Class Schedule 2017

Appliqué Away on Galveston Bay

Harvest Penny Rug
2 day class
Voting by the Stitch: The Whig Rose
2 day class
March 5-9
Galveston, Texas


Metropolitan Region Seminar 2017

Celebrare Cornucopia
2 day class
April 21 – 23
Florham Park, New Jersey


AQS Quilt Week – Paducah

6 hour workshops:
Signature Chatelaine
3 hour workshops:
Flowers from my Beau
Tesoros Needlebook
Teseros Scissors sheath
Petal Perfect Pin Cushion

April 26 – 29
Paducah, Kentucky


Needlework exhibit and lecture

May 7-21
Fort Hunter Mansion and Park
5300 N Front St. Harrisburg, PA


Gone Stitching

South Central Embroiderer’s Guild Seminar
Lady Birds Legacy
3 day class
June 7-10
Sugarland, Texas


Wool Workshop

Oatlands Chapter EGA
July 22
651 Dranesville Rd
Herndon, VA


Blue Ridge Rendezvous

National Embroiderer’s Guild of America Seminar
Sincerely, Mary Simon
4 day class
August 16-20
Asheville, North Carolina


Stitch and Play at Mandalay

Pacific Southwestern Region EGA Seminar
Tesoritos: A Petite Project
1 day class
Perfect Petal Pin Cushions
1 day class
Strawberry Tea Cozy
1 day class
October 19 - 21
Oxnard, CA


Empire Quilters

1 day workshop
(To Be Determined)
November 12
Manhattan, New York


Class Schedule 2018


The Kathy Dugan Appliqué Academy

Celebrare Cornucopia
2 day class
The Vine Divine
2 day class
February 7-10
Richardson, TX



Warwick Quilt Guild

Tesoritos
1 day class
May 15
Warwick, NY



Appliqué on the Prairie

Sincerely Mary Simon
3 day class
Strawberry Sewing Kit
1 day class
September 12-15
Lied Lodge and Convention Center
Nebraska City, NE



EGA National Seminar

Diamond Jubalee

My Flower Garden
2 day class
Romance in Baltimore
2 day class
Fingertip gloves
1 day class
October 3-7
Louisville, KY


Class Schedule 2019


Orange Grove Quilters Guild

Lecture
May 8
Garden Grove Elks Lodge
Garden Grove, CA

Workshop - to be determined
May 9
Westminister, CA


 

The Vine Devine

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Quilters and artists have long been influence by the Bible, but none more than the appliqué artists of the 19th century. The wreath of grapes is one such Classic Baltimore album block reminding us of the Eucharist and the blood of Christ in an unbroken circle. The original Baltimore block that was a reference for this study was actually done using a borderie perse* method, with leaves, stems and grapes being cut from a printed fabric and repositioned in the wreath design. This design draws on the original with a few less grapes.

A fan of the Baltimore album style of appliqué I am excited to interpret classic antebellum styles of Baltimore album classics in my own signature style of dimensional felted wool appliqué.

Students will learn to make freezer paper patterns, create placement guides and work with embroidery guides. Basting techniques will be presented for increased accuracy and students will be encouraged to embellish the rug using beads, metallic cord and wool threads in their own style to truly make the rug their own expression. Each student will design her own illuminated letter.

A variety of surface embroidery stitches will be reviewed.

This work will be included in my second book “Dimensions in Wool Appliqué, Baltimore Style” which will be released in December of 2016.

 

Romance in Baltimore:
A Spray of Peonies

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This is a classic Baltimore block which is one of many diagonal floral spray designs of the classic Baltimore album blocks. The peony was a popular design in quilts during the mid-19th century and its symbolism ranges from healing to honor.

I can visualize the peony, with its lush, full pink blossom, adorning a table in the center hall of a mid-19th century home and beside it a small silver tray used to hold calling cards. Flowers were often gifted in the 19th century and held great significance … one could say a great deal by choosing the correct flower.

In this project we take the classic Baltimore Album block and, using dimensional techniques of layering and slanted needle technique give it a completely updated look. The block features beads, bright felted wool colors and matching and contrasting wool threads.

Students will learn my signature techniques for adding dimension to the appliqué as well as freezer paper pattern methods and techniques for making even and consistent surface embroidery stitching.

This project is a new work and part of my new book on Baltimore Album blocks stitched in felted wool which will be released by C&T Publications in in December 2016.

