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Recurring Event Event Series: Hand Embroidery (Winter 2023 Jan – March)

Spend an hour with a needle and thread exploring the art of embroidery. Each week you’ll learn a new kind of stitch, from braided chain stitch to stacked herringbone squares. This Winter session will include combinations of stitches to make small animals and doodles and new stitches to learn. (You can see previous stitch examples at the class gallery page.)

In each class, we’ll start by making abstract doodles with the basic form and then try out different variations to add texture and color. For inspiration, we’ll look at a few examples of each stitch used in different ways in modern and vintage textiles. Beginners are welcome; you don’t need any sewing experience for this class.

This is a drop in class held every Thursday at noon (Central Time) / 6pm (GST). It is held in partnership with SoulSanity.io as part of their artmaking & wellness program and is open to anyone.

Your $24 registration allows you to attend any or all of the sessions from January 19 – March 30, 2023. You can come to all of the sessions or pick and choose which ones you are interested in.


Materials needed for class. This will be the same for all class sessions:

  • An assortment of 3-5 colors of embroidery thread. I recommend 6-stranded cotton “cross stitch” floss or #8 perle cotton.
  • An embroidery or chenille needle. Embroidery or chenille needles have a large eye and a sharp point; this is different than the kind of needle used for cross stitch or quilting/sewing. I recommend a size 24 or 26 Chenille or size 7-10 Embroidery needle.
  • A small pair of sharp scissors
  • A small piece of fabric to stitch on. I recommend a piece of wool/rayon blend or 100% wool felt fabric approximately 6×6 inches or 15x15cm. You can also use a mid-weight woven cotton fabric.
  • A few dozen size 8/0 seed beads. The size isn’t critical, but they need to be large enough to fit over the eye of your embroidery needle.
  • For fabric/thread/needle/bead examples and resources with more details please see: www.beckarahn.com/stitch

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