Some beads stand alone, but in the beadwork class it was all about creating one or more beaded beads each day. Using multiple stitches, students experimented and explored different designs and shapes. A dodecahedron made with beads? Of course!
Swapping beading needles and threads for embroidery needles and floss, Francie then welcomed a new group of students to a two-day class in embroidery. It’s been a number of years since we’ve offered a class dedicated to this particular subject. Adding a modern feel with today’s choices of printed background fabrics, colors and motifs make this “not your grandmother’s embroidery”. (Even though we cherish our grandmother’s embroidery!)
We had to go “way back” to find the last class focused on exclusively stitched-thread embroidery. In 2003, Shirley Ver Hage offered both a Beginning and Intermediate Hardanger Embroidery class. Prior to that, it was “way, way back” to the very beginning, when in the first year of classes (1979), a creative stitchery class was one of five subjects taught. Here’s part of Walter Schutz’s description for that class, “If you have ever admired beautiful imaginative stitchery and perhaps even envied the person who made it, here is your chance to learn all of the basics so that you too can create similar pieces.” The list of what to bring for class included “the book ‘One Hundred Embroidery Stitches’ by Coats & Clark, cost 50 cents, available in most Five & Dime stores.” We’re so glad to have brought embroidery back to our future!
Good things come from the tiniest of beads and the thinnest of needles and threads. Good things also come from re-visiting and modernizing traditional favorites!Share Sievers with Friends...