There are only 125 out of 250 spots for this course left. You can still register after the course starts.
There are two ways to pay. Either in full or on a 24-month payment plan using PayPal. The links in blue below are for payment plans and take you to a PayPal page to complete the order. Shipping is included, so please choose your correct region. If your preferred email or shipping address is not the same as entered for PayPal, please email me with the correct info. Husbands have a tendency to unsubscribe your class emails.
The course will be an 'all-in-one' course with over 230 packages of silk and metal threads, silk purls, stumpwork glass eyes, stumpwork wire, stumpwork fruit forms, linen fabric, slate frame, casket box and lid inserts, and finishing materials (silk lining, lining papers, gilt edge papers, gilt woven edging ribbons (2 types), hardware, silk ribbon, mirror, glue, etc) for the entire project including 560 pages of instructions that are printed from pdf pages online, 7 stitch animations and 9 hours of detailed finishing videos (21 videos).
The course only assumes the most basic of knowledge - threading a needle, doing a basic satin stitch. Full instructions for couching, needlelace, using the thread types, framing up your linen, tracing pattern, etc. are included. The stitching is divided about 50% couching down unusual threads, 25% satin stitch/french knots, and 25% needlelace. The emphasis is on using the unusual threads custom made for the project, learning the needlelace and doing the finishing - things that are new to the typical stitcher. I have posted a blog with comments about taking the course from previous students for their perspective.
Casket is: 11.5" wide x 8" deep x 6" high with feet
It is designed to be worked over a 24-month period. There are only 125 out of 250 spots for this course left and it is not planned on being run again as some threads will not be available and the cabinet maker is retiring next year and these are all the boxes I will get. 100 people have already taken the project with several of the caskets finished and looking lovely! (see a finished student casket here)
The course will start on January 1st with user names/passwords for the online materials sent that day. Shipments of the threads/fabrics will start on January 13th to reduce the impact of Christmas issues at post offices, theft on porches, and customs back-ups for international students. Shipments of the group registered before Dec 1st are ready to go, those who register in December/January will wait a few extra weeks as new material shipments reach me.
There will be between 3-4 shipments for the course. The linen, slate frame and half the threads will be shipped first. A second shipment will include the box and more threads. The third shipment will be the finishing papers, glues, tapes, etc. Box sizes are different and not all items can be shipped in one box. The shipments are timed to correspond with payment milestones.
The instructions are released one lesson a month online. All previous lessons remain open after a new lesson is released. An email is sent on the 1st each month to remind you to log in.
You stitch at your own pace. There is an online forum (NING) which all students past and present in Thistle Threads courses use as a discussion and Q&A forum. Pictures can be posted.
Orders paid in full will have access to all lessons and materials shipped earlier, taking into account issues with near-holiday shipping. Materials are only shipped after students have been given fair warning with an email so they can be on the look-out for boxes and give notice of vacation holds.
US shipping is priority mail. Overseas shipping is first class mail except for the wooden box which will come priority mail. Customs duties are the responsibilities of the student. I can not ship marked 'gift' or 'educational materials'.
Please do not email me with requests for box only, patterns-only, box building instructions, or to reprice the class without items you already have. The answer is no. Why is the answer no?
If you are interested in taking the course or finding out more, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org