 

Perfect Petal Pin Cushions

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Pin cushions have been a staple of sewing baskets for hundreds of years. From millinery to dressmaking to quilting, every stitcher has need of a hearty pin cushion. Felted wool makes a perfect pin cushion as the needles slide into felted wool yardage like butter making it easy to remove and return pins quickly.

These two pin cushions feature fancy embroidery bands that decorate the sides and two different floral designs for the top. Although they are shown in white, they are equally beautiful in black. Students will have an opportunity to choose the colorway and design that appeals to them and learn how to add these embroidery bands with ease using embroidery guides.

Students will learn to make freezer paper patterns and work with placement guide templates and learn basting techniques for increased accuracy. Students will learn specific surface embroidery stitches (such as the colonial knot) and needle slanting techniques for adding dimension to the work. Tools that make working in felted wool easy and fun will be introduced. Traditional surface embroidery stitches will also be used and the construction of the final pin cushion will be fully discussed.

This is a new work and is included in my 2nd book “Dimension in Wool Appliqué Baltimore Style” which will be released in December of 2016.

 

Tesoritos:
A petite project

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Tesoritos means “tiny treasure” in Spanish, as the treasures of the needle worker are her tools and petites. This miniature sewing box is aptly named as it was inspired by the colorful Mexican art. The bright colors and spirals arranged in fantasy flower combinations made this project fun to stitch and useful as a gift to a stitching friend or a personal stitching accessory. We stitchers love our fun little stuff.

Procedures in felted wool appliqué including tack stitch methods, my signature needle slanting techniques, surface embroidery tips including embroidery guides and easy and accurate buttonhole stitching will be presented. Creating twisted cord with mini tassel, mastering the colonial knot, cutting small pieces and accuracy in surface embroidery will also be covered. Tools that make working in felted wool easy and fun will be made available and the construction of the final box will be fully discussed to prepare all participants to be able to “finish”!

The four inch covered and lined box includes a pin cushion inside a tart tin, a mini needle roll, and a scissors sheath and fob.

 

Tesoros:
Mastering the Colonial Knot

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Tesoros means “treasure” in Spanish and a treasure box filled with accessories for sewing tools is a gold mine for the needle worker. This beautiful circular box features an appliquéd top and is completely covered and lined in luscious felted wool. Inside the box are complimenting accessories including a needle book, pin cushion, scissors sheath and scissors fob. Inspired by the colorful designs of Mexico this design was created after seeing a plethora of Mexican artwork in the shops and galleries of San Antonio, Texas.

The design features the colonial knot which, once learned, is a beautiful, round, easy-to-stitch knot. This project, which features many colonial knots, will insure this knot becomes part of the maker’s proficient stitches.

Students will learn appliqué methods including the tack stitch, needle slanting techniques and fabric layering methods for adding dimension to the work. The layering of applique pieces and the addition of embroidery embellishments will add to the sculptural aspects of the design. Accurate buttonhole stitching and the construction of twisted cord will be presented. Tools that make working in felted wool easy and fun will be made available. The construction of the box will be fully discussed.

In addition, students will learn the secrets of creating uniformity in surface work by stitching in a specific order.

A variety of surface embroidery stitches will be reviewed.

 

Voting By the Stitch -
The Whig Rose

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The design of the Whig Rose was historically popular as a quilt design during the life of the Whig political party and beyond. It’s symmetrical design and bold color makes it a wonderful choice for an interpretation using felted wool appliqué. As a student of the Baltimore Album, I was pleased to finally make this block using my own style, embellishing it using silk threads and seed beads to emphasize some of the finer points of the design.

In this design I honor the women of history who, although they could not yet vote, used their needlework skills to show support for a political party and the issues they believed in. I have been familiar with this block for many years and researched a variety of slightly different Whig Rose designs before settling on this one which I found in a stunning bed quilt. In this particular Baltimore design, I added beads, used stuffing techniques to bring additional drama and dimension to the piece.

Students will learn to make freezer paper patterns, create placement guides and work with templates. A variety of basting techniques will be presented for increased accuracy. In addition, students will be encouraged to embellish the rug using beads, metallic cord and wool thread in their own style to truly make the rug their own expression.

Students will learn appliqué methods including the tack stitch, needle slanting techniques and fabric layering and stuffing methods for adding dimension to the work. Tools that make working in felted wool easy and fun will be made available.

During the class I will be telling stories about the Whig Party history and how an appliqué society might have been conducted back in the mid-19th century.

