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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 250 spots for this course 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 almost finished and looking lovely!
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 2nd to reduce the impact of Christmas issues at post offices, theft on porches, and customs back-ups for international students.
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 patterns-only, box building instructions, or to reprice the class without items you already have. The answer is no.
If you are interested in taking the course or finding out more, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 18-month course started March 1st, 2019. New students will start with the current lessons open (1-6) and then each new lesson one a month.
This 18-month course is going to take a very deep dive into the whitework/cutwork found on English band samplers of the 17th century. While we are attracted to the large geometry patterns, often called reticella, there are several other techniques which are characteristic and found on most samplers of the period in concert with these complex bands. Over 1/2 of the course will be devoted to the reticella techniques.
The course is a mix of learning techniques, projects and designing your own whitework band sampler. You are being given enough materials to work one to three small pieces of linen with trial stitches so you can feel confident with techniques and material choices. Then there are two projects, each with one band of reticella to explore a mixed colored counted work band sampler with the cutwork. One is based on a sampler from the Winterthur Museum collection and the second is inspired from a favorite piece of mine in the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. This piece is a unique example of colored silk threads being used for reticella and I think it is a unique project that combines ease of sight because of the colored threads but also technical challenges to hide the color changes and thus it provides a master class in this reticella technique on the whole.
The third project is a band sampler of your own design based on all the materials we will be looking at, provided patterns, and the real 16th-17th century pattern books. In order to do this, the course is taking on the unique challenge that presented the 17th century teacher/embroiderer - the geometry and math of this type of work. When looking at band samplers, we will find that often the pattern didn’t quite fit the chosen width of the sampler the person had chosen to make and that had consequences that had to be filled in or not. It could make for awkward spots in an otherwise stunning piece. I wanted to solve that and answer the questions of how to scale the patterns, how wide to work the bands, over what count and if you were working all these bands with disparate scales of withdrawn threads, how to make them all fit exactly in the boundaries of the sampler without excess room left over in the band.
The course will include detailed photographs of at least five samplers to illustrate techniques. This will be augmented by Pintrest boards to go with the course as both a general reference and specific references in the course text to illustrate points.
Each technique will be accompanied by many patterns which can be cut and arranged and used directly as patterns for your personal sampler. I will also be giving guidance on how to convert many of the patterns found in the 16th-17th century pattern books to the correct scale so you can use them as well as how to look at a pattern and determine the best stitch choices and progression of working the pattern.
Choices of materials is a big part of this course. You have three linen counts that the course has been designed to use. A 30ct, 40ct, and a 53/55ct linen have been provided with enough of each to be used for two projects - the one I intended and your choice of which for the personal sampler. So the ambitious will have extra linen for other projects of this type or can repurpose it. Both silk and linen threads will be used for the samplers matching the thread to the original pieces.
The kits will include all three linens mentioned, silk threads, linen threads, needles, special blue contact paper, tweezers and a pair of scissors made especially for this type of fine cutwork.
This course is a 3-month project class which is an exploration of silk wrapped purl techniques in a Stuart Era flower design. Outlined in a gold twist, the silk wrapped purls are cut and applied in highly textural techniques and surrounded by spangles. The piece is about 3" x 4" in size when finished. The kit will also include samples of other types of silk wrapped purls along with a discussion of their uses.
Access to videos and presentation on how these materials are made as well as in depth tips for successfully working with these new threads.
The course started on February 1st. The kits, user names and passwords will be shipped and emailed on this date. 4 spots left for this course
Note: This is the second in a 2-part series of silk purl flowers. The first one was 10 years ago and the flowers coordinate if a student would like to know if this piece is the same size - yes but a different design and application of stitches as well as scale of silk purl. Students who were in the October 2018 running in person at Winterthur for this particular design will received an email next week with details on auditing the on-line version of the course.
Rolling class start. The course is ongoing at the moment. Students who join now into the 18-month course will join mid-way with accelerated payments. You get access to all published lessons to this point. The first kit is shipped now with the second batch after the fourth payment.
This is the last running of the popular Goldwork Master Class. Unfortunately the Japanese needles have become too hard to get and the linen for the main project is now out of production. I have 6 open spots right now. The course will be open until all spots are registered and is at your own pace.
The course is 18-months long and uses historical objects from the MFA collection to explore the varied stitches like up and down buttonhole and plaited braid where gold was taken through the surface of the linen in complex knotted stitches during a period of the 17th century. History lessons will be combined with stitch instructions and five projects to showcase your learning. We start with a master spot sampler to test each stitch and move on to smalls and a second band sampler. The threads, linens and any needed finishing materials are included in the two kits.
The stitch instructions for the 29 gold-work stitches are supplemented by animations of each stitch which can be played over and over to understand the working.
This course will start October 1st, 2016 and last six months, kits will be shipped just previous to the start date. Passwords to the monthly lessons will be emailed on October 1st to every student. Please provide the best email when registering. If you want to pay in full, use the drop down menu above. Links to paypal subscriptions for a 6-monthly payments are below in blue.
This lovely design contains a padded lion worked in couched silk gimp over a velvet cut silk ovale hill. The mane of the lion is worked in both silk wrapped purls and silk gimps. Silk wrapped purl flowers decorate the edges of a parchment garland that is wrapped with silk ovale and silk wrapped purls. Small amounts of gold thread, gilt sylke twist and spangles accent the other design elements. All techniques will be taught in the course, no prior experience with stumpwork is assumed.
This design is 4 3/4" high by 6" wide as shown. The kit will include all the materials to make the project as shown in the finished picture. But, as many students who might decide to take the course are also embarking on an embroidered casket, a copy of the design with additional floral pieces is included in the course that will fit the top of a double casket perfectly and the linen included in the kit was lengthened to fit if you choose to go this route. For those who choose to extend the design, it is up to the student to choose/buy the materials and techniques for the added design elements.
The kit includes: Linen, needles, soie ovale, silk gimps, silk wrapped purls, gilt 1 1/2 twist, spangles, gilt plates, gilt sylke twist, beads, parchment, wool, and couching silk.