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Class Number: 201

Class Title: Star Dance

Designed By: Margaret Bendig

Teacher: Margaret Bendig

Star Dance is a study in the difference in the use of a single color using different threads, stitches, direction of stitches and the reflection of light to create. The original is stitched with Soie d’Alger silk and some specialty threads. The center star is a revolving set of patterns with metallic threads to add to the definition of the stitches. The background of the design is composed of many different star patterns using two values of blue silk with the addition of white Sparkle Rays. This slice of the sky reminds me of and was inspired by the early morning sky along the central west coast of California as dawn is breaking and the stars are beginning to fade into the day.

Technique: Counted Canvas Design Area: 
18 count - 15" x 15"
24 count - 14" x 14"
Proficiency Level: Intermediate Kit Cost: 
18 count with silk $180
  with cotton floss $110
24 count with silk $154
  with cotton floss $92
Pre-Work: None 

Kit Contents: 
My Star Dance is stitched with three colors of Au Ver a Soie Silk, Kreinik Braids, Gloriana Princess Perle, Petite Sparkle Rays and Neon Rays on 18 count canvas.

The alternate choices are:
• 18 count canvas with cotton floss
• 24 count congress with silk floss
• 24 count congress with cotton floss

Anchor floss is provided in the cotton floss alternates. Because Petite Sparkle Rays is too heavy for congress cloth, extra Kreinik braid is included to replace that thread in the congress cloth kits.

Student Provides: 15" stretcher bars (18 count) or 14" stretcher bars (24 count)

Class Number: 202



Class Title:
Designed By: Kurdy Biggs

Teacher: Kurdy Biggs

Rescent – short for Rose Crescent Angel – is a study of Crescent stitches on Rose Gold painted canvas. We will bring Rescent to life using a stitch library consisting of variations of the Crescent stitch, along with Jessicas, Mistakes, and Plaited Ray stitches. These stitches will be worked with an array of lustrous threads that include Soiee Perlee, Petite Silk Lame’ Braid, and Elegance silks, Petite Very Velvet and Accentuate, Kreinik and Treasure Braid metallics. Rescent will be embellished with crystals and beads to make her glimmer like the angel she is.

Technique: Counted canvas Design Area: 8.3" x 8.6"
Proficiency Level: Intermediate Kit Cost: $145
Pre-Work: None  

Kit Contents: 
Your kit will include a 15” x 15” rose gold painted 18 mono canvas, threads from Rainbow Gallery include Elegance, Petite Silk Lame’ Braid, Petite Very Velvet, Crystal Braid, Sparkle! Braid and Treasure Braid. Kreinik and Accentuate metallics, along with other threads, beads, pearls, crystals, needles and instructions complete the kit.

Student Provides:  15” x 15” stretcher bars and tacks or staples to attach the canvas to stretcher bars, usual stitching supplies including light, laying tool, frame stand or weight, and magnifier if needed.

Class Number: 203

Class Title:
Designed By: 
Celeste Chalasani
Teacher: Celeste Chalasani

Lotus ponds bestow introspection, meditation and Tranquility throughout Southeast Asia. In this piece, quiet serenity reigns amongst the lotus flowers as a Golden Dartlet damselfly hovers close. Create your own pond of tranquility as you first block print lotus leaves on a silk shantung watery background fabric then employ Contemporary Stumpwork techniques.

Technique: Stumpwork Design Area: 7 1/2" x 7 1/2"
Proficiency Level: Intermediate Kit Cost: $105
Pre-Work: None  

Kit Contents: 
Fabric, silk threads and wires to embroider the lotus flowers, leaves and Instructions, silk shantung, cotton fabric, fine silk threads, stranded cotton thread, metallic thread, 33 gauge wrapped wire and needles. Students will share fabric dyes and block printing materials in class.

Student Provides:  4” embroidery hoop; 12” x 12” Evertite frame or stretcher bars, OR 10” embroidery hoop; 6” ruler; acid free dark green marking pen; white tissue paper; tweezers; white quilter’s pencil (optional); masking or painter’s tape; wire cutters; small sharp scissors; scissors for cutting paper; needle threader; and usual stitching supplies. Magnification is highly recommended.

