Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Beginner Correspondence Courses

6 Sessions - 12 Weeks to complete (except where noted) - $35.00 per person


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Beginner Battenberg Lace

Dianna Best

This beginner group course project is a table mat or doily teaching the fundamentals of Battenberg Lace, which is a tape lace in one of thesimplest styles of lace making which gained much popularity in Victorian times. This course presents the fundamentals of producing this lace with information on types of tapes, fabrics and threads. Covered in the course material is the preparation and laying of tapes in the desired pattern, securing of these tapes readying them for the decorative stitchery. Six different decorating stitches are taught as well as the insertion of the fabric centre. Finishing and care of Battenberg Lace is also covered.


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Beginner Blackwork Embroidery

Written and Revised by Colleen Darling

This beginner course teaches the Blackwork principles by giving instructions in double running stitch, back stitch, and pattern darning. It is not a sampler-type course whereby many patterns are given, but a method course where the methods of stitching double running and back stitching and pattern darning are taught. The project may be finished as a pillow top, framed picture, tote bag panel, or wall hanging.

Blackwork is a counted thread embroidery stitched on evenweave fabric using threads of sharply contrasting colour to the background fabric to produce vast array of patterns. Stitches are worked on the grain of the fabric, either vertically, horizontally or diagonally with the occasional oblique stitching.

The design for this course is based on an Elizabethan knot garden with students free to chose the colours in their garden. There is a `hedge' of reversible, identical double running stitching with `flower beds' in pattern darning `foliage' and coloured back stitched `flowers' displaying four types of shading techniques.


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Beginner Canvaswork

Author Barbara Gilbert, Designer Didi Vanden Brink

This course is designed to teach the beginning canvas stitcher the fundamentals of canvaswork embroidery. Topics such as the preparation of the canvas for stitching, selection of needles and appropriate threads, choosing colours, use of a doodle cloth (sam cloth, practice piece) and a variety of stitches are covered. The design, which is based on a nine patch quilt block, allows the student to use Continental, Basket-weave tent, Gobelin, , Brick, Parisian, Hungarian and four Florentine (Bargello) patterns. As well, the student is to choose four stitches from reference books to stitch on this sampler project making each piece unique.
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Beginner Casalguidi 

Author Barbara Kershaw

The course presents the basic fundamentals of Casalguidi embroidery, which is a very textured, raised embroidery. This style of embroidery has its roots in Casalguidi, a village near Pistoria in north central Italy. Traditional work is done with linen fabric and threads mostly in white or off-white however, some examples of background fabric in colour do exist.

The embroidery includes various techniques, such as pulled thread, padded and raised embroidery, surface stitchery, insertions, tassels, and cording. Several stitches are used to produce these techniques: detached buttonhole, bullion knots, 4-sided stitch, detached needleweaving, and Casalguidi stitch, a padded raised stem stitch. Elaborate tassels also form a distinctive part of Casalguidi embroidery.

A lavender- scented sachet is the course project.


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Beginner Crewel Embroidery

Author Peggy Kimble

This course is to teach beginner Crewel stitchers the basic fundamentals. Students will learn how to mount the fabric ready for stitching, how to transfer the design to the fabric, choosing of appropriate wool threads, needle choice, some colour choice ideas, washing and blocking of the article. Stitches to be learned include Stem or Outline, Chain, Split, Herringbone, Buttonhole, Couching, Fishbone, Fly, Satin, Long and Short, Spider, Burden and Palestrina. A traditional Crewel design ready for finishing as a picture or cushion top is the completed project.


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Beginner Drawn Thread Embroidery

Author Colleen Darling

This small band sampler features Drawn Thread embroidery in colour-on-colour bands acented by subtly coloured rows of counted thread stitches on 32 count linen. Students will learn how to "set up" a sampler prior to stitching. Ladder and serpentine hemstitching worked in two manners begin the bands of drawn thread work. Three methods of removing and securing withdrawn fabric thrads and two methods of securing a cut channel end will be learned. Eight drawn thread bands feature such decorative stitches as 4-sided, herringbone, coral knot, chevron and twisted bars. Nine rows of decorative counted thread stitching are done in the student's choice of colours. The student will "sign" the sampler with initials, date and, possibly, a few words.


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Beginner Hardanger

Author Carolyn Mitchell

The student will learn the basic stitches such as Klosters, Satin stitch motifs, Woven bars, Dove's eyes, Cable, Eyelets and the placement of stitches in a traditional Hardanger design finished with a fringed edge. In the last session a bookmark is student-designed and stitched using the skills learned. The project is a table centerpiece.


