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Day 26 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Day 26 of FLOWERS GALORE!

Pretty In Pink

Pretty in Pink

This is an ensemble that I made using a vintage tatted reticule and crochet collar. I used silk ribbon for the flowers and leaves, and added in acrylic flowers and leaves with beaded stitches. This can be found in the gallery section of my book Ribbonwork Flowers by C&T Publishing.

Happy Stitching, enjoy~ Christen!

Treated and Textured Reticule: class/tutorial

Treated and Textured Reticule: 3 lessons/$40.00

textured and treated reticuleThis class is full of cool techniques; it will be hard to decide which one is your favorite! First you will stitch your fabric, shrinking it and manipulating it into a textural base. Next you will create a mesh of specialty threads and covered tendrils or branches. Embellishments and embroidery will include hand applied rayon cord, needlelace, shisha mirrors, and beading. Directions will be given to make a four-sided purse; however you could use your own pattern to make a pillow or wall hanging the choice is yours.

Skill Level Intermediate: sewing machine, embroidery and beading knowledge needed.

Lesson 1: This class is all about the textures! You will learn how to create crinkled and crunched portions into your fabric sections. Next you will create textures in other areas with single and twin needle stitching.

Lesson 2: This class is all about specialty threads and yarns. First you will make a mesh that can be cut and used as appliquéd sections. Then you will turn ordinary yarn into a tendril or vine. These will be assembled onto the textured fabric sections from Lesson 1 with additional bits of rayon cording and bobbin stitching.

Lesson 3: This class is all about the embellishments. Needle lace embroidery, raised and textured stitches, shisha mirrors and bead embellishments will be combined with the previous techniques to create a unique reticule.

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

 

Beadazzled Somemore Purse: class/tutorial

Beadazzled Somemore Purse: 4 lessons/ $45.00

beads stitched to fabric

This class delves deeply into the wonderful world of bead embellishment, exploring a wide variety of stitches and embroidery techniques. The sample that you will be stitching on can become a purse (using the pattern provided), a pillow or wall hanging, or whatever you choose. The techniques that will be covered are free-form peyote on fabric, free form bead embroidery, multi bead embroidery, attaching trinkets, buttons and charms with beads, and so much more. Your project will start with a beautiful batik fabric, a variety of seed beads in several sizes and colors combined with a collection of buttons, glass charms and larger beads. This class is a must for anyone who loves beads!

Skill Level Intermediate: sewing machine and beading knowledge needed

Lesson 1: This class will cover how to prepare the base fabric, with a small amount of machine stitching to secure the layers of fabric and batting. We will talk about design choices, color choices and bead choices, and how to prepare your beads for easy set up.

Lesson 2: This class we will explore the basic peyote stitch; changing between bead sizes within the beginning row, adding to this row, making connections and creating additional rows.

 Lesson 3: This class will cover filling in areas with additional rows, multi-bead embroidery.

 Lesson 4: This class will cover filling in areas with larger glass beads and charms, adding in sequins, buttons and chips. I will also cover how to assemble the purse and additional finishing touches that can be added to your project.

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

 

Tea on Tuesday: What is black and white and red all over?

what is black and white and red all over

What is black and white and red all over?

Tea on Tuesday of course! Here Mona and I are with Nell (porcelain head) and Oscar (the frog)…. My family and I are starting the New Year over, one day at a time. The holidays were far from that, with many trips to the doctor, the urgent care and finally ringing in the New Year (12am) in the Emergency Room with my mom… which was an interesting event. The doctors finally deduced that she was dehydrated from a water pill she had taken a week or so prior to this. After a few IV’s, quite a few tests (which could not explain the mystery pain), she was determined to be free to leave and come home on the 3rd with instructions to drink more water!

Life has settled somewhat, but is far from being light, free or joyful, so I am trying to work with the positives to keep the spirit in me strong! I have decided to work with color themes this year for my Tea on Tuesday posts. I intend (I use this as a disclaimer in case I change my mind) to work with one color a month, and add in additional colors to compliment the main color. This month is RED, cause it is my husband’s favorite color, it looks great on the lips, it is happy, it denotes strong emotions, and frankly Mona and I had no other ideas this morning! By the way we are enjoying a lovely cup of Earl Grey!

black and white jewelry

Black and White Jewelry

This is a pretty set of black and white jewelry that I designed to wear with one of my vintage ensembles that is included in my “Vintage Redressed” lecture. The pendant is a vintage porcelain piece that was given to me by a friend of the family; I have gathered vintage Japanese, French and Czech glass beads for the necklace strand that it is attached to. The bracelet is one of my button patterns, Jazz; all of the buttons are vintage Czech glass from the 1940’s. The earrings were a treasure from my husband’s grandmother. The button purse is also a pattern of mine, “Button Flashbacks”.

what is black and white and red all over

What is black and white and red all over?

