gcc needlework tool case 1

gcc needlework tool case 2
This small needlework tool case is a quick-to-stitch canvaswork project suitable for the basic intermediate to intermediate stitcher.

One of the goals of the project is to provide students with an opportunity to select their own color schemes. The colors of the overdyed ribbon chosen will guide the choice of other colors, threads, and canvas. Stitchers could also use the model coors and threads. These threads include Elegance™, Splendor™, Gloriana™ ribbon, and YLI® ribbon.

Stitches used include several different cross stitches, upright cross stitches, eyelets, Smyrna cross stitches, straight stitches, tent stitches, and back stitches.

The compartments and cording for the finished tool case could be a nice gift for a stitching friend or it could even be a useful addition to your stitching things!

Teacher: Mary Long

Project: Tool case

Size: 9.5" x 5.5" (design area on 18 count canvas); folded tool case - 5.5" x 4"

Threads: #8 pearl equivalent, floss, 4mm ribbon and metallic ribbon

Colors: Student's choice

Proficiency Level:  Intermediate beginner to intermediate

Prerequisites: Student should be comfortable reading stitch diagrams and charts

Time: One organizational and four working meetings, four months

Fee: $175 per group

Text: $28 per student; 39 pages plus color scan of stitched piece, color photos of completed project and the finishing

Supplies (approximate): $50 for silk threads used in the model; this project could also be stitched with materials from the student's stash; click here to download the supply list for this course


Undulations-II small
This geometric design mixes Bargello with diagonal stitches, box stitches, cross stitches and tied stitches. Stitch one of four quadrants of the design; then rotate the canvas a quarter turn to stitch each of the remaining quadrants.

Undulations II is the remake of a design called Undulations that was taught at a national seminar. The model for the new design is the same as the original design, but Undulations II can be stitched in a variety of color combinations in stranded embroidery cotton or stranded silk or other threads of the stitcher’s choice. Undulations II offers options that allow the stitcher to use motifs, center Bargello patterns, and background stitches that are different from those in the model. If individuals desire, they can use their own original motifs for parts of the design.

Teacher: Gail Stafford

Project: Picture

Size: Design area is 7.5" by 7.5"

Color Choices: Rust/Blue or Rose/ Green or a selection of the stitcher's choice

Supplies: 18 count mono canvas, stranded embroidery cotton or stranded silk or other threads suitable for both horizontal and diagonal stitches on 18 count mono canvas.

Proficiency Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: Stitcher must be able to read charts and use compensation

Time: 7 lessons, 7 months

Text: $40 per student. The text consists of 51 pages (13 color pages) plus four separate full color reference sheets. Text is pre-punched for a three-ring binder and is unbound in a two-pocket folder.

Supplies (approximate): $25 for stranded embroidery cotton or $60 for stranded silk and specialty threads such as Impressions, Silk & Ivory, and Flair

Click here to download the Supply List for this course.





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This glitzy elephant is a Maharajah’s fantasy creature. Perhaps it is a jeweled decoration in a wonderful palace. It could be a toy for the Maharajah’s son and heir. Or maybe a Maharajah really can have a brightly colored elephant with gold feet and tusks! Let your imagination loose when choosing your colors and threads.

The decorative border is optional.

Although the primary goal of this project is to teach you the technique of canvas appliqué by attaching the ear to the elephant, you may complete the project by stitching the ear directly on the canvas ground fabric.

Stitches used include tent, rice, eyelet, swirl, alternating Scotch, mosaic, Rhodes, satin, and brick as well as several cross stitches including double, upright and Smyrnas.  The background is a bargello pattern.

Teacher: Mary Long
Project:  framed piece, standup or bag insert
Size of Design Area:  12 x 13 inches
Ground Fabric:  18 count mono canvas
Types of Threads Used:  Kreinik 1/16 Ribbon, cord, #12 and #8 braid, Watercolours®, Needlepoint Inc silk, and Rainbow Gallery Silk Lamé Braid and Patina®.  The primary background thread for the blue elephant is DMC® perle coton #5, while the red elephant uses Vineyard Classic Silk. 
Colors Used:  Student’s choice. 
Skill Level:  Intermediate.
Prerequisites:  The student should be comfortable using compensation and reading stitch diagrams and charts.
Time:  One organizing and five working meetings, six months.
Text:  $40.00 per student, 53 pages with color scans of stitched piece.
Supplies:  approximately $105.00 for the blue model.  The use of silk for the red model background increases this by approximately $10.00.

Click here to see supply list for this course

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