The Embroiderers' Guild of America, Inc., New England Region

Connecticut River Valley Chapter
ARCHIVE OF 9/26/2009

Archive of A Previous Program
Saturday, September 26, 2009
and February 6, 2010


  Saturday, Sept. 26th and Feb. 6th, 2010
                                  Part 1                               Part 2
            "Window in Provence" with Lynn Payette

Window in Provence

GROUND FABRIC:  White (soft) Congress cloth
SIZE:  6 ¼" x 4 ½"

"Window in Provence" is a non-charted, pre-drawn design that will give the student a unique opportunity to try new and different techniques and materials.

This piece will be worked in three stages.  Stage One: This will be to create the wall, window, shutters, and the shadows.  The wall is created from pieces of ultra-suede that have been cut out and applied to the ground fabric in several pieces (by lightly gluing them with a glue stick).  Lines will be drawn (with a Micron pen) on the ultra-suede to depict 'cracks' in the wall.  (Note: the ultra-suede will not totally cover the ground.  It will only be used here and there to indicate the wall.)  The bricks on the wall are stitched in variegated silk ribbons.

The shutters will be created by covering pieces of cardboard with fabric and then stitching them to the Congress cloth ground.  (Note: The cardboard used is thin enough to easily stitch through.)  These will then be overstitched with pearl cotton and floss to create the slats and braces of the shutters.  The actual window will be covered with sheer fabrics that are cut and applied to create the glass and shadows on the windows.  The sashing will be worked in couched #5 pearl cotton.

Stage Two:  The tree will be created using novelty threads, pearl cottons, metallic threads, and flosses that are couched down.  Student will use a tissue paper pattern over the piece to work the tree.

Stage Three:  The flowers and leaves are created using silk ribbons in 4 mm. and 7 mm. widths.  These are in various different shades giving the student ample opportunity to make decisions as to placement and color choice.  The stitches used include: hollyhock stitch, gathered flower, fuchsia flower, straight stitch, puffed straight stitch.

The emphasis on this piece will be to teach the student new, unusual and unique techniques and stitches, as well as teaching the student how to create depth, perspective and cast shadows with threads, fabrics and ribbons.

KIT CONTENTS:  Pre-printed white Congress cloth; silk ribbon; ultra-suede; floss; pearl cotton; Brazilian (rayon) thread; sheer and opaque fabrics; cardboard; nettings; novelty threads; beads.

STUDENT SUPPLIES:  12" x 9" stretcher bars and tacks, small, sharp scissors, paper scissors, an assortment of needles including a beading needle, glue stick (not the blue type); invisible thread and beeswax; bag to transport piece, extra light and magnification if desired.


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