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Hankies and Lace Wall Hanging

Hankies and Lace Wall Hanging with Christen Brown

This class is scheduled to begin Thursday August 3, 2017.

This project combines vintage handkerchiefs, ribbons, lace and cotton fabrics. The hankies will be your focal point, with ribbon, lace and appliques used as useful camouflage. Both traditional and silk ribbon embroidery stitches will be used to embellish the edges and inner sections of the hankies. Free standing elements and embellishments that will be added are appliques, yo-yo’s and flowers all made from bits of fabric. Vignettes with silk ribbon embroidery and ribbonwork flowers will be embroidered throughout the hanky base. Buttons, charms and beads will be added in here and there to finish the project.

The finished project can be turned into a pillow or a wall hanging. My book Embroidered and Embellished is a required supply. Student must be familiar with all forms of embroidery stitches before class, as no stitches will be demonstrated during class time. Student must also have both machine and hand-sewing skills.

Week 1: Creating The Base $20.00

be my valentine hanky wall hangingThe base of the project is created with hankies, linens, fabric and ribbon. Several different examples of hanky designs will be explored. Machine and hand sewing will necessary to finish the base, and will be need to completed at home before the next class.

Week 2: Fabric and Lace Embellishments $20.00

samplesLearn to make free standing elements and embellishments: appliques, yo-yo’s and flowers, bird’s nests and more all made from bits of scrap fabrics and lace.

Week 3: Ribbonwork Components $20.00

ribbonwork flowers

The ribbonwork flowers that will be covered are: the rosette, posy, ruched petal flower, U-gather petal flower, rickrack flower and 3 petal fan.  Student must be familiar with hand sewing skills before class.

Week 4: Lace, Appliques and Embroidered Rows $20.00

embroidery sample

Lace and small appliques will be stitched here and there, and embroidered rows of stitches will encrust the edges of the hankies. Student must be familiar with embroidery stitches before class.

Week 5: Floral Vignettes $20.00

hanky base with vignettes

Arrange and design fabric and ribbon components from Weeks 2 and 3. Stitch in additional elements and designs with silk ribbon embroidery. Student must be familiar with ribbonwork and silk ribbon embroidery stitches before class.

Week 6: Silk Ribbon Embroidered Roses, Buds and Flowers $20.00

Embroider smaller vignettes of roses, buds and other flowers around the larger vignettes and within the hanky sections. Student must be familiar with silk ribbon and traditional embroidery stitches before class.

Week 7: Decorative and Detail Stitches $20.00

Embroider decorative and detail stitches along the border rows, and within the hanky sections. Student must be familiar with traditional embroidery stitches before class.

Week 8: Bugs, Buttons, Charms and More $20.00

Embroider small detail stitches like spiders, butterflies, and dragonflies. Add in buttons charms and a few beaded stitches to complete the vignettes and border rows.

Week 9: Finishing Touches $20.00

Variety of bindings, stabilizers, and additional finishing touches will be covered.

Class Details

For additional information on the series, and if you are interested in attending, please contact me:

thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com

Until then, Happy Stitching! ~Christen

The Crazy Corner: Students Work

During the first run series of my class the Crazy Corner, I had several ladies allow me to photograph their project’s journey through the sixteen weeks of lessons, and then publish their work here. Please give each of them a round of applause and much praise for their beautiful work!

Under the Sea by Karen Oberle

step14Karen started with a printed fabric that had sea horses on it. She chose additional fabrics to compliment the colors of the first, adding threads, ribbons and beads following the same color scheme. She adapted many of the techniques to her underwater theme, for instance instead of a basket, she created a sunken ship; the flowers became shell shapes; and she added in many more inventive items.

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Carolyn’s Garden for a Friend by Carolyn Barkow

largeCarolyn started with a garden theme, which began with several fabrics that had a floral print. She continued the theme by adding in a basket for berries, a bee skep, butterflies, and lots of flowers. There is a tiny birds nest at the top left corner, filled with blue beads for the eggs.

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Please check in periodically, for the remaining students work.

