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.