Ready to Thread – February 1, 2014
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Saturday, 10 am – 4:30 pm
Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster (Directions)
Instructor: Kachina Martin
Skill Level: No previous experience required
This intensive day-long class is designed to introduce participants to a variety of simple, elegant embroidery stitches that can be used to embellish garments or fabric pieces. We will address the use of embroidery as a form of art on its own, as well as discuss techniques for embroidering on paper and other non-traditional materials. Workshop will focus on learning 5 basic stitches (running stitch, backstitch, chain stitch, couching, and the French knot), with the opportunity to build upon these techniques and master others. Students can expect to complete a small sampler as well as begin to embellish a scarf (scarf is included in the materials fee).
For inspiration about the contemporary embroidery scene, Kachina recommends familiarizing yourself with the work of Jenny Hart.
Materials fee: $28 payable directly to the instructor at the time of the class. The materials fee includes fabric, an embroidery hoop, needles, a scarf, and a selection of threads with which to practice and keep.
Materials or equipment students should bring from home:
- Scissors – the sharper, the better
- Seam ripper
- Clamp Lamp or other means to create additional light, if possible
- Cloth scraps if desired
- Paper scraps if desired
Biography: Kachina Martin is an educator and fiber artist based in Reading. She is a juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, and has been featured in a number of juried shows. She also exhibits her work in several boutiques around the state, and runs her own business, A Howling Ruth Production, specializing in vintage, hand-dyed and silk-screened fabrics, dedicated to reusing and recycling fabric.