ON-LINE HAND EMBROIDERY CLASSES

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Please see below the on-line classes that I am running in 2017

Advanced Blackwork Embroidery: Elephant - On-Going Class/Forum - New Regstrations Welcome

Blackwork Embroidery Kits

April 2017: Introductory to Blackwork Embroidery: Butterfly - Registration open until Monday 27th of March

Blackwork Embroidery Kits

Click Here to see a list of all the on-line classes that I run

Below are gallery pages with former students work and comments from my previously run on-line classes:

Purple Pansy  |  Jimmy the Hamster  |  Red Fox  |  Blackwork Butterfly

Blackwork Lovebirds  |  Blackwork Study of Cats

In 2017 I will be running the blackwork elephant as an ongoing on-line class. This means that you can purchase the kit/design and join the forum at anytime and take advantage of seeing my critique on your work and other students work and all students questions and answers. For you to be able to purchase the elephant design you must have worked one of my designs in the tissue paper tacking method so that I can see that you can compensate patterns to a tacking line and that you can shade patterns. Two of my designs that help you get to the level of the elephant are the beginners blackwork lovebirds design and the intermediate blackwork cats design. I suggest working both these designs prior to the elephant so that you can develop the technique required for the elephant. You can purchase these designs by clicking on the name/link of the design. If you have any questions please feel free to email me Tanja

Blackwork Lovebirds Kit and PDF Files  |  Blackwork Cats Kit and PDF Files

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Advanced Blackwork Elephant

Registration open for new students

You need to have had some experience in blackwork to work the elephant as the elephant is an advanced design. When purchasing the design please email me to let me what blackwork you have done previously. If you have never done blackwork before this project will be too large and overwhelming, this is not an easy design.

Embroidery Size

The embroidery is worked on 32 count Belfast linen fabric.

Height: 14 inches (35 cm)     Width: 11 1/2 inches (28 3/4 cm) 

Click here to see pictures of blackwork elephant embroideries worked by students

Class Description

The blackwork elephant is an advanced blackwork hand embroidery design. If you are interested in taking the class you need to have worked one of my other intermediate blackwork designs in the tissue transfer method and email me a picture of your work to: tanja@berlinembroidery.com so that I can check you are able to work on a counted fabric and can compensate patterns to the tacking lines. My suggestion is to work the Blackwork Study of Cats prior to the elephant as the cats have the same four patterns that are worked on the elephant so will give you a great foundation prior to working the elephant, but if you are not partial to cats you may do one of the other intermediate designs.

To give you some perspective of the difficulty of the elephant I have graded my blackwork designs below:

Beginners: Introductory to Blackwork Butterfly, Blackwork Etui Box, Blackwork Star, Cross-Stitch Meets Blackwork Designs

Beginners/Intermediate: Blackwork Butterflies, Blackwork Fuchsia, Blackwork Horses, Blackwork Lovebirds

Intermediate: Blackwork Chickadee, Blackwork Peacock, Blackwork Pheasants, Blackwork Study of Cats

Advanced: Blackwork Elephant

The blackwork elephant on-line class is on-going through my website so you can join at any time and work it over the length of time you require to complete the elephant. The forum will remain open indefinitely and I will be here to answer questions and critique your embroidery (if you wish) as you are working the elephant. There is approximately 200  - 250 hours of stitching time on the elephant.

The elephant has 9 PDF file lessons with work-in-progress photographs of working the elephant.

The PDF lessons are posted on the forum, the student will be able to download the files and print off the lessons. The lessons will remain on the forum so the student can download and print off the lessons at their leisure.  I can also email the PDf files if you do not want to participate in the forum. The cost of the elephant design is the same whether you particiapte in the forum or not. The lessons are exclusive to the registered and paid participants of the on-line class.

Below are a few examples of the colour pictures that are in the PDF files. I show the stitch process of every pattern section on the embroidery in the PDF files in step by step photos.