A variety of surface embroidery stitches will be reviewed.

 

Celebrare la Cornucopia

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The cornucopia, or horn of plenty, is the third work in my Baltimore Album series. A symbol of abundance and nourishment, this design celebrates the symbolism stitched into Baltimore Album quilt blocks of the 19th century, including the pineapple which means welcome, and the acorn which symbolizes loyalty. This piece includes specialty threads, beads and colorful, luscious felted wool and will be a stunning topper for any surface.

Students will learn to make freezer paper patterns, create placement guides and work with templates. A variety of basting techniques will be presented for increased accuracy. In addition, students will be encouraged to embellish the rug using beads, specialty threads and unique stitches in their own style to truly make the rug their own expression.

Students will learn appliqué methods including the tack stitch, my signature needle slanting techniques and fabric layering and trapunto stuffing methods for adding dimension to the work. Tools that make working in felted wool easy and fun will be made available.

During the class I will be speaking to the symbolism in historic quilts and interior decor during the mid-19th century.

A variety of surface embroidery stitches will be reviewed.

 

Huo Long Penny Rug

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In felted wool appliqué

Dragons are fascinating and often portrayed as magical creatures in historic legends and lore, symbolizing the elements, especially fire. Five toes on the dragon identify him as the imperial dragon of China. This dragon penny rug features a mix of fabrics, threads and beads and is aptly titled “Huo Long” which means fire dragon in Chinese.

In this class students will learn the basics of appliqué as well as some interesting stitches including the “net” stitch which covers the dragon’s main body. The use of tulle fabric, braided cord and beads on felted wool make this project an exciting adventure in surface embroidery. Students will learn to make freezer paper patterns and work with placement guide templates. A variety of basting techniques will be presented for increased accuracy.

Students will learn appliqué methods including the tack stitch, needle slanting techniques, fabric layering methods for adding dimension to the work and easy and accurate buttonhole stitching. Tools that make working in felted wool easy and fun will be made available. The construction of the final rug will be fully discussed.

 

★ Harvest Pumpkin Rug

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An introducction to felted wool dimensional appliqué. Welcome the season and warm up the house with a harvest penny rug in luscious felted wool. The colors of fall, from green to orangey-gold, provide a hospitable focal point on your dining table or coffee table. The durability of felted wool makes this runner useful as a giant coaster that is protective and decorative. The piece is constructed in felted wool and embellished with embroidery using wool threads and perle cotton. The design includes a pumpkin, curling vines, pumpkin flowers, cranberries and an acorn for a full plate of autumn nature. Students will learn about the rise of felted wool in the 19th century and the history of penny rugs. Class will cover freezer paper patterns and working with placement guide templates. A variety of helpful basting techniques will be presented in additon to appliqué techniques, including the tack stitch and needle slanting techniques for adding dimension to the work. A variety of tools that make working in felted wool easy and fun will be presented. Traditional surface embroidery stitches will also be used and the final construction of the rug will be fully discussed.

 

Sincerely, Mary Simons

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A study in felted wool appliqué with embroidery embellishment.

This basket of flowers is inspired by the center block of the Presentation Quilt (ca. 1849, Baltimore MD) attributed to Mary Hergenroder Simon which is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. A presentation Quilt is no different than a Baltimore album although it is stitched by a single maker as opposed to being a contribution of blocks from numerous different makers. Generally a presentation pattern quilt was made for a specific occasion and then presented as a gift.

In this table rug I honor the legacy of Mary Simon and her amazing ability to translate the beauty of flowers into appliqué. When I studied this quilt at the Metropolitan Museum, I immediately decided to translate the center basket into my own style. In this particular design, I added beads, metallic cording and an illuminated letter to bring additional drama and dimension to the design.

Students will learn to make freezer paper patterns, create placement guides and work with templates. A variety of basting techniques will be presented for increased accuracy. In addition, students will be encouraged to embellish the rug using beads, metallic cord and wool thread in their own style to truly make the rug their own expression.

Students will learn appliqué methods including the tack stitch, needle slanting techniques and fabric layering methods for adding dimension to the work. The basket will be worked using bias strip techniques and easy and accurate buttonhole stitching will be presented. Tools that make working in felted wool easy and fun will be made available. The construction of the final rug will be fully discussed.

During the class I will be telling stories about Mary Simon and how an appliqué society might have been conducted back in the mid 19th century.

