Class and Lecture Descriptions

Classes: Appliqué and Embroidery



Floral Wreath
Class by Kara Mason and/or Teri Young
Original appliqué design by Through the Needle’s Eye, LLC

A walk through the garden is the perfect inspiration for this lovely wreath of flowers. Lilies, pansies, roses, and jasmine welcome warm thoughts of springtime. Silk ribbon and embroidery add dimension, making these blooms come to life. In this class, we will explore a number of techniques, including back-basting appliqué, gathered ribbon flowers, ribbon boat leaves, and the ribbon stitch. You’ll learn the embroidery stitches—using a variety of fibers—that will add realism to your flora. Inking techniques will be demonstrated for those who wish to inscribe the center of the finished wreath. Come join us for some flower arranging! Two- or three-day class; advanced beginner to intermediate appliqué skills



The Secret Garden
Class by Kara Mason and/or Teri Young
Original appliqué design by Through the Needle’s Eye, LLC

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 classic, The Secret Garden, is the inspiration for this block. As we follow the robin—and stitch one too!—we will create our own secret gardens (sans weeds), using a variety of techniques and fibers. Back-basting appliqué will build the garden walls; embroidery and ribbon work will fill it with blooms; a creative use of sari silk will give our gnarled wisteria trunk dimension; and gathered ribbon flowers will frame it all. Inking techniques will be taught for the block’s finishing touches. Come discover how to cultivate a garden with your needle, and leave your shovel at home! Three-day class; advanced beginner to intermediate appliqué skills



Marcia's Flowers 
Class by Kara Mason and/or Teri Young
Original wool appliqué design by Through the Needle’s Eye, LLC

This wool appliqué pattern was created to top a wooden box, but it could be used as a pillow, a block in a wall hanging, a book cover, or a sewing kit cover . . . wherever your imagination takes you! Complete pattern with templates and embroidery stitch guide included. One-day workshop, focusing on embroidery skills—requires appliqué to be done before workshop (could be fused); or, a two-day workshop, with the first day focusing on appliqué, and Day 2 on embroidery embellishments.




Eight-Pointed Star With Sprigs of Berries
Class taught by Kara Mason and/or Teri Young
Pattern by Elly Sienkiewicz from Spoken Without a Word

This lovely appliqué block offers the perfect forum for learning back-basting techniques for appliqué.  We will explore the use of different materials: silk bias ribbon for making the stems, ultra suede for the berries, and a fascinating embroidery stitch as an option for the berries.  Basic embroidery stitches will be used for the finer stems as well. Inking the tendrils will be the final touch. One-day class; advanced beginner to intermediate appliqué skills





Rose of Sharon
Class taught by Kara Mason and/or Teri Young
Pattern by Elly Sienkiewicz from Spoken Without a Word

Elly thinks this lovely wreath may be one of Baltimore’s oldest blocks, but we will be learning many contemporary skills: padded wired ribbon buds, ultrasuede calyxes, bias silk ribbon stem/wreath, layered ribbon roses, embroidered stems, and unique silk ribbon leaves. Required kit includes all materials needed to stitch the block except your background fabric—over 15 yards of French-wired and hand-dyed silk ribbon, coordinating flosses. One-day class; advanced beginner to intermediate appliqué skills




Creative Crazy Quilting
Class by Kara Mason and/or Teri Young

Have fun learning about crazy quilts of the past. We will explore the creativity that this type of quilting offers, discussing resources for motifs to stitch, as well as how to transfer and stitch them. Basic embroidery stitches and some combination seam stitches are covered. Required kit: includes mini crazy quilt sampler, flannel-backed muslin for stitching practice, floss, materials for several methods of motif transferOne-day class; beginner to intermediate embroidery skills


Crazy Quilting—Start to Finish
Class by Kara Mason and/or Teri Young

This 6-session class will take you from scraps to a crazy quilt. We will cover piecing the blocks (including photo block and curves), instruction on embroidery stitches, embellishment (ribbons, lace, beads, buttons), combination seam stitches, and finishing your project. Upon completion of the class, you will be equipped to make any crazy quilt project…or a full-size quilt. Join us for the fun! Required kit: includes four 8.5-inch block patterns, Little Red Riding Hood vintage fabric square, and 2 yards of silk ribbon. Six 1/2-day sessions; beginner to intermediate embroidery skills 


Pretty Petals: An Introduction to Appliqué
Class by Kara Mason and/or Teri Young

Learn the basic techniques to become comfortable with the art of needle-turn appliqué while stitching this lovely flower and buds. The simple design will teach you the back-basting method of preparing your appliqué pieces; stitching curves, inside and outside points, and stems; and reverse appliqué.  We may even play with a dimensional folded bud, which is so much easier than you might think! You can make this block into a pillow, a wall hanging, or add it to a quilt. One-day class, beginner appliqué skills



Embroidered Embellishment
Class by Kara Mason and/or Teri Young

In this half-day workshop, we will explore the use of embroidery to embellish your appliqué, using block #31 of the Margaret Potts quilt. You’ll learn a variety of stitches—blanket, backstitch, stem, feather, seed, and knots—using them to add depth and interest to your appliqué. We’ll even try some silk ribbon and learn the ribbon stitch. We will demonstrate how you can easily (and fearlessly!) add inking to your blocks. Required kit includes fused block, floss, and ribbon. Half-day class; beginner embroidery skills






Lecture:


The Stories in Our Quilts
Lecture by Kara Mason and/or Teri Young

What do quilts and stories have to do with each other? Everything, actually! Have you ever had a piece of needlework passed down through your family and wondered who made it, how they made it, and/or why? These are the stories of our families—part of our history. So often these gems are tucked away in a chest or put on a closet shelf. But there is a wealth of information within those stitches, if only we knew their stories. Our quilts give us opportunities to tell our stories. Sometimes those stories lie in the making, sometimes in the giving, and sometimes in the quilts themselves. Enjoy an evening of storytelling as we share some of our favorite quilts and the tales they tell.