There is no audio aspect with the on-line class but there is the opportunity to correspond with the designer and other students about working the embroidery through the Berlin Embroidery Designs On-Line Class Forum

I offer free critique on the embroidery as you work it. This means that when you post a picture on the forum or email me a picture of your work, I will give you constructive feedback on what you are doing well or where you may need to make changes. I like to post the picture with the critique on the forum as it is very beneficial to all participants taking the on-line class to review and apply to their own work. I can post the picture with the critique anonymously if you would prefer not to have your name with the picture. The cost of the elephant design is the same whether you particiapte in the forum or not.

Supplies Required

A set of instructions will be mailed to the student prior to starting which will include the essential diagrams for the elephant and tissue paper to transfer the elephant onto the fabric. I do not provide these in PDF file form.

I also provide a kit of the following supplies, if you already have some of these supplies I can take the cost off your kit.  Please use the same fabric and threads listed below for the best results.

Cost of kit of all supplies is $70.00 Canadian Dollars.

Materials in Kit: 1 Piece of Fabric 22 inch by 27 inch 32 Count Antique White Belfast Linen Fabric  •   1 Spool of Black No. 12 Perle Cotton   •   2 Skeins of Black Au Ver a Soie, Soie D'ager Silk Thread   •   3 Skeins of Black DMC Embroidery Cotton   •   3 Skeins of Pea-Coat Variegated Weeks Dye Works Thread    •   2 Skeins of Black YLI Silk Thread   •   2 Bobbins of Red Tacking Thread   •   Packet of 5 No. 28 Tapestry Needles   •   Packet of 6 No. 26 Tapestry Needles   •  Two No. 10 crewel needles   •   Two Wire Needle Threaders

Information on Fabric and Thread

The blackwork elephant is worked on 32 count antique white Belfast 100% Linen fabric with uneven weave threads (different thicknesses of fabric threads) which results in uneven size holes but has a natural look. To get the best shading results you should work the elephant on 32 count and use the same threads as the original embroidery. If you substitute with a different fabric or threads you may not get the refined, fine art quality of the elephant. The blackwork elephant design took many hours of designing to get just the right look, please reproduce the design using the same fabric and threads to get the best results, thank you.

Tools Required

Embroidery Frame: Either a 24 inch slate frame, or 24 inch scroll frame or a 20 inch by 26 inch Stretcher Bar Frame and Thumb Tacks. The 24 inch scroll frame is probably the easiest to work the embroidery in.

Pair of Tweezers (optional - to remove tissue paper from between tacking stitches during design transfer process)

Dress Making Pins - To pin tissue paper to fabric

Embroidery Scissors

Payment Details


Registration for the class is open for new students who will join the on-going blackwork elephant on-line class forum where you will download the PDF files for the blackwork elephant and work the elephant at your own pace.

You need to have had some experience in blackwork to work the elephant as the elephant is an advanced design. When purchasing the design please email me to let me what blackwork you have done previously. If you have never done blackwork before this project will be too large and overwhelming, this is not an easy design.


Blackwork Elephant On-Line Class and Kit: $520.00 Canadian Dollars

The $520.00 Canadian Dollars cost includes on-line class - 9 PDF Files with work-in-progress pictures, participation on the on-line class forum and a kit of supplies (Worth $70.00) to work the elephant. Click Here to see a list of the kit contents. If you already have some of the supplies I can take off the cost of the supplies from your kit BUT it is important to use the same fabric and threads on your elephant for the best results. Substituting with a different fabric or threads will result in a differently shaded elephant.

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Equipment Required

You will require a frame to work the blackwork elephant in. I do not recommend a hoop (ring frame) as it can leave marks on the fabric and spoil your beautiful embroidery. Probably the easiest frame to work the elephant in is a 24 inch scroll frame as you can roll the embroidery on the frame and then it is not a too far a reach to stitch the center of the elephant. I also suggest lacing the fabric at the sides of the frame so that you have tension on all four sides of the frame. There are needlework stores on the internet that sell scroll frames. 

