to celebrate the publication of my new book


Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.

This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.

The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.

Friday, August 05, 2016

Fabric Printing + Embroidery Class Wrap Up - Day Two

Day Two of the Fabric Printing + Embroidery Retreat was all about embroidery. On Day One, the students had designed their base cloth. They printed their motifs on 100% linen fabric using motifs they designed. 

We spent the morning learning embroidery stitches and practicing each one. I added to the mix by demonstrating many more possibilities. It was a good morning. 

We had a lovely lunch on the porch. It included a zucchini frittata with eggs from my chickens. Don't you love the embroidered potholder that my little 8 year old friend Sasha made me. Overnight we had rain and it perked up the garden. Thank goodness because it was much needed. 

All afternoon the students worked on pieces. They talked about what stitches they would add when they got home too. It was a real learning day. 

Here are some of the process shots from the day. 

Here are the printed and embroidered pieces with their design influence. The book is Lee's inspiration via Angie Lewin's book called Angie Lewin: Plants and Places

Amy's Mid-Century Modern inspiration:

Lauren's Scandinavian fabric inspiration: 

It was a great time. Such good work happened. I love watching students progress and the delight they have in learning. AND the surprise that they have done such a great job. Here is a not so good photo of the group with their printed bags. 

I hope to repeat the class again next year. If you want to be alerted to the upcoming classes, make sure you sign up for my Newsletter on the top right of this blog. 

There is one more Creative Retreat this year. It is a Knitting, Steeking, and Embroidery on Knits Class and it is September 24/25. Check it out here. There are a few spaces available. Come join the fun. Considering the weather, the leaves will be changing by then. 


Auntie Shan said...

Glad to hear that you finally got your rain! :-D
We're expecting some ANY time now...

Anyhoo, all of that stitching looks like it came out quite well! - It's almost like doodling over other pictures, isn't it? ;-] And, something I might get around to doing myself again one of these days. - I have a bunch of [5yrs and older] thrift-shop-finds IKEA heavy-cotton remnants that have all sorts of weird designs on them just screaming to be "graffiti"ed with embroidery!! -- If I ever get around to dig them "out" again, I'll send some to you to get stitchy with!


Jules Means said...

Sasha's potholder is wonderful! What a perfect project for my 7 1/2 year old granddaughter who is just learning to embroider.
And the rest of the post is wonderful, too ;)))

Lauren Mayerhoff said...

I SO enjoyed participating in this creative retreat! It was full of great instruction and lots of fun as well! Kristin, your enthusiasm for all things creative is inspiring. Thank you for a wonderful weekend at your amazing home. Hope to see you next year for additional creative inspiration!