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Classes

As more classes are finalized, more information will be added to this page. 


Costs: (kit fees will be paid to the instructor on the day)

1 hour class - $25 + kit fee

2 hour class - $40 + kit fee

Stitch your own Story (12 hours) - $200+ $45 kit fee 

Note: If you have purchased the platinum package, you receive the equivalent of 6 hours worth of classes. If you choose the stitch your own story class you will receive a discount of $100.

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Stitch Your Own Story

Designer:  Mike Parr is a textile artist and teacher with a lifelong passion for embroidery and history, and has over 40 years of experience in crewel and surface embroidery. Mike is known for his designs in stump work, gold work, and white work. He has been a contributor to Embroidery Canada and Inspirations magazines, and he teaches frequently throughout North America. In 2016, he founded his own business: Mike Parr Embroidery Designs. Mike’s primary focus is creating embroidery projects that draw on art and history for their inspiration.

 

Description: Have you ever wanted to express your story or any story into a stitched piece? This two-day workshop we will explore the time-honoured tradition of narrative embroideries. Participants will be guided by the teacher to turn their own memories or life journey idea into an embroidered work which conveys the story they wish to express. Through a series of exercises and activities the participants will work through concentrating their ideas to the essentials for creating a stitched narrative. Throughout the two days, different examples of narrative embroidery will be examined in detail to demonstrate how various problems have been solved. Project ideas will be provided for those who have no defined story in mind. Students do not need good drawing skills in order to enjoy this class.

 

Topics covered will include:

  • Breaking a story into its essential elements,

  • Developing a story board,

  • Combining words and images,

  • Working with the teacher the student will be able to determine the appearance, embroidery stitches, colours etc.

 

Students should bring a basic assortment of threads with them in which to begin their project. Teacher will have some threads available for students to make use of during classes.

Kit fee: $45.00

Class Length: 12 hours

Time: 

Saturday and Sunday - 9:00-12:00 and 3:00-6:00

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Fancy It Up!

Designer:  Jo Gatenby from X's & Oh's

 

Description: Come learn LACY BUTTONHOLE EDGING, an elegant way to finish a Hardanger border. A box using this stitch on the flap (as shown) will be on display. The sample box features 22 different stitches, which we can examine as time allows. A stitch handout (with how-to’s for all 22 stitches) will be included.

Kit fee: $10

Class Length: 2 hours

Time: TBD

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Box It Up!

Designer:  Jo Gatenby from X's & Oh's

 

Description: During class we’ll learn the basics of making a small, fabric covered Ort Box, with a selection of fabrics and an assortment of patterns for a cross-stitch top included. We will also learn a joining technique for fabric boxes, with sample boxes on hand for you to examine.

Kit fee: $5

Class Length: 2 hours

Time: TBD

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Mix It Up!

Designer:  Jo Gatenby from X's & Oh's

 

Description: Adding unusual stitches to your stitching. This class will look at TEN stitches that can be used around your regular cross-stitch and backstitching. From simple stitches such as SEED and PADDED SATIN STITCH, through WOVEN LEAVES and the intricate GORDIAN KNOT. An original pattern created for A NEEDLE PULLING THREAD (Issue 64) will be supplied, so you can practise what you learn!

Kit fee: $10

Class Length: 2 hours

Time: TBD

Intro to Kantha

Designer:  Anjali Shyam (member of the CGNA Guild)

 

Description: In this workshop, we will learn about traditional Kantha, its history, purpose and uses. During the class, you will have the opportunity to study the stitching styles from authentic silk saris. Cotton fabric will be provided for a small project while practicing Kantha.

Kit fee: $5.00

Class Length: 2 hours

Time: TBD

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Don't be afraid to Count

Designer:  Ruach Crafts

 

Description: Learn to cross stitch by stitching a two-colour Celtic Knot on a towel. A towel will be provided.

Kit fee: $5.00

Class Length: 1 hour

Time: TBD

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The Best Things

Designer:  Ruach Crafts

 

Description: Learn some specialty stitches while making a lovely bookmark about the Best Things in Life.

Kit fee: $5.00

Class Length: 1 hour

Time: TBD

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