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Day and Weekend Classes in Hand Embroidery

I run day classes and weekend classes in hand embroidery. Please see below the techniques that I teach as group classes or as private or semi privates classes.

My teaching rate for 2017 is $400.00 for a 6 hour teaching day with an hour lunch break or $70.00 per hour.

If you interested in taking a class from me or coming to teach to your group please email me with the techniques you are interested in and I will email you PDF files with pictures and class descriptions.

2-Sided Embroidery: One Day Class

Tropical Flower 2-Sided Embroidery Kit
Tropical Flower 2-Sided Embroidery Kit
Tropical Bird 2-Sided Embroidery Kit
Tropical Bird 2-Sided Embroidery Kit

I offer the tropical flower for all levels of stitches and the tropical bird for advanced level stitches.

The embroidery is worked on silk fabric using Au Ver a Soie, Soie D’alger silk thread in two sided satin stitch, padded satin stitch and stem stitch. The bird also has 2-sided fly stitch and buttonhole stitch.

The design comes on the fabric so the student can start stitching immediately.

This is a fun class in which the student will learn how to execute the stitches so that the back looks the same as the front and how to start and end a thread so that it is invisible.

2-Sided Embroidery: Two Day Class

Apple Blossom 2-Sided Embroidery
Apple Blossom 2-Sided Embroidery
Apple Blossom 2-Sided Embroidery
Apple Blossom 2-Sided Embroidery

The apple blossoms are suitable for all levels of stitches. There are two designs in the kit, the student can choose which one to work at the class.

At the beginning of the class the student will trace the design on to taffeta fabric and then will work the apple blossoms in two sided surface embroidery stitches using DMC No. 8 Perle Cotton thread.

The student will learn how to work satin stitch, padded satin stitch, stem stitch, and long and short stitch as reversible stitches and how to start and end a thread so that it is invisible.

Blackwork: One Day Class

Small Blackwork Butterfly

The Small Blackwork Butterfly is a one day class.

In the class the student will transfer the outline of the design onto 28 count fabric using the tissue paper transfer method and then work six blackwork patterns in sections on the butterfly.

The student will get to work a portion of each pattern in the class which they can complete at home.

Small Blackwork Butterfly

The Small Blackwork Butterfly is a one day class.

In the class the student will transfer the outline of the design onto 28 count fabric using the tissue paper transfer method and then work six blackwork patterns in sections on the butterfly.

The student will get to work a portion of each pattern in the class which they can complete at home.

Blackwork: Two Day Class

I have several blackwork designs that I teach in a two day class. All of the designs are my art blackwork designs in which the blackwork patterns are shaded by changing the density of the pattern or the thickness of the thread to create a realistic effect.

At the beginning of the class the student will transfer the design onto the fabric using the tissue paper transfer method and then work blackwork patterns in sections of the design. The student will work a portion of each pattern and will complete the design at home.

I have blackwork designs ranging from beginners to advanced. In a group class I can teach four different designs in the same class. The student will work on the design of their choice so I can teach beginners, intermediate and advanced students in the same class.

The blackwork horses can be worked on 16 count or 32 count fabric, all the other designs are worked on either 28 count or 32 count fabric.

Below is the level of each design, visit the blackwork kits webpage for the cost of the kits:

  • Blackwork Horse Mangalarga Breed: Beginners
  • Blackwork Horse Halflinger Breed: Beginners
  • Blackwork Flight of Butterfly: Intermediate
  • Blackwork Spectral Butterfly: Intermediate
  • Blackwork Fuchsia: Intermediate
  • Blackwork Love Birds Just the Two of Us: Intermediate
  • Blackwork Love Birds What You Looking At?: Intermediate
  • Blackwork Peacock: Advanced
  • Blackwork Pheasants: Advanced
  • Blackwork Kingfisher: Advanced
  • Blackwork Chickadee: Advanced

Carrickmacross Lace: One Day or Two Day Class

Carrickmacross Lace
Carrickmacross Lace Sampler

I designed the Carrickmacross Lace Sampler specifically for learning the technique. The technique is slow to stitch so it is better to learn on small samples than on a large piece.

The Carrickmacross Lace Sampler can be taught over one or two days. The student will learn the different techniques in Carrickmacross lace and with the techniques there are lots of different methods to work the pretty and delicate white medallion samples. The samples can be displayed in a two sided glass frame or against a colour background.

