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Crazy Pieced Needle Case

Crazy Pieced Needle Case

crazy pieced etui

This lovely, efficient needle case can be made over the course of a few weekends. It has a pocket that can be used for scissors, a few packages of needles, or what ever you want. There is also a sheet of folded felt, to be used for your loose needles.

crazy pieced etui

The first part of the class I will teach you how to machine stitch the base together.

sampler of ribbonwork and silk ribbon embroidery

The second part of class I will show you how to make the three-dimensional flowers and silk ribbon embroidered stitches. You will need to have embroidery knowledge for this class, as you will work on that part of the needle case on your own time.

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

Class Requirements: You must know how to use a sewing machine, and know how to hand sew. You must know the embroidery stitches before class.

Happy Stitching, and enjoy~ Christen

The Crazy Corner

Crazy Corner with Christen Brown

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The Crazy Corner, a master class by Christen Brown, takes the student from a pile of fabric to a finished CQ block in 16 weeks. In each 2 hour lesson you will learn comprehensive information that can be applied not only to crazy piecing, but in other aspects of your creative work.
Due to amount of information covered in each class, the student is required to have the experience and expertise listed in the description under each week’s class listing. Hand embroidery and sewing skills are a must; some ribbonwork and bead embroidery knowledge is also helpful.

If you are new to embroidery may I suggest my book Embroidered and Embellished and my class The Embroidery Corner Series.

Week 1: Organizing Your Components and Color Theory 101 $20.00

lesson1square1Learn how to choose fabrics; combine textures and colors; and how to bring in additional colors with ribbon and lace. Explore the embroidery choices with thread, silk embroidery ribbon and beads. Identify and assign color names and numbers to your fabrics, trims, threads etc.

Week 2: NO-Sew Square $20.00

lesson2square1Create a CQ base that does not require any machine sewing. Some hand-sewing may be needed, but for the most part the fabrics are adhered to a muslin base with a fusible web.

Week 3: Custom Dyeing Laces and Ribbons $30.00

lesson3square1Learn to dye laces, ribbon and threads using ColorHue dyes. I will bring the dyes for you to use during class time. *Please note: this class is a 3 hour class.

Week 4: Baskets and Spider Webs $20.00

lesson4square1Create baskets from lace, ribbon and embroidery stitches. Embroider a variety of spider web shapes. Student must be familiar with hand sewing skills, and these embroidery stitches: blanket, chain, coral, couched, fly, pistil, outline, stem and straight stitches.

Week 5: Fans, Yo-Yo’s and Rosettes $20.00

lesson5square1Create a vintage looking Dresden fan from ribbon and fabric; create a crazy pieced fan and fabric yo-yos; create a ribbon rosette. Student must be familiar with hand sewing skills.

Week 6: Embroidered and Couched Vines $20.00

lesson6square1Create vines using the split stitch, couched stitch, chain stitch and a single crochet stitch (Christen’s own needle stitch). Student must be familiar with the first three embroidery stitches, and single chain crochet before class.

Week 7: Border Rows: Embroidered $20.00

lesson7square1Create a mini square from your leftover fabrics to audition color chart choices on (this will be used later as a pocket on the back of the CQ square. Then learn how to document progress using a diagram of CQ square, and graph paper. Then embroider border row stitches and their variations. Student must be familiar with embroidery stitches before class.

Week 8: Birds Nests, Baubles and Buttons $20.00

lesson8square1Learn to create a woven, tatted or lace bird’s nest that can be filled with pearls or beads. Create ribbon baubles and buttons to stitch into vignettes. Student must be familiar with hand sewing skills.

Week 9: Vignettes of Flowers and Leaves $20.00

lesson9square1Create ribbonwork and silk embroidery ribbon flowers, ribbonwork and embroidered leaves. Student must be familiar with hand sewing skills, and be familiar with silk ribbon embroidery.

Week 10: Decorative Stitches: Embroidered $20.00

lesson10square1Embroider lazy daisy, fly, chain, closed blanket and bullion stitch variations and designs. Student must be familiar with these embroidery stitches before class.

Week 11: Decorative Stitches: Beaded $20.00

lesson11square1Embroider beaded flowers, sequin flowers, beaded leaves and more. Students should have some knowledge of beads and their sizes before class.

Week 12: Detail Stitches: Embroidered and Beaded $20.00

lesson12square1Embroidered French, Colonial and Chinese knots and straight embroidery stitches. Beaded centers and details will also be covered. Student must be familiar with the embroidery stitches before class and have some knowledge of beads and their sizes before class.

Week 13: Bugs and More! $20.00

lesson13square1Create butterflies, bees, spiders, lady bugs and snails with embroidery or ribbonwork techniques. Students must be familiar with the lazy daisy, fly, chain and French knot embroidery stitches, as well as ribbonwork techniques before class.

Week 14: Beaded Extras $20.00

lesson14CQCreate tiny beaded extras that can be sewn into a vignette including beaded flowers, leaves, stars and more. Students should have some knowledge of beads and their sizes before class.

