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.
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.
By Eleanor Podl
Soon to be retired. ONLY available until December 31, 2017
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.
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.
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.
By Christine Allan
The Celtic Sampler was created with the idea of it being very versatile. We will focus on the larger design using Monk's Cloth. The simplicity of the design lends itself to a variety of decors by changing the colours. This pattern was inspired by the Celtic & Norse Traditional designs, with a modern twist. You will learn the basic and popular stitches in Swedish Weaving, while making a functional project.
By Gloria Roch
This course introduces you to a type of three-dimensional surface embroidery using rayon threads, which was developed in Brazil in the 1960s. The project is worked in coloured rayon threads in a floral design suitable for framing as a picture or mounted for a wall hanging or as a cushion top.
By Margaret Vant Erve
This pretty tulip design is an adaptation from a 19th century tile from Delft, Holland, renowned for its distinctive tiles. The embroidery is worked on a beautiful silk wool blend fabric using Soie d’alger silks and gold thread. The student will learn long and short, split and fishbone stitch as well as gold couching.