Happy Stitching to you all! ~Christen

Roll of Stitches

embroidery cornerI have combined all of the small samplers that I created for my class the Embroidery Corner, into a rolled book. The class is a 16 week course where we explore a stitch and it’s variations, or several related stitches each week. I use my book Embroidered and Embellished as a reference guide.

embroidery cornerI created a cover for the rolled book from another longer sampler that I had started to stitch on in class. Here is a peek into the book.

embroidered sampler

embroidery sampler

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embroidery sampler

ECdedicationI learned the art of embroidery at the age of seven from my mom. It is the one needle art that I continue to use every day, I love it!

Happy stitching to you all, enjoy! ~Christen

A Sampling of Samplers

 

theembroiderycornerI teach a class called the Embroidery Corner, at a local shop. In the process of developing and writing the handouts I stitched quite a few samples to use for the photographs.

Beginning Embroidery with Bead EmbellishmentSeveral years ago I taught an on-line class called Beginning Embroidery with Bead Embellishment. I have also created a few stitched bits from this class. And yes I used the same colors of fabric and threads in this sample as the above sample!

samplergroupJust recently I had time to combine those bits of stitching from both classes. I had a lot of fun saving all of those 1″ bits and putting them to good use.

Happy Stitching! ~Christen

Working on a few things…

I have been busy in the studio, working on some new classes, working on some old classes, and working on some fun things.

kanthatablerunnerThis is my version of a Kantha quilted piece of fabric, which is a new class that I am offering locally. Click here for the information about the class.

vintageatheartI have made a few new pieces for my Vintage at Heart, a class that I offer locally. Click here for the information about the class.

ribbon embroidered broochI have made a few new pieces for my Ribbon Embroidered Brooch, a class that I offer locally. Click here for the information about the class.

finished cq squareI finished my wall hanging for the Crazy Corner, a class that I offer locally. Click here for the information about the class.

felt needle caseNow for the fun part. This is a little felt needle case that I just made for fun. My grandmother had one very similar to this. I used synthetic felt, perle cotton, ribbon, lace and some fun buttons. I would like to say this took an afternoon to stitch up, but it actually took me about 20 hours to make. There are two complete halves, a front and a back that are lined so that the stitches do not show.

Happy Stitching to you all, enjoy~ Christen

Kantha Table Runner

kanthatablerunnerKantha Table Runner

This project is a fun and easy way to become acquainted with the easy and free-form quilted style of Kantha quilting. This is class will be taught in tandem with Carol Alves and myself. Carol will take the first part of the class, helping the student to machine sew the table runner. I will take the second part of the class and teach the student how to work out a design, and stitch the fabric into a quilt.

kanthatablerunnerThe table runner can be any size, mine is 14″ wide by 44″ long.

Details:

Class Fee:$30.00 total

  • $15.00 for Carol, to be paid for any time before the class, at the store
  • $15.00 for Christen: which is paid directly to Christen (see below)

*Please note that this class does not include any of the materials, supplies or tools; these must be purchased by the student.

Date and time: This class is not currently scheduled.

Please email Christen: thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com with your inquiries.

Happy Stitching ~Christen

Penny Rug

Penny Rug

pennyrugThis cute little rug is adapted from a vintage technique that started in the 1800’s, where scraps of wool from blankets or clothing were cut out using a penny or circular template (hence the name). These round sections were then stitched with the blanket stitch, often with a penny in the middle to keep the fabric flat.  This decorative piece can be used as a small table or dresser matte. It is made from simple ingredients, and easy embroidery stitches.

Details:

Class Fee: $15.00/2 hour class

*Please note that this class does not include any of the materials, supplies or tools; these must be provided by the student.

Class Requirements: hand sewing and embroidery skills are a must

Date and time: This class is not currently on the schedule.

Specifics:

This class fee is paid directly to Christen. This can be paid by a PayPal invoice, or by cash or check the day of class. Please email Christen:thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com to inquire about the availability of space for the date listed above.

Happy Stitching ~Christen

Vintage at Heart

Vintage at Heart with Christen Brown

vintageatheartThese hearts are a great way to mix the old with the new, and they are a great project that can be completed in a few hours. Bring your stash of vintage and new buttons, a bit of fabric and voila you have made an heirloom that can be treasured for years to come

heart broochBasic straight stitches as well as embroidery stitches will be covered. Lace and bits of ribbon can also be added in for extra touches. Finishing options for a pin will be covered and suggestions for an ornament and wall hanging will be discussed.

Bonus Handout: What is in Your Button Box? and Dating Buttons by Materials and Styles. All of us have a stash, and it is fun to find out just what is in that stash!

