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Making Waves in Sturbridge!
Instructor Diane Herrmann
Wednesday & Thursday
July 15-16, 2015
Sturbridge, MA
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Wednesday & Thursday - July 15-16, 2015
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Publick House in Sturbridge, MA

Class Project

Walking the Water’s Edge
Designed by Diane Herrmann

Are you dreaming of a vacation? Imagine a leisurely walk along a sunny beach, the waves washing up on the sand to expose a starfish. In this intermediate class, you will learn how to use a Florentine Stitch pattern and shading techniques with floss to create the line of a wave on a beach. Freeform eyelet stitches will mimic the foamy edge of the wave. You will use beads to add some sparkle to the water, and select a color to create a starfish on the shore.

This class is for the intermediate stitcher who wants to learn how to use floss to produce subtle shading, and to experiment with freeform eyelet stitching. We will include instructions on how to add some beads to the foam to give a sunny sparkle to the wave.

As a finishing touch, you will learn the Bullion Knot Stitch to place a starfish on the shore.

Separating and laying strands of thread, we will discuss how to use different colors and numbers of strands of floss to create shading in a Florentine Stitch pattern. After practicing a number of stitches from the Eyelet family, we will learn how to create our own eyelet stitches and place them in a freeform pattern. Attaching beads and using the Bullion Knot Stitch to make a starfish will add interest to the piece. A discussion of options for finishing your work will complete the course.

This class is designed to be accessible for entry-level needlepointers, and instruction will begin with the basics of stitching on canvas. Even more experienced stitchers can benefit from clear step-by-step instructions while fine-tuning their stitching skills. If you’re self-taught, you’ll very likely learn lots of hints to add to the pleasure of creating beautiful pieces.

Design Area: 8 in. wide x 8 in. high

Ground Fabric: 18-count vintage canvas, eggshell

Kit includes:  canvas, needles, threads, beads, instruction book, stretcher bars, tacks for mounting, and photo of the piece.

What to Bring: embroidery scissors and any additional lighting or magnification you would like to have. 



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