WhiteIris photoIn the garden, gorgeous irises burst into bloom amid smaller flowers heralding the warm days of early summer. White Iris is stitched using white or cream Pearl Cotton on matching 32-count Belfast linen. The mat chosen for behind and around the piece adds the punch of color.

Combining stunning June flowers, White Iris is a sampler of eleven pulled thread patterns worked inside surface embroidery of flowers petal edges. The surface embroidery emphasizes shaping the buttonhole stitch and the chain stitch to form leaves and petal edges. Chain stitch, outline stitch and satin stitch variations are used for flower stems. Some knowledge of compensation is essential in working the pulled thread patterns.

This beautiful composition, done in surface embroidery enclosing areas filled with pulled thread patterns, has a spectacular lace-like quality.

Teacher: Mona Hill

Size: 9" x 9" design on 15” x15” ground fabric

Fabric: 32-count Belfast linen

Threads: Pearl cotton #8 and #12

Colors: White or cream

Skill Level: intermediate

Prerequisites: Knowledge of compensation and the ability to work stitches from diagrams

Time: 5 meetings plus preliminary and wrap-up meetings (approx. 6 months)

Fee: $175 per group

Text: $48 per student

Supplies:  $19.00 (approximate); Click here to download the supply list for this course.

GCC PuzzleBall PhotoThis class offers the stitcher the opportunity to discover the joy of taking counted thread embroidery into three dimensions by creating a “puzzle ball.”  The ball is constructed of pentagon and triangle components. The student will experience the art of counted thread embroidery by stitching the components in a variety of counted thread stitches. Some of the stitches are kite eyelet, two-sided insertion stitch, Nova stitch, leviathan star stitch, and many more. The student will notice that most of the stitches have a star-like appearance. The stitches used create a variety of texture and pattern on the ball providing an enjoyable and varied stitching experience. Once all the components are completed, the student will assemble the components into a beautiful, stitched ball. Clear instructions and diagrams make this process a most delightful and exciting part of the project.

The information-packed instructions are very detailed and will guide the student through the entire process of creating the puzzle ball in a step-by-step manner. Color photos are included.

Teacher: Denise Harrington Pratt
Project: Three-dimensional ball
Size: Circumference of ball is approximately 13½” (diameter: 4½”)
Fabric: Linen or even weave fabric
Threads: Silk and metallic or threads of choice
Colors: Two color options are offered but students may choose their own color palette
Skill level: Intermediate
Prerequisites: Ability to stitch on linen
Time: Six months, six sessions
Fee: $175 per group
Text: $40 for 44 pages including three color pages
Supplies (approximate): $60 if silk and metallic are used, less if cotton floss is used.

 gcc Isabella3Isabella2This course continues your exploration of the wonderful technique of Italian style drawn thread. The project has been designed as a decorative hand towel but could easily be converted into a placemat, tablemat or even a table runner by using a longer piece of linen. There are six decorative bands across the towel three of which require withdrawing threads using two different methods. This course teaches the art of knotting bundles both in a straight line and in a curving line that undulates across the band. A simple dove's eye pattern is worked in band two on the straight lacing while a needlewoven fan pattern is worked between the undulating knotted threads of band six. Although this is an advanced level course, if you are familiar with withdrawing threads and want to explore and expand your knowledge and ability it is an ideal place to start. Left-handed instructions are available on request.

Teacher: Barbara Kershaw
Project: Ornamental Hand Towel or Table Runner
Size:  Approximately 12" x 191⁄4" (30.5cm x 49cm)
Proficiency Level:  Advanced
Prerequisites: A knowledge of drawn thread would be advantageous.
Time: Six-lesson course estimated to take six months. Left-handed instructions are available upon request.
Fee: $175 per group
Text: $42 per student; 46 pages with three pages of color photographs and one large chart.
Supplies (approximate): $35 (estimate); Supplies used include 32-count Belfast linen, white Coton Perlé™, white cotton floss; 

GCC Teneriffe1 PhotoThis correspondence course will give you the basics of the beautiful needlelace technique of Teneriffe.  Teneriffe lace does not use the typical needlelace buttonhole stitch. Instead, it uses several drawn thread stitches such as needleweaving, spiders, and the knot stitch. Using these three basic techniques, many lovely patterns may be developed. In this course you will learn the basic stitches allowing you create many unique medallions on your own later.

The course also includes several on-line videos that you may access to see specific techniques being worked. These videos are available on Jonalene Gutwein’s website and your coordinator will have the user name and password. These videos will be available to you during your chapter’s course time and for three weeks following the scheduled conclusion of the course.

Teacher: Jonalene Gutwein

Project (very brief description): Lace medallion suitable for embellishing a pincushion, needlecase, blouse, or collar.

 Size:   circular, 4.5 inches in diameter

Fabric:         N/A

Threads:       #70 DMC® Cordonnet Special (Article 151)

Colors:         White

Skill Level:   Beginner

Prerequisites:         None

Time:           3 sessions

Fee: $175 per group

Text:            $8.00 (includes shipping and handling)

Supplies (approximate):   $12.00; Click here to download the supply list for this course

gcc beginhardanger lgElegant and lace-like, Hardanger embroidery is easier to stitch than it appears. Worked in the hand, it is great to take on travels. The basic techniques are clearly explained, and the student has the option of stitching in a solid color or experimenting with Watercolours®.

Teacher: Marion Scoular

Project: Cushion, tote bag or vest insert

Size: 8.75" x 8.75"

Fabric: 14" x 14" 22-count cotton Hardanger

Threads: Pearl cotton #5 or Watercolours, pearl cotton #8 and #12

Colors: Student's choice

Proficiency Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: Ability to read charts and count accurately

Time: Six months

Fee: $175 per group

Text: $33.50 per student; 44 pages

Supplies (approximate): $12.50; click here to download the supply list for this course



gcc rosesgcc roses detailRoses uses a favorite flower to teach one method of working blackwork. Using a floral motif is in keeping with historic pieces done in one period when blackwork was a dominant technique. Students will be introduced to the history of blackwork, materials, design transfer and a method of working blackwork patterns. They will discover the difference between dark, medium and light density blackwork patterns. The original is worked in black and a gray to give some contrast and interest to the piece. The use of gold for the enhancement of the piece echoes the historic use of gold. While the original is in black, gray and gold, students may work in any color they prefer. Students will make their Roses bloom and be ready to work any design that may be found in blackwork.

Teacher: Carol Algie Higginbotham

Project: Framed picture

Size: 8.5" x 12" design area

Fabric: 28- or 30-count white or cream linen

Threads: Stranded cotton, #4 Very fine braid

Colors: As shown in photograph or student's choice

Proficiency Level:  Intermediate (student will practice lots of compensation)

Prerequisites: None

Time: Six months

Fee: $175 per group

Text: $34 per student; 40 pages, includes color pictures and detailed instructions 

Supplies (approximate): $38; click here to download the supply list for this course



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