A variety of surface embroidery stitches will be reviewed.

 

Lady Bird's Legacy

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In this table rug I honor the legacy of Lady Bird Johnson by featuring the wildflowers of Texas. The perimeter is surrounded with typical Texas wildflowers and a few fun insects that will bring blooms of color to your table. Entirely constructed in felted wool, the flowers are embellished with a few beads and specialty threads, but my passion in working with lush felted wool remains apparent.

Students will learn to make freezer paper patterns, create placement guides and work with templates. A variety of basting techniques will be presented for increased accuracy.

Students will learn appliqué methods including the tack stitch as well as easy and accurate buttonhole stitching. Methods for adding dimension will be presented including needle slanting techniques, fabric layering and stuffing. Tools that make working in felted wool easy and fun will be made available. The construction of the final rug will be fully discussed.

A variety of surface embroidery stitches will be taught including bullion stitch, colonial knot, stem stitch, and couching.

 

Fabled Unicorn

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Inspiration from the Unicorn Tapestries

The series of tapestries depicting “the hunt of the unicorn” were the most inspirational of the works I saw when I toured the Cloisters, the medieval branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. When visiting the museum I studied these woven works of art and was particularly impressed with the millefleurs background which literally means "a thousand flowers" and refers to a background made of many small flowers and plants. I was captivated by these woven creative works because as a stitcher, I am drawn to fabric. It was amazing to think that it took stitchers centuries of needlework to create this remarkable variety of flora. I was inspired to to recreate the unicorn and surround him with my interpretation of the greenery and flowers as depicted in the tapestries. In class I will provide historical context and share some of the mythology surrounding the fabled unicorn.

Students will learn to increase accuracy in the appliqué and placement of vines, plants and stitching by working with templates, overlay guides and a variety of basting techniques.

Instruction will include appliqué methods such as the tack stitch and needle slanting techniques which create sculptural dimension to the design. The construction of the final pillow will be fully discussed.

 

★ Swirling Tulips

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A tribute to Candace Wheeler

Swirling Tulips is a design inspired by Candace Wheeler (1827-1923), a needle artist, designer, and entrepreneur who made great strides in changing the role of women in America. At a time when most women were suffragettes, concerning themselves with the right to vote, Candace was busy teaching women how to appliqué and create designs that would be commercially viable, offering them an opportunity for economic independence.

I discovered this amazing woman when I had the opportunity to conduct personal research at the Antonio Ratti Textile Center, the textile lab of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I studied an appliqué entitled Tulips Panel, by Candace Wheeler which was an unfinished work and therefore never used and very well preserved. I had the privilege of studying it closely and I decided to interpret a portion of the design using my own techniques in felted wool. As I studied the needlework under a magnifying glass I felt almost as if I knew her and her focus on perfection in stitching … and I identified with her. When I discovered that she was an entrepreneur and also founded a school of needlework for woman … I was both impressed and enamored.

This class is designed to inspire students with the history of Candace Wheeler and her contribution to needle arts during the 19th century as well as teach specific skills. A study in creative couching techniques, Swirling Tulips includes couching with both gold braid and yarn, creating interesting effects.

Students will learn to make freezer paper patterns and work with placement guide templates to accurately transfer the design to wool. A variety of basting techniques will be presented for increased accuracy. Students will learn appliqué techniques specific to wool and the creation of dimension by layering wool pieces and using needle slanting techniques. A variety of tools that make working in felted wool easy and fun will be presented.

As an appliqué enthusiast, teacher and history buff and entrepreneur I am personally dedicated to preserving the craft of appliqué and the history of Candace Wheeler, an inspiration to me for many reasons.

 

★ Heartsease

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A Penny Rug. This gay wreath of dimensional Heartsease (wild pansies) is woven around a circular penny rug surrounded by lamb’s ears … a perfect setting for your spring bouquet. The design was inspired by Polish pottery with its casual brush strokes of vines and blossoms. I have deliberately left the center open for the placement of a vase. Students will learn to make freezer paper patterns and work with placement guide templates for accuracy in appliqué and embroidery. Transfer techniques to indicate vine lines will make stitching the surface embroidery fun and fast and a variety of basting techniques will be presented. Students will learn specific stitches and needle slanting techniques for adding dimension to the work and be introduced to tools that make working in felted wool easy and fun. The blanket stitch will be presented with several techniques. Traditional surface embroidery stitches will also be used and the construction of the final rug will be fully discussed. A larger size project than many of the classes traditionally offered at National seminars, this penny rug will be an exciting adventure for all lovers of hand sewing.

