Get ready for Spring! Join us for a relaxing class of floral embroidery. You will learn to make a rose and other leaves and flowers with silk ribbon and embroidery thread. Daisy Chain, Stem, Rose and French Knot embroidery stitches will be covered. No sewing machine needed, all skill levels welcome! Advance registration is required. $40 non-member | $30 member.
Most supplies to make one pin will be available for class. Bring your hand sewing kit: Background fabrics in several colors will be provided, as well as silk ribbon and various beads, bring a good sharp pair of large and small scissors.
If you wish to bring your own supplies and wool, you will need:
- Two 5” squares of background fabric (satin, wool, denim…)
- Silk ribbon of various widths and colors, bring what you have if you wish
- Small beads such as seed beads or glass beads
- Thread to match all fabrics, ribbons and beads
- Embroidery floss or threads, variegated embroidery floss, decorative embroidery threads, green for stems!
- Good sharp scissors for cutting small curves, good fabric scissors, paper scissors
- Hand embroidery needles, tapestry needles, bring what you have
- Small or short pins or appliqué pins
- Silk pins if you have them
- Pin cushion
- Thin cardboard or other stabilizer
- Pin backs
History: As an art form, embroidery’s origins can be traced back to the iron age (1300BC-600BC). However, Chinese thread embroidery, which dates as far back as 3500 BC may possibly have been the forerunner of modern-day embroidery (though evidence as far back as the stone age with decorative stitches and beads in clothing has been found). Archaeological digs have uncovered many artefacts that help convey a slice of life from civilizations that existed thousands of years ago. In many cultures detailed embroidered clothing, religious objects and household items have been the hallmark of wealth and prestige. Various cultures developed their own distinctive style of embroidery. Embroidery has endured over the centuries because methods for creating the myriad array of stitches have been passed down from generation to generation.