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Intermediate Deerfield Embroidery

By Peggy Kimble, revised by Helen McCrindle

This intermediate course will teach you the technique of Deerfield embroidery, which is a variation of Crewel embroidery. As well as learning to prepare and mount the fabric in a frame and wash and block the piece, you will learn the traditional stitches such as Stem or Outline, Herringbone, Deerfield Herringbone, New England Laid, Feather, Chain, Cross, Lattice, French, Fly, Spike, Seed Speckling, Satin, Snail Trail, and Darning as used in this style of embroidery.

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Beginner Battenburg Lace Embroidery

By Dianna Best

This beginner group course project is a table mat or doily teaching the fundamentals of Battenburg Lace, which is a tape lace, in one of the simplest styles of lace making which gained very much popularity in Victorian times.

This course presents the fundamentals of producing this lace with information on types of tapes, fabrics and threads.

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By Barbara Gilbert, designer Didi Vanden Brink

This course is designed to teach the beginning canvas stitcher the fundamentals of Canvaswork embroidery. Topics such as the preparation of the canvas for stitching, selections of needles and appropriate threads, choosing colours, use of a doodle cloth (sam cloth, practice piece) and a variety of stitches are covered. The design, which is based on a nine patch quilt block, allows the student to use Continental, Basketweave, Tent, Gobelin, Brick, Parisian, Hungarian and four Florentine (Bargello) patterns. As well, you will choose four stitches from reference books to stitch on this sampler project making your piece unique.

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By Peggy Kimble

This course is to teach beginner Crewel stitchers the basic fundamentals. You will learn how to mount the fabric ready for stitching, transfer the design to the fabric, choose the appropriate wool threads, needles, colour choice ideas, and wash and block the item. Stitches learned include Stem or Outline, Chain, Split, Herringbone, Buttonhole, Couching, Fishbone, Fly, Satin, Long and Short, Spider, Burden and Palestrina. A traditional Crewel design ready for finishing as a picture or cushion top is the completed project.

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By Colleen Darling

This small band sampler features Drawn Thread embroidery in colour-on-colour bands acented by subtly coloured rows of counted thread stitches on 32-count linen.

You will learn how to set up a sampler prior to stitching. Ladder and serpentine hemstitching worked in two manners begin the bands of drawn thread work.

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By Janice Routley

This course is designed to teach the fundamental processes of Metal Thread embroidery to the beginning Metal Thread stitcher. You will learn how to mount the backing and ground fabrics on a frame ready for stitching, a method of transferring the design onto the ground fabric, techniques of couching Japanese gold and using purl, mounting and finishing methods. Your finished project will be ready for framing.

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By Colleen Darling

The basic course gives instructions in the fundamental principles of Pulled Thread embroidery, which is a style of counted thread work within the large class of Whitework. The embroidery is produced by distorting the ground fabric by the use of tension (pulling) on the embroidery thread in such a way to produce different patterns for a lacy effect. No ground fabrics threads are removed so it is a very hard-wearing form of embroidery.

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By Ingrid Lincoln

You will learn several skills used in stitching Silk Ribbon embroidery: how to thread a needle with a silk ribbon, how to prepare a “fancy” fabric for ribbon embroidery and how to transfer a pattern for this embroidery. Several specialized stitches in three widths of ribbon will be taught. Generic flowers will be made of fabric and when completed, attached to the ground fabric. Four types of roses will be made and used in the project design.

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By Sandra Roy

This course is designed to teach the beginning Stumpwork student the basic techniques of this style of embroidery.

You will learn how to prepare fabrics for stitching, transfer a pattern to the fabric, set up a hoop, stitch, cut out and attach detachable elements, stitch the necessary surface embroidery and mount the project correctly. A small picture of a Monarch butterfly on a milkweed flower is the finished project.

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By Eleanor Podl

This basic level course will teach you the characteristics of Crazy Patchwork which will be decorated with stitchery, beads, lace, etc., as desired. You will learn how to choose suitable fabrics and threads, beginning colour and design principles used in Crazy Patchwork, the preparation of the fabrics for stitching, a variety of stitches used in this technique, basic beading, cord, and tassel making skills and finishing methods. A small shoulder purse in your colour choices is the finished project.

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Guideline for Student Levels


Beginners are those who need guidance in reading stitch patterns or who are new to the technique.

Intermediate students understand stitch patterns but may need guidance; have taken this technique or similar one at the beginner or basic level; have a beginning understanding of colour and design.

Advanced students read charts and stitch diagrams with ease, have a good understanding of stitch technique; have good understanding of colour and design. Must have taken an intermediate level course in the technique. Must be able to work independently.