 

Flower Power

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Transport yourself to the 60s and rediscover the whimsical surface embroidery that took needle to jean and jacket during that historic era. Lazy daisy flowers adorned pant legs … the peace symbol was the logo of the day and embroidery became the expression of so many believers in flower power. Choose your colors from over-dyed felted wool fabrics in a variety of colors and create your signature chatelaine. Embellish it as you like with your individual selection of stitches using wool threads and buttons. The chatelaine includes a scissors keeper with a leash, pocket for thimble or spool of thread, needle book, pin cushion, magnet for resting your needle and monogram. Patterns for a peace sign, star and moon will be included. The ubiquitous happy face will be an embroidery alternative to the daisy for the pin cushion. Alphabets will be provided for the design of custom monograms in different styles. Students will design and embellish in their own style and the result will be a chatelaine of self expression.

 

★ Buttercup Pin Cushion

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This oversized pin cushion features a bold buttercup design and is an easy keeper of needles and pins. The felted wool constructoon and craft stuffing allows both tapestry and sewing needles to slide like butter. Learn both traditional and new methods for appliqué and surface embroidery embellishment with this quick project. A perfect gift for a special stitching friend. Students will learn to make freezer paper patterns and work with placement guide templates. A variety of basting techniques will be presented for increased accuracy. Students will learn specific stitches and needle slanting techniques for adding dimension to the work and be introduced to tools that make working in felted wool easy and fun. Traditional surface embroidery stitches will also be used and the construction of the final pin cushion will be fully discussed.

 

Lady Bird's Chatelaine

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A Signature supply tie perfect for face to face meetings.

This colorful chatelaine in luscious black felted wool includes a signature large enough for others to easily read and is appointed with wild flowers from the Lone Star State. Housing a needle book, pin cushion, scissors holder, thimble or spool holder and a magnet to rest your needle or secure your scissors it’s a perfect solution for EAC chapter meetings. The chatelaine folds and fits into a companion orts holder for easy travel. Decorated with springtime charm, this chatelaine is warm for winter months, will not shift while worn and is a great place those chapter and seminar pins.

Students will work with freezer paper patterns, design and stitch their own signature, create the pockets for scissors and thimble and stitch a variety of wildflowers indigenous to Texas. Working with acetate placement guides and as a variety of basting techniques will be included for increased accuracy. Appliqué methods including the tack stitch, needle slanting techniques and easy and accurate buttonhole stitching will be presented. Tools that make working in felted wool easy and fun will be made available. The construction of the final chatelaine will be fully discussed.

 

★ Flowers From My Beau

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Sweet mini sewing accessories in felted wool appliqué. These sewing accessories are a blend of the vintage in both style and substance and will bring enjoyment to both the maker and the receiver. The trio includes a yoyo for pin storage, a small covered tin to house needles, scissors and thread, and a companion scissors sheath and fob, all designed in the style of the bouquets reminiscent of Baltimore album quilts.

Constructed in felted wool and embellished with embroidery using wool thread, these bouquets are bursting with rich color and bring both form and function to the user. Can one ever have enough sewing accessories?

Students will work with felted wool and literally build their bouquets with techniques developed by the designer. Completing the stitching and construction using various finishing techniques will be thoroughly discussed providing a comfort level so that the project will ultimately be completed.

 

Signature Chatelaine

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A chatelaine perfect for your face-to-face chapter meetings

This colorful chatelaine in luscious navy blue felted wool includes a signature large enough for others to easily read. Housing a needle book, pin cushion, scissors holder, thimble or spool holder and a magnet to rest your needle … it is a perfect solution for EAC chapter meetings. The chatelaine folds and fits into a companion orts holder for easy travel. Decorated with springtime charm, this chatelaine is warm for winter and will not shift while worn. It is also a great place to add those chapter and seminar pins.

Students can choose colors from over-dyed felted wool fabrics in a variety of colors and create a signature chatelaine that is personalized in design. Embellishing will be individualized using wool threads or students can follow my own design incorporating flowers, decorative trim, a spider web and a ladybug.

Students will learn to make freezer paper patterns, pattern and stitch a large name signature, create the pockets for scissors and thimble and stitch a spider web, lady bug and flowers. In order to facilitate accuracy, students will be presented with the use of placement guide templates and a variety of basting techniques.