Goldwork Brooch or Pendant: One Day Class

In this one day class the student can make a pendant or brooch in metal thread embroidery. Visit the Jewelry Kits webpage for the price of the kits.

All the pieces of jewelry are made in the same method which is couching down different colours of pearl purl (coiled metal thread) on a black felt background. In a few spaces between the lines of pearl purl are different colours of couched metal purl threads (soft metal beads).

One piece of jewelry takes 4 – 6 hours to stitch so some students will be able to complete their piece of jewelry by the end of the day.

Goldwork Sampler Designs: One to Four Days of Classes

Goldwork Sampler

Goldwork Sampler

Each design on the Goldwork Sampler can be worked in a one day class. The design comes on the fabric so the student can start stitching immediately.

  • Goldwork Passing Design is a beginners design and has felt padding, satin stitch in silk thread and three techniques of goldwork.
  • The Heart Design is an intermediate design and has felt and crochet cotton padding and three techniques of goldwork and cord making.
  • The Fleur De Lys Design is an advanced design and has crochet cotton padding, long and short stitch in silk thread, and one technique of goldwork using three different threads.
  • The Plate Design is an advanced design and has felt padding, long and short stitch in silk thread and four techiques of goldwork.

Goldwork Honeysuckle: One Day Class

Goldwork Honeysuckle
Goldwork Honeysuckle

The honeysuckle can be taken as a one day or two day class, the student will work portions of the design in the class.

Areas of the honeysuckle are padded with felt and crochet cotton and then there are three metal thread techniques that are worked on the honeysuckle that will be covered in the class.

The design comes hand painted on the fabric so the student can start stitching immediately.

Goldwork: 2 Day Class

I have lots of goldwork designs that I teach in a two day class.

Each design has its own techniques in goldwork. For most designs the student will have a choice of gold, silver or copper metal thread and a choice of fabric colour.

The goldwork design comes painted on the fabric so the student can start stitching immediately. The student will learn how to pad the design with felt and or crochet cotton and then how to sew down a variety of metal threads.

I have goldwork designs ranging from beginners to advanced. In a group class I can teach three different designs in the same class. The student will work on the design of their choice so I can teach beginners, intermediate and advanced students in the same class.

Below is the level of each design, visit the Goldwork Kits webpage for the price of the kits:

  • Goldwork Honeysuckle: Beginners
  • Goldwork Harebell: Beginners
  • Goldwork Tudor Rose: Intermediate
  • Goldwork Peacock Feather: Intermediate
  • Goldwork Still Life: Intermediate
  • Goldwork Lion: Intermediate
  • Goldwork Ram: Intermediate
  • Goldwork Marguerite: Advanced
  • Goldwork Tulip: Advanced
  • Goldwork Rooster: Advanced

Hapsburg Lace Bookmark: 1/2 Day Class

Hapsburg Lace Bookmark

The Hapsburg Lace Bookmark is worked in lacy canvas work stitches on 18 count mono canvas.  A choice of purple, blue or pink ribbon and beads are sewn on the bookmark for a touch of colour.

This is fun class for all levels of stitchers. The bookmark is worked in the hand from a chart and instructions with step by step diagrams.

A portion of the patterns will be worked in the class giving the student confidence to complete the bookmark on their own

Hapsburg Lace Sampler: 1 Day Class

Hapsburg Lace Sampler Runner

The Hapsburg Lace Sampler is worked in lacy canvas work stitches on 18 count mono canvas. Blue and pink ribbon are sewn down between some of the patterns for a touch of colour.

This is fun class for all levels of stitchers. The sampler is worked in the hand from a chart and instructions with step by step diagrams and is rolled as it is worked.

A portion of several of the patterns will be worked in the class giving the student confidence to complete the sampler on their own

Modern Jacobean: 2 Day Class

Modern Jacobean takes design elements from traditional Jacobean crewel embroidery with the floral motifs and tree of life.

Each design is worked in surface embroidery stitches in DMC embroidery cotton and Kreinik Metallic thread on silk dupioni ground fabric. Organza and kid leather give the traditional motifs a modern touch.

The design comes on the fabric so the student can start stitching immediately.

I have designs ranging from beginners to advanced. In a group class I can teach three different designs in the same class. The student will work on the design of their choice so I can teach beginners, intermediate and advanced students in the same class. I suggest that students who are not very fast at stitching or are new to surface embroidery stitches work a beginners design.

