Thistles & Threads: Introduction to Hand Embroidered Florals


Learn the basic of hand-embroidery by creating a fun, floral sampler.

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Date: September 14, 2024

9 am – 4 pm

Skill Level:  Beginner: no previous stitching experience required

Class Registration Fee: By August 26, 2024: $90.00

After August 26, 2024: $100.00

Learn the basics of hand embroidery by creating a fun floral sampler. First we’ll learn a range of versatile stitches including satin stich, backstitch, stem stitch, French knots, lazy daisy stitch, and woven wheel stitch. Then we’ll use the stitched we learned to create our own floral samplers, covering tips and tricks to enhance our stitching. Pattern inspiration will be provided, but students are encouraged to develop their own motifs too. In the class we’ll also discuss methods for transferring patterns to fabric, how to finish projects, and tips for stitching on various types of fabric.

Hand embroidery offers endless possibilities for decorating your life. Create framed works to adorn your walls, or embellish clothes and textiles with stitching—one you’ve learned the basics of hand embroidery, there’s no limit to what you can create. Students will come away from the class with a floral sampler and knowledge of a range of stitches that can be used to create infinite designs.

Students need to bring the following supplies: All fabric, hoops, needles and floss will be provided by your instructor.  You may want to bring a nice sharp pair of scissors.

Materials fee: (To be collected directly from students by instructor in class): $10

Kelli Emerson developed an interest for stitching while working at a needle arts supply company in college. She learned the intricacies of needle arts from a mentor at the company, exploring hand embroidery and cross-stitch techniques. While living overseas during Covid-19 lockdowns she took up daily stitching as a creative and calming outlet.  Kelli appreciates the organic nature of embroidery, finding joy in creating forms from thread.

Kelli is also the Program Manager for Folklore Village.