Appliqué methods including the tack stitch, needle slanting techniques and easy and accurate buttonhole stitching will be presented. Tools that make working in felted wool easy and fun will be made available. The construction of the final chatelaine will be fully discussed.

 

Koi Necklace Bag

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For an Asian look to accent your favorite red and black oufit, the Koi purse is a fun accessory. This purse can hold a few items and be used as an evening bag or be worn as a fashionable eye glass case. The design and metallic thread make for a unique and artsy look. The purse is constructed in felted wool, lined in cotton fabric and embellished with embroidery using wool and perle cotton threads and beads. The project will include a brief overview of working with and felting wool; pattern making; needle handling; and stitching and layering techniques for creating sculptural dimension in wool appliqué.

 

A Workshop in Strawberries

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The following classes are available alone or in a workshop. Strawberries and leaves emerge from a white or black field on this felted wool sewing wallet. Keep your sewing necessities organized in this 3-fold design, perfect for yourself or as a gift for a stitching friend. Felted wool is a perfect cushion to organize and protect your stitching tools. The kit is constructed in felted wool and embellished with embroidery using wool and perle cotton threads. The project will include a brief overview of the history of felted wool and the penny rug, working with and felting wool and freezer paper pattern making.

Students will work with placement guide templates and a variety of basting techniques for increased accuracy will be presented as options. Students will learn appliqué methods including the tack stitch, needle slanting and stuffing and layering techniques for creating sculptural dimension in appliqué. A variety of tools that make working in felted wool easy and fun will be included. Traditional surface embroidery stitches will also be used and the final construction of the wallet will be fully discussed.

Ripe strawberries adorn this penny style tea cozy in warm white wool. Overlapping pennies forming a scalloped edge and handle finish the design. Keep your tea piping hot and your company cheerful with the warmth and color of this cozy. Felted wool, wool batting and a deep colorful lining make this cozy the absolute warmest jacket for your teapot. The class will include a brief overview of the history of the penny rug, working with and felting wool. Students will learn to make freezer paper patterns and work with placement guide templates. A variety of basting techniques will be presented for increased accuracy. Students will learn appliqué techniques including the tack stitch, needle slanting, strawberry stuffing and layering techniques for creating sculptural dimension in appliqué. A variety of tools that make working in felted wool easy and fun will be presented. Traditional surface embroidery stitches will also be used and the final construction of the cozy will be fully discussed.

 

★ Celtic Charm

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Medieval design inspired by the Cloisters

This design was taken from the wrought iron hardware design on a great wooden door in the Cloisters, the medieval museum in New York City which is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I was struck by the bold symmetry and remember sketching the design onto a napkin (photos were frowned upon) during my initial visit to the museum. I then transposed the design into dimensional felted wool appliqué using the paper cut method and embellished the appliqué with chain stitching and knots. I had the piece finished into a throw pillow and it has become a focal point in my living room. In this class, I will share the original design inspiration for this project as well as how my interpretation of the design evolved.

Students will learn paper cutting techniques using freezer paper as well as basting methods to create the accuracy when appliquéing a piece that is so symmetrical. Also, appliqué stitches and embellishments will be demonstrated using wool, cotton and silk threads.

Students will learn appliqué methods including the tack stitch, needle slanting techniques which create sculptural dimension and needle weaving methods which create additional dimension to the design.

Construction of the final pillow will be fully discussed.

 

★ Jacobean Impression

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An introduction to felted wool dimensional appliqué. Enjoy the fruits and flowers of the Jacobean era in this dimensional appliqué pillow in luscious felted wool. The colorful design on a black field will be a welcomed addition to any room bringing a soft and sculptured accent. The durability of felted wool makes this pillow useful while decorating with style and charm. Constructed in felted wool and embellished with embroidery, this project uses unique over dyed wool threads and perle cotton. The design includes fantasy fruits and flowers in layered felted wool woven together with curling vines and leaves forming a full spectrum of blooming life. Students will learn to make freezer paper patterns and work with placement guide templates to accurately transfer the design to wool. A variety of basting techniques will be presented for increased accuracy. Students will learn appliqué techniques specific to wool and the creation of dimension by layering wool pieces and using needle slanting techniques. A variety of tools that make working in felted wool easy and fun will be presented. Traditional surface embroidery stitches will be used to embellish the design and the final construction of the pillow will be fully discussed.

