to celebrate the publication of my new book


Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.

This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.

The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Printed Linen + Crewel Embroidery Project

This summer I am teaching 3 different weekend Creative Retreats here at our farm. You can read about the retreats here. This year I have made the option of coming for only one day - not two days - as an experiment. I already have several people signed up for the Two Day Retreats but there is still room for more students.

On July 29th, I am teaching a class called Fabric Printing and Decorative Embroidery. I've been working on a project to share with the class while I am at the Farmers Markets. It is exactly what the students will be doing. 

First I printed the linen fabric with different sizes of circles in brown fabric paint. 

I am treated each circle differently adding different embroidery stitches to the fabric. It is a fun project to do and something that is easily totable and easy to pick up and put down if interruptions happen. 

Here are the different circles I have stitched. 

At the class this summer on July 29th, we will be printing our own fabric design in the morning. In the afternoon, we will be adding embroidery to our designs. You can see what students did last year here. More info about all the classes I am teaching is here

Each of my stitched circles is a little different. They are small and it is easy to experiment with different stitches. I love this kind of stitching because it is improvisational and free and easy. It's also a great way to play with color. 

I use my linen fabric (available on my website here) and 100% crewel wool which is also available on my website

I also have a similar PATTERN AND KIT available on my website here. Check it out. The pattern is available as a PDF download for $13 here. The kit is available for $46 here. Makes a great project for summer stitching. Crewel is the perfect project to take with you anywhere this summer. 

Hope to see some of you here at the farm this summer! Have a great weekend. 

I'll be at Webs Tent Sale today from 10 to 5. 

1 comment:

Auntie Shan said...

Wish I could've gone to WEBS! All of that YARN... [*sigh*]
Anyhoo, LOVE the CIRCLES! -- The colour combo are giving me a retro-Latino vibe... ;-D
Meanwhile, Dandelion Season is in full-swing here. Just wish that I could "rent" one or two of your Sheep for the weekend...