Hand Embroidered Holiday Sampler


Learn the basic of hand-embroidery, starting off the holiday season with a festive, hand-embroidered sampler.

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Date: October 14, 2023

9 am – 4 pm

Skill Level:  Beginner: no previous stitching experience required

Class Registration Fee: By September 25, 2023: $80.00

After September 25, 2023: $90.00

Learn the basics of hand embroidery by creating a winter sampler. We’ll learn a range of versatile stitches including satin stitch, backstitch, stem stitch, woven stitch, and French knots. We’ll use these stitches to build a holiday sampler featuring seasonal motifs such as trees, mittens, wreaths, snowflakes, and more. During the class we’ll cover techniques to create various textures in our embroidery, as well as tips and tricks to enhance our stitching. We’ll also discuss methods for transferring patterns to fabric, how to finish projects, and tips for stitching on various types of fabric. Students will come away from the class with the workings of a seasonal sampler and the skillset to complete it—and more projects—in time for the holidays.

Hand embroidery offer endless possibilities for decorating your life. Create framed works to adorn your walls, or embellish clothes and textiles with stitching—once you’ve learned the basics of hand embroidery, there’s no limit to what you can create.

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.