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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.