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Sandy's classes specialize in silk and metal techniques on canvas. She delights in appropriating methods from other embroidery disciplines to her designs on canvas ground. Class kits contain all threads and materials to complete the given project. Where noted, a color selection is available.

Contact Sandy for more details on these classes and to schedule a class for your chapter, guild, group, or shop.

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One-Day Project Class

Unmasking Color and Design
NEW! Unmasking Color and Design

To be a good stitcher, you don't need a degree in art. Or even an in-depth study in color or design. But no matter how good your stitches are, to create really good embroidery pieces, you do need to know just a bit about color and design. Just the basics. Come spend the class day learning what these basics are as Sandy describes, painlessly in words of one syllable and with lots of illustrations and class discussion, what every stitcher should know about these sometimes murky subjects.

 


Brilliant Blossoms Brilliant Blossoms

Sandy has developed an exciting new concept in contemporary canvaswork of shading with metallics. More specifically, shading using metallics so that the item appears to have depth and dimension, and how to use these threads to give the impression that the item is real.


Two-Day Project Classes

Echoes of Winter
NEW! Echoes of Winter

Pinecones, mistletoe, holly, and a garland of greenery, all gathered with a scarlet bow. These each represent the pristine beauty of winter. Enhance those symbols with gold metallic gauze contrasting with an area of painted canvas, and you have a spectacular composition: Echoes of Winter!


Echoes of Autumn
NEW! Echoes of Autumn

Pumpkins, apples, pear, and corn. All symbols of the glory that is autumn. Enhance those symbols with gold metallic gauze contrasting with an area of painted canvas, and you have a spectacular composition!

 


Bells of Christmas
NEW! Bells of Christmas

Let your holiday spirit ring out far and wide as you stitch this glorious composition of flowing red ribbons, sprays of greenery, and delicate porcelain bells. It’s so beautiful, you’ll want to display it year ’round, rather than just at celebration time!

 


Iridescent Breeze
NEW! Iridescent Breeze

Black Congress cloth creates a strong contrast with the gold metallics and bright silk colors of the flowers and leaves on this magnificent fan. Stitchers will select values of violet, rose, or blue for the flowers. Behind the flowers is an area of gold iridescent pigment powder, which heightens the attraction.

 


Autumn Stars
Autumn Stars

These glorious leaves are certainly the stars of a magnificent autumn season! They tumble over golden boundaries that cannot contain their brilliant beauty. Gold tendrils enhance and give further depth to the design. Learn Sandy’s easy way to create depth and dimension as you use your needle and silks to create the colored leaves.

 


Spring Luminescence
Spring Luminescence

Early flowers welcome the sun on a spring day, their petals still glistening with bits of snow from the night before. Among the newly green leaves, a tiny creature works his way upward. Colors of the flowers are tints and shades that echo the color of the ground Congress cloth, either light blue or rose. Sandy has adapted her easy way to create depth and dimension by realistic shading to metallic braids.

 


Interrupted Flight
Interrupted Flight

Just a brief moment — that's all this delicate butterfly can pause in the almost constant quest to find the nectar which is her food. She lights among tangled reeds, however her glorious colors will quickly expose her presence. Her support is twisted cord and gold pearl purl which offers her little coverage. Soon she will be on her way again. Learn Sandy's easy way to create depth and dimension as you use your needle and silks to create the phenomenal colors of the butterfly's wings.

 


The Colors of Autumn
The Colors of Autumn

The colors of a glorious late-September afternoon are echoed on Congress cloth in this spectacular composition. The reds, oranges, golds, browns, and greens of autumnal leaves are duplicated with lustrous silks, and balanced with the gleam of gold mesh and metallics — both with and without padding. Learn Sandy's easy way to create spectacular shading as you use your needle and silks to create the four different leaves displaying their brilliant autumn colors.


Heralding the Season
Heralding the Season

The decorative hunting horn, brilliant red poinsettia, and green holly touched with gold are all classic symbols of the holiday season. Placed together against the black Congress cloth, they form a spectacular composition of celebration and festivity that is too exquisite to save just for holiday displays. The flower and horn are given depth and dimension with careful placement of the various colors and values of silk and the innovative technique of metallic shading.

