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This geometric design mixes Bargello with diagonal stitches, box stitches, cross stitches and tied stitches. Stitch one of four quadrants of the design; then rotate the canvas a quarter turn to stitch each of the remaining quadrants.

Undulations II is the remake of a design called Undulations that was taught at a national seminar. The model for the new design is the same as the original design, but Undulations II can be stitched in a variety of color combinations in stranded embroidery cotton or stranded silk or other threads of the stitcher’s choice. Undulations II offers options that allow the stitcher to use motifs, center Bargello patterns, and background stitches that are different from those in the model. If individuals desire, they can use their own original motifs for parts of the design. .

Teacher: Gail Stafford

Project: Picture

Size: Design area is 7.5" by 7.5"

Color Choices: Rust/Blue or Rose/ Green or a selection of the stitcher's choice

Supplies: 18 count mono canvas, stranded embroidery cotton or stranded silk or other threads suitable for both horizontal and diagonal stitches on 18 count mono canvas.

Proficiency Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: Stitcher must be able to read charts and use compensation

Time: 7 lessons, 7 months

Text: $40 per student. The text consists of 51 pages (13 color pages) plus four separate full color reference sheets. Text is pre-punched for a three-ring binder and is unbound in a two-pocket folder.

Supplies (approximate): $25 for stranded embroidery cotton or $60 for stranded silk and specialty threads such as Impressions, Silk & Ivory, and Flair

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The Snowflake Ball is a three-dimensional, beaded needlework piece that is constructed based on one of the Archimedean Solids called a truncated octahedron. You don’t have to understand geometry to stitch this fun piece. Students will learn how to use Sticky Fabri-Solvy ™to transfer the snowflake patterns onto the fabric. Many tips and instructions assist the student in embroidering the snowflake designs using backstitch on cotton fabric. The snowflakes are then embellished with seed beads and bugle beads to make the snowflakes sparkle. Lastly, the student learns how to put all the pieces together to construct and properly stuff a beautiful Snowflake Ball.

Teacher: Denise Harrington Pratt

Project:Three-dimensional stitched ball

Size: Large Ball: 20" circumference; Small Ball: 18 1/4" circumference

Color Choices: A blue and white color way and a white color way are shown in the instructions. Students may choose their own colors

Fabric: 100% woven cotton fabric.

Threads: A variety of threads may be used including DMC or Anchor stranded floss; silk such as Soie Cristale or Waterlilies; metallics such as Gutermann or Kreinik Very Fine (#4) Braid. Threads must be colorfast.

Proficiency Level: All levels

Prerequisites: Needlework basics such as threading the needle and putting fabric into a hoop

Time: Four lessons over five months

Text: $35

Supplies (approximate): $35 to $55 depending on thread choices.

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In Japan, the color pink evokes the beauty of blooming cherry trees filling parks with explosions of lightly colored petals. “Sakura iro,” the color of cherry blossoms, speaks to the hearts and souls of the Japanese people. In this beginner-level course for Japanese temari, skills learned are ball construction, marking simple divisions (10, 12, and 16), stitching wrapped bands, herringbone, kiku herringbone, pine needle, kiku herringbone stitched with a net technique, and merry-go-round.

Teacher: Barbara Suess

Project:Three temari balls

Size: Each ball is 25cm in circumference

Colors: pink with metallic as show in photograph; or student’s choice

Supplies used: Standard ball making materials, #5 pearl cotton, and metallic threads

Proficiency level: Beginner

Prerequisites: None

Time: four lessons (four months)

Text: $40 per student; 53 pages, includes color images and detailed instructions

Supply cost (approximate): $25; click here to download the supply list for this course

 morecloseupMore Than a Rose is a small piece designed to introduce students to some stitches and raised work techniques used on English sweet bags ca. 1600. The student should be familiar with Tent stitch, able to follow a stitch diagram, and willing to make decisions based on a range of presented alternatives typical of that time period. Students may follow the choices made on the model or test their wings with alternatives. This project is worked on a linen ground with your choice of cotton or silk floss and with gold and silver passing threads, providing a taste of goldwork without a large investment in gold materials. The techniques are a mixture of Tent stitch, surface embroidery, and needlelace. The text shows how to work Plaited Braid, four varieties of Corded Detached Buttonhole, three varieties of Ceylon, Offset Cross, and other more familiar stitches.