A slightly cheaper option is a 26 inches by 20 inches stretcher bar frame and brass thumb tacks at $25.00 Canadian Dollars. The fabric can't be rolled on the stretcher bar frame so you will have to work the head of the elephant upside down so that you can reach the area that you are working on. You can purchase the stretcher bar frame below.

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You get one packet No. 26 Tapestry Needles and one packet of No. 28 Tapestry Needles in the kit, you have the option of ordering more needles below. One Packet of Needles costs $3.50 Canadian dollars.

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The kit comes with two wire needle threader. The wire needle threaders can break so I have given you the option to order extras threaders below. A packet of 3 wire needle threaders costs $1.00 Canadian dollar.

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If you require scissors I have sharp and inexpensive small embroidery scissors below or you visit my scissors webpage for other types of scissors. One pair of scissors costs $10.00 Canadian dollars.

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If you have any questions please feel free to email me Tanja

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Introductory to Blackwork On-line Class

Blackwork Butterfly

Registration open until Monday 27th of March

Class runs Friday 14th of April to Friday 26th of May 2017

You can work one the butterflies in the class - your choice of patterns and fabric. Both designs are in the instructions.

Embroidery Size

28 Count Fabric: Height: 3 1/2 inches (8 3/4 cm)     Width: 3 1/2 inches (8 3/4 cm)

32 Count Fabric: Height: 3 inches (7 1/2 cm)     Width: 3 inches (7 1/2 cm)     

Class Description

The introductory to blackwork on-line class is suitable for all levels of stitchers and is written with the beginner in mind.

This is unlike some counted blackwork where you follow a set pattern of the design, instead the design is transferred onto the fabric in the tissue paper transfer method, leaving a tacked outline of the design on the fabric. Different blackwork patterns are worked with in the tacked areas.

We get away from the rigid format of having to follow a precise path, but find a path to work the pattern in the easiest method.

The stitches are worked in running stitch/back stitch with no concern about working the back the same as the front.

The on-line class will have three PDF file lessons with colour work-in-progress photographs of the patterns on the butterfly and additional working tips not in the instruction book.

When the PDF lesson is posted the student will be able to download the file and print off the lesson. The lesson will remain on my website from the posting date to end of the class so the student can download and print of the lesson at their leisure.  The lessons are exclusive to the registered and paid participants of the on-line class.

The PDF Files will be posted on the following class dates:

Lesson 1: Friday 14th ofApril 2017

Lesson 2: Friday 21st ofApril 2017

Lesson 3: Friday 28th ofApril 2017

The online class ends on Friday 26th of May 2017 giving the student plenty of time to complete the project. There are approximately 10 hours stitching time on this embroidery.

Below are a few examples of the colour pictures that are in the PDF files. I show the stitch process of every pattern on the embroidery in the PDF files in step by step photos.

There is no audio aspect with the on-line class but there is the opportunity to correspond with the designer and other students about working the embroidery through the Berlin Embroidery Designs On-Line Class Forum

As part of the on-line class I offer free critique on the embroidery as you work it. This means that when you post a picture on the forum or email me a picture of your work, I will give you constructive feedback on what you are doing well or where you may need to make changes. I like to post the picture with the critique on the forum as it is very beneficial to all participants taking the on-line class to review and apply to their own work. I can post the picture with the critique anonymously if you would prefer not to have your name with the picture.

Kit Details

The kit has a 21 page instruction book with step-by-step charts of the blackwork patterns, diagrams on the outline stitches and instructions for working the butterfly. The student can work the design on 32 count or 28 count fabric and either one of the butterflies in the pictures.