Details:

Class Fee: $25.00/2 hour class

*Please note that this class does not include any of the materials, supplies or tools; these must be provided by the student.

Class Requirements: hand sewing a must, some embroidery knowledge will be helpful.

This class is not currently scheduled.

Specifics:

This class fee is paid directly to Christen. This can be paid by a PayPal invoice, or by cash or check the day of class. Please email Christen:thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com to inquire about the availability of space for the date listed above.

Happy Stitching ~Christen

Renaissance of Ribbon Embroidery sampler

I just finished another sampler for the Renaissance of Ribbon Embroidery class that I teach.

rennaisanceofsilkribbonembroideryThis is one of the classes that I have been teaching for over 25 years. Silk ribbon embroidery continues to be one of my favorite forms of embroidery.

Happy Stitching to you,

~Christen

Stitch Along Sampler

Stitch Along Sampler

This is an 18-week series that explores the different aspects of embroidery and the stitches learned in the Embroidery Corner series. The design and stitching time for each square will be covered in two consecutive week intervals. This is a perfect project, as you can step into the session at the beginning of a square, and work your way through the project as your time allows. The finished project can become a wall hanging or pillow.

There will be 9 separate squares of fabric that will have an embroidered design on them. The embroidered designs will also include whole cloth, applique, ribbonwork and other aspects of embellished embroidery. The squares can be stitched onto a base fabric, or stitched together. The finished piece can be made into a pillow or a wall hanging. My book Embroidered and Embellished is a required supply.

Square #1: Merrily We Go Around $30.00 (traditional embroidery stitches)

stitch along sampler block 1

  • #1A: transfer base design; embroider base, vines and stalks
  • #1B: embroider large flowers, fill in flowers, dragonfly

Square #2: Rose and Grape Vine $30.00 (lace applique, traditional, raised and textured and silk ribbon embroidery stitches)

stitch along sampler block 2

  • #2A: stitch applique, transfer base design; embroider vine,  branches, and grapes
  • #2B: embroider roses, fill in flowers, leaves and charms

Square #3: Vase with Flowers $30.00 (applique, ribbonwork flowers, traditional and silk ribbon embroidery stitches)

stitch along sampler block 3

  • #3A: cut out applique shape and fuse to base; embroider edge; stitch ribbonwork flowers
  • #3B: embroider feather stitch vine, embroider leaves, small details

Square #4: Embroidered Heart $30.00 (traditional, raised and textured embroidery stitches)

stitch along sampler block 4

  • #4A: transfer base design; embroider first and second layers of heart design
  • #4B: embroider third, fourth and fifth layers of heart design

Square #5: Four Square $30.00 (traditional and silk ribbon embroidery stitches)

stitch along sampler block 5

  • #5A: transfer design, embroider squares
  • #5B: embroider squares

Square #6: Embroidered Fan $30.00 (traditional embroidery stitches)

stitch along sampler block 6

  • #6A: transfer base design; embroider edges and sections
  • #6B: embroider large flowers and fill in flowers

Square #7: Basket of Flowers $30.00 (applique, ribbonwork flowers, traditional and silk ribbon embroidery stitches)

stitch along sampler block 7

  • #7A: cut out applique shape and fuse to base; embroider edge; stitch couched ribbon handle and bow
  • #7B: embroider flowers and leaves

Square #8: Embroidered Chorus $30.00 (traditional, raised and textured embroidery stitches)

stitch along sampler block 8

  • #8A: transfer base design; embroider edges and sections, and large flowers
  • #8B: embroider medium and small flowers and fill ins

Square #9: Wreath of Roses $30.00 (traditional and silk ribbon embroidery stitches)

stitch along sampler block 9

  • #9A: transfer base design; embroider borders and roses
  • #9B: embroider fill in flowers and leaves

The Finishing Hour $10.00
Whether you have made all nine square or just a few you have many options for finishing the project. The squares can be grouped with all nine blocks to make a wall hanging; or grouped together in fours for a smaller wall hanging or even a pillow. One square can be backed with a wide ribbon as hung an individual wall piece, or group several together for a longer section. The question is what will you do with your blocks?

Details

This class is not currently scheduled.

For information on the series, and if you are interested in attending, please contact me:

thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com

Until then, Happy Stitching! ~Christen