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Day 26 of HEARTS! Lizbeth and Rose Marie

mixed media

art doll

Day 26 of HEARTS!

Many of you know that I love hearts! I love the shapes and all of the possibilities. Pictured here are two friends of mine that share my work space. Lizbeth is a doll that I created using a felt body and wire arms and legs, her clothing is attached almost like a paper doll. She was part of a blog challenge series called Dress-UP, check out the details of her dress for the month of February here. Rose Marie is a mixed media doll that I made from an old paint brush, cardboard packaging, plastic roses, paper mache lady bugs, vine trim, ribbonwork leaves, paper leaves, and crocheted roses that my mom made.

Happy February to you!

~Christen

Day 12 of HEARTS! Lady Rose

art doll, cloth doll

Day 12 of HEARTS!

Many of you know that I love hearts! I love the shapes and all of the possibilities. I present to you, Lady Rose, she is a felt cloth doll made with love. The center of her body is an embroidered heart ornament that my mom made. She is adorned with buttons, ribbons and trims.

Happy February to you!

~Christen

Day 5 of HEARTS: Kitty Amore

felt cat

Day 5 of HEARTS!

Many of you know that I love hearts! I love the shapes and all of the possibilities. This is a version of my Phat Matt and Friends on-line class. This version has lots of patched hearts and a few heart shaped buttons, with fun colors, and she is filled with so much love! The stitches are simple ones: blanket, chain, lazy daisy, straight, back stitch, whipped, and French knot.

Happy February to you!

~Christen

Phat Matt and Friends: class/tutorial

Phat Matt the Friends: 2 lessons/$30.00

felt catsIf you are a cat lover, this cuddly felt cat is your guy! Matt is made from three or four colors of felt, adorned with a few embroidery stitches and buttons. This is a great simple project that can be completed in a few days, or over a weekend. The colors that you choose can be life-like or more contemporary, matching a theme or your décor. Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong with this friendly guy.

Skill Level Intermediate: hand sewing and embroidery knowledge needed.

Lesson 1: In this class you will choose your colors for the different body components, and then cut out the pattern pieces. Directions for the embroidery stitches will be covered. Then you will embroider the face of your cat, adding in the all-important whiskers.

Lesson 2: In this class you will embroider the small body components such as the ears, paws and tail. Then you will attach the face to the body, and finish off the body with buttons and more embroidery. Directions for final assembly will follow, and then you can cuddle your cat to your hearts desire.

felt catClass 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

Oliver the Owl: class/tutorial

Oliver the Owl: 3 lessons/$30.00

oliver the owlWhat a hoot! Do you love owls if you do then Oliver is definitely your man! He is made from felt, hand pieced and embroidered with a few simple stitches. He stands 7” tall and is 7” wide, and wears a beret that resembles a sunflower. He is the perfect addition to any aviary and autumn mantel.

Skill Level Intermediate: some hand sewing and embroidery knowledge needed

Lesson 1: In this lesson you will choose your colors, and then cut out the pattern pieces. The basic embroidery stitches will be covered. Then you will begin by giving him some personality and embroidering his eyes.

Lesson 2: In this lesson you will assemble the face to the body, and embroider around his eyes, beak and forehead. The chest and wings are added to the body, and these will be further embroidered with stitches. The body will be stitched, and partially assembled.

Lesson 3: In this lesson you will embroider the feet, and assemble the legs. The body will stuffed, and then the legs inserted. Lastly the sunflower beret is embroidered and assembled, and your dapper gent is done!

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

Kitten Kaboodles!!! New Class

OMG!!!!! I am having way, I mean way too much fun. I was working away in my room, THE room, and I found these glass eyes, and decided that they looked like the eyes of my cat Butch. So I made a pattern, and created this small face of him, and I take him when I am off on a trip, that way he is with me always.

buddyThen I started to play around with bodies, and shapes and well it got really, really fun! I created these three examples of what kind of trouble you can get into when the creative muse goes wild.

Kitten KaboodlesHere are the Kitten Kaboodles, I am teaching them for Joggles.com starting April 11, 2014.

ChesterChester: 4″ tall x 3 3/4″ wide (not including hat)

charlieCharlie: 3 3/4″ tall x 4″ wide

felixFelix: 2 3/4″ tall x 2 3/8″ wide

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy! ~Christen

Phat Matt and Friends

felt cats

This is a class that I am teaching at Joggles.com. The class started today, and runs for two weeks. There are three different styles to chose from for the body embellishment, and many different color ways to choose from for the face and other parts.

felt cat

Meet Phat Matt, he is sleek and black, and loves his white buttons!

felt cat

Here is Patches n’ Pockets, she loves her vintage buttons!

felt cat

And lastly, here is Scrappy Pete. He has definitely seen some action, and loves his colorful appearance!

Hope to see you in class!

Happy Stitching ~Christen

Oliver and Marvin

I just recently finished a class on my pattern Oliver the Owl, here he is pictured with his new friend Marvin. They are currently handsomely adorning my mantel, presiding over the living room which is adorned in autumn decorations.

Here is another class that I just finished, Gathering Autumn’s Harvest, which are the autumn adornments surrounding my owls.

Happy Fall to you!

~enjoy, Christen

What was she thinking? MMM

art doll

Rose Marie

This is my entry for Mixed Media Monday’s challenge, “What was he or she thinking?”

Frumpinstell’s Knick Knack and Curio Emporium specialized in unique and unusual hand-made gift items. One evening when Mrs. Frimpinstell was working on the text for the monthly catalog, she mixed herself a drink of coffee and Irish Whiskey. Instead of adding their motto “Well Stocked and Tightly Packaged” to Rose Marie’s description, she typed in “Well Stacked and Nicely Packed”! Mrs. Frimpenstell did not notice the mistake at first, but when she did find it she felt that Rose Marie was these things, and more, so she left the description as is. What was she thinking? Everyone knows that you don’t mix coffee and Irish Whiskey, the coffee could have impaired her judgement!

This is another art doll that I have made using a paint brush, this one was actually our basting brush in the kitchen. I soaked it too long in the dish pan and all the bristles came out, “What was I thinking?”

Enjoy what you do, with or without a little Irish Whiskey! Christen