Saturday, July 20, 2013

2012 also saw the completion of Redwork Class

My favorite group at StitchMap offered a Redwork Embroidery class.  I learn so much from this group! Before it was over, I considered it a colorwork class.  The class could also have been titled Beginning Surface Embroidery. I don't want to give away all the details, but I would like to show you a finished drawstring bag.

Colorwork Drawstring Bag

I love how it turned out.  The coordinating fabric really made the embroidery pop.

The bag was created to hold "pattern weights".  These are little pillow like pieces that we made by embroidery simple motifs with the embroidery stitches we were learning.  As soon as the class was finished, I put them to work.  I needed to cut out a pattern 12 times.  I don't know how to estimate how much time the weights saved me - but if I was doing it again, I would most certainly use them.

Another thing I really liked about the class was that it promoted a system for documenting fabric, threads and stitches.  A really useful record of the materials and tools that we as embroiderers use, is a modern equivalent of a traditional sampler.  I know it is a source that I go back to over and over.

The class was a big hit!

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