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24th November 2009

Images and details posted for Lauren Sauer's classes in April 2010.  I've also been very busy working with Tricia on The Embroidered Jacket Tour for September 2010 which is very exciting.  We are nearing the time when we will be able to publish the initial itinerary and accept 'sign ups'.


2nd November 2009

I'm excited to be participating (along with 200 other shops) in the 1st Online Retail Needlework show which opens Thursday, November 5th from 2pm Eastern Standard Time (USA) to midnight on Sunday, November 8th! Here is the link:  http://needleshowretail.com

You need to 'register' i.e. go in and fill out a customer information form which means you can then shop with as many shops as you wish and not have to keep filling in your details.  Your details are not shared with anyone else. 

I have chosen 20 items which I think will make great gifts or give you information on classes/events coming up.


Classes Coming in 2011

(Dates & Details To Be Confirmed - Email to be added to Mailing List to Receive Information)

Cynthia Zittel - The Drawn Thread

Whitework Projects

Three learning pieces which feature: Reticalla Lace, Pulled Thread Work and Hemstitching.


Valse de Fleurs

Image shows this piece mounted on a box lid, but the actual class projects will be a tall thread book with mother of pearl thread rings on the inside.  It also includes a matching scissors case and fob. The thread book cover design incorporates over 40 different stitches.


Cherished Stitches - Louise Henderson

Pretty In Pink Etui


The Etui and tiny Needlebook are stitched on 34 Ct Puritan Gray Linen by Access Commodities, with a variety of cotton threads.  It is finished with a silk lining, silk satin ribbons, and mother of Pearl thread rings.  It has several pockets to hold various sewing tools.  Finished size is approximately 9-1/2”X6” when open.

 This is a one-day class, with a heavy concentration on finishing.

Carolyn Standing Webb

Beekeeper's Cottage Etui

Hidden in this cottage that is stitched with reversible blackwork patterns is a treasure of flowers that are needlework accessories. Eleven blackwork patterns and one darning pattern are worked with silk thread on 32 count antique white linen to create a sunflower pin keep, a rose measuring tape, a bee skep thimble holder, a pansy needle book and forget me not scissors fob. Charms, tassels and beads accent the pieces and calico lines the cottage. You will use several finishing techniques when you assemble your hexagonal cottage etui with its collection of flowers.

The student will learn how to do reversible blackwork stitches and several ways to shade patterns. Finishing techniques will be discussed and practiced.

Butterfly Needlecase

This wonderful needlecase in the shape of a butterfly is cross stitched with a basket of flowers, a hummingbird, dog and a saying. The front can be either a design adapted from samplers, a band sampler, a blue butterfly or a realistic butterfly in shades of brown. The back is personalized with the student’s name and date. The silk ribbons that tie the wing shut undo so that the wings fold up to reveal a place to put needles while the butterfly its self is a cushion for pins.

Class time will include finishing one side of the needlecase and a discussion and demonstration of finishing techniques for small needlework ornaments.


Miss Hannah's House

Miss Hannah’s House was created to remember of all of the teachers and students who created samplers in school. Miss Hannah Swan was a teacher from Charleston who taught in Massachusetts none of the samplers that her students stitched have been found. The house and the toys have a number of stitches that were used on period samplers from the areas where she studied and taught like cross stitch, marking cross, Smyrna cross, queen stitch, Irish stitch, long arm cross, blanket stitch, satin stitch, and rice stitch. The design for the roof of the house features two alphabets and a verse. Animals and trees are stitched on the outside of the house along with Miss Hannah and two of her students. The alphabet book contains folded paper alphabets and a few designs. The personalized pin ball has a row of glass headed pins around it. The apple shaped measuring tape has a ribbon leaf for the tape pull. The painted wooden needle case mimics a wooden pencil that the students would have used in class.


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