“Beginning Bead Embroidery”
In this one-day workshop, students explore all the basic stitches used in bead embroidery. They go home with a sampler containing lots of bead embroidery stitches; a booklet with information about beads, threads, and embroidery techniques; and many fun new ideas to try at home. A kit with the sampler base, beads, needles, and thread is provided at the beginning of class. All students need to bring are a pair of small, sharp scissors for cutting thread and a desire to learn some new ways to embellish quilts, garments, and just about anything made of fabric.
"Bead Embroidery: Beyond the Basics"
Have you had some bead embroidery experience, or taken my Beginning Bead Embroidery class and now want to learn even more beautiful techniques? Come to this one-day workshop with a pair of sharp scissors and your creative thinking. Students will receive a kit with beads, thread, and a sampler base, plus hand-outs. Students learn how to beautifully and securely incorporate larger beads, buttons, and cabochons into your quilts and bead embroideries. They also explore a variety of edge stitches and fringe techniques while creating a sampler to take home for future reference and inspiration.
"The Art of Hand Stitching Beads on Cloth"
As a two- to three-day workshop this is a combination of everything taught in "Beginning Bead Embroidery" and "Bead Embroidery: Beyond the Basics" (descriptions above) plus additional techniques. As a four- to five-day workshop students begin by building on the exercises from the first three days to learn all of the stitches that make up the backbone of bead embroidery—those stitches most commonly used in contemporary beadwork on fiber art. Techniques introduced range from sparsely-stitched individual beads to densely beaded focal areas, as well as edge and fringe techniques. Students have opportunities to explore known variations on these stitches as well as develop their own visual vocabulary of bead embroidery. Class time is a mixture of sampling bead embroidery techniques and exploring variations on those stitches based on each individual student’s interests and aesthetic.
Each day contains a mixture of hand stitching, viewing images and examples of bead embroidery for inspiration and technique illustration, and time sharing discoveries with one another. Students explore approaches to bead embroidery on solid and patterned fabrics, and the class culminates with each student adding bead embellishment to one of her/his art quilts brought from home. Each student will go home with two samplers containing all of the many bead embroidery stitches learned and developed in class, her/his own newly bead embellished piece of fiber art in progress, and detailed hand-outs with information about stitches, bead and thread selection, and other important information for continued exploration of bead embroidery beyond the classroom.
"Bead & Button Embellishment: Simple to Spectacular"
In this half-day class students learn a dozen different ways to embellish quilts, garments, and other fiber art using simple buttons and beads together. Students also learn about variations on these 12 techniques so they can go home with many new ideas for how to have fun adding texture and design focal points to their quilts and fiber art. This class is suitable for all levels of stitchers.
"Bead Embroidered Ornaments"
In these one-day or two-day workshops (depending on the project) students explore both simple and more complex bead embroidery techniques while creating a beautiful beaded ornament or medallion for their home, as a gift for someone special, or to be incorporated into a wearable art object such as a necklace, brooch, or small handbag. Kits contain the ornate fabric base for the projects as well as coordinated beads and thread and detailed instructions. Contact me for available kits/projects.
"The Circle Game (in Bead Embroidery)"
Circles can be found throughout the natural world and in human designs from diverse cultures and across millennia. Circles appeal to us on so many levels—they are simple and elegant; they’re curved, organic, and smooth, with no sharp corners; they evoke a comforting sense of completeness and totality; they’re in the hugs that embrace us and the nests that protect baby birds. Circles are as familiar as the dot of an “i” or the period at the end of a sentence. They come to us in images of the Earth from space. Circles are as tiny as a subatomic particle and as large as a black hole. In this two-day to three-day workshop we explore and create either a checkerboard sampler or a mandala of circular motifs in bead embroidery (both background fabrics will be provided). Working with a wide variety of beads we will learn, design, and stitch a diverse range of circular forms that could also be used in future stitching on art quilts, garments, and other fiber art.
"Dots & Dashes: The Language of the Hand-Made Stitch"
Dots, dashes, lines, and other simple shapes have been used throughout history from ancient symbolic languages like Cuneiform through Morse code and beyond to communicate ideas and information. Hand stitching with beads and embroidery thread is a wonderful, meditative, expressive way to create textured and colored dots, dashes, lines, and shapes that can express their maker’s feelings and ideas.
Just as each person has a distinct, recognizable style of hand writing, each artist can develop her/his own recognizable style of visual communication through hand stitching with embroidery thread and beads.The development of this textured “hand writing” or visual communication is the focus of this two-day to five-day workshop.Issues explored include line, mass, visual movement, overlay, shading, and positive and negative space.
In class students learn, experiment with, and expand on a broad range of hand-embroidery stitches, using embroidery thread and beads both together and independently. In the two-day version of the workshop students work entirely on the sampler provided in the kit. In the three-, four-, and five-day versions of the workshop students come to class with one or two small, unembellished art quilts or fiber art panels made at home that they would like to take to a new level through the addition of hand embroidery with beads and thread.
Each day contains a combination of bead embroidery and thread embroidery technique demonstrations, viewing examples of technique applications, group discussion, and individual sketch and stitch explorations of ways to develop one’s own visual vocabulary using the techniques introduced in class. Time will also be dedicated to group discussion of works in progress and individual feedback by the teacher that is both supportive and idea-stimulating.
Have you ever wanted to embellish fabric but weren't sure where to start? Here's your chance to give it a try in this two-day to three-day workshop. Begin with a small printed fabric panel that is just begging to be embellished. Explore a variety of bead embroidery stitches, thread embroidery stitches, and approaches to design while developing unique embellishment plans for a mini quilt or embellished panel. The finished panel can be completed as a small wall quilt, made into a decorative pillow, or incorporated into an embellished handbag or jacket. Students receive group instruction as well as one-on-one assistance learning new stitches and developing their own original embellishment design. Suitable for experienced beginners through advanced stitchers.
“The Meditative Hand-Made Stitch”
One of the joys of hand embroidery, whether with beads or embroidery thread, is the relaxing, meditative effect it can have on the stitcher. Radially symmetrical motifs are found throughout the natural world, traditional fine crafts, and mindfulness practices. This workshop combines focused bead and thread hand embroidery with the creation of a medallion or mandala motif as we immerse ourselves in the creative wonders of the meditative hand-made stitch. This class is suitable for students with all levels of stitching experience.
In class students learn, experiment with, and expand on a broad range of hand-embroidery stitches, using embroidery thread and beads both together and independently. Each day contains a combination of bead embroidery and thread embroidery technique demonstrations, viewing examples of technique applications, group discussion, and individual sketch and stitch explorations of ways to develop one’s own visual vocabulary using the techniques introduced in class. Time will be dedicated each day to discussions of the techniques and benefits of meditative/mindfulness practices and to quiet stitching as a group. Time will also be dedicated to group discussion of works in progress and individual feedback by the teacher that is both supportive and idea-stimulating.
During our two to three days together students will work exclusively on the sampler base provided in the kit. Nearly all of the supplies needed for class are contained in the kits. Students should bring a small sketch pad and colored pencils or markers, a small pair of sharp scissors, and an eagerness to learn and explore. Students are also welcome to bring any beads, embroidery threads, and embellishments they may want to add to their samplers.
"Theme & Variations in Hand Embroidery"
Artistic themes can be both technical and conceptual.They can be found in the consistent use of such features as particular techniques, shapes, images, color schemes, or concepts.Hand embroidery lends itself beautifully to both technical and conceptual theme development.Bead and thread embroidery can be used to boldly define solid shapes, subtly suggest translucent shapes, and everything in between. Hand stitching with beads and thread can be used to create powerful line work, visual movement, and expressive, engaging textures.It can also be used to highlight both positive and negative space in works of art.
In this three-day to five-day workshop students explore ways to develop personal themes and variations on those themes in order to create a small series of related mini works in fiber art (art quilts, embroideries, etc.) each of which features hand embroidery with beads and threads.Each day will be a combination of bead embroidery and thread embroidery technique demonstrations, viewing examples of technique applications, group discussion, and individual sketch and stitch explorations of ways to use and build on the techniques introduced. Time will also be dedicated to group discussion of works in progress and individual feedback by the teacher that is both supportive and idea-stimulating.