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Beginner Metal Thread

Author Janice E. Routley

16 week course completion

This course is designed to teach the fundamental processes of Metal Thread embroidery to the beginning Metal Thread stitcher. The student will learn how to mount the backing and ground fabrics on a frame ready for stitching, a method of transferring the design onto the ground fabric., techniques of couching Japanese gold and using purl, mounting and finishing methods. The finished project with a design of oak leaf and acorns will be ready for framing.


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Beginner Pulled Thread Embroidery

Author Colleen Darling

The basic group course gives instructions in the fundamental principles of Pulled Thread embroidery, which is a style of counted thread work within the large class of Whitework. The embroidery is produced by distorting the ground fabric by the use of tension (pulling) on the embroidery thread in such a way to produce different patterns for a lacy effect. No ground fabric threads are removed so it is a very hard wearing type of embroidery.

The student is taught skills in reading the stitch diagrams, which look nothing like the embroidered stitch. 10 different stitches are used along with three outline stitches in making the traditional quilting Log Cabin design for the front panel of a tote bag. Instructions are given for the construction of the bag.


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Beginner Richelieu

Cutwork embroidery is a beautiful form of needlework where portions of the background are cut away and the edges are worked with buttonhole stitches.  The simplest forms of cutwork contains small open areas such as eyelets with no connecting bars.  Richelieu embroidery has larger portions of the background cloth cut away.  To stabilize the fabric, distinctive buttonhole bars with picots cross through the cutout areas creating a light and lacy embroidery.  This Richelieu design is worked on altar cloth using DMC Broder Special #25 thread. 


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Beginner Ruskin Lace

Author Katherine Gorman

This group course is designed to teach the basic skills used in Ruskin Lace, a type of cutwork embroidery, in the making of an envelop flap for a cushion cover using the traditional linen thread on linen fabric. Please note that is is strongly recommended that the student be comfortable with other forms of cutwork embroidery, such as Hardanger, and have a repertoire of basic embroidery skills and stitches.

A small amount of the work is done in a counted fashion with the lace section being stitched using lace making techniques. Among the skills to be learned are: preparation of the fabric for stitching, a slip-stitch hem, 4-sided stitch border, preparing the lace pattern for use, a padded roll, foundation bars, buttonhole circles and bars, bullion knot rosette, corner embellishments and a bullion knot edging.

The cushion flap only will be critiqued by the assigned counsellor and after that the project will be completed with a cover fabric in the colour of choice.


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Beginner Silk Ribbon Embroidery

Author Ingrid Lincoln

The student will learn several skills used in stitching Silk Ribbon embroidery: how to thread a needle with a silk ribbon, how to prepare a "fancy" fabric for ribbon embroidery and how to transfer a pattern for this embroidery. Several specialized stitches in three widths of ribbon will be taught. Generic flowers will be made of fabric and when completed, attached to the ground fabric. Four types of roses will be made and used in the project design. After stitching the first project, students will then design their own original work using a given basic shaped and stitched on velvet or velveteen. Students are free to choose their own colour harmonies. The two projects can be finished as a special small pillow, a gift bag, framed as a pictures or as is suitable for their original work.


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Beginner Stumpwork

Author Sandra Roy

This course is designed to teach the beginning Stumpwork student the basic techniques of this style of embroidery. The student will learn how to prepare fabrics for stitching, transferring a pattern to the fabric, setting up a hoop, stitching, cutting out and attaching detachable elements, stitching the necessary surface embroidery and mounting the project correctly. A small picture of a Monarch butterfly on a milkweed flower is the finished project.


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Embellished Crazy Patchwork

Author Eleanor Podl

This basic level course will teach the student the characteristics of Crazy Patchwork which will be decorated with stitchery, beads, lace, etc., as desired. The student will learn the choosing of suitable fabrics and threads, beginning colour and design principles used in Crazy Patchwork, the preparation of the fabrics for stitching, a variety of stitches used in this technique, basic beading, cord and tassel-making skills and finishing methods. A small shoulder purse in your colour choices is the finished project


Group Courses - 16 Weeks to complete

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Beginner Brazilian Embroidery
Author Gloria Roch
16 Week course

This course introduces the student to a type of three dimensional surface embroidery using rayon threads, which was developed in Brazil in the 1960's. The project is worked in coloured rayon threads in a floral design suitable for framing as a picture or mounted for a wall hanging or as a cushion top.
After the design is placed on the medium weight plain weave fabric, the student will learn how to handle and use the several types of rayon threads: Iris, Frost, Glory, Cire, Lola, Nova, and Boucle. Student may choose their own colour scheme for the flowers: hydrangea, tiger lily, fuchsia, eucalyptus, Maria's rose, rolled rose, and iris. Such stitches as bullion, closed fly, slanted satin, pistil, cast-on, French knot, leaf, and couching are used to make the flowers and leaves. A very different, and certainly surprising, method of completing the final aspects of the project when the stitching is finished is given in detail.

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