gcc Meadow MedleyWhile wandering through a meadow, one might find wild roses, clover, Queen Anne's lace, wild asters and golden rod. Or, one might sit comfortably at home stitching her own medley.

DMC floss on cotton broadcloth works well to bring these meadow flowers to life. The stitches and colors are planned to enhance the design with texture and dimension while honing your embroidery skills.

Diagrams and pictures appear throughout the text. Along with the cover photograph, there is an actual size photocopy of the piece detailing each and every stitch. 


Stitches used include lazy daisy with a twist, split and satin stitch, outline, French knots, bullion knots and fly stitch. Long and short shading comes into play with the aster and wild rose. There are two types of padding and the tendrils add a touch of whimsy with the creation of finely twisted cord.


Teacher: Luan Callery
Project: Framed picture
Size: 5" x 8 1/2" stitched; inside frame measures 7" by 10 1/2"
Colors: Yellow, green, pink, lavender, blue, and brown
Proficiency Level:  Intermediate
Prerequisites: None
Time: Five months, five sessions
Fee: $175 per group
Text: $35 per student; includes the felt, photograph, and actual size color copy of the stitched piece
Supplies (approximate): Approximately $20; DMC floss, broadcloth ground fabric; click here to download the supply list for this course. 

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Continuing a rich tradition of wool embroidery that dates back to the Bayeux Tapestry, Fallen Leaves Sampler teaches laid and filling stitches. Just as a quilter can introduce pattern within a motif by using patterned fabric, surface embroiderers can add pattern within pattern using these stitches.

Each leaf in Fallen Leaves Sampler features different filling and outline stitches. Stitches build in complexity from one leaf to the next. Stitch diagrams are broken down into steps making it easier for the student to follow the instructions while working on the leaves and to modify the stitches in their own work afterward. Tips are provided to ensure even spacing of stitches in a non-counted embroidery technique.

Students may stitch the provided monochromatic color scheme, or work a multicolored sampler with crewel wools from their stash.

Teacher: Kim Sanders

Project: Framed piece

Size: 12" x 12"

Fabric: Linen twill, 18" x 18"

Threads: Appleton crewel wool, eleven skeins

Colors: Greens, or student's choice

Proficiency Level:  Intermediate

Prerequisites: Previous experience in surface embroidery desirable

Time: Six months, six meetings

Fee: $175 per group

Text: $27, includes color copy of completed design and eight photos of details

Supplies (approximate): $35, or less if working from stash; click here to download the supply list for this course


GCC Poppies PhotoInspired by the colors of summer, and using Appleton Wool to capture the feel of these vibrant crewel flowers, Poppies takes a modern approach to a traditional needlework technique, creating a floral design that is simple snd pleasing to any taste.

As embroidery is an individualized art, so should color and texture be. You may select purple, red, yellow, or whatever color you fancy. Four different color cominbations are listed but you are encouraged to choose your favorite. Ground fabric can be moiré as shown or a closely woven fabric. Guidelines are provided to help you create a piece suitable to your unique style.

This crewel piece uses thread painting techniques to accent the shadows and add depth. Appleton is a medium-weight crewel wool with a loft making it quite forgiving - very helpful for those who fear long and short shading. To further help achieve success, diagrams are provided throughout the text to guide the direction of your stitches.

Long and short is the primary stitch used to blend the various hues of the petals. Long split stitches make up the stems. Fine details are completed with back stitches, seeding, and bullino knots in DMC floss.

Teacher: Luan Callery

Project: Framed piece

Size: 5" x 5"

Fabric: Off white moiré and muslin, 12" x 12"

Threads: Appleton crewel wool, DMC cotton embroidery floss

Colors: Green, blue, yellow, rust, and poppy in red oranges; alternatives available for yellow, purple, or red/pink poppies

Proficiency Level:  Intermediate/advanced

Prerequisites: Knowledge of long and short shading desirable

Time: Six months, four meetings

Fee: $175 per group

Text: $35

Supplies (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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How Does Your Garden Grow? is a study of basic crewel stitches and techniques. The simple design is worked on crewel linen or linen twill in the student's choice of colors.

The course outline includes a brief history of crewel embroidery, descriptions of threads, fabrics, and tools, a stitch glossary useful for other projects, plus washing and blocking instructions.

Designed to appeal to beginner stitchers both young and old, the student is encouraged to add or subtract from the design. For example, if a bird is not appealing, the student can put a favorite pet into the embroidery design.

