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Friday’s Favorites: Hearts of Course, A Heart a Day: 3

Heart Felt Wishes to you all! I love hearts, I love the shape, I love to decorate the house at Valentine’s Day, and I have a lot of hearts… so I decided to post A Heart a Day for the entire month of February.

What is love to you? Love to me is lending your jean jacket to your love when she is cold, which my guy does! And the best part is that he doesn’t mind if I put a pin or two on it! Keep your love strong, be kind, take a moment to believe that everything is going as planned, and spread the love.

Happiest of heartfelt wishes for a wondrous day! ~Christen

Scrumptious Hearts: class/tutorial

Scrumptious Hearts: 3 lessons/$38.00

scrumptious heartsBits and pieces of cherished lace are melded with silk fabric to form a beautiful heart shaped base for your floral design. Chose from a few different heart shapes and ribbon worked floral vignettes, or create your own. The melded silk and lace base and the RTD silk ribbons for the ribbon work flowers and the silk ribbon embroidery are dyed with the Colorhue dyes. This is an excellent way to use up small amounts of this and that to form an heirloom brooch to be treasured.

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

Lesson 1: This lesson will cover the machine stitched and collaged bits of lace and silk fabric for the base of the heart, (only cotton, rayon or silk lace will work for the base, you will need to know what you have before you start the project). The finished base and the silk ribbons will be dyed in the second part of this lesson with Colorhue dyes (no other dye will be used or discussed).

Lesson 2: This class will focus on the ribbon worked (ribbon cut to a specific length and stitched with a needle and thread) flowers and leaves, that will become the floral vignettes for the heart. The flowers include: the Chou Rose, Double Edge Rosette, and the Silk Bias Berry; the leaves include: the Simple Leaf and the Prairie Point Leaf. The flowers and leaves are stitched onto the heart shaped base in small vignettes.

Lesson 3: This class will focus on the silk ribbon embroidery stitches (ribbon threaded through a needle and stitched through the fabric to form a flower or pattern) that include the Lazy Daisy and French knot; these are stitched around the floral vignettes. Once the base is adorned with the ribbon worked flowers and leaves and embroidery, then the brooch is assembled with the backing and outer trim.

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,


Rosette Corsage Medley- ribbonworked flowers

Rosette Corsage Medley- ribbon worked flowers

Rosette Corsage Medley- ribbon worked flowers

This is a sampling of some of my favorite corsages and by changing the colors and leaves they each have a unique look.

Starting from the top left:

  • The flower is made from a 3″ wide vintage French ombre ribbon with vintage velvet leaves and a vintage glass button center.
  • The flower is made from French wire ribbon the center is full of stamens with a glass button.
  • The flower is made from French wire ribbon with a velvet rosette and vintage button for the center and vintage stamens. The leaf is made from 3-1/2″ wide French wire ribbon.

Happy Stitching, Christen

Dragonfly Brooch- peyote and brick stitch

Dragonfly Tropics

Dragonfly Tropics

As a child I collected shells from the shore, and used them to create jewelry and small dolls. I loved the small white dentalium shells as they were so useful, and when I saw these lovely green ones I knew just what to do with them.

The base of this brooch is a wire covered with silk ribbon. It creates the perfect perch for a beaded dragonfly and a vine full of flowers and beaded leaves.

The dentalium shell body is embellished with a circular peyote stitch in size 15 seed beads; the wings are brick stitched in four separate sections with delica beads. Two small pearls are used for the eyes.

A beautiful abalone shell button is stitched in the center of the vintage bead vine, with small carved pua shell buttons stitched amongst the glass flowers and leaves. The silk vine is also enhanced with Hanah silk bias ribbon work flowers with beaded centers and brick stitched leaves that are made from delica beads.

Happy stitching, love what you do! Enjoy- Christen

PS: here are two additional versions of this brooch.

Dragonfly Moon

Dragonfly Moon

The second brooch Dragonfly Moon has the beaded dragonfly attached to an antique Mother of Pearl disc. This is then embellished with free form peyote vines with beaded leaves, vintage MOP discs and more glass beads.

Autumn Dragonfly

Autumn Dragonflies

The third brooch Autumn Dragonflies has a similar covered wire base as the first brooch. It is also encrusted with silk bias ribbon flowers, vintage and new glass beads stitched leaves, but for some reason I didn’t stop there! I then added more French wire, velvet and silk bias ribbon worked flowers and leaves for the background. So now it is a small wall hanging rather than a huge brooch!

Enjoy- Christen