 

★ Nutcracker Table Rug

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An introduction to felted wool dimensional appliqué. This colorful nutcracker created in luscious felted wool will make any room festive for the holiday season. Perfect for a dining room table or a coffee table, the durability of felted wool makes this runner useful as a giant coaster that is protective and decorative. Constructed in felted wool, he is boldly outfitted, embellished with wool thread, beads and metallic thread. A wreath of evergreen and pinecones surrounding him with red pennies as a border make a merry tradition for your home.


 

Tomato Pin Cushion Penny Rug

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This plump tomato pin cushion reminds us of the timeless standard in our mothers' sewing baskets ... and also the logo of the Monmouth Chapter of EGA. Created especially for you, this teapot size penny rug will offer the techniques of dimensional wool design and the history of the penny rug in one fun workshop. Learn to use freezer paper templates, the "veil" for accurate placement and needle slanting skills to make your work pop off the background. The comprehensive kit features luxurious 100% felted wool, matching wool threads, over-dyed and black perle cotton threads, freezer paper, needles, full sized pattern and reference photo and all the supplies necessary to complete the project. Favorite tools for working in felted wool will be presented. Join us and have fun making a great Jersey tomato penny rug ... Yum!

Finished size: 10 inch diameter

Kit Cost: $35.00

 

Coy Koi

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Playful goldfish show off their bright colors in a circle of bubbles on this small size penny rug. The design combines the historic style of the penny rug and a modern design of reflective goldfish. Use as a trivet for your teapot or fishbowl or simply as a lovely decoration on any surface in your home. Students will learn to make freezer paper patterns and work with placement guide templates. A variety of basting techniques will be presented for increased accuracy. Students will also learn specific stitches and needle slanting techniques for adding dimension to the work and will be introduced to tools that make working in felted wool easy and fun. Traditional surface embroidery stitches will be used and the construction of the final rug will be fully discussed. Several color palettes will be available so students can make color variations if they choose. Students will also have choice in the embellishments.

 

Sunflower Tea Service

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Keep your tea piping hot and your table protected with this sweet sunflower cozy and teapot penny rug. Constructed in felted wool, lined with cotton fabric and quilted over black cotton batting, this cozy will keep tea exceptionally warm. Students will learn both traditional and new methods for appliqué and surface embroidery embellishment, and have a beautiful tea service set for those cold fall and winter days. Students will work with freezer paper patterns and placement guide templates. A variety of basting techniques will be presented for increased accuracy. Students will learn specific stitches and needle slanting techniques for adding dimension to the work and be introduced to tools that make working in felted wool easy and fun. Traditional surface embroidery stitches will also be used and the construction of the final cozy will be fully discussed.

Sugar or lemon?

 

Elephant Sewing Kit

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A perfect class for chapters and guilds, this adorable elephant holds your thimble in his trunk and your needles on his blanket. Pins are on his back and embroidery scissors in the tiny scissors keeper. A wonderful gift for a sewing friend or a perfect travel companion for yourself, you will be finished in no time. Learn to make freezer paper patterns, blanket stitch, make cording (tail), beading and making wool felt from recycled fabrics.

This kit is available in 3 color choices.

 

Freedom Soars -
The American eagle

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Before and after the American civil war when the Baltimore album was popular many families had members in military service and often added a patriotic block to commemorate that service. The American eagle was especially popular in antebellum album quilts to designate patriotism and military service.

Students will learn appliqué methods including the tack stitch, my signature needle slanting techniques and fabric layering methods for adding dimension to the work. Tools that make working in felted wool easy and fun will be made available.

During the class I will be speaking to the symbolism in historic quilts and interior decor during the mid-19th century.

A variety of surface embroidery stitches will be reviewed.

 

Holiday Lights Candle Mat

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These bright colored holiday lights make a fun appointment for the holiday season. The design is modern and combines the historic look of a string of holiday lights we remember from years past with today’s candle popularity. This creation serves as a candle mat, perfect place for a bowl of candy or a trivet for your teapot.

This one day class will offer a brief experience in felted wool appliqué that uses matching wool threads and embroider embellishment. Students will learn to make freezer paper patterns and work with placement and embroidery guides. A variety of basting techniques will be presented for increased accuracy. Students will learn specific stitches and needle slanting techniques for adding dimension to the work and be introduces to tool that make working in felted wool easy and fun. Traditional surface embroidery stitches will also be used and the construction of the final rug will be fully discussed.