Butterfly Dance
Mar
10
to Mar 12

Butterfly Dance

Sandia Mountains Chapter EGA, Albuquerque, NM

Proficiency level: Intermediate

Class Description:

A fresh breeze brings the fragrance of wisteria as butterflies dance. Using realistic and stylized techniques in silk and metal we will interpret the warmth and joy of a summer day.

Two layers of foundation provide a dimensional experience. Couched butterflies in braids of gold and silver literally float over the wisteria. The background on congress cloth can be either:

·       blossoms and buds variations of satin stitch with couched stems on white congress cloth

·       or a basic filling pattern suggestion a trellis on the students choice of white or ecru (see background as in the tassel photo below)

Accents of beads and goldwork add a feeling of opulence to the summer sunshine.

The foreground supporting the couched butterflies is #18 silk interlock canvas. The transparence of the ground allows the sparkling butterflies to drift over the flowers.

 

Threads used include many sizes of braid, check purl and several hues of Soie Mori. Special Loch Rosen crystals add to an assortment of bugle and seed bead embellishments

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Copper Illuminations
Apr
9
to Apr 11

Copper Illuminations

Event: Jackson Stitchery Guild Chapter EGA

Technique:  Silk and Metal embroidery on canvas

Proficiency Level:  Intermediate

Class Description:

The bright copper draws the eye in as we contemplate images of the past seasons in stylized forms and patterns. The students will explore new and traditions techniques in silk and metal.

Working with canvas filling stitches we will bring the work of traditional canvas work into the 21st century. Copper sheeting with embellishment is used to create the focal point of the design. Goldwork applications and beadwork add to the beauty of the needlework.

 

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Great Lakes Region Seminar
Apr
19
to Apr 20

Great Lakes Region Seminar

Scintillation Sapphire

Proficiency Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Class Description: Couture embroidery on canvas

Today the sapphire gem is known as a Stone of Wisdom, a royal stone of learning and sharpness of thought and vision. It is said that its pure blue light brings order and healing to the mind, lending strength and focus, and an ability to see beneath surface appearances to underlying truth.

From the world of couture and goldwork on a foundation of congress cloth, this class will explore a variety of techniques: Chipping, S-ing, couching with and without beads, un point de vermicelli en perle, plus the application of sequins with and without beads and montees.

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Great Lakes Region Seminar
Apr
21
to Apr 22

Great Lakes Region Seminar

Ribbon Dance

Technique:  Silk and Metal embroidery with applique on canvas

Proficiency level:  Intermediate to Advanced

Class Description:

A figure dances to the inner rhythm of life. Come join the party as we explore new ways of working on canvas with fabric applique and silk and metal techniques.

Stitches included: On Nué, kid and fabric applique with couched braid, stranded bead couching, chipping, and detached elements.

Students will have options for filling patterns.

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Elizabethan Goldwork
Jul
21
to Jul 22

Elizabethan Goldwork

Merrimack Valley Chapter EGA

Technique: Goldwork from Elizabethan Elements & Techniques

Proficiency Level: Intermediate

Class Description:

Using motifs garnered from numerous sources that I have researched, the students will develop their own designs and stitch patterns to complete a stitch diagram.  The students will be come familiar with the traditional metal embroidery of the 16th century and how they can apply that to the present day.

 

Students have options of working the sampler in class, pursuing their own design, or work from the teaching sample to become familiar with the design characteristics and materials of Elizabethan England focusing on goldwork. For dimensional effects we will be using padding and raised metal techniques. Detached elements, goldwork, and surface embroidery stitches are also explored.

 

Silk and Metal thread techniques taught include:  framing up backing fabric with foundation fabric; design transfer; padding techniques, couching: braids, purl purl, passing thread; attaching: purl purl, paillettes, pearls.  Surface embroidery stitches: plaited braid, ceylon stitch, cable plait, detached buttonhole, and woven spider stitch.

Many choices are available to the student:

·       Design development

·       Stitch combinations and progressions

·       Working their own original design

·       Working the sampler on linen

·       Which threads and how much they need for their design

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American Needlepoint National Seminar
Aug
23
to Aug 24

American Needlepoint National Seminar

Emerald Essence

Technique:  Contemporary silk and metal embroidery on canvas with raised and detached elements

Proficiency Level:  Intermediate

Class Description:

It is said that the individual wearing an emerald can feel a surge in creativity, artistic talents, and the skill to innovate and form ideas better. It is a stone of inspiration and infinite patience; and it embodies unity, compassion and unconditional love—fidelity. We will be surrounding this lovely jewel with the sparkle of crystal and amethyst to bring out its brilliance. The radiating, detached elements suggest the essence of the stone.

 

Students will lay silk in diamond Waffle stitch and mount the center stone with shisha technique. Smaller imitation emeralds, montees, Loch Rosen crystals, braids, seed beads and sequins are stitched in various combinations along with detached wired elements. The foundations are Congress cloth and green sparkle organza.

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American Needlepoint Guild National Seminar
Aug
25
to Aug 26

American Needlepoint Guild National Seminar

Golden Pine

Technique:  Contemporary silk and Metal embroidery on canvas with raised elements

Proficiency Level:  Intermediate

Class Description:

Celebrating the warmth, glitter and glow of a stylized golden tree we will interpreted it with beads, sequins and metal threads creating a contemporary design on canvas with detached elements.

Students will work with Lutradur®, check purl, sequins, montees, braids and sequins in various combinations along beads and wire.

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