This is a close-up view of a needle case that I made for a class that I teach. The base is crazy-pieced with cotton fabrics and embellished with ribbonwok flowers, silk ribbon embroidered flowers, traditional and silk ribbon embroidery stitches, buttons, charms, vintage tatted trim and appliques. Many of the stitches can be found in my book The Embroidery Book by C&T Publishing.
This is a grouping of some of my favorite embroidered treasures. I keep these in baskets on my work table and book cases so that I can see them and love them everyday! These can be found as gallery examples in my ribbonwork and embroidery books from C&T Publishing.
This is a up-close view of the needle-case that is the focus of my class Creative Thread Embroidery. The stitches are raised and textured and include tatted stitches, whip stitches, bullion stitches and cast on buttonhole stitches. This needle-case and the stitches can be found in my book Embroidered and Embellished, by C&T Publishing.
Here is my new book, Beaded Embroidery Stitching, which includes 125 bead embroidery and bead woven stitches, using beads, buttons, charms and more. Once you practice the basic stitches, there are 8+projects for you to work your magic on!
I have included a section on the types of beads and embellishments that you will be using for the stitches, and the other items that can be included in your creations.
Many of the stitches included in the book are interpreted from traditional thread embroidery stitches.
I have included a look into my Design Process, and how a project will start.
I have included several versions of a design in different color ways so that the reader could see the possibilities.
Champagne and Pearls
Along Came a Spider
There are loads of inspiration for you to look at, with examples ranging from wall hangings, sewing caddies, pillows, bracelets, brooches and more.
I want to thank all of the magnificent participants that were kind enough to leave a post on the blogs. You can read the past posts here, and see what they thought about the book.
Many of you know that I love hearts! I love the shapes and all of the possibilities. These fun sewing aids are from my class Log Cabin Etui and Pincushion. The set includes directions for piecing a log cabin base for an etui (needle holder) and pincushion. The pincushion has a heart shaped top, and both have heart shaped buttons. The embroidery stitches include: chain, herringbone, zigzag chain, blanket and short-long-short blanket, fly, lazy daisy, closed buttonhole flower, curved open chain loop, and the French Knot stitches.
I was fortunate enough to be asked by Barbara, the owner of Joggles, to stitch a few of her wool houses for a video. She was generous and gave me extra pieces to use for my own designs. Here is an example of one of the houses that I turned into an etui or needle case.
As a teacher of embroidery everyone, I mean everyone asks me if the needle makes a difference. YES is the correct answer!
The purpose of the needle is to make a hole big enough in the fabric, or to be inserted into the canvas so that the thread can follow with ease. If the hole is too small, the thread will eventually fray, if the hole is to big then the thread will not cover the hole. So again YES!
Many students get confused once the needle is out of the package, so I suggest dedicating a pincushion to your embroidery needles. I take each section and write down the type of needles that I use with a permanent marker. For instance, embroidery, sharps, milliners, cotton darners, beading and chenille needles are all in my tool box, therefore there is a wedge on the pincushion with their name on it!
Another good idea is to dedicate a piece of fabric or even an index card for the types of needles that you may be using. Then thread the needle with the type of thread or ribbon that you would use for embroidering your project. Insert the needle into the fabric or card, then tape the thread down. Write the name of the needle on the fabric or card. Voila, no more confusion!
I 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.
I 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.
I 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!
I have been busy in the studio, working on some new classes, working on some old classes, and working on some fun things.
This 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.
I 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.
I 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.
I finished my wall hanging for the Crazy Corner, a class that I offer locally. Click here for the information about the class.
Now 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.
This petite pincushion is the perfect size for your travel sewing kit. The base of the pincushion is made from grosgrain ribbon; the flowers and leaves are also made from grosgrain ribbon. A scissor fob can also be made using the same flower and leaf that adorns the pincushion.
Class Fee: $20.00
*Please note that this class does not include any of the materials, supplies or tools; these must be purchased by the student.
Class Requirements: Hand stitching skills a must.
Date and time: Not currently scheduled.
This class fee is paid directly to Christen. This can be paid by a PayPal invoice, or by check and sent to Christen. Please email Christen: firstname.lastname@example.org with your inquiries. Once the class is paid for the handout will be sent to the customer’s email address. The customer must print a copy of the handout to bring to the day of class.