been teaching, encouraging and inspiring students to reach their creative potential for over 20 years. I have a wide range of classes, covering many forms of embroidery, ribbonwork, beading, and fiber art.

Class Lessons by Christen Brown

The classes that I offer below can be held weekly, or at your own pace. Each class has a printable PDF handout, that you download. The class instructions are written with photographed step-by-step instructions. Please note there are suggested skill levels for each class, with any additional skills needed.

  1. A Crazy Lady’s Guide to Piecing: 3 lessons/ $38.00
    • Skill Level Beginning: sewing machine knowledge needed
  2. All That Glitters: 2 lessons/$25.00
    • Skill Level Beginning: sewing machine knowledge needed
  3. Beadazzled Somemore Purse: 4 lessons/ $45.00
    • Skill Level Intermediate: sewing machine and beading knowledge needed
  4. Beadoodlery: 2 lessons/$30.00
    • Skill Level Beginning/Intermediate: some hand sewing and beading knowledge needed
  5. Chantilly Lady’s Lace Cuff: 4 lessons/$42.00
    • Skill Level Advanced: sewing machine, embroidery, ribbonwork and crochet knowledge needed
  6. Color Me Happy: 2 lessons/$30.00
    • Skill Level Beginning
  7. Corsages to Dye for I: 3 lessons/$38.00
    • Skill Level Intermediate: hand sewing and ribbonwork knowledge helpful
  8. Corsages to Dye for II: 3 lessons/$38.00
    • Skill Level Intermediate: hand sewing and ribbonwork knowledge helpful
  9. Country Cottage Tussy Mussy: 2 lessons/$27.00
    • Skill Level Beginning: some hand sewing and embroidery skills needed
  10. Creative Thread Embroidery: 3 lessons/$40.00
    • Skill Level Intermediate: sewing machine and embroidery knowledge needed
  11. Dyeing to be Beautiful: 3 lessons/$40.00
    • Skill Level Beginning
  12. Embellished Silk Treasures: 3 lessons/$30.00
    • Skill Level Intermediate: sewing machine and embroidery knowledge needed
  13. Embroidered From the Heart: 2 lessons/$30.00
    • Skill Level Beginning: embroidery knowledge helpful
  14. Fabulucious Felt Florals: 2 lessons/$25.00
    • Skill Level Beginning: sewing machine knowledge needed
  15. Flora Dora and Daisy Chain RAW Bracelets: 3 lessons/$30.00
    • Skill Level Intermediate: beading knowledge needed
  16. Garden at Versailles Bracelet: 2 lessons/$25.00
    • Skill Level Intermediate: embroidery and beading knowledge helpful
  17. Gathering Autumn’s Harvest: 2 lessons/$20.00
    • Skill Level Beginning: sewing machine and some embroidery knowledge needed
  18. Gingerbread Details and Decorative Trims: 2 lessons/$30.00
    • Skill Level Beginning/Intermediate: hand sewing and ribbonwork knowledge helpful.
  19. Jardin de Grandmere: 2 lessons/$20.00
    • Skill Level Intermediate: beading knowledge needed
  20. Kelp Scarf: 2 lessons/$25.00
    • Skill Level Beginning: sewing machine knowledge needed
  21. Lace in Bloom: 2 lessons/$25.00
    • Skill Level Beginning/Intermediate: some machine and hand-sewing knowledge helpful
  22. Log Cabin Heart Etui and Pincushion: 3 lessons/$30.00
    • Skill Level Intermediate: sewing machine and some embroidery knowledge needed
  23. Madelaine’s Choker: 2 Lessons/$25.00
    • Skill Level Intermediate/Advanced: right angle weave and beading knowledge needed.
  24. Magic Web: 2 lessons/$30.00
    • Skill Level Intermediate: sewing machine and some embroidery knowledge needed
  25. Melange a Trois: 3 lessons/$32.00
    • Skill Level Beginning: sewing machine knowledge
  26. New Fangled Dangle: 2 lessons/$25.00
    • Skill Level Beginner/Intermediate: beading knowledge will be helpful.
  27. Ocean Rivers: 4 lessons/ $45.00
    • Skill Level Intermediate: beading knowledge needed
  28. Oliver the Owl: 3 lessons/$30.00
    • Skill Level Intermediate: hand sewing and embroidery knowledge needed
  29. Phat Matt and Friends: 2 lessons/$30.00
    • Skill Level Beginning: hand sewing and embroidery knowledge helpful
  30. Scarves to Dye For: 2 lessons/$30.00
    • Skill Level Beginning/Intermediate: hand sewing and ribbonwork knowledge helpful
  31. Scrumptious Hearts: 3 lessons/$38.00
    • Skill Level Intermediate: hand sewing, embroidery and ribbonwork knowledge needed
  32. Scrumptious Scraps: 5 lessons/$60.00
    • Skill Level Advanced: sewing machine, hand sewing, embroidery and ribbonwork knowledge needed
  33. Talisman Dangles (earrings): 1 lesson/$15.00
    • Skill Level Beginning: some beading skills helpful
  34. Tandletons: 2 lessons/$30.00
    • Skill Level Intermediate: hand sewing, embroidery and beading knowledge helpful
  35. Tandleton Rose Bracelet: 2 lessons/$24.00
    • Skill Level Intermediate: hand sewing, embroidery and beading knowledge helpful
  36. Treated and Textured Reticule: 3 lessons/$38.00
    • Skill Level Intermediate: sewing machine, embroidery and beading knowledge needed.
  37. Zembroodlery: 3 lessons/$30.00
    • Skill Level Intermediate: Beginning/Intermediate: some hand sewing needed; minimal beading knowledge helpful.