 


Rose Confetti
Rose Confetti

Confetti — bits and pieces that combine to form a magnificent total. In this confetti design of many parts, the straight lines of area sections and needlepoint stitches contrast with the soft curves of realistic shading and bargello patterns. Areas of open work showing the color of the Zweigart Over-Dyed Congress cloth contrast with the sparkle of Delica beads and metallic braid. Rose Confetti is a glorious study of contrasts and comparisons.

 


By Any Name
By Any Name

No sweet fragrance from this rose, just the exquisite, elegant beauty of precious gold metals and magnificent filament silks combined in a glorious composition. A single rose, in either coral or pink, is placed on black Congress cloth, supported by a gold bullion stem. Enhancing the silken petals are gold leaves outlined in gold bullion and painted in class with metallic pigment marker. Backing, and grounding, the flower are three sections of pattern which are bordered by pearl purl couched in a contemporary approach.

 


Spirit of the Season
Spirit of the Season

Santa winks as he points the way to the true Spirit of the Season. His expressive face, flowing beard, and clothing come to life with several shading techniques.

 


Winter Whites Winter Whites


Learn the easy way to create depth and dimension as you use your needle and silks to bring these flowers to life. Winter Whites is a study in realistic shading using both basic and enhancement techniques.


Cambridge Cambridge

Learn the easy way to create the depth and dimension required as you use your needle to bring these lovely flowers to life. Cambridge is a study in realistic shading techniques, focusing on methods for primary and secondary motifs.


Good Lickin Good Lickin'

Good Lickin' is an in-depth experience in learning shading techniques. Learn the easy way to create depth and dimension as you use your needle to bring these candies and ribbon to life. Good Lickin' is a study in realistic shading techniques, focusing on methods for primary and secondary motifs. Extensive stitching time will be allotted in class for experimentation with the techniques.


Bountiful Harvest Bountiful Harvest

Apples, a pumpkin, and ears of colored corn hung by their husks on the wall. These are all symbols of the bounty that comes with the autumn harvest season. The abundance and comfort exemplified by these emblems of well-being are portrayed in warm values of silk and beads.


Gathered In Gathered In

Three ears of colored corn are depicted with Delica glass beads. The placement of the colored beads gives each ear the appearance of depth and dimension. Learn the easy way to do realistic shading as you stitch ribbons which seem to turn and curve. Three acorns nestle within the folds of the ribbon. This glorious tribute to the abundance of autumn harvest is completed with couched bullion and twisted cord. Exciting, yet simple, shading methods are the focus of this class.


Autumn Fulfillment Autumn Fulfillment

The abundance that comes in the autumn with the end of the growing season is portrayed as it cascades from this cornucopia. The background of this bounty is gold gilding applied in a Japanese technique. Drying time does not permit doing the gilding process in class, however it will be described in detail. The fruit and vegetables of the motif are the perfect opportunity to learn numerous shading and color techniques as you stitch with 36 silk colors.


Winter Expectation Winter Expectation

Winter is a time of restful waiting, the expectation of renewal and regrowth to come. To contrast with, or perhaps to enhance, the pristine beauty of the season, we turn to the intense color of flaming poinsettias. Two of these brilliant flowers and their foliage are placed against Japanese silver gilding. Drying time does not permit doing the gilding process in class, however it will be discussed in detail. Framing the floral arrangement is a border composed of serpentine hemstitching, corner areas of woven Norwich stitch, and an ancient line stitch.


Spring Promise Spring Promise

Spring arrives with the promise of renewal, growth, and bounty of the evolving seasons. The hint of things to come is portrayed in this image of sunny yellow daffodils which look real enough to pick. The background of the flowers is silver leaf applied in a Japanese technique. Framing the center motif is a drawn thread border.


Summer Glory Summer Glory

Evidence of the glorious splendor which blooms under the summer sun, these three blossoms nestle in luxuriant foliage. The bouquet is backed by gold gilding applied to the canvas with a Japanese technique. Drying time does not permit doing the gilding process in class, however it will discussed in detail. Stitcher will select either primrose pink or Dresden blue silks for the flowers. Framing the design is a border of silk and metallic in variations of an ancient braiding stitch combined with bullion couched in a contemporary method.