Materials in Kit: 1 Piece of Fabric 9 inch by 9 inch   •   1 Skein of Black DMC Embroidery Cotton  •   Spool of Kreinik Multi-Coloured Cord   •   Red Tacking Thread  •   Brown Tacking Thread  •   Gold Very Fine Pearl Purl  •   1 No. 28 Tapestry Needle   •   1 No. 26 Tapestry Needle   •   1 No. 10 crewel needle.

Explanation of Fabric Types

32 count antique white Belfast 100% Linen fabric with uneven weave threads (different thicknesses of fabric threads) which results in uneven size holes but has a natural look. This is the fabric that the blackwork elephant is worked on.

32 count antique white Monika fabric (50% cotton and 50% Modal). The fabric has even weave threads (all threads are the same thickness) and is soft and smooth to the touch. The holes in the fabric are all the same size so easier to see. The patterns come out more even on the even weave fabric compared to the linen fabric.

28 count antique white Lugana fabric (52% cotton and 48% Rayon). The fabric has even weave threads (all threads are the same thickness). The holes in the fabric are all the same size so easier to see. The patterns come out more even on the even weave fabric compared to the linen fabric. This is the easiest fabric to work on.

28 count antique white Cashel 100% Linen fabric with uneven weave threads (different thicknesses of fabric threads) which results in uneven size holes but has a natural look.

Tools Required

8 inch by 8 inch or 9 inch by 9 inch Stretcher Bar Frame and Thumb Tacks - Available for purchase with the on-line class below

Or the embroidery can be worked in a 7 inch hoop. I prefer the stretcher bar frame as you can get the fabric tighter and sometimes the ring frame can mark the fabric.

Pair of Tweezers (optional - to remove tissue paper from between tacking stitches during design transfer process)

Dress Making Pins - To pin tissue paper to fabric

Pencil

Embroidery Scissors

Registration and Payment Details

Registration and payment for the class can be taken securely through the Berlin Embroidery Designs website.

If you prefer you can email me to register for the class. Please email me you name, address, telephone number and how you would like to pay, or you can telephone me at 403-274-6293 and speak to Tanja Berlin.

You have the option of paying for the class by credit card or PayPal. If you pay by credit card the amount will be charged to your credit card in Canadian Dollars, the bank will convert the amount to your countries currency. Check the following Currency Converter for the approximate exchange rate. If you select to pay by PayPal I will email you a PayPal invoice in US dollars.


Registration open until Monday 27th of March


Introductory to Blackwork (Butterfly) On-Line Class Option 1: $80.00 Canadian Dollars.

The $80.00 cost includes on-line class - 3 PDF Files with work-in-progress pictures, particpation on on-line class forum and kit with even weave cotton/mix fabric (28 lugana fabric is the easiest fabric to work on)

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Introductory to Blackwork (Butterfly) On-Line Class Option 2: $85.00 Canadian Dollars.

The $85.00 cost includes on-line class - 3 PDF Files with work-in-progress pictures, particpation on on-line class forum and kit with linen fabric (the elephant is worked on 32 count belfast linen fabric)

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The embroidery can be worked in a 6 inch or 7 inch embroidery hoop or a stretcher bar frame. For information about the frames visit my Embroidery Frames webpage. (Parcel Mail costs apply to stretcher bar frames).

7 Inch Stretcher Bar Frame and Thumb Tacks: $15.00 Canadian Dollars

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You get one No. 26 Tapestry Needle and one No. 28 Tapestry Needle in the kit, you have the option of ordering more needles below.

Packet of John James Tapestry Needles: $3.50 Canadian Dollars

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The kit comes with one wire needle threader. The wire needle threaders can break so I have given you the option to order extras threaders below.

Packet of 3 Metal Top Wire Needle Threaders: $1.00 Canadian Dollars

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If you require scissors I have sharp and inexpensive small embroidery scissors below or you visit my scissors webpage for other types of scissors.

Small Embroidery Scissors: $10.00 Canadian Dollars

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Kits and supplies for the class will be mailed on the Monday 27th of March 2017 or sooner. 


If you have any questions please feel free to email me Tanja

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