Class Information

These classes can be purchased at any time, there is no set schedule. The class can be ordered by contacting Christen: thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com. She will send you an invoice through PayPal.

Once the class is paid for, the supply list will be sent out. The lessons will begin one week after the purchase of the class, unless otherwise stated. You will receive an email with the lesson attached. The following lesson/s will arrive one week after the previous lesson.

A high speed internet connection is recommended, and you must have basic computer and internet skills. You will need to be able know how to download and save a document to your computer’s hard drive, open it and print out a copy.

You can contact Christen with any questions pertaining to the class/class information throughout the length of the class.

Class fees will not be refunded.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments: thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com

Happy Stitching~Christen

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View From The Red Planet….

I found time to clean up the work room, and came across several small projects that have been waiting to be completed. So I hope to dedicate the next few months to completing some of these.

This is the first project, made from left-overs bits of this and that from a class that I teach, “Embellished Silk Treasures”.

The base is made from split silk cocoons, which were adhered to Lutrador, then machine embellished with gold threads. This was then embellished further with bits of painted vilene, fabric circles. A few embroidery and beading stitches enhance the components.

view from the redplanet

Happy Stitching to all! ~Christen

New Jewels and Stuff

I have been working on some new pieces and thought that I would share my treasures!

blackandcoralThis ensemble started with the earrings, which I found at the Goodwill Store, they were .99. Many years later I found the bracelet on eBay, it was a bit more, $22.99. I started searching for a necklace or something to go with my ensemble, and I found these vintage (new/old stock) glass cabs, with a two-hole channel on the back. I searched for a while longer to find the right beads (all new). The bracelet to the right uses vintage glass sew-through beads with vintage buttons and new glass beads.

coins and chainThis necklace started with the big link chain that is used in the lower portion of the necklace. My friend Phred gave me some smaller lengths of chain to “play with” which I wove through the big links. I then used old coins that had  holes in the middle; I inserted vintage livery buttons into the holes. I then inserted a jump ring into the shank of the button, and attached each coin/button combo to a link in the chain. I added a smaller chain to extend the necklace. I found the earrings, made from vintage American coins on eBay.

cats meowThis is called “Cat’s Meow”, of course! The base of the necklace is made from a picot edge grosgrain ribbon that has been stitched and embellished with a silk rouleau cord. I started collecting cat buttons after I found these fabulous enamel earrings. The larger cat faces are made from papier mache,  the other buttons include plastic, metal and glass. I have a charm bracelet with silver and gold colored cats.

