Club News

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.

Looking forward to seeing all of you. As always, please let me know if you’re planning to attend


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.  

Hand Stitchers will be working on UFO’s for December, January and February.    If the store needs to close due to weather in these months we will simply cancel our meeting.


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 new project.   – To begin as soon as most of us are done the cornucopia.

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:

lace pad

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.








4 Responses to Club News

  1. jane says:

    i miss you!!!! when ya coming over????

  2. Dale Morrow says:

    Interested in a quilting class

    • Dale, Begin by checking out the offerings on the skillbuilders page, and the showcase page to see if any of them are right for you. If you have your heart set on something that is not there then come in to the shoppe and we can talk about it and arrange for private instruction. –Diana

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