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Class Number 301

Class Title:  Blue Ridge Reflections
Teacher: Kurdy Biggs

The design elements of "Blue Ridge Reflections" are based on the designer’s childhood growing up in the Blue Ridge. Throughout this design the stitches are intended to mimic various aspects of the region of mountains, streams, flowers and sky--all combining into a finished piece that resembles the elegance of a piece of stained glass.  Over 30 different stitches will be completed using a variety of silk, velvet, and metallic threads, beads and crystals all based around the Caron Collection Appalachia overdyed silk floss. Students will create their own unique design by attaching onto their finished design circles, diamonds or squares which have been stitched separately.

Technique: Counted Canvas Design Area: 9" x 9"
Proficiency Level: Intermediate Kit Cost: $ 130.00
Pre-Work: None  

Kit Contents:  15” x 15” drawn canvas, threads named above; threads from Rainbow Gallery include Capri, Elegance, Petite Silk Lame’ Braid, Petite Very Velvet, Kreinik metallics, along with other threads, beads, crystals, needles and instructions.

Class Number 302

Class Title: Treasure Trove Chest
Teacher:  Barbara Ellis

This is a bead embroidered case, using various bead embroidery techniques and stitches. It was created with an Art Nouveau inspiration in soft romantic hues, featuring a glass Bavarian bezeled rose and Shibori ribbon. Students will learn to make this bead embroidered compact case and will learn basic bead embroidery stitches including the back, stop and brick stitch. Fun embellishments include Shibori ribbon, Bavarian glass rose, fresh water pearls, brass inked stampings and more.

Technique: Bead Embroidery Design Area: 3" x 5"
Proficiency Level: Intermediate Kit Cost: $ 125.00
Pre-Work: None  

Kit Contents: case, rose cabochon, brass ink finding, shibori ribbon, 3 mm crystals, 3mm pearls, 11/0 seed beads, 15/0 seed beads, needle puller, keishi pearls, ultra suede, thread, e6ooo glue and needles.

Class Number 303

Class Title: Autumn Jewels
Teacher:  Celeste Chalasani

The pomegranate (Punica granatum) originated 4000 years ago in the region stretching from Iran to northern India and has been cultivated since ancient times throughout the Mediterranean region. Now grown worldwide, pomegranates have come to symbolize prosperity, hope, fertility and abundance in many cultures throughout the world. In this class, students will work on a small Stumpwork panel depicting pomegranate flowers and fruit. Students will employ a wide variety of traditional and contemporary Stumpwork techniques using Needlepoint Inc and Gloriana stranded silk thread, and Anchor cotton floss on cream Silk Shantung fabric. Gold chipping, gold spangles, Kreinik Japan thread and garnet colored beads intensify the striking colors and design.

Technique: Stumpwork Design Area: 4"x10" on 10"x15" fabric, suitable for framing or insertion into a box
Proficiency Level: Intermediate-Advanced Kit Cost: $ 95.00
Pre-Work: 8 hr to transfer design
and mount onto stretcher bars

Kit Contents: silk shantung and cotton fabric, silk and cotton threads, gold spangles, gold wire check purl, garnet colored beads, felt, needles and 33 gauge covered wire. Students will need an Evertite frame (or similar), at least one 4” hoop, wire cutters, scissors for cutting gold check and paper, sewing thread, archive quality felt tip pens (red-orange and green), a mechanical pencil, and magnification.

Class Number 304

Class Title: 3-Day Studio Time

Time to work on UFOs…and maybe get some help from your stitching friends!



To help you select a class, please be familiar with the following EGA proficiency-level definitions:

BASIC:  No experience with the technique being taught is necessary.

INTERMEDIATE:  Knowledge of basic stitches, materials, and their use in the technique being taught is required.

ADVANCED:  Ability to execute simple and difficult stitches in the technique is required. The student also should have knowledge of color design that will allow exploration and creativity.

ALL LEVELS:  Class is suitable for all levels.

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