chain linkThis necklace started with bits of left over chain (some given to me by my buddy Phred) in all shapes, metal colors and sizes. I linked the lengths together to make one length for a necklace. I then found all sorts of charms in silver, copper and antique brass colors. These I added at intervals to the chains, in a random-ish pattern (meaning the necklace is balanced but the charms rest on different portions of chain).

buddyBuddy, started with two antique glass doll eyes. I just fell in love with the brown color, and wanted to make a cat face. So I drew a few samples and this is the image that I came up with. He rests at 2-1/2″ wide x 2-1/2″ tall. He is made from synthetic felt, and is embroidered with cotton floss.

Thanks for stopping by! ~Christen

Tassels, The Ultimate Furniture Jewelry

I have always loved tassels, and my home is filled with these lovely adornments. Here are a few of the unique tassels that I created for classes or just myself.

Persephone’s Bell

This floral tassel definitely belongs in a fairy tale. The top of the tassel is a dyed gourd; the tassel itself is made from wire ribbon formed into gorgeous fuchsias. Wire leaves and silk flowers are also made to enhance the piece. Beads and charms and ribbon worked leaves complete the tassel, adding a silk cord to hang from your fairy garden trellis.

Morning Glory Tassel

The Morning Glory Tassel showcases the many different types of ribbons that I carry in my store. The tassel top was made from a cardboard tube covered with vintage jacquard ribbon. The top was then embellished with hand made flowers and ribbons from the French Wire Ribbon section. The tassel fringes are made from the Hanah Silk Ribbons, 7mm silk ribbon, gauze ribbon and novelty yarns.

Cotillion Tassel

cotillion tassel, ribbonwork, ribbon flowers, ribbon, beads

A very feminine addition to any space inhabited by a woman, perhaps hung on her boudoir mirror or sewing room. The base of the tassel is covered with a small bit of tapestry fabric that is adorned with velvet ribbons and charms. Jacquard ribbons and silk cords are stitched with beads and more ribbon and dangle from the base. These dangles are encrusted with beads and charms. The stem of the silk cord becomes a very stylized fuchsia made from French wire ribbon.

Parisian Couture Tassel

Ribbons and beads are combined to create a magical, colorful, embroidered and festooned tassel. French jacquard ribbon is stitched onto a base with embroidery and beads, which is used for the tassel top. The fringe is a luscious array of Hanah silk bias ribbons combined with beads.

Floral Pastoral Tassel

Floral Pastoral Tassel showcases the many different types of ribbon and their versatility. The tassel top was made from machine stitched cotton paper, reinforced with Timtex, stitched by machine and formed into the shape. The tassel top was then embellished with hand made flowers and ribbons from the Crazy Quilt Ribbon section and our French Wire Ribbon section. The lace and some of the ribbons were hand dyed using the Color Hue dyes. The tassel fringes are made from the Hanah Silk Ribbons. A sprinkling of silk ribbon embroidery and glass beads were added for extra sparkle.

Hope that your home is filled with treasures too!

Enjoy~ Christen

Friday’s Favorites: Mother of Pearl part 2

necklace made from vintage and new mother of pearl buttons

Enchanted Butterflies

Friday’s Favorites is continuing this month with Mother of pearl. This week I want to show you jewelry that I have made with MOP buttons, charms and beads.