Two-Day Notebook Classes

A "notebook class" permits the stitcher to learn techniques without committing to a full project. These new skills can then be applied to future needlework. Sandy has earned a reputation for outstanding notebook classes — likely because she so much enjoys teaching them. The following four classes are notebook style.

Light to Dark
Light to Dark and Back Again — Notebook Class

There is so much more to the technique of shading on canvas than just mixing thread colors in a given stitch. Knowledge and use of these methods can help improve almost every piece of needlework. Even if the composition is worked in one value of one color, knowing how and where to use texture to create shading will enhance the focal point. Learning these skills is simple, well within the abilities of intermediate stitchers, and most of all, fun. This is an important class for those ready to improve their level of expertise.


Glitzy Metals, An Overview of Metal Threads for Canvas Those Glitzy Metals, An Overview of Metal Threads for Canvas

A bit of metal glitz can do so much to enhance a needlepoint project. Unfortunately, those same metals, if not used correctly, can make the piece look tacky and overdone. This class helps you learn how to use those wonderful metal threads so that they do the most to make your piece look its very best. This is an important class for stitchers who wish to expand their embroidery skills.


An Overview of Silks for Needlepoint From Cocoon to Canvas, An Overview of Silks for Needlepoint

The queen of all threads for needlepoint is ... silk! How does that little worm do it? That, and so much more, will be discussed in this notebook/project class. The key to knowing how to use the different silks on canvas understanding the various types of silks available. Once you know how to stitch with each of the several categories, then you can stitch with any silk thread at all! A whole glorious world awaits you!


Couching Techniques on Canvas Notebook Couching Techniques on Canvas Notebook

Couching appears so deceptively simple. To couch is to attach a thread to the ground material with another thread, usually a finer one. Couching can smooth the naturally jagged line which results from working on the grid of the canvas, can define an area, can emphasize a section of the design. Well-done couching can improve a canvas piece. But poorly done couching can spoil a whole composition and result in wasted stitching time and money spent for threads.


Shading Techniques on Canvas Notebook Shading Techniques on Canvas Notebook

There is so much more to the technique of shading on canvas than just mixing thread colors in a given stitch. Knowledge and use of these methods can help improve almost every piece of needlework. Even if the composition is worked in one value of one color, knowing how and where to use texture to create shading will enhance the focal point. Learning these skills is simple, well within the abilities of intermediate stitchers, and most of all, fun. This is an important class for those ready to improve their level of expertise.


Silk Threads on Canvas Notebook Silk Threads on Canvas Notebook

Stitching with silk threads on canvas requires some special considerations. Proper methods for their use is the subject of this notebook class. The stitched samples created and provided written material form an exceptional personal reference. Students will work with silk floss, both stranded and flat, and several cordonnets. Techniques such as Bokhara couching, Roumanian couching, Burden stitch and variations, laid work, trellis with without a flat silk foundation will be stitched. Since silk is especially suitable for shading, several forms will be studied. These include pointillism, optical mixing, realistic shading, counted, block, satin, tapestry and ombre shading methods.


Metal Threads on Canvas Notebook Metal Threads on Canvas Notebook

The proper use of metal threads can bring a design together in cohesive harmony. Incorrect use can cause a project to be amateurish and lacking in appeal. This class helps students learn how to work with these special materials so that they are displayed to greatest advantage and the design is enhanced.


The Art of Teaching Embroidery The Business of Teaching Needlework

Teaching brings pleasures and the wonderful satisfaction of sharing your love of needlework, but also some predicaments. This class addresses both extremes. Although focusing on the positive, the class will cover the various aspects of teaching at the local, regional, and national level. By being aware of obstacles and potential pit falls, in advance, frequently undesirable situations can be avoided.


Four-Day Project Classes

Hark! Hear the Bells Hark! Hear the Bells

While creating Hark! Hear the Bells stitchers have the opportunity to try numerous methods and techniques without committing to a large amount of time to any of them. There are areas of: realistic shading the easy way with stranded silk (the simple to use silk!), directional shading, textural shading, or nué, an or nué variation, bullion work over padding, bullion seeding, burden technique, applying twisted cords. Students may choose from three given blackwork patterns for the background, or will be encouraged to develop their own pattern. Basic color theory as it applies to depth perception and shading will be discussed.


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