Class Number: 204

Class Title:
Elegant Strawberry Scissor Amulet & Needlecase
Designed By: 
Pat Lauer
Teacher: Bobbi Norris

This Elegant Strawberry Scissor Amulet & Needlecase was designed in the early 1980s by Pat Lauer. Through time the original pattern was lost; however, it is with great thanks to Pat for permission to re-create it and it has come to life again. It is a good place to carry scissors, lunch tickets, room key or just stylishly worn to all embroidery events to be admired.

Technique: Peyote Beading Design Area: Scissor amulet itself is approximately 2" x 3"
Proficiency Level: Beginning-Intermediate Kit Cost: $100
Pre-Work: None  

Kit Contents: 
Beads, embellishments, needle and thread necessary to complete the project. Scissors are included.

Student Provides:  Usual stitching supplies, light and magnifier (optional)

Class Number: 205

Class Title:
Echo Canyon
Designed By: Jeanette Rees

Teacher: Jeanette Rees

Echo Canyon encompasses popular aspects of the southwest starting with the colorful end of the day sky. Horses race across the canyon as the basket maker, wrapped in her serape, watches the sunset. She sits on a Navajo rug next to an Agave plant, the basis for basket making. The life story as told by a Navajo woman will be included in class. A partial line-drawn canvas (congress cloth) with a light color washed sky will be provided. The boot shape utilizes a variety of threads and stitches, using batik fabrics, padding, and beaded embellishments with traditional, surface, and dimensional stitches. Techniques include color manipulation, padding, and appliqué of fabric attachments. A band with turquoise and bronze colored beads completes the finishing touch. An ultra-suede heel completes the boot. Options will be given for those wishing to stitch the design in a rectangle shape rather than a boot.

Technique: Traditional, Surface, Dimensional Embroidery Design Area: 8"x10"
Proficiency Level: Intermediate Kit Cost: $89
Pre-Work: None  

Kit Contents: 
24-ct congress cloth, eggshell, solid and over dye silks and cottons from Caron Collection, The Thread Gatherer, Rainbow Gallery, Kreinik metallic, Simply Wool from The Gentle Art, Heathway Wool, and Valdani pearl cotton. Embellishments include batik fabric, woven ribbon fabric, and beads.

Student Provides: 11” x13" stretcher bars, tacks, laying tool, sharp scissors, frame weight or holder, magnification/light if desired, good scissors and paper scissors, personal stitching supplies, and extra needles (Kit includes #24, #26 tapestry, #8 Sharp)

Class Number: 206



Class Title:
More Color Play
Designed By: 
Jennifer Riefenberg
Teacher: Jennifer Riefenberg

The brilliant colors of kites on a warm summer day are recreated in More Color Play. The original Color Play course took color theory into a new realm of learning. More Color Play is a companion to and an extension of the original. A companion in color, you will continue to learn new ways to approach the painted canvas. You will continue to explore and learn color interactions, color harmony, and value. The background also provides an opportunity to learn shadow stitching.

Technique: Painted Canvas Embroidery Design Area: 12" x 12"
Proficiency Level: Kit Cost: $140
Pre-Work: None  

Kit Contents: 
Hand Painted 18 ct Mono Canvas 16” x 16." All required threads including Access Commodities, Bijoux , DMC #5 perle , Kreinik #4 Braid, Pure Palette Baroque Silk and Empress wool, Rainbow Gallery Silk Lame Braid, Rainbow Gallery Neon Rays, Valdani #8 Silk Perle 539

Student Provides: Stretcher bars to match canvas (16” x 16”) – preassembled for class, tacks or staples to attach canvas to stretcher bars Embroidery scissors, magnification, frame weight or stand, other basic stitching supplies.

Class Number 207




Class Title:
Designed By: 
Debbie Rowley
Teacher: Debbie Rowley

Tackle some fun Jean Hilton stitches in this project! Sonata features double fan doubleds, Amadeus, Sprat’s heads and mistake pinwheels, with several other pattern stitches for a complete design. Choose from three analogous color schemes – Cool (blue/green/purple/turquoise), Warm
(red/orange/yellow/magenta) or Neutral (ecru/beige with touches of green). Students will be encouraged to learn the mechanics of each stitch so they can get out of the diagrams for a more enjoyable stitching experience. Experimentation is always welcome! Sonata is 8” square on 18 ct. canvas. Video stitch demonstrations are available to students during class, and after class so students can review as needed.

