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Come join us in learning how to create a sampler that will dazzle those who see it with perfectly executed crossed stitches. All of us want to have pieces of needlework that we have created be admired by our friends without us explaining why the embroidery is not as good as they think it is. This course was designed for those who want to move their stitching from basic to the next level. The course features about 30 pages of reference material with information about thread, fabric, needles, scissors, Assisi and more. You will create a notebook of sample stitches so that you can practice a variety of crossed stitches including cross over one, long arm cross, and alternating double backstitch. Five different marking crosses are explained so that you can learn to stitch them in your embroidery. The final part of your journey is creating a sampler. It can be stitched in the colors and pattern given but you are encouraged to choose your own colors and make it uniquely your own. You will do this by changing the bands of the sampler. You can use some of those provided or bring some of your favorites from other samplers to add to your design.

Teacher: Carolyn Standing Webb
Type of project: Notebook and Sampler
Size of sampler: Depends on the ground chosen, on 28 count design are approx.. 7 x 14 inches
Colors: Students choice of colors, guidance given to help choose
Supplies used: Linen and stranded cotton for sampler and paper for the notebook
Skill level: Beginner but all levels can benefit from the information
Prerequisites: None
Timeline: 6 months
Text price: $45 for 65 pages, includes color pages of sampler and stitch diagrams
Estimated supply cost: $30 for cotton, linen and paper
DMC Floss Number - 367


The following supply list is furnished as an example of the materials required for this course. EGA strongly suggests that materials NOT be ordered or purchased prior to receipt of the text, so options may be exercised and supply orders or purchases combined.
1. Notebook and card stock paper and loose leaf notebook. Plastic sleeves are useful but not required.
2. Scraps of 18 to 25 count linen for notebook samples.
3. Linen for sampler, either 28, 30 or 32 count in white or a light color. Sizes approximately 12 by 18 to 13 by 20 inches, depends on the count chosen.
4. Cotton "floss" - 5 to 9 colors depending on your color choices. I used DMC colors: 320, 335, 367, 368, 420, 422, 744, 818, and 3326.


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Avondale is an exploration of a summer garden using basic crewel embroidery stitches in interesting combinations. Students may choose their own color palette from the Appleton Crewel Wool collection if they desire. Although beginner stitches and blocking techniques are reviewed, it is recommended that the student have some experience in crewel embroidery at a beginner level.

Teacher: Carol Currier

Project: A picture or a pillow

Size: Embroidery is 9 1/2 inches tall by 7 inches wide

Color: Student’s choice

Supplies: Approximately $ 75, Linen twill, Appleton Crewel Wool, needles, hoop

Skill Level: Advanced beginner, Intermediate

Prerequisites: Some experience in crewel embroidery at the beginner level is necessary

Time: 6-9 months, 6 meetings

Fee: $175 per group

Text: $40 per student; 52 pages with color scans of stitched piece



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This course has been designed to continue your exploration of Schwalm Embroidery. A design of hearts, birds and ribbons comes together to create a beautiful Christmas stocking. This design uses basic surface stitches including coral knots, chain stitch, fishbone stitch, and blanket stitch. You will also create the scallops that Schwalm is known for. In addition, the design includes some interesting filling stitches: rose stitch, cording stitch bars, an eyelet variation, a rose and satin stitch pattern, and a composite stitch using a Marburg and darning stitch. The cuff has a lovely combination of satin stitch and honeycomb stitch as well as a space for a cross stitch name. Add a little sparkle of metallic thread to the name and you have a beautiful Christmas stocking. The design could also be made into a beautiful gift bag. Left-handed instructions are available on request.

Teacher: Barbara Kershaw

Project:Christmas Stocking or gift bag

Size of Project: 9” x 14 ½”

Supplies used: 32-count linen fabric, Coton a Border, DMC floss and metallic thread

Proficiency Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: None

Timeline for course: Six lessons or six months

Text price:$45 – 46 pages with three pages of colour photographs and one 11”x 17” design page.

Estimated cost of supplies: $45 (does not include the finishing materials)



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Papillon is an introductory Group Correspondence Course on filet embroidery. In this 5-lesson course participants will learn briefly about the history of filet work.

With needle and thread in hand, students will surround a square with satin and four-sided stitches on 30-count linen. They will then create a new grid by cutting and withdrawing threads and overcasting the remaining threads. Participants will learn the point de reprise or darning stitch to create a butterfly (papillon). They will also learn tips and techniques for cross-stitching a favorite verse over one thread - one of the teacher’s favorite verses or a verse of their own. Students will also learn to finish the edge of the linen with hemstitch or Nun stitch.

Teacher: Adrienne G. Meyer

Project: A hemstitched wall hanging or a framed picture.

Size of Project: Finished size: 8.75 inches by 12.25 inches including suggested hemstitched edge

Colors: It is suggested that the stitcher use white or cream linen and matching pearl cotton. However, the color choice is left up to the embroiderer

Supplies used: 30-count linen, #12 pearl cotton, overdyed cotton or silk floss, tapestry needles, hoop.

Proficiency Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: None

Timeline for course: Six months to complete five lessons

Text price: $35 per student; 46 pages unbound including full color photo and one 11” by 17” master chart.

Estimated cost of supplies: $24 if using overdyed silk; $21 if using overdyed cotton.

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A display of beautiful flowers is always welcome. Group these temari with others made in a pastel palette for a lovely decoration for spring in your home. This advanced level course includes patterns for three different temari - Mountain Laurel, Lillies, and Camellia. The Japan Temari Association defines four different levels of difficulty and they designate these as Level 2 (advanced). To be successful, students are required to already be confident with making a round ball with a good surface for stitching and marking simple divisions and a combination 8 division. Students are also required to know basic temari stitching techniques such as starting and stopping, making wrapped bands (an obi), stitching pine needle designs and kiku herringbone, and have a good eye for placement of stitches without measuring.

Teacher: Barbara B. Suess

Type of project: three temari balls

Size: various size balls

Color choices: Colors as shown are given in the text.Students are encouraged to use other colors if they wish.

Supplies used: standard ball making materials, #5 pearl cotton, metallic thread

Skill level: advanced

Prerequisites: students are required to know the skills listed in the course description

Timeline: 6 meetings

Text price: $40 (53 pages with color images)

Estimated supply cost: $25

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