Monday, October 29, 2018

January Class: Lettering for Surface Embroidery

January 29, 2019
10 am - 4 pm

Canby Robertson will present her class Lettering for Surface Embroidery: Personalizing your non-counted embroideries.

Class location to be determined. Cost will be between $50-$75 depending on final attendance.

The class is open to all, regardless of chapter affiliation. Interested? Contact

Class Description:
This is not a monogram class. This class is for all students who wish to add a name or quote to their beautifully stitched surface embroideries but who have been frustrated by their inability to stitch professional looking lettering. Many patterns for lettering in counted techniques are available to the stitcher but surface embroiderers have fewer options.

The material presented in this class will provide students with a method to use existing commonly available alphabets to personalize hand embroideries in a professional way. For a student with calligraphy experience, the same process can be used to transfer their own calligraphic lettering to fabric. Using a “cut and paste” method to arrange a personal sample of lettering on tracing paper, students will transfer the tracing to a piece of fabric. We will complete the class by discussing shading and stitch choices appropriate for the finished product. Sourcing other unusual non-copyright alphabets not used in class will be discussed. The teacher will display finished examples of embroideries where this method of lettering has been used in different ways and with different fibers to encourage students to “think outside of the box.”

Some suggestions for using the information offered in this class might include personalizing an embroidery for a new baby, commemorating a wedding with embroidery, adding a name to a crazy quilt block, making a nametag. We are only limited by our imaginations! 

Students will leave this class with a small, personalized example of embroidered lettering that could be used to make a nametag or added to a crazy quilt block.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Fall Quarterly

The Fall Quarterly will be held on Wednesday, October 17, at the Hawkes Center at Winterthur. (Turn right at the pond, sharp left at the stop sign.)

Following the meeting (don't forget your show and tell items!) we will go to the gallery where Linda Eaton will give us a brief overview of the new needlework exhibition:

Embroidery: The Thread of History

October 5, 2018–January 6, 2019
History can be defined as a series of events that are remembered and preserved through time. This exhibition explores the use of embroidery as historical documents that can deepen our understanding of women’s lives. It considers how needlework has been used to remember the past, document the present, and look forward to the future.