Week 15: Vignettes: Buttons, Beads and Charms $20.00

lesson15CQsquareGrouping, displaying, and sewing buttons, beads, charms and more. Bonus extra: learn to create a specialize charm or button using a photograph or special card.

Week 16: Bindings, Finishing Touches $20.00

finished cq squareLecture: Variety of bindings, stabilizers, and finishing touches.

Student: Personalized suggestions, support and answers for each student.

For a look at past students work, please see Crazy Corner: Students Work.

Class Details:

These classes are listed with the price per visit.

This class is not currently on the schedule.

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

thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com

The above class fees reflect the content, the handout and any supplies noted in the description of each specific class. Once the fee of a class is paid for, you will receive a handout in an email, which will need to be printed and brought to class.

Until then, Happy Stitching! ~Christen

A Crazy Lady’s Guide to Piecing: class/tutorial

A Crazy Lady’s Guide to Piecing: 3 lessons/ $38.00

crazy pieced blockCrazy piecing is definitely an accurate description for piecing disparate and awkward bits of this and that together. It can be confusing and confounding when you first start, in fact that is the first question people usually ask, how do I start? Questions that usually follow are what do I put where, what fabric do I use, what color should go next to what, and how on earth do I get myself out of that boxed in mess I created?

The class will cover three different basic CQ (Crazy Quilt) piecing techniques that I use to stitch a base for a garment, quilt, pillow or wall hanging. I will share with you my experience and my solutions to all of the above questions and more. I will give you ideas on how to choose your fabric, color scheme and how to stitch your base depending on the size of the scraps, strips, and bits of fabric that you have. I will also give you several ideas that I have used to get myself out of those boxed in messes!

Skill Level Beginning: sewing machine knowledge needed

Lesson CP/101: First I will discuss fabric choices: color, size and fabric content. We will also discuss additional items such as ribbon, lace, handkerchiefs, doilies, and sheer fabrics that can be used to create interest to the fabrics that you have chosen. This class will cover the Triangle and Strip crazy piecing technique. Fabric extras that will also be included are Prairie Points and Yo-yos.

Lesson CP/102: This class will cover the 4-square and Opposite Side crazy piecing technique. Technique extras will be foundation piecing for small pieces using a strip or fan shape.

Lesson CP/103: This class will cover the 5-corner cube and Walk around the Block crazy piecing technique. Technique extras will be the Boxed In Triangle, Half Dome and Wedge fold and stitch techniques.

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

The Castle Door: ABAA Key Challenge

The Castle Door

The Castle Door

This month over at Rosie and Linda’s Awfully Big Art Adventure the challenge was to use a key, it could be an old key, a new key or a key that you made. Great challenge, everyone who enters always has an interesting view on the challenge, take a look when you get a chance.

I thought of an image of an old castle door that had been weathered, with a big door knocker, a brass knob and big hinges. I searched Ebay and found this large old key that is used for the hanger here; I also found a few old skeleton keys to add in here and there with my newer keys and heart shaped locks. The base is machine pieced and machine quilted. The  charms, keys and buttons are attached with embroidery floss

Enjoy- Chrisetn

Victoriana- silk ribbon embroidered vest

Victoriana- silk ribbon embroidered rvest

Victoriana- silk ribbon embroidered vest

This is a collaged montage of a few of the embroidered sections from my Victoriana vest. This vest is shown here in it’s second incarnation. The original was a solid piece of fabric with the manipulated ribbon work sections, lace sections, and ribbon embroidery, similar to The Edwardian, and was the original sample for Vintage Redressed pattern. Sadly the vest had an accident with the iron, and several sections of ribbon work melted! Yikes!

So I cut out the sections that I could save, found a compatible fabric to the original, and crazy pieced the front sections with the saved embroidery, and simplified the back by just using the dyed lace pieces, buttons and beads.

The silk ribbon embroidery sections were worked with 2mm, 4mm, and 7mm silk ribbon, vintage ombre ribbon, and buttonhole twist thread. The ribbon worked flowers are made from satin ribbon. I added in seed beads in sizes 6,8, and 11 for details. Metal charms and vintage buttons complete the details.

Victoriana- vest

Victoriana- vest

The beret and purse that I wear with this vest are made from the original fabrics, and the Lady Alexandra is the jewelry that is worn with this outfit.

Enjoy your day, happy stitching… Christen

Gail’s Garden- wall hanging with ribbon work and silk ribbon embroidery

Gail's Garden- wall hanging by Christen Brown

Gail’s Garden- wall hanging by Christen Brown

This is a close-up view of a new wall hanging that I just finished on Saturday, (closer views of the flowers.) My friend Gail made me a lovely crocheted scarf with flowers and beads, and I made her this wall hanging in trade.

The wall hanging has ribbon worked flowers and leaves made from a variety of ribbons including:

  • silk bias
  • vintage grosgrain
  • satin
  • ombre
  • picot edged ombre
  • novelty

The crazy pieced base is stitched with both traditional and silk ribbon embroidery stitches. I used 4mm and 7mm silk ribbon, #5 and #8 pearl cotton, and Wildflower threads. I hand dyed some of the ribbons and threads to match the colors of the fabric.

