309 - Tudor Rose and Pomegranate
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by Cynthia Jackson
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Inspired by a 16th century illuminated manuscript, the emblems of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon are worked in layers of polychrome silk and a variety of metal threads. Basic embroidery stitches in silk thread are combined with gold and silver threads to create an intricately stitched image that glitters subtly. Techniques used include burden stitch over plate, padded satin, couching, threaded lizerene and chipping. The project will be embroidered on a cream silk ground.


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310 - Oranges Journal
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by Catherine Jordan
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Using a lovely shaded and bricked background to add focal areas and emphasis, counted, surface and padded embroidery techniques add layers of depth and interest. The project is a diminutive book cover (3" x 4"). This class explores many techniques to help understand how color, texture, shading, highlights, and regular patterning can be used to maximize interest and movement in a design. An easily finished edge will complete the lovely heirloom journal cover!


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312 - Butterfly in Purls
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by Margaret Kinsey
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The butterfly is outlined in pearl purls and filled with chipping technique in both silver and gold metals, and other stitches. The metals include check, smooth, rough and wire check purl, spangles, and pearl purl; the purls are couched with matching threads. Techniques are couching, chipping, diagonal satin, attaching spangles, and canvas stitches.


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313 - Chain for Lady Blanche
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by Maggie Meister
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Chain for Lady Blanche is a chain that might have been worn by Blanche Parry, Queen Elizabeth I’s Chief Gentlewoman and Keeper of Her Majesty’s Jewels. It is inspired by Elizabethan and Jacobean jewelry in London’s Cheapside Hoard which was discovered in 1912. You will learn to make components using a variation of Huichol stitch (a type of netting), cubic right angle weave, and peyote.


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314 - Tartan Ornaments: Trio of Three Trees
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by Michele Roberts
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What could be more wonderful than jeweled Christmas tree ornaments? Using the techniques of traditional British goldwork, create three traditional simple but dramatic Victorian-style holiday decorations on a background of luxurious Scottish tartan fabrics. Gold bullion is enhanced with surface embroidery stitches and a variety of embellishments. Learn to create a precisely sized custom twist of gold braid, to attach rigid gold bullion invisibly, to securely attach individual embellishments, and to create a reinforced line of pearls, beads, and crystals.


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315 - Kentucky Celebration
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by Canby Robertson
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To commemorate the 60th anniversary of EGA, stitch in crewel embroidery the state bird, butterfly, and flower of the great State of Kentucky to celebrate your seminar experience in Louisville. The design includes a pair of cardinals, a Viceroy butterfly, and glorious goldenrod in full bloom. The outline of the State of Kentucky recedes in the background.


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316 - Partridge in Pear Tree
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by Kim Sanders
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Combining stumpwork with silk ribbon, Partridge in a Pear Tree creates glowing, dimensional embroidery on silk dupioni. Beaded flowers and berries add bright glints of color reminiscent of an illuminated manuscript. Students will stitch needle lace over felt and as a detached element over wire. Using overdyed ribbon, stranded cotton and pearl cotton creates naturalistic color variations. While floche stitched over felt produces silky smooth pears. Partridge introduces the most commonly used raised and padded techniques in a fun class.


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317 - Judging Needlework
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by Carol Lynn Stratton
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Understand what your work can tell you and how judges evaluate needlework in a way that encourages the artist. Practical judging, critique writing and confidence building exercises provide a foundation for entering, producing or judging a show. The requirements of the EGA Certified Needlework Judge and Master Needlework Judge programs will be reviewed.


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