Below is the level of each design. visit the Modern Jacobean Kits webpage for the price of the kits:

  • Floral Motif: Beginners – 15 Surface Embroidery Stitches
  • Floral Swirl: Beginners – 14 Surface Embroidery Stitches
  • Tree Motif: Intermediate – 18 Surface Embroidery Stitches
  • Dragonfly: Intermediate – 20 Surface Embroidery Stitches
  • Bird of Paradise: Advanced – 22 Surface Embroidery Stitches

Mountmellick: 2 Day Class

Mountmellick

Mountmellick Corner Design embroidery is an Irish form of white work.

The student will work 15 surface embroidery stitches using three thicknesses of heavy cotton thread on a white cotton satin jean fabric.

The technique is good for beginners because the stitches are easy to see and work, it is a bold embroidery with its own charm.

The design comes on the fabric so the student can start stitching immediately.

Needle Painting: 1 Day Class

Maple Leaf Needle Painting

The Maple Leaf is worked in needle painting also known as thread painting and long and short stitch. This is the most realistic form of surface embroidery which is worked in staggered straight stitches in a single strand of DMC embroidery cotton on a closely woven fabric, blending rows of colour to create the very realistic leaf.

The design comes on the fabric so the student can start stitching immediately.

In the class I will demonstrate and explain the technique in detail so that the student goes home with a thorough understanding of the technique.

Needle Painting: 2 Day Class

Needle painting also known as thread painting and long and short stitch is the most realistic form of surface embroidery which is worked in staggered straight stitches in a single strand of DMC embroidery cotton on a closely woven fabric, blending rows of colour to create the very realistic embroideries.

Other embroidery stitches on the designs are split stitch, stem stitch, satin stitch and some of the designs have chain stitch and French knots.

In the class I will demonstrate and explain the technique in detail so that the student goes home with a thorough understanding of the technique.

The design comes on the fabric so the student can start stitching immediately.

I have designs ranging from beginners to advanced. In a group class I can teach two different designs in the same class. The student will work on the design of their choice so I can teach beginners to advanced students in the same class. I suggest that students who are not very fast at stitching or are new to long and short stitch work a beginners design.

Below is the level of each design, visit the Needle Painting Kits webpage for the price of the kits:

  • Clear Purple Pansy: Beginners
  • Purple Icicle Pansy: Beginners
  • Blue Blotch Pansy: Beginners
  • Wild Rose: Beginners
  • Blue Flax: Beginners
  • Iris: Intermediate
  • Baby Burrowing Owl: Beginners
  • Eastern Blue Bird on Pine Branch: Beginners
  • Eastern Blue Bird on Blossom Branch: Intermediate
  • Red Poll: Intermediate
  • Robin in Grass: Intermediate
  • Wild Rabbit: Intermediate
  • Red Fox: Intermediate
  • Grizzly Bear: Intermediate

Needle Painting: 4 Day Class

Needle painting also known as thread painting and long and short stitch is the most realistic form of surface embroidery which is worked in staggered straight stitches in a single strand of DMC embroidery cotton on a closely woven fabric, blending rows of colour to create the very realistic embroideries.

Other embroidery stitches on the designs are split stitch, stem stitch, satin stitch and the Pygmy Owl branch has chain stitch.

In the class I will demonstrate and explain the technique in detail so that the student goes home with a thorough understanding of the technique. There is also the option of learning how to transfer the design onto the fabric yourself using the prick and pounce method.

I have designs ranging from intermediate to advanced. In a group class I can teach two different designs in the same class. The student will work on the design of their choice so I can teach intermediate to advanced students in the same class.

Below is the level of each design, visit the Needle Painting Kits webpage for the price of the kits:

  • Robin on Blossom Branch: Intermediate
  • Robin on Berry Branch: Intermediate
  • Pygmy Owl: Intermediate
  • Field Mouse: Advanced
  • Morning Glories: Advanced
  • Blue Bonnet: Advanced

Shadow Work: 1/2 Day Class – 1 Day Class

In the class the student will trace the design onto organza fabric, then the embroidery is worked in bands of herringbone stitch.

I have discovered that the easiest method to stitch the herringbone stitch bands is from the front of the work by working back-stitch alternating back and fourth along two lines that are parallel to each other. The herringbone stitch is created on the back of the fabric when you switch back and fourth across the band and creates a shadow of colour through the organza fabric making this a double sided embroidery.

Visit the Shadow Work Kits webpage for the price of the kits: