Our clubs are low-key alternatives to more project oriented workshops. Each Club meets generally once a month to stitch, explore and inspire each other. We often end up eating together too. You are welcome to bring any appropriate project to the meeting to work on, or do the project the group is involved with, with no big commitments. Unlike some other shops, we encourage you to do YOUR thing. Nothing makes us happier than when you take a technique or idea you found here and make something unique. ( and we LOVE when you share it with us in person or on our Facebook page !) Please scroll through and find something that sounds like fun. If you are new to a club please let us know you are planning to attend.
Crazy Quilt Club This fun group meets on the THIRD Saturday of the month. Hosted by Diane Johnson, the group talks, stitches and often, eats. All levels are welcome.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: in March the group will meet on the 24th instead of the usual date.
Looking forward to seeing all of you. As always, please let me know if you’re planning to attend so I can have Diane Johnson send your the supply list for the new project.
Handstitchers Club Second Tuesdays, 10-12
The only rule with this group is that you cannot bring your sewing machine. We can and will help you with just about anything made with a needle. We sometimes do projects together as we explore a new technique or really cute pattern. Second Tuesdays, 10-12, $10.00 per session. After a break for lunch, our Stumpwork and raised embroidery club meets at 1:30 pm. Scroll down for more on that.
In April we will be starting an exploration of hand embroidery stitches. The sampler style project I have in mind will finish about 8 x 10 and is suitable for the exterior of a project roll. You could also just keep it as a reference and use it for a doodle cloth for future needlework projects. Here are the needed supplies:
11 x 14 piece of white or natural colored cotton
mechanical pencil for marking
Blue painters tape or tiger tape
Embroidery needles in various sizes – large eye and sharp point – optional needle threader
Embroidery hoop 8-10 inches. Eventually you will probably want to own a variety of sizes but this works for most things.
Small scissors or thread snips
A selection of stranded embroidery floss, at least 6 colors including a dark, a light and at least one green. Plus any other threads you want to try out.
It is also suggested that you have a notebook or folder to take notes and keep stitch diagrams. Many books have diagrams and ideas, but keeping a record of the ones you like all in one place is VERY helpful. We will cross reference to Judith Baker Montano’s book, Embroidery and Crazy Quilt Stitch Tool. If you want a copy let me know and I’ll put one aside for you.
If you want to make a project roll from this sampler you will also need a piece of dense batting or felt 12 x 18, about a half yard of matching ribbon, and a button you like. We can use embroidery floss to construct. It will be a few sessions before we are ready for this but you may want to coordinate your colors.
Stumpwork and Raised Embroidery Club.
Stumpwork is the name of a type of embroidery that is raised and very dimensional. This new group will meet on the Second Tuesday of the month, from 1:30 – 3:30 pm for $10.00 per meeting.
Foxgloves are our current project. – If you have worked your blossoms we will now create calyx. Bring your greens.
They are found in Beginners Guide to Stumpwork by Kay Dennis. You will need a picture frame to hold your finished embroidery. We will be mounting the stitchery on a lightly padded mat board that can have an optional opening for holding a photograph. Find a frame that you like between 3 x 5 and 9 x 12.
We will begin with the needle lace on a pad. Bring a lace pad ( Fran is using a dollar store potholder and it is working well !! ) basting thread and a needle, tatting cotton size 80 in the color for your foxgloves and a green for the caps. This is very thin and strong, it is about the same thickness as a single strand of floss. You will also eventually want a color for the freckles on the inside of the flowers. We will use the pad for six flowers and eight caps. We will be using single corded Brussels stitch for all the needle lace. You will also need a “Shoe” for the dimensional parts of the needle lace. I am researching a reasonable source, including making some, so let me know if you will need this tool.
The other flowers are worked directly on the background fabric. The size piece needed depends on your frame size, but a fat quarter should cover even the largest frame that makes sense with this motif.
You will need:
sewing thread for basting
felt for padding the stem ( small scrap is fine )
Half yard of fabric for base and finishing the mat
removable fabric marker for use on fat quarter
usual hand sewing supplies
small bit of stuffing
Embroidery Shoe for working the dimensional parts of the foxglove — if you don’t have one let me know and I will make one for you
To finish the mat:
1x 12 ruler
sewing thread and hand needle that match the fabric.
light colored felt or thin batting, at least 2 pieces 8 x 10 ( more if you want more padding on the mat. )
clothespins or other clips to use as temporary clamps.