Teacher: Melinda Sherbring
Project: Framed Piece
Size:  Approximately 5" x 3.5"
Color Choices: Gold, silver, and three shades each of red, blue, green, and brown 
Fabric: 8" x 10" white or off-white linen, 28- to 36-count 
Threads: Gold and silver threads (list of non-tarnish alternatives to precious metals is provided); lizerine; choice of cotton floss, spun silk, or flat silk threads
Proficiency Level:  Intermediate
Prerequisites: Familiarity with tent stitch and willingness to make decisions based on presented alternatives
Time: Six lessons scheduled over six to nine months
Fee: $175 per group
Text: $40 per student; 60 pages with color images
Supplies (approximate): About $35 (cotton threads, non-tarnish metal threads, sharing lizerine), or $70 (Soie Ovale, non-tarnish metal threads, sharing lizerine), or $140 (Soie d'Alger, genuine metal threads, own lizerine)


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This glitzy elephant is a Maharajah’s fantasy creature. Perhaps it is a jeweled decoration in a wonderful palace. It could be a toy for the Maharajah’s son and heir. Or maybe a Maharajah really can have a brightly colored elephant with gold feet and tusks! Let your imagination loose when choosing your colors and threads.

The decorative border is optional.

Although the primary goal of this project is to teach you the technique of canvas appliqué by attaching the ear to the elephant, you may complete the project by stitching the ear directly on the canvas ground fabric.

Stitches used include tent, rice, eyelet, swirl, alternating Scotch, mosaic, Rhodes, satin, and brick as well as several cross stitches including double, upright and Smyrnas.  The background is a bargello pattern.

Teacher: Mary Long
Project:  framed piece, standup or bag insert
Size of Design Area:  12 x 13 inches
Ground Fabric:  18 count mono canvas
Types of Threads Used:  Kreinik 1/16 Ribbon, cord, #12 and #8 braid, Watercolours®, Needlepoint Inc silk, and Rainbow Gallery Silk Lamé Braid and Patina®.  The primary background thread for the blue elephant is DMC® perle coton #5, while the red elephant uses Vineyard Classic Silk. 
Colors Used:  Student’s choice. 
Skill Level:  Intermediate.
Prerequisites:  The student should be comfortable using compensation and reading stitch diagrams and charts.
Time:  One organizing and five working meetings, six months.
Text:  $40.00 per student, 53 pages with color scans of stitched piece.
Supplies:  approximately $105.00 for the blue model.  The use of silk for the red model background increases this by approximately $10.00.

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 gcc Isabella3Isabella2This course continues your exploration of the wonderful technique of Italian style drawn thread. The project has been designed as a decorative hand towel but could easily be converted into a placemat, tablemat or even a table runner by using a longer piece of linen. There are six decorative bands across the towel three of which require withdrawing threads using two different methods. This course teaches the art of knotting bundles both in a straight line and in a curving line that undulates across the band. A simple dove's eye pattern is worked in band two on the straight lacing while a needlewoven fan pattern is worked between the undulating knotted threads of band six. Although this is an advanced level course, if you are familiar with withdrawing threads and want to explore and expand your knowledge and ability it is an ideal place to start. Left-handed instructions are available on request.

Teacher: Barbara Kershaw
Project: Ornamental Hand Towel or Table Runner
Size:  Approximately 12" x 191⁄4" (30.5cm x 49cm)
Proficiency Level:  Advanced
Prerequisites: A knowledge of drawn thread would be advantageous.
Time: Six-lesson course estimated to take six months. Left-handed instructions are available upon request.
Fee: $175 per group
Text: $42 per student; 46 pages with three pages of color photographs and one large chart.
Supplies (approximate): $35 (estimate); Supplies used include 32-count Belfast linen, white Coton Perlé™, white cotton floss; 

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