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Last update 10/31/2019

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Classes and Workshops: Appliqué and Embroidery

In The Garden Series

Classes by Kara Mason and/or Teri Young

Original appliqué designs by Through the Needle’s Eye, LLC

These designs were created for our wool Block of the Month series, In the Garden. Each workshop will discuss the basics of wool appliqué, embroidery stitches used to embellish the block, and any ribbon techniques included to create the block. The length of the workshops are flexible and can be tailored to meet the needs of the group. A great way to explore mixing media! Email us for more information about a particular class.

Half-day or one-day classes; beginner to intermediate appliqué skills

Garden Gate

Cornflowers

Violets

Rose

Oak Leaves and Acorns

Cardinals and Holly

Dragonfly and Fern

Robin and Forsythia

Hydrangeas

Monarch and Butterfly Bush

Hummingbird and Fuchsia

Wheelbarrow of Flowers

Zierblumen (Bouquet of Flowers)

Class by Kara Mason and/or Teri Young

Original appliqué design by Through the Needle’s Eye, LLC

Ribbon comes to life as beautiful blooms in this lovely bouquet. We were inspired by an antique chromolithograph print from Germany entitled “Zierblumen,” dated 1894. In this class, we will learn a variety of techniques for transforming ribbon into roses, carnations, fuchsia, pansies, geraniums, and forget-me-nots. We will use back-basting appliqué for most of the foliage, though we will create some leaves using ultrasuede and wired ribbon. Basic embroidery stitches will add the finishing touches. Required kit includes all fabric, ribbon, and embroidery threads needed to complete the block, except your background fabric. 

Three-day class; advanced beginner to intermediate appliqué skills

Oiseau et Panier  (Bird and Basket)

Class by Kara Mason and/or Teri Young

Original appliqué design by Through the Needle’s Eye, LLC

 

Travel with us to France, as we make this unique, dimensional block, inspired by an antique French fabric panel. We will build the basket with bias strips and learn how to give it dimension with silk cording. Then we will fill it with blooms using many different techniques, with a variety of ribbons and fabrics. You will learn embroidery stitches to enhance your appliqué and to give your bird his luxurious tail! The required kit is complete with all the fabric, ribbon, embroidery threads, trims, beads, and background you will need. 

Three-day class; advanced beginner to intermediate appliqué skills

Family Tree House

Class taught by Kara Mason and/or Teri Young

Pattern by Elly Sienkiewicz from Baltimore Elegance

This tree is created using the papercut style of appliqué, home to a pair of appliquéd bluebirds. The block is embellished with embroidery with both ribbon and a variety of threads, creating the nest, eggs, buds, and flowers A full-day class will give more in-depth instruction on basic back-basting appliqué skills, while a half-day class will focus more on the embellishment techniques.

Half-day or one-day class; advanced beginner to intermediate appliqué skills

Rake Ruched Rose Wreath

Class taught by Kara Mason and/or Teri Young

Pattern by Elly Sienkiewicz from Baltimore Elegance

This wreath is created using the papercut style of appliqué, embellished with folded ribbon rosebuds, rake ruched roses, and dimensional leaves. The center of the wreath is filled with lovely embroidered silk ribbon flowers, including ribbon stitch and lazy daisy flowers and leaves, gathered knotted ribbon flowers, colonial knots, and spider web roses. A full-day class will give more in-depth instruction on basic back-basting appliqué skills, while a half-day class will focus more on the embellishment techniques.

 

Half-day or one-day class; advanced beginner to intermediate appliqué skills

Lyre Wreath in Bloom

Class taught by Kara Mason and/or Teri Young

Pattern by Elly Sienkiewicz from Baltimore Elegance

Our lovely little blue bird hovers within this beribboned wreath. Back-basting appliqué is used to create the leaves, and silk cording forms the vine. The rose, rosebuds, calyxes, and some leaves are created with French ombré wired ribbon. Stuffed velvet and silk knots form the flower center, and basic embroidery brings our bird to life.  A full-day class will give more in-depth instruction on basic back-basting appliqué skills and exploring alternate methods for stitching the block, while a half-day class will focus on the embellishment techniques.

 

Half-day or one-day class; advanced beginner to intermediate appliqué skills

Ruched Hyacinths

Class taught by Kara Mason and/or Teri Young

Pattern by Elly Sienkiewicz from Baltimore Elegance

The "papercut" style of appliqué is made easy using the back-basting method, creating the foliage for the block. We will create the hyacinths by ruching French ombré wired ribbon, and the buds are made with silk ribbon colonial knots and embroidery. A folded fabric technique is used for the calyxes. A full-day class will give more in-depth instruction on basic back-basting appliqué skills, while a half-day class will focus more on the embellishment techniques.

 

Half-day or one-day class; advanced beginner to intermediate appliqué skills

Flower Basket

Class taught by Kara Mason and/or Teri Young

Pattern by Elly Sienkiewicz from Spoken Without a Word

This woven appliquéd basket is embellished with flora created by a variety of fibers. In this workshop, we will learn flower arranging with French ombré wired ribbon, hand-dyed silk ribbon and thread, velvet, ultrasuede, and beads. A two-day class will include basic back-basting appliqué skills, including the woven basket technique. A one-day class will focus on the embellishments and leave the appliqué to the stitcher. Required kit includes everything needed to complete the block except background and basket fabric.

 

One- or two-day class; advanced beginner to intermediate appliqué skills

The Secret Garden

Class by Kara Mason and/or Teri Young

Original appliqué design by Through the Needle’s Eye, LLC

 

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 classic, The Secret Garden, is the inspiration for this block. As we follow the robin—and stitch one too!—we will create our own secret gardens (sans weeds), using a variety of techniques and fibers. Back-basting appliqué will build the garden walls; embroidery and ribbon work will fill it with blooms; a creative use of sari silk will give our gnarled wisteria trunk dimension; and gathered ribbon flowers will frame it all. Inking techniques will be taught for the block’s finishing touches. 

Three-day class; advanced beginner to intermediate appliqué skills

Floral Wreath

Class by Kara Mason and/or Teri Young

Original appliqué design by Through the Needle’s Eye, LLC

 

A walk through the garden is the perfect inspiration for this lovely wreath of flowers. Lilies, pansies, clematis, roses, and jasmine welcome warm thoughts of springtime. Silk ribbon and embroidery add dimension, making these blooms come to life. In this class, we will explore a number of techniques, including back-basting appliqué, gathered ribbon flowers, ribbon boat leaves, and the ribbon stitch. You’ll learn the embroidery stitches—using a variety of fibers—that will add realism to your flora. Inking techniques will be demonstrated for those who wish to inscribe the center of the finished wreath. 

Two-day class; advanced beginner to intermediate appliqué skills

Petite Floral Wreath

Class by Kara Mason and/or Teri Young

Original appliqué design by Through the Needle’s Eye, LLC

 

A walk through the garden is the perfect inspiration for this smaller wreath of flowers. Pansies, clematis, roses, and baby's-breath welcome warm thoughts of springtime. Silk ribbon and embroidery add dimension, making these blooms come to life. In this class, we will explore a number of techniques, including back-basting appliqué, gathered ribbon flowers, and the ribbon stitch. You’ll learn the embroidery stitches—using a variety of fibers—that will add realism to your flora. Inking techniques will be demonstrated for those who wish to inscribe the center of the finished wreath. 

One-day class; advanced beginner to intermediate appliqué skills

Marcia's Flowers 

Class by Kara Mason and/or Teri Young

Original wool appliqué design by Through the Needle’s Eye, LLC

 

This wool appliqué pattern was created to top a wooden box, but it could be used as a pillow, a block in a wall hanging, a book cover, or a sewing kit cover . . . wherever your imagination takes you! Complete pattern with templates and embroidery stitch guide included.

 

One-day class, focusing on embroidery skills—requires appliqué to be done before workshop (could be fused); or, a two-day class, with the first day focusing on appliqué, and Day 2 on embroidery embellishments.

Creative Crazy Quilting

Class by Kara Mason and/or Teri Young

Original crazy quilt sampler design by Through the Needle's Eye, LLC

 

Have fun learning about crazy quilts of the past. We will explore the creativity that this type of quilting offers, discussing resources for motifs to stitch, as well as how to transfer and stitch them. Basic embroidery stitches and several combination seam stitches are covered. Required kit: includes mini crazy quilt sampler, flannel-backed muslin for stitching practice, floss, materials for several methods of motif transfer. 

  

One-day class; beginner to intermediate embroidery skills

Crazy Quilting—Start to Finish

Class by Kara Mason and/or Teri Young

Original fairy tale crazy quilt design by Through the Needle's Eye, LLC

 

This 6-session class will take you from scraps to a crazy quilt. We will cover piecing the blocks (including photo block and curves), instruction on embroidery stitches, embellishment (ribbons, lace, beads, buttons), combination seam stitches, and finishing your project. Upon completion of the class, you will be equipped to make any crazy quilt project . . . or a full-size quilt. Join us for the fun! Required kit: includes four 8.5-inch block patterns, Little Red Riding Hood vintage fabric square, and 2 yards of silk ribbon. 

  

Six 1/2-day sessions; beginner to intermediate embroidery skills 

Rose of Sharon

Class taught by Kara Mason and/or Teri Young

Pattern by Elly Sienkiewicz from Spoken Without a Word

 

Elly thinks this lovely wreath may be one of Baltimore’s oldest blocks, but we will be learning many contemporary skills: padded wired ribbon buds, ultrasuede calyxes, bias silk ribbon stem/wreath, layered ribbon roses, embroidered stems, and unique silk ribbon leaves. Required kit includes all materials needed to stitch the block except your background fabric—over 15 yards of French-wired and hand-dyed silk ribbon, coordinating flosses.

  

One- or two-day class; advanced beginner to intermediate appliqué skills

Eight-Pointed Star With Sprigs of Berries

Class taught by Kara Mason and/or Teri Young

Pattern by Elly Sienkiewicz from Spoken Without a Word

 

This lovely appliqué block offers the perfect forum for learning back-basting techniques for appliqué. We will explore the use of different materials: silk bias ribbon for making the stems, ultra suede for the berries, and a fascinating embroidery stitch as an option for the berries.  Basic embroidery stitches will be used for the finer stems as well. Inking the tendrils will be the final touch. 

 

One- or two- day class; advanced beginner to intermediate appliqué skills

Embroidered Embellishment

Class by Kara Mason and/or Teri Young

Pattern from Margaret Potts Quilt by the Baltimore Appliqué Society

 

In this workshop, we will explore the use of embroidery to embellish your appliqué, using block #31 of the Margaret Potts quilt. You’ll learn a variety of stitches—blanket, backstitch, stem, feather, seed, and knots—using them to add depth and interest to your appliqué. We’ll even try some silk ribbon and learn the ribbon stitch. We will demonstrate how you can easily (and fearlessly!) add inking to your blocks.  NOTE: A variety of possible blocks from this quilt can become workshops, some with more ribbon options. Email us for more information!

 

Half- or full-day class options; beginner embroidery skills

Pretty Petals: An Introduction to Appliqué

Class by Kara Mason and/or Teri Young

Original Pattern by Through the Needle's Eye, LLC

 

Learn the basic techniques to become comfortable with the art of needle-turn appliqué while stitching this lovely flower and buds. The simple design will teach you the back-basting method of preparing your appliqué pieces; stitching curves, inside and outside points, and stems; and reverse appliqué.  We may even play with a dimensional folded bud, which is so much easier than you might think! You can make this block into a pillow, a wall hanging, or add it to a quilt. 

 

One-day class, beginner appliqué skills

An Introduction to Ribbon Embroidery

Class by Kara Mason and/or Teri Young

Original Pattern by Through the Needle's Eye, LLC

 

Ribbon embellishment can make your appliqué and needlework come to life. We will create three types of flowers and leaves with different kinds of ribbon: 7mm silk ribbon, Hanah bias silk ribbon, and French wired ombré ribbon. Some simple knots create the flower centers. When you arm yourself with a few simple ribbon techniques, you will be amazed by the distance that your imagination can carry you. You may find yourself creating lovely gardens—with no weeds!

 

Half-day class, beginner appliqué skills

Lecture

The Stories in Our Quilts

Lecture by Kara Mason and/or Teri Young

 

What do quilts and stories have to do with each other? Everything, actually! Have you ever had a piece of needlework passed down through your family and wondered who made it, how they made it, and/or why? These are the stories of our families—part of our history. So often these gems are tucked away in a chest or put on a closet shelf. But there is a wealth of information within those stitches, if only we knew their stories. Our quilts give us opportunities to tell our stories. Sometimes those stories lie in the making, sometimes in the giving, and sometimes in the quilts themselves. Enjoy an evening of storytelling as we share some of our favorite quilts and the tales they tell.

Can we tell you more? Please ask! We would love to hear from you!