I have just returned from a few days in sunny California. I taught a two day leaf class at Beach City Quilt Guild. I love teaching multiple day classes as my students get time to really embellish their pieces with multiple stitches using different threads and ribbons.
We used multiple #8 variegated threads. I am always intrigued by the way these stitch up. You get a really textured look with not too much effort.
We also work with our new Dazzle thread. This thread has a very different texture. It is a thicker thread and looks like little beads when you stitch with it. We have a few colors online and each month we will be featuring a ‘New color of the month’ February’s color in Midnight www.suespargo.com
One of my favorite organic looking threads is seagrass. I love the flat broad stitch you get when stitching with it.
We all worked with hand dyed velvet learning easy techniques for needle turn appliqué and also embossing the velvet with rubber stamps.
Beading was also explored using the wonderful #24 silk threads I love. These come in an abundance of vibrant colors. www.suespargo.com/threads_EMBELLISHMENT.html
Also the Fly stitch using Dazzle thread.
The class was held at Sewing Party in Laguna Hills www.sewingparty.com Cecile the owner has a great eye and the store was filled with a wonderful selection of eclectic fabrics. She made us feel very welcome as we nested in her classroom for two full days.
Many thanks to all the members of Beach City who took such good care of me. I was treated to wonderful seafood, great scenery and lots of sunshine.
I hope each one of you enjoy the journey of stitching on your samplers.