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Creative Embroidery, Mixing the Old with the New, Book Promotion: Day 1

I have a new book coming out in March 2023, Creative Embroidery, Mixing the Old with The New. The emphasis of the book is to create something new from your vintage and new stash of fabrics, hankies, table linens, doilies, laces, appliqués, trims, ribbons, threads, buttons, beads, notions, and more.

Book Blog and Social Media Tour Details

The following hosts of the blogs and Facebook pages listed below, are offering a chance to win a free copy of the eBook. Visit each listing on the day of the tour that they are hosts, and enter the drawing for a chance to win!

Today you have a chance to win at C&T Publishing’s Blog.

Don’t forget to hop on over, and good luck!

Round Robin Groups

To help me promote the book, I asked a few good friends to participate in a Round Robin Group block exchange. So, what is a “Round Robin”, and how did this project get started? I asked each artist to create a 10”- 12” pieced square, using any type of fabric and color combination. The construction could also include doilies, laces, or ribbons, and then the embroidery and embellishments stitches included in the book. Once the block was created, they sent the block to the next person in the group, including the threads and embellishments that they wanted to include on their block. Then the block traveled on to the next participant in the group, and then back to the owner.

The participants of the first Round Robin Group, Washington to Oregon to Texas were founder, artist, and teacher Lynn Woll of Create Whimsy, and her friend and colleague Chardel Gibson Blaine, an artist, teacher and owner of Flying Goat Studio, who teamed up with my friend of many years,  Patti Medaris Culea, a fiberart and cloth doll artist, teacher and author.

Here is Chardel Blaine’s block. She found a napkin monogrammed with the letter “G” in a resale shop in Sisters, Oregon. Her family name is Gibson so this seemed like the perfect item of old to blend with new stitches. Inspired by her families’ story and history, a log cabin block fit the family theme. Her block traveled to Lynn Woll, then to Patti Medaris Culea.

The block is now back with Chardel and she says: “I loved the block when it came back to me, Lynn and Patti added beautiful, thoughtful details that help tell the family story.” She says she plans to frame it just as it is.

If you would like to read more the details of each block see the original post that I wrote, Creative Embroidery, Round Robin 1 Washington to Oregon to Texas, for C&T Publishing.

Happy Stitching! ~Christen

Day 22 of HEARTS! Blue Heart Etui

Day 22 of HEARTS!

Many of you know that I love hearts! I love the shapes and all of the possibilities. This heart-shaped etui is another example of my class Log Cabin Heart Etui and Pincushion. It was featured as a gallery example in The Embroidery Book.

Happy February to you!


Day 6 of HEARTS: Log Cabin Etui and Pincushion

Day 6 of HEARTS!

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.

Happy February to you!


Log Cabin Heart Etui and Pincushion: class/tutorial

Log Cabin Heart Etui and Pincushion: 3 lessons/$30.00

pinchushionandetui1This is a very traditional project, with a contemporary flare. The heart shaped etui and base of the pincushion are both pieced with a version of the Log Cabin technique. The pieced sections are embellished with traditional embroidery stitches using two different types of thread, perle cotton #8 and 6-ply stranded floss. These make an excellent gift for any sewer!

Skill Level Intermediate: sewing machine and some embroidery knowledge needed

Lesson 1: In this class you will be piecing the base for both the etui and pincushion using a variation of the Log Cabin piecing technique. You will also form the decorative center of the pincushion.

Lesson 2: In this class you will embroider the base stitches across the seams, these include: chain, herringbone, zigzag chain, blanket and short-long-short blanket stitch. Next you embroider the decorative stitches to the base stitches, these include: fly, lazy daisy, closed buttonhole flower, curved open chain loop, and the French Knot. You will also embroider the center of the pincushion.

Lesson 3: In this class you will assemble all of the pieces and parts of the etui and pincushion.

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,