Enchanted Butterflies is an adaptation of my “Entwined Treasures” pattern. The base is created by entwining and stitching silk cords, into a base. This base is then embellished with buttons and charms, and the beads are attached with the peyote stitch.

ribbon bracelets stitched with vintage mother of pearl buttons

Mother of Pearl Button Bracelets

Button bracelets have been around for many decades. You may have one of those cuff bracelets that your mom made with an elastic crochet or stretchy gimp base that is encrusted with vintage buttons and beads.
These two bracelets here are a take-off on those original bracelets.
I chose to use a ribbon for the base (because I don’t like the elastic), using a button for the closure. The top bracelet, which is a sample of my “Klimpt Kollage Kuff” pattern, is encrusted with buttons, while the buttons are stitched in a design on the bottom bracelet.

vintage tie neckpiece

Hopscotch

The neck-piece here is made from the tie that my dad wore at his wedding. The buttons are vintage carved Mother of pearl with celluloid discs.
The pin base is a wide ribbon, encrusted with Mother of pearl buttons and buckles, celluloid buttons, and roses that I made from gimp and vintage zippers.

necklace strand made from amethyst and mother of pearl buttons

Pearl's Delight

This necklace incorporates small mother of pearl buttons with beads, strung on #10 Soft Flex.. The beads are amethyst, fresh water pearls, mother of pearl and seed beads. This necklace and the bracelets below were created to wear with “Pearl’s Delight” jacket ensemble, that is covered in vintage lace and vintage Mother of pearl buttons.

bracelets made from mother of pearl buttons

Mother of Pearl Bracelets

These bracelets are all made from vintage Mother of pearl buttons. The top and bottom bracelets are samples from my “Bohemian Button Bracelet” pattern, these are strung on Soft Flex as the necklace above. The middle bracelet is a sample of my “Button Bracelet” pattern using the peyote stitch.

mother of pearl buttons

Vintage at Heart

These are two pins that I made using vintage Mother of pearl buttons. The pin on the left is made from muslin fabric and is covered with buttons. The pin to the right is made from silk fabric with a piece of vintage lace, the buttons are all carved.

Vintage Mother of pearl buttons are still around in some abundance, what will you make with them?
Enjoy what you do, it’s good for you! Christen

Lothlorien Twilight: ABAA challenge

Lothlorien Twighlight

Lothlorien Twilight

This is my entry for a Dazzle of Dragonflies which was the challenge this month for Rosie and Linda’s Awfully Big Art Adventure. “Lothlorien” is where Galadriel lives in J.R.R. Tolkien’s magical world. The cloaks that she and her ladies made, that were given to the “Fellowship of the Ring” were said to have been made with a cloth that reflected the leaf, branch, water and stone of this realm. I felt that the colors that I chose for this piece reflected the same thing. Hopefully the magic will be reflected here too!

embroidered center

embroidered center

The background is a vintage embroidered silk purse, probably from China. The purse itself was too delicate to be used as such, so I have tried to preserve it’s beauty, and add it to my collection of art. Each piece of embroidery is comprised of single “Peking or Chinese Knot”, incredible in itself the work that went into each piece! These were each stitched separately then attached by hand to the brown silk. The rows of gold work that attached each design had come apart so I hand stitched these back in place first before I added in my own embellishments.

Then it was time to add in some of my own work. I beaded three dragonflies that have a dentalium shell body that is beaded and wings that are beaded. I made several sets of brick stitched leaves and interspersed them through the sections of flowers. I also beaded a few vines of brick stitched leaves.

beadedcenter

embellished and beaded center

I hand stitched several butterflies from French wire ribbon, and added dentalium shell bodies which are beaded. I also made hand stitched flowers from grosgrain ribbon that I stitched with vintage celluloid button centers. I antiqued both the flowers and butterfly bodies with copper fabric paint.

Several more flowers were made from silk bias ribbon and vintage velvet ribbon. These have beaded centers and are interspersed between the butterflies and larger flowers.

I used many vintage buttons that I have collected over the years including carved Tahiti shell, “tinnies” and celluloid which were used around the outer edges. Several new dragonfly and butterfly buttons and charms were also found to complete the theme.

Full wall hanging

Full wall hanging

I had a wonderful time collecting all of these treasures, then finding a home for them to reside.

The last item I found at Maureen’s Vintage Acquisitions was the mini quilt hanger with the dragonfly on the top! Perfection!

I hope that you enjoy what you do, have fun today and do take a look at the other entries for this challenge, they are all unique and incredible!

Happy stitching, collecting and treasure what gifts you have! Christen