As most of you readers know, I design and teach needlework. I love to see just how the designs come alive with needle and thread.
In August of 2016 - this year, (I know how the years speed ahead ever faster all of the time,) I will be teaching two fun classes. I have slowed down my schedule so the classes that I teach are very special. Here is the link to the Retreat website.
One of the classes is Ivory, which is a pulled thread piece that uses shades of white and tan to stitch a Japanese flower ball. The companion piece is called Ebony and is done in blackwork. They use the same design but the contrast between the black and white is so interesting. When both of them have been exhibited together, it usually takes a while before people realize that the designs are identical.
The other class is Feather Your Nest Box and Smalls. This one was created specifically for the retreat and full of fun Minnesota touches. The box has an owl on the top and stitched pockets on the inside. The smalls include a cute owl emery, a blackwork mouse pincushion, a flame stitch scissors sheath and lots of others. I hope that it is as fun for the students to stitch as it was for me to design. Although it is not a traditional sampler it functions the same way with lots of samples of different stitches and techniques.