gcc stash monsterIs the Stash Monster taking over your closet, room... house? Do you feel stalled with a box full of UFO’s (UnFinished Objects) and a stash of beautiful projects, threads, canvases, fabrics, beads, and more? This course can help you get your stash under control. First, define your preferences so that you can decide what YOU want to keep in your stash (and what you can remove). Three ways of clearing your stash are given, depending on how much stash you need to remove. Resources are provided for donating or selling eliminated items. You’ll learn the requirements for archival storage, ways to prevent or solve stash problems such as insects, mildew, and fading. This course will help you develop a purchasing strategy and an uncomplicated, easy-to-maintain inventory system to keep you from buying expensive books, projects, canvases, or threads that you already own. This course will make your stash work more effectively for you!

Teacher: Laura Smith

Project: Notebook course to organize needlework stash

Skill Level: All

Fee: $175 per group

Time: Four months

Text: $32 per student; 56 pages, comb bound with color photos

Supplies (approximate): $5 for notebook and pen; click here to download the supply list for this course



GCC ThankGoodness PhotoAre your beautiful embroideries languishing in a drawer awaiting a trip to the finisher?  Finishing the embroidery yourself gives you complete control over the end product and could be less expensive than using professional finishing services.  Thank Goodness It’s Finished teaches a variety of skills needed to assemble embroideries into their final form.  Following evaluation, Certificates of Completion will be awarded for finishing the scissors tassel, small drawstring bag, pincushion and either the stitched box or tote bag (both may be submitted).  Only the tote bag requires use of a sewing machine.

Although students are encouraged to use their existing embroideries for this GCC, they may construct the course items from unembroidered fabric. Patterns for the pictured sample pieces and brief embroidery instructions are also provided in the text.  However, the focus of this GCC is on finishing techniques, so no embroidery is required for a Certificate of Completion. 

Thank Goodness It’s Finished text is thoroughly illustrated with clear drawings as well as written directions.  Once the student has finished the items in the course, the same techniques can be applied to similar items.  For example the student will be able to construct a full-sized pillow using the techniques learned when making the pin cushion.

Teacher: Kim Sanders

Project:  Scissors tassel, drawstring bag, pincushion, and fabric covered box or lined tote bag.

Student may either choose the size, fabric, threads and colors for their projects, or they may choose to use unembroidered pieces in their projects.

Skill Level: All

Prerequisites:  None

Time: Six months – preliminary meeting and four working meetings

Fee: $175 per group

Text:  $30.00

Supplies (approximate):  $10 to $60 depending on whether the student uses existing embroideries and stash of fabrics and threads or purchases materials to create new embroideries. Click here to download the supply list for this course.

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

gcc markandpaintDo you have a drawing or photo that you’d like to make into an embroidered design? In this class, you will mark and paint one design onto needlepoint canvas and one onto silk fabric. Step-by-step instructions are given for painting with acrylic paint and fabric paint or dye (including using resist). The importance of using markers and paint that conform to archival quality standards for fabrics is emphasized. An appendix gives details about specific products and sources. Students may use the three provided designs, but are encouraged to create their own. The annotated bibliography includes design and drawing books, but this class will not teach drawing per se. The goal of this course is for students to feel confident and competent to transfer designs to fabric or canvas with markers and paint. After you complete the course, the text becomes a reference manual that you’ll use over and over again. Students are encouraged to work in groups to share supplies, but the course may be taken by individuals.

Teacher: Laura Smith

Project: Two drawn and painted designs, one on needlepoint canvas and one on silk fabric

Size: Student's choice

Fabric: Needlepoint canvas, silk

Threads: Student's choice (no stitching instructions are included)

Colors: Student's choice

Proficiency Level:  All

Prerequisites: None

Time: One preliminary meeting to gather supplies, three working meetings, and one turn-in session

Fee: $175 per group

Text: $32 per student; 65 pages comb-bound with 40 color photographs and three design diagrams

Supplies (approximate): $30 depending on choice of supplies/ground fabric and number of students sharing paint; click here to download the supply list for this course



gcc finishingwithflairFinishing with Flair is a notebook course covering three useful techniques for finishing needlework and instructions for lacing needlework for framing. Do the finishing yourself, save money, and know that the work is done well. Little expense is involved as students may use scraps from their collection.

