Fiber Arts

These classes are one hour long, and cover one technique, with some of the variations on each stitch. There will not be a finished object with the class.

I will provide materials for each technique. That way, I will know how the threads behave, and adjust accordingly.

You can sign up for one class or all of them, they each stand alone. No previous stitching experience is necessary. I think there will be something new for every skill level.

If there is a stitch you would like to learn most likely I can teach it.

Split stitch
15.00

Robert Dorr
October 16th 6pm - 7pm

Split stitch makes a wonderful outlining, filling or padding stitch. It lays relatively smooth on the fabric. And, it preserves much of the thread's shine. It was the primary technique in Medieval Opus Anglicanum, a technique that is now being used heavily in embroidered Orthodox icons.

In this class you'll learn how to work both standard and split backstitch. 

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In this photograph, the blue and white threads are worked in split stitch.

Couching
15.00

Robert Dorr

October 18th 6pm - 7pm

Couching, holding one thread down on the top of the fabric with a second thread, is one of the easiest techniques for metal threads. It's an efficient way to use an expensive thread and keep it on the top of the fabric. I use this technique a lot in my work, there's a glamour to it that no other technique can match.

In this class, you'll learn to work couching with metal threads, yarn, and a few self-couching techniques. I'll also demonstrate how to work with multiple colors and keep them straight as you stitch

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In this photograph, the gold threads are worked in either couching, or chain stitch

In this photograph, the gold threads are worked in either couching, or chain stitch

Stem Stitch
15.00

Robert Dorr

October 23rd 6pm - 7pm

This is the classic line stitch, it works on its own, or massed as a filling. Its most familiar variation is web stitch. It's a good versatile stitch that is also keeps most of the thread on the surface of the fabric.

This is one of the stitches that works well in the hand, without a frame or a hoop, and if your thread is rugged enough it is very fast.

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In this photograph, the gold is worked in raised stem stitch.

In this photograph, the gold is worked in raised stem stitch.

Turkey Stitch
15.00

Robert Dorr

October 25th 6pm - 7pm

Turkey stitch is a great way to give your stitching extra dimension and impact. It can be shaped to look like moss on a rock, or fluffy like a squirrel's tail.

We will stitch this in a couple different materials so you can see the variation that's possible.

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In this photo the center is worked in turkey stitch

In this photo the center is worked in turkey stitch

French Knots
15.00

Robert Dorr

October 30th 6pm - 7pm

French knots are the classic fancy stitch and can be used in many ways to make an impact. As a design element, it's a textural filling. It's a way to add little spots of color and dimensionality. And it can be used to hold small pearls or beads in place. Combined with line stitches, it is a classic for crazy quilting.

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This photo has a few different uses of french knots.

Trailing
15.00

Robert Dorr

November 1st 6pm - 7pm

Trailing is an older technique that's related to couching and wrapping. It's a magnificent fill stitch or line stitch. It's also an odd stitch that started as a lace technique and moved to work on fabric. Normally stitches move from fabric to lace. 

It's also a way to imitate bullion stitch, or vines. 

This is my favorite stitching technique and I look forward to teaching it. 

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