Papillon is an introductory Group Correspondence Course on filet embroidery. In this 5-lesson course participants will learn briefly about the history of filet work.

With needle and thread in hand, students will surround a square with satin and four-sided stitches on 30-count linen. They will then create a new grid by cutting and withdrawing threads and overcasting the remaining threads. Participants will learn the point de reprise or darning stitch to create a butterfly (papillon). They will also learn tips and techniques for cross-stitching a favorite verse over one thread - one of the teacher’s favorite verses or a verse of their own. Students will also learn to finish the edge of the linen with hemstitch or Nun stitch.

Teacher: Adrienne G. Meyer

Project: A hemstitched wall hanging or a framed picture.

Size of Project: Finished size: 8.75 inches by 12.25 inches including suggested hemstitched edge

Colors: It is suggested that the stitcher use white or cream linen and matching pearl cotton. However, the color choice is left up to the embroiderer

Supplies used: 30-count linen, #12 pearl cotton, overdyed cotton or silk floss, tapestry needles, hoop.

Proficiency Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: None

Timeline for course: Six months to complete five lessons

Text price: $35 per student; 46 pages unbound including full color photo and one 11” by 17” master chart.

Estimated cost of supplies: $24 if using overdyed silk; $21 if using overdyed cotton.

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A display of beautiful flowers is always welcome. Group these temari with others made in a pastel palette for a lovely decoration for spring in your home. This advanced level course includes patterns for three different temari - Mountain Laurel, Lillies, and Camellia. The Japan Temari Association defines four different levels of difficulty and they designate these as Level 2 (advanced). To be successful, students are required to already be confident with making a round ball with a good surface for stitching and marking simple divisions and a combination 8 division. Students are also required to know basic temari stitching techniques such as starting and stopping, making wrapped bands (an obi), stitching pine needle designs and kiku herringbone, and have a good eye for placement of stitches without measuring.

Teacher: Barbara B. Suess

Type of project: three temari balls

Size: various size balls

Color choices: Colors as shown are given in the text.Students are encouraged to use other colors if they wish.

Supplies used: standard ball making materials, #5 pearl cotton, metallic thread

Skill level: advanced

Prerequisites: students are required to know the skills listed in the course description

Timeline: 6 meetings

Text price: $40 (53 pages with color images)

Estimated supply cost: $25

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