Technique: Counted Canvas Needlepoint Design Area: 8" x 8"
Proficiency Level: Advanced Intermediate Kit Cost: $123
Pre-Work: None  

Kit Contents: 
Book, canvas and all threads needed for the project.

Student Provides:  Two pairs of 14" stretcher bars, usual stitching supplies, no specialized tools required.

Class Number: 208

Class Title:
Farmers' Market
Designed By: 
Kim Sanders
Teacher: Kim Sanders

Inspired by a child minding her family's stall at the Farmers' Market, this piece captures the bounty of late summer flowers and vegetables. A variety of raised and padded techniques will challenge the student with previous surface embroidery experience.

Needle lace is worked directly on the piece over felt, detached over a cordonnet, and detached over wrapped wire. Students will work the detached needle lace elements on a custom made needle lace pad. Using two different sizes of pearl cotton provides the opportunity for different degrees of texture. The child's braid is simply braided floss and can be omitted should the embroiderer prefer the subject to be a boy.

Padding is used extensively under long and short shading, burden stitch and satin stitch to create a bas relief embroidery. Wrapped or buttonhole covered wire, wrapped beads and embroidered beads increase the dimensionality of the piece.

Technique: Stumpwork & Applique Design Area:5 1/2" x 7"
Proficiency Level: Intermediate Kit Cost: $48
Pre-Work: 2 Hours; Students will be sent patterns and felt to cut out padding and table at home. This avoids trying to fly with fabric scissors. No actual stitching to be done before class.  

Kit Contents: 
Threads, silk ribbon, six needles, cotton and muslin ground fabrics, cotton applique fabric, custom made needle lace pad, felt for padding, 32 gauge wire, tissue paper, instructions with close up photographs.

Student Provides:  One pair 12" stretcher bars and one pair 14" stretcher bars, tacks, 3 or 4 inch embroidery hoop, tweezers or burling irons, laying tool, paper scissors, small box for storing small detached pieces of padding and needle lace, 5mm mechanical pencil, sharpened white chalk pencil such as quilters use, spool of light colored sewing thread for basting, usual sewing kit including small ruler, sewing pins and thread cutting scissors. Optional items include: magnification and lighting, wire needle threader to thread #10 crewel needle, small pincushion or needle roll, small wire cutters for cutting 32 gauge wire.

Class Number: 209

Class Title:
Rocaille Refinement
Designed By: 
Amee Sweet McNamara
Teacher: Amee Sweet McNamara

Calling all Lily-Gilders, Tassel-Hangers and Glitter-Sprinklers… this is SO your kind of jewelry! Achieve elegant results in Soutache & Bead Embroidery. Adventurous Beginners will learn all the Basics including Aligning & Stacking, Shaping Stitches, Ending Stacks, Backing & Edge-Beading and creating Peyote Stitch Bezel. Those with more experience will be fascinated by new techniques including sculpting with Shibori ribbon, connecting components and creating a sturdy-but-delicate-looking captured-bead chain – a technique that can be used again and again in future soutache projects.

Technique: Soutache & Bead Embroidery with Shibori Ribbon Design Area: 2 1/4" x 4 3/4"
Proficiency Level: Intermediate Kit Cost: $80
Pre-Work: None 

Kit Contents: 
Projects may not be finished in class but every kit comes with Amee Runs with Scissors’ full-color, “Whole Story” step-by-step instructions making it easy to finish the project at home. Kits will be provided in a variety of color-ways.

Student Provides:  Students should come to class with a surface to bead on (bead board or bead blanket), good, sharp scissors and any magnifiers or extra task lighting desired. To complete the work, students will also need pliers, flush-cutters and looping or rosary pliers.

S02 Studio Time

Thursday and Friday

When you choose this as your “class,” space will be provided for you to work on your own projects in the company of other stitchers while working at your own pace. Stitch on that new project or a neglected older project you have been meaning to work on. It’s a great opportunity to work on projects that would benefit from uninterrupted stitching time and the helpful advice of other stitchers. NOTE: There is no faculty assigned to this class.
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