Teacher: Marion Scoular

Project: Four doodles

Size: 8" x 10"

Fabric: Small pieces of evenweave fabric, 8" x 10" and one 10" x 12"

Threads: Stranded cotton, #8 and #12 pearl cotton or other threads

Colors: N/A

Proficiency Level:  Beginner

Prerequisites: Ability to read diagrams and count accurately

Time: Four to six months, one organizational meeting plus four working meetings

Fee: $175 per group

Text: $34 per student; 47 pages

Supplies (approximate): Foam core board (negligible cost); click here to download the supply list for this course



GCC EmbroideryWithMixedMedia top photoStudy the amazing possibilities of four cool “new” mixed media materials. Learn to work with soluble fabric, DuPont ™Tyvek®, Angelina® fibers and film, and acrylic gel media. These materials have many expressive qualities that extend the possibilities for embroidered designs. To add color, acrylic paint is used. Powdered pigments and Shiva Artist’s Paintstiks® are optional colorants. Bo-Nash Bonding Agent 007® and its pressing sheet are used to fuse Angelina fibers. Tools covered in the course include an iron, silicone pressing sheet, and three optional tools: the embossing tool, mini iron and steamless iron. A top priority is to learn about safely requirements. These are discussed within the text and also summarized in an appendix. Other appendices give design ideas, sources for materials and tools, and information on color mixing. There are many additional mixed media materials in use today that are beyond the scope of this course. Only the materials mentioned above are covered.


Teacher: Laura Smith

Project: Samples or finished embroideries that incorporate fabric created using soluble stabilizer; Tyvek that has been worked with heat; three forms of Angelina (straight cut, crimped cut and film) made into fabric or worked with heat to shape them; two acrylic gel transfers and a small gel-coated embroidery

Size: Student's choice

Fabric: Student's choice 

Threads: Student's choice

Colors: Student's choice

Proficiency Level: All

Prerequisites: None

Time: One short preliminary meeting to gather supplies, four working meetings, and one short turn-in meeting

Fee: $175 per group

Text: $32 per student, 72 pages comb-bound with numerous color photographs; will serve as a reference for future work

Supplies (approximate): $30; groups are encouraged to share supply expenses; click here to download the supply list for this course


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This second EGA group correspondence course on Japanese temari focuses on the favorite stitch of many temari makers – the kiku herringbone stitch (uwagake chidori kagari). This classic variation on the herringbone is unique to the art of temari. Students will learn detailed tips on how to perfect it while creating two stellar designs! The first project, Baby Blue, is for experienced beginners. An elegant six-point star is stitched on each pole of this simple 12-division ball. Students will learn to layer two kiku herringbone designs to create an eye-catching obi decoration. The second project, Big Blue Heaven, is stitched on a combination 8-division temari and is intended for intermediate level temari makers. This larger temari has interlocked kiku herringbone designs around the equator and four-point stars stitched on the north and south poles. Add pine needle stitching to complete this exciting and intricate looking design. For extra support, students are given access to an online slideshow of instructional photos.

Teacher: Barbara Suess

Project: Two Japanese Temari

Size: Two balls with circumferences of 10.5" and 13"

Threads: Sewing thread for wrapping, Nordic Gold (Rainbow Gallery) or Kreinik #8 Braid for marking, #5 pearl cotton for stitching

Colors: Blues, variegated teal shades, and white

Proficiency Level:  Advanced beginner to intermediate

Prerequisites: Be able to make a round ball and accurately mark a simple eight-division

Time: Four meetings, four months

Fee: $175 per group

Text: $40 per student; 82 pages, seven pages color, spiral bound, clear cover, professional quality diagrams, complete directions

Supplies (approximate): $18; click here to download the supply list for this course



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