Saturday, October 4, 2014

I have an embroidery class in my future.

During most of September I battled a viral infection my energy levels are returning with every passing day. That nasty infection left me feeling like a limp rag for several weeks some days I was so tired I could barely move and other days I seemed fine. A few years ago I had one that lasted nearly 4 months.
Despite feeling ill all these weeks I have been in a very creative mood and doing a little crafting and needlework here and there, today I drove across town to visit one of our local quilt shops Tomorrow's Treasures to see what's new in fabrics, books, etc. I also wanted to see the classes are offered this month, I had briefly scanned my newsletter for info but a trip to the quilt shop is such a lovely way to spend a Saturday morning. To my surprise and delight there is a Hand Embroidery class offered for two session starting this Tuesday, I signed up and with the supply list in hand off I went to browse the many bolts of fabric for what I need but not before I met the instructor.

I was delighted to learn she was putting together a 'kit' for the class and she put together most of a kit for me so I could purchase it before I left, it includes the book, embroidery floss, needles, a hoop, pearl cotton, wool felt and cream fabric, the instructor will supply the ground walnut shells and fusible interfacing during class. And of course I bought more fabric then I need but really can one ever have too much fabric? Err don't answer that. Here is the kit including the book by Gail Pan
I was surprised with the book, usually when I take a class somewhere I'm given a few printer pages or a little pamphlet so having the book will allow me to make other projects once the class ends. The class will run from 1:00-4:00 this Tuesday and next Tuesday and we will be making this pincushion:
we will also be making the needle book as seen on the book's cover, the samples at the shop were really lovely and nicely stitched. 
If I remember to bring my camera to class on Tuesday with the instructors permission I'll try to snap a few photos of my progress during the class to post here.
Here is the fabric I bought today, the list of supplies are for red and green fabric, after nearly an hour this is what I chose:
The ribbon, rickrack and buttons I had in my stash so I didn't see the point of buying more. I'll check my collection of buttons to see if I have something vintage to use, the shop had some lovely buttons and you can bet I will be purchasing several at a future date. I also bought a grab bag of scraps to cut more squares for my postage stamp quilt or other projects sure to come along.
I am not sure how I will like using the hoop included in the kit so I will bring along one of my trusty vintage metal hoops just in case, it drives me crazy when my thread catches on 
the little spring I can only imagine what will happen when the thread catches on those big clamp handles.
Anyway I am enrolled in the class, bought my fabric, the kit and gathered other supplies, now I just hope enough people sign up for the class.


  1. You are going to have so much fun. I have been wondering about using the ground walnut shells for pin cushions. I've read that it can stain fabric, turning it yellowish. I haven't talked with anyone personally about this just read some online. It definitely is cheaper than emery. I'm checking out cotton stuffing too as it will be heavier than the polyfil I am using now.

    I hope you continue to feel better with each new day.

    Happy embroidering ~ FlowerLady

    1. I have used the ground walnut shells before and so far haven't had any staining, I have used cotton stuffing too and it is heavier. Thank you for visiting my blog today.

  2. Hi Deb,
    Sorry to hear that you are under the weather. Take care.
    What a fun looking class there. I enjoy hand embroidery. The book looks like it has amazing patterns. I may need to add that to my collection.
    Enjoy your class and have a good Sunday.
    Bobbie Lynn

  3. It has been years since I have done any embroidery. Reading about your upcoming class has gotten me thinking about maybe doing some again soon.

    1. I haven't done any serious embroidery for a few months and while I was looking for another project it entered my mind than while browsing the class schedule at the quilt shop and seeing the class I jumped at the chance, if nothing else its just nice to gather with other stitchers