Teacher: Carol Peao Currier

Project: Framed picture or pillow

Size: 6" x 8" but the student may enlarge the design if desired

Threads: Crewel wool

Colors: Student's choice

Proficiency Level:  Beginner

Prerequisites: None

Time: Six months, seven meetings

Fee: $175 per group

Text: $35 per student; includes large color photograph

Supplies (approximate): $40 or less if supplies are shared; click here to download the supply list for this course


gcc spring splendorFinally, after that long cold winter and the long cold drizzle that melted the gray snow and rinsed the earth clean, comes the time of generous sun. Blossoms exuberantly play in the golden light and spring walks among us again. The foundation for this bouquet is Dupioni silk and the silk fibers used are soft twist silk and silk sewing thread. These threads combine with pearl purl, check purl, Japanese twist, Grecian twist, passing thread, and Japanese golds to create the butterfly, blossoms and leaves. The stitches include vertical, radiating, horizontal, voided, and diagonal satin; long and short over padding and split stitch; normal and pattern couching. Students will also learn how to transfer their own patterns and twist flat silk. The focus of the class will be on couching, filling areas with purls, and blending long and short over padding.


Teacher: Kay Stanis

Project: Framed picture 

Size: 8" x 10" design on 13.5" x 18" silk foundation

Fabric: Dupioni silk

Threads: Silk: five skeins of soft twist silks, four values of red, one of gold; Silk sewing thread. Metal: #1 Pearl purl; #6 Bright check purl; #1 Gold, SterlingTM 07; #5 Passing thread; #5 Japanese gold; #3 Japanese twist; medium Grecian twist; #8 braid, preferably Coronet BraidTM

Colors: Student's choice, sample is in reds

Proficiency Level: Intermediate to advanced

Prerequisites: Some experience working with silk

Time: Twelve months, six working sessions

Fee: $175 per group

Text: $30, 50+ pages, all color

Supplies (approximate): $72, if provided by teacher; click here to download the supply list for this course


gcc cutwork shadow trapunto closegcc cutwork shadow trapuntoThree mini courses are included to be used as a notebook course or to incorporate into the included project. The cutwork butterfly is worked with basic stitches which can be cut out and used as an appliqué or left on the ground fabric as the focal point of a towel, quilt square, or item of choice. Shadow work is stitched on the back side of a sheer fabric allowing the color to show through and create a gentle ‘shadowed’ pattern. Trapunto is a lovely embellishment for clothing or decorative use in the home, by running a cord or yarn through a stitched channel. Shadow work and trapunto can be incorporated into the same design to form an interesting pattern. The cut work can be used as an ‘add on’ such as a flower or butterfly. Each technique is written for the beginner who will be well versed by the final stitches. All projects are quick, inexpensive, and fun to do.


Teacher: Luan Callery

Project: Notebook, quilt square, clothing embellishment

Fabric: Batiste, linen, organdy

Threads: Stranded cotton and pearl cotton

Colors: As pictured or student's choice

Proficiency Level:  Beginner in these techniques with basic embroidery knowledge

Prerequisites: Love of embroidery

Time: Three to four meetings/months

Fee: $175 per group

Text: $30 per student

Supplies (approximate): $22 or $12 if sharing; click here to download the supply list for this course



gcc Blue FlowerCircle with Blue Flower is a study in silk and metal thread, designed for the beginner, inspired by the illuminated letters created in medieval times. Embroidery techniques for this piece have come down to us through Western Civilization. The reference notebook for this course is extensive, including color images and discussions of silk and metal threads, definitions of stitches and diagrams of some, a section on tools, a brief history of silk and metal threads, and “How To” sections with pictures for framing up and detailed information for finishing the completed embroidery. The embroiderer will be working with real metals as well as imitation metal threads. Stitches include couching techniques using pearl purl, twists and silk thread; satin stitch over padding of parchment and cord; and satin stitch using flat silk and purls. The outline stitch is worked in rough purl. Chipping will be explored.




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Teacher: Margaret Kinsey

Project: Framed picture

Size: 10" x 10"

Fabric: Silk satin

Threads: Pearl and rough purl, flat silk, silk couching thread, twist, Elizabethan twist, gold braid #8, and Japan gold

Colors: Blue silk on white fabric with gold

Proficiency Level:  Beginner

Prerequisites: None

Time: Six months, five meetings

Fee: $175 per group

Text: $50 per student; stitching instructions in outline form, many colored pictures and diagrams, extensive reference material, comb-bound

Supplies (approximate): $70, optional kit available from teacher; click here to download the supply list for this course



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