The traditional answer is a newspaper… but I will leave the joke open for you to interpret. Please join the other tea time group over at Kimmie’s place Art in Red Wagons. Happy New Year to you, and here’s to making every day count! Christen

Friday’s Favorites: Silk Ribbon Embroidery with Ribbon Worked Flowers

 

scrumptious scraps

Scrumptious Scraps

 

Friday’s Favorites (and every day for me) are silk ribbon embroidery projects that include ribbon worked flowers and leaves. This type of work incorporates two different techniques, embroidery with silk ribbon and flower or leaves stitched from ribbon. If you are unfamiliar with these techniques it can be confusing to identify one technique over the other.

In the above image I have used both silk ribbon embroidery and ribbon worked flowers made from silk habotai and silk satin ribbons. The base of this particular piece is composed of precious bits and pieces of lace that are stitched to a base of silk fabric. This base was dyed along with a few of the ribbons. Additional ribbons that I used were the Hanah Silk Ribbons. The silk ribbon embroidery was stitched with 2mm, 4mm, 7mm silk ribbon from YLI.

 

silk ribbon embroidery

Marie's Boudoir Pillow

 

This is pillow is an example of silk ribbon embroidery. The technique is described by threading the ribbon into a needle (chenille) and stitching through the fabric to create the embroidered designs. All of the stitches were stitched with either silk ribbon from YLI which comes in a variety of sizes (here I used 2mm, 4mm, 7mm, and 13mm);  or silk threads which I used buttonhole twist and stranded floss.

 

ribbon worked flowers and leaves

Violet Gardens

This brooch is an example of flowers and leaves made from ribbon. These ribbon worked flowers are stitched from different widths of ribbon (1/4″ to 5/8″), in a variety of styles and fiber content. Ribbon work differs from embroidery in the fact that the individually stitched flowers are created by threading a needle with sewing thread, cutting the ribbon the exact length for each flower, then stitching the ribbon to form the flower. Each flower or leaf  then is stitched in place with a needle and thread. These flowers can also be glued onto a project such as a mixed media project like Green Gardens, or stitched onto a ribbon base and made into a necklace or bracelet as in Deco Plumeria and Violas and Peas.

 

silk ribbon embroidered brooch

Elizabeth's Garden

 

This is an example of a brooch that is primarily embroidered with silk ribbon, using traditional stitches such as Lazy Daisy, French Knot and Chain Stitch. Stitches that are primarily used in silk ribbon embroidery are the Japanese Ribbon Stitch and the Woven Rose (which are shown in the top center of the brooch along with a few ribbon work flowers). I have also incorporated a rococo trim around the outer edge of the brooch, and a few ribbon worked flowers and leaves at the top outside portion of the brooch.

 

silk fabric with silk ribbon embroidery

Summer Blossoms Purse

 

This purse is an example of silk ribbon embroidery on an embroidered silk fabric (in the middle) with silk dupioni fabric on the outer edges. One of the wonderful qualities of silk is that it takes the dye so beautifully, and is very vibrant, yet still feminine. The other lovely thing about silk ribbon is that it is so beautiful even the most basic stitches such as Lazy Daisy, Straight Stitch and French Knots.

 

silk ribbon worked flowers and leaves

Silk Gardens Purse

 

This purse appeared in the March/ April 2007 issue of PieceWork Magazine. I wrote an article on silk fabrics, and this piece was included as a project. Here I have used primarily ribbon worked flowers made from Hanah Silk Ribbons with a few silk ribbon embroidered stitches.

If you would like to view a few other projects see my website for Samples of Silk Ribbon Embroidery.

Enjoy what you do, Christen

 

 

Melon Balls Vintage Ensemble

Melon Balls Vintage Necklace and Earrings

Melon Balls Vintage Necklace and Earrings

This entire collection of accessories started with with the coral colored rectangular molded glass pieces set into earring findings, which I found at the Salvation Army for $.99.

The next piece I found was the bracelet (shown below found on ebay), several years later with the same carved glass pieces set into a metal finding.

I wore these two parts of the ensemble for several more years until I came upon the glass beads (used in the necklace, also from ebay) with the same carved floral design. A few months after that I found the lovely melon colored souffle finished oval beads at a quaint little bead store outside of Julian, CA. I mixed these with black bicones and seed beads to create the necklace. I used a vintage glass button for the closure.

Melon Balls Bracelets

Melon Balls Bracelets

The second bracelet is comprised of vintage glass sew throughs (these I had been saving for just the right project), vintage glass buttons for the closure, and the left-over beads from the necklace.

Then I got to thinking about a brooch for this set, and I started to play with my celluloid buttons and ribbons in the same colors of the necklace.

Deco Decadence Brooch

Deco Decadence Brooch

The brooch boasts a lovely display of “buffed celluloid” buttons. I just adore the black and tan combination. It took many years to collect the right sizes and colors for this brooch. The ribbon worked flowers are made from a vintage ribbed cotton ribbon and the leaves are from a taffeta ribbon.

The ribbon buttons and flowers are attached to florist wire wrapped in 1/8″ satin ribbon, and sit in a vintage jacquard ribbon vase. A pin back is stitched to the back of the vase.

I found a great Chico’s jacket at a thrift store to wear all of these treasure with. Finally the hat and purse that I had collected a while back had a purpose.

Melon Hat and Vintage Purse

Melon Hat and Vintage Purse

The hat is a vintage crochet raffia by Laura Ashley found at a thrift store. I trimmed the brim with a textured lace. I made ribbon worked flowers from French wire ribbons, and used a vintage velvet leaf trim for the background of the vignette.

The vintage handbag was found on a treasure hunt. It is from China, embroidered in coral, melon and gray threads with gold work details. The frame is encrusted with pieces of turquoise and coral.

Yeah, I just love it when things like that work out!

Happy searching, I hope that you find a treasure today that will turn into a wonderous adventure like this one! Christen

Strawberry Fields- crochet purse

Strawberry Fields- crochet purse

Strawberry Fields- crochet purse

This crochet purse was so much fun to make. It is stitched in rows of double crochet using bits of this color and that, added in when one color ran out. I stitched a row of treble crochet close to the top for the cord to run through, and ruffled the top edge.

I am a fairly neat person but when it comes to skeins of pearl cotton, I tell myself I must wrap it in to a ball before I start stitching, but I rarely do. So the odd bits and messy balls end up in an old glass candy jar, at least they look pretty while stuffed in there.

So this was a project meant to untangle my bird’s nest full of pearl cotton #5 skeins. They were hopelessly tangled and mangled and seemingly knotted beyond recognition.

I spent a few nights in front of the TV, and a few long car trips (I was a passenger, not the pilot) and untangled and sorted the mess that I had created. I think that the untangling process took longer than the crochet stitches.

Hope that you too can create something from your tangles and mangles! Happy Stitching, enjoy- Christen

Fleurs de France- silk ribbon embroidered purse

Fleurs de France- silk ribbon embroidery

Fleurs de France- silk ribbon embroidery

This is a close- up of the embroidery stitches that are included in my  Fleurs de France purse pattern.

This is a very feminine accessory and the pattern unique as it has curved pieced sections, where the embroidery is stitched along.

The stitches included in the instructions are:

  • woven rose
  • rose bud or leaf
  • lazy daisy
  • bullion tipped lazy daisy
  • colonial knot
  • strait stitch
  • feather stitch

Additional floral bouquets can be created with ribbon worked flowers which include:

  • concertina rose
  • prairie point bud or leaf

Simple instructions for bead embellishments are also included, I used fresh water pearls and glass seed beads on this project. This is an intermediate lesson, as you would need some embroidery and sewing skills to complete the project.

Ellen Matilda’s Rose Garden- silk ribbon embroidered purse

Ellen Matilda's Rose Garden Purse

Ellen Matilda's Rose Garden Purse

Ellen Matilda my was my grandmother and she longed for a rose garden. There was never a lot time or extra money for this.

My aunt, her youngest daughter also loved roses, and was able to have a garden in her mother’s memory. It was beautiful and her mother would have been proud of it.

My aunt’s garden inspired me to create one in ribbon embroidery in memory of both my Aunt Ellen and my grandmother Ellen Matilda.

The pattern Ellen Matilda’s Rose Garden is shown here using a cotton velveteen fabric for the base.

I used the maidenhair fern stitch for the base of the design using a variegated pearl cotton thread. The tips of this stitch are embroidered with 4mm silk ribbon using the the lazy daisy and bullion-tipped lazy daisy flowers. Spider web roses are stitched with 7mm silk ribbon, and carnations are stitched with 3mm ombre ribbon. French knots and bullion knots are used for the details and stitched with 4mm silk ribbon or silk buttonhole twist thread.

A vintage button for the closure; glass seed beads and glass leaf details; brass butterflies; and vintage glass beads on the handle add the perfect finishing touches.

Happy Stitching! Christen

Summer Blossoms- silk ribbon embroidered purse

This purse is made from a lovely selection of summer colors with silk fabrics and silk ribbon embroidery.

The pattern I used is my Climbing Wisteria purse pattern. It is a simple shape that can be used to showcase your creative talents.

The tambour embroidered light yellow silk fabric that I used in the center sections of the purse came from my friend Betty Micheels. The deep pink dupioni silk on the side sections was left over from another project.

The pieced seams are embellished with 4mm silk ribbon embroidery using silk and cotton threads for detail stitches. These stitches are embellished with seed beads, buttons and novelty leaf shaped beads. The strap is made from braided rayon cords, and the closure is a Mother of Pearl button with a china transfer.

Happy Stitching! Christen