Many of the flowers and leaves I have developed for a book that I would someday like to publish. Until that day I plant them in my gardens whether it be on a garment, purse, or other accessory. I hope that you find pleasure in your pursuits, as I do!

Happy Stitching! Christen

Donna Reed’s Tea Party- collaged jacket

Donna Reed's Tea Party- jacket

Donna Reed’s Tea Party- jacket

Embroidery, a needle art that I learned at the age of seven from my mother is a skill I continue to develop and is the technique of choice for many of my creative and artistic expressions. The first embroidered item I made still in use to this day is a short handled tote bag that my mother designed as a project for my Bluebird group.

This jacket is comprised of two card table sized tablecloths, one large rectangular cloth, and many napkins, tea towels appliques and additional pieces of embroidery that I have been collecting for years. This is part of the Donna Reed’s Tea Party Ensemble.

My favorite piece is the card table sized tablecloth with the large flowers shown in the front center corners. The embroidery for each corner was stitched in four different color combinations.

The large tablecloth, probably vintage 50’s early 60’s, was embroidered with a pink vase and colorful flowers in several sizes. The cloth did not survive a red wind dinner party and was promptly discarded to the thrift store. Lucky me!

After all of the pieces were attached to a muslin base, I added in satin ribbons to hide the seems of these sections. I then added additional embroidered details with traditional embroidery stitches with left over strands of floss and on the ribbons.

The collar is made from a wonderful cotton print from the 50’s, which was our old bird cage cover. The lining is made from additional embroidered items, a linen fabric that was left over from my kitchen curtains, and other cotton prints.

Happy Stitching! Christen

Days of Wine and Roses- silk ribbon embroidered vest

Days of Wine and Roses close-up

Days of Wine and Roses close-up

The inspiration for the colors of this vest came from the main fabric itself, which is from one of my favorite fabric companies, Hoffman Fabrics. The champagne-mushroom dyed background is liberally sprinkled with chocolate and rose colored ferns and leaves. I used these colors and added in a sage, celery and dark green for the ribbon worked flowers and leaves and the embroidery.

The front of the vest has a raw silk panel stitched in at a slightly off kilter diagonal angle. On either edge of the the cotton and silk seam seam run a display of whimsical floral vignettes. The ribbon worked flowers and leaves are made from a variety of new and vintage ribbons including: Hanah silk bias in 2-1/2″, 1″ and 5/8″; vintage cotton grosgrain and velvet ribbons; double sided satin ribbon; cotton and moire fabrics. The vignettes are embellished with silk ribbon embroidery in sizes 2mm, 4mm and 7mm silk ribbon. Silk and cotton threads were used for details and traditional embroidery stitches.

Days of Wine and Roses- vest

Days of Wine and Roses- vest

Happy Stitching! Christen

Tied in Knots: crazy pieced, tatted and embroidered needle case

Tied in Knots/needle case with tatting and embroidery

Tied in Knots/needle case with tatting and embroidery

Tied in knots — that’s the definition of tatting! At least it is until you get really good at it, which I have to say I still have a long way to go!!!

Tatting is a form of lace that is comprised of a series of knots made onto a loop of thread that is wound around your hand. The stitches are simple: basic knot which is a square knot, a loop (referred to as picot) and chains (single knots) are added for design interest.

My mom taught me how to tat using a red plastic shuttle that I still use. I also have used the long needle designed for tatting, and have used a basic milliner’s needle such as the designs used in the Tandledons.

This crazy pieced shuttle holder is adorned with traditional embroidery, tatted bits and pieces and silk ribbon stitches. I have started collecting shuttles to put in the holder, along with a few thread winders. I have a few shuttles made from celluloid; one from metal; one from Mother of Pearl; and one from abalone shell. But I have to say my favorite is the red plastic one that my mom gave me so many years ago.

Happy Stitching! Christen

Scrumptious Scraps Wall Hanging: silk ribbon embroidery with silk ribbon worked flowers and leaves

Scrumptious Scraps by Christen Brown

Scrumptious Scraps by Christen Brown

This wall hanging truly covers all of my passions, embroidery, ribbon work, vintage lace, and dyeing! Scrumptious Scraps was a labor intensive project, but well worth the time that I spent on it. In fact this piece is one of my favorites, and I have used it throughout the design of my website.

The base fabric is comprised of all of those precious scraps of handmade lace and fabric that you can’t throw out! The base was created with a layer of Solvy over the scraps of lace and fabric which was then machine quilted fusing all of the pieces together. The base was then dyed with Color Hue Dyes, along with the ribbons that I used to embroider the flowers and leaves.

The ribbon worked flowers are made from Hanah silk bias ribbons, cotton grosgrain ribbons, and dyed silk satin ribbons; the embroidery was stitched with silk ribbons and embroidery threads.

size 12-3/8″ W x 9-1/2″

Happy Stitching! Christen