Smith Owen – Grand Rapids MI

 It has been a busy few weeks teaching. In early November Cathy and I travelled to Smith Owen in MI with the car loaded with lots of goodies for 3 days of teaching and vending.
As these were mainly embellishment classes we took along all our ribbons, chenilles, silken pearls and seagrasses as well as fun beads and trinkets.

 Also loads of hand dyed wool, velvets and a few kits and cotton packs.
As I have taught here for a few years it is always wonderful to return and spend time with many friends we have made over the years.

 I taught a two day class of my Pomegranate Table Rug from my Crimson Tweed book. Each started with our kit but many personalize their piece with different ribbon stems and stitches.

 We worked on wool whipstitch appliqué and needle turn cotton and velvet appliqué along with layering and embellishment stitches.

 It is always fun to see Wendy and my ribbons being used in projects along with how the embellishment stitches bring the pieces to life.

 I also taught a one day needle case class where the focus was circles. The best part of this class was Fiona my youngest student ever. She is 10 years old and did amazing stitching even the Bullion Knot!

 In this class I taught eight stitches along with many ways to combine the different stitches.
Many students brought quilts to share. I absolutely love seeing their work and the way they interperate my designs.

 Jean finished her Crimson Tweed quilt. Now quilted and just needs a binding.

 Lynne shared her version of Mercer Lane.

 This wonderful Magnolia was also shared.

 Susan brought her bird project from last year. It was wonderfully embellished using many stitches and different fibers.

We had a wonderful few days and look forward to returning next year.
Cathy and I returned home inspired to sew and prepare for our last teaching event for the year. A new trip to Stitch in Ontario, Canada.
Take care

6 Responses to “Smith Owen – Grand Rapids MI”

  1. Gabriela says:

    What wonderful work by everyone!!!!

  2. babyjane says:

    Gorgeous work. Thanks so much for the close-up shots! YUMMM!!!

  3. WoolenSails says:

    Really beautiful quilts and embellishments.


  4. Nancy in MT says:

    Stunning and inspiring. What a cute, lucky little girl to start her creative adventure at such an early age, and she's mastered one the hardest stitches already.

  5. birgit says:

    so wonderful!!! great work! a pleasure for my eyes!

  6. MulticoloredPieces says:

    Hi, Sue. When researching pomegranate blocks, Google sent me over to your blog to see your pomegranate quilt/table runner. Gorgeous design! Then I looked at your other posts–really enjoy your work, so fun and dynamic, very refreshing!
    best from Tunisia,

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