3 Day Classes

Class Number 301

Empire of the Sun

Class Title:  Empire of the Sun
Teacher: Toni Gerdes

This is an elegant kimono based on the Japanese flag design with its traditional rays.  In this intermediate level class, you will create beautiful shaded rays in your choice of a wine/beige colorway on eggshell congress cloth or a teal/gray colorway on light gray congress cloth.  At the top of the design representing the sun you will make a beaded half circle filled with a wide assortment of beads to create a lush, rich sun.  The beads will spill over onto the kimono to trickle down the back and add sparkle to the rays.   The design size is approximately 9" x 12".  The rays along with the background are stitched in stranded Soie Cristale silk and a beautiful metallic Bijoux.

Technique: Canvas Work Design Area: 9" x 12"
Proficiency Level: Intermediate Kit Cost: $ 95.00
Pre-Work: None  

Kit Contents:  Line drawn congress cloth, all threads including Soie Cristale & Waterlilies silks, Bijoux metallic, bead soup, and needles.

Class Number 302

The Partridge and the Pear Tree

Class Title: The Partridge and the Pear Tree
Teacher:  Sylvia Murariu

The design is hand painted on paper, then transferred to the canvas. Includes a variety of techniques, such as needle felting, canvas work, Romanian Point Lace, leather padding.  This lovely design can be framed or used to embellish a purse.

Class goals:
Students will practice the stitches on a practice piece before working on the actual project.
Students will experiment with a large variety of stitches and techniques: crocheted cord, needle felting, needle lace, beading, padding.
Stitches: Wheat Ear, Chain, Back, Stem, French knot, Beading, Couching and
Canvas stitches: Smyrna cross stitch, One way couching, Diagonal and Oblong, Mirror Satin, Chevron.

Technique: Mixed Media Design Area: 6" x 6"
Proficiency Level: All Levels Kit Cost: $ 85.00
Pre-Work: None  

Kit Contents: Instructions, pattern already transferred on Congress cloth, handmade cord, DMC Cebelia threads size 20, a variety of DMC embroidery floss, memory wire, rove for needle felting, beads, sequins, metallic gold and copper, Madeira threads, padding material, golden copper leather, needles and a practice design and crocheted cord to practice the technique and the stitches.

Class Number 303

Bug in Her Ear

Bug in Her Ear

Class Title: A Bug in Her Ear
Teacher:  Beth Myrer

Come and learn to create a wonderfully soft bear using wool roving and a specialized needle.  With the completion of the bear, it is time to do what embroidery artisans love to do – embellish it.  We will be using silk ribbons with a variety of stitches to create a floral display covering the body of the bear.  A few of the stitches will include: French knots, straight stitch, twisted straight stitch, extended fly stitch, and ribbon stitch.  This will be a loved bear to be displayed, for all to enjoy.

Technique: Felting, Silk Ribbon Embroidery Design Area: 10" - 11" bear
Proficiency Level: Basic Intermediate Kit Cost: $ 85.00
Pre-Work: None  

Kit Contents: Wool roving, felting needle, silk ribbon, buttons, needles, written instructions, and pictures.

Class Number 304

Desert Honey

Desert Visitor

Class Title: Desert Blooms Duo
Teacher:  Jeanette Rees

This class combines two charming pieces that can be used separately or together as a pair.   Both traditional and surface stitching will be the focus while student uses a variety of flosses and silk threads to create color and texture used in the flower stems and spines (pleats).  Student will select batik fabrics for both pieces.

 Desert Honey
The night-blooming flowers in silk ribbon and beads invite the desert visitors daily as the bees enjoy the sweet nectar and pollinate the desert tree.  Student will pad the cactus trunk and cover it with batik fabric.  Stitching will be done on top to enhance the spiny columnar structure of the stem.  The ruby red fruit is stitched with Splendor. 

Desert Visitor
A large, beautiful bloom in silk ribbon, organza and netting, brings the Prickly Pear cactus to life.  The Monarch butterfly is done in tent stitch, over one canvas thread.  Student will pad the cactus trunks and cover with batik fabric.  Pads are enhanced with light stitching for the spiny thorns.  The ruby red fruits are stitched with silk Splendor.

Technique: Mixed Media, Dimensional Embroidery
Design Area: 5" x 6" and 4" x 5"
Proficiency Level: Basic Intermediate Kit Cost: $110.00
Pre-Work: None  

Kit Contents: Instructions with color photos, 24 count Congress Cloth, a variety of overdyed cottons and silk threads, rayon thread, perle cotton.

Class Number 305

  Lady Bird's Legacy  

Class Title: Lady Bird's Legacy
Teacher:  Deborah Gale Tirico

This colorful table rug honors the legacy of Claudia "Lady Bird" Johnson and features some of the many wildflowers of Texas. The perimeter is surrounded with colorful Texas wildflowers and a few insects that will bring a happy palate of color to your table. Entirely constructed in felted wool, the flowers are embellished with beads and specialty threads, but the sculptural dimension of lush felted wool remains apparent. Students will work with freezer paper patterns, create acetate placement guides and work with templates. A variety of basting techniques will be presented for increased accuracy. Students will learn appliqué methods including the tack stitch, cutting small pieces, easy and accurate buttonhole stitching. Methods for adding dimension will be presented including needle slanting techniques, fabric layering and stuffing. Tools that make working in felted wool easy and fun will be made available. The construction of the final rug will be fully discussed. A variety of surface embroidery stitches will be taught including bullion stitch, colonial knot, stem stitch, and couching.

Technique: Felted Wool Appliqué Design Area: 23" x 33"
Proficiency Level: All Levels Kit Cost: $150.00
Pre-Work: Yes, 2 hours  

Kit Contents: Written instructions and color photography, patterns & placement guide, freezer paper, clear acetate, black felted wool, Weeks Dye Works™ felted wool colors, Tirico hand-dyed felted wool colors, Weeks Dye Works™ threads, Rainbow wool thread by Tirico, Silk Lame` Braid, black pearl cotton #8, DMC® floss, seed beads, and needles.


We have made every effort to describe each class accurately.  Please rely on the class description as your primary guide in choosing your class(es), paying particular attention to the techniques used, materials and level of difficulty.  If a student registers for a class that is beyond the student's proficiency level